The message here is
stunning. Vaccines can be a trigger for autism, but they're not the cause. Two
brothers, one vaccinated on the regular schedule and one with an alternative one,
both get autism, therefore vaccines aren't the cause of autism?
I call this, Autism
Speaks' message of hopelessness for April.
"I think awareness
is the best thing we can hope for right now" ....is the truly chilling
statement made by the mother during the interview. Light it up blue...it's all
we can do.
My friend Jackie in San
Francisco told me yesterday that April 2nd should be a national day of mourning
I only posted four
comments because they won't publish ones with links.
News Anchor: "Why,
Why...If we could get at the why, could we prevent it? And I know I had
mentioned before we came into this, that question that's still a great
controversy, could vaccines at all play a role? And in your case, you have an
open question mark."
Daniela Foley (mother):
"I do. I vaccinated my oldest son, as you would any other child, he is on
the spectrum. I changed the vaccination of my younger son, to try to see if
there was a cause or a trigger. Despite that very different vaccination schedule,
my younger son is also on the spectrum. I think it perhaps is a trigger, I
don't believe it's a cause."
Anchor: "Or a
trigger for some children."
Then the conversation
changed to all thethings Autism Speaks is up to, all the new drugs that are
being researched. The main message was that we need to light everything up in
blue for awareness. Foley said that there are going to be "good days and
bad---you hope for more good than bad."
Foley: "I think
awareness is the best thing we can hope for right now, until we find all the
answers that have eluded us. Because with awareness comes acceptance, and with
acceptance comes opportunity."
Lula Folgosa, Exec Dir.
South FL Autism Speaks talked about the need for insurance reform.
Foley urged parents of
"newly diagnosed" children to join in Autism Speaks' upcoming walk
because it's a "great opportunity for a day of absolute acceptance. There
are probably upwards of 20,000 people who come. ...you see that you are not
true....with 2 percent of children now with autism, we're certainly not
"The recent CDC
study 'Increasing Exposure to Antibody-Stimulating Proteins and Polysaccharides
in Vaccines Is Not Associated with Risk of Autism' by Destefano et al. 2013 was
released in the Journal of Pediatrics last week. This study purports that
"increasing exposure to antibody-stimulating proteins and polysaccharides
in vaccines during the first 2 years of life was not related to the risk of
developing an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)." Of all of the papers I have
reviewed over my 26-year career as a research scientist, this is perhaps the
most flawed and disingenuous study I have encountered. The Destefano et al.
2013 study is to science what the movie Ishtar
was to cinema."
officers, from nearly 100 police departments and 17 prosecutor's offices, spent
a day learning ways to constructively deal with people with the disorder.
estimated one in 49 children in New Jersey are born with a form of autism,
WITH AUTISM"----no three words make me angrier. Born with? Must be no
one's fault then....or maybe the mom/dad. It's probably genetic. It's certainly
nothing for society to worry about. I posted two comments.
"As the number of
families impacted by the disorder continues to grow, arts and culture
organizations are discovering the need to reach these audiences. The latest
federal survey puts the number of autism spectrum cases among school-age
children at 1 in 50, according to a March 20 study released by the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention and the Health Resources and Services
grow..." This acceptance is ludicrous. I posted comments.
local businesses and professional offices will bathe their buildings in
cerulean tones to honor Light It Up Blue, held globally each April 2 by Autism
Speaks to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day and kick-off Autism Awareness
the globe, iconic structures such as the Empire State Building in New York City
and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Brazil are illuminated blue to illustrate
the importance of research into prevention and a cure for the brain development
disorder, which now affects 1 in 88 children worldwide."
strange that this story talks about prevention when Autism Speaks never talks
about preventing autism. It's a given that there's no known cause.
managing editor, Kim Stagliano, made this comment about "celebrating
pretending it's Easter when it's really Good Friday." That pretty well
summed it up for me. I intend to put that comment on every story talking
celebrating autism that are sure to be coming out in April. I posted
leading grassroots autism advocacy organization, will host a series of events
throughout the month of April to help increase awareness about autism and the
issues surrounding those impacted by the disorder. Autism impacts 1 in 50
children and appears to have its root in early brain development, although
there is no known cause or cure. Since its inception, SNN has worked with more
than 30,000 children and families and is known as California's go-to
organization for autism advocacy and serving under-served populations,
particularly the African American and Latino communities."
of the horrific acceptance of a disorder affecting 2 percent of children with
no known cause or cure. (There was no place for comments.)
"A new study finds
that children who receive the full schedule of vaccinations have no increased
risk of autism.
is a very important and reassuring study,' says Geraldine Dawson, chief science
officer at Autism Speaks, who wasn't involved in the new paper. 'This study
shows definitively that there is no connection between the number of vaccines
that children receive in childhood, or the number of vaccines that children
receive in one day, and autism.'"
This is sure to get lots
of coverage and it's obviously timed to coincide with autism awareness month.
There is a pretense at doing a comparison study, but it's not a true fully
vaccinated vs never vaccinated study, which is the only way to settle the
The comment link doesn't
work. Liz Szabo wrote this story. She's covered autism/vaccines for
a long time. I wrote this about her last summer.
Greg Gutfeld on Fox:
"What did jackass Jim Carrey do? He was behind that anti-vaccine panic.
There's 160,000 people that died from measles last year, according to World
Health Organization. Jim Carrey has killed more people than all the rifles
combined. He's a dirty, stinking coward. He's a moral coward. He did a video
attacking rural America. You wouldn't do video about gangs which kills more
people with handguns. He wouldn't do that because he is too worried about his
career. He's such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He is a gibbering mess."
Jim Carrey did a parody
of Charlton Heston's role with guns and the NRA. There was a lot criticism on
Fox. Three times Jim Carrey was the subject of discussion on Wednesday, March
27 on Fox. Greg Gutfeld wasn't satisfied with just talking about Carrey's
portrayal of Heston, he also brought up Carrey's efforts to publicize the risks
associated with vaccines. His tirade included blaming him for every person who
died of measles last year.
sides are presented and Pam McAlister of St. Paul presented the facts
about the risks.
hard to brush this off....
the Gardasil vaccine, there were thousands of reports of sudden collapse with
unconsciousness within 24 hours, seizures, muscle pain, disabling fatigue,
Guillain-Barré syndrome, facial paralysis, brain inflammation, rheumatoid
arthritis, lupus, blood clots, optic neuritis, strokes and other serious health
problems, including death. Adverse event reports for Cervarix have been
similar. As of August 2012, a total of 26,304 reports had been made to the
federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System associated with Gardasil or
Cervarix, including 118 deaths."