The State of Autism—and 15 Questions for the Presidential Candidates

How will Barack Obama and Mitt Romney address the autism epidemic?

How will Barack Obama and Mitt Romney address the autism epidemic?

Does anyone know what our presidential candidates’ plans are for dealing with the autism epidemic in this country? Does anyone know what their policies are regarding vaccines?

Few people can say yes to either of these questions. And that’s because, with the exception of a half-assed response to question 14 of the 2012 “Top American Science Questions” [1], both Obama and Romney have avoided the subject like the plague.

No one argues that autism is an epidemic. The figures speak for themselves. Money is definitely being spent on autism research. Millions of dollars every year, as a matter of fact. Awareness has increased. How could it not with a statistic like 1 in 88 and a media that covers the topic thoroughly? Finally, there is certainly no shortage of government agencies to address the issue.

THEN WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

Epidemic

It’s one thing to admit that we have an epidemic on our hands. It’s another thing entirely to actually do something about it. Nothing is working. It’s not getting better. It’s getting worse. Autism is a national crisis. A healthcare emergency. The incidence of autism is almost twice today what it was four years ago. What will it be in four more years? 1 in 44? In eight years? 1 in 22?

Research

Most of the money that’s being spent on gene research is wasted. There’s no such thing as a genetic epidemic. Nobody is spending money studying vaccines—each one and in combination. No one is investigating their ingredients, their success and failure rates, their side effects, their necessity, their efficacy. Nor the vaccine schedule. Nor vaccinated children versus unvaccinated children. No studies conducted by someone who has no financial interest in the outcome. Not a vaccine manufacturer, not anyone associated with Big Pharma, and not the government. But someone who will report the truth and not twist the statistics.

Awareness

One huge problem with the increase in awareness is that many experts use it to explain the increase in autism. Everyone, from parents to doctors, is smarter and can identify autism now, whereas they used to not be so good at it. Hence, they claim, there aren’t more children with autism today. We’re all just better at recognizing it. We’re all more aware.

Agencies

Let’s look at a few of the groups working on the problem.

HHS: The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services objectives include early identification, early intervention, and early learning; research to come up with better screening and diagnostic techniques; improving behavioral, communication, and social skills; assisting with employment and independent living; protecting individuals’ legal rights; and providing affordable healthcare. [2] What about prevention? Figure out the cause and, subsequently, a cure, and all these things won’t be necessary. Look no further than the AAP’s vaccine schedule.

IOM: The Institute of Medicine “works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public.” Their goal? “To help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely.” [3] Really? Guess who one of the members is? Dr. Paul Offit. Enough said. So much for this “unbiased” group.

IACC: The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee consists of representatives from federal agencies and the public. Dr. Thomas Insel is the director. Only one member, activist Lyn Redwood, represents parents who believe autism is preventable and treatable. Who are some of the other members? An AAP advocate who obviously has no interest in researching vaccine safety. A staunch defender of Dr. Offit. A CDC employee who pressured an AAP journal to publish a bogus vaccine study. A former Merck employee. The president of an autism organization funded by vaccine manufacturers. There are more—just no environmental expert. [4] With their current membership, I doubt they’re going to consider vaccines anytime soon. The IACC is nothing more than a monumental failure.

VAERS: Even the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System doesn’t amount to much. When adverse events are reported, what happens? Is someone analyzing the data, investigating the injuries and deaths, and reporting them to the appropriate people and agencies? How are these statistics ignored? They should be included in the Vaccine Information Sheets that are supposed to be given to parents for every vaccine their children receive. We should be seeing these tragic numbers in the news. There should be warnings. And recalls. Who’s doing something about it?

According to former FDA Commission David Kessler, only about one percent of reactions are reported. So, take a number like 50,000+ injuries and almost 1,000 deaths from the hepatitis B vaccine and multiply it by 100 (or even 10), and we’re up to between 500,000 and 5 million injuries and 10,000 to 100,000 deaths. That’s from one vaccine. “Apparently, no number of VAERS vaccine adverse reaction reports is sufficient to cause the FDA or CDC to raise a red flag or withdraw a vaccine from the market.”

Another problem is that 61 percent of vaccine providers don’t know what constitutes an adverse event. [5]

HERE’S THE HARD, COLD REALITY

There are more and more vaccines. Vaccines that are given to tiny babies and pregnant women. While you’re reading this article, there are 300+ vaccines in development. There are more sick children. More autism. More dead children. Suicides. Murders. Our children aren’t getting the care they need. Their parents live every day with the crushing fear of what will happen to their children when they die and there’s no one left to love them and take care of them.

These families fight every day. For IEPs (Individualized Education Programs) and other services their children desperately need and deserve. For vaccine exemptions. For treatments that work. For some sort of relief. They fight abuse at school. They fight bullies (teachers and students). They fight the stigma. And they fight with little or no sleep, little or no money, and little or no help or support.

Why? Because no one is doing anything to fix the problem. Nobody is looking at the real cause in most children, and that is vaccines. It’s simple. If what they’re doing isn’t working, it’s time to do something else. (Definition of insanity.)

WHAT ARE THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES SAYING?

Autism

When Obama ran for president in 2008, he called himself the Autism President. He promised insurance coverage for autism therapies for all Americans. To create a federal government position responsible for autism policy. To increase spending on autism to $1 billion per year by the end of his term. [6]

Has he kept these promises? No. This is the same president who told Sam Wessels, a 10-year-old with autism, a few weeks ago, “Sam, I will gladly stand up with you for people with autism. As a matter of fact, I had already planned to stand up for those who have autism. Autism is an enormous issue and I have a plan.” [7]

We heard this four years ago. He had a plan. Look where we are. The “plan” has failed. No one will admit to any wrongdoing, let alone a cover-up, and no one will take responsibility. Who’s going to fix this catastrophic disaster?

Obama said, on World Autism Awareness Day, 2012: “We have made great strides in our understanding of the autism spectrum.” [8] Great strides? Really? Where? Oh, that’s right. Increased diagnosis and awareness.

He goes on to say autism is a priority. Then, he pats himself on the back for signing the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act which funds “research, education, early detection, and support and services for children and adults.”

