Autism and the Vaccine Trigger

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Take a long look at those numbers below. They are all documented, and the result is the autism spectrum diagnosis are continuing to climb straight up. There must be a cause! This cause must be from external environmental factors. Vaccination may not be the only culprit since we have other documented neurologically impairing chemicals in our environment from our food and water to our sky, but the biggest one of all is the vaccines.

Autism Prevalence by Year in USA

EPA, America's Children and the Environment, 2015

autism hockey stick
Source: Impact of environmental factors on the prevalence of autistic disorder after 1979. - Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 2014

Other Countries' Autism Prevalence Rates – The Free Medical Dictionary


“If the epidemic is truly an artifact of poor diagnosis, then where are all the 20 year-old autistics?” – Dr. Boyd Haley, one of the world’s authorities on mercury toxicity

Defining the Term, Autism

Increase Not Attributed to Previous Diagnosis

What’s Going On? The Question of Time Trends in Autism” - Association of Schools Public Health, 2004 by Mark F. Blaxill, MBA viewed 54 published reports of studies that provide disease frequency statistics of autism, ASDs, and related disorders. The following excerpts from his report explain that “…the large increases in prevalence in both U.S. and U.K. cannot be explained by changes in diagnostic criteria or improvements in case ascertainment.” In fact, “the core definition of autism remained relatively stable since Rutter’s 3 main behavioral domains in 1978,” and “the differences in breadth of the diagnostic criteria are unlikely to have had meaningful effect on reported disease frequency.

Rutter’s in 1978 created DMS-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) defining autism as “autism, infantile autism, childhood autism, and autism-like disorders.” In fact, the World Health Organization in 1993 published ICD-10 (International Classifications of Diseases, 10th revision) using the term “childhood autism” DMS-IV & ICD-10 setting an age limit of 36 months.

"The quantitative comparison of IDEA snapshot and constant-age tracking trend slopes suggests that ~75-80% of the tracked increase in autism since 1988 is due to an actual increase in the disorder rather than to changing diagnostic criteria." - Environmental Health, 2014

"The California researchers concluded that doctors are diagnosing autism at a younger age because of increased awareness. But that change is responsible for only about a 24 percent increase in children reported to be autistic by the age...Also, a shift in doctors diagnosing milder cases explains another 56 percent increase. And changes in state reporting of the disorder could account for around a 120 percent increase. Combined, Hertz-Picciotto said those factors "don't get us close" to the 600 to 700 percent increase in diagnosed cases." - Scientific American, 2009


Congressional Hearing with the CDC

Representative Carolyn Maloney D-New York nails down Colleen Boyle, Birth Defects and Developmental Disorders Director at the CDC, in a Congressional hearing over the change from 1-3 in 10,000 to 1 in 88 autism cases over the last few decades not being attributed to better diagnosis. A small fraction may be attributed to better diagnosis, but that is a significantly small amount. Further, let's imagine for a second that we've always had autism rates of 1 in 88 (today, it's 1 in 50) 40 years ago as well, do you really trust an organization (the CDC) that was so poor at counting and acquiring the data that they were 37 times off what actually existed in the 1970's?! Because today, we have 37 times more autism prevalence than that of the '70's.


Vaccines Induce Autistic Disorders

Numerous credible, medical and scientific journals over the past decade or so have found significant correlations between certain vaccines and autism.

"Dr Peter Fletcher, who was Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health (in the U.K.), said if it is proven that the jab causes autism, 'the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history...' He said he has seen a "steady accumulation of evidence" from scientists worldwide that the measles, mumps and rubella jab is causing brain damage in certain children." - The Daily Mail, 2006

"Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination [emphasis added]. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain." - CBS News, 2011 via Journal of Immunotoxicology, 2011

"Using regression analysis and controlling for family income and ethnicity, the relationship between the proportion of children who received the recommended vaccines by age 2 years and the prevalence of autism (AUT) or speech or language impairment (SLI) in each U.S. state from 2001 and 2007 was determined. A positive and statistically significant relationship was found: The higher the proportion of children receiving recommended vaccinations, the higher was the prevalence of AUT or SLI." - Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 2011

There was a significant dose-response relationship between the severity of the regressive ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorder) observed and the total mercury dose children received from Thimerosal-containing vaccines/Rho (D)-immune globulin preparations. Based upon differential diagnoses, 8 of 9 patients examined were exposed to significant mercury from Thimerosal-containing biologic/vaccine preparations during their fetal/infant developmental periods, and subsequently, between 12 and 24 mo of age, these previously normally developing children suffered mercury toxic encephalopathies that manifested with clinical symptoms consistent with regressive ASDs." -  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 2007

