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surfivor:


 this was an interesting article that in some cases
vaccines can cause autism and snopes doesn't deny it though they try
to downplay it. It was on Gary Null of course as much good stuff is
found there that doesn't make it on NPR.


https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/425061-how-a-pro-vaccine-doctor-reopened-debate-about-link-to-autism

A world-renowned pro-vaccine medical expert is the newest voice adding
to the body of evidence suggesting that vaccines can cause autism in
certain susceptible children.

Pediatric neurologist Dr. Andrew Zimmerman originally served as the
expert medical witness for the government, which defends vaccines in
federal vaccine court. He had testified that vaccines do not cause
autism in specific patients.

Dr. Zimmerman now has signed a bombshell sworn affidavit. He says
that, during a group of 5,000 vaccine-autism cases being heard in
court on June 15, 2007, he took aside the Department of Justice (DOJ)
lawyers he worked for defending vaccines and told them he’d discovered
“exceptions in which vaccinations could cause autism.”

“I explained that in a subset of children, vaccine-induced fever and
immune stimulation did cause regressive brain disease with features of
autism spectrum disorder,” Dr. Zimmerman now states. He said his
opinion was based on “scientific advances” as well as his own
experience with patients.

For the government and vaccine industry’s own pro-vaccine expert to
have this scientific opinion stood to change everything about the
vaccine-autism debate — if people were to find out.

But they didn’t.

Dr. Zimmerman goes on to say that once the DOJ lawyers learned of his
position, they quickly fired him as an expert witness and kept his
opinion secret from other parents and the rest of the public.

What’s worse, he says the DOJ went on to misrepresent his opinion in
federal vaccine court to continue to debunk vaccine-autism claims.

Records show that on June 18, 2007, a DOJ attorney to whom Dr.
Zimmerman spoke told the vaccine court: “We know [Dr. Zimmerman’s]
views on the issue. ... There is no scientific basis for a connection”
between vaccines and autism.

Dr. Zimmerman now calls that “highly misleading” and says he’d told
them the opposite.

Vaccine safety advocate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., of Children’s Health
Defense, describes the DOJ attorneys’ alleged cover-up and
misrepresentations as “one of the most consequential frauds, arguably
in human history.” He has filed a fraud complaint with the DOJ
inspector general against the DOJ attorneys involved. (The inspector
general’s office said it cannot comment on investigations or potential
investigations.)

Mr. Bill:
This is old news.

Dr Zimmerman responded to this a year ago.

Statement from Andrew W. Zimmerman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, January 15, 2018 [misdated in text, actual statement date was Jan 15 2019]


--- Quote ---Some media reports have mischaracterized an affidavit I provided in September 2018 regarding my opinion about the complex interplay of inflammation, mitochondrial disorders and the risk of developmental regression in children with autism, expressed in the context of the US Department of Health and Human Services Omnibus Autism Proceedings in 2007. ...

...in my opinion, there may be a subset of children who are at risk for regression if they have underlying mitochondrial dysfunction and are simultaneously exposed to factors that stress their mitochondrial reserve (which is critical for the developing brain). Such factors might include infections, as well as metabolic and immune factors, and vaccines. ...
--- End quote ---

surfivor:

--- Quote from: Mr. Bill on January 22, 2020, 01:34:24 PM ---This is old news.

Dr Zimmerman responded to this a year ago.

Statement from Andrew W. Zimmerman, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, January 15, 2018 [misdated in text, actual statement date was Jan 15 2019]

--- End quote ---

 Few people have heard about it and hardly any media outlets covered it. I just heard about it today. The conclusion seems to be he no longer claims vaccines and autism are unrelated although the quote seems to dance around the topic a little

Mr. Bill:
He's saying that, if a kid has a mitochondrial dysfunction disease (which is uncommon), things that stress the mitochondria may interfere with brain development, and bring on autism-like symptoms.

Things that stress the mitochondria may include vaccines, but may also include infections (which might be preventable by vaccines), and other factors.

So it's definitely not a simple "vaccines cause autism" situation.  Also, I've read that his theory is not widely accepted by other researchers.  I don't know enough to judge.

surfivor:

--- Quote from: Mr. Bill on January 22, 2020, 06:26:48 PM ---He's saying that, if a kid has a mitochondrial dysfunction disease (which is uncommon), things that stress the mitochondria may interfere with brain development, and bring on autism-like symptoms.

Things that stress the mitochondria may include vaccines, but may also include infections (which might be preventable by vaccines), and other factors.

So it's definitely not a simple "vaccines cause autism" situation.  Also, I've read that his theory is not widely accepted by other researchers.  I don't know enough to judge.

--- End quote ---

He was scheduled in 2007 to give testimony that vaccines do not cause autism. Three days before that he had a private meeting and expressed other concerns related to autism that indicated there could be problems. They then told him not to testify and fired him. I don't think the firing is mentioned in the affidavit

 It's not a direct causal statement but on the other hand the industry constantly promotes the idea that vaccines are completely safe and have no issues.

Also, he mentioned mitochondrial dysfunction and not mitochondrial disease:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170126093255.htm

Mitochondrial dysfunction is the root cause of many diseases that are bewildering in their variety and complexity. They include rare genetic disorders in children, some forms of heart disease, and most likely many cases of Parkinson's disease.

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related interesting article

https://mitochondrialdiseasenews.com/2015/08/26/mitochondria-many-disorders-compose-mitochondrial-disease/


The term “Mitochondrial disease” refers to a broad range of disorders, each of which involves a mitochondrial dysfunction, with many more believed to have yet to be discovered. Because mitochondria perform so many different functions in different tissues, there are literally hundreds of different mitochondrial diseases that result from either inherited or spontaneous mutations in mtDNA or nDNA, which lead to altered functions of the proteins or RNA molecules that normally reside in mitochondria.

..

Mitochondrial disease primarily affects children, but adult onset is becoming more and more common, and there is a broad spectrum of metabolic, inherited and acquired disorders in adults in which abnormal mitochondrial function has been postulated or demonstrated.

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