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

Former CDC head explains autism-vaccine link

In this 2008 video, the head of the CDC admits that people with genetic mitochondrial dysfunction can become autistic after vaccination. But she then dances around the subject, and we wonder whether we heard her right.

Funny thing, this mitochondrial dysfunction isn’t as rare as she wishes it were. The Yasko protocol uses genetic testing to identify people with genetic mitochondrial dysfunction, for one thing, and suggests supplements that provide missing inputs for the mitochondrial processes that aren’t working right. (Mitochondria are little energy factories in each cell.) A recent study concludes that autism spectrum disorders and mitochondrial dysfunction are linked.

(Guess what, this head of the CDC, Julie Gerberding, has left that job and is now president of vaccines at Merck.)

Take a look:

Such an amazing conversation …

I had an amazing conversation with my daughter “Shannon” today. She’s the one who lost eye contact with us at age four and eventually got an ADD diagnosis that solidified into an Asperger’s diagnosis at age 11. She’s now 25.

Autism is like living in a house of mirrors: all you can see is yourself. That makes it extremely difficult to reach out to other people in any meaningful way. You can’t imagine what others are thinking, what they are like.

We were talking about her best friend, someone she has found recently.  Shannon hasn’t had a close friend, ever, though in the past year or so she’s been able to relate to people in a whole new way. She hadn’t found someone dwelling in the same groove, so to speak. But now she has.

Shannon and the friend have been enjoying each others’ company for hours at a time, doing stuff like enjoying the City Museum (a unique attraction we have here in St. Louis), eating lunch, and whatnot.

Me: “Does she know you used to have Asperger’s?”

Shannon: (smiles) “Yes.”

I’m savoring it. “Used to have Asperger’s.” How’s that for cool??

For anyone just joining this blog, Shannon has experienced recovery from  her autism in the past couple of years through N.A.E.T., a treatment for the immune system based on acupuncture theory. In case you didn’t know, autism isn’t something one normally recovers from.

Shannon’s about to take the big step and move away from home to another town six hours away.  The sky’s the limit for her now! I am so thankful.

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

Vaccine safety: whom to believe?

We’re all getting very weary of distortions of the truth in the media these days, with the election and all. Maybe we’re all getting a little more skeptical of what we’re told.

And so it’s not too surprising to me to find out that a whooping cough-tetanus-diphtheria vaccine used for 10 years until 2011 had a little clause in its product insert informing those who bothered to read it that the vaccine might cause autism.  This FDA-approved vaccine listed not only autism but SIDS as a possible side effect of using the vaccine.  This product insert is apparently no longer available on the Internet, except from the guy who photographed it in 2005 and put it up at the link below.

The Tripedia vaccine was approved in 2001 as a thimerosal-free version of the TDaP vaccine. In 2005, after four years of use, its product insert was found on several official websites, containing the language about causing autism.  The vaccine is still approved, but was discontinued by the manufacturer in 2011.

“How many times have you heard a doctor or health worker hysterically say there is ZERO chance that vaccines cause autism?” asks Jeffrey John AufderHeide, author of this blog post about the ephemeral information in the product insert for Tripedia:

http://vactruth.com/2012/09/18/fda-vaccine-autism-sids/

And the reason for the whooping cough outbreak is … NOT vaccine refusers

We all know there’s something of a whooping cough outbreak these days. In fact, there are 25,000 cases a year in the U.S., roughly, and have been for a decade–26,000 so far in 2012.  The autism-vaccine debate has spawned plenty of accusations against vaccine refusers: they must be the cause of this.

But in fact, most of those who came down with the potentially deadly disease were vaccinated. And this info comes from the Centers for Disease Control, normally a vaccine proponent.

A new study published in yesterday’s New England Journal of Medicine identifies the culprit: the whooping cough vaccine introduced in the 1990s, a weaker version of the previous vaccine which had caused problems. This new study says that this safer vaccine loses effectiveness much faster than previously thought. The protective effect weakens soon after the children get the last of their five shots at around age 6.

What to do? Health officials are considering adding more booster shots to the schedule for older children. Whooping cough is most dangerous to children. They’d also like to see another vaccine, but none is close to ready for use.

Source:

http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/pertussis-vaccine-quickly-loses-punch/article_0c3c641e-2ec8-5d66-851f-e23f0d598284.html

How can you protect your child from whooping cough?

How do you best protect your infant from whooping cough outbreaks? Obviously it’s the vaccine, right? Maybe not.

A study, performed at Kaiser Permanente (a health insurer) in California, examined children who contracted whooping cough during an outbreak in 2010 and found that most had in fact been fully vaccinated. According to Reuters News Service April 3, “Of the 132 patients under age 18, 81 percent were up to date on recommended whooping cough shots and eight percent had never been vaccinated. The other 11 percent had received at least one shot, but not the complete series.”

Meanwhile, Big Pharma advocates have been bashing parents who delay vaccination, claiming they are causing whooping cough epidemics. This is now patently false.

Dr. Joseph Mercola, who operates a huge website advocating natural health based on research outcomes, has a very interesting discussion of the Kaiser Permanente findings.  He also quotes a key doctor who claims the efficacy of the new whooping cough vaccine was manipulated when a World Health Organization vaccine-oversight committee, which the doctor was a member of, redefined a case of whooping cough. This tougher definition involved 1) having at least 21 days of paroxysmal coughing and 2) laboratory confirmation. Since milder cases were excluded from the results of the efficacy study, the vaccine looked a lot more effective than it actually was, charged James D. Cherry, MD, who published his article recently in the respected journal Pediatrics.

Sources:

News on Kaiser Permanente study http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/03/us-whoopingcough-idUSBRE8320TM20120403

Mercola’s article http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/07/30/whooping-cough-vaccine.aspx?e_cid=20120730_DNL_artNew_1

James D. Cherry in journal Pediatrics http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/5/968.extract

“Should I let my child have the MMR shot?”

There’s been a whole lot of mudslinging going on on the subject of whether the MMR shot might cause autism in children with risk factors. The tiny pilot study by the doctor who originally questioned the vaccine, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has been retracted by the magazine that published it. The media love to tar and feather Dr. Wakefield, without looking up the facts, and ignoring the big influencer behind the scenes: Big Pharma which stands to lose zillions of dollars if he is right. Now an Italian court has agreed that a child got autism from an MMR shot.

There’s been some further study that supports Wakefield, and of course you’re not hearing about it in the media.

Natasha Campbell-McBride grew up in Russia but now lives in England, where she practices medicine. She has a post-graduate degree in neurology and one in human nutrition as well as her