13 Autism Myths Everyone Needs to Stop Believing
Myth: Vaccines cause autism
A fraudulent study by Andrew Wakefield, which has since been retracted by its publication, The Lancet, put this myth on the map, where it has run rampant over the last decade. First, the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine was thought to cause the significant rise in autism over the years.
Once that myth was scientifically debunked by numerous studies, people began focusing on the ingredients in other vaccines, namely thimerosal and mercury. When several colleagues reviewed ten studies conducted on over one million children regarding links between vaccines and autism, they found resounding evidence that negated any link between the disorder and vaccine ingredients.
Even more importantly, thimerosal has been phased out of all routine children’s vaccinations between 1999 and 2001, yet children are still being diagnosed with autism in record numbers. If thimerosal were the cause, surely diagnoses would be decreasing. This myth has been debunked over and over again and can be dangerous if not stopped soon.