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Autism and Vaccines

Perhaps you need to reference the studies directly. First, Wakefield's study made no claims that autism was caused by vaccines. He claimed that vaccines caused gut problems such as colitis. Second there are many studies proving that vaccines cause brain injuries and even death in a few cases, might not find one that proves autism, but there are many that show serious injury and even death.

The MMR is the only vaccine looked at as a cause of autism and all the studies are funded by the manufacturer. It's called tobacco science.

There have been no studies of the MMR combined with any other vaccine. No studies done with how the vaccines interact with children with abnormal or mutated MTHR genes. No study looking at the combination of vaccines and over the counter pain medicine such as Tylenol. The studies have simply not been done.

Dr. Bernadine Healy is the former head of the National Institutes of
Health, and the most well-known medical voice yet to break with her
colleagues on the vaccine-autism question.

In an exclusive interview with CBS News, Healy said the question is
still open.

"I think that the public health officials have been too quick to
dismiss the hypothesis as irrational," Healy said.

"But public health officials have been saying they know, they've been
implying to the public there's enough evidence and they know it's not
causal," Attkisson said.

"I think you can't say that," Healy said. "You can't say that."

Healy goes on to say public health officials have intentionally
avoided researching whether subsets of children are “susceptible” to
vaccine side effects - afraid the answer will scare the public.

"You're saying that public health officials have turned their back on
a viable area of research largely because they're afraid of what might
be found?" Attkisson asked.

Healy said: "There is a completely expressed concern that they don't
want to pursue a hypothesis because that hypothesis could be damaging
to the public health community at large by scaring people. "First of
all," Healy said, "I think the public’s smarter than that. The public
values vaccines. But more importantly, I don’t think you should ever
turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of
what it might show."

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