Autism's False Prophets
Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure
Paul A. Offit
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A London researcher was the first to assert that the combination measles-mumps-rubella vaccine known as MMR caused autism in children. Following this "discovery," a handful of parents declared that a mercury-containing preservative in several vaccines was responsible for the disease. If mercury caused autism, they reasoned, eliminating it from a child's system should treat the disorder. Consequently, a number of untested alternative therapies arose, and, most tragically, in one such treatment, a doctor injected a five-year-old autistic boy with a chemical in an effort to cleanse him of mercury, which stopped his heart instead.
Children with autism have been placed on stringent diets, subjected to high-temperature saunas, bathed in magnetic clay, asked to swallow digestive enzymes and activated charcoal, and injected with various combinations of vitamins, minerals, and acids. Instead of helping, these therapies can hurt those who are most vulnerable, and particularly in the case of autism, they undermine childhood vaccination programs that have saved millions of lives. An overwhelming body of scientific evidence clearly shows that childhood vaccines are safe and does not cause autism. Yet widespread fear of vaccines on the part of parents persists.
In this book, Paul A. Offit, a national expert on vaccines, challenges the modern-day false prophets who have so egregiously misled the public and exposes the opportunism of the lawyers, journalists, celebrities, and politicians who support them. Offit recounts the history of autism research and the exploitation of this tragic condition by advocates and zealots. He considers the manipulation of science in the popular media and the courtroom, and he explores why society is susceptible to the bad science and risky therapies put forward by many antivaccination activists.
From Publishers Weekly
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A must read for all parents
Well researched, informative and accurate. Every parent should read this.
This book exposes the conspiracy between lawyers and doctors whose primary motivation was to make money using fear as well as unethical and poorly designed medical research. Herein lies the answers to the hoards of misled parents who hang onto every word Jenny McCarthy and her associated (opportunistic!) DAN doctors. It is a must read for every parent, not just those dealing with autism.
The 5 year old child died from medical malpractice, NOT from chelation therapy. The child was injected with Disodium EDTA when he SHOULD have been given Calcium Disodium EDTA. Misleading information is presented here to create a negative public opinion of chelation therapy, which in fact has been approved by the FDA for heavy metal toxicity as evidenced via blood work. Present ALL the facts, please, Mr. Offit, not just those which suit your preselected outcome.