Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

Mistrust rises with autism rate

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU
 
lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:57 AM
Original message
Mistrust rises with autism rate
http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/redir.php?jid=dc2167321...

Mistrust rises with autism rate
By Anita Manning, USA TODAY
The argument over what is causing soaring rates of autism has reached a boiling point with furious parent groups and their famous allies accusing scientists and public health officials of hiding information to cover up their own mistakes.
Scientists are offended and in some cases intimidated by an onslaught of e-mail, Internet slurs and unprecedented criticism. (Related story: The future of autism)

At issue: whether the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, used in several infant vaccines up until five years ago and still in some vaccines that children get, is responsible for the developmental disorder.

"We're injecting poisons into children," said environmental attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in a phone interview last week. Last month, Kennedy charged in an article in Rolling Stone and posted online on Salon.com that U.S. health officials purposely covered up the dangers of thimerosal to protect themselves and "Big Pharma" from lawsuits in "a chilling case study of institutional arrogance, power and greed."

Scientists say those charges are absolutely false. Much of the evidence for a thimerosal link to autism, they say, rests on questionable studies and comments taken out of context. Virtually all medical professional societies, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Institute of Medicine have stated there is no evidence vaccines cause autism.

"There is a dangerous mistrust of science," says Paul Offit, an infectious-disease specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "I don't think it's new, but it may be worse
more...

Recognizing the growing mistrust of parents in getting immunizations!!! now!!!!!!!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:00 AM
Response to Original message
1. RFK Jr. is one of my heroes and I don't say that lightly
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
earth mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:34 AM
Response to Reply #1
4. I feel the same way about RFK Jr. We need more like him. eom
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AmyDeLune Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:33 AM
Response to Original message
2. CDC Link
I barely scraped by high school chemistry, so I can't say how good/thorough the cited studies are, but here's the link anyway.

http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/thimerosal/defa...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:34 AM
Response to Original message
3. FINALLY!!
It's about time they are called on their complicity with huge corporations. For too long they have sold us down the river to protect their own incomes and jobs.

Anyone working on an environmental health issue learns early on that you cannot count on the medical/scientific community to do anything other that pitch for the polluters. The few brave have my respect, but they are few.

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Thu Jul 31st 2014, 04:39 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (Through 2005) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC