July 15, 2012
Read Dr. Offit's book, too
is simply a journalist who jumped on board the anti-vax train. He
collected a bunch of statistics. But not having a background in
research, epidemiology, an MD, imminzations and other scientific areas,
he is not in a position to evaluate, understand, or interpret how these
statistics/facts relate to each other and how difficult it is to reach
an honest conclusion.
Take a look at "Anti-Anti-Vax Steve
Novella" on YouTube, in which Novella demonstrates how a scientist
approaches a problem. His reasoning powers and critical thinking skills
are amazing, and, trying to reach a conclusion about the effects of
Thimerosal, he read Kirby's book first, and makes some amazingly
intelligent statements that had Thimerosal been associated with Autism,
that he would have heard about it before...great...
The 70+ five
star reviews are perhaps from mothers of autistic children. They bought
the book because it gives it the answers it hoped for. Unfortunately
for Kirby, Thimerosal was almost totally removed from vaccines by 2002,
but autism levels have continued to rise at the previous rate.
Therefore, Kirby's prediction that they would plummet downward (his
conclusion was that Thimerosal CAUSED autism) was wrong, and thus, his
conclusion was wrong. This book was published in 2006; why didn't Kirby
already know this?
But the anti-vac movement is stronger than
ever. It has taken on the dimension of a Religious crusade, which
regards faith, emotion, gut feelings more important that science. It is
an anti-science, anti-establishment, anti-government, and anti-reason.
Unfortunately, it also has a body count. Childhood diseases that were
falling off, are on the rise again, as parents do not get their children
vaccinated because of this false scare. There are no wars going on, so
those type of folks who like to go to marches against something have
these kinds of marches to go to.
If you read this book you will
get the point of view of a journalist. Please read Paul Offit's book,
"Autism's False Prophets" or another book that gives an opposite point
of view. Get another side of the story.
If Thimerosal and MMR
vac do not cause autism, what does? There are probably no easy answers
to that question...many different ranges of autism, perhaps there are
many ranges of causes. This is NOT a bacterial disease like Measles or
meningitis. Why have autism rates gone up? Well, one reason is because
more children are being diagnosed with it, diagnostic criteria have
changed, the spectrum has widened.
Democracy depends on an
informed electorate. That is true, and life is becoming so complicated
it is difficult to stay informed on every issue. But it seems that when
it regards your own children, it is as important as anything. This
book is only one point of view, the view of a journalist. Read a book
by a writer on the opposite side and make up your own mind.
really irks me that Robert Kennedy, Jr. has jumped onto the anti-vacc
bandwago (were HIS kids vaccinated? did they deveop autism? or is this
simply a political ploty). His articles in Rolling Stone and Salon have
been found to be full of factual errors. Salon has retracted the
article, and Rolling Stone has removed it from its archives. Kennedy is
a lawyer; that's it. The articles might have been written by members
of his staff. But he has given his name, the Kennedy name, to an
unfounded scare and has totally lost my respect.
coincidence, correlation, connection, concurrent: these words do not
mean the same thing, but many people don't know the different.
Correlation does not imply causatin...anecdotal occurances are not the
same as scientific testing...please think about these things...