Neurological Disorders and Autism

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The Impact of Vaccination on the Brain

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"Vaccination can, as has been proven, cause encephalitis."


Dr. med Steintl, Berlin writing in an article 'International Medical Policy',1932
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"There is no doubt in my mind that in the U.K. alone some hundreds, if not thousands, of well infants have suffered irreparable brain damage needlessly (due to being vaccinated)."


Professor Gordon Stewart, University of Glasgow, Dev. Biolo. Stand. Vol. 61:pp395-405. 1985
Russell Blaylock

"Anyone having read the research on the effects of excessive vaccines on the developing brain would know that the present crowded vaccine schedule is extremely destructive... Pediatricians and health authorities are on the opinion that they can give an unlimited number of vaccines to babies and small children without risk. Our neuroscience proves this is insane."


Russell Blaylock MD, Neurosurgeon
Gerhard Buchwald

"For every vaccination minimal encephalopathy destroys brain cells."


Gerhard Buchwald, MD, Specialist Internal Medicine, Germany
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"The Court ruled in favour of the family ...Little Ben would not have experienced the seizure disorder but for the administration of the MMR vaccine."


WPTV reporting on the Benjamin J. Zeller Case, 5/16/09

"Probably 20% of American children –one youngster in five- suffers from 'development disability'. This is stupefying figure we have inflicted on ourselves...'development disabilities' are nearly always generated by encephalitis. And the primary cause of encephalitis in the USA and other industrialized countries is the childhood vaccination program. To be specific, a large proportion of millions of US children and adults suffering from autism, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia... owe their disorders to one or another of the vaccines against childhood diseases."


Harris Coulter PhD, Author, 'Vaccination, Social Violence & Criminality: The Medical Assault on the American Brain
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"Childhood diseases are a far less serious threat than having a large fraction of a generation afflicted with learning disability and/or uncontrollable aggressive behavior because of a crusade for universal vaccination..."


Association of American Physicians & Surgeons
Gerhard Buchwald

"Down Syndrome is probably the first disease caused by vaccinations... as a result of the vaccinations carried out by Jenner in 1796."


Gerard Buchwald, MD, Internal Medicine Specialist, Germany
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Autism: The Controversy that Won’t Go Away

No aspect of the vaccine debate is as contentious as the question of whether or not autism is linked to vaccination. While recent headlines and assurances from officialdom have refuted any such link, noticeably absent from media coverage is any discussion of the role played by powerful interests in framing, dominating and proclaiming the outcome of the debate. Lost in the discrediting of those who dare suggest a possible link, are the voices of thousands of parents who've witnessed firsthand the descent of their child into autism spectrum disorders post vaccination. Equally absent from sensationalistic headlines is any mention of studies that have replicated findings supportive of such a link or conversely, any criticism of studies that refute such a link.

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Vaccines Before and During Pregnancy... What Are The Risks?

Dr. Yazbeck

"Vaccinations of women with live vaccines around conception has always been contraindicated...Nevertheless this dangerous practice occurs and is associated with maternal health problems and a very high incidence of early – onset autism...Postpartum vaccination wit live virus vaccines is also associated with many health and obstetrical problems, with autism in both current and future children...The report describes mothers who receive live virus vaccines...and one who received a Hepatitis B vaccine during pregnancy after an MMR booster five months prior conception. All of the children who resulted from these pregnancies have had developmental problems, six out of seven children were diagnosed with autism, and the seventh seems to exhibit symptoms often associated with autism spectrum disorders."


F.E Yazbeck MD, FAACP, 'Live Virus Vaccination near a Pregnancy, Flawed Policies, Tragic Results'
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(Studies show) a” 7 to 1 increase in relative risk of injury for children born to mothers who got a thimerosal-preserved flu shot in the first four lunar months of their pregnancy over matched mothers who did not.


'Birth Defects & Drugs in Pregnancy', Heinonem, Slone, Shapiro, 1983
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Autism And Historical Observations

Harris Coulter

"Vaccination programs were instituted in the late 1930s... In the 1940s a new mental syndrome which Dr. Leo Kanner called autism ,was noted. It appeared in the wake of the U.S. pertussis vaccine schemes. When vaccination programs were expanded after the war, the number of autistic children increased greatly... (When) the U.S. occupied Japan and forcibly vaccinated the children: their first case of autism was diagnosed in 1945. In England the shot was subject to large scale promotion in the late fifties: a society for autistic children was founded in 1962. In the U.S. at first the malady was noticed in higher income families. This was before the free or forced pertussis vaccine programmes; only the better-off parents could afford the 'latest medical advance' later...parents from across the socio-economic spectrum gained equal access... Thus, autistic children were now being discovered within every kind of family and in dreadfully greater numbers than ever before imagined."


