Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vaccines, autism, and your newborn

Researchers at the University of Louisiana have done a comprehensive study of the neurological effects of infant vaccination. Here's a summary of their findings, published in the journal Pediatrics.

The upside of infant vaccinations: You can help your child avoid getting diseases that can lead to extreme bodily harm, up to and including death.

The downside of infant vaccinations: THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE!

Punchline: Listen to your doctor, not Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy, and the guy with dreads at the organic food store who's all, like, y'know, vaccines are dangerous poison and everything that doctors push because the drug companies give them money, man.

From U.S. News:
No Benefit Seen in Delaying Infant Vaccinations

In other news, Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who rigged data to make it look like the MMR vaccine causes autism, has been stripped of his license to practice medicine in the U.K., where "medicine" is so loosely defined that homeopathy (the practice of giving patients purified water to cure diseases) receives government funds.

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