Obama stated, “On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our dedication to supporting those on the autism spectrum and their families, and let us continue the work of ensuring all our people have a chance at achieving the American dream.”

The American dream? WTF? Children and their families who are living with a vaccine injury like autism are living in hell. A nightmare. An autism nightmare.

Romney doesn’t have much to say either. Sam asked him, “What’s happening to America’s most precious resource, our children, and what do you plan to do about it?” [9] Romney rambled, but in essence said, “One of the places we will spend our funds wisely is on research and science where we think we can make a difference in the lives of our citizens. We will cure disease and cure conditions that cause disability and at the same time create new science and open up new enterprises for our economy.” As in the vaccine industry?

He goes on to say, “It will be determined not by the politicians but will be determined by the scientists and by people who measure where the impact will be the greatest.” As in money for Big Pharma?

Vaccines

The question I mentioned at the beginning of this article was: “Vaccination campaigns against preventable diseases such as measles, polio, and whooping cough depend on widespread participation to be effective, but in some communities vaccination rates have fallen off sharply. What actions would you support to enforce vaccinations in the interest of public health, and in what circumstances should exemptions be allowed?” [10]

Basically, Obama said the Affordable Care Act would ensure “quality preventive health care services” for all Americans, including vaccines. “Ultimately, I believe the health care law is a significant step forward in ensuring that every American has access to the preventive care and immunizations that they need to stay healthy.”

Romney has several priorities, including making sure “America has adequate supplies of safe and effective vaccines” (which requires “advanced manufacturing capabilities”), preventing disease outbreaks (which means vaccines must be used effectively—in other words, “the vast majority” should be vaccinated), and having “a robust research and development enterprise capable of constantly improving on the tools available to prevent these diseases” (which means ensuring “that America remains the most attractive place to develop and commercialize innovative, life-saving products like vaccines”).

IN OTHER WORDS …

Neither Obama nor Romney has a clue. They’re both oblivious. Even if they had a clue, would they have the courage or guts to be honest? Unless I’m missing something, neither answered the question about vaccine exemptions.

Together, their ideas amount to this: Let’s make vaccines affordable (free if necessary), ensure that everyone is vaccinated, and, in the meantime, keep the American vaccine industry booming. As Dan Olmsted says, they both “want to vaccinate the bejesus out of America’s kids—and that’s the main driver of the autism epidemic. Talk about a messed-up situation! … You can’t push policies that cause an autism epidemic, and then expect credit for how you plan to prevent or treat it.” [11]

15 QUESTIONS FOR THE CANDIDATES …

Here are some of the questions I would like the presidential candidates to answer:

1. What are your plans for addressing the autism epidemic?

2. How much money are you going to allocate for this issue?

3. Are you going to allocate funds to research environmental factors, especially vaccines, as a cause of autism and stop spending money on genetic research?

4. Will you insist on research to study biomedical and other treatments and therapies that are helping children with autism?

5. How do you plan to handle the adults with autism who are going to flood the system for services in a year or two because they can’t work and take care of themselves and may need to live in group homes?

6. What are you going to do to help families with vaccine-injured children?

7. Who is going to be held responsible and accountable for what has happened? Will you demand that the Federal Vaccine Court do its job and compensate all families whose children have been injured by vaccines?

8. Are you going to ensure that members of the IACC, IOM, CDC, FDA, NIH, and other relevant groups who are making decisions about autism and our children’s health and lives have no financial interest in vaccines?

9. Will you hold congressional hearings to determine what conflicts of interest currently exist in agencies that are in charge of all things autism and vaccines? Simply put, will you follow the money?

10. How are you going to influence legislation that will provide insurance coverage for autism treatments and therapies—and provide care to families who have no insurance?

11. Will you meet with groups (Canary Party, National Autism Association, Autism One, SafeMinds, etc.) who are the voice of our children and their families to discuss autism and vaccines and treatments that are working?

12. Will you allow school vaccine exemptions (medical, religious, and philosophical) to all families in every state?

13. Will you make a commitment to this country that you will not give up until a cause and cure is found—no matter where the investigation leads you?

14. When your term is over, what are we going to be able to say? Are things better? Worse? The same?

15. What are you waiting for? When are you going to start fighting for our children and their families?

… AND A FEW FINAL WORDS TO THE CANDIDATES

Stop ignoring the issue. Get educated about the autism epidemic and vaccines. Fast. And tell the country what you are going to do about it. If you don’t care about the thousands of families who are suffering, whose lives are ruined, you better start caring about what autism is going to do to this country’s economy. It’s time to make autism a priority. It’s a national healthcare crisis. It’s an emergency. Admit it, and then do something about it. Now.

This is not a small, minor, or trivial issue. We’re talking about something that affects 1 in 88 children (1 in 54 boys) and 2 million American families. We’re talking about something that costs more than a million dollars to care for one child for a lifetime. Do the math.

Our government is completely discounting vaccines as a possible cause of autism. A government that, on the other hand, has a Federal Vaccine Court set up to pay families for children with vaccine injuries. This makes no sense. You can’t have it both ways.

I’ll close with a quote by Mark Blaxill, chairman of the Canary Party: “We are not going away. We cannot. We all live with autism every day in one way or another. We will not stop pushing until we get accountable leadership and until we reverse this devastating epidemic.” [12]

 

  • KeineImpfungenMehr

    Great article as usual!

    If we are going to wait for
    someone to pull his/her head out of the sand and admit that vaccines cause
    autism (and many other health issues), we are going to be old and grey. Nobody
    wants to open this huge can of worms – if opened – the consequences would be
    enormous! They all know that if the truth about vaccines would be revealed and
    admitted to, this country would drown in lawsuits and protests. Just think –
    thousands of parents suddenly aware of the fact that they were lied to by their
    government and pediatricians for years!

    I really think that we must all
    individually fight against mandatory vaccinations, we must educate our friends,
    neighbors and co-workers and urge them to do the research before vaccinating
    their babies. We can only lead them to the water, we cannot make them drink.
    When it comes to vaccines, you cannot convince anybody unless they want to be
    convinced. We have all been brainwashed into thinking that vaccines =
    protection = something positive. Once you have had a child almost die from a
    vaccination, you very quickly become normal again and no longer associate the
    word vaccine with something positive but with something that horrifies you
    right down into your soul! We as parents and grandparents must stand up for
    what’s right and keep on writing and talking to everybody endlessly until they
    realize there is something to what we have been saying.

