Autism Brain Freezer Malfunction: “The Perfect Storm” or “An Unfortunate Series of Events”?

A research freezer containing brains mysteriously failed.

Last week we all heard the announcement that many vaccines are being stored at the wrong temperature, rendering them less effective, if not useless. This week’s story is the freezer malfunction that destroyed a third of the world’s largest collection of autism brains, putting a huge damper on research.

THE FACTS

Here are the facts as I understand them from the organizations and individuals involved, as well as media reports. (The quantities of the brains vary slightly, depending on the source.)

On May 31, the assistant director at McLean Hospital’s Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC) discovered 150 thawed, decayed brains in one of the center’s freezers. Fifty-four of the brains were from children and young adults with autism.

The freezer has two separate alarm systems. One goes off when the temperature drops. The other alarm “calls” five staff members on their cell phones, one after another.

The freezer room is locked.

There are two keys to the room.

There is a surveillance camera in the room.

The freezer is checked twice a day to ensure that the temperature stays at approximately −80 degrees Celsius. The temperature on May 31 was 7 degrees.

In April, all the brain samples, which were normally distributed among several freezers in case of an equipment malfunction, were moved to one freezer in preparation for a visit from Autism Speaks Autism Tissue Program (ATP) staff. Upon completion of the research, the samples were supposed to be redistributed among the other freezers. However, the staff at the center became busy with other work and didn’t have time to do this.

The majority of the autism brains at the center had been bisected. Half of the hemispheres were stored in the freezers and half in a preservative.

The brain tissue that was in the preservative is okay.

The DNA (which makes up genes) in the defrosted brains is probably okay, meaning those brains may still be adequate for gene research. However, the RNA and protein (which can be altered by environmental factors) is heavily damaged and probably unusable.

The freezer system has never failed in the center’s 35-year history.

The brain samples are owned by Autism Speaks.

OPINIONS AND CONCLUSIONS

Here are several opinions and conclusions for your consideration.

Carlos Pardo-Villamizar, MD, neuropathologist and neurology associate professor, Johns Hopkins University:

The damage to the brains could slow back research a decade. The collection “yields very, very important information that allows us to have a better understanding of what autism is, as well as the contribution of environmental and immune factors.” (In 2004, his study of the autism brains stored in the center was the first study to discover that the immune system is involved in autism.) [1]

Toni Clarke, journalist, Reuters:

“Freezer failures are not uncommon in research, but for a freezer and two alarm systems to fail simultaneously is perplexing.” [2]

Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer, Autism Speaks:

Autism Speaks is “in the process of conducting its own independent assessment of the situation.” She wants “to ensure that this unfortunate and rare incident will not negatively affect donations in the future. We remain committed as ever to conducting research that will uncover the causes of autism and allow us to develop more effective treatments. Brain tissue research is crucial to achieving those goals.” [3]

Stephen Scherer, director, McLaughlin Center for Molecular Medicine, University of Toronto:

“… the incident should be a call to action for other storage facilities and the federal government to pay more attention to freezer safety for the sake of science and donor families. The donors, they should be upset, they should realize that this shouldn’t happen, but this shouldn’t dissuade people from continuing to donate, because it is the most important resource that autism science has right now. If this was to push people from donating going forward, that’s the only thing that would [make this] a worse disaster.” [1]

Jonathan, Autism’s Gadfly post:

“One wonders who would have motive for tampering with autistic postmortem brains.” … “I wonder what the probability is that right at the time the brains were moved, the alarm system would not happen to work and the thermometer would malfunction. There was a security camera and checkpoints to protect the brain samples. However, this does not rule out an inside job.” [4]

Emily Singer, M.S., news editor, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative:

“The freezer failure is under investigation by both Harvard and Autism Speaks, but so far appears to be the result of an unfortunate series of events.” [5]

Dr. Francine Benes, director, HBTRC:

“This was a priceless collection.” She goes on to say that “the situation is so unusual—the perfect storm of alarm and thermostat failure and the concentration of samples—that she cannot rule out foul play.” The hospital plans to upgrade security and conduct an internal investigation. [1]

Peter Paskevich, director of research administration, McLean Hospital

“Every one of our freezers has emergency power in case the electricity fails, and we have CO2 [carbon dioxide] tanks in each freezer to keep the space cool for about 24 hours if the refrigeration fails. … Would you think that everything would fail at once?” [6]

Teresa Conrick, contributing editor, Age of Autism

“Has the truth about autism and specific damage to brains showing immune system injury become so horrific that some would tamper with evidence?” [7]

THE INVESTIGATION

Who’s looking into the freezer failure? So far, HBTRC.

