(Author note - No offense is intended to actual idiots who are really nice people and would never do any of the foolish things mentioned in this article.)
I keep wondering when the “moment” will come. I’m talking about the moment when the average person who isn’t really interested in the vaccine-autism question will go “Hey, that doesn’t make sense!” You might call it something else. Perhaps the “bull***” moment, or even the “what the f*** moment!” For me, I prefer the “idiot moment.”
Maybe the idiot moment came a few weeks ago on February 25, 2010 when Nicholas Kristof, op-ed columnist for The New York Times wrote an article entitled, “Do Toxins Cause Autism?” Click HERE (Strangely, the national media employs a great number of idiots when it comes to autism, and I don’t mean the ones who are really nice and wouldn’t do any of the foolish things I’m getting ready to talk about.)
According to Mr. Kristof’s account, Dr. Phillip Landigran, professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York told him he is “increasingly confident that autism and other ailments are, in part, the result of the impact of environmental chemicals on the brain as it is being formed.”
The article may have actually captured an idiot moment in real time with Dr. Landrigan who said to the reporter (one idiot to another), “The crux of this is brain development. If babies are exposed in the womb or shortly after birth to chemicals that interfere with brain development, the consequences last a lifetime.” For those who haven’t been tuned into this debate, this is a major shift from medical professionals who have long argued that autism is a genetic condition, and the rise is nothing more than better detection of autism.
So let me think here for a moment. Pregnant women are advised not to drink or smoke during pregnancy, not to eat too much seafood because of the mercury it contains (remember, that’s the bad kind, not the kind in vaccines which is really good and will cause an increase in mental functions, just like it did to the Mad Hatter in the new Alice in Wonderland movie), so I’m trying to think where they might be getting these bad chemicals?
Maybe from the flu shot pregnant women are advised to get, or even the Hep B shot given to infants on the first day of life which was recently found to cause developmental delays in monkeys?
Don’t worry about things injected directly into our bloodstreams the article cautions us. According to the article “One peer-reviewed study published this year in Environmental Health Perspectives gave a hint of the risks. Researchers measured the levels of suspect chemicals called phthlates in the urine of pregnant women. Among women with higher levels of certain phthlates (those commonly found in fragrances, shampoos, cosmetics, and nail polishes), their children were more likely to display disruptive behavior.”
Let’s get this straight. Chemicals in shampoo may be a problem, but vaccines injected directly into the bloodstream and loaded with chemicals designed to kill viruses and bacteria are okay? That doesn’t even make sense to an idiot! He wouldn’t then start talking about gene studies! He’d say, hey could we look at some other chemicals to which kids might be commonly exposed?
How about this for a non-idiot thought? Maybe those women who retain high levels of phthlates have a faulty detoxification system that causes their children to be more greatly exposed to toxins in their environment, whether it’s from shampoos or vaccines?
Or maybe the next idiot moment is coming with the recent revelation that “The lead author of a key study used by the EU and USA health bodies as evidence mercury in vaccines does not cause autism has vanished after it emerged that he fraudulently claimed 10 million Kroner (about 1.8 million dollars) in funds from his university in Denmark.” Click HERE
I know, the idiots out there are still saying to themselves, “Okay, maybe he’s an embezzler, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a good scientist.”
However, the remaining holdouts might consider the assertion that, “The scientist (Dr. Poul Thorsen) has worked on a multi-phase research project on the cause of autism that has received about 80 million crowns (roughly 12.6 million dollars) in funding from the CDC, headquartered in Atlanta, since 2002.”
I know I can sometimes be an idiot, so let me talk this through. The CDC promotes vaccination. The CDC quietly gives $12.6 million dollars to a project to discover if vaccines are linked to autism. The study comes back and says they are not linked to autism. The CDC later points to this study as an independent finding supporting the safety of vaccines. The lead researcher is then investigated for financial fraud.
I’d think a lot of people out there would be starting to say, “Hey, wait a minute!”
Of course to many the idiot moment should have come much earlier with the publication of the Danish study. Left out of the discussion of mercury in vaccines was the comparison of the Danish rate of autism (3-4 in 10,000) with the American rate of autism at the time (67 in 10,000, recently upgraded to 90 in 10,000). As Dr. Boyd Haley says, that’s a little like conducting research on malaria in Alaska rather than Panama.
Or maybe another non-idiot thought is that the difference in autism rates has something to do with the fact that the Danish schedule recommends 12 shots for children before the age of six-years-old and we give U.S. children 36, with the majority of those being given in the first six months of life.
I’ll leave you with a final quote from The New York Times op-ed from Alan M. Goldberg, a professor of toxicology at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He says, “There are diseases that are increasing in the population that we have no known cause for. Breast cancer, prostate cancer and autism are three examples. The potential is for these diseases to be on the rise because of chemicals.”
Maybe the “idiot moment” will arrive at the same moment in medicine as it does in the media.
Kent Heckenlively is Legal Editor of Age of Autism