Did Chinese scientists find autism’s missing puzzle piece?


Re-posted with permission – originally published February 22, 2017

Scientists appear to be far closer to explaining the mechanisms of action within the body that cause autism. Most of the research that has created this understanding has been published in the last 36 months, and largely from international scientists in Canada, France, Israel, and China. Four clear, replicable, and related discoveries explaining how autism is triggered are forming an undeniably clear picture of autism’s causation, and possibly ways to alleviate the symptoms, too.

PASADENA, California — When Caltech scientist Dr. Paul Patterson passed away in 2014, I had little appreciation that he had triggered a chain of events over the course of his career that may now provide a clear and unambiguous explanation of how and why my son developed autism back in 2004. Knowing exactly how my son’s autism was caused is incredibly important to my wife and I, because the more information we have about causation, the more chance we have to do something about it, and perhaps recover my son from an affliction now impacting 1 in 48 American kids.

What you’re about to read is the product of more than two dozen very recent peer-reviewed published scientific studies, with really no original thought by me. I’m a businessman and a father, but what follows is a “grand theory of autism” so complete and well-supported that I think it deserves the attention of every member of the autism community. When the totality of this explanation became clear to me, not only did my jaw hit the floor, but I was immediately consumed with thoughts about how this clear explanation might impact the way we treat our son’s autism, and I hope it does the same for you and perhaps your doctor as well. What I’m certain of is that this “grand theory” needs to be heavily debated, and I hope by putting it in the public realm I help move it along that path. (I’m indebted to an anonymous scientist who runs a website called Vaccine Papers, where many of these insights came from. I will quote VP throughout this piece, referring to VP as “VP.” I highly recommend you read the totality of his website, where the explanations are far more scientific than what you will read here.)

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the final piece of this puzzle came from China. I’ve listened closely to the stories of American scientists wanting to study autism and complaining that any studies that are even remotely controversial are nearly impossible to fund or get approved. As you will see, Chinese scientists do not appear to have that same constraint. In a way, many American, Canadian, and French scientists have pioneered a pretty clear picture of how autism is caused, and the Chinese helped tie it all together. That’s at least my interpretation, please make your own judgment.

Discovery #1: “Maternal Immune Activation” can cause autism

Caltech’s Dr. Paul Patterson

While Dr. Patterson’s passing wasn’t something I was aware of at the time, it was certainly recognized by the scientific community, of which his obituary from Caltech explains in great detail. Dr. Patterson’s “research focused on interactions between the nervous and immune systems — a connection that was not universally acknowledged in the early days of neuroscience” explains his obituary, “he became intrigued by epidemiological studies that had linked a severe viral or bacterial infection during pregnancy with the increased risk of a woman giving birth to a child with a neurodevelopmental disorder such as schizophrenia or autism. Patterson and his coworkers reproduced this human effect in mice using a viral mimic that triggers an infection-like immune response in the mother, producing in the offspring the core behavioral symptoms associated with autism and schizophrenia.”

In 2006, Dr. Patterson introduced his complex understanding of the interaction between the immune system and neurodevelopment through an excellent article in the Engineering & Science journal, titled Pregnancy, Immunity, Schizophrenia, and Autism. I hope you’ll take the time to read this for yourself, Dr. Patterson does a great job of explaining his discovery to the uninitiated, it’s really a seminal work. Here’s a quote:

“As we learn more about the connections between the brain and the immune system, we find that these seemingly independent networks of cells are, in fact, continually talking to each other. As an adult, the activation of your immune system causes many striking changes in your behavior — increased sleep, loss of appetite, less social interaction — and, of course, headaches. Conversely, stress in your life (as perceived by your brain) can influence immune function — the brain regulates immune organs, such as the spleen, via the autonomic nervous system.

Recent evidence shows that this brain-immune conversation actually starts during the development of the embryo, where the state of the mother’s immune system can alter the growth of cells in the fetal brain. As we shall see, such alterations can lead to an increased risk of schizophrenia or autism in the offspring.”

Are you with me so far? Basically, what Dr. Patterson is saying is that if a pregnant mother gets sick (virus, bacteria) while pregnant — an event that “activates” her immune system — that activation can impact the neurodevelopment (how exactly the brain is constructed) of her fetus, potentially leading to neurological problems after birth. Dr. Patterson took this explanation a step further, explaining that the brains of people with autism reflect the immune system activation that took place, even decades later, as he cites valuable work being done at Johns Hopkins:

“There is also very striking evidence of immune dysregulation in the brain itself. Just last year, a group led by Carlos Pardo at Johns Hopkins found what they’re calling a “neural inflammation” in postmortem examination of brains of patients with autism who died between the ages of eight and 44 years. But these people weren’t infected — they died of such things as drowning or heart attacks. The study found that the microglial cells, which act as the brain’s own immune system, were activated. The study also found amazing increases of certain cytokines in the brain, and of others in the cerebro- spinal fluid. This is is a landmark paper, in my opinion. It presents the first evidence that there’s an ongoing, permanent immune-system activation in the brains of autistic people. It’s a subclinical state, because there’s no overt infection. But it’s there.”

While Dr. Pardo and colleagues were the first to find this “microglial activation” in the brain of children with autism, this finding has now been replicated many times, here’s a study from Japan in 2013 finding the same thing:

“In conclusion, the present PET measurements revealed marked activation of microglia in multiple brain regions of young adults with ASD. The results strongly support the contention that immune abnormalities contribute to the etiology of ASD.”

If you’re going to take one thing away from this section, I’d recommend an excerpt from Dr. Patterson’s quote worth memorizing:

“there’s an ongoing, permanent immune-system activation in the brains of autistic people.”

Is that what happened (and still is happening) to my son?

Further Refinement of Discovery #1: Immune Activation from the Cytokine Interleukin-6

If you’re an autism parent, you’ve probably heard the expression “cytokine storm” and half-understood what that might mean (anything with “storm” at the end of it can’t be good — what this really means is a chronic, slow burn inflammation in the brain). In 2006, Dr. Patterson and his colleagues were speculating that the immune system’s cytokines might be responsible for altering the brain development of the fetus during gestation:

“Cytokines are produced by the white blood cells, and their levels in the blood increase when we get an infection…We think that maternal immune activation alters brain circuits…there’s that permanent, subclinical, altered immune state in the autistic brain — those increased cytokine levels…are they [cytokines] actually interacting with the brain in an ongoing fashion, with consequences visible in the patients’ behavior? I favor [the cytokine] hypothesis.”

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Just a year after Dr. Patterson’s excellent article about Maternal Immune Activation (“MIA”), he and his colleagues produced the first study that took their understanding of cytokines to a more detailed level. Knowing that MIA was producing offspring with neurological disorders (in their mouse model), they wanted to find out what — exactly WHAT — was causing the altered brain development. They figured it was a cytokine (of which there are many), but which one? As the Patterson and his colleagues noted, “however, the mechanism by which MIA causes long-term behavioral deficits in the offspring is unknown.” That is until they discovered it:

“Here we show that the cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) is critical for mediating the behavioral and transcriptional changes in the offspring. A single maternal injection of IL-6 on day 12.5 of mouse pregnancy causes prepulse inhibition (PPI) and latent inhibition (LI) deficits in the adult offspring.”

In the case of the 2007 experiment, Patterson and his colleagues injected pregnant mice with a specific cytokine — interleukin-6 (“IL-6”)— and saw changes in the neurology of their offspring.

Replication of Dr. Patterson’s discovery about MIA and IL-6

Dr. Patterson’s work was groundbreaking. He tied the immune system and brain together in ways previously not recognized. Like all great new discoveries in science, Dr. Patterson’s theories have since been replicated many times. In 2012, Dr. Patterson and his colleagues produced this paper, which was more autism-specific and reached a similar conclusion:

“These results indicate that MIA yields male offspring with deficient social and communicative behavior, as well as high levels of repetitive behaviors, all of which are hallmarks of autism.”

True in mice, true in monkeys, click image to read study

In 2014, the M.I.N.D. Institute at UC-Davis published an important study that took Dr. Patterson’s work in mice and replicated it in monkeys. Why do monkeys matter? The study authors explained:

“Maternal infection during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of schizophrenia and autism in the offspring. Supporting this correlation, experimentally activating the maternal immune system during pregnancy in rodents produces offspring with abnormal brain and behavioral development. We have developed a nonhuman primate model to bridge the gap between clinical populations and rodent models of maternal immune activation (MIA).”

And, the M.I.N.D. Institute scientists saw similar results to what had been found in mice:

“In this rhesus monkey model, MIA yields offspring with abnormal repetitive behaviors, communication, and social interactions. These results extended the findings in rodent MIA models to more human-like behaviors resembling those in both autism and schizophrenia.”

There are many additional studies that support Dr. Patterson’s findings, here’s one more to make the point from NeuroscienceBrain IL-6 elevation causes neuronal circuitry imbalances and mediates autism-like behaviors — published in 2012:

“In summary, our study supports a critical role of IL-6 elevation in modulating autism-like behaviors through impairments on synapse formation, dendritic spine development, as well as on neuronal circuit balance. These findings suggest that manipulation of IL-6 may be a promising avenue for therapeutic interventions.”

Dr. Patterson: what can cause immune activation?

Dr. Patterson helped establish as scientific fact that an MIA during pregnancy can cause autism. As a parent, I’m haunted by Dr. Patterson’s words that “there’s an ongoing, permanent immune-system activation in the brains of autistic people.” If that’s really what’s happening to my son, it creates an obvious question: What can we do about it? It’s why understanding exactly what happened to my son is so important…

…And why there’s something else Dr. Patterson mentioned in his 2006 magazine article, something that today might get him run out of Caltech but was still allowed in the scientific discourse back then, he said this:

Finally, I want to ask a question that’s come up in the literature in the last few years — should we really be promoting universal maternal vaccination? The flu vaccine has been recommended routinely to pregnant women in the United States since 1957. The official policy of the Centers for Disease Control states that “administration of vaccines to women seeking prenatal care is an opportunity for preventative intervention that should not be wasted.” Now you might say, “Well, of course, you don’t want to get the flu if you’re pregnant!” But remember that double-stranded RNA experiment — we activated the immune system, and it caused all these downstream effects on the fetus. And what does a vaccination do? It activates the immune system. That’s the point of vaccination. In practice, not all pregnant women receive flu shots, and I think that universal vaccination of pregnant women could get us into a whole new set of problems.

