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In 2007, Paul Offit published a book dedicated to the life of Maurice Hilleman, who patented more vaccines than any other immunologist in medical history. The title of the book reads “Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases.” And yet, Hilleman himself said he brought what is arguably the world’s deadliest disease to the United States: the AIDS virus. This is the man responsible for most childhood vaccines today, including measles and mumps along with the Hib and Hep B shots that have contained thimerosal. For these alleged achievements, he is hailed as a hero by the medical establishment, but less-flattering historical facts about his experiments and those of other researchers have been swept under the rug.

There is ample evidence Hilleman imported AIDS, and from none other than the spoken words of Maurice Hilleman himself. While critics typically attribute his work to contributing to the autism epidemic, there is little acknowledgment of his role in the AIDS epidemic as well. The explanation for this might be because the primary evidence does not extend much further than a strange video posted on YouTube over a year ago (HERE). The video includes recorded dialogue purported to be an exchange between Maurice Hilleman and his interviewer, Harvard medical historian Prof. Edward Shorter. The description alongside the video says that the interview was cut from an 80’s documentary called “The Health Century.” It started off kind of slow, “I think vaccines are the bargain basement technology of the twentieth century,” says Hilleman. Soon into the video, the voice purported to be Hilleman, dropped a bomb. While talking about his importation of monkeys to the US for vaccine development, Hilleman at one point said he brought some African Green monkeys over from West Africa as advised by the director of the Washington DC zoo, Bill Mann. Then Hilleman said, “and I didn’t know I was importing AIDS virus at the time.” Shorter asked excitedly, “So it was you who brought AIDS into the country?!” Hilleman replied, “This is the real story.” In the background, someone can be heard saying, “What Merck won’t do to develop a vaccine…”

However, the legitimacy of this shocking YouTube at first glance is highly questionable. The visual portion of Maurice Hilleman goes back and forth between being a still image and a moving one of him talking. A typical viewer would be highly skeptical of the authenticity of the background recording claiming to be the voices of Hilleman and Shorter, especially since the audio did not match the visuals. Unconvinced it was real myself, I e-mailed Prof. Shorter’s office now at the University of Toronto, asking if the recording was real. His assistant wrote back saying, “the soundtrack is authentic.”

She then referred me to Shorter’s book version of “The Health Century,” published in 1987 by Doubleday. Interestingly, the book described early uses of mercury in drugs as ineffective, archaic and downright dangerous. This did not include thimerosal, of which there was no mention. The vaccine controversy primarily discussed was whether or not SV40, the virus that contaminated polio vaccines, causes cancer in humans. From the reading, it seemed the health establishment was not too keen on even learning that it caused cancer in hamsters. Bernice Eddy, the animal researcher who made this discovery in the early sixties, became the focus of a medical witch-hunt. She lost her lab, her papers were held up, she was banned from conferences on vaccine safety and she was not allowed to conduct any more research. Eddy was seen as unorthodox, “And yet she was right,” conceded Hilleman. The book also mentions the AIDS ordeal, saying in parentheses at the end of the paragraph about Hilleman’s exchanges with Bill Mann and importation of African Green Monkeys, “(In Hilleman's view the AIDS virus reached North America via these African monkeys.),”  unlike all the crazy urban legends about how AIDS made its way to America. Other than that parenthetical line out of 300 pages worth of text, the ordeal is not mentioned again. Perhaps the reason is because Shorter’s book was meant to be complementary to the documentary.

In sharp contrast to Shorter’s book, however, the documentary “The Health Century” edited the AIDS fiasco out completely. The New York Times review made it obvious as to why, saying it “celebrates the 100th anniversary of the NIH.” Naturally, the importation of the AIDS pandemic to the developed world was nothing to celebrate. The film was a 4-part series produced by the Blackwell Corporation, the first of which focused on infectious diseases and the initial founding of the NIH.

The sponsors, or rather, Blackwell’s “partners in discovery,” for making the entire documentary included American Home Products (now Wyeth), SmithKline Beckman and Burroughs Wellcome (now GlaxoSmithKline), Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and of course Merck, not to mention Schering-Plough, which just recently became a subsidiary of Merck. Perhaps the NIH’s conflict of interest can be summed up by the fact that their celebratory centennial documentary is almost entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry. The film was little more than a propaganda video for the industry, crediting the increase of life expectancy and mass reduction in infectious diseases almost entirely to antibiotics and vaccines. Other industry-friendly lines such as the discovery that fluoride prevents tooth-decay were mentioned, never mind that fluoride is also neurotoxic.
The first doctor featured was Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases. This is the same Anthony Fauci who is today quoted as saying, “If we can show that individuals of a certain genetic profile have a greater propensity for developing adverse events, we may want to screen everyone prior to vaccination (for) undetectable diseases like a subclinical mitochondrial disorder.” In the 22-year old documentary, he is represented as spearheading the United States government’s research on AIDS, the end-result being the hope that it would lead to a vaccine. Despite the overwhelmingly positive outlook from the perspective of the documentary on developing an AIDS vaccine at the time, Fauci admitted, “Developing a vaccine for AIDS is like telling a tall man to grow shorter.”

