Autism, Vaccines, and Robert F Kennedy Jr. by Jeffrey Dach MD

Autism, Vaccines, and Robert F Kennedy Jr.
by Jeffrey Dach MD

Do Vaccinations Cause Autism?

If you ask this question to anyone in the medical establishment, government or drug industry, the answer would be a firm NO, with supportive peer review medical publications. However, if you asked this question to mothers of autistic children, or the (DAN) physicians treating them, the answer would be a an equally emphastic YES, of course , pointing to their own supportive medical studies. (1)(2)(3)(3A)(4)(5) (93-99)

Canary in the Coal Mine

Autistic kids are the canaries in the coal mine, having genetic variations called SNP's (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms), so they can't easily eliminate environmental toxins from their bodies. The most toxic is the ethyl mercury preservative in vaccines, unwittingly injected into young children before they are old enough to eliminate the mercury. Mercury impairs the immune system, causes auto-immune diseases, and is directly toxic to the brain, causing neurological disorders. (6)(7)(8)(9)

It's a Crime in Iowa and California 

Iowa was the first state to ban mercury containing vaccines, Jan 2005. (106

California has followed suit and more than 30 other states have similar bans under consideration.

In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Thimerosal (Mercury) Law which took effect on July 1, 2006 prohibiting vaccination with mercury-containing vaccines to pregnant women or to children under age three. At the federal level, however, Pres. George Bush plans to veto similar legislation (FY 2008 HHS-Labor-Education Appropriations Bill). (10) (11

The Most Bitter Debate

There is no greater rancor in medicine than the autism-vaccine debate, and this debate has reached the federal vaccine court where 5000 autistic kids and their families are requesting compensation for vaccine injury.

Vaccination Deemed Necessary to Protect Society

Society has deemed vaccination necessary to protect the nation from diseases such as smallpox, polio, diphtheria, and tetanus. In return for these benefits, society accepts the inevitable injury or death of the unlucky few from adverse effects. After all, vaccines contain foreign substances which provoke an immune response. 

Examples of vaccine injury include the 1 death per million from viral encephalitis and disseminated viral infection after smallpox vaccination. Another example of vaccine injury is paralytic polio after receiving the live Sabin oral polo vaccine. With the eradication of polio, there are now more polio cases caused by the vaccine then are prevented by it in the US. (12)(13)(14)

The Swine Flu vaccine caused more deaths than did the Swine Flu itself, and there were 500 cases of vaccine associated Guillan Barre paralysis. Both the live polio vaccine and the Swine Flu vaccines have been discontinued in the US for these reasons. (15) (16)

The National Childhood Vaccine Injure Act

Large jury awards arising from DPT vaccine injury litigation in the 1980’s induced some vaccine makers to cease production, representing a threat to national military readiness in the case of biological warfare. (17)(18)

So, Congress passed the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act to provide for uninterrupted vaccine production. This law made the vaccine manufacturers immune from civil litgation, and instead established a Federal Court system to provide speedy compensation for vaccine-related injuries or death. (19)

The court uses a table which lists the types of injuries which automatically qualify for compensation. However, Autism is not included in this table. (20)

5000 Autism Cases Before the Vaccine Court

There are currently 5,000 cases before the Federal Vaccine Court requesting compensation for vaccine related autism, and a ruling is expected within the next 6-12 months.(21)(22)(108)  

The 5,000 autistic families are represented by Kevin P. Conway, Ronald C Homer & Syvia Chin-Caplan, 16 Shawmut Street, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-695-1990 (23)(24)

Acceptance by the Medical Establishment Not Necessary

A previous case was a victory. In Capizzano 05-5049 (3/9/2006),the Court decided that peer-reviewed scientific literature was not needed to win compensation. All that was needed was a medical theory linking an injury to the vaccine, a logical sequence of cause and effect, and a temporal relationship between them. This can be accomplished by medical records, or by an expert opinion. Peer-reviewed literature, pathological markers, rechallenge and general medical acceptance, are not required to win compensation.

In other words, it is not necessary for the acceptance by the medical establishment that vaccines cause autism., nor was it necessary for the peer review literature to show that vaccines cause autism. All that is needed is to show that Johnny was OK before the vaccination, and after the vaccination, Johnny developed autism.

280 Billion Dollars for Autistic Children - Do the Math

The current rate of autism as 1 in 150 children. Since there are 4 million live births annually in the US, this calculates out to 28,000 autistic kids annually, or 280,000 autistic kids per decade. Assuming the 5000 autistic families prevail in court with an average payout of one million dollars per autistic child, with the potential for 280,000 claims, the potential payout could amount to 280 billion dollars.  This is an incredibly large amount of money, about the same amount of spending for 2 years of war in Iraq.(25)  For this reason alone, it seems inconceivable that the federal vaccine court would grant compensation for autism. However, only time will tell.