     

  • Michelle

    Another excellent article. Thanks for posting this important information!

  • Davidjohnkenna

    Great article. Now they are promoting genetically modified vaccines. Rotavirus, HPV,?
     

  • Davidjohnkenna

    Rotavirus was found to have  pig virus DNA in it. Much consternation the FDA stopped all programs. The makers, Merck didn’t know what it was doing in the vaccines!!
    and a week later this statement ” There is no evidence to show that pig virus dna in any way
    effects humans.That after only one week. Must have had superman on the case.then the PR dept produced this reassuring message There is no evidence this poses a safety risk.
    Yes, but how did it get there? And when piglets get this virus they die from a wasting disease?
    Shouldn’t we be concerned. Most definitely. 
    But long experience tells me that whatever Pharma or the FDA put out as the truth, think the opposite and you won’t be far out!   

  • Argus

     ”The incidence of autism is almost twice today what it was four years ago.”
     
    How do you know this? Provide the data and cite your sources, please.

  • Guest

    Hey Arrggus. How does this headline affect you? TRY to read it with your head OUT of the sand!

    Vancouver researcher finds flu shot is linked to H1N1 illness
     

     
    By Helen Branswell, Canadian Press September 10, 2012 www.vancouversun.com/health/Vancouver+researcher+finds+shot+linked+H1N1+illness/7217609/story.html

  • Christina England

    Brilliant article Jennifer, I think the same questions should be asked of any government promoting vaccines!

  • Evanjosephsilva

    There is a list of references right above you.  Do your own research and educate yourself so you know what you are talking about.

  • George

    Guest, Your link is what’s called a non-sequitur, look it up. 

  • Guest

    As a parent of a daughter with ASD, along with other issues I’m really concerned how you and many other parents are treating autism like a cancer that must be cured, love and appreciate your child(ren) however they come. My daughter may be almost completely non-verbal and rely on me for literally every aspect of her needs at age 6 n likely for many more years to come but her beautiful smile make any hardships worthwhile and I for one would not change my daughter for anything-would I rather my daughter was at risk of contracting german measles, mumps or measles n possibly die or would I vaccinate her again-answer is I would vaccinate her, neither do i believe autism is anything to do with the vaccine, its just ASD tends to show itself around the same time as MMR jabs, hence why everyone jumps up and down to blame the MMR jab-its just one of those things!!No scientific research done to date has proved a link between autism and the MMR jab (a weakly correlated study has since been disproven), lets concentrate our efforts on enjoying our children and helping them to develop as children rather than looking for reasons why they are how are they/how to ‘cure’ them!

  • Argus

    Here we have an example of anti-vaccinationist gambit #7:
    Pretend like having a long list of “resources” means that you have backed up your statements. When asked to cite specific data and sources, accuse the questioner of not doing the “research”.

    Evanjosephsilva, if YOU have done your homework and believe that the statement that autism rates have nearly doubled in just four years, then it should be easy to provide the figures and name the source. Without that, this statement must be evaluated as FALSE.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5PIWTV4SUIFY7FZNIG5HSXCQM Aaron

    Well how do you explain my little guy growing mentally sound with evidence of speaking,eye contact and having signs of a “normal” child but then he gets the MMR shot and a week later he stops speaking,gives no eye contact and is acting very strange.Shortly thereafter he is diagnosed with Autism. How do you explain that. You say you would rather inject her with viruses that hardly exist anymore but my little guy was never able to pass the mumps virus through his system and now has the mumps virus running rapid in his gut and makes him sick. So I went the vaccine way and not only did it give my son Autism it gave him the very thing the vaccine was to prevent. So go ahead and fill your little one with vaccines that could continue to hurt her or stand up and find a better way to get your little better. You know I also would not change my son for nothing, but I will do anything to help him get better.He has not had a vaccine since the MMR shot and he has turned out just fine thus far.I’m am not going to infect him anymore with those damn vaccines!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5PIWTV4SUIFY7FZNIG5HSXCQM Aaron

    Well how do you explain my little guy growing mentally sound with evidence of speaking,eye contact and having signs of a “normal” child but then he gets the MMR shot and a week later he stops speaking,gives no eye contact and is acting very strange.Shortly thereafter he is diagnosed with Autism. How do you explain that. You say you would rather inject her with viruses that hardly exist anymore but my little guy was never able to pass the mumps virus through his system and now has the mumps virus running rapid in his gut and makes him sick. So I went the vaccine way and not only did it give my son Autism it gave him the very thing the vaccine was to prevent. So go ahead and fill your little one with vaccines that could continue to hurt her or stand up and find a better way to get your little better. You know I also would not change my son for nothing, but I will do anything to help him get better.He has not had a vaccine since the MMR shot and he has turned out just fine thus far.I’m am not going to infect him anymore with those damn vaccines!!

  • Jim Bob

    Guest, You’re postive attitude and ability to interpret evidence objectively is inspiring. It would be very easy to jump to false conclusions and look for something to blame. I wish more of the readers on this site were more like you.

  • Jim Bob

    Hi Aaron,

    As mentioned by Guest, there is no scientific research that shows MMR causes autism. In fact, all credible scientific research to date has show this. 

    I can only assume your son experienced sudden regression around the 12-18 month range which is typically when it appears in BOTH the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups.  This also happens to coincide with the MMR vaccine schedule. Moreover, you mentioned that the MMR viruses are causing gut problems which effect brain development. Its actually been scientifically documented that it is the neurological development issues that cause the gut issues. Not the other way around. This is why so many autistic persons also have gastrointestinal problems.

    While it would be easier to blame yourself or a vaccine, the reality is that the causes are still relatively unkown. However, the majority of research is pointing towards genetic causes. You may wish to check out the latest developments regarding autism prevalence and Fragile X syndrome or the SHANK gene family. More recently, a study has also suggested that the age of the father might also be a contributing factor.