The documentary states that the first vaccines were for diseases such as smallpox and yellow fever. According to Hilleman in the censored interview, “Yellow Fever Vaccine had leukemia virus in it.” Then came the discussion about the polio vaccines by Jonus Salk and Albert Sabin, and the subsequently alleged “conquering” of polio. The documentary spent a great deal of time on this topic, comparing it to contemporary efforts to create an AIDS vaccine. There was no mention of the SV40 cancer virus that contaminated the polio vaccines. Instead, there was the mention of Albert Sabin’s famous field trial on 100 million people, most notably in the USSR, which the documentary said defeated polio forever.
The censored interview gave a different story. Hilleman said immunologists joked at the time that Sabin’s trial would win the U.S. the Olympics, “because the Russians would all be loaded down with tumors.” He admitted they released no public statement warning people because, “This was a scientific affair for the scientific community.” The CDC stance on SV40 cancer virus is a sort of Orwellian double speak, that although SV40 has been found in the tumors of human cancer victims, it does not prove that SV40 causes cancer in humans.

This reminded me of a recorded exchange I listened to between Andrew Wakefield and IOM panelist Kathleen Stratton, in which Stratton said the findings of vaccine-strain measles in the guts of autistic children with bowel-disease did not prove that the MMR causes autism or bowel disease. This exchange did nothing to reverse the panel’s decision to reject an association, and instead advocated for a diversion of research funds. Needless to say, Wakefield destroyed her credibility.  Unfortunately, all that mattered in the end was that she was in a position to make an influential decision and Wakefield was not.

Then came the interview with Hilleman touting the wonders of the MMR. This included his “bargain basement” quote about vaccines, but almost everything else was censored. Instead of his interview where he talks about bringing AIDS virus to the country and about SV40 cancer virus contaminating Sabin’s vaccine, which according to Hilleman was “made at Merck even before I got there,” there was a brief mention of how terrible measles, mumps and rubella were. Hilleman credited their eradication to his “single-combined vaccine,” saying mumps caused “severe disabilities” and measles caused “permanent brain-damage.” Now don’t those sound familiar?

If the documentary censored history, Paul Offit sought to rewrite it. In his book, he wrote that the human blood from gay men and drug abusers in New York City that Hilleman used to develop his Hepatitis B vaccine were what probably contained AIDS virus. (Decades later, a pediatric version of Hep B containing thimerosal would be recommended for infants, starting on their date of birth). Hilleman, however, took responsibility for importing AIDS to the US. Offit does mention the exchange between Hilleman and Bill Mann, but makes no mention of the subsequent importation of AIDS that resulted according to Hilleman. Although the YouTube with the recording of Hilleman’s voice saying he brought AIDS to the US had probably not been uploaded yet by the time “Vaccinated” was published, Shorter’s book saying that Hilleman thought that he imported AIDS virus when shipping the Greens to America as advised by Mann had been available for two decades. Whether deliberately or unintentionally, Paul Offit completely overlooked this critical information. Furthermore, he contended that all the AIDS viruses in all the Hep B vaccines were completely inactivated, referencing a CDC report to support his contention. However, that report completely leaves out the clinical trial for the Hep B vaccine in New York that Offit describes in his own book. According to Alan Cantwell, the dermatologist whom Paul Offit challenged on this theory, 20% of that trial’s participants became HIV-positive. Why did the CDC ignore this population? Most striking of all was how Paul Offit had misrepresented the words of the very man he had come to worship: Maurice Hilleman.

Not surprisingly, Paul Offit is no better at accurately reporting the probable origin of AIDS in the human population than he is on describing the importation of the virus to America. In Africa, the first oral polio vaccine was tested on hundreds of thousands of people, known as the “CHAT” vaccine invented by Polish immunologist Hillary Kropowski. He and his assistant, Stanley Plotkin, conducted the massive trial for the CHAT vaccine. Decades later, those areas became the first places in Africa ravaged by AIDS, bringing huge controversy to the CHAT vaccine trial. Journalist Edward Hooper, reporting at the time, said that the virus did not spare anybody: men, women, or children.

Years later, when Hooper theorized the role the CHAT vaccine played in spreading AIDS to Africans, he had the support of the brilliant evolutionary biologist W.D. Hamilton, but Hamilton died of Malaria in early 2000. Months later, the infamous Royal Society meeting was held where Offit contended that Hooper’s theory was “discredited on stage” after vials of polio vaccine tested negative for AIDS or any related viruses, but those vials never came anywhere close to Africa. According to Edward Hooper, the vaccines for the CHAT trial were prepared on-site in Africa. Why weren’t any of those vaccines tested? Like the 2004 IOM Report on thimeorsal and the MMR, and the CDC Report on the Hep B vaccine, the Royal Society Meeting seems like just another kangaroo court posing as an unbiased investigation of the controversy when its actual intent was to kill the controversy.

