Do Vaccinations Cause Autism?

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If you asked "Do vaccinations cause autism?" anyone in the medical establishment, government or drug industry, the answer would be a firm NO, with supportive peer review medical publications. However, if you asked this question to mothers of autistic children, or the (DAN) physicians treating them, the answer would be a an equally emphatic YES, of course, pointing to their own supportive medical studies. (1)(2)(3)(3A)(4)(5) (93-99)

Canary in the Coal Mine

Autistic kids are the canaries in the coal mine, having genetic variations called SNP's (Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms), so they can't easily eliminate environmental toxins from their bodies. The most toxic is the ethyl mercury preservative in vaccines, unwittingly injected into young children before they are old enough to eliminate the mercury. Mercury impairs the immune system, causes auto-immune diseases, and is directly toxic to the brain, causing neurological disorders. (6)(7)(8)(9)

It's a Crime in Iowa and California

Iowa was the first state to ban mercury containing vaccines, Jan 2005. (106)

California has followed suit and more than 30 other states have similar bans under consideration.

In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the Thimerosal (Mercury) Law which took effect on July 1, 2006 prohibiting vaccination with mercury-containing vaccines to pregnant women or to children under age three. At the federal level, however, Pres. George Bush planned to veto similar legislation (FY 2008 HHS-Labor-Education Appropriations Bill). (10) (11)

The Most Bitter Debate

There is no greater rancor in medicine than the autism-vaccine debate, and this debate has reached the federal vaccine court where 5000 autistic kids and their families are requesting compensation for vaccine injury.

Vaccination Deemed Necessary to Protect Society

Society has deemed vaccination necessary to protect the nation from diseases such as smallpox, polio, diphtheria, and tetanus. In return for these benefits, society accepts the inevitable injury or death of the unlucky few from adverse effects. After all, vaccines contain foreign substances which provoke an immune response.

Examples of vaccine injury include the 1 death per million from viral encephalitis and disseminated viral infection after smallpox vaccination. Another example of vaccine injury is paralytic polio after receiving the live Sabin oral polo vaccine. With the eradication of polio, there are now more polio cases caused by the vaccine then are prevented by it in the US. (12)(13)(14)

The Swine Flu vaccine caused more deaths than did the Swine Flu itself, and there were 500 cases of vaccine associated Guillan Barre paralysis. Both the live polio vaccine and the Swine Flu vaccines have been discontinued in the US for these reasons. (15) (16)

The National Childhood Vaccine Injure Act

Large jury awards arising from DPT vaccine injury litigation in the 1980's induced some vaccine makers to cease production, representing a threat to national military readiness in the case of biological warfare. (17)(18)

So, Congress passed the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act to provide for uninterrupted vaccine production. This law made the vaccine manufacturers immune from civil litigation, and instead established a Federal Court system to provide speedy compensation for vaccine-related injuries or death. (19)

The court uses a table which lists the types of injuries which automatically qualify for compensation. However, Autism is not included in this table. (20)

5000 Autism Cases Before the Vaccine Court

There are currently 5,000 cases before the Federal Vaccine Court requesting compensation for vaccine related autism, and a ruling is expected within the next 6-12 months.(21)(22)(108)

The 5,000 autistic families are represented by Kevin P. Conway, Ronald C Homer & Syvia Chin-Caplan, 16 Shawmut Street, Boston, MA 02116, Phone: 617-695-1990 (23)(24)

Acceptance by the Medical Establishment Not Necessary

A previous case was a victory. In Capizzano 05-5049 (3/9/2006), the Court decided that peer-reviewed scientific literature was not needed to win compensation. All that was needed was a medical theory linking an injury to the vaccine, a logical sequence of cause and effect, and a temporal relationship between them. This can be accomplished by medical records, or by an expert opinion. Peer-reviewed literature, pathological markers, rechallenge and general medical acceptance, are not required to win compensation.

