Have you heard about the ever growing list of research papers that ‘support’ a link between vaccines and autism?
Are you surprised?
On the other hand, there is plenty of evidence that vaccines do not cause autism.
Research Papers ‘Supporting’ the Vaccine/Autism Link
The list of research papers that supposedly support a link between vaccines and autism has now grown to 131.
That is a lot of research.
“Even though anti-vaccers claim to have lengthy lists of papers supporting their position, most of those papers are irrelevant, used weak designs, and had small sample sizes.”
The Logic of Science
So what’s wrong with the list?
Why doesn’t it really support a link between vaccines and autism?
As pointed out in this review, “Vaccines and autism: A thorough review of the evidence,” the papers on the list include:
- papers that aren’t about vaccines!
- papers that aren’t about autism!
- papers that are about research done on cells or tissues in a petri dish (in vitro trials)
- animal trials (how do you show that an animal has autism?)
- papers about elemental mercury or methyl-mercury, even though thimerosal, which was removed from almost all vaccines in 1999, is ethyl-mercury
- conference abstracts (these haven’t made it into a medical journal yet)
- case reports (basically a story about a patient)
- opinion papers
- non-research papers
- reviews that “are deceptively only showing the papers that support their position while ignoring all of the papers that refute it”
- a few that were retracted!
What’s wrong with animal trials and in vitro studies? They are simply among the weakest type of study you can do. The evidence is considered to be much stronger if you can a meta-analysis or systemic review or a randomized control trial.
So they are left with about a dozen studies that are about vaccines and autism, including:
- Seneff –
Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure– misuses the VAERS database, so the reports of autism are unconfirmed
- Deisher –
Impact of environmental factors on the prevalence of autistic disorder after 1979– has a ton of problems with the way it analyzed its data
- Nevison –
A comparison of temporal trends in United States autism prevalence to trends in suspected environmental factors– tries to correlate autism rates with a list of environmental factors, from maternal obesity, pollution, and glyphosate on foods to aluminum adjuvants in vaccines
- Tomlejenovic and Shaw –
Do aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising prevalence of autism?– “yet another association study. It cannot demonstrate causation,” with tons of other problems
- Gallagher and Goodman –
Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1–9 years– a small study that used parental surveys, and although the study found higher levels of early intervention or special education services in vaccinated boys than in unvaccinated boys, it found significantly lower levels of early intervention or special education services in vaccinated girls than in unvaccinated girls?!?
- Gallagher and Goodman –
Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism diagnosis, NHIS 1997–2002– used a “weak experimental design with a tiny sample size,” just 33 autistic kids
- Singh –
Serological association of measles virus and human herpesvirus-6 with brain autoantibodies in autism– a poorly done paper with so many problems that it has been labeled “fraudulent” and which found “no significant difference in viral levels in the autistic and non-autistic group (which is the opposite of what you would expect if exposure to the virus caused autism)”
- Singh –
Abnormal Measles-Mumps-Rubella Antibodies and CNS Autoimmunity in Children with Autism– discredited by several papers which found No Evidence of Persisting Measles Virus in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells From Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Kawashti –
Possible immunological disorders in autism: concomitant autoimmunity and immune tolerance– while trying to link autism to the formation of autoantibodies to casein and gluten antibodies and the immune response to the MMR vaccine, they state that “at this stage, we can conclude that M.M.R. vaccine may not be a cause of autism”
- Mumper –
Can Awareness of Medical Pathophysiology in Autism Lead to Primary Care Autism Prevention Strategies?– a poorly done “retrospective study with no control group” with a very small sample size
- Kawashima –
Detection and sequencing of measles virus from peripheral mononuclear cells from patients with inflammatory bowel disease and autism– a study that was done with Andy Wakefield…
- Deisher –
Epidemiologic and molecular relationship between vaccine manufacture and autism spectrum disorder prevalence– the study talks about residual human fetal DNA fragments in vaccines and that somehow “fetal DNA in these vaccines can recombine with infant DNA to cause autism.” It can’t.
What about any new studies they say supports a link between vaccines and autism?
Are they about vaccines?
Are they about autism?
What kind of study was it?
What journal was it published in? A predatory, pay-to-publish journal with a low impact value or a real, peer-reviewed, medical journal like PLos One, Lancet, JAMA, or Pediatrics?
Although 6 or 7 studies were recently added to their list, most get excluded right off the bat using the above criteria (not about vaccines or autism, animal studies, in vitro studies, etc.). The one that gets included (and has already been retracted)?
- Mawson –
Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12- year old U.S. children– published at Open Access Text (is that really a journal?) after it was retracted at another journal last year, this survey of homeschoolers is being billed as the “First Peer-Reviewed Study of Vaccinated versus Unvaccinated Children,” which is strange, as this study was done in 2011!
What were you expecting?
Do you really think that you will first read about a real study proving a link between vaccines and autism will be found on an anti-vaccine website or list?
What To Know About Research Papers Supporting the Vaccine/Autism Link
There is still no research supporting a link between vaccines and autism.
More About Research Papers Supporting the Vaccine/Autism Link
- A Snapshot of the Deep Pockets of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
- Vaccine Safety: Examine the Evidence
- IOM – Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism
- Evidence Shows Vaccines Unrelated to Autism
- 124 papers that DO NOT prove vaccines cause autism
- 131 Research Papers Supporting the Vaccine/Autism Link…or Not. No, They Don’t.
- 86 Research Papers Allegedly Supporting the Vaccine-Autism Link
- 22 studies that show that vaccines can cause autism
- Generation Rescue and “Fourteen Studies”
- Generation Rescue’s Vaccinated/Unvaccinated Study
- A study comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated kids is coming…and SafeMinds is concerned
- Anti-vaccine research – another retracted article being promoted
- Those Lists of Papers Claiming That Vaccines Cause Autism: They Don’t Show What They Claim
- 75 studies that show no link between vaccines and autism UPDATED to 107
- Vaccines and autism – science says they are unrelated
- No More Monkeying Around About Vaccines And AutismNo More Monkeying Around About Vaccines And Autism
- Autism Expert Agrees: It’s Time to Shift the Focus Off of Vaccines
Updated on May 21, 2017