Bogus claim glyphosate, used with GMOs, causes autism races through cyberspace

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She’s baa-aack.

Remember Stephanie Seneff? When last Orac discussed her, she had been caught dumpster diving into the VAERS database in order to torture the data to make it confess a “link” between aluminum adjuvants in vaccines and acetaminophen and—you guessed it!—autism. It was a bad paper in a bad journal known as Entropy that I deconstructed in detail around two years ago.

Seneff is an MIT scientist, but she is not a scientist with any expertise in autism, epidemiology, or, for that matter, any relevant scientific discipline that would give her the background knowledge and skill set to take on analyzing the epidemiological literature regarding autism.

Just before Christmas, a bunch of articles started making the rounds in the usual places citing a senior MIT scientist as proclaiming mind-numbingly ridiculous things like, >Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT and, just the other day, MIT scientist links autism to Monsanto’s Roundup and predicts HALF of U.S. children will be autistic by 2025.

I must admit, when I clicked on the link to the “correlation,” I couldn’t stop laughing. It was one of the most hilarious examples of confusing correlation with causation that I’ve ever seen.

One thing I like to do to demonstrate how correlation usually does not equal causation, particularly for looking at things like vaccines and autism, is to point out other things that have increased dramatically since the early 1990s or before.

Why doesn’t organic food cause autism? Obviously, this evidence is just as strong that organic food must be responsible for the autism “epidemic” as Seneff’s “evidence” that GMOs.

Read full, original article: Oh, no! GMOs are going to make everyone autistic!

  • Loren Eaton

    Let me get this straight? She proposes no MECHANISM for autism, but all these different compounds cause it. Is she a tenured professor? Pity.

  • Jim

    Let’s see, her clients include…nobody. And your funding comes from Monsanto, Bill and Melinda Gates, Koch Industries,ect…
    You my friend, are what’s wrong with the world.

    • Her clients are the anti-GMO industry and the activist anti-science wing of the organic industry. We received zero funding from any of the organizations you cited. GLP funding is from three foundations with no connections to ag biotech, as noted in our public declaration.

      • Jim

        “Anti-GMO” = FOOD
        What you don’t get, is NOBODY buys what spews from you or Gorski. A simple google search of your names tells everyone everything they need to know.

  • Abe

    I just jumped on my chair when I saw her claim on Medical Daily yesterday. Then I started to dig in and became fishy. A bogus article in a predatory journal. Just started to blog on that and already a troll jumped in it. Wanted to review the paper but seems that you already deconstructed it :)

  • Brandon Broze

    Apparently, she also claims that cholesterol sulfate deficiency is “responsible” for most diseases and illnesses. lmao

  • Brandon Broze

    Another hilarious article of hers: “Is ADHD Caused by Insufficient Dietary Fat?”

    Or how about “Low Fat Diet and Sunscreen: A Recipe for Disaster”

    “APOE-4: The Clue to Why Low Fat Diet and Statins may Cause Alzheimer’s” This one is at least REMOTELY plausible, although probably BS, too (the statin part, that is; low-fat diets…? come on now)

  • Brandon Broze

    This woman’s curriculum vitae, as they call it, is FULL of these bogus “medical research” articles and almost NONE having to do with regular computer science! She’s pretending to be some “autodidactic expert biologist” or some sh*t, it seems. lol