Infant Primate Study Links Vaccination with Autism
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 by: Aaron Turpen
(NaturalNews) A study shows a direct link between standard childhood
vaccination series and autism-like symptoms in primates. Presented by
one of the principal scientists behind it, Dr. Laura Hewitson, PhD,
University of Pittsburgh, the research was presented as an abstract
pending publication at the International Meeting for Autism Research.
It has been presented in both London, UK and Seattle, USA.
study compared vaccinated macaque monkeys with non-vaccinated macaques.
The "poster presentation" of the study, upon which Dr. Hewitson based
her abstract for oral presentation, requires a small form of peer
review amongst the scientists and researchers attending. So far, no
major flaws in the study have been revealed by any attending scientist.
The vaccines used included the popular MMR series.
of the key findings was a marked increase in gastrointestinal (GI)
tissue gene expression and inflammation issues with those monkeys which
received vaccinations. These issues are a common symptom of children with regressive autism.
changes and developmental differences in those monkeys given the
vaccines versus those who were not were also observed.
studies into individual vaccines or small groupings of them have been
done in the past, no study including all of the vaccine series commonly
given to children in the U.S. and UK (about 30 in all) has been
conducted until now.
These studies support gastroenterologist
Andrew Wakefield`s studies into links between vaccines and GI symptoms
published in 1998. Dr. Wakefield contributed his GI research to this
new University of Pittsburgh study.
While the Food and Drug
Administration considers vaccines safe and lists them as such, they
have done no studies into the effects of multiple vaccinations as given
in the common childhood series which started in the 1990s.
with unexposed animals, significant neurodevelopmental deficits were
evident for exposed animals in survival reflexes, tests of color
discrimination and reversal, and learning sets," the study`s authors
reported. "Differences in behaviors were observed between exposed and
unexposed animals and within the exposed group before and after MMR vaccination."
the study was revealed (it remains unpublished), one court has thrown
out a case claiming a link between autism and vaccines while another
has awarded a win to parents for the same link.
federally-mandated research from Congress was approved and was to begin
this year, but the funds were rescinded in early January. Claiming
"conflict of interest" because of ongoing court cases, the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - a long-time supporter of vaccinations - withdrew the research plans.