Desperate researchers blame superstition as likely cause of autism, ignore vaccines

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: vaccines, autism, junk science

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(NaturalNews) Sometimes, the best way to point out the absurdity of a particularly ridiculous situation or concept is to satirize it, and's Jennifer Hutchinson has done just that with a new spoof on how the entrenched medical system approaches the issue of what causes autism. Having a last name that begins with D, K or P, jokes Hutchinson, or being born on a Tuesday or a Thursday, might increase a person's chances of developing autism -- anything but vaccines!

Obviously a fictitious commentary on how the vaccine industry is running out of things to blame for an escalating autism epidemic that now affects one in 50 children, Hutchinson's satire piece is sure to strike a nerve in those who deny any link between vaccines and autism. But these are the very folks at whom this type of satire is directed -- those who would choose to blame superstition as a possible cause of autism rather than vaccines, chemicals in the food supply and other more common-sense factors.

"Researchers at the NIH-funded Autism Cause Discovery Center studied 2,547 children born between 2008 and 2009 and found a 38 percent increase in autism in children whose last names begin with D, K, or P," writes Hutchinson. "The increase rose to 53 percent in children who are also born on Tuesday or Thursday."

As you may already know, the pro-vaccine crowd is quick to dismiss all potential links between vaccines and autism, often playing the "correlation does not equal causation" card to dismiss unfavorable findings. This mantra is, of course, true -- just because one thing coincides with something else does not necessary mean that the former caused the latter. But this standard only seems not to apply when a study claims to have found an autism link other than vaccines.

Two recent, large-scale studies out of Denmark, for instance, tried to make the claim that the age of a child's parents might be causally related to autism risk, even though their findings were purely correlative. Other studies blame the usual suspects like "faulty" genes, while some have even gone so far as to blame how a mother breathes during pregnancy.

Bunk science blaming ludicrous coincidences for autism designed to distract from real causes

Anything to detract from the literally dozens of published medical studies linking vaccines to autism and its respective symptoms is considered trustworthy science these days, a fatuous status quo norm that Hutchinson attempts to deconstruct with her satire. Natural News has covered many of these studies, by the way, including one published in the journal Cell Biology and Toxicology revealing a link between autism and low-dose exposure to mercury in the form of thimerosal, which is still added to batch influenza vaccines.

But these and many other prominent studies are routinely ignored or, worse, completely written off, while their authors have their reputations and careers destroyed by a complicit media machine. Meanwhile, ridiculous studies like the one parodied in Hutchinson's brilliant criticism are given center-stage exposure as if they are some kind of legitimate breakthrough in understanding the pathology of autism.

"What we do know is that people whose surnames begin with D, K, or P frequently live between 108 and 113 degrees north latitude and 31 and 37 degrees west longitude," reads a humorous, made-up quote by "James Forrester, M.S., Ph.D." "When we delved a little deeper, we discovered that if these same children were also born on Tuesday or Thursday, the incidence of autism was even higher."

You can read Hutchinson's full satire piece here:

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