Offit then puts forth the more “credible” theory, that AIDS spread to humans via a hunter who mixed his blood with a primate carrier, probably by cutting himself or being bit. That hunter, presumably, would have somehow brought AIDS to the industrialized world through New York City’s gay population, and had been promiscuous enough to instantly cause a worldwide pandemic, infecting 66 million people total by 2008 according to a UN Report. 
Perhaps worst of all has been the nonexistent coverage of this controversy surrounding AIDS by the media. Even though the origin of AIDS in America, according to Hilleman himself, was that he brought it here in the Greens, no major newspaper or media outlet has touched this. Seeing Gardiner Harris and Anahad O’Conner’s promotion of Danish fraud in “On Autism’s Cause: It’s Parents vs. Research,” for example, this is hardly surprising. Harris is the same journalist to author a more recent article critical of the off-label use of Risperdal in children with ADD, but which had nothing to say about the effects it could have on others, including autistic children. Apparently, it is acceptable for them to suffer neurological side effects, and even add to the 31 reported deaths. The media seems so dependent on drug companies that it will sacrifice objectivity for dirty money, as is common practice in mainstream media.

Elitism also plays a role in the public’s ignorance of AIDS and cancer-related topics. The sources deemed reputable such as “The Health Century” are the very sources sponsored not just by one pharmaceutical company but the pharmaceutical industry. Although the AIDS fiasco was written about in Shorter’s book, it was only mentioned in one line in 300 pages worth of text, and served as complementary to the pure industry propaganda documentary version. The book did go more in-depth on the SV40 debacle, completely left out of the documentary, too, but didn’t say the virus caused cancer in humans, despite being found in human cancer tumors. Shorter’s book also stated that SV40 virus was only found in recipients of the Salk vaccine, despite the fact that it was also found in people who had received oral polio vaccines.

Then came the issue of timing: the video, disclosing the actual recording for the first time, was posted on YouTube decades later. By then, the public’s perspective on vaccines had remained unchanged since the 1950s, and AIDS had not hit headline news for two decades. The public was led to believe that vaccines annihilated polio, but not everyone knew the full story - that those same vaccines lauded as preventing viruses that cause polio, may have contained viruses that caused cancer and AIDS. Changing the public’s 50-year old perspective on vaccines would be very difficult, especially since earlier controversies over SV40 and cancer had been stifled, and peak AIDS coverage in the news had long since passed.
Meanwhile, drug companies have found a way to capitalize on this tragedy with the manufacture and sale of anti-retroviral drugs for AIDS. Burroughs Wellcome pioneered this field with the development of the original protease inhibitor to fight AIDS, AZT. In “The Health Century,” a doctor can be seen advising a patient with AIDS to take AZT. The patient was skeptical, and the doctor hesitant to risk making the patient unhealthier by prescribing it, but ended up recommending AZT anyway. Merck has been quick to profit from the AIDS epidemic as well. It patented and sells anti-retroviral Indinavir, marketed under the brand name Crixivan.

Where the stakes are the highest, however, are with the development of an AIDS vaccine, a commitment heavily undertaken by Merck. Though it hasn’t been accomplished yet, a vaccination for AIDS would be a financial and publicity treasure-trove. The vaccine would reap both tremendous profit, and make the public less willing to critically examine if their beloved vaccines were also the very mode of transportation for AIDS virus into the human population and industrialized world in the first place. There is an entire multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to discovering the hypothetical AIDS vaccine alone. Amusingly, a government official in the 1987 documentary said “The American people will not tolerate waiting until the mid-90s for an AIDS vaccine.” And yet, 22 years later, one has still not been developed.

While Hilleman have died in 2005, his recorded words live on. He took no issue with saying he was responsible for bringing AIDS to the country, citing “crude science” as an excuse, even going as far to say that it was “good science at the time.” This good science presumably killed over half a million people in the US according to international AIDS charity, AVERT, and probably millions more in other industrialized countries from subsequent spreading of the virus. According to the World Health Organization, AIDS has killed an estimated 33 million people worldwide and counting.

No wonder, as Paul Offit lamented, few had known whom Maurice Hilleman was. He may have invented more vaccines than anyone else in medical history, but was not quiet on other, less positive matters. Albert Sabin would never say in a recorded interview that his clinical trial in the USSR caused “the Russians” to “be loaded down with tumors.” In “Vaccinated,” Offit said Merck wanted to keep Hilleman quiet towards the end of his life on the subject of SV40 due to pending litigation, though not soon enough.
Even though Paul Offit, Merck’s biggest spokesman for vaccines, says he regrets the lack of publicity given to Hilleman, he never attempts to explain why Hilleman’s reputation has been kept under wraps. Perhaps what Offit really wished was for Hilleman to act like more of a company show-poodle than an honest scientist. That way, Merck would have a PR advantage, and brag about how the man who invented more vaccines than anyone else works for the company. Hilleman could have become another poster-child for the miracles of vaccines, becoming as famous as Salk, but that would be too risky.

