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:iconthe-quill-warrior:
The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This reminds me of when I was diagnosed. Apparently, the doctor that diagnosed said I would have no life; no friends, no job, nothing.
But I have plenty of friends. And while I'm not yet ready to get a job, I at least show the skill that I can work in one.
So yeah, that guy was pretty full of himself.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Even though there's an increase in an ASD diagnosis, the sad truth is that not many people truly understand it, still.  Even doctors and therapists.

But, glad you're proving that guy wrong!
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:iconthe-quill-warrior:
The-Quill-Warrior Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It baffles me how some doctors and therapists don't understand it / don't want to understand it.
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My dad thinks my allergy shots caused me to have Schizoaffective Disorder.  He thinks that I didn't have enough oxygen to my brain or something.  He never told me that, but my mom let me know about his theory.  Apparently they had some arguments about it.

Vaccines definitely don't cause autism, especially since each one is radically different from all the others.  A tetanus vaccine is not the same as a chicken pox vaccine.  Milk, juice, lead, and vaccines do NOT cause autism.  It's sad that conspiracy nuts believe these things.

Ugh, PETA.  I love animals and want to protect them, but I'm not an idiot.  These people tried to rename "fish" to "sea kittens" because they didn't want people eating fish.  They even had a program on their website where you could make your own sea kitten.  I made a sea kitten and named it Sushi.  If they still have it up, I'll make another one named Lunch.  I could go on and on about these brainless zombies, but that would be a bit of a tangent.

It is true that a small percentage of people die as a reaction to a vaccine.  However, there is always a much larger percentage of people who die or contract an illness if they don't take the vaccine.  My family is Chinese and grew up in Burma.  One of my cousins got polio when he was young and has to walk with a brace for the rest of his life.  If he had been able to get a vaccine, he would be walking and running like everybody else.  In many countries, vaccines are scarce or completely out of the picture.  Sometimes people in first world countries forget that they are lucky to have access to modern medical treatments.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Agreed.  Even if vaccines did cause autism, I'd rather risk autism than the measles.  Autism won't kill me; those diseases can.

Oh, geez.  I can't take PETA seriously after I saw what they did with Pokemon (I thankfully hadn't seen what they did with Mario before that, and was spared many a nightmare as it sounds rather gory).  Protesting animal cruelty in a made up cartoon just...that's way too out there.  What they put out for Pokemon was disturbing, and I actually thought it was some sick joke at first.  It's a cartoon/game, for crying out loud!

Some morbid part of me wonders what members of PETA would eat if they heard the Arrogant Worms song "Carrot Juice is Murder".
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That makes a lot of sense to me!  I'd rather take my chances with a vaccine than avoid it because of possible side effects.  I am sure there is a bigger chance of having health issues or dying if you don't take the vaccine.

Sometimes I like to make jokes about Pokemon and animal fighting, but I'm not serious at all.  I know it's just a cartoon, and I've never heard of anyone trying to train animals to fight based on Pokemon.  People do a lot of weird things because of Pokemon and other popular media icons, but there are no animal fights in relation to Pokemon that I know of.

Some people can be rather obsessed with what they eat.  Whether that means eating only gourmet food, only tofu, freegan dumpster diving, only fruit and veggies that fall onto the ground, etc., they can get really passionate about it.  A lot of people try to force it onto others as well.  Not only is that irritating, but it can cause people to get mad and eat more meat in retaliation.  Not everyone can afford to eat only organic vegan food.  It's just so expensive.  It's likely that only rich people can actually eat nothing but cruelty-free, organic vegan dishes.  Other people just get plain weird.  I don't think it is safe to do freegan dumpster diving, especially if you're only eating food from the garbage.  Even food that is freshly cooked food or food from a restaurant can occasionally cause food poisoning.  And it must be really hard to maintain a diet of only things that naturally fall off plants.  You'd have to be around a lot of trees and bushes and probably have to live in a city like Los Angeles where it is warm all year round.  If someone lived in my state of New Jersey and wanted to be a fruitarian, they would starve during the winter.  Fruits and vegetables can be refrigerated and frozen, but they're not going to be OK to eat for very long, especially if they have no preservatives.  Plus, when you pick an apple or other fruit up from the ground, you don't always know how long it is has been sitting there.  I guess summer would be a dangerous time because they could rot very easily.  So the only times that would be good would be fall and spring.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I, too, live in NJ; I know exactly what you mean with the fruits/vegies thing.  All of the local farms close after Thanksgiving, and are only open that long due to squash being in season at that time.  After that...well, nothing grows until Spring.
And, yea...with how expensive organic stuff is, I'd just be tempted to grow my own vegies on the deck like my mom does.