Measles Virus Seen Through Electron MicroscopeVaccine-Strain Measles Detected in Autistic Kids from MMR

The Vaccine Court’s compensation table includes Vaccine-strain measles infection, so these autistic kids would automatically be entitled to compensation. There are a number of reports of measles infection in the small bowel in autistic kids shown with endoscopic biopsy and PCR testing. Of course, mainstream medicine claims these findings are debatable, as seen in this article in Nature by DeStefano. (26)(27)(28)(70-75).

Left Image measles virus courtesy of wikimedia

Lack of Evidence of Harm

As expected, the medical establishment claims there is a lack of evidence that thimerosol vaccines cause autism, and lack of evidence that the MMR vaccine causes persistent measles infection. (29)(30)(31)(32)(33)(34)(35)(36)

A recent Sept 2007 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article speaks against the notion that thimerisol containing vaccines cause neurological problems.(37)

Autism is Increasing to Epidemic Proportions

A decade ago, the rate of autism was 1 per 10,000. The CDC now says that the current autism rate is 1 per 150. Some say that this dramatic rise in autism rates correlates with the increase in mercury exposure with Thimerosal, as children vaccination schedules have increased. See diagram below. (38)


Mothers Report the Children Are Fine until the Vaccinations, and then Develop Autism

Thousands of families are reporting their normal children changed after receiving mercury-containing vaccines, and began displaying Autism symptoms (which mimic mercury poisoning). (100). 

Children with autism have more measurable mercury in their bodies than normal children, because they have difficulty eliminating it. A typical mercury dose received by a two-month old after three mercury vaccines is 125 times EPA's daily allowable exposure levels. In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated it is "biologically plausible" that Thimerosal in vaccines caused autism, ADD/ ADHD and neurodevelopment disorders in general. (40) (41) (42) (43) (44)(45)(46)(47)(48

Videos on You Tube

There are many videos posted on U-Tube showing a typical story. The new born child develops normally, is then vaccinated and becomes autistic.  After biologic treatment by a DAN physician the child dramatically improves. (Click Here for Video) (39)

What are the Features of autism?

Autism, Austistic Child Stacking ObjectsThe autistic child becomes non-verbal, with no self expression, and assumes postures to put pressure on lower abdomen (indicating pain). There may be hand flapping, and stacking objects.

Left Image: Autistic child stacking objects. From Wikimedia commons.

The autistic child shows no interest in other people, or he may be interested in people, but does not know how to talk with, play with, or relate to them. Initiating and maintaining a conversation is difficult. Speech and language skills may begin and then be lost, or they may develop very slowly, or they may never develop. The autistic child may have repeated ritualistic actions such as spinning, rocking, staring, finger flapping, and hitting self. Autistic kids have neurological disorders including epilepsy, gastro-intestinal problems, fine and gross motor deficits, and anxiety and depression. Boys are nearly 4 times more likely to have a parent-reported autism diagnosis than girls. There are about (80 Videos) on You Tube which show the typical signs of Autism: (49)

See Dr. Arthur Krigsman’s (video presentation) on Autism (DAN 2004 meeting) (50)(52)(53).

Symptoms and Biologic Treatment of Autism - Dr. Arthur Krigsman

50-70 % of autistic kids get a gasterointestinal disorder called autism associated entero-colitis, with inflammation of small bowel, stomach, and esophagus. They may have abdominal pain, diarrhea (loose stool, unformed stool, chronic oatmeal consistency, undigested food, malabsorption, constipation, malodorous stools.  They may have abdominal distention, due to bowel inflammation and excessive gas. Growth curve may show regression at the onset of GI symptoms and onset of cognitive regression at the 15 month time frame.

Endoscopy finds pathology in these 70% who may have constipation/diarrhea with difficulty passing stool, or 3-4 days without a bowel movement. Endoscopy of small bowel shows lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, and severe LNH resembles Crohns disease.

Leaky Gut Syndrome in Autistic Kids

Autistic kids have an inflamed gut membrane which has increased intestinal permeability, also called “leaky gut” syndrome. In leaky gut, the undigested food macromolecules are absorbed by the leaky gut into the blood stream, an abnormal event.  Metabolic pathways to break down these macromolecules are not normally in use.

Gluten from bread, and Casein from milk derivatives produce opioids, which are found in urine of autistic children.  By removing the offending foods, the opioids disappear. There are 28 other proteins present in urine whih can b detcted with organic acid testing at the Great Plains Lab, William Shaw. (54)(55)(56)

Gut inflammation can be controlled on long term basis with anti-inflammatory drugs for biopsy proven inflammation on endoscopy. These are 5ASA drugs like Sulfadiazine, and the Salicylates. Very few patients cannot tolerate these drugs. Some kids need steroids (2-4 weeks), same as Crohn’s disease cases.  Anti-Fungals (nystatin, diflucan) are widely used by DAN practitioners. Parents will say the kids do better on anti-fungals even though it is difficult to demonstrate fungus found on culture. Organic acid urine tests typically show presence of fungal metabolites which disappear with anti-fungal drugs. Autistic kids are also given digestive enzymes and probiotics which help to improve GI and cognitive symptoms.