Of course, Hilleman would be even better known if his interview with Shorter had not been censored. If Hilleman for even a moment said he brought AIDS to the US during an interview that was the equivalent of Jonus Salk’s appearance on Edward R. Murrow’s TV show, his fame would quickly turn to infamy, and his company’s image would come crashing down in pieces. So Merck, one of Blackwell’s “partners in discovery,” cut most of the Hilleman interview out of “The Health Century,” despite the fact he invented more vaccines than anyone else.

Such editing is metaphorically connected to the overall public perception of the vaccine industry, shaped by stifling controversies, rigging public reports, turning the media watchdog on consumer advocacy groups through ad money temptations. Perhaps these are also motives for shunning any kind of a link between autism and childhood vaccines, because an autism-vaccine connection would spark a greater public interest in reexamining previous history. It is difficult to fathom the pharmaceutical industry, much less the vaccine industry, recovering its reputation if vaccines were then found to have caused cancer and AIDS. No amount of industry lobbying would be able to turn back the clock to the 50-year old drug-industry-induced stupor that served as the premise for the infectious disease segment of “The Health Century.” The ending summed up contemporary views of vaccine industry and government scientists as “modern microbe-hunters,” who were “scientific descendents of Galileo and Pasteur.” They are, as the documentary put it, “in search of something called ‘the truth,” unless it is left on the editing-room floor.

Jake Crosby is a history student with Asperger Syndrome at Brandeis University, and a Contributing Editor of Age of Autism.


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Thanks Gary Jon does great work and I listen to every video I come across or read his articles.I just posted that with a thought in my head and how Pharma creates the problem then chucks out a false hope...we learn but some dont when did vaccines ever cure anything.

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Gary Ogden

Angus: John Rappoport recently published a supposition that the WHO "smallpox eradication campaign" in Africa from the 1960's to the 1980's may have been causal in the HIV/AIDS scam. The vaccine-strain smallpox virus can be deadly, especially in those with weak immune systems.

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HIV vaccine is in sight after 'promising' drug tests boost immune systems of 400 adults and stop two thirds of lab monkeys getting infected
The new vaccine was tested by scientists from institutions like Harvard and MIT
They branded the results as 'promising' and said it was an 'important milestone'
They have began testing the vaccine on 2,600 'at risk' women in southern Africa
'Imbokodo' is the name of the vaccine test and results should be ready by 2021

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New research on the evolution of HIV indicates dominant theory inadequate in explaining its origin. So the new research seems to support either iatrogenic origin, or unknown process.

AIDS virus lineage much older than previously thought
September 16, 2010
"The study also raises a question about the origin of HIV, which scientists believe evolved from SIV. If humans have been exposed to SIV-infected monkeys for thousands of years, why did the HIV epidemic only begin in the 20th century?

"Something happened in the 20th century to change this relatively benign monkey virus into something that was much more potent and could start the epidemic. We don't know what that flashpoint was, but there had to be one," Marx said."

Kathy Blanco

I will tell you why I tested my entire family. When I read a grandmother had myeloma and the stealth virus (on the website), and had GRANDCHIDLREN with autism, I fell off my chair. Are they talking to me? I then tested for this virus with two labs, tested my kids, my mom, my father, my brothers and sisters, and my two NT children. All with cancers, autism, or some funky immune neurological issues were strong positive (and I didn't tell them who was who), and those with just funky stuff like OCD, symptoms of MS (which I later found I had), etc, were moderate positive.

Also MYCOPLASMA and autism are related, with the lyme. No cell walled bacteria can be found OFTEN in kids with autism. One knows also that six percent of the childhood vaccines THAT WERE TESTED contained mycoplasma. My children also tested positive for Mycoplasma F, through MDL labs, and this is also seen in GWS.

So, I don't understand your disdain for my reach and research on WHY our family has so many neurological things going on?

You accusations are baseless...

Kathy Blanco

We were tested by DR John Martin of CCID (www.ccid.org).

also you can get tested by Dr Vodjani at his lab.

What gives?


From the CDC: "Can I obtain a test to see if I am infected with SV40?
Blood tests can identify if a person has antibodies to SV40, but no test for SV40 is commercially available at this time. Research laboratories are currently refining the techniques used to detect SV40. PCR (polymerase chain reaction) assays are currently in use to detect SV40 DNA segments. Because of inconsistent results between laboratories, there is a need to develop a standard PCR assay (Levine et al., 1998)."

"Is receiving contaminated vaccine the only way to become infected with SV40?
Receiving contaminated vaccine is not the only way to become infected with SV40. Data suggest that SV40 has infected a small percentage of the human population independently of the polio vaccine. A study of German medical students found that 12% had SV40 antibodies in 1952, before the introduction of the polio vaccine (Geissler et al., 1985). Moreover, SV40 has been identified in people born in the 1980s and 1990s, well after the elimination of SV40 contamination from polio vaccines. This has led some to consider that the virus may spread from person-to-person. Some laboratory workers may have been exposed to SV40 (Horvath, 1965). It is not known whether people who live in countries with wild rhesus monkeys also could be exposed to SV40. Exactly how SV40 is transmitted among humans and how common it is among people in the U.S. population are unknown."


