Belkin writes, “The CDC has refused to study the autism rate in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated kids, because they are a captive agency of vaccine manufacturers. The former head of the CDC is now the head of Merck vaccines, the largest US vaccine manufacturer.” Belkin and many others believe that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reluctant to compare autism rates in unvaccinated vs. vaccinated because it will show a huge increase in autism risk in the vaccinated.
HON. Bill Posey participated in a November 2012 House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Federal Response to Autism which was a much anticipated hearing from many parents of children suffering from autism who want clear and unbiased answers to questions surrounding the epidemic. Congressman Posey was frustrated with the“lackluster response from the federal witnesses, particularly the CDC witness that was evasive and took more than five months to respond to the Committee’s questions.” In a letter written last month to the US House of Representatives, he wrote, “The responses that finally arrived this month were incomplete, often evasive, and showed a complete lack of urgency on the part of the CDC. I was also disappointed that the federal government witnesses did not have the courtesy to remain at the hearing to listen to the testimony of the public panel representing non-profit organizations and academic institutions focused on Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.”
Congressman Posey noted some believe that toxins like thimerosal, which is 50% ethylmercury, have played a role in the rise in autism and neurodevelopmental disabilities. He wrote, “In 2000 there was near universal agreement that mercury should be removed as a preservative for vaccines. Yet, today, nearly half of all annual flu vaccines, which are recommended for children and pregnant women, still contain mercury as a preservative – not simply trace amounts of mercury. It’s 2013! Why are we still injecting ethylmercury into babies and pregnant women?”
He also added that he was, “deeply disappointed in the failure of the CDC and the Department of Justice to see that Dr. Poul Thorsen is extradited to the United States to stand trial for orchestrating an elaborate scheme stealing more than $1 million from the CDC-Denmark grant. That money was supposed to be used to investigate the causes of autism and developmental disabilities. Instead it was diverted to personal use by Dr. Thorsen. Thorsen was a key author on 22 of the CDC’s key studies related to autism and developmental disabilities.”
Congessman Posey has heard from some in the autism community who have advocated for a retrospective study to examine whether there are different health outcomes when comparing vaccinated children and unvaccinated children, including autism and chronic conditions and has continued to hear these requests over the past four years. A recent study they published compared fully vaccinated children to those who were not fully vaccinated, but for some reason it did not include data on completely unvaccinated children. The CDC has never looked at a comparison of vaccinated versus unvaccinated, however.
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Fifteen PubMed studies currently show a scientific link between vaccines and autism. See: http://www.examiner.com/article/scientific-evidence-15-pubmed-studies-show-a-link-between-vaccines-autism
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Viral / Immune studies:
Autoimmunity to the central nervous system (CNS), especially to myelin basic
protein (MBP), may play a causal role in autism, a neurodevelopmental
disorder. Because many autistic children harbor elevated levels of measles
antibodies, we conducted a serological study of measles-mumps-rubella
(MMR) and MBP autoantibodies.
….over 90% of MMR antibody-positive autistic sera were also positive for MBP
autoantibodies, suggesting a strong association between MMR and CNS
autoimmunity in autism. Stemming from this evidence, we suggest that an
inappropriate antibody response to MMR, specifically the measles component
thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism.
This study is the first to report an association between virus serology and
brain autoantibody in autism; it supports the hypothesis that a virus-induced
autoimmune response may play a causal role in autism
Conjugate vaccines fundamentally change the manner in which the immune
systems of infants and young children function by deviating their immune
responses to the targeted carbohydrate antigens from a state of hypo-
responsiveness to a robust B2 B cell mediated response.
This period of hypo-responsiveness to carbohydrate antigens coincides with
the intense myelination process in infants and young children, and conjugate
vaccines may have disrupted evolutionary forces that favored early brain
development over the need to protect infants and young children from
The odds of having a history of asthma was twice as great among vaccinated
subjects than among unvaccinated subjects The odds of having had any
allergy-related respiratory symptom in the past 12 months was 63% greater
among vaccinated subjects than unvaccinated subjects The associations
between vaccination and subsequent allergies and symptoms were greatest
among children aged 5 through 10 years.
Review is made of 107 cases of neurological complications of pertussis
inoculation reported in the literature. The early onset of neurological
symptoms was characteristic, with changes of consciousness and convulsions
as the most striking features. The question of aetiology is considered and
contraindications are discussed….as is the grave danger of further
inoculations when a previous one has produced any suggestion of a
Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with the hepatitis B
vaccine prior to 1999 (from vaccination record) had a threefold higher risk for
parental report of autism diagnosis compared to boys not vaccinated as
neonates during that same time period. Nonwhite boys bore a greater risk.
Our results show that: (i) children from countries with the highest ASD
prevalence appear to have the highest exposure to Al from vaccines; (ii) the
increase in exposure to Al adjuvants significantly correlates with the increase
in ASD prevalence in the United States observed over the last two decades;
and (iii) a significant correlation exists between the amounts of Al administered
to preschool children and the current prevalence of ASD in seven Western
countries, particularly at 3-4 months of age.
…A second series of experiments was conducted on mice injected with six
doses of aluminum hydroxide. Behavioural analyses in these mice revealed
significant impairments in a number of motor functions as well as diminished
spatial memory capacity.
Experimental research, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a
potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular,
aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain
inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have
profound and widespread adverse health consequences. click for entire study
There is a need to interpret neurotoxic studies to help deal with uncertainties
surrounding pregnant mothers, newborns and young children who must
receive repeated doses of Thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs).
Information extracted from studies indicates that: (a) activity of low doses of
Thimerosal against isolated human and animal brain cells was found in all
studies and is consistent with Hg neurotoxicity; (b) the neurotoxic effect of
ethylmercury has not been studied with co-occurring adjuvant-Al in TCVs; (c)
animal studies have shown that exposure to Thimerosal-Hg can lead to
accumulation of inorganic Hg in brain, and that (d) doses relevant to TCV
exposure possess the potential to affect human neuro-development.
“The present study provides additional epidemiological evidence supporting
previous epidemiological, clinical and experimental evidence that
administration of thimerosal-containing vaccines in the United States resulted
in a significant number of children developing NDs.”
“These data document that exposure to thimerosal during early postnatal life
produces lasting alterations in the densities of brain opioid receptors along
with other neuropathological changes, which may disturb brain development.”
“These data document that early postnatal THIM administration causes lasting
neurobehavioral impairments and neurochemical alterations in the brain,
dependent on dose and sex. If similar changes occur in THIM/mercurial-
exposed children, they could contribute do neurodevelopmental disorders.”
Thimerisol exposure also resulted in a significant increase in cerebellar levels
of the oxidativeMaternal Thimerosal Exposure Results in Aberrant Cerebellar
stress marker 3-nitrotyrosine…. This coincided with an
increased (47.0%) expression of a gene negatively regulated by T3,… Our
data thus demonstrate a negative neurodevelopmental impact of perinatal
Thimerosal, a mercury-containing vaccine preservative, is a suspected factor
in the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders. We previously showed that
its administration to infant rats causes behavioral, neurochemical and
neuropathological abnormalities similar to those present in autism.
#16, Extra Credit:
The ACIP’s recommendation of influenza vaccination during pregnancy is not
supported by citations in its own policy paper or in current medical literature.
Considering the potential risks of maternal and fetal mercury exposure, the
administration of thimerosal during pregnancy is both unjustified and unwise.
Also, take note of the 71 references at the end of this study.