There is one author whose articles antivaxxers are proud to pass around, especially because it's hosted on PubMed.
Unfortunately, Geier is the new Wakefield. It's not unscientific to post research that counters the consensus. In fact, that's one of the great things about scientific research and its objectivity. Here are more of Geier's articles.
But for starters, research must be taken into account from multiple authors and sources to establish a preponderance of evidence. This prevents us from cherry-picking out only the research that supports our conclusion.
Most studies disagree with Geier
By just visiting the links in the sidebar of one of Geier's article, the ones that are not Geier's other studies, we see already three studies which disagree, all from separate authors
The findings ruled out an association between pervasive developmental disorder and either high levels of ethylmercury exposure comparable with those experienced in the United States in the 1990s or 1- or 2-dose measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations.
Despite compelling scientific evidence against a causal association, many parents and parent advocacy groups continue to suspect that vaccines, particularly measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs), can cause autism
Rigorous scientific studies have not identified links between autism and either thimerosal-containing vaccine or the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.
These are actually really easy to find, and I wasn't looking for articles against the Thimerosal-autism argument, just articles that explore the potential link.
There has (probably) been no real increase in the incidence of autism. There is no scientific evidence that the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine or the mercury preservative used in some vaccines plays any part in the aetiology or triggering of autism, even in a subgroup of children with the condition.
There is no link between autism and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine or the vaccine preservative thimerosal, according to a report released by the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee.
The rise in identified cases of PDDs continued even after the prohibition of thimerosal.
Geier's son profits from research showing autism link
Geier may sound like another Andrew Wakefield, who was shown to have falsified his research to arrive at the same conclusion and was stripped of his license to practice medicine after his study was retracted.
In fact, the same researcher who investigated and exposed Wakefield has also investigated Geier
Geier's methods are "intellectually dishonest"
According to Deer, Geier was exposed by autism activist Kathleen Seidel, an autism activist who runs neurodiversity.com. Seidel found some very interesting information about Geier, namely
- Geier's license has been suspended due to the conduct of his study (see below).
- Geier wrote some of his studies with his son David A. Geier who "is president of MedCon, a medical–legal consulting firm that helps vaccine injury claimants to try to obtain funds from both the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and through civil litigation" In other words, Geier's son and co-author can financially gain from having his father's research published saying there is a link between immunization and autism.
Court records show that judges also have become increasingly wary of Mark Geier, who has testified close to 100 times in vaccine-related cases presided over by "special masters" in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In what's commonly called "vaccine court," Geier testifies on behalf of parents seeking compensation for injuries their children allegedly suffered from reactions to thimerosal in vaccines.
- Geier's license was suspended in all states where he was licensed. Here are the court orders in each state: California, Florida, Indiana, New Jersey, Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Washington, and Virginia
- David Geier holds only a bachelor's degree in biology.
- Fellow researchers have written letters to admonish Geier's practices
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and all the co- authors stand behind the science and findings of the study, “Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: A Two- Phased Study of Computerized Health Maintenance Organization Databases” (1). Although Geier and Geier try to discredit the study by impugning the integrity of the investigators, they have identified no substantive deficiencies with the study’s methods, analysis, or results (2).
Time and again, reputable scientists have dismissed autism research by Geier and his son, David, as seriously flawed. Judges who have heard Mark Geier testify about vaccines' harmful effects have repeatedly called him unqualified, with one describing his statements as "intellectually dishonest."
- Courts found Geier is unqualified to serve as an expert witness in vaccine trials
In particular, there is no evidence that Dr. Geier has either the training or the background to diagnose autism or to treat autism in any child. Simply having an “interest” in vaccines and the possible connection between thimerosal-containing vaccines and the development of neurodevelopmental disorders in children is not sufficient to qualify an individual as an expert in either pediatrics or neurology, or regarding the various forms of mercury and their neurotoxicity.