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Letter to the Editor in Columbia Daily Tribune on PBS Autism Series

Posted May 01 2011 12:00am

PBSNewshour-GlobalTumblerVirtual-Mar2010 Thank you to Cynthia Parker for having this letter to the editor run in her local paper,
The Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune.  You may comment and like on FB from the live link HERE.


The PBS series “Autism Now” was received with jubilation by vaccine-damaged families. In it, revered broadcaster Robert MacNeil’s daughter Alison recounts the story of her son Nick’s regression into autism four years ago. At 15 months of age, he received the MMR, DTaP and Hib vaccines all in the same visit and quickly developed the symptoms of autism and bowel disease. The first program shows Nick and his family, their warmth, their love and the difficulties of living with a severely impaired child.

The program depicting a tragedy for one family validates on mainstream television the experience of many thousands of families. Nick’s disease is the same as that of the children studied by Andrew Wakefield, whose measured report in the Lancet caused the witch hunt we all saw in January. Big Pharma and the medical establishment are doing everything possible to deny the obvious: The recommended vaccines have caused rates of autism to soar so that it is 20 times more common now than 20 years ago. One in every 100 children is diagnosed with autism. The consequences are devastating for the child, his family and society, which in most cases will be responsible for the millions of dollars required for the lifetime care of each individual.

Since 1991 it has been standard practice to administer the hepatitis-B vaccine at the hospital to newborns, in many cases without asking the parents’ permission. There is near zero chance a baby or child will be exposed to hepatitis B unless a family member has it, and whatever protection might be offered by the vaccine series will wear off before the child is old enough to engage in the unprotected sex or the sharing of needles in illegal drug use that are the principal means of transmission.

Physician Robert Sears documents in “The Vaccine Book” how the numbers were inflated with no basis in reality to establish this vaccine program. Missouri school nurse Patti White, in her testimony before Congress in 1999, gives searing evidence that the deluge of autistic kindergartners who started hitting Missouri schools in 1996 was caused by the aftereffects of the hepatitis-B vaccine.

In 2000, a month before my daughter was born, I told my future pediatrician I did not want her to receive the hepatitis-B vaccine at birth. He agreed but forgot to tell the staff, who gave my baby the shot on her first day of life.

When she was 4 days old, she started to scream without pause, hour after hour, all night, finally crashing around dawn to sleep for a couple of hours before waking to scream again. I rocked her in my arms in a rocking chair, singing to her, attempting to nurse her, all night and all day. She cried like that 18 hours a day for nearly a week before subsiding to cry only eight hours a day until she was 9 weeks old.

I told her pediatrician about the inconsolable crying the first week, and he asked whether it was for at least three hours a day, trying to identify it as colic. Colic doesn’t start the first week but follows the rule of three, starting at 3 weeks old, crying at least three hours a day, stopping by 3 months old. My baby’s crying was due to vaccine-induced encephalitis. The package insert of every vaccine tells you encephalitis is a possible side effect, and encephalitis is an accepted cause of autism.

My daughter subsequently missed all her language milestones and was diagnosed by the Rusk Center with suspected autism at 20 months. The diagnosis was subsequently confirmed. Today she is mainstreamed as a fourth-grader at Mill Creek Elementary School but is significantly impaired. Her development is extremely delayed, her interests are those of a preschooler, her comprehension of what she reads is almost nothing, though she can read the words very well, and her math skills are good for her age. She is lonely and has no friends.

Most cases of autism in the United States today are caused by vaccines, especially those for hepatitis B, MMR and DTaP. At one time it might have been said by some that those harmed were collateral damage necessary so that the majority might be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases. But now, with the inflation of the schedule of recommended vaccinations and the consequent explosion of cases of autism, asthma, childhood diabetes, ADHD and life-threatening allergies, most people who look at the question would conclude vaccines are hurting more than helping.

I had measles when I was a child. At that time, in the 1960s, nearly everyone got measles and just stayed in bed. Neither Tylenol nor ibuprofen was used to misguidedly reduce the fever. A few children, about one in 1,000, died of complications such as pneumonia or measles-induced encephalitis. Vaccine-induced encephalitis, much more common than we have been led to believe, and disease-caused encephalitis both cause brain damage and sometimes death. At present, vaccine-induced encephalitis causes much more death and permanent disability than the latter.

It is imperative that parents inform themselves before they decide which, if any, of the vaccines they want their children to get. Unfortunately, doctors have been intimidated by such spectacles as the Wakefield debacle into keeping to themselves any doubts they have about vaccine safety. I recommend parents read such books as Wendy Lydall’s “Raising a Vaccine-Free Child” and Randall Neustaedter’s “The Vaccine Guide” before taking a step they might regret.

Remember, neither doctors nor vaccine companies are subject to liability for damage caused. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month that vaccines are an unavoidably unsafe product and vaccine companies bear no responsibility for even a defectively designed product. Only the best and most meticulously documented cases, like that of Hannah Poling, have any chance of winning compensation.

In spite of all the opposition to publicizing the truth, it is with relief that we have seen a great broadcaster like Robert MacNeil come forward to put his love for his family before his fear of pressure and intimidation by Big Pharma.

We can only hope other high-profile figures will follow suit and dare to give their testimony.

Cynthia Parker is a Columbia resident.

Posted by Age of Autism at May 02, 2011 at 5:47 AM in Current Affairs Permalink

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