Respectful Insolence

Mr. Michael Dochniak, meet Prometheus

A while back I wrote a brief, snarky post about a bizarre hypothesis that I considered so risible as not to be worth applying my usual 1,500 to 3,000 words of not-so-Respectful Insolence to. My original post was in response to a press release announcing a book by Michael J. Dochniak and Denise H. Dunn entitled Vaccine Delivery and Autism (The Latex Connection). Basically, the book posits a ridiculous hypothesis that the Latex in some vaccine delivery systems is a cause of autism. Not long after I posted it, Mr. Dochniak himself showed up in my comments, and hilarity ensued. Boy, did it ever!

Thanks to Mr. Dochniak’s persistent repetition and perseveration over his “theory,” the comment thread of that post puttered on and on and on for six months. When it passed 1,000 comments, I decided to shut it down and start a new one. I was almost like P.Z. Myers! I had my very own endless thread! True, it took six months, compared to six days, to reach 1,000 posts, but the thread was like an unkillable, unstoppable, lobotomized Energizer Bunny lumbering through this blog since spring, alternating between scientific inanity and demands that critics “read my book.” It just kept going and going and going and going. As of today, three weeks after I started it, my second thread has reached 362 comments and counting. I must admit, though, even for someone as patient and tolerant of cranks, critics, and trolls as I am in my comments, even this is getting to be too much. It’s been nearly seven months, and Mr. Dochniak hasn’t given up yet, despite having his hilariously inept, scientifically unsupportable “theory” flambéed, puréed, sliced and diced, stomped on, swallowed, and discharged from the nether regions like so much fecal matter, every bit of amusement digested for our amusement, countless times by multiple commenters.

Maybe this will put a stop to it. Longtime commenter and blogger, someone who was one of my original inspirations soon after I started blogging, Prometheus, has given in to temptation and started to post the definitive skeptical deconstruction of Mr. Dochniak’s crankery work. It isn’t pretty. But it is amusing. Reading it is also a perfect way to head into the weekend smiling; that is, if you’re a skeptic. If you’re Mr. Dochniak, not so much.

I wonder if Mr. Dochniak will leave me alone for a while now.

Comments

  1. #1 Science Mom
    December 2, 2011

    I wonder if Mr. Dochniak will leave me alone for a while now.

    Heh, don’t be daft; this is the most attention he has received in his whole life.

  2. #2 Prometheus
    December 2, 2011

    Orac,

    Thanks for the plug, and thanks for not being upset that I used your ‘blog to shamelessly plug my post. My intentions were good, to quote Garven Dreis:

    “I’m going to cut across the axis and try and draw their fire.”

    Prometheus

  3. #3 Todd W.
    December 2, 2011

    Well done, Prometheus!

    And congrats(?), Orac, on your pseudo-PZMyersiness. As for whether Mr. D will leave you alone now? Of course not. You invoked his name. It’s like some skeptical version of saying “Bloody Mary” in front of a mirror.

  4. #4 Clay
    December 2, 2011

    Yeah, Dochniak showed up on AutAdvo a few years ago, trying to peddle his latex theory. I actually read much of his paper, but gave up because it just didn’t make any sense. I think he should spend more time with his son, instead of trying to make a living from this quackery. It’s really sad, so many people trying to make a living off of autism…

  5. #5 lsm
    December 2, 2011

    Amazing fact: When you search NaturalNews and Mercola.com, there is no mention of Michael Dochniak.

  6. #6 VikingWarriorPrincess
    December 2, 2011

    Prometheus always manage to make me happy so this will be a good weekend I’m sure of it.

  7. #7 SG
    December 2, 2011

    Sometimes you wonder if researchers even know what the term causation means. Just because x happened and then y occurred doesn’t mean that x caused y.

  8. #8 palindrom
    December 2, 2011

    “I’m going to cut across the axis and try and draw their fire.”

    This is wildly off-topic, but I had a great uncle who flew torpedo bombers in the second world war. In 1942, in the Battle of the Coral Sea, he made a pass at a carrier and dropped his ineffectual torpedo; then made a second pass to draw fire away from his wingman. For this nearly suicidal behavior, he won a Navy Cross.

    Despite flying ridiculously dangerous missions for the next several years, he survived the war, became a highly respected physician, founded a major pediatric clinic, and lived into his 90s.

  9. #9 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    December 2, 2011

    Amazing fact: When you search NaturalNews and Mercola.com, there is no mention of Michael Dochniak.

    Latex is Natural. Natural is Good For You. Replacement stoppers are synthetic. Synthetic is Bad for You.

    At least, that’s my theory for why they’re not falling in line.

  10. #10 Mu
    December 2, 2011

    Forget all the Monty Python quotes,
    the thread was like an unkillable, unstoppable, lobotomized Energizer Bunny
    will never be eclipsed.

  11. #11 herr doktor bimler
    December 2, 2011

    an unkillable, unstoppable, lobotomized Energizer Bunny

    The Terminator movies are definitely running out of ideas.

  12. #12 Mrs Woo
    December 2, 2011

    I wonder if he’s gone on vacation… I really didn’t pay attention, though to his comings and goings – maybe it will take a day or two for him to notice.

  13. #13 Renate
    December 3, 2011

    Perhaps he can write a book about peanuts. People can be allergic to peanuts, so eating peanuts while you are pregnant, can cause allergies, leading to autism in the baby.

  14. #14 Darwy
    December 3, 2011

    @ #5: lsm

    I’d go to NN or Mercola to check, but then I’d need to detox myself from visiting their sites.

  15. #15 lilady
    December 3, 2011

    @ Mrs. Woo: Nah…he’s not on vacation. He got a small “royalty” check from the sale of his book to Promethius and he was out spending it.

  16. #16 Houston Chiropractor
    December 3, 2011

    You still can’t sign me up to have latex injected into my body.

  17. #17 Chris
    December 3, 2011

    I see that you haven’t bothered to read the article or the threads. That shows what kind of scholarship we can expect from a chiropractor.

  18. #18 lilady
    December 3, 2011

    You still can’t sign me up to undergo a chiropractic “adjustment”.

    -FTFY

  19. #19 Narad
    December 3, 2011

    You still can’t sign me up to have latex injected into my body.

    Oh, this should be good. I take it you warn your hapless dollar machines patients sternly about latex mattresses and pillows, right?

  20. #20 lilady
    December 3, 2011

    I just bet that Houston Chiro is trashing latex core mattresses…telling his clientele to stick with their sprung innerspring mattresses. Generating more “business”, are we?

  21. #21 Narad
    December 3, 2011

    In fairness, a simple search reveals that they seem to have had a little problem with a site hijack involving latex bondage toys and so forth about a year ago, so there might be some lasting animus.

  22. #22 lilady
    December 3, 2011

    @ Narad: That’s why it’s a good idea to not stint on your internet protection service. I wonder if mine has an add-on to eliminate bogus experts who post on blogs? Or should I attempt to use the kill file or twit list feature?

  23. #23 herr doktor bimler
    December 3, 2011

    You still can’t sign me up to have latex injected into my body.
    I have seen any number of anatomical preparations but never any made using latex.

  24. #24 blackheart
    December 4, 2011

    Adverse reactions to vaccines
    Chief Editors: John M. Kelso, MD and James T. Li, MD, PhD
    Co-Editors: Richard A. Nicklas, MD; Joann Blessing-Moore, MD; Linda Cox, MD;
    David M. Lang, MD; John Oppenheimer, MD; Jay M. Portnoy, MD; Christopher Randolph, MD;
    Diane E. Schuller, MD; Sheldon L. Spector, MD; Stephen Tilles, MD; Dana Wallace, MD;
    Zuhair K. Ballas, MD; James R. Baker, MD; Joseph A. Bellanti, MD; Daniel Ein, MD; and
    Leslie C. Grammer, MD

    These parameters were developed by the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, representing the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The AAAAI and the ACAAI have jointly accepted responsibility for establishing “Adverse Reactions to Vaccines.” This is a complete and comprehensive document at the current time.

    “If a person reports a severe (anaphylactic) allergy to latex, vaccines supplied in vials or syringes that contain natural rubber should not be administered unless the benefit of vaccination outweighs the risk for a potential allergic reaction.

    For latex allergies other than anaphylactic allergies (e.g., a history of contact allergy to latex gloves), vaccines supplied in vials or syringes that contain dry natural rubber or rubber latex can be administered.”

    (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices General Recommendations on Immunization, 2006). This table is accurate, to the best of our knowledge, as of June 2009.

    If in doubt, check the package insert for the vaccine in question.

    Table 4. Latex in Vaccine Packaging
    Vaccine Latex
    Anthrax (BioThrax) Yes–vial
    Comvax Yes–vial
    DTaP
    Daptacel Yes–vial
    Infanrix Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    Tripedia Yes–vial
    DT (generic) Yes–vial
    Hib
    HibTITER Yes–vial
    PedvaxHIB Yes–vial
    ActHIB Yes–diluent vial
    No–lyophilized vaccine vial
    Hepatitis A
    Havrix Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    Vaqta Yes–vial
    Yes–syringe
    Hepatitis B
    Engerix-B Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    Recombivax HB Yes–vial
    HPV (Gardasil) No
    Influenza
    Fluarix Yes–syringe
    Fluvirin No
    Fluzone No
    FluLaval No
    Afluria No
    FluMist No
    Japanese encephalitis
    JE-Vax No
    Ixiaro No
    Kinrix Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    MMR (M-M-R II) No
    MMRV (ProQuad) No
    Measles (Attenuvax) No
    Mumps (Mumpsvax) No
    Rubella (Meruvax II) No
    Meningococcal
    Menomune Yes–vial
    Menactra Yes–vial
    No–syringe
    Pediarix Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    Pentacel No
    Pneumococcal
    Pneumovax 23 No
    Prevnar Yes–syringe, before lot D46873
    No–syringe, lot D46873 and
    after
    Polio (IPOL) Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    Rabies
    Imovax Rabies No
    RabAvert No
    Continued
    Table 4. (Continued)
    Vaccine Latex
    Rotavirus
    RotaTeq No
    Rotarix Yes–applicator
    No–vial and transfer adapter
    Td
    Decavac No–vial
    No–syringe
    Generic Yes–vial
    Yes–syringe
    Tdap
    Adacel No
    Boostrix Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    TriHIBit Yes–vial
    Twinrix Yes–syringe
    No–vial
    Typhoid
    Typhim Vi No
    Vivotif Berna NA
    Varicella (Varivax) No
    Vaccinia (smallpox) (ACAM2000) No
    Yellow fever (YF-Vax) Yes–vial

    Genes Brain Behav. 2011 Oct;10(7):689-701. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-183X.2011.00710.x. Epub 2011 Jun 30.
    Comparative immunogenetics of autism and schizophrenia.

