After Backlash, Chili's Cancels Fundraiser for Anti-Vaccine Charity
Will find a different way to honor Autism Awareness Month
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Posted Apr 7, 2014 10:31 AM CDT
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(Newser) – After facing heated backlash, restaurant chain Chili's canceled a fundraiser that would have benefited a group linked to the anti-vaccination movement. The canceled fundraiser for Autism Awareness Month would have sent 10% of all profits made today at more than 1,200 Chili's locations around the country to the National Autism Association. The problem is, the National Autism Association is known by many not for its contributions to autism research but for its controversial habit of cautioning parents against vaccinating children. Its "Causes of Autism" page reads, "The National Autism Association believes vaccinations can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children." Backlash was swift, and Chili's gave in last night.

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Chris Farley
Apr 8, 2014 6:16 AM CDT
Lots of comments of how Vaccines have no deadly side affects. Yes they help more than the ones killed or maimed from them. but holding the argument that Vaccines are 100% safe is foolish. What other health industry has this federal program to pay for the injuries caused by the industry?
Apr 7, 2014 1:20 PM CDT
Auto immune responses are common to the toxins in vaccines. Autism aside, there are a host of other issues which could occur from repeated exposer to vaccine toxins. Behavior, sleep, and learning disorders are all concerns, along with motor neuron death from the aluminum used as an adjuvant. I fear a generation which experiences a massive increase in neurological diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer's, ALS, Parkinson's, etc Lab data shows that the second half of life in mice which are injected with scaled amounts of aluminum, were riddled with motor neuron issues. A study conducted by Dr Chris Shaw, PhD University of British Columbia . What people also have to look at, is that there were just a few vaccines given in the 1980's and now there are 16 regular vaccines which require almost 70 injections, plus annual recommended flu shots. At the least, I urge people to pick and choose which ones to give their children, and spread them out over a period of time. Always ask for mercury free, but that doesn't eliminate the other toxins.
Apr 7, 2014 1:02 PM CDT
Advising people (based on conjecture rather than science) against a procedure with major health benefits? I'm glad they'll receive less funding to pursue that