New Research in Vaccines: Infant Monkeys Given Standard Doses of Vaccines Develop Autism Symptoms

Recently, new findings have been released showing that infant monkeys given vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Laura Hewitson, lead investigator, of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Often, safety studies of drugs are conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, however this research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been done.

The abstracts presented at IMFAR described biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated macaques which are similar to what is seen in autistic children. Animals that were unvaccinated did not show any adverse outcomes. The animals were given vaccines that had been recommended of infants in the USA during the 1990s, including the controversial MMR with the mercury preservative thimerosal. During the 1990s, rates of autism spectrum disorder among children rose dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children.

The request of the research group is similar to that of Dr. Bernadine Healy, Former NIH Director, in an earlier interview on CBS. Dr. Healy asserted that public health officials have been too quick to dismiss an autism-vaccine connection when the research has been insufficient.

Certainly a few things to think about and to question. Always make informed and educated decisions when it comes to your child’s well-being.

The Vaccine Debate

On February 24th, on The Huffington Post site, Robert F. Kennedy Junior and David Kirby reported a ground-breaking court ruling concerning the MMR vaccine and autism.

Although the Washington federal Vaccine Court has recently ruled against three families who were claiming a link between the MMR vaccine, thimerosal and autism, the Court ruled differently in the case of Bailey Banks back in 2007, a case which has only just come to light.

The Bailey Banks Case

Back in June 2007, Special Master Richard Abell ruled that the parents of Bailey Banks, aged 10, had sufficiently demonstrated to the Vaccine Court that “the MMR vaccine at issue actually caused the conditions from which Bailey suffered and continues to suffer.”


The Vaccine Court awarded the Bailey family over $810,000 as a lump sum and between $30,000 and $40,000 per year for Bailey’s care, as compensation.

The Court ruled that the MMR vaccine had in fact caused the “acute brain damage” that was responsible for Bailey’s ASD. Special Master Abell ruled that the family had proven that the vaccine caused acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), a brain inflammation illness, and that this led to PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified).

On hearing all of the facts of the case, the Court agreed that Bailey’s ADEM was caused by the MMR vaccine and this his ADEM was serious enough to cause permanent brain damage and developmental delays which are classed as PDD-NOS.

In Robert F. Kennedy’s words:

“The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was… a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.”

Kennedy also points out that this is not an isolated ruling and that a CBS News investigation has found that 1,322 families have been awarded compensation by the Vaccine Court for brain damage caused by vaccines, since 1988.

But where does that leave families who are worried about the US vaccine program?

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