    Epidemiological studies have documented reduced rates of rheumatoid arthritis, a systemic autoimmune condition, in schizophrenia, and recent work has shown increased rates of rheumatoid arthritis in first-degree relatives of autistic individuals, especially mothers.

    PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e20912. Epub 2011 Jul 20.
    Aberrant immune responses in a mouse with behavioral disorders.

    The Th2-like immune profile of the BTBR mice and their constitutive neuroinflammation suggests that an autoimmune profile is implicated in their aberrant behaviors, as has been suggested for some humans with autism.

    Autoimmun Rev. 2011 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]
    A clear look at the neuroimmunology of multiple sclerosis and beyond.

    The term neuroimmunology was first coined to refer to a generic involvement of the immune system in the pathogenesis of neurological diseases, particularly of the central nervous system. Since then, the neuroimmunology spectrum has steadily grown and currently spans from classical autoimmune diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems to previously unsuspected conditions such as autism spectrum disorders or chronic fatigue syndrome.

    Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005 Feb;159(2):151-7.
    Maternal autoimmune diseases, asthma and allergies, and childhood autism spectrum disorders: a case-control study.

    A greater than 2-fold elevated risk of ASD was observed for maternal asthma and allergy diagnoses recorded during the second trimester of pregnancy.

    doi: 10.1177/088307389901400608 J Child Neurol June 1999 vol. 14 no. 6 388-394
    Familial Clustering of Autoimmune Disorders and Evaluation of Medical Risk Factors in Autism

    In mothers and first-degree relatives of autistic children, there were more autoimmune disorders (16% and 21%) as compared to controls (2% and 4%), with odds ratios of 8.8 and 6.0, respectively.

    J Neuroinflammation. 2011 Apr 25;8:39.
    Increased serum levels of anti-ganglioside M1 auto-antibodies in autistic children: relation to the disease severity.

    Thus, autism may be, in part, one of the pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders. Further wide-scale studies are warranted to shed light on the possible etiopathogenic role of anti-ganglioside M1 auto-antibodies in autism.

    *These antibodies show highest association with certain forms of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

    Epidemiology. 2010 Nov;21(6):805-8.
    Parental autoimmune diseases associated with autism spectrum disorders in offspring.

    These data support previously reported associations between parental autoimmune disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Parental autoimmune disorders may represent a critical pathway that warrants more detailed investigation.

    Plus of course the 67 or so immune dysfunction research papers … and the 88% regression found in autistic patients by Hornig.

    hmm … perhaps some mechanism that has had an immunostimulatory response on the child’s (dysfunctional) immune system.

    Be worth investigating wouldn’t it ? I would but then I’m a caring sharing sort of guy who wants to reduce risk to our most vulnerable infants.

    Safer vaccines and vaccine administration who could argue against that.

  25. #25 Den!s
    December 4, 2011

    slightly off topic but still on vaccines….. I see that the new ‘shingles’ vaccine is out, so I got on the waiting list. First time I’ve ever had to have a prescription for a vaccine as far as I know. $190 for this one, but my dad had shingles so I will avoid that at all cost…. it was horrible for him.

    I wonder what the legions of wackaloons will complain about on this vaccine? Probably something about it being a ‘live’ vaccine or something.

  26. #26 Antaeus Feldspar
    December 4, 2011

    Be worth investigating wouldn’t it ? I would but then I’m a caring sharing sort of guy who wants to reduce risk to our most vulnerable infants.

    Safer vaccines and vaccine administration who could argue against that.

    Sure, yeah. Also, let’s lock up any elderly person we catch mumbling to themselves, because it’s obvious to suspect that they’re witches and warlocks placing hexes on our most vulnerable infants. What kind of heartless monster could ever be against jumping to conclusions in the name of protecting the children??

  27. #27 lilady
    December 4, 2011

    If you are going to waste our time with your copy pasta from the ACIP Recommendations, why not try using the up-to-date 2011 ACIP Recommendations…dated January 28, 2011…for latex allergy contraindications, “Professor Sensei blackheart”?

    The subject of this blog is the ending of the never ending thread of latex allergies causing regressive autism, the bizarre theory presented by MJD.

    You really need to go to Promethius’ link provided by Orac to see where the discussion about MJD’s book is taking place.

    @ Denis: Good for you for getting the shingles vaccine.

  28. #28 Denice Walter
    December 4, 2011

    @ blackheart:

    Oh Blackie, Orac has discussed Hornig ( see searchbox @ upper right, type in “Hornig”)- be that as it may:

    From my own perspective- high atop the basalt cliffs in my ivory tower**- I sense an underlying fraternity ( sorority) amongst vaccine doubters who coagulate here in response to our most esteemed host. While there is definitely a political aspect to their doubts- which I’ll astutely avoid like the plague***- the major objections fall into two broad categories: that vaccines are contaminated ( by Hg, Al, monkey bits, cancer cells, squalene, whatever) which leads to autism ( by various routes including GI) *and* that vaccines selectively damage children who have pre-existing conditions which make them especially vulnerable via various routes ( of course both may be employed).

    A few doubters here seem to cluster about the second concept that *certain* children may be harmed selectively through immunoloical reactions. Thus those espousing this position would argue that vaccines are not necessarily dangerous for *all* people *but* that they would only affect certain individuals ( however-and it’s a *big* however- we don’t always know *which* ones in advance so better safe than sorry).

    In sum: the first group is suspicious about vaccines for *all* people ( you never know which batch has the bad) while the second fears the effects of vaccines on *particular people* ( but we don’t always know which ones).

    So which position is most like yours? Can you flesh that out a bit *in your own words* for us, s.v.p.?

    ** sometimes wearing lavender.
    *** no vaccines for that.

  29. #29 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    December 4, 2011

    Denice Walter,
    I was going to contradict you as I had the plague vaccine back in 1980. However, according to the CDC the Plague vaccine is no longer available in the United States.

  30. #30 Denice Walter
    December 4, 2011

    @ Mephistopheles O’Brien:

    I meant that purely metaphorically – there is no vaccine as of *yet* for the political which so plagues any and all discussions-
    you must be aware of that- coming as you do from hell, Ireland, and Boston.

  31. #31 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    December 4, 2011

    Denise Walter,

    Ah, the metaphorical plague. Carry on.

  32. #32 herr doktor bimler
    December 4, 2011

    PLoS One. 2011;6(7):e20912. Epub 2011 Jul 20.
    Aberrant immune responses in a mouse with behavioral disorders.

    The Th2-like immune profile of the BTBR mice and their constitutive neuroinflammation suggests that an autoimmune profile is implicated in their aberrant behaviors, as has been suggested for some humans with autism.

    What is it with this weird compulsion people have, to create aberrant behaviour in small-brained non-social mammals and present it as a model of human autism, i.e. aberrant behaviour involving our social skills and our large brains?

  33. #33 Narad
    December 4, 2011

    Oh, dear, it’s no longer Blackheart, Ji Do Poep Sunim, and back to simple regurgitation decorated with boldface frosting? I had high hopes for the mysterious Orient angle.

  34. #34 Padma
    December 4, 2011

    ROFL!! rofl!! ROFL!!
    If i told you i went back and read all that gibberish, what would you think of me?
    Thankyou so much- Prometheus, Orac, other people, and especially “MjD”
    I haven’t laughed so much in years.
    If he doesn’t qualify as a researcher, he most certainly doesn’t qualify as a salesman either.
    I have worked part-time in marketing, and even I haven’t said “Buy the product” so many times!!!
    Am definitely coming back here! :)

  35. #35 Narad
    December 4, 2011

    Speaking of frosting, I’m starting to wonder whether Blackheart picked up his talent for assembling multidimensional meaning-cakes from Sandra Lee. Not everyone can carry the weight of Corn Nuts.

    Combien, combien, combien de temps?
    Talk about les guimauves.

  36. #36 Militant Agnostic
    December 4, 2011

    herr Doktor bimler

    What is it with this weird compulsion people have, to create aberrant behaviour in small-brained non-social mammals and present it as a model of human autism, i.e. aberrant behaviour involving our social skills and our large brains?

    You obviously have heard/seen/read The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – they might have been white mice.

  37. #37 blackheart
    December 4, 2011

    lilady

    If you are going to waste our time with your copy pasta from the ACIP Recommendations, why not try using the up-to-date 2011 ACIP Recommendations…dated January 28, 2011…for latex allergy contraindications

    You seem to be barking up the wrong tree … these are the recommendations from …

    “Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, representing the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.”

    I didn’t realise the CDC were the expert body when it comes to allergies and anaphylatic reactions …

    apparently 2011 advise is…

    “The only contraindication applicable to all vaccines is a history of a severe allergic reaction (i.e., anaphylaxis) after a previous dose of vaccine or to a vaccine component.”

    as posted previously and further …

    “Allergic reactions might be caused by the vaccine antigen, residual animal protein, antimicrobial agents, preservatives, stabilizers, or other vaccine components (161). Children who have had an apparent severe allergic reaction to a vaccine should be evaluated by an allergist to determine the responsible allergen and to make recommendations regarding future vaccination.”

