Vaccines vs. autism is back in the news.
Bill Gates is an angry philanthropist. Arguably the richest man in America and thereby the most philanthropic, he sat down on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta the other day.
In response to a question from Dr. Gupta about the constant drumbeat of claims that vaccines are dangerous, Mr. Gates said, "It's an absolute lie that has killed thousands of kids.Â The mothers who heard that lie, many of them didn't have their kids take either pertussis or measles vaccine, and their children are dead today."
Bill Gates is angry because, he recently pledged $10 billion to distribute polio vaccines worldwide, and because somehow the nonsense that MMR vaccine causes autism has flared again, itÂ’s now attacking ALL vaccines, including polio vaccine.
To listen to the anti-vaccine people, polio vaccine causes polio and induces paralysis; flu vaccine causes flu, and children die, become blind or are left in vegetative states because of them and any and all other vaccines. Even worse, they would have people believe that vaccines are a plot to enrich their manufacturers at the expense of childrenÂ’s lives.
The Huffington Post the other day hosted a blog by reporter and writer David Kirby who wrote a book that supported the idea that MMR creates autism in children. Now, in the wake of debunking the Â“studyÂ” which started that belief, he uses rhetorical deception to promote the idea that vaccines create autism while pretending to say they might not.
People thought this was over when Alex Wakefield lost his medical license and The British Medical Journal recanted the publication of his article that started this nonsense. But itÂ’s not, and it needs to be, because Bill Gates is right, just as they did before vaccines were developed, children are dying of these much-ridiculed Â“childhood diseases.Â” So now, he must fight not only the diseases, but also the irrationality of scientific drivel promoted by the press, because people already believe it.
Christian Nordqvist, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the Medical News Today, wrote an article in that respected medical news publication titled Â“The Tragedy Of The Fraudulent MMR Autism Link, A Personal StoryÂ” about his journey through the Wakefield mess with his son who has AspergerÂ’s Syndrome.
At the end of the article he notes that billions of dollars have likely been diverted from autism research, because the people who might give or control the giving of money Â“Â…might have been distracted by these false findingsÂ…Â”
In the face of all these, Bill Gates is still out there, trying to save children from the horrors of polio, while the press gives equal time to people who convince mothers to risk their kidsÂ’ lives by not vaccinating them.
Bill Gates is an angry philanthropistÂ… with good reason.Â People are killing the kids heÂ’s trying to save.