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Actress Jenny McCarthy speaks during a rally on Capitol Hill calling for the elimination of toxins from children's vaccines.

Actress Jenny McCarthy calls for the elimination of toxins from children's vaccines during a rally in June 2008.

Photograph by Jose Luis Magana, AP

Susan Brink

for National Geographic

Published July 16, 2013

It all started with bad science. The now-debunked theory that autism is caused by the common immunizations nearly all children receive beginning in infancy began with a fabricated piece of research, a 1998 study published—and later retracted—in the journal Lancet. In 2010, Great Britain stripped Andrew Wakefield, the lead author of the study, of his medical license. An investigation had deemed his research an elaborate fraud.

But in those dozen years, fear of lifesaving immunizations took hold of millions of parents. Jenny McCarthy—former Playmate of the year, model, actress, and soon-to-be cohost of the television show The View—fueled parental fears. She built a movement around the flawed theory. McCarthy, who has an autistic son, wrote Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, correlating the increase in childhood vaccinations with the rise in autism worldwide.

"She is absolutely entitled to her opinion, but to say that it's fact when it's not fact is just wrong," says Glenn Braunstein, vice president of clinical innovation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "It's one step down from yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire. It's fear-mongering."

But the movement snowballed. Congress held hearings. More than 5,000 people petitioned a newly formed Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, charging that vaccines injured their children. (Courts eventually found no proven link between vaccines and autism.) Parents began saying no to immunizations, and the percentage of parents who delayed or refused vaccinations rose from 22 percent in 2003 to nearly 40 percent in 2008. For the first time in decades, the U.S. saw outbreaks of diseases like measles, mumps, and whooping cough.

Completely Discredited

The original research began to be discredited as early as 1999, when two studies commissioned by the U.K. Department of Health found no evidence that immunizations were associated with autism. In 2001, a panel of 15 experts from the Institute of Medicine, which advises Congress, found no connection between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism. In 2004, a comprehensive review by the Institute of Medicine found no causal relationship between vaccines and autism.

But it would take almost another decade for the furor to even begin to die down. A study this year in The Journal of Pediatrics may at last put the final nail in the coffin of the discredited research. In April, researchers published a study that looked at nearly 1,000 children and concluded that exposure to vaccines during the first two years of life was not associated with an increased risk of developing autism.

Maybe, just maybe, Jenny McCarthy won't even mention autism and vaccines from her new perch on The View. That's the hope of Paul Offit, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. "In a more rational world, this discussion would be un-reopenable," Offit says. "The answerable questions have all been answered." It's not the vaccine, or anything in the vaccine. It's not the number or timing of vaccinations. Scientifically, he says, we know that.

So what is causing an increase in autism? We don't know for sure, says Offit, but the best data are genetic, involving several genes required for brain development that may generate abnormalities even in the womb. Some researchers have found a connection between older fathers and an increased risk of autism in their children. Or the increase could be due to more awareness of autism and a broader definition of the disorder.

Those theories require a lot more research. The vaccine theory does not. It was thoroughly investigated, and it doesn't hold up.

212 comments
Via Garcia
Via Garcia

Have you ever met a child that wasn't vaccinated with Autism?  I have and they are just as precious as they can be.  I do not feel sorry for them as I do for their parents who live in serious denial because their child could not possibly be Autism, they were never vaccinated.  I pray mumps don't kill them.


All those disorder were unheard of, because they were just called "retards".  The names were not around but the disorders were.  Yes it is not easy to say our (yes "our") faulty genes produced Autistic kids BUT that is the truth BUT guess what ? It doesn't matter, as a mother with an Aspergers's child I would not change a thing about my child, he was different from the day he was born...he was absolutely perfect.  I never looked for anything or anyone to blame, I was too busy thanking the Universe for this perfect and amazing little being I was blessed with, I could not have conjured him up any more wonderful than he is and not a day goes by that I am not in awe for the incredible blessing that he is.  I am immensely thank full I was granted the privilege of being his mother.


