I’m not sure whether to be flattered or apalled
Rather than post his thoughts here and contribute to the discussion we’re having, Jake Crosby of Age of Autism posted over at Respectful Insolence the following
You trust these references?
1.Autism Spectrum Disorder: No causal relationship with vaccines DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1754.2007.01239.x
2.DeStefano F (2007). “Vaccines and autism: evidence does not support a causal association”. Clin Pharmacol Ther 82 (6): 756–9 doi:10.1038/sj.clpt.6100407. PMID 17928818.
So reference two is made by Frank DeStefano who lied to the editor of a medical journal about his earlier VSD findings showing a stronger link between autism and thimerosal when he directed the CDC National Immunization Program. And reference one is made by Larry Pickering, the NIP director’s senior advisor. Let’s not forget that private contractor who was paid to destroy the raw data used by Verstraeten, who sent an email containing tables showing really high relative risks of autism from thimerosal exposure asking his collegues(including DeStefano) how to lower them, despite his efforts, and how the CDC also sent the rest of the VSD overseas to the Brighton Collaboration to avoid FOIA requests, held an illegal closed meeting with vaccine manufacturers, and conducted a series of drop-dead awefully bad epistudies including one done by Verstraeten while he was working for GlaxoSmithKline, using a failing HMO and another that was too small to show any associations, has an ACIP dominated by pharmaceutical company representatives, carries out projects paid for by pharmaceutical companies and at least up until recently worked under a presidential administration loaded with members who had strong ties to pharmaceutical companies, especially Eli Lilly, which invented thimerosal. You know, you don’t have to simply believe something just because the CDC says so. That’s what skepticism is all about, independent verifiability.
Posted by: Jake Crosby | April 4, 2009 3:41 AM
Now, I’ve tried to maintain very cordial tone throughout these posts because I want to be respectful to the people who have ASD, and their parents and loved ones. My understanding is that Mr Crosby has Aspergers syndrome, an ASD. Here my line. I’m sorry for any suffering Mr Crosby has had because of his ASD, but being sensitive and respectful to his condition does not extend to his absolutely ridiculous ad hominem.
You’ll note he has provided no references for any of his rather extraordinary claims. I will not address the tinfoil hat claims, I have seen no evidence of them, and without evidence, this is “Poisoning the well.”
At the end there, he says skepticism is about independant verifiablility. I agree, but I also pointed out in my last post, that multiple indepedant investigators HAVE verified what I lay out in this blog. Infact, the only thing no one has been able to verify independantly is what Mr Crosby claims in his blog post – that mercury caused his Aspergers.
He specifically comments that we don’t need to believe the CDC. Luckily, I never quoted the CDC, and the article we’ve been working from includes data from the, IOM, Cochrane collaboration, and a variety of other independant investigators.
It’s odd that he choose to impugn Larry Pickering, since the entire article makes no new claims, and references multiple other people. Larry Pickering basically delivered us a bunch of other articles, wrapped up in one package. Attacking him doesn’t help Mr Crosby anymore than attacking the mailman for delivering bad news.
I was indeed hoping that Age of Autism would get involved in the discussion here, I think on average, they are so badly informed, that if they did try to discuss the evidence, we would be able to unmask the extent to which they have bent the truth to argue their point of view.
And to anyone reading Mr Crosby’s article, I would remind you, an anecdote and a belief does not evidence make.