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Correlation between autism rates and amounts of aluminum from vaccines

A year ago I reported on a Canadian study from the University of British Columbia that found strong correlation between autism rates and vaccination with vaccines containing aluminum, which is most childhood vaccines. I predicted that vaccine advocates would ignore it.

That certainly seems to have been the case, as articles continue to be written smearing vaccine questioners.  But I was glad to see a recent Internet article by Chris D. Meletis, N.D., a naturopathic doctor, continuing to question aluminum in vaccines. In The Whole Health Insider this month, she (he?) continued the argument about toxins like aluminum contributing to or causing autism, and added another twist: they seem to cause Alzheimer’s, too.

So, how do adults get aluminum exposure?

Daily, we’re exposed to aluminum from additives in commercially prepared foods, drinking water, sunscreens and deodorants. Like those for children, vaccines for adults can also expose us to aluminum. The amount of aluminum in vaccines can vary depending on the storage container. Storing vaccines in glass containers can up the aluminum content by 200 times compared to storing vaccines in plastic containers. (Aluminum leeches from the glass into the solution during autoclaving or storage.)

Small amounts of aluminum are absorbed into the circulation, crossing into the blood-brain barrier and accumulating in neurons of the brain regions vulnerable to Alzheimer’s damage. In this way, with advancing age, aluminum builds up in the brain and in the neurons.

Sources:

http://www.wholehealthinsider.com/newsletter/2013/february-2013/alzheimers-and-autism-the-common-link/

http://phylliswheeler.com/CuringAutismBlog/?p=590

Why does autism seem to coincide with mitochondrial problems?

cropped-PW_leaf1.jpgThere’s a lot of discussion among researchers these days about why so many people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have mitochondrial issues.

What are mitochondria? They are energy-producing organs inside each cell of our body. They take inputs from the blood stream and from previous mitochondrial processes and create outputs that keep the body going in a number of ways. Most importantly, the Yasko protocol that has so helped my Asperger’s son addresses malfunctions in these mitochondrial processes using a variety of supplements.

Anyway, Dr. Amy Yasko, the researcher whose protocol many autistics have benefited from, has authored a paper with an MD, Nancy Mullan, looking at why these mitochondrial processes are disrupted in so many people with ASD, those with genetic markers for this, and those without.

In brief, what could be causing the autism epidemic? Take a look.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/118974801/Aluminum-Toxicity-in-Mitochondrial-Dysfunction-and-ASD

A simpler Yasko protocol: eat veggies?

The Yasko protocol for treating people with autism isn’t easy to do. What if there were a way to simply eat the right foods and do the same job?

With the Yasko protocol, you have to get a whole long list of supplements, many of them obscure, and then you have to somehow figure out which ones are helpful.  The whole point is to provide support for processes that go on in the mitochondria, or energy factories, in every cell of the body. Something has caused those processes to go awry, probably exposure to too many toxins, more than the individual’s body can get rid of naturally. (We live in a sea of toxins. If you think the government is protecting us from chemicals, you are wrong.)

There’s an MD who’s successfully treating not autism but multiple sclerosis in herself by eating the right foods. So, how is that relevant? Here’s how: through her diet she is supporting the mitochondrial processes, same thing Yasko’s protocol does.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but alongside the autism epidemic there seems to be a marked increase in a variety of other conditions: allergies, athsma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinsons, ALS, and so on. It’s very evident to someone who has lived 60 years, as I have. The world used to be different. What if supporting the mitochondrial processes though food or supplements worked to help people fight all these diseases of the immune system and neurological system?

So, what does that have to do with you, my readers? Well, if you are wishing the Yasko protocol was easier and cheaper to implement, you could try the diet of Terry Wahls, MD.  Through simply eating a prescribed set of mostly organic vegetables, she has delivered herself from crippling multiple sclerosis. Now she can walk, run, and ride a bicycle. Before, she couldn’t even sit up in her wheelchair. She’s eating at least three cups of certain organic fruits and vegetables at each meal, plus selected protein sources. Grains are minimized or eliminated. It’s a variation of the “paleo diet,” eaten by healthy hunter gatherers.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/meryl-davids-landau/multiple-sclerosis-diet_b_2258056.html

Environmental contaminants are to blame for autism

I have been convinced for a while now that a variety of environmental contaminants are to blame for the autism epidemic. (Think it’s questionable whether there’s an epidemic? Read here.)

