Australian Report - Antibodies to Myelin Protein

As with politics, some of the best information comes from abroad – anything outside the borders of, at times, Not-So-Good-USA. Oh, Toby Keith would be upset with me. I digress.

Here’s a good general report from an Australian psychologist regarding various treatments for autism including diet, etc., and possible causes:

One study found that 84% of autistic children tested had antibodies to brain tissue in the form of antibodies to myelin basic protein. There was also a strong correlation between myelin basic protein antibodies and antibodies to the MMR vaccine.. There were also signs of central nervous system and genetic damage following vaccination. “Results indicate that autoimmune pathology is more frequent in countries where vaccination is more widespread….”

Also found was live measles virus in the intestinal lining of children with autism, raising the possibility that the MMR may actually be responsible for some of the gastrointestinal abnormalities common in these children. The study also notes “some interesting parallels between autism and tetanus”

Chronic infection by vaccine viruses

Dr. Andrew Wakefield and co-workers of the Royal Free Hospital in London found a possible link between MMR vaccine, Crohn’s disease of the bowel, and autism.

In a selected group of previously, apparently normal children the data provides further support for a link between autism and the gut. Onset of behavioural symptoms linked with MMR vaccination appeared in some and all children had significant intestinal pathology.

If the MMR vaccine were causing an autoimmune reaction involving the brains of autistic children, what would be the mechanism?

One of the differences between the vaccine and the respective wild virus infections is the way they enter the body: injections versus mucosal entry. Another difference is that wild viruses have serial passage through human hosts, a vaccine may be incubated in animal culture tissue.

Viruses are highly susceptible to the process of “jumping genes” in which they may incorporate genetic material from tissue in which they are cultured. The process may be further affected by the fact that protein sequences in the measles virus have been found to be similar to those found in brain tissues.

This has been shown in tests of blood samples which led to the discovery of unique cell-destroying viruses, termed ‘stealth viruses” that were not recognised by the immune system. These are thought to have clearly originated from the simian cytomegalic virus, and they would induce immune responses from the host.

Live attenuated vaccine viruses can not only revert to virulence, but “may cause [a] mild form of disease;” or, due to the presence of viral genomes, “may be[come] pathogenic or oncogenic (cancer causing) in some [people’s] systems.” Aside from these forms of infection, persistent or latent infections may be engendered by viruses (Molecular Virology, pp. 39-41).

This does not detract from the fact that these diseases, such as measles, may have complications resulting in brain injury. Measles can precipitate subacute sclerosing pariencephalitis and encephalomyelitis. The latter illness may follow not only measles, but also rubella, varicella, mumps, influenza, and other childhood diseases, just as smallpox and rabies vaccinations may be complicated by postvaccinal encephalomyelitis. in these cases, the vaccine itself could cause similar sequelae through molecular mimicking.

But there is still another means by which a live virus vaccine can cause disease: since vaccine viruses are grown in animal or human cells, contaminating or endogenous (‘produced from within’) animal viruses can inhabit the vaccine and infect a vaccinated individual. Early batches of killed polio vaccine, for instance, were found to be contaminated with Simian Virus 40 (Molecular Virology, pp. 39-43; 75-6; 78-9), which has been linked with cancer years after infection.

Another thought is that many of today’s children are the second-generation to be exposed to vaccines. Born to mothers vaccinated for measles, mumps, and/or rubella, it is possible the reaction may be increasing in this generation due to sensitisation to the vaccines being transmitted to the foetus during pregnancy.

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