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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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"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."

I totally agree. I use the metaphor of the tapestry to describe
`autism` at various levels of explanation, one of them being causality.
The multiple threads or factors interweave but some are more commonly
found than others.

This tapestry metaphor can be mapped onto Chaos Theory and using such
thinking allows us to understand the apparent `unusual` outcomes in
epidemiological research.

Understanding risk factors which interweave and compound over time is
also surely not too difficult to accept.

But it has become very clear that mainstream science working hand in
glove with Big Pharma is very quick in dismissing such thinking as
`quackery` - because they know that if we actually look at all the
variables and all the children who parents and some specialists such as
myself consider to have been affected by vaccine, the truth will be
palpably obvious.

The deception would be very clear to the public if they were to see
the studies which have PROVEN vaccine effects, but, for some odd reason,
have been kept secret.

So, the tapestry of deception also includes many threads - including:

1. Hiding pure research on multiple thousands of individual children
because it showed an effect
2. Preventing new research being funded which will do the same
3. Sabotaging attempts to openly debate the issues through various forms
of influence in the system
4. Continually salami slicing the data to prove whatever they want to
5. Vilifying all who express concerns or provide evidence about a ) the
research and b) the affected children

Competing interests:
Expert in Autism

Competing interests: No competing interests

01 November 2004
Lisa C Blakemore-Brown
UK based