    Obviously those expert medical professionals would be able to distinguish allergic anaphylatic reaction from asthma attack for instance.

    The subject of this blog is the ending of the never ending thread of latex allergies causing regressive autism, the bizarre theory presented by MJD.

    Are severe allergic / anaphylatic reactions part of regression in autism, considering a cohort of those children may well have an autoimmune disease or other immune system complications ? Bizarre ?

    You are as always …

  38. #38 blackheart
    December 5, 2011

    Safer vaccines and vaccine administration who could argue against that.

    Apparently one …. Antaeus Feldspar.

    I think I’ll be taking into consideration the peak expert body concerned with allergic anaphylatic reactions rather than ‘lock up the elderly’.

  39. #39 Professor Blackheart
    December 5, 2011

    Denice Walter

    Orac has discussed Hornig

    I think even Orac will admit he’s not the most objective participant in this discussion.(Bless him)

    But science implaccable force that it is rolls on …

    “Moreover, when the ASD group was separated based on the onset of symptoms, it was noted that the increased cytokine levels were predominantly in children who had a regressive form of ASD. In addition, increasing cytokine levels were associated with more impaired communication and aberrant behaviors.”

    2011 University of California research.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0889159110004289

    As for the rest I nearly got lost with the James Joyce repetoire.

    You are as always …. interesting.

    doi:10.1016/j.jneuroim.2005.11.007

    Elevated cytokine levels in children with autism spectrum disorder

    “This study compared production of IL-2, IFN-γ, IL-4, IL-13, IL-5 and IL-10 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells from 20 children with autism spectrum disorder to those from matched controls. Levels of all Th2 cytokines were significantly higher in cases after incubation in media alone, but the IFN-γ/IL-13 ratio was not significantly different between cases and controls. Cases had significantly higher IL-13/IL-10 and IFN-γ/IL-10 than controls.

    Conclusion: Children with ASD had increased activation of both Th2 and Th1 arms of the adaptive immune response, with a Th2 predominance, and without the compensatory increase in the regulatory cytokine IL-10.”

    —————————-

    Altered Sensitivity to Environmental Toxicants-PBDEs, immunity, and autism

    “A complex interplay between immunological and environmental factors may have a role in autism. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are environmental toxicants that impact neurodevelopment and immunity [34–37]. A 2009 study by Ashwood et al. explored the interaction between PBDEs and cellular immunity in children with ASD [**38]. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells from ASD and typically developing children were pretreated with a PBDE, stimulated with the bacterial derivative LPS, and compared to non-PBDE-treated cell cultures. PBDE-treatment of control cultures led to reduced production of inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. This suggests that PBDEs suppress immune responses in neurotypical populations. In contrast, PBDE-treated cultures from persons with ASD showed dramatically increased production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. These results suggest that individuals with ASD have different immune sensitivity to the environmental toxicant than neurotypical children [**38]. This may be indicative of differential genetic susceptibility to PBDEs and/or a breakdown of proper immune regulation in ASD.”

    Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print]

    Mast cell activation and autism.

    Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine

    Department of Biochemistry, Tufts University School of Medicine

    Department of Internal Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

    Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

    Allergy Clinical Research Center, Allergy Section, Attikon General Hospital, University of Athens Medical School, Athens 12462, Greece.

    “Perinatal mast cell activation by infectious, stress-related, environmental or allergic triggers can lead to release of pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic molecules, thus contributing to brain inflammation and ASD pathogenesis, at least in a subgroup of ASD patients. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Mast cells in inflammation.”

    Safer vaccines and vaccine administration – Who could argue against that ?

  40. #40 Professor Blackheart
    December 5, 2011

    J Neuroinflammation. 2011 Nov 30;8(1):168. [Epub ahead of print]

    Neuro-Inflammation, Blood-Brain Barrier, Seizures and Autism.

    Many children with Autism Spectrum Diseases (ASD) present with seizure activity, but the pathogenesis is not understood.

    Recent evidence indicates that neuro-inflammation could contribute to seizures. We hypothesize that and mast cell activation due to allergic, environmental and/or stress triggers could lead to focal disruption of the blood-brain barrier and neuro-inflammation, thus contributing to the development of seizures.

    Treating neuro-inflammation may be useful when anti-seizure medications are ineffective.”

    …and regression ?

    Good to see real researchers and scientists taking these types of issues surrounding autism, immune system dysfunction and allergies seriously.

  41. #41 herr doktor bimler
    December 5, 2011

    blackheart @24: the 88% regression found in autistic patients by Hornig

    DW @28: Orac has discussed Hornig ( see searchbox @ upper right, type in “Hornig”)-

    I wondered whether a citation for the particular Lipkin / Hornig paper with the 88% figure means that blackheart accepts the conclusion announced in its title (“Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy”).

  42. #42 Professor Blackheart
    December 5, 2011

    herr doktor

    Distinct intestinal pathology (enteropathy) was established before by John Walker-Smith,Simon Murch and Mike Thomson three leading paediatric gastroenterologists firstly in the Lancet 12 patients then in an additional 47 or so patients.

    Was this related to vaccine administration ?

    The Hornig paper has a number of very clear problematic issues that I’m sure a person as intelligent as yourself can quickly surmise with the briefest of looks.

  43. #43 Professor Blackheart
    December 5, 2011

    herr doktor

    Here’s some quick thoughts I jotted down … I didn’t have time to go thoroughly through each one… but you get the general drift. Some problematic areas …which I’m sure can be cleared up.

    1. There were clear and substantial differences in the gender of the AUT/GI and GI Control cases. AUT generally accepted at 4 to 1 this research – AUT 23/2 and Control 9/4.

    2. There were clear ethnicity differences in the two groups. Particularly Asian and Hispanic ethnic groups. AUT 28% / Control 8%

    3. There was a significant difference in age at biopsy. (4 months difference)

    4. Age at First MMR (7 months difference)

    5. Total number of MMR vaccines (20 / 31)

    6. Total number of all vaccines. (17 / 20)

    7. The clinical indications for endoscopic/colonoscopic procedures is not elucidated fully for each group. Nor each individual.

    8. There appears to be no effort to examine severity of GI symptoms.

    9. 80% of cases and 69% of controls received only one MMR prior to the study.

    10. AUT diagnoses were confirmed for all cases. Asperger’s , PDD were excluded.

    11. There is no attempt at clinically arriving at or describing differing phenotypes within ASD

    12.* The Dublin laboratory used by Wakefield correctly identified all positive controls, but previously ‘skeptiks’ have insisted it was irreversibly contaminated ? (See note below)

    13. 48% of AUT cases MMR before GI onset compared to only 23% of controls.

    14. Both subjects with positive samples (MV) had reactive lymphoid follicles (RLF) which was a similar pathology elucidated by John Walker-Smith.

    15. “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.”

    This is not a logical statement, particularly in regards to what we now know about ASD phenotypes.

    16. Nor are probably any of the other statements made subsequently.

    *All laboratories correctly identified all positive controls using pre-established criteria for positivity (positive results in at least two of three wells with at least one of the primer pairs for F and one of the primer pairs for H). All laboratories correctly identified all negative controls.
    Concordance across laboratories was achieved in the initial round of real-time RT-PCR assays for all positive and negative results with the exception of a single study sample, an ileal biopsy from a control. An additional three samples, one ileal sample (from a control) and two cecal samples (one case, one control) yielded signal in at least one assay in one laboratory but did not meet criteria for positivity. All four samples were retested as below to resolve discrepancies.

  44. #44 Lawrence
    December 5, 2011

    You know, even a faux-professor tries to stay on topic, in the appropriate post, and this is neither.

  45. #45 Chris
    December 5, 2011

    Well, Lawrence, it is appropriate in a certain sense. He is in a form of Dochniak repeat mode: regurgitating the same nonsense he did before without any regard that he has been told it is nonsense.

  46. #46 Denice Walter
    December 5, 2011

    Alright then, Blackie!

    OK, I think I understand … you are saying that toxins, contaminants, or allergens can lead to an immunological (or allergic) response that interferes with normal neurodevelopment and results in autism. One of the possible avenues for this sequence of events is vaccines; GI symptoms are evidence of this phenomenon. ( By inference)children who develop autism are more vulnerable than those un-affected. This sounds familiar: definitely related to AJW. And Michael D.

    -btw- James Joyce? I’m usually shooting for Wm James.

  47. #47 LW
    December 5, 2011

    15. “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.”

    This is not a logical statement, particularly in regards to what we now know about ASD phenotypes.

    Because we now know that certain ASD phenotypes feature reversal of cause/effect temporal sequence.

  48. #48 Prometheus
    December 5, 2011

    Blackheart (#43):

    “15. “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.”

    This is not a logical statement, particularly in regards to what we now know about ASD phenotypes.”

    I must have missed the paper that discussed the Feynman diagram of autistic spectrum disorder. Which phenotypes are known (or suspected) to exhibit time reversal?

    Prometheus

  49. #49 Chris
    December 5, 2011

    That paper on phenotypes that exhibit time reversal must only exist on Htrae.

  50. #50 Denice Walter
    December 5, 2011

    Our friend does not seem to recognise that *time’s arrow* thing-a-ma-jiggy we like so much: when you slide into primary process stream-of-pre-consciousness you only have a semantic network on which to hook your ropes so it’s entirely possible that you might run into James Joyce or a facsimile thereof. Not the first time I’ll bet.

    I have to go to work.

  51. #51 herr doktor bimler
    December 5, 2011

    Prof Blackheart:
    The Hornig paper has a number of very clear problematic issues that I’m sure a person as intelligent as yourself can quickly surmise with the briefest of looks.

    Then why on earth did you cite its results in your comment #24? I am confused.

  52. #52 Professor Blackheart
    December 5, 2011

    herr doktor

    I am confused.

    This is happening more and more frequently and does raise a concern. Perhaps you should visit your local medical professional.

    Not all the Hornig paper is problematic there are some aspects that are not. In this case the identification of regression seems quite robust and therefore valid.