Sorry if the fear of imperfection in your offspring terrify you to the point you believe nonsense and risk your child's health and MINE to avoid, but perhaps you could be a good parent, read some books to your kids, take a parenting class, learn some tolerance for those that are differently abled and try to understand perfection doesn't mean typical.

Iren sobbi
Iren sobbi

why are they so afraid of her mention vaccines, if they are so safe and no need for more Research ???????? In Scandinavia the government vaccinated 1/2 of the population. and after some monthes they reported the unusal develpment of narkolepsy in vaccinated Group!!! they also were sure that the vaccine was safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and recomended to everyone.!!!!!!!!!!!???????????????????????

c robi
c robi

for those who can't admit that big pharma and the CDC/corporate media are proven liars who censor evidence constantly-   ask yourself honestly why so many studies and so many patient reports have been hidden from the public?

Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That
Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine
Preservative Thimerosal
              Biochemist Brian Hooker, scientific advisor to A Shot of Truth, reveals CDC knew of risks for over a decade. http://www.prweb.com/releases/ASOT/Thimerosal/prweb11598819.htm   

  The Vaccine Hoax is Over. Documents from UK reveal 30 Years of Coverup Andrew Baker ( FFN),- Freedom of Information Act in the UK filed by a doctor there has revealed 30 years of secret official documents showing that government experts have
http://nsnbc.me/2013/05/10/the-vaccine-hoax-is-over-freedom-of-information-act-documents-from-uk-reveal-30-years-of-coverup/

followingvaccinations.com -   patient testimonials

Fernando Casas
Fernando Casas

I would like to recommend people to start using rational arguments, use logic and trust science (which is different from trusting scientists). If someone states something, anything, he or she must provide proof. Where is the smoking gun in the case agains vaccines?

Stop the conspiracy theories. Big pharma has their agenda, granted; but that doesn't mean it is out to get you. A dead consumer is a bad consumer.

Do you know what a prejudice is? Is when you emit a judgement without information.

Lastly, if you have the time, and the intelectual honesty to do so, please read "Do you believe in magic?" by Paul Offit.

c robi
c robi

please read all the testimonials at following vaccinations dot com  -  do your own research, there is a mountain of evidence that autism, allergies, ADD, arthritis, diabetes, asperger's, etc. are all skyrocketing because of vaccines...

J M
J M

I have an Autistic child. He is my middle child. I have 3. They have ALL been vaccinated. The pregnancy with my middle child was a rough one,ending with a very premature birth (@ 25 weeks,he was 1lb 15.7oz) from my placenta starting to detach. There has been research that placenta problems and multiple ultrasounds can also be a possible cause. Is that wahy my middle child is Autistic? WHO KNOWS? But I'm not going to sit trying to find a reason or something to blame. And I certainly won't allow my children to be susceptible to diseases that could possible kill them to save me from having to put extra effort for my child because he was born different. I'd rather he be here and different then dead. And I've noticed that the majority of people claiming vaccines cause Autism are the ones whose first born child is diagnosed with Autism. Jenny McCarthy has the one child. A good friend of mine,her first born was diagnosed Autistic,so she refused any more vaccines for her first born and none for her second born. People believe what they want to believe. And a lot of people are so desperate for someone or something to blame,because if there is no one or nothing else to blame, they blame themselves. Autism is not BAD. It is not a death sentence. There are many levels to the Autism Spectrum,and anyone on the spectrum is born they way they were intended to be. "Different, Not Less"

