Over the past three decades or so, the US has seen autism rise from 1 in 10,000 kids to 1 in 110; a 9000% increase which calls for great concern over what could be the possible cause of this rise. Although some doctors and researchers have linked the rise in autism with early vaccination, public health officials and vaccine manufacturers have constantly denied these suggestions as mere hypothesis with no real root. In a recent research undertaking, fourteen studies were carried out to try and determine if there was any link between vaccines and autism. Vaccine manufacturers Sanofi Aventis, through their spokesperson Amanda Peet asserted that there was no association found between vaccination and autism. The manufacturers also strongly believe researchers elsewhere can emulate the same studies and find the same conclusion of non-association.
Can vaccines cause autism?
Although highly paid spokesmen and public health officials, vaccines and autism have no real connection and it is all in the minds of those who suggest such hypotheses. As a matter of fact, the fourteen studies conducted was sufficient proof that vaccines do not cause autism in kids, or was it?
In order to understand the debate of whether vaccination leads to autism or not, it is important to look at the broader spectrum. There are spokesmen and health officials with a known conflict of interest making them biased in their support for or against the suggestions brought up in the debate. You will also find officials and representatives with genuine concern and facts to support their conclusions. As aforementioned, autism has risen by some 9000% over the last 30 years. The number of autistic kids was definitely expected to rise with increasing population, but these numbers are just unacceptable and cannot be justified by increasing population. According to another statistics, vaccination given to kids has increased by 260% over the same period. Back in the 80s, children only needed 10 vaccines to stay safe from various kinds of infections and attacks. Today, they take some 36 vaccines and are given 6-7 different kinds within their first year at two, four, six and twelve months old. Does this mean vaccines and autism are related in one way or another? Although these records may insinuate something, the answer is not any close and more research is needed to draw that conclusion.
The drawbacks of fourteen studies
Many public health officials and those in the vaccine manufacturing industry strongly support the Fourteen Studies conclusions that there is no association between autism and vaccines. However, those who think, or seek to prove otherwise have raised strong arguments and there are just too many drawbacks in the Fourteen Studies to ignore these claims. They include the following;
• Insufficient study
Firstly, there has never been a real study conducted on the vaccine schedule and only one (of the eleven) vaccine was studied. The research was based on MMR which is one among many vaccines. The conclusion therefore should be on MMR non-association with autism and not all vaccines as suggested. There are other studies on Thimerosol-containing vaccines but this also is narrowed to one ingredient found in vaccines.
• Biased comparison
The studies do not compare vaccinated with unvaccinated children, but rather compares only those who were given the vaccine MMR. This is comparable to researching tobacco’s association with cancer by analyzing patients taking one pack against those taking 2 packs. It is impossible to draw accurate conclusions based on incomplete studies. It would yield better research if unvaccinated children were also compared in the studies.
• Rife within the study
There are various conflicts of interest involving the results of such studies. On one hand, there are paid authors and spokesmen who publicly claim no association between vaccines and autism; on the other, foreign governments are charged with illegally administering vaccines. Clearly, Pharma products earn massive revenue for companies and the government. This could partly be the reason for the misrepresentation of study conclusions.
• False conclusions
The research studies draw false conclusion that do not answer the real question. According to the “hypothesis”, the question should be “does vaccines cause autism?” Apparently, the paid researchers cannot satisfactorily answer this question.
Research studies for a connection?
From the above concerns, it is important to seek other ways of determining the relationship between vaccination and disability disorders. The existence of drawbacks is still not sufficient to discredit the conclusions made. However, other research studies reveal there are connections between vaccines and autism. Here is a look at some of them;
1) Hepatitis vaccines increase the risk of autism and ADHD up to 9 times
Back in September 2008, Carolyne Gallager together with Melody Goodman published a research study named Toxicological-and-Environmental-Chemistry. In their study, they determined that children who received the three shots of Hepatitis B vaccines had a 9X the risk of developing ADHD diseases such as autism. The study compared vaccinated and unvaccinated children between 1 and 9 years.
2) Vaccines increase the chances of autism and ADHD
In one of the largest phone surveys conducted on the debate named Generation Rescue vaccinated and unvaccinated boys were compared. It was determined that vaccination increased the chances of developing neurological disorders by 155%, autism by 61% and ADHD by 225%. In older boys (11-17), the survey revealed risk increment by 158%, 112% and 317% respectively.
3) Delayed vaccine schedules may reduce the risk of disability
In one study children were given the full 4 shot series of DPT vaccines. It was then determined that children who received the 1st shot 2 months later had their risk of developing asthma reduced by half. While this study is not on autism, it showed that changes in vaccine schedule can reduce disregulation of the immune system, a common problem associated with autism.
There are several other research studies that show a link between environmental cause of autism and symptoms similar to those caused by vaccines. Although conclusions on this matter are hard to accurately make, the existence of a link or risk factor connecting vaccines and autism cannot be denied. Carrying out experiments and research studies on human subjects is not possible, which mean researchers are only left with the option of surveys and statistic analysis. Nonetheless, it is undeniable that only very few unvaccinated children are known to have autism and it is such a rarity. This is not the same for vaccinated children as there seem to be many of them with the condition or other forms of ADHD and neurological diseases.