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Breaking news There is a new review paper in the peer reviewed and fully indexed Journal of Immunotoxicology, 2011; 8(1): 68–79, that looks at much of the evidence for various environmental causes of autism, including vaccines and vaccine ingredients. It is pretty interesting: (See pdf HERE)

Helen Ratajczak, the author, is a mainstream researcher, though there is no official affiliation05phry2  listed on this review. She has authored or co-authored 41 papers listed on PubMed (HERE): In previous papers she co-authored, she was listed as an employee of Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. She also coauthored an FDA paper in 2006: (HERE) and that same year was elected President of the Northeast Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (HERE). She is a serious and respected scientist. 

In this review, Dr. Ratajczak discusses the presence of human fetal DNA in MMRII and Varivax vaccines. Here are some excerpts from the Immunotoxicology autism review:


Autism could result from more than one cause, with different manifestations in different individuals that share common symptoms. Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis following vaccination.


In general, the autism increase is not considered a result of reclassification. Although autism diagnoses have risen, there are no corresponding decreases in other diagnostic categories. Data from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs, (showed) clear significant increases in the prevalence of autism among younger birth cohorts, especially those born between 1987 and 1992. During those years, autism prevalence per 10,000 rose about 50% every 2 years: 5.3 in 1984, 7.8 in 1986, 11.8 in 1988, and 18.3 in 1990. During that time, there were no changes in prevalence of mental retardation, speech/language impairment, or traumatic brain injury, which suggests that the increase in autism is real.

The new version of the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine (i.e., MMR II) that did not contain Thimerosal was introduced in 1979. By 1983, only the new version was available. Autism in the United States spiked dramatically between 1983 and 1990 from 4–5/10,000 to 1/500. In 1988, two doses of MMR II were recommended to immunize those individuals who did not respond to the first injection. A spike of incidence of autism accompanied the addition of the second dose of MMR II. Also, in 1988, MMR II was used in the United Kingdom, which reported a dramatic increase in prevalence of autism to 1/64 (noted above). Canada, Denmark, and Japan also reported dramatic increases in prevalence of autism. It is important to note that unlike the former MMR, the rubella component of MMR II was propagated in a human cell line derived from embryonic lung tissue (Merck and Co., Inc., 2010).

The MMR II vaccine is contaminated with human DNA from the cell line. This human DNA could be the cause of the spikes in incidence. An additional increased spike in incidence of autism occurred in 1995 when the chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue (Merck and Co., Inc., 2001; Breuer, 2003). The current incidence of autism in the United States, noted above, is approximately 1/100.

The human DNA from the vaccine can be randomly inserted into the recipient’s genes by homologous recombination, a process that occurs spontaneously only within a species. Hot spots for DNA insertion are found on the X chromosome in eight autism-associated genes involved in nerve cell synapse formation, central nervous system development, and mitochondrial function (Deisher, 2010). This could provide some explanation of why autism is predominantly a disease of boys. Taken together, these data support the hypothesis that residual human DNA in some vaccines might cause autism.


The incidence and prevalence data indicate the timing of introduction of vaccines and changes in the type and increasing number of vaccines given at one time implicate vaccines as a cause of autism. The current recommended immunization schedule for persons aged 0–6 years in the United States includes six vaccines at 2 months and nine vaccines at 12–15 months -an increase over recommendations 6 years before.

The immune system is particularly sensitive at 2 months of age. Thus, the immune system of an infant is compromised at 2 months. A challenge by so many vaccines while the immune system is compromised might contribute to an onset of autism.


Many parents cite normal development of their children until they receive vaccines at about the age of 18 months. The vaccine organism itself could be a culprit. For example, one hypothesis of the cause of autism is that the pertussis toxin in the DPT vaccine causes a separation of the G-alpha protein from retinoid receptors in genetically at-risk children.


