Is the Vaccine-Autism Link a Closed Case? Not According to this Scientist

A lot of people assumed that the vaccine-autism link was completely debunked a few months ago when there was a concerted effort to drag Andrew Wakefield through the mud and completely destroy his career over his mere suggestion in one small 1996 study that there may be a link.

The hoopla, the media hype, and frankly…the psuedo science.  It was clearly a PR campaign lead by a man, Brian Deer, who had very obvious financial ties to the vaccine manufacturers who were indirectly writing his checks.

The autism-vaccine link case is still wide open and being discussed by parents and scientists alike.

Enter in Helen Ratajczak, surprisingly herself a former senior scientist at a pharmaceutical firm.

She has conducted a review of the body of published science since autism was first described in 1943. Every theory ever pro ported – that of thimerosol, measles, and now a new shocking theory has emerged.

Did you know that human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines?  Human tissue from aborted fetus's. 

Ethical arguments aside, what does that have to do with autism?

"She discusses the increase in autism incidence corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.

Why could human DNA potentially cause brain damage? The way Ratajczak explained it to me: "Because it's human DNA and recipients are humans, there's homologous recombinaltion tiniker. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it's changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it's an ongoing inflammation. It doesn't stop, it continues through the life of that individual."

Another interesting passage from this CBS article is this:

A number of independent scientists have said they've been subjected to orchestrated campaigns to discredit them when their research exposed vaccine safety issues, especially if it veered into the topic of autism. We asked Ratajczak how she came to research the controversial topic. She told us that for years while working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was restricted as to what she was allowed to publish. "I'm retired now," she told CBS News. "I can write what I want." 

That's quite a black eye for the pharmaceutical industry.  When you want people to trust you, you don't go around silencing everyone who questions you.

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