Accuracy in Media

Conservatives are frequently accused of being beholden to big corporations. But on the matter of mandatory, and sometimes risky, vaccines, it’s the liberals and the left-wingers who come down on the side of the drug companies, known as Big Pharma. They want government to force parents to have their infants injected with potentially dangerous vaccines that may be linked to the developmental disorder known as autism.

Autism was once a rare disorder but is now so common that most people know someone with an affected child. Many parents with autistic children have concluded that government policy dictating that every child get 69 doses of 16 vaccines, some with controversial chemical ingredients, is a factor in the rise of autism.

One of the important voices in this controversy is Bob Wright, whose new book, The Wright Stuff: From NBC to Autism Speaks, is getting some important press attention. He ran NBC Universal for more than 20 years and started the organization Autism Speaks, after his first grandchild was diagnosed with autism back in 2004. In his book, he says that President Obama’s key adviser, Valerie Jarrett, killed a proposal to improve the safety of vaccines, so that parental fears about the link between vaccines and autism could be addressed.

The Bush administration killed a similar proposal, he says. In that case, the explanation was that “the White House was afraid of press reaction.”

Wright argues convincingly that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) methodology for identifying and addressing vaccine problems is ineffective and that it must be improved.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of our media that liberal reporters and commentators are so quick to take the side of Big Pharma against parents who have seen for themselves how vaccines have led to the dramatic increase in autism. The federal government recognizes the risks and dangers, having established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program to compensate victims of vaccines. This takes the vaccine makers off the hook for injuries and deaths caused by government-mandated vaccines. In short, Big Government is protecting Big Business from liability for their products. Wright notes that $100 million a year is paid in damages to victims of vaccines.

As a result of government mandating vaccines—and the manufacturers being given immunity from prosecution for financial damages—they have become a cash cow for Big Pharma. There is a vested financial interest in increasing the number of vaccines, and making them mandatory at earlier ages.

All of this has come at a terrible cost, according to critics of vaccines.

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and the link between vaccines and autism is once again up for debate. Interestingly, Alisyn Camerota interviewed Bob Wright on the topic last week on CNN. The discussion was informative, but didn’t go far enough in ascertaining who in the federal government is stopping much-needed research into the safety of vaccines.

One topic was, of course, Donald J. Trump, with whom Wright worked for many years on his television show. But Camerota then turned to Wright’s new book, where he writes about his grandson: “Right after he got the standard one-year vaccinations, he developed a very high fever and screamed for hours. Katie [his daughter] was so frightened she called her husband to come home from work and they put the baby in an ice bath to bring down the fever. When they called the doctor they were told the reaction was completely normal.”

Camerota preceded the discussion by noting that one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism. “That number is staggeringly different than a generation ago when it was 1 in 10,000,” she said. “And I couldn’t help but notice your wording in the book when you talked about Christian—the timing of Christian’s autism.”

She added, “Bob, I can’t tell you how many parents, dozens, I have interviewed who had the exact same experience that you did. After the children got their standard vaccinations, that night the child had a high fever, they were clearly in distress, they were screaming in mortal pain, they called the doctor and the doctor said you’re having a vaccine reaction. I know this is very controversial. Are you satisfied that enough research and studies have been done to prove that there is no link?”

This was an interesting way to put it. Wright told Camerota that he didn’t think a “direct link” had yet been established, but he quickly added that that more and better research is needed. He explained, “… it’s very difficult to do research on vaccines when you’re talking about vaccines that go to tens of millions of people, because you need a large sample to make any conclusions about something like this. And that’s part of the difficulty. I would also say that, that you—that we all know without any controversy that a lot of children have very different reactions to vaccines, period.”

The media insist the link between vaccines and autism has been “debunked” or even “disproven.” But not establishing a “direct link” is, of course, far different than no link. What’s more, as Camerota noted, many parents have seen the link for themselves, with their children suffering from autism after vaccines were administered.

Wright added that children “have different immune systems” and may react to vaccines differently. In his book, Wright thoughtfully addresses this topic, noting that “What made vaccines so controversial was the unknown: the inability to more accurately anticipate a child’s response based on their genetics.”

On CNN, Wright explained that the vaccine program “can be significantly improved for very little money and we tried, and I tried with two administrations, the Bush administration, Obama administration and I failed to get it. It got stopped in the White House in both cases.”

This was an incredible statement that amounts to an indictment. He was saying two different administrations, one Republican and one Democrat, didn’t want to improve vaccine safety. Wright discusses this in his book, saying the Bush White House was fearful of press criticism of such an effort, and that it was Jarrett who turned down the proposal to study vaccines and improve their safety in the Obama White House.

Wright’s book also notes how vaccine safety has become an issue in the presidential campaign.

During the second presidential debate, Trump told the following story: “Just the other day, two years old, two and a half years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic.” Trump said that he is “totally in favor of vaccines” but said he wants “smaller doses over a longer period of time.”

For simply telling this story and suggesting caution, Trump was viciously attacked by the media.

But Wright, in his book, says that Trump speaks for many people. “We support vaccines,” Wright said in a memo to the board of Autism Speaks, “but if parents have concerns, spread out the shots.”

