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Vaxxed: Vaccines and the Alarming Growth of Autism

VAXXED: Vaccines and the Alarming Growth of Autism

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Movie Exposes Coverup of Study Results

The cases of measles acquired at Disneyland last year are insignificant compared to the new cases of autism reported daily in the USA, explained Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh when interviewed in the controversial new documentary film Vaxxed.  

Last year’s measles outbreak included 147 confirmed cases, mainly in California, but no deaths.  Nonetheless, California lawmakers passed a mandatory vaccination bill.  According to the film,1 in 45 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, up from 1 in 500 back in 1980.   By age 2, US children receive up to 24 vaccinations.  They may receive up to 5 shots per visit to the doctor.  Isn’t it possible, this heavy schedule of vaccines creates an overload of toxins that not all tiny bodies can handle?

Vaxxed is the third major documentary film on this subject, following Trace Amounts, released last year and, The Greater Good, released in 2011. Robert DeNiro, who has an autistic son, abruptly pulled the film from the Tribeca Film Festival, because of the controversial nature of its reports about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Here’s the current schedule for the movie, Vaxxed, screening across the country now.

Information in this film and recent revelations by CDC research scientist William Thompson call into question our national approach to immunizations.  The films questions why vaccines do not need to meet the rigorous testing and safety requirements that new medicines are required to pass.  Several British and American parents — whose children changed after immunization — were interviewed for this film. Included were videos of their children before and after the the shots suspected to be toxic. By revisiting some of these children, now on the cusp of adulthood — and still handicapped — the movie captures the continuous devastation of autism.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield is the filmmaker and Del Bigtree is the producer. Dr. Granpeesheh, founder of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, is one of many medical professionals interviewed.  Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Rachael Ross and Brian Hooker, an epidemiologist, examine the evidence during the film and end up questioning the safety and necessity of vaccines. MIT scientist Stephanie Seneff warns that if the rate of growth in autism continues 50% of our children will be autistic by midcentury.  While the USA has not attempted to answer the questions as to why there’s so much autism today, it’s clear that our CDC hasn’t been entirely truthful.

The suspected links between autism and vaccines have been in the news for at least 25 years.  During the ‘90s, parents were reporting permanent changes in their children after vaccines.   At first the medical community paid some attention. The triple-loaded Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine, given to babies at least four times, was deemed to be the culprit. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Public Health Service called for the immediate removal of mercury from all vaccines on July 7, 1999.    Why hasn’t this happened?

Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s Turn to Explain


Question and Answer session after the screening of Vaxxed at Angelika, with left to right – Wakefield, producer Del Bigtree, parent Polly Tommey and Brian Hooker.

The film explained the CDC’s aggressive move to ban single dosage vaccines for Measles, Mumps and Rubella, which Wakefield recommended as safer. Where’s the wisdom in giving three strong viruses to a tiny child all at once?  The film shows a tiny baby girl who went into uncontrollable seizures following a vaccine.   (It’s not only autism, as need to research the relationship between vaccines and the development of seizures, which also seems to be increasing!)

Four recommendations at the end of the film are: 1) Repeal a 1986 US law that shields pharmaceutical companies from lawsuits; 2) Require vaccines to undergo the same rigorous testing that is required of medicines; 3) do single dosage vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella and 4) call for the testimony of CDC Doctor William Thompson before Congress.

Today, the CDC is recommending the flu vaccine for all children and for pregnant women, although 20-30 years ago pregnant women were told to take no medicine. Pediatricians accept the agency’s overzealousness and recommend the Rotavirus vaccine, even though rotavirus is an extremely rare disease in the US. There should be more discussion about whether or not it really is necessary to vaccinate for Chicken Pox.  Recent bad experiences with the highly toxic Gardasil shot called into question the overkill of vaccinating, especially when behavioral education can be solve the problem without immunizations.  It seems that most physicians are no longer recommending Gardasil.

In the past, certain members of Congress have called for action: former Representative Dan Burton of Indiana, former Rep. Dave Weldon of Florida and current Rep. Bill Posey of Florida.  Senator Joseph Lieberman was concerned with this issue at one time.  Additionally, Senator Chuck Grassley has been known to question the role of pharmaceutical companies in biasing data, and paying doctors to promote their drugs.

In 2004, the CDC declared there was no link between autism and immunizations.  The evidence is that the CDC and the American government did not want to find a link between autism and immunizations for fear that Americans would stop immunizing their children.

The coverup reported in this film is of a four-year study of over 3,000 children in Georgia between 2000 and 2004.   When results were pointing the link that children who had their vaccinations below age 3 were more far likely to have autism. The results were more acute in boys and in African-American boys.  After the discovery, researchers cut the size of the study down to only those born in Georgia. Reducing the size of the study reduced the differentiation.  However, one research scientist, William Thompson, is going public with the CDC manipulation of the data.   At the time, he was deeply conflicted about the report.  It appears that CDC scientists even destroyed evidence.

Thimerosal, a preservative which includes mercury that has been used since the 1930s, was not removed from the flu vaccine.  The other movie, Trace Amounts reports the 2004 coverup, as well and an explanation of the flawed study by CDC scientist Thomas Verstaeten.  As Trace Amounts points out, many vaccine makers have kept thimerosal, a preservative with small amounts of mercury, in the vaccines.   It’s still in the flu vaccine and Trace Amounts suggests it is used in other vaccines given to babies and toddlers.

Now that children are getting three times the number of vaccines compared to what they received in 1985, the trace amounts of mercury from an expanded immunization schedule have a cumulative effect.  The problem is worse in males and the makers of Trace Amounts suspect that interaction with testosterone may be why far more boys than girls are diagnoses with autism disorders.  It should be noted that this disorder was unknown before 1930.

At the same time, there has been a massive effort to discredit the research of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a British doctor.  It is noteworthy that Wakefield was an esteemed gastroenterologist, not a pediatrician or specialist in infectious diseases.  In 1998, Dr. Wakefield published in the Lancet an article suggesting that the severe bowels symptoms of children with autism may in fact be caused by the measles vaccine.  Eleven others co-signed on the study and the article was later retracted. Essentially Dr. Wakefield’s only crime was noticing the correlation between autism and vaccines and calling for more research to get more information.  Many parents backed up his findings.

Vaxxed action items


Instead of concluding the CDC is absolutely evil, and corrupted by money of the pharmaceutical companies, we must recognize that CDC scientists are charged with preventing infectious diseases that can cause epidemics and kill.  They are not necessarily clued into the devastation of long-term brain conditions such as autism.  Certain areas in the US, such as Amish country and Orange County, California, reject vaccinations.  Amish children never get autism, but most Amish also don’t use chemicals in farming.   It’s time the US Government commit to studying the origins of autism, which is reaching epidemic proportions in our children.

Clearly it’s also time for our pediatricians, scientists and politicians to support a new approach to vaccines.   We need a national policy recommendation that will toss out some of the vaccines, re-evaluate the schedule, delay the immunizations and divide those done in triplicate.  Delaying the vaccinations will probably create healthier long-term results.  More babies and toddlers are in day care which may make matters urgent to the CDC.  The agency’s function is important, but the CDC has gone way overboard. Today there is fear and mass hysteria about diseases, be it the Bird Flu, the Zika virus or the measles. The Press can sometimes fuel this overkill.






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