CNN’s Sanjay Gupta destroys Rand Paul’s dangerous claim vaccines cause ‘mental disorders’
CNN’s Sanjay Gupta said Tuesday that Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) claim that vaccines could cause mental disorders was both wrong and dangerous.
Speaking to CNBC on Monday, the Kentucky senator said he “heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking normal children who wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines.”
“There is no question, I think, that it is dangerous,” Gupta said on CNN. “There is some pandering happening. This is the sort of pandering that can be dangerous.”
“Rand Paul is a doctor,” he noted. “I’m sure he looks at studies, he knows the scientific method. He says he knows of many children who have wound up with mental disorders after vaccines — you know, I don’t know where he is getting that data from.”
“One of the old adages in science is that correlation does not equal causation,” Gupta remarked. “So maybe kids who have had mental disorders that have also received vaccines around that time in life, but just because those two things happen around the same time do not make one causing the other.”
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