A recent article on PolicyMic condemns the actress Jenny McCarthy for promoting an anti-vaccination agenda. The article insinuates that children will end up being harmed if McCarthy takes a position on The View, giving her a platform to espouse her anti-vaccination viewpoints. McCarthy, who has an autistic child herself, remains convinced that vaccines have some causal link to autism.
The author of the article, Kyle Zhu, cites the widespread discrediting of the infamous 1998 Lancet paper, that purported to show a link between vaccines and autism, as the reason for condemning McCarthy’s beliefs. The author of the Lancet paper, Andrew Wakefield, ended up losing his medical license over the paper due to supposedly altering patient diagnoses. Dr. Wakefield believed that there was a causal link between measles virus found in the gut and autism, which could be due to the MMR vaccine.
Of course, Zhu’s stance is completely rational, given the reporting on the issue that has come out of the mainstream press. However, there is a tremendous body of evidence that supports McCarthy’s position, which generally goes unreported. I want to highlight some of those reports for you here, so can decide for yourself which position makes the most rational sense.
To start with, I want to discredit the notion that autism is some kind of genetically related disease. Today, the autism rate among children is 1 in 50, in the 1990s the rate was 1 in 2500, and in the 1980s, the rate was 1 in 10,000. The Autism Science Foundation notes that comparing rates between decades is problematic because the definition of the disease has changed over time; however, there’s no possible way that a disease which effects 1 in 50 kids today could have gone completely unnoticed during the 1980s, even with the definition changes that have taken place.
The rate has jumped up from 1 in 88 to 1 in 50 during the last 5 years alone. This exponential rise in reported cases over the general population cannot possibly be from a genetically initiated cause, although genes may still play some role in the development of autism. Wiki notes that, “Genetic linkage analysis has been inconclusive.”
Now, back to the supposedly discredited Wakefield study. A 2011 letter published in the British Medical Journal, authored by Dr. David Lewis, concludes that Wakefield did not commit fraud with his research study. Lewis writes, “As a research microbiologist involved with the collection and examination of colonic biopsy samples, I do not believe that Dr. Wakefield intentionally misinterpreted the grading sheets as evidence of ‘non-specific colitis.'”
A medical study conducted in 2006 found further evidence to support Wakefield’s position on a causal link between measles and autism. Dr. Steven Walker concluded that, “What [this study] means is that the study done earlier by Dr Wakefield and published in 1998 is correct. That study didn’t draw any conclusions about specifically what it means to find measles virus in the gut, but the implication is it may be coming from the MMR vaccine. If that’s the case, and this live virus is residing in the gastrointestinal tract of some children, and then they have GI inflammation and other problems, it may be related to the MMR.”
In fact, 28 separate studies have supported Dr. Wakefield’s findings. Dr. Campbell-McBride discovered that nearly all of the mothers of autistic children have abnormal gut flora, which is significant because newborns inherit their gut flora from their mothers at the time of birth. Her findings, as well as Wakefield’s, are supported by yet another recent study that was published in mBio. That study concluded, “Many children with autism have gastrointestinal (GI) disturbances that can complicate clinical management and contribute to behavioral problems…. Here we describe an association between high levels of intestinal, mucoepithelial-associated Sutterella species and GI disturbances in children with autism.”
A 2010 study, published in Acta Neurobiological Experimentals, also showed a link between the vaccine schedule given to children and abnormal brain development in macaque monkeys. The study concluded that, “These results suggest that maturational changes in amygdala volume and the binding capacity of [11C]DPN in the amygdala was significantly altered in infant macaques receiving the vaccine schedule.”
By now I hope you can see that Wakefield may have been railroaded by scientists who were in bed with big-pharma. The vaccine industry is enormously powerful, generating tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year. In fact, the vaccine industry lobby is so powerful, they have managed to completely remove themselves from the normal civil liability court system. Vaccine cases are adjudicated in a special “vaccine court,” where the judges are actually paid out of the revenue collected from vaccine taxes. The court’s purpose is to prevent the bankruptcy of vaccine makers through lawsuits in order to ensure a constant supply of vaccines.
Even if we assume that Wakefield is incorrect in his conclusions, there is still the very real possibility of a causal link between vaccines and autism. Dr. Bernadine Healy, former head of the National Institutes of Health, has pointed out some problems with the large population studies that have supposedly discredited the link between vaccines and autism.
Dr. Healy comments in a Huffington Post article, “I think public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as ‘irrational,’ without sufficient studies of causation… without studying the population that got sick… I have not seen major studies that focus on 300 kids who got autistic symptoms within a period of a few weeks of the vaccines… Populations do not test causality, they test associations.”
I personally think when all of these issues are taken in totality, they present a very strong argument for a possible vaccine-autism link. However, the possibility of developing autism is just one of the many reasons why people should be concerned about vaccines.
Here’s just a few examples of other problems associated with vaccines.
- Polio vaccines are now the #1 cause of polio paralysis.
- Over 220 Swedes, most of them children, developed narcolepsy as a side effect from the Swine flu vaccine Pandemrix.
- The swine flu vaccine has been linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
- Two of Merck’s former employees have accused the pharmaceutical giant of marketing multivalent MMR vaccines under false pretenses.
- Mumps cases have been reported in populations with high vaccination coverage, calling their efficacy into question.
- Cases of aseptic meningitis have been associated with the MMR vaccine.
- Despite widespread childhood vaccination against Bordetella pertussis [whooping cough], the disease remains prevalent.
And now for the biggest scandal of them all. One of the most prominent vaccine scientists in the history of the vaccine industry made a recording where he openly admits that vaccines given to Americans were contaminated with leukemia and cancer causing viruses. The world’s leading vaccine expert, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, explains why Merck’s vaccines have spread AIDS, leukemia, and other horrific plagues worldwide.
If that video isn’t enough to scare you, I don’t know what is. And remember, should any harm befall you or your children from a vaccine, you’ll have to sue in a vaccine court where the judges make a living off of keeping the vaccine industry alive. Isn’t that reason enough to doubt the safety and efficacy of vaccines? If they really were totally safe and effective, why do they need a special court to protect them!?