J M
J M

I have an Autistic child. He is my middle child. I have 3. They have ALL been vaccinated. The pregnancy with my middle child was a rough one,ending with a very premature birth (@ 25 weeks,he was 1lb 15.7oz) from my placenta starting to detach. There has been research that placenta problems and multiple ultrasounds can also be a possible cause. Is that wahy my middle child is Autistic? WHO KNOWS? But I'm not going to sit trying to find a reason or something to blame. And I certainly won't allow my children to be susceptible to diseases that could possible kill them to save me from having to put extra effort for my child because he was born different. I'd rather he be here and different then dead. And I've noticed that the majority of people claiming vaccines cause Autism are the ones whose first born child is diagnosed with Autism. Jenny McCarthy has the one child. A good friend of mine,her first born was diagnosed Autistic,so she refused any more vaccines for her first born and none for her second born. People believe what they want to believe. And a lot of people are so desperate for someone or something to blame,because if there is no one or nothing else to blame, they blame themselves. Autism is not BAD. It is not a death sentence. There are many levels to the Autism Spectrum,and anyone on the spectrum is born they way they were intended to be. "Different, Not Less"

Lorraine Kelty
Lorraine Kelty

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, except Jenny McCarthy? Last time I checked this is a free county, and you are not persecuted for expressing your opinion, except of course in your publication.  If Andrew Wakefield started to be discredited in 1998 this debate was indeed going on for a long, long time before Ms. McCarthy lent her name to the awareness of the issue.  Please don't blame this controversy on her.  Almost twenty years ago at an autism conference I attended, parents were discussing how do you know what research to believe, because many times it seems to contradict itself.  The presenter said to follow the data & research, AND who conducted the study. Do they have a vested interest in the outcome? Was the research validated by a company who also makes vaccines? Always question the research.  For example in your article headline title "Completely Discredited" where you reference 15 experts from the Institute of Medicine, I'm curious, DID YOU INVESTIGATE the so called experts? Do you know who they are? Did you decide to call them experts? Or were you regurgitating a previous article or press release on this study?  Just what are they so expert at? Who are these nameless faceless people, and what are their credentials? Do they also sit on the board of a vaccine manufacturer, or pharmaceutical company? If they are paid by said companies doesn't that discredit or at the least cloud their conclusions as they have a vested interest in the outcome? Companies who probably make billions, if not more worldwide. Just because a report was COMMISSIONED by the U.K. Department of Health does not sanction it's validity. Who conducted the study is what really matters. I would love to say it's about saving lives (vaccination), and preventing Autism (choosing not to vaccinate), but any intelligent individual with a pulse knows this is really about money, and how much more can the big pharmaceutical companies make. I think they view the few that might be damaged as an unfortunate causality. The problem is it's not just a few anymore.  If there was money to be made in PREVENTING Autism you can bet that would be the headline. There is in fact money to be made they just don't know how, yet.  It seems to me your article was extremely thin in the research department, and high on gossip column shock value as you tried to make one individual responsible for people choosing not to vaccinate.  You need to dig a lot deeper my friend.  Poor article, BUT that's just my opinion. My credentials if you're still reading at this point are the last twenty years of my life spent trying to dig back out of an autistic hole. I pray for Autism to be only a bad memory for all of us! I pray for truth, not sure I've heard it yet.

Lee Merrick
Lee Merrick

Vaccines do NOT cause autism.  


Vaccines do prevent killer disease.  


Choosing not to vaccinate your child because you think there might, maybe, possibly be  a connection with vaccines (despite the fact this idea has been disproven) exposes them to diseases that can cripple or kill them.  

And even if vaccines DID cause autism:  Seriously, you'd rather your kid be crippled or die, than be a little socially awkward?  


Those are some pretty f'd up priorities!

Tabitha Davis
Tabitha Davis

@Mister To You


Wow! Looks like you are practicing your "God given right to remain as ignorant as you wish"!?! I love how you start off by trying to sell yourself to your audience, and then you try to justify your personal beliefs with your education. This is a prime example of how uneducated most educated people really are. If you want to justify your personal beliefs with your education, get educated on BOTH sides. This is where I puncture your "evidence-proof bubble", because it isn't as resistant as you seem think it is.

