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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Science News

I really should retitle yesterday's post as "Perfume Rant" rather than science news, because that's how that turned out. Such is the way of it sometimes. I was actually mildly surprised by how many people agreed with me for such a big breadth of reasons. Today, rantiness generates from more science article sources!

First, the raw food nuts of the world can do it their way. I'm not buying it and the science doesn't back them up. Raw food isn't always inherently better. This is awesome, because stewed tomatoes are yummy. I eat a lot of veg, but I'm just not that big of a fan of raw veg. The occasional salad is lovely, but really, I'll cheerfully eat steamed broccoli, roasted zucchini, tomato-corn-onion-zucchini stew, or sauteed spinach any day of the week. The raw food thing just leaves me cold.

So then I wasn't going to post about this interesting little article on autism and a correlation to vinyl flooring. I just forwarded it to Justin since he works for a company that provides therapy for autistic children. He wrote back a little rant about diagnosis for autism going up and diagnosis for mental retardation going down, which got me to thinking about how people would react differently to being told their child is retarded versus autistic. It's an interesting social puzzle. Autistic currently has a big "not our fault" potential component to it that may make it easier for parents to hear. I figure that has a lot to do with folks overpushing the autism/vaccine fallacy. Beyond that, autism sounds somehow more manageable or fixable than mental retardation, though I know that's just weird perception in my head that has everything to do with social conditioning rather than actual reality. Interesting tic though. Anyway, so Justin IMs me and we're chatting and he says "And gmail is offering me ads on discount vinyl flooring. Relevant ad fail?" To which I say the ever so witty, "Heh. Awesome." And he follows with, "Now it's DIY vinyl flooring - would you feel worse about it if you installed your own autism maker?"


  • One of my friends is an Occupational Therapist working for kids with disabilities at schools. If a kid is diagnosed with autism, there are programs and funds to help them. If a kid is diagnosed with mental retardation, they are not going to get better and there are no funds. Parents tend to push for the autistic diagnosis and for as much therapy as they can get even if it's not going to help their kid.

    By Blogger Kim, at 12:25 PM  

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