Friday, July 14, 2006

Someone Should Give Auntie Norma a Clue

Aunt Norma our know-nothing, speak-nothing Senator from Greene County responded with undue haste and certainty last year getting a bill passed which bans the use of children's vaccines containing the preservative thimerisol. So now Missouri children can just go to that godless state of Arkansas if they want to be vaccinated against -- say -- a killer flu epidemic.

What sort of slime are the anti-vax advocates that she has jumped nekkid into the shower with. (That's an illusion that will give you shivers).

A federal court judge has struck a major blow against spurious legal actions which claim that mercury exposure is a cause of autism. With a brilliant analysis, the judge dismissed a lawsuit by a couple who claimed that RhoGAM shots the mother received during pregnancy and shortly after delivery had caused their child to become autistic. (RhoGAM is used to prevent destruction of the newborn's red blood cells due to an Rh-factor incompatibility between mother and child.)

The couple charged that the mercury preservative (thimerosal) in the shots was responsible. There is no scientific evidence that mercury is a causative factor, but the parents hoped to establish a connection through testimony by Mark R. Geier, M.D., Ph.D., who has testified in about 100 cases of alleged vaccine injury that that thimerosal in vaccines caused autism. However, the judge concluded:

**When subjected to extensive cross-examination, Geier could not point to a single study that conclusively determined that any amount of mercury could cause the specific neurological disorder of autism.

**Geier's conclusion that the peer-reviewed literature he has relied upon supports his theory that autism can be caused by thimerosal is flatly contradicted by all of the epidemiological studies available at this time.

**Geier's testimony was excluded or accorded little or no weight in more than ten of the vaccine cases. In one case, the special master who presided over the case referred to him as "intellectually dishonest." In another case, the special master referred to him as "a professional witness in areas for which he has no training, expertise, and experience."

**Because the parents could not establish causation, the RhoGAM case could not proceed.

Read it HERE

Hawaii governor vetoes anti-thimerosal bill.

A bill to ban the use of thimerosal in pediatric vaccines has been vetoed by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. Flu vaccine is the only is vaccine that currently contains thimerosal. Lingle's statement of objections says:

"This bill is objectionable because it restricts the use of FDA-approved vaccines for no scientifically sound reason. This restriction will put the health and well-being of Hawaii residents at risk, particularly in the event of an influenza pandemic. . . .

"This bill ignores the body of current scientific evidence on thimerosal-containing vaccines. It also ignores the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Hawaii Academy of Family Practice, the Hawaii Medical Association, the Hawaii Chapter of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and numerous physicians who are on record opposing this legislation. Its enactment could cause some parents to doubt the general safety of vaccines and to decline vaccinations for their children, a step backward in our efforts to encourage families to participate in vaccination and to reduce or eliminate preventable illness and deaths from communicable diseases."


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