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  •  What gives me pause on the whole vaccine (3+ / 0-)
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    catleigh, junipercussion, siduri

    controversy, and yes I know about the scientific studies, is that so many parents, educated parents, not dumb ones as portrayed in your diary, insist that their children were developing normally until post-vaccination.  I always think parents know their children best and what happened when.  It's not just Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy sending out alarms, it's thousands and thousands of other parents too.
     And if it's not the vaccine that is causing autism, what is it?  I have family and friends who teach and they all report a huge influx of autistic children in all their classes.  
     And I have seen doctors suggest that vaccines not be given in current form/timetable, that it is too much too soon, and that parents need to ask their doctors about an altered vaccination schedule.

    •  autism is an extremely poorly understood disease (5+ / 0-)
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      trillian, askew, JayBat, BYw, glynor

      Researchers barely know anything about the genetics of autism, much less its cause, and far less about how to cure it (so far as we know, it can't be cured).  Spreading information that suggests that vaccines might be the cause of autism, when hundreds upon hundreds of controlled scientific studies say otherwise, is downright irresponsible.

      Besides, the definition of autism spectrum disorders has expanded so dramatically over the past 40 years, that of course you'll see more cases being diagnosed.

      •  FWIW (5+ / 0-)
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        trillian, JayBat, BYw, glynor, SuperBowlXX

        We knew our autistic son was different at an early age & saw no correlation btwn vaccines and behavior.
        Today he got a 100 on a math test.  Because he dislikes congratulations, he : erased all the correct answers, wrote in incorrect answers, and blacked out all but 1 zero of the grade.  Then he got mad at me because I did not fall for it.

        The only newscaster on Fox that you can trust is Kent Brockman.

        by Van Buren on Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 05:47:31 PM PDT

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    •  And geez (0+ / 0-)

      people had such normal muscle tone before they had symptoms and were diagnosed with ALS...

      Some diseases show up at certain ages...it is not an unusual concept.  What is astounding is the genetic link in autism and how many families with autism have someone in the family somewhere, often not to far back who is somewhere on the autism spectrum.  It could also be a genetic susceptibility that is triggered by an environmental factor like an infection.

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