    But I wish you all the luck with your son and I hope you reconsider your position on the necessity of vaccines.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W5PIWTV4SUIFY7FZNIG5HSXCQM Aaron

    It’s just so hard to look at other factors with what I have witnessed. I really appreciate your post Jim,and I will for sure look into the things you talked about. All in all something must be done to find out why this is happening. My greatest fear is that this epidemic gets worse while the money to helps these little ones with therapy and paraprofessionals in school to help them will dry up.These kids deserve better.They are so full of life and loving.To tell you the truth, If I have another child I would vaccinate but at least with the MMR shot I would sprend each shot out so they are not getting 3 at once.That shot I am the mot scared about because of how I feel about it.I apologize Guest if I came off like a dick. I wish you luck with your endevours.Thanks again Jim and God bless.

  • Jim Bob

    Not a problem Aaron. The timing of the emergence of regressive autism and the MMR vaccine schedule makes MMR a very easy target. Moreover, vaccines are a preventative treatment that you are giving to an otherwise healthy body so it can be extremely scary to witness ANY adverse reaction. Thankfully, my daughter has had only the mildest of reactions (small fever with one DTAP, soreness and bruising with chickenpox).

    Like you, I also hope the money doesn’t dry up for researching the causes and treatments for those with ASD. My wife is pregnant now with our second child and the statistic of 1 in 100 children with autism is too scary.  

  • Jim Bob

    Not a problem Aaron. The timing of the emergence of regressive autism and the MMR vaccine schedule makes MMR a very easy target. Moreover, vaccines are a preventative treatment that you are giving to an otherwise healthy body so it can be extremely scary to witness ANY adverse reaction. Thankfully, my daughter has had only the mildest of reactions (small fever with one DTAP, soreness and bruising with chickenpox).

    Like you, I also hope the money doesn’t dry up for researching the causes and treatments for those with ASD. My wife is pregnant now with our second child and the statistic of 1 in 100 children with autism is too scary.  

  • Davidjohnkenna

    I am not sure about the history of autism and why people have rallied round it when it is so difficult to prove…(apparently).
    Meanwhile encephalitis is something that is documented  and also has very serious direct effects. The Mayo Clinic defines “encephalitis” as inflammation of the brain.
    The side effects of the disease can progress over time or because the infection has reached the brain.  Symptoms include rash, tremors, paralysis in parts of the body, changes in personality, confusion, muscle weakness, seizures, hallucinations, loss of sensation in parts of the body or a loss of consciousness. In addition to these symptoms, infants may have bulging at the soft spots in the skull. The NINDS indicates that severe dementia and impaired judgement may result when the brain becomes inflamed from the infection.Severe cases of encephalitis can result in deadly seizures, coma, respiratory arrest and even death, warns the Mayo Clinic. The effects of the disease can be lasting. Individuals may continually be tired, weak, depressed or have memory problems long after the virus has passed. Other problems that may occur include personality changes and walking problems. These complications could be permanent. Some patients never regain the ability to speak, see or hear clearly. Other patients may struggle with muscle control and paralysis.
    Once the virus has passed, individuals may continue to suffer from impaired intelligence and psychiatric disturbances. Children affected before the age of five may experience mental retardation and paralysis.

    Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/38630-encephalitis-side-effects/#ixzz28MAX8ywa

  • Davidjohnkenna

    Why bring up the question of encephalitis when autism is mentioned. Because it may have been encephalitis that caused the autistic symptoms, And I guess it would be much easier to prove than autism so legal redress would be far simpler?
      A new study published in theJournal of the American
    Medical Associationhas identified a clear link between the vaccine and the
    onset of fever-related seizures, which the authors claim will not cause
    long-term damage.
    Yuelian Sun fromAarhus Universityin Denmark and
    her colleagues evaluated data on roughly 380,000 babies born in Denmark between
    2003 and 2008. Children in that country are recommended to get the vaccine at
    three different times — once when they are three months old, again when they
    are five months old, and a third time on their first birthday. Upon analysis,
    the researchers determined that about 7,800 of these children, or just over two
    percent, had been diagnosed with a fever-related seizure by the time they reach
    one-and-a-half years oldThe risk of having a fever-related seizure appears to
    increase after each subsequent jab with the vaccine, and particularly on the
    same day that it is administered.   Natural News
     

      

  • Davidjohnkenna

    finally joining up the dots….this comment relates to encephalitis…In 1948 Byers and Moll of the Harvard medical school examined 15 children who had reacted violently within 72 hours of a pertussis vaccine. All the children had been normal prior to the shot. None had had a convulsion before. Of the 15, two died, and 9 suffered neurological damage. One child became blind, deaf, spastic and helpless.

     and in Australian where  Fluvax was stopped because Originally, it was discovered that the rate of febrile
    convulsions following Fluvax was 10 times higher than the ‘expected’ rate and
    was causing seizures in 1 child in 100. As a result, the Chief Medical Officer
    of Australia, Jim Bishop, banned the vaccine for use in children under five and
    current recommendations state that it should only be used in children between
    five and 10 years of age if no other vaccination is available.
    There was follow up to this story. several other explanations were offeredas to why the vaccines was banned…the old faulty batch theory, and errors
    by doctors recording information about the vaccine…as much as 70%
    error rate. Any excuse to explain away why vaccine go wrong.
    Notice febrile reaction and the expected rate… what does that mean?
    shouldn’t people be told about this expected rate. One child in a hundred is 
    a very high rate…
    Anyway I believe the case is strong for encephalitis as a likely cause of
    autistic spectrum disorders…what do people think?  

  • Davidjohnkenna

    finally joining up the dots….this comment relates to encephalitis…In 1948 Byers and Moll of the Harvard medical school examined 15 children who had reacted violently within 72 hours of a pertussis vaccine. All the children had been normal prior to the shot. None had had a convulsion before. Of the 15, two died, and 9 suffered neurological damage. One child became blind, deaf, spastic and helpless.

     and in Australian where  Fluvax was stopped because Originally, it was discovered that the rate of febrile
    convulsions following Fluvax was 10 times higher than the ‘expected’ rate and
    was causing seizures in 1 child in 100. As a result, the Chief Medical Officer
    of Australia, Jim Bishop, banned the vaccine for use in children under five and
    current recommendations state that it should only be used in children between
    five and 10 years of age if no other vaccination is available.
    There was follow up to this story. several other explanations were offeredas to why the vaccines was banned…the old faulty batch theory, and errors
    by doctors recording information about the vaccine…as much as 70%
    error rate. Any excuse to explain away why vaccine go wrong.
    Notice febrile reaction and the expected rate… what does that mean?
    shouldn’t people be told about this expected rate. One child in a hundred is 
    a very high rate…
    Anyway I believe the case is strong for encephalitis as a likely cause of
    autistic spectrum disorders…what do people think?  

