Thursday, April 2, 2009

World Autism Awareness Day

Mercury in the vaccines? Cold unfeeling mothers? Genetic abnormalities in the brain? What the hell causes autism? And more importantly, why is it on the rise?

There's a lot of misinformation out there about autism and not enough resources to properly help those who are...what does one say? Blessed with autism? Afflicted with autism? Cursed with autism? Challenged by autism?

Sometimes I wonder if some of the difficulty doesn't stem from society's abhorrence of ALL who are different. Different race, different sexual orientation, different way of thinking.

Anything that tips you off of the peek of the bell curve is cause for social ostracism, medical intervention, religious persecution, hatred, fear, misunderstanding.

Why doesn't everybody leave everybody else the hell alone?
Ain't nobodies business if you do.
Victimless crime isn't crime.
Meet a person on common ground, you'll be amazed at what you learn.

12 comments:

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Mercury in vaccines has been debunked. Refrigerator mothers have also been debunked. Environmental issues are still being investigated...

IMO the so called rise of all sorts of genetic disorders/mutations/deletions/additions, to which current theory says that disorders on the autistic spectrum belong, have probably always been there. Due to advances in medicine, treating the physical aspects of these disorders and thus keeping these individuals alive has made them more visible as a group. Some babies with serious genetic disorders fail to thrive in their early years. Doctors go to great lengths to make sure they do survive. Not so many years ago many of these babies would have died. Now that the mapping of the human genome is complete, many changes in diagnostic techniques have arisen also adding to the numbers.

Some research also shows that changes in funding in America and other countries for therapy for children caused many more diagnosis' of autistic spectrum disorders so that parents could get early intervention assistance for those minimally and majorly affected.

I have a friend who has Potocki-Lupski syndrome, a very rare genetic disorder. He is now in his early 20's and is a lovely young chappy. He has periods where he does really well, enjoying life and being as happy as he can with his lot in life, then he has long periods where he is hospitalised for various physical disorders associated with the syndrome, and he also self harms by continually banging his head which is quite hard to deal with, for himself and for others caring for him, especially if he smashes a window with his head while you're looking the other way. As a baby he failed to thrive, but doctors worked hard on him and he managed to survive. It is only recently that he has actually been diagnosed through genetic testing.

HumbleHumanity said...

How could you scientifically debunk mercury? It is ethically impossible to prove (especially proving a negative, you above all people should know that.)

Exactly who debunked it. Wasn't it the same people who have us convinced that pharm. miracles are safe, then a couple years later recall them?

Your entire second paragraph is what? your opinion? Where have you any proof of such claims?

It seems fasionably chic to doubt any parent's claims about when autism arises (big brother undoubtedly knows more about our kids than we do). Of course, questioning a pharm. industry (big pharma has been so benefitial), our trusted FDA (king of recalls), and our well trained doctors (name a time you went to your Doc and he/she didn't try to drug you).

Maybe mercury in vaccines is healthy, maybe it is helping our literacy rates, who knows. But if you mandated all kids get a magic shot, you certainly wouldn't ever admit that anything could be concievably wrong with them.

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Humble humanity you can do your own research, make sure you look at credible and substantiated scientific research.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal.htm
From that site - Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative used in some vaccines and other products since the 1930s. There is "no convincing scientific evidence" of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.

The Department of Health and Human Services - Center for Disease Control and Prevention is a US government department representing the best outcomes for the American Public...is it not?

Thimerosal (ethyl mercury) is a preservative that has been added to some vaccines because it is effective in killing bacteria and in preventing bacterial contamination.

Methyl mercury is a chemical that is often found in some fish and exposure primarily occurs by eating fish.

Methyl mercury and Ethyl mercury are two different things.

Ethyl mercury has been removed from most vaccinations and the outcomes expected were that the numbers of children with autism would drop dramatically....the statistics show that the numbers of children with autism was not reduced.

Methyl mercury is definitely a danger, its not in vaccinations.

