(Health Secrets) It’s hard to ignore the fact that autism risk has increased at nearly epidemic levels among our nation’s children in the past 15 years. At least 1 in 68 children is now diagnosed with autism or one of the related autism spectrum disorders. A troubling link has been suggested between autism spectrum disorders and the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine in particular.
A re-analysis of CDC data, published in the August 2014 journal Translational Neurodegeneration, re-examined the statistically significant increase in MMR cases among young African American males who received their first dosage of the vaccine before 36 months of age. They found that the relative risk of the disease actually increased by 226 percent
By contrast, there was no corresponding increase between autism risk and the MMR vaccine in girls of any age group studied.
Researchers noted that there was a strong link between autism and the MMR vaccine in young African American males only, and it seemed to be dependent upon the age at which they received the vaccine.
Although previous research found limited conclusive evidence for a link between autism and the MMR vaccine in a population of all children, there may be something unique about the biology of African American males that puts them at a greater risk of developing autism.
Similarly, a 2010 study found that the hepatitis B vaccine increased the autism risk by a whopping 453 percent in African American boys, when it contained the mercury compound known as thimerosal. In Caucasian boys, that increase was 87 percent.
Low levels of vitamin D may explain this difference
We now know that disease rates differ for African American boys, and it appears that differences in vitamin D levels may be the reason. Approximately 30 to 60 percent of Caucasians have adequate vitamin D levels, whereas only 5 to 10 percent of African Americans have acceptable vitamin D levels.
Vitamin D is known to play a role in a number of key functions in the brain. Low levels disrupt the production of serotonin in the brain, which may increase vulnerability for developing autism.
Vitamin D receptors have been found in many different tissues and organs in the body, including the small intestine, colon, osteoblasts, activated T and B lymphocytes and islet cells. Vitamin D is an important part of many physiological processes. Vitamin D also prevents inflammatory bowel disease.
In addition to the increased autism risk that applies only to males, young African American women face a unique risk as well – they are more likely to develop lupus when vitamin D levels are too low.
Low levels of vitamin D can put everyone at risk of depression, increased cardiovascular risks, cancer, and muscle weakness. Some research suggests that low vitamin D levels may also be implicated in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and multiple sclerosis. All children with low vitamin D levels appear to be at greater risk of developing severe asthma. Now we can add the risk of developing autism as being greater in specific populations with low levels of vitamin D.
Big pharma covered up research after it showed increased autism risk with vaccinations
A former CDC Scientist, Dr. William Thompson, who was a researcher involved in this study, unveiled a massive cover up to dispose of the original findings. He fought for 10 years using the Freedom of Information Act to obtain documents pertaining to the link between autism and African American males. It was only when these records were finally released that the cover-up he had spoken of was exposed.
Normally this level of corruption would have been reported in all national media, but the politics behind big pharmaceutical companies can prevent the public from being educated about the true risks behind vaccinations.
For more information
Expression of concern: measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data. Translational Neurodegeneration. 2014;3:18. doi:10.1186/2047-9158-3-18.