Already President Elect Donald Trump has made a series of decisions that have caused holistic health advocates to raise their eyebrows in disbelief — including the appointment of an agricultural community packed with Big Ag executives that are closely allied with the chemical giants and big environmental polluters.
However, there is one decision just announced that could benefit the lives, and health, of many children in the long run.
The issue at hand is the safety of vaccinations, particularly children’s vaccinations.
Trump, who has previously met with safe vaccine activists such as Vaxxed director Dr. Andrew Wakefield during his campaign, and gave money to support Jenny McCarthy’s fight for safer vaccines, has now asked Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a vaccine researcher and the nephew of former president John F. Kennedy, to lead a study on vaccine safety.
The president-elect is also considering forming a commission on autism; however no final decision has made as of yet.
The news has caused many in the mainstream media to publish stories calling both Trump and Kennedy “vaccine skeptics,” and taking the side of the CDC and public health officials.
In a report from CNN for instance, the storyline was that the pair have “stoked unfounded fears about vaccine safety,” while other reports state that there has been no proven link between autism and vaccinations.
Looking at things through the lens of a parent, however, it’s easy to see why Trump and Kennedy would be prefer to be cautious.
Trump became involved in the topic when he and his wife Melania’s son Baron was born. Instead of following the recommended vaccine schedule precisely, he talked to his doctors and made some adjustments to the timing of the shots:
“What we’ve done with Baron, we’ve taken him on a very slow process. He gets one shot at a time then we wait a few months and give him another shot, the old-fashioned way. But today they pump the children with so much at a very young age. We do it on a very, very conservative level.”
Trump’s concern with vaccinations today is their often-debated link to the growing numbers of children with autism, a brain development disorder. Today, the rate of autism is 1 in 50 children. In 1970s — the rate 1 in 2,000. Recently CDC Senior Scientist Dr. William Thompson brought up data showing a potential link between autism and vaccinations (especially in African American boys) as well.
Back in 2007, when Trump was asked about the growing autism epidemic in 2007, he said:
“When I was growing up, autism wasn’t really a factor. And now all of a sudden, it’s an epidemic. Everybody has their theory. My theory, and I study it because I have young children, my theory is the shots. We’ve giving these massive injections at one time, and I really think it does something to the children.”
“When a little baby that weighs 20 pounds and 30 pounds gets pumped with 10 and 20 shots at one time, with one injection that’s a giant injection, I personally think that has something to do with it. Now there’s a group that agrees with that and there’s a group that doesn’t agree with that.”
What mainstream media does not discuss is that Trump, Kennedy, and many others are not anti-vaccination, but are fighting to make vaccinations safer (drug makers constantly have to pull pharmaceuticals from the market for disregarding safe studies and injuring those who took them. Vaccines are not any different, and yet they receive special treatment).
Autism-Vaccine Theory Yet to Be Debunked
Contrary to the popular misconception, the autism-vaccine link has never been disproven. The autism-vaccine debate has been going around for decades, yet until recently, no official safety study has been done by the CDC itself. Many other studies done had either conflict of interest or insufficient data (most importantly, the CDC admits that a study comparing vaccinated versus unvaccinated children has never been done).
In 2004 when the CDC finally concluded a long-term study on vaccinations and autism in children, the results were not what they expected. They found a potential link between the two, primarily in African American boys, and decided to hide the information from the public.
Their study was published, but the significant information was not, instead it was literally thrown into a huge garbage can.
This came to light in 2014 when a senior scientist at the CDC, Dr. William Thompson came forward, admitting to what they did. Florida U.S. Representative Bill Posey spoke about it to the House of Representatives urging for an official investigation, but not much has been done since.
Healthy Children Can Become Horribly Sick After Vaccinations
For many, these stories are nothing but anecdotes, but for thousands of families who have gone through this (and doctors who witnessed it), it is a real tragedy. More people are coming forward with eerily similar stories. Seemingly healthy children become sick after receiving vaccinations (some within hours), and many never recover.
Public health officials and the CDC say that vaccines are necessary for public health, pointing to their effect on disease outbreaks such as polio, measles and other preventable diseases. But critics say they’re unwilling to fairly study or even discuss the other side of the question: vaccine injured people.
One of the reasons we might not hear about them is that the only place the affected families can go to report injuries is to VAERS, Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, created by the CDC and FDA.
The site welcomes its visitors with: “Have you or your child had a reaction following vaccination?”
After that, families can ask for monetary compensation from what many call the vaccine court, an administrative procedure, which is run by a government program called 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act using government-funded science. The act was passed in large part because of lobbying from pharmaceutical companies, which now cannot be sued for anything related to the vaccines they make — a clear conflict of interest.
Most importantly, these hearings are not open to the public or press, so we rarely hear about them.