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

    There isn’t any scientific that shows MMR vaccine causes autism? You say that Jim Bob because you are in denial. You claim that because all you are doing is looking at what the CDC and their minions tell you, right along with the brainwashed media outlets. You refuse to think for yourself. You refuse to even consider the unbiased science and information, even when you know it is there. When you state there is no science that shows; actually how much real science would actually be enough? To me and many others, this below collection of said science that you disregard, is more than enough.

    Research Referenceshttp://www.callous-disregard.com/research.htm

    Add that to now the 1000′s of parents with the same and similar accounts of a healthy child regressing after an MMR vaccine, and as well other vaccines. You can only ignore the elephant standing in the room, for so long; and you choose to do exactly that Jim Bob. How do you explain the numerous recoveries from ASD after biomedical treatments, and as well dietary restrictions that heal the MMR damaged  intestinal tract in these children? But in the allopathic circles they refuse to believe there is any such connection. The only people that would ignore that much evidence, are those with a vested interest in denial of all, or perhaps they simply can not face it. 

    Advances in Research. The following index links to citations describing emerging findings in autism research.http://www.autism.com/index.php//advocacy_research_1

    How do you explain this? 

    Caroline, the Journey to Recovery 
    http://regardingcaroline.com/

    And YOU Jim Bob in your insistence on denial would DENY these children a chance at recovery, simply because you must deny the causation.

    How about ALL these studies that you have had put in front of you and that you as well continue to ignore? 

    Vaccines Cause Autism and More – The Scientific Explanation
    http://www.vacfacts.info/vaccines-cause-autism-and-more—the-scientific-explanation.html

    And you Jim Bob with no identity as to who you really are, want to continue to claim that no science anywhere has ever connected vaccines to autism. You base that off of what data? CDC paid for and funded epidemiological studies on one single vaccine and one single ingredient. Studies with known flawed study designs, and clearly predetermined outcomes. That is ALL that has EVER been done; but lets not forget the as well AAP studies where they claimed that thimerosal (a neurotoxin) in vaccines actually improved the test scores of children. A neurotoxin, just as aluminum adjuvants are.

    How many safety studies have ever been done showing the safety of vaccine aluminum adjuvants, Jim Bob? The answer is, zero. Would that seem at all irresponsible to you? Given a status of (GRAS) by the FDA in 1929, and never looked at again. 

    Attempting to claim that the now 1 in 88 ASD number, is caused by a genetic defect or mutation, is simply beyond ridiculous. Do you at all comprehend that even though there may be somewhat of a genetic link, that those links never would have been broken, without the toxicity of the vaccines, and otherwise the child would have been fine?  Of course the mutative animal and human organ cells and DNA in vaccines having a very good chance of being the reason for any genetics becoming altered and/or mutated; that never as well crossed your mind, did it Jim Bob? Overwhelming the body and weakening the defenses allowing entry throughout the body including the possible breach of the blood brain barrier and anyone who has researched anything knows what happens when the blood brain barrier is breached by heavy metals and toxins. How much research have you actually done in the area of mitochondrial conditions, “autism like symptoms”, and in relation to existing low levels of glutathione in these said many susceptible children? And it wouldn’t matter to you that when those glutathione levels are increased naturally, then as well often the said symptoms of ASD have reversed? 

    Nothing is enough, is it Jim Bob? Nor ever will be. You must hear it straight from the CDC. It will never happen, and no matter what!  They have simply to much to lose. 
     

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

    Argus,

    Explain this? The CDC claims that all the vaccines are purified through a step process, correct? Looks like they lied, and they as well do know better. They as well have known all along what potential there is for chronic illness and autoimmune disease if and when that would happen. They obviously do not care, and they do know that they have not resolved the problem. Given those facts, there should never be another vaccine mandate again. period. Did you ever figure out that vaccine derived herd immunity was a bunch unverified non sense? Why don’t you go over to and just stay on that Gorski non science based site; where you belong.

    Vaccine Production With – Human Diploid Cells (aborted fetal cell tissue)
    http://www.vacfacts.info/vaccine-production-with—human-diploid-cells-aborted-fetal-cell—tissue.html

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

    I am hereby…. invoking the “pharma shill” gambit #1, on you Argus. You are falsely pretending to have a long list of scientific resources to back your said claims on these articles, and when asked to cite the specific data and resources, you come up empty every time. Unfortunately for you, the only resources you have, are at 1 Gorski,  No Real Science There, Lane; and if you want to reference to that, you know you would get rightfully discredited and laughed out of the room.

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

    Autism is caused by mercury; that is correct. However as well there is plenty of scientific evidence and supporting case evidence, to show that aluminum adjuvants and as well the MMR vaccine, can and do trigger ASD. And what about the issue of human diploid tissue used in vaccine production? Can you refute any and all of the potential connections? No you can’t; and you haven’t. I have gone around and around with you on this before. So how do you justify thus calling people, lying bastards? You continually seem to think there is a conspiracy into play, and to deny the truth of the mercury connection. As well you maintain that much is done to screw it all up with intentional confusion and lack of focus; even by organizations directly connected to the parents of vaccine damaged children? That would not even make the most basic of sense, John. Autism Speaks, is actually the only obvious and blatant misinforming, Offit connected and shill run main line foundation, we have. 

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

    Thank you for another amazing and right on target, article; Jennifer. Bringing more and more truth to the light, where nothing but misinformation, evil, and darkness for knowledge has existed. A certain element of people will always come to that light, and try again and again to throw the existing and false propaganda back into this circle. They will again and again attempt to demolish the facts, with the same old false information and smoke screens of denial.      

