Thursday, 22 March 2012
There was an article in the Los Angeles Times March 13 (and widely distributed by the Associated Press) in which yet another reporter reported an unbalanced story–failing to report the “other side of the question” –perpetuating the autism-vaccine logical fallacy yet again.
Thomas H. Maugh reported that the government vaccine court has declared that thimerosal, a mercury additive largely discontinued from vaccines, does not cause autism. This is not surprising and is in fact a logical conclusion. The reason is that while thimerosal is not an ingredient in most vaccines since 2001, autism rates continue to climb.
Maugh’s fallacy is faulty generalizing. He takes the thimerosal assertion and combines it with another: that the measles vaccine in the MMR shot does not cause autism, at least in most cases. I’ll grant that to be apparently true as well–research supports it.
Therefore, says Maugh, parents should accept that vaccines do not cause autism. There is the fallacy, generalizing from insufficient evidence. Vaccines could be causing autism by any number of other ways.
Meanwhile, it’s obvious that autism rates have gone up at the same rate and time that the number of childhood vaccines has gone up. There could well be a correlation. The medical establishment should look into it, disregarding their vested interest in the vaccine system.
Research has NOT INVESTIGATED these further possibilities. Here are the ones that come to mind:
1. The immature immune system (first day of life and following) cannot deal with the vaccines, at least in some cases.
2. Taking multiple vaccines at the same time may overwhelm the young immune system.
3. A vaccine ingredient, currently unidentified, is toxic to some children.
These have NOT been tested. Mr. Maugh and colleagues, quit swallowing the line of the vaccine proponents and get on the ball!! You are not doing a service to your country. Please investigate and report the other side.
As I have said before, a simple study could settle this question: comparing autism rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. Are the medical people AFRAID to do it?