As with many complex issues, unless a question is
probed deeply and exhaustively, the most interesting and cogent points
may be missed. So it is with a 2005 study on Gulf War Syndrome (GWS)
and autism, “Chronic Mycoplasmal
Infections in Gulf War Veterans’ Children and Autism Patients”.
study abstract, the authors report that “The results suggest that a
subset of GWI (Gulf War Illness) patients have mycoplasmal infections,
and these infections can be transmitted to immediate family members who
subsequently display similar signs and symptoms, except for their
children who are often diagnosed with autism.”
when I write about something, it has to do with vaccines and this time
is no different than the rest. Reading just the abstract, though,
one might well wonder what the article has to do with that topic.
body of the paper, however, the authors point out that “contamination
with mycoplasmas has been found in commercial vaccines. In one
study 6% of commercial vaccines were found to be contaminated with
fact, cell cultures used in vaccines have long been known to be
mycoplasma and other
The finding could explain
some confusing results. For instance, Rebecca Landa, Director of the Center for Autism and Related
Disorders and its REACH Research program at Kennedy Krieger Institute,
just noted on
The Diane Rehm Show
that there are regressive cases of autism where the child did not
receive any vaccine. She made the point that if children are going
to regress, they will regress whether or not they received a
vaccine. On the surface, it would appear to be true and seems to
contradict the notion that vaccines cause autism. However, if the
mycoplasma results are correct, vaccination might still be indirectly
responsible if another family member received a vaccine containing
mycoplasma and then went on to spread an autism-causing infection to
those unvaccinated children.
Beyond the extraordinary point of this paper - that spread of a
vaccine-derived mycoplasma infection to an unvaccinated person might
result in GWS or autism - is another startling implication: mycoplasma might actually cause autism if contracted directly via a vaccine.
are other suspected problems related to vaccine contamination.
One that has been widely discussed, including by me (1,2),
involved the accidental contamination of polio vaccine with SV40, known
to be a
carcinogen. It is now thought by some to be responsible for
certain human cancers. There is an excellent book on this topic, “The Virus and the
Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus,
Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed”.
including bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
a proportion of vaccine cell cultures. Might their presence in some
vaccines be at least partly responsible for illnesses like
Disease, at least one type thought by some to be a form of BSE?
We know from New York
Times reporter David Kirby’s award-winning, riveting account of the
thimerosal/autism controversy, “Evidence of Harm”,
that there is plenty of reason to question the use of at least one
additive, thimerosal, in vaccines. My column “Ethylmercury
Shmethylmercury” outlines some of that evidence.
Another vaccine additive recently made the
news. In “Vaccines show
sinister side”, it was reported that “new,
so-far-unpublished research led by Vancouver neuroscientist Chris Shaw
shows a link between the aluminum hydroxide used in vaccines, and
symptoms associated with Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), and Alzheimer’s.”
Yet another vaccine additive,
been tied to GWS.
To top everything off, it has been known for at
least 20 years that even harmless viruses may
the body to form new, lethal ones. (What does this say about the
recombination potential of the “harmful” ones we are vaccinating
Who knows what else lurks beneath the surface? Given the ongoing apparent refusal to properly address these and other urgent vaccine safety matters, we are left only to speculate, wonder and worry.
Vaccines are potent chemical, viral and bacterial
soups. For too long, the possibility that harm might result from
the wanton use of these substances has been essentially ignored or
dismissed by the “experts”.
As I said in a previous
“Sounds like a prescription for disaster to me. We're already
seeing a huge ‘unexplained’
autoimmune and chronic disorders among both adults and
chronic disease, including among children, rising to menacing levels,
so does the grave need to understand and fearlessly address both the
causes and contributing factors.
My father used to say, “If wishes were horses,
then beggars might ride”. But, of course, wishes are not horses,
and wishful thinking about vaccine safety will only get us nowhere good, fast.
Nothing is simple or
obvious when it comes to the immune system. Evidence of likely damage
from vaccine ingredients continues to pile up: As many as
1 in 166 children
could have autism alone - boys
being hit considerably harder than girls. The devil does appear to be
in the hard-minded examination of unfettered details and connecting
their dots. Blithe assurances that the benefits of vaccines (far)
outweigh their risks, assurances mostly bought and paid for by the
vaccine manufacturers themselves and disseminated by “experts” who
mostly have financial ties to them, are sounding more hollow by the
If the “experts” are
going to trivialize and ignore discomfiting evidence, then maybe we'd
just better learn to ignore the “experts”. Our very survival may
depend upon it.
*If you are
interested in learning more about the vast array of possible vaccine
side effects and why many of us remain concerned, despite “expert”
protestations to the contrary, click
by Sandy Gottstein (aka Mintz)
"Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty." -
Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), paraphrasing John Philpot Curran (1808)