Dr. Patterson said it, so I don’t have to be the first to bring it up. He said a vaccination “activates the immune system” and he also told us that “immune activation” can cause autism. How exactly does a vaccine activate the immune system?

Aluminum hydroxide, aka “aluminum adjuvant”.

Discovery #2: Aluminum Adjuvant causes immune activation and is far more neurotoxic than previously thought

Aluminum compounds (Al hydroxide and Al phospate) are the most common adjuvants used in vaccines. They are currently used in the hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis(DTaP, Tdap), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), human papillomavirus (HPV) and pneumococcus (PCV) vaccines. Aluminum adjuvant “activates” the immune system, which induces long term immunity to antigens in the vaccine.

The scientific understanding of aluminum adjuvant toxicity has changed and deepened dramatically in recent years (since 2007).

In fact, the published research on aluminum adjuvant is so new it has not even been considered by our FDA or CDC, who are still basing their recommendations about aluminum use in vaccines on a study published in 2011 that erroneously concluded that aluminum from a vaccine likely ends up in the body’s skeletal system:

“While the contribution of vaccines to an infant’s aluminum body burden can be slightly higher than that of the dietary contribution in our model, the fact that the primary pool where the aluminum is residing, as a long-term storage depot, is likely to be skeletal and not a more sensitive soft organ system is reassuring.”

Most of the guess work about aluminum is based on dissolved aluminum, not aluminum hydroxide, which is the type of aluminum used in vaccines. We’re now learning that aluminum hydroxide is a nanoparticle, absorbed by our body’s macrophage (the immune system’s garbage man) where the macrophage can then easily transport the aluminum hydroxide to the brain (the macrophage passes easily through the blood-brain barrier). If you’d like to see a complete takedown of the “safe level” of aluminum argument still made by the FDA and CDC, see VP’s excellent work, here’s a short excerpt:

“It is not reasonable or scientific to use studies of ingested, water-soluble aluminum salts (like AlCl3 or Al-lactate) to establish a safe dose of injected aluminum adjuvant (comprising aluminum hydroxide/phosphate nanoparticles). The chemical forms and route of administration are different. It is well-established today that nanoparticles can have higher toxicity than bulk or soluble forms of the same material…It’s the vaccine promoters that created this inherently-invalid approach to aluminum adjuvant safety. Vaccine critics including me argue that the safety of injected aluminum adjuvant can only be tested using injected aluminum adjuvant, not ingested aluminum salts like AlCl3 or Al lactate. This should be common sense. So, leaving aside the important issues of nanoparticle toxicity and administration route, I want to address the question: is it really true that animals (mice or rats) are not harmed by ingesting 62mg/kg/day or 26 mg/kg/day aluminum? After all, this is the fundamental basis for aluminum adjuvant safety. Vaccine promoters rely on Keith and Mitkus to make the case that aluminum adjuvant is safe, and Keith and Mitkus depend on the claim that these dosages are safe for animals to ingest. If the 26 mg/kg/day dosage is in fact harmful to animals, then the analyses by Keith and Mitkus are wrong and unsalvageable. Several studies clearly demonstrate that dosages much lower than 26 mg/kg/day are harmful, and they are presented below.”

Dr. Chris Shaw interview

The first time I personally woke up to the the idea that the aluminum adjuvant used in vaccines might be far more toxic and dangerous than I knew was when I started reading about the incredible work of Dr. Chris Shaw at the University of British Columbia in Canada. (Check out this video of Dr. Shaw discussing aluminum adjuvant, and some of the experiments he and his colleagues did on mice.)

In 2007, Dr. Shaw published the first study looking at injected aluminum adjuvant in this paper, Aluminum Adjuvant Linked to Gulf War Illness Induces Motor Neuron Death in Mice and sounded a worldwide alarm about the dangers of aluminum adjuvant:

“In addition, the continued use of aluminum adjuvants in various vaccines (i.e., Hepatitis A and B, DPT, and so on) for the general public may have even more widespread health implications. Until vaccine safety can be comprehensively demonstrated by controlled long-term studies that examine the impact on the nervous system in detail, many of those already vaccinated as well as those currently receiving injections may be at risk in the future. Whether the risk of protection from a dreaded disease outweighs the risk of toxicity is a question that demands urgent attention.”

In 2009, Dr. Shaw’s and his colleagues in British Columbia published another study looking at injected aluminum hydroxide, and the results were deeply disturbing:

“Overall, the results reported here mirror previous work that has clearly demonstrated that aluminum, in both oral and injected forms, can be neurotoxic. Potential toxic mechanisms of action for aluminum may include enhancement of inflammation (i.e., microgliosis)…”

2012: Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations

Three years after his groundbreaking study, Dr. Shaw and his colleague, Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic, published this paper in 2012, expressing grave concerns about the limited understanding of aluminum adjuvant’s toxicity:

“…it is somewhat surprising to find that in spite of over 80 years of use, the safety of Al adjuvants continues to rest on assumptions rather than scientific evidence. For example, nothing is known about the toxicology and pharmacokinetics of Al adjuvants in infants and children…Yet, in spite of these observations children continue regularly to be exposed to much higher levels of Al adjuvants than adults, via routine childhood vaccination programmes.”

The two scientists called for an urgent reevaluation of the safety profile of aluminum adjuvant-containing vaccines:

“However, the existing data (or lack thereof) raise questions on whether the current vaccines aimed at pediatric populations can be accepted as having adequate safety profiles. Because infants and children represent those who may be most at risk for complications following vaccination, a more rigorous evaluation of potential vaccine-related adverse health impacts in pediatric populations than what has been provided to date is urgently needed.”

2013: Slow CCL2-dependent translocation of biopersistent particles from muscle to brain

In 2013, French scientists demonstrated that aluminum adjuvant, when injected into the body of a mouse, ended up in the brain 1 year later. The study authors expressed serious concerns about this very new discovery:

“However, continuously escalating doses of this poorly biodegradable adjuvant in the population may become insidiously unsafe, especially in the case of overimmunization or immature/altered blood brain barrier…”

The authors chose their words carefully, recognizing the ubiquity of aluminum adjuvant’s use in pediatric vaccines all over the world, which is why their choice to call aluminum adjuvant “insidiously unsafe” should cause any parent worry. Unfortunately, the very thing they express real concern about — escalating doses — is exactly what has been happening to children since the early 1990s, when the immunization schedule in the U.S. and all over the world more than tripled, largely due to new vaccines being introduced that contain aluminum adjuvant.

2015: Biopersistence and brain translocation of aluminum adjuvants of vaccines

In 2015, another study from Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC) in France further supported this new view of aluminum adjuvant as a dangerous, biopersistent, and ultimately brain-injuring toxin. (The study confirmed that aluminum adjuvant slowly makes its way to the brain, where it then stays, possibly forever.)

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The study explained that aluminum adjuvant can generate a long-term immune response because of its “biopersistence”, which basically means our body has no ability to rid itself of aluminum adjuvant, because its a man-made substance we have no natural designs to eliminate:

“Thus alum and other poorly biodegradable materials taken up at the periphery by phagocytes circulate in the lymphatic and blood circulation and can enter the brain using a Trojan horse mechanism similar to that used by infectious particles. Previous experiments have shown that alum administration can cause CNS dysfunction and damage, casting doubts on the exact level of alum safety.”

November 2016: Non-linear dose-response of aluminium hydroxide adjuvant particles: Selective low dose neurotoxicity

And, just last Fall in 2016, the most important and revealing study yet done on aluminum adjuvant provided more bad news, and more insight.

It’s safe to say that this study’s conclusions have revolutionized our understanding of aluminum adjuvant. From the journal Toxicology, the French study authors were very concerned about the widespread use of aluminum adjuvant:

“Concerns about its [aluminum adjuvant’s] safety emerged following recognition of its unexpectedly long-lasting biopersistence within immune cells in some individuals, and reports of chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive dysfunction, myalgia, dysautonomia and autoimmune/inflammatory features temporally linked to multiple Al-containing vaccine administrations.”

They also discovered, through mouse-models, a deeply alarming unique characteristic of aluminum adjuvant: low, consistent doses were MORE neurotoxic than a single bolus dose:

“We conclude that Alhydrogel [aluminum adjuvant] injected at low dose in mouse muscle may selectively induce long-term Al cerebral accumulation and neurotoxic effects. To explain this unexpected result, an avenue that could be explored in the future relates to the adjuvant size since the injected suspensions corresponding to the lowest dose, but not to the highest doses, exclusively contained small agglomerates in the bacteria-size range known to favour capture and, presumably, transportation by monocyte-lineage cells. In any event, the view that Alhydrogel neurotoxicity obeys ‘the dose makes the poison’ rule of classical chemical toxicity appears overly simplistic.”

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This a confusing conclusion, but profoundly important, so I’m bringing in VP to further explain:

A new paper (Crepeaux et al.) by the Gherardi research group in France reports important results on the toxicity and transport of aluminum (Al) adjuvant in mice. This single study is especially valuable because it looked at many outcomes: behavioral effects, immune (microglial) activation in the brain, and Al transport into the brain. The study tested dosages of 200 , 400 and 800 mcg/Kg, injected intramuscularly (IM). The Al adjuvant used was AlOH (brand name Alhydrogel), the most common vaccine adjuvant in use today. It is used in the tetanus, Hep A, Hep B, HiB, pneumococcal, meningococcal, and anthrax vaccines.

