124 studies showing a link between vaccines and autism! But are they credible?

Thinking it out

I decided to share here my reply to someone promoting the movie Vaxxed in the comments section of my local paper’s opinion page where Jackson County Public Health Medical Director Dr. Jim Shames published a piece.  [Read Dr. Jim Shames’ opinion piece.]

The Vaxxed defender posted:

“Regardless of what you believe about Andrew Wakefield, there are many studies suggesting a link between vaccines and autism. Here are 124 research papers: https://www.scribd.com/doc/220807175/124-Research-Papers-Supporting-the-Vaccine-Autism-Link

My reply:

“Sure, but one thing I learned is that anyone can cherry-pick study abstracts to make a list of those that appear to support their point of view. The key to getting close to the actual facts of a matter, whatever it is, is to look to those experts who know how to carefully review all the studies for their quality and strength and who then synthesize that info to come to a conclusion — whether it is…

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