Harris Coulter PhD, Medical Historian, Author of several books on vaccination
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"...the condition differs markedly and uniquely from anything reported so far..."


Dr. Leo Kanner, Child Psychiatrist, introduced the term, 'Early Infantile Autism'
Richard  Moscowitz

"First described by American psychiatrist Leo Kanner in 1943, the neurological condition he called “autism” has never been satisfactorily explained. Just as it could have been mere coincidence that this first case appeared soon after the DPT vaccine was introduced in 1942, no strong evidence for a vaccine link emerged until the late 1990's. In 1995, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British Gastroenterologist compared 3550 adults vaccinated against the measles as infants with 11,400 peers who had not been and found that the vaccinated group were three times more likely than their unvaccinated controls to develop Crohn's disease in life and twice more likely to develop ulcerative colitis. These oddities led Wakefield to study children who react adversely to the MMR many of whom develop normally during the first year but then regressed to an autistic state following the vaccine, suffered from digestive symptoms and food and environmental allergies or both. Detailed comparisons of these children with age-matched controls revealed inflammatory lesions in the small intestines of autistic children that microscopically resemble those of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, circulating antibodies in the blood of the autistic children that were specific to measles..."


Richard Moscowitz, MD, 'The Role of Vaccination in Childhood Disease'
Bernard Rimland

"Our database includes thousands of cases of previously healthy children who began exhibiting autistic behavior soon after getting a routine vaccination."


Bernard Rimland PhD, Director, Autism Research Institute
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Taking on the Vaccine Holy Cow

Russell Blaylock

"There are over one million children and even adults with autism and the numbers continue to grow. This is a medical disaster of monumental proportions. The link to the vaccine program is scientifically and logically compelling but these same medical elitists refuse to listen."


Russell Blaylock MD, Neurosurgeon
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"When I first heard there was a link between vaccines and autism I thought that was silly. Really, I tended to dismiss it just on the superficial kind of reading that was in the newspapers...The more you delve into it... what I came away with is a question that has not been answered... I don't think you should ever turn your back on a hypothesis because you're afraid of what it might show."


Dr. Bernadine Heely, former Director, National Institute of Health, 5/12/08, CBS (Dr. Heely received a lot of heat for simply suggesting there is a need to look closer at the issues)
Andrew Wakefield

"The vaccine-autism controversy persists because the appointed watchdogs are willfully ignoring evidence concerning vaccine safety issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics' response to parents' concerns has been to just insist more and more vociferously that vaccines are safe. But denial will not dispel the controversy."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath
Russell Blaylock

"Let me, or anyone else suggest that excessive vaccination can increase the risk of not only autism but also schizophrenia and neurodegenerative diseases, and they will scream like banshees – Where is the evidence? Where is the evidence? When we produce study after study, they always claim them to be insufficient evidence or unacceptable studies. More often they completely ignore the evidence. This is despite the fact that we produce dozens of studies that not only demonstrate the link clinically and scientifically, but also clearly show the mechanism by which the damage is being done – even on a molecular level. These studies include cell cultures, mixed cell cultures, organotypic tissue studies, in vivo animal studies using multiple species and even human studies. To the defenders of vaccines – our evidence is never sufficient and if we face reality, never will be."


Russell Blaylock MD, Neurosurgeon
Richard Moscowitz

"Today vaccines are largely an untouchable subject...Any hint of dissent concerning their clinical effectiveness and social value is met with bitter resentment. A former President of the U.K. Academy of Medical Science actually threatened to get me sacked for publishing work that raised questions about the MMR vaccine."


Robert Moskowitz MD, 'Hidden in Plain Sight, The Role of Vaccination in Childhood Disease'
David  Ayoub

"The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) leadership knows very well that vaccines cause autism. We need not waste anymore efforts in trying to educate them. We need to INDICT them. They may be morally bankrupt, but they are not stupid. They have lied to legistators, they have lied to journalists, they have lied to pediatricians and worst of all, they have lied to you and your children."


David Ayoub MD, 'Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda
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Autism… A Question of Better Diagnosis and Genetic Factors?

Jay Gordon

"We have increased the number of vaccines and the combinations of vaccines (initially rejected) given to babies and children. Adequate testing has not been done. I have seen a huge rise in the number of children with autism. Neither I nor other doctors are hundreds of percent better at diagnosing this spectrum of developmental delay than tenor twenty years ago. The dramatic rise of autism spectrum disorders is attributable to something other than re-classification or better diagnosis. Vaccines may play a large role in triggering autism in susceptible children or they may play a minor role... Let's all remember that it took fifty years or more, thousands of court cases and a lot of money to finally prove the connection between cigarettes and cancer. These court cases showing (rulings) no connection between vaccines and autism should make no headlines and should be an impetus to honest and investigative journalism."


