The Possible Role of Vaccines in Causing Retrogressive Changes

The Possible Role of Vaccines in Causing Retrogressive Changes: Reminiscences of America’s Children in the 1930s, and the Profound Changes That Have Taken Place Since Then.

Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines Meeting
Vaccine Safety Advocate Harold E Buttram, MD, Presentation
September 2, 2010, FDA, Rockville, MD

As one of America’s senior citizens who grew up in a Midwestern state in the 1930s, and as a doctor who treated many children with autistic spectrum and related disorders in the later years of my practice, I may have a special vantage point of time and experience in regard to the changes that have taken place in the health of America’s children since the relatively innocent times of the 1930s. At a summer camp in the New Mexico Mountains which I was fortunate to attend, no boy had allergies, no boy was on medication, and no boy was sick with the common ailments of today. It was much the same in the schools. I don’t recall ever seeing a child with easily recognized behaviors now described as hyperactive attention deficit disorder or autism.

Today, in stark contrast, approximately one third of our youngsters are afflicted with the 4-A disabilities (Autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies), as described and documented by Dr. Kenneth Bock. (1) School budgets are being strained to the breaking points in providing special education classes for autistic and learning disabled children.

Could today’s infant and childhood vaccine programs with their steadily increasing numbers of vaccines be a contributory cause of this ominous health trend?

As reflected in the US Congressional Hearings on issues of vaccine safety (1999-Dec., 2004), in which major deficiencies in vaccine safety testing were disclosed, a situation little if any improved today, the possibility of such a causal relationship cannot be disproven or denied. I think I can prove my point with one simple illustration:

In 1984 a study from Germany was published in The New England Journal of Medicine in which a significant though temporary drop in T-helper lymphocytes, a class of white blood cell that governs the immune system, occurred in 11 healthy adults after receiving routine tetanus vaccinations. Special concern rests in the fact that in four of the subjects their T-lymphocytes fell to levels seen in active AIDS patients. (2) If this was the result of one vaccine in healthy adults, it is sobering to think of the possible consequences from today’s multiple vaccines routinely administered to infants and children. And yet, to the best of my knowledge, this test has never been repeated. One must wonder why.

There is great concern today about America’s steadily increasing national financial deficits and indebtedness, but of even greater danger to America’s future is the steadily increasing patterns of compromised health among America’s children and youth, about which current health authorities apparently remain impotent.



(1)   Bock, Kenneth and Stauth, C. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies. Ballantine Books, New York, 2007.

(2)   Eibl M et al. Abnormal T-lymphocyte subpopulations in healthy subjects after tetanus booster immunizations. (letter) New England Journal of Medicine, 1984; 310(3):198-199.

Harold E. Buttram, M.D.

  • Dr. Buttram-

    We are all greatly indebted to your work. Thank you for being so courageous and a voice of truth in the wilderness.


    Jeffry John

  • Sandy Lunoe

    Thank you Dr Buttram for this excellent and extremely interesting article! The study in 1984 in which a significant though temporary drop in T-helper lymphocytes occurred is surely most relevant. Why has this test never been repeated?

  • As a former nurse and mom of a child on the ASD spectrum, there is no doubt in my mind that vaccines are the single biggest assault on the immune system and contributor to overall toxic load which leads to autism and a shocking number of other diseases, disorders, dysfunctions and disabilities.

  • Dr Ross Andersen

    My 2 sons were not vaccinated save one dose of DPT and Polio and are the healthiest of their peers by far. Thank you for your work and keep going

  • Thank you, Dr. Buttram for all that you do. Those of us who witnessed our children’s problems after vaccines do not need this to be told to us. In fact, we’ve been trying to tell others and are ignored. I hope people will listen to you.

  • Michael

    Big Pharma does NOT know all the ADR with their products. Yet, Big Pharma screams when a herb, supplement, or vitamin label says that a product “may heal” cancer. Does anyone else see the hypocrisy here ? Does Big Pharma list ALL possible ADR on their products ? No. It’s obvious Big Pharma feels VERY threatened by natural products that don’t have all the ADR that their products do.

  • J.D.

    Hey weren’t you the guy who tried to claim shaken baby syndrome was caused by vaccines instead of shaking babies?

  • Stephanie

    Actually they DO. As a matter of fact, they are required to report ALL ADRs reported during trials – whether or not the symptom is a TRUE ADR is not known, but yes, they are still required to report them. For example, during clinical trials for drug X, 15 people report a headache. The manufacturer HAS to report 15 patients experienced a headache. People get headaches without taking medications, so its hard to say how many of those were actually caused by a medication. Where are the scientific studies to back up these natural products you speak of?