Five Scientific Facts: Links between Autism and Vaccines?

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We now know that immune cells and their chemicals can cross the epithelial barrier into the brain, particularly now when we have many blood-brain-barrier disrupters in our environment. Cytokines in sufficient numbers will activate the brain’s microglia to withdraw their appendages, transforming them into roaming macrophages that travel around the brain several times in an hour. Rather than prune excess synapses, microglia now attack and remove cells incorrectly interpreted by the immune system as foreign, or unhealthy, leading to encephalopathy.

Fact Five: We are acting as though the immune system and brain operate separately, when science emphatically tells us otherwise. There is even an entire branch of study devoted to the interplay between the two systems.

Despite discovering the role of the immune system in learning, we are far more aggressive now in vaccinating children during the ages at which this critical pruning process is occurring than we were thirty years ago. In 1983, by the age of 15 months a child was exposed to only five vaccinations. By 2013 the number mandated by the CDC had increased to 25. Fifteen months is around the average age at which most of the affected children develop the regression.

As a scientist I have learned there are always sound reasons for biological processes, even if we don’t recognize their value at first. Vaccinations in infancy promote increased immune activity when this system is so immature that irritants must be added to force immune cells to respond more aggressively than they would to a deactivated virus. One of the stated reasons for our vaccine schedule beginning at birth is to prevent infant encephalopathies caused by viral illnesses, such as measles and rubella. What if these viral illnesses are more damaging to the brains of infants than adults for precisely the same reason that vaccines may be doing harm at this age? What if the infant’s immune system is “immature” in order to not activate the microglia while sensory input and learning are guiding brain sculpting?

We also need to ask why many of the countries with fewer vaccinations have better infant mortality outcomes than the United States. Doctors in this country who follow Dr Paul Thomas’ modified vaccination protocol report a highly significant reduction in the incidence of “autism.” We can have it both ways. Vaccinating against most illnesses a little later and making sure the child’s immune system is healthy and not overtaxed will reduce the risk of vaccine-caused injury. By screening for nutritional deficiencies and toxicities in pregnant women and infants, we could have healthier children at a critical and formative age for brain development, bestowing lifelong benefits.

Our health policies need to reflect our current science. Making a positive difference in the wellbeing of others is why many of us became doctors and scientists. With autism being diagnosed in almost two percent of the children born today, we cannot afford to wait 17 years.

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4. Paolicelli, R.C., Bolasco, G., Pagani, F. et al., “Pruning by microglia is necessary for normal brain development”, Science, 09 Sep 2011: Vol. 333, Issue 6048, pp. 1456-1458

DOI: 10.1126/science.1202529Synaptic

5. Thomas, P and Margulis, J. The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health-from Pregnancy Through Your Child’s Teen Years, Penguin Random House: 2016




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