This from Dr. Jaquelyn McCandless in a letter to the editor to Health News Digest.
"Dear Editor: I am usually impressed with Health News Digest. However, I had a negative reaction this morning reading Michael Shaw's article on "anti-vaccination hysteria."
The incidence of measles due to hygiene, pure drinking water, and increased sanitation in the developed world had dropped to negligible levels before the MMR was ever introduced, which by the way does not have "traces of thimerosal" as he incorrectly states. Shaw claims that the link between autism is a claim that stretches credulity, and that claims like this happen "when people have it too good with too much time on their hands", especially a "public not well-versed in matters scientific." This self-proclaimed critic of American parents is clearly not up on studies revealing the MMR vaccine strain measles virus that is present in the tortured guts of autistic children who have been given a severe life-long enterocolitis, or the many studies coming out now by top-notch scientists showing that a substantial subset of children are unable to handle the toxins like thimerosal, formaldehyde, aluminum, fetal body parts, etc. etc. contained in vaccines. He is clearly not up on the incidence of the thousands of children who have been treated with detoxification methods to remove the heavy metals injected into their newborn bodies and who have improved considerably with more and more recovered daily from these biomedical treatments. I would daresay that many parents of the 1 in 166 children with autism are far better versed in matters scientific than writer Shaw. He continuously puts down parents in this article; "Well, no one said you had to be smart to be a parent!", and characterizes them as having a "harmful sort of complacency" and "willful ignorance." Clearly he does not know parents of autistic children; for one thing, they are very smart, as are their children if they can be treated properly to lower their toxic load and bring out their innate intelligence. In the literally thousands of autistic families I have seen and worked with in the last 10 years, I have yet to see complacency. That anyone could believe a distorted study that could select groups in a way to show that autism was greater after the neurotoxin thimerosal was removed from vaccines displays the highest level of ignorance possible of the utter manipulability of epidemiological studies. Fombonne is the laughing stock of many scientists specializing in autism, and is seen as just another pawn in the hands of the pharmaceutical companies who are allowed to continue producing unsafe, even poison, vaccines. Unlike the officials of the CDC, IOM (with a prominent Merck family member on their board, profiting hugely on the sale of thimerosal until 2010), and FDA who know the truth but are denying and hiding it from the American public, even to the point of hiding records off-shore to escape the "Freedom of Information" act, I suspect Shaw is just ignorant. 8 of our prominent politicians are in the process of having the power of the CDC to continue controlling vaccines removed; too many of our so-called "health officials" have ties with the pharmaceutical industry and are likened to "the fox watching the hen-house." This enlightened bi-partisan political group is working to have vaccines evaluated and controlled by The Institute of Environmental Medicine so that vaccines can once and for all be tested properly before they are mandated to be given to innocent children. 1 out of 166 children now are displaying severe levels of neurotoxicity as actually even revealed by CDC's own statistics, all the while denying any relationship to vaccines. Shaw says vaccines are one of medicine's greatest blessings, change that to one of the pharmaceutical industry's greatest blessings. Ask the hundreds of thousands of parents with screaming, hurting children who stare off into space flapping their hands and unable to speak. The cry of American parents is not anti-vaccine; it is for vaccine reform. Parents have a right to insist that substances that are mandated to be injected into their children be effective without poisoning them.
Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D., retired (to teaching and writing) autism specialist, author, "Children with Starving Brains, A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder,' Executive Board Member, DAN! (Defeat Autism Now!), a branch of the Autism Research Institute, and physician trainer in the bio-medical treatment of autism."