David Kirby, who became renowned for his book, Evidence of Harm, which tried to suggest that thimerosal, a preservative in vaccines was responsible for causing autism and a huge increase in autism prevalence in the 1990s is at it again. He has written an article on the Huffington Post stating that the IACC which came about when congress passed the combating autism act has made recommendations that millions of dollars be funded to see if a link between vaccines and autism can be found. This includes a controlled study of some sort comparing autism rates between vaccinated and unvaccinated children. Though I suppose there are some children who don't get vaccinated at all nowadays, they might be few and far between due to most states having laws requiring children receive a variety of vaccinations for school attendance.
One thing that I am rather surprised at is the lack of commentary by members of the autism hub and others in the neurodiversity movement, since they seem to not only object to the lack of scientific evidence showing that vaccines cause autism but apparently are offended that anyone would imply that autistic people are somehow "toxic" in some way, but leave such bizarre reasoning to the neurodiverse. Since they don't seem to want to write about the problems with this, I suppose the onus falls on me, another disbeliever of the vaccines cause autism hypothesis.
As regular readers of autism's gadfly know, I have written about what a joke the combating autism act and the IACC are. Though the combating autism act was written and designed to cure and prevent autism, the law stated that one of the members of the IACC must be autistic themselves. The person who was given this honor was published autistic author, prolific conference presenter and fast rising autistic superstar Stephen Shore--The Barack Obama of autism that everyone seems to like. However, Steve is opposed to a cure for autism yet is allowed to serve on the IACC. In addition, vaccine causes autism boosters Mark Blaxill and Lynn Redwood also serve on the IACC. This is likely the reason that vaccine research has been given top priority in spite of all of the evidence against it, with study after study refuting the connection and all of the believers, including Blaxill and Redwood claiming there is a government coverup or some other kind of conspiracy to withhold the truth from the people.
Blaxill in one of his emails to me claimed that SAFEMINDS and other organizations had nowhere near the resources of the government to prove vaccines cause autism, so they could not fund studies to refute all the government studies. This is in spite of the fact that his fellow SAFEMINDS board member Sallie Bernard may have a net worth in the neighborhood of like 300 million dollars.
I have also written about how hypocritical I believe ASAN and other neurodiversity sympathizers are to have attempted to hijack this law that they have made plain that they are opposed to for their own self-serving agendas.
I was wondering if any of these fat cats, educated journalists, and others who are boosting the vaccine hypothesis would be willing to read my article showing the lack of correlation between thimerosal and autism prevalence increases between 1970 and 1990. I believe this article also refutes vaccines in general rather than thimerosal in particular hypothesis. Until anyone at all can refute what I wrote in my article and show where my reasoning is wrong, I will stand by my assertion that I have shown there is no way in the world that vaccines can account for huge rises in autism that took place in this time frame.
If this vaccine stuff is funded this means millions of dollars that could go to more constructive research, such as funding my friend Matthew Belmonte, funding more postmortem autopsies of autistic brains, more MRI scans and more genetic studies to pin down the genetic etiology of autism. Also some environmental studies of something other than vaccines could be funded. This would mean a greater probability of autism being cured or preventable sooner rather than later. If more money is spent on vaccine research on top of all the money that has been flushed down the toilet already, it means our knowledge of the etiology of autism and ways that it could be cured or prevented will remain in the stone age.
It would seem that the federal government, the combating autism act and the IACC have made a mockery of the noble goal of preventing and curing autism once again. Perhaps before the government flushes more money down the toilet they could consult with your humble blogger or show where his reasoning is wrong first.