The Autism Anomalies
Stupid is a bad word in my house. Although I have to admit I can have a potty mouth at times, this is the one word that I just don't use, and if I do, you know I'm mad. I have never liked the word for so many reasons, but I'm especially sensitive to it now that I have a child with special needs. So for me to use the word in a post I wrote last week was a big deal. I called it, "Stupid is as Stupid Says" referring to the doctor-speak being used to describe the Hannah Poling reward. Trying to split hairs between whether or not vaccines cause Autism or just result in them is desperation at it's finest. No wait, it's stupid.
I was about to send it off the be published when low and behold, something else that struck me as pretty stupid happened. The Pediatrics journal published a study that's been hanging in the balance for oh, 9 years now, on the day sandwiched between the Poling reward and the release of The Age of Autism book. Talk about a genius marketing move. Not so stupid after all. But their PR campaign was not exactly what I was thinking of when I was speaking of the second stupid thing happening. It was the study they were marketing as more evidence thimerosal doesn't cause Autism that I found pretty stupid.
Over the next several days I tried to wrap my head around what was happening. The same week that the government was awarding an astronomical sum to a little girl for her vaccine injury that "resulted" in "Autism-like symptoms", the government, pharmaceutical industry, and medical community were promoting a study that told us once again vaccines, and specifically thimerosal, have nothing to do with Autism. Even worse, it was another study in the long line of mercury-apology studies that claims mercury is not only safe, but that it is protective against Autism. Sounds pretty stupid to me
Now, admittedly, the study doesn't come out and say, "Hey, guess what? Mercury prevents Autism!", but that is indeed what it implies.
A frequent commenter on Age of Autism pointed out that this is what several mercury-apologists refer to as anomaly. Certainly even they aren't so stupid as to suggest mercury is a health-improving substance, so they have to come up with a way to explain away the stupidity of the finding. Rather than acknowledging the logical conclusion is that the study is flawed or poorly designed to find the answer supposedly being sought, they prefer to call it an "anomaly". An anomaly. Hmmm? According the American Heritage Dictionary, an anomaly is "something unusual, irregular or abnormal; an abnormality". How appropriate a word. Yes, it is unusual for mercury to be good for you. It is unusual, irregular, and abnormal to have evidence that shows receiving more of it via injection is associated with higher IQ's, lower Autism rates, and such.
But wait, it's not just abnormal. It's stupid.
If Phillip Morris published a study that said they found no connection to lung cancer through smoking, and even more, claimed in their study they actually found those who smoked more were LESS likely to get lung cancer, nobody would take them seriously. This is because that finding is not just unusual or abnormal; it's impossible. The same would be true if the CDC did a study on kids exposed to lead and reported that it wasn't associated with learning disabilities, but in fact, appeared to protect kids against them.
Likewise, the same people consider Hanna Poling an anomaly. Supposedly her case was so unique, so rare, that certainly this couldn't have happened to other children. (Heck, they don't even admit it happened to her!) They'd have you believe Hannah was waiting at death's door because of her mitochondrial dysfunction (not the same as mitochondrial disorder) and all the vaccines did was push her closer. One famous nay-sayer even suggested the vaccines were so necessary for her because of her weakened state, implying that of all the kids in the world who should have been vaccinated, it was her. Nice try, but not true. Regardless of how they spin it, Hannah was Autism-free before her vaccines were administered, and afterwards she wasn't. Underlying condition or not, her story is identical to that of thousands of other children. Are we truly supposed to believe she's the one exception? The one child who had mitochondrial dysfunction (that very easily could have been caused by mercury previously injected to her), and there are no others like her?
Hannah Poling is not an anomaly. Thimerosal being good for children isn't either. Perhaps it's time those who would like to think so found a better description for their beliefs. I suggest, stupid.
Julie Obradovic is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.
Why is anyone surprised that government lies to us? Duh. Of course they will never tell us the truth about what is in vaccines, because they just see those damaged by the bad vaccine batches or vials, as people who are "collateral damage." When it happens to one of their own, however, we will see a big change. Then again, what if autism is caused by other things besides vaccine damage. What if it's caused by genetics? Until we know cause, the etiology, we will all be pointing fingers and shouting and screaming.
Posted by: Dustin | September 24, 2010 at 05:21 AM
Question....... Does Hannah have mercury poisoning? Surely they have tested her. Why don't they just come out and say she has mercury poisoning... My child is actaully diagnosed with mercury poisoning and covered by insurance..
Posted by: polliwog | September 21, 2010 at 11:00 PM
Julie, I've done some stupid things in my life......not limited to listening to doctors pretending to be doctors, that "do no harm."
Once you realize something is stupid, you stop doing it, unless its in the stupid world of vaccinations.
Deliberately repeating stupidity is no longer ignorance, it is criminal.
Posted by: michael framson | September 20, 2010 at 10:39 PM
The truth is just so hard to explain away...I know, lets just make stuff up!
Hugs from the penthouse! pharma
What they are doing so clearly implies their deceit and their (I am actually delighted to see this) fear. This is what people on the run do.
Posted by: lj goes | September 20, 2010 at 09:41 PM
Cigarettes make me cool. I'm more creative after a blast from the bong. I can be a stallion on extacy. I'm the life of the party when I drink. Coke makes the world go round. My child won't get autism if he is injected with mercury.
Maybe the check's in the mail, lemme go look, be right back.
Posted by: bensmyson | September 20, 2010 at 09:35 PM
Every possible cause of autism should be researched in Achieve Beyond's eyes. The rate of autistic children is rising across the nation and many have suggested there may be an epidemic arising. This may not be the case, but the fact that more children have been diagnosed with Autism than ever before cannot be ignored. We should continue to support autistic research organizations and early intervention health care agencies that are providing autistic children with the support they need to eliminate autism and allow children with autism to develop without significant delays.
Posted by: Achieve Beyond: Illinois Pediatric Therapy & Autism Services | September 20, 2010 at 04:47 PM
When my daughter was two she could read 3-4 syllable words like refrigerator, blanket, grandmother; however, she couldn't imitate touching her nose when I showed he how and said, "Do this."
Posted by: Holly M. | September 20, 2010 at 12:13 PM
Actually I believe it is fact that lung cancer occurs more often among non smokers.Which could be interpreted very wrong if it's not understood that it's highest among ex smokers. That fits in with what I've seen anecdotally, yet of course those heavy smokers that quit didn't dodge the bullet.
The same with thimerosal, those children that showed the symptoms were likely, I know mine was, taken off the schedule, thereby receiving far less thimerosal. We should be alert, as well, to the facts surrounding IQ, when social skills aren't being considered. We all see many performing at genius level that can't have a conversation, so this high IQ stat could suggest equal time be spent on determing social adaptation. IQ doesn't measure the whole child...high IQ could indicate an imbalance and an important side effect. In other words, it may not be a good thing that those that have more thimerosal are testing outside what is known as normal, perhaps creating a new thimerosal dosed normal? If we were to measure their social skills would these high dosed children be far below the norm? An important question imo.
Posted by: barbaraj | September 20, 2010 at 10:17 AM
It reminds me of the "scientific debate" that occurred for decades about whether or not lead was bad for you. They haven't changed the playbook much.
_Deceit and Denial_ by Markowitz and Rosner is a good book on the subject.
Posted by: Carol | September 20, 2010 at 09:15 AM