And Autism Speaks. An organization with a Pfizer scientist serving as vice president of translational research and an executive vice president who is a former McNeil Pharmaceuticals employee. An organization that, in 2008, paid more than $17 million in “salaries, other compensation, and employee benefits.” [8] (See Jeffry’s article from last June entitled “83 Reasons to Question Autism Speaks for Hiring Big Pharma Scientist” for more information.)

I’m surprised that Dr. Paul Offit hasn’t been asked to investigate.

This situation calls for an outside, independent investigation by a completely unbiased group. Anything less is unacceptable. And I’m not talking about someone who is involved in any way with HBTRC. And certainly not someone who’s in bed with Big Pharma.

QUESTIONS

The freezer failure raises a lot of questions. Here are several.

What is the chance of the freezer failing?

What is the chance of one alarm system failing?

What is the chance of two alarm systems failing?

What is the chance of the freezer AND two alarm systems failing?

Is it a coincidence that the freezer that failed is the one containing the autism brains that had been moved for Autism Speaks ATP staff?

Is it a coincidence that the halves of the brains in the freezer—the ones that were destroyed—are the halves that could point to environmental causes of autism (such as vaccines)?

Can all the factors that contributed to this disaster be a coincidence?

What will an investigation by HBTRC prove? How credible could it be? Even if the center says the surveillance camera shows no evidence of foul play, how could we believe it? How would we know that the camera wasn’t tampered with?

What will an investigation by Autism Speaks prove? (No further questions necessary.)

How can a reasonable person not suspect foul play and question this “unfortunate series of events?”

What happened?

Who’s responsible?

Will the public—and, even more tragically, the families who donated their children’s brains to research—ever know the truth?

What’s next?

 

 

REFERENCES

1. http://articles.boston.com/2012-06-11/news/32177708_1_brain-bank-autism-research-freezer

2. www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/11/us-brain-research-damage-idUSBRE85A1EG20120611

3. www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/harvard-brain-bank-letter-our-cso

4. http://autismgadfly.blogspot.com/2012/06/freezer-failure-could-foul-play-be.html

5. http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/news/2012/loss-of-autism-brain-samples-highlights-need-for-donations

6. http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/06/brains-thaw-at-harvard-repository.html

7. www.ageofautism.com/2012/06/harvards-autism-brain-drain.html

8. http://vactruth.com/2011/06/17/83-reasons-to-question-autism-speaks-for-hiring-big-pharma-scientist/

 

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  • Joyce

    Hmmmm, the autism brains had been brought to this one freezer for the Autism Speaks researchers; Autism Speaks has big pharma folks on their board; suddenly at this perfect time the freezer fails along with 2 alarm system and the daily employee checks?  WHO would most benefit from the damage and resulting slowing of research for autism causes especially the environmental ones?  Why isn’t the main stream national media all over this?  Same reason, big pharna pulls the strings there too

  • Maryfoulds

    There is no mystery here

  • http://www.vaccinefraud.com/ Patrick Jordan

    Brain Freeze Demon Possession is ninetenths of The Law
     
     
    Thanks for a very good article Jennifer.  This crime gives us insight into the nature of Black Magicks.
     
    Magic like Magicks are Illusion.
     
    It is what the Buddhists warn about constantly.  Don’t get caught up in the Illusion.
     
    You only have to see David Blaine pretending to be cold in what is probably bath water with lucite chips only once to know that you are being hosed by whatever they are promoting.
     
    First, before we even get to the Mud Pellets:  HARVARD???
     
    http://www.cchrint.org/2009/09/03/cia-mind-control-doctors/
     
    Man, they were all working on the Delgado Wirehead thing.  What in the name of sanity would anyone go to a pickpocket and hand them their wallet to hold on to while they went and did something else?
     
    When the New Agers are screaming ‘people are waking up’ this just screams of ‘ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL!’
     
    “So”, you argue, “Harvard is set up with all of the right equipment and all of the trained staff to do what ATP wants” —
     
    Riiiiggghhhtt . . . . but Armies are set up with medical corps yet the PURPOSE of an army is to kill.
     
    Now, what is the budget of ATP?  Couldn’t they have invested in a few Coldspots of their own, cranked them to 11 and hired their own staff?
     
    If not, you are still going to the Devil to complain about the conditions in your suite in the Underworld.  Just doesn’t make sense.  Has no logic.  Can’t hold water.  Well, except for the melt water that was predetermined the minute they took custody.
     