Jay Gordon MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC Emeritus, 3/31/09 (While these rulings have been given maximum publicity, the ruling that neurological disorders or autism were caused by vaccination receive negligible publicity.)
Boyd Haley

"If the epidemic is truly the artifact of poor diagnosis, then where are all the 20-year old autistics?"


Boyd Haley PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky
Kenneth P. Stoller

"As a pediatrician, who has been a fellow of the American Academy of pediatrics (AAP) for two decades, I find the AAP's approach to the autism epidemic to be deeply disturbing. Not only have they allowed the myth of better diagnosing (as the reason for all the notice given to affected children) to be perpetuated, but when they were put on notice at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC'S) Simpsonwood meeting in 2000, that the mercury in the preservative thimerosal was causing speech delays and learning disabilities, they obfuscated and hid that information. For all above reasons, I will no longer enable the AAP to be party to the damage that is being done to the world's children by sending in my dues for a third decade. It is a token protest, but it has to begin with someone."


Kenneth P. Stoller, MD 'My Open Letter to The American Academy of Pediatrics'
Andrew Wakefield

"While specific genetic differences associated with autism are well documented, such deficiencies are rare and cannot explain more than a very small proportion of ASD cases."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath
Russell Blaylock

"They attempted to say it (soaring rates) was genetic, but geneticists were quick to respond the genetic disorders do not suddenly increase in such astronomical proportions. The they say its been better diagnosis despite the fact that the diagnosis is obvious in virtually every case and the criteria for diagnosis has become more restrictive not less. When trapped by a lack of evidence, defenders of a nefarious position resort to their old standby – the epidemiological study. Statisticians will tell you that this is the least reliable type of study is an epidemiological study because it is easy to manipulate the data so that the study tells you anything you wish it to...Every defense offered by vaccine defenders is based on such studies and never the actual science. Then they announce that the issue is settled and no further studies need be done. After the media has been informed that the issue has been settled, those who continue to present the evidence are considered kooks..."


Russell Blaylock MD, Neurosurgeon, “Vaccines, Neurodevelopment and Autism Spectrum Disorders'
Gary S. Goldman

"Despite the large-scale genetic studies to pinpoint the “autism” gene, to date, only a small percentage of those with a diagnosis of autism have been found to have identified genetic abnormalities... Furthermore, public health officials and vaccine apologists ignore the genetic reality that thimerosal is a proven teratogen and mutagen that for decades has been known to induce genetic harm."


'Key Realities about Autism, Vaccines, Vaccine Injury Compensation, Thimerosal & Autism Related Research', Gary S. Goldman PhD
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The Role of MMR Vaccine… Just a Coincidence?

Contrary to the impression given by official and media sources, concern over the impact of the triple antigen MMR existed well before the recent MMR vaccine – autism controversy. While the MMR vaccine has been the main vaccine of concern, probing the vaccine-autism link is broader and more complex than any specific vaccine or ingredient.

Andrew Wakefield

"Clues that the component viruses of MMR could interfere, one with another, were provided in the very first pilot studies of this vaccine in 1969 (Buynak, et Al, Journal of the American Medical Association 1969; 207; 2259-62) However, despite providing compelling evidence of the potential for dose-and strain-dependent interactions between the component viruses in the MMR vaccine, both in the context of adverse reactions and anti-viral immune responses, the matter was left in abeyance."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath
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"In 1995, Dr. James Oleske, a pediatric immunologist, tested an autistic child thought to have been damaged by an MMR vaccine and found that his measles titers were three times higher than normal. Dr. Oleske continued his research and discovered this same Pattern in other autistic patients..."


Neil Miller, 'Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practioners'
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"In 1996, Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, director of the NeuroImmuno Therapeutics Research Foundation... published a pilot study o infantile onset autism and noted that 75% of his subjects exhibited their initial symptoms within one week of vaccination. That same year Dr. Sudhar Gupta, world-renowned immunologist, also noted an apparent associationbetween the onset of autistic synptoms and vaccination, especially MMR..."


Neil Miller, 'Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practioners'
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"Last weekend Dr. Vijendra Singh of Utah State University told the International Public Conference on Vaccination in Virginia that this lab experience has shown that the MMR jab causes autism in some chidren...'Wakefield and I are looking at this from different angles but both coming to the same conclusions."


'Second Study Links Autism to MMR Jab', Kate Templeton, Sunday Times 9/17/00
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"Because of my ongoing research, I became interested in examining a virus link with autoimmunity in autism...This was most probably the first laboratory-based evidence to link measles virus and/or MMR vaccine to autoimmunity in children with autism... As I made scientific presentation of my initial findings, a vaccine-autism connection became even more apparent. I compiled a non-scientific, anecdotal survey of vaccine-injured children with 'autistic regression' or autistic disorder as reported by families. Surprisingly, up to 93% of the reported cases had autistic symptoms shortly after vaccination (52% post MMR, 33 % Post DPT and 8% post MMR and DPT)."


