A recent post by Orac on Mercury in vaccines as a cause of autism and ASD: A failed hypothesis brought out the best in the anti-vaxxer crowd (sarcasm). Although it is repost,
it is appropriate because of the recent findings in the Autism Omnibus
Test Cases. The Special Masters in the first three cases which were
dismissed wrote that the petitioners' physicians and experts had "gross medical misjudgement". That is about as close they could come to saying what we in the medical community already knew, that they committed malpractice and are basically incompetent. They were especially harsh on Dr. J. Jeffrey Bradstreet. Kathleen Seidel provides the transcripts of this in her post Autism Treatment in the Evidence Gap.
I was appalled reading the "autism treatment" at what the young boy, described as "C" from the Snyder vs. HHS decision, had to endure. Over a period of more than eight years, Dr. J. Jeffrey Bradstreet subjected this boy to numerous invasive tests, including several Lumbar Punctures, blood draws, urine tests, and numerous non-standard tests that were not approved by the FDA and/or were preformed outside of the USA. He had numerous dubious "autism treatments" that were not supported by the medical evidence as valid treatments (the diagnoses were not valid and neither was the medical reasoning behind them), including many dietary supplements (some with severe side effects), IV secretin, IV Imunoglobulin therapy (a long and painful process), IV chelation (with severe side effects), HBOT (noted but not detailed), predinisolone (steroid), antibiotics, antifungals, and antivirals, and referral for colonoscopy with biopsy.
This young boy was tortured. As a physician I consider this abuse. And this was in my mind as I read Orac's post and the responses. Several persistent and virulent anti-vaxxers would not concede that the evidence does not support vaccines as the cause of autism. Then someone, HCN I believe, dug up what one parent, Kevin Champagne, put his son through, here:
Mr. Champagne didn't "listen" to his own son. He persisted in torturing, abusing his own son. And I know there are many, many others out there who subject their children to the same abuse.
Much of the finger should be pointed at the quacks, like Dr. Bradstreet, for pushing this pseudoscience, but the parents have some responsibility here. Wake up! How much more evidence will it take to convince you that vaccines (and other crazy theories like pH changes) are not responsible for autism? Why are you still subjecting your children to meaningless and painful treatments?
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