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The new MMR?

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:773

Rapid Response:

Re: No! The Old DPT

In an article in the Townsend Letters, Harold Buttram talks about MMR
vaccine as a potential cause of encephalitis (brain inflammation) in
children (1). Also, in another article Dr. Buttram talks about pertussis
causing allergic encephalomyelitis in laboratory animals.(2) One only has
to check the vaccine inserts on the DPT, HIB and hepatitis B vaccines to
see that they
contain thimerosal. (3)

Our son, Eric received 5 DPT shots, one MMR vaccine, a HIB shot, an
oral polio and 3 hepatitis vaccines. The MMR caused
Eric's regression into autism but the other vaccines didn't help him as
well. The hepatitis B vaccines caused the aggressive tantrums we see today
where he head-butts, pulls hair, scratches, kicks, bites and chokes family
members and others he
comes in contact with.

The following extract:
For more than 25 years, it has been known that pertussis vaccine is a
reliable adjuvant for the production of experimental allergic
encephalitis. This experimental allergic encephalomyelitis is mediated
by sensitized lymphocytes rather than serum antibody mechanisms. Pertussis
vaccine has also been used as an adjuvant in the following experimental
autoimmune diseases: thyroiditis, myocarditis, glomerulonephritis,
uveoretinitis, and hemolytic anemia. Except for the adjuvant effect upon
antibody responses to specific vaccines, there is no evidence that any of
the experimental adjuvant activities of pertussis vaccine, and
specifically LPF, occur in vaccinated children. (4)

Besides this are other DPT vaccine citations. (5)
We need to realize that there is more to this issue of autoimmunity and
vaccines than just the MMR vaccine and thimerosal
issue. In the meantime, the epidemic of autism will skyrocket and human
tragedies will continue. The liability issue will not
disappear and as the numbers increase, the liability issue will increase
accordingly. It is better to resolve this issue now, then
wait for a future where the public will not be so understanding.

Our son who has these aggressions is 6-foot, 2-inches
tall weighing 209 pounds. There was a story in the Orlando
Sentinel where the young man, Andy Misura, the same age as
our son, Eric, age 19 years old, was 6-foot, 4-inches
tall and weighed 294 pounds.(6) This is the human aspect
that will continue to grow, in more ways than one. God help us if this is


1. Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Vaccine as a Potential Cause of
Encephalitis (Brain Inflammation) in ChildrenMARCH 9, 1998 ISSUE #39B by
Harold E. Buttram, MD Townsend Letters Dec. 1997

2. Shaken Baby/Impact Syndrome: Flawed Concepts and Misdiagnoses


4. Cherry, J.D (1988)., Brunell, P.A., Golden, G.S., Karzon, D.T.,
(1988), Report of the task force on pertussis and pertussis immunization,
Pediatrics 81:6 Part 11 (June 1988) Supplement pp 936-984.


6. Orlando Sentinel
Monday, February 23, 2004
Page A7
Special Report: Living with Disabilities
Illogical rules leave family fractured
State refused part-time help with autistic son
by Debbie Salamone
Sentinel Staff Writer
Debbie Salamone can be reached at or at 407-

Competing interests:
Founder of The Autism Autoimmunity Project and father to Eric, who has regressive autism and tested positive for myelin basic protein antibodies, has elevated measles antibody titers, T-cell abnormalities and colitis.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 March 2004
Raymond Gallup
Founder of The Autism Autoimmunity Project
45 Iroquois Avenue, Lake Hiawatha, NJ USA