    Ahh . . . .
     
    Custody.
     
    That’s the word isn’t it?  Chain of Custody.  Think about it.  Look it up if you have to.  If there were brains and they were yours and you gave them to someone else and that someone else said that your brains melted —  how do you know that they were even your brains? (well, you had none to begin with because you gave the central nervous system tissue to your enemy)  David Blaine.  Magicks.  Illusion.  Just like the ingredients of a vaccine, you would never know what was in it unless you made it yourself.  Ask all the infertile women in the Philippines, Guatemala and Mexico who were sterilized by hCG.  If you broke the Chain of Custody how would you ever know your brains melted and they just didn’t put someone else’s mud pellets in the mix and stash the ones you gave them for THEIR research?
     
    WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
    These are the institutions that GAVE YOU AUTISM!!!!!!!!!
     
    They have just been given FREE MATERIAL TO STUDY HOW WELL THEIR EXPERIMENTS WORKED and then all of a sudden when the custodians come back for their wallets —
     
    Ooopps
     
    Cash is gone.  Don’t know how that happened?
     
    I often retell the story about the mother deer and her doe in the billabong that were taking a drink.  A massive croc jetted out of the water, inhaled the doe and slid right back under the muck in one blinding motion.  The mother deer looked around like: What the hell just happened?  Then after a pause went back to take a drink.
     
    Shame on everyone involved.

  • Zed

    Did everyone notice that Autism Speaks’ comments all involved the attempt to salvage donations for future “research?” 

  • Josemargmendes

    Keep on fighting, JENNIFER, the victory belongs to the brave, not to the coward !!!

  • Marilyn

    “The DNA (which makes up genes) in the defrosted brains is probably okay,
    meaning those brains may still be adequate for gene research. However,
    the RNA and protein (which can be altered by environmental factors) is
    heavily damaged and probably unusable.”
    This takes no Brain Surgeon to figure this one out.

  • HeidiStevenson

    I certainly did! Says it all, doesn’t it?

  • Lou

    “How can a reasonable person not suspect foul play and question this “unfortunate series of events?”

    He can not. For my part this is deliberate sabotage pure and simple.

    Now we have to WAIT to “Hope for a Cure”.

    So what is new? Many of us are convinced VACCINATION is at least a MAJOR factor in autism; do we really need frozen brains?

    Autism Factors

    1) Very low gestational, maternal, fetal and newborn VITAMIN D levels. Too low to support healthy offspring neurodevelopmental health.

    2) Gut dysbiosis both in mother and offspring.

    3) Vaccination: A depopulation tool pure and simple.

    http://healthyprotocols.com/2_autism_intro.htm

  • betsyanne

    This type of thing probably happens more often than we’ll ever know, in laboratories all over the world.  Who would tell us? This was probably only reported because the autism speaks researchers were coming and something had to be said.  This is one reason I think most science is pretty much bogus.  We (the general public) only know what they tell us, as far as conditions for testing, etc., etc., but we really don’t know anything for sure, do we?  Like I’ve said before, science fiction is not science, but then what IS science?  Is something peer-reviewed considered scientific?  Hardly. As one other commenter noted, would you let a pickpocket hold your wallet?

  • johnfryer

    Probably just plain simple stupidity caused this loss.

    Matching the standard of most autism research to date?

    More than 70 years with autism and less knowledge than ever about the cause from the experts.

    While those donating money rather than enjoying trips to exotic locations have brought the recovery rate from ZERO to up to 20 per cent.

    For my money DNA and this type of research is done just because it is state of the art and bears no relation to an increasingly polluted world by the same experts who think the sun is bad for us, sweetness is good only if from carcinogenic substitutes like aspartame with so many names to try to hide from an unsuspecting public and GMO food requiring no testing or labelling while thousand year food remedies for ill health are banned because there is no trillion dollar testing done on them.

    As an amateur worker for more than a decade wiorking with no dimes (no links to big pharma et al) it grieves me to see million dollar grants go to people who cant keep ice frozen in a deep freeze.

    Havent seen the like since the UK BSE experts (mad cows) thought a bovine sample was an ovine sample and nearly condemned the UK sheep industry to oblivion.

  • Lindermanunleashed

    Isn’t it amazing as well that the president of AS suddenly left office without an explanation????

