Apr 3, 2006

The human need for a fall guy--or a grand unifying theory

They were discussing autism on the Diane Rehm show today. A guy from the CDC was explaining how the agency had pushed for eliminating thermisol, a mercury derivative that's used as a preservative, from the whole spectrum of childhood vaccines because of a "theoretical" link between autism and the use of the additive.

He said thermisol was eliminated as an ingredient in childhood vaccines in 2001 but that it's still used in some flu vaccines. This despite the fact that the thermisol/autism link has never come close to being scientifically validated.

But the CDC, said the spokesman, is having a a harder time convincing parents that the vaccines are safe than whoever started the scare had in convincing them of the danger.

Why is that?

Someday scientists may be able to say with certainty what causes autism, but I'd bet that the thermisol scare, now mutated into a general vaccine scare will live on. Just as the allegations made with the publication of the hoax, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, continue to crop up. Sometimes in different garb.

I suppose we're always looking for easy answers--whether it be mercury or the Jews. Unfortunately, the easy answers are almost always wrong.

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