Autism, Autism and Mercury

RhoGAM Pregancy Shots Do Not Cause of Autism

A couple who claimed that RhoGAM shots the mother received during pregnancy had caused their children to be autistic have had their lawsuit thrown out by a US federal judge. They were blaming thimerosal, a mercury based preservative but the judge was not impressed with the expert testimony by Dr Geier.

  • When subjected to extensive cross-examination, Geier could not point to a single study that conclusively determined that any amount of mercury could cause the specific neurological disorder of autism.
  • Geier’s conclusion that the peer-reviewed literature he has relied upon supports his theory that autism can be caused by thimerosal is flatly contradicted by all of the epidemiological studies available at this time.
  • Geier’s testimony was excluded or accorded little or no weight in more than ten of the vaccine cases. In one case, the special master who presided over the case referred to him as “intellectually dishonest.” In another case, the special master referred to him as “a professional witness in areas for which he has no training, expertise, and experience.”

The judge’s memorandum has been posted at CaseWatch. Further coverage on EBD Blog