Just in time for Autism Awareness Month, a very large can of worms… A scientific review of peer-reviewed studies reignites the debate the medical community has worked so hard to put to rest: Could vaccines possibly be a factor in autism?
The study, published by author Helen Ratajczak in the Journal of Immunotoxicology, looks at all published medical research since autism was first articulated in 1943 to the present. It’s the first published review that takes all studies into account, not focusing on one vaccine or ingredient of concern, but the entire history of what the medical community has reported about autism.
Here’s what Ratajczak had to say: “Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain.” The author goes on to explore possible reasons vaccines might cause inflammation, including the increase in the number of vaccines given at one time, and a surprising new potential culprit: Human DNA. When vaccine manufacturers took the controversial mercury-based preservative thimerosol out of vaccines, they replaced it, in some cases, with human tissue.
Ratajczak says when foreign human DNA is incorporated with the host DNA, it can change the host DNA.
“That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it’s changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it’s an ongoing inflammation. It doesn’t stop, it continues through the life of that individual.”
While the DNA theory has never been proven, the fact that it has never been disproven, says Ratajczak, means the question is still open. She cites a spike in autism following the addition of human DNA to the MMR vaccine, and to the chicken pox vaccine in 1995.
Ratajczak’s article, is already being dismissed by the medical community.
University of Pennsylvania’s Dr. Brian Strom, a government advisor on vaccine safety, acknowledges that there is an accepted association between vaccines and brain damage (how reassuring) but says that the scientific data finds no link between vaccines and autism. He finds Ratajczak’s review “irrelevant”:
“This is a review of theories. Science is based on facts. To draw conclusions on effects of an exposure on people, you need data on people. The data on people do not support that there is a relationship. As such, any speculation about an explanation for a (non-existing) relationship is irrelevant.”
Ratajczak herself is from a pharmaceutical background. She told CBS news, who is investigating the story, that she was restricted from publishing certain information while employed in the industry. This adds fuel to what vaccine opponents have suggested for years, that the pharmaceutical industry may be suppressing information. “I’m retired now,” she said. “I can write what I want.”
CBS approached the CDC to see what their reaction was to this new development in what is surely one of their greatest long-term controversies. Their reaction? Officials told CBS that a “comprehensive review by CDC…would take quite a bit of time.” In the meantime, they suggested, parents should refer to their various materials stating unequivocally that there is no link between vaccines and autism.
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