In Defense Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield
                                                   Autism
                                                By: Viera Scheibner Ph.D. Natural Sciences
                                                                         
February 2001.  

                                                    There has been a fair degree of publicity
                                                    recently, more in some parts of the world
                                                    than others, in relation to the research that
                                                    has linked the
MMR vaccine to autism.  

What is the most publicized is that UK researcher Dr Andrew Wakefield and
his group of researchers studied children who developed
Crohn's disease and
autism and linked them to the MMR vaccine that they had been administered
(
Lancet 1998).  

It is good that this is being brought to light, but since parents have been
repeatedly reassured by many doctors that the vaccine is safe, which they
now can see is not true, it is important for them to logically reason that they
cannot trust anything they are told by doctors, particularly about vaccination,
and they need to research the whole vaccination issue.  Sadly, when this is
done, it is realised that this
MMR/autism link is only the tip of iceberg.  

There are various relevant important issues which are not addressed by this
publicity, and which I will cover here.  It will then be recognized that this is a
much wider problem, and only after understanding this can parents make an
informed decision about what to do.  

1. Is the
MMR triple vaccine the only cause of autism?  There is not only a
documented link of
autism to the MMR vaccine, but also to the other vaccines,
such as the
DPT and polio.  We also know of a case of a child developing
autism after the Hepatitis A vaccine and others after the Hepatitis B vaccine.  

2. Are gastrointestinal problems the only mechanism causing brain
dysfunction characterized by the diagnosis of
autism?  

Even though it is evident and proven that the
MMR causes bowel problems
which result in malabsorption and malelimination of waste product of
digestion, which results in brain dysfunction called
autism, autism as a
diagnosis was defined for the first time by Kanner (1943 and 1944).  

This was the time when the
measles, mumps and rubella (and the MMR)
vaccines did not exist.  

However, it was the time of intensified
diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough)
and
tetanus vaccination.  

The recipients of these vaccines developed
encephalitis (or encephalomyelitis)
and the mechanism of behavioral problems described by Kanner as
autism
was soon described by others as
post-encephalitic syndrome.  

This is another, in fact the original, explanation for the observed behavioral
problems often alternatively described as
post-vaccinal encephalitic syndrome
and caused by any vaccine.  

This is amply described in a book written by Harris I. Coulter:
"Vaccination:
Social Violence and Criminality, the Assault on the American Brain."
 

3. Is the administration of
measles, mumps and rubella vaccines individually a
solution to the problem of
autism?  

The researchers above and parents, particularly in the United Kingdom, are
calling for the three vaccines (
measles, mumps and rubella) to be administered
individually as if this were the solution to the problem.  

However it is not just the combined vaccines, such as
MMR or DPT that cause
autism, and therefore the separate administration of the vaccines will not
resolve the problem.  

In fact we know of cases of
autism occurring after the individual vaccines.  
Indeed, the risk may, to the contrary, be even increased.  

Dr Wakefield has not referred to any research that has looked into the relative
risk of developing
autism after the separate vaccines as opposed to the
combined
MMR (and we are not aware of any), so there is no basis for such a
recommendation.  

It is important to understand that any of the vaccines - any type given either
singly or combined, can disturb the balance in the body and cause
autism.  

4. What constitutes the evidence of causality?  

Let us start by not relying on the words of medical
"authorities" in western
countries.  

Dr. Eric Fombonne, from the
Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK claims in a
letter in
Pediatrics 2001 that the rise in the number of reported cases of autism
over the past 30 years was caused by doctors adopting a broader definition of
the disease and using better diagnostic tools.  

Whilst doctors may be more aware of
autism now and as a result look for it
more, the reason they are more aware of it is because it is more evident - it is
now occurring at a much higher rate.  

Autism is not just a label.  Autistic children are placed into special schools, or
special extensions of existing schools, because it is so obvious, and always
would have been, that their needs cannot be met in a normal classroom.  

Special schools for
autistic children are now overflowing and greatly
increasing in number.  

Further, it is well documented that there has been a rise in the number of
children who are diagnosed with a host of developmental, speech and
learning disorders, regardless of what you choose to call their problem.  These
facts should put an end to any debate over diagnostic criteria changes.  

