>Because The Monkeys Tell Me So
>Monkeys are all the rage these days. Handley practically foams at the mouth over them. Somebody, please, show him the damn monkeys already. It’s not just monkeys that are the rage, though. Shifting goal posts are as well. Wakefield, lionized by the anti-vaxing parents for showing them that it was the measles in their children’s leaky guts (ack) causing all their problems, now is all about the HepB in the monkeys showing it’s that HepB vax at birth that does it. So, while some anti-vaxing parents still scream about the measles, Wakefield, and his study showing the parents are right, other prominent (really loud) anti-vaxers stridently proclaim Wakefield did no such thing. It was a case series, damnitalltohell! And it was about the gastro issues! He never linked autism to the MMR, no he didn’t! All while touting the monkeys and the HepB. Okay.
Folks on the outside looking in at this gyrations would assume that these tortuous leaps bypassing logic must be incredibly hard to do, but I doubt the folks twisting in the wind are even aware of how they twist, turn, contort.
So, monkeys are everywhere now and proof positive that it’s the mercury in the HepB shot given at day one to blame for autism. That’s okay, though, because thank the heavens, there is a cure! Clay detox baths! Woohoo! But don’t worry when it doens’t work immediately. I mean, Jenny didn’t give up, did she? She kept plugging away!
What is with the monkeys? And the number 14? Mike Adams thinks there are 14 monkeys. The
nutter person recommending clay baths to cure autism thinks it’s 14 monkeys. Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey (who no way wrote that press release, really?) think it’s 14 monkeys, and Age of Autism apparently agrees with them since they ran it and ran it with the title of “A Statement from Jenny McCarthy & Jim Carrey: Andrew Wakefield, Scientific Censorship, and Fourteen Monkeys”:
“We urge the media to take a close look at the first phase of the monkey study discussed above and to start asking a very simple question: What was the final outcome of the 14 primates that were vaccinated using the U.S. vaccine schedule and how did that compare to the unvaccinated controls?”
Hewitson et al. (2009), though, had 20 monkeys. 13 of them they gave HepB at day 1, 7 they didn’t. Not 14 monkeys. And it’s irrelevant.
Why, you ask, is this whole 13 monkeys, 14 monkeys irrelevant? Well, see, here’s where it gets really interesting. If you want to read this study, you go here: the 14 studies site by Handley. Thoughtful House has a press release on how it was published online in September 2009. I went to the journal itself, though, straight to Neurotoxicology to look for the article since it’s getting all this attention from the anti-vaxers as proof that it is proof of mercury causing autism. Guess what? It isn’t there! Don’t believe me? It’s been withdrawn.
You think that Thoughful House has a press release up on this? Nope. Age of Autism? Nope. Generation Rescue? Nope.
In fact, it almost looks like they were all trying to divert attention from the fact that this piece was withdrawn. Guess there will be no part two to the study, huh?
Oh, but if you wanted to quote the withdrawn from press UNPUBLISHED study, here’s how it would be sited, according to the copy released at 14 Studies:
Hewitson L, et al. Delayed acquisition of neonatal reflexes in newborn primates receiving a
thimerosal-containing Hepatitis B vaccine: Influence of gestational age and birth weight, Neurotoxicology (2009), doi:10.1016/j.neuro.2009.09.008