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Fears about MMR vaccines causing brain damage are legitimate, former Chief Scientific Officer explains

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(NaturalNews) A former British medical officer who was responsible for deciding if medications were safe for the general public has accused the government he used to serve of "utterly inexplicable complacency" over the triple measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children, the UK's Daily Mail Online reported.

Dr. Peter Fletcher, former Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health (DoH), said if it is revealed that the vaccine has ties to autism (as many have already concluded), "the refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history."

Fletcher added that after agreeing to become an expert witness on drug safety trials for parents' attorneys, he was given and has since examined thousands of documents relating to the case against the MMR vaccine that he says the public should have long ago been permitted to see.

He notes he has seen a "steady accumulation of evidence" from various scientists around the world that the MMR vaccine is most definitely responsible for brain injury in some children.

'Clinical and scientific data are steadily accumulating'

However, he added, "there are very powerful people in positions of great authority in Britain and elsewhere who have staked their reputations and careers on the safety of MMR and they are willing to do almost anything to protect themselves."

That includes, he and others have said, lying to the public and covering up the evidence all while trashing anyone who dares to speak out.

Fletcher's warming comes amid reports that the British government is making plans to announce the addition of a vaccine against pneumococcal meningitis for babies, likely to begin within a year. Also, the government is rumored to also be considering flu shots for children under age two but not to protect them, but rather to protect the adults they may come into contact with.

In the late 1970s, Fletcher was the Chief Scientific Officer at the DoH, as well as medical assessor to the Committee on Safety of Medicines, putting him in charge of deciding if new vaccines were safe. He had first expressed concern about the MMR vaccine in 2001, saying he did not believe safety trials held in Britain before the vaccine was introduced were adequate.

Today, he believes his fears and concerns were spot-on due to the rising number of autism cases around the world and growing scientific understanding of autism-related bowel disease, which he believes are due to the MMR vaccine.

"Clinical and scientific data is steadily accumulating that the live measles virus in MMR can cause brain, gut and immune system damage in a subset of vulnerable children," he told the Daily Mail Online.

"There's no one conclusive piece of scientific evidence, no 'smoking gun', because there very rarely is when adverse drug reactions are first suspected. When vaccine damage in very young children is involved, it is harder to prove the links," he added.

"But it is the steady accumulation of evidence, from a number of respected universities, teaching hospitals and laboratories around the world, that matters here. There's far too much to ignore. Yet government health authorities are, it seems, more than happy to do so."

Fletcher said he found "this official complacency utterly inexplicable" in light of the global explosion of regressive autism and inflammatory bowel disease in children who have received the vaccine. Clinical researcher Dr. Andrew Wakefield, who has since been written off as a quack and an idiot by the mainstream medical science community – the same one whose research is largely financed by Big Pharma – first discovered the link and reported it in 1998.

'Why isn't the government taking this more seriously?'

"When scientists first raised fears of a possible link between mad cow disease and an apparently new, variant form of CJD they had detected in just 20 or 30 patients, everybody panicked and millions of cows were slaughtered," said Fletcher.

"Yet there has been a tenfold increase in autism and related forms of brain damage over the past 15 years, roughly coinciding with MMR's introduction, and an extremely worrying increase in childhood inflammatory bowel diseases and immune disorders such as diabetes, and no one in authority will even admit it's happening, let alone try to investigate the causes."

He added that there was just "no way" the 10-fold increase in autism was the result of better recognition and diagnostic tools, as claimed by health officials.

"It is highly likely that at least part of this increase is a [vaccine-related] problem." he said. "But whatever it is, why isn't the Government taking this massive public health problem more seriously?"







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