With that said, Mr. Third Year Undergraduate Chemistry Major, Please explain to me, how in the hell are unvaccinated children putting vaccinated children at risk? If vaccinations are as successful and beneficial as you claim, common sense would tell you that there would be no way these vaccinated children could contract the illness' in which they were vaccinated against! Any person with an untainted brain, (whether it be for or against vaccinations) would have to say that the only children at risk would be the ones that weren't vaccinated? Hmmmmm
Guess this is where my "nose begins"!
Ergo, no---you SHOULDN’T have the right to spew your biased bullshit anymore than Dr. Mark Grier. (You are to our government and pharmaceutical industry, the same as you claim Dr. Mark Grier to be to Dr. Wakefield). You currently do, but you shouldn’t. If we lived in a country that valued rational thought a bit more, advocating for the hit men might be treated legally as similar to Saddam Hussein, who was charged with premeditated murder, imprisonment and the deprivation of physical movement, forced deportation, and torture of innocent people, because he was the "Leader of the world".

Tabitha Davis
Tabitha Davis

Mister To You


Wow! Looks like you are practicing your "God given right to remain as ignorant as you wish"!?! I love how you start off by trying to sell yourself to your audience, and then you try to justify your personal beliefs with your education. This is a prime example of how uneducated most educated people really are. If you want to justify your personal beliefs with your education, get educated on BOTH sides. This is where I puncture your "evidence-proof bubble", because it isn't as resistant as you seem think it is.

With that said, Mr. Third Year Undergraduate Chemistry Major, Please explain to me, how in the hell are unvaccinated children putting vaccinated children at risk? If vaccinations are as successful and beneficial as you claim, common sense would tell you that there would be no way these vaccinated children could contract the illness' in which they were vaccinated against! Any person with an untainted brain, (whether it be for or against vaccinations) would have to say that the only children at risk would be the ones that weren't vaccinated? Hmmmmm
Guess this is where my "nose begins"!
Ergo, no---you SHOULDN’T have the right to spew your biased bull**** anymore than Dr. Mark Grier. (You are to our government and pharmaceutical industry, the same as you claim Dr. Mark Grier to be to Dr. Wakefield). You currently do, but you shouldn’t. If we lived in a country that valued rational thought a bit more, advocating for the hit men might be treated legally as similar to Saddam Hussein, who was charged with premeditated murder, imprisonment and the deprivation of physical movement, forced deportation, and torture of innocent people, because he was the "Leader of the world".

Yang Yangs
Yang Yangs

We need to graph the percentage of autism in vaccinated and unvaccinated children over the last few years....

Erwin Alber
Erwin Alber

Jenny is in my opinion both right and wrong: right that vaccines cause autism but wrong in clamouring for green vaccines, as vaccines need to be abolished, not "greened".  : 

Vaccination has been a failure, a fraud and a disaster from the beginning, starting with Jenner's barbaric cowpox vaccine against smallpox.

Vaccines have never prevented anything apart from health, sanity and common sense.  

I have arrived at the inevitable conclusion that vaccination is an organised criminal enterprise dressed up as disease prevention by means of junk science. The authorities know very well that vaccines cause autism but can't afford to admit it but I guess that if I had caused a 6000% increase in autism I would be tempted t lie about it as well!

http://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/deadly-deception/

http://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/do-vaccines-save-lives-what-infectious-disease-mortality-graphs-show/

http://www.vaccinationinformationnetwork.com/to-vaccinate-or-not/

Marco Davidsdad
Marco Davidsdad

Studies that show vaccines don't cause autism:Www.fourteenstudies.org especially like the Danish one in light of Thorsen's current legal status.

Marco Davidsdad
Marco Davidsdad

Autism is caused by toxins. These toxins set off a set of biological mechanisms that Cavour boys over girls. The result of these mechanisms are various injuries to the brain, immune system and gut. We define the resulting behaviors collectively as ASD.