Autism has increased to epidemic proportions. With a prevalence of 1/110 in the United States, 1/64 in the United Kingdom, and similar ratios in many other countries, a very significant threat to future generations is evident.  Integrating the data presented here, a hypothesis is that autism is the result of genetic defects, with the contributory effect of advancing age of the parents, and/or inflammation of the brain. The inflammation could be caused by a wide variety of environmental toxicants, infections, and co-morbidities in individuals genetically prone to the developmental disorder.



To Robin P Clarke, I think that what they mean is not a spike in incidence of autism cases but a spike in the increase of incidence. That would be the First Derivative of the incidence, and its graph would look like some steps. The second derivative would indeed have spikes in its graph.


Teresa Conrick

Hi Eve.

If you are interested in scholarly sources, the book,Vaccine Epidemic is a good choice.

It will give you information that you will not find in nursing school. Another interesting piece would be the Hannah Poling case. Her injury into autism via vaccines provides a medical look at how a child can become autistic via vaccination:,8599,1721109,00.html

Eve Harris

I am a nursing student at a small community college and have worked with MR and DD clients one on one for the past 9 years many of which are austic ( CAP services and habilitation). I am in the process of researching vaccines in preparation for a speech that I am to deliver at the end of the month. Anyone who is willing to offer advise as to where I can find additional scholarly sources would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

[email protected]

Robin P Clarke

I beg your forgiveness that I have to here start by first translating the cited article into proper (non-US) English, with reference to its use of the terminology of "spike of incidence". If there were a say tenfold increase from one year to the next, then a corresponding decrease the next year, then one would indeed see a sort of spike in the graph. However, it appears that some US people misuse the word to refer to merely some sort of increase from one year to the next, with no following fall.

Anyway, the cited J Immunotox article here would have us believe that its author can identify no less than three of these "spikes" in recent decades. Let's look at the actual facts shall we? You can see the excellent graph of the WHOLE US IDEA data produced by Thoughtful House here:

Anyone with eyes to see that graph can see perfectly well that there has been no such series of "spikes", but only one very uniformly-accelerating exponential curve increase which started in the late 1970s. That's just after non-gamma-2 dental amalgams were introduced in 1975-6. They emit 30-50 times more mercury vapour, and they were (need I say?) introduced with absolutely no safety testing before or after.

Dental amalgams are the main source of mercury in the body. Given that these toxic lumps continue to be installed in more and more uninformed victims it's not surprising that autism, and adult disabilities too, continue to increase. The full proof of this vast catastrophe is presented in my forthcoming update review of the unchallenged antiinnatia theory of autism, as linked at


This is fascinating to me, as a parent of two high-functioning autistic girls who have never been vaccinated (not even vitamin K) and who were extended breastfed / not fed cow-s milk formula or soya formula. My husband also has high-functioning autism.

Obviously something went wrong somewhere in our family's case - is it genetic? is it environmental? is it something wrong with ME, as the incubator and life support system for both girls, something else they have in common?

I am grateful for the pdf link so i can read this research myself. Thank you, AoA.


Here's an article from ISIS on March 2, 2011, by geneticist, Dr Mae-Wan Ho, Ph.D. titled, "Scientists Discover New Route for GM-gene 'Escape'". This article has relevance to global vaccine policy, vaccine injury, and vaccine epidemics.

The vaccine schedules can be likened to a 4-lane “superhighway” which provides complete, unfettered access to our bloodstream, which bypasses our first-line natural immune defenses. Is this a good thing? It makes one wonder if there could be any conflict or possible symbiotic relationship that could be interpreted as ...unhelpful to the consumer?

Marie-Anne Denayer, M.D.

This is the best review article on the various

mecanisms by which the engineering of vaccines can on

the one hand wreak havoc with the immune system, while

on the other introduce various "toxins" either

willingly (Thimerosal as bacteriostatic, Aluminum as

adjuvant) or accidentally (DNA from human embryonic

lung cells, bacterial toxin released from Bordetella

Pertussis from the DPT vaccine). It also reviews other

mechanisms inherent to the host, that can further

enhance vaccine toxicity.
My daughter became autistic in 1988(?Role of foreign

DNA) during her 2nd year, likely the result of the

combined deleterious effects of MMR vaccination and

Lyme disease.
In 1991, Stephanie was the FIRST and ONLY child in our

town's Preschool Special Ed program to have autism.
Since then the number of affected students has risen

exponentially. Stephanie earned a High School diploma

at age 21, in 2009. She will however never be

independent as, among other difficulties, the precious

speech she has painstakingly regained is only

understood by us, her family, and the 1-on-1 aide in

her 5 hours/day program.

