Is there a connection between vaccines and autism?
Watch as licensed psychologist and autism specialist Dr. Ronald Leaf discusses whether or not there is a connection between vaccines and autism.
The connection between vaccines and autism is what we call a correlation. It's based upon time. [ELECTRONIC MUSIC]
When do children receive the vaccine? When does autism become apparent? Around the same time.
So unfortunately, we've attributed vaccines to autism because they're closely related in time.
There's also a study that came out of the UK years ago that made that attribution that vaccines
were a cause of autism, and really the preservative in the vaccine, thimerosal, as being the cause. What's the scientific evidence?
Well, there's absolutely not a shred of scientific evidence that the preservative causes autism-- not a shred. There's been over 1,000 studies that have looked at this,
and not one has shown there's a link between the two. But tragically, children aren't receiving vaccines.
And tragically, it's resulted in children receiving mumps, measles, and rubella. It's caused death because of this correlation
and because of this one fraudulent study. We've got to do better than this. We've got to be critical thinkers.
We've got to look at what the causes of autism are but not bringing anything because of correlations,
because of associations. We need to look at scientific evidence. That, the preservative, there is no scientific evidence
whatsoever. [AUDIO LOGO]
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