The vaccine strain of measles virus has been found in the guts of 85 percent of autistic children in a New York University School of Medicine study.
The finding renews concerns that the triple combination vaccine of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) given to children may not be entirely safe.
In the study, biopsies of gut tissue were performed on 82 autistic children who had serious intestinal inflammation. Seventy of these showed evidence of the measles virus.
Similar results were found by Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who found the measles virus in the guts of 12 autistic children in 1998, and pathologist John O'Leary in 2002.
In the UK, over 2,000 parents say their children were developing normally until they received the MMR vaccine when they were 12-18 months old. Afterward, the children developed autism. Some theorize that the virus may pass through the gut and into the bloodstream, from which it is able to attack the brain.
Mainstream scientists maintain that there is no evidence linking the MMR vaccine to autism, however, in the UK concerns regarding MMR's potential side effects have driven vaccination rates to as low as 70 percent.
For longtime readers of this site, you will not be at all surprised about this association as I have been mentioning it on this site for nearly nine years.
However, to many new readers this probably sounds like medical heresy. If you recently started exploring natural medicine I implore you to take a few deep breaths, calm yourself and carefully and objectively examine the evidence. Avoid the temptation to dismiss this as a bunch of rubbish because experts you trust say otherwise.
The vaccine issue is one of the most controversial topics in medicine and typically one of the last positions a conventionally trained physician will relinquish once they carefully study the issue. I know that was true for me and my views of Dr. Robert Mendelsohn, one of the major pioneers in this area.
Like most physicians I viewed him as a dangerous ignorant quack who clearly did not understand what he was talking about and whose views were putting innocent children at risk.
However, as I learned more about the risks of vaccines, and began to see hundreds of brain-injured children in my own practice who had been damaged by vaccines, my views changed quite dramatically. I actually regret never having met him before he died, as he worked out of the University of Illinois, which is where I graduated from.
Dr. Mendelsohn was a brave man who dared to tell the truth and stood up to the conventional system to protect kids from the harm that vaccines were causing. He wrote an excellent book, How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctor, that is still available today. It can help you sort through the vaccine mess if you are still in the exploration phase and just aren't sure if vaccines are useful or harmful yet.
So I urge you to not make the same mistake I did 20 years ago and quickly dismiss this issue because it conflicts with what you were taught. For your sake and, more importantly, for the sake of your precious children, please examine this issue very carefully before you pass a harsh judgment on this important issue.