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  •  The conclusive results on thimerosol are recent (1+ / 0-)
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    so he was about 1 year behind the literature on this topic. Not too bad for a politician with no scientific background. I can't believe for a moment that the general public would give a crap that he was slightly outdated on his information regarding a difficult scientific topic.

    Now his statements on condoms and aids are different. I would guess that >80% of the voting population KNOWS that condoms will reduce the transmission of aids. That is a quote you can hit him hard on and sway voters opinions with.

    And please, do not for a minute think I believe thimerosol is the cause. Here's a link to an exchange I had on dailykos regarding this topic over a year ago. Where I state my opinion clearly.

    However it has been a topic of hot debate over the last decade and all the cellular studies linking organomercury compounds inducing autism like metabolic changes still suggest that mercury (environmental, not vaccines) could be a trigger. Perhaps not the cause of the epidemic we see but not disproved either. Personally I suspect the leading causitive agents will be a combination of environmental exposures that occur during pregnancy and in the first year or two of life.

    "lovely little thinker but a bugger when he's pissed"

    by yuriwho on Sat Mar 29, 2008 at 01:47:58 PM PDT

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    •  We are absolutely on the same page (3+ / 0-)
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      see my other post in this thread. Environmental mercury is pervasive anymore, and why we spend all this time and mental energy worrying about vaccines is beyond me! We can't even eat fish safely anymore due to mercury levels. I've long suspected it's a combination of environmental exposure and genetic predisposition. If people would spend half the passion pursuing environmental etiologies as we've spent on vaccine safety, perhaps we'd have better answers by now.

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