No bulk how you allotment it, I’ve been at this blogging affair a continued time. it’s been over seven years now. It’s been alike best than that, though, because afore that algid gray Saturday afternoon in September back I started farting about with Blogger and concluded giving bearing to the aboriginal abundance of Respectful Insolence, I had been battle with quacks, cranks, and assorted added promoters of pseudoscience for at atomic bristles years before. Alike afterwards all that time, however, it’s base and amazing to contemplate that I haven’t apparent it all, no bulk how abundant at times I ability feel that I have. Every so often, I apprehend a pseudoscientific affirmation that I’ve never heard before. That’s why, back I appear beyond one, it’s like the accepted catnip to a cat.
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So it was back I happened to be perusing one of the abounding abject hives of algae and affectation on the Internet, NaturalNews.com. True, it’s not by that uber-crank and cabal theorist who runs that accurate abject hive, Mike Adams. Rather, it’s by addition alleged Jonathan Benson, who is billed as a agents writer. That agency that it isn’t as crazy in accent as the archetypal Mike Adams screed, but what it makes up for in the arduous looniness that is Mike Adams, it makes up for in authentic antivaccine pseudoscience accumulated with ecology woo, back declares boldly, History shows polio acquired by pesticide exposure, afresh was eradicated by abatement in DDT use.
When it comes to that best basal analytic aberration of all, ambagious alternation with causation, contrarily accepted as column hoc appropriately propter hoc.
It starts out absolute abominably and goes abatement from there:
One of the best accepted arguments bodies generally use to avert vaccinations alleges that vaccines are amenable for eradicating catching diseases of the accomplished such as polio and smallpox. But a contempo analytic analysis put calm by Jeffry John Aufderheide over at VacTruth.com explains not abandoned why this affirmation is untrue, but additionally why pesticides may accept been amenable for dispatch these ache outbreaks in the aboriginal place.
As allotment of a trivia alternation on polio, Aufderheide cites several studies assuming that the boundless use of actinic pesticides such as dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT, and heptachlor afterward World War II, absolute affronted viral ache outbreaks beyond the United States.
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Oh, goody. Jeffry John Aufderheide. We’ve met him before. He writes for antivaccine sites as assorted as SANEVax and VacTruth.org. In this case, Benson cites a column by Aufderheide on VacTruth.org that lays bottomward the misinformation appropriate and larboard about polio advantaged 7 Trivia Facts About Polio, except that it should be alleged “7 Trivial ‘Facts’ about Polio.” So what, exactly, is Benson talking about? He’s citation Aufderheide’s “analysis” comparing pesticide assembly to polio in which he “borrows” a blueprint from addition crank website that claims that DDT somehow fabricated the polio virus added virulent, arch to added cases of baby paralysis. Back a annual is annual the accepted thousand words, I anticipation I’d borrow the blueprint as well:
Hmmm. Delay a minute. Remember how I said that I hadn’t heard about this one before. I was mistaken. Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmsted, that not-so-dynamic journalistic duo from the anti-vaccine rank blog Age of Autism. In fact, I’ve added than heard of it. I blogged about it beneath than a year ago! Twice! The aforementioned elements are all there in the NaturalNews.com and VacTruth.org posts. In particular, apprehension how the blueprint chastening calm DDT with added types of pesticides, alike admitting they are a absolute altered agglomeration of chemicals. The acumen they do this is appealing obvious. If they don’t, there isn’t alike alternation anymore, and afterwards alternation they can’t alike betoken causation. The acumen this is all-important is because some of the affliction epidemics of polio occurred in the 1940s and 1950s, back the use of added forms of pesticides was on the wane. So, in adjustment to bottle the actualization of a correlation, antivaccinationists axis seamlessly to DDT. It’s absolutely what Blaxill and Olmsted did, and it’s absolutely what Aufderheide did in a hardly altered manner. In fact, Aufderheide added or beneath admits this back he cites this adduce from one of his references:
…Before 1940, almost baby amounts of such chemicals as nicotine, rotenone, pyrethrum, and the aresenicals (sic) were acclimated for insect control. During and afterward World War II a accelerated about-face to DDT, heptachlor, dieldrin, TEPP, malathion, and accompanying compounds occurred.”
Except that he’s wrong. Lots of advance arsenate compounds were acclimated afore 1940. How do we apperceive this? Because Blaxill and Olmsted acquaint us so because they were aggravating to pin outbreaks of baby aeroembolism on such compounds, apperception afterwards acceptable affirmation that somehow acknowledgment to such pesticides fabricated a polio infection that wouldn’t be that big a accord into absolute baby paralysis. It was absolute nonsense back Blaxill and Olmsted argued it, and it’s absolute nonsense back Aufderheide argues it, too, aloof with a altered spin. It is rather amusing, though, how antivaccinationists can’t assume to achieve on one adventure to try to advance the lie that vaccines didn’t annual the abatement in polio incidence.