  53. #53 Zen Master Blackheart
    December 6, 2011

    LW , Prometheus . Chris and Denice

    Well let’s break it down into a number of questions.

    What is Autism ?

    How is Autism defined physiologically ?

    What phenotypes of autism are there ?

    Are each of these phenotypes defined physiologically ?

    What is the aetiology of autism ?

    Is it a single cause ?

    Is it multifactorial ?

    Is it genetic ?

    Is it environmental ?

    Is it genetic and environmental ?

    Does environment follow genetics ?

    Or does genetics follow genes ?

    Or is it even more complex environment expresses genes that then changes environment that expresses more genes ?

    How are Autistic GI symptoms defined from non autistic GI symptoms ?

    What GI symptoms do AUT patients commonly share with non AUT patients ?

    Can a AUT patient have more than one GI symptom at a time ? Or over time ?

    Is it the MMR vaccine or is it when the MMR vaccine is administered ?

    Is it the interval between other vaccines like DTaP ?

    Is MMR protective for most individuals but not in some individuals ?

  54. #54 Julian Frost
    December 6, 2011

    @the halfwit Blackheart:

    Distinct intestinal pathology (enteropathy) was established before by John Walker-Smith,Simon Murch and Mike Thomson three leading paediatric gastroenterologists firstly in the Lancet 12 patients then in an additional 47 or so patients.

    As has been pointed out, this is false. The slides showed that the children’s results were not abnormal.
    You are now lying. Please stop.

  55. #55 Zen Physics Master Blackheart
    December 6, 2011

    Denice

    “Einstein’s theory of special relativity also introduces another perspective – that simultaneity is relative. There is no single universal Newtonian time inexorably marching on but many ‘times’, to different beats, with diverse persons. The nature of time is truly mysterious and perhaps grasped better by poetic insight than dry discourse.”

  56. #56 Denice Walter
    December 6, 2011

    @ Blackheart

    First of all, Mr:
    autism is a neuro-developmental condition that is *diagnosed* when a child *behaves* in a fashion that varies significantly from the norm, i.e. does not follow the usual path of development in communication/ social. In addition, there may be repetitive actions and a limited pattern of interests.

    Notice that this is diagnosed by *observation* not medical testing ( MRIs, CAT scans, blood tests). The definition is linguistic and has been changed (DSM IV mid-1990s), expanding what constitutes the conditions- which means that *children who were not diagnosed previously might _now_ be diagnosed*.

    Not to re-hash what Orac and others have written: it appears that there is a complex genetic cause and possibly *early* environmental influences ( i.e. pre-natal/ pattern similar to schizophrenia genetic- plus early environment). Because diagnoses is by observation of communication and social skills, which do not occur at birth, diagnoses are not usually made until the differences from the norm are apparent ( certain milestones don’t appear). However, very early evidence of social differences ( infant’s gaze, etc.) show antecedents in the social realm.

    The association of autism with vaccines was considered because of the time lag ( social/ communication skills can’t be measured at birth but at, let’s say, approximately 18 months).

    Now, from your selection of data and focus on GI, I would venture a guess that you – at least partially- support AJW’s position that vaccines cause both symptoms of autism and a specific GI condition. From my own point of view, as more data from early infancy and perhaps from imaging ( like LONI @ UCLA) come in, AJW will look more wrong, if that’s possible.

  57. #57 herr doktor bimler
    December 6, 2011

    “I am confused.”
    This is happening more and more frequently and does raise a concern.

    If the symptoms continue to progress my loved ones will stage an intervention and remove my internet access.

    Not all the Hornig paper is problematic there are some aspects that are not. In this case the identification of regression seems quite robust and therefore valid.
    So you do not trust the authors to apply their observational and clinical skills to the main topic of their research, but only when they’re making an irrelevant side comment? Do you have one of these?
    http://www.cherrypicker.ie/images/elevated_working_platforms.jpg

  58. #58 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    December 6, 2011

    The nature of time is truly mysterious and perhaps grasped better by poetic insight than dry discourse.

    Perhaps, but it’s best grasped by solving the equations. Just sayin’.

  59. #59 herr doktor bimler
    December 6, 2011

    The nature of time is truly mysterious and perhaps grasped better by poetic insight than dry discourse.

    The source for the quote is an article by a fluid-dynamics physicist in a 1989 New Scientist, back when NS was still worth reading and had not finished its descent into sensation-hunting pap. They had Ariadne, Grimbledon Down, *and* Kate Charlesworth’s “Life, The Universe and (almost) everything”! Nostalgia!
    A subsequent issue

  60. #60 Prometheus
    December 6, 2011

    Blackheart (#53):

    “LW ,Prometheus. Chris and Denice. Well let’s break it down into a number of questions.”

    I have a better idea. Instead of providing questions, why don’t you provide some answers? They don’t have to be correct (and based on past performance, they won’t be), but I for one would like to see what you think the answers are.

    It’s a classic hallmark of the post-modern inconoclast to have questions but no answers. The assumption seems to be that if there is something we don’t know, then we know nothing at all.

    That may be how they did it in your “lit-crit” classes, Blackheart, but that’s not how it works in real science.

    So, come on, drop the sneering intellectual pose and either show us your work or admit you don’t have any.

    Prometheus

  61. #61 Chris
    December 6, 2011

    Why is he referring to me? I have already stated several times that I don’t bother reading his incomprehensible screeds. Especially since I caught him lying by selectively quoting me.

  62. #62 herr doktor bimler
    December 6, 2011

    It’s a classic hallmark of the post-modern iconoclast to have questions but no answers

    Boing Boing recently linked to the following book review, which for some reason brought Blackheart to mind. Excuse length:

    http://www.springerlink.com/content/993887380658p195/
    “This is a book that contradicts itself a hundred times; but that is not a criticism of it, because its author thinks contradictions are a sign of intellectual ferment and vitality. This is a book that systematically distorts and selects historical evidence; but that is not a criticism, because its author thinks that all interpretations are biased, and she regards it as her duty to pick and choose her facts to favor her own brand of politics. This is a book full of vaporous, French-intellectual prose that makes Teilhard de Chardin sound like Ernest Hemingway by comparison; but that is not a criticism, because the author likes that sort of prose and has taken lessons in how to write it, and she thinks that plain, homely speech is part of a conspiracy to oppress the poor.

    “This is a book that clatters around in a dark closet of irrelevancies for 450 pages before it bumps accidentally into its index and stops; but that is not a criticism, either, because its author finds it gratifying and refreshing to bang unrelated facts together as a rebuke to stuffy minds. This book infuriated me; but that is not a defect in it, because it is supposed to infuriate people like me, and the author would have been happier still if I had blown out an artery. In short, this book is flawless, because all its deficiencies are deliberate products of art. Given its assumptions, there is nothing here to criticize.”

  63. #63 Mephistopheles O'Brien
    December 6, 2011

    Prometheus,
    One advantage of only having questions is that you can get the person you’re talking to to argue both sides for you and set up positions for you that you clearly never took (as you took no position). Done properly, you can get your conversational partner to argue any number of positions, and continually have the moral high ground.

  64. #64 Zen Master Blackheart
    December 6, 2011

    herr doktor

    So you do not trust the authors to apply their observational and clinical skills to the main topic of their research, but only when they’re making an irrelevant side comment? Do you have one of these?

    Of course I trust them I just note the many problematic factors they should have and could have addressed. Some of them though were not thoroughly recognised (phenotypes) as such at the time they have the data and could probably make some very clear adjustments.

    Cherry picker doktor you are in danger of becoming intellectually bland.

  65. #65 Narad
    December 6, 2011

    “Einstein’s theory of special relativity also introduces another perspective – that simultaneity is relative….”

    Uh-huh. Unfortunately, given that SR preserves causality, that has a fat lot of multidimensional, multilayered nothing to do with this:

    “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.”

    This is not a logical statement, particularly in regards to what we now know about ASD phenotypes.

    Even Nagarjuna preserves phenomenological order, Master Corn Nuts.

  66. #66 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge
    December 6, 2011

    Even Nagarjuna preserves phenomenological order, Master Corn Nuts.

    It’s no use, Narad. These anti-vaxers have a unique conception of time—kind of like the Law of Contagion only with time instead of space. I tried to explain to one of our regulars that just because one event follows another in time, it doesn’t mean it was caused by that (particular) previous event, but one thing following another is just how time works. She said my post was the “most moronic thing” she’d ever read. You can’t reach magical thinkers like this.

  67. #67 herr doktor bimler
    December 6, 2011

    Z. M. Blackheart:
    Of course I trust [Hornig et al] I just note the many problematic factors they should have and could have addressed.

    To stubbornly perseverate on my earlier question (comment 41), does your trust extend as far as accepting the conclusion announced in the paper’s title (“Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy”)?

  68. #68 Krebiozen
    December 6, 2011

    Measles virus RNA detected in the gut of one autistic child and one control. How could “very clear adjustments” make that support the idea that MMR causes autism?

    Who was it who wrote the following?

    One observation that came out of this study is that there is indeed a correlation between GI complaints and regressive autism. Neither are associated with the MMR, but they are associated with each other. This is certainly an observation that should be followed up with further study…

  69. #69 Denice Walter
    December 6, 2011

    My mentor used to say that I had an uncanny ability to “get through” to people that he envied- being too much of a wonk himself. I wonder about his evaluation at times.

    Many of our critics come from a background that doesn’t include systematic study in the life/ social sciences and their underpinnings in mathematics. So they are in foreign territory and like newcomers or tourists, glance at the surface without understanding the deeper issues. Often I feel that the linkages they imagine ( e.g. hypotheses about autism or cancer) are based on semantic similarity more than any physiological liklihood.

    However because they *have* proficiency in language it is entirely probable that we can get through via that route. After all, how much of your scientific/ mathematical education came about in any other fashion?

    -btw- on the “time question”- a prof of mine always joked that his dissertation showed that “age is a function of time”. I know interesting people.