These toxins are found in many places, including vaccines.

If you are going to write last decade's hit piece, then be prepared to back it up.

I am not going to go through and dismantle your journalistic embarrassment. Instead I am calling on you to have a skype debate recorded for the world to see.

I am not a doctor or scientist, however you are more than welcome to have either help you in this debate.

Unfortunately this is the only way to counter the very effective PR campaign that the 33billion dollar vaccine industry wages in order to preserve its financial interests in vaccinating as much as possible.

You have my email via the registration, so it's up to you to put your money where your mouth is.

As far as the rest of these clowns who don't know a thing on the subject, they are simply funny. Most parents with an autistic child who are so sure vaccines aren't a problem remind me of a great little saying I made up...

Just because you have an a--hole, it doesn't make you a proctologist.

OK Susan Brink, will you stand behind your reporting? Do I even call you reporter?

Let me know by email.

Nancy Sheppard
Nancy Sheppard

Vaccines did not cause my child to be on the Autism Spectrum. He is the exact same kid he was since the day he was born. "Vaccine injury" wackadoodles drive me insane because they're unwilling to see what their children are actually going through with their developmental delays and instead look for something to blame. My son developed a lot of the same signs that these other mothers speak of that were allegedly "caused by vaccines"... but not because I vaccinate him but because he was frustrated with his inability to communicate and relate to the world. We've had him in aggressive early intervention and, nearly two years after diagnosis, he's doing AMAZING. Anyway, I have two kids... 16 months apart... both have had the exact same vaccines, at the exact same relevant time frame, given by the exact same providers... if vaccines do cause Autism, why is my daughter neurotypical and my son on the Spectrum? And why aren't there significantly more kids on the spectrum? These are parents who are unwilling to accept their child for who they have been since the day they were born. 

amanda l.
amanda l.

Do not ever judge until you have walked in our shoes.  Vaccines have caused havoc to my child as well as other mothers I have came across.  How dare you uneducated idiots judge when you have not experienced what we have.  God bless you and your family never have to experience the daily fight we encounter daily.  


Robert Marshall
Robert Marshall

This is the same logic that caused the silicone breast implant debacle in the '80s. Antidotal evidence flying in contrast to many controlled experiments. The witches are still among us, despite civilization's "advancements".

Ron Davidson
Ron Davidson

I've been reading through here, looking at the posted links trying to see which side of the argument has merit but I have yet to see anyone on either side present more than statistics, anecdotes or papers/articles. Where is the proper hard scientific data resulting from long studies proving a negative? 

c robi
c robi

@Fernando Casasfor those who can't admit that big pharma and the CDC/corporate media are proven liars who censor evidence constantly-   ask yourselfy honestly why so many studies, including this one involving infant monkeys, have been hidden from the public?

Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That
Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine
Preservative Thimerosal
              Biochemist Brian Hooker, scientific advisor to A Shot of Truth, reveals CDC knew of risks for over a decade. http://www.prweb.com/releases/ASOT/Thimerosal/prweb11598819.htm   

  The Vaccine Hoax is Over. Documents from UK reveal 30 Years of Coverup Andrew Baker ( FFN),- Freedom of Information Act in the UK filed by a doctor there has revealed 30 years of secret official documents showing that government experts have
http://nsnbc.me/2013/05/10/the-vaccine-hoax-is-over-freedom-of-information-act-documents-from-uk-reveal-30-years-of-coverup/

Fernando Casas
Fernando Casas

@c robi We have had vaccines for over a century with NO spikes whatosever of such illnesses during all this time. I recommend you do serious research and trust in science, not hearsay. Please, stop spreading fear and lies. You might cause a spike on preventable diseases.

Fernando Casas
Fernando Casas

@Lorraine Kelty Is not freedom of speech; science is not a matter of opinions. If McCarty was to say the sun did not exist, that's fine; but when she jeopardizes the life of children that might be saved with vaccines, then we have a real problem.

