Here’s a good example of why you can’t trust the media when they try to reassure you that there is absolutely no link between vaccines and autism. In a piece on the rising costs of vaccines, the New York Times states:
Vaccine trials, which once included thousands of volunteers, must now include tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people, as fears about side effects like autism have grown, even though many studies have concluded that such worries are unfounded.
If you click the link (to the National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH]), you’ll see a report on a study in The Journal of Pediatrics that found that a child’s risk of developing autism (autism spectral disorder, or ASD) is not increased by receiving a greater number of vaccinations at an early age. The key thing to take away from it is this:
The study found that the total number of vaccine antigens received was the same between children with ASD and those without ASD.
It is absolutely astonishing that this kind of study is actually taken seriously by the media, much more the medical and scientific community.
Think about what that is saying for a moment.
This is like doing a study of smokers and concluding that since the total number of packs smoked per day was the same between smokers with lung cancer and smokers without, therefore there is no link between smoking and lung cancer.
Why didn’t they compare the rates of autism among those who received the numerous vaccines to those who were unvaccinated? Why is this study not done? It is almost as if they don’t really want to seriously investigate this question…. Hmm….
Just remember that when you hear constantly how the link between autism and vaccines has been “debunked” by numerous studies, this is the kind of thing they are talking about.
(The study was published online on April 1, 2013, so maybe the explanation is that it was some kind of sick April Fool’s joke.)