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About autismjungle

I am a Software Test Analyst. Shortly before I turned 21 I was officially diagnosed, although I had long suspected I was autistic. Welcome to my blog

Rant alert: Autism is NOT “the most devastating medical emergency of our time”

Something’s been gnawing at me over the past few days. What am I going to do? I’m going to blog about it, of course. Once again, profanity alert. There is a paediatrician in California named Robert Sears. He is antivaccination … Continue reading

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April update

Time for a quick roundup. The CDC released the new autism rates right before April. The rate appears to be 1:68. Predictably, antivaxx groups are in a tizzy and arguing that this is proof that vaccines cause autism, never mind … Continue reading

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Some link love

I saw several things that were interesting over the past few weeks. Cracked has an article about 5 conditions that were originally beneficial. No. 1 on the list? Autism. Unfortunately, it turns out the source of the claim was an … Continue reading

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Problems with MMR storage and transport

I’m reading page 9 of the March 10th final edition of The Star. South Africa has a large problem with MMR. According to the report, vaccines are being stored and transported at incorrect temperatures – either too hot or too … Continue reading

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I think it’s time to bring back wholecell pertussis vaccines

My 7 year old nephew is going for his booster shots this week, and I’ve been thinking about something related to that. One of the boosters is the triple jab against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. There are two types used: … Continue reading

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Worse than I thought, but not as bad as it could have been

So I completed the Midmar Mile. As I expected, I did not break 30 minutes. To my intense disappointment, I took over 45 minutes. I was unwell and the water was choppy during the race, but I’m frustrated. 11 months … Continue reading

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On Midmar and goals

Tomorrow, I will set off for KwaZulu-Natal with my parents. On Sunday, I will be swimming Event 6 in the Midmar Mile. This will be tempered by a displeasing (for me) fact. My intention was to swim the mile in … Continue reading

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A little link love

And now for something a little different. Instead of my normal post, I’m going to send out some link love. Firstly, a Dr Joel Harrison read Andrew Wakefield’s “autobiography” Callous Disregard, and found a large number of factual errors (more … Continue reading

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Some vaccine news

The first measles outbreak of the year has occurred already. On the good news front, India is officially polio-free. The last recorded case occurred three years ago. Congratulations to India. Also on the good news front, the South African Health … Continue reading

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Some films I watched in 2013

Happy New Year, everybody. Last year, I gave reviews of every film I saw in 2012. I’m not going to do a full list this year, just a few films that I watched. They are in no set order. Life … Continue reading

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