Autism and Childhood Vaccines Hearing Testimony: Vijendra Singh | April 6, 2000

Dr. Vijendra Singh has gray hair and is testifying at a microphone wearing a dark suit and white shirt.

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Mr. Singh. Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.
    I did not realize that I could have shown a couple of 
slides as well to make the point much more in layman's 
language, but I will try to explain the results of the research 
that I am involved in.
    It has been nearly 25 years that I have been involved in 
so-called childhood diseases, from the immunology side as well 
as the pediatric neurology side. I was working at Children's 
Hospital in Vancouver, Canada, which is where I began my career 
in childhood diseases, and early on, I saw a few examples of 
autism mentioned in congenital rubella syndrome. It was a 
fascinating observation, because at that time, I was very 
excited about the research on virus infections and nervous 
system disorders. That really led me to kind of work back and 
forth between nervous system disorders and virus infections and 
    So the whole thing here is that we need to consider 
combination of these disciplines that we talk about. We are not 
going to be able to answer any questions as far as I am 
concerned about nervous system diseases simply by studying 
psychology or simply by looking at the epidemiology data. We 
need to come together as a team to focus histories of nervous 
system, immune system, and whatever else comes into the 
picture. That is one major focus of attention that at least I 
am taking for my future research.
    On autism as an immune disorder, I think I am probably one 
of the earlier investigators who started working on the 
immunity and autism connection. Followed by that was my theory 
that autoimmunity is a very important process in autism. That 
is partly because I was studying autoimmunity in nervous system 
disorders like multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's disease. 
Quite frankly, some of my earlier work in Alzheimer's disease 
has opened the way, and today, people are actually using 
immunology as a platform to design treatment for Alzheimer's 
    It was funny to see on the news last night that some doctor 
has a new approach; he says he is going to use immunology as a 
means of activating the nervous system in order to correct the 
Alzheimer's problem. That is a fascinating stuff, at least to 
    So I started to pay more and more attention to autism, and 
the results that I am going to share with you are actually 
quite unique to autism. They are part of the nervous system, 
but they are being analyzed by the immune system research.
    I know there are people, especially who are funded by NIH 
or by CDC, who continue to make no mention at all of this so-
called immunology research or autoimmunity research in autism. 
I have been invited by the NIH panel; I have made two trips to 
NIH panels. I made a visit to the Institute of Medicine and the 
National Academy of Sciences about 1\1/2\ or 2 years ago. And 
if you hear those people who have been funded by these 
agencies, when they go out and present, they do not even 
mention anything about autoimmunity in autism. NIH people 
prepared a document of that meeting. It was designed for 
updating the screening and diagnostic criteria. If you read 
that document, there is virtually no mention of this sort of 
research. To me, this is simply mind-boggling.
    Is it because people out there in the scientific community 
do not want to buy the argument, or are they just being naive 
about what is already coming out in the way of solid, decent, 
experimentally proven research?
    Now, having given that background, let me show you some of 
the results. First of all, I started looking at autism as an 
autoimmune disorder, as I mentioned. And what we have found is 
over the last 5 or 6 years of research--and I think now, the 
number of cases I have studied is approaching about 400 cases--
very early on, I wanted to study the myelination problem in the 
brain. You will ask what is myelination. It is one of the most 
critical events in the nervous system development. So when a 
child is actually growing, this myelination process is very 
important. It is really more or less like a mother will feed a 
child and perhaps nurse in such a way that this process has to 
be nurtured very, very carefully.
    Having said that, what we are finding is auto-antibodies. 
Auto-antibodies are the hallmark of the autoimmune process. If 
you have an autoimmune process, you are going to have auto-
antibodies, but if you have those antibodies against an organ 
which is affected in a disease--in autism, what would that be--
that would be the brain. So we are finding brain auto-
antibodies in autobodies.
    What I am trying to illustrate in this chart is that we had 
a number of normal children, normal adults, patients with other 
disorders, Down syndrome, and none of those seemed to show 
these auto-antibodies, but on a rare occasion, 1 or 2 percent 
positive in the normal or control population.
    Here, we have a scientific observation which anybody can go 
out there and repeat. I do not think I need to use any 
difficult thing to illustrate that point. It is a consistently 
reproducible result, and it is happening now in children all 
