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Inquiring minds stand up for vaccines

February 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Kudos

The Philadelphia Inquirer has added its voice to the recent chorus of editorial boards and reporters who are standing against the discredited vaccine-autism link. Gone from these pieces are the fruitless attempts to “balance” the autism story with comments from fringe players who still maintain, with no credible evidence whatsoever, that government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and 700,000 US physicians are engaged in a huge conspiracy known only to the crankiest denizens of the internet.

New waves of science are debunking the sturdiest of suburban myths: that childhood vaccination is linked to autism in children.

This myth has been stoked by the Internet, concerned parents’ groups, high-profile advocates like Joseph Kennedy II, and pop media (the topic was in the first episode of ABC’s Eli Stone).

Every major medical organization, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the American Academy of Pediatrics to the Institute of Medicine, states that vaccination does not cause autism.

But advocates insist the science is suspect, part of a conspiracy of a science-industrial-governmental complex.

It is understandable that parents and families – grief-stricken and looking for answers – have seized on vaccination. But the truth is no one knows why rates of autism have risen almost 10 times higher than in the 1980s. Much of that may be because of better awareness and changes in the way autism is diagnosed.

Parents can rest assured about vaccination. It’s a success story, helping create a world freer of disease than ever. It has changed childhood for billions of people and all but ended former scourges of the world.

Bottom line: The risks of not getting children vaccinated aren’t worth taking.

Regrettably, the editorial contains two errors, one substantial, the other one just plain odd. The writer mistakingly claims that the MMR vaccine contains thimerosal, a substantial error that makes one wonder how much research the editorial board is putting into learning about other public health issues. And oddly, the article cites “Joseph Kennedy II” as a vocal opponent of vaccines, instead of Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Regardless, the paper deserves a shout out for exposing the ignorance that surrounds autism. You can let the paper know your own thoughts here.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 kristina // Feb 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    Glad the Inquirer raised its editorial voice on this overly-discussed topic—-and hope they hear your corrections (which are helpful, not the kind of savagery I suppose others are sending them).

  • 2 Ms. Clark // Feb 9, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Wouldn’t it be great if this marked a turning of the tide against the mercury malicia’s (over)representation in the Media? Wouldn’t it be great if Jenny Mac called up some news show and they hung up on her?

  • 3 B Campaigne // Feb 9, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    You are a human being.
    You are not a person, you “have” a person.
    A person is your agent in commerce,. A fictitious entity to which rights and duties are ascribed.
    To the government and industrialists you are an indentured slave or as the media refers to us, “consumers”.
    Before you enter into the world arena let alone the Austim arena you must see where, as an individual, you stand.
    Here in Ontario Canada there are over 1000 citizen children on a shameful waitlist to receive funding for ABA/IBI therapies. Time is their enemy. After four years and the Senate / Eggleton paper “Pay Now or Pay Later” and the Canadian National Autism Strategy lies dormant. (Although it is a good document , worth reading)
    Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the Supremecy of God and the Rule of Law.
    Both of which are being broken by the Canadian governments both Federal and Provincial.
    The Magna Carta, the British North American Act, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the U.S. Constitution were all written to protect us from the Sovereign.

    To all of us parents in the front lines all over the world “Hallelujah to Ya !
    At the end of the day it’s just us, our little team and the clinic we run from our homes.