  • Gretchen Wilson

    Were these brains some that were donated approximately 20 years ago??  I never heard the results of that research.  How long has Autism Speaks been involved.  How did they become owner’s of the brains??  If this DOES include the donation of 20 years ago Autism Speaks was not around, was it??  I don’t understand them being the owners now!!!  Why aren’t the researchers the owners??  In my opinion now, this has become a circus because of the distrust of Autism Speaks & their huge salaries as well as expensive trips & spending.  Too many do not trust them.

  • Gretchen Wilson

    Why in the world is Autism Speaks owners of the brains???  Geeez, I would think it would be a known scientist or Researcher.  Autism Speaks came out with the Indigo Child, then the cure for autism, now they are owners of the brains??  Why???  Have they decided this is actually what they want to do now??  I’m totally disappointed in this entire outcome. 

  • Gretchen Wilson

    Autism Speaks has big pharma folks on their board & we are now to trust them???  Wake up World, we are being fleeced.  Big Pharma pushes pills.  Please get Autism Speaks out of the picture or is it to late???  They have tried their autism methods in too many different areas.  Parents do not trust them!!  I just can’t believe they are now keepers of the brains that were so sacred to parents who lost their children.

  • Gretchen Wilson

    Yesssss,  Why??  I have never heard the story yet.  He just left???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OKDIKZN4FA6AVPCMYASXK6VAA4 joe joe

    Sounds like an investigation for the police and FBI, Autism Speaks has no clue how to investigate anything, so why would they be doing a criminal investigation?

  • Christina England

     Excellent article Jennifer and a definite cover up. I believe that there is a strong possibility that the freezer did not malfunction and that it was turned of deliberately.

  • Jennifer Hutchinson
  • Marcella

    Excellent job of outlining the questions that need to be asked. And, excellent job at informing the public about why those questions will (most likely) never be answered fully or honestly.

  • http://www.vaccinefraud.com/ Patrick Jordan

    Hi Joe, Joe
     
    Your assessment that this is a crime is correct.  The solution is beyond the grasp of the collective conscience.  Federal means Contract.  Government is Latin.  Govern = to steer like with the rudder of a ship run by one or a few people, Mente = mind.  Mind Control.  Federal Mind Control.  The Federal Bureau of Anything is not a branch of the Govern Mente (as if that lent legitimacy in light of the explanation) but is a Contract Agency.  The Agents (think The Matrix) AND the Govern Mente AND the Academia that was set up by them are ALL IN ON IT.  You can’t ask the Devil to turn down the heat.  If there is to be an ‘awakening’ as the newagers blather on about, it will have to be to the reality that everyone is on their own.  There is no outside help.  You only need to reference the position of Kathy O’Brien who said that EVERYONE was in on the slavery and abuse from the highest levels down so there is NOWHERE to go to for help.  This, then, too, is another Buddhist concept that the answers are within not without.

  • http://www.vaccinefraud.com/ Patrick Jordan

    Hi Joe, Joe
     
    Your assessment that this is a crime is correct.  The solution is beyond the grasp of the collective conscience.  Federal means Contract.  Government is Latin.  Govern = to steer like with the rudder of a ship run by one or a few people, Mente = mind.  Mind Control.  Federal Mind Control.  The Federal Bureau of Anything is not a branch of the Govern Mente (as if that lent legitimacy in light of the explanation) but is a Contract Agency.  The Agents (think The Matrix) AND the Govern Mente AND the Academia that was set up by them are ALL IN ON IT.  You can’t ask the Devil to turn down the heat.  If there is to be an ‘awakening’ as the newagers blather on about, it will have to be to the reality that everyone is on their own.  There is no outside help.  You only need to reference the position of Kathy O’Brien who said that EVERYONE was in on the slavery and abuse from the highest levels down so there is NOWHERE to go to for help.  This, then, too, is another Buddhist concept that the answers are within not without.

  • http://www.vaccinefraud.com/ Patrick Jordan

    Hi Betsyanne,
     
    Thank you for your insights.  It gets kind of lonely some time when well-meaning people just don’t get the scope of things.  It is nice to know that folks like you ‘get’ it.  EVERYTHING we know They taught us.  They taught us language from their dictionaries that are copyrighted (anything you say can and will be held against you — after all you are trespassing on their words) and ALL of the science is done by Them so they have occulted the bits that they can’t hide completely and buried the stuff that would liberate us from their stranglehold.  No one knows anything that was not gotten by his or her own person experience.  So, if you aren’t doing cell research, genetics, brain surgery or splitting atoms in your garage you know NOTHING.  Repeating (as David Icke likes to say) is not knowledge it is just — repeating.  Science in its pure form is the only thing that will correct what is wrong but it, like everything else, has been weaponized against us and scientists have become whores to the highest bidders.