Why would everyone is Kathy's family have been tested for this? Plus, I can find no literature to confirm the allegations being made by Kathy. And in lighr of previous assertions regarding Lyme disease and autism made by Kathy, this looks like another wild goose chase.

Kathy Blanco

University of Rochester Medical Center shows that some parents pass on the human herpes virus 6 (HHV-6) to their children because it is integrated into their chromosomes. This is the first time a virus has been shown to become part of the human DNA and then get passed to subsequent generations. Can also this virus? Yeppers on that one...

Kathy Blanco

We all tested positive for SV=-40 in my family and my growing up family. In that, contains illnesses such as Autism, Seizures, various autoimmune disorders, myeloma, mitochonrial disorders....all copable to this virus. But be careful! We have found out LYME DISEASE can mimic this virus. So, what if that is also in the equation> Especially because it can be STD' to your spouse, go to the placenta, and become a congenital infection> So, lyme, essentially is in all fifty states, in all parts of the world? Lyme and SV-40 imho, are the culprits with vaccines as triggers.

Kathy Blanco

July 1899 Charles Rauta, Professor of Hygiene and Material Medical in the University of Perguia says: "Vaccination is a monstrosity, a misbegotten offspring of error and ignorance; it should have no place in either hygiene or medicine....Believe not in vaccination, it is a world wide delusion, an unscientific practice, a fatal superstition with consequences measured today by tears and sorrow without end."
That sums it up, don't you think?

Benedetta Stilwell

I've thought hard on this article every since I read it. Jake I don't need to think this hard it is bad for my brain! You did a nice job on it, a lot of work went into this one!

I remember research monkeys being infected with the virus and it scared them all because it was in a very nice suburbs of Washington D.C. Not only that but the workers were all afraid they had gotten it too. This is the same incident isn't it?

If so the AIDS epidemic had already been around for a while. Long enough for the clowns to finally know it was bad,it existed, and they should have,but did not quarrintined this one gay guy and it would have stopped the spread from the east to the west coast. That one is hard to believe! We can think on this all we want, and we will never really figure it out or know. I bet even if it is true the bozooes that did it, don't know either. Back to the trenches of what we do know and that is vaccines in some cases do cause strokes and brain injuries.

Donna Kincanon

Edward Hooper traces the possible origins of HIV virus from the CHAT vaccine creation/trials in his book "The River." The book examines the evidence that supports the theory that H. Koprowsky used chimpanzee kidney tissue to culture his polio vaccine seed, and that chimpanzee SIV contaminated this culture. Some have suggested that CHAT is derived from Chimpanzee Attenuated. Maybe, the researcher you spoke with was familiar with this theory.

Jake Crosby

Maria, you said,
"Schering-Plough is a very ethical company that does not manufacture any human vaccines."


"Nobilon International BV, a part of Schering-Plough Corporation, was founded in 2003. It has production and R&D facilities in Boxmeer and Oss, the Netherlands. The biotechnology company is dedicated to develop, produce and commercialize human vaccines, building on existing expertise within Schering-Plough. Nobilon focuses on respiratory, travelers’ and sexually transmitted infections. One of its core expertises is large scale cell culture production of viruses, including influenza."


Cherry Sperlin Misra

I have some personal recollections of the beginning of AIDS - as portrayed in the media. I was about 31 at the time and recall taking my young daughter to listen to a talk by Luc Montangner in New Delhi. I read every word that I could about AIDs at that time and it seemed to me that the whole world was watching the disaster unfold.
Initially there was no idea where the virus that is said to cause AIDS had originated and then, oddly enough, within a few weeks, it had been found in the African Green Monkey. I recall being astounded- In the whole world, you suddenly find it in an obscure little monkey!. That could have taken years.No discussion of that- No story in Readers Digest about that piece of detective work !
First we only heard about gay men in New York and San Francisco getting AIDS and then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere there was an epidemic in Africa. No explanation of how that happened- Not even any speculation as to how the virus reached Africa from the US or from Africa to the US or from a monkey to humans.
Then we were told that the virus in the Green Monkey wasnt just quite the same as the AIDS virus. End of story. No more about that.
Fast forward to a couple of years ago. I chanced to talk to a senior AIDS researcher in the US. Was there any truth to the story of AIDS virus in polio vaccines? I asked him in my most innocent way. I expected him to dismiss this, but was taken aback that his face grew darker and he seemed almost angry in telling me that the virus was passed from Chimpanzees.
Can anyone add anything here? Im still puzzled: Why get angry? If its such a stupid idea that it was in vaccines, why not dismiss it casually or with slight irritation at the stupidity of the media and some brief explanation. It was a casual, friendly situation. Any ideas?


You mentioned here Schering-Plough has just recently became a subsidiary of Merck. This information is incorrect. Schering-Plough Corporation is a separate company from Merck. Merck is in the process of buying out Schering-Plough for $41.1 billon, but the merger hasn't happen yet. It is still waiting for SEC approval and stockholder approval. By the way, Schering-Plough is a very ethical company that does not manufacture any human vaccines. You should confirm the facts before publishing anything. Also, I think this forum should to be about autism. We don't need to make it more complicated by adding AIDS and cancer in the mix.



