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MMR HAS STRONG ASSOCIATION WITH AUTISM, SAYS US RESEARCH
By John von Radowitz
August 9, 2002
New evidence suggesting a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
vaccine and autism emerged yesterday from the United States.
Scientists at Utah State University found a strong association between the
MMR jab and an auto-immune reaction thought to play a role in autism.
The team, led by Dr Vijendra Singh, analysed blood samples from 125 autistic
children and 92 children without the developmental disorder. The researchers
found a "significant increase" in the level of MMR antibodies in the
autistic children. Part of the measles component of the vaccine caused an
unusual anti-measles response in 75 of the autistic children, but not in the
More than 90 per cent of the autistic samples that showed an immune response
to MMR were also positive for antibodies thought to be involved in autism.
These antibodies attack the brain by targeting the basic building blocks of
myelin, the insulating sheath that covers nerve fibres. Dr Singh suggested
that auto-immune response might be the root cause of autism.
The US scientists, who report their findings in the Journal of Biomedical
Science, concluded: "Stemming from this evidence, we suggest that an
inappropriate antibody response to MMR, specifically the measles component
thereof, might be related to pathogenesis of autism."
Dr Singh published previous work indicating a link between MMR and autism,
concentrating on the brain's reaction. He has argued for years that autism
can be traced to an auto-immune reaction centred on the brain. MMR fears
have been blamed for a dip in the number of children being vaccinated
between December and March.
The pressure group Jabs (justice, awareness and basic support), which wants
parents to have the option of giving their children single injections, said
the research strengthened its case.
Jonathan Harris, its West Midlands spokesman, said: "I really feel there's a
very, very strong case now for suspending MMR use while further
investigations are carried out. At the moment parents only have the choice
of MMR or nothing. We think that's irresponsible of the Department of
EXPERTS DIFFER WHILE CHILDREN CONTINUE TO SUFFER AUTISM
By Kathy Sinnott
July 26, 2002
Over the past couple of years, we have seen medical authorities and medical
correspondents reaching a not guilty verdict on the MMR causing autism.
They justify this on the basis of scientific evidence. Maybe it's time the
public understood this term. Scientific evidence is 100% evidence. Does the
public realise that, by this definition, we cannot be sure that smoking
causes lung cancer?
Maybe it's time to note that there are other types of evidence:
First, there is laboratory evidence. For example, there's the fact that our
leading cell pathologist has discovered that a virus is causing a new type
of ulceration in the bowels of children that regressed into autism, that the
offending virus is a measles virus and that the sequenced DNA of this virus
is that of the vaccine strain of measles, not wild measles.
There is clinical evidence, that of physicians treating these children.
Physicians who, because they recognise and treat the viral, heavy metal, and
fungal overloads experienced by these children, are successfully improving
these childrens' lives.
Then there is anecdotal evidence. For example, on the Hope Project Helpline,
we have heard hundreds of autism onset stories from parents and the vast
majority of these implicate the MMR, and others the DPT vaccine in autism.
Lastly, there is the eyewitness evidence of frightened parents who have
watched their beautiful children slip away into the quagmire of autism
within weeks of the MMR.
It is a sad fact that the only evidence that seems acceptable in this debate
(can you call something as lopsided as the MMR controversy in Ireland a
debate?) is 100% scientific evidence. Hard and damning laboratory evidence
seems to be ignored, clinical evidence is excused, anecdotal evidence
ridiculed as scare-mongering and parental eyewitness evidence cannot be
accepted by our guardians of drug safety, the Irish Medicines Board.
So what will happen? For the time being, susceptible children and teenagers
will continue to develop Autistic Spectrum disorders, bowel disease, eating
disorders and bipolar, to name but a few, in ever increasing numbers.
Eventually, the decision will be taken out of the hands of our medical
guardians and Minister for Health and Children. A High Court judge will
listen to all the types of evidence and he or she will make a legal decision
on the balance of probability, 51% that the MMR caused the plaintiff to
Following a number of these decisions, a tribunal will be held and we will
finally be able to understand how medical authority, money and politics
allowed thousands of Irish children to be sacrificed to the requirements of
100% "scientific evidence".
Hope Project Secretary,
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