These recent comments by Albert Enayati, an early vaccine safety advocate, to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee are worth everyone's attention. "I think it may be beneficial to the other parents who say their children regressed to autism through childhood immunization," he says. We agree. The list of studies at the end is terrific.
“Vaccines Caused Payam’s Autism” --Testimony Presented By Albert Enayati, MSME, Research Scientist, Senior System Engineer. Father of Payam, who regressed into autism after his childhood vaccinations, Board Member of SafeMinds and APRC
E-mail: albert_enayati @msn.com
Before the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC). November 17, 2015. Bethesda MD.
My name is Albert Enayati. I am a board member of SafeMinds and APRC, both volunteer organizations focused on identifying and removing the harmful environmental agents contributing to the severe disability that frequently accompanies autism. Sadly, despite my 20 years of autism advocacy, we are still ignoring environmental risk factors, with no safe and effective medications or prevention strategy in sight. No conclusive biomarkers have been identified and no new treatments validated. Over the past seven years of IACC coordination, Federal agencies have spent 1.6 billion dollars in many fields of autism research, but environmental research has been underfunded and autism prevalence continues unabated, including severely disabling cases.
It is time to dedicate resources to a more fruitful path; environmental causation of autism. Within this field, a topic in need of funding is the role of vaccines in autism etiology.. Please take note that a recent study among parents by the Simons Foundation found that 42% of parents felt vaccines contributed to their child's autism.1, The IACC should not ignore this large segment of the community and observations by so many parents regarding their children's developmental history.
In 2009 the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) 2, 3, 4 recommended to this committee a number of feasible research proposals on vaccines and autism. Not a single one has been implemented.
My son Payam regressed after his vaccinations. He is suffering from his autism and breaks my heart piece by piece. He has serious self-injurious behavior. He has run away, ended up in the emergency room, and been tased by law enforcement. His finger was nearly amputated because he cannot communicate his pain from infection. His medications don't help. Meanwhile, the main decision-makers on autism research, here at the IACC – the NIH, CDC, Autism Speaks and the Simons Foundation - have been discriminating against children like my son and many children across the country whose parents report regressions after their childhood immunizations. Even if it is “unpopular”, it is ethically imperative that we investigate these reports and study these children. Public health is not simply freedom from infectious disease. Autism is not always a gift or alternate way of being. It often comes with a great cost. My son deserves to have attention paid to him and research done to help him have a better quality of life.
On many occasions Dr. Insel informed me that “science does not support my point of view”. In fact, very little meaningful science has been done on vaccines and autism, only a small fraction of possibilities have even been looked at, and the studies that have been published are riddled with conflicts of interest, data manipulation and in the case of Dr. Thorsen, indictment for financial research fraud. In addition, Dr. William Thompson, a senior researcher at the CDC who has whistleblower status, has reported dumping inconvenient data in a garbage can, along with colleagues, to avoid reporting an increased risk of autism in African American boys who received MMR vaccine.
A 2011 study by the Institute of Medicine's Immunization Safety Review Committee5 evaluated the evidence on possible causal associations between immunizations and certain adverse outcomes. In 135 of 158 pairs evaluated, they found that “evidence is inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship”. They found no relationship between MMR and autism, but given that their evaluation included studies like the one where data was dumped, the safety of our children demands that we allow for future research to inform the questions.
Even the package insert for DTaP6 vaccine suggests that we need further study. Here’s a quote from 2005: [emphasis added]
“Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting.”
Yet, there are no studies looking specifically at autism and receipt of DTaP vaccines.
In a recent study of 100 published papers analyzed by Science magazine7, only 39% of published articles could be replicated unambiguously. We need to keep an open mind and start actually funding unbiased research into vaccines and autism. A recent paper indicates that aluminum in vaccines may have direct association with the increased rate of autism8. Another paper found increased risk of autism from the birth dose of Hepatitis B.9 The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has compensated at least 83 cases with autism or autism-like conditions.10 Vaccines have been found to increase the risk of seizures, tics and mitochondrial collapse, all of which commonly co-occur in autism.11,12,13
A controlled study has not been done of autism risk among children given the recommended vaccine schedule compared with those not so vaccinated.
Autism can no longer be considered a purely heritable, genetic disorder. Several studies suggest that as much as 50% of risk may be due to environmental factors. It is imperative that the non-genetic causes of autism be investigated. Unbiased research on the role of vaccinations needs immediate support. Our children are too important to let even a controversial stone go unturned.
Sincerely and respectfully
Albert Enayati, MSME
Board Member, SafeMinds and A.P.R.C
- Goin-Kochel RP, Mire SS, Dempsey AG.. Emergence of autism spectrum disorder in children from simplex families: relations to parental perceptions of etiology. J Autism Dev Disord. 2015 May;45(5):1451-63. doi: 10.1007/s10803-014-2310-8.
- Mary Holland, Louis Conte, Robert Krakow, and Lisa Colin, Unanswered Questions from the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury, 28 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. 480 (2011) Available at: http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/pelr/vol28/iss2/6
In other, analogously indefensible news: "Defence Force Accused of Massive Coverup Over Anti-Malarial Drug":
“December 4 -- The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has acknowledged for the first time that a number of its past and present members have suffered severe side-effects from the use of an anti-malarial drug known as mefloquine or Lariam.
- Mefloquine or lariam is one of three anti-malarial medications approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration
- Estimates up to 1,250 current and former ADF members have brain injuries from the medication
- ADF maintains less than 1 per cent of members receiving mefloquine
The medication has led to permanent psychological damage, anxiety attacks, nightmares, suicidal thoughts and hallucinations in some people.
Defence personnel have previously complained that their concerns about the drug were not taken seriously by the ADF.”
So yes, health bureaucracies can turn against the people they serve and, in particular, deny the effects of toxic drugs they recommend. We see that with vaccines, and I've seen it over many years with Lariam, which caused mayhem (by which I mean murder, suicide and permanent psychosis) in the U.S. military. That's what got me interested in vaccines. Now, in Australia as well as America, we're seeing the "side effects," so to speak, of denying the truth about toxic medicine.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.