Phillip Beatty
Phillip Beatty

If you can't see that any research that is paid for by a law firm to "find" connections between a vaccine and AUT should be thrown out, then nobody will ever be able explain it to you.

What is it like having no idea? Must be horrible.

Maple Not Given
Maple Not Given

@Lorraine Kelty  You are certainly entitled to your opinion, but I think the author is making the point that facts are not opinion. I could opine many things but that will not make them facts. We would be better spent trying to find the actual cause  and developing improved therapies.


As well I'm not sure how much money is in vaccines, relative to prescription meds, personally I would love to see some head-to-head comparisons of statins—it might be that cheaper older, generics are more efficacious, but "Big Pharma" needs to come up with a new model (it doesn't have to be better than before it just has to work).


I'm ASD, my son is ASD, my wife is ASD, and so is my daughter, correlation is not causation, but I would want to investigate a possible genetic link. Did I mention my mom and my grandfather (her father) both had ASD traits, and if tested today... but of course there may be other causes or combinations of causes, and we will not know with out asking and doing research—and so far the vaccines have far more positive benefits than potential negatives...



Iren sobbi
Iren sobbi

@Lee Merrick , do not be so naiv, losing a child from a disease is one moment of sarrow, losinig a child for Autism is a living hell of sarrow, pain, and cry.

Lorraine Kelty
Lorraine Kelty

@Lee Merrick  Autism can be much, MUCH more devastating than making children socially awkward, seriously. Research is what's needed on the cause of autism, not name calling.  I would like to see a show of good faith by the huge drug companies that should have nothing to hide, and perhaps much to gain (if they found a cure). A portion of their vaccine proceeds donated to Autism research and finding it's cause. Large corporations donate huge sums of money to charities all the time. What better public relations move than to settle this argument once and for all. Let's get to the bottom of this issue, and stop it from happening in the first place.  Why isn't anyone talking about research to stop autism? We are too busy attacking each other. Wake up people, look at the bigger picture here!   Yes get your priorities in order!!!

Palmer Haasch
Palmer Haasch

@Tabitha Davis  Actually, unvaccinated children put the community at whole at risk. There is a principle called herd immunity, and it states that when a critical amount of the population is vaccinated, the community as a whole can develop an immunity to a disease. There are many individuals that simply cannot be vaccinated: pregnant women, infants, those undergoing chemotherapy, some people with autoimmune disorders, and the elderly. These individuals are protected by a vaccinated community: the more people that are vaccinated, the less hosts a virus has the ability to multiply within and spread through. Therefore, there is much less of a chance of a virus spreading through a population and infecting those who cannot develop immunity through vaccinations. So yes, unvaccinated children do put people at risk.

I'm not saying that vaccination should be forced against personal beliefs, but a community mindset rather than just an individual mindset needs to be applied to the issue.

So please, get educated on both sides. This kind of resistance against vaccines and self-centered thinking is what is causing outbreaks of measles and pertussis in 1st world countries such as the United States. So you decide: would you rather vaccinate a child or try and treat a case of measles that could permanently damage their health or another's forever?

Phillip Beatty
Phillip Beatty

Funny how people are so quick to support emotional "facts" and bash true facts when they simply don't understand.

What DO you understand anyway? What is it like to be so void of clear thought?

I didn't like having friends anyway...

Palmer Haasch
Palmer Haasch

@Erwin Alber  I might be more inclined to actually believe you if you had the mental capacity to back up your claims. I'm going to be frank: It is because of people like you that diseases such as mumps, measles, and pertussis are making a reappearance. So I'm just going to address your claims one by one.

One, vaccines are not a fraud. Jenner's vaccine, while it did violate modern ethics principles, was entirely successful. Vaccines are named because of the "vaccus" root related to cows. James Phipps, the young boy, was successfully  inoculated against smallpox. This is where vaccines started. They wouldn't have taken off if they weren't successful. 

