This is rich! She thinks this is research!

I’ve told you before that it’s okay to do your own research, but you have to know what you’re looking at. What kind of research would someone who wants to believe that vaccines are the source of all evil do? Well, here you go. It’s the kind of “research” that professors like to tear into because it’s cherry-picking at its finest and, what is worse, it’s drawing the wrong conclusions from what the studies are telling you. So, shall we begin?

First, she has this article, which is nothing more than dumpster-diving for data in VAERS. I’ve warned you about VAERS as evidence of harm before. It’s not a good way to do research. What’s worse? The “paper” is written by someone from the “Think Twice Global Vaccine Institute,” which, upon a simple glance, seems to be nothing more than yet another anti-vaccine website. So that’s the end of that paper as any kind of “peer reviewed research.”

Next, this paper on maternal transfer of (what else?) mercury to the fetus. This is a favorite theme of the anti-vax crowd. If the child is unvaccinated and still manages to be autistic or have some sort of developmental issue, well, then it must have been the mom’s vaccines. Of course! Why didn’t I think of it! There’s no free access to the paper, but it seems to be just another attempt at blaming it on vaccines… The mom’s vaccines.

After that, she gives us this paper, where more VAERS dumpster-diving is done. This time, however, it is done with computers:

“This paper investigates word frequency patterns in the U.S. CDC Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) database. Our results provide strong evidence supporting a link between autism and the aluminum in vaccines.”

And:

” A strong correlation between autism and the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine is also observed, which may be partially explained via an increased sensitivity to acetaminophen administered to control fever.”

There you have it. “Aluminum” is mentioned a lot with “vaccines” and “autism,” so there’s a link. I mention “stupid” with a lot of anti-vaccine stuff, so… You know. (Orac tears it apart in his blog post about this “study.”)

Of course, I’m not going to go through each and every single piece of “evidence” this woman puts for to her fellow anti-vaxxers. I don’t have that much patience. But I will leave you with this last one:

“This case-control study used the results of an online parental survey conducted from 16 July 2005 to 30 January 2006, consisting of 83 children with autistic disorder and 80 control children.”

I laughed out loud when I read this. They called an online survey a “case-control study”! This one made the rounds back in ’08, and anti-vaxxers held on to it for dear life, despite it being explained to them that the researchers didn’t really adjust for recall bias. But, as I’ve said before, facts are not allowed to get in the way of the true anti-vaxxer.

I left a comment on that woman’s blog, recommending that she take epidemiology and biostatistics classes because, frankly, it’s embarrassing to me as a human being to see so much confirmation bias and Dunning-Kruger Effect in one person.

PS: And this study she also presents? Let Sullivan at LB/RB maul it to death.

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6 thoughts on “This is rich! She thinks this is research!

  1. The first author of the one maternal transfer of mercury lists his affiliation with “Hg Recoveries Pty Ltd”, which looks like a big COI. From what I can tell he is an industrial chemist. So he has the same amount of medical/biology expertise as Viera Scheibner (a type of geologist).

    The last one on the phone survey was done by a dentist. I know about him because someone was promoting his little book several years ago.

    The other two include computer scientists as authors. And we are not quite sure if Goldman actually has a real PhD in computer science.

    This is why I ask for PubMed indexed studies by qualified researchers. And then I explain that to be qualified means not having their legal right to practice medicine revoked (Geier, Wakefield), or have sponsorship from biased organizations like the Dwoskin Family Foundation (Shaw, Tomljenovic), and have an inappropriate education like law (Holland), business (Blaxill, DeLong), geology (Scheibner), computer science (Goldman, Seneff), etc.

    This has apparently upset someone because I refuse to accept articles from the CureZone, or by some of those people I mentioned. By the way, that was about the sixth or tenth username she used in the last couple of days on that blog (read down to comment #63).

    Having had someone similar in our family, I feel very sad for her family. It very much relates to the lack of services indicated by the post you directed your readers to on May 9.

    • Everyone thinks they know more than they do, including myself. I just refuse to present what I know without good evidence, lest I sound like a loon.

      • So do I. This is why I am so dismayed when many of those who post silly things beyond their education turn out to be engineers, like I was. Perhaps I am more wary than others, probably I remember making very big mistakes.

        Actually, recently on that same website the same person was posting articles claiming they were by Fauci. It turns out both were either written by or about Peter Doshi. It may be one thing to claim to know stuff you don’t, but it is even worse to not even look at the links you are posting.

  2. Well, to follow in her footsteps and correct her errors, it isn’t mercury or aluminum in vaccines that is linked to autism.
    However, there is a common element that every autistic child has been exposed to.
    They consume oxygen.
    So, by her rationale, oxygen must cause autism.
    Further, she is in grave danger herself, for it’s also been well established that those who have cancer consume oxygen. Therefor, she is at risk by breathing oxygen.

    Perhaps, she should also be warned of the great danger inherent with hydroxic acid. 🙂

  3. Any bets as to whether she actually releases your comment? Quite an echo chamber in there. Lots of “thanks for the articles” with no one pointing out that she’s misrepresented the conclusions of a few, no one commenting about COIs (oh, wait. We all know anti-vaxxers HAVE no COIs, right?) and her copy/pasta list is really hard to read.

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