Chronicle Needs Health Writers

RECEIVED Wed., April 29, 2015

Dear Editor,
    I have for years been disappointed that the AC doesn’t seem to feel that health issues are newsworthy. So I find it particularly irritating that twice now Michael King has decided to report on the vaccine debate – not with an in-depth and even piece but rather a few snarky comments that insinuate the people opposed to forced vaccinations are nuts. In last week’s City Council news ["Council: If You Come to a Fork ... Take It," April 24], he informs us it’s Infant Immunization Week, but just has to add, “No, it doesn’t cause autism.” And his only mention of the dozen bills that would make it harder to opt out of forced vaccination was another equally snarky comment about protests at the Capitol. Readers comments to that remark were only given voice on your online paper. You don’t appear to be beholden to Big Pharma advertising dollars like the rest of mainstream media, so I’m confused as to why you don’t explore the many issues of the pharmaceutical industry and paid lobbyists corrupting our health care policies. There are many to choose among: GMOs, CPRIT malfeasance, CDC corruption, low-cost effective treatments like low-dose Naltrexone that are shunned because they compete with high cost ineffective pharmaceuticals, or even the demonizing of Dr. Oz only when he dared to speak out against GMOs.
    Please hire someone who can wade through complex medical issues and present the side Big Pharma and Big Medicine doesn’t want us to know. Start by reading Dissolving Illusions by Suzanne Humphries, MD, or the works of vaccine researcher, Mark Geier, MD, or the autism and GMO researcher, Dr. Stephanie Seneff from MIT. Or watch the movies Bought or Trace Amounts.
Carol Jackson
   [Michael King responds: I repeat: Vaccines do not cause autism, and those who refuse to vaccinate their children because of such unreasoning and unreasonable fears are endangering the most vulnerable members of their communities. Moreover, the Chronicle regularly covers "health issues," just not the popular obsessions listed in Carol Jackson's catalog.]
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