Michael Goldhaber,

Addressing three topics you mention:

Here's the math:

"There are 50 mcg Thimerosal in a vaccine. Using the equation 50 mcg/6 lb
baby = x/180 lb adult, the comparable dose for an adult would be 1.5 mg. Do
any of the adults recommending Thimerosal for kids want to line up for
injections of 1.5 mg?"

I've heard there is a reward of $100,000 for any vaccine executive who
injects that amount of Thimerosal.  No takers.

0.5 parts per billion (ppb) mercury = Kills human neuroblastoma cells
(Parran et al., Toxicol Sci 2005; 86: 132-140). 

They are not claiming thimerosal is the only cause, just the most likely cause.

Michael says that 'lefists' should be concerned with epidemics that may
occur due to diminished vaccination programs.  Wouldn't this concern be more
effectively channeled by insisting that disease paradigms be reviewed with
toxicology?  To the present, toxicology is usually omitted and avoided when
disease paradigms are constructed.  Vaccine theories are based on these
faulty paradigms.

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.