Dr. Luke Tsai, a professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the
University of
Michigan Medical Center
in Ann Arbor, said that if the disease were caused by
a vaccine,
"we would see hundreds of thousands of kids with autism.  And we
don't."  

Well, if Dr Tsai with autism occurring at the rate it does, there are at least two or
three hundred thousand children in our developed countries around the world
with
autism.  What planet does he live on?  

Vaccine promoters also commit another politically motivated lapse in logic:
they admit that the reactions to vaccines do occur, but say that they are only
temporal and coincidental.  

To our dismay, many of them seem to actually believe this nonsense, which
represents an insult to basic intelligence.  

This is because firstly, the word
"reaction" itself is a word that directly implies
causality.  Secondly, establishing a temporal relationship is the first
precondition of causality.  Thirdly, why do they not even consider the
significant fact that these reactions never occur before and always after
vaccination?  

The magnitude of this
"coincidence" is impossibility in the realm of probability
calculus.  

It is actually considered prudent medical practice that if a medical procedure is
administered and symptoms occur afterwards, that procedure must be
considered as the cause.  

However there is plenty of information available that enables one to piece
together not just that there is a link, but how the damage occurs.  

Suppose you are a parent who has never even picked up any medical
literature at all on vaccination or
autism.  

You Learn What Is In Vaccines:
Formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum, paint thinner, coolant, anti-freeze, dye,
detergent phenols, solvent, borax, disinfectant, MSG, glycerol, sulfite &
phosphate compounds, polysorbate 80/20, sorbitol, polyribosylribitol,
betapropiolactone, Amphotericin B and other chemicals, plus hydrolized
gelatin, casein, dead animal tissue and blood (e.g. cow, chick embryo,
monkey, sheep, pig, dog, etc), aborted human fetus cells, mutated (more
virulent) human viruses, contaminant animal viruses (e.g. SV40, which causes
cancer in humans), bacteria, bacterial endotoxins, antibiotics, yeast & animal,
bacterial and viral DNA (which when injected can be incorporated into the
recipients DNA).  

You reasonably conclude that perhaps it is not enormously healthy for your
child to be injected with this big mixture of poisons, and it just might cause
some damage to the immune system?  

Then you might look at what these poisons are documented to do.  
Google: Poisons Information or the National Research Council to read
potential side effects.  

Parents are concerned that if they do not vaccinate, their children could catch
these infectious diseases, and die or suffer permanent injuries as a result.  

However once parents do more research they come to realize that this
concern is invalid in two respects:

1) It assumes that vaccines prevent diseases.  Research reveals that the actual
effect of vaccines is actually sensitization, the word
"sensitization" even
specifically used in medical journals in describing the effect.  

"Sensitization" means that the recipient is made more, not less sensitive, i.e.
more, not less susceptible to contracting the infection and more vulnerable to
it, increasing the chance of developing a 3 to 4 year cyclic disease, and when
this decline in vaccine compliance occurred
whooping cough incidence
remained at an all time low for the longest recorded interepidemic period.  

The overall infant mortality rate also plummeted, being the lowest on record for
an epidemic when the next epidemic came around.  

The same happened in Japan after 1975 when the vaccination age was lifted to
2 years; Japan zoomed from a much higher rate (17th place) to the lowest
infant mortality rate (1st place) in the world (
Los Angeles Times, March 1990).  

In contrast to this, after the US mandated the
DPT vaccine in 1978 there was a
documented 300% sustained increase in the reported cases of
whooping
cough
, and it is still rising, to the point that, with mandatory vaccination in
most states and 5 doses of the vaccine, it now occurs at a far higher rate than
before the introduction of the vaccine (see Sutter, R.W., and Cochi, S.L., 1992.  

Indeed, despite the overall far superior living standards in other respects -
better housing, clean water, nutrition, etc, the US infant mortality rates rival
those of the third world.  

Significantly it went from 6th place in the world in the early fifties before mass
vaccination started to 20th place by 1990, and it has since dropped several
ranks further (down to 26th place a few years ago).  

Similarly,
measles had virtually disappeared in Europe, until vaccination
began, after which it rose again.  

2) The other respect in which the above claim is invalid is that even if vaccines
did prevent infectious diseases, these are not life-threatening diseases that are
untreatable.  

