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February 03, 2010


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Kirby's argument dealing with other environmental factors can be traced back to 2007, when the California administrative caseload continued its rise at the same rate, contrary to his prediction. He suggested that the data didn't show an impact from thimerosal removal because of - get this - forest fires, crematoriums, mercury plumes from China, and aluminum in vaccines.

He's also completely in denial about the state of autism epidemiology. At last count, 1% of adults are autistic. There's no paper that demonstrates a true rise in the incidence of autism. There simply aren't any.

I sometimes write a post that collates blog responses, both positive and negative, to a given issue.

I'm keeping one now on responses to the Lancet retraction of the Wakefield's paper.

I've added your post to the list.

The post is at


"I believe that the public lynching and shaming of Dr. Wakefield is unwarranted and overwrought..."

So some lynchings are warranted? Who knew.

Besides that, this is not a lynching either literally nor figuratively. My copy of Websters defines lynch as:

v To execute, esp. to hang, without due process of law.

Wakefield has been afforded every possible courtesy and protection under the laws of the country and the medical profession. Even today his license to practice medicine in the UK remains intact.

"...history will ultimately judge who was right and who was wrong about proposing a possible association between vaccination and regressive autistic spectrum disorder (ASD)."

Funny, I though that's exactly what we've been doing for the past 12 years. Seems Kirby is waiting for some Big Reversal in the progression of autism science. You'd think he'd have learned when his last Big Reversal didn't pan out exactly as he had hoped.

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