Mothers Claim their Autistic Childs with Chelation therapy which removes Mercury

Katie Wright revealed that her autistic son Christian (grandson of NBC Chair Bob Wright), recovered significant function after chelation treatments to remove mercury. (101)(102).

As customary, she was viciously attacked by the medical establishment for her public statement.  However, Katie was vigorously defended by John F Kennedy Jr. in this Huffington Post article.(57)(58)(59)(105)(107)

How To Make Vaccinations Safer

To make vaccination safer, Stephanie Cave MD and Sherry Tenpenny have suggested waiting until child is older to give the vaccinations, use single dose mercury-free vaccines, and use vitamin supplements such as Vitamin A and C prior to vaccination. They suggest avoiding vaccination when the child is sick. (60) (61)

Dr. Cave recommends waiting to vaccinate until ther child is at least 6 months of age, preferably older. Do only one vaccine at a time, at least a month apart.

Vaccination is NOT mandatory. Use an Exemption

Information on exemptions was mentioned in a previous newsletter. (62)

New Medical Discoveries Are Usually Rejected

Ignatz Semmelweis, for example, was ridiculed for his suggestion that surgeons should wash their hands before an operation.(63)  The British Navy finally gave limes to sailors 50 years after James Lind’s showed citrus fruit cured scurvy.(64)  As a reward for his discovery that elevated homocysteine causes heart disease, Kilmer McKully MD, was fired from his job and research grant terminated.(65 ) The thimerisol-autism connection is just another example of the above.

In Iowa and California, it is a illegal to inject a newborn with mercury with the newborn Hepatitis B shot, and and it should be crime in your state as well.  Hepatitis B is obtained through IV drug abuse, or via sexual transmission, both activies not possible for newborns.

Hopefully, the injection of mercury into newborns will soon become a relic of the past, taking its rightful place in the museum along with bloodletting and leeches. Until then, there is much work to be done to remove mercury from our vaccinations. As a nation, we can’t afford not to. (66)

Latest Update: 2/12/2009: The vaccine court rejects the autism cases, and the claim that vaccines cause autism.(as predicted)

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(1) Do Vaccines Cause Autism ?

(2) DEFEAT AUTISM NOW! (DAN!) Physician Referral List: Implementing the Defeat Autism Now!

(3) Biological Evidence of Significant Vaccine Related Side-effects Resulting in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Presentation to the Vaccine Safety Committee of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies of Science, February 9, 2004.Jeff Bradstreet MD, ICDRC, 321-953-0278

(3A)Molecular Aspects of Thimerosal-induced Autism Richard C. Deth, Ph.D. Professor of Pharmacology Northeastern University Boston, Massachusetts

(4) Deth's research has uncovered evidence thimerosal creates deficits in the D4 receptor-mediated phospholipids methylation essential for detoxification and sustaining attention to tasks. The research provides the first scientific link between attention deficits and autism. Deth has identified the metabolic process, called methylation, whereby thimerosal can cause the brain damage associated with autism.

(5) An enzyme critical to methylation, methionine synthase, uses an active form of vitamin B12 to complete its chemical function, according to Deth. Thimerosal interferes with the conversion of dietary forms of B12 into the active form and so impedes DNA methylation and disrupts some normal gene actions.

(6) Mercury Poisoning

(7) EPA mercury Site

(8) HHS agency for Toxic Substances

(9) Mass Dept of Environmental Protection

(10) California Mercury Law

(11) Bush will VETO similar Mercury Law

(12) WHO Cessation of Oral (live) polio vaccine,Policy paper.

(13) Oral Polio Vaccine Cessation

(14) vaccinia smallpox CDC info

(15) Swine Flu Vaccination

(16) The Sky is Falling: An Analysis of the Swine Flu Affair of 1976, by Joel Warner

(17) The Tainted History of the DPT Vaccine by Harold Stearley

(18) At Risk: Truth About Vaccines, Lawsuits & Shortages Barbara Loe Fisher

(19) Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims,

(20) Vaccine Injury Table outlining which vaccine related injuries are to be compensated.

(21) Current status of 4900—claims for vaccine injuries resulting in autism spectrum disorder before US Court of Federal Claims, Special masters Patricia Campbell Smith, Denise Vowel and George L Hastings Jr. Ruling is expected after Jan 15, 2008.

(22) Audio and written transcripts of this first test case. the Cedillo Case No. 98-916V are available at this page:

(23) Homer legal web site. news and links relating to vaccine litigation.

(24) Federal Vaccine Court decisions with summary and full pdf file of transcripts.

(25) The Possible Costs to the United States of Maintaining a Long-Term Military Presence in Iraq September 2007

(26) references pertaining to measles MMR vaccine and autism. The vaccine strain of measles virus has been found in 85% of samples taken from the guts of children with regressive autism, according to Dr. Stephen Walker of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.The study replicates findings made by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a gastroenterologist, in 1998, and by Prof. John O’Leary, a pathologist, in 2002.