Johnny said...

Your entire second paragraph is what? your opinion? Where have you any proof of such claims?

Did you actually read it???? The whole second paragraph started with "in my opinion"!?! The very first three letters are IMO, you do realise that means in my opinion?........Some people sheesh!!

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Johnny:...sheesh is right!!

Humble Humanity: Here's something for you to read. Take a tip from me, YOU MUST READ IT WITH YOUR EYES OPEN, or you wont see anything.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdf/10.1086/596476

You seem to be buying into all sorts of conspiracy theories, so the facts might astound you.

There's nothing fashionably chic here, just REAL scientific investigation and discovery.

HumbleHumanity said...

I'm not actually a member of the geek squad, and I don't text message, or crackberry, so Im sorry for IMO.

I read the study/article. It is not about buying into conspiracy. Money corrupts. My brother is a doctor. He could go out to eat EVERY NIGHT at any rest. he wants to free. That is not right or good for our health care system.

So, who do I believe. Parents who see a change in their child within a short time of vaccination or researchers (who no doubt are never tempted by the almighty buck.)

So, am I convinced it is vaccines? No Am I convinced it is not? Absolutely NOT.

Thank you for the link.

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Yes, money corrupts and there is a mind boggling money spinner that has grown out of all this misinformation. Curing Autism, heard of it? Well look it up you humble human and think again about corruption!

Thump Thump Eyes said...

http://www.newsdaily.com/stories/tre53r7i7-us-autism-genes/

Researchers find first common autism gene....and no doubt there will be more discovered in the near future.

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Here's some more to think about humble humanity.... lots and lots of children, not to mention also adults are at serious risk! Money does corrupt, people ARE mislead by the conspiracy theorists and the bloody rich and famous! (by the way it helps if you read the links I've posted (and furthermore the links within these links, educate yourself would you?). Just copy and paste the address into your browser, then it will do all the work for you, all you have to do is to read, oh and concentrate whilst reading, not hard, then think about what you just read, amazing how easy that is).

http://shirleywho.wordpress.com/2009/05/11/an-open-letter-to-oprah/

How about you ask your doctor brother about the rising incidence of the return of long gone diseases because of the spreading of mass misinformation from 'champions of ignorance'!!. Do you realise children actually DIE of things like measles and polio, or even worse are left alive but seriously debilitated, and these virus's are extremely dangerous for adults as well! While you're at it ask him about the latest, yes the very very latest scientific discoveries into the causes of autism, if he's any kind of doctor he must be aware of them. Have an updated discussion about the whole situation, might be informative for both of you, then direct him to the link below. Personally I hate the idea that an actual doctor still thinks that vaccines cause autism, that, humble humanity, is bloody shocking!!

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

Make sure you read the story at that second link you humble human! Falsified! Data! Ever! Heard! About! It!? Then decide how you feel about autism and vaccines and you and your brothers role as assistants in the misguided spreading of dangerous and life threatening WRONG information!

Spreading misguided dangerous misinformation kills, get it??

Thump Thump Eyes said...

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/2009/05/13/number-of-measles-cases-expected-to-keep-on-rising-91466-23609426/

One of the largest outbreaks of measles in 15 years. This is happening NOW in Wales, where....

"The huge number of cases in Mid and West Wales has been linked to the fall in take-up vaccination rates following the MMR and autism scare a decade ago."

Humble humanity...here's your ignorance IN ACTION!!! Make you feel good does it?

Thump Thump Eyes said...

Just one more thing!

We live a world of failed profits...from banksters who misled us to intellectuals who've misled us, and other obvious religiotard mis-leaders, and of course doctors who mislead us, some did it for profit...but most out of hubris.

Go to this link to see the unravelling of the doctor who started the whole 'beware' of vaccination/autism thing...oh and yes he was motivated by MONEY... well..who could have known!!

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece

Thump Thump Eyes said...

OK so i posted the same link twice...try this one...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683642.ece

furthermore...

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683687.ece