The statements Gerberding makes in this "hearing" are laughable.
CDC chief: Autism not overlookedTHEN DO IT!!!!!!
By JEFF NESMITH
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 04/18/07
Washington — Autism is an "urgent" concern of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, its director, Dr. Julie Gerberding, told senators Tuesday.
Although the CDC has been criticized by some autism activists and members of Congress, Gerberding said the Atlanta-based agency is best equipped to do the surveillance and research needed to understand and respond to the disorder.
GIVE US A VALID, REPLACEABLE, TRANSPARENT VACCINE/AUTISM STUDY!
YOU HAVE THE MONEY, YOU HAVE ALL THE DATA, DO IT!
STOP PRETENDING THAT DENMARK AND VERSTRAETEN ACTUALLY SUPPORT THE CLAIM THAT VACCINES ARE SAFE FOR OUR KIDS!
GIVE US THE AMISH STUDY THAT YOU WERE CHARGED WITH DOING IN 1982!
STUDY THE CHILDREN THAT ARE LOOSING THEIR AUTISM DIAGNOSIS AFTER DAN! TREATMENT!
DO IT ALREADY!!!!
IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO IT THEN STOP TALKING ABOUT AUTISM!
AND PLEASE... PLEASE... STOP SAYING THAT YOU CARE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH OUR CHILDREN!
YOU LOOK RIDICULOUS!
"The profound lifelong impact of autism spectrum disorders, tremendous costs to the affected individuals and their families, the lack of known causes or cures and concerns about the increased rates of diagnosis all make autism spectrum disorders one of our urgent realities," she told a Senate appropriations subcommittee.This statement is just a lie. No other way to say it. She is lying.
She said "CDC recognizes that parents want answers," adding, "We share their frustration at not having more answers about the causes and possible cure."
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), whose Appropriations subcommittee on the departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services held the hearing, said that "millions of families are grappling with the profound difficulties of understanding and coping with this disease."I am sure that our invitation was lost in the mail. Again.
"We've got to do something about this," Harkin said.
Testifying with Gerberding were the director of the National Institute of Mental Health and a generally supportive group representing families and advocacy organizations.
Not represented at the hearing were autism activist groups that have accused the CDC of concealing evidence of a link between childhood vaccinations and the disorder.
However, while the Senate committee hearing was under way, two members of the House announced that they will reintroduce legislation to end what they called "a conflict of interest whereby CDC is responsible for both vaccine promotion and vaccine safety."
Reps. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.), and Carolyn Maloney, (D-N.Y.,) said they will introduce the bill Thursday. Their bill last year that would remove the CDC's responsibility for vaccine safety did not pass.
My good friend Wade responds to my post with a What What, and like me, far less civility than those who read his blog are used to.
From John Gilmore of A-CHAMP:
If you were to deliberately design a plan to not find the cause of a disease, or even accurately count how many people are affected with a disorder, you couldn't have done better than the CDC management under Dr. Gerberding. She has not brought us an inch closer to finding the cause of autism or any treatments. She has destroyed confidence in the CDC and much of the federal public health apparatus.
It is time for her to go. And I think all autism organizations should give serious thought to calling for her resignation.