  • Jim Bob

    Lowell,

    You can’t tell me to use unbiased sources and then use the references listed below.

    Also if by the CDC and their minions you are referring to every health agency in the world, along with all major major health research centres then yes, I suppose I’m brainwashed by these well-respected scientists.

    Don’t you hate it when someone is brainwashed by intelligence and rational thought?

  • Jim Bob

    Lowell,

    I thought I would post what actual research looks like instead of the non-sense that you continually post to mislead the readers on this site.

    THE “AUTISM EPIDEMIC” AND KNOWN
    CAUSES OF AUTISM – Fombonne, E. Neuropediatrics, ISSN 0174-304X, 2006, Volume
    37, Issue S 1

    Increased numbers of children
    diagnosed with PDD cannot be readily interpreted as indicative of a true
    epidemic. Exposure to MMR or thimerosal does not appear to raise the risk of
    autism.

     

    The
    causes of autism spectrum disorders: BMJ – falseSzatmari, Peter

    British Medical Journal

    326. 7382

    (Jan 25, 2003): 173-4.

    In spite of recent publicity, there
    is good epidemiological evidence that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine
    is not an environmental risk factor for autism.

     

    VACCINES AND AUTISM -
    DeStefano, Frank. The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Volume 20(9),
    September 2001, pp 887-888

    In
    conclusion, the initial case reports by Wakefield et al. raised a hypothesis
    that MMR immunization may be related to autism. Most of the studies published
    to date that have addressed this hypothesis have found no association between
    receipt of the MMR vaccine and the development of autism. Epidemiologic data
    comparing autism occurrence with MMR immunization coverage in Sweden, Great
    Britain and California also have not found an association. The biologic
    plausibility of the association is tenuous because, in most cases, the
    neuroanatomic abnormalities of autism probably develop in
    utero. The positive microbiologic and histopathologic findings thus far
    all emanate from one group, and there has been no independent verification by
    other investigators in other populations. Moreover, the relevance of these
    findings is not clear because no clear causal link has been established between
    the MMR vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease and autism. The weight of the
    currently available evidence argues against a causal association between MMR
    vaccine and autism.

     

    MMR vaccine and autism – Beford, Helen and Elliman, David, BMJ 2010;340:c655

    Over time, an accumulating body of
    epidemiological and virological evidence failed to show any association of MMR
    with autism and bowel disease.9 However, restoring public
    confidence after such a setback is challenging and takes time; it took 15 years
    for pertussis vaccine rates to recover. In the case of MMR, the reduction in
    uptake was not so pronounced, and parents’ confidence in the vaccine recovered
    much quicker. This is reflected by improved uptake, with 86.5% of 2 year old
    children receiving the vaccine in early 2009.10 At the same time the media have
    made a complete about turn, with most journalists now referring to the
    “discredited link.”

     

    MMR Vaccine and
    Autism: Vaccine Nihilism and Postmodern Science – Poland, Gregory. Mayo Clinic
    Proceedings (September 2011), 86 (9), pg. 869-871

    No
    credible evidence during the past 13 years supports the hypothesized connection
    between the MMR vaccine and autism disorders, it is bereft of credible evidence
    and must be discarded. At the same time, autism is a public health concern that

    must be addressed by enhancing research funding and directing that
    funding toward studies of credible hypotheses of causation. To continue pouring
    money into futile attempts to prove a connection to the MMR vaccine when
    multiple high-quality scientific studies across multiple countries and across many
    years have failed to show any hint of a connection, and in the face of biologic
    nonplausibility, is dangerous and reckless of lives, public funding, and
    ultimately public health.

    Vaccines and autism: a deadly manufactroversy – Hall, H. Skeptic. 15.2 (Summer
    2009): p26.

    Parents who choose
    to delay vaccination are prolonging their children’s period of risk. And they
    are endangering everyone else’s public health.

    Scientists had
    been urged to “listen to the parents.” They did listen to the parents
    and then conducted research to test the parents’ hypotheses. There were various
    kinds of studies in different countries by different research groups. The
    results were consistent:

    * 10 studies
    showed MMR doesn’t cause autism;

    * 6 studies
    showed thimerosal doesn’t cause autism;

    * 3 studies showed
    thimerosal doesn’t cause subtle neurological problems.

    Now it’s the
    parents who won’t listen to the scientists.

    Autistic children
    and their parents are being misled and victimized with useless, untested,
    disproven, expensive, time-consuming, and even dangerous treatments. Despite
    the evidence that mercury doesn’t cause autism, children are still being
    treated with IV chelation to remove mercury–at least one child has died as a
    result. Along with Lupron injections for chemical castration, children are being
    treated with secretin, restricted diets, supplements of all kinds, intravenous
    hydrogen peroxide, DAN (Defeat Autism Now) protocols, cranial manipulation,
    facilitated communication, and other nonsense. One family was strongly urged to
    take out a second mortgage on their home so they could buy a home hyperbaric
    oxygen chamber.

    The real tragedy
    is that all this hoopla is diverting attention from research into effective
    treatments (usually behavioral) and into the real causes of autism (almost
    certainly genetic, with environmental triggers not ruled out).

    Vaccines and
    Autism: Evidence Does Not Support a Causal Association – Destefano, F. Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2007) 82,
    756–759;

    The current scientific evidence does
    not support a causal association between MMR vaccine or Thimerosal-containing
    vaccines and autism.

    Association
    Between Thimerosal-Containing Vaccine and Autism – Anders Hviid, MSc; Michael Stellfeld, MD; Jan Wohlfahrt, MSc; Mads
    Melbye, MD, PhD JAMA. 2003;290(13):1763-1766. doi:10.1001/jama.290.13.1763.

    The
    results do not support a causal relationship between childhood vaccination with
    thimerosal-containing vaccines and development of autistic-spectrum disorders.

     

    Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines and Autism: A Review of Recent Epidemiologic
    Studies – Anne M. Hurley, PharmD,1,2 Mina Tadrous, PharmD, MS,1,2
    and Elizabeth S. Miller, PharmD, The
    journal of pediatric pharmacology and therapeutics Volume 15, Issue 3, p. 173

    Findings of researchers in recent
    ecologic studies22,23 are consistent with those of previous
    ecologic studies24,25 that have not shown an association
    between TCVs and autism.13 Of the studies we identified, the only
    ecologic study that claims an association21 is of questionable design and should
    not form the basis of clinical decisions regarding a proposed association
    between thimerosal and autism.

