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Pro-Vaccine Meta-Analysis Double-Counts All Children Born in Denmark Between 1991 and 1996

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Taylor, Swerdfeger, Eslick Pro-Vaccine Meta-Analysis, Table 1

The total sample evaluated among these cohort studies consisted of 1,256,407 children. WRONG

A widely reported, pro-vaccine meta-analysis of papers by vaccine promoters double-counted every child born in Denmark between 1991 and 1996. As a result, it was erroneously reported as being a study of over 1.2 million children by Autism Speaks, CNN, Forbes and David “Orac” Gorski among other bastions of integrity.

In “Vaccines are not associated with autism: an evidence-based meta-analysis of case-control and cohort studies,” the authors estimated the total number of children in the cohort studies by adding up the samples of each study. The problem is that the two largest studies used mostly the same children, as the first table in the meta-analysis makes clear.

Here is one study population description:

All children born in Denmark from January 1990 until December 1996

Here is another:

All children born in Denmark from January 1991 through December 1998

Every child born in Denmark from January 1991 to December 1996 was double-counted. As a result, the authors calculated the total children who participated in all five studies as numbering 1,256,407.

That number is completely bogus. It is not even possible to calculate an estimate of the number of children who participated in either Danish study by reviewing the published manuscripts. Not surprisingly, the authors’ grasp of the material they analyzed reflects their grasp of the vaccine issue overall.

…due to the controversial nature of the topic and the high volume of publication on this issue for both sides of the argument it is unlikely that so many papers on one side of the argument (that would have met our inclusion criteria) remain unpublished.

It is precisely because this issue is controversial that “so many papers on one side of the argument” don’t get published! There’s literally an entire website dedicated to unpublished study results showing that mercury in vaccines causes autism. You publish anything critical of vaccines, it is at imminent risk of retraction for criticizing vaccines. You submit even a letter to the editor saying that someone else’s study linked vaccines to autism, your letter gets canned.

Don’t worry about it though, because the senior author of the pro-vaccine meta-analysis is a cautious parent. His two oldest children got febrile seizures after vaccines, so what does he do? He vaccinates his youngest anyway after giving the child Tylenol.

My first two children have had febrile seizures after routine vaccinations, one of them a serious event. These events did not stop me from vaccinating my third child, however, I did take some proactive measures to reduce the risk of similar adverse effects. I vaccinated my child in the morning so that we were aware if any early adverse reaction during the day and I also gave my child a dose of paracetamol 30 min before the vaccination was given to reduce any fever that might develop after the injection. As a parent I know my children better than anyone and I equate their seizures to the effects of the vaccination by increasing their body temperature.

What do his Harvard colleagues say about that?

The use of acetaminophen in babies and young children may be much more strongly associated with autism than its use during pregnancy, perhaps because of well-known deficiencies in the metabolic breakdown of pharmaceuticals during early development. Thus, one explanation for the increased prevalence of autism is that increased exposure to acetaminophen, exacerbated by inflammation and oxidative stress, is neurotoxic in babies and small children. This view mandates extreme urgency in probing the long-term effects of acetaminophen use in babies and the possibility that many cases of infantile autism may actually be induced by acetaminophen exposure shortly after birth.

He’s as bad a parent as he is a scientist.

Calling All Anti-Vaxxers! Troll CureGear’s Vaccine Troll Attempt!

The pharma front group CureGear has just started a “Vaccines Cause Adults” campaign to troll the people they poisoned. According to the Sacramento Bee (fake news):

Jessie Frenkel’s company, CureGear, debuted a t-shirt line with the slogan “Vaccines cause adults,” but the shirts created an online uproar when vaccination critics discovered the products. CureGear

Of course it did, and anti-vaxxers can cause an uproar right back!

Simply take the above picture of Frenkel and insert a side-effect that vaccines cause. OR – send it to Autism Investigated and AI will do it for you. Then post the photo-shopped image in the comments under  CureGear’s Facebook image.

Possible ideas include but are not limited to: epileptic, seizing, self-injurious, head-banging, autistic, non-verbal, institutionalized, bed-ridden and of course incontinent (thank you very much). Please also tweet it with the hashtag #VaccinesWork and #VaccinesCause[insert negative adjective]Adults as well! Don’t forget to also tweet it to CureGear directly!

Autism Investigated is already pissing these child-poisoners off! One obviously fake Facebook account just replied:

“Vaccines cause anti vaxers to be dicks”

If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen! Vaccinationists prove that time and time again. Let’s continue helping them prove it. Now go create your own photo-shopped correction to Frenkel’s photo and post it on CureGear’s Facebook page today!

Threats Prove Cartoonist Right About Vaccine McCarthyism

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By Jake Crosby

Above is a cartoon originally published on DailyKos by Keith Knight, author of the K Chronicles. Knight drew the above cartoon to bring attention to what he called the “New McCarthyism” – the hypocrisy and double-standard surrounding discussions about vaccines.

As anyone could have predicted, the thread was soon awash in nasty comments including threats so bad he eventually caved and removed the whole cartoon – proving Knight right about Vaccine McCarthyism.

“I took it down myself. A few comments crossed the line with me, so I took it down,” he reportedly said of the cartoon. “I can take the personal threats…but once it goes beyond that — ”

Making clear how inflammatory the vaccine issue was even when compared to other inflammatory subjects, he said:

“I may do a follow-up at some point, but for now I’ll stick to less inflammatory subjects like abortion, Israel/Palestine, and gun control.”

Abortion clinics have been bombed, a member of Israeli parliament has been called a “war criminal” at an academic panel discussion, and the National Rifle Association’s famous slogan is “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands. Yet in Knight’s own experience, the vaccine issue is even more inflammatory than these other inflammatory issues.

The Daily Cartoonist weighed in on the situation with the following commentary:

“Expressing unpopular opinion is not for everyone. Side affects vary but may include pissing off people who think of themselves as tolerant, inflaming internet comment sections or receiving unwanted threats to oneself or family.”

Such threats were apparently fair game to one blogger who deeply despised Knight’s cartoon:

“The only heartening bit is how most of the commenters contribute to giving Knight a new sphincter.”

Direct those same kinds of threats at that very blogger, and watch the incitement turn to self-pity.

While the DailyKos took no apparent action against the trolls making the threats before the entire post was taken down, it has its own unique style of censorship like those of other left-wing, big government sites. The Huffington Post enforces censorship by removing articles without any explanation or warning. “Throwing a writer to the wolves” is what Salon did by retracting Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s “Deadly Immunity” article, according to the site’s own founder. But the preferred method of censorship at DailyKos is banning any commenter who argues vaccines cause autism.

If DailyKos was not directly involved in the removal of the post or even in the incitement of trolls (both of which I have a hard time believing), the site certainly created the perfect environment for the New McCarthyism Knight denounced to take root by banning people who would otherwise support him in the comment thread. Unlike at DailyKos, expressing different views will not get anyone banned from commenting at Autism Investigated; making threats will get a commenter banned.

So the cartoon is now posted here, and is here to stay.

Addendum: After one commenter’s reported experience with having comments censored at DailyKos, a decision has been made to not allow any comments that link to that site. If DailyKos will shut down discussion about topics routinely discussed here, then there is no reason to link any readers to that site only to be banned from commenting. Unless DailyKos overturns its policy of censorship, any submitted comment that links to DailyKos will be deleted. No exceptions.