Some Pediatricians are thoughtful. Others are just plain, (well, let's be polite) "belatedly informed."
To wit: The recent book review by Rahul K. Parikh, M.D, in Salon: (HERE)
In his overly simplistic way, this pediatrician from Northern California, who has repeatedly ignored third-party invitations to debate me in an open forum, praises Dr. Paul Offit for his attacks on groups like DAN! and Generation Rescue, while holding up Autism Speaks as a bastion of rational scientific thinking, one that does not succumb to what this doctor calls the "slanted science" of thimerosal research:
"While Offit focuses on those groups (like Defeat Autism Now! and Generation Rescue) that have been very confrontational and that support slanted science, there are many … groups (like Autism Speaks) that have been broader in their search for autism's causes and cure."
Dr. Parikh published those comments on September 22, 2008. One has to wonder why he did not first check the website of the ("non-slanted") Autism Speaks, just four days earlier, on September 18, before he composed his review.
I did, and this is what I found:
"Three projects will focus on the potential role of vaccines, specifically the role of ethylmercury or other vaccine components. These include a project by Dr. Flavio Keller at the University Bio-Medica in Rome, who will study the behavioral and pathological effects of ethyl and methyl mercury on a strain of mice that possess a certain mutation in order to examine gene and environment interactions. Dr. Mark Noble from the University of Rochester will use a genetically modified cell line to study the effects of ethylmercury and aluminum hydroxide on oxidative potential. Finally, Dr. David Baskin from Methodist Hospital in Houston will study cell proliferation in response to thimerosal exposure. http://www.autismspeaks.org/press/environmental_grants_2008.php
Dr. Parikh – Please get your rhetorical ducks in a row, or refrain from participating in this discussion altogether. Misinformation is a dangerous thing. If Autism Speaks is not "slanted," then how do you explain their support for thimerosal-autism research?
And, if you ever change your mind about a live debate, I know several universities that might want to sponsor it.
David Kirby is a journalist, author of Evidence of Harm and a contributor to Age of Autism.