     

    MMR vaccine and autism: is there a link? – JAAPA-Journal of the American Academy of
    Physicians Assistants. 23.6 (June 2010): p48.

    The evidence
    clearly shows that there is no link between vaccination against measles, mumps,
    and rubella, and an increased risk for the development of a PDD, such as
    autism.

    Association between
    thimerosal-containing vaccine and autism. -Journal of Developmental &
    Behavioral Pediatrics Issue: Volume 25(1), February 2004, p 71

    The
    results of this study do not support a causal relationship between childhood
    vaccination with thimerosal-containing vaccines and ASD.

     

    Lack of Association between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with
    Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study – PLoS ONE.
    2008; 3(9): e3140

    This study provides strong evidence
    against association of autism with persistent MV RNA in the GI tract or MMR
    exposure. Autism with GI disturbances is associated with elevated rates of
    regression in language or other skills and may represent an endophenotype
    distinct from other ASD.

     

    The autism-vaccine story: fiction and deception? – Canadian Family Physician. 2010 October; 56(10): 1013.

    Convincing evidence from multiple countries shows no
    association between MMR vaccine (or thimerosal) and autistic disorders. The
    origins of this controversy incorporate unethical conduct and misleading
    research.

  • keithpr

    so let’s just keep putting our head in the sand and act like autism is a gift from god, and let’s just keep ignoring the alarming rate increases per year, until nothing BUT autistic kids are born, then maybe we will determine that maybe something is causing it?!?

    I call you out- a liar and a fraud.  I have an autistic non-verbal daughter and I can say my heart breaks at the fact that as wonderful as she is, she has been robbed of her life, everything that she could have been and done, but also her own dignity and self.  She has all the personality traits she would have had in life, and no self-development or awareness to appreciate the life she should have had.  Whether it’s aluminum, mercury, or a possible hundreds of other chemicals that are in our daily lives, scientists all agree that autism must be caused by environmental factors.  The gene theory is fascist misdirection.  A previous commenter spelled it out correctly- that if the truth came out, too many people would be exposed in their criminal complicity- they MUST keep the truth from the people as long as possible- probably until the next generation, where they can then point the finger at the past and claim “we didn’t know they lied”… BS!!!!  

    The epidemic is rising faster than they can react at this point.  Paid scientist and propaganda is all they have against mountains of evidence that grow in size and strength daily.  We (parents) will have our day.

  • Jim Bob

    Keithpr,

    I think Guest is trying to say her child is a gift from god. Not the autism. Moreover, there are increasing numbers of studies showing that the rates of autism aren’t rising as nearly as large as we think it is. But please don’t misunderstand me because scientists do agree that autism rates are rising just not at the number suggested on this website. I can post some studies if you want.

    Moreover, I’m not quite sure why you dismiss the genetic theories on autism as “fascist misdirection”. Almost all recent studies on the causes of autism have pointed towards a genetic cause of autism. Environmental factors haven’t been ruled out but based on the number of studies done, the scientific community is pretty sure that it isn’t vaccines. I’ve posted a number of studies below in response to Lowell Hubbs that you can review for more information about that. If you would like, I can post a couple of the studies regarding the recent revelations about Fragile X syndrome and the SHANK gene mutations if you want.

  • keithpr

    I don’t discount that the CDC, DHHS and other government agencies have concluded that vaccinations are not the cause, but I disagree with those conclusions, as those organizations are obviously compromised by the very corporations they are supposed to be policing.    The most common message of this article is why are there no independent and more specific and targeted studies being done?  They won’t do them because they already drew the line in the sand and use that argument that “since it can’t be the vaccines, we’re not going to fund or support such studies”, completely ignoring the allegations that contradict the notion that the official studies are factual or correct.

    I discount the gene theory simply because (as explained by another person already) that while a genetic deficiency can be found, the evidence seems to support more that the toxins cause the gene to mutate, rather than the mutation causing the autism directly- which is another leap of faith for our government sponsored science to take that clearly benefits the pharma companies and clouds truth.

    I see it in a much more simple format, follow me on this…

    Take 10 poisonous snakes, and 10 similar people.  pair them up 1:1 and have each snake bite it’s counterpart once.  Wait 30 minutes, or even an hour or two, then apply the anti-venom.  All things considered equal, most of the people will live, and perhaps one will die.  Would you say the guy died because he was genetically inferior to the others, as he clearly couldn’t tolerate a being poisoned by the snake, or would you say he died because he was poisoned?  Apply that same philosophy to Autism and -bam- there’s a simple and elegant reason that calls into question the entire gene theory. NO stone should be left unturned.  

    We don’t even know if it’s the mercury, but it makes sense.  Also I’ve read that there’s been no studies on how many ppm of the aluminum adjuvant affects the brain of an infant.  Now of course, you can cite the FDA right here: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/ScienceResearch/ucm284520.htm

    And say I’m wrong.. BUT.. that study and all others like it tested based on ppm tolerances by ingestion (labeled it “exposure”), and not by direct injection into the bloodstream (via beeline to the brain), to which calls ALL studies into question and for that reason alone deserves further studies.  There’s also the 2010 independent study that finds baby monkeys developed autism symptoms after taking the same vaccination schedule humans do.  The study was discredited because the woman in charge had a conflict of interest (she has a child with autism, filed with the vaccine injury courts), but not that any of the data or testing was found to be manipulated or flawed in any way.

    So why is it okay for the government to publish studies that are absolutely rife with conflicts of interest and extremely questionable testing methods, and then touted as the de-facto study, and yet an independent study with a comparatively small conflict of interest and strong testing methods considered rubbish?

    The truth is the truth, and many of us are still searching it out, but by all appearances, the government and it’s private-industry bed-partner simply cannot be trusted to find it, nor deliver it to the general public.

  • keithpr

    by mixing in children who were on an ‘alternate schedule’ with kids who did not get vaccinated, we will see unreliable and unusable results.  This study should focus specifically on kids who got all vs. kids who got none.  The rest will only pollute the results.  But in my opinion, polluted results are exactly what the IOM wants.