    Why is the focus always only on thimerosal??Included on this list of chemical concerns should also be formaldehyde, M.S.G., aluminum, Butylated hydroxytoluene or B.H.T. and many others.?Don’t let the mainstream media and pharma spin doctors lull you into only focusing on the thimerosal.?Remember these corporations would no doubt lose everything if a connection is made between the preservatives and the world wide vaccine programs.?
    Our great grandparents our grandparents and our parents were all infected with toxic preservatives through the inoculation programs.
    I saw my 5yr old son’s live blood analysis taking place.?I saw live candida yeast in his blood.?I saw the heavy metals as well.?Where do you think it came from??Leaky gut syndrome comes from the M.M.R jab.?
    We saw the change in our child right after the second round of vaccinations.?
    Freedom of the person requires not only, or not even especially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities.?I have come to the conclusion that those who benefit from any societal mechanism rarely wish to understand that mechanism, especially if it appears to grant them power or authority and understanding it or any alternatives would restrict, diminish or destroy that power apparently granted.?They live in a vapid world of learned assumptions.?Lets face it if you have acronyms after your name your whole goal is to get published and funded no matter how ridiculous your position is.?Most if not all of the researchers and their research are in the pocket of Big Pharma. They have lobbied their way into the core of our societies. I feel sorry for the caregivers who actually administer the jab and wonder how they are going to live with themselves after the truth comes out.
    If we put up with this our children will be next.
    It’s not the vaccines it’s the toxins therein.
    A child on the spectrum is born every 20 minutes. What do they all have in common?
    Wake up people.

  • 4 B Campaigne // Feb 9, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    You are a human being.
    You are not a person, you “have” a person.
    A person is your agent in commerce,. A fictitious entity to which rights and duties are ascribed.
    To the government and industrialists you are an indentured slave or as the media refers to us, “consumers”.
    Before you enter into the world arena let alone the Austim arena you must see where, as an individual, you stand.
    Here in Ontario Canada there are over 1000 citizen children on a shameful waitlist to receive funding for ABA/IBI therapies. Time is their enemy. After four years and the Senate / Eggleton paper “Pay Now or Pay Later” and the Canadian National Autism Strategy lies dormant. (Although it is a good document , worth reading)
    Canada is founded upon the principles that recognize the Supremecy of God and the Rule of Law.
    Both of which are being broken by the Canadian governments both Federal and Provincial.
    The Magna Carta, the British North American Act, The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the U.S. Constitution were all written to protect us from the Sovereign.

    To all of us parents in the front lines all over the world “Hallelujah to Ya !
    At the end of the day it’s just us, our little team and the clinic we run from our homes.

    Why is the focus always only on thimerosal??Included on this list of chemical concerns should also be formaldehyde, M.S.G., aluminum, Butylated hydroxytoluene or B.H.T. and many others.?Don’t let the mainstream media and pharma spin doctors lull you into only focusing on the thimerosal.?Remember these corporations would no doubt lose everything if a connection is made between the preservatives and the world wide vaccine programs.?
    Our great grandparents our grandparents and our parents were all infected with toxic preservatives through the inoculation programs.
    I saw my 5yr old son’s live blood analysis taking place.?I saw live candida yeast in his blood.?I saw the heavy metals as well.?Where do you think it came from??Leaky gut syndrome comes from the M.M.R jab.?
    We saw the change in our child right after the second round of vaccinations.?
    Freedom of the person requires not only, or not even especially, the absence of legal constraints but the presence of alternative thoughts. The most successful tyranny is not the one that uses force to assure uniformity, but the one that removes awareness of other possibilities.?I have come to the conclusion that those who benefit from any societal mechanism rarely wish to understand that mechanism, especially if it appears to grant them power or authority and understanding it or any alternatives would restrict, diminish or destroy that power apparently granted.?They live in a vapid world of learned assumptions.?Most if not all of the researchers and their research are in the pocket of Big Pharma. They have lobbied their way into the core of our societies. I feel sorry for the caregivers who actually administer the jab and wonder how they are going to live with themselves after the truth comes out.
    If we put up with this our children will be next.
    It’s not the vaccines it’s the toxins therein.
    A child on the spectrum is born every 20 minutes. What do they all have in common?
    Wake up people.
    Why did George Bush create a presidential order disallowing the class action law suits against the U.S. pharma industry?
    Be afraid be very afraid.

  • 5 isles // Feb 9, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    I don’t know if you know this, B. Campaigne, but posting something more times does not actually make it more correct.

    Ms. Clark, I am LOVING the image of Jenny McCarthy getting hung-up-on!

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