Well, now here is one heaping helping of Prime USDA Certified Grade A American BULLSHIT!
First of all, the girl in the story doesn’t actually have autism. She has a rare metabolic condition, which has allegedly been aggravated by thimerosal. Subsequently, she has manifested behaviors on the autistic spectrum. That’s not the same thing as being autistic, and this is extremely reckless fear-mongering journalism. These people should be ashamed of themselves, as should Sen. John McCain for his recent claims that “there’s strong evidence” that thimerosal causes autism. John McCain is not a scientist, the court that handed down this decision are (likely) not scientists, either. They’re all a bunch of fear-mongerers. I suppose I shouldn’t expect any better from McCain, since it’s seemed to be his main platform for a while.
People are going to read this drivel and not get their children vaccinated for real threats. The thimerosal has been out of childhood vaccines since 2001. And there is no evidence whatsoever that it did cause autism while it was present in the vaccines.
Moreover, I’m sick and tired of autism being treated as a disease that must be irradicated. I have a condition called Asperger’s Syndrome, which is a form of autism. It is part of who I am, it is not a disease to be cured, it is not a tumor to be cut out of my brain, it’s me. If others cannot accept people who are different, that is their damn problem and they can go fuck themselves.
Fuck you, Jenny McCarthy for not loving your son as he is and trying to mold him into the perfect little social robot. Fuck you, Don Imus for trumpeting the bogus hypothesis that thimerosal causes autism. And fuck all the trash TV shows like “Oprah” and “Larry King Live” who have given airtime to this pseudoscience drivel.
If you’d like to read a good article about autism, check out this one from the latest edition of Wired magazine. Sorry it’s a PDF. That’s the best I could find on short notice. As always, Wrong Planet is my favorite Asperger’s site.