For years, the research money chased the hypothesis that autism is genetic, and looked for the genes. Well, in some cases, it is genetic. But there’s no such thing as an epidemic that’s genetic. Think about it. It’s a contradiction in terms. If you go back a generation or two, you still have the same genes, but not the epidemic, because the way we define the word epidemic: it’s an event that’s catastrophic.

Now research money is flowing toward some limited environmental hypotheses, and there are starting to be some results. I believe that the autistic individual’s system cannot process toxins very normally, causing a buildup of toxins that eventually causes big problems. Detox is a big part of treatment, or should be.

Now, if you’re me, you’re trying to protect your kids from toxins. The FDA and the EPA certainly aren’t; they’ve been bought by the big companies and associations with big bucks. How else to explain that it’s perfectly fine and legal for your dentist to fill your kid’s mouth with mercury?

One big way is to provide your family with carbon-filtered drinking water. The EPA provides limits on many toxins in our water supply, but some amounts of toxins are allowed. And that’s just the toxins the EPA has decided to regulate. There are many, many more that it ignores. We are actually living in a toxic soup. The government should be protecting us but isn’t.

I decided to get a home water filter three or four years ago, and did some research on the best ones. I found Multipure, a company in Nevada that makes its filters here in the U.S. to exacting quality standards and gives them a warranty for life. We’ve been enjoying our Multipure filtered water. I wanted to let you know about it in case you were interested in checking this out too. http://www.safe-water-4-u.com/

Source on mercury fillings: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/09/10/americans-unaware-that-silver-fillings-are-50-percent-mercury.aspx

Sound reasoning on the cause of the autism epidemic

Dan Olmsted is an investigative reporter who has put a lot of time into investigating theories about the causes of autism. He writes and edits a blog, Age of Autism, which is respected in the autism community.

Of course he is vilified by vaccine proponents, who are echoing what Big Pharma is saying about vaccines: more is better! More is better! Better for whom? Not for most people, when testing has been so limited and so skewed. Carefully compare what both sides are saying in this, focusing on those who are weighing the facts.

Take a look at Olmsted’s recent post where he is summarizing what he sees as the causes of the epidemic: vaccines and environmental toxin exposure, particularly to mercury. Did you know that the first eleven children ever diagnosed with autism (in the 1940s) had been exposed to mercury, or their parents had?

http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/10/age-of-autism-weekly-wrap-what-causes-autism.html

Research on environmental autism causes finds link to fevers in pregnancy

A link between fever during pregnancy and autism in the child?

I am thrilled to report that there is more research going on now into possible environmental causes of autism. (That’s environmental as opposed to solely genetic, when we all know no epidemic can have solely genetic causes.)

Some researchers at UC Davis’ MIND Institute recently published their findings in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. They enrolled about 1000 children in a study, about half of them on the autism spectrum, some more with developmental delays, and the remaining as normal controls. Interviewing the mothers, they discovered a significant correlation between maternal fevers and autism in the children. Amazingly enough, the correlation nearly vanished if the mother with a fever took a fever-reducing medication such as ibuprofen or Tylenol. In other words, reducing the fever removes the risk.

Now, let’s think about this a bit.  I suspect that pregnant women have had fevers for about as long as the human race has been here. So why do their children become autistic now, when 50 years ago there were essentially no autistic children (besides my brother, who seemed unique).  What’s different now?  Interesting question to ponder!!

Read more:

https://springerlink3.metapress.com/content/x7602q07w228t313/resource-secured/?target=fulltext.pdf&sid=0mw1remzlcg03qniywqtlyds&sh=www.springerlink.com

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/23/news/la-heb-fevers-pregnancy-autism-20120523

Italian court declares a vaccine caused autism in 1 case

An Italian judge has sided with the parents in a case where the MMR vaccine stood trial for causing autism and 100 percent disability in a child. Apparently the child became sick the same day as taking the vaccine and never recovered.

The U.S. news media has failed to pick up on this news, while the Italian newspaper scolded the judge for encouraging measles epidemics.

