To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is the question…

Shocking! Vaccinated Monkeys Develop Autism

As a principal and teacher, there were many times that I worked with children who were identified as autistic.  I have teamed with teachers to develop plans to assist and support autistic children.  But a question that continually is asked is, “Have you noticed an increasing number of children who have autism?” In that same conversation, another question is, “Are there more children on the autistic spectrum due to our increased awareness and identification in the health and education field?”   What do you think?

While waiting in the doctor’s office, I came upon this article in a medical journal magazine.  Instantly, I thought back to all the families that I worked with to meet the needs of their children.  I also thought about my own children and my choice to vaccinate or not vaccinate my child.  In the following article I bolded  the author’s points that I did find thought-provoking.

By Modernteacher27

Vaccinated Monkeys Develop Autism

October 8, 2012 by Ethan Huff

Medical authorities have long claimed that vaccines play absolutely no role in the development of childhood autism. But if what they claim is true, why do some of the most popular vaccines that are commonly administered to children cause autism in animal primates? Many people are asking this question after a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh (UP) in Pennsylvania found that infant monkeys given standard doses of childhood vaccines as part of the new research developed autism symptoms.

For their investigation, Laura Hewitson and her colleagues at UP conducted the type of proper safety research on typical childhood vaccination schedules that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) should have conducted, but never has. What her team discovered was groundbreaking, as it completely shatters the mainstream myth that vaccines are safe and pose no risk of autism.

Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London, England, the findings revealed that young macaque monkeys given the typical vaccination schedule endorsed by the CDC since the 1990s, and in appropriate doses for the monkeys’ sizes and ages, tended to develop autism symptoms. Their unvaccinated counterparts, on the other hand, developed no such symptoms, which supports a strong connection between vaccines and autism spectrum disorders.

Included in the mix were several vaccines containing the toxic additive Thimerosal, a mercury-based compound that has been phased out of some vaccines, but is still present in batch-size influenza vaccines and a few others. Also administered was the controversial measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which has been linked time and time again to causing autism and various other serious, and often irreversible, health problems in children.

“This research underscores the critical need for more investigation into immunizations, mercury, and the alterations seen in autistic children,” said Lyn Redwood, director of SafeMinds, a public safety group working to expose the truth about vaccines and autism. “SafeMinds is calling for large scale, unbiased studies that look at autism medical conditions and the effects of vaccines given as a regimen.”

Vaccine oversight needs to be taken from CDC and given to independent agency, says vaccine safety advocate

Adding to the sentiment, Theresa Wrangham, president of SafeMinds called out the CDC for failing to require proper safety studies of its recommended vaccination schedules. Unlike all other drugs, which must at least undergo a basic round of safety testing prior to approval and recommendation, vaccinations and vaccine schedules in particular do not have to be proven safe or effective before hitting the market.

“The full implications of this primate study await publication of the research in a scientific journal,” said Wrangham. “But we can say that it demonstrates how the CDC evaded their responsibility to investigate vaccine safety questions. Vaccine safety oversight should be removed from the CDC and given to an independent agency.”

Be sure to read this thorough analysis of the study by Catherine J. Frompovich of

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