It is clear that Dr. Thomas Insel will not permit the IACC to recommend funding of an observational study comparing autism rates of existing vaccinated and unvaccinated populations as called for by many parents and credible health care professionals. He claimed before Senator Harkin's committee that such a study could not be done, contrary to the opinion of many health care researchers including Dr. Alexander on the IACC.
Such a study could actually provide reliable information about the possible role played by vaccines in triggering autism. Dr. Insel has also downplayed the recent studies recently reporting a 50% increase in autism diagnoses over a two year period. This latest information brings the reported rates from 1 in 500 to 1 in 91 over a 10 to 15 year period. Despite this alarming trend Dr. Insel responds with speculation, unsupported by any studies, that the increase could be due to better ability to detect autism disorders.
Should Dr. Insel be replaced as Chair of the IACC, the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee by someone who would take autism disorders seriously?
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