Welcome to our new website and my new blog. And what a place to start: Posting about the massive media campaign that started yesterday, the renewed attacks in Dr. Andy Wakefield.
For those of us who have been in this Vaccine Awareness Movement for a long time, this multifaceted attack is strange. Just when we all thought there was nothing left to say, it starts all over again. All at the same time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, FOX news and even the British Medical Journal, launched a simultaneous attack on Dr Wakefield’s 1997 Lancet article and his previous research. If you Google, ‘Andrew Wakefield, Autism, 2011,’ 1284 news article come up for the last two days alone.
But this is not new News. Dr Wakefield was dragged through the mud by the media throughout 2009 and 2010. In February 2009, I wrote an article that summed up what was going on in the media at that time about Dr. Wakefield. The Lancet retracted his paper — which was nothing more than a case report — even though his research has been duplicated. In May, 2010, the General Medical Counsel in the UK — the equivalent of a State Medical Board on steroids — revoked his license to practice medicine.
Why this renewed, vicious attack on a doctor who has been trying to help children with autism, kids that the conventional medical establishment has written off as a “mystery” and has essentially abandoned? I have known Dr. Andy for many years. I wrote an article in 2009 about his bravery and his heart-felt personal mission. Dr Wakefield’s book offers many answers. Hear his testimony in his own words.
Why is this going on now?
They they must feel the need to slam Wakefield again. They need to shout from the rafters, yet again, that vaccines don’t cause autism because parents aren’t buying it. There are two new “pro-vaccine” books that are being released. I find the title of the new book by Dr. Paul Offit (Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All) telling, almost humerous. Is the ‘all’ he is referring to in the title those that manufacture, sell, promote and administer vaccines? Those who are unvaccinated are certainly healthy and disease free — threatening the pocketbook and long-term payouts to CEO and shareholders.
The truth of the matter is that more parents are:
- getting informed — my >21,000 Facebook Fans are a testament to this;
- taking responsibility for their children’s HEALTH;
- learning how to take care of fevers and simple illnesses at home — Here’s my article on “The Importance of Fever”
- finding out that unvaccinated kids don’t get sick very often;
- vaccinating in fewer numbers…Here’s the proof:
“Half of American adults (52%) say they are concerned about the safety of vaccinations for children, including 27% who are Very Concerned. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of 1000 parents finds that 44% are not concerned about the safety of vaccines for children. But this includes just 13% who are Not At All Concerned.” Those who vaccinate their babies are becoming the minority.
This is obviously very upsetting to PHarma and drug-pushing officials and needle-wielding pediatricians. Kids can’t be customers for life if they never get sick. They are in a tailspin about what to do. Can’t you just hear their brains spinning and finally say, “Oh Yea! I know…let’s drag Wakefield through the mud again. Let’s be very loud and very consolidated. Let’s focus on the very rare kids who have a bad out come from a childhood illness to terrify parents into vaccinating.” And — voilà! A full-court, regurgitated campaign to discredit Dr. Andy Wakefield…again.
Each time a campaign runs through the media like this, the good news is that more parents wake up. Those who never thought to question their doctors about vaccines suddenly start poking around on the internet, reading the arguments for and against vaccines…and more start saying no.
Sorry this is happening to you again, Andy. But I’m a firm believer that good things come out of bad things…and the more parents who say ‘no’ through your travails is certainly a good thing.