Anti-Vaxxer Organization Releases LaHood Family Interview

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After releasing a short trailer of an interview with Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood on the topic of vaccinations on Monday, Vaxxed TV posted the full video on its YouTube channel Tuesday morning. In the video, LaHood and his wife Davida share the story of their son Michael, who was diagnosed with autism at 18 months. The LaHoods claim that they noticed a change in their son's behavior after a series of vaccinations, leading them to conclude that "vaccines can and do cause autism."

"With vaccines, you have a kid that was a certain way before and a certain way after," LaHood said in the interview. "That's strong circumstantial evidence. I walk into a house, hear two gunshots, (I) walk in and see someone on the floor dead, and someone walks out the back. Did you see him shoot? No. But there's nobody else in the house."

LaHood said that if this were a criminal case, he would be very comfortable trying the case to prove that vaccines cause autism.

"I seek truth," LaHood said. "I'm a prosecutor for a living. I look for truth. I have to follow the evidence wherever it leads me. I don't have a bias."

Bernard Arulanandam, vice president of research at the University of Texas at San Antonio, has spent years working on vaccines as the co-founder of the Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio. In a phone interview with the Rivard Report, he said LaHood's claims are completely false.

Bernard Arulanandam is vice president of research at UTSA. Photo courtesy of UTSA.

Bernard Arulanandam is vice president of research at UTSA. Photo courtesy of UTSA.

"It's baseless. There is overwhelming evidence that shows no association of any kind that links vaccines with the development of autism," Arulanandam said." The fact is that vaccines protect humans. Antibiotics and vaccines work to extend the human lifespan."

Arulanandam said that people who believe that vaccines cause autism mainly accept anecdotal evidence as fact, and that the few studies that claim such a link have been thoroughly debunked by the rest of the scientific community.

"The case studies out there are overwhelming. Early childhood vaccines benefit childhood development and help them grow into healthy adults," Arulanandam explained.

There is worldwide research taking place to further understand autism, he said, but so far there has been no credible link found connecting autism to vaccines.

"The original paper claiming a link has been totally debunked by the scientific community," Arulanandam said. "Countless numbers of studies have shown no link. Nobody has been able to reproduce the results of that 1998 paper."

Arulanandam is open to a potential panel discussion between members of the San Antonio health community, both those in favor of and those against vaccinations.

In a recent news release from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the City's public health agency cited 10 years of research and reiterated its position that there is no link between vaccines and autism. The release was signed by Metro Health Interim Health Director Vincent Nathan, Dr. Lillian Ringsdorf of the Bexar County Health Authority, and Dr. John Nava of the Bexar County Medical Society.

The doctors stated that while not all the causes of autism are known, there is no credible evidence to link the disorder with vaccines.

"Most scientists agree that genes are one of the risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)", they stated. "ASD tends to occur more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions, such as fragile X syndrome or tuberous sclerosis."

The release concluded by restating that the medical community is virtually in unanimous agreement that there is no link between autism and vaccines, citing studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and others.

"Vaccines are a public health success story," the release stated. "Before the middle of the last century, thousands of people died every year from now-rare diseases like polio, diphtheria, and measles. But these diseases can suddenly return. Vaccinations are not just for protecting ourselves – they also protect the people around us."


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6 thoughts on “Anti-Vaxxer Organization Releases LaHood Family Interview

  1. Thank you for this article. I am proud to defend Mr. LaHood’s right to his opinion as a private citizen. When he is speaking on matters outside his jurisdiction, inside his government office, then I have a concern on why he holds that elected office.

    I am going venture out and say, with reasonable certainty, that the District Attorney’s office has plenty of criminal matters to attend to. As part of the electorate who voted for him, I will watch his official performances even more closely.

  2. I grew up in a world of polio, chicken pox and measles. Do we really want to allow these diseases to return and cause so much tragedy? Please, someone post a viable, scientific study that shows any correlation. As an attorney and DA, it seems if there was any proven evidence, Mr. Lahood would resign from office and file a class action lawsuit against the responsible companies.

  3. Didn’t like him before but now I doubt that he is fit for office. Good thing everyone who has a special needs child doesn’t cast blame on medical science. He shouldn’t have used his office as a backdrop for his “announcement.”

  4. As a prosecutor, the DA should know that the burden of proof is on the accuser. The fact that he doesn’t is as disturbing as it is unsurprising, given his historical performance and current statements.

    So show us, Mr. DA, the reproducible, peer-reviewed, duplicatable scientific evidence that vaccines are a direct cause of autism. “My kid is sick” is not proof, by the way.

    We’ll be waiting.

  5. CDC research has found and buried signals linking thimerosal (subject of documentary Trace Amounts) and MMR (subject of Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe) with autism and other developmental disorders in the case of thimerosal.

    The CDC has not studied any other vaccine or vaccine component and has certainly never tested the entire schedule they recommend for adverse effects. Vaccine research does not use true placebos. There is never long-term followup.

    “The original paper claiming a link” did not a claim a link. It reported the parental association in 8 cases and actually stated this did not prove an association, and more research was needed. The crux of that case report, bowel disease in autism, has been replicated several times over, and as stated above, the parental observation was also supported by data the CDC suppressed.

    This is not a matter of “medical science,” it’s a matter of corporate capture and corruption of U.S. health institutions and a million parrots.

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