A controversial film about a possible link between autism and vaccinations has been pulled from Robert De Niro’s Tribeca film festival, after the actor consulted “the scientific community” and found “concerns with certain things in this film.” The father of an autistic child and co-founder of the festival, De Niro at first defended the decision to premiere “Vaxxed: from Cover-Up to Catastrophe.”
The film was directed by Andrew Wakefield, a former British doctor who published an study in 1998 that claimed links between a vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and autism. Wakefield has been attacked ever since and lost his medical license.
While the media continues to assert there’s no link at all, citing scientific consensus, here are some quotes from Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer at the UK Department of Health in a 2006 interview, questioning that assertion.
“Clinical and scientific data is steadily accumulating that the live measles virus in MMR can cause brain, gut and immune system damage in a subset of vulnerable children,” said Dr. Fletcher. “There are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves.”
“There’s no one conclusive piece of scientific evidence, no ‘smoking gun’, because there very rarely is when adverse drug reactions are first suspected. When vaccine damage in very young children is involved, it is harder to prove the links. But it is the steady accumulation of evidence, from a number of respected universities, teaching hospitals and laboratories around the world, that matters here. There’s far too much to ignore. Yet government health authorities are, it seems, more than happy to do so.”
“There has been a tenfold increase in autism and related forms of brain damage over the past 15 years, roughly coinciding with MMR’s introduction, and an extremely worrying increase in childhood inflammatory bowel diseases and immune disorders such as diabetes, and no one in authority will even admit it’s happening, let alone try to investigate the causes.”
He added there was “no way” the tenfold leap in autistic children could be the result of better recognition and definitional changes, as claimed by health authorities.
Dr. Fletcher said: “It is entirely possible that the immune systems of a small minority simply cannot cope with the challenge of the three live viruses in the MMR jab, and the ever-increasing vaccine load in general.”
And finally a quote from British physician, Dr. Richard Halvorsen, author of The Truth About Vaccines: “There is mounting evidence that, by artificially stimulating the body’s immune system, a barrage of vaccines can actually promote auto-immune disorders such as multiple sclerosis in susceptible people. Furthermore, some vaccines contain toxic metals such as aluminium and mercury. The fact is that the human body is a finely balanced eco-system, which overzealous vaccination can upset. We have to be absolutely sure that the medical and political establishment’s growing reliance on vaccines does not ultimately do more harm than good.”