Innis, MD Autoimmunity and Non-Accidental Injury in Children. Clinical Medicine Research. Vol. 2, No. 3, 2013, pp. 40-44. doi: 10.11648/j.cmr.20130203.15
This recent paper is being cited as "proof" that vaccines can cause symptoms that might be mistaken for "shaken-baby syndrome".1 It isn't proof of anything, except for perhaps the author's cognitive decline due to age.
This is a very, very poor paper.
- Clinical Medical Research is a publication of Science Publishing Group, which is on Jeffrey Beall's list of "Predatory Open-Access Publishers", that is to say, a vanity press for researchers. It is for papers unpublishable elsewhere.
- The paper discusses 5 cases of children diagnosed shaken baby syndrome. Innis only discusses 4.
- The citations list is riddled with errors. The first citation lists author Medows R., when in fact it should be Meadow R. The fourth citation is to a paper retracted in 2010.
Michael Innis is an MD and retired hemotologist, who has asserted that some children diagnosed with shaken baby syndrome are really suffering from bleeding disorders, either caused by vaccination or by various vitamin deficiencies. Innis has served as an expert witness for the defence in several shaken-baby trials. He has his own page at Whale.to, where as late as 2010 he was supporting Andrew Wakefield.
Recently, a woman named Christina England has been exploiting the tragic death of "Baby A" (Baby Alaia) to advance the anti-vaccine agenda, with an article entitled Five Month-Old Baby Dies Just Days After 8 Vaccinations – Parents Are Charged With Her Murder. According to the South African paper, Alaia died October 17, 2012, after 7 days in the hospital. "Tests before her death had revealed several injuries consistent with child abuse." I believe Alaia was treated at the Life Flora Clinic. Note that Alaia was reported to have several long-bone fractures. " A non-ambulant child presenting with a femur or skull fracture should be regarded highly suspicious of [non-accidental injury]."
A person named Ethan A. Huff is a staff writer for the supplement-shilling site, "Natural News", owned by Mike Adams. Huff frequently promotes England's causes, and was the person who started touting Innis's recent paper.
This post prompted by the discussion at Respectful Insolence, Here we go again: The vile tactic of blaming shaken baby syndrome on vaccines.
1. "While there is no doubt that infants do suffer abusive injury at the hands of their carers and that impact can cause catastrophic intracranial damage, research has repeatedly undermined the hypothesis that shaking per se can cause this triad. The term non-accidental head injury has therefore been widely adopted. " --The "Shaken Baby" syndrome: pathology and mechanisms.