They may be untreatable by the medical establishment, but that is because,
with its very heavy ties with an industry that markets poisonous substances
as harbingers of health, it is unable to get away from this obsession of
interfering with the immune system instead of supporting it.  

It is important to understand that the immune system is designed to do a job,
and is quite capable of doing so - the complexities of this inbuilt intelligence
developed, as it did in other animals, long before
Homo Sapiens even began to
evolve.  

When the immune system fails to do its job, it is not because it is inherently
incapable of overcoming the infection, but because we have denied it the
resources that it needs, or interfered with its activity.  All the resources it needs
are?

A sufficient nutritional status, not really a problem in developed countries
today, plenty of clean water, and energy through sufficient rest.

We harm organisms in the body that have an important role in the immune
system (i.e. when we give antibiotics).  

Further, when a person is vaccinated, ironically it only damages and weakens
the immune system, and further severely saps its resources, such as Vitamin
C, and therefore only increases the challenge it has in its effort to deal with
infections, but even these diseases are still treatable.  

The immune system can manage if it has the basic resources it needs and is
then left alone to get on with the job, even though it causes a fair degree of
discomfort in the process.  

Contrary to popular belief, the body is not suicidal.  It raises its temperature to
a level that is still safe and helps it fight the infection, not to put itself under
threat of brain damage.    

Apart from this, convulsions occur due to it rising very rapidly from normal
(which is not uncommon after vaccination), not due to it being too high.  

So, if you ever hear of a child suffering a complication or dying
"from" say
measles, ask two questions:

1) Was the child vaccinated?  This is most probable, though he/she will most
likely be assumed not to have been until the medical records are checked.  

(By vaccinated we mean at least one dose of any vaccine not necessarily the
measles vaccine - they all weaken the immune system).  

2) What treatment was the child given?  Sure enough you will find that the
illness was mismanaged, as described above.  

Non-vaccinating parents in our developed countries are commonly asked
what they
"do" to their children that makes them so vibrantly healthy and alert.  

It is actually normal for a properly nourished and nurtured child to grow up in
good health, when there is no administration of toxic substances.  

In a healthy child, infections, even colds, are rarely seen, and if and when
contracted they are dealt with easily and quickly.  

Indeed, most of the time an infection is contracted it is dealt with so easily by
the immune system that the person does not fall ill, so is unaware of it.  

So, in summary, the incomplete analysis and handling of the
autism problem is
muddying the issue and only results in what can best be described as a
logical mess in relation to the whole issue of causality of
autism.  

Some parents discount the link completely because they know that their or
other's children developed
autism before the MMR, or much later (after
another vaccine).  

Others expend vast amounts of energy searching for, and traveling long
distances to, medical centers that will give separate
measles, mumps and
rubella vaccines.  

As a result, many thousands of children continue to be damaged, developing
autism and many other serious effects, as a result of being given the MMR
vaccine itself, the separate
measles, mumps, rubella vaccines and/or the other
vaccines.  

And most ironically, they are only more, not less, susceptible to these
otherwise harmless, indeed (if properly managed) beneficial, infections.  

An example of the logical mess and resultant tragedy was reported to us
recently.  

A couple of mothers who are friends had read an article in the daily newspaper
about the
MMR vaccine causing autism.  One of the mothers had an autistic
son.  

Initially she wondered then if the
MMR had caused the autism in her son, but
then she discounted the link because she remembered that her son started
showing the signs of
autism before being given the MMR.  

When, as a result of remembering this, she told her friend that her initial
concern about the
MMR link was wrong, this reassurance encouraged her
friend to submit her own son to the
MMR.  

Now, shortly after that, this friend's son is starting to show the signs of
autism.
 

One cannot successfully fight mistruth with other mistruths.  Without the full,
in fact basically simple truth, we just get confusion and more poisoning, with
the resultant needless suffering.  

Please help us teach the community what does and does not bring good
health, so that children in the future can be spared
autism and other tragedies.  

By: Viera Scheibner Ph.D. Natural Sciences

Article: Autism
www.whale.to/vaccine/sch.html  

About the Author:
Dr. Viera Scheibner is a retired principal research scientist with a doctorate in
Natural Sciences.  
www.vierascheibner.org