I have a busy day ahead, so this will be a work-in-progress blog as I have the opportunity to pop back in and deconstruct in agonizing detail what's wrong with this picture. I may even have to bite the bullet and go back and read Obradovric's part one and two again and do the same for them.
Suffice it to say that my first pass through this part three leaves me beyond disgusted with AoA and Obradovic for many reasons. The dishonesty in the two positions she provides is more than enough. Reminds me of Bush's 'you're either with us or against us' nonsense. Just like the spectrum, the positions parents take on their child's ASD depends on who they are, what they know, their coping skills, the degree of their child's impairment, and million other things.
I was watching Religulous last night; Maher asked a senior Vatican Priest, Father Reginald Foster what one did about people who believed nonsense (essentially, it was in the context of the priest mentioning that a survey of Italians showed Jesus was 6th on the list of saints they prayed to). The priest said there was nothing to do; “They just gotta live and die with their stupid ideas.” I sincerely hope that is not the case in this situation.
My response (again, dare you, double dog dare you to have the guts to let any dissent or criticism on and to then allow any follow up comments on after the feeding begins):
If Age of Autism wished to be taken seriously in its deconstruction of the studies concerning autism and vaccines (actually more like 23), it would have given the organization at least a patina of credibility had it gotten a PhD in the field to do so.
What possible reason should parents follow the reasoning of someone with no science background? http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2007/10/julie_deardoff_and_the_mercury_militia_d.php
Had you found a scientist with no "stake" in the matter, someone who neither worked for big bad pharma nor was clearly on the side of vaccines cause autism and had that person critique the studies, I might have nodded my head towards your stated intent by Olmstead to "follow the truth wherever it leads."
And, there are far more than two positions by parents concerning autism; to reduce it to what you consider your reasonable position (not) and everyone else wanting to let children with autism be completely untreated and unhelped is dishonest at best.