So, today has been an exercise in frustration and exhaustion. Late last night, my lovely wife began complaining about a pain in her side. She didn't complain too much, so neither she nor I thought too much of it.
Then, early this morning, she began really complaining...I mean curling up into the fetal position complaining. Then she began vomiting and her Blood Pressure skyrocketed. Yay....ER time.
I knew it was a Kidney stone, though I didn't realize how bad it was. It was actually 3 kidney stones, all of them quite large. One of them was completely blocking off one of her ureters, and the other was doing a wonderful job of nearly blocking off the other. The third was still in her kidney, and according to the Doctor, that's the largest of them.
They did surgery about an hour ago, and they were able to zap the two in her ureters. The last one will have to be blasted in January, sadly. But, she'll be fine; nothing too serious.
So, then I get home to take a break from the hospital and give the kids a break as well. I glance at the enemy's site, and lo and behold, another idiotic post.
Orac is gleefully going on about how another study supposedly exhonerates vaccines and autism. Now, seeing how he is gloating, it is safe to assume that he is not really interested in the science or the methodology behind the study. Nor is he interested in how this affects other children and those that may indeed have been injured by vaccines.
"Last week, yet another study was released investigating whether there is a link between MMR vaccination and autism. Last week, yet another study failed to find a link between MMR vaccination and autism. This week, yet another study is all set to be attacked by Generation Rescue and the anti-vaccine movement. The sad and sordid history of reactions of the anti-vaccine movement to studies that do not support its belief in the unsinkable rubber duck of a myth that vaccines cause autism."
No; he's only interested in being right.
Now, I haven't had the time to look in detail over the abstract of the study, nor have I had the time to analyze the numbers. However, one thing that was glaringly obvious is that none of the children were completely unvaccinated. Also, another thing that was glaringly obvious is that it somehow "exhonerates" all vaccines by "exhonerating" one vaccine.
Tell me, David....have there been any other studies on a vaccine other than the MMR? What about the MMR in conjunction with other childhood vaccines, like the DTaP, for instance?
When I have a chance I'll go over the study in detail and look at the numbers. Right now, I just wanted to post this to say one thing;
If Orac is only interested in being right, that means he is biased. Such bias calls his objectivity and reliability into question.
I wouldn't trust anything he says as far as I could throw him.