Your second contention is also entirely inaccurate. Vaccines eradicated smallpox, to start. Are you familiar with the procedure? WHO workers created a herd of immunity that surrounded an outbreak or infected person(s), and quarantined it. Eventually, the virus dies out in the area, moving closer towards total eradication. In simpler words: person gets sick. They make sure people around don't get sick. The sick goes away. Vaccines have also helped to eliminate diseases in first world countries such as polio, mumps, measles, and pertussis. Unless, of course, you'd like to catch polio, then be my guest.

Vaccines are by no means a "junk science". While there is a market for vaccines, this is due to the fact that they are necessary. Vaccines have proven themselves time and time again. As I previously stated, smallpox was eliminated through ring vaccination. 

Finally, to your sources. First, it is never wise to only present one source for a claim. The one source is likely biased, so it is imperative that a wide range of sources are presented to support your claim. You do not do this. You provide three articles from a conspiracy theory website that is not likely credible at all. To directly address your second source, this graph is a clever play on people's lack of knowledge. It graphs the mortality rate: what percent of cases result in death. Vaccination prevents a person from contracting a disease, not like an antibiotic to treat it. Thus, the mortality rate of a disease will not change no matter who you vaccinate. A more appropriate graph that does not support your claim would be one that shows the average number of cases in relation to year in the world. Due to a lack of true evidence, this graph relies on people's lack of knowledge and confirmation bias.

So please. Stop spreading these things. Through this, you are putting children, communities, nations at risk. Or at the very least, find some actual sources. Also, don't get me started on the multitude of logical fallacies you've committed.

Phillip Beatty
Phillip Beatty

The fact that AUT is a genetic disease, and can't be contracted like a virus shows that you know nothing of AUT or of vaccines.

I'm not a doctor. Neither are you, but reading the title of articles only makes you look stupid.

I bet you didn't know (or you ignored the fact) that the scientists who conducted the research on MMR and AUT connections were hired by a law firm to prepare them for a lawsuit they were getting ready to pursue.

Also, after the scientists were proved false (most of them quit before the research was finished), the lead scientist (hired by the law firm) had his license revoked and may no longer practice in the US or the UK.

You are probably going to get mad and post retaliatory comments to this, which proves one of two things:

1. You are not capable of clear thought.

2. You are using emotional thought to form your decisions.

.. Actually, I guess that is one thing...

I honestly wonder what it is like to not be able to see obvious facts. Can you really not see what is right under your nose?

Aloma Alber
Aloma Alber

@Erwin Alber you and I share a rare last name. also I just wanted to note that giving up gluten and wheat has helped in some cases, won't cure it but treats it and helps some. would be better to rethink the science from the top as you note. 

Aloma Alber
Aloma Alber

@Marco Davidsdad this old dame reporter agrees with YOU. also giving up wheat and glutens helps many syndromes and inflamations. might not cure but helps. 


Aloma Alber
Aloma Alber

@Nancy Sheppard for many syndromes and inflamations a gluten free diet can help. won't cure but can help try www.Delightmagazine.com wishing you and your family all the best.

Marco Davidsdad
Marco Davidsdad

You are clueless and have failed your child with autism.

Natgeo grafic
Natgeo grafic

@amanda l.  

If you have an Autistic child, that does not mean you know what caused it. You cannot attribute your child's autism to vaccines any more than I can attribute your ignorance to your religion or race.  What testing methodologies were used to determine YOUR child's issues were caused by a vaccine.

Marco Davidsdad
Marco Davidsdad

There is nothing anecdotal about the dozens of studies showing the way vaccine ingredients lead to autism.

Marco Davidsdad
Marco Davidsdad

I know unvaccinated autistic kids. Your statements show oh little you understand. It's the ingredients, not the needle.

Lorraine Kelty
Lorraine Kelty

@Ron Davidson  Follow the research, and always who funded the study. You are right to question "where's the data?"

