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Vaccines and Autism: A Deadly Manufactroversy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Harriet Hall   
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Do vaccines cause autism? Jenny McCarthy thinks so. She thinks her “mommy instincts” are more reliable than science. For those of us who think science is a better guide to knowledge than the instincts of celebrities, the evidence is in. Vaccines don’t cause autism. Vaccines are safe: far safer than not vaccinating.

The whole idea was a “manufactoversy” – a manufactured controversy based on junk science and perpetrated by unscrupulous researchers and irresponsible media reports. So many parents have been frightened into rejecting or delaying vaccines that vaccine-preventable diseases are staging a comeback, and our public health is endangered. How did this happen?

For the whole sordid story with shocking revelations, please see http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/09-06-03

 

 

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written by scubzer0, June 03, 2009
Alright... we need a skeptic to become famous and start spreading some science at the same rate as there woo-wooers. Any takers?
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written by Marcus Aurelius, June 04, 2009
Here is another good article about the whole thing http://www.plosbiology.org/art...io.1000114
As Ben Goldacre might say, "I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that."
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written by Kuroyume, June 04, 2009
@Marcus Aurelius: Thanks for the link! A very good read and full of good historical perspective.

Both linked articles show a public that latches onto scare-tactics and then doesn't read the 'fine print' that appears afterwards. Too many people only hear the cry of foul and occlude the repudiations. "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" should be manditory reading...
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"junk science"
written by gabriel, June 04, 2009
I think calling the lies and faked evidence behind this junk science lends it too much credibility. The word science shouldn't be attached to it in anyway. We need a different term to describe it. "Fraud" "Lies" "Cheats" something. Science is always science. If tests are properply designed, executed, vetted, reviewed, repeated etc. It is science. If not it isn't science. Science isn't good, bad, junk or sloppy. All of those things aren't science.
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Vaccines and Autism: A Deadly Manufactroversy
written by AMFCook, June 04, 2009
It's unfortunate that bad science is still having a hold on parents' minds over not vaccinating their children for fear of their child developing autism. Even though good science has proven the vaccines are safe and do not cause autism in children.


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Senator Gillbrand's Bill: Autism Treatment Acceleration Act
written by AMFCook, June 04, 2009
http://www.hvpress.net/news/12...06-02.html

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Vaccines are safe: far safer than not vaccinating.
written by Caernunos, June 04, 2009
I agree with the second part of the statement, they are usually far safer, but I don't think anyone claims they are safe. The flu pandemic recently stirred up the old vaccination killing more than the disease US story, so more dangerous than the disease in that case. The only interesting point, and to me still a niggling doubt(educate me on this!), is a question I was asked. Autism rates have increased substantially over the last few years, the reason 'better identification of autism, better testing etc'. I was asked, where are all the previously missed 50 year old autistic people, are they being identified? Why are they not being identified? I await an answer with interest.
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No Autism Epidemic
written by The SkepDoc, June 04, 2009
There is no autism epidemic. The apparent rates are rising because of more awareness, better diagnosis, an enlargement of the diagnosis to include autism spectrum disorders, a recategorization of children formerly diagnosed as schizophrenic or mentally retarded, and overdiagnosis to qualify for special educational services and other benefits. There is a masterful discussion of this in the book "Unstrange Minds" by Roy Grinker, backed up by numerous references published by scientists and statisticians. The 50 year old autistic people are there, some of them simply regarded as eccentrics, many of them working in Silicon Valley. Nerds like Bill Gates are sometimes high-functioning autistics.

Caermunos, what are you talking about when you say the old vaccination killing more than the disease US story? I never heard that story.
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written by Kuroyume, June 04, 2009
Caermunos is talking about the Swine Flu Vaccine event of 1976. Still, this wasn't a scientific/medical blunder as much as a political blunder for expedience over caution and proper protocol. I'd say that vaccine efficacy far, far, far outweighs any side-effects/detrimental results occuring from its use. Even at a time when vaccination (or variolation/innoculation at the time) was in its infancy and had real potential side-effects, Benjamin Franklin, who initially rallied against innoculations, began to support them after the death of his unvaccinated 4-year-old son from smallpox.
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written by The SkepDoc, June 04, 2009
The Swine Flu vaccine association with Guillain-Barre syndrome is still questioned by some. I found estimates of 200 cases with one death and 500 cases with 25 deaths. The current estimate of risk is one in a million. Guillain-Barre usually resolves with time and is rarely fatal.
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written by Arts Myth, June 04, 2009
@Kuroyume:
"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" should be manditory reading...


Problem being that there seem to be far too many people who'll just keep on running up the hill no matter how often the boy cries wolf. In many cases, there never was a threat of "wolves," but a very real danger of "coyotes," yet those who've been reacting to the cries of "wolf" (and many of whom still do) instead exercise their skepticism (in this case, more like cynicism) by ignoring the cries of "coyote," no matter how many sheep they lose. I mean, calling "wolf" is clearly preventing wolf attacks on the sheep, and no matter how many times the boy cries "coyote," it doesn't stop the attacks. Obviously, reacting to "wolf" is 100% effective.
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written by Willy K, June 04, 2009
written by scubzer0, June 03, 2009
Alright... we need a skeptic to become famous and start spreading some science at the same rate as there woo-wooers. Any takers?

What kind of famous persons do the (science) uneducated masses listen to? That's right, the ones from Hollywood.

Did you notice how often that the "D" at the end of that word is ignored?
Yup... HOLLY-WOO smilies/tongue.gif
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Not all in Hollywood are Woosters
written by tmac57, June 04, 2009
There are two notable exceptions of Hollywood stars who believe in vaccinations:
"Superstar Jennifer Lopez has added her voice in raising awareness about the fight against pertussis, also known as whooping cough, the Miami Herald reports. Lopez is the new spokeswoman for the Sounds of Pertussis campaign to let adults know that it's important to get immunized for the disease so they don't unwittingly pass it to their children, the Herald reports."
Also see this link to see Amanda Peet's pro vaccination stance: http://www.vaccinateyourbaby.org/safe/choice.cfm



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A suggestion
written by Skeptic, June 04, 2009
Next Time Ms. McCarthy needs an operation, let her be operated on by a bunch of people who use instinct instead of science.

"John, my motherly instict tells me that's her liver."
"Nonsense, Martha! My fatherly instinct tells me it's her peptic gland."
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written by BillyJoe, June 05, 2009
...as it turned out, it was her funny bone, but she didn't die laughing.
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