18 Aug

Autism & Vaccines Is there a link???

….more testing needs to be done especially on children who present systems after receiving their shots.

Amelia Dellos, Chicago Parenting Examiner, August 18. 2009


According the the Web site Autism, 1 out 150 children is diagnosed with Autism. The big question on most parents minds is — is there a link between Autism and vaccines? We all want to believe that there isn’t a link. Our doctors tell us time and again that the studies confirm that there just isn’t a link between Autism and vaccines. End of story. Right? But what I have learned through researching this topic is that is only half of the story. The former head of the National Institutes of Health Dr. Bernadine Healy will tell you what your family doctor won’t.

Here’s in an excerpt from a May 2008 article featured on The Huffington Post, by journalist David Kirby in which Dr. Healy was quoted.

“I think public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as ‘irrational,’ without sufficient studies of causation… without studying the population that got sick,” Dr. Healy told Attkisson. “I have not seen major studies that focus on 300 kids who got autistic symptoms within a period of a few weeks of the vaccines.”

This is especially true if there is a subset of children who are particularly susceptible to such environmental triggers. “Populations do not test causality,” Dr. Healy said, “they test associations.”

And she noted, “We do have the opportunity to understand whether or not there are susceptible children — perhaps medically, perhaps they have a metabolic issue, mitochondrial disorder, medical issue — that makes them more susceptible to vaccines, plural, or to one particular vaccine, or to a component of vaccines, like mercury.”

Dr. Healy is a member of the IOM: “I love Institute of Medicine,” she said, “but a report from 2004 basically said, ‘Do not pursue susceptibility groups. Don’t look for those children who may be vulnerable.’ I really take issue with that conclusion.”

The reason why officials didn’t want to look for those groups? “Because they were afraid that, if they found them, however big or small they were, that would scare the public away,” Dr. Healy explained. “They don’t want to pursue this hypothesis because it could be damaging to the public health community at large by scaring people. I don’t believe the truth ever scares people.”

Dr. Healy is hardly “anti-vaccine,” and neither am I. In fact, I agree completely that, “if we identified a particular risk factor for vaccines, or if we found out that they should be spread out a little longer, I do not believe that the public would lose faith in vaccines. I think the public is smarter than that. You should never turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you are afraid of what it might show.”

What it “might show” is precisely what attorneys are arguing this month in vaccine court: According to research from the University of Washington, primates exposed to thimerosal had an accumulation of mercury in their brains. Similar accumulation has been shown to activate certain brain cells, producing “neuro-inflammation” and brain swelling. Autopsies on deceased people with autism also show chronic neuro-inflammation and activation of the same brain cells, known as glial cells.

Like many people reading this post, Dr. Healy at first considered the vaccine-autism link to be “silly.” But, she said, “the more you delve into it, if you look at the basic science, if you look at the research that has been done in animals, if you look at some of the individual cases, and if you look at the evidence that there is no link, what I come away with is, the question has not been answered.”

Now our home town girl, Jenny McCarthy is being either lauded as a courageous or a whack job in the media because of her assertion that vaccines caused her son’s Autism. I must say that in researching this post, time and time again I ran across the same story. Parents who say that their child changed after receiving vaccinations (The MMR vaccine is known as the “Autism shot”) at two years of age. They all said the same thing,”It was as if a light went out in my child.” Please click here for Jenny McCarthy’s story in her own words. I honestly admire the work that she has done on behalf of Autism and her crusade to get to the bottom of the Autism-Vaccine link.

So where does this leave us? With more questions than answers I am afraid. I would love to report back to you that there isn’t a link. Your kids are safe. The bottom line is that at this point, scientists, doctors, the government…simply do not what is causing Autism. Moreover, more testing needs to be done especially on children who present systems after receiving their shots.

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The failure of the medical establishment to study children who have shown symptoms of autism immediately after vaccinations will go down in history as one of the most shameful episodes of medical science.

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