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Age of Autism – Age of Denialism!

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 2, 2009

The deluded folks over at Age of Autism like to cling to the outdated idea that vaccines somehow are responsible for autism, despite the fact that many studies show no such link, despite the fact that their poster boy, Andrew Wakefield, has bestowed heaps upon heaps of shame and humiliation to their movement, despite the fact that they have nothing to support their claims, but some testimonials which they think must trump anything else. The arrogance of their ignorance is truly amazing to watch, if it were not so destructive and dangerous.

Their new post titled, ironically,  “Why Good Parents Believe Myths About Autism and Vaccines” sheds some more light on their arrogant ignorance. It’s the usual conspiracy theory claims about how we are being scared into vaccinating our kids, blah, blah, blah and most importantly it takes on a Newsweek article of the same title, which they don’t even link to, lazy arrogants that they are, which goes to show you what kind of people you are dealing with. They will criticize something but not link to it, even though they gladly link to sites that favor their stupid ideas. And speaking of sites that support the stupid idea that vaccines cause autism, they bring out, what else, the 14 studies website, another ridiculous attempt to discredit the research done on vaccines by basically saying “it’s only 14 studies”. We want more!

I’m not even going to attempt to dismantle the pile of horse shit that the 14 studies website is, but instead I will destroy their credibility by directly addressing on claim on their home page, specifically the following:

By reading and analyzing every published study used to “prove” vaccines do not cause autism, this website will show you that:

Not one study compares vaccinated children to unvaccinated children — every study only looks at children who have received vaccines. This is like comparing smokers who smoke one pack a day to those who smoke two packs a day, seeing no difference in cancer rates, and saying cigarettes don’t cause cancer.

When will the idiots writing these things learn to make up lies that are not easily demonstrated to be lies? It is embarrassing really to make the claim above, which can so quickly be shot down with the shortest amount of research. One needs only to look up the famous Danish Study to see what I mean. The Danish study followed up all kids born in Denmark between 1991 and 1998, ALL 537,303 of them, of which 440,655 received the MMR vaccine and the rest did not. So what did the study report?

After adjustment for potential confounders, the relative risk of autistic disorder in the group of vaccinated children, as compared with the unvaccinated group, was 0.92 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.68 to 1.24), and the relative risk of another autistic-spectrum disorder was 0.83 (95 percent confidence interval, 0.65 to 1.07). There was no association between the age at the time of vaccination, the time since vaccination, or the date of vaccination and the development of autistic disorder.

Would you believe that? They did in fact compare the vaccinated children to the unvaccinated children, which makes the 14 studies website writers at best a bunch of ignorant, lazy buffoons and at worst a bunch of liars! Take your pick, I think I proved my point.

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