With all the controversy swirling around vaccines and autism, it seems that the most controversial point of all has essentially been locked in a dark room and deliberately kept from us.
It may not be the vaccines themselves that cause autism but there is one constituent that is causing great alarm (for those who know about it). No, it's not thimerosal.
And I guarantee even the most ardent supporters of vaccination will be outraged to discover what they have unknowingly been infusing into their bodies and their children's bodies.
Helen Ratajczak is a former senior scientist for a drug company. She recently published a review of autism research that spans the full history of the disorder, from 1943 (when autism was first identified) to present.
Ratajczak's review has important insights about the contents of vaccines and how they could trigger autism. But one detail jumps out. And it's easy to miss, because it's hidden in a simple, three-word phrase that appears only once, toward the very end of Ratajczak's 79-page review.
Here's the sentence: "An additional increased spike in incidence of autism occurred in 1995 when the chicken pox vaccine was grown in human foetal tissue."
Human. Foetal. Tissue.
How was this hidden from us? Why isn't this information included on every vaccine consent form? Can you imagine how horrified most people would be to find out their children were injected with a vaccine grown in tissue from human foetuses?!
And this is not an isolated case.
The National Network for Immunization Information reports that two different strains of human cell cultures made from foetuses have been used extensively in vaccine production for DECADES.
One strain came from lung cells taken from a female foetus of 3-months gestation, and the other was taken from a male foetus at 14-weeks. In addition, the virus used to make the rubella vaccine was isolated from a third foetus.
The Network further reports that the foetuses were intentionally aborted, but were not aborted for the purpose of harvesting the cells. The resulting cell cultures "have been used to prepare hundreds of millions of doses of vaccines, preventing millions of cases of rubella, hepatitis A, varicella and rabies."
The defence is that human cells are the best source for vaccines because cells taken from animals can carry animal viruses that would obviously be very harmful in any vaccine.
That's all great press release writing, but I'm still livid!
Scientists simply should not get to decide whether to share this information or how to rationalize it.
This is an intensely personal issue and everyone should be able to make a decision on vaccination with all the facts in front of them.
Right now, there aren't options to choose a vaccine that wasn't grown in human foetal tissue. So parents armed with this information can simply choose to vaccinate or NOT.
"Theoretical aspects of autism: Causes - A review" Helen V. Ratajczak, Journal of Immunotoxicology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2/9/11, informahealthcare.com
"Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review" Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, 3/31/11, cbsnews.com
"Human Fetal Links with Some Vaccines" National Network for Immunization Information, 6/3/08, immunizationinfo.org
"Short term use of painkillers could be dangerous to heart patients" American Heart Association press release, 5/9/11, eurekalert.org