Vaccines and Autism: is there a link?

17 06 2014





Question: Is there, or is there not a link between vaccination and autism?


There exists to this day a public controversy both within the medical community and in the public at large over the link between autism and children’s vaccinations. The pro-vaccine lobby seizes on the research of Dr Andrew Wakefield. It was he who first made public the link between autism and vaccines in 1998. He was subsequently prosecuted and barred from practising medicine in the USA, some would say because of his outspokenness. His detractors point to factual errors in his findings. But was this yet another example of corporate hit-man science as we have seen practiced time and again by the likes of big tobacco, big oil and in the global warming debate? Or was Dr Wakefield actually wrong?

My own conclusion is that Dr Wakefield’s biggest sin was in speaking out. It seems clear to me that he was in fact persecuted for being honest. It must be said that there is a substantially long line of doctors of all descriptions, who have been prepared to risk their careers and public ridicule, but who have gone on the record nevertheless. They have spoken out claiming that there is a known, provable or plausible link between autism and vaccines. Many of these doctors claim that this is not just assertion but a proven fact. 

De Soto and Hitlan: “of the 58 empirical reports on autism and heavy metal toxins, 43 suggest some link may be present, while 13 reports found no link. Although the question may be open in-sum, the evidence favours a link” De Soto and Hitan Acta Neurobiol Exp v70, p165-176 2010 (an objective review of the primary research)

In fact, the data linking children’s vaccines to autism was presented in 2000 to a group of USA Government bureaucrats & scientists and corporate scientists among others at a meeting convened by the Centre for Disease Control CDC. The meeting was held in secret and attendees were forbidden to make reports, photocopies or media announcements. Nevertheless, according to CDC Epidemiologist Tom Verstraten, the medical records of over 100,000 children showed that a mercury based preservative in the vaccines – Thimerisol – appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and other neurological disorders in children. To support his case Verstraten cited numerous earlier studies that indicate a link between Thimerisol and speech delays, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism.

Consider also the case of Dr Kenneth P Stoller MD. Currently the director of the New Hope clinic Santa Monica California, he was a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for two decades. He resigned in 2008 after stating that the AAP had known that the mercury in vaccines can cause autism and other neurological damage, yet the organisation refused to act to remove mercury from vaccines and instead engaged in a cover-up to protect vaccine makers. 

The situation seems to be most adequately and accurately summed up by one Dr Tent who goes about lecturing on the subject: He says “it’s frustrating going through life watching people buried in a belief system that has no basis in fact and it’s basically propaganda. If you hear things enough times we start to believe them . . .the country has been taken over by gangsters”

But the case against Thymerisol (mercury) in vaccines, and the ham-fisted cover-ups of both government and corporations does not necessarily damn the very idea of vaccines per-se. But there is a valid case against them all the same. Consider what Dr Lucijia Tomljenovic Ph.D. – molecular Biochemist of University British Colombia has to say: “Gene mutations occur slowly and they could not account for the huge increase in autism rates . . .we now know that immune molecules play crucial roles in brain development. THIS MEANS THAT IF YOU MANIPULATE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IT WILL HAVE ADVERSE OUTCOMES, ESPECIALLY IF YOU MANIPULATE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN EARLY DEVELOPMENT” 
Post-script WATCHUNG, N.J., June 13, 2014 /True Blue Tribune/ — malfeasance in the CDC’s studies of thimerosal-containing vaccines has, for the first time, been documented in peer-reviewed scientific literature. While the CDC states on its website that “low doses of thimerosal in vaccines do not cause harm, and are only associated with minor local injection site reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site,” the journal BioMed Research International now provides direct evidence that the CDC’s safety assurances about the mercury-containing preservative are not fact-based, according to the article’s lead author, Brian Hooker, PhD.



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