While reading a new article about how mercury has nothing to do with autism I was surprised after I wrote my response to see another response from an alias "ALUN JONES".
Alun basically refruted the articles credential as we would expect Alex to do. Every post seems to support the article but not ALUN how wrote extensively with all the fact we know alex has, Just weird if it is our boy alex working yet more overtime getting the word out.
We hail you sir.http://boards.msn.com/MSNBCboards/thread.aspx?boardid=760&threadid=518998&boardsparam=Page%3D2
Alun Jones Message #13
01/07/08 03:27 PM Part of the problem is that we appear to be too busy pushing our own agendae rather than engaging in decent science.
The third paragraph is telling: "Doctors say the latest study adds to existing evidence refuting a link between thimerosal exposure and autism risk and should reassure parents that the disorder is not caused by vaccinations."
What a load of tripe. Yes, the latest study adds to (a pile of significantly flawed) evidence refuting a link between thimerosal exposure and autism risk. Perhaps even this is a correct conclusion from the study - but it should in _NO_WAY_ reassure parents that the disorder is not caused by vaccinations. It should point parents to the possibility that something else in vaccinations - perhaps even just vaccinating a child with that much garbage that early in their lives - is the trigger (not the cause, the trigger!) that brings out the latent autistic in an at-risk child.
"Here, Mrs Smith, while your child's immune system is still trying to figure itself out (because if it was mature, childhood allergies would remain to adulthood), let's whack it with two, no three, no four, perhaps five loads of muck to deal with. It's dead muck, so it won't have any effect on your child - but he will have an infeasibly high fever for the next day or two, so in advance give him the maximum dose of acetaminophen (a mild overdose of which will cause liver damage) allowed for his age."
Combine that with the apparent synchronicity of vaccinations with any of a number of autistic regressions, and it seems like parents whose kids are at risk (as noted, start with any family where one parent went to college or has "engineer" in their job title) should very carefully weigh the risks of accepting the government's chosen regimen of vaccination, rather than one which is perhaps a little less aggressive towards a small child.
Okay, despite that rant above, I'm not decided about the link between vaccination and autism - but I do know that even those studies that I have investigated carefully (on both sides) have resolutely failed to demonstrate anything other than that the data was selected (either deliberately or accidentally) to prove the result.
There are many contributing factors to autism - clearly there's at least an inherited susceptibility - and the fact that geeks are breeding more, with the rise of an information-based society, does have a possible link (in previous decades, the doctors would marry the attractive, but non-college-bound secretary from the surgery - these days, they more marry the doctoral student they meet at college and set up a practice with!)
If thimerosal isn't it (and it's a bad thing, and better off out of vaccines altogether), then several other somethings are still up for investigation - including the vaccinations. The Aspartame guys may have something right, too - we certainly avoid artificial sweeteners like the plague. [They are a migraine trigger for me, and a prolonged period of Diet Coke use coincides with a massive regression for me - possibly coincidental, but then again... one coincidence makes for a surprise, several coincidences makes for data.]
I'd love to hear what idiot of a doctor - excuse me, "doctors" in the plural - believe that this will reassure parents that vaccinations are safe! I note that this was from unnamed "doctors".
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Alun Jones Message #14
01/07/08 03:30 PM That televion link has been largely refuted - if for no other reason than that autistic symptoms can be seen in children as young as a few