  70. #70 Tartu85
    December 6, 2011

    Abberant behavior in Th-2 responsive mice? That’s just silly. BAlb/C mice are also Th2-prone, and I perfectly normal docile lab mice.

  71. #71 Zen Master Blackheart
    December 7, 2011

    Prometheus

    I have a better idea.

    I doubt that.

    Instead of providing questions, why don’t you provide some answers?

    I have, just make your leisurely way through the questions I proposed … the answer should come with a ‘clunk’.

    They don’t have to be correct (and based on past performance, they won’t be)

    I may not be always correct but then who is in autism research ? But at least I don’t make the many and varied substantial errors that you have.

    post-modern inconoclast

    ?

    The assumption seems to be that if there is something we don’t know, then we know nothing at all.

    I’m beginning to formulate that picture based on the intellectual history of the commentary given.

    That may be how they did it in your “lit-crit” classes, Blackheart, but that’s not how it works in real science.

    Is that ‘real science ‘ a + b = c ?

    So, come on, drop the sneering intellectual pose and either show us your work or admit you don’t have any.

    A challenge wrapped in an insult …how quaint.

    I suppose the challenge for you will be if you can understand the answer ?

    ——————————

    “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.”

    ——————————

    Well let’s break it down into a number of questions.

    What is Autism ?

    Pragmatically we don’t know … we “believe” it is a set of aberrant behaviours outside the norm and primarily concerned with social interaction and communication. Our understanding of this is fluid and evidenced by multiple confusions surrounding it’s definition.

    Therefore if we cannot define what Autism is it is difficult to construct a logical statement.

    How is Autism defined physiologically ?

    It’s not … though we are moving to a truer understanding that some autism or all autism is in fact physically (biologically) driven. Which is a wider reflection on what we are now beginning to understand about a variety of ‘psychological conditions or mental health issues’.

    We do not know what physiologically differentiates ‘autism’ from ‘normal’. Nor do we know whether the physiology of ‘autism’ is the same in all ‘autism’.

    There are some clues but not all are consistent with one type of autism.

    Therefore if we cannot define what Autism is ‘biologically’ it is difficult to construct a logical statement

    What phenotypes of autism are there ?

    There is clear emerging and robust evidence that there are distinct ‘types’ of autism that do indeed have physical biomarkers … two have been identified one concerning aberrant brain growth and the other immune system dysfunction. The researchers following these lines of enquiries believe there are more. They use the analogy of cancer which in some circumstances may be quite useful and in other circumstances less helpful.

    Therefore if we cannot define how many Autism ‘types’ it is difficult to construct a logical statement.

    Are each of these phenotypes defined physiologically ?

    Once again there is some evidence (CSF etc) but the medical definition eludes us at this time. There seems to be some evidence of certain genetic pathways, they may take in some circumstances, but this does not cover all ‘types’.

    Therefore if we cannot define how the physiology of Autism ‘types’ it is difficult to construct a logical statement.

    What is the aetiology of autism ?

    Some aetiology we ‘believe’ we know for instance best evidence at this stage is some 16% is concerned with genes or their deletion. Fragile X for instance.

    There seems to be a clearer causational relationship with rubella virus and Rutter notes cases associated with mumps virus. (Interesting)

    Is it a single cause ? Is it multifactorial ?

    The best evidence is that it is multifactorial.A number of ‘circumstances must be in place for a child to follow an aberrant developmental pathway that leads to “Autism” diagnosis. Place this in the concept of differing phenotypes and we can easily see “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.” This makes little logical sense such is the way it is framed

    a + b = c

    Is it genetic ? Is it environmental ? Is it genetic and environmental ?

    All obvious confounders to “define” what autism is and how we could design science and statements around it.Once again remembering how the ‘logical’ statement was framed and how it cannot be pragmatically applied.

    Does environment follow genetics ?

    Or does genetics follow genes ?

    Or is it even more complex environment expresses genes that then changes environment that expresses more genes ?

    This is where it gets quite tricky … our best understanding is that “Autism ” is biologically driven by genetic expression and there is beginning to emerge some particular ‘hubs’ or gene clusters surrounding immune systems and/or neurological cell growth / death apopotosis.

    Like a a giant “Matrix’ switchboard there are millions of combinations that are unique to each individual and this is even more complex as it can be “stimulated’ by differing environments , at differing times and differing intergenerational confounders. (Epigenetic inheritance).

    Logical statements framed a + b = c no longer apply.

    How are Autistic GI symptoms defined from non autistic GI symptoms ?

    What GI symptoms do AUT patients commonly share with non AUT patients ?

    Can a AUT patient have more than one GI symptom at a time ? Or over time ?

    I’ve already covered the difficulties of defining “Autism” and the same applies here. It’s obvious by now that the inability to define … makes supposed ‘logical’ statements well irrelevant.

    Is it the MMR vaccine or is it when the MMR vaccine is administered ? Is it the interval between other vaccines like DTaP ?

    The research coming out of low income countries and researchers like Peter Aaby Bandim Health and the London School of Tropical Medicine is beginning to make us rethink vaccine administration. There are some very interesting studies that show that vaccine scheduling is an important factor in disease prevention and subsequent mortality. The biological mechanism are not fully understood. But what we do know is that differing events will generally take place when vaccines are administered in differing orders / schedules sometimes to the overall benefit and sometimes to an overall deficit. Which may include increases or decreases in child mortality adn obviously disease development.

    Generally it is felt that measles vaccines may be beneficial but because other vaccines are seen as detrimental and can be confounded by other health interventions we have a long time in unpicking the tangled web that is vaccine administration.

    The effects are called non-specific simply because we used to think in terms of specificity. That is clearly not so … for instance

    “Among normal-weight children, DTP vaccination was associated with an increase in C. pneumoniae infection for females, whereas the trend was the opposite among males” Bandim 2010

    The strongest tendencies for more febrile diseases and hospitalisations in the MV + DTP + OPV group were found in girls. Overall, growth did not differ by randomisation group. However, results differed by sex. Girls in the MV + DTP + OPV group had a consistent pattern of worse z-scores for weight, height, and mid-upper-arm-circumference (MUAC) than girls in the MV + OPV group.

    The effect was opposite for boys, with boys in the MV + OPV group faring worse than those in the MV + DTP + OPV group, the interaction test for sex and DTP being significant for weight at 6 and 9 months, for MUAC at 12 months and for weight-for-height at 3 and 9 months after randomisation. Conclusion: This is the first randomised trial of the non-specific effects of DTP and supports that these effects may be sex-differential and of clinical and anthropometric importance. Combined vaccination with DTP + MV + OPV may be detrimental for girls.

    Which just makes it even more complex as we now see differing effects for gender. So when we look back at that “logical statement” does it apply to males or females or ?

    Is MMR protective for most individuals but not in some individuals ?

    Taking into account all that has been said previously and the evidence from various studies that showed a very small beneficial effect for MMR / Autism whilst Wakfield shows us a negative effect. One may surmise that differing biologies , environment and circumstances may play major to minor factors on autism and GI aetiology and progress.

    In some children it may be that because of their genetic ‘composition’,environment, their epigenetic inheritance”, their gender, previous vaccines administered and the length of time between vaccines may be very much beneficial or alternatively deleterious.

    “If MMR is causally related to either GI disturbances or AUT it should precede their onset.”

    Just think of it as a giant pachinko parlour.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tRclMW6YqQ

  72. #72 blackheart
    December 7, 2011

    krebiozen

    Measles virus RNA detected in the gut of one autistic child and one control. How could “very clear adjustments” make that support the idea that MMR causes autism?

    It would depend on whether that is an important observation related to a biological mechanism or not.

    Who was it who wrote the following?

    Let me remind you of … does not good science make.

    1. There were clear and substantial differences in the gender of the AUT/GI and GI Control cases. AUT generally accepted at 4 to 1 this research – AUT 23/2 and Control 9/4.

    2. There were clear ethnicity differences in the two groups. Particularly Asian and Hispanic ethnic groups. AUT 28% / Control 8%

    3. There was a significant difference in age at biopsy. (4 months difference)

    4. Age at First MMR (7 months difference)

    5. Total number of MMR vaccines (20 / 31)

    6. Total number of all vaccines. (17 / 20)

    7. The clinical indications for endoscopic/colonoscopic procedures is not elucidated fully for each group. Nor each individual.

    8. There appears to be no effort to examine severity of GI symptoms.

    9. 80% of cases and 69% of controls received only one MMR prior to the study.

    10. AUT diagnoses were confirmed for all cases. Asperger’s , PDD were excluded.

    11. There is no attempt at clinically arriving at or describing differing phenotypes within ASD

    12.* The Dublin laboratory used by Wakefield correctly identified all positive controls, but previously ‘skeptiks’ have insisted it was irreversibly contaminated ? (See note below)

    13. 48% of AUT cases MMR before GI onset compared to only 23% of controls.

    14. Both subjects with positive samples (MV) had reactive lymphoid follicles (RLF) which was a similar pathology elucidated by John Walker-Smith.

    … does not good science make.

  73. #73 Clay
    December 7, 2011

    Aw, come on, I check back on this thread and find out that Dochniak DIDN’T show up? And I was looking forward to a good chuckle… (That isn’t to say that no one provided any, but I AM disappointed – no Douchniak.)

  74. #74 blackheart
    December 7, 2011

    Trends Immunol. 2009 Mar;30(3):109-16. Epub 2009 Feb 21.

    Linking allergy to autoimmune disease.
    Valenta R, Mittermann I, Werfel T, Garn H, Renz H.
    Source

    Division of Immunopathology, Department of Pathophysiology, Center for Physiology and Pathophysiology, Medical University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna, Austria. rudolf.valenta@meduniwien.ac.at
    Abstract

    Type I allergy is a classical Th2-driven hypersensitivity disease based on IgE recognition of environmental allergens. Exposure of allergic individuals to exogenous allergens leads to immediate type inflammation caused by degranulation of mast cells via IgE-allergen immune complexes and the release of inflammatory mediators, proteases and pro-inflammatory cytokines.