This was the recommendation of Dr. Ben Carson at the same debate. While there was no proof linking vaccines to autism, Carson said, “It is true that we are probably giving way too many in too short a period of time. And a lot of pediatricians now recognize that, and, I think, are cutting down on the number and the proximity in which those are done, and I think that’s appropriate.”

But simply pointing out the facts and advising caution is somehow considered unscientific by the liberal media.

One reporter who has looked at the vaccine-autism link is former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, author of Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. She notes that in 2008, the federal government agreed to pay damages to the family of Hannah Poling, “a child who developed autism after multiple vaccinations.” Attkisson commented that that the “landmark case” amounted to $1.5 million for the girl the first year and $500,000 each year after. In total, the compensation could amount to $20 million over the child’s lifetime.

Attkisson, who received the Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Award in 2012, explained that the case was “ordered sealed, protecting the pharmaceutical vaccine industry and keeping the crucial information hidden from other families who have autistic children and also believe vaccines to be the culprit.” But word leaked out.

“The great majority of medical opinion holds that vaccines don’t cause autism,” Attkisson concedes. “However, many of the same experts don’t dispute that vaccines can, in rare instances, cause brain damage.” Hence, she points out, parents of children with autistic symptoms or autism win vaccine injury claims by highlighting brain damage, not autism specifically. “But when autism or autistic symptoms are alleged as the primary brain damage, the cases are lost.”

As National Autism Awareness Month was approaching, actor Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival accepted and then rejected “VAXXED: From Cover-up to Catastrophe,” a documentary about the possible link between vaccines and autism that is based largely on the work of a CDC whistleblower.

Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a research scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), says in the trailer for the film that if present trends continue, by 2032 half of the children—and 80 percent of the boys—will be autistic. She says, “This will be a complete catastrophe if we just let it happen.”

Although his adviser Valerie Jarrett killed a proposal to improve vaccine safety, Obama designated April 2, 2016, as World Autism Awareness Day.

Rather than address the allegations of a link between vaccines and autism or improve vaccine safety, the liberals in and out of the Obama administration would rather expand insurance coverage for those with autism and spend more government funds on those with the disorder. They view this as the compassionate response. However, this could easily become what Anne Dachel of the Age of Autism website calls an economic disaster as the costs escalate to support and care for the victims of the epidemic.

Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center is warning that state legislatures across the country are moving quickly to pass bills backed by the pharmaceutical industry to restrict or remove personal/religious belief vaccine exemptions. She says, “Those embracing vaccine orthodoxy have a right to their beliefs, but they should not be given the legal right to persecute and punish fellow citizens refusing to convert. Tyranny by any other name is still tyranny.”




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Comments

  • You neglected to cite a single peer-reviewed study supporting this crackpot view. Many hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have shown that vaccines DO NOT cause autism. This entire scare exercise is the fault of Wakefield, whose discredited study cause the loss of his medical license.

  • satelliter

    After all, the NWO wants to reduce the world population drastically. Ebola didn’t work. Aids doesn’t work fast enough, now Zeta is on tap, only it doesn’t eliminate births it only creates vegetables. GMO foods will take too long as those poison foods will take generations to slowly cause life threatening illnesses. Some vaccinations used in third world countries have been found to contain drugs that cause sterilizations in adults. Of course those in power aren’t satisfied just to kill of large numbers of people, they want to make it extremely profitable also..;..AND it’s working….Welcome to the NWO.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    First paragraph = two gigantic lies.

    1) “Liberals” are NOT in the thrall of “Big Pharma”. They (we) are listening to actual scientists. You idiots are basing your decisions on anecdotal (and often false) data.

    2) Vaccines DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM! This is settled science. If you don’t know that, best you shut up and let the informed people make the decisions.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Bingo. There is no “low” low enough for AIM. If they can use something to bash “liberals”, they’ll use it. No matter how ridiculous.

  • dsmith

    Yes because corruption silenced Wakefield. “Many hundreds of peer-reviewed studies have shown that vaccines do not cause autism” is meaningless when corruption is involved with those studies, i.e who funded them, what results did they hide to get the results they needed etc. The truth shall prevail.

  • dsmith

    Do your research folks, and ignore the Big Pharma trolls that flood the comment sections on these articles. http://www.globalresearch.ca/uncovering-the-cover-up-scientific-analysis-of-the-vaccine-autism-connection-deeply-flawed-vaccine-policies/5491987

  • RMThoughts

    With each day it becomes more and more clear that American politics and democracy, like its economy and financial institutions, are all “rigged” by a powerful political and financial mafia, with too much stake in the political and economic system to try and allow for a any kind of invovlement of “we the people” or a candidate not of the GOP/Dem uniparty choice.

    Everyone here in the US and abroad, can now see GOPe politics for the fraud it is, both parties Democrats and Republicans are governed as a feudal fiefdoms by powerful self-serving political leadership that undermines the entire political process.

  • houses1

    There is no such thing as settled science…it is always evolving. Also, you are regurgitating mainstream media pseudoscience….
    http://www.scribd.com/mobile/doc/220807175/124-Research-Papers-Supporting-the-Vaccine-Autism-Link#scribd

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Yes and no.

