The link between autism and vaccinations is being rekindled again by revisiting research from a few years ago. Even though the media has convinced most of us there is no causal link between vaccinations and the rise in autism, some scientists have not dropped the subject thankfully, although more studies need to be done.
Research has found autism-like symptoms in infant macaque primates after being injected with vaccinations that follow the 1990s CDC recommended schedule.
Natural News reports:
If vaccines play absolutely no role in the development of childhood autism, a claim made by many medical authorities today, then why are some of the most popular vaccines commonly administered to children demonstrably causing autism in animal primates? This is the question many people are now asking after a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of Pittsburgh(UP) in Pennsylvania revealed that many of the infant monkeys given standard doses of childhood vaccines as part of the new research developed autism symptoms.
Presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research(IMFAR) in London, England, the findings revealed that young macaque monkeys given the typical CDC-recommended vaccination schedule from the 1990s, and in appropriate doses for the monkeys’ sizes and ages, tended to develop autism symptoms. Their unvaccinated counterparts, on the other hand, developed no such symptoms, which points to a strong connection between vaccines and autism spectrum disorders.
In doing a little more research into the study cited by Natural News, I am not sure I would use the word “recent”, as it was published in 2010. VacTruth explains:
Lead investigator Laura Hewitson, PhD, probably dropped a bombshell when she and her colleagues completed a macaque monkey (primates) study of the very same vaccines given to children during 1994-1999, i.e., the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine and several Thimerosal mercury-containing vaccines injected into children during that time frame when the autism spectrum disorder skyrocketed.
The results of that pilot study were published as a Research Paper in Acta Neurobiological Experimentals in 2010 and titled “Influence of pediatric vaccines on amydgala growth and opioid ligand binding in rhesus macaque infants: A pilot study.”  Even though there was alleged controversy revolving around Hewitson’s monkey studies, e.g., charges of conflicts of interest since she filed a claim with the vaccine court on behalf of her child,  the information generated needs to be revisited and duplicate studies need to be undertaken. Why haven’t they? Is there too much influence from vaccine makers not to do them?
Dr. Hewitson ended up leaving the UP, and as expected, the study has been criticized.
It would be interesting and prudent to see if other scientists could replicate the UP’s results to confirm the link between autism and vaccinations. I am not in favor of continuing to subject primates to studies, but our children should also not be subjected.
One question I have is why are spectrum disorders still growing when current vaccinations use different preservatives? Thimerasol is no longer as common (still in the flu vaccine), thus I would like to see this experiment conducted with current vaccines and the current CDC schedule. Yes, we saw a huge increase in autism in the 90s, but the rates continue to rise at a greater rate now.
I have never felt that vaccinations are the sole cause, but I do there is something happening with epigenetics and the chemicals we are exposed to, including vaccinations.