Marco Davidsdad
Marco Davidsdad

There are over 100 studies showing vaccine ingredients result in autism. And the ones saying they don't are listed here.

Www.14studies.org

c robi
c robi

@Fernando Casas @c robi i got 7 shots as a child, my students now get 55 before they are in middle school-   you are the one who is misinformed and denying real evidence..

Vaccinations are very neurotoxic and have been associated with many neurological disorders, like encephalopathies, epilepsy, convulsions, ADD, LD, autism, mental retardation, depression, anxiety, CNS disorders, paralysis, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, nerve deafness, blindness and SIDS. The neurological disorders associated with vaccinations are diverse and numerous. Vaccinations lower IQ as well as contribute to the overt mental disorders and neurological diseases listed here.

The relationship of vaccinations to encephalopathies and neurological diseases have been surfacing in medical journals since the advent of mass vaccination programs. Autism was unheard of before vaccinations, and parallel mass vaccination programs very nicely. ADD and learning disorders in children are now being traced to childhood vaccinations, as well as convulsions, paralysis, and epilepsy. Brain damage is by far the most common adverse reaction associated with vaccinations, although their actual numbers are not often reported correctly.

List of Vaccination-induced Neurological disorders:

  • Encephalitis
  • Ataxia/Apraxia
  • Retardation
  • Meningitis Paralysis
  • Paralytis polio
  • Ms Gullain Barre Syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Hyperactivity - ADD, LD
  • Demyelinization diseases
  • Auto-immune Diseases Epilepsy
  • Convulsions - Seizures
  • Blindness
  • Deafness
  • SIDS
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental confusion - lowered IQ
  • Brain tumors (SV-40)

This list was generated from a variety of resources and is not, by any means, all inclusive.

The encephalopathies associated with vaccinations may range from overt neurological disease to high pitched crying (commonly seen after vaccination), which is not often recognized as brain damage. In other words, the child is just "reacting to the needle".

Mike Pritchard
Mike Pritchard

@Lee MerrickIf ignorance is bliss, then you must be the happiest person alive! Do your research on ASD. Socially awkward? Really? Are you saying the link to Autism and vaccines has been debunked? Did you debunk them yourself or did your sheeple mind acquire that knowledge from misinformation sources? Research it people! Both sides and then make your own decision for yourself and child because I am not living on this planet to please people like Lee Merrick. The bottom line is we are all looking out for the BEST interest in our children and as human beings. Where is the compassion to understand that and not take it personal because the neighbor decides to vaccinate their child or not? Did I blame your parents for vaccinating you Lee? No. I just blame them for raising you to jump on a particular band wagon of the masses without knowing anything about the research done on both sides just because you "feel" like you know what you're talking about.

Phillip Beatty
Phillip Beatty

Have you ever watched Sherlock? The main character is amazed at how little people actually think.

It is frustrating to see something so clearly, to separate the facts from the emotional thoughts, and then have to explain something to someone who refuses to believe simply because they don't understand.

Just because you don't understand does not mean you are right. I will stop there rather than continuing with what Benedict Cumberbunch would continue with...

Matthew Carey
Matthew Carey

@Marco Davidsdad  She is not clueless, far from it, though I find your attitude of authority somewhat amusing. We don't know exactly what causes autism, but we know it is not the result of vaccines. And before you accuse me of not knowing what I'm talking about, I AM on the autistic spectrum, I have had to live with the social difficulties, the constant depression and frustration, and to accuse her of failing her child is not only incredibly rude, but utterly wrong. 

Ada Beams
Ada Beams

@Marco Davidsdad then it may not be caused by vaccines and simply changes in the environment/air and foods we eat.  

Matthew Carey
Matthew Carey

@Marco Davidsdad  Really? Peer reviewed studies? Please share them! Because so far I have found no scientifically backed data supporting that link.

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