Vijendra K. Singh PhD, Dept. of Biology and Biotechnology Center, Utah State University; testimony at Congressional Hearing: 4/ 6/00, 'Autism –Present Challenges, Future Needs: Why the Increased Rates?'
Bernard Rimland

"One direction that's been largely ignored are the laboratory studies. There have been at least seven laboratory studies, clinical studies of blood, cerebral spinal fluid, biopsises of autistic children which show huge differences between autistic children and normal children in terms of the presence of measles vaccine virus in their intestinal tract, or from their neurons..."


Bernard Rimland PhD, Autism Research Institute
Richard Halvorsen

"The MMR immunization was introduced in the UK in 1988... Most children received the vaccine with no obvious serious side-effects, but it grew increasingly apparent that some became seriously ill within a few weeks ... These children began behaving strangely, stopped talking and became socially withdrawn, staring into space for hours on end. Many developed a raging thirst, bizarre eating habits, multiple food allergies, hyperactivity and sleep disorders. This was usually accompanied by abdominal pain, bloating and bowel disturbances... Now we all know coincidences happen, but here are thousands of children who had developed normally until receiving the vaccine after which they became unwell in a remarkably similar pattern. Most of the parents felt sure that the cause of these devastating changes in their children was the MMR vaccine, but if they mentioned this concern to their doctors it always met with dismissive re-assurance that it must have been a coincidence because the MMR was safe. One doctor instead of dismissing the relationship with the MMR vaccine listened to the worried parents and studied some of the affected children. Dr. Andrew Wakefield from The Royal Free Hospital in north London published a paper in Feb. 1998 in the medical journal 'The Lancet' suggesting that the MMR vaccine could be the cause of the children's autism and bowel disturbances... Dr. Wakefield was vociferously attacked for causing unnecessary worry in parents and the MMR vaccine was vigourously defended as “safe and effective”... I was concerned to find out that safety trials on the MMR followed children up for only three weeks. This could not possibly detect side effects that appeared after three weeks...Based on what I now know, I would not give my children the combined MMR vaccine. I would consider either using the vaccines singly or not vaccinating at all. It may be safer for children to catch these illnesses rather than run the risk of immunization."


Richard Halvorsen MD, 'As a GP I gave kids the MMR jab. Now I wouldn't give it to my own.' Sunday Express, 5/21/00
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"When I was training, one in 2,500 children were autistic. Now it is one in 250. At the moment, the only logical explanation for this is the MMR vaccine."


Dr. Kenneth Aitken, 'British Autism Spectrum', The Telegraph, UK, 4/2/02
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"There has been a tenfold increase in autism and related forms of brain damage over the past 15 years, roughly coinciding with the MMR's introduction, and an extremely worrying increase in childhood inflammatory and bowel diseases and immune disorders such as diabetes...Clinical and scientific data is steadily accumulating that the live measles virus in the MMR vaccine can cause brain, gut, and immune system damage in the subset of vulnerable children... It is entirely possible that the immune systems of a small minority simply cannot cope with the challenge of the three live viruses in the MMR jab and the ever-increasing vaccine load in general."


Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer, Department of Health, Britain
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"Last week Dr. L Hewitson...at The University of Pittsburg told the International Meeting for Autistic Research in London that in the double blind placebo-controlled study (five years), vaccinated animals (monkeys) showed increased aggression, impaired cognitive skills and developmental delay. The unvaccinated animals in the study developed normally...'There was a significant difference between the two groups' said Hewitson. “The vaccinated group had trouble developing reflexes...They also became more insular and there was an increase in aggressive behavior after they had their surroundings as much."


'MMR: The Debate That Won't Go Away' The Telegraph, 5/26/08
Bernard Rimland

"We have data fro thousands of parents who testify, often with videotapes, photographs and eyewitness reports that their child was perfectly normal... And they can demonstrate it, as I say, very conclusively with tapes until after the vaccine... The child retreated into autism. There's just converging evidence from many directions."


Bernard Rimland PhD, Autism Research Institute
Andrew Wakefield

"One of the fundamental rules of clinical medicine is to listen; to listen to the patient or the patient's parents, and then to investigate the presenting symptoms, without prejudice... In this context the Committee should be aware that the parents'story is remarkably consistent whether, for example, they come from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Europe, Asia, or Australia. The pervasive features Include development of regression and gastro-intestinal symptoms following MMR vaccination."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS,FRCPath
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"Many in the medical community continue to dismiss this as mere happenence because autism often coincides with the time of vaccination and state there is no scientific evidence to back this up... My question to you is how often does it take for coincidence to surface time and time and time again in case after case before it can become a viable hypothesis."