Remarkably, the study found that the lowest dosage (200 mcg/Kg) was the most toxic! For many outcomes, the 400 and 800 mcg/Kg dosages had no observable adverse effects, but the 200 mcg/Kg dosage did.

The low toxicity of the higher dosages appears to be a consequence of dosage-dependent inflammation at the injection site. The high dosages caused intense inflammation at the injection site, forming “granulomas”. The 200 mcg/Kg dosage did not produce granulomas. Granulomas are hard nodules in tissue produced in response to injury, infection or foreign substances. Its a way the body “walls off” injured tissue and prevents the spread of infection or toxins. The granuloma appears to provide protection from Al adjuvant toxicity; apparently the granuloma prevented Al adjuvant particles from leaving the injection site. This explains why the 200 mcg/Kg dosage affected the brain and behavior, while the higher dosages did not. This suggests that it is more dangerous and harmful to administer numerous small injections of Al adjuvant, compared to a large single injection capable of inducing a granuloma.

The study authors also disputed the way the FDA and CDC currently think about aluminum adjuvant toxicity, basically saying that the current approach is wrong:

“As a possible consequence, comparing vaccine adjuvant exposure to other non- relevant aluminium exposures, e.g. soluble aluminium and other routes of exposure, may not represent valid approaches.”

And, the French scientists finish with a conclusion that all parents should find very troubling:

“In the context of massive development of vaccine-based strategies worldwide, the present study may suggest that aluminium adjuvant toxicokinetics and safety require reevaluation.”

Reminder: this study has only been public for 2 months!

Discovery #3: Aluminum can increase IL-6 in the brain

One of the only frustrations of the remarkable toxicity studies on aluminum adjuvant coming out of France is that many scientists did not explicitly measure the mice brains for the cytokine IL-6 which we know can be released during an immune activation event and also know is strongly associated with causing autism. But, a study from the Middle East published roughly one year ago, provides a strong foundation for the IL-6-aluminum adjuvant connection.

In this case, scientists were using aluminum to induce Alzheimer’s in rats, which they appear to have done successfully, showing that aluminum caused a 4-fold increase in IL-6:

“The results also showed that aluminum administration increased the hippocampus pro-inflammatory cytokines TNF-α by 3.8-fold, IL-6 by 4-fold, and iNOS by 3.8-fold compared to the normal control group.”

If any of this remains confusing, I think VP’s description of aluminum adjuvant in the body will fill in any holes:

Most vaccines contain aluminum, and aluminum is a proven neurotoxin, in amounts received from vaccines. Vaccines in combination can result in toxic aluminum overload. Even the aluminum in a single vaccine can be harmful because the aluminum is in a form that is more dangerous than ingested aluminum. Specifically, vaccine aluminum is in nanoparticulate form, which is harder for the body to eliminate, and because it is transported around the body differently than ingested aluminum.

It is natural and normal to ingest small doses of aluminum from food and water. Its not good for you, but the body has adequate defenses. Absorption of ingested Al is low, about 0.3%, so about 99.7% is eliminated in feces. Ingested aluminum is in ionic form (individual charged atoms), which is readily removed by the kidneys. Also, ionic aluminum is blocked from entering the brain by the blood brain barrier. The low absorption, rapid elimination by the kidneys and barrier to brain entry adequately protects the brain from aluminum.

However, nanoparticulate aluminum from vaccines cannot be removed by the kidneys. The particles are far too large to be filtered out by the kidneys. The Al nanoparticles do dissolve slowly (converting to ionic aluminum). But long before they can dissolve completely, the Al nanoparticles are “eaten” by immune system cells called macrophages. In other words, the particles wind up inside the macrophages. Once loaded with the Al nanoparticles, the macrophages spread aluminum as they travel through the body. This is dangerous, because the Al-loaded macrophages carry Al nanoparticles to tissues (e.g. the brain) that are damaged by very small amounts of aluminum.

Quick Pause: The chicken-egg of immune activation

Before I discuss the fourth discovery — the final puzzle piece from China — I want to address a topic that triggered much of the exploration that drove me to write this article in the first place.

A few weeks ago, I got into a bit of a public squabble with Dr. Peter Hotez, a vaccine patent holder who also serves as a spokesperson for the merits of vaccines. Dr. Hotez also has a daughter with autism, so this debate is very personal for him, as it is for me. Dr. Hotez is convinced that autism is “created” in utero as he explained to me, “my read of the scientific literature is that brains of children with autism, like ours, were that way by the first or second trimester of pregnancy.” Dr. Hotez bases his conclusion about autism’s timing on the work of a single study by Dr. Eric Courchesne and colleagues titled, “Patches of disorganization in the neocortex of children with autism.” which was published in 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Hotez even took his refutation of some of the things I have publicly written about autism and vaccines a step further, and I think this is really the dividing line for many scientists, he wrote to me:

“A vaccine given in the first year of life could not possibly cause a total reorganization of the brain architecture, it just defies reason.”

Does it? Does it defy reason that the re-wiring of the brain — that we now believe is caused by an immune activation event — could never happen after a child is born?

This is the single most important question that needs to be answered to determine autism’s cause, and I think the answer will govern the autism causation debate from here on out:

  • If vaccines cannot cause a “reorganization of brain architecture” after a child is born, then vaccines are unlikely to be the cause of autism (however, vaccines given to a pregnant women may still pose a risk to triggering a Maternal Immune Activation).
  • If vaccines given after birth can cause the brain to “reorganize”, then we have a serious, serious problem with vaccines.

I believe the science is very clear on this point. Read on.

The evidence for post-natal autism triggers is strong

Click to read, does this prove autism is genetic?

The study that Dr. Hotez mentioned to me, the study that proved to him that autism was determined in utero, I have now read probably a dozen times. You can read it for yourself, it’s a study where scientists looked at the actual post-mortem brains of children with autism, and found striking differences in brain architecture. What the study didn’t do, because it would be impossible to do with post-mortem brains, some as old as 15 years, was speculate exactly WHEN the brain disorganization took place. And, really, how could they? I’m guessing Dr. Hotez was thrown off by the conclusion of this study, where the authors offered up a guess:

“In conclusion, we identified discrete patches of disorganized cortex in the majority of postmortem samples obtained from young autistic children that we examined. These patches occurred in regions mediating the functions that are disturbed in autism: social, emotional, communication, and language functions. Such abnormalities may represent a common set of developmental neuropathological features that underlie autism and probably result from dysregulation of layer formation and layer-specific neuronal differentiation at prenatal developmental stages.”

Did you catch what the study said, the part that Dr. Hotez turned into fact to support his claim (and by the way he has cited this study repeatedly in public writings about autism’s cause)? The authors said the disregulation they saw in the brains of children “probably” happened during “prenatal development stages.” I think the evidence you will see actually points to the opposite. VP explained it well:

The “patches of disorganization” paper is actually further evidence implicating immune activation and therefore vaccines. Immune activation experiments have shown that immune activation/cytokines causes disruption of neuron layers. So a vaccine could definitely do this. I believe that autism-associated differences in the prenatal period are simply indicators that the baby is particularly susceptible to immune activation injury. Immune activation works like this: each time there is an activation event, the immune system becomes more sensitive and reactive to immune stimulus. So, an activation “hit” during gestation can render the baby more susceptible to immune activation injury postnatally. This increased reactivity is known to occur with microglia in the brain (microglia are immune cells in the brain). its called “microglial priming”. Once microglia are primed by immune activation, they become hyperreactive for a long time, perhaps a lifetime.

VP went a little farther than Dr. Hotez did, providing this image which is hard to shake once you’ve seen it:

What you can see fairly clearly is that the brain is far from done developing once a child is born. In fact, 5 separate phases of brain development are either in process or yet to start. Could an immune activation event after the child has been born impact brain development? Yes, it could.

And, the published science also supports this view. In a study done in 2012, Wei and colleagues induced autism-like symptoms in mice by injecting them with IL-6 AFTER they were born. This is NOT a maternal immune activation event, this is an immune activation event of a newborn that leads to the development of symptoms of autism.

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The authors noted:

“Here we show that mice with elevated IL-6 in the brain dis- play many autistic features, including impaired cognitive abilities, deficits in learning, abnormal anxiety traits and habituations, as well as decreased social interactions. IL-6 elevation caused alterations in excitatory and inhibitory synaptic formations and disrupted the balance of excitatory/inhibitory synaptic transmissions. IL-6 elevation also resulted in an abnormal change in the shape, length and distributing pattern of dendritic spines. These findings suggest that IL-6 elevation in the brain could mediate autistic-like behaviors, possibly through the imbalances of neural circuitry and impairments of synaptic plasticity.”

Still think Dr. Hotez has a point, that autism happens during gestation or never? Then this study will really blow your mind, from all the way back in 1981.

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In this case study of three children, published in Child Neurology, the authors describe three cases of sudden onset autism, all caused by infection and inflammation of the brain. It appears that not only can an infection trigger an immune activation event that leads to autism after a child is born, it can even happen to a child who is 5, 7, or 11 years old (the ages of the three children in this study). Are you reading this, Dr. Hotez?

“During an acute encephalopathic illness, a clinical picture developed in three children that was consistent with infantile autism…In our cases, the abnormalities are acquired and not developmental, but they clearly fit the critical clinical features of the childhood autistic syndrome.”

Discovery #4: Hepatitis B vaccine induces IL-6 in postnatal rats

When this paper was published in China, no one I knew in the autism community mentioned it, I’m guessing because it was hard to patch together its significance. You had to appreciate all of Patterson’s work. You had to understand the IL-6 connection to autism. You had to appreciate the brand new insights about aluminum adjuvant toxicity, the low dose implications, and that aluminum adjuvant was ending up in the brain. And, you had to read a paper from China that covered a lot of other ground, as well as providing the missing link in the aluminum adjuvant-cytokine (IL-6)-autism hypothesis that it helped fortify.

