Vaccines Are 'Exonerated' from Causing Autism? The Monkeys Know Better

Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases and chairman of the department of preventive medicine at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine said recently to ABC News:  “The problem isn’t with vaccine safety, because they’ve been exonerated from all the implications of autism and all the other illnesses associated with vaccines.”

To channel Jim Carey as Ace Ventura:  Reeeeaaaaallllyyyy?

This statement is so patently false that Dr. Schaffner should be ashamed and be forced to retract this lie.  Even the most pro-vaccine scientist or doctor should be willing to admit that the jury is still out.  You may have read previously my problem with the epidemiological studies done to date.  We have some actual scientific studies coming out that certainly do not exonerate the full childhood vaccine schedule from harm.

Dr. Laura Hewitson , Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at The University of Pittsburgh recently reported her study on primates receiving the 1990-1999 childhood vaccine full schedule.  Macaques are often used to test human treatments prior to human trials.  Vaccine producers and the CDC do not do animal studies prior to approval of a vaccine for our children.  Dr. Hewitson did a controlled trial of fully vaccinated vs. fully unvaccinated subjects (note: human studies have never compared a true unvaccinated control group or included the whole vaccine schedule instead of just one vaccine shot).  Here is a summary of Dr. Hewitson’s research (Pediatric Vaccines Influence Primate Behavior, and Amygdala Growth and Opioid Ligand Binding Friday, May 16, 2008: IMFAR):

‘Compared with unexposed animals, significant neurodevelopmental deficits were evident for exposed animals in survival reflexes, tests of color discrimination and reversal, and learning sets. Differences in behaviors were observed between exposed and unexposed animals and within the exposed group before and after MMR vaccination. Compared with unexposed animals, exposed animals showed attenuation of amygdala growth and differences in the amygdala binding of [11C]diprenorphine. Interaction models identified significant associations between specific aberrant social and non-social behaviors, isotope binding, and vaccine exposure.’

At the same conference Dr. Walker of the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University reported on chronic inflamation and gene expression in vaccinated and unvaccinated macaques.  Microarray Analysis of GI Tissue in a Macaque Model of the Effects of Infant Vaccination Saturday, May 17, 2008 IMFAR.

“Histopathological examination revealed that vaccinated animals exhibited progressively severe chronic active inflammation, whereas unexposed animals did not.  Gene expression comparisons between the groups (vaccinated versus unvaccinated) revealed only 120 genes differentially expressed (fc >1.5; log ratio p<0.001) at 10 weeks, whereas there were 450 genes differentially expressed at 14 weeks, and 324 differentially expressed genes between the 2 groups at necropsy.”

Shame on you Dr. Schaffner.


3 thoughts on “Vaccines Are 'Exonerated' from Causing Autism? The Monkeys Know Better

  1. Great column; thanks for posting it. Don’t forget the 2005 Thimerosal study by Thomas Burbacher et al that used primates. That study found that ethylmercury from Thimerosal used in vaccines bound to brain tissue more quickly than methylmercury, which is found in some fish. Though I pity the poor lab macaques, our mercury-poisoned children deserve far more care and concern — especially more than they’re getting from those in the “health care” professions or the CDC.


  2. Thank you for finding a vax/non-vax comparison study! I’ve been looking all around for one – thank you so much! I’ve been sharing those links with lots of people…


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