Michael Goldhaber,

It is generous of you "not to say that unlimited number of vaccinations is

You accuse Cornelia Read of being myopic, seeing vaccines as the only cause
of autism, but she is just saying that vaccines are a very obvious cause. 
Parent's are reporting an obvious sequence of events:  vaccines are
administered, child screams interminably, child becomes mute, child becomes
neurologically impaired.

You claim Cornelia's mercury dosage (as ppb) review is wrong, but if you do
the math (for a 10 lb infant), her argument becomes extremely compelling. 
Cornelia provides the data (see her URL below). 

The effectiveness of her blog is that it shows quite graphically that that
which was once 'arguable', we now realize was exploitive and dangerous.

In other words, the history of medicine enables us to understand its present

With regard to your salute to the effectiveness of vaccines, those beliefs
are usually, if not always, based on disease paradigms that omit
environmental studies.

The second part of your salute appears to exhort "leftists" towards
vaccination enforcement.  Without reviewing disease paradigms in terms of
environment, the left may just be facilitating rightist exploitation.

-Jim West
On Thu, 3 Apr 2008 02:00:54 -0700, Michael H Goldhaber <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>One aspect (at least)  of the blog post recommended  below is highly
>misleading. Concentrations of mercury in water and in vaccines are
>compared, with no mention that  even a child would take in thousands
>of times as much water by weight in comparison to the weight of
>vaccines. Thus ppb of mercury in vaccines is a very misleading measure
>of relative doses. In addition no mention is made of the fact that
>autism is now understood as a spectrum of disorders, and diagnosing a
>child as autistic quite possibly is now routinely done for milder
>cases than it would have been in the past.  Furthermore, there are
>other social changes that might give rise ot higher incidence of
>autism, such as parents typically conceiving at an older age than
>formerly and increased use of ultrasound. I people are truly concerned
>about an increase in autism, it is a very poor  plan to focus only on
>one possible cause, which may or may not be the real culprit.
>This is not to say that unlimited number of vaccinations is
>unproblematic, but in general vaccinations have led to better public
>health and longer life expectancies, not the reverse. Surely, leftists
>ought to be concerned about  the dangers to the public at large if
>individual parents arbitrarily decide against vaccination for their
>own children. Even diseases such as measles and mumps can be deadly or
>highly debilitating.
>On Apr 2, 2008, at 9:35 PM, Jim West wrote:
>> I see a sqabble beginning...
>> So to lighten things up on such a heavy subject -- this fine satire by
>> Cornelia Read puts autism, science and journalism in proper
>> context.  Facts
>> and humor allow the reader to laugh and learn.