Shelley Reynolds, parent, Documentary,'Vaccine Nation'
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What about Thimerosal?

Thimerosal is a highly toxic mercury preservative that has had a long and disturbing history in vaccine usage and has been shown to have a devastating impact on the neurological development of young children. (see: vaccine ingredient section) What role thimersol may or may not play in relation to autism spectrum disorders is complicated by the fact that while thimerosal has reportedly never been used in the MMR vaccine and has been officially phased out of most childhood vaccines, the flu vaccine (largely thimerosal containing) has been added to pediatric schedules. In addition, in the interim, there has been a significant increase in aluminum exposure through vaccine schedules.
Hence, it's important to realize that the vaccine-autism equation is a complex one that demands examining the role of all heavy metals, the injection of multiple live viruses, and the very method of delivery via injection - the vaccination modality itself

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"Many vaccine manufacturers voluntarily began producing 'supposed' mercury-free vaccines in 1999. The June 2006 lab result from Doctor's Data run counter to vaccine manufacturers' claims. For example, some product inserts currently claim that a trace amount of mercury exists in the final product but the amount has been greatly reduced. Others claim to be producing completely mercury-free products. All four vaccine vials tested contained mercury despite manufacturer claims that two of the vials were completely mercury-free. All four vials contained aluminum, one contained nine times more than the other three, tremendously enhancing the toxicity of mercury."


Health Advocacy in the Public Interest, 8/12/04
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(Studies show a)” 7 to 1 increase in relative risk of injury for children born to mothers who got a thimerosal-preserved flu shot in the first four lunar months of their pregnancy over matched mothers who did not.


'Birth Defects & Drugs in Pregnancy', Heinonem, Slone, Shapiro, 1983
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"No preference is indicated for use of vaccine that does not contain thimerosal... for any group recommended for vaccination including pregnant women."


www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm#flu
Barbara Brewitt

"There is no safe levels of a poison for a child. There is a growing consensus among parents, clinicians and researchers who are treating children with complementary medicine that cumulative toxicity occurs with each vaccine until the body cannot excrete the toxins and begins to express toxicity through neurodevelopmental damage, including mental retardation and speech disorders."


Barbara Brewitt, PhD, 'MMR Vaccine And 'Helpers' as Toxic Agents'
Dan Burton

"Within ten days of receiving his vaccines, Christian was locked into the world of autism. Is it related to the MMR vaccine? Is it related to mercury toxicity? Is it in the environment, including food allergies? Some would have us believe that a child's regression into autism within a short time of vaccination is purely coincidental. I ask those individuals to show me the science proving their theory."


Dan Burton, former Congressman and Chair, 'Autism: Why the Increased Rates? A One Year Update' Congressional Hearings April 25-26, 2001 (Congressman Burton's grandson regressed into autism after receiving DtaP, OPV, haemophilus, hepatitis B & MMR all at one visit.)
Boyd Haley

"If you inject thimerosal into an animal, it's brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish the culture dies. Knowing thee things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage."


Boyd Haley, PhD, Professor and Chair , Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky
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"A review of medical literature and U.S. government data suggests that (i) many cases of idiopathic autism are induced by early mercury exposure from thimerosal (ii) this type of autism represents an unrecognized mercurial syndrome, and (iii) genetic and non-genetic factors establish a predisposition whereby thimerosal's adverse effects occur only in some children."


Neil Miller 'Vaccine Safety Manual for Concerned Families and Health Practioners
Rebecca Carley

"Although the symptoms of mercury poisoning have been described as identical to autism, it should be noted that most children who descend into autism do so after the MMR vaccine which does not contain mercury. Thus it is self-evident that the removal of mercury from vaccines will not make vaccines "safe"- NO vaccine is safe."


Rebecca Carley MD, General Surgeon. Court Qualified VIDS Expert, 'Inoculations: The True Weapon of Mass Destruction'
F. Edward Yazbak

"I personally not only “think” but I am positively certain that vaccinations contribute to autistic regression in some pre-disposed Children, like my oldest grandson. I know that my big boy regressed after his first MMR, Improved for a while and regressed again much more seriously following his second MMR... I was contacted over the last ten years by a number of MDs, PhDs and scientists Who were just as positive that their child or grandchild had regressed following one or more vaccinations... Although my primary interest has always been the MMR – autism connection, I have become informed about thimerosal and actively participated in efforts To convince the Rhode Island and Massachusetts state legislators to remove it from vaccines... I do believe that:

Since we started removing the mercury preservative from vaccines in 1999, we have added to the recommended pediatric primary vaccination Series three doses of a seven – valent pneumoccal vaccine, three doses of pentavalent vaccine (DTaP + IPV + Hep B) and three doses of a new rotavirus vaccine that “may” prevent diarrhea... The simultaneous administration of a dose of HIB, pneumoccal and peutavalent vaccines means the injection of 1,200 mcg of aluminum salts in a few seconds at 2,4, and 6 months of age..."