    However, allergic inflammation can occur and persist in the absence of exposure to exogenous allergens and might paradoxically resemble a Th1-mediated chronic inflammatory reaction.

    We summarize evidence supporting the view that autoimmune mechanisms might contribute to these processes.

    IgE recognition of autoantigens might augment allergic inflammation in the absence of exogenous allergen exposure. Moreover, autoantigens that activate Th1-immune responses could contribute to chronic inflammation in allergy, thus linking allergy to autoimmunity.

  75. #75 Chris
    December 7, 2011

    Clay:

    Aw, come on, I check back on this thread and find out that Dochniak DIDN’T show up?

    He has shown up on Prometheus’ blog. It is very amusing, since it seems he plagiarized much of his book.

  76. #76 Professor Blackheart
    December 9, 2011

    Biochim Biophys Acta. 2010 Dec 28. [Epub ahead of print]

    Mast cell activation and autism.

    Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine

    Department of Biochemistry, Tufts University School of Medicine

    Department of Internal Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

    Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center

    Allergy Clinical Research Center, Allergy Section, Attikon General Hospital, University of Athens Medical School, Athens 12462, Greece.

    “Perinatal mast cell activation by infectious, stress-related, environmental or allergic triggers can lead to release of pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic molecules, thus contributing to brain inflammation and ASD pathogenesis, at least in a subgroup of ASD patients.

    Allergic trigger (latex) / ASD

    Biologically plausible and part of ongoing clinical research.

    Previous 2009 research

    Int J Immunopathol Pharmacol. 2009 Oct-Dec;22(4):859-65.
    Autism spectrum disorders and mastocytosis.

    “We report that the apparent prevalence of ASD in patients with mastocytosis, a rare disease occurring in 1/4,000 children and characterized by an increased number of hypersensitive mast cells in many organs, is about 1/10 or 10 times higher than the general population. A child with skin mastocytosis (urticaria pigmentosa), and regressive autism is presented to illustrate the point. Allergic, infectious, neuroimmune and environmental triggers may activate mast cells to release vasoactive, inflammatory and neurotoxic molecules.

    These could disrupt the gut-blood-brain-barriers, and/or activate susceptibility genes, thus contributing to brain inflammation and ASD.”

    “Allergic reactions might be caused by the vaccine antigen, residual animal protein, antimicrobial agents, preservatives, stabilizers, or other vaccine components (161). Children who have had an apparent severe allergic reaction to a vaccine should be evaluated by an allergist to determine the responsible allergen and to make recommendations regarding future vaccination.”

  77. #77 Laura
    December 9, 2011

    That Mr. Dochniak would use the comments section of Orac’s blog to argue his latex-vaccines hypothesis says a LOT about his scientific acumen.
    Because the comments section of Orac’s blog is VERY far from being a place for intellectually respectable discussion.

  78. #78 Professor Blackheart
    December 9, 2011

    Seems there is some ‘censorship’ past comments are not getting through moderation ?

    Technical glitches ?

  79. #79 Orac
    December 10, 2011

    Oh, spare me. There are days when I can’t monitor my blog all the time. When that happens, I don’t look at the moderation queue for as long as a day. It happens sometimes. I have a life outside of blogging. Deal with it.

    All comments still in moderation have been released.

  80. #80 lilady
    December 10, 2011

    @ blackheart

    @ laura

    All the “action” is taking place on Promethius’s blog. MJD’s theory of latex allergy induced autism is deader than dead.

  81. #81 Professor Blackheart
    December 10, 2011

    Thanks Orac no harm done. Science rolls on.

  82. #82 Professor Blackheart
    December 10, 2011

    lilady

    All the “action” is taking place on Promethius’s blog. MJD’s theory of latex allergy induced autism is deader than dead.

    All the skeptikal verbiage perhaps. Apparently it’s not dead over here.

    “Perinatal mast cell activation by infectious, stress-related, environmental or allergic triggers can lead to release of pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic molecules, thus contributing to brain inflammation and ASD pathogenesis, at least in a subgroup of ASD patients.”

    and this sage advice …

    “The bottom line is that it is safer to use glass syringes or those with latex-free plungers, especially in patients with known episodes of latex anaphylaxis.

    If a syringe with a rubber tip plunger is used, the contents of the syringe should be injected immediately after filling to decrease antigen release from the plunger. Premixed syringes of drugs should be avoided except in an emergency where the benefits of rapid treatment would outweigh the risk of additional latex exposure. However, it is best to notify the pharmacy in high-risk cases so that freshly prepared syringes with emergency medications are available, ideally prepared in latex-free syringes. ”

    “In summary, awareness of latex allergy is essential to avoid an unnecessary increase in the morbidity and mortality of a growing population of patients.”

    David L. Hepner, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative, and Pain Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

    Apparently all the ‘crazies’ are congregating around Boston.

  83. #83 lilady
    December 10, 2011

    “Apparently all the ‘crazies’ are congregating around Boston.”

    The doctor that blackheart cites is an anesthesiologist who practices in Boston. The doctor is just following the recommendations of the ACIP…which are following by all physicians and nurses.

    ACIP recommendations regarding latex allergies have been discussed repeatedly on this blog by Orac and the doctors and nurses who post here.

    Blackheart needs to read the current (2011) ACIP Recomendations. BTW, the ACIP has made these same recommendations in prior years as well.

  84. #84 LW
    December 10, 2011

    Yeah, blackheart, we know. Latex allergies exist and can be dangerous. Why don’t you pop over to Prometheus’ most recent post (http://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=247) and learn how little risk there really is.

    Not that the existence of latex allergies, however dangerous, proves that latex from vaccines is unique among all possible allergens in that it can cause autism and they can’t. Which, you will recall, is Dochniak’s claim.

  85. #85 Professor Blackheart
    December 10, 2011

    lilady

    The doctor that blackheart cites is an anesthesiologist

    That’s very insightful of you. Seeing as I listed his occupation.

    practices in Boston.

    A point for knowing Harvard Medical School is in Boston. But did you know that Tufts University School of Medicine is also in Boston. Here’s a reminder of the research coming out of there.

    “Perinatal mast cell activation by infectious, stress-related, environmental or allergic triggers can lead to release of pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic molecules, thus contributing to brain inflammation and ASD pathogenesis , at least in a subgroup of ASD patients.

    Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine Boston

    So now we have independent confirmation of the bulk of Messr Dochniak’s theory.

    This is becoming quite embarrassing for skeptiks

  86. #86 Professor Blackheart
    December 10, 2011

    LW

    Yeah, blackheart, we know

    …and now you know that allergic reactions can contribute to brain inflammation and ASD pathogenesis, at least in a subgroup of ASD patients.

    I prefer the wider audience that Orac attracts. The more people that can see the biological plausability of allergic reactions playing a part in ASD pathology the better as far as I’m concerned.

    learn how little risk there really is

    That’s not the take home message from Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, representing the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    Perhaps Prometheus can explain the inexplicable advice from the US peak bodies on allergy.

    Which, you will recall, is Dochniak’s claim.

    It is … the usual citation will assist.

  87. #87 lilady
    December 10, 2011

    @blackheart: I was responding to the citation you provided…so stop going off on a rant.

    The citation from the doctor is following the ACIP Recommendations regarding latex allergies…nothing more and nothing less.

    When did you get your promotions from make believe barrister to sensei to professor?

    Jack of all trades and master of none.

  88. #88 Narad
    December 10, 2011

    This is becoming quite embarrassing for skeptiks

    You know what’s embarrassing? Going through the motions but not ultimately meriting a bot.

  89. #89 Professor Blackheart
    December 10, 2011

    lilady

    The citation from the doctor is following the ACIP Recommendations regarding latex allergies…nothing more and nothing less.

    Perhaps … but isn’t it interesting this convergence of evidence.

    We now know.

    1. Latex is present in a number of paediatric vaccines.

    Post #24 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and CDC

    2. Thorough recommendations by peak medical bodies are alerting medical professionals to the very real life threatening dangers of anaphylatic reactions from exposure to latex.

    Post #24 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

    3. Allergic responses , like severe latex allergy, have a clear biologically plausible link to Autism and autoimmune disease (implicated in some ASD phenotypes).

    Post #74 and 76 Division of Immunopathology, Department of Pathophysiology, Center for Physiology and Pathophysiology, Medical University of Vienna and Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine

    4. The risks at this time are not able to be calculated but one would take heed of the advice given.

    Post #24 by American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), and the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    5. Even now further research is being published that puts forward the hypothesis of an interaction with ASD / Epilepsy.

    Neuro-Inflammation, Blood-Brain Barrier, Seizures and Autism

    Theoharis C Theoharides and Bodi Zhang

    Molecular Immunopharmacology and Drug Discovery Laboratory, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Tufts University School of Medicine Boston

    Many children with Autism Spectrum Diseases (ASD) present with seizure activity, but the pathogenesis is not understood.

    Recent evidence indicates that neuro-inflammation could contribute to seizures.

    We hypothesize that and mast cell activation due to allergic, environmental and/or stress triggers could lead to focal disruption of the blood-brain barrier and neuro-inflammation, thus contributing to the development of seizures.

    Treating neuro-inflammation may be useful when anti-seizure medications are ineffective.

    Surely there are no medical professionals that would argue against the treatment and care of severely disabled children ?

    Perhaps its only 10% of ASD infants that are implicated through phenotype physiology and allergy.(perhaps it’s more). But that would still represent in the UK 700 children per annum in each birth cohort.

    Safe , efficacious vaccines and administration

  90. #90 lilady
    December 10, 2011

    @ Narad: If I recall blackheart’s first foray here, it was on behalf of Dr. Wakefield and he was arguing British law. After he got roundly slapped down for his lack of knowledge of the workings of the General Medical Council’s tribunal, he then took up the cause of Dr. Walker-Smith who was also struck from the registry for his part in the bogus study.