In other words, it is not necessary for the acceptance by the medical establishment that vaccines cause autism., nor was it necessary for the peer review literature to show that vaccines cause autism. All that is needed is to show that Johnny was OK before the vaccination, and after the vaccination, Johnny developed autism.

280 Billion Dollars for Autistic Children – Do the Math

The current rate of autism as 1 in 150 children. Since there are 4 million live births annually in the US, this calculates out to 28,000 autistic kids annually, or 280,000 autistic kids per decade. Assuming the 5000 autistic families prevail in court with an average payout of one million dollars per autistic child, with the potential for 280,000 claims, the potential payout could amount to 280 billion dollars.  This is an incredibly large amount of money, about the same amount of spending for 2 years of war in Iraq.(25)  For this reason alone, it seems inconceivable that the federal vaccine court would grant compensation for autism. However, only time will tell.

Measles Virus Seen Through Electron Microscope

Vaccine-Strain Measles Detected in Autistic Kids from MMR

The Vaccine Court's compensation table includes vaccine-strain measles infection, so these autistic kids would automatically be entitled to compensation. There are a number of reports of measles infection in the small bowel in autistic kids shown with endoscopic biopsy and PCR testing. Of course, mainstream medicine claims these findings are debatable, as seen in this article in Nature by DeStefano. (26)(27)(28)(70-75).

Lack of Evidence of Harm

As expected, the medical establishment claims there is a lack of evidence that thimerosol vaccines cause autism, and lack of evidence that the MMR vaccine causes persistent measles infection. (29)(30)(31)(32)(33)(34)(35)(36)

A recent Sept 2007 New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article speaks against the notion that thimerisol containing vaccines cause neurological problems.(37)

Autism is Increasing to Epidemic Proportions

A decade ago, the rate of autism was 1 per 10,000. The CDC now says that the current autism rate is 1 per 150. Some say that this dramatic rise in autism rates correlates with the increase in mercury exposure with Thimerosal, as children vaccination schedules have increased. See diagram below. (38)


Mothers Report the Children Are Fine until the Vaccinations, and then Develop Autism

Thousands of families are reporting their normal children changed after receiving mercury-containing vaccines, and began displaying Autism symptoms (which mimic mercury poisoning). (100).

Children with autism have more measurable mercury in their bodies than normal children, because they have difficulty eliminating it. A typical mercury dose received by a two-month old after three mercury vaccines is 125 times EPA's daily allowable exposure levels. In 2001, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) stated it is "biologically plausible" that Thimerosal in vaccines caused autism, ADD/ ADHD and neurodevelopment disorders in general. (40) (41) (42) (43) (44)(45)(46)(47)(48)

Videos on You Tube

There are many videos posted on U-Tube showing a typical story. The new born child develops normally, is then vaccinated and becomes autistic.  After biologic treatment by a DAN physician the child dramatically improves. (Click Here for Videos) (39)

What are the Features of autism?

Autism, Austistic Child Stacking Objects

Image: Autistic child stacking objects. From Wikimedia commons.

The autistic child becomes non-verbal, with no self expression, and assumes postures to put pressure on lower abdomen (indicating pain). There may be hand flapping, and stacking objects.

The autistic child shows no interest in other people, or he may be interested in people, but does not know how to talk with, play with, or relate to them. Initiating and maintaining a conversation is difficult. Speech and language skills may begin and then be lost, or they may develop very slowly, or they may never develop. The autistic child may have repeated ritualistic actions such as spinning, rocking, staring, finger flapping, and hitting self. Autistic kids have neurological disorders including epilepsy, gastro-intestinal problems, fine and gross motor deficits, and anxiety and depression. Boys are nearly 4 times more likely to have a parent-reported autism diagnosis than girls. There are about (80 Videos) on You Tube which show the typical signs of Autism: (49)

See Dr. Arthur Krigsman's (video presentation) on Autism (DAN 2004 meeting) (50)(52)(53).