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

    Jim Bob,

    I was already aware of all those studies you listed; that is not news to me; not in the least. I am clearly aware of those studies, and that type of study. Tell me why it is that when the study is linked to those that have everything to lose by vaccines being implicated, that the study while never show that anything is connected to vaccines? But yet when the study is unconnected to any form of bias, or needed bias; then we get the real story and the real findings that do show clear evidence of the literal horror story that links vaccines not only to ASD, but brain, neurological harm, and as well links to causation of autoimmune disorders and as well links to chronic illness and/or disorders of all sorts? Yet, you ignore the fact that unvaccinated children are clearly not having the same issues, and in fact most parents with unvaccinated children have stated that their child has never been in need of going to a doctor for anything, and at most only for such as an injury. Thats to be expected as of course active children do at times get physical injuries.

    The Cochrane data base; always finds the same thing and clear bias, when looking a a cross section of related studies. You tell me that my list of studies are irrelevant because you simply discounted the sources. The only reason you claim to that is because they were listed on my own website. I did not of course do the studies, and just because they were listed on my site; is not automatic disqualification; and the studies themselves have not been discredited just because of the source they are listed on. Do you thus have any regard at all for how deeply in denial you are when you refuse to consider such damaging studies as are listed there, just because of your own in denial agenda and bias. I should not need to list and excerpt the highlights of 25 scientific studies in a row here on the vactruth site, just to get you to take notice and to prevent your lack of consideration, and as if nothing was ever there nor presented to you for actual science. 

    The really telling aspect to all this would be in the fact that likely, if you were required to provide your identity and all of your conflicts of interest; we would more than likely learn of why you are so biased; as well as why you are that biased; and as well why you have so much to lose if the truth be known. Specifically speaking as to if and when you were forced to face the truth, Jim Bob.

    I have my full identity exposed right here; I would challenge you to do the same? It is not difficult to ascertain exactly who I am, and even where I live. Nothing is hidden. One question. Do you have any conflicts of interest? Can you answer that, and verify it? If not, why not?  

    Editor, VacFacts.Info
    http://www.vacfacts.info/index.html

  • Jim Bob

    Lowell,

    You’re absolutely ridiculous. In fact, I’m willing to bet that you haven’t read a single one of those studies otherwise you would have known that these were all peer-reviewed before being published and none have conflicts of interest listed except for one which stated that the authors were formally employed by a pharmaceutical company but were not under their employ when the study was completed or done.

    Also, you didn’t provide a single piece of SCIENTIFIC evidence to refute those studies. Simply the same brainwashed mumbo-jumbo you read on your conspiracy theory websites (the same one you linked just recently).  

    And for approximately the 5th time, I have no conflicts of interest. Just another parent who doesn’t believe in fairy tales. I mean, that is getting tired and it is anti-vaccine gambit #1: attack the person’s credibility because the science isn’t on your side.

    Suffice it to say, I leave my identity hidden because there are others in the anti-vax movement that have threatened bodily harm against those that disagree (makes you wonder who the real thugs are).

    But that aside, I only post with information from peer-reviewed jourals. You should do the same. I’m not quite sure why you need my identity to refute publicly available information unless you are trying to create a sham argument that my points aren’t valid because I might work for a pharmaceutical company (which I don’t, I’ve stated this I don’t know how many times).

    As always Lowell, keep up the misinformation.

     

  • http://www.facebook.com/marsha.scotherngill Marsha Scothern Gill

    I have two sons and both in there 40′s.  The eldest had one series of his baby shots.  As an adult he has mild allergies.  The youngest son was born at home and had no vaccines at all and he has no allergies.  Babies are most generally born without these problems.  Being in my 60′s I think back and there was no such thing as high numbers of kids with allergies.  I never heard of autism and a lot of other disabled defects in children.  Never heard of ADHD either.  All these problems are more often than not man-made.  I refuse vaccines, especially flu vaccines, and can count on one hand how many times I’ve had a cold.  These vaccines are robbing children of their future to be normal in every way.

  • Attractingabundancenow

    Fabulous article….everything I’m thinking and feeling!!!

  • K2000day

    If I knew a vaccine caused my daughters autism I would never have had a vaccination. I would rather she lived healthy and if that meant a risk of dying from some unlikely contracted disease I’d be ok with that.. I know this sounds barbaric but I’d take that chance for her to be normal and not go through the daily pain, suffering, and other abuses as she grows, or the chance that she will simply wander off and drown, or get run over by a car because she does not understand the danger, or take all her cloths off and go wandering in the middle of the night and end up getting raped or killed or die of exposure, or dying in the house because of a fire because she does not know what to do.. or the fact I have to lock my house up so she can’t get out and dies from a fire..  I refuse to have my head in the sand, and yes I live in constant fear everyday over these issues… I’m not being selfish either in this matter, I’m a big boy and I can take this torture…..  Autism is just simply wrong, should never have happened.  And yes I love and cherish my daughter with all my heart, but I’m not going to be here for ever then what.. some shit hole home with more abusive uncaring underpaid health care works…

    Think about it….. Jezzus…

  • K2000day

    Sorry you have to go through this just as we do… it terrible.. for people to keep writing there is no evidence about vaccines causing issues must live in a alternate universe…to those people, no one is saying vaccines are evil, but what I can say they certainly are not appropriate for some and catastrophic for others.. whether its a possible link to autism.. or the tens of thousands people that have died and been severely damaged by vaccines, Houston we have a problem!  I just found out the lead Danish scientist that claimed his study showed no link with vaccines and autism which was used to destroy other people who claimed links is now in JAIL, charged with fraud, falsifying reports, creating fictitious data and results and pocketing a millions dollars of research dollars….. Is this the information you guys have been using to go with the no link claim.. Besides all the other studies many have read here is another of interests…. My final word.. do we know for sure its a vaccine causing this.. no… but perhaps a big factor, in many other factors and it needs some serious unbiased study and it needs to be done now. and here is just one more story to add on for a look over.. at the very least it raises questions so why is it not being looked at?   http://vactruth.com/2012/04/29/monkeys-get-autism/