"The lives saved and dollar benefits from vaccines are hard to calculate, but it’s safe to say that these and other immunizations have greatly improved the quantity and quality of life for millions of people -- at the tragic, yet accepted cost of a few. "
Yes, he acknowledges that children will be harmed by the vaccine program and he is willing to stand up and say outright that that is acceptable. While it is disturbing to read in print that someone believes it is knowingly acceptable to harm children, at least he is being honest in his acknowledgement
One of the issues that Ginger points out and that Jones does not address and which should have been considered in his analysis is the chronic health crisis among America's children. In a recent article, based on a 2007 survey, the authors found that, 43% of children had at least one of 20 assessed chronic health problems, and when obesity and risk of developmental delay were included, that percentage exceeded 54%! Moreover, 45% of children with one condition had at least a second - meaning that almost 20% of children had at least two chronic health conditions assessed in the study.
More than half of this country's children are ill and those charged with protecting our public health do not seem particularly curious - let alone panicked - as to why? Alarm bells should be ringing! This is like the Titanic.... and autism is the iceberg. They see autism and think they can avoid or ignore it but they don't have a clue as to what is hiding beneath - or here, hiding in plain sight. Here's a handy graphic (pardon my admittedly lame art skills, but thank goodness for SketchBook Pro on my iPad) showing all those conditions...
Those of us in the autism community have been struggling with many of these questions for years, and now we watch families of young people in LeRoy, NY struggling with a mystery illness. So many are willing to dismiss their illness and give an easy diagnosis that does not take a serious look at causation. Yet, because these families are standing up and others are taking notice, we are learning about potential environmental causes for the these symptoms that so many in power - including their own school officials - are willing to ignore or are affirmatively refusing to consider. The autism families, the Le Roy families, and every family with a chronically ill child should continue to demand answers.
I was reading Oprah's magazine today and she had a feature about defining yourself in 6 words (inspired by Larry Smith). I have been pondering my 6 today. Right now, I am feeling: "Stand Tall. Be Heard. Demand Accountability." I hope that you are feeling it too!