Top Scientists Calling for Environmental Autism Research


Top scientists are indicating that the studies have yet to be done, and need to be done, to determine whether autism is caused by environmental factors including (but not limited to) vaccines.  The former head for scientific research in the U.S. government has gone as far as saying the research hasn’t been done because “They don’t want to pursue this hypothesis because it could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people”.

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal department for protecting the health of all Americans.  The HHS includes many agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  By far the largest of these agencies is the NIH, which is the steward of medical research for the USA.  Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend health life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.  To be appointed as NIH director, the head of all NIH agencies, one must be a highly well-respected scientist.  So when a former or current NIH director speaks about a research issue, it carries great weight.  That’s why it’s important for the reader to know what such people, and other important scientists, are saying about autism causality.

{May 2008} Dr. Bernadine Healy, former director of NIH, on vaccine-induced autism — “I think public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as ‘irrational,’ without sufficient studies of causation… without studying the population that got sick.  I have not seen major studies that focus on 300 kids who got autistic symptoms within a period of a few weeks of the vaccines.  We do have the opportunity to understand whether or not there are susceptible children — perhaps medically, perhaps they have a metabolic issue, mitochondrial disorder, medical issue — that makes them more susceptible to vaccines, plural, or to one particular vaccine, or to a component of vaccines, like mercury…  I love Institute of Medicine, but a report from 2004 basically said, ‘Do not pursue susceptibility groups. Don’t look for those children who may be vulnerable.’ I really take issue with that conclusion… Because they were afraid that, if they found them, however big or small they were, that would scare the public away.  They don’t want to pursue this hypothesis because it could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people. I don’t believe the truth ever scares people.” (HERE and HERE) ;

{2011} CDC to Study Vaccines and Autism — “Meanwhile, the IACC (Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee) has signaled a shift in research priorities into the causes of autism, moving away from genetic studies in favor of investigating the interaction between genes and environmental factors, which it said could include toxins, biological agents and vaccines.”

{2006} Frances Collins, current NIH director (and famous geneticist) – ”Genes alone do not tell the whole story. Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment …” (HERE)

{Dec 2009} Dr. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Chair of the federal government’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) — “There is no question that there has got to be an environmental component here.” (HERE)

{Feb 2009} Dr. Duane Alexander, Director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), an NIH agency – “One question (is) whether there is a subgroup in the population that, on a genetic basis, is more susceptible to some vaccine characteristic or component than most of the population, and may develop an ASD in response to something about vaccination. We know that genetic variations exist that cause adverse reactions to specific foods, medications, or anesthetic agents. It is legitimate to ask whether a similar situation may exist for vaccines.” (HERE)

{2009} Articles by David Kirby describing major research initiatives investigating vaccine-induced autism (HERE and HERE)

{Nov 2008} Article by David Kirby listing groups and individuals who in 2008 have advocated or considered exploring possible links between vaccines and autism:

1) Both Presidential Candidates
2) Director of the CDC
3) Former head of the NIH and American Red Cross
4) Chair of the U.S. House Science Subcommittee on Investigations
5) Dr. Jon Poling, Pediatric Neurologist
6) HHS Vaccine Safety Working Group
7) CDC Vaccine Safety Research Agenda
8) Medical personnel at HHS Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
9) Members of the Strategic Planning Workgroup of the IAC Committee
10) Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Network – CISA
11) Autism researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School
12) America’s health insurance companies
13) Autism Speaks
14) The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation
15) Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer at the UK Department of Health