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Vaccines and Autism-Is the Science Really Settled?

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By J.B. Handley, CHD Contributing Writer, Founder, Generation Rescue

AUGUST 11, 2020

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus. --Michael Crichton, M.D., best-selling author.

Very few people in the world have read every single published study purporting to show that vaccines don't cause autism. I happen to be one of them. Not since President George W. Bush stood on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in 2003 to declare "mission accomplished" about the war in Iraq (right before it descended into a decade of chaotic hell) has so little evidence actually been marshaled to support a declaration that a critical question has been asked and answered or, in this case, that the science is settled.

The "Tobacco Playbook"--more on this shortly--is alive and well, and it's been both perfected and expanded in the fight to obfuscate the truth about vaccines and autism through the propagation of what's called "distracting research" and, whenever necessary, outright lies about the science that's been published exploring this topic. What's actually true?

Almost no science has actually been done, and what little has been completed has been done with a singular focus: exonerate vaccines.

Again and again and again. Baffled. Debunked. Exasperated. Feigned Exasperation by Vaccine Spokespeople

Dr. Paul Offit
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Perhaps not surprising, but still a bit breathtaking, are the backgrounds of the two most public spokespeople for the "science is settled" side of the vaccine-autism debate. The aforementioned Dr. Paul Offit of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia ("CHOP") and Dr. Peter Hotez of Baylor University share something else besides their exuberance that vaccines are innocent: They're both patent holders for vaccines and owe their careers to the vaccine industry. In Dr. Offit's case, his rotavirus-vaccine patent has already been parlayed into a small fortune.

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When it comes to any discussion of vaccine-autism science, Drs. Offit and Hotez both take the tone in public interviews that it's silly to even ask the question, because the science has been done so many times, you must be sort of stupid if you still feel the need to talk about it. As one example, in early 2017 actor Robert De Niro publicly raised the question about vaccines triggering his own son's autism, and Dr. Offit was there to quickly admonish him, stating on NBC News, "It's been answered again and again and again."

Soon after, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a press conference alongside Robert De Niro, and Dr. Hotez was immediately quoted on the pharma-friendly new site Vox, saying, "I'm a bit baffled as to why Bobby Kennedy focuses on vaccines and autism, which has been debunked, instead of focusing on the known risks and demanding more research and studies." Again and again and again. Baffled. Debunked. Exasperated. This is the strategy for how the vaccine industry is now approaching the vaccine-autism link, by feigning extreme exasperation, despite the fact that very little relevant science has ever taken an honest look into the possible role of vaccines in the explosion of autism.

One Vaccine and One Ingredient Studied

The most shocking thing about all these studies that make Drs. Offit and Hotez so exasperated is that for all the griping that vaccines have been studied, in fact only one vaccine and one vaccine ingredient have actually ever been scientifically explored. Let me explain.

Remember that in 1962 the maximum number of vaccines a child would receive by age five was three. In 1983 the maximum number of vaccines a child would receive by age five was ten. Today that number is thirty-eight, which is nearly quadruple what it was in 1983.

1983 Vaccine Schedule

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