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.American Free Press
.Vol IX .#16-17April 20-27,


Autism, Vaccine
Debate Rages

By Christopher J. Petherick

.Despite a recent federal court ruling that denies there is a link between a combination of vaccines given to children and a rise in autism the debate still rages on.
If all people had access to was the mainstream media, they would think that the case is closed on the link between vaccines and a mysterious and debilitating disease known as autism, which causes a downward spiral in a child's ability to communicate and think clearly.
The mainstream media pointed to the three highly touted "test cases" against families who had claimed that their childrens' autism had been caused by the MMR (mumps-measles-rubella) vaccine, a combination of vaccines that purportedly immunize kids against these diseases. The court ruled on Feb. 12 that the families had "failed to establish causation between MMR vaccines, the mercury-laced vaccine preservative known as thimerosal, and autism.
In an opinion piece posed online, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the assassinated attorney general and a leading advocate for autistic children, wrote that the mainstream media joined the government and its allies in the pharmaceutical industry "hailing the decisions as proof that the scientific doubts about vaccine safety had finally been ‘demolished.’”
But they apparently missed another case which ended one week later with a family of an autistic child receiving $800,000 after a court had ruled in June 2007 that they had proven a link between MMR and autism.
“The family of 10-year-old Bailey Banks won their case quietly and without fanfare in June of 2007, but the ruling has only now come to public attention,” wrote Kennedy. “In the remarkably clear and eloquent decision, Special Master Richard Abell ruled that the Bankses had successfully demonstrated that ‘the MMR vaccine at issue actually caused the conditions from which Bailey suffered and continues to suffer.’ ”
Kennedy cites a number of other recent cases, which also sided with the families of autistic children: “Medical records associated with these proceedings clearly tell the tale. . . . the children have all the classic symptoms of regressive autism; following vaccination a perfectly healthy child experiences high fever, seizures, and other illnesses, then gradually, over about three months, loses language, the ability to make eye contact, becomes “over-focused” and engages in stereotypical head banging and screaming and then suffers developmental delays characteristic of autism.”
Thanks to these dedicated families, the debate over the link between vaccines and autism still carries on—in spite of the well-funded medical-industrial complex and its lackeys and mouthpieces in government and the mainstream media.


Christopher Petherick is a journalist and publisher based in Maryland. For more information, see his website at or write directly to BRANDYWINE HOUSE BOOKS AND MEDIA, P.O. Box 638, Cheltenham, MD 20623. Check out the newbook The Legalized Crime of Banking while you are there. Petherick encourages all readers with Internet access to sign up for AFP’s free weekly email newsletter and special updates. It’s loaded with house news and interesting offers available only to newsletter recipients and AFP web site users. See for more.



(Issue #16-17 Health Supplement, April 20-27, 2009, AMERICAN FREE PRESS)


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