'The Unconvincing Thimerosal Epidemiollogical Studies: How and Why They Were Produced, Published and Protected', F. Edward Yazbak, MD, FAAP, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
Barbara Brewitt

"The MMR vaccine contains no “reported” mercury (also see: ingredients). The potential injury from this vaccine may arise from the high titers of live viruses...Many parents have described their child becoming autistic after the MMR vaccine... Another factor is that the MMR booster is frequently given on the same day as three other vaccines;(DTaP or DTP), (HbCV) and (OPV) (thereby increasing the load of both live viruses and heavy metals) Live viruses are as potentially damaging to immune and nervous system development as are heavy metals such as mercury."


Barbara Brewitt, 'MMR Vaccine and 'Helpers' as Toxic Agents'
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What about the Studies Refuting the Vaccine-Autism Link?

The media often refer to studies that refute any link between vaccination and autism. Rarely, do they question any conflicts of interest nor poor study design flaws related to these studies. Additionally, defenders of the MMR vaccine often claim that autism spectrum disorders ordinarily show up at eighteen months which just happens to coincide with the timing of the MMR vaccine. This begs the question WHY does autism usually show up at this age. After all, autism is not a normal part of human development and maturation such as teething or the menstrual cycle in females.

For a critique of these studies please see: www.14studies.org

Suggested additional articles re. the vaccine-autism connection include:
'Vaccination, Neurodevelopmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders' by Russell Blaylock MD, Neurosurgeon
'Response to Ari Brown and the Immunization Action Coalition' by Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath
'Autism, Vaccines and Immune Reactions' by Vijendra Singh PhD

More links/articles re. Dr. Andrew Wakefield's findings: Google: www.whale.to Andrew Wakefield

Dan Burton

"The studies that have been published and held up by the public health community as “proof” against Dr. Wakefield hypothesis can never answer the question of whether or not MMR vaccine is linked to autism in some children."


Dan Burton, former U.S. Congressional Representative
Bernard Rimland

"During the past few years the Autism Research Institute has been flooded with an upsurge in pleas for help from parents throughout the world from wherever World Health Organization guidelines are followed. The majority of these parents say their children were normal until getting MMR –another triple vaccine. Let me dispel myths provided by those who deny the autism-vaccine connection. 1) They say the vaccines are safe but physicians are indoctrinated to disbelieve claims of harm and are not trained to recognize nor required to report any adverse reactions. From 90% to 99% of the adverse reactions reported to doctors are never reported by those doctors to the governments' extremely lax Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, known as VAERS. 2) They say that the suspected link between the MMR vaccination and autism ahs been disproved by a study conducted by Brent Taylor and his colleagues and published last year in the Lancet (the same journal in which Wakefield's Research was published). The Taylor study is seriously flawed in many ways, as had been noted in a number of letters to the editor of The Lancet And in a number of additional letters on the internet. It was subject to strong attack at a recent meeting of the British Statistical Society. I have been a full-time researcher my entire professional life, for almost 50 years, and I respectively asked Dr. Taylor for a copy of the data so that I could re-analyze them. He refused this ordinary professional courtesy... 3) They say that autism has a large genetic component and therefore vaccines must play a minimal, if any, role in the causation of autism, so I am certainly not hostile to that idea. However genes do not begin to account for the huge increase in the incidence of autism, ranging from 250% to 500% in various palaces. I might add that we have just reviewed all of the recent genetic studies for the next issue of the Autism Research Review International which I edit. They claim that autism naturally occurs at about 18 months, when MMR is routinely given, so the association is merely coincidental and not causal. But the onset of autism at 18 months is a recent development. Autism starting at eighteen months rose very sharply in the mid-1980s, when the MMR vaccine came into wide use. A coincidence? Hardly!"


Bernard Rimland PhD, Director, Autism Research
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The Denmark MMR-autism study is perhaps the most often cited study rejecting a the vaccine-autism link...
"There were many significant defects in the study design: (It should be added that the Danish study was funded by the U.S. CDC – hardly an impartial body in the vaccine debate)

Another important consideration is Denmark removed mercury-based vaccines from the market prior to the birth dates of the children studied. In contrast children in the United States and England were repeatedly exposed to neurotoxic levels of mercury before receiving the MMR. Thus U.S. and U.K. children may have had more debilitated immune systems with less ability to effectively respond to the measles or rubella viruses in the MMR vaccine."


