Anyone that’s studied statistics, even at a very basic level, will be able to tell you that “correlation does not equal causality.” Just because two things move in the same direction doesn’t mean they’re interacting with each other, or even influenced by each other. It’s very dangerous to draw assumptions. In statistical circles there’s even a term for a person who draws these links where the data doesn’t support it.
Unfortunately, autism traditionally strikes children between the ages of one and two. It’s around this time that a bunch of vaccinations are typically administered. For about the last decade parents that needed to blame something for their children’s illness sought refuge in attacking “big pharma.” Hopefully this will stop now that the main proponent of this disinformation has been proven completely and absolutely fraudulent.
He was taking money from lawyers to create laboratory data. The other ten researchers that formed the panel that issued the initial report indicating causality have petitioned to have their names removed from the paper. Thiomersal has been removed from vaccinations in the US since the late 90s and the rate of autism is still climbing, not that thiomersal has been ever proven to be harmful to humans. Read the article and follow the links to the other sources. Don’t use Google to reinforce your crumbling position. What’s that saying about “degree in bias reinforcement from the Google University?”
The problem with stupid people is that they’re not able to have their opinions swayed by evidence, data or new facts. They’ll hang on to their “beliefs” as though it’s their right. I love quoting Emma in this respect:
Anyone without a medical degree is not qualified to have an opinion.
This issue really gets me wound up, because parents have the “right” to reject these proven medicines because they “have a bad feeling about it.” We get outraged when Michael Jackson hangs his kid off a balcony but when some parent chooses to not have their child vaccinated we applaud their right to choose. How does that work and what does it say about us as a society? Is it just another instance of natural selection?