I dont know about you all, but if you ask me to picture an anti-vaxer, I picture a white, middle-to-upper-class woman who lives on one of the Coasts.
Its ‘liberal’ anti-science, along with anti-food-technology and animal liberation, a counterpart to ‘conservative’ anti-science like Creationism and global warming denial.
So living in OK, Im totally used to ‘conservative’ anti-science… but when a ‘liberal’ anti-science situation pops up, Im like ‘WTF??’
One that keeps getting me is anti-vaxers/anti-vax sympathizers. In Oklahoma?? Wat??
Yes, we have them here too. Some are still the middle-to-upper-class Google Mommies, but some of them are of the Crazy Christian/anti-government variety. So there is still an audience for bizarre, information-free reporting like this:
Many dentists and researchers say the mercury is safe. But some scientists blame the mercury on skyrocketing Alzheimer’s disease and similar health issues.
“There is something increasing the rate of Alzheimer’s disease. And I think it’s exposure to mercury,” Haley said. Other than from some dental fillings, the mercury also likely came from some vaccinations and coal-powered energy plants, he said.
…But Mark Fried, Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma and Arkansas chief executive officer, said there is a lack of data supporting the idea that mercury plays a role.
“Mercury has not been shown to increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease,” he said.
Tulsa attorney James Love is expected to attend the meeting, along with Haley, who plans to present testimony on mercury in fillings and vaccine. Though Haley doesn’t oppose immunizations, he said only mercury can explain the cellular and biochemical abnormalities seen in autistic people. He also said it appears vaccinations accompanied the spike in autism rates.
…OU Medical Center Dr. Steven Crawford said the evidence is obvious: no correlation between vaccines and neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s or autism.
“Absolutely not. Zero. Zilch. None,” he said.
HERE IS A WILD CRAZY CLAIM! “QUOTE FROM A ‘PhD’ WHO SUPPORTS CRAZY CLAIM!!!!!” LOTS AND LOTS ABOUT THIS WILD CLAIM! YOURE GONNA DIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!! A WHOLE ARTICLE ABOUT A FRINGE ANTI-SCIENCE CLAIM!!!
Here is one quote from an actual working scientist who says that is stupid.
HERE IS ANOTHER WILD AND CRAZY CLAIM! “ANOTHER QUOTE FROM THE ‘PhD’ AND NOW A RANDOM LAWYER!!!” MOOOOOOOOOAR CRAAAAAAAZY!!!!!!!
One more quote from a scientist saying why that claim is stupid.
I dont even understand the point of this article. The audience learned nothing except there is a lawyer from Tulsa who is ambulance-chasing the unfounded vaccine–>autism ‘controversy’. Okay. I mean, this is information Oklahomans ‘need to know’? Wat? Who the hell cares? If you were going to write an article on this topic, you could at least get some actual information and actual science from the actual scientists working right here in Oklahoma.
In the blogging world, I would call “Is a mouthful of mercury safe?” a ‘content free shit post’. Some journalists have the heart of a blogger. Some have the brains and ambition of a cow. *shrug*
And just because I cant resist:
“There is something increasing the rate of Alzheimer’s disease. And I think it’s exposure to mercury,” Haley said.
Or maybe, just maybe, Alzheimers rates are ‘increasing’ because people are living longer. One of my Grandmothers had Alzheimers. SHE WAS 90 WHEN SHE DIED. 90. Life expectancy in the US when she was born was ~50 for men and ~55 for women. If you live ~40 years longer, some shit is gonna happen.
Age is the top risk for developing Alzheimer’s, with it affecting one in eight Americans older than age 65, Fried [Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma and Arkansas] said.
Well there ya go. Ugh.
EDIT: The ‘scientist expert’ quoted, who thinks ‘mercury’ is the root of all evil? Boyd Haley.