    Yes. Science IS, in fact, always evolving. The question of whether or not vaccines cause autism, however, has been answered. The answer is no.

    No. Anti-vaxxers are the ones using pseudoscience. There has NEVER been a confirmed link between vaccines and autism. NEVER! Do you realize this? NO EVIDENCE! Of ANY kind!

  • Again, you need to cite some actual science here.

  • Nancy

    Iron Chef Sandwiches – when you can buy and pay for the results you want, i.e. Tobacco Science, it no longer serves a purpose to the people Public scince has been up for sale for decades.

    When a large corporation is allowed and asked to do in house studies, and would stand to benefit financially from those results, that is a problem.

    You are defending a science that is no longer available to the people.

    Corporations, like big pharma are in fact influencing policy, when in fact, if science was still legitimate, and for the public good, it would be the other way around, our policies would be influencing large corporations like big pharma.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Whoa whoa whoa. You’re talking apples and oranges here.

    Yes. Science is continually being perverted to nefarious (read: corporate) ends. No question about it. And big pharma is, in fact, despicable in many, many way.

    That being said…there is still NO evidence that vaccines cause autism. None. And that’s all I was saying. And the research of this wasn’t all done by the pharmaceutical industry. The science is overwhelming, verified, AND independent.

    Your point is well taken. But it isn’t applicable in this particular case.

  • Nancy

    Iron Chef Sandwiches – The science is not overwhelming, it is underwhelming.

    When a government agency says there will be no more investigation into the subject of ‘xyz’ disease, we will discredit any scientist that comes up with results that do not suit our purpose, and we will allow direct to consumer advertising to sell our ‘xyz’ products, that is a problem.

    A physicians primary focus, as they are taught in school, is to listen, and truly hear what their patients are saying, and to investigate. Parents, in the 100’s of thousands, have been saying for over two decades now, there is a problem, there is a real problem, and it happened after vaccination.

    These parents have been routinely dismissed, painted as outsiders, treated poorly when they tried to speak up, and have been virtually abandoned by the very scientific agencies our government originally put into place to protect these very people.

    Not so much apples and oranges, as an entire fruit salad or corruption.

    There has been so much information sewage flowing liberally into main stream media, that the confusion has sensitized people enough to back away from even wanting to hear about connections of vaccines to disease, acute or chronic.

    So when you say overwhelming, that would be the informational bought and paid for sewage. I look forward to the day when actual studies done independently with no pharma or CDC oversight come out, and the authors are protected for slander and discrimination.

  • Moretoit

    try this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fOjOUrHtoA many of us didn’t believe either.
    Then look at the definitions of autism and the neuropathology. The previous people posting do have a valid point.

  • mom2luke

    So: Brain damage, yes. Autism, no.

    A duck by any other name is still a duck.

  • mom2luke

    No. It did not “start” with Wakefield. His study was in response to parent eye witness reports. Just because they do not cause brain damage/gut damage in ALL, does not mean they do not cause it in SOME.

    As the article states, failure to find/prove a link does not mean one does not exist, especially if the sample size is not large enough and the many genetic variables that could make one vuneralbe to harm are not controlled for.

  • mom2luke

    Underwhelming because the “science” excludes parental eyewitness reports of regression, calling them biased, hysterical and just “looking for someone to blame” for the “inexplicable” regression of a normally developing baby that reaches all his milestones into a confused toddler who “forgets” his words and how to follow the plot of a Barney show and how to respond to his parents when we call him…this occuring after spiking a fever after his “routine” shots. Terrifying. Sickening. And then we’re told we don’t see what we see. Afterall, we’re not “experts” on how safe vaccines are.

  • If such a phenomenon exists, you need to cite studies proving it. Here are mine: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html

  • Moretoit

    Can you show me where in wakefields study he said that the vaccine’s cause autism?

  • Eben Plettner

    1) You must be in the Thrall if you will not even look at the issue. Who’s word are you taking that the issue is settled? The CDC? While that have whistleblowers in the CDC and thr science is actually split.

    2) The US giverbment’s vaccine compensation program admits and pays for vaccine injury resulting in Autism. This is the scientific experts stating that vaccines can and do cause autism. On top of that, AUTISM is LISTED AS A SIDE EFFECT on DTAP vaccine insurt. You show extreme ignorance in you comments here

  • mom2luke

    I don’t “need” to “prove” my story is true. I KNOW my story is true. I am a datapoint of one. My son is just one of many cases of regressive autism. The CDC “needs” to listen to such eyewitness reports from parents like me, instead of claiming high fever followed by regression and the development of seizures (or even SIDS) is merely “coincidental” to their vaccines.

  • Moretoit

    see page 24, or download and use the search function “autism”. So if one says it doesn’t this would not be on there…..ever.
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-jYsdHZuRhCVXZUbFFlUzdfNGM/edit?pli=1

  • Skeptic

    You are citing the same CDC caught destroying evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism and African-American boys.. Do you not see the problem there? The foxes are guarding the hen house: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4546421/rep-bill-posey-calling-investigation-cdcs-mmr-reasearch-fraud
    “Studies” and so-called “science” that is bought and paid for by corporate interests is no longer legitimate, and therefore can’t be cited as some type of “proof” to support a certain position, in this case the claim that ” vaccines are safe”. Rather, explain why there is a vaccine injury fund, explain why the manufacturers of these drugs are completely shielded from liability from injuries/deaths from to their products, explain why the CDC destroyed evidence of a link between MMR vaccine and African-American children?

