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Okay, Sarah, let me review the topic to which you finally replied weeks after I posted to it and when you were tired and in a fed-up humor.

In James’ post is brought up the topic of autism caused by vaccinations against the so-called childhood diseases. We know these are not just childhood diseases because they have throughout history devastated whole communities by killing children and adults.

I have included here some information concerning the myth of vaccine caused autism. I hope that it might cause some who wonder about this to research some more.

An interesting and educated guess by some is that those humans that are high systematizers tend to marry and breed with other high systematizers, which is why autistic children are often born to and grandfathered by males who excel in engineering and mathematics and computer technology. This would follow with the genetics-as-cause over the environment-as-cause in regards to autism.

We also must recognize that the autistic spectrum is very broad and is continuing to broaden, such that nearly every person could be diagnosed within its spectrum in the future. I think it is now at one in fifty-four children diagnosed. There are government benefits to having a child diagnosed as autistic, thus the incentive to have ones child so diagnosed. And if one can blame Big-Pharma and Evil Science then all the better.

This over diagnosing diminishes those who truly suffer from autism and I consider it to be detrimental.

I will continue to address your final shot across the bow, Sarah, in my next post.

From this website’s (https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/the-intuitive-parent/201812/vaccines-cause-autism-the-lie-never-dies-1) article:

<<A crucial and indisputable fact about the “vaccines cause autism” narrative is that it is founded on fraudulent research. This is not simply an opinion. The original article appearing in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, in 1998[2] with Dr. Andrew Wakefield as the lead author who reported that “Onset of behavioral symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children…” was retracted in 2010 by the editors of The Lancet. They stated: “Following the judgment of the UK General Medical Council’s Fitness to Practice Panel on Jan 28, 2010, it has become clear that several elements of the 1998 paper by Wakefield et al are incorrect…”[3] Moreover, Dr. Wakefield, the clinician who pushed this false narrative, lost his license to practice medicine in the United Kingdom.[4] In concise language, the original “vaccines cause autism” research was fraudulent, plain and simple.[5]

<<It is perhaps ironic that this original "vaccines cause autism" lie was based upon only 12 children, but refuting this lie by disproving this fraudulent research required studies that now include literally millions of children. This disproportionality is due, in part, to the scientific problem of “proving a negative.” It is certainly true that science can indeed disprove a falsehood (see the Psychology Today article by Stephen Law, Ph.D.),[6] but the process requires multiple replications with negative findings to prove that vaccines do not cause autism. There are now multiple comprehensive scientific reviews showing that vaccines do not cause autism that combine public health data and scientific studies in the U.S. and data from other countries as well.[7] Despite the overwhelming evidence indicating that vaccines do not cause autism, too many people — including physicians — continue to hold <this> misguided point of view. Another important challenge for clinicians, scientists, and public health officials is that the actual cause of autism is not yet known.>>

From this website (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3136032/)

<<Scientists and organizations across the world spent a great deal of time and money refuting the results of a minor paper in the Lancet and exposing the scientific fraud that formed the basis of the paper. Appallingly, parents across the world did not vaccinate their children out of fear of the risk of autism, thereby exposing their children to the risks of disease and the well-documented complications related thereto. Measles outbreaks in the UK in 2008 and 2009 as well as pockets of measles in the USA and Canada were attributed to the nonvaccination of children.[7] The Wakefield fraud is likely to go down as one of the most serious frauds in medical history.[9]>>

<<Scientists who publish their research have an ethical responsibility to ensure the highest standards of research design, data collection, data analysis, data reporting, and interpretation of findings; there can be no compromises because any error, any deceit, can result in harm to patients as well harm to the cause of science, as the Wakefield saga so aptly reveals. >>

And from this website (http://time.com/5175704/andrew-wakefield-vaccine-autism/)

<<Wakefield was de-licensed by medical authorities for his deceit and “callous disregard” for children in his care. It took nearly two decades for the UK immunization rates to recover. By the end, UK families had experienced more than 12,000 cases of measles, hundreds of hospitalizations — many with serious complications — and at least three deaths.>>

<<Stunningly, the vaccine-autism myth still persists. It was amplified by the British media during its early years, later by celebrity endorsement and more recently by worldwide social media. Wakefield has continued his own relentless personal campaigning, moving well beyond the initial MMR vaccine scaremongering to attacking the CDC in his controversial film Vaxxed. The film was pulled before screening at the Tribeca Film Festival but found its way into independent theaters in the U.S. and Europe. Europe’s four-fold increase in measles cases and 35 measles-related deaths in 2017 — due largely to people not getting vaccinated — also reflects how Wakefield’s vaccine-autism scare can spark vaccine refusals that lead to debilitating and fatal cases of measles.>>

<<In the U.S., measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Since 2000, however, there has been a resurgence of measles, with more than 2,216 reported cases. Wakefield’s anti-vaccine fanaticism contributed to the 2015 outbreak in Disneyland in California, which eventually infected more than 130 people, and to the 2017 measles outbreaks in Minnesota, where his message persuaded many parents not to vaccinate their children.
The vaccine-autism myth has also prompted an alarming number of millennials — the generation that came of age in the era of Wakefield’s misinformation —in the U.S. not to vaccinate their children. Vaccine reluctance does not apply just to measles; flu kills 100 to 300 children under age 5 each year, and up to 85% of them were not vaccinated when they died.>>

<<What will it take to protect parents and children from this kind of fraudulent science?
First, trust is vital in order for people to accept health interventions. The messenger can be more important than the message. Thus, the advice of trusted primary healthcare providers, families and friends is often much more influential than the cold facts of official sources. Fortunately, trust can be built or rebuilt over time, as the UK demonstrated when it reached 95% measles immunization coverage.>>

<<Second, the medical community must redouble its efforts to ensure the integrity of its evidence. And it must move rapidly to address suspected scientific fraud. Wakefield was not disciplined by the UK medical authorities, nor was the article retracted by The Lancet until 2010, despite serious concerns raised by experts at the time of publication and the 2004 expose on Wakefield’s sloppy science and retraction by co-authors.>>

<<Third, print and broadcast media have a special responsibility to provide clear, evidenced-based reporting. The decline in MMR immunization following Wakefield’s article was accelerated by the pro-Wakefield UK media, despite increasingly strong evidence refuting Wakefield’s claims. Conversely, the recovery from Wakefield’s damaging impact was catalyzed by the 2004 investigative journalism reports exposing Wakefield’s flawed science and conflicts of interest. Truth wins, if we’re committed to telling it.
Fourth, state health officials must ensure that public health policies are enforced as intended. The rise in measles cases in many states resulted from the loosening of immunization requirements for school entry. California has raised its vaccine coverage by enacting stronger vaccination policies to curtail such exemptions.>>

<<Finally, in an age of social media, frequent distrust of authorities and increasing epidemic threats, parents and educators have a vital role in helping children from an early age learn the skills of critical thinking and informed skepticism to discern life-saving facts from fatal fictions.>>
"The Ox is slow, but the Earth is patient."

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jeanne53: Feb 27, 2019, 12:52 PM

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