Marcella Piper-Terry

Interesting article; makes a lot of sense and is consistent with the research being done regarding Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID) with chimerism. The foreign DNA triggers the autoimmune response ala "Host-vs-Graft Disease." This in no way absolves mercury, aluminum, hep B vaccine at birth, or too many too soon. It is, however, most likely one more contributing factor.


Excellent point, Elizabeth S!

"Still think all this is a red herring. It's the metals, always has been. Sure, all the other crap makes it worse, but how can you top mineral derangement and molecular mimicry mercury and aluminum cause? My research says those things are at the root of the problem of "autism"."

If a vaccine doesn't kill you suddenly, via the vaccine-induced acute/subacute hemodynamic/hemorheologic colloidal instability and microvascular ischemic/anoxic effect on multiple organs, it might still kill you chronically, by means of horizontal gene transfer.

Elizabeth S

Still think all this is a red herring. It's the metals, always has been. Sure, all the other crap makes it worse, but how can you top mineral derangement and molecular mimicry mercury and aluminum cause? My research says those things are at the root of the problem of "autism".

How can they explain the foreign tissue/DNA causing autism symptoms? - and what a coincidence that at the same time people are getting foreign DNA from stem cells for their children with autism and they are recovering? Sorry not buying that MMR is what we should be looking at.

Correlation equals causation only for the powers that be. This is like a flashback of the DTP vaccine that changed to DTaP and suddenly it's declared the "safe" one. What is next, a new, safer MMR? HA HA, mark my words, it's on the way soon! The next big "OOPS!" is MMR and it's the wrong oops once again!


My husband took my "normal" baby boy in for shots. He screamed all night (no fever though) and the next day, that baby boy was GONE...replaced by a sweet, autistic little man who has made our live with 8 kids just a little more kooky.
I don't give a rats ass who believes it. I KNOW what happened to MY son.
Too Many Too Soon

Sherry Foster

it is a well known fact too eggs are not as healthy when women age. I was 36 when i had my oldest son and 43 when i had my youngest.

Sherry Foster

well thats the difference between parents, MD's, PHD's researchers as parents you are biased because you live with your child on a daily basis but you dont carry the professional credentials that Md's, Phd's, and Researchers carry leaving them with the unbiased findings. "a hypothesis is that autism is the result of genetic defects, with the contributory effect of advancing age of the parents, and/or inflammation of the brain. The inflammation could be caused by a wide variety of environmental toxicants, infections, and co-morbidities in individuals genetically prone to the developmental disorder." I came to the same theory, only because being a baby boomer if i had known i when i was a younger adult that i had suffered a stroke that they came to the conclusion that it wasnt a recent one. A neurologists told me that just stress could have caused that inflammation in my brain. To late to find out unless they have technology to tell the age the scare tissue. I just got this diagnosis at 48 years of age after having 3 kids a daughter and 2 sons, the 2 sons have autism.

Cynthia Cournoyer

If you read only the summary, you could say this is another genetic study of autism. It adds advancing age of parents and a "wide variety of environmental toxicants." This summary may be the only reason it was published.

I think the summary will be what the main stream media will cover. The headline will be: "Another study says autism is genetic; parent age and environmental toxins are suspected."

