MSDS Misuse Monday

So the plan is that this will be a regular ‘quick posting’ – in other words, any Monday when I have time for a blog post but not a long one will result in an MSDS Misuse Monday.

What this means is that you get a suggestion of what to make with a bunch of links to relevant Material Data Safety sheets.  Of course, those of you who are smarter than the entire global scientific and medical consensus already know what an MSDS is so I’ll need to ask for your patience while I catch the sheep up.  I won’t be long.


Thank you, Wikipedia.

many people think that a scientfic consensus

Thank you, Logic Of Science.


Today, we’re going to start with an easy one – a particularly  flavourful cheese on toast.

Naturally, you’re going to need bread, and some cheese.   You’ll also want a bottle of smoky bourbon sauce.    Put cheese on bread and toast bread/melt the cheese under the oven.  Apply smoky bourbon sauce to serve.


MSDSes to read:


And … you get the idea.








Still think that encephalitis and autism are the same? 3 of 3.

Well, they’re not.   Sure, the same body part is involved and both may involve certain difficulties in common.   But the fact is that saying encephalitis and autism are the same is like saying that a broken ankle is the same as a club foot – the same body part is involved and both can make you limp.  End of story.

And no, this isn’t comparing brains to feet – it’s comparing… well…comparing two diagnoses to comparing two diagnoses.  The issue is about the structure of the argument, not what the argument is actually about.

The CDC just announced one in 59 children are autistic. Here’s why that’s not evidence of an epidemic.

As the release date for the new CDC numbers approached, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones blasted policymakers for “denying and refusing to tackle our nation’s staggering autism epidemic.” But such views were not hard to find echoed on social media, even from figures within the autism world:


An Autism Epidemic: What a Wonderful Thing

“Worldwide Autism Epidemic!” screams the headline. I wish it were true. If we were in the midst of an epidemic of autism, then something, or someone, would be to blame, and with a bit of sleuthing we could eliminate the problem, and prevent even more children from suffering. And, if the epidemic were man-made, we could punish the guilty. Alas, there is precious little scientific evidence to support the notion of an autism epidemic.


Don’t Mourn For Us, by Jim Sinclair | #AutisticHistory

Autism is not an appendage

Autism isn’t something a person has, or a “shell” that a person is trapped inside. There’s no normal child hidden behind the autism. Autism is a way of being. It is pervasive; it colors every experience, every sensation, perception, thought, emotion, and encounter, every aspect of existence. It is not possible to separate the autism from the person–and if it were possible, the person you’d have left would not be the same person you started with.

This is important, so take a moment to consider it: Autism is a way of being. It is not possible to separate the person from the autism.

Therefore, when parents say,

I wish my child did not have autism,

what they’re really saying is,

I wish the autistic child I have did not exist, and I had a different (non-autistic) child instead.

Read that again. This is what we hear when you mourn over our existence. This is what we hear when you pray for a cure. This is what we know, when you tell us of your fondest hopes and dreams for us: that your greatest wish is that one day we will cease to be, and strangers you can love will move in behind our faces.


You Cannot Sue If Your Child Is Injured by a Vaccine

Before someone can try to sue a vaccine manufacturer directly, they must first file a claim through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (Vaccine Court). A claimant can file a civil lawsuit against a vaccine manufacturer if their claim is denied or if they reject the compensation offered after their claim is approved. In fact, this is what happened recently in the Bruesewitz v. Wyeth case, which went all the way to the Supreme Court of the United States.


You have no business telling anyone else that autism and encephalitis are the same unless you can answer these questions CORRECTLY. One of three

Where a question asks ‘Which condition…’ answer with “encephalitis”, “autism”, “both”, or “neither.”

  1. How many children were compensated under the NVICP for autism, per se?  Remember that a child with a concussion may share some symptoms of autism (e.g. lack of eye contact) but a concussion is not autism. 
  2.  The NVICP held an omnibus.  Was it The Autism Omnibus or was it The Encephalitis Omnibus?  Both?  Neither?
  3. Which condition can also be described as inflammation of the brain?
  4.  Which condition can be caused by hundreds of organisms including virus, bacteria, parasites and fungi?
  5. Which condition can involve the nerve cells of the brain being attacked?
  6. Which condition is considered brain damage?
  7. Which condition does not involve the nerve cells of the brain being attacked?
  8.  Which condition affects the electric circuitry of the brain rather than the nerve cells?
  9.   Which condition begins before birth?
  10.   Which condition is about the development of the brain rather than the nerve cells?
  11. Which condition does this describe?  Inflammation of the brain with an adaptive (specific) immune system response?
  12. Which condition does this describe?  A complex disorder of brain development characterised by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviours?
  13. Below is a list of symptoms of encephalitis and autism    In order to answer this question correctly, you will need to sort the potential symptoms into the correct category.  Remember that this question is asking about the conditions by themselves and not any common comorbidities that may exist in the same patient.Fever, Developmental regression, Neck pain and stiffness, atypical reactions to environmental stimuli, photophobia, confusion, atypical social interactions, lethargy, absence of typical response to pain and physical injury, headache, nausea and vomiting, language delays and deviations, coma, absence of symbolic play, death, repetitive and stereotyped behaviour.
  14.    Next, I am going to list some causes.   Your task is once more to match the causes to the condition.Infective – viral, bacterial, fungal, protozoal.  Not fully understood.  Inflammatory – demyelination, vasculitis, auto-immune disease.  Other – including idiopathic, metabolic e.g. liver or mitochondrial disease, chronic progressive trauma, hypoxia or tumours.  Not fully understood.  Probable factors include genetic susceptibility and maternal fever during pregnancy.  If there is an inflammatory component; changes are as a result of changes in the innate immune system.
  15. Which condition has an MRI appearance of characteristic signal intensity changes which may be focal or diffuse?
  16. Which condition has an essentially normal MRI appearance?
  17. Which condition may have a larger brain size (especially white matter?)
  18. Which condition may have a decreased corpus callosum volume?
  19. What does autism look like on an EEG?
  20. What does encephalitis look like on an EEG?
  21. Describe the characteristics of the spinal fluid in both encephalitis and autism.  Be sure to include the following characteristics;  Pressure, White Cell Count, Microscopy and Culture PCR, Glucose, Protein.