Posts tagged ‘Science’
So I know it’s been a gazillion years (well, maybe not that long) since I last updated. I just came out of my post-law-finals coma and I figured I would throw something up.
What brought me to make a post tonight is…you guessed it…The Kirby. Go over to Respectful Insolence and see why.
In the Health section of the New York Times today, there was an article concerning mitochondiral disorders and vaccination entitled “Experts to Discuss One Puzzling Autism Case, as a Second Case Has Arisen“. As the title notes, a second case has cropped up:
Like I mentioned a couple of posts ago when I was trashing Kirby, I’m not a scientist (then again, neither is Kirby…okay, enough about Kirby). In fact, the extent of my science education amounts to an undergraduate degree in psychology and philosophy. Neither of those are exactly “sciency”, except for maybe psychology (though if I had a nickel for ever time a Chemistry or Physics major told me that psychology was not a “real” science). I do have some funny letters after my name, but none of them involve any sort of ‘D’ for doctor.
Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating a little bit. Maybe pharmaceutical companies will not actually eat your children. The point that I’m trying to get across though, is that pharmaceutical companies are pretty indifferent to your plight (and that they drink the blood of puppies, but that’s another post).
His lips are moving.
David Kirby, the “journalist” who has hitched his wagon to the now defunct hypothesis that thimerosal in vaccines cause autism, birthed an article over at HuffPo about an “explosive” report how the CDC admitted that using the Vaccine Safety Datalink in conjunction with ecological studies is bad news when looking at any possible connection between thimerosal and ASD.
One of the things that I spend some spare time doing is debating Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) advocates on the intertubes. The wide, wonderful, and wacky world of CAM is full of all manner of cure-alls for whatever ails you. From reflexology to homeopathy to magnet therapy, if you’ve got an illness then surely there’s someone on google claiming that they can heal you.
Something that I have noticed during these enlightened meeting of the minds (or flamewars, if you prefer) is a certain rhetorical strategy that CAM advocates use that seems to trip a good number of people up. Namely, it’s somewhat reminiscent of a bait-and-switch tactic.