Vaccines, Autism and Our Daughter, Hannah
Jon Poling and Terry Poling
The New York Times
April 5, 2008
Re: “Inoculated Against Facts,” by Paul A. Offit (Op-Ed, March 31):
Our daughter, Hannah, developed normally until receiving nine vaccines at once. She immediately developed a fever and encephalopathy, deteriorating into what was diagnosed, based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or D.S.M. IV, as autism.
The federal government, not an “unusual court,” made the concession. The decision wasn’t “careless,” as your subheading called it. It was based on a thorough review of Hannah’s records by Health and Human Services doctors.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program does rely on a “preponderance of evidence” standard, which Hannah’s case met. It doesn’t necessarily compensate families “quickly, generously and fairly.” We filed our claim six years ago, pain and suffering are capped at $250,000, and Hannah has yet to receive compensation.
Dr. Offit’s assertion that “even five vaccines at once would not place an unusually high burden on a child’s immune system” is theory and risky practice for a toddler’s developing brain. No one knows if Hannah’s mitochondrial dysfunction existed before receiving vaccines. Dr. Offit’s claim that Hannah had “already weakened cells” is unfounded.
We support a safe vaccination program against critical infectious diseases. We need straight facts, serious science and speedy answers on these important issues.
Athens, Ga., April 3, 2008
News and commentary on the autism epidemic and my beautiful boy who is living with autism.
April 5, 2008
Polings Prove, Once Again, That Paul Offit Does Not Have A Clue
I am at the DAN! conference and this morning one speaker said, "Thank God for the Hannah Poling case". She was met with a big round of applause from the audience.
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Bill O'Reilly is running a segment on the Larry King debate Monday evening.
I sent him an email Thursday night asking him to expose the CDC and AAP. My subject was "The CDC, The AAP, massive spin, misrepresentation of fact and unsupported accusations."
I also asked him to do a "body language" segment of the debate. So I don't know which angle he is taking. I've been trying to send you a copy of my email to him but your box is full.
I hope he is respectful to Jenny and it goes our way. The ad says "Jenny McCarthy looses it on the Larry King show over her son's ..."
Let me know when your box is available and I will send you my full email to him.
It is very important to keep in mind Paul Offit's job.
"At our April 6 autism hearing, Dr. Paul Offit disclosed that he holds a patent on a rotavirus vaccine and receives grant money from Merck to develop this vaccine. He also disclosed that he is paid by the pharmaceutical industry to travel around the country and teach doctors that vaccines are safe. Dr. Offit is a member of the CDC’s advisory committee and voted on three rotavirus issues – including making the recommendation of adding the rotavirus vaccine to the Vaccines for Children’s program" from http://vaccinationnews.com/rally/openstmntconint.htm
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