I've read some of the research you've compiled on AIDS dementia and autism-- Allison Chapman posted it several times. Quite extraordinary. I'm waiting for you to write a post. I was particularly interested in the research you found showing that chelating agents appear to "break up" the virus in children with AIDS.

The double edged sword of some AIDS drugs is that they induce or worsen mitochondrial dysfunction which some believe sets the stage for autistic regression. But if the other edge of that AIDS drug sword-- the anti-viral effect-- is also ameliorating the mechanism of damage, then you're certainly right that the pathways have to be studied.


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In today's G&M:

"A Canadian-led research team has discovered where the AIDS virus hides in the human body, work the scientists say could lead to a new way to treat the disease and perhaps even a chance to eradicate it."

"In a paper published in the journal Nature Medicine, The University of Montreal's Rafick-Pierre Sékaly and his colleagues report that HIV finds refuge in a type of long-lived immune system cell."

"HIV hides in the long-lived “memory” cells that allow someone to avoid the mumps or the measles as a senior because they had it as child."


Eric, the fact is that lots of these kids improve/recover on anti-HIV drugs, whatever the pathways. Not saying that they are harmless or should be given, but those pathways should be researched imho. As for infectious agents being able to cause or contribute to autism, there is no question about it.


Another excellent post, Jake. Your aim is true.

I remember when this Youtube video came out of Hilleman making the comments about SV40 and the admission that he had brought AIDS to the U.S. Ed Silverman of Pharmalot chastised a blogger for posting it, exclaiming that Hilleman was obviously "joking". I can see why Silverman viewed the remarks that way, since the exchange in which the comment was made had a "joking" air to it (as the interviewer-- who through part of this video seems to be covering for his own sense of tension-- appears to try to pry out an admission in a "relaxed" exchange).

We may never know, but something's very odd about the comments-- they're not the kinds of things that someone in his position would even joke about. It reminded me of some of the Manhattan Project scientists who were sometimes kept away from the press because of a problematic lack of self-editing. It also reminded me of the lack of self-editing of those close to death.

It was never said what kind of cancer Hilleman died of, but several years ago, the husband of my parents' friend died of a brain tumor. For quite a few years prior to the discovey of the brain tumor, my husband and I noticed that this friend had an increasing tendency to make inappropriate remarks and jokes with an air of complete innocence. This man was emptying the contents of his mind: what he was saying was the truth, but the kind of truths that most people just don't say outside of therapy. In retrospect, it was obvious that the growth of the tumor had been effecting this man's ability to edit for quite some time.

When thinking about the "joke" about green monkeys, it's interesting to note that Hilleman also had an inappropriately joking tone when he discussed SV40 and vaccines-- which turns out to be true.


Natasa --

Careful there, that link could go in the direction of suggesting that autism is caused by HIV and that autistic children might benefit from AIDS drugs. As I commented below, HIV is a red herring and AIDS drugs are quite toxic, and by the way they are even worse for children than for adults. So let's not go down this road for goodness sake.

I have seen the meme before that autism is caused by an infectious agent, i.e., you could catch autism by touching someone who is autistic. This is nonsense and just plays into the hands of the vaccine makers as well as potentially AIDS drugs makers, if they decide the infectious agent is HIV. (I would not be surprised if this meme came from them.)


Dr. Leonard Horowitz wrote a book called Emerging Viruses, Aids & Ebola that goes into this issue more. Very interesting book.

Maurine Meleck

Thanks jake for this article. This subject has fascinated me for a long time. A couple of years ago I contacted Hooper in an attempt to get The River and he told me no copies available for many years. I finally found one for sale on the net, but they wanted $100.00. If anyone has one they could loan me I am a fast reader(altho not as fast as Mark B) and I would return it right away. thanks.
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Excellent article. Terrifying. As if autism via vaccines wasn't horrific enough; it is just a repeat of history. Pharma, government and mainstream medicine have consistently chosen the program over the person. How do you fight those who are so morally bankrupt?


Erik and David, you may be interested to know that somewhere around 40-60% of HIV-positive (whatever that means) have autism. The A word is not used, of course.

The severity of their autism is correlated to their HIV-viral load (whatever that means) and the CD4 cell count. Their autism often diminishes or disappears when put they are put on antivirals, including non-HIV antivirals (yes, valtrex included).

Oh, and guess what else, HIV viral load shoots up after vaccination. And comes down when chelators are given.

There is more on the issue http://autismcalciumchannelopathy.com/HIV_and_Autism.html

LJ Goes

Jake. Wonderfully comprehensive. Thank you for your work and pursuit of the truth.

John Fryer Chemist

No discussion about AIDS should leave out the prediction of this dreaded illness by Dr Pollack in 1973.

Again it does involve SV40 virus joined together with E COLI by a new process now known as GMO.

This illness is 100 per cent the first CATASTROPHE of GMO.

