Friday, April 9, 2010
Strong Evidence on the Vaccine-Autism Link Shows Up in Survey of West Coast Children
The vaccine industry likes to maintain that people are living longer because of vaccines. Yet, the real reason that people are living longer and healthier lives has little to do with vaccines. Sanitation, the development of antibiotics, pasteurization, and the understanding of the role that bacteria plays in disease causation have all played major roles in the reduction of illness in the 20th century.
Powerful lobbying interests represent vaccine manufacturers, and they give money to both parties in congress. The vaccine regulatory committees at the CDC and the FDA are stacked heavily with ‘experts’ who have strong ties to the vaccine industry, and have had or will have employment in that industry.
Children receive upwards of 20 vaccinations by the time they turn 18. The question then becomes, with all the learning disabilities, autism, and other problems due to vaccines, “Who is protecting our children?”
The answer is no one. Vaccination is just another way of sacrificing public health for the profitability of a powerful special interest group. Here, it is the well-financed and deeply entrenched vaccine industry that has everything to gain from vaccinating your children. America is at a crossroads: we have to decide whether the politics, economic incentives, and conflicts of interest of a few are worth the health and lives of the many, in this case our children. Our very future is at stake. Listen carefully to this original, investigative report, and you will learn that vaccines are neither as safe nor effective as you were once led to believe. To the contrary, they are often ineffective, plagued with side effects, and simply not worth the risk to either public or private health.
The battle has been raging back and forth for decades: Is there or isn’t there a link between childhood vaccines and autism? If you ask a parent who has a child who developed autism directly after a vaccination, you get one story. But if you ask a pharmaceutical representative for one of the companies that make vaccines, you get the opposite story. Where’s the truth?
There’s been plenty of research and many authorities – some with suspect ties to pharmaceutical companies – have weighed in on the matter. But whether the reason is incomplete research or something more sinister, there is not yet a consensus in the healthcare field as to the connection.
Now a survey of children in Oregon and California provides a strong piece of evidence to support the connection. The group Generation Rescue surveyed more than 9,000 boys between the ages of 4 and 17 in 9 counties in Oregon and California to find out how many were vaccinated and how many suffered from conditions such as autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or another neurological condition.
The Results: Those who had received their childhood vaccinations were two and a half times more likely to suffer from neurological disorders compared to their vaccinated peers. Vaccinated boys were also 224 percent more likely to have ADHD and 61 percent more likely to have autism than the unvaccinated group.
Just looking at older boys, the results were even more pronounced. It turned out that vaccinated boys experienced neurological disorders at a rate 158 percent higher than the unvaccinated group. Taking autism and ADHD alone, they were 317 percent more likely to have ADHD and 112 percent more likely to experience autism.
Generation Rescue notes that over time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have massively increased their recommendations for vaccinations. In 1983, they recommended only 10 vaccinations. Now, the vaccination schedule is up to 36 doses. And while thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative, has been removed from pediatric vaccines, there are other additives that are highly suspect, such as aluminum. Plus, some other vaccinations a child may receive, such as some flu shots, still do contain thimerosal. It is noted that between 1983 and 2007, autism rates climbed from 1 in 10,000 children to 1 in 150 children, a growth rate of 6,000 percent.
While this kind of survey may not be the last word in research, it clearly points out the need to make a national study without bias or vested interest involvement – for the health of all our children. Such a study was proposed by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Maurice Hinchley and Rep. Ron Paul. The bill, H.R. 2832, was introduced on June 22, 2007. The bill failed to be enacted as law at that time and was re-introduced in 2009.
If you would like to read the complete survey results, you can go to http://www.generationrescue.org/.
Source: Generation Rescue Press Release, Vaccinated Children Two and a Half Times More Likely to Have Neurological Disorders Like ADHD and Autism, September 25, 2007, http://www.generationrescue.org/survey_pr.html
Source: GovTrack.us index of Congressional Actions, H.R. 3069: Comprehensive Comparative Study of Vaccinated and Unvaccinated Populations Act of 2009, http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3069
Source: Gary Null, Ph.D., is a New York Times best-selling author, the host of the talk radio program,
“The Gary Null Show,” and a producer of documentary films, PBS television programs, and health and personal development videos