  • dsmith

    Here’s some actual science. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XU8nSn5Ezd8

  • Moretoit

    Really “No” evidence of any kind?
    see page 24, or download and use the search function “autism”. So if one says it doesn’t this would not be on there…..ever.
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-jYsdHZuRhCVXZUbFFlUzdfNGM/edit?pli=1
    It’s
    not a liberal thing, it’s not a political thing. Is there money
    involved? You decide. But no evidence ever? It’s their own paperwork.

  • Tim Lundeen

    Thanks for this balanced and objective article, Cliff.

    It is 100% clear that vaccines cause autism for some people: the government’s Vaccine Injury Compensation program has actually compensated them, and the Hannah Poling case in particular was extremely well studied.

    The most obvious cases are where a round of vaccines triggers a “regression” into autism: a perfectly normal child is severely and obviously injured following vaccination. The most recent statistics on regression are from this International Society for Autism Research, where they find a rate of 3.3 children per 1,000 for children born in 2002. So in the 2002 birth cohort, we would expect about 13,000 children with regressive autism. Rates of regression increased dramatically over the 10 years of the study, and for children born in 2016, it would be very plausible to predict ~50,000 cases of regressive autism. [https://imfar.confex.com/imfar/2015/webprogram/Paper20185.html]

    Where we don’t have good information is the association between “congenital” autism and vaccines. There are plausible biological mechanisms that could cause a child to be autistic at or soon after birth due to vaccine injury, so that normal development is never seen. For congenital cases, we don’t have as direct evidence for the percentage of cases as with regression. We really need a large-scale, good-quality study of vaccinated-to-the-CDC-schedule versus fully-unvaccinated to have better numbers. The limited and lower-quality information we do have does show indeed show that never-vaccinated have much lower rates of autism.

    Finally, the concern with vaccines should not be limited to autism: vaccines are known to cause different kinds of brain damage, to trigger autoimmune illness, and to cause anaphylactic-shock-level food allergies. All of these harms need to be weighed against any benefits.

  • dsmith
  • Tim Lundeen

    And I see the trolls are out in force, as always when someone writes an objective review 🙂

    I hope everyone who is new to this will watch Sharyl Attkisson’s Ted talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bYAQ-ZZtEU

  • dsmith

    The science is so far from being settled. Especially when it’s bought and paid for by those who profit from the status quo. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11064-011-0427-0

  • dsmith

    The science is so far from being settled, particularly since the so called “science” you rely on is bought and paid for by those who profit from maintaining the status quo. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11064-011-0427-0

  • Moretoit

    see page 24, or download and use the search function “autism”. So if one says it doesn’t this would not be on there…..ever.
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-jYsdHZuRhCVXZUbFFlUzdfNGM/edit?pli=1

  • Moretoit

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-jYsdHZuRhCVXZUbFFlUzdfNGM/edit?pli=1
    Page 24 or use the search function autism in the document

  • Moretoit

    Really “No” evidence of any kind?
    see page 24, or download and use the search function “autism”. So if one says it doesn’t this would not be on there…..ever.
    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-jYsdHZuRhCVXZUbFFlUzdfNGM/edit?pli=1
    It’s not a liberal thing, it’s not a political thing. Is there money involved? You decide. But no evidence ever? It’s their own paperwork.

  • ericarr6

    What do you mean by research? Are you a scientist? Or do you mean reading, when you say research? Thanks.

  • ericarr6

    Zeta? I think you meant Zika.

  • Debra Merriman

    I have long wondered if anyone in the media would cover such a taboo issue with some intelligence, and of course it would turn out to be my go to source for truth in journalism..AIM…thank you Cliff Kincaid ….great thought out article as usual…I have always appreciated AIM and support you…now I think I love you…no…I know I love you…prayers for AIM.

  • Susan Ford Keller

    So, who was that Bob Wright who threw his daughter under the bus and claimed that his grandson didn’t get autism from vaccines? Nice flip-flop, Bob! So tired of men AND women waiting until they have nothing left to lose or they’re old as dirt before they tell the truth. Grow balls, everyone!!! Yes, ladies, that means you, too.

  • It’s difficult to take all of this at face value, and believe that Bob Wright actually does feel that we need to do more research on vaccine safety so we have a better understanding of the possible relationship between autism and vaccines, when his group Autism Speaks includes the following statement on their website:

    https://www.autismspeaks.org/science/policy-statements/information-about-vaccines-and-autism

    “Autism Speaks statement on vaccinations

    Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there
    is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of
    this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism.”