Study from China that seals the deal

VP has written extensively about this study, I will start by quoting VP, but if you want a highly detailed scientific analysis of this study, check this out.

“An important new study by Li et al. reports the effects of bacillus calmette-guerin (BCG) vaccine (for tuberculosis) and hepatitis B vaccine on brain development in infant rats. The study relates the observed brain changes to the type of immune activation (Th1 or Th2, explained below) stimulated by the vaccines. The BCG and hep B vaccines had opposite effects on the brain (BCG being beneficial, and hep B being detrimental), and a combination of both vaccines resulted in cancellation of the effects.

This is the first study to test the effects of immune activation by vaccination on brain development. All other studies of immune activation have used essentially pathological conditions that mimic infection and induce a strong fever. A criticism I have heard often from vaccine advocates is that the immune activation experiments are not relevant to vaccines because vaccines cause a milder immune activation than injections of poly-IC or lipopolysaccharide (two types of immune system activators).

This new study demonstrates that vaccines can affect brain development via immune activation. Hence, the immune activation experiments are relevant to vaccines…The hep B vaccine increased IL-6 in the hippocampus (the only brain region analyzed for cytokines).”

And, VP continues, explaining the timing of the injury to the Hep B rats:

“An important finding in the rat BCG/Hep B study is that many of the effects of hep B vaccine did not appear until age 8 weeks. This finding undermines claims of vaccine safety, which are almost always based on short-term outcomes of a few days or weeks. Furthermore, 8 weeks is a long time in rats. 8 week old rats are almost fully mature adults. This suggests that adverse effects of vaccines may take years or decades to appear in humans. This is consistent with what is known about immune activation and schizophrenia. Immune activation in the fetus can cause schizophrenia 20–30 years later.

The accumulating scientific evidence and the Li et al study in particular suggest that vaccination may cause mental illness. The mental illnesses would emerge years or decades after vaccination of an infant. Vaccines are likely contributing the the rise of mental illnesses in the USA over the last 25 years. The rise in mental illnesses in the USA is coincident with the dramatic increase in vaccination that started in the 1980s.”

This study is extraordinary. There were three different groups of rats: rats receiving the BCG vaccine (not given in the U.S.), rats receiving the Hepatitis B vaccine (given on day 1 of life in the U.S.) and a control group with no vaccine. The BCG vaccine does NOT contain aluminum adjuvant and the impact on the rat’s brains from BCG was actually positive! The Hep B vaccine rats, however, showed the kind of immune activation event we are seeing in autism (high IL-6) This is biological proof of the link between a vaccine — given to a post-natal animal — inducing an immune activation event, including the cytokine marker for autism, IL-6. A scientific first.

Four discoveries, a clear path to autism

Here’s a simple graphic that I think spells out the process of triggering autism very clearly, as demonstrated by the published science I have shared with you:

Published studies are showing that autism is caused by an immune activation event. The adjuvant in vaccines — aluminum adjuvant — can activate the brain’s immune system and is far more neurotoxic than previously realized — all the new science has been published in just the last few years. Aluminum can cause IL-6, the key cytokine implicated in autism. Chinese scientists — for the first time anywhere in the world — used a vaccine to trigger an immune activation event, and recorded elevated levels of IL-6 in rats. THIS is a biological basis for HOW a vaccine can cause autism. Remember what Dr. Hotez said to me? He said:

“A vaccine given in the first year of life could not possibly cause a total reorganization of the brain architecture, it just defies reason.”

But, that’s exactly what the science is showing us. Vaccines, administered early and often, are igniting immune activation event after immune activation event. Here’s a different chart looking at the development of the brain over time, from a neuro-immunological perspective. Imagine 6–7 immune activation events (right after they receive 4–6 aluminum adjuvant containing vaccines in a single appointment) in certain vulnerable children during critical phases of brain development. With everything you’ve just read, is it really that hard to imagine?

Implications and questions

I can’t help but tie everything I read and see here to my own son’s experience. Born in 2002, my son seemed to get sicker with every vaccine appointment, and his head always seemed to be hurting. And, with each appointment, unusual behaviors and odd movements began to appear. A really sad reminder of this reality appeared in a study published just last week in Nature, that described how children with autism developed enlarged foreheads:

“Brain enlargement has been observed in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but the timing of this phenomenon, and the relationship between ASD and the appearance of behavioural symptoms, are unknown. Retrospective head circumference and longitudinal brain volume studies of two-year olds followed up at four years of age have provided evidence that increased brain volume may emerge early in development.”

Wouldn’t the above theory about how autism is triggered do a pretty good job of explaining why these children have large (swollen) heads? As you know, the immune activation event leads to what Dr. Patterson called “an ongoing, permanent immune-system activation in the brains of autistic people.” And, guess what, permanent immune system activation means inflammation…which would lead to a “large brain” and a “swollen forehead.” Is that why children with autism are known to head bang? Perhaps you would too if you’re brain was in a state of permanent inflammation?

Question: What about gastrointestinal disorders?

So many children with autism experience gastrointestinal disorders, my son most certainly did. And, gastrointestinal distress is now fully appreciated to be a “co-morbid” condition of autism, according to Autism Speaks. But what, exactly, might cause it? You don’t have to look too far:

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“Aluminum increased the intensity and duration of macroscopic and histologic inflammation, colonic myeloperoxidase activity, inflammatory cytokines expression, and decreased the epithelial cell renewal compared with control animals. Under basal conditions, aluminum impaired intestinal barrier function. In vitro, aluminum induced granuloma formation and synergized with lipopolysaccharide to stimulate inflammatory cytokines expression by epithelial cells. Deleterious effects of aluminum on intestinal inflammation and mucosal repair strongly suggest that aluminum might be an environmental IBD risk factor.”

(Note: Down below I cite a second paper by Hsiao and colleagues that shows that an immune activation event can CAUSE gut dysbiosis, in the section titled “Heal the Microbiome.”)

Question: What about all the other types of autoimmunity (food allergies, etc.) that are at epidemic levels, and often co-morbid with autism?

Click to order, all about alum adjuvant

Spearheaded by Israeli scientist Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, the scientific evidence that aluminum adjuvant is causing epidemics of a wide variety of auto-immune conditions is becoming overwhelming. Dr. Shoenfeld even has his own text book explaining this!

“With the discovery of autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA), the work of leading researchers from 14 countries on the role of adjuvants in different vaccines and how they can induce diverse autoimmune clinical manifestations in genetically prone individuals has been published in the newly released medical textbook, Vaccines and Autoimmunity.”

Consider this article: “Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System’s Division of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology report that an era of food allergies that began with the post-millennial generation might be a response to vaccines containing the adjuvant alum, a known trigger for allergic traits. Alum is usually the name given to potassium aluminum sulfate when used in vaccines, the FDA states. Sometimes, aluminum hydroxide and even other forms of aluminum adjuvants are also referred to as alum in allergy research.”

Dr. Shoenfeld’s groundbreaking study in 2013 explained the role of aluminum adjuvant in triggering autoimmunity across a wide variety of conditions:

Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) 2013: Unveiling the pathogenic, clinical and diagnostic aspects

The study reads: “Notwithstanding that molecular mimicry and bystander activation in a genetically predisposed individual have been called to be responsible, the finger should be pointed at the adjuvants. One in particular has raised several distresses: aluminum. Indeed, this has been used as an adjuvant for the past 90 years but it is also an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin. Experimental research has showed that alum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. Thus, efforts should be put in clarifying the potential threat of alum-containing vaccines.”

Question: What about mercury?

When my son was diagnosed with autism in 2004, the only thing parents were talking about was the mercury in vaccines. Thimerosal, a preservative made from ethyl-mercury, had recently been revealed to be in children’s vaccines far in excess of EPA safety guidelines. The autism rate was exploding, and a 2001 paper showed a compelling correlation between the symptoms of autism and the symptoms of mercury poisoning.

Mercury is not good for humans

The use of mercury in a vaccine seems insane to most rational people given the extreme neurotoxicity of mercury, which has been demonstrated in hundreds of published studies. We’ve learned that vaccine mercury travels straight to the brain of monkeys, that it depletes glutathione, a vital antioxidant, that it blocks critical pathways in methylation, and that mice injected with Thimerosal exhibit behaviors similar to autism.

Thimerosal has been removed from most pediatric vaccines (beginning in 2002), but in an odd development, started being injected into pregnant women in 2004, when the flu shot (of which a portion contain thimerosal) was recommended for the first time by the CDC for pregnant women.

So, does this article abandon the mercury-autism hypothesis? My personal answer is complex:

  • Mercury in vaccines is dangerous and unjustifiable based on published science. It should be removed from 100% of vaccines immediately.
  • Synergistic toxicity means that mercury combined with aluminum may be 100x more toxic than either metal by itself, we don’t really know:

“How can 1 + 1 = 100? ‘Synergistic toxicity’ refers to the effect that when exposed to two toxins, the toxicity level is far greater than the additive toxicity levels of the two toxins.”

  • There are many anecdotal stories that children diagnosed with autism today are “less severe.” Is this true? Is the removal of mercury the reason? There’s no data I can find to support this, so it’s just conjecture for the moment.
  • However, IF the core hallmark of triggering autism is an immune activation event, than aluminum adjuvant is more likely the central cause, and this matches the reality that autism rates have continued to rise after the removal of MOST mercury from vaccines. Mercury is NOT an immune system antagonist the way aluminum adjuvant is, mercury was in vaccines for its effectiveness as an antibacterial and an anti fungal, not an adjuvant.
  • VP has very strong opinions about the mercury vs. aluminum adjuvant debate, including this: “There are far more important issues than mercury, such as aluminum adjuvant neurotoxicity, and immune activation injury.”

