Age of Autism has covered Dr. Sears in the past.
In 2010, Dr. Sears talked about his alternative vaccination schedule.
In 2010 I wrote the piece, Dr. Bob Sears's The Autism Book Brings Early Detection, Treatment, Recovery and Prevention To Light, for Age of Autism. It was a review of his book on autism. It contained some startling information.
I found more commentary on this question in the section, Preventing Autism. (And when was the last time a doctor wrote on this topic?) Sears starts off telling us, "Prevention is very important for any family that has a child with autism." (p. 328) He then lists his recommendations for parents expecting another child which includes a section titled, "Avoid Mercury." He cautions pregnant women about mercury fillings, fish consumption, and mercury in the flu shot. "If you get a flu shot, make sure you get one without mercury, or at least get one that has only trace amounts of mercury." (p. 331)
With regard to vaccinating siblings of an autistic child, Sears writes, "Your next child might have the same genetic risks that your child with autism has. It's therefore important to limit any factor that may be involved in autism. If vaccines, or the chemicals in them, play a role in autism, then, obviously, limiting vaccines would be smart." (p. 337-338)
Furthermore, Sears adds, "Be aware that your baby will be offered his first vaccine (to protect against hepatitis B, a sexually transmitted disease) the very day he is born in the hospital. Many hospitals administer it without the parents' even knowing. Make sure everyone caring for your baby knows you don't want the hepatitis B vaccine." (p. 338)
What really got my attention was his recommendation to parents concerning vaccinating autistic children:
"I generally recommend that any child diagnosed with autism not receive any more vaccines. Now, this is a very bold statement, considering that the majority of current research does not support a link between vaccines and autism. However, research has not proven there is no link, because no study has ever compared the rate of autism in a large group of unvaccinated children with the rate in a large vaccinated group. This type of placebo-controlled study is the gold standard of medical research." (p. 336)
Sears advocates for vaccines but he also suggests alternative scheduling with delayed vaccines and a reduction in the number of vaccines a child receives. He acknowledges that many parents with an autistic child may not want to vaccinate siblings at all. He writes that "parents should have the right to make this decision for their children." (p. 337
Now we have this great commentary by Dr. Sears published on the website of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), August 29, 2014.
Sears explained why foul play at the CDC should be cause for an immediate congressional investigation. There are so many terrific statements in this piece and here are several that really got my attention.
According to a CNN report published on August 28, 2014 (2), CDC senior researcher Dr. William Thompson contacted Dr. Brian Hooker last November and informed him of foul play. Dr. Thompson told Brian Hooker that the data initially collected by CDC researchers actually showed that African-Americans who were given the MMR vaccine prior to 36 months of age were significantly more likely to develop autism. This team of CDC researchers then decided to remove the data collected on some of the children which supported this association (claiming they did so because they could not verify their birth certificates), resulting in the data no longer showing a significant connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Then they published their research, claiming that their data did not show a link between the MMR vaccine and the risk of autism. What is important about this paper is that it had an apparent large influence on the Omnibus Autism Proceedings. ...
...This re-analysis indicated a 340% increased risk of autism in African-American children who received the MMR vaccine before the age of three compared to those after the age of three.
...This does leave us with is a whole lot of distrust and uncertainty in an institution which is supposed to be the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. This isn't the first instance of malfeasance in autism/vaccine research. Several years ago, Dr. Poul Thorsen was indicted for stealing $1 million of CDC research money during his autism/vaccine research work with the CDC. This called into question the validity of two of the largest studies he was involved in (which showed no vaccine/autism link): Thimerosal and the occurrence of autism: negative ecological evidence from Danish population-based data, Madsen K, Thorsen P, et al, Pediatrics 2003; and A population-based study of MMR vaccination and autism, Madsen K, Thorsen P, et al, New England Journal of Medicine 2002.
Dr. Sears actually talked about the conflicts of interests that abound at the CDC:
The issue of conflict of interest in CDC vaccine research is not new. In June 2000, the U.S. House of Representatives released results on an investigation revealing that the rules employed by the FDA and CDC were weak, enforcement was lax, and committee members with substantial ties to vaccine manufacturers had been allowed to participate in committee meetings. The report also found that:
The CDC routinely granted waivers from the conflict-of-interest rules to every member of the ACIP (the board that approves vaccines)
Members who were not allowed to vote on a vaccine due to financial conflicts were still allowed to deliberate and advocate for that vaccine during meetings from which they should have been banned
The chairman of the ACIP at that time owned 600 shares of stock in Merck (a maker of vaccines, including the MMR vaccine)
The ACIP members did not always provide accurate financial disclosure statements.
He also mentioned former CDC director Dr. Julie Gerberding's move to head of the vaccine division at Merck after leaving the agency. She was the person in charge when the MMR study was done.
Sears also called for unbiased research comparing large groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated children.
My favorite part came at the end.
Some may be reading this article and think - what should happen next? We should request a complete investigation of this new information and a congressional hearing immediately. When small pox was recently found in an FDA laboratory, a congressional hearing occurred within 3 weeks (9). Isn't the safety of our children and a possible link between autism and vaccination worthy of an immediate congressional investigation?