(27) Potential viral pathogenic mechanism for new variant inflammatory bowel disease. Mol Pathol. 2002 April; 55(2): 84–90. V Uhlmann, C M Martin, O Sheils, L Pilkington, I Silva, A Killalea, S B Murch, J Walker-Smith, M Thomson, A J Wakefield, and J J O'Leary.
Results: Seventy five of 91 patients with a histologically confirmed diagnosis of ileal lymphonodular hyperplasia and enterocolitis were positive for measles virus in their intestinal tissue compared with five of 70 control patients. Measles virus was identified within the follicular dendritic cells and some lymphocytes in foci of reactive follicular hyperplasia. The copy number of measles virus ranged from one to 300 000 copies/ng total RNA. onclusions: The data confirm an association between the presence of measles virus and gut pathology in children with developmental disorder.

(28) VACCINES AND AUTISM Detection of measles virus in children with ileo-colonic lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, enterocolitis and developmental disorder Molecular Psychiatry (2002) 7, S47–S48. Martin CM, Uhlmann V, Killalea A, Sheils O, O'Leary JJ.

(29) wikipedia MMR vaccine

(30) VACCINES AND AUTISM MMR vaccine and autism: a review of the evidence for a causal association Molecular Psychiatry (2002) 7, S51–S52. CDC finds NO causal association F DeStefano National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

(31) New Data refutes Measles Virus from Vaccine in Children with Autism,

(32) PEDIATRICS Vol. 118 No. 1 July 2006, pp. e139-e150 Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Prevalence and Links With Immunizations Eric Fombonne, MDa, Rita Zakarian, MEda, Andrew Bennett, PhD, CPsychb, Linyan Meng, MSca and Diane McLean-Heywood, MAb The findings ruled out an association between pervasive developmental disorder and either high levels of ethylmercury exposure comparable with those experienced in the United States in the 1990s or 1- or 2-dose measles-mumps-rubella vaccinations.

(33) The "Wakefield" Studies: Studies Hypothesizing That MMR Causes Autism Dr. Paul Offit, M.D., FAAP, Chief of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Those who claim that MMR causes autism often cite two papers by Andrew Wakefield and colleagues. This section summarizes those studies and lists their critical flaws.Conclusion; autism is not caused by thimerosol vaccines

(34) Web site which states that Autism not caused by vaccines, funded by CDC

(35) The relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism, From The Vaccine Education Center Newsletter AMA page denying link between thimerosol vaccines and autism

(36) VACCINE STUDY IN NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE WRONG IN CONCLUDING MERCURY EXPOSURES ARE HARMLESS, STATES SAFEMIN"Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years," appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM, 9/27/07 issue), DS

(37) A Sept 2007 NEJM article speaks against the notion that thimerisol containing vaccines cause neurological problems. Volume 357:1281-1292 September 27, 2007 Number 13 Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years

(38) VOLUME 114 | NUMBER 7 | July 2006 • Environmental Health Perspectives diagram of autism epidemic rise

(39) Video BioMedMom,on YouTube showing Autistic Child Development

(40) Critical Issues, Mercury from Safe

(41) Stephanie Cave Book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations, by Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P and Deborah Mitchell.

(42) Video: Dr. Mark Geier Speaks at Mercury-Free Vaccines Rally in front of CDC 2007

(43) Video You Tube: Dr. Mary Megson Speaks on Autism Epidemic and Vaccines in front of CDC 2007

(44) Video: Boyd Haley, PhD Speaks at Mercury-Free Vaccines Rally at CDC 2007

(45) Video: Shows How Mercury Kills the Brain ~ Autism Connection

(46) Sherri J. Tenpenny, D.O. Vaccinations, Alternative Medicine, Mothering MAgazine.

(47) A prospective study of mercury toxicity biomarkers in autistic spectrum disorders. Geier DA, Geier MR. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2007 Oct;70(20):1723-30.

(48) Urinary porphyrin profile analysis (UPPA) to assess body-burden and physiological effects of mercury in children diagnosed with ASDs.

(49) Video on You Tube: Signs of Autism

(50) Video:Current Concepts in the Treatment of Autistic Spectrum Associated Enterocolitis, Arthur Krigsman, M.D.Presented at DAN conference 2004. next meeting appearance National Autism Association November 9-11, 2007, Atlanta

(52) Arthur Krigsman MD Web Site, pediatric gasteroenterologist, Bio

(53) Arthur Krigsman MD Gasteroenterologist Wikipedia

(54) Great Plains Lab web site

(55) Biological Treatment of Autism by William Shaw PhD

(56) The Official Autism 101 Manual is the most comprehensive book on Autism"

(57) Robert F. Kennedy Jr defends attack on Mothers, The poisonous public attacks on Katie Wright this week--for revealing that her autistic son Christian (grandson of NBC Chair Bob Wright), has recovered significant function after chelation treatments to remove mercury -- surprised many observers unfamiliar with the acrimonious debate over the mercury-based vaccine preservative Thimerosal. But the patronizing attacks on the mothers of autistic children who have organized to oppose this brain-killing poison is one of the most persistent tactics employed by those defending Thimerosal against the barrage of scientific evidence linking it to the epidemic of pediatric neurological disorders, including autism. Mothers of autistics are routinely dismissed as irrational, hysterical, or as a newspaper editor told me last week, "desperate to find the reason for their children's illnesses," and therefore, overwrought and disconnected.