I think I'd rather live where it was warm year-round, but mostly because I prefer shorts to pants.  XD
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SavvyRed Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My family used to have a strawberry bush, an apple tree, and a peach tree in the backyard.  The strawberry bush was good, though it sometimes it had thorns.  I can't really remember eating any peaches from the peach tree because groundhogs always shuffled their cute little chubby butts up the tree and ate all the peaches.  But the apple tree was different.  A lot of times, apples would fall to the ground and be completely rotten and full of insects.  Sometimes they would be eaten by insects even when they were still on the tree.  There was really no way of eating any of those apples from the ground.  It would just make people sick.

For many years, I wanted to live in San Francisco as an ESL professor in a community college, but recently I changed my mind.  I want to teach in Afghanistan.  I'm sure that it will be hot enough there, and I won't have to worry about allergies because there are no allergens in deserts.  I once went to Las Vegas, and the moment I stepped off the plane, my sinuses cleared.
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JWthaMajestic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
Sigh...do not get me started. :facepalm: I'm just really shocked at how much they bring up that claim. :no:
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Me, too.  I mean, I know that these days, they apparently combine vaccinations together (so a kid would be getting 4-5 immunizations all at once), which would increase the risk of side effects or allergic reactions, but to say it causes autism is still false.
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donkfur78 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for making this!
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Course!  I know it's a bit risky, since it's a touchy subject, but if nobody talks about touchy subjects then the same mistakes will only be repeated.
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donkfur78 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. :)
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:iconlittle-shining-fox:
little-shining-fox Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Ugh, don't get me started on that crap. Makes me wish people would start thinking for themselves every once in a while.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I know, right?
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:iconthe-badger-wolf:
The-Badger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I've been hearing a lot about vaccines and autism in the past few months.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
That's what prompted me to do this issue; I've been hearing about it a lot more in the past couple months than in the years I've been diagnosed.
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:iconthe-badger-wolf:
The-Badger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
A lot of people have heard about it in the recent few months.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Prolly because people are starting to understand autism better than they had in the past (not saying they completely understand it yet, as some people are being misdiagnosed). 
So many people are being diagnosed with Asperger's or High Functioning Autism that parents want an explanation; something about human behavior which I've noticed is that people are quick to try and come up with something to blame.

Increase in violence?  It must be video games!
More people being diagnosed with autism?  Has to be vaccines!

Because people are so quick to point the finger and play the blame game, they don't look at other factors.  It's also because they can't come up with a solution; rather than pointing fingers, they should be helping the people involved, not trying to lay blame.

How many times have we heard that the "psychotic criminal" was someone who couldn't afford treatment for PTSD, or nobody checked them out for it when they returned from military service?  Guns and video games are blamed quickly, rather than addressing the issue that these people need psychological help. 

It's easier for people to put the blame on things rather than come up with a solution.  I think that's why we're hearing more and more about it.
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The-Badger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Thanks for answering.
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:iconaceofkeys72:
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is actually kinda cute and very interesting how detailed that was for for clips nice work ;0
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconaceofkeys72:
AceOfKeys72 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome XD
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:iconlupus1:
Lupus1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
i never heard that myth but doesnt mean it exists as a myth people are making excuses for everything now.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Welp, I figure it's one of two things:

1) People who are against vaccinations are trying to push their beliefs in the form of fear on everyone else (in conjunction with Autism Speaks and other places calling autism an "epidemic") by using autism as something to be afraid of enough to not vaccinate their kids.

2) Like you said, it's a form of an excuse; people don't understand autism, and what people don't understand, they fear.  So, they're trying to put together something that could possibly sound correct in order to attempt to explain what they don't understand.
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Lupus1 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
well im an anti vaccination person but thats because i would be dead today if i had certain vaccinations when i was a baby.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Allergies?

I've heard that people who are allergic to eggs can't get a flu vaccination because there's egg in it (or something like that; not sure of the specifics).
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Lupus1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
im not allergic to anything

many vaccines out there are known to have a 50/50 chance of working and  honestly  i was one that  one of those chances could kill.  i also knwo where i am  most people who get a flue shot  have been known to stil get the flue wile others dont get the flue  even without the shot.

the thing is when you sign that form to get ta vaccine you sign a waver that says you void the  place giving you that vaccine of any side-affects that can happen from  that vaccine. if i am to have something put into me by a person who does not truly know whats in the vial or needle they are putting in me. usually its a nurse thats puttign the shot into your arm and if you ask them whats in the needle or vial usually they have to pick up the container and read it but still if you ask them after they read it what that means they answer i dont know. i cant trust a person to inject something in me if they do not know what it is  they are putting in me.
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ToriKross Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Sorry to butt in...