Neil Z. Miller, Vaccine Safety Manual
Andrew Wakefield

"The Taylor Study is often cited without scrutiny to refute Wakefield's findings... There was a crucial omission from the paper by Taylor, et al. In 1988 – with the introduction of the MMR in the U.K. – a 'catch-up' campaign was instituted which targeted pre-school children of one to four years of age who had not previously received monovalent measles, mumps, or rubella vaccines... Such were the anxieties of the quality of this study that it was recently the subject of a special, and highly critical debate at the Royal Statistical Society in London. The conclusion reached was that Taylor et al's study design was wrong."


Dr. Andrew Wakefield's response to The Taylor Study
Andrew Wakefield

"Data that has been presented as showing no association the MMR and autism in fact show just the opposite. A case in point is that CDC's own study looking at age-at-first MMR vaccine-autism link. The study found a statistically significant association between younger age of MMR vaccine and an increased risk of autism..."


Dr. Andrew Wakefield MD citing the DeStefano F. Bhasin? TK, Thompson WW et al Pediatrics 2004, 113(2): 259-66
David Ayoub

"I am no longer trying to dig up evidence that vaccines cause autism. There is already abundant evidence. This debate is not scientific but political."


David Ayoub MD, 'Mercury, Autism and the Global Vaccine Agenda
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Is the Proof in the Pudding…Why is Autism so rare in the non-vaccinated?

If the health “experts “ and “authorities” in charge of public policy regarding vaccination are so certain that there is no connection between vaccination and autism, then why do they steadfastly refuse to conduct studies comparing vaccinated versus non-vaccinated children who reportedly have negligible autism rates?

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"I have not seen autism with the Amish."


Frank Nooran MD, Lancaster County, Pa
Mayer Einsenstein

"We have 30,000 children that we've taken care of over the years and I don't think we have a single case of autism in children delivered to us who have never received vaccines."


Mayer Einsenstein MD, JD, MPH, Medical Director, Homefirst Health Services, Chicago
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"In my practice I don't see autism."


Dr. Paul Schattauer MD, a twenty year Practioner with Homefistt Health Services
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"The reason behind the drive for high vaccination levels is to make sure there are no groups of healthy unvaccinated kids to show up vaccination."


Dan Olmstead, Age of Autism
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Dr. Andrew Wakefield… The Price Paid for Speaking Out

When Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his findings in the Lancet in 1998 suggesting a possible link between the MMR vaccine and autism in a vulnerable subset of children , little did he realize he'd become the target of false allegations, professional persecution, and media smear campaigns the residue of which other other doctors would also feel./em>

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"My colleague Andrew Wakefield published the first paper in 1998 in the ...Lancet saying that these vaccines are associated with something caused with autism colitis? It cost him his job. Ten doctors were threatened if you do not remove your name from that paper were going to take away your job and your job security. Ten of them dropped down."


Andrew Moulden MD, PhD 6/14/08
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"The essential clinical findings remain unchallenged as far as their accuracy is concerned."


Dr. Richard Horton, Editor, Lancet, 4/19/06 (Dr. Horton reiterated this statement at GMC hearings, 8/8/07 but this fact, like so many others, is conveniently ignored in the media)
Richard  Moscowitz

"Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet felt the sting of censorship himself after publishing an article linking cases of infantile autism and colitis to the MMR vaccine...His only “mistake”, lay in permitting the author, a well known British gastroenterologist to publish his findings without regard for their political correctness. Needless to say, the snubs and threats he faced for rocking the boat were less serious than the reprisals exacted against the author whose work was officially repudiated without testing..."


Richard Moscowitz MD, 'Hidden in Plain Sight, The Role of Vaccination in Disease'
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"Wakefield performed a great service. His correlation between vaccination and autism are stunning."


Dr. Mark Randall, former Vaccine Developer and Researcher, NIH, in interview with investigative journalist Jon Rappoport
F. Edward Yazbak

"The fact that sooner or later Dr. Andrew Wakefield's theory will be accepted and the vaccine-autism link will be proven. As the New Year comes around, Wakefield's research is being duplicated in prestigious centers in the United States. (Many believe that Wakefield's research was officially discredited due to the explosive implications of his findings)"


F. E. Yazbak MD, FAAP, Pedriatic Infectious Disease Specialist

The Power of the Media to Crush a Story and Discredit a Respected Doctor

The treatment by the media of the vaccine-autism issue and particularly Dr. Wakefield's research raises some serious questions of how information is framed, filtered, packaged and regurgitated for mass consumption to the public. Why has the media largely parroted stories denouncing Dr. Wakefield and his research without any independent investigation Into the power and politics imbued in this story? What constitute the basic tenants of journalistic integrity and have disturbing conflicts of interest violated such?

