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3 kids in 1,000 have Tourettes – watch out for the anti-vaccine outcry

Posted in Skepdude by Skepdude on June 4, 2009

A new estimate claims that 3 out of every 1,000 children have Tourettes Syndrom, mostly boys. It’s an epidemic! Expect the anti vaccine crowd to jump on this and try to use it to pump their stupid “green our vaccines” mumbo jumbo mojo! Because, if something goes wrong with our children, well it must be the vaccines no? And this estimate is probably a low ball anyway:

“These are diagnosed cases, not necessarily all the cases that are out there,” noted study author Lawrence D. Scahill, an associate professor of nursing and child psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. “There is good reason to believe it’s an underestimate of the likely prevalence.”

Which makes it even more likely that the Jenny McCarthys and Jim Carreys of this world will find this bit of news appealing. “There goes anther childhood disease cause by vaccines” they will likely claim. “When will we draw the line?” they will ask.

That, I think, is a very appropriate question indeed.


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  1. Farron said, on December 4, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Well, you may not be alarmed about these findings and believe they hold no grounds to associate vaccines as one of the main causes of childhood developmental problems, well then you need to do some more reasearch on both sides of the coin of evidence and make a more intelegent and informed comment. I do not claim to know the answer, but from what I have researched I have decided to not allow my childeren another shot until I see unequivical proof that this stuff does not harm my children. As it stands I have one with speach problems and tourettes, which is also linked to autism and another with behavorial issues which is also linked to autism, so food for thought, get informed.

    • Skepdude said, on December 5, 2009 at 5:22 PM

      Well do you drive your kids around in a car? If you do, do you have unequivocal proof that they are safe in the car? Do you have unequivocal proof that the plane will not crash down when you get in them with your kids to travel? Do you have unequivocal proof that the train will not derail if you take the train with them? Do you send them to daycare? Have a nanny? Do you have unequivocal proof that they will not harm your kids? Why do you require absolute certainty about vaccines while at the same time nothing you do with or without your kids provides absolute certainty? Is that not a disturbing double standard?

      The point my friend is that we never have unequivocal proof for anything. No human activity or endeavor can be 100% safe. There are risks associated with vaccines, but autism isn’t one of them. All the proper scientific studies fail to find a connection time and time again. I have links to some good ones on my Important Studies page. You should be the one to get informed before assuming I’m not.

      Proof you’ll never find. Convincing evidence you will. And by evidence I don’t mean fact free fear mongering. That is easy to produce. I mean science, real medicine. Talk to your pediatrician. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

      Lastly don’t forget to be careful with making connections willy nilly. Do you know that there can be found a correlation between women’s dress hem height and the performance of the stock market? Now that’s food for thought!

      • justamomma said, on June 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

        Personally,I do beleive that vaccines given so early can and probably do cause a lot of behaviour/mental problems;I will always regret doing that to my oldest son,I beleive that it is best to wait at least 2 years before you inject 5 to 9 diseases at one time in an infant(even though there may only be 3 injections),Pentacel alone has 5 diseases in it,not to mention Hib and Prevnar13,you do the math.
        Besides studies ,pro and anti vaccines ,how about using our common sense,would you,an adult ,get 5 vaccines at one time without hesitation?
        If you take each disease and sudy it,chances are low to 0 that an infant could get it.Besides Polio and Tetanus,almost all other are treatable.HepB not necessary at birth.Polio,even if you do catch it,only 5%will get sick from it and only 1% will paralize.Still I do beleive it is scary.
        The problem is that these chemicals do not belong in our bodies and they never will.
        In the end I will still vaccinate my other baby with Dtap and ipv,but later.
        But my faith in vaccines has diminished a lot for many reasons,one being my unvaccinated child never gets sick

        really,even though my other still does ,a lot.

        • justamomma said, on June 12, 2013 at 10:02 PM

          A note to Skepdude above,all circumstances listed,plane crashing,daycare etc. are somewhat absurd simply because you won’t fly the plane,at daycare if you are not there you can control nothing,true ,nothing is 100% risk free,but to a vaccine you can just say no,because you are in control .

  2. Jodi said, on August 14, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I would say ‘greening our vaccines’ would be far better than none at all??? You can not even accept a compromise in the situation??? Which would be making them greener! How would you like it if you had a child have a horrible reaction because of vaccines!! It is terrifying as a parent to have to deal with that! I would not expect the ignorant to understand. My own child’s legs were swollen for 3 days and she could not walk!! Was horribly sick from a reaction!! My husband had a horrible allergic reaction to the flu shot. You do not know what you are talking about.

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