By: Harold E. Buttram, MD
10 September 2010
The Possible Role of Vaccines in Causing Retrogressive Changes: Reminiscences of America’s Children in the 1930s, and the Profound Changes That Have Taken Place Since Then.
Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines Meeting
Vaccine Safety Advocate Harold E Buttram, MD, Presentation
September 2, 2010, FDA, Rockville, MD
As one of America’s senior citizens who grew up in a Midwestern state in the 1930s, and as a doctor who treated many children with autistic spectrum and related disorders in the later years of my practice, I may have a special vantage point of time and experience in regard to the changes that have taken place in the health of America’s children since the relatively innocent times of the 1930s. At a summer camp in the New Mexico Mountains which I was fortunate to attend, no boy had allergies, no boy was on medication, and no boy was sick with the common ailments of today. It was much the same in the schools. I don’t recall ever seeing a child with easily recognized behaviors now described as hyperactive attention deficit disorder or autism.
Today, in stark contrast, approximately one third of our youngsters are afflicted with the 4-A disabilities (Autism, ADHD, asthma, allergies), as described and documented by Dr. Kenneth Bock. (1) School budgets are being strained to the breaking points in providing special education classes for autistic and learning disabled children.
Could today’s infant and childhood vaccine programs with their steadily increasing numbers of vaccines be a contributory cause of this ominous health trend?