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    Posted February 3, 2010 by
    Fredericksburg, Virginia
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    Autism awareness

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    Facts or Shock Value?


    I was deeply disappointed to see CNN interviewing Kim Stagliano about autism and the Lancet paper. The misinformation that I heard from Ms. Stagliano was staggering. There are at least five major studies that disprove the connection between vaccines and autism. The cases in vaccine court that have been "won" actually show not that vaccines cause autism, but that other conditions may be aggravated and cause autism-like symptoms (such as the case of the Cedillo family, where the little girl actually had a very rare metabolic condition). These "courts" are not like judicial courts where you have even prove that vaccines are probably the cause of the problem, only that there is the possibility that there might be a link.


    The idea that parents might view this interview and not look up the facts about the scientific studies being done or the vaccine court cases (or even what it is!) is terrifying.


    My son was born autistic. He was autistic from Day One. We didn't know that at the time, but once we understood what autism is and how it manifests, it was clear. Far too many people relate correlation and causation. This is a major logical fallacy that I would hope CNN would try to avoid. Interview people with real backing of science and information, and provide the information people need to make solid, informed choices. I feel by emphasizing the views of Ms. Stagliano, CNN seems more interested in shock value than offering information to the public. 

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