By Anne Dachel
Read Anne's comments and view the links after the jump.
Oct 22, 2013, Mercola.com: Things to Consider Before Getting the Flu Vaccine
Oct 21, 2013, Forbes: Embryo Sex Selection To Select Against Autism?
"Did you know that during the 2012-2013 flu season, the flu vaccine's effectiveness was found to be just 56 percent across all age groups reviewed by the CDC —in essence, the statistical equivalent of a coin toss. In seniors, aged 65 and over, the US flu vaccines were only nine percent effective.
"The 'gold standard' of independent scientific evaluation and analysis, the Cochrane Database Review, has issued no less than five reports between 2006 and 2010, all of which decimate the myth that flu vaccinations are “the most effective flu prevention method” available.
"In average conditions, when a flu vaccine at least partially matches the circulating virus, 100 people need to be vaccinated in order to avoid just ONE set of influenza symptoms, according to Cochrane’s findings.
"Yet as another flu season approaches, all these facts are wholly ignored by conventional medicine and media alike, and you’ll certainly never see them mentioned in any flu vaccine promotion campaign."
Dr. Mercola and Barbara Loe Fisher from the National Vaccine Information Center discuss flu vaccine production and the risks involved. Forbes
"Health authorities in Western Australia have reportedly given the go-ahead to a fertility clinic to perform sex-selection of embryos for families at a "high risk" of having an autistic child. According to The West Australian:
"There are no genetic tests for autism, so instead of looking for a gene mutation, the screening identifies the embryo's sex because boys are at least four times more likely to develop autism.
"The test, says the report, would be done in pre-implantation embryos, presumably from in vitro fertilization. In this case, "high risk" apparently means families who have two or more boys with 'severe autism.'}
"No existing genetics testing can confirm or exclude most causes of autism. The rationale for this test is that because autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than in girls, male embryos would not be selected for implantation. Some research has suggested that being female might be "protective" against autism. But other studies indicate that girls and women with autism present very differently from boys and might go undetected because existing criteria skew toward the manifestations in boys.
"According to The West Austrialian, 'chief medical officer Gary Geelhoed said it was a sensitive area.' That's putting it mildly. Some autistic people are not happy and view the decision as eugenicist. At the least, given how multifactorial the causes of autism appear to be and the questions of how real the sex bias in autism is, the rationale being used appears flimsy. Certainly, selecting a female embryo does not guarantee against having an autistic child."
This is the latest from Emily Willingham. So, what's the message here? We're totally POWERLESS TO PREVENT AUTISM so the only option is sex selection in embryos. I posted a comment. It is sickening that we're even talking like this. This is how worthless the medical/scientific community has been in finding out anything for sure about autism.