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Response to proverbialwisdom (Reply #97)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 11:35 AM

99. Hardly slander. Hell, I'll double down.

Adventures in autism is an anti-vac blog deeply routed in misguided thinking. Quoting two people from a radio show who both say vaccine do not explain a rise in autism rates, admittedly one more equivocal then the other, as sport that vaccines cause autism is deluded.

Herbert wants to be the respectable face of the biomed movement, which is why places like AoA love her. She is not espousing anything scientifically worthwhile, but hey what's the difference, right?

As for overzealous, I'd argue much more strongly for the people who insist someone or something is at fault for the condition who then engage in behavior that is dangerous to the child (biomed "treatments") and others (Refusal to vaccinate).

Look, the problem with all of this is that pretty much all the sites and people you quote treat autistic children as being broken who need to be fixed. They use language like "there in body but not in spirit" or "my son was taken away from us". They give good people the false belief that something is at fault and their child is no longer while.

I don't know how better to explain this, there is am echo chamber of pseudoscience. Sites feed off it, indictments are seen as persecution or conspiracy, discredited practitioners are unsung heroes fighting the good fight. And people get hurt as a result.

It boils down to one simple statement: they're wrong and they are doing real damage pretending to be right.

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