Having an autistic child is not the end of the world--far from it. It is my hope that through this blog, at least a handful of people will get to understand that. My child is amazing, she brings us tremendous joy. We have good days & bad days, but we CHOOSE to focus on the good. Our belief is that by loving our daughter, giving her the most comfortable environment we can, and by most of all accepting her differences, she will continue to blossom--in her OWN way.


The Latest No-Link Study

Okay, yesterday's news & I meant to blog on then (but eyes are bloodshot & tearing up like crazy...hard to see!). Anyway...wonder what everyone will think of this study? Will they throw it out the window like others with similar findings? What will certain bloggers say--will they commit further to the fact that docs are pushing prenatal flu shots chock full of mercury in order to increase autism rates to deter from the vaccine-induced cases? Or, whatever insane theories some people have...

A California study finds no link between the increase in autism diagnoses and thimerosal in vaccines. Follow link to read entire article, as featured on the Wired.com blog. Here are the first & last paragraphs, important highlights as I see it.

The CDDS data is considered a gold standard for autism epidemiology, and the study is more convincing than a CDC study published in September. It may be the most conclusive argument yet that thimerosal and autism are not strongly, or even moderately, connected.

The autism-thimerosal link appears, for public health purposes, to be dead. But rather than mocking the understandable anger of confused parents trying to grapple with early and imperfect science, critics ought to be grateful that vaccine carelessness didn't wreak havoc on the mental development of a generation.

Well said. Only time will tell, however, if this study has any impact...

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