Back in 2000 the National Vaccine Information Center, a consumer run educational non-profit, which “does not advocate for or against the use of vaccines” published an article entitled “Autism and Vaccines: a New Look at an Old Story.”

The article is still available on line:

The issue of the effectiveness and potential dangers of vaccines has raged on now for decades with increasing numbers of parents opting out of routine vaccination of their children.  This has prompted a number of states to propose and / or pass mandatory vaccination legislation.

Now most of you who read me know that my wife and I had a profoundly disabled son.  You can read all about our trials and tribulations in a series of four posts on this blog:

Michael was born on April 17, 1975 and, looking back, was perfectly normal, with absolutely no indication that there was any medical problem.  He came home with a clean bill of health..  That Summer he got his shots.  He ran a high fever, screamed all night.  “That is to be expected.  He’ll be fine.”

By Christmas he was in Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York with gran mal seizures.

I had the best neurologists money could buy.

They had no firm diagnosis.  There was clearly something wrong with the frontal lobes of his brain.  We had extensive genetic testing.  “Are you two related?”   No.

“It might be Krabbe’s Disease;”   the tests were inconclusive.

We took him home.  He never walked, spoke or sat up.  Every meal he ever ate we fed him.  Everywhere he ever went we carried him.  He never gave us any indication that he could see or hear.  One morning ten years later he woke up and simply died in my arms.

Two years after his first seizure, another doctor expressed doubt that Michael had Krabbe’s.  He asked about the DPT vaccine we routinely had given to him.

He gave us a report from Britain indicating a number of serious neurological problems in infants.  We contacted the CDC and were asked to provide Michael’s medical records for their “study.”

By 1985, the year Mike died, came the Coulter and Fisher report – persistent reports by parents in the U.S., Canada and Europe that their children were healthy, bright and happy until they received one or more vaccines and then descended into the isolated, painful world of autism marked by chronic immune and neurological dysfunction, including repetitive and uncontrollable behavior.

“There’s no question that DPT vaccinations save lives; they have lowered the annual pertussis deaths from about 1000 annually to less than ten. Unfortunately, as reported by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), the form of the vaccine used and sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control also kills as many as 900 children per year, and leaves one of every 62,000 children immunized with permanent brain damage.”

British researcher Dr. Gordon T. Stewart, of the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Glasgow, documented adverse reactions to DPT vaccine and evaluated the benefit to risk ratio for children in the United Kingdom. His research demonstrated that 1 of every 54,000 children receiving the vaccine suffered encephalopathy (brain disfunction) with rare instances of mental retardation ensuing. Other symptoms included fits of screaming, unresponsiveness, shock, vomiting, localized paralysis, and convulsions.

Back in the 1970s the DPT vaccine utilized “whole cell” antigens; it took until the 1990s to introduce an “acelular”vaccine  (which uses only a portion of the disease cell as an antigen); the acellular vaccines supposedly had markedly reduced adverse effects.

The “purified” vaccine had been produced and used in other countries for over 15 years, before it was available here.  The catch: it costs $9 more per injection at the time.

While most parents would happily cough up the additional nine bucks to ensure their children’s safety, drug companies lobbied to delay the use of the purified vaccine (acellular) for as long as possible — it might cut into their inflated 50 percent profit margins per vaccination.

The incidence of autism, like that of learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), asthma, diabetes, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease and other autoimmune and neurological disorders, has risen dramatically in the U.S. and other technologically advanced countries, while high vaccination rates have caused the incidence of childhood infectious diseases to fall just as dramatically in these countries.

Instead of epidemics of infectious disease, there are now epidemics of chronic disease.

A University of California study published by the U.S. Department of Education in 1996 found that “The proportion of the US population with disabilities has risen markedly during the past quarter-century . . . this recent change seems to be due not to demographics, but to greater numbers of children and young adults reported as having disabilities.” The study concluded that “these changes may be partly accounted for by the increases in the prevalence of asthma, mental disorders (including attention deficit disorder), mental retardation, and learning disabilities that have been noted among children in recent years.”

No shit.

I am going to be 74 years young soon.  I grew up in the crowded streets of New York, went to public schools, and over the years met lots and lots of folks.

I never met anyone with autistic like behaviors until the 1970s.  When Michael became disabled my wife and I began moving in those circles – others parents with neurologically impaired children.  I met my first autistic kid.

The number of children with autism today is simply astounding to me.  This old guy thinks something is seriously wrong.

And we need do a hell f a lot more than pass legislation mandating childhood vaccination and relieving the manufacturers of vaccines of any liability for their products.

In his 1990 book Vaccination, Social Violence and Criminality, medical historian Harris Coulter, Ph.D., expands on the evidence he and Barbara Loe Fisher first presented in DPT: A Shot in the Dark and draws parallels between the residual learning disabilities and hyperactive/abnormal behavior caused by complications of disease or vaccine-induced encephalitis and the hyperactive/abnormal behavior and learning disabilities being exhibited by more and more American children.

No doctor ever linked Michael’s disabilities and death to his cellular DPT vaccinations.

They never will.

But I know; I just know how and from what he died.



Father and son – 1978.    His brain damage was so severe that his life was already over.  It would be several more years before I could fully accept it.






About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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8 Responses to Vaccines

  1. beetleypete says:

    We have a close friend whose son is at the highest level of Autism. He has never spoken, cannot look after himself in any way, and requires constant care. He is 23 years old now, and he was fine at birth. That was until the day he had the combined MMR injection, immunisation against measles, mumps, and rubella. Soon after, his development failed to progress, and the rest is history.
    This can be helped by having the injections separately, at different times, but for some reason, this is ‘not recommended’ by the Ministry of Health here. Instead, they constantly debunk all theories of connection between Autism, and the MMR programme, with a scare campaign highlighting the chances of contracting the diseases they want to immunise against.
    Sadly, all these years later, you are not alone in your pain, Frank.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • toritto says:

      My son also had the MMR vaccine but the first reports I read in 1977 mentioned the DPT vaccine specifically. Indeed all the reports linking the vaccines and neurological disorders were debunked by the medical establishment and the drug manufacturers. Nobody wanted to get sued.

      When my daughters came along we had a physician who recommended the acellular vaccine (which was not readily available at the time but which he obtained for us) and splitting up the shots – normally three. My girls got 9 instead of three – and had no reactions. Best regards from Florida.


  2. jfwknifton says:

    Many years ago, it was necessary for my Dad to have a number of inoculations for tropical diseases, given over a series of weeks before the squadron’s departure to the Far East. My Dad, however, was absent away on some technical course, and therefore missed his chance for the injections. When he returned, one of the doctors decided the best way to save time would be to give him all of his inoculations at once. As anybody with the faintest bit of common sense might have guessed, Fred was extremely ill, and in actual fact, he nearly died. That’s the same principle. The bodies of a few people just can’t cope.


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  4. I’m with you on the vaccines issue. When my first grandson was born in February, they tried to give him a hepatitis B vaccine at birth. Fortunately my daughter and son-in-law and I had discussed it beforehand, and they said no. Hepatitis B is only transmitted via secretions (usually sex and iv drugs). Why the hell does a newborn baby need to be vaccinated against it? My daughter tried to ask this question and was told he might be exposed to it in the hospital. She told them their hygiene practices were their problem not hers.

    By the way, there is virtually no quality control over current vaccines. The current lot of pertussis vaccine no longer protects against whooping cough – when there is an epidemic kids will get it even if they’re vaccinated.

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  5. Lara/Trace says:

    I am so sorry. This hurts to read.

    Liked by 1 person

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