  • betsyanne

    Hi Patrick,  I must agree with you on the weaponized science.  The only thing that bothers me even further, though, is that science is so heavily depended on by ALL faction of the “sick care industry” (we certainly cannot call it health care, can we?). 

    If ya’ll would really like an eye-opening, jaw-dropping experience, just watch this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41_8hZoVKjE

    It is called Marketing of Madness and it’s a biopsy/surgical (read: taken apart piece by piece) look at the mental health industry and how bogus bogus bogus the whole thing was right from the start.  It will make you mad (which is a disease according to the mental health folks) and will give you pause to rethink the entire medical industry.  Very informative stuff.  It’s 3 hours long, but I watched it (actually, I more listened then watched) in like 15 minute segments.  Truly, truly fascinating. 

    In my humble opinion, vaccinations are based on the same bogus theories.  But hey, never waste a good theory just because it’s not factual!

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    Jennifer and all writers at VacTruth, your writing is outstanding!  All I can say is the quality of reporting here puts me in mind of ‘old fashion’ investigative reporting for which Pulitzer Prizes were awarded.  Go, writers, go!  And thank you.

  • Jennifer Hutchinson

     Thank you, Catherine! You’re included, too. :)

  • http://twitter.com/VaccineRisks Vaccine Risks

    Excellent article, well formulated and posing relevant questions.

    In a hospital where I worked some years ago sterile fluids (vaccines, injections, infusions etc) were stored in refrigeration rooms.

    There was a  storage temperature control system which was not very expensive to maintain and which functioned optimally.

    Thermal feelers there were connected to graph-drawing systems which registered and continuously drew graphs with temperature variations.

    The graphs were inspected several times day and at night by those on night duty, those responsible signing their names. Irregularities were noted and reported immediately. 

    So what is the possible difference between the control of temperature for the brain material in the McLean Hospital’s Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center and our temperature control of sterile fluids?

    Is it that we were more professional and that we cared more?

    Or is it that we had no conflicts of interest?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lowell-Hubbs/1285214003 Lowell Hubbs

    There needs to be an investigation, as to how and why such people as those connected to Autism Speaks, ever acquired the research rights to this needed area of research. Autism Speaks, in my view intentionally allowed this to happen. That way, only the genetic route of ASD causation can contnue to be investigated, and again any other source of causation is thus disregarded. This only supports further the obvious conclusion and belief that I have always had; which is that they at A. S. are only a pharma front group, directly connected to one, Paul Offit, at CHOP.

    Autism Speaks, is clearly not a/ or the leader in autism research;as they are clearly and exactly the opposite of that. Any research organization that intentionally redirects and limits that research to anything but vaccines, is a FRAUD. They are intentionally taking large sums of research inititive and the funding money and flushing it down the toilet,’ looking at anything for causation but vaccines; which as a fact are clearly the main cause of the current ASD epidemic. Not only that, but the brains of these many of these said autistic children were given to research, by concerned and thinking parents that painfully donated those, That, in hope that the answers could be found as to what causes autism, and for that resulting research to produce an understanding of that cause, which in turn would provide understanding that could prevent more children from suffering, and as well in the best case scenario, provide for a cure. 

    Look at the research that has long already been available at such as Autism Research Insititue, if you want to know how far down the ladder Autism Speaks, actually is. Why if they at (A.S.), are stated the leading advocate for parents with children having ASD, do they then disregard all the children that have had their ASD reversed by biomedical means? WHY WHY, would they disregard those facts, and that area of research? Why, would they have absolutely no information on the Autism Speaks site, about that route of biomedical treatment and research?  

