Sunday, March 02, 2008

I HAVEN'T FALLEN OFF THE EDGE OF THE PLANET

I've been having a little computer problem lately, and like all mac owners, I'm a little perplexed by it all because problems are so incredibly rare for us. In any event, I haven't been posting much lately, but I have a few things I'm working on. In the meantime, Ginger has been pretty active over at Adventures In Autism. Go check out what's going on.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Terri Lewis said...

Wade,

Surely you've been following the vaccine-autism news the last few days. . .

Please check out the activity at www.ageofautism.com.

We need your help!

We need your voice!

Terri Lewis

P.S. I made four phone calls today, calling for the immediate resignation of Julie Gerberding as head of the CDC. And sent a couple of e-mails. But I don't think she's left yet.

So I guess I have some calls to make tomorrow!

3/10/08, 8:15 PM  
Blogger Wade Rankin said...

Terri, see the next post for my take on the concession in the Poling case. As for Julie Gerberding, I was unable to make a phone call, but I have sent the following email to the White House:

By now, I am sure you are aware of the volume of calls to the White House, seeking either the resignation or the firing of Julie Gerberding from the leadership of the Centers for Disease Control. Quite frankly, her stewardship of an agency of importance has been a disgrace.

We live in a time in which a significant portion of the American people have lost faith in the official arms of our health-care system. One reason is a complete lack of visionary leadership that the CDC needs. The agency must be willing to take a critical look at its own policies -- particularly the policy by which the number of vaccines our children are subjected to has risen sharply. This has been done with insufficient testing to determine if the combination of so many vaccines (which may or may not be safe individually) may be doing more harm than good. There has also been no consideration given to the growing body of evidence that a subset of the population may be susceptible to particular elements of vaccines, helping to trigger a rise in auto-immune disorders, including autism spectrum disorders.

The vaccine program, which should be the instrument of good it is held out to be, has instead become the suspected culprit in an epidemic that some choose to deny. Rather than critically and honestly investigate the evidence to fairly determine whether the danger truly exists, Julie Gerberding has chosen to blindly (or perhaps not-so-blindly) support the status quo.

I join in the calls for new leadership for the Centers for Disease Control.

3/10/08, 9:41 PM  

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