"From a cellular perspective, it would appear that the existing scientific literature supports the biological plausibility of a Hg-based (mercury) autism pathogenesis...Nevertheless, research studies identifying Hg's effects on glial cells and mitochondria that are consistent with findings in autistic patients, lend further support to the Hg-autism hypothesis." - Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 2011

"We studied the effects of thimerosal on cell proliferation and mitochondrial function from B-lymphocytes taken from individuals with autism, their nonautistic twins, and their nontwin siblings...Cells hypersensitive to thimerosal also had higher levels of oxidative stress markers, protein carbonyls, and oxidant generation. This suggests certain individuals with a mild mitochondrial defect may be highly susceptible to mitochondrial specific toxins like the vaccine preservative thimerosal." - Journal of Toxicology, 2013

"It was determined that there were significantly increased odds ratios (ORs) for autism (OR = 1.8, p < .05), mental retardation (OR = 2.6, p < .002), speech disorder (OR = 2.1, p < .02), personality disorders (OR = 2.6, p < .01), and thinking abnormality (OR = 8.2, p < .01) adverse events reported to the VAERS following thimerosal-containing DTaP vaccines in comparison to thimerosal-free DTaP vaccines." - International Journal of Toxicology, 2004

De Novo (def.) - "Increasing evidence shows the importance of “de novo” mutations—those present in affected offspring but not detected in the parents—in neuropsychiatric and pediatric disorders. These de novo mutations are typically present in the sperm or egg of one parent and yet are not detectable in blood taken from the parents; once transmitted to the embryo, they are present in all tissues of the offspring." - Science, 2014

"Vaccination, particularly for pertussis, has been implicated as a direct cause of an encephalopathy with refractory seizures and intellectual impairment...CONCLUSION: Cases of alleged vaccine encephalopathy could in fact be a genetically determined epileptic encephalopathy that arose de novo. These findings have important clinical implications for diagnosis and management of encephalopathy and, if confirmed in other cohorts, major societal implications for the general acceptance of vaccination." - Epilepsy Currents, 2007

“Further, linear regression revealed that Varicella (chickenpox) and Hepatitis A immunization coverage was significantly correlated to autistic disorder cases…Autistic disorder change points years are coincident with introduction of vaccines manufactured using human fetal cell lines, containing fetal and retroviral contaminants, into childhood vaccine regimens.” – Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 2014

“This pattern was repeated in the US, UK, Western Australia and Denmark. Thus, rising autistic disorder prevalence is directly related to vaccines manufactured utilizing human fetal cells. Increased paternal age and DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) revisions were not related to rising autistic disorder prevalence.” – Journal of Public Health and Epidemiology, 2014

"...the present study provides new epidemiological evidence supporting an association between increasing organic-Hg exposure from Thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and the subsequent risk of an ASD diagnosis." - Translational Neurodegeneration, 2013

“Thus autistic children have a hyper-immune response to measles virus, which in the absence of a wild-type measles infection might be a sign of an abnormal immune reaction to the vaccine strain or virus reactivation.” - Pediatric Neurology, 2003

Measles might be etiologically linked to autism because measles and MMR antibodies (a viral marker) correlated positively to brain autoantibodies (an autoimmune marker)—salient features that characterize autoimmune pathology in autism.” - Journal of Child Neurology, 2009

"An abstract of the study was published in the September, 2009 issue of the respected journal Annals of Epidemiology. In it, Carolyn Gallagher and Melody Goodman of the Graduate Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University Medical Center, NY, wrote that, "Boys who received the hepatitis B vaccine during the first month of life had 2.94 greater odds for ASD compared to later- or unvaccinated boys." - HuffPost, 2009

“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.” – Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 2010

"Although the committee has concluded that the evidence favors rejection of the causal relationship at the population level between MMR vaccine and autistic spectrum disorders, the committee nevertheless recommends that this issue receive continued attention. It does so in recognition that its conclusion does not exclude the possibility that MMR vaccine could contribute to ASD in a small number of children." - Institute of Medicine (US) Immunization Safety Review Committee, 2001

"Thus the MMR antibody in autistic sera detected measles HA protein, which is unique to the measles subunit of the vaccine. Furthermore, over 90% of MMR antibody-positive autistic sera were also positive for MBP (myelin basic protein) autoantibodies, suggesting a strong association between MMR and CNS (central nervous system) 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." - Journal of Biomedical Science, 2002

"As an older physician, I take it as a personal insult that they are implying that in the ‘80’s, before we had all these CAT scans, (by the way, we had them), but that before we had all this new technology, we didn’t notice these children were autistic. I mean 60% of them don’t speak. But they were walking around in the classrooms, and we didn’t notice. Right? And not only that, but this has been going on through all the generations. So, there should be as many 50 year old autistics, as there are 30 year old autistics, as there are 10 year old autistics. Only they can’t find what’s called the ‘hidden hoard.’ Nobody can find the 50 year old autistics because there were so few, you could count them on one hand. So there’s clearly an epidemic.” - Mark R. Grier, MD, PhD, President of The Genetic Centers of America
“The number of dose relationships is linear and statistically significant. You can play with this all you want. They are linear. They are statistically significant.” – Dr. Weil from Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc, 2003
For more sources of medical evidence on the dangers of the MMR, please check out The Measles Virus and The Vaccine page.

