Originally Posted by slmommy
I am well aware the "official" position is that there is no link between autism and vaccines. You guys can keep repeating that if you would like, and would anyone like to go on record to state that all the of parents who have lived a connection are delusional or mislead? Or would it be ok, like in VICP, if we say vaccine induced encephalopathy with autistic characteristics?
Autism is a developmental disorder. A lot of development happens between 0 and 3, and developmental disorders tend to be spotted when this early development goes awry. Vaccines are also administered between 0 and 3, because children in this age range are experiencing their first contacts with the wide world of infectious disease and this is an immunologically vulnerable time.
In the scientific method, you make observations and use those to develop a hypothesis. Then you test the hypothesis through experimentation and further observation. You verify your results with repeated tests. And then you move on to new hypotheses.
Parents of autistic children who thought they saw a connection between autism and vaccines did a great job getting their observations in front of medical professionals for investigation. The hypothesis that vaccines cause autism has been tested. No evidence has been found to support this hypothesis. The lack of evidence has been confirmed by multiple tests. Now it's time to move on to new hypotheses.
Historically, a lot of people have been misled by their observations. People used to think that maggots were spontaneously generated by rotting meat, because they observed it. People used to think that bad smells caused the Plague. They observed that too. They used to think that working class people had fundamentally different nervous systems than rich people, and that workers couldn't feel pain. People observed that. They used to think the earth was the center of the solar system. Observations are a great source of hypotheses for testing. They do not stand in for a rigorously tested hypothesis.