Question: What about the MMR, it has no aluminum adjuvant?

The MMR vaccine does not contain aluminum adjuvant. Yet, many (but far from all) parents point to the appointment where their child received the MMR vaccine as a trigger for autism. We need more scientific data than we have about what exactly the MMR vaccine does to the brain (does it generate IL-6 or other cytokines?), but because we don’t know, we’re left to speculate.

The most obvious answer is that the MMR vaccine is the first live virus vaccine children receive (it’s typically given between age 12–18 months, most children have received 15–20 vaccines by then), and it’s a triple (measles, mumps, rubella) live virus. For an immune system bathed in aluminum adjuvant and possibly already simmering with activation events, this triple dose might push a child right over the edge. This might explain the seizures (an extreme immune activation event) that sometimes follow the MMR appointment. We also know that children who also receive the varicella vaccine (chicken pox) along with the MMR have higher rates of seizure events. This would make sense, four live viruses at once would likely challenge the immune system more than three, but we can’t explain exactly how the MMR biologically impacts the immune system the way we can for aluminum adjuvant, and now for Hepatitis B vaccine (thanks to Chinese scientists). Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld discusses the fact that a live vaccine activates the immune system more than a vaccine using aluminum adjuvant:

“It is evident that a live attenuated vaccine is more prone than a killed vaccine to activate the immunity response.”

Question: Didn’t they already prove vaccines don’t cause autism?

If you’ve read this far, I assume you already know this is a fable. If you’re unsure, just look at this simple graphic. All those vaccine industry spokespeople who say “the science is settled” fail to mention that only one ingredient (thimerosal) and one vaccine (MMR) has ever been looked at for its relationship to autism.

No vaccine containing aluminum adjuvant has ever been explored for its relationship to autism, despite a growing and clear body of evidence implicating aluminum adjuvant in causing “immune activation,” the central cause of autism.

It’s also worth pointing out that in the early and mid-2000s when parents first started sounding the alarm about the connection between vaccines and autism, we had no biological evidence to support our view, we just had the collective experience of seeing our children disappear after vaccine appointments. Today, it’s a completely different world. Consider the words of Dr. Kimberley McAllister of the UC Davis Mind Institute just this past August (2016):

“These MIA (maternal immune activation) animal models meet all of the criteria required for validity for a disease model: They mimic a known disease-related risk factor (construct validity), they exhibit a wide range of disease-related symptoms (face validity), and they can be used to predict the efficacy of treatments (predictive validity).”

It’s time for the CDC, FDA, Autism Speaks, and the American Academy of Pediatrics to face the biological evidence staring us all in the face!

Question: Aren’t you just “moving the goalposts” on the autism-vaccine hypothesis?

Of course critics will say this. First it was the MMR. Then it was mercury. Then it was “too many, too soon.” What’s different now is very important: overwhelming published, peer-reviewed science making a clear connection between immune activation events, aluminum adjuvant, and autism. That’s why this article is filled with study references, not conjecture.

What’s been true throughout the autism epidemic remains true today: an overwhelming (tens of thousands) number of parental reports of regression of their children into autism after vaccination.

Implications for Treatment

We want our children to feel better

I want to know what, exactly, happened to my son. When he was diagnosed with autism in 2004, the prevailing understanding of autism in the parent community was that it was growing exponentially, many parents were seeing changes after vaccine appointments, and that mercury or a live virus (measles) were the most likely causes. We had no biological science. The understanding of aluminum or the aluminum adjuvant was comically simplistic, almost a throw away point. We had no idea what an immune activation event, a cytokine, or IL-6 meant. (In fact, if you want a good laugh, see how Dr. Paul Offit is still describing aluminum adjuvant, despite its now proven extreme neurotoxicity. He states: “Parents can be reassured that the trace quantities of aluminum in vaccines can’t possibly do harm.” Based on published science beginning in 2009, this is an unsupportable lie.)

Everything you have read so far is based on published science. The grand theory of autism’s causation, in my opinion, holds together pretty strongly.

Will we look back one day and say that aluminum adjuvant caused the autism epidemic the way we say that Thalidomide triggered birth defects? I think we will, but that’s just my opinion.

What follows next is conjecture and opinion. I’m not a doctor, and this is most certainly NOT medical advice, but I do believe that the treatment of children suffering from autism may be radically altered by the simple description Dr. Patterson made of children with autism:

“there’s an ongoing, permanent immune-system activation in the brains of autistic people.”

If he’s right, and if aluminum adjuvant is the primary trigger of the immune activation, than the following ideas might prove helpful in reducing the symptoms of autism in children. (Please note that any links I include to actual products are just for illustrative purposes, I’m not endorsing anything and I have no commercial interests in any products or ideas mentioned here):

  1. Get the aluminum adjuvant out of the body.

I know that silica and zeolites are both considered possible ways to remove aluminum from the body. Will they also work on aluminum adjuvant? I have no idea. VP has a perspective on aluminum removal that cites a wide body of scientific research.

2. Consider ketogenics

I was incredibly excited to see this study, released this month (February 2017), about the impact a ketogenic diet had on suppressing immune activation in mice. Could ketones play a role in reducing brain inflammation and turning off the brain’s immune system?

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“Here we show that metabolic therapy with a KD [ketogenic diet] improves and can even reverse ASD-like behaviors in the MIA mouse model.”

It’s worth noting that the ketogenic diet has been used for years to help reduce seizures. Ketogenics are going through a bit of a revolution, with “exogenous ketones” now being made available as supplement products to put a body into ketosis more quickly. Could these exogenous ketones accelerate recovery? I have no idea, but this study alone seems to show its worth far more exploration.

See another study from 2014: Potential Therapeutic Use of the Ketogenic Diet in Autism Spectrum Disorders. And, a study of the ketogenic diet with children with autism, way back in 2003.

3. Heal the microbiome

We know that aluminum adjuvant can contribute to gastrointestinal distress. But, how do you heal that gut (the microbiome)? A 2013 study highlights the relationship between the gut microbiota, immune activation, and autism:

Discussion: “Our findings provide a novel mechanism by which a human commensal bacterium can improve ASD-related GI deficits and behavioral abnormalities in mice, possibly explaining the rapid increase in ASD prevalence by identifying the microbiome as a critical environmental contributor to disease. We propose the transformative concept that autism is, at least in part, a disease involving the gut that impacts the immune, metabolic and nervous systems, and that microbiome-mediated therapies may be a safe and effective treatment for ASD.”

There a wide variety of natural therapies to “heal the gut” that should be discussed with your health care professional.

A more recent study: Emerging Roles for the Gut Microbiome in Autism Spectrum Disorder.

4. Vitamin D

VP has an excellent section on the role Vitamin D can play in reducing immune activation, stating:

Vitamin D strongly reduces immune activation and IL-17 production specifically. Vitamin D strongly improves many diseases, including almost any disease with inflammatory or autoimmune aspects. Vitamin D favorably regulates the immune system, simultaneously improving its effectiveness at eliminating pathogens, and reducing inflammation. This is exactly what you want for optimal health: the combination of high immune function and low inflammation. When the body has adequate vitamin D, the immune system can eliminate pathogens without becoming dangerously overactivated.

Vitamin D is consumed by the immune system when its activated. It is a nutrient that is metabolized at a faster rate during infection or inflammation. Consequently, people with inflammatory conditions need greater amounts of vitamin D. They must supplement at a higher dose to achieve healthy blood levels. Since chronic immune activation is always present in autism, autistics require higher vitamin D intake than normal people.

And, here’s a case report from China where a child’s autism symptoms improved dramatically from Vitamin D:

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5. Selenium

Selective induction of IL-6 by aluminum-induced oxidative stress can be prevented by selenium Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology, 2012, Dale Viezeliene, Piet Beekhof, Eric Gremmer, Hiliaras Rodovicius, Ilona Sadauskien, Eugene Jansen, Leonid Ivanov

This fascinating study from scientists in Lithuania and the Netherlands highlighted two things:

  • Aluminum raises IL-6 levels in rats
  • The mineral Selenium reduces some of Aluminum’s negative effects

“Therefore it was concluded that short-term exposure to Al [aluminum] causes adverse effects on the intracellular oxidative stress processes in the liver, as reflected by the selective increase in the IL-6 concentration. This process can be restored by co-administration of the trace element Se [selenium] as a part of the glutathione redox system.”

Next Steps

I believe we may be far closer to a complete explanation of how autism — and many related autoimmune conditions — are being caused. Scientists from all over the world have created a compelling body of work to support an almost complete biological understanding of how autism is triggered by aluminum adjuvant inside the body, creating an immune activation event, and leading to autism — most of this research has been published in just the last 5 years.

Dr. Chris Shaw of Canada

Is everything published and written here true? Could the explanation really be that simple? Did a rising number of vaccines containing the aluminum adjuvant trigger an autoimmune epidemic, of which autism is the most severe, but not only, manifestation? Does an epidemic of food allergies, ADHD, learning disabilities, eczema, and diabetes fall into the same realm of causation?

Is is possible that injecting an immune system antagonist (aluminum adjuvant), all but guaranteed to cause immune activation events, has done just that in the brains of many of our children? Do even mildly impacted children also suffer from a permanent, simmering brain immune system activation? Should we believe the growing body of scientists from all over the world who are sounding the alarm about the impact injected aluminum adjuvant is having on our children?

Is there any hope of recovery for all these impacted children? Will removing aluminum, introducing ketones to the brain, repairing the gut, and supplementing with Vitamin D do anything to alleviate autism and other ailments in children who have already been damaged?

And, importantly, will these scientists who have published all this wonderful work pool their collective expertise and let the world know what they are learning? Will they take their exhortations for caution and further exploration — all buried inside their published studies — and publicly warn parents about what is becoming so clear?

