Recovery Story: Nathan Warner
The York Theatre in Elmhurst IL Hosts Autism Friendly Hannah Montana Showing

British Government Minister in Idiotic Deception Over MMR

Deception By John Stone

Dawn Primarolo, the UK government minister who surreptitiously signed responsibility for government vaccine policy to an unelected pharma controlled body – the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation  - in January, has been caught trying to deceive Parliament.  In a written answer to Conservative MP Mark Pritchard on 18 March she denied that the Bailey Banks case – recently awarded in the US vaccine court had anything to do with autism. She told Pritchard:

“In 2007 the United States Court of Federal Claims made a ruling in favour of compensation to the father of Bailey Banks for his non-autistic developmental delay as a result of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following receipt of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. ADEM is an extremely rare condition that has been reported after rabies, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, smallpox, MMR, Japanese B encephalitis, pertussis, influenza and hepatitis B vaccines. The Bailey Banks case has no implications for MMR vaccine policy." HERE

Primarolo, or her advisors, seem to have lighted on the term “non-autistic development delay” amongst the key-words created for indexing purposes, at the top of the Bailey Banks adjudication. However,  the formula, which does not seem to have clinical precedent does not derive from Special Master Abell’s judgement  at all. He states unequivocally (p.27):

"Furthermore, Bailey’s ADEM was severe enough to cause lasting,residual damage, and retarded his developmental progress, which fits under the generalized heading of Pervasive Developmental Delay, or PDD. The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was not too remote, but was rather a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay." 

It is quite clear from Abell’s extended and detailed discussion that the document should have been headed not with the key-word, put in by some bureaucrat, ‘non-autistic development delay’ but ‘pervasive development delay/disorder’ (PDD) or ‘pervasive development delay/disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).

It should be added that since the UK Department of Health systematically disregards all adverse vaccine reactions Primarolo can have no real idea over the true incidence of ADEM. A child in the UK suffering an adverse reaction to vaccine is far more like to suffer from medical denials and neglect than be offered an MRI scan like Bailey Banks. For instance, for at least the last five years a National Health Service website has given the following advice regarding “severe” adverse reactions to MMR:

Q: "My son had a sever(e) reaction to the first MMR jab. Does this mean that he is well protected from these diseases, or is a second dose still necessary?"

A: "If a child has responded to all the components of the vaccine the first time, he will not have a problem being exposed to the viruses again. It's like any one of us who is already immune meeting someone with the disease - the infection can't get established.

"If he hasn't made protection to all three diseases after the first time, then he would still be susceptible to those natural infections, and still needs the 2nd dose.

"Reactions after the 2nd dose are essentially the same as after the 1st dose, but if they do occur they are even rarer. There are no new side effects after the 2nd dose that do not occur after the 1st dose. The advice is therefore that it is safe for your child to have the 2nd dose in order that he is properly protected."

So, it is of no concern to the UK National Health Service that this child had a severe adverse reaction to the vaccine, their only concern – against all medical ethics or good sense – is that he should be re-vaccinated, AND NOTHING IS RECORDED, MONITORED OR INVESTIGATED.

Plainly, Primarolo’s statement goes beyond the routinely misleading and dishonest answers you expect from British government ministers, and suggests the UK Department of Health is now firmly backed into a corner. I can only urge all British readers to write their Members of Parliament to make their feelings and opinions known – you can find out who your MP is, and where to write to them HERE
John Stone, based in London, is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.



Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

John Stone

Autism Grandma

You maybe recalling the commentaries on the Bailey Banks case by Robert F Kennedy and David Kirby in Huffington Post (link also presumably on AoA):

The key to this is obviously that infants sustain organic damage, and plainly neurological damage is not excluded. Twyla made a telling point Dr Lopez had backed of giving a diagnosis of classic autism because it was vaccine induced - now how circular is that?

Autism Grandma

Regarding the vaccine court, I read an article recently which stated that the lawyers have been learning the hard way that they have to change their legal tactics by avoiding claims for "autism" because this has resulted in the majority of those cases being "dismissed as invalid" by the Vaccine Court. Instead they are now focusing their cases on the medical damages including encephalitis, seizures, brain, intestinal and immunological damages etc. while leaving the "autism" diagnosis out of the picture just to be able to get their cases admitted into the court for hearing. The stipulations and requirements are so stringent that the majority of vaccine injured children can't even get on the list to wait in line for the Vaccine Court.

