In New Research, Vaccinated Monkeys Showed “Significant Delays” in Development of Critical Reflexes Compared to Control Group
By Sharyl Attkisson
October 7, 2009
(CBS) In a newly-published study, vaccinated monkeys demonstrated “significant delays in the acquisition of critical survival reflexes” compared to an unvaccinated control group, reports CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
It was the first time researchers had time compared vaccinated animals with unvaccinated controls. Researchers vaccinated 13 newborn rhesus macaque monkeys with Hepatitis B vaccine containing a standardized amount of thimerosal – a vaccine preservative thought by some to cause developmental issues. The thimerosal dose matched that given to human babies until the early 2000s. Four monkeys received a saline placebo and three more had no shots at all.
The study found the unvaccinated animals developed normally, while the vaccinated monkeys demonstrated the survival reflex delays. According to one of the lead investigators, Dr. Laura Hewitson of the University of Pittsburgh, “Infants of lower birth weight and gestational age were at greater risk.”
The study, published last week in the scientific journal NeuroToxicology, was not designed to determine whether it was the thimerosal or another component of the vaccine that caused the observed delays.
“We undertook these experiments largely because we were unable to find any safety studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated animals,” said another study author, Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Thoughtful House, which provides resources for children with developmental disorders.
Comment from Leslie
First time in 40 years that a vaccinated group – even on monkeys- was compared to unvaccinated controls….FIRST TIME AN INDEPENDENT STUDY WAS DONE….Reminds me of 2002 when the HRT study – the first independent study conducted by the Women’s Health Institute was halted because the risks outweighed the benefits.
Hmmmm…..guess there is something to be said for independent studies verus pharmaceutical funded studies. It is a crime that these independent studies cost so much money that it is hard to get them conducted.
I think that we should be comparing the health of unvaccinated children to those that have been vaccinated.
Maybe someone will finally wake up and smell the coffee.