In my opinion, we are much, much closer to understanding how autism has been triggered in so many children, and I hope this article is another step on the path to the truth. And, for so many of you out there doing everything you can to help you son or daughter with autism live the best possible life, perhaps a clearer understanding of how their autism was triggered will improve their chances for recovery.

J.B. Handley is the father of a child with Autism. He and his wife co-founded Generation Rescue, a national autism charity. He spent his career in the private equity industry and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University.

Policemen seize computers, files from Italian scientists who reported on vaccine contamination…

Drs Antonietta Gatti and Stephano Montanari reported in 2017 about their shocking finding about nano particle contamination in vaccines. Last summer, millions of Italians took to the streets in protest of a new law proposed to make vaccinations mandatory in the country (read more).

Dr. Gatti was recently interviewed by James Lyons-Weiler (link here) about his research that, according to Tv qui Telestudio Modena, Italia , had created a certain uproar within the Ministry of Health and throughout the Italian scientific world.

As of 22 February 2018, Gatti’s files have been seized.

In personal communication, Gatti says the goal is to silence communication about their research, linked below.

Source:  Gatti AM, Montanari S (2016) New Quality-Control Investigations on Vaccines: Micro- and Nanocontamination. Int J Vaccines Vaccin 4(1): 00072. DOI: 10.15406/ijvv.2017.04.00072


update: Italian news from google translate “The blitz of the Yellow Flames took place yesterday morning at the home and in the laboratory of Nanodiagnostic, the 68-year-old pharmacist Stefano Montanari and his wife, Dr. Antonietta Gatti. The Guardia di Finanza has seized all the computers and numerous documents concerning research on nanopathologies, which husband and wife in several cases have claimed to find in the vaccines to be administered to minors. Research that had created a certain uproar within the Ministry of Health and throughout the Italian scientific world, raising quite a few criticisms. An avid anti-vaccinist supporter, Montanari is accused of fraud by the Reggio Emilia Public Prosecutor’s Office. The answer from Montanari was not long in coming and came through his Facebook profile, where he claims to have been heavily damaged and unable to continue his business. The studies of the pharmacist, now famous throughout Italy, will be postponed to a date to be allocated while waiting for the relevant bodies to clarify the matter.”



~Jennifer Stella


Mumps in Vermont?

The vaccine campaign descends…

Well that didn’t take long…. JUST ONE MONTH after we wrote of the third dose of MMR being green-lighted, the college clinics have begun. Not a moment to spare when there are profits to be made~! This despite the fact that 8 of 10 cases tested, came back negative for mumps at UVM. 

NOTE: Persons can request a blood test (titer) which may verify immunity (this can be done for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, or varicella) rather than indiscriminately vaccinating.

8 of 10 tested were negative http://www.wcax.com/content/news/Most-suspected-mumps-cases-at-UVM-come-back-negative-474190663.html

Third dose – we wrote about it here: http://www.vaxchoicevt.com/2018/01/16/1-16-2018/
Parents are reporting their unvaccinated college students are being called by “health services” on VT college campuses.
These students are being told “mumps are at our doorstep”; 
They are being told to get a shot (“its perfectly safe”); 
They are being told without the shot they will have to leave campus for one month; even after clinical history of having had mumps as a child.
Again, Persons can request a blood test (titer) which may verify immunity (this can be done for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis, or varicella) rather than indiscriminately vaccinating. Titer testing is actually cheaper than vaccinating!
 Jennifer Stella

 A Humbling Exposé into the Creation of Mortality Rates and it’s Impact on Our Public Health Beliefs and Choices 

A Humbling Exposé into the Creation of Mortality Rates and it’s Impact on Our Public Health Beliefs and Choices


My dear friends and family,

I work with doctors, coroners and the local county registrars every day to create death records. It’s what I do for a living and wanted to share my thoughts on the mortality rates being thrown around on main stream and social media regarding the influenza ‘epidemic’. Please note: This information I am sharing is not limited to influenza reporting, but rather, serves as a case study of how the mortality rate recording system (mal)functions at large.

I am sorry to say that death rates are NOT as simple nor as valid as every news broadcaster with perfectly-trained vocal delivery makes them sound, and they are absolutely not the infallible pillar of medical history as the CDC purports.

Our current system for capturing mortality rates can and does provide a mostly uninvestigated and inaccurate picture of what causes a death. The process for creating and registering causes of death for public records is a complicated, convoluted, politicized, completely open to both ignorance and the manipulations of personal, professional, and governmental interests.   Continue reading ” A Humbling Exposé into the Creation of Mortality Rates and it’s Impact on Our Public Health Beliefs and Choices “

Peace, Love, Flags… and Ground War???

“Mounting a ground war against anti-vaxxers.”

This Boston Globe editorial quotes a Vermont State employee. Does the State of Vermont endorse such language, which portends violence against a group of citizens?

Just one week after US Marine Gen. Robert Neller warned that a conflict with North Korea could involve an exceptionally bloody ground war, the Boston Globe quietly printed an editorial, titled:  “Mounting a ground war against anti-vaxxers.”

This Globe editorial quotes a Vermont State employee and concludes by saying that , “Wise state policy, micro-targeted toward local schools and communities, is the best remedy for anti-vax luddites… who are noisy peddlers of a conspiracy-centric belief system that’s more akin to religious zeal than science.

A “ground war” against those who have vaccine safety concerns? Against those who choose alternate pathways to wellness? Against those who watched their children’s health demise after shots?

See: Vaccine Consumer Injury Testimonials Recorded in Burlington, Vermont.

Ground War. This is not something to be taken lightly. Is this the sort of image that Vermont wishes to associate itself with, as state employees, working with the CDC and pharma, attempt to convince more Vermonters to take a flu shot, or to vaccinate their babies to get them into daycare – or else?

It will be a very, very kinetic, physical, violent fight over some really, really tough ground and everybody is going to have to be mentally prepared,” said  Neller, as quoted by CNN.

No kidding.

Although the editorial title was chosen by the Boston Globe, we would like to know:

Does the State of Vermont endorse such language, which portends violence against a group of citizens?

We would also like to know whether our health department played a role in this editorial. And: why are the Vermont data quoted in the article not available to the general public?   We are growing tired of being stonewalled by the Vermont Department of Health.

So, on the very same day that many community members were raising a (political) flag in honor of the fact that ALL OF US MATTER, we sent a letter to the Governor. Here is a copy of the 2/2/2018 letter I wrote on behalf of our group. For the record – we agree that black lives do matter. Just look at the work we have undertaken to get people to understand the revelations of the CDC Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson.

On February 6, 2018  the “Immunization Program 2017 Annual Report” suddenly appeared on the healthvermont.gov  website. The report was supposed to be delivered by January 15, 2018 to the Legislature, but it does not appear anywhere on the list of the Legislature’s “reports due.” It got posted on Feb. 6th to the website but was never delivered to the legislature. Why not?
Of note: The most recent (2017/2018) “Child Care – Annual Immunization Survey” and “K-12 Public and Independent Schools – Annual Immunization Report” remain missing, despite the fact  they would have been needed to write the annual report that was released. Where are the data?
In 2014, the Vermont Health Department openly schemed about “using data to your advantage.” Perhaps withholding data from the public will give “them” (who supposedly work for “us”) some sort of advantage in the ground war??? 
Aside from the new report appearing on the website (thanks!), Governor Scott’s office sent a bland and impotent response on February 8th.
Thank you for reaching out to express your concerns over the recent Boston Globe editorial,the staffer wrote.  “As we understand, Commissioner Levine has also received your inquiry, and the Department of Health we be in touch with you to address your concerns.”
The letter was unsigned.

We look forward to hearing more from Dr. Levine. Perhaps he is just slightly more outraged.

For the record, we did not start this “war” that is apparently being waged. We were (all of us – unvaccinated, vaccine injured, partly vaccined, those many not even thinking one iota about vaccines, etcetera) –  living, quietly, happily, peacefully and healthfully, here in our beloved state – until were were attacked by zealots who care only about killing natural health options while delivering more drugs to more people in an effort to make more money faster.

May peace be with you in these troubling times.


~ Jennifer Stella

Protection for Parents Who Have Religious or Moral Objections to Vaccination?

It seems that the US Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is “pulling a 180” and will now make efforts to enforce the protection of our rights of conscience in healthcare.  This a ray of sunshine for those with religious beliefs or moral convictions who desire the ability to make a free choice without coercion – but it should be interpreted with caution. More analysis is needed.

Search the rule and you will find ten different references to vaccination. DHHS uses the following specific language in the proposed rule, as an example of what might warrant a complaint and enforcement against entities receiving federal funding:

…being required to administer or receive certain vaccinations derived from aborted fetal tissues as a condition of work or receipt of educational services.”

It is a little known fact that in addition to viruses and bacteria, vaccines contain very small amounts of other ingredients (excipients and media) – including human diploid cells.

Parents object to vaccines for a wide variety of reasons.  In 1979, when parents first encountered the idea of compulsory schoolchild vaccination brought about by Dr. Roberta Coffin, their rights as parents to hold religious or moral objections against one or all vaccines, were protected in the form of “exemptions.”  Senators carefully crafted the wording and intended to preserve parent choice. Doctors of the time fully supported this.

Times have changed. There is no longer any liability and no consumer protection when it comes to vaccine products. When recently faced with the dilemma, our legislature and Governor failed to protect us.

It seems the pendulum may reaching the point at which it will swing in the other direction. I will await further analysis by the legal experts but it seems to me that if this rule is approved, entities tied to a Federal revenue stream who coerce parents to vaccinate against their conscience (moral or religious beliefs), could risk their funding and must place notifications to patients and providers of the civil right to conscience in healthcare decisions. And for those unlucky enough to live in California, West Virginia or Mississippi there may be hope.

