by: Megson, Mary Norfleet, MD
TESTIMONY PRESENTED TO GOVERNMENT REFORM COMMITTEE HEARING ON AUTISM
Washington, DC, April 6, 2000
Mr. Chairman, Honorable Dan Burton and members of the committee:
My name is Mary Norfleet Megson. I am a board-certified pediatrician, Fellowship trained in Child Development, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Medical College of Virginia. I have practiced pediatrics for 22 years, the last 15 years seeing only children with Developmental Disabilities, which include learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, cerebral palsy, mental retardation and autism. I have served as advisor to the City of Richmond and the surrounding counties as they have established entire programs for autistic children.
In 1978, I learned as a resident at Boston Floating Hospital that the incidence of autism was one in 10,000 children. Over the last 10 years I have watched the incidence of autism skyrocket to 1 in 300 to 1 in 600 children(1).
The segment of children with "regressive autism", the form where children develop normally for a period of time then lose skills and sink into autism most commonly at 18 to 24 months of age, is increasing at a phenomenal rate. I am seeing multiple children in the same family affected, including in the last week four cases of "autistic regression" developing in four-year-old children after their MMR and DPT vaccination. In the past, this was unheard of.
In the vast majority of these cases, one parent reports night blindness(2) or other rarer disorders which are caused by a genetic defect in a G protein(3), where they join cell membrane receptors, which are activated by retinoids, neurotransmitters, hormones, secretin and other protein messengers. G proteins are cellular proteins that upgrade or downgrade signals in sensory organs that regulate touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision. The are found all over the body in high concentration in the gut and in the brain(3), and turn on or off multiple metabolic pathways including those for metabolism and cell growth.
Close to the age of "autistic regression", we add pertussis toxin (DPT vaccine) which completely disrupts G Alpha signals(3). This leads to:
(1) Glycogen breakdown (elevated blood sugar); (2) Lipid breakdown (increased blood fats);
(3) Cell growth differentiation (uncontrolled cell growth)
The MMR vaccine given at 15 months precedes the DPT at 18 months, which turns on uncontrolled cell growth differentiation.
Families of these damaged children report cancer in the parents or grandparents, the most common being colon cancer(10). The genetic defect is a cancer gene (rasoncogene). It is the same defect as that for congenital stationary night blindness(11).
G protein defects cause severe loss of rod function in most autistic children(12). They lose night vision and shading on objects in the daylight and 3D vision, seeing only colour and shape except for a box in the middle of their visual field. They try to make sense of the world around them by lining up toys, sorting by color. Their avoidance of eye contact is an attempt to get light to land off center in the retina where they have some rod function. Mother's touch feels like sandpaper on their skin. Common sounds become like nails scraped on a blackboard.
I am using natural lipid soluble concentrated cis form of vitamin A in cod liver oil to bypass blocked G protein pathways and turn on these central retinoid receptors. In a few days, most of these children regain eye contact. After two months on vitamin A treatment, some of these children, when given a single dose of bethanechol to stimulate pathways in the parasympathetic system in the gut, focus, laugh, concentrate, show a sense of humor and talk after 30 minutes as if reconnected.(20)
This improves cognition, but they are still physically ill. When these children get the MMR vaccine, their vitamin A stores are depleted; they cannot compensate for blocked pathways. Lack of vitamin A (the anti-infective agent) leaves them immuno-suppressed. They lack cell-mediated immunity. On cod liver oil, the only natural source of this natural substance, the children get well.
The parasympathetic nervous system is blocked by the second G protein defect. These children are unable to relax, focus and digest their food. Instead they are in sympathetic overdrive with a constant outpouring of adrenaline and stress hormones. They are anxious, have dilated pupils, high blood pressure and heart rate. These and other symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are part of this constant "fright or flight" response. These symptoms improve on bethanechol.
Children with autism are physically ill, immuno-suppressed with a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting multiple organ systems. Implementing vaccine policies that are safe for all children should become our first priority.
Mothers from all over the country have brought pictures of their autistic children to Washington this weekend. Most of these children were born normal and lost to "autistic regression". Look into their eyes and you will hear their silence.
Mary N. Megson, MD., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Megson's research paper titled "Is Autism A G-Alpha Protein Defect Reversible with natural Vitamin A? (J.Med Hypo 2000 Mar.) can be viewed at her website www.megson.com
1. Rollins R.A. Report to the California state legislature 3/1/99, personal communication.
2. Megson M. Is autism a G alpha protein defect reversible with natural vitamin A? J.Med Hypo 2000 Mar.
3. Farvel, Z, Bourne, HR, Iiri, T. The Expanding Spectrum of G Protein Disease. N Engl J Med 1999; 340:1012-1018
10. Cohen, A, Bennett, J. Rheumatology and Immunology, 2nd Ed. Orlando: Grune and Stratton, 1986:442.
11. Drujo TP, Hahn LB, Reboul T, Arnaud B. Missense mutation in the gene encoding the alpha subunit of rod transducin... Nat Gent. 1996 July; 13(3): 348-60.