Where is investigative journalism? If investigative journalism were functioning in this age of the waning newspaper, a reporter could make it very clear that the question of vaccines causing autism has not been proven one way or the other, but a British researcher, Andrew Wakefield, has been vilified beyond all reason. Instead, the media is parroting what the vaccine makers want to hear. Huge pharmaceutical companies are shielded by liability laws on vaccines and are generating more and more of them, while convincing those on review boards that the benefits outweigh the risks.

Studies do seem to show that the measles vaccine in the MMR does not cause autism, and that the mercury that used to be prevalent in vaccines does not cause autism. These results are in dispute by knowledgeable scientists. And there are no other studies that show that vaccines are safe. So what about the aluminum in the vaccines? A study found a correlation there. And requiring too many, too soon?  If you let your kids be vaccinated on schedule, you’re participating in a vast experiment. And when bad things happen, you may get tarred and feathered.

Look at who’s making the money!

Source: http://www.quotidianosanita.it/regioni-e-asl/articolo.php?articolo_id=8363&goback=.gfl_4301203

Google translation ( a little rough, but you can get the idea):

Autism. Court of Rimini: “Blame the vaccine.” Ministry ordered to pay compensation

The court granted the appeal by parents of a child who, according to the prosecution, would become autistic after vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella. Asked for compensation to the Ministry of Health. Sites, FIMMG, FIMP and Sip: “Judgment based on false science.”

The vaccine in question is the one against measles, mumps and rubella. According to the parents, in fact, the symptoms of autism in their child would have arisen just after inoculation. Even the same day, as stated in the judgment. Returning dall’Auls of Riccione, March 26, 2004, the child would begin to show worrisome symptoms (diarrhea and nervousness), while between 2004 and 2005 would have appeared signs of severe psychological and physical discomfort to the recognition, August 31, 2007, total and permanent disability to 100%. Whether this was due to vaccinations you practice the specialist Niglio already stated in June 2008 and to confirm it arrived a year later, the specialist Montanari.

That this condition was due “with reasonable scientific probability” to the administration of the vaccine MPR occurred at the ASL in Riccione was then the medical-legal evaluation of the auxiliary, that judges must be upheld. Established, therefore, that the child has been harmed by the irreversible complications due to vaccination, the court ordered the Ministry of Health to pay the compensation.

The judge, according to these experts, should have “apparently” based on “what is published, now 14 years ago, the Lancet, and subsequently withdrawn by the obvious lack of foundation of what was initially proposed by a group of British researchers.”

The known medical journal Lancet has officially withdrawn because the study on possible links between autism and MMR trivalent vaccine. The article, published in 1998 and written by British doctor Andrew Wakefield, was due to a long scientific dispute lasted almost 12 years. Wakefield claimed that the vaccine was due to intestinal infections, in turn linked to Kanner’s syndrome. His claims were discredited by the scientific world, and were at the base of one of the most important disputes in the history of medicine: “Unfortunately – says the Scientific Board – the false thesis proposals led to a strong decrease in the number of vaccinations in the United States, in Great Britain and other parts of Europe, with the result, in many cases disastrous, a sudden increase of cases of measles and its complications, including several cases of encephalitis and death. “

Speaking of toxins, how about heavy metals in the vaccines?

If toxins in our environment are all piling together and overwhelming young immune systems to cause autism, as writers are now saying, it seems logical that we should take a very good look not only at things we eat or touch, but at contaminants that are pumped into the blood.

It is simply not true what the media like to say, that vaccines have been proven safe. The matter has not even been studied, except down two avenues of many possible avenues. Those two avenues: the measles virus in the MMR vaccine is shown not to cause autism, and the mercury in vaccines was shown not to cause autism (with study results hotly disputed because evidence was apparently excluded). What about aluminum in vaccines? What about multiple viruses in multiple vaccines overwhelming young immune systems? In fact, a study paid for by concerned parent groups shows a correlation between autism and cumulative exposure to aluminum in vaccines.

Some parents are going to court to get a fair hearing. A court is taking up the case of an autistic boy whose parents blame his vaccines. In the news: the boy wins a round. http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/business/legal/autistic-boy-wins-round-in-vaccine-case-282248/

Source: vaccine study finding correlation between aluminum in vaccines and autism: http://omsj.org/reports/tomljenovic%202011.pdf