    Blackheart’s next target was Brian Deer the reporter who investigated the sordid mess as well as Wakefield’s undeclared COIs. Again, his knowledge of British law was found to be wanting.

    Recently, blackheart joined forces with the Drone who is fixated on cytokines and inflammatory reactions to vaccines causing autism.

    Now that the Drone has left the premises, he latches on to Dochniak the adhesive salesman cum failed “researcher”/author who has suddenly disappeared from RI…because Promethius has deconstructed his “theory” of latex allergy induced regressive autism. Why didn’t “Dr.” Blackheart post in support of Dochniak on Promethius’ blog?

    Blackheart is a mighty strange fellow…I think he enjoys supporting all the losers.

  91. #91 Professor Blackheart
    December 10, 2011

    lilady

    Run out of science again …

    I suppose the wider audience would like to know why you have abandoned science .

    Are you uncomfortable that real researchers are finding multiple, robust evidence from a variety of medical disciplines that immune system dysfunction plays a pivotal role in ASD pathology.

    You can’t avoid the evidence that comes from actual physiology of ASD children or can you ?

    Well that seems to be the conclusion of your erstwhile colleague and close friend one Messr Prometheus.

    But let us not be unkind and uncharitable … please take the time to elucidate you and your colleagues beliefs on autism aetiology and pathology.

    Surely at the heart of science is the construction and elucidation of knowledge. Rather than deconstruction

    I am as always interested …

  92. #92 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 11, 2011

    Prometheus is a master of single-variable deconstruction. Unfortunately, for the definitive aetiology of autism, we live in a world of multi-variables (i.e. comorbid factors).

    Vaccines are one of many comorbid factors in the aetiology of autism.

    Michael J. Dochniak

  93. #93 Lawrence
    December 11, 2011

    MJD – “Single Variable Decontruction?” Seems to me, Prometheus was able to pretty much demolish your hypothesis, show that your sources didn’t say what you said they said, and that your plagarized large portions of your book without proper citations.

    And now you’re back here – couldn’t take the heat????

    Please get some help MjD – you obviously have problems relating to reality.

  94. #94 Science Mom
    December 11, 2011

    Prometheus is a master of single-variable deconstruction. Unfortunately, for the definitive aetiology of autism, we live in a world of multi-variables (i.e. comorbid factors).

    Still dodging and weaving I see. If Prometheus was able to de-construct your “single variables”, then what is left? Do you have secret code built in and a nifty ring required to de-code? Was he supposed to read it backwards perhaps? Gah, you’re a joke.

  95. #95 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 11, 2011

    Lawrence writes, “And now you’re back here – couldn’t take the heat????”

    MjD’s response:

    Couldn’t take Prometheus’ deletes and rewrites from many of my responses – Prometheus is a hog on his blog.

    As the very eloquent Professor Blackheart stated in message (#81),”Science rolls on.”

    MjD

  96. #96 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 11, 2011

    Science Mom writes (#91), ” If Prometheus was able to de-construct your “single variables”, then what is left? Do you have secret code built in and a nifty ring required to de-code?

    MjD’s response:

    Here’s an analogy to help you understand Science Mom:

    The aetiology of autism spectrum disorders is like an onion, when the onion layers are peeled away (comorbid factors) there’s core understanding.

    MjD

  97. #97 The Christian Cynic
    December 11, 2011

    I can sympathize a little with Dochniak – I tend not to favor moderation methods like Prometheus’s on his blog – but what was deleted was not germane to the responses, just slogans and catchphrases that were empty rhetoric like we’ve seen here. When you’re trying to get the core of the matter, all of the fluff needs to be excised. But unfortunately, Dochniak will now have an out: he tried to have reasonable dialogue, but he was oppressed by those nasty people trying to obfuscate the real truth about autism. (Forgive me a moment while I dislodge my tongue from my cheek.) At least maybe there’s a chance that this whole useless discussion can end, and we can move on to promising areas of examination. (And no, Dochniak, asserting in a subsequent comment that this “hypothesis” is a promising area of examination won’t make it so, so don’t waste our time anymore with your protestations.)

  98. #98 Lawrence
    December 11, 2011

    MjD – so you couldn’t Prometheus’ legitimate criticism of your work – including pointing out flaws in your evidence, reasoning, and sources (including plagarism)?

    Time and time again, you’ve been proven to be wrong – and you’re back here to attempt what you did before, which is spout off a bunch of inane and illogical statements (mostly cut and paste from your book). Prometheus was attempting to get you to deal with the actual evidence & had a legitimate reason to delete your stupid poems & advertising slogans for your book.

    If you can’t deal with the evidence, or even respond to direct questions, you shouldn’t be involved in Science in any way or even be here – since you can’t even defend your hypothesis with evidence that hasn’t already been refuted.

    Get off the blogs if you can’t take the heat.

  99. #99 Science Mom
    December 11, 2011

    Here’s an analogy to help you understand Science Mom:

    The aetiology of autism spectrum disorders is like an onion, when the onion layers are peeled away (comorbid factors) there’s core understanding.

    Ah of course, more vacuous rhetoric to deflect from the fact that your book fails utterly and completely in generating even a hypothesis that latex causes autism. Prometheus peeled away your layers and exposed the stinky core that only brings tears to one’s eyes. You’ll do no better here than on Prometheus’ blog.

  100. #100 lilady
    December 11, 2011

    Let us all honor the superb dissection of MJD’s theory and his book by Promethius and ignore any comments from MJD on RI.

    MJD had his opportunity to defend himself and to explain himself here, failed repeatedly and has now run away from Promethius and the other posters.

    Time to really shut down this snake oil adhesive salesman cum “researcher”. Bye-bye Dochniak.

  101. #101 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 11, 2011

    Denise H. Dunn (co-author) is a special-education teacher for children with ASD.

    Last week, she told me that the time-out room in her new school was lined with rubber (i.e., natural-latex) which was extremely odiferous, and as we know…hazardous.

    It is my opinion that latex-free vaccines are less effective if we continuously expose our young children to natural-latex in pre-school, on playgrounds (e.g., ground rubber-tire surfaces) etc…

    Exposure to the hevea-allergens, and sensitization therefrom, is a suspected comorbid-factor in the aetiology of allergy-induced regressive autism.

    A Very Concerned,

    Michael J. Dochniak

  102. #102 Lawrence
    December 11, 2011

    LOL – he had his chance, blew it – so back to our regularly scheduled programming.

    Ignored.

  103. #103 lilady
    December 11, 2011

    @ Lawrence: Of course we are going to ignore MJD. His co-author Dunn was smart enough to let MJD go off on his rants and never posted here…ha..ha.

  104. #104 Prometheu
    December 11, 2011

    Mr. Dochniak couldn’t seem to get around to addressing the issues I raised in my review of his book and so resorted to slogans, verse and repetitive spamming of his book. When I started deleting those from his comments, he “threatened” to stop commenting if didn’t desist. I guess this is his idea of “punishment” for me.

    If Mr. Dochniak cannot provide data to support his hypothesis – as his responses seem to indicate – I feel no obligation to let him ramble, dodge and weave on my ‘blog. I saw him “run out the clock” for six months on Respectful Insolence without addressing the concerns raised about his “science” and I have no intention of giving him yet another forum to endlessly blather and bloviate. Having read his book – as he repeatedly asked – I have had all the Dochniak drivel I care to read.

    Anytime you are ready to deal with the serious factual errors in your book, Mr. Dochniak, you are welcome to return to Photon in the Darkness. If you want to keep hiding from the facts, you can keep up your obscurationist patter over here until Orac decides to give you the boot.

    Prometheus

  105. #105 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 11, 2011

    Prometheus writes (#101), ” I feel no obligation to let him ramble, dodge and weave on my ‘blog.”

    MjD’s response:

    Manipulation of responses (e.g. FTFU) by a blog owner is as Mr. Antaeus Feldspar would say sh*tty Scholarship.

    I forgive you though Prometheus:)

    In message (#101) Prometheus also writes, “…, Mr. Dochniak, you are welcome to return to Photon in the Darkness.”

    MjD’s response:

    Thank you Professor, I’ll be back!

    MjD

  106. #106 Professor Blackheart
    December 11, 2011

    Prometheus

    Deleting comments , Serious errors of facts, avoiding questions, not addressing evidence …

    Not looking very good.

    Anything else you’d like to pass on about the immune system in autism ?

  107. #107 Lawrence
    December 11, 2011

    Since I’m ignoring the other guy, Blackie – did you even read Prometheus’ examination of the evidence?

    And think he was well within his rights to delete extraneous comments that had nothing to with the matter at hand.

    You, sir, are merely our friend Augie in another cloth.

  108. #108 lilady
    December 11, 2011

    @ Lawrence: Blackie…Professor, Sensei or Doctor…just likes to befriend the underdog such as defrocked physicians, the Drone and now his BFF Dochniak.

    Why doesn’t blackie post in defense of BFF MJD on Promethius’ blog?

  109. #109 Antaeus Feldspar
    December 11, 2011

    Manipulation of responses (e.g. FTFU) by a blog owner is as Mr. Antaeus Feldspar would say sh*tty Scholarship.

    When some nutcase decides that the crowd in the stadium wants to see him running around with his willy out instead of the football game they paid to see, is it “sportsmanship” for security to grab him and throw him off the field so the game can continue? One can argue that it is not itself an act of sportsmanship, but it’s nevertheless necessary so that the actual sportsmanship can resume.

    The repetitive spamming you do in the comments section of every blog that mentions your ludicrous hypotheses, of your fact-free slogans and your misunderstandings of immunology and (dear God) your attempts at poetry, has nothing to do with scholarship, except as an example of what sane people trying to make a favorable impression would never do. If what it takes to keep you from spamming is for Prometheus to edit your spam every time you try, I for one support it, just as I support security removing game-disrupting streakers from a playing field.