12. Realmuto G, Purple R, Knoblock W, Electroretinograms in four autistic probands and six first degree relatives. Can J Psy. 1989;34;435-9.
20. Sporn M, Roberts A, Goodman D. The Retinoids, 2nd ed. New York:Raven Press, 1994:339.
"FIRST DO NO HARM"
DO CHILDREN'S SHOTS INVITE AUTISM? CHRONIC DISEASES HAVE RISEN WITH INCREASED VACCINATIONS AGAINST ACUTE DISEASES
by Bernard Rimland, Ph.D.
If the multibillion-dollar vaccine industry had heeded Hippocrates' dictum to "First Do No Harm", and concentrated on making vaccines safe, the 300% to 500% nationwide increase in autism probably would not have occurred. Simultaneous rises in other chronic and debilitating diseases include asthma, allergies, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, arthritis and Crohn's disease.
The cause of the skyrocketing rates of these disorders like the rise in autism has mystified the experts.
Vaccination against acute diseases such as measles and rubella has increased susceptibility to chronic disorders such as autism, asthma, arthritis and ADHD. Am I overstating the case? I don't think so. We are just beginning to learn that pumping toxins - viruses, bacteria, mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde, for example - into the body in the form of vaccinations for immediate gain may prove to be costly in the long term.
Those who share my view do not oppose vaccines. What we oppose is over-vaccination and unsafe vaccines.
Most people are shocked to learn that in recent years, the number of vaccine doses a child receives before entering school has risen to 33. There are more than 200 other vaccines - expensive and profitable - under development.
In 1965, parents began telling me that their children became autistic upon getting the DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) shot - a triple vaccine. When another triple vaccine, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) was introduced in the 1980s, the alarming reports from parents and the prevalence figures for autism rose sharply. Corroborating evidence is plentiful.
Why should we use vaccines containing levels of mercury that vastly exceed the upper limit of safety? Even minute amounts of mercury are highly toxic to nerve and immune system tissue.
Dr. Bernard Rimland is Director of the Autism Research Institute based in San Diego. He is editor of the Autism Research Review International, founder of the Autism Society of America and father of a 44-year-old autistic son. You may contact him at 819-281-7165, fax 619-563-6840. His website is www.autistic.com
AUTISM AND G PROTEINS
by Andreas Schuld
founder of Parents of Fluoride Poisoned Children
In the majority of Dr. Megson's cases, parents have reported night blindness or other disorders which are now known to be caused by G protein defects. She stated that autism might be caused by inserting a G-alpha protein defect, the pertussis toxin found in the DPT vaccine, into genetically at-risk children. At risk children are those who report a family history of at least one parent with a pre-existing G-alpha protein defect including night blindness, adenoma of the thyroid or pituitary gland or pseudohypoparathyroidism.
Parents of autistic children have reported vast improvements in their child's autism when fluoride was eliminated from the diet. Fluorides and fluoride-aluminum compounds have been established as the universal G protein activator in laboratory investigations, meaning it can activate all G protein families.
G proteins are on/off switches, which regulate cellular communication, relaying information received from outside the cell to the inside or from one cell to another. They are called G proteins because they bind to guanine nucleotides, a major component of the DNA and RNA.
CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS ON VACCINE SAFETY
by Edda West
founder of Vaccine Risk Awareness Association
During this past year, a series of Congressional hearings in the U.S. has focussed on vaccine safety, hepatitis B vaccine, vaccines linked to autism, anthrax vaccine and conflicts of interest in vaccine development. The hearings have disclosed the depth of corruption at the CDC, FDA and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, where a large percentage of officials who approve new vaccines have financial ties to the pharmaceutical industry. The Congressional scrutiny has sent shock waves through the entrenched vaccine establishment, exposing the inadequate testing of many vaccines, and the fast rack licensing of rotavirus vaccine, despite prelicensing information indicating that high rates of adverse reactions causing severe bowel obstruction in infants would likely occur.
U.S. Congressman Dan Burton, himself the grandfather of two autistic children, has headed up several of the hearings, including this most recent one on June 15th lifting the veil that has shrouded the vaccine policy-making process that until now has not been subjected to public scrutiny.
Says Dan Burton, "We've looked very carefully at conflicts of interest. We've taken a good hard look at whether the pharmaceutical industry has too much influence over these committees. From the evidence we found, I think they do".