If we could write our own summary: Vaccine ingredients are unpredictable and possibly the leading cause of autism.

kathy blanco

xenotropic murine leukemia virus (X-MLV) and designated as xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV). The origin and transmission route of XMRV are still unknown at present; however, XMRV may be derived from ERVs of rodents because X-MLVs are ERVs of inbred and wild mice. Many live attenuated vaccines for animals are manufactured by using cell lines from animals, which are known to produce infectious ERVs; however, the risks of infection by ERVs from xenospecies through vaccination have been ignored. This brief review gives an overview of ERVs in cats, the potential risks of ERV infection by vaccination, the biological characteristics of RD-114 virus (a feline ERV), which possibly contaminates vaccines for companion animals, and the methods for detection of infectious RD-114 virus. 2010 The International Association for Biologicals. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Marie-Anne Denayer, M.D.




They are idiots. Whoever you spoke to is just repeating what they're told (God forbid they think for themselves). Vaccines are junk. They gov't never tested the childhood vaccine schedule yet peds across the country rely on it for vaccinating their patients under the assumption that it's safe.

Your better off sending the CDC a FOIA request (see link). Put what you want to know in writing and they have to respond. If you don't mind, ask the CDC to provide all studies demonstrating the safety of vaccines given according to the CDC childhood immunization schedule. Emphasize that you dont want just a letter back but you want copies of the actual studies.

Welcome to the FOIA Home Page!


Oh,,, and if you call the CDC to ask how the aborted fetus's were tested,,, and have the lines been tested since.. they have no answer nd refer you to some provaccine lobbying firm. They have no answer either and get pretty pissed if you try to obtain more information. No one could answer me. They would just tell me the science is good


As I've said before... in the 60s did they have the science to determine if the babies sacrificed and given to vaccine companies were genetically perfect... what studies have been done on them since to see if their lines are good.... not that I think we should be shooting dead baby into our babies... I don't.. but seriously..... where was the science when they chose the dead babies for the job. It is all so frankensteinish.


This was so interesting and comprehensive, but I fear as usual this study will be marginalized by the Offit crowd and they will go to work on the authors.
I thought the quote below kind of says it all. Just substitute NIH or CDC or AAP, or Pharma, and so on for Press.

"It is the mission of the press to disseminate intellect and at the same time destroy receptivity to it." ~ Karl Kraus

Media Scholar

"clear significant increases in the prevalence of autism among younger birth cohorts, especially those born between 1987 and 1992."

-------------------'s 2011. Computers allow Brian Deer to determine the underwear sizes of just about anybody on-line.

Terri Martino

For all the Pro Vacciner's out there - let's see how safe they think thimerosol added to our kids vaccines is if we give them a vaccine with this in it - but at a dose that is proportionate to their body weight. An average adult is more than 10 times heavier than a 2 month old, so let's ask them to take a "harmless vaccination" with 10 times the thimerosol added to it. Any volunteers?! good luck!

Religious Exemption to Vaccination

"the rubella component of MMR II was propagated in a human cell line derived from embryonic lung tissue"

The human embryonic cell lines used for MMR are code named WI-38 in the US and MRC-5 in the UK. Both cell lines originate from aborted fetuses. The DNA that's contaminating the MMR and Varicella vaccines is from abortions performed decades ago in the 60's.

I don't believe the Big Man Upstairs would prescribe this gruesome immoral potion for the good health of anyone.

Harry H.

I think this will be ignored like all the other "scientific" papers that either directly or indirectly tie the ever expanding universe of vaccines to the ever expanding epidemic of neurologically damaged kids. If the lameass media comments on it at all, Dr. Ratajczak will be attacked viciously. Offit will explain to Nancy, Anderson, and Sanjay that HE is the only one capable of interpreting the data and the science.


Really? Was the pre 1979 MMR not a live virus vaccine...therefore possibly containing thimerosal?


Sarah - "residual human DNA has been inserted ...great, so we have Frankenkids...ya just cannot make this stuff up."

OMG! You nailed it! "Frankenkids" - may I quote you?

The idea that you can inject bits and pieces of various species, preservatives, and detergents into people to “prevent” disease is completely irrational. So-called "vaccine-preventable diseases" is a pharma-conceived marketing slogan. We will soon be transformed into believing that injecting various artificial life forms into people will somehow “prevent” disease. Vaccine “madness” is getting more insane. Will transforming our species into biological mosaics and chimeras somehow strengthen our God-given natural immunity and “prevent” disease? Did God have this in mind for humanity?

