Monday, August 27, 2012

Autism Vaccine Connection

Autism Vaccine Connection
By Bernard Rimland PhD Director, Autism Research



If you're a pediatrician and you insist on vaccinating, do your research. It's readily available, i.e., 

"During the past few years the Autism Research Institute has been flooded with an upsurge in pleas for help from parents throughout the world from wherever World Health Organization guidelines are followed. The majority of these parents say their children were normal until getting MMR –another triple vaccine. 

Let me dispel myths provided by those who deny the autism-vaccine connection. 

1) They say the vaccines are safe but physicians are indoctrinated to disbelieve claims of harm and are not trained to recognize nor required to report any adverse reactions. From 90% to 99% of the adverse reactions reported to doctors are never reported by those doctors to the governments' extremely lax Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, known as VAERS. 

2) They say that the suspected link between the MMR vaccination and autism has been disproved by a st
udy conducted by Brent Taylor and his colleagues and published last year in the Lancet (the same journal in which Wakefield's Research was published). 
The Taylor study is seriously flawed in many ways, as had been noted in a number of letters to the editor of The Lancet And in a number of additional letters on the internet. It was subject to strong attack at a recent meeting of the British Statistical Society. I have been a full-time researcher my entire professional life, for almost 50 years, and I respectively asked Dr. Taylor for a copy of the data so that I could re-analyze them. He refused this ordinary professional courtesy... 




3) They say that autism has a large genetic component and therefore vaccines must play a minimal, if any, role in the causation of autism, so I am certainly not hostile to that idea. However genes do not begin to account for the huge increase in the incidence of autism, ranging from 250% to 500% in various places. I might add that we have just reviewed all of the recent genetic studies for the next issue of the Autism Research Review International which I edit. They claim that autism naturally occurs at about 18 months, when MMR is routinely given, so the association is merely coincidental and not causal. But the onset of autism at 18 months is a recent development. Autism starting at eighteen months rose very sharply in the mid-1980s, when the MMR vaccine came into wide use. 





A coincidence? Hardly!" 





Bernard Rimland PhD, Director, Autism Research






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