4/20/2010

Remaking Wakefield In His Own Image

Age of Autism is signalling loud and clear that facts, evidence, and reality are of no importance to them. What matters is remaking Wakefield in his own image: a maverick doctor who the whole world is out to get. It ain't true, as we all know, and you can drive a dump truck through the bad science and bad decisions Wakefield and the people around him have made, all in defense of the indefensible. It isn't a cover-up. And reasonable people would not draw the same conclusions as the folks who are defending Wakefield and the whole idea behind the MMR vaccines and autism link. It's sad, it's tired, and it's old, and like Peter crying wolf, we're no longer listening or taking you seriously.

Katie Wright writes about her parents, founders of AS, attending a DAN conference with her and how moved they were by the sight of parents who could ill-afford it travelling to the conference. Uh-huh. She notes the scientists who attended get reimbursed . And I'm thinking, wow, DAN conference and scientists. Okey-dokey. I think we define things different. I wonder if Haley was there with his mining chelator and the Geiers' with their lupron?

Ah well. My point: AoA still bringing you conspiracy theories and woo; it's just not entertaining anymore, or even original.

To make up for having waded through that:

11 comments:

Mom26children said...

Kim,
AoA is so full of irony...
They ask how a non-scientist journalist can be taken seriously (meaning Brian Deer)..."Journalist with No Medical Training Solves Mystery of Enterocolitis!"

David Kirby was a journalist who, among other things, wrote about gay beach vacations.. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/16/travel/rainbow-beach-towels-on-mexican-sand.html ..
Not that there is anything wrong with that, but what gives him the authority to write about Thimerosal?

I'm just sayin' !!!

Socrates said...

The rump end of the movement that'll require an impossible psychological shift to rejoin the new world.

Science Mom said...

@Mom26children, they will never see the hypocrisy behind their claims. Let's not forget about Dan 'Amish have no Autism' Olmstead and the vast array of scientifically-illiterate contributors/editors at AoA.

Let them keep trying to justify Wakers involvement in the autism world, it just shows how high they can fly that freak flag.

Sullivan said...

they are rehashing the old "there was a protocol in place" garbage.

Did they have a protocol that allowed them to take colonoscopy samples on children where it wasn't clinically indicated? no.

Did the earlier protocol have approval for lumbar punctures? No.

Dr. Wakefield says he started getting calls in 1995. Why did he wait until July 1996 to treat these children? Why wait until after his legal aid board project was starting?

Sullivan said...

Your comment about the "scientists" attending getting reimbursed is important.

These are not scientific conferences. These are conventions or trade shows. The talks are not scientific talks, but advertisements for the services of the individuals presenting as well as other DAN doctors.

In a real scientific or medical conference the scientists ask questions and discuss the merits of the work.

DAN conferences are filled with people giving the same talks year after year. That's not science, that's advertising.

No one challenges anything at a DAN conference. No one speaks out with, "You do realize that your concept of neuroinflammation is wrong" or "What are you thinking with this testosterone/mercury thing? Do you have any recollection of freshman chemistry?"

The one thing the biomed world has done well is to circle the wagons to protect their own.

It protects DAN, but at what cost to the children?

ARI/DAN needs to take a stand on the really obvious junk science. Instead they pay the junk scientists to give talks.

Wrong, wrong and wrong.

Our Family Is His said...

May I ask, do you believe in any biomedical/alternative/natural treatments for the symptoms or effects of Autism?

Joseph said...

AoA is so full of irony...

Yes, they are odd that way. They love to use arguments from authority, and arguments from lack of authority. They care very deeply about Dr. Offit's qualifications as they relate to autism.

It's all quite paradoxical in my view.

Science Mom said...

May I ask, do you believe in any biomedical/alternative/natural treatments for the symptoms or effects of Autism?

First, this isn't a good way to frame such a question because it heavily implies a leap of faith is required. Secondly, you should be more specific. For instance a GFCF diet can be beneficial for anyone with true allergies/intolerances but careful monitoring of nutritional deficiencies need to be done and compensated for. But this isn't exclusive to autism.

Socrates said...

If you have gluten intolerance at around 1 in 250, casein intolerance anything from 1 in 50 to 4 in 5 for some races, and Autism at 1 in 100 - we should expect to see a lot of Autistic kids with these issues...

Mom26children said...

AoA had a story about a 3-year old child who drowned. AoA states the child has autism. http://www.ageofautism.com/2010/04/toddler-with-autism-wanders-and-perishes-.html

According to this news story, http://www.kspr.com/news/local/91602934.html , Aiden was never officially diagnosed with Autism...

Will they ever be completely honest over at AoA...
Can you spell P-R-O-P-A-G-A-N-D-A ?

Our Family Is His said...

Socrates, that's a very good point about gluten and casein. Very good. My follow up to your point would be, what happens when those intolerances/sensitivities don't rear their heads until a child regresses? (only speaking of regressive Autism, not those children, like my younger son, that clearly had something going on from day 2 of his life) When you have a child that was able to eat anything they put in their mouths, regressed, and suddenly couldn't tolerate those items. That seems like an issue that needs serious consideration.