The Big Vaccine Conspiracy: Secret Documents Confirm Vaccines Cause Autism (Debunked)

This article makes some outragous claims so, let’s disect them.
Hidden documents about vaccines that have been locked away for more than two decades reveal that the MMR vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella does cause autism, and regulators, drug executives and various others have known about this for a long time.

Interesting how the link the author gave shows this.

The UK Department of Health was forced to reveal confidential documents outlining the details of MMR’s initial approval in the 1980s, following a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. The FOIA request was filed in response to the growing number of children afflicted with debilitating gut problems, brain problems and other symptoms believed to be associated with MMR, following their vaccination.

Let’s see what the UK department of health website says.

And if the link is clicked

As it turns out, the fears regarding the adverse effects of vaccines are not completely unfounded. The uncovered documents reveal that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine Pluserix, knew that the vaccines could cause serious complications in children, some of which are encephalitis and other conditions associated with autism.

The author leaves no links to this argument. However, after some digging, I did find the document that she talks about.

However, the document doesn’t tell the reader if the patient already had a disorder this predisposed them to autism before getting the vaccine.

With more digging, I found a Daily Mail article which only talked about links between the company and UK government. “Some doctors and scientists on key government committees have shareholdings in the companies, while others have received grants for research from them”

This information can fuel the conspiracy theorists, however other agencies in other countries such as the US have done research and have not found a link between vaccines and autism.

“We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease,” admitted Tina Cheatham, Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). “Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.”

Again, the author leaves no source but I did a search and found:

All the cases were ruled in favor of the HHS.

In addition, the NCBI wrote an article stating, no connection between autism and vaccines and said “there is no evidence to suggest that vaccines cause central nervous system injury, epilepsy or infantile spasms”

CDC, Pediatrics, US government and Merck all admit MMR vaccine causes autism
This admission has huge repercussions, since encephalopathy following vaccination has been known to produce autism symptoms.

Again, the NCBI did a study on this. “In vaccine encephalopathy, many parents cite a lack of family history as a reason to why vaccines may be causative in their children’s neurological problems. However, because of the high rate of de novo SCN1A mutations, this genetic abnormality likely occurs either in the gametes or very early postfertilization, thus making a family history of seizures extremely unlikely in patients with SCN1A mutations.

Others argue that the temporal association with immunizations proves that the vaccines themselves are causative. We know, however, that fever is the most common complication of immunization, and that patients with SMEI often have an exacerbation in seizures with fever. Thus, it could simply be that the fever associated with the vaccine and not the vaccine itself is what provokes the initial seizure in some patients with SCN1A mutations.”

GSK, the British government and various other players all kept this information secret, even after brave whistleblowers, such as Dr. William Thompson, came forward publicly with data linking the MMR vaccine to autism-related health outcomes.

Dr. William Thompson and the controversy surrounding his claims has already been debunked:

While health authorities have previously made allusions to the link between MMR and autism, none has, so far, made a direct to the point statement about it.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for instance, has admitted that rubella, the German measles component of MMR, has been known to be a cause of autism since the 1960s. Even Merck & Co., a major manufacturer of MMR vaccines, has made admissions to the effect that vaccines in general can cause autism.
“[R]ubella (congenital rubella syndrome) is one of the few proven causes of autism,” stated Walter A. Orenstein, M.D., former Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the National Immunization Program, in a 2002 letter to the UK’s Chief Medical Officer.
“[R]ubella virus is one of the few known causes of autism,” explained the CDC on its “FAQs (frequently asked questions) about MMR Vaccine & Autism” page, which has since been removed from public view. It is still available in some web archives.

Interesting how the author is anti-vaccine, claiming it causes autism, then states that Rubella causes autism. So how do we prevent a child from getting the autism causing Rubella? NCBI did find that congenital rubella syndrome and children with autism do share similar symptoms.

I did a quick search about Congenital rubella syndrome and found “Congenital rubella syndrome occurs when the rubella virus in the mother affects the developing baby, usually in the first three months of pregnancy. Since the introduction of the rubella vaccine, cases have decreased dramatically.”

Dr. Julie Gerberding, M.D., M.P.H., the current president of Merck’s Vaccines Division, has also previously admitted that people with a predisposition to mitochondrial dysfunction can develop autism following vaccination. A minimum of 20 percent of vaccine-induced autism cases are associated with mitochondrial dysfunction.
“Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids,” stated Dr. Gerberding back in 2008 during a segment on House Call with Dr. Sanjay Gupta titled “Unraveling the Mystery of Autism.”
“So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”

The NCBI explained this genetic abnormality:

“Mitochondrial enzyme abnormalities are rare inborn errors of metabolism demonstrating defects in oxidative phosphorylation, and are often associated with mutations in nuclear or mitochondrial DNA. Patients can display a wide variety of features including acute and chronic encephalopathy, seizures, weakness, systemic symptoms, growth retardation, regression of developmental milestones and, rarely, autistic features. Most patients with mitochondrial disorders will have a constellation of neurological and systemic findings, and will not demonstrate autistic features alone. Some authors caution that even when mitochondrial abnormalities are found in a child with autistic features, the results should be interpreted with caution because these changes may be secondary to technical inaccuracies or may be due to another genetic disorder, such as Rett syndrome (14).

Similarly to diseases associated with mutations in the SCN1A gene, children with mitochondrial dysfunction often have an exacerbation in symptomatology (for example, encephalopathy or regression in milestones) with febrile illnesses. No clear evidence is available to suggest that vaccines can cause similar regression (12). Despite this, if regression or encephalopathy did develop in a patient with mitochondrial dysfunction, it could be that the fever itself, and not the vaccine, is the real cause of exacerbation, as is seen in SMEI. If this is the case, it may be even more prudent to immunize children with mitochondrial disorders to decrease their risk of acquiring febrile illnesses in early childhood. Additionally, as in SMEI, it is unlikely that those with mitochondrial disease simply require a vaccine ‘trigger’ to set off the disease process because most patients with mitochondrial disease do not have an onset of symptoms associated with vaccination.”

I also did a quick search about this dysfunction and found:

“The following symptoms may indicate that your child has mitochondrial dysfunction or a problem in energy production.

  • Large motor delays
  • Failure to thrive, growth delays
  • Low muscle tone
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Inability to regulate temperature
  • Autistic symptoms
  • Global muscle weakness
  • Difficulty waking

Even if your child does not display any of the “classic” symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction (listed above), your child may still be affected.

It is now believed by many research scientists and an increasing number of physicians that mitochondrial dysfunction may be a critical part of the underlying pathophysiology in the following health conditions:

  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Some gastronintestinal disorders, among others.”

So it doesn’t mean vaccines are what caused the autism. The author does not seem to understand that vaccines, are a weakened or an inactivated form of the virus. And vaccines have been around for a while and are safer than inoculation and have saved lives, and have helped eradicate diseases such as smallpox.

I support vaccines, and research for new vaccines, and I believe people who can get vaccinated, should. In order to protect the people who can’t get vaccinated such as people with compromised immune systems or cancer patients.