Tuesday, April 1, 2014

79: April Fools don't Vaccinate

Theme for today is April Fools, specifically those people who won't vaccinate their children for fear
of autism.

Huffington Post:
According to the most recent CDC estimates, autism spectrum disorder has been identified in about 1 in 88 children, and autism is more likely among boys, among whom prevalence is estimated at 1 in 54.
What does that make the rate for girls?

If the vaccines are the cause, why would there be such a difference between the genders?

If thimerosol (a mercury compound) is the cause, why have the rates of autism RISEN after thimerosol was removed from MMR vaccines?

If the only study to show a link ever done (Wakefield) studied a tremendously small number of kids, was proven to be insurance company scam fraud, was shown to have critical flaws in methodology and analysis, and was proven wrong over and over and over and over again, ....

Kristen Cavalieri:
"There's really scary statistics out there, and to each their own. Autism wasn't prevalent -- like it is now -- years ago, so something is going on, whether it's the chemicals in our food or the vaccines," she continued. "Something is happening, and we can't really ignore that. I choose to believe that I think it's in the vaccines but, again, to each their own and that's where I stand on it."
 Let's toss in the Jenny McCarthy Death Count.This is a record of deaths and illnesses that could have been prevented by vaccines but the parents were convinced by Jenny to refrain from damaging their kids.

Preventable IllnessesPreventable Deaths

You can keep up to date with the Jenny McCarthy Body Count.

You can check this data at the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Reports, if you trust those **scientists**.

You can read the American Academy of Pediatrics summary.

Or you can listen to a blonde idiot who has never taken a college-level science class in her life and was so crazy not even Jim Carrey could stand it for long. If you favor the crazy, you can read Jenny's old website (Internet Archive link) and get insight into her belief that she's an "indigo mom" (sort of a superior species of human) and that her son was special and would have been the start of a more highly-developed race of humans .... until he contracted autism.

(Her son's autism diagnosis has been questioned because she claims that he was cured of it by chelation therapy, the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. If that had worked, we'd probably be using it a lot right now ...)


  1. I'm not sure what her hair color has to do with anything, but good post.

    That Cavalieri quote was especially idiotic. Yes, indeed it intuitively seems very likely that our modern lifestyle is altering our minds and bodies; maybe it's the chemicals in our food or just the types of food we eat, maybe it's pesticides, maybe it's the increased UV rays reaching us, maybe it's plastics, etc., but she chooses to believe to think [sic] that it's vaccines....why???

  2. Or maybe we are simply better at diagnosing Autism and since we know a lot more about teaching those students and special educators are looking to identify them, we have more incentive to figure out who these kids are?

  3. That could be it too, which is why I made sure to say "intuitively" and then list a bunch of reasons that seem just as likely as vaccines if we're starting from a position assuming no scientific knowledge (which describes these people). It's just amazing that she "chooses" vaccines like she's choosing which color to paint her walls. It makes no sense, but not making sense is kind of their thing.

    I don't think the obesity epidemic is explained by better diagnoses though, so I choose to blame that on...airbags, and that's where I stand on it.