(59) Video: Christian and Makena, Non verbal aggressive little guy has turned into a wonderful healthy little boy with the help of the specific carbohydrate diet, vitamins, supplements, chelation therapy, ABA, Occupational and Speech therapy.

(60) Interview with Stephanie Cave MD, Mothering MAgazine

(61) Dr. Sherry Tenpenny. In 1987, the World Health Organization advocated the combined administration of Vitamin A with the measles vaccine. When a dose of 100,000 IU of Vitamin A is given with the vaccine, lower rates of side effects occur, and antibodies still develop. Therefore, be sure to give your child is given Vitamin A on the day s/he receives the vaccine. I would also suggest giving powdered Vitamin C (10mg per pound), for 3 days before, the day of, and for 5 days after any vaccine. If you chose to vaccinate, I recommend that you wait until your child is at least 6 months of age, preferably older. Do only one vaccine at a time, at least a month apart

(62) Guard Your Daughters from Gardasil

(63) Ignaz Semmelweiss

(64) James Lind and the Story of Scurvy

(65 ) Kilmer McCully MD and the discovery of the Homocytseine cause for heart disease

(66) Blood Letting Antique Medical Museum

(67) Wakefield AJ and Montgomery SM. Autism, viral infection and measles mumps rubella vaccination. Israeli Medical Association Journal 1999;1:183-187

(68) A prospective study of mercury toxicity biomarkers in autistic spectrum disorders. Geier DA, Geier MR. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2007 Oct;70(20):1723-30.

(69) Press Release September 30, 2007 WASHINGTON, DC – A new peer-reviewed scientific/medical case study confirms that many children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) suffer from mercury poisoning. The new study, “A Prospective Study of Mercury Toxicity Biomarkers in Autistic Spectrum Disorders” by Mr. David A. Geier and Dr. Mark R. Geier has been published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A (volume 70, issue 20, pgs 1723-1730).

(70) Uhlmann V., Martin C, Shiels, Wakefield AJ, O’Leary JJ. Possible viral pathogenesis of a novel paediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Molecular Pathology 2002;55:84-90

(71) Singh VK, Lin SX, Yang VC. Serological association of measles virus and human herpesvirus-6 with brain autoantibodies in autism. Clin Immunol Immunopathol. 1998;89:105-8.

(72) Singh VK, Jensen RL, Elevated levels of measles antibodies in children with autism, Pediatric Neurology, 2003;28:292-294.

(73) Abnormal measles-mumps-rubella antibodies and CNS autoimmunity in children with autism. Singh VK, Lin SX, Newell E, Nelson C.Department of Biology and Biotechnology Center, Utah State University, Logan, Utah 84322, USA., J Biomed Sci. 2002 Jul-Aug;9(4):359-64.

(74) Wakefield, A.J., et al.Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children Lancet 351: 637-641, 1998.

(75) Uhlmann, V., et al. Potential viral pathogenic mechanism for new variant inflammatory bowel disease. Journal of Clinical Pathology: Molecular Pathology 55:1-6, 2002.

(76) Taylor, B., et al. Autism and measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine: no epidemiological evidence for a causal association. Lancet 353:2026-2029,1999.

(77) VACCINES AND AUTISM IMMUNIZE, Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

(78) Dales, L., et al. Time trends in autism and in MMR immunization coverage in California. JAMA 285:1183-1185, 2001

(79) Lancet. 2000 Oct 7;356(9237):1273.Response to the MMR question.Taylor B, Miller E, Farrington CP.

(80) Kaye, J.A., et al. Mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine and the incidence of autism recorded by general practitioners: a time trend analysis. Brit Med J 322:460-463, 2001.

(81) Taylor, B., et al. Measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination and bowel problems or developmental regression in children with autism: population study. Brit Med J 324:393-396, 2002.

(82) Adrien, J., et al. Blind ratings of early symptoms of autism based upon family home movies. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 32:617-626, 1993.

(83) Adrien, J., et al. Early symptoms in autism from family home movies: evaluation and comparison between 1st and 2nd year of life using I.B.S.E. scale. Acta Paedopsychiatrica 55:71-75, 1992.

(84) Adrien, J., et al. Autism and family home movies: preliminary findings. J Autism Devel Disorders 21:43-49, 1991.

(85) Osterling, J., et al. Early recognition of children with autism: a study of first birthday home videotapes. J Autism Devel Disorders 24:247-257, 1994.

(86) Mars, A.E., et al. Symptoms of pervasive developmental disordeers as observed in prediagnostic home videos of infants and toddlers. J Pediatr 132:500-504, 1998.