The flu virus is always changing so it's recommended to get it every year or so. Some vaccines expire and that is why you may need to get it again in a couple of years. Since 2009, vaccines are a lot cleaner. Mercury is removed from all childhood vaccines, or so I read somewhere. People die or get injured every year because of bath and shower related accidents. Will that stop you from taking showers? No. There are side effects to everything.
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Lupus1 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
flu vaccines have never been proven to cure you from the flue in fact many people i know who have taken the vaccine still got the flue i have done my research on them and i know a lot about the subject  bath and shower related accidents are more rare than you think and less rare than he situation of flue vaccine.  children's vaccines and flue virus vaccines are different style vaccines. giving a little toddler a flue vaccine wile the body is still developing is a high chance of giving that child the illness due to a still developing immunity in the body. a  flue virus is never dead if stored for future use it is dormant otherwise it wouldn't reaper during times of weakness in a human body.  which is why during the so called "flue season" people are already exhausted and that's when it attacks there system


  remember scientific fact isn't proving something right its using the current times knowledge to try and prove it wrong and if one cannot prove it wrong for the time it is correct.  that is what scientific fact is.

 please dont relate  subjects of completely different situations  as the same many bath and shower accidents are related to slipping and disorientation. prior to the situation.  but still this subject is a different subject all together and has no place in this conversation also  no smart person would use such an argument about showers and bathing.
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darkboo027 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't worry, they're pretty safe. I've gotten a lot of vaccines and I'm fine and hardly get sick at all (it'z been years since I last had tbe flu). If you don't want to get the flu, then don't be near people that cough sneeze without covering their mouth and wash your hands. I can see where the other person is coming from with their argument (shower deaths kill more than vaccine injuries, why should you be afraid?). Science isn't always about proving something right or wrong, it just means knowledge. It's good to think for yourself.
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SchrodingersMeerkat Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was autistic from birth.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I believe in the same thing.
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ZauberParacelsus Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Autism is a very complex condition, and the cause of it is not fully understood.  This leads to lots of myths and superstitions.

And while the cause isn't understood, scientists already know for certain that it is genetic, so I seriously doubt that any dietary or environmental stimuli have any effect on it at all.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Agreed.  People are trying to find "causes" because they don't understand it, and therefore, fear it.

Environmental factors can influence a person's behavior and beliefs, but not a disability. 
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ZauberParacelsus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, some disabilities are caused by environmental/dietary factors.  But autism isn't one of them.
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landonbay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my Question is, When will we have a say in this?
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
When people realize that the REAL spokespeople for autism is the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) instead of Autism Speaks. 
And, when awareness is spread from the people who do have autism (which is why I encourage people to share my comics, or even make artwork/comics/stories/etc of their own to promote awareness and understanding).
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landonbay Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so far, I had only made one Autism based art

as for Writing, Autzen's Story does Explore Autzen's Autism, but this story more about how he met his Trainer
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ReddRedPanda Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
They pretty much blame anything for autism now. Vaccines, lead, milk (as stated by :iconlandonbay:)...It's stupid, really.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
...milk?  Seriously?

I mean, some milk places use growth hormones and other nasty stuff that is banned in other countries, which can cause health issues later on...but it doesn't cause autism.

Still...milk?
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ReddRedPanda Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Might as well say oxygen or water causes Autism too. :iconeyerollplz:
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:iconjwthamajestic:
JWthaMajestic Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Filmographer
So much bullshit. :facepalm:
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
"Hold your breath, or you might get autism!"

>.>
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landonbay Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
not to Mention when PeTA claimed that Milk led to Autism. (from an Ad that never got placed publicly because of the offense, and Lack of Evidence.)
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Aorta-Heartless Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Seriously? How does milk cause autism?
PETA never really got much respect from me in the first place but really?

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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I have no words...except that PeTA is stupid.  The only things I've seen of theirs are the really disturbing spoofs of video games (have you seen their Pokemon one?), and that's enough to tell me that they're living in the world of insanity.

I'm all for animal rights, but they're just freaking insane.
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Chiminix Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
I've heard that myth and then some. I think I even remember reading something about a type of fruit juice for kids that caused autism.
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:iconmdchan:
mdchan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ungh.  -_-

I remember when I was little that there was a controversy over one of the juices (forgot if it was Juicy-Juice or Sips...I think it was Sips), but that was because it was contaminated with something and wound up on recall.  So, there was a panic over that. 

First vaccines, then milk, now juice? 
What's next?  Carrots?

These radicals need to come down to Earth.  I spend a lot of time in imaginary worlds, but even my worlds aren't as ridiculous as that!
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