In the past week The Lewin Group released a new study saying that they found no link between vaccines and autism. Main stream media went crazy with this new study and pushed the agenda in every media outlet they could whether it was TV, radio, print, or internet. Several of the media pundits said it was the final word, “once again be all, end all,” disproving all the notions that vaccines could have anything to do with autism.
But what is not told by main stream media is that The Lewin Group is a health care consulting firm, which of all things lists some major vaccine makers as some of their clients. Also, The Lewin Group’s parent company, UnitedHealth Group, is on of the key government partners in the creation and running of Obamacare. The subsidiary QSSI was gave the contract to build government’s HealthCare.gov website. And to me a big smoking gun is that one of its top executives is some of the top donors for Obama.
Listed below are a few of the published studies supporting a possible link between vaccines and autism with a brief explanation of each one of the studies.
As far back as 1998, a serology study by the College of Pharmacy at University of Michigan supported the hypothesis that an autoimmune response from the live measles virus in MMR vaccine “may play a causal role in autism.” (Nothing to see here, say the critics, that study is old.)
In 2002, a Utah State University study found that “an inappropriate antibody response to MMR [vaccine], specifically the measles component thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism.
Also in 2002, the Autism Research Institute in San Diego looked at a combination of vaccine factors. Scientists found the mercury preservative thimerosal used in some vaccines (such as flu shots) could depress a baby’s immunity. That could make him susceptible to chronic measles infection of the gut when he gets MMR vaccine, which contains live measles virus.
In 2006, a team of microbiologists in Cairo, Egypt concluded, “deficient immune response to measles, mumps and rubella vaccine antigens might be associated with autism, as a leading cause or a resulting event.”
A 2007 study found statistically significant evidence suggesting that boys who got the triple series Hepatitis B vaccine when it contained thimerosal were “more susceptible to developmental disability” than unvaccinated boys.
Similarly, a 5-year study of 79,000 children by the same institution found boys given Hepatitis B vaccine at birth had a three times increased risk for autism than boys vaccinated later or not at all. Nonwhite boys were at greatest risk. (“Weak study,” say the critics.)
A 2009 study in The Journal of Child Neurology found a major flaw in a widely-cited study that claimed no link between thimerosal in vaccines and autism. Their analysis found that “the original p value was in error and that a significant relation does exist between the blood levels of mercury and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder.”
In the above study the researchers noted, “Like the link between aspirin and heart attack, even a small effect can have major health implications. If there is any link between autism and mercury, it is absolutely crucial that the first reports of the question are not falsely stating that no link occurs.”
A 2010 rat study by the Polish Academy of Sciences suggested “likely involvement” of thimerosal in vaccines (such as flu shots) “in neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism.” (The critics dismiss rat studies.)
In 2010, a pilot study in the Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentials found that infant monkeys given the 1990’s recommended pediatric vaccine regimen showed important brain changes warranting “additional research into the potential impact of an interaction between the MMR and thimerosal-containing vaccines on brain structure and function.”
A study from Japan’s Kinki University in 2010 supported “the possible biological plausibility for how low-dose exposure to mercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines may be associated with autism.”
A 2011 study from Australia’s Swinburne University supported the hypothesis that sensitivity to mercury, such as thimerosal in flu shots, may be a genetic risk factor for autism. (Critics call the study “strange” with “logical hurdles.”)
This is just a brief list of the studies supporting a possible link between vaccines and autism. If you would like some more list of studies just email at my email address listed in the about section on the website.
Just one last thing to think about is why the FDA allows thirmerosal in these vaccines. Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound. Key word there is Mercury just think about it. Click this link for a FDA list of thimerosal-containing vaccines list.