Journal pulls paper on Vaccine and Autism Concerns – opinion

vaccineA paper published in the journal Translational Neurodegeneration was suddenly pulled from publication last week. Personally for me this caused a lot more questions than answers.

The paper cited work dating back decades from the CDC US (Centre for disease control and prevention). It concluded that African-American boys have a higher risk of autism if they receive the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine before age 2. This was the result of research conducted back in 2004 which was not validated by the CDC. 

Now, we can only speculate as to why the paper was pulled so quickly from a renowned on-line publication. According to many sources the paper was accompanied by a video backing Andrew Wakefield’s claims to the autism and vaccine link.  This research was allegedly debunked in 1998.

Why would such a renowned journal publish something that was unfounded and then publicly pull it. Something alerted my spidey senses here.

There is no Scientific proof that autism is caused by vaccinations. Looking at the facts, the MMR vaccine contains live but weakened strains of mumps, measles and rubella. These live viruses have to be preserved, and some specific research has looked into the uses of heavy metals such as Mercury (Thimerosal)  in the preservatives. Heavy metals in salt form have an effect on the brain, and the signalling pathways during brain development. But there is no PROOF that these preservatives cause autism.

However, I agree that there are a lot of people out there who strongly believe that their child’s autism was caused by vaccination. Someone posed the question to me once, why there is a court specifically designed for vaccination injuries. To be fair I couldn’t answer them (I assumed that it was due to the sheer volume of cases being put to civil courts) and it wouldn’t be my place to answer that question here. What it signifies to me personally, is that perhaps more research is warranted, especially as people are now choosing not to vaccinate their kids against childhood illnesses that could potentially harm their offspring. Also there have been more epidemics of measles leading to fatalities in the last few years than since the turn of the 20th Century. Immunisation had eradicated deaths from Measles. It’s a parental choice to vaccinate or not to vaccinate.

There is a strong correlation however pointing to the fact that autism is hereditary, so there is  a strong genetic link. Sibling and cousin studies. I can vouch for this personally, both mine and my sister’s son are on the spectrum. But scientists have recently pinpointed the exact time and exact gene that mutate in a developing embryo which leads to autistic traits post birth. This is long before an immunisation is even thought of.

Environmental issues are always cited also in the long list (ever growing) of what causes autism. Too much pollution, chemicals in pesticides, even race and age of mothers.

What we really need once and for all is an answer. Autism research is reactively new in the grater scheme of things, but if one in two will receive a diagnosis by 2025, isn’t it time we started looking for solid answers and transferring funding in the right direction? If we find a cause though, would we want a cure? Perhaps that is a question for another time.

As an editor, and a journalist, it still puzzles me how this article got through editorial. One person having an off day? Maybe. And the next question- if the editor had committed to running the story, then why the decision to revoke it? We’ll never know the answer, but it’s caused a few raised eyebrows…




  • Kimberly says:

    Our son was double dosed all immunizations. I can, without question, state that it was in fact the immunizations that caused our son’s autism. As new parents we did not know any better when our son had just finished his required immunizations in his first years and we recieved via postal delivery that the immunizations had not been stored properly for the past four years at the hospital where we took our son for pediatrican services. The “new” vaccines were to be all be given on two visits, only two weeks apart. Looking back, it errily seems like our babies were used as experiments. Not knowing any better, we opted to go for it, but only after I asked that particular pediatrican if there were any tests that could determine if the shots had, or not, been effective. She didn’t say “no” but she did shake her head “no”. After the second visit, when all shots had been administered, the moment we got home my husband and I both noticed how unusually quiet our son was. Not knowing anything about autism at the time, as he grew, we just thought he was a late talker, and just like to keep peaceful by being alone, even though he used to interact and laugh and smile and look into our eyes. It wasn’t until he was almost 4 when I finally accepted that something wasn’t quite as it should be after a couple of people mentioned that we might want to get a diagnosis for autism. We did, and we got the diagnosis. With hind-sight and photographic memory, it all became clear. I asked other pediatricians about the re-vaccinations and they all were completely against it saying that once he got the shots, he didn’t need them again. When our son began school, the nurse looked at his shot records and was very shocked, stating that he will never need another shot for the rest of his life! Now, we have a second son. He is 6 now and has only begun vaccinations because we know what caused our first born’s condition and it is very frightening for us. Even though our 2nd son is very intelligent, social, verbal, etc., our first son was even more so until the second round of shots. Makes me sick to my stomach to know everything so clearly now and who played what roll in our first born’s condition. He is 10 now. It has been a very very hard journey, but of course we love him with all our hearts and will continue to research and apply every non-evasive biomedical treatment, nutritional intake, every helpful therapy we can while dealing with schools that just don’t get how to teach our children with autism so they keep them on a kindergarten level of learning. And all the caregivers that just don’t get it so they end up abusing our children thinking it’s discipline they need to the point of mentally and emotionally and sometimes even physically scarring our children. Yes, we’ve had to deal with that too. Dr. Wakefield is 100% correct. They keep trying to discredit him as a doctor and all of his extremely thorough research, but we know the truth first hand, and it’s very clear who and what the culprits are.

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