By Kim Stagliano
Boston Herald: These are the facts: Vaccines don’t cause autism. Measles can kill. And lying to vulnerable people about the health and safety of their children ought to be a hanging offense.
I was born in Boston, Massachusetts at Beth Israel hospital. I always considered Massachusetts to be my home. Boston is my city. I love that dirty water. And all that. When I was growing up, The Boston Globe was considered the "real" newspaper (it was a broadsheet) and the Herald was a rag. A tabloid style rag. Fast forward a few decades.
Boston has tried to move away from its reputation as a city where racism was condoned and continued long after the rest of the country had become more enlightened. As a white woman, I can't claim to understand what it must have felt like to be hated and even harmed because of skin color. But as a woman who believes in my (and your) right to choose vaccination plans (all, some, none) for yourself and your kids, I sure can understand the cold trickle of shock when the editorial staff (way to hide, people) calls vaccine choice a "hanging offense." Death penalty. Hanging. In Massachusetts, which does not even have the death penalty.
These are NOT the facts, Boston Herald. Vaccines can and do cause serious side effects, harm and death and can lead to an autism diagnosis. More families understand this than ever before. Any disease can kill. Measles is not a deadly disease in first world nations. In fact, as of 2015, measles had killed one person in 12 years. And the patient was a female, already ill, on medications with a weakened immune system and her cause of death was pneumonia. The Brady Bunch "Is there a doctor in the house" episode in 1969 was about the 6 kids contracting the measles. None died. Measles was a common childhood right of passage disease. Today? It's portrayed as Ebola meets The Plague. And fear is how to sell violence and coercion against others.
Really, this is just startling coming from Boston. Home of the Tea Party and Freedom Train. Boston. Massachusetts. Liberal to the core in so many ways. Protectors of the rights of everyone - except us. And calling for violence against families who choose to alter the CDC vaccine schedule.
I wish Dan Olmsted were here today to take on this story with his expert journalism style. The trap door is opening on the obscene, bloated and draconian CDC-pharma enriching vaccination schedule.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor for Age of Autism.