Symptoms and Biologic Treatment of Autism - Dr. Arthur Krigsman

50-70 % of autistic kids get a gastrointestinal disorder called autism associated enterocolitis, with inflammation of small bowel, stomach, and esophagus. They may have abdominal pain, diarrhea (loose stool, unformed stool, chronic oatmeal consistency, undigested food, malabsorption, constipation, malodorous stools.  They may have abdominal distention, due to bowel inflammation and excessive gas. Growth curve may show regression at the onset of GI symptoms and onset of cognitive regression at the 15 month time frame.

Endoscopy finds pathology in these 70% who may have constipation/diarrhea with difficulty passing stool, or 3-4 days without a bowel movement. Endoscopy of small bowel shows lymphoid nodular hyperplasia, and severe LNH resembles Crohns disease.

Leaky Gut Syndrome in Autistic Kids

Autistic kids have an inflamed gut membrane which has increased intestinal permeability, also called "leaky gut" syndrome. In leaky gut, the undigested food macromolecules are absorbed by the leaky gut into the blood stream, an abnormal event.  Metabolic pathways to break down these macromolecules are not normally in use.

Gluten from bread, and Casein from milk derivatives produce opioids, which are found in urine of autistic children.  By removing the offending foods, the opioids disappear. There are 28 other proteins present in urine which can be detected with organic acid testing at the Great Plains Lab, William Shaw. (54)(55)(56)

Gut inflammation can be controlled on long term basis with anti-inflammatory drugs for biopsy proven inflammation on endoscopy. These are 5ASA drugs like Sulfadiazine, and the Salicylates. Very few patients cannot tolerate these drugs. Some kids need steroids (2-4 weeks), same as Crohn's disease cases.  Anti-Fungals (nystatin, diflucan) are widely used by DAN practitioners. Parents will say the kids do better on anti-fungals even though it is difficult to demonstrate fungus found on culture. Organic acid urine tests typically show presence of fungal metabolites which disappear with anti-fungal drugs. Autistic kids are also given digestive enzymes and probiotics which help to improve GI and cognitive symptoms.

Mother Claims her Autistic Child was helped with Chelation therapy which removes Mercury

Katie Wright revealed that her autistic son Christian (grandson of NBC Chair Bob Wright), recovered significant function after chelation treatments to remove mercury. (101)(102).

As customary, she was viciously attacked by the medical establishment for her public statement.  However, Katie was vigorously defended by John F Kennedy Jr. in this Huffington Post article.(57)(58)(59)(105)(107)

How To Make Vaccinations Safer

To make vaccination safer, Stephanie Cave MD and Sherry Tenpenny have suggested waiting until child is older to give the vaccinations, use single dose mercury-free vaccines, and use vitamin supplements such as Vitamin A and C prior to vaccination. They suggest avoiding vaccination when the child is sick. (60) (61)

Dr. Cave recommends waiting to vaccinate until ther child is at least 6 months of age, preferably older. Do only one vaccine at a time, at least a month apart.

Vaccination is NOT mandatory. Use an Exemption

Information on exemptions was mentioned in a previous article. (62)

New Medical Discoveries Are Usually Rejected

Ignatz Semmelweis, for example, was ridiculed for his suggestion that surgeons should wash their hands before an operation.(63)  The British Navy finally gave limes to sailors 50 years after James Lind's showed citrus fruit cured scurvy.(64)  As a reward for his discovery that elevated homocysteine causes heart disease, Kilmer McKully MD, was fired from his job and research grant terminated.(65 ) The thimerisol-autism connection is just another example of the above.

In Iowa and California, it is a illegal to inject a newborn with mercury with the newborn Hepatitis B shot, and and it should be crime in your state as well.  Hepatitis B is obtained through IV drug abuse, or via sexual transmission, both activies not possible for newborns.

Hopefully, the injection of mercury into newborns will soon become a relic of the past, taking its rightful place in the museum along with bloodletting and leeches. Until then, there is much work to be done to remove mercury from our vaccinations. As a nation, we can't afford not to. (66)

Latest Update: 2/12/2009: The vaccine court rejects the autism cases, and the claim that vaccines cause autism.(as predicted)

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