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Relation of childhood gastrointestinal disorders to autism: nested case-control study using data from the UK General Practice Research Database

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 24 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:419

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No Competing Interest ????

1) The article mention that "The Boston Collaborative Drug
Surveillance Program is supported in part by grants from AstraZeneca,
Berlex Laboratories, GlaxoSmithKline, Hoffmann-La Roche, Ingenix
Pharmaceutical Services, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research
& Development, LLC, Pharmacia Corporation, and Novartis Farmacéutica.
This study was not funded."
And you write "Competing interests: None declared". It should be Huge
competing interest.

2) As a parent of an autistic kid, I get really tired of all the so-
called "expert" in autism. To call yourself just an apprentice in autism
you need to stay at least a weekend with an autistic kid including nights.
You will learn that a) autistic kids are not alike, each one is different
in his behavior and symtoms b) they can be quiet for an hour or two and
suddenly start a tantrum without any reason, c) they are affectionate and
feel pain unlike all the definitions of autism by "experts" and d) they
are in constant physical pain (either stomach, migraine or other) and that
is why they behave that way. Anybody sane will behave worse than them if
he or she had a constant migraine.

3) I am a chemist and scientist. An article like this one would be
never accepted in any scientific journal. Medical journals however are the
exception. You give two people the same data and somehow they can get
completely opposite results. Unlike all the medical expert in Autism, all
the parents I know have read more scientific articles on Autism than any
medical doctor. They know that autism causes are multiple: a) birth
conditions (induced or not, pre-term, epidural or not ), b) vaccinations
type and amount of residual mercury accumulated before MMR (MMR does not
contain mercury but contain aluminum which is a potent catalyst for
mercury killing of the brain cells) , c) vaccinated while under
antibiotics or not, d) vaccinated while sick (e.g diarhea, fever, ear
infection, running nose, etc..)or not, e) number of vaccine injected the
same day (a short glange at the US VAERS (vaccine adverse events reporting
system) show a sharp increase in adverse events with high number of

Basically, the number of parameters causing autism are multiple,
interdependent and work in synergy. I believe that tying only one
parameter to autism will be hard to prove and big pharm knows that. They
can use, as this article shows, any selected data to disprove relation of
autism to vaccine.

Competing interests:
None since the authors of the article deny any competing interest

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 November 2004
Saadedine Tebbal
Lab Manager
Texas, 77477