The first known victim female and possibly a worker at Paul Bergs Lab who died in 1975?

michael framson

Jake's excellent article is entirely relevant. It's all connected.

If its vaccine-induced illness, what better place to read it than AoA? If Jake didn't report on this, with his perspective, ......who will? Newsweek?

"The florid scientific misconduct where 1 million Africans were treated like experimental animals" that Mark mentions; today they're called third world clinical trials and people are still "experimental animals" used for pharmaceutical profit.

Nothing has changed. The drug companies are just better at concealing everything they do and hiding their damage.

The pharmaceutical industry is strip-mining our health, and the sooner we can help people connect the dots, the better this world will be for all of us.

Kevin Barry

In The River, Hopper interviews many people who worked on the project in the 1950's.

There is some evidence that CHAT vaccine was short for "Chimpanzee attenuated", i.e. the polio virus in the vaccine was attenuated by passing it through kidney tissues harvested from Chimpanzees.

Hopper includes photos of Chimpanzees in cages at the laboratory where the vaccine was made.

The manufacturers deny using chimps in the 1950's, which could help explain the species jump.

If SIV was a piggyback virus in the polio vaccine, the resulting concoction would be a new form of SIV-POLIO simultaneous exposure for humans ~ possibly assisting in the species jump.

The River is a great book. An good summary is here:


"Koprowski, now 85, categorically denies that he used African chimp kidneys as a tissue culture. He insists that CHAT was made with kidneys of rhesus macaque primates from India and the Philippines. "There is no trace of anything like AIDS in kidneys from Asiatic monkeys," Koprowski says, adding that the chimps at his camps were only used to test the vaccines before human use."


Wow, Jake -- what an article! This morning I did not have time to read it. I have to echo Tanner's dad, who said "I need one favor though. Could you email me a note that gives me permission to be late for work?" Now I've read it once, but I need to go back and read it again. Very well written, and I had never heard of this info.

Heidi N


Great article! Very well written. This whole situation is sad. This autism epidemic has opened my eyes to so much. What can we do? I see greed and deceit everywhere. Sadly, even some of those in the Autism Recovery Movement have a main goal of profit. I see people all the time, including those who are making money off the Autism Recovery Movement who are not recovering their children. I say this to say, mankind will surely let you down. But at the same time, there are many who bring tears of joy to my eyes at the countless hours of donated time to uncloak the truth and assist in actual recovery efforts. Thank you for donating your time, and thank you Age of Autism for donating your time.

double standard?

Socrates wrote:
"Perhaps you should have at least given a paragraph over to the current thinking, and voluminous evidence as to the origin of HIV."

Perhaps Paul Offit should have at least given a paragraph over to Hilleman's thinking on the origin of HIV.

And Socrates, you must have missed paragraph 14 - it looks like "current thinking" on HIV origin to me.

Kathy Blanco

Thanks Dr H for all the positive SV-40 in our family, just love the autism, seizures, MS and Cancer. MWAH! Love it, NOT!!!!!


I'm going to echo david burd's comment below. Hilleman may believe he imported the "AIDS virus" and he may be arrogant enough to take credit for this in an appallingly nonchalant manner, but that doesn't mean it is true, especially with so very little evidence.

Take a good hard look at the material (especially the videos--nice documentaries bottom right and a few YouTube interviews further up) on this website:


After viewing the facts, a rational person must come to the following admittedly insane-sounding conclusions:

1) HIV is either a harmless cold virus or more likely is not even a real virus but just a laboratory artifact created by foolish/fraudulent laboratory procedures;
2) The HIV test is really detecting drug-use, extreme stress states and possibly African descent, while low white blood cell count is totally meaningless in non-sick people. **The uselessness of the HIV test for diagnosing any medical condition is stated on the package.**
3) The life-threatening condition called AIDS is caused by recreational/intravenous drug use in America and by malnutrition in Africa. It is also caused by AZT, which was originally a cancer chemotherapy deemed too toxic for use in humans. **This side-effect of AZT is stated on the bottle.**
4) AIDS is readily cured through good nutrition and healthy lifestyle (same things that help against colds, flu, measles, etc.);
5) The main cause of death in AIDS patients today is liver failure, which is not even on the list of diseases associated with AIDS. However this is a result of extreme toxicity. Big Pharma has made a huge profit and killed a lot of people with their "anti-retrovirals"--mainly gay people and black people.

So vaccine victims may have more company than they may have thought... and we've barely even started on the list of ways Big Pharma maims/kills people!

Mark Blaxill

The River reads like a detective novel. I finished it in one sitting (admittedly a long one, when I was stranded on an internationa flight).

Hooper also has a web-site with more current materials. I recommend both.


Ray Gallup


I never read it, but a guy named Edward Hooper wrote about a 1,000 book about HIV and OPV. It's called The River. I remember at the time almost buying but thinking, "if it took you 1,000 pages to make your case, it probably isn't a good one." Maybe I should give it a read.


Posted by: Jack R. | June 19, 2009 at 02:21 PM

I read The River by Edward Hooper several years ago

Excellent book.


