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Hello folks. Just came across an article for a book called “Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure“.

It’s written by Paul Offit and I think addresses a very important issue that effects many parents and their decisions regarding their children’s health. Rather than describing the book in detail I will just post an excerpt where he describes his reasoning for writing the book.

Excerpt: “The reason that I wrote the book is because of what
happened after the studies exonerating vaccines had been performed and published. The media, using the journalistic mantra of balance, continued to cover the story as if it were a controversy. But the controversy is between those who believe in science as a way to answer scientific questions and those who don’t. The “vaccine-autism controversy” is really an anti-science story. Science is viewed by many in the media as just one more opinion in a sea of opinions.

The continued portrayal by the press that vaccines might cause autism has done a lot of harm. Harm because many parents are choosing not to vaccinate their children, witness the recent measles epidemic in the United States, the largest in more than a decade. Harm because the false notion that vaccines cause autism has caused parents to choose dangerous therapies, such as chelation. And harm because the notion that vaccines might be the problem continues to divert resources away from far more promising leads. My hope for this book is that people confused about this subject will see the sand on which the notion that vaccines cause autism is built. And also get a better look at the motivations of the fringe scientists, lawyers, journalists, and parent advocates who continue to flak for the irresponsible notion that vaccines cause autism.”

Here is the Link to purchase the book

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