All Press Releases for July 02, 2007

Stealth Adapted Cytomegalovirus Infections as a Cause of Autism

Autism can result from congenital infection with viruses that evade the immune system. These viruses are termed "stealth adapted." Some stealth viruses arose from simian cytomegalovirus contaminants of polio vaccines. Infections can be suppressed through an alternative cellular energy (ACE) pathway.

    /24-7PressRelease/ - BURBANK, CA, July 02, 2007 - The spate of publicity concerning human papillomavirus (HPV) infections coincides with the commercialization of an anti-HPV vaccine. Many more serious illnesses are not given public limelight because they do not yet provide highly profitable sources of income. A notable example is the high prevalence and seriousness of congenital infections caused by cytomegalovirus (CMV). Up to 1% of children acquire CMV from their mothers during pregnancy with clinical illness developing in approximately 1 in 1,000 live births. Virus damage is most notable as impaired hearing, vision and/or intellectual performance. Congenital CMV is a known cause of autism.

The severity of congenital illness is highest in children of mothers who acquire a CMV infection either during pregnancy or the preceding 1-2 years. Yet where is the Public Health advisory that uninfected young women should either avoid high risk occupations, such as providing nursery care, or to take added precautions while working in such occupations within 2 years of anticipating becoming pregnant?

More importantly, where is the Public Health program to screen the community for variant forms of CMV that lack the few critical components required for effective immune recognition? Some of the so called "stealth adapted cytomegaloviruses" arose from contaminants of live polio virus vaccines produced in cultures of kidney cells obtained from African green monkeys. Indeed, DNA of African green monkey simian cytomegalovirus (SCMV) was identified in 3 of 8 tested licensed polio virus vaccines released to the public in the 1970's. Stealth adapted viruses have been cultured from patients with various neurological diseases, including many autistic children. Tissue culture studies indicate that these viruses may be activated by live virus vaccines and that the cell damaging (cytopathic) activity can be aggravated by environmental toxins, such as thimerosal.

Pursuing such premises should help reconcile much of the current controversy regarding the increasing prevalence of autism and childhood behavioral and learning disorders. Knowing that a mother is stealth virus infected may assist in preventative measures such as avoiding pregnancy or making exceptional efforts to develop cognitive interactive skills in one's child during critical learning periods. Ongoing research is also being aimed at methods of enhancing an alternative cellular energy (ACE) pathway shown to be capable of suppressing stealth adapted viruses. Additional information is available in the Medical News and Commentary Section at

W. John Martin, MD, PhD.
Institute of Progressive Medicine

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