Teresa Conrick


Thanks for a history lesson that is connected to where we are today in autism. Though it is controversial, it is imperative to know the connections and relevance today.

Deniers and anonymous Socratic individuals only add to that relevance.

Jack R.

Not surprising Offit doesn't take to kindly to the OPV-HIV connection...a previous Director of the Department of Infectious Disease at CHOP was......Stanley Plotkin, who is still quite influential with Sanofi today.

Jack R.

I never read it, but a guy named Edward Hooper wrote about a 1,000 book about HIV and OPV. It's called The River. I remember at the time almost buying but thinking, "if it took you 1,000 pages to make your case, it probably isn't a good one." Maybe I should give it a read.



This may be the article that Julie O. mentioned http://www.whale.to/vaccines/curtis.htm#African_Genesis_


Great article. I find this very relevant. Seeing all the lies and propoganda about autism, it made me dig deeper and realize that almost everything that I was taught in high school and college was a lie. The media is full of nothing but propoganda. Autism has woken my family up to the real ways of the world and it's UGLY.


What, O Socrates, are "the laws of physics-chemistry-biology"?

Mark Blaxill

The only modern vaccine story that rivals the autism problem is the OPV/AIDS controversy. At the very least, it's a story about florid scientific misconduct, where nearly 1 million Africans were treated like experimental animals in a polio vaccine trial. At the worst (and this is a controversy that some claim has been "asked and answered"), a tainted vaccine may have brought HIV to humans.

I tend to agree that bringing the OPV/AIDS hypothesis into autism risks distracting us from our core mission. But observing the way the medical industry has dealt with the theory provides an object lesson in how powerful people are willing to sacrifice civil scientific debate for the defense of the vaccine development complex.

Julie Obradovic

When I first heard of the link between vaccines and Autism, I like most people here, was skeptical.

But then I remembered an article from the fall of 1991 in Rolling Stone. As a freshman in college pouring over any and all articles about U2 and the Achtung Baby release, I came across an incredible and breathtaking piece on this very topic buried in the middle of the magazine. I was stunned and horrified that it seemed very clear at the time, at the heighth of the AIDS panic, that we knew where AIDS had come from: a vaccine.

More shocking was how this information was being ignored by other media outlets. For weeks I waited to hear a breaking story on the news. How could this not be the most important story of the time?

To my knowledge, nothing ever did come of the story and I never read anything about it again until now. Still, it was always in the back of my mind when I investigated our own problems with vaccines.

I may still have that magazine with all of my U2 stuff. It was definitely in the fall of 1991. If not, Jake, you should look into it. They did try to tell the story almost 20 years ago.

david burd

I'm afraid bringing in the subject of AIDS to the realm of autism will badly misdirect thought and energy, when autism is the theme of this site.

Most people, of course, are completely unaware of the gargantuan behind-the-science-curtain arguments by a wide array of esteemed scientists that virtually all AIDS cases are iatrogenic - to wit: caused by medical treatments, not by an endogenous retrovirus labeled HIV. In other words, a blunder of a magnitude now reached by vaccines causing autism (if this is finally recognized).

Three last comments: A vaccine against HIV has failed to be developed because there is really nothing pathonogenic to vaccinate against; second, anybody can go the website of scientists that are organized, and review the abundant science that refutes the conventional (erroneous) wisdom of AIDS - the site is called Rethinking AIDS; third, autism and AIDS are indeed linked by both being the largest medical mistakes of modern times.



In this form, you're probably going to be embarrassed by this essay in twenty years time.

Perhaps you should have at least given a paragraph over to the current thinking, and voluminous evidence as to the origin of HIV.

And Jake, SIV, differs from HIV in some very important respects.

That deserves another paragraph.

"Big Pharma" may well be a malevolent force, but they certainly can't change the laws of physics-chemistry-biology.


This is one of those pieces that will take on a life of its own. Great work. It seems necessary that Shorter himself steps up to authenticate the recording, but its great that you got the response that you did.

I have concerns about vaccines but I certainly am not against them. It's very important though that honest discussion takes precedence over PR efforts from public policy leaders and industry, and that informed choice be established as a right for all. The "it's time for kids to get their shots" crowd does not seem to handle messy facts well, which is probably why we don't see more of the loudest voices engaged in public debate.

There have been recent major goofs, such as when Baxtor sent out live H5N1 avian flu viruses to 18 countries. Prominent researcher Adrian Gibbs has suggested that there are vector signs that the current H1N1 pandemic may be related to vaccine lab work, although others have pointed out that it could have come about naturally as well.

You can't be overly paranoid about science as being evil, but its certainly healthy to realize that bad, really bad, mistakes are not only possible, but have occurred. There is no way that prior mistakes will be corrected and future mistakes avoided without a little humility on the art of science in action. I am particularly concerned about those genetic engineering nerds. Our environmental balance is based on millions of years of natural field work trial and error. Accelerating bio change could lead to very large mistakes.



A magnificent article, even by your very high standards. They say that the first casualty of war is the truth. This is as true with the war on ideas as with military wars. Thank you very much!

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