(87) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1998 Nov 10;95(23):13982-7. Links Movement analysis in infancy may be useful for early diagnosis of autism.Teitelbaum P, Teitelbaum O, Nye J, Fryman J, Maurer RG.

(88) Jefferson T, Price D, Demicheli V, Bianco E. Unintended events following immunization with MMR: a systematic review. Vaccine 2003; 21: 3954-3960

(89) Demicheli V, Jefferson T, Rivetti A, Price D. Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children (Review). The Cochrane Collaboration 2005

(90) Balzola F, Daniela C, Repici A, Barbon V, Sapino A, Barbera C, Calvo PL, Gandione M, Rigardetto R, Rizzetto M. Autistic enterocolitis: confirmation of a new inflammatory bowel disease in an Italian cohort of patients. Gastroenterology. 2005;128:Suppl.2;A-303

(91) Balzola F., Barbon V.,Repici A., Rizzetto M., Clauser D., Gandione M., Sapino A., Panenteric IBD-Like Disease in a Patient with Regressive Autism Shown for the First Time by the Wireless Capsule Enteroscopy: Another Piece in the Jigsaw of this Gut-Brain Syndrome? American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2005;100:979

(92) González L., López K., Martínez M., Navarro D., Negrón L., Rodríguez R., Villalobos D., Flores L., Sabrá A. Endoscopic and Histological Characteristics of the Digestive Mucosa in Autistic Children with Gastrointestinal Symptoms. Preliminary Report. G.E.N. Suplemento Especial de Pediatría-Nº 1, 2005; pp41-47.

(93) Autism articles and References

(94) Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Report From the New Challenges in Childhood Immunizations Conference Convened in Oak Brook, Illinois, June 12-13, 2000 Neal A. Halsey, MD, Susan L. Hyman, MD, and the Conference Writing Panel Conclusions. Although the possible association with MMR vaccine has received much public and political attention and there are many who have derived their own conclusions based on personal experiences, the available evidence does not support the hypothesis that MMR vaccine causes autism or associated disorders or IBD. Separate administration of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines to children provides no benefit over administration of the combination MMR vaccine and would result in delayed or missed immunizations. PEDIATRICS Vol. 107 No. 5 May 2001, p.e84

(95) Vaccine truth

(96) Regressive Autism, Ileal-Lymphoid Nodular Hyperplasia, Measles Virus and MMR Vaccine Summary of Published Studies Offering Evidence for Linkages By David Thrower

(97) Vaccine Autoimmune Project for Research and Education (VAP) VAP's co-founder Ray Gallup and Dr. Yazbak examine the most recent United States Department of Education statistics and reveal that the 1 in 150 estimate is outdated by five years. They report that the present prevalence of ASD may be as high as 1 in 67.

(98) Biological Evidence of Significant Vaccine Related Side-effects Resulting in Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Presentation to the Vaccine Safety Committee of the Institute of Medicine, The National Academies of Science, February 9, 2004. Jeff Bradstreet MD, ICDRC, 321-953-0278

(99) Gastrointestinal comorbidity, autistic regression and Measles-containing vaccines: positive re-challenge and biological gradient Andrew J. Wakefield, FRCS FRCPath; Carol Stott, PhD; and Kirsten Limb, BSc A.J. Wakefield, C. Stott, K. Limb / Medical Veritas 3 (2006) 796–802

(100) Mercury & Autism Comprehensive research into the autism mercury poisoning connection. Autism: A Unique Type of Mercury Poisoning. See Table A: Summary Comparison of Characteristics of Autism & Mercury Poisoning. Sallie Bernard, Albert Enayati, B.S.Teresa Binstock Heidi Roger Lyn Redwood, R.N., M.S.N., C.R.N.P. Woody McGinnis, M.D. Contact: (201) 444-7306 by ARC Research

(101) Katie Wright, Autism Debate Strains a Family and Its Charity New York Times

(102) Autism Every Day Film with Katie Wright at Sundance Film Festival

(103) Book Review :Louder Than Words By Jenny McCarthy on TACANOW

(104) Jenny Mccarthy Interview in People Magazine, author of Louder than Words, on New York Times Best Seller List. number 5 on 10/15/07

(105) Robert F Kennedy Jr. Home Web Site

(106) Iowa Health Fredom Coalition, First State to Ban Mercury in Vaccines.

(107) Deadly Immunity, originally published on June 16, 2005
by Robert F Kennedy Jr

(108) Cases in Vaccine Court — Legal Battles over Vaccines and Autism Stephen D. Sugarman, J.D. NEJM, Volume 357:1275-1277  September 27, 2007  Number 13


Louder Than Words, By Jenny McCarthy, on the New York Times Best Seller List No. 5, Non-Fiction HardCover 10/15/07.(103)

Vaccines, Autism and Childhood Disorders: Crucial Data That Could Save Your Child's Life (Paperback) by Neil Z. Miller (Author), Bernard Rimland (Foreword)

What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations (Paperback) by Stephanie Cave MD(Author), Deborah Mitchell

A Shot in the Dark (Paperback) by H. Coulter (Author)

How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor (Mass Market Paperback) by Robert S. Mendelsohn MD

Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy (Paperback) by David Kirby

Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective (Paperback) by Neil Z. Miller

Vaccinations: A Thoughtful Parent's Guide: How to Make Safe, Sensible Decisions about the Risks, Benefits, and Alternatives (Paperback) by Aviva Jill Romm

Vaccine Guide: Risks and Benefits for Children and Adults (Paperback) by Randall Neustaedt

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  • 10-12-2007 Kim Stagliano wrote:
    Dear Dr. Dach,

    I am the editor of Rescue Post .

