sigh. and sigh again.
Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants -- in one case, within hours of birth -- the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.
there are a whole host of reasons why numbers of children with autism could have gone up. thimerosol could possibly be one of them. or it could not be. this means nothing.
The results "are statistically significant."
so are the results that larger shoe size correlates with better ability at math. mean anything in real life? not other than children aren't very good at calculus.
"We are in a bad position from the standpoint of defending any lawsuits," said Dr. Robert Brent, a pediatrician at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. "This will be a resource to our very busy plaintiff attorneys in this country." Dr. Bob Chen, head of vaccine safety for the CDC, expressed relief that "given the sensitivity of the information, we have been able to keep it out of the hands of, let's say, less responsible hands." Dr. John Clements, vaccines advisor at the World Health Organization, declared flatly that the study "should not have been done at all" and warned that the results "will be taken by others and will be used in ways beyond the control of this group. The research results have to be handled."
yeah, out of less responsibly hands--like journalists and the general public who don't understand how to interpret scientific data. and it probably shouldn't have been done at all because of the way in which it was done.
It's a concern that certainly deserves far more attention than it has received -- but it overlooks the fact that the mercury concentrations in vaccines dwarf other sources of exposure to our children.
really? including mercury from fish eaten by mothers while their children are in utero?
i don't think this article is anything new. just another piece of propoganda about this issue.