Peter Hotez: Hero of One Spooky Dude

Holy encephalitis Batman!!

Arthur Caplan’s synopsis of Peter Hotez’s book “Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism.”

“In 1994, Peter J. Hotez’s nineteen-month-old daughter, Rachel, was diagnosed with autism. Dr. Hotez, a pediatrician-scientist who develops vaccines for neglected tropical diseases affecting the world’s poorest people, became troubled by the decades-long rise of the influential anti-vaccine community and their inescapable narrative around childhood vaccines and autism. The alleged link between the two was first espoused in a fraudulent scientific paper, long since retracted, but the story shows no signs of letting up. As a result, we’ve seen deadly and disabling outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases around the country, and Texas, where Hotez lives, is at particular risk.
In Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism, Hotez draws on his experiences as a pediatrician, vaccine scientist, and father of an autistic child. Outlining the arguments on both sides of the debate, he examines the science that refutes the concerns of the anti-vaccine movement, debunks current conspiracy theories alleging a cover-up by the CDC, and critiques the scientific community’s failure to effectively communicate the facts about vaccines and autism to the general public, all while sharing his very personal story of raising a now-adult daughter with autism.

“A uniquely authoritative account, this important book persuasively provides evidence for the genetic basis of autism and illustrates how the neurodevelopmental pathways of autism are under way before birth. Dr. Hotez reminds readers of the many victories of vaccines over disease while warning about the growing dangers of the anti-vaccine movement, especially in the United States and Europe. A former US Science Envoy for the Department of State, he also explains what’s at stake if the movement continues to gain ground. Opening with a foreword by leading medical ethicist Arthur L. Caplan, this book is a must-read for parent groups, child advocates, teachers, health-care providers, government policymakers, health and science policy experts, and anyone caring for a family member or friend with autism.

“When Peter Hotez–an erudite, highly trained scientist who is a true hero for his work in saving the world’s poor and downtrodden–shares his knowledge and clinical insights along with his parental experience, when his beliefs in the value of what he does are put to the test of a life guiding his own child’s challenges, then you must pay attention. You should. This book brings to an end the link between autism and vaccination.”–from the foreword by Arthur L. Caplan, NYU School of Medicine”

And who is Arthur Caplan?

Parental Rights according to Professor Caplan

“If the parents won’t do it, I think it’s the responsibility of the state or the government to do it,” said Caplan. “The presumption should be not listening to what parents who don’t want to vaccinate are saying, but starting out with a presumption that kids have a right to fight off deadly diseases, that kids who can’t be vaccinated have a right to protection. How do we move public policy forward from there?”

Reference: Caplan AL. Do Children Have Vaccination Rights? Medscape Oct. 22, 2018.

Parental Rights as traditionally viewed in American jurisprudence

“But it is precisely this ‘long held legal right to make informed, voluntary decisions about pharmaceutical products and medical procedures that carry risks for their children,’ says Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), that is ‘all that stands between parents and exploitation of their children by those in positions of power in society with a personal or professional vested interest in forcing every child to use pharmaceutical products that are not safe or effective for every child.’

For more on the increasing encroachment on parental rights to protect their children from pharmaceutical exploitation:

Vaccine Wake Up Call for Parents: Your Children Are Being Taken

The deeper I dig, the worse this nightmare gets. We go from one bad actor to a worse actor in this battle between parents and undue interference from pharmaceutical giants, aided and abetted by a corrupt medical industry and even more corrupt governments. Well. It’s tough at this point to tell who is more corrupt. Or who is who? Are we governed by legislators or the drug industry? Are doctors healers or drug salesmen?

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