The Vaccine Court

The Federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

When asked about vaccines triggering autism Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the National Institutes of Health said, "I think that the public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational."CBS News, 2008

The hypothesis is not only rational, but conclusive in causing encephalitis (brain swelling), which triggered two children's autism awarding their families millions through the Vaccine Court (the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program). – Huffington Post, 2013

The Many Cases Filed Against the Vaccine Court

Hannah Poling's Case

"The first court award in a vaccine-autism claim is a big one. CBS News has learned the family of Hannah Poling will receive more than $1.5 million dollars for her life care; lost earnings; and pain and suffering for the first year alone." - CBS News, 2010

Also, Hannah Poling vaccine injury compensation award was described by Fox News, 2010.

Bailey Banks' Case

Special Master Richard Abell, 2007, “The Court found that Bailey's ADEM (acute disseminated encephalomyelitis) was both caused-in-fact and proximately caused by his vaccination. It is well-understood that the vaccination at issue can cause ADEM, and the Court found, based upon a full reading and hearing of the pertinent facts in this case, that it did actually cause the ADEM.”– Huffington Post, 2013

A group of parents have been awarded multi-million dollar settlements for dozens of families whose kids suffered brain damage including autism after receiving children vaccines.  These payments will be paid out as an annuity over  the lifetime of the child. - Fox News, 2011

The government has paid more than 1,300 brain injury claims in vaccine court since 1988, but is not studying those cases or tracking how many of them resulted in autism.” – CBS News, 2008

As of 2008, there have been more than 5,000 autism claims filed against the federal vaccine court. This is a staggering number of cases of families convinced that their child developed autism due to the vaccines that were adminstered to them. – CBS News, 2008


How the Vaccine Court Works

A great 5 minute breakdown video of how the Federal Vaccine Court works to the benefit of the manufacturers and to the detriment of those injured. "Do Vaccines Cause Autism" published the Canary Party is narrated by Rob Sneider.


Thimerosal and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Study

The CDC Conference Discussing a Link Between Autism and Vaccines

Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information, June 7-8, 2000 Simpsonwood Retreat Center Norcross, GA

In Norcross, GA on June 7-8, 2000, the CDC hosted a conference using the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) to discuss the possible link between autism and thimerosal. As discussed in both articles Salon, 2011 & Rolling Stone, 2011, Robert F Kennedy Jr. discusses in this MSNBC News interview the transcripts of this secret meeting were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

Dr. Tom Verstraeten, CDC epidemiologist, analyzed the VSD of 100,000 children medical records, and he found what appeared to be the culprit of the dramatic increase in autism, thimerosal. You can read the whole notes from the meeting stored here, but the below excerpt can be found on page 162, so keep scrolling down.

Dr. Verstraeten said the following during the secret meeting on the mercury caused autism hypothesis, "When I saw this, and I went back through the literature, I was actually stunned by what I saw because I thought it is plausible." He goes on, "Another point is that in many of the studies with animals, it turned out there is quite a different result depending on the does of mercury. Depending on the route of exposure and depending on the age at which the animals were exposed. Now I don't know how much you can extrapolate that from animal to humans, but that tells me that mercury at one month of age is not the same as mercury at three months, at 12 months, prenatal mercury, later mercury. There is a whole range of plausible outcomes from mercury."
Though many of the various doctors at the conference agree of the strong plausibility of the mercury autism hypothesis, Dr. Weil, on page 187 goes on to say, "Although the data presents a number of uncertainities, there is adequate consisteny, biological plausibility, a lack of relationship with phenomenon not expected to be related, and a potential causal role that is as good as any other hypothesized etiology of explanation of the noted associations. In addition, the possibility that the associations could be causal has major significance for public and professional acceptance of Thimerosal containing vaccines. I think that is a crictical issue."

Again, these are doctors of the CDC stating these plausibilities in 2000. Did the CDC go on to conduct experiments to determine these plausibilities? Did they recommend spacing out vaccines over time? Did they do anything to explore these plausibilities further for the safety of our children? Nope. They kept it secret and increased the vaccine schedule over time instead.