Bill Gates and J. Craig Venter are just getting warmed-up! Technically, pharma's vaccine schedules have, in all likelihood, already converted us into xenomorphs. We're not quite the same species we once were. If Social Darwinism continues to outstrip survival of the "fittest", are we not an endangered species - doomed to extinction? Whose immune system do we really want, pharma's or God's? Are we already past the point of no return? If not, how close are we to that point?

“ my opinion, these vaccines are turning us into genetically-modified organisms” – Suzanne Humphries, MD

Here’s the link to a poem by Suzanne Humphries, M.D. on June 2010, titled “Ode to Madness”.

Here is the link to a very thoughtful interview of Dr Suzanne Humphries, MD by Mike Adams of Natural News, titled "Interview with Dr Suzanne Humphries". I highly recommend that everyone listen to the video.

“...a vaccine can actually degrade the immune system” – Suzanne Humphries, MD

“Are MMR vaccines dangerous for children? Dr Suzanne Humphries urges parents to get informed” by Mike Adams on February 2, 2011.


I just thought that the MMR vaccine was the same as what my adult children received. Enlightening article. When will the government listen. Manditory immunizations are still being pushed. When will the damage stop?

David Dad of Nick

WEll, today's news is that drinking diet soda is causing strokes. This demonstrates the double standard that the press has in promulgating things that are "bad" for you that are based solely on association implying causation...sodas, hamburgers, french fries...the diet police!!! So why don't these same diet nazis jump on the band wagon that vaccines cause autism??? Maybe we can use the soda pop story as an example of how seemingly innocuous things in our environment can kill/injure us! The media is all over that story, but no mention of this scientific bomb that was dropped today!!


Nancy and Sanjay will say nothing. They won't report it. Period.


come to think of it, it was J. of Toxicology, not immunotoxicology.


Holy shit! This is the same journal, I believe that expunged the monkey study (Hewitson et al). I wonder what Nancy Snyderman and Sanjay will say?

Cindy Keenan

What do we need to do to get this paper widely disseminated? I hope Helen Ratajczak owns a suit of armor or a has a VERY thick skin. I suspect the vaccine zealots will be tearing her apart within hours.

Theodore Van Oosbree

Dr. Come Offitt: call your office!


It's Helen, not Heven.


residual human DNA has been inserted ...great, so we have Frankenkids...ya just cannot make this stuff up.


Also the varivax vaccine.

To be technically correct I'd have to re-exam the records but our son got 2 TCV's and the varivax in the same visit that put him over the edge.


Sara neither contained thimerosal.

Also that statement doesn't rule out thimerosal itself. What is being stated by the mention is that viral DNA inserting itself is one of the potential casual factors irregardless of the presence of mercury. Note the author states "one of the factors".

As someone who works in genetics thimerosal could still be considered a factor in many ways such as direct neural damage and interfering with metabolic issues. Mercury itself could be considered a co-factor with the MMR still since can break the DNA backbone facilitating sites for homologous viral human DNA (residual from the vaccines) to insert itself.

This kind of damage is something I have always suspected.


Well, hot biscuits and gravy! Someone dared to say 1 + 1 = 2! This is a brilliant day.


An excellent story here on MMR, Dr. Wakefield a number of other vaccines.

Very well stated points/video from parents.


Heven Ratajczak had better have a clean background because he sounds like the next candidate to be villified, tried in the court of the drive-by media and then ex-communicated from the "church" of modern science. He will be considered an apostate by the "Pharma Brotherhood."


please - what do they mean, the second MMR contained no thimerosal? Are they saying the first version of MMR prior to 1983 DID contain thimerosal? I have always understood that as a live vaccine - thimerosal could not and was not present ever in the MMR. If anyone could clarify this, I'd be grateful.

Don't get me wrong - there is no question that the MMR played a role in my son's regression...I just like to be sure about the history

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