    Your comment on vaccines and mercury was spot on.

    Thank you.

    Kim Stagliano,
    mom to 3 girls with autism.

    The Crappy Life of the Autistic Mom.
    The Crapsiode Part Doo.
    Its Like This: Autism and Vaccines


    Thanks also to you,
    Kim for your lively writng style,
    and your many excellent articles.

    Jeffrey Dach MD

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  • 10-14-2007 David Goldenberg wrote:
    Dear Dr. Dach

    I fear thimerosol is a red herring covering for the toxins in the vaccines themselves.

    Hopefully more studies will be validated before big pharma can quash the work of pioneering researchers who already know that vaccines in their present form are unsafe.

    my blog-

    David Goldenberg

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  • 10-15-2007 Monica Bice wrote:

    Dear Dr. Dach,

    I was wondering why you do not have autism listed on the LDN page?
    LDN has been used for about 15 yrs to treat autism.
    I wish more people knew about LDN for Autism.

    My daughter had an immunodeficiency, and had an adverse reaction to the live viruses in the MMR or the Varicella vaccine.

    From that day, until we began using LDN, her health and cognition were deteriorating.
    Once she began using the LDN, it was as if someone turned the light bulb on! Also, her immune function was restored! We have been using the LDN for over a year now.

    Jade is now 3, reads at a 1st grade level, and is simply amazing!

    Monica, my web site


    Dear Monica,

    Thanks for bringing up your experience with LDN. 

    For more on LDN, see my recent article, Low Dose Naltrexone LDN by Jeffrey Dach MD.

    Regards, Jeffrey Dach MD

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  • 10-15-2007 Eleanor G wrote:
    Dear Dr. Dach,

    I was at a staffing on Friday.

    I asked the parents the history of the child. You were right! She had been talking but then stopped at around 18 months.

    They have linked her disability to the vaccine. As an infant she always was sick after the vaccines.

    With their second child they used vaccines that did not have mercury and one vaccine was eliminated.

    Now I have many other cases where there was no link. But now I am going to get a full history. I have some other thoughts on this that I would like to discuss with you.

    from Eleanor G. (Teacher of Autistic Kids in the Public School System.)

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  • 10-19-2007 Sarah Collins Honenberger wrote:
    Dr. Dach and the Future of the Vaccine Controversy

    This person wants to share their support of Dr. Dach. This item was emailed to this blog.

    Dr. Dach’s article is the most unbiased, clear summary of the issues surrounding vaccines of anything I have read since 1990.

    My novel, "White Lies: A Tale of Babies, Vaccines, and Deception", has been very successful for that same reason. My novel brings hope and information to families who have to make the vaccine decisions or the decision to apply to the compensation fund for assistance.

    Please know that from New Hampshire to Florida the audiences with whom I’ve spoken about White Lies: A Tale of Babies, Vaccines, and Deception, have been greedy for well-reasoned, unemotional information, and have appreciated the easy access of fiction in a readable, page-turner.

    The word is being spread, and TV Stations like yours, (Ashley Reynolds with KOMU TV8 in Columbia Missouri), who are interested in getting at the truth and not just making headlines are growing.

    Thank you from Sarah.

    Sarah Collins Honenberger
    PO Box 910
    Orange, VA 22960

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  • 10-31-2007 Mariano DiFabio wrote:

    Dear Dr. Dach,

    Thanks for your response to our blog entry on "The Vaccination Debate!"

    You have an enlightening web site, and I hope you found the article interesting!

    Mariano DiFabio

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  • 11-01-2007 Larry Frieders wrote:
    Hello Dr. Dach;

    I've been a pharmacist for over 35 years and I have come to the realization that using drugs is not always the best approach to sickness. In fact, the motto of our business is, "Too many people take too many drugs." Don't misunderstand me when I say that. Of course drugs have helped cure disease and saved lives. Today, though, it seems that people are often too quick to request drugs for every little inconvenience - and doctors seem more than willing to comply. I urge caution on our website and our e-newsletters.

