The amount of digital ink spent on debunking the non-existent link between autism and vaccinations is staggering. There have been studies done stacking the deck in the favor of a link that have proven that there is no link. SafeMinds is an organization “resolving the autism epidemic.” Part of “resolving” this “epidemic” is funding research to prove that autism is linked to vaccinations. How is that going?
Between 2003 and 2013, SafeMinds provided scientists from the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine, the University of Washington, the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development and other research institutions with approximately $250,000 to conduct a long-term investigation evaluating behavioral and brain changes of baby rhesus macaques that were administered a standard course of childhood vaccines. (The National Autism Association, another organization that has questioned vaccine safety, also provided financial support for this research.) The latest paper in the multiyear project was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). In it, the researchers concluded that vaccines did not cause any brain or behavioral changes in the primates.