Excuse me for not posting the article here, but I can't seem to locate which one it is in my files right now although I think that I read this here at Age of Autism---if so Kim may recall which article? (Also please correct me if I have not stated this accurately) However, the bottom line is that this vaccine court has been rigged from the beginning, so it is a miracle when anyone gets any kind of award on any basis whatsoever.

It is apparent that the Poling case was settled just prior to their hearing in order to prevent the evidence from being presented because the mother is an attorney and the father is a neurologist who has produced a lot of evidence regarding vaccine damages. The court conceded on the basis of a so called "rare genetic mitochondrial disorder" which is their Cover Their Ass insurance that the vaccines will not be connected to autism, accept in that "very rare" group of less than 1%. This makes the Poling case appear to be rare when in fact it is not rare at all. There is much scientific evidence which demonstrates that many kinds of toxic exposures produce DNA damages, but somehow according to the spin doctors, there is "no evidence" that the DNA damages occur as a result of vaccine toxicity. Ironically cancer is known to be caused by damaged DNA cellular replication, and the American Cancer Society states that 85% of cancer is due to environmental toxins. But according to the autism official party line, this has nothing in common with the DNA issues in autism resulting from toxic exposures in vaccines.

Whether it's here in the USA or over in Great Britain, when it comes to vaccine induced autism, it's all just a "another stream of horse sh*t" (As Kim would say:)


The neurologist in Bailey Bank's case Dr, Ivan Lopez said that the reason why he chose "PDD" rather than "autism" is because, according to the court's ruling: "Dr. Lopez distinguishes autism as a more generalized condition without a known etiology, and contrasted it to Bailey’s condition, which he says is clearly attributable to demyelination based on neuroimaging evidence." ... "Speaking more directly, Dr. Lopez stated that 'Bailey does not have autism because he has a reason for his deficits.'"

He did not say anything about Bailey not having classic characteristics of autism; he only said that since we know what caused it, he's calling it PDD instead of autism.

John Stone

Basically this is a diagnosis which could run for many of our children, who like Bailey have autistic symptoms but are not classically autistic. He certainly had - according to symptoms discussed in the judgment - an Autistic Spectrum type Disorder.

For instance, in this N. London study of 567 children, 278 were considered to have 'childhood autism' (based on records), 195 had 'atypical autism', and 94 were 'Asperger'.

I suspect that breakdown is fairly arbitrary between 'childhood autism' and 'atypical', and the records would have been completely inadequate based on our experience. Our son would probably have been in first group according to the records, but the second group according to actual symptoms and the records would not have indicated that he was regressive - which he certainly was. The study goes on about recall bias which is more plausibly recording bias. But - to get back to the point the 'atypical' category is what we would be talking about in relation to PDD-NOS, and would normally be included in population estimates for autism in the UK. And, I suspect, that the more attentive the diagnosis is, the less likely it is that the child would be placed in the 'classical' or 'childhood' category. Frankly, I don't think we got much more than a labelling exercise.

Angela Warner

Hmmm... Last time I checked, the DSM-IV listed five types of Pervasive Developmental Disorders under Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Asperger's Syndrome
Childhood Disintigrative Disorder
Rett's Syndrome
and what was that 5th one??? Oh yeh...
Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified!


"Government attorneys for HHS have argued that PDD-NOS is "not autism"."

PDD-NOS can regress into autism. Happened to my son and the school saw it and changed the diagnosis. It was devastating for us. Bottomline, people are not stupid. This lying, hiding subterfuge is going to completely tank the vaccine program. Waiting for that to happen with bated breath. There is a subset of kids who should never be vaccinated and we are it.


John-- you remind me that Dr. Thomas Szasz describes certain diagnoses as "semantic blackjacks".