    Here is the truth about Autism Speaks…

    The Awful Truth About Autism Speaks

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/08/the-awful-truth-about-autism-speaks.html

    “It is a leech upon the autism community, sucking resources and
    walk-a-thon energy away from cash-strapped families struggling to cope.
    If there was any value in its “awareness” campaign, it has been
    achieved; AS has no apparent further reason for being. It’s delaying
    progress, deflecting attention from the truth. It’s job, like any other
    business (or malignancy), is to grow. As Boyd Haley said of another such
    entity, “Bureaucracies don’t have a heart or a soul, but they do have a
    survival instinct.” AS is in survival mode and it will swat down or
    swallow anyone or anything that threatens it.”

  • HomebirthMomma

    Great reporting. Thank you.

  • Who are these Deciders, these “informed people”?

    Dr. Paul Offit, who wrote an Op/Ed in which he “calculated” that an infant’s immune system can withstand the antigens of 10,000 vaccines at once? Or perhaps Dr./Senator Pan, one of the cosponsors of SB277 in CA which did away with personal and religious beliefs exemptions entirely, who said “the most dangerous ingredient in vaccines is water”? Or maybe it was Dr. Fauci, Director of NAID, who claims that risks from vaccines are so small as to be “unmeasurable”?

  • mom2luke

    How these so-called experts who allow the insane vaccine schedule to grow into more and more before age 2 is beyond me. It makes you wonder if they have ever even read the warning inserts. How they can sleep at night is beyond me. Sadly it will have to happen to one of their own children or grandchildren before they will be enlightened.

  • mom2luke

    I’m a liberal. The autism issue is non-partisan.

  • children are not cattle

    Here’s the thing. Yes vaccines are extremely dangerous and yes the government , medical industry and pharma funded media is engaged in a massive arse covering exercise. But the elephant in the room isn’t actually autism – as big a story as that is.

    The real story is the fact that none of the vaccines actually work. The world has been hoodwinked on an astronomical scale.

    This summarises what has happened (I will elaborate with further posts).

    1) The diseases were renamed (doctors just blamed different germs/genes etc when they saw the exact same symptoms).

    2) Health of children (and adults) has not improved since the widespread use of vaccination. On the contrary it has deteriorated to an incredible extent.

    3) Even if you look at each vaccine on a case by case basis vs what set of symptoms/complications it was supposed to reduce you can see that *none* of them have improved health.

    4) The reason this all happened is because doctors are prejudiced against and often instructed not to diagnose the condition in patients that are vaccinated based on – ironically enough – their genuine belief that the vaccines actually work.

  • children are not cattle

    So what has happened to all these so-called vaccine preventable diseases if their complications are still just as, if not more, common but we no longer hear about them?

    They have all been renamed – differentially diagnosed.

    Measles has been renamed roseola, fifth disease, etc;

    Polio has been renamed Guillain Barre, transverse myelitis, coxsackie, MS, cerebral palsy, viral meningitis (we actually use more respirators today than we ever did iron lungs by the way it is just that iron lungs were too expensive and dangerous to keep using);

    Diphtheria/pertussis were renamed respiratory syncytial virus, croup, strep, pharyngitis , tonsillitis etc;

    Hepatitis just runs its way through the alpabet;

    Meningitis/pneumonia/sepsis blamed on Hib was renamed meningitis/pneumonia/sepsis blamed on some other bacteria;

    Smallpox was renamed monkey pox/severe chicken pox.

    So how did this all happen?

    Well ironically, it didn’t happen because of some wide conspiratorial effort to lie to the public – quite the opposite. It happened because doctors genuinely believed in vaccinations.

    Once a vaccine is introduced doctors are prejudiced against diagnosing that condition based on their belief/hope that the vaccine will work. Indeed, this is why the gold standard for testing is supposed to be a *double* blind placebo trial – the doctor is not supposed to know you received the treatment because it will bias their diagnoses. Unfortunately, the data that is used to prove that vaccines work is not blinded. So why are they prejudiced? Well quite simply because they believe that the vaccine works! The whole thing is so incredibly simple and obvious really, but very often the more simple and obvious it is the harder it is to get our heads around how so many people could miss it – but there are thousands of historical precedents for such things.

  • children are not cattle

    And before people say “but what about the different viruses?” You need to remember that we virtually never looked for the specific disease causing germ before the vaccine is introduced (we simply assumed it was there) so the only way to make a sensible comparison is to compare the rates of symptoms/complications of these diseases before and after their vaccines to evaluate whether they worked.

    In fact, demanding laboratory confirmation today (when it was never required before the vaccine) simply reinforces the fact that the decline in diseases is not real.

  • children are not cattle

    Now, while this “diagnostic bias” makes perfect sense some of you might want to see more concrete evidence of it and you are in luck because, you see, while doctors don’t generally need much encouragement in their pro-treatment bias, health bureaucracies will often explicitly encourage it anyway.