  110. #110 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 11, 2011

    lilady writes (#108), “Why doesn’t blackie post in defense of BFF MJD on Promethius’ blog?

    MjD’s response:

    Professor Blackheart’s references are a drink of fresh water for this thirsty scientist.

    MjD

  111. #111 Gray Falcon
    December 11, 2011

    MjD, you made no effort to address serious factual errors in your statements, in favor of using slogans and poetry. Is that what an honest person does?

  112. #112 lilady
    December 11, 2011

    Promethius is still waiting for comments from the gruesome twosome.

    “Thirsty scientist” is just an snake oil/adhesives salesman who refuses to defend his “theory” and his “research” at “A Photon in the Darkness” blog.

    BTW, MJD…I located your “citation” in the journal published in Turkey and you lied about its findings.

    I despise poet/plagiarists masquerading as “scientists”.

  113. #113 The Christian Cynic
    December 11, 2011

    I also want to add, regarding plagiarism, that if one of my students did anything like Dochniak (and it has happened), I would absolutely be confronting them about stealing someone else’s work. I have a very low threshold for plagiarism: if you use someone else’s ideas or words without proper attribution (including quotation marks for exact quotes), that’s plagiarism in my book. To see it in a published work is entirely unacceptable.

  114. #114 Constant Mews
    December 11, 2011

    Dochniak is a liar. His book was succinctly dismantled by Prometheus, who demonstrated that it is pretty much complete fiction from beginning to end. Even Dochniak’s SOURCES don’t support Dochniak’s claims.

    Dochniak is a coward, plain and simple. Unable to refute Prometheus, unable to support his own thesis, he ran away. Like a coward.

    For anyone interested, Prometheus’ dissection is a masterpiece of intelligence, economy, and completeness.

    Read all three parts:

    *ttp://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=243

    *ttp://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=245

    *ttp://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=247

    And you can see that Dochniak is a liar and a coward.

    (Links deliberately broken to avoid spam filter.)

  115. #115 Professor Blackheart
    December 11, 2011

    Sign the Petition

    1. Latex is present in a number of paediatric vaccines. Post #24

    2. Thorough recommendations by peak medical bodies are alerting medical professionals to the very real life threatening dangers of anaphylatic reactions from exposure to latex. Post #24

    3. Allergic responses , like severe latex allergy, have a clear biologically plausible link to Autism and autoimmune disease (implicated in some ASD phenotypes).

    Post #74 and 76

    4. The risks at this time are not able to be calculated but one would take heed of the advice given.

    Post #24

    5. Even now further research is being published that puts forward the hypothesis of an interaction with ASD / Epilepsy. Through an allergic trigger.

    Surely there are no medical professionals that would argue against the treatment and care of severely disabled children ?

    Or you could sign below

    I do not believe there is any risk to an infant in regards to latex in vaccines and possible neurological damage.

    Then you could post it off to American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).

  116. #116 Steve Chisnall
    December 19, 2011

    Another harmful chemical that is abundant in vaccines is dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO). Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:
    Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
    Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
    Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
    Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
    Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
    DHMO is a major component of acid rain.

    Despite these hazards, DHMO is used almost nonchalantly in many applications including:
    as an industrial solvent and coolant,
    in nuclear power plants,
    as a spray-on fire suppressant and retardant,
    in biological and chemical weapons manufacture,
    and in pesticide production and distribution.

    What’s worse, are some of the products and places where DHMO is used, but which for one reason or another, are not normally made part of public presentations on the dangers to the lives of our family members and friends. Among these startling uses are:
    in day care centers, purportedly for sanitary purposes,
    as a preservative in grocery store fresh produce sections,
    as an additive to food products, including jarred baby food and baby formula, and even in many soups, carbonated beverages and supposedly “all-natural” fruit juices
    and in the coffee available at major coffee houses in the US and abroad.

    I have paraphrased from this website which is a very helpful resource and I trust you’ll understand why I am a staunch advocate of banning DHMO.

    http://www.dhmo.org/

    Note: I am neither affiliated with, nor paid by the above website, I am merely a concerned reader who felt it necessary to alert my fellow man to a very real danger that has been ignored for much too long.

  117. #117 Michael J. Dochniak
    December 21, 2011

    Steve Chisnall writes (#116), “Another harmful chemical that is abundant in vaccines is dihydrogen monoxide (DHMO).”

    MjD’s response:

    It is my understanding that water is not antigenic and will not induce an adaptive immune response.

    Although I’m not so sure about the health effects of heavy water (deuterated water) in vaccine?

    Any insight?

    Please advise…

    In the Nova Science book “Allergies and Autism”, it is discussed that deuteration of antigenic proteins may be a useful procedure to enhance the efficacy and safety of immunotherapy.

    MjD

  118. #118 Constant Mews
    December 21, 2011

    Dochniak is a liar. His book was succinctly dismantled by Prometheus, who demonstrated that it is pretty much complete fiction from beginning to end. Even Dochniak’s SOURCES don’t support Dochniak’s claims.
    Dochniak is a coward, plain and simple. Unable to refute Prometheus, unable to support his own thesis, he ran away. Like a coward.
    For anyone interested, Prometheus’ dissection is a masterpiece of intelligence, economy, and completeness.
    Read all three parts:
    *ttp://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=243
    *ttp://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=245
    *ttp://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=247
    And you can see that Dochniak is a liar and a coward.

  119. #119 blackheart
    December 22, 2011

    Merry Christmas Michael Dochniak

    What a wonderful end to 2011 it turned out to be …
    overturning all that cynicism.

    Keep up the good work we need people like yourself speculating, exploring, investigating … it’s what science does.

    …and even a Merry Christmas to Prometheus perhaps 2012 will be kinder, perhaps a bit more objectivity will see you accomplish more worthwhile goals for 2012.

    Herr Doktor … nearly always amusing and multilayered and certainly Denice always interesting good luck with your future studies.

    … and not least Orac a Merry festivity. Sorry for upsetting all the minions in my brief visit. But hey what’s life without accepting a challenge in the Lion’s den….and not even a scratch.

    Daniel would be proud.

    Oh I nearly forgot eminent “Rocket Scientist” Chris.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you to.

    Life is wonderful and to short spending it on being cynical and negative … go and smell the petunias

    Cheers

  120. #120 Sauceress
    December 22, 2011

    …and not even a scratch.

    A Merry Winter’s Solstice to you and all blackheart

  121. #121 Michael J. Dochniak
    January 22, 2012

    This precious autistic girl is just like my son.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNZVV4Ciccg&sns=fb

    Allergy-induced regressive autism, refuse vaccines that have a latex warning.

    MjD

  122. #122 Michael J. Dochniak
    April 27, 2012

    Orac’s minion’s write:

    Message #126, “utter liar and coward”;
    Message #127, “out of your league”; and
    Message #129, “moron”.

    MjD’s response:

    Why is the Scienceblog Respectful-Insolence like carbon dioxide?

    As discussions heat-up and pressure increases, minion banter becomes a fluid of supercritical disrespect.

    Be safe, refuse vaccines that have a latex warning…

  123. #123 Chris
    April 27, 2012

    Get some real psychiatric help.

  124. #124 novalox
    April 27, 2012

    @michael j. dochniak

    Proving yourself to be the utter liar and coward you are, eh?

  125. #125 lilady
    April 27, 2012

    MJD: get some psychiatric help, stop posting and stop lying.

    Prometheus read your book and did an excellent 3-part
    analysis of your “theory”, your “research” and your “study”:

    http://photoninthedarkness.com/?p=243

    Have you no shame MJD…after the whupping you received on Prometheus website?

    Say good-bye now, troll.

  126. #126 Michael J. Dochniak
    April 29, 2012

    lilady writes (#133), “Have you no shame MJD…after the whupping you received on Prometheus website?”

    MjD’s response:

    The most profound and encompassing statement Prometheus makes on this subject is in Part-3 wherein he writes,

    “Enough said, I think.”

    Therefore, I think enough said on Prometheus.

  127. #127 Lawrence
    April 29, 2012

    @lilady – I think he was just feeling lonely.

  128. #128 lilady
    April 29, 2012

    Lawrence…I *know*…that’s why I didn’t respond :-)

  129. #129 Michael J. Dochniak
    May 2, 2012

    Natural rubber used in vaccine packaging contains antigenic proteins (i.e., Hev-b proteins) having hydrophobic (oil soluble) characteristics and hydrophilic (water soluble) characteristics.

    It is documented that the reporting of total extractable protein in dry natural rubber (DNR) is based on aqueous extractions which is known to be less effective in detecting hydrophobic proteins.

    For example, the European Medical Technolgy Device (EMDT) writes, “To achieve effective risk reduction it is desirable to ensure that leachable latex protein* is below the detection limit of the most sensitive LEAP or ELISA immunoassay and that this detects major latex allergens in aqueous extraction of DNR components in the range of 10 ng/mL”.

    *Notably, total protein contamination in aqueous extraction solution using the modified Lowry test must be below the detection limit of the measurement methods.

    http://www.emdt.co.uk/article/dry-natural-rubber-components-prefilled-syringes

    In my opinion, the current test methods used to determine total extractable DNR protein (i.e., hydrophobic proteins) may be inadequate for vaccine packaging.

    The FDA now requires latex warnings on all vaccines that contain natural latex in their packaging.

    Be safe, refuse vaccines that have a latex warning.

  130. #130 Chris
    May 2, 2012

    Mr. Dochniak, please get some psychiatric help.

  131. #131 Michael J. Dochniak
    May 17, 2012

    It has been suggested (e.g., Prometheus) that natural latex usage is declining. Unfortunately, natural latex is still in vaccine packaging which can contaminate a vaccine solution.

    Elsewhere, here’s an article concerned about latex allergies rising in restaurants:

    http://www.wjhg.com/news/headlines/Latex_Allergies_Rising_in_Restaurants_149643845.html

    With respect to infant safety, should the FDA ban infant products (e.g., pacifiers and bottle nipples) formed from Hevea brasiliensis natural latex?

    MjD