PDD-NOS is a blackjack when it comes to insurance exclusion, exclusion from many private schools, abuse and segregation in many public schools, targeting for heavy psych drug treatments, etc. It can't suddenly become a tickle stick for the sake of politics. As Allison Edwards put it, these authorities tell "a lot of porkies".

John Stone


Yes, the only refuge they have now is semantic confusion.


John Stone

With regard to the incidence of ADEM we have now located a response from Dawn Primarolo which highlights in comic terms the UK Department of Health's slackness and negligence in monitoring adverse reactions to vaccine and their sequelae:

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to monitor the incidence of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis after vaccination. [268385]

Dawn Primarolo: Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is an extremely rare neurological condition thought to be caused by a range of viral infections. Although ADEM has been reported in temporal association with several vaccines, there is a lack of good scientific evidence to show that routine vaccination is causally-associated with ADEM.

As with all pharmaceutical products used in the United Kingdom, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) keeps the safety of vaccines under close review. This includes monitoring reports of suspected adverse reactions (ADRs), spontaneously provided by health professionals and patients through the ‘Yellow Card Scheme’. Since 1968, the MHRA has received 10 Yellow Card reports of suspected ADEM in association with vaccinations given in the UK (see following table). Many millions of people have been exposed to these vaccines over this time period and the benefits far outweigh the risks.

It is important to bear in mind that reports submitted via the ‘Yellow Card Scheme’ relate only to suspicions that a vaccine or medicine may have caused a medical condition. Reports may also relate to coincidental events due to underlying or undiagnosed illness. Such reports are therefore not proof of a causal association. It is also not possible to ascertain the number of people who may have suffered an adverse event following vaccination using data from the Yellow Card Scheme. This is because reporting is voluntary and the level of under-reporting is unknown. For these reasons, it is not possible to assess the number of cases of ADEM following vaccination using the Yellow Card Scheme.

(A table follows listing the 10 cases)

In other words, they haven't a clue.

Jack Hep


Last year I did write to my local MP, Colin Challen (Labour), asking him to look into possible MMR/vaccine problems citing various pieces of the literature and relevant data from the CHA website. Challen merely forwarded this to Dawn Primarolo, without comment to me, who responded to him with a relatively simple response to the effect that the UK supports vaccinations, that MMR does not contain thimerosal (which I knew and had not associated the two together), that thimerosal had been shown to offer no problems and had been removed from vaccines, that the US IOM and European bodies deemed vaccines safe etc. He passed that to me. I wrote again to Colin Challen, adding additional data including the Poling case, and rebutted some of Dawn Primarolo's original response. I received the same proforma Primarolo had sent before, which her department had obbviously sent again to Challen and he sent to me without comment. I am in the process of preparing an enhanced version to see if I can get any real sense of responsibility or interest to public questioning from my local MP or the UK's most significant health department politician, third time lucky?

Alli Edwards


Another astonishing piece of investigation.

It is high time British politicians of influence were made to explain the warped thinking behind vaccine promoting leaflets. Dawn Primarolo, as Minister responsible for this codswallop should also be held to account for telling porkies to MP Mark Pritchard.

Teresa Conrick

And I thought things were bad here -- but wait, we had the same thing happen just weeks ago!

The naysayers of the wackosphere along with other anonymous posters did their usual, denial dance, singing their usual tune, that the wording of these court cases is not autism,but autism-like...or PDD, but not autism, though PDD is included in that dang DSM under they're screwed again with their nonsense rationale...oh well.

Dawn Primarolo and the entire UK Department of Health might as well be joining the ranks of the other merry denialists here is the USA. Here's where that quote from Upton Sinclair fits in - "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."

Keep up the pressure as Baily Banks could be the UK Hannah Poling case. I hope some media decides that the health and future of the children there is more important than denying and closing eyes and ears to the truth.



Another excellent report. I'm beginning to see the US and UK as simply distant versions of the same corporate country.

Government attorneys for HHS have argued that PDD-NOS is "not autism". We heard from our attorneys that this was the remark made about our son's vaccine injury case, which the government attorneys tried to disclude (the case was "tabled" for later consideration in the end). British government officials and "vaccine court" defense attorneys seem to be the only people on the planet who think that PDD-NOS is something other than autism. How nice for them.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)