    “To minimize the problem of false positive laboratory results, it is important to restrict case investigation and laboratory tests to patients most likely to have measles (i.e., those who meet the clinical case definition, especially if they have risk factors for measles, such as being unvaccinated,[…]”

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt07-measles.html

    And here is the UK’s National Health Service: “Following assessment, if a diagnosis of measles is considered likely, it is essential to notify the local Health Protection Unit (HPU)” and subsequently: “Measles is very unlikely in people who have been fully immunized”, followed by “Consider a different cause if the patient is likely to have immunity” http://cks.nice.org.uk/measles#!diagnosissub

    And this is for diphtheria: “Because diphtheria has occurred only rarely in the United States in recent years, many clinicians may not include diphtheria in their differential diagnoses. Clinicians are reminded to consider the diagnosis of respiratory diphtheria in patients with membranous pharyngitis and who are not up-to-date with vaccination against diphtheria.”

    http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt01-dip.html

    And this is for pertussis http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/vpd-mev/pertussis/professionals-professionnels-eng.php. According to the Canadian Public Health Agency only those who are not vaccinated (or for whom immunity has ‘waned’) are “at risk”.

    And for polio: “Consider polio in patients presenting with polio-like symptoms, especially if the person is unvaccinated and has recently traveled abroad to a place where polio still occurs, or was exposed to a person who recently traveled from such an area.” http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/828839#vp_2

    “In the absence of known smallpox disease, the predictive value of a positive smallpox diagnostic test is extremely low; therefore, testing to rule out smallpox should be limited to cases that fit the clinical case definition in order to lower the risk of obtaining a false-positive test result. “ http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/smallpox/diagnosis/casedefinition.asp and what is more even the deified polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can and has apparently given positive results for smallpox since its supposed eradication but, again, it couldn’t have been smallpox because we all know smallpox doesn’t exist does it? http://www.who.int/csr/disease/smallpox/abstract_meyer.pdf

    In addition to the above, (as you can see from the above links and this one http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/surv-manual/chpt12-polio.html and http://vactruth.com/2015/07/05/cdc-made-polio-disappear/) once a vaccine is introduced, generally speaking the diagnostic criteria is strengthened such that all cases need to be confirmed with a laboratory test (whereas before practically all cases are diagnosed on symptoms alone). Along with the pro-treatment bias of the doctors this pretty much guarantees that the number of diagnosed cases will fall dramatically – irrespective of whether the vaccine did any good.

  • Al Perry

    Have you noticed that no one asperates the needle when giving a shot these days. For those who don’t know what this is, it checks to see if the needle has entered a artery before the dose is injected. After the stick, you just pull back the plunger a bit to see if any blood comes up. That keeps the dose from being injected into the blood stream where it would be carried straight into the brain. It is supposed to be in the muscle. That could be your problem in a nutshell. Medical techs and nurses just stick,push the dose in,and pull it out in one quick motion. Older nurses were always trained to asperate every injection.

  • ljm4

    Bill Gates father was one of the first managers of the first Planned Parent hood businesses. Bill says vaccines will control population, I’d sure like him to expand on how that happens. I have an idea; but I’d like to hear his spin.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    The so-called increase in autism is the result of redefining many disabilities as autism and not as a result of actual increases in autism. Arguably there is no increase in autism just and increased interest in labeling almost everything as autism. The money being handed out to schools, doctors and families provides a huge incentive to labeling everything as autism.

    The science simply doesn’t support the claim that vaccinations cause autism. Simple as that they autism crazies are simply wrong and uninformed.

    There are 14 recommended vaccines and 28 vaccinations between birth and 6 years old not 16 vaccines and 69 vaccinations.

    Vaccines are a miracle of modern medicine. Vaccines have saved between 2-3 billion lives in the short 6-7 decades they have been available. This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to humans in our entire history. The anti-vaxers are like crazy luddites bereft of common sense and scientific knowledge but full of themselves.

    I just have one question for the anti-vaxers: Which of these diseases that we have now controlled do you want your children and grandchildren to get???

  • TDP

    Im sorry, but how on earth can you believe the ridiculous statement that vaccines DO NOT cause autism when we keep adding more and more vaccines? At what point in time are you discussing? Pre-and post DTap to pregnant women? Pre and post flu shot to pregnant women? How about the new Prevnar? How about the MMR they are working to “improve” because the mumps portion does not work? How about the Ebola vaccine they are working on? How about the new Zika vaccine they are getting ready to shove in everyone’s arm when ebola did not work? How about the swine flu vaccine? You know the one our government tried to force health care workers to take? The one that caused narcolepsy in Europe? That one was tested to huh? So, I guess they test all these vaccines for autism before they market them right? Ridiculous argument. Go back to your marketing 101 class your running out of time.

  • Jaimi Butler Greeley

    Brilliant. You absolutely nailed it. I actually had a friend ask me the other day that since I am no longer vaccinating my kids am I just basically relying on “herd immunity” and I said, no, there is no such thing in the first place. People live under deeply valued illusions in this country when it comes to health. Ones they desperately want to hold onto. I only wish my kids had never received any vaccines at all. There would be one less case of autism in the world had I known better. And they would be far healthier too. Instead now they will be plagued with not only autism, but eczema, allergies, endless colds and other infections that could have all been avoided had I not allowed the medical system to toy with their immune systems when they were so vulnerable. To me it’s insidious what is being done to this generation of children. Look around at the older population right now, did your grandparents suffer from allergies or eczema? Mine didn’t and I don’t know any that did. Deathly peanut allergies?…that is a bi-product of our wonderful medical advancements. I wonder how many generations it will take to undo the damage all of this has caused. That is if enough parents take a stand and decide not to fall prey to the fear that our media perpetrates constantly.

