IF VACCINES HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP TO AUTISM, WHY DID THE DOJ HARASS A PRO-VACCINE RESEARCHER WHO CAME TO CONCLUSIONS THEY DIDN'T LIKE?
"Vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. The reasons why people choose not to vaccinate are complex; a vaccines advisory group to WHO identified complacency, inconvenience in accessing vaccines, and lack of confidence are key reasons underlying hesitancy. Health workers, especially those in communities, remain the most trusted advisor and influencer of vaccination decisions, and they must be supported to provide trusted, credible information on vaccines."
As seen over and over in my EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE column, there is an underlying but unasked question raised by this paragraph --- a question that needs to be asked in a slightly different manner. Why wouldn't people be reluctant to have their children (or themselves for that matter) vaccinated on a schedule that contains many times the number of inoculations (i.e. many times the TOXICITY) than when I was a kid? In fact, I would argue that the most significant of the "complex" reasons for questioning vaccines isn't even listed --- fear. People are afraid that those in power (big pharma, big government, big healthcare, big etc) are LYING TO THEM; in many cases for reasons that could only be described as purely financial (see first link in this paragraph).
A few days ago, just after putting a post on ALUMINUM ADJUVANTS on Facebook, I came across SHARYL ATTKISSON'S piece for The Hill titled How a Pro-Vaccine Doctor Reopened Debate about Link to Autism (HERE). Before I continue let me go on record and say that I do not believe that all autism is vaccine-related, nor do I believe that vaccinations have the potential to harm all infants and children equally and in exactly the same manner (HERE).
There is, however, too much evidence to completely dismiss them as the 'bigs' I mentioned earlier would argue. And just who might get autism from vaccines? Certain children (a 'subset' of children) that we don't, at least at this point, completely understand the reasons for (MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTIONS, though, are always at the top of the list). After reading Attkisson's article it seems that Dr. Andrew Zimmerman feels similarly. In a sworn affidavit that can be read in its entirety over at REAL FARMACY, he states...
"I explained that I was of the opinion that there were exceptions in which vaccination could cause autism. More specifically, I explained that in a subset of children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic energy reserves, could, and at least in one of my patients, did cause regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder."
For the record, Zimmerman is not, like many would call me, an 'antivaxxer' crackpot. He is a renowned pediatric neurologist, professor, and researcher (Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, UMASS, you get the point), with a curriculum vitae that's (gulp) 26 pages long (see previous link). He also happens to be 'pro-vaccine'. However, after making the statement above to DOJ attorneys back in 2007 he was removed as the case's expert witness (he was working for the VACCINE COURT), with them choosing never to use him again. What I found surprising was that the case Zimmerman was involved with pertained not to a single case of autism, but to "a group of 5,000 vaccine-autism cases" all being 'tried / decided' together. What's less surprising is that this mess was hidden from the public.
"Once the DOJ lawyers learned of his position, they quickly fired him as an expert witness and kept his opinion secret from other parents and the rest of the public. What’s worse, he says the DOJ went on to misrepresent his opinion in federal vaccine court to continue to debunk vaccine-autism claims."
And we wonder why people have problems trusting the powers-that-be in government and industry, which in far too many cases have morphed into the same monster (HERE). Allow me to shift gears for a moment. Because when I listen to music I'm either listening to BLUEGRASS, 80's, AOR, or some sort of CCM, I was not familiar with the band, Owl City. I was introduced several years ago, while working out with my son (he was about 12 at the time). I let him choose the music and he had a catchy song called GOOD TIME playing on the stereo in our gym.
It was only recently, however, that I learned that Owl City's founder and lead singer, Adam Young, has a form of AUTISM know as Asperger's Syndrome. Like many with Asperger's, he was gifted with an area of genius --- in his case musical genius. Although the modern hymn In Christ Alone was penned in 2001, take a listen to Adam Young's version he released nearly a decade ago at age 24. And if you appreciate today's post, be sure to like, share, or follow on FACEBOOK as it's arguably still the best way to reach the people you love and value most.