Autism

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Abbreviation ASD
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A serious mental condition which is poorly understood. Agreed to be on the rise, the reasons for this are disputed.

Autism (a.k.a. Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a poorly understood, disabling medical condition which affects sufferers ability to relate to other people.

Official narrative

The CDC stated in 2017 defined ASD as "a developmental disability that is caused by differences in how the brain functions", and explained that "People with ASD may communicate, interact, behave, and learn in different ways". Their prevalence estimate was around 1.5% of US children.[1]

No connection to vaccines

The CDC has specifically disavowed this possibility; in 2017 it published a page entitled "Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism".[1]

Increase in prevalence

Incidence of autism in US schools 1992-2006

The incidence of autism has grown dramatically. A 2018 study suggested around 2.5% American children have autism, an increase over previous estimates.[2] Autism is highest in the "developed countries" such as US, Canada, Japan and Western Europe.[3]

Vaccine connections

The first scientific claim that autism could be linked to the MMR vaccine was made in 1998 by Andrew Wakefield and 12 colleagues. They published a paper in The Lancet which suggested that the MMR vaccine might predispose children to autism.[4]

Widespread criticism

Wakefield's claim attracted widespread interest both in the medical profession and from the public at large, and lead to a falling of MMR vaccination rates in some areas.

Lancet retraction

The Lancet fully retracted Wakefield's paper in February 2010.[5] The British Medical Journal has alleged that Wakefield et al. were fraudulent[6][7] and that they were motivated by financial gain.[8]

Whistleblowers

At least two whistleblowers have testified to suppression of their testimony about an autism-vaccine link.

William W. Thompson

Full article: William W. Thompson

On August 27, 2014, a CDC researcher, Dr. William W. Thompson published a mea culpa, admitting that "my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics."

Andrew Zimmerman

Full article: Andrew Zimmerman

In September 2018 Andrew Zimmerman signed an affidavit that stated that he believed that autism could be caused by vaccines in a small subset of children, and that after he had said as much to USDOJ lawyers in 2007 he had been fired.



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