The DHHS Rule proposes to treat moral or religious belief as a a civil right – much like race, color or nation of origin.

The Department proposes to uphold the maximum protection for the rights of conscience and the broadest prohibition on discrimination provided by Federal, State, or local law, as consistent with the Constitution. Where a State or local law provides as much or greater protection than Federal law for religious freedom and moral convictions, the Department will not construe Federal law to preempt or impair the application of that law, unless expressly provided.”

More information from US DHHS:

Proposed Rule by US Dept. of Health and Human Services: “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority”



In the regulation of health care, the United States has a long history of providing conscience-based protections for individuals and entities with objections to certain activities based on religious belief and moral convictions. Multiple such statutory protections apply to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, or the Department) and the programs or activities it funds or administers. The Department proposes to revise regulations previously promulgated to ensure that persons or entities are not subjected to certain practices or policies that violate conscience, coerce, or discriminate, in violation of such Federal laws. Through this rulemaking, the Department proposes to grant overall responsibility to its Office for Civil Rights (OCR) for ensuring that the Department, its components, HHS programs and activities, and those who participate in HHS programs or activities comply with Federal laws protecting the rights of conscience and prohibiting associated discriminatory policies and practices in such programs and activities. In addition to conducting outreach and providing technical assistance, OCR will have the authority to initiate compliance reviews, conduct investigations, supervise and coordinate compliance by the Department and its components, and use enforcement tools otherwise available in civil rights law to address violations and resolve complaints. In order to ensure that recipients of Federal financial assistance and other Department funds comply with their legal obligations, the Department will require certain recipients to maintain records; cooperate with OCR’s investigations, reviews, or other enforcement actions; submit written assurances and certifications of compliance to the Department; and provide notice to individuals and entities about their conscience and associated anti-discrimination rights, as applicable.


Submit comments on or before March 27, 2018 – MUST BE identified by RIN 0945-ZA03 or Docket HHS-OCR-2018-0002,

  • You may submit electronic comments at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for the Docket ID number HHS-OCR-2018-0002. Follow the instructions for sending comments.
  • Regular, Express, or Overnight Mail:S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Attention: Conscience NPRM, RIN 0945-ZA03, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201.
  • Hand Delivery/Courier: Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, Attention: Conscience NPRM, RIN 0945-ZA03, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Room 509F, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201.

~ Jennifer Stella

PS: Ginger Taylor has also written about this, here.

Dengue Vaccine: A Clear Example of Why it Must be the Parent’s Choice

Updated: March 15, 2018

Sanofi will decide shortly whether to seek regulatory approval for its dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the United States and remains committed to the medicine despite a health scare in the Philippines, a senior executive said on Wednesday.” – Reuters 3/8/2018

If you follow the (below) chronology of the Philippines’ dengue vaccine fiasco, in which the drug maker (Sanofi) rushed to market to be first, convinced top level government officials to buy the product, and then 800,000 Filipino schoolchildren were injected, and 14 died, you will see in front of you a clear example of why vaccines should NEVER be mandatory for school.

These tragic circumstances are precisely why philosophical vaccine exemptions were enacted into state immunization laws in the first place, and should be protected at all costs.

The whole situation, as one Steemit contributor wrote, is “damning condemnation and a horrifyingly cautionary tale about how greed, ambition and hubris can lead to catastrophic tragedies.”

The government and the drug maker deny any connection.

As with all other vaccines, the risks associated with Denvaxia were fairly known, if not scientifically well understood, before launch – and since vaccine is an artificial intrusion into the immune system all of them are “unavoidably unsafe” to some extent.

Sanofi predicts to lose 100 million euro – peanuts for them. What of the children given the vaccine which was produced in Vero cells using recombinant DNA technology (genetic engineering)? Vero cells are a “continuous” line of green monkey cells.

 In mass vaccination programs, the sad fact is that some children will be sickened and die from the product. The medical-pharmaceutical industry takes this as cost of doing business, but never factors these losses in to the cost effectiveness calculations they present. Parents everywhere should always have the choice and never be faced with loss of their child’s institutional education if they decide not to take the risk.

As a side-note: Unwitting Vermont volunteers were compensated $3000 so their bodies could be used for the UVM vaccine research trial. I wonder how they all are doing?

~Jennifer Stella



Dengue Vaccine News Chronology –  2013 through 2018

Jan 22, 2018 – Former Health Secretary Enrique Ona faced the Senate blue ribbon committee for the first time on Monday, January 22, where he slammed the Aquino administration’s implementation of the now-controversial P3.5-billion dengue vaccination program. https://911ph.com/2018/01/22/ex-doh-chief-ona-says-he-would-not-have-okd-dengue-vaccine/

First they said it looked like measles, now they ask… Does immunity after Zika virus infection cross-protect against dengue?

Jan 24, 2018 – Shocker:: After deaths, illness & #disease from their dengue vaccine in the Philippines, drug maker presents “cost effectiveness” conclusion~!! https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X17316638

Jan 22, 2018

Ex-DOH chief Ona says he would not have OK’d dengue vaccine

Jan 18, 2018 – 5 more deaths linked to Dengvaxia for referral to UP-PGH http://northboundasia.com/2018/01/18/5-deaths-linked-dengvaxia-referral-pgh/

Jan 17, 2018 – Sanofi agrees refund for unused ‘killer’ anti-dengue vaccine: The French pharmaceutical giant denied the refund was related to safety issues, but was instead meant to improve ties with Philippine health authorities. http://nismagazine.com/2018/01/17/sanofi-agrees-refund-for-unused-killer-anti-dengue-vaccine.html

Jan 16, 2018 – “The findings of the forensic pathologists are consistent with severe dengue or dengue shock syndrome” https://www.rappler.com/nation/193439-philippines-deaths-vaccine-row-consistent-dengue

Jan 1, 2018 –  Was Aquino’s P3.5B purchase of the dengue vaccine the worst case of corruption ever? 


Jan 11, 2018
MANILA – Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) probes death of 6th child dead after newly launched dengue vaccine http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/11/18/pao-probes-death-of-5th-child-who-received-dengue-vaccine

Jan 1, 2018
DOH to check on reported Denvaxia dengue vaccine deaths” – Dec 21, 2017… 


Jan 1, 2018 

- Worst of 2017: Sanofi’s Dengue vaccine launch turns into nightmare; stock prices plunge, Takeda now… 


Dec 23, 2017 
- “Forensic team examines body of girl vaccinated with Dengvaxia” https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/954425/forensic-examination-pao-dengvaxia-dengue-vaccine-anjielica-pestilos

Dec 23, 2017 – Bataan girl died of dengue after vaccination: VACC http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/12/07/17/bataan-girl-died-of-dengue-after-vaccination-vacc

Dec 7, 2017 – Father seeks justice for daughter who died of dengue 6 months after Dengvaxia shot | News | GMA News Online http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/news/nation/635711/father-of-student-who-died-after-getting-dengvaxia-shot-wants-justice/story/#undefined.gbpl.uxfs.uxfs

Dec 27, 2016 – Meanwhile, in the Philippines…Senate probes dengue vaccine program… 


Apr 27, 2016 – Dengue vaccine trial in Philippines: one coincidental death out of 200,000 


Apr 5, 2016 – Safety of dengue vaccine questionable, schoolchildren serve as guinea pigs https://web.archive.org/web/20160917091555/http://interaksyon.com:80/article/126028/who-stays-out-of-dengue-vaccine-controversy
(this one has been taken down but thanks to the internet archive you can still read it.)

Mar 22, 2016 – There is a “clinical similarity and serological cross reactivity of dengue fever and measles”? You don’t say…… https://academic.oup.com/jtm/article/19/4/268/1816028

Feb 11, 2016 – “Crop-Sprayed Villages regarding Dengue-Zika, microcephaly…” http://www.reduas.com.ar/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2016/02/Informe-Zika-de-Reduas_TRAD.pdf

Jan 21, 2016 – Dengue vaccine only gives patients 47% protection… http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/01/21/dengue-vaccine-only-gives-patients-47-protection/

Jan 14, 2016 – More

 dengue vaccines: aluminum, novel adjuvants, GMOS, what could possibly go wrong?… http://www.denguevaccines.org/subunit-and-inactivated-vaccines/

Jan 6, 2016 – More

 than 1 million nine-year-old Filipino children to become part of dengue vaccine experiment ‪#CDCwhistleblower…


Dec 23, 2015 – Sanofi gets green light from Philippines FDA 

Jul 16, 2014 – “We cannot solve the dengue problem with a vaccine alone, especially not with this vaccine…” http://www.dw.com/en/experts-see-flaws-in-promising-dengue-fever-vaccine-candidate/a-17789632?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

Sept 8, 2016 – Dengue vaccine could make things worse: ‘We should be careful in considering where and how to use this vaccine’ http://outbreaknewstoday.com/dengue-vaccine-could-make-things-worse-we-should-be-careful-in-considering-where-and-how-to-use-this-vaccine-24652/

Dec 22, 2015 – Vaccine: Not good enough for Singapore (2014)…


Nov 24, 2014 – Clinical similarity and serological cross reactivity of dengue fever and measles -… https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776393

Jul 16, 2014 – Vaccine “not equally good for all four subtypes of dengue viruses, and that could be dangerous.”… http://www.dw.com/en/experts-see-flaws-in-promising-dengue-fever-vaccine-candidate/a-17789632?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf

Mar 25, 2014 – Sanofi bets big on dengue vaccine despite poor performance…. https://seekingalpha.com/news/1643013-sanofi-bets-big-on-dengue-vaccine?isDirectRoadblock=false

Oct 18, 2013 – More newsflash: Did you know that clinical signs and symptoms of dengue are similar to those of measles…?… https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1486671

Aug 12, 2013 – Someone asked what UVM is offering for that immune system experiment / dengue vaccine trial. Here is your answer: $3000 (see pic above).