In his opening statement at the hearings, Senator Burton said, "I was appalled to learn that at least six of the ten individuals who participated in the working group for the rotavirus vaccine had financial ties to pharmaceutical companies developing rotavirus vaccines".
How confident would we be in the safety of specific vaccines if we knew that the Chair and other members of the FDA and CDC advisory committees own stock in drug companies that make vaccines, and own patents for vaccines under consideration?
These are just a few of the problems that the Hearings uncovered. The financial details of stock ownership in pharmaceutical companies by many of the officials is also now part of the public record and can be viewed at the Committee on Government Reform website at: http://www.house.gov/reform/hearings/healthcare/00.06.15/index.htm
Senator Burton concluded that "No individual who stands to gain financially from the decisions regarding vaccines that may be mandated for use should be participating in the discussion or policy making for vaccines….I intend to find out if the individuals who have made recommendations on the rotavirus vaccines that affect every child in this country and around the world stood to gain financially and professionally from the decisions of the committees they served on".
At an earlier Congressional Hearing on April 6 which delved into the recent unexplained enormous increase in autism, Dr. John O'Leary from Coome Women's Hospital in Dublin conclusively upheld Dr. Andrew Wakefield's findings of the presence of measles virus in gut biopsies of children with autistic enterocolitis(1). His team found "24 of 25 (96%) autistic children were positive for measles virus". Of the control children, one of 15 (6.6%) was positive for measles virus. Dr. Andrew Wakefield initially discovered measles virus in the intestinal abstracts of children who developed severe bowel disorders and autism after MMR vaccine.
Michael Belkin, a bereaved father whose five-week-old baby daughter died following a hepatitis B vaccination, initiated congressional hearings to investigate the hepatitis B vaccine. He said, "The whole medical profession is deluded about vaccinations. Investigate for yourself the scientific risk of vaccine-induced encephalopathy and subsequent death or permanent brain damage before allowing the medical profession to use your children as guinea pigs in the war on germs. Protect your children!"
GENUINE IMMUNITY VERSUS VACCINE IMMUNITY
by Richard Moskowitz, M.D.
Dr. Richard Moskowitz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and received his medical degree at New York University. He studied homeopathy in Athens, Greece and taught at the National Center for Homeopathy in Washington, D.C. He turned from allopathy to homeopathic medicine primarily because of his views on vaccinations. The following article is adapted from Dissent in Medicine (1985)
Childhood illnesses like measles, mumps and chicken pox produce symptoms which reflect the efforts of the immune system to clear the virus from the blood, which it does by sending it out exactly the same way it came in. When a child recovers from measles, you have true immunity. That child will never, never again get the measles no matter how many epidemics he is exposed to. Furthermore, he will respond vigorously and dramatically to whatever infectious agents he is exposed to. The side benefit of that disease is a nonspecific immunity that charges or primes his immune system so that it can better respond to the subsequent challenges that it is going to meet in the future.
Now, by contrast, when you take an artificially attenuated measles vaccine and introduce it directly into the blood and bypass the portal of entry, there is no period of sensitization of the portal of entry tissues. There is no silent period of incubation in the lymph nodes. Furthermore, the virus itself has been artificially weakened in such a way that there is no generalized inflammatory response. By tricking the body in this way, we have done what the entire evolution of the immune system seems to be designed to prevent. We have placed the virus directly and immediately into the blood and given it free and immediate access to the major immune organs and tissues without any obvious way of getting rid of it.
The result of this, indeed, is the production of circulating antibodies, which can be measured in the blood. But that antibody response occurs purely as an isolated technical feat, without any generalized inflammatory response or any noticeable improvement in the general health of the organism. Quite the contrary, in fact. I believe that the price we pay for those antibodies is the persistence of virus elements in the blood for long periods of time, perhaps permanently, which in turn presupposes a systematic weakening of our ability to mount an effective response not only to measles but also to other infections. So far from producing a genuine immunity, the vaccine may act by interfering with or suppressing the immune response as a whole in much the same way as radiation and chemotherapy, corticosteroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs do.
Chronic long-term persistence of viruses and other proteins within cells of the immune system produce chronic disease. We know that live viruses are capable of surviving or remaining latent within host cells for years without continually provoking acute disease. They do this by attaching their own genetic material to the cell, and replicate along with the cell. That allows the host cell to continue its normal functioning but continuing to synthesize the viral protein.
Latent viruses produce various kinds of diseases. Because the virus is now permanently incorporated within the genetic material of the cell, the only appropriate immunological response is to make antibodies against the cell, no longer against the virus. So, immunizations promote certain types of chronic diseases. And far from providing a genuine immunity, the vaccines are actually a form of immunosuppression.
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