Over the past several years, parents have been hearing about the possible link between mercury in vaccines and its potential cause of autism. Studies have been published on either side of the fence , however the most recent published research is swaying the controversy back to the probable side.
Here is a highlighted timeline of this controversy::
Andrew Wakefield and the Autism Link:
In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield first published a paper in the Lancet associating the MMR vaccine to autism.
Scorned and rebutted by his peers, Dr. Wakefield did not give up his search for truth and real science. Read about his struggles here: http://autism.about.com/cs/autisminprint/a/wakefieldfired.htm and http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/3513365.stm and http://www.melaniephillips.com/articles/archives/000345.html
Wakefield disputes study in NEJM:
In November 2002, the New England Joural of Medicine published a study to rebut Wakefield's findings about the MMR Vaccine/ Autism link. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=12421889&dopt=Abstract
Dr. Andrew Wakefield had this to say about their findings: http://www.freewebz.com/schafer/wakefield.htm
CDC Vaccine Data Leads Scientists to Shocking Discovery.
In February 2004 this headline hit the presses: CHILDREN 27-TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DEVELOP AUTISM WITH EXPOSURE TO MERCURY- CONTAINING VACCINES, FINDINGS REVIEWED AT TODAY'S IOM MEETING IN DC. Read article here: http://www.bioprobe.com/ReadNews.asp?article=76
Parents Show Increasing Concern about Autism and Vaccines
More parents refusing to get kids vaccinated. Physicians are increasingly confronting parents who are concerned about the safety of childhood immunizations.
Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism
The committee concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between the MMR vaccine and autism. The committee also concludes that the body of epidemiological evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism. The committee further finds that potential biological mechanisms for vaccine-induced autism that have been generated to date are theoretical only.
National Vaccine Information Center Comments on Review:
SAYS IOM PLAYED POLITICS IN REPORT ON AUTISM AND VACCINES. http://www.909shot.com/PressReleases/pr51804iom.htm
June 2004: New Study Supports Possible Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism
The newest research on the vaccine-autism relationship has just come out showing a link between mercury in vaccines and autism when there is genetic predisposition.The measles virus was detected in spinal fluid of children with autism, but not in controls.The findings challenge the results of several large studies on autism and bolster the fears of parents who have long believed their children were harmed by the vaccines. http://www.sutterhealth.org/health/healthinfo/reutershome_top.cfm?fx=article&id=17345