As I have stated before I get really miffed when I see news reports credulously reporting myth and superstition as if it were science. Frequently, the bee in my bonnet is over the subject of Thimerosal causing autism. Finally I see and article that gets the science right on this issue.
This is a quote from this article:
Some parents believe that thimerosal, a preservative found in childhood vaccines that virtually every child gets, causes autism, because many children were diagnosed after they were vaccinated. But most medical experts increasingly doubt that theory, because even though the chemical has been removed from virtually all vaccines, the number of cases of autism is rising.
"You remove thimerosal from all but the flu vaccine, which isn't given to children under 6 months of age, and the incidence of autism only increases. So you just have piece of evidence after piece of evidence after piece of evidence that really disproves this notion," said Dr. Paul Offit, chief of the Infectious Diseases Division at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This statement illustrates my biggest contention with the vaccines-cause-autism claims. They have no explanation as to why the number of diagnosed cases continues to increase at the same rate even though the alleged cause, Thimerosal, has been removed. This is statistical evidence that the vaccines have no effect. Finally CNN.com gets the facts right on this issue.
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