    Advances in Research
    http://www.autism.com/index.php//advocacy_research_1

    Regarding Caroline
    http://www.regardingcaroline.com/

    Modern Medicine and Vaccine Truth
    http://www.vacfacts.info/

  • http://www.vaccinefraud.com/ Patrick Jordan

    Hi Bettsyanne,
     
    I’m one of those dialup guys where it takes 60 minutes to stream 60 second of video so I can’t watch the show.  I have read about the Dungeons they use to put people in when they manifested with ‘mental’ disease, but it was only after studying the Buck vs. Bell lawsuit that set up the precedence for the State to force sterilization that I finally realized what was going on.  Jenner’s son was his first experiment and although Jenner believed that Small Pox came from lesions on horses’ heels, he did not use the pus from syphilitic sores on cows but opted for swine pox on his own baby.  Jenner Junior ended up with what can only be characterized as the first recorded case of vaccine-induced autism.  So, with that as a background and Crookshank outlining that the early vaccinators marveled at the fact that you could liquefy a child’s brain by inoculation, it occurred to me that perhaps Carrie Buck and the others who were imprisoned for being ‘insane’ were nothing short of being victims of brain damage from vaccines.  So, they caused the problem they ‘didn’t know how to treat’.  When you consider that this planet is the equivalent of the dumping ground of all of the galactic refuse, where traumatic mind control is the standing order prescription, then as one of my listmembers who works with people who have ‘mental’ disease said, it is actually NORMAL to be crazy under such conditions.  The Controllers just don’t want anybody catching on to that subtle truth because Bedlam would break out in the Ward.  The lack of outrage for topics like you bring up has been medicated and bred out of the population at large because otherwise the Controllers would be faced with herding cats and everyone knows how that ends.

  • http://www.vaccinefraud.com/ Patrick Jordan

    Hi Bettsyanne,
     
    I’m one of those dialup guys where it takes 60 minutes to stream 60 second of video so I can’t watch the show.  I have read about the Dungeons they use to put people in when they manifested with ‘mental’ disease, but it was only after studying the Buck vs. Bell lawsuit that set up the precedence for the State to force sterilization that I finally realized what was going on.  Jenner’s son was his first experiment and although Jenner believed that Small Pox came from lesions on horses’ heels, he did not use the pus from syphilitic sores on cows but opted for swine pox on his own baby.  Jenner Junior ended up with what can only be characterized as the first recorded case of vaccine-induced autism.  So, with that as a background and Crookshank outlining that the early vaccinators marveled at the fact that you could liquefy a child’s brain by inoculation, it occurred to me that perhaps Carrie Buck and the others who were imprisoned for being ‘insane’ were nothing short of being victims of brain damage from vaccines.  So, they caused the problem they ‘didn’t know how to treat’.  When you consider that this planet is the equivalent of the dumping ground of all of the galactic refuse, where traumatic mind control is the standing order prescription, then as one of my listmembers who works with people who have ‘mental’ disease said, it is actually NORMAL to be crazy under such conditions.  The Controllers just don’t want anybody catching on to that subtle truth because Bedlam would break out in the Ward.  The lack of outrage for topics like you bring up has been medicated and bred out of the population at large because otherwise the Controllers would be faced with herding cats and everyone knows how that ends.

  • Retired Fed

    This project gets Federal Funds.  Why hasn’t the FBI been called in to do and investigation if a “black bag operation” is suspected?

  • Mr. Logic

    Coincidences occur in nature all the time, it is just the ones that are noticed that are so rare and seemingly significant. Regardless, it’s impossible with the publicly available information to ascertain what the true situation was in this case.

    You have made a statement I know for a fact is incorrect: “Is it a coincidence that the halves of the brains in the freezer—the
    ones that were destroyed—are the halves that could point to
    environmental causes of autism (such as vaccines)?” This statement demonstrates confusion on many levels. The first half, implying that it might not be merely a coincidence that the highly perishable frozen brain hemispheres were damaged while the fixed, extremely durable hemispheres remained intact, is really confusing–I just don’t understand your reasoning (it’s like the difference between one’s ability to preserve the integrity of a snowball vs. a rubber ball).

    But far more importantly, you claim that these frozen hemispheres specifically were capable of pointing to environmental causes like vaccines?? Data on the environmental exposures and even vaccine exposure in those cases is not in the extremely limited case histories available. The only way one could find out about chemical exposures would be if the chemicals still remained in the brain tissue, in which case they would be expected to still be there now even after the freezer malfunction (or at least recognizable by-products of them)… But why would someone look there when they could take ordinary blood samples during a person’s life and correlate that data with the much more relevant behavioral data of individuals on the spectrum (i say much more relevant here because autism is after all behaviorally, not biologically defined)….

    Therefore, I must say, this is a gross overestimation of the significance of a coincidence… And it makes me wonder a bit about the other assumptions you have at play here… Freezer malfunctions are actually quite common–but in this case, I would truly suspect human error and oversight due to disorganization and overworking are much more at play than anything else… Just think of some of the ridiculous mistakes you’ve made when no one else is looking!

  • http://vactruth.com Jeffry John Aufderheide

    You can’t be serious?

    Autism is described as a “menu” of behavioral abnormalities. Try researching autism and SPECT scan sometime. It’s apparent you know very little about autism.