The period between last 3 months of pregnancy to 2 years old are the brain's growth spurt years. And since mercury gets absorbed into the growing brain and collects there, this can be a major attribution to degenerative diseases of children's brains.

For more sources of medical evidence based links between thimerosal and autism, please check out Vaccines and Their Ingredients page.

CDC Fraud & Merck Lawsuits

The CDC and Merck, one the major manufacturer's of the MMR vaccine, are in very serious hot water for allegedly doctoring their numbers to lower the correlation between the MMR vaccine and the increase in autism. This type of scientific study into the efficacy and safety is what we can expect from a manufacturer fast tracking their own vaccine to get the quick approval of an all to willing FDA.

“The controversies will find Merck defending itself and its vaccine in at least two federal court cases” against “the staff of representative Bill Posey (R-Fla) -- a longstanding critic of the CDC interested in an alleged link between vaccines and autism -- is now reviewing some 1,000 documents that the CDC whistleblower turned over to them.” – Huffington Post, 2014

“The scientists (two former Merck employees turned whistleblowers) claim Merck defrauded the U.S. government by causing it to purchase an estimated four million doses of mislabeled and misbranded MMR vaccine per year for at least a decade.” – Forbes, 2012

“Hooker said he believes the increased risk for African-American boys he found was not identified in the CDC study because the researchers, including Thompson, deliberately limited the number of participants they included in their analysis, which he said altered the results.” – CNN, 2014

"I regret that my co-authors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article," said William Thompson, senior scientist with the CDC. – CNN, 2014

Below, CBS 46 News Atlanta's Ben Swann has more on this CDC cover-up controversy. The video that he displays has Congressman Bill Posey on the House floor reading the following quote from William Thompson. He read, "The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room, and reviewed and went through all the hard copied documents that we thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can. However, because I assumed it was illegal and would violate both FOIA and DOJ requests, I kept hard copies of all documents in my office, and I retain all associated computer files. I believe we intentionally withheld controverstial findings from the final draft of the pediatric's paper."


Dr. Andrew Wakefield

Dr. Andrew Wakefield has been the ad hominem, straw man attack for the pro-vaccine media and big pharma. They scapegoat themselves from all the observable studies and conclusions laid out above by defaming Dr. Wakefield. Dr. Wakefield never set out to spear the anti-vaccine movement. In fact, Dr. Wakefield advocates vaccines, but only single dose vaccines and not the MMR.  He was singled out, defamed, and his life's work has been dragged through the dirt. To hear his side of the story check out the Youtube video.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield worked at London’s Royal Free Hospital as a gastroenterologist.

The Lancet published his study on 2/28/98, but retracted it in 2010. It was a case series of observational studies of small cases that were unusual.

The children were not pre-selected for litigation purposes as Brian Deer suggests in 19 additional peer reviewed published papers on the MMR and autism.

The General Medical Counsel (GMC) Rulings/Findings on Dr. Wakefield's Research

Below is a list of the General Medical Counsel of England's finding and reason for stripping him of his medical license.

  • Performed procedures on a child for research purposes without the approval of his Ethics Committee.
  • Omitted correct information about the purpose of the study or the patient population.
  • Invasive tests, such as spinal taps, that were carried out on children and which were found to be against their best clinical interests.
  • Should have disclosed the fact that he had been paid to advise solicitors acting for parents who believed their children had been harmed by the MMR.

On October 14, 2014, Dr. Andrew Wakefield has filed a formal complaint[PDF] with the acting director of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In it, Dr. Wakefield meticulously outlines the misconduct by senior investigators within the National Immunization Program (NIP) of the CDC for their blatant and full acknowledgment of withdrawn key data linking the MMR vaccine to an increase in autism in African American males.


Other Research Has Been Able to Replicate Wakefield's Findings

"New American research shows that there could be a link between the controversial MMR triple vaccine and autism and bowel disease in children. The study appears to confirm the findings of British doctor Andrew Wakefield, who caused a storm in 1998 by suggesting a possible link." - Daily Mail, 2006

"Taken together, these results demonstrate that ASDGI [Autism Spectrum Disorder Gastrointestinal] children have a gastrointestinal mucosal molecular profile that overlaps significantly with known inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), yet has distinctive features that further supports the presence of an ASD-associated IBD variant, or, alternatively, a prodromal phase of typical inflammatory bowel disease." - Plos One, 2013

"The challenges faced in identifying the underlying causes, molecular biomarkers, and specific treatments for ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] warrant the need to study well-defined subclasses of autistic individuals. A preponderance of evidence suggests that a significant subset of autistic individuals exhibit GI [Gastrointestinal] abnormalities and that GI issues can contribute to the clinical manifestations of ASD-associated symptoms, including abnormal behavior, immune dysregulation, and metabolic dysfunction" - Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2014