October 29, 2008

“False Alarm about Vaccines and Autism…”

I haven’t followed Dr. Paul Offit’s career, but I do know where he stands where vaccines and autism are concerned.  I also know that his latest book, False Prophets, refutes any connection between autism and vaccines.

TODAY talked about Offit’s book in today‘s Health (no pun intended).

In the prologue, Offit states,

Since the late 1990s, many studies have shown that the rates of autism are the same in vaccinated and unvaccinated children.

This bit o’ info isn’t anything new to me, but what I did find ridiculous is the fact that people have taken to threatening not only his life but the lives of his family as well.

When Offit appeared on MSNBC for a congressional hearing, he was asked if he had vaccinated his own children.  He stated, “yes” and offered up their names and ages.  During one of the breaks, Congressman Tierney pulled him aside and said,

“Never,” he said, breathlessly, “never mention the names of your own children in front of a group like this.”

Seriously?  It’s come to this?

Of course, I’m smart enough not to divulge too much info about my son in a public forum.  Then again, I also haven’t ticked off a nation of parents.  At least, I don’t think I have.

Anyway, shortly after that conversation with Congressman Tierney, Offit said,

… an extreme anti-vaccine activist called our home; later, our eleven-year-old daughter asked whether I thought anyone would ever hurt me.

Whether you agree with this man or not, he’s just a man. I mean have these “extremists” taken to calling all of the big wigs of the pharmaceutical companies and threatening their lives too?

Maybe, it’s just me, but doesn’t this all sound a bit insane?

Many parents of autistic children are angry that the media and Congress rarely talk about autism without blaming vaccines. And although I am certainly a target of some parents’ anger, I simply represent the other side. A special kind of venom is reserved for parents of autistic children who don’t believe that vaccines are at fault and actively, vigorously, and relentlessly oppose those who do.

Oh, no!  Say it ain’t so.  Is Offit saying that since I do not feel that vaccines caused my son’s autism that I now reside on the same side… as he does?

Great!  Just great!

So, it’s like that, is it?

Bring it!  I’m ready!


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