August 14, 2013
Sure, Jenny McCarthy is no Doctor... but
what about all of the Doctors who AGREE??
What about the physicians and scientists who also have serious concerns
about vaccines?   If we entertain the media's suggestion that Jenny isn't
qualified to speak on the topic of her son's health because of her lack of
relevant background, does that mean that the doctors who agree with her
are?   And if so, shouldn't they be reporting their views with the same
fervency as they crucified Jenny?

The Greater Good Movie website has compiled a
list of 150 doctors and
scientists with concerns about vaccines.   There are many more who aren't
as public regarding their views, but the list is a perfect place to start for
anyone in the media looking to "do their job, read the research and talk with
the hundreds of doctors and scientists who have expressed concerns."

And what about all of the parents, who may not be doctors, but are
researchers, engineers or attorneys.... people trained in reasoning, deduction,
scientific thinking who also believe their child's autism was triggered by
vaccines?  Do we count?  Because there are countless numbers of us.  

Parents who (like Jenny), seeking reassurance, sought out and read the
studies that supposedly prove vaccines can't cause autism.  Unfortunately,
instead of finding peace of mind, we found we were left with numerous
unanswered questions.  

The more and more we read, the more we found there are no studies that
prove vaccines are not related to autoimmune conditions, allergies, asthma,
ADHD, and yes, even AUTISM.

To the contrary, there are many studies that show they are.  
Ginger Taylor
has compiled a list of 74.   Her list is included with many additional links on
our
Chalkboard Campaign's Research page.

Why is no one is listening?!

You tell us.  The most likely culprit is the "sound byte" world we live in.  In a
state of information overload, most people unaffected by an issue do not
know more than what can be tweeted in 140 characters or less.    

The CDC recently released the headline, "
Vaccines Not Associated with Risk of
Autism." They further explained:

A new study evaluating parents’ concerns of “too many vaccines too soon”
and autism has been published online in the Journal of Pediatrics, March 29,
2013.  It adds to the conclusion of a comprehensive review by the Institute of
Medicine (IOM) that there is not a causal relationship between certain
vaccine types and autism. The results provide relevant data for the current
childhood immunization schedule."

At that point, most parents (who made it that far into the report) regard the
topic as closed and turn their thoughts to more pressing issues, such as what
they're making for dinner or how to pry the wii remote from their toddler's
death-defying grasp.  Very few go on to read the study or even the summary.   
If they did, they would learn the "study" proved NOTHING.

Researchers collected data from a group of 256 children with ASD compared
with 752 children without ASD.

The study’s main findings report:

•The total amount of antigens from vaccines received was the same
between children with ASD and those that did not have ASD.

Children with ASD with regression (the loss of developmental skills  
during the second year of life)
did not receive an increased number of
vaccine antigens
when compared to children without ASD with regression.

It doesn't require a degree in analytical reasoning to know nothing was
proven.   It would be the same, for example, as taking the children out into
the sun without sunscreen - all for an equal number of minutes.  

256 of them got sunburn,  752 of them did not.  SO ----- because the ones
who burned were not in the sun any longer than the ones who were not
burned, the sun did not cause the burn.

Got it?

Couldn't be genetic differences that made one group more susceptible to
sunburn.... like maybe they have fair skin?

Couldn't be genetic differences that made one group more susceptible to
vaccine injury... like maybe they have autoimmune conditions?  

No.  Couldn't be.  Everyone is the same.  

How could all the smarty-smart people who think Jenny McCarthy
isn't qualified to discuss autism have missed the fact that the
CDC's researchers apparently failed Deductive Reasoning 101?

Again, you tell us.  We are stumped.  But this post is already 600 words past
a sound byte and the people still reading are probably already in agreement.

Vaccines can and do trigger autism, adhd, allergies, asthma and more.

There are links to learn more
on this page.  And there is a 4 minute video,
"We Need to Talk" that we made for people who have limited time.

Hopefully everyone can find four spare minutes.  Four minutes that could
help prevent a child they know from becoming one of the next 1 in 50
diagnosed with autism.  

Because at that point, reading the studies and realizing Jenny McCarthy was
pretty darn smart after all will do no good.  

Regarding Caroline

I was a sound byte parent.  I questioned the doctor about vaccines for all of
2
.43 seconds.  I believed her rehearsed answers and thought Jenny should
probably stick to "Singled Out."  

Never in my wildest dreams did I think my child was one of those with
genetic autoimmune tendencies who would reach the tipping point.  

But she was.  And she is far from rare.

So now, while my friends are vacationing in Europe, I'm in the waiting room
at speech therapy writing a blog about autism, wishing I had a megaphone to
tell the world...

Do your own research.  Question what you are injecting into your children
above anything else.  More than what you are feeding them.  More than
what you let them watch on TV.  More than what sports they will play....  
More than ANYTHING.  

Because for many children, there is simply no single more important
parenting decision.  Not one.  Ever.
For future blog notifications:
Jenny and her son at a time when, had I listened
to her, I would probably not be writing this blog.

The number one piece of advice from
parents in the
RecoveringKids Group to
new parents:

Trust Your Instincts.

When that little voice inside tells you
something is not right, listen to it...
chances are, it isn't.