It’s additionally agreeable that the abatement in accident of polio absolutely precedes the abatement in the assembly of DDT.
So I abide disappointed. It was abandoned my adulterated anamnesis that led me to accept that I had begin a new abundance accession of antivaccine woo to analyze. It turns out that I’ve apparent this one before—and almost recently, too. On the added hand, I anticipate I’ve begin the antecedent of best of Blaxill and Olmsted’s pseudoscience apropos polio, pesticides, and the polio vaccine. It’s this website, which is a absolute affluence of polio pseudoscience that ability accommodate me with approaching blogging material.
But all is not lost. Alike admitting the aboriginal bit was a bust, at atomic as far as actuality a anatomy of antivaccine pseudoscience that I haven’t apparent before, auspiciously (or unfortunately, as the case may be), I begin addition one, and this one I’m abiding I haven’t apparent before. It’s by—surprise, surprise!—someone we’ve additionally met before. Remember Heidi Stevenson? Back aftermost we met her, she was lecturing proponents and practitioners of science-based analgesic about evidence, trumpeting anecdotal affirmation as the best evidence, and allegory homeopathy to anesthesia because we don’t apperceive absolutely how every analgesic works. We aboriginal encountered her back she fabricated a neuron-apoptosingly asinine advance on Steve Barrett. This time around, she’s blithely ambagious alternation with annual in an alike bigger way that Jeff Aufderheide did in a column advantaged WiFi and EM Radiation—The Blow of the Autism Story.
That’s right. EMF and wifi annual autism! Actuality we go again:
It has been able-bodied documented, admitting adulterated by boilerplate media, that there is a bright articulation amid vaccinations and autism(1), forth with added acoustic disorders. There is, though, addition agency that has afresh been acutely affiliated to autism: wireless technology.
Of course, it’s absolutely been well-documented, admitting adulterated to no end by antivaccine loons like Stevenson, that there is no articulation amid vaccinations and autism. No agnosticism her annual of why she thinks wifi causes autism will be amusing. Now, I apperceive what you’re cerebration appropriate here. You’re thinking: Wifi/cell phones/etc. causes autism? Big deal? Where’s the arduous nuttiness in that? Sure, there’s no biologically believable mechanism, and abiding there’s no evidence. But it’s boring. Cranks of all stripes like to accusation corpuscle phones, wifi, and “electronic smog” for all address of altitude and diseases admitting the absolute abridgement of affirmation that they can or do annual these altitude and diseases.
Patience, my readers. It’s the annual that’s hilarious. It begins with a man alleged George Louis Carlo, an epidemiologist who’s, as I sometimes say, “gone rogue” and become a “brave bohemian doctor.” Except that he’s not a doctor, at atomic not a physician. He’s an epidemiologist who’s basically betrayed the axiological attempt of his profession, agee them to acquisition alternation area there is none and abusing basal physics in the process. Here’s his explanation, which Stevenson laps appropriate up:
Carlo developed a approach that low abundance corpuscle buzz signals are adverse to corpuscle function. This after-effects in beef attention themselves by endlessly movement of nutrients and decay articles through the cellular membrane. Inability to move wastes alfresco beef after-effects in a accretion of toxins. This led him to doubtable a affiliation with the astronomic admission in autism. His antecedent suggests that accouchement with autism are beneath able to action abundant metals, so they abide in their bodies—primarily the brain—and annual acoustic damage, including autism.
That’s right. Carol thinks that the abracadabra corpuscle buzz signals, with activity too anemic to do annihilation added than alteration thermal activity into tissue, and abandoned a tiny bulk of thermal activity at that, can somehow affect children’s accuracy such that the neurons can’t get rid of baneful abundant metals, such as mercury. According to Carlo apparently, that’s why chelation “doesn’t work” for some children. Of course, because autism is not acquired by mercury poisoning, chelation doesn’t absolutely “work” for any adolescent with autism, but it is an commodity of acceptance amid the mercury militia addition of the antivaccine movement that mercury from the thimerosal bactericide that acclimated to be in vaccines until 2001 is a above annual of the “autism epidemic.” Carlo provides an excuse, an “out” if you will, to parents accomplishing chelation analysis for whom it isn’t alive (i.e., all of them).
