The most notorious study claiming a link between the MMR vaccine and autism was conducted by Andrew Wakefield, but was later retracted. Andrew Wakefield, a surgeon and medical researcher, attempted to show that within a short period of getting the MMR children had not only developmentally regressed, but also acquired gastrointestinal symptoms.
Four years after the study other researchers claimed to be unable to replicate his findings and that the results of his study were influenced by unidentified financial conflicts of interest. Apparently, he was being paid by a law firm intending to sue vaccine manufactures, information he failed to reveal.
I have to wonder if his results were proven to be invalid due to the effect they had on parents refusing to give their children the MMR vaccine. He still stands by his research, regardless of how he has been discredited. However, cases of measles have been on the rise since the release of the study caused a decrease in immunizations, despite the results being retracted.
One possible theory for a link between the MMR vaccine and autism includes a low grade measles infection in the bowels after vaccination. The theory claims that it results in a child having difficulties with gluten and casein, causing gastrointestinal problems and the opioid effect that produces symptoms of autism. Placing the child on a gluten free casein free diet appears to alleviate the symptoms.
Another theory relates to the rubella portion of the MMR. The disease rubella has been known as the first proven cause of autism. Some people claim that the MMR may actually be one of the first anti-autism vaccines simply because it is supposed to prevent rubella. However, being that the vaccine contains the rubella virus, isn’t it possible to conceive that the MMR vaccine and autism are correlated? Despite this theoretical question, there are no studies to prove this theory.
They do make a separate vaccine that only contains the measles and mumps virus for concerned parents, which also appears to be a better vaccination for those that are morally concerned about the aborted fetal cells that are used to make the MMR and other immunizations as well.
Yes, you did read that right. Many people are unaware that the MMR and some other vaccines are made with aborted fetal cells, which is confirmed by The National Network for Immunization Information and also appears to be correlated with an increased trend in autism as discussed on my page about which vaccines cause autism?
Regardless of what your decision is when it comes to vaccinating your children, the best thing you can do is to educate yourself. Learning about vaccine ingredients and adverse effects is important, which is why I have created these pages to provide valuable resources for individuals that are looking for information.More on the MMR vaccine and autism debate