By Anne Dachel.
Lighthearted and vulgar as ever, John Oliver talked about lifesaving vaccines, goofy non-vaxxing parents and outbreaks of disease, e.g. measles and the Somalis in Minneapolis in a 27 minute tirade on not vaccinating children.
We were told measles causes blindness, deafness and even death.
Oliver said he has looked at “why these fears [about vaccines] persist.”
He cited Andrew Wakefield and refused to call him “doctor” and compared him to Lance Armstrong, a Tour de France cyclist who was banned from professional racing because of drug use.
Using profanity to drive home his point, Oliver slammed a list of people who dare to raise concerns about vaccines, including Robert Kennedy, Jr., Alex Jones, Rob Schneider, Dan Burton, Dr. Bob Sears, and Donald Trump. (Somehow Jenny McCarthy was omitted.)
Oliver was especially annoyed with people who say they’re “not anti-vaccine, but…”
“It’s what comes after the ‘but’ that we need to look at tonight.”
Oliver focused on Kennedy’s concern over thimerosal use in vaccines. He lectured the audience on the official science showing thimerosal is not the kind of mercury we find in fish, while citing the endless studies from Pediatrics and JAMA, two journals (and two organizations) paid for by the vaccine industry. He added that thimerosal was never a problem, it was only removed as a precaution.
Oliver referred to former Congressman Dan Burton, who has an autistic grandson as “a donkey-f*****” repeatedly for his efforts to investigate vaccine safety when he was in Congress.
Oliver said, “Some will say that the real problem is that scientists have been paid by pharma companies to hide the problems with vaccines,” but he promptly added that there is nothing to worry about when it comes to vaccines. “On those rare occasions when there have been problems with vaccines, they’ve been pulled and fast.”
Switching from thimerosal to the mumps, measles and rubella vaccine, he said, “The age children are supposed to get the MMR vaccine happens to be the same age diagnosable signs of autism can begin to appear, but correlation is not causation. That is what scientific studies are for.
“And remember, they are very clear—that links are not there. And the problems spending more and more time and money trying to prove that link, is that it takes resources away from studying actual causes and treatments.”
Next there was a clip of Alison Singer citing “dozens of studies.”
Singer: “There comes a point where there’s so much evidence, none of which shows any link between vaccines and autism, that you have to say, enough.”
According to John Oliver, it’s not that flood of autistic children no one can explain that keeps this controversy going, it’s the “hum of doubt” out there.
Oliver blamed pediatrician Bob Sears for publicizing the idea of an alternative vaccine schedule, and assured parents that even though kids get “more shots than they used to, the number of antigens in those shots, …has greatly decreased, and it’s a drop in the ocean compared to the thousands of foreign antigens a child usually encounters every day.”
Oliver included a five second clip of Dr. Sears being interviewed saying, “Vaccines don’t cause autism, except when they do,” and Oliver called that comment “equivocating bulls***.”
Oliver included one mother with a son who as leukemia and “his life depends on herd immunity.”
We were told that there is no reason not to vaccinate because your chances of a reaction to a vaccines is one in 1.31 million, according to the CDC.
“Maybe one of the biggest problems here is that when people hear about vaccines, so much emphasis is on non-existent or wildly unlikely harms, and we tend not to talk about the very tangible good that they do.…”
Oliver’s rant against any and all people who question any aspect of vaccination is based on the fraudulent claim that vaccines are safe for every child, and it’s a sign of just what the vaccine promoters are up against. It’s not enough to denigrate just Andrew Wakefield, there are other voices out there now.
So Oliver warned viewers that they shouldn’t listen to “scary vaccine stories” from other parents or on the Internet.
Oliver ended by telling parents that he got over his concerns about vaccinating his son who was born prematurely, “We are vaccinating him fully, on schedule. And if I can overcome the temptation to listen to the irrational shouting of my terrified lizard brain, then I believe that everyone can.”
In truth, this was a desperate attempt to stop the march of truth. Oliver had zero concern for where all the autism is coming from and urged research into areas other than vaccines. Somehow he missed the decades of dead-end studies showing endless associations between parents and the chances of them having a child with autism. In addition to millions of dollars going into the search for the elusive bad gene that causes autism, almost all research lays the blame squarely on the parents, mostly the mother. Repeated studies have linked autism to fat moms, old moms, moms who marry old dads, moms on anti-depressants, drinking moms, smoking moms, moms who don’t get enough vitamin D, moms who have premature babies, moms who have babies to close together, moms who live too close to freeways, and more bad choices.
Oliver was pleading with parents not to believe what they hear from other parents and from the Internet because all the science is settled. Every child should get every shot on the schedule.
Of course what Oliver had to say were only talking points, he didn’t address what parents are learning about. Nothing was said about William Thompson, the whistleblower from the CDC who said his agency destroyed evidence of a link between the MMR and autism or Dr. Poul Thorsen, who produced bogus science on vaccine safety and is now wanted for stealing millions from the CDC. In addition, nothing was said about the lack of liability for injuries on the part of the vaccine makers or doctors, the failure to produce a vaccinated, unvaccinated study, the myriad of untested toxins allowed in vaccines, or web of conflict of interest waivers for the government officials who come up with the vaccine schedule.
In Oliver’s world there is no Hannah Poling, whose claim of vaccine-induced autism was conceded by medical experts at HHS, nor are there over 80 compensated claims of vaccine injury that included autism by National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.
Oliver showed a clip of Robert Kennedy talking about the dangers of mercury in vaccines, but he omitted anything about the stack of research Kennedy brought with him that day showing how dangerous our unchecked, unsafe vaccine schedule really is. Nothing was said about the million dollars Kennedy offered to any journalist who could show him the science proving it was safe to inject mercury into children.
Attention John Oliver: These facts and more are all over the Internet. The movie “Vaxxed” is exposing vaccine research fraud at the CDC to audiences in America and all over the world. Bob Sears and Andrew Wakefield are not alone in challenging the safety claims of a one-size-fits every-child vaccine schedule. Dozens of books on the dangers of vaccines can be ordered from Amazon. Websites like the National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/ , Age of Autism, and lots of others are telling parents the truth every day. Groups of doctors like Physicians for Informed Consent https://physiciansforinformedconsent.org/ are willing to stand up to our government health officials.
This is what John Oliver and his promoters are up against. And one other thing: There are countless thousands of articulate, informed parents who witnessed vaccine injury firsthand and have dedicated their lives to exposing the truth about what happened to their children.