over the world. I am getting specimens from overseas as well, 
not just the nationwide specimens alone. So this is a very 
important thing.
    Furthermore, I find that particular protein marker is 
selective, because I have now studied two additional markers of 
the same structure in the brain, and I do not find these auto-
antibodies in autism.
    Let me move on to the next issue. What happens is, assuming 
there is an autoimmune process, most autoimmune diseases are 
triggered by virus infections. So I started to think about 
looking at viruses. I was not thinking of the vaccine issue at 
all. I was thinking of virus infection. And, quite 
surprisingly, when I started to do antibody measurements to 
viruses which are out there or temporarily associated, what I 
found was that the measles virus stands out as statistically 
significant in terms of its antibodies, significantly much 
higher in autistic children. So these children have what is so-
called hyperimmune response to the measles virus--not other 
viruses. We studied rubella virus, HHV-6 virus, 
cytomegalovirus, and none of those three viruses showed this 
hyperimmune antibody response.
    Furthermore, the important thing is the measles antibodies 
which we have now measured by two different methods, and the 
result is the same--a statistically significant increase.
    The next thing I wanted to see was if anything correlated 
between these two parameters. Quite strongly, I found that 
brain auto-antibody-positive patients also had measles antibody 
levels which were very high. So the higher the antibody level 
to measles virus, the higher the chance of brain auto-antibody. 
It does not take too much intelligence to make some sense here 
    Over the years, some of these families have been sending me 
written notes or telephone calls and so on, and every time I 
was going out to make my presentation, people would tell me 
about the vaccine connection with autism.
    Early on, I was not sure what was happening. So I tried to 
put together their own reports, and the report looks like this 
in the pie chart. Nearly 53 percent of the families reported 
that their child got autism because of MMR. The remaining 30 
percent said it was because of the DPT shot. And about 15 
percent--this was a critical category for two reasons--about 7 
percent said they were not sure whether it was measles or DPT, 
but the remaining 7 percent had no history of vaccination 
connection, or at least they did not make the connection. I 
wonder if that 7 or 8 percent category is where Dr. Dankner's 
child might fit in.
    The last point I want to make is that of a very recent 
research finding of my own, not yet published, but something 
quite important. About which I showed a slide in my 
presentation in a meeting last year which was held in Orlando, 
FL. This is an observation of antibodies to measles, mumps, 
rubella (MMR) itself. I decided to start with measles, mumps, 
rubella, because that is the largest population which was 
reported to me as being affected by the measles vaccine.
    We took the vaccine preparation itself, and we decided to 
examine antibodies in these children. Normal children do not 
show any antibody to a protein that I will point out in a 
second, but in children with autism, nearly 65 percent of them 
showed that antibody.
    Actually, I can illustrate that point a little more if we 
just imagine that I am a molecule, or a preparation of measles, 
mumps, rubella. This protein, this antibody that I am detecting 
will be something like detecting this coat pin. In other words, 
antibodies to this protein which is present in the measles, 
mumps, rubella vaccine preparation were found in autistic 
children, but not in the normal children. I think this is a 
very, very important laboratory-based research evidence. If 
anybody wants to make a criticism of that, of course, they are 
at liberty to do so. However, I find this is a scientifically 
very, very important observation, telling us that perhaps there 
is a good connection, there is something happening with this 
measles, mumps, rubella vaccine in these children, something is 
    So basically, after having illustrated some of these 
points, I want to make a final comment. That is, if you really 
look at the literature reported on the vaccine adverse 
reactions, I do not think you will need a crystal ball to see 
that vaccines have adverse reactions. The literature is full of 
those reports. What is not there or is it has never been 
reported, or at least, the officials from the CDC continue not 
to mention anything about it. What they mention is that 
vaccines are good. Every week, you read about it in the 
newspaper, and you hear about it on the television. And I do 
not dispute that information because I know vaccines are very, 
very important. My concern as a researcher now, more so than 
ever before, is that we must pay attention to the safety of 
these vaccines. It is missing; it has not been disclosed 
publicly, and I do not think it exists in the literature, and 
therefore, I urge the Government Reform Committee to look into 
particular new policies concerning the vaccine safety issue.
    Thank you very much.
    Mr. Burton. Thank you, Dr. Singh.


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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