You saw the headlines: “Panel Finds No Link Between Childhood Vaccines, Autism” (New York Times); “No Links Found Between Childhood Vaccine, Autism” (Los Angeles Times); “US Expert Group Rejects Link Between MMR and Autism” (The Lancet). Is it true? Has the autism/MMR link been scientifically disproved? Absolutely not! The above headlines refer to a report published in April 2001 by the heretofore respected Institute of Medicine (IOM), a branch of the National Academy of Sciences. You may be thinking: If a prestigious independent group such as the IOM rejects the autism/MMR connection, there must be good reason for doing so. Why shouldn’t I accept that verdict?
You shouldn’t accept the verdict for several reasons. One is that the headlines are wrong — the IOM did not reject the hypothesis that the MMR is a possible cause of autism. The headlines were based on a press release written by individuals with suspected links to the vaccine manufacturers, and did not accurately reflect the actual statement by the IOM itself. Representative Dan Burton, who has conducted intensive investigations of the evidence linking vaccines to autism, and had insisted on excluding from the IOM panel those with a conflict of interest, was furious when he found that individuals with ties to the vaccine manufacturers had distorted the position of the IOM report to make it appear to wholly reject the autism/ MMR link. He noted that two of those who issued the press release appeared to have ties with the vaccine manufacturers, and he has vowed to determine the extent of their conflict of interest. Burton’s very normal grandson became autistic soon after receiving, in one day, multiple vaccines containing 40 times the acceptable level of mercury.
The IOM report actually said: “Although the committee has concluded that the evidence favors rejection of the causal relationship at the population level between MMR vaccine and ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), the conmittee recommends that this issue receive continued attention… Its conclusion does not exclude the possibility that MMR vaccine could contribute to ASD in a small number of children…“
Autism currently occurs in about one child in 130, far above the 1-in-2500 figure reported in the 1970s and 1980s, before the MMR triple vaccine was introduced … Safety testing should have been done 20 years ago, when the MMR triple vaccine replaced the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines that were given separately, over a period of time, and when the number of vaccines was eight rather than 22. As we have pointed out in Autism Research Review International, the UK expert panel charged with evaluating the safety of the MMR said, “Being extremely generous, evidence on the safety [of the MMR] was very thin.” The granting of a product license was definitely premature.
The fact that the IOM report was misrepresented by the drug industry’s spinmeisters does not exonerate the IOM from having shirked its responsibility to report that:
- The MMR had not undergone adequate safety testing.
- The practice of injecting increasingly large numbers of vaccines-many containing large amounts of mercury and other toxins-into the bloodstreams of immature infants was never evaluated for safety.
- The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System is a travesty; fewer than 10 percent of side effects are ever reported.
- Thousands of US and UK families say-and can demonstrate with videotapes and photos-that their children were normal prior to being vaccinated, they reacted badly to the vaccines, and they became autistic shortly thereafter.
- A number of clinical laboratory studies demonstrate that vaccines may cause chronic damage to the G. I. tract, immune system, brain, and other organs.
When the link between the use of unsafe, mercuryladen vaccines and autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies, and diabetes becomes undeniable, mainstream medicine will be sporting a huge, self-inflicted and well-deserved black eye. What should parents do? As we have pointed out previously, providing the immune system with the nutrients it needs by means of a high-quality multiple vitamin/mineral supplement, with extra amounts of vitamins C, A and E, as well as extra selenium and zinc, can make a big difference in your — and your child’s — vulnerability to pathogenic viruses, bacteria and yeasts. Such fortification of the immune system is especially important in the weeks preceding and following vaccinations.
Bernard Rimland (1928 – 2006) was editor of the Autism Research Review International and director of the Autism Research Institute. Printed with permission.
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