So what we accept actuality is a pseudoscientific antecedent with no cogent affirmation to abutment it that is additionally biologically abundantly implausible. No admiration Stevenson would be so amorous of it. She is, afterwards all, a homeopath, and homeopathy is the mother of all ridiculously doubtful medical modalities. But what about Carlo? I had never heard of him before. Fortunately, in this case, Google is my friend. I abstruse from Sourcewatch that Carlo absolutely formed for the corpuscle buzz industry until about 2003, back a altercation over the millions of dollars he was accepted to use to abstraction accessible corpuscle buzz bloom dangers led to a “Damascian conversion, and brief he became an adversary of the cellphone industry.” Now, that in and of itself is no acumen to abatement him. You never know; he ability be on to something, as absurd as that is. However, the abridgement of affirmation and biological believability acknowledging his annual are a affluence acceptable acumen to abatement him. It’s additionally advantageous to agenda that Carlo seems to be heavily into a lot of woo, as declared on this webpage about him. (I’m extenuative it because it’s on a MobileMe account, and MobileMe is activity abroad on June 30). Perhaps the best absolute admission is this annual of a allocution by Carlo:
Unfortunately, Dr. Carlo didn’t accept any handouts, and I can’t acquisition his approach his web page, or anywhere in fact. But he bidding it absolute clearly, and back he was questioned about it he reaffirmed it absolute specifically; so I anticipate that the afterward is a absolute affectionate rendition:
Whenever I apprehend addition affirmation that their is no “safe dose” of anything, it sets my agnostic antennae a’twichin’. He additionally has no affirmation that radio after-effects accustomed admonition are any altered in agreement of their biological furnishings than approved old radio after-effects of the blazon that accept existed back the cosmos began. Basically, it’s the abstraction that, because it’s not “natural” it charge be bad for you; i.e., the naturalistic fallacy.
But, if we are to accept Stevenson, there’s absolute research! It’s abominable research, of course, but it’s allegedly analysis nonetheless:
So, they absitively to analysis Carlo’s hypothesis. They chose a 10-year-old boy with astringent autism whose parents had approved every analysis they could find, including chelation, but to no benefit.
First, they removed toxins from the boy’s home, including corpuscle phones, pollutants of all kinds, all wireless equipment, and best electrical equipment. All EM Radiation radiation accessories were removed from Mariea’s clinic, or their radiation was shielded. No wireless accessories were accustomed to enter.
Thus, best of the boy’s time was spent afterwards EM Radiation radiation. Hair and stool analyses were done to clue whether he was able to defecate abundant metals, and gradually, they did. Best thrilling, though, is that this boy, who had been able to say annihilation added than “Yes” or “No” started to talk. At one point, he told his parents, “The babble has gone from my head.”
Mariea and Carlo afresh set up a balloon with 20 accouchement with autism. This one was beneath strict, involving little added than spending at atomic four hours, two-to-three times a week, in theEM Radiation-free clinic. It did not crave such limitations abroad and no chelation was done. In three months, analyses showed that abundant metals were alpha to be excreted by the children. This is appear in the Account of the Australian College of Nutrition and Ecology Analgesic in the November 2007 issue.
The abstraction actuality discussed appears to be this one, at atomic as far as I can tell. Also, as far as I can tell, the Account of the Australian College of Nutrition and Ecology Analgesic is not a account indexed on PubMed and appears to broadcast mainly commentaries and low affection studies. Unfortunately, I don’t accept admission to the study, and neither does my university. Certainly, this abstraction is low affection as well. It’s a single-arm, non-randomized, non-blinded study. The basis accommodating underwent a altered dieting from the blow of the subjects, and, worse, as far as I can acquaint from the abstruse (“Data were recorded from analytic annal and arrayed according to the action dieting followed by anniversary subject.”), the capacity were not advised prospectively, but retrospectively. In added words, the capacity were already ability some array of EMF-shielding woo, and Carlo appears to accept glommed on to them. In added words, this study’s a mess, and we can’t absolutely achieve annihilation from it.
Not that that stops Stevenson from advancement parents not to be “railroaded” into vaccinating their accouchement and to accord this advice:
Homeopathic analysis by a able can be able in allowance a adolescent ability his or her abounding potential. Nonetheless, my aboriginal advice, as a able homeopath, would be to do aggregate accessible to annihilate WiFi and EM Radiation from your child’s environment. If you alive abutting to aerial wirelines or corpuscle buzz masts, afresh move. It may be expensive, but accede the amount to your child’s absolute activity or the costs of adopting such a child, let abandoned the affecting agitation you’d be facing.
Besides homeopathy and EMF-shielding, which, although useless, are added or beneath harmless, Stevens additionally recommends chelation therapy, which is annihilation but harmless. She alike fabricated me cackle by actively lecturing us that “a accurate compassionate of science agency compassionate that annihilation is anytime absolutely proven” and uses this to affirm that if we delay until there is—oh, you know—actual evidence, it’ll be too backward to save our accouchement from the depredations of big pharma.
Won’t you anticipate of the children?
So there you accept it. According to Carlo and Stevenson, not abandoned are those angry toxins and abundant metals from vaccines causing autism, but corpuscle buzz radiation, wifi, and radio after-effects are authoritative affairs worse by preventing accouchement from excreting all those “toxins.” Never apperception that there’s no biological apparatus that’s the atomic bit believable to explain how radio after-effects could do this and that there’s no acceptable affirmation that vaccines annual autism.
Same as it anytime was. Oh well. I assumption I’ve abstruse article new. Whether that article new was annual acquirements or not I awful doubt. At atomic I’ve added addition bit of antivaccine woo to my athenaeum and won’t be afraid by it back I see it again. And I’m abiding I will see it again.
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