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Tennessee Doctors' Office: Vaccines 'Can Cause Autism'

A doctors' office in Franklin, Tennessee, announced on its blog on May 31 that it would no longer be providing vaccinations because "they can cause Autism."

An unidentified physician at Cool Springs Family Medicine wrote:

[Y]es, I’ve had 15 years’ experience in taking care of ASD kids, that’s a lot of vaccine injury stories from moms. Don’t tell me that they are making it up or they are just reaching for an explanation, or that it was a coincidence or that they are just too stressed, or that they are uninformed. All of those arguments are stupid. noted in 2015 that the "vaccines lead to autism" theory began with "[a] now heavily discredited study published in the medical journal Lancet in 1998" by Andrew Wakefield and other researchers.

The Cool Springs Family Medicine blog adds:

Don’t quote the single study by the CDC that shows that MMR is not linked to Autism. One of the authors of that paper, Dr. Thompson, said that the data was falsified and the study manipulated. So, with this information and the lack of studies that prove the safety of combined vaccines, I can do no harm, so I’m out.

According to, CNN iReport published a video in August 2014 that appeared to show William Thompson, who worked as a CDC researcher, confessing to Dr. Brian Hooker that evidence from an autism and MMR vaccination study in 2004 (published in Pediatrics) was "hidden" from the public.

In response to the CNN iReport, Thompson released a statement in 2014:

I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed.

I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race. Vaccines prevent serious diseases, and the risks associated with their administration are vastly outweighed by their individual and societal benefits. added: "Did collected data actually prove that the MMR vaccine produces a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American boys? The answer is no, it did not."

The American Academy of Pediatrics said in a 2015 statement:

Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. It is dangerous to public health to suggest otherwise. ...

Vaccines work, plain and simple. Vaccines are one of the safest, most effective and most important medical innovations of our time. Pediatricians partner with parents to provide what is best for their child, and what is best is for children to be fully vaccinated.

The Cool Springs Family Medicine blog author goes on to say that several "ingredients in vaccines" are "not good to inject into babies," and adds, "Think of cancer, and autoimmune disease."

The physician also notes that "not every child is going to react the same way to vaccines," which pro-vaccination doctors and advocates have said for decades about vaccines and any type of medication that enters the body.

The doctor also slammed Gardasil, also known as the HPV vaccine (recommended by major medical associations): "It is not safe. Just read the package insert and if you are still not convinced, those that developed cervical cancer or neuroimmune disorders or other complications from the vaccine would be glad to talk to you."

The Cool Springs Family Medicine blog also states: "Dr. [Andrew] Wakefield’s research was properly defended and vindicated 4 years ago. The Lancet paper stands: There is a link between the MMR vaccine and Autism."

However, notes that Wakefield "who in 1998 published a fraudulent research paper claiming a link between MMR vaccine and the appearance of autism ... has since been barred from practicing medicine in the UK."

Sources: Cool Springs Family Medicine,, American Academy of Pediatrics / Photo credit: Joseph R Schmitt/Wikimedia Commons

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