    There is a drug sometimes used for autism that has been mentioned on this blog. The drug is naltrexone and the method of dosing it is often referred to as LDN - Low Dose Naltrexone. For almost a full decade we have made low dosages of naltrexone and people routinely have their prescriptions refilled. If the LDN wasn't helping them why do you think they would spend their money month after month? While the vast majority of LDN users take a capsule or swallow a liquid (tastes awful), some also have used a version mixed in a cream base. We refer to it as transdermal - the medicine seems to actually cross the skin, getting into the bloodstream without having to swallow a dose or have it injected. While we haven't done a large number of transdermal naltrexone, the ones we have done seemed positive. I don't know precisely why the drug works in such small (safe) doses, except that there is some relationship with the immune system and the release of endorphins (natural narcotic-like substances that we produce in our bodies).

    One case stands out in my memory. A father asked his doctor about naltrexone for his son and we received a prescription to make a transdermal form. I wasn't sure it would work at all. In fact, a colleague told me specifically that the molecule was too large and that it would not be absorbed. We went ahead anyway. I received a call from the father after they had used the first dose. Both the bus driver and the special-ed teacher commented on David's change and asked what was different. Instead of self-harm, David was calm but clearly alert and responsive. The only item added was a single dose of transdermal naltrexone.

    Consider using LDN. It requires that your doctor be involved and that you work closely with a pharmacist who is skilled in compounding. Compounders aren't always obvious in the community. If you don't know one here's something that will help. Contact The International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists. Provide them with your ZIP code and they will give you a list of compounders in your area.

    Phone: 281-933-8400 Toll Free: 800-927-4227 Fax: 281-495-0602

    Thank you

    Larry J. Frieders, RPh
    Aurora, IL


    Dear Larry,

    Thanks for your comment about transdermal LDN and autism.

    Jeffrey Dach, M.D.

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  • 01-08-2008 Jennifer from Wauconda wrote:
    Dear Dr Dach,

    Hi, I read your comment on Chicago Mom's Blog  and couldn't agree more with you.

    And I am SO refreshed to find a physician willing to admit that thimerosal and autism is subject.

    After 3 months of discussion, my pedi has inally agreed that she thinks there's truth to the thimerosal - autism link as well, but as you probably know, without a universal record system, there's not a way to collaborate this idea with other pedi's.

    She also said she was willing to order the shot without thimerosal and order it to a pharmacy, but that she couldn't guarantee that the temperature of the shot would be maintained in transit to the pharmacy or to her office. She made it sound as though if the shot's temperature wasn't maintained, the effectiveness of the shot would be compromised. Does this sound true, in your opinion?

    My question for you is this, I'm frustrated with not being able to find a DAN pedi for my 19 month old. She doesn't have autism, and we'd like to keep it that way by either giving her shots without thimerosal or through alternative means. Do you know of a DAN pedi in Illinois? If not, would you know of the closest one to Illinois? My husband and I are adament against vaccinating with thimerosal and are willing to hop on a plane to visit a pedi who will help us.

    Any help is greatly appreciated. And thank you, from a mom who's child will hopefully never have to worry about autism.



    Dear Jennifer,

    Here is a link to the DEFEAT AUTISM NOW! (DAN!)® Clinician Registry:

    Thanks for your kind words,

    warmest regards,

    Jeffrey Dach md

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  • 03-07-2008 Margaret Kerr MA wrote:
    Hello, my name is Margaret Kerr,

    I am a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at The University of Pittsburgh and I am interested in better understanding the thoughts, opinions, and activities of members of various Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) communities. Anyone who actively reads this message board, and/or similar message boards, is invited to complete my survey. There are no specific "right" or "wrong" answers to the questions. The entire survey should take about 30 minutes.

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    Margaret Kerr, M.A.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Department of Sociology
    WWPH 2400


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  • 01-14-2009 Becky from PA wrote:
    Hello Dr. Dach!

    My deepest appreciation for your well researched and worded synopsis on Autism and Vaccines. I just received a version of it by email this morning. I am a parent of a son with Autism and I am an R.N.nurse. After checking out your credentials, I was greatly impressed additionally.

    I facilitate two Autism Support groups that sometimes meet at the "allopathic" hospital where I work. I also work for a physician that provides biomedical and wholistic integrative care to patients. We have been treating our son for five years with success, as well as with the typcial cyclical progress any chronic disease process causes. He is a blessing and we thank the Lord for His provision.

    I simply wanted to thank you for your work, and I sense that you have a heart for the truth, for the patients you treat, and that seeking health one must ask "Why?" even when it is not popular to do so! May God bless you and protect you as you further His kingdom.

    My best to you,

    Becky from PA
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  • 01-16-2009 Sarah Collins Honenberger wrote:

    It is so encouraging to hear parents who want the protection of vaccines but are willing to ask the necessary questions about safety BEFORE they vaccinate.

    My novel White Lies has created many discussions between parents and medical providers about the ethics of not fully informing parents of the risks or at the least investigating the pre-disposition for injury.

    At my book events, I speak about the changing ethics related to mandatory vaccinations and the ompensation fund so parents have some insight into the issues before they have a sick child.

    Fundraising efforts using my book and presentation have been combined with doctors and lawyers who feel as Dr. Dach and I do that more information and education is the wiser course. Thank you for all you do to promote this kind of communication.

    Sarah Collins Honenberger
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