And the beat goes on: Desiree Jennings and the continued insistence over at AoA/GenRes that this has to be from the flu vaccine. Holy crap (not a new article, just continued comments by those committed to the idea that it must be the vaccine).
There are smart people over at AoA. After all, they pride themselves on their education, their elitist status, their informed, learned positions and their stake on the truth regarding all things autism and vaccines.
And they continue to work with tortuous leaps of "logic" to prove it must have been the vaccine that caused it. Now it's that Jennings suffered symptoms three days after the vaccine. That clinches it. No, it most emphatically does not. And the need to insist that this had to be a vaccine injury despite all evidence to the contrary is sad.
Okay, AoAers, explain to me, she gets the dystonia from the vaccine and GenRes puts her with one of its favorite quacks who heals her magically with chelation. Problems gone. Why aren't all your kids fixed then? Some of you have been chelating for YEARS, but she's fixed magically in three days. After all, Ginger Taylor thinks the dystonia is autism, right? Ya'll remember that bit of nonsense, don't you? Oh, so the argument that some of the anti-vaxxers have made that, no they're not worried that thimerosal will cause autism in adults is kind of bullshit, isn't it, if one of their favorites thinks dystonia and autism are identical? And we should listen to her because she's smart and has a degree blah blah blah.
For articles by reputable (yup, you heard me) doctors weighing in on this matter:
http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/?p=1195 Well That Didn’t Take Long – Another Dystonia Case Follow Up
http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/?p=1163 Dystonia Case Follow Up
http://www.theness.com/neurologicablog/?p=1152 The Dystonia Flu-Shot Case
(yes, some of you may hate Orac, but manufacture evidence he doesn't. He also doesn't lie. And he admits when he's gotten something wrong). Orac has additional blogs on Jennings, as well.
Let me close this post with this from Novella:
"This is likely to go down as one of those cases that will forever divide the scientific community from the anti-vaccine community. They have clearly made up their minds, and their hostility and conspiracy-mongering toward other opinions is evident. While I just want to know the truth – let’s see all the evidence and let the chips fall where they may. Meanwhile, the information that we do have is pretty clear – this is not a case of vaccine injury, nor is it a case of an astounding cure by chelation therapy."
Continued insistence by AoAers et al., well, it kind of makes it obvious what I first posted over at AoA so many months ago and what launched this whole blog in the first place: they wouldn't know science if it walked up and smacked them in the head.
I'll repeat: disappointing. Damn shame, to boot. These are smart people; they could know the science if they wished to. That's the problem when ideology is driving things.