  • Colorado Conservative

    Thank you for this one Cliff. Colorado has a current bill in the legislature that will force parents to register their child with the state regarding which vaccines have been given to their children (HB1164). Of course we know exactly what the state will do with that information and it will not be good. My children are now adults and I thought the vaccines given then were ridiculous. It has only gotten much worse since. For example, newborn babies being given the Hepatitis B vaccine immediately after birth. Why????? Hep B is caught by IV drug users and those who have homosexual sex. It is rarely transmitted from an infected mother to her baby in utero. Yet ALL newborns get the vaccine if parents do not say NO.

  • Moretoit

    https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-jYsdHZuRhCVXZUbFFlUzdfNGM/edit?pli=1
    See page 24, Autism is listed. So, yes they can. How many people died from measles in the US last year…..10 years? Deaths from measles etc was almost zero before the vaccine ever hit the ground. Science does not support the claim that vaccines have saved 2-3 billion lives. Having had measles, chicken pox etc growing up (and BTW-fully vaccinated), they have done very little. There’s the science.

  • houses1

    Nice try LOL!

  • children are not cattle

    Thank you Jaimi, you are more than welcome to copy it all down and use it all.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Very interesting that you only want to look at measle deaths in the last 10 years. But the answer is 146,000 people die from measles worldwide every year. The U.S. had substantial measles deaths prior to the vaccine and now none. Vaccines work!

    100 years ago half of all children died before age 5 and almost all of those deaths were from diseases that we now can prevent with vaccines. Vaccines saved billions of live. Why wouldn’t that make you feel good about vaccines. Oh that’s right your bias blinds you.

  • GoneWithTheWind
  • GKBH

    Nothing will happen to Satan’s offspring…they know what they are doing to the population…it’s intentional.

  • GKBH

    financed by Satan’s offspring, Soros….

  • GKBH

    It is easy to bash liberals … they are commies … ALL are Satan’s offspring!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    Satan doesn’t exist and you have no concept of what the word “commie” even means. Other than that…great point!

  • GKBH

    YOU epitomize communists / socialists, and SATAN does indeed exist because YOU are Satan’s offspring!

  • IronChefSandwiches

    YOU make me LAUGH! Thanks for the chuckle. PS. Read something other than the Bible. Educate yourself.

  • Tuatha de Danann

    Reading is research too.
    When a scientific review is carried out (ie a Cochrane review), it involves reading, analysing and discussing the previously published work of others, not performing any new research.

  • Tuatha de Danann

    Herd immunity does exist. But only in naturally acquired disease.

  • Tuatha de Danann

    So what do you propose is causing the huge increase in autism diagnoses? We know that it is not improved awareness, or better diagnosis. We know it is not genetic. All the evidence points to environmental exposure. And the one thing that has changed is more vaccinations being given to children.
    Also I don’t know where you get the idea that there is no evidence that vaccines are associated with autism. There is actually plenty, but it is not conclusive. Absolute proof is difficult to come by- as with tobacco and lead, it was very long and arduous task to prove the association. But now, I don’t think there is anyone who would argue that cigarette smoke or lead is harmless.

  • Tuatha de Danann

    Could you please provide a link to these hundreds of studies? I always thought it was a few hastily performed studies completed after the Wakefield affair, in order to reassure parents and keep vaccine compliance high.

  • Tuatha de Danann

    No response to that one 🙂

  • Melissa Currie

    Its so true. Another point is: there is no way they have accurate records of who had the measles (and their claim of 1 per 1000 dying) back in the day before the vaccine, because I was around then, and what happened was ALL the parents knew what it was (by the symptoms) , a mostly benign illness, so didn’t even go to the doctor.

  • Melissa Currie

    you seem so angry, did your child get one of these diseases from a non-vaccinated child and die?

  • Melissa Currie

    Very well said, thank-you! Plus the “science” does not include double-blind placebo, or even epidemiology that looks at a large non-vaccinated population.

  • Melissa Currie

    the measles, its very benign actually, I had it and so did my kids and it gives you extra protection against heart attacks and strokes later in life. also gives you life long immunity and protection to your baby before they can get any shots if you breastfeed. Yeah I’d have my kids / grandkids get the measles over the shots any day. All the other ones are bogus, mostly in my opinion because they are so rare except pertussis (which I also had) , but again the shot is very dangerous too, so its a trade off.
    And I don’t believe these diseases have been totally controlled by vaccines, even scientists don’t, we also had many changes in the last 60 years, like sanitation and indoor plumbing, better nutrition etc.
    I do believe there are risks both ways, I do agree there are risks to these diseases, but there are also risks to the vaccines. It should be up to the parents to decide and not be bullied.
    And you shouldn’t call people names, its not really intelligent in my opinion, its very childlike, you do seem like you think you are intelligent and you probably are but you don’t sound it when you call people crazy luddites.
    One more point I’m sure you’re going to bring up and thats polio, and from my knowledge, in this country, it was mostly being spread through public pools, and I think chlorine has taken care of that

  • jenny

    It’s false to say that just because no study has ‘proven’ a phenomenon, it does not exist. Also, case studies (which is what Wakefield’s study was – describing what is seen in actual patients) is real science. It does not establish correlation or causation statistically-speaking, but it’s part of the picture and is real evidence.