Aug 4, 2013 – Blockbuster Sanofi Dengue Vaccine Marketing Begins:… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-08-04/sanofi-dengue-bid-seen-as-2-6-billion-hit-or-major-flop

July 12, 2013 – I suspect that dengue is about to become *more* widespread, *more* deadly, and *vaccine preventable*… https://in.reuters.com/article/us-sanofi-dengue-vaccine/sanofi-starts-dengue-vaccine-production-to-keep-lead-over-rivals-idINBRE96B0D120130712

June 22, 2013 – Vaccine Maker Sanofi is in full Pre-Launch phase of Marketing Campaign for Dengue Vaccine… https://www.pharmaasia.com/2013/06/sanofi-pasteur-supports-3rd-asean-dengue-day/3/

March 5, 2013 – Have you heard anything about the vaccine for dengue fever being tested here in VT? Based on quick research, it is a trial for a vaccine to be used for “biodefense” http://globalbiodefense.com/2012/11/28/army-dengue-vaccine-trial-supported-by-state-university-of-new-york/; (which may mean they may be willing to tolerate a higher rate of adverse reactions). The vaccine was developed at NIH and began phase I in 2010.

Another news release here, from 2013, mentions VT…

Here is the public statement from UVM.… and here are the “protocols” for all of the Vermont trials, which leave out details like adjuvant, placebo, etc.

1/16/2018: Third Dose of MMR Triple Shot Recommended by CDC

The CDC vaccine division, “an edifice of fraud” according to Robert F. Kennedy Jr. , has just recommended a 3rd dose of Merck’s MMR-II vaccine, citing the willingness of parents to accept such a proposal as one part of their rationale.

Add this to the explosive list of shots for babies – most of which are required for school.

In Their Recommendation for Use of a Third Dose of Mumps Virus–Containing Vaccine During an Outbreak, published January 12, 2018, CDC cites weak science supporting effectiveness and safety of the approach:

– Three epidemiologic studies among persons who received a third dose during the panic of a mumps outbreak (only one study demonstrated statistical significance)

– Two titer studies measuring mumps virus–specific antibodies after a third dose of MMR (antibodies were increased one month after vaccination, and declined to near baseline by 1 year after vaccination). CDC notes that, “In the absence of a correlate of protection that would define the level of antibodies needed to protect a person from mumps disease, the clinical significance of these laboratory findings is unclear.

It did not seem to raise any eyebrows that the triply vaccinated young adults suffered from the following conditions: lymphadenopathy (12%), diarrhea (9%), headache (7%), and joint pain (6%).

Instead, CDC declared the third dose to be safe and effective, adding:

“Experts concluded that students and parents place high value on preventing mumps and its complications as well as preventing the harms associated with loss of productivity that can occur with mumps disease. Experts also concluded students and parents do not have concerns about safety of a third dose of MMR vaccine.”

The experts were apparently not concerned about the 2014 CDC Whistleblower, the fact that there is absolutely zero liability for the companies that make these products, nor for the government employees and nor for the advisors who design the schedule, which then becomes mandatory for school children.  State tort law is preempted by National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act [42 U. S. C. §300aa–22(b)(1)], which states:

  “[n]o vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death associated with the administration of a vaccine after October 1, 1988, if the injury or death resulted from side-effects that were unavoidable even though the vaccine was properly prepared and was accompanied by proper directions and warnings.”

Should injury occur (vaccines are “unavoidably unsafe” because they represent an artificial intrusion into the immune system), the burden falls on the family.

This parent, for one, has concerns. These shots are being increasingly forced on those who do not want them (see removal of parent philosophical exemption in Vermont and personal belief exemption in California). And there is no liability. Hello? What are the long term consequences of these recommendations? With no liability, there is no market pressure, no incentive for the “experts” to answer this question.

Mumps outbreaks have been occurring for the last several years now in fully vaccinated populations.

Maybe it is time to seriously investigate the fraud claims of the Merck virologists who allegedly, “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine’s efficacy findings” – cited the following lawsuits and whistleblower actions:

Jennifer Stella

Jan. 13, 2018: SIDS and US Infant Mortality Rates

A new study from Johns Hopkins reveals childhood mortality trends from 1961 to 2010 in the United States and 19 economically similar countries.
Researchers found that childhood mortality in the U.S. has been higher than all other peer nations since the 1980s; over the 50-year study period, the U.S.’s “lagging improvement” has amounted to more than 600,000 excess deaths.
Among the leading causes of death for the most recent decade, the researchers say, were premature births and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Children in the U.S. were three times more likely to die from prematurity at birth and more than twice as likely to die from SIDS.”


Jan. 1, 2018: The True Cost of Mass Vaccination

updated, Jan. 5, 2018

What is the true cost of mass vaccination?

Here in tiny little Vermont, where we have  only 625,000 inhabitants, our state  plans to spend almost 17 million dollars buying vaccine product in 2018. Full details on this purchase plan may be found here –http://www.vtvaccine.org/vtvaccine.nsf/WebEvents/71E8875583526E888525816F00471054; with calculation workbook found on this page at “2018 Amended Assessment Workbook V5 10 27 2017.pdf.”
From the workbook, you can see that the state is planning to purchase 60,855 doses for adults and 254,045 doses for children. And although they are also supplementing with federal funds the total spend for Vermont on product alone is nearly $17 million dollars, with the average cost (not including doctors’ billing fees) working out to be over $50 per shot!

Some will say that the dollars spent work out to be some sort of huge cost savings over the long term. It is our understanding there was no bidding process on this. Even so, make no mistake, vaccinations can be a boon to small practices.  In this video, Dr.  Jamie Loehr, MD, FAAFP teaches others how to make a steady income on pushing those vaccines and protecting that bottom line in his video, “Minimizing costs and maximizing reimbursement can make immunizations profitable.” (Fam Pract Manag. 2015 Mar-Apr;22(2):24-29.)

Two bigger questions begin to arise here.

(1) With so many in Vermont not interested** in taking their “recommended vaccines,”  how much of this vaccine product (money) is wasted? and

(2) how many unwanted, unexpected, and unwarned vaccine side effects are costing us even more money in long term health costs?

Of course there is also a human impact.


  • On average, about one Vermonter per year is reported disabled after vaccination.
  • In recent years there have been several deaths reported, and dozens of emergency room visits per year in Vermont, reported after vaccination.

On April 24, 2017, The Journal of Transitional Science published one of the first surveys to formally assess the longer-term health outcomes associated with the United States routine childhood vaccination program. Key Findings:
– Vaccinated children were less likely than unvaccinated children to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis.
– Vaccinated children were more likely than unvaccinated children to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and neuro-developmental disorders such as: learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder.

The authors called for further research with larger samples and stronger research designs.

Mawson AR, Ray BD, Bhuiyan AR, Jacob B (2017) Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12-year-old U.S. children. J Transl Sci 3: DOI: 10.15761/JTS.1000186

Read the study at: http://www.oatext.com/Pilot-comparative-study-on-the-health-of-vaccinated-and-unvaccinated-6-to-12-year-old-U-S-children.php#Article_Info

The vaccine industry certainly has a lot of help in Vermont in achieving their goals of increasing profits. There is the AAP, Building Bright Futures (an offshoot of the AAP), the ob-gyn (who gives HPV vaccine to patients) in the statehouse who runs bills promoting forced vaccination, the medical industry and drug industry lobbyists, and now we have our own State Health Department spending tens of millions on vaccine doses, promoting vaccines, and advocating for their use to be mandatory (as they did so in 2012 and 2015). In 2015 in Vermont, parents lost their right to file philosophical objections against mandatory school, college and daycare vaccinations. The industry push, which was a blitz that took only 29 days, was fierce.

How shall Vermonters protect themselves from the future prospects of mandatory (forced) vaccines ?

A tiny little baby step is in passing H.247.

From the Caledonian Record:

State Rep. Vicki Strong, R-Albany, is working with those concerned with vaccinations in Vermont, and has proposed a bill, H.247, aimed at requiring the Vermont Department of Health to submit an annual report to the General Assembly “regarding adverse reactions reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.”
Strong will work to try and pass the bill next session, she said.
The bill would require the report contain: the total number of adverse reactions reported during the previous calendar year; an aggregated reporting of adverse reactions by immunization type, lot number, and age of recipient if the size of the data set allows; the total number and cost of emergency department visits related to reported adverse reactions; the total number of hospitalizations, permanent disabilities, and deaths related to reported adverse reactions; and a summary of activities undertaken by the Department to support Vermonters filing for compensation pursuant to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986.
The bill would require the health department to post the report to the legislature on its website and to provide electronic copies to all health care providers administering immunizations in Vermont.
Strong said she has friends and constituents who believe their children were injured by vaccines – some severely.
“What’s in those immunizations is as critical as the vaccinations themselves, there are preservatives, there’s DNA, there are metals,” said Strong. “They are being questioned around the world, particularly in Europe,” said Strong. “I think we’re behind the times on keeping up with some of the side effects.”
“These folks and myself are not anti-vaccination, we’re not anti-doctors or medical research or medical knowledge, we’re just saying there’s a lot going on here,” said Strong. “ What are we sacrificing in the name of immunizations?”
Join us and join the conversation in 2018.


**Examples of aggressive mass vaccination campaigns by the State of Vermont on Facebook, encourage people to undergo a medical procedure for the purported benefit of the baby. The comments were clearly coming from many people who do not believe they should be forced to take these shots. Links are provided so that you may read the comments.

Example 1


Example 2 https://www.facebook.com/HealthVermont/photos/a.172010419500430.37378.168922826475856/1731932290174894/?type=3&theater

Example 3 https://www.facebook.com/HealthVermont/photos/a.172010419500430.37378.168922826475856/1724494240918699/?type=3&theater

Vaccination should never be mandatory  it should always be a choice.

Jennifer Stella