A day in the life of a single mom raising a teenager and a child with autism. I believe that it's not what we receive, but what we give away that defines us. I want to give away all that I have learned and experienced in hopes that it will help families raising a child with autism or any disability. This is my candid journal where I open up my world and share my joys, knowledge, lessons, disappointments, challenges, frustrations, fears and successes - one day at a time.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Robert De Niro on anti-vaccine Tribeca film controversy: 'Let's find out the truth'
Robert De Niro debates autism's link to vaccines.
Niro recently talked about his 18 year old son Elliot with autism, and his
passion for getting information out to the public.
During an NBC interview, he commented on the
controversy that sparked after "Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Conspiracy,"
was pulled from
the Tribeca festival's lineup. The anti-vaccination film is billed as an
investigation into a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study that
found the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine does not cause autism.
When pushed on why he's ignoring the large body of scientific evidence that disputes any connection between vaccines and autism, Di Niro said “I think the movie is something people should see,” he said. “I, as a parent with a child who has autism, am concerned. I want to know the truth. And I’m not anti-vaccine, I want safe vaccines.” When De Niro was confronted with the broad scientific evidence that vaccines don’t cause autism, he answered: “I believe it’s much more complicated.”
The controversy over the mumps-measles-rubella vaccine began
about 20 years ago after a study suggested a link to autism. Published research has completely discredited andstudy after study
since has shown no link. The Institute of Medicine, an independent
group that advises the U.S. government on health matters, has strongly advised
that researchers stop wasting time looking at vaccines and search elsewhere for
the causes of autism.
When asked about De Niro's comments, Autism Speaks gave a
statement to NBC News: "Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked
whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The
results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."