Piggybacking news this week that the incidence of autism in the U.S. is now 1 in 50, the CDC released a study that claims that vaccines are NOT the cause of autism. Media outlets slurped up this seemingly-definite conclusion, spreading the study’s results far and wide. As a vaccine skeptic, I had my doubts that this study was truly the final answer on anything in the realm of autism, and my hunches proved correct once I took a closer look.
A few details stood out to me in this study: 1) the researchers focused only on the antigens, not the ingredients in vaccines, 2) unvaccinated children were not included, and 3) upon closer inspection, it seems that the majority of the control group was eliminated for various reasons. People more knowledgeable than I have written about the problems with this study.
You can read their thoughts in the following articles:
- “CDC Claim of No Autism-Vaccine Link Based on Junk Science,” by Heidi Stevenson
- “Can We Trust the CDC Claim That There is No Link Between Vaccines and Autism?,” by Dr. Brian S. Hooker
- “Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: AS OK’s CDC BS,” by Dan Olmsted
Before the critics descend, let me say that I post these links in an attempt to show that we can’t take headlines for face value. Additionally, I welcome critical thinkers and skeptics in this world, as they keep us from blindly accepting everything we’re told as truth. Finally, as a person who believes in holistic health, who has watched the numbers of vaccines given to babies rise dramatically since my childhood, I cannot ignore the idea that the ingredients in vaccines could be triggering larger health concerns (especially when coupled with environmental toxins, toxic products in the home, food additives, etc.). As studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated children’s health do not exist, and would present, most likely, too many variables, this remains only a theory.
For more insight:
Watch the film The Greater Good, which shares input from parents of the vaccine-injured, opinions from pediatricians (on both sides of the issue), and discusses the CDC’s link with major pharmaceutical companies. You can purchase The Greater Good on Amazon.
Follow Inside Vaccines on Facebook. I find a wealth of critical thinkers here, as well as articles that are not mainstream news. This group is not making any claims, but wishes for a definitive study to be done comparing vaccinated and un-vaccinated children.
Read this comprehensive list of considerations before vaccinating your child, from the Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center.
(Note: I am not advocating for nor against vaccinating your child.)