    I worked as a scientific researcher in pharma and for public institutions performing pharma-funded research. Data that goes against the intended result is NEVER published. It just isn’t. Also, check the placebos in the CDC funded studies. They are always other vaccines – this therefore doesn’t answer the question of whether the vaccines themselves are safe – it just says that they are as safe as other vaccines.

    Not to mention the fact that the CDC destroyed evidence. That is scientific fraud at it’s worst coming from the supposed “authority” on autism.

    This page cites some studies that found a link between autism and vaccines. You can always look up and read these studies yourself! http://jameslyonsweiler.com/human-studies-that-indicate-autismvaccine-link/

  • Amaron

    Children are not cattle: This theory is amazing and enlightening. I have never heard of this before. Do you know of a book that details this?
    Thanks!

  • Moretoit

    In light that that have been public report with 100% vaccination and the disease was still spread, I would be interested in evidence that herd immunity exists please.

  • Moretoit

    Um, have you actually looked at the data? Scroll down here http://drsuzanne.net/dr-suzanne-humphries-vaccines-vaccination/ and look at where measles deaths were BEFORE the vaccine was introduced. Almost zero.This is the data (which removes any bias I might or might not have). I was fully vaccinated. Does that mean it worked? Nope, got measles, chicken pox whooping cough. Pretty much everything I was vaccinated against, I got. Of course one could say they don’t work 100% of the time…..but then that would kill the herd immunity theory (which is weak at best). With due respect, it appears the actual bias lies on the post prior to mine.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Before the measles vaccine thousands of Americans died from it every year. I don’t think you know what benign means

    You are so wrong on polio. If you are under age 70 you probably don’t even remember how terrible and terrifying polio was. The vaccine was a godsend. I don’t know where you got the chlorine hokum but it is out in left field.

    Luddite isn’t a dirty name it is a statement of fact.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    Um, you couldn’t be more wrong. Measles deaths went from thousands every year to almost none once vaccines were used to prevent it.

  • Melissa Currie

    And you are over 70? you remember first hand? It was terrifying because they would show images on TV of a very small percentage of the population that were extremely affected. Have you ever spoken to someone who got polio back in the day from the vaccine testing? I have, and it took him years to recover. And I know you know about SV40, but I’m sure you deny that too. I’m sure you’ve seen the graphs of the deaths from measles in this country before the vaccine came on the market, they were in a steady swift decline before the vaccine was introduced, I don’t have to find you a link because I know you know what I’m talking about. And polio is not highly contagious (like the measles) so better sanitation did cause a decrease http://www.historyofvaccines.org/content/blog/polio-and-swimming-pools-historical-connections
    I know a bit about the measles, like I said, I had them, my 4 siblings had them and my many cousins. It was no big deal, a fever and a rash. There is a lot of fear mongering over the measles.

  • Melissa Currie

    And in case you didn’t know the development of the polio vaccine had a very rocky past http://www.faqs.org/childhood/Pa-Re/Polio.html

  • Tuatha de Danann

    Yes that was my point.
    In vaccinated individuals it has not been shown to be a reality. But in naturally acquired disease, ie an unvaccinated population contracts a disease,(in this case measles) herd immunity can be found at around 55% of the population having been exposed.

    “Thus a large number of susceptibles escaped infection even
    during the most severe epidemics. Examining the evidence from the point of view of immunity, it is evident that when the level of immunity was higher than 55 percent,epidemics did not develop. This is an estimate of the threshold of herd immunity providing protection to the city against a measles epidemic.” from – Epidemiologic basis for eradication of measles in 1967.

  • Moretoit

    Presumably you viewed the graph and stats? You can claim it all you want, but the data suggests otherwise. Perhaps a different approach. Published measles morbidity and mortality data demonstrate that death rates for measles had dropped significantly in the U.S. before the measles vaccine was introduced in See: CDC.gov. Measles, Mumps, and Rubella—Vaccine Use and Strategies for Elimination of Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome and Control of Mumps: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR. May 22, 1997/ 47(RR-8);1-57. and Grove RD, Hetzel AM. Vital Statistics Rates in the United States 1940-1960. U.S. U.S. Public Health Service National Center for Health Statistics 1968.

  • aleteia
  • Skeptic

    Really?! Snopes? Wow

  • Kathy

    Seneff doesn’t realize that autism rates have not changed in several years.

    SOURCES: Ron Marino, M.D., associate chair of pediatrics,
    Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, N.Y.; Andrew Adesman, M.D.,
    chief, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, Cohen Children’s Medical
    Center, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
    Prevention, news release, March 31, 2016

  • Kathy

    BLF didn’t do her math. For example, contributions to Dr Richard Pan’s campaign from pharma industry totalled a grand one point 7 percent as of last summer when SB277 passed. 1.7% is certainly not a lot.

    http://www.followthemoney.org