Documentary: 'Selective Hearing, Brian Deer and the GMC' by Alan Golding
'An Open Letter to Brian Deer Rebutting His Article...' Martin J. Walker

Go to www.CryShame.co.uk for more background and updates

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"We are appalled that these doctors have been the subject of a protracted inquiry in the absence of any complaint from any parent about any of the children reported in the Lancet paper...We have been following the GMC hearings with distress as we the parents have had no opportunity to refute the allegations... For the most part we've been excluded from giving evidence to support these doctors who we all hold in very high regard."


Rosemary Kessick, Parent of Child in the Lancet Study
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"Families duped by Sad Smearmaster of MMR Fabrication and Hatred" by Brian Deer, The Sunday Times


(Do such headlines fairly represent the situation at hand?)
Andrew Wakefield On March 12, 2009 Stephen Strauss a writer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation wrote:

"Promoting the vaccine – autism hypothesis is the modern equivalent of falsely crying "fire" in a crowded theatre."

(Such inflammatory statements are typical of how the media misrepresent Wakefield's work and the vaccine-autism debate at large. Read for yourself Wakefield's statement below in Lancet in 1998 and ask yourself if Wakefield was crying "fire!" ...)

"We have identified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction in children. In most cases, onset of symptoms was after measles, mumps, rubella immunization. Further examinations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath
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"It has been an absolute witch hunt. All he was guilty of was listening to what parents said, clinically investigating the children and then reporting his findings. All he did was hold up a red flag and say, 'There's something going on that needs to be investigated further."


Jackie Fletcher, Director, JABS, a U.K. support group for vaccine damaged children
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"In February 2009, James Murdoch, Senior Executive of News, International which owns the Sunday Times (Brian Deer's employer) accepted a place as non-executive of GlaxcoSmithKline – a manufacturer of the MMR vaccine."


Documentary, 'Selective Hearing: Brian Deer and the GMC'
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"The Sunday Times of London, a Rupert Murdoch News Corporation paper has defied direction from the U.K.'s Press Complaints Commission to remove from its website controversial stories it has failed to substantiate, which allege Wakefield 'fixed' data relating to the MMR vaccine."

www.CryShame.co.uk 7/7/09

Standing Up in the Face of Medical Tyranny

Sherry Tenpenny

"Whistleblowers are more often executed than honoured for their courage... By refusing to recant his scientific findings to save his license to practice medicine, Dr. Wakefield is facing the tyranny of medical power."


Dr. Sherry Tenpenny, DO, 'The MMR Vaccine is Not Holy Water'
Andrew Wakefield

"I have been asked to go because my research results are unpopular...I did not wish to leave but I have agreed to stand down in the hope it will take political pressure off my colleagues and allow them to get on with the job of looking after the many sick children we have seen."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath
F. Edward Yazbak

"During the past 25 years of work to prevent vaccine injuries and death through public education and defend the informed consent ethic, I have seen doctors who tell the truth about vaccine risks be viciously attacked by their colleagues in government, industry and academia...From the moment Andrew Wakefield stood his ground, I knew he would make history but pay a terrible price for it..."


F.E. Yazbak, MD FAAP, Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist
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"Anyone who dates to tell the truth would never be on another panel nor would they ever get another research grant... Look what happened to Dr. Wakefield when he discovered that the vaccine caused changes in the gut which in turn could trigger autism. How many scientists are going to sacrifice their entire career and any future research grants by reporting the truth about these increasingly dangerous vaccines?"


Thomas Stone MD. 'Open Letter to Pediatricians on Flu Vaccines'
Carmel Wakefield

"My husband has been persecuted by extremely powerful forces for asking questions that his research findings made it morally and ethically essential for him to ask...I used to believe that this country was a bastion of academic integrity and intellectual freedom. So this whole process of isolation and vilification has sickened and disillusioned me... There is simply no way he could ever work here again. Of course, I'm sorry to leave Britain but it would be much harder if I didn't leave feeling such disgust about the sinister forces of censorship and government propaganda at play here."


Carmel Wakefield, Oct 15, 2006 discussing her persecution and unfounded allegations launched against her husband Andrew Wakefield for his research implicating the MMR Vaccine with autism.
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"... There are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of the MMR vaccine and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves... The refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history."


Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer, Dept. of Health, Great Britain

The Struggle Continues...

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"It is unfortunate that they are so frightened of the scientific truth Dr. Wakefield is pursuing that they find it necessary to score a hit... Parents around the world are not fooled by the ignorant, inhumane behavior of a one-size-fits-all vaccine policies which injure and kills children... The truth will shine bright and clear in the end."


Barbara Loe Fischer, President, National Vaccine Information Center

"We must continue, no matter how difficult the road, no matter how serious the consequences... because if we put down the flag and Surrender who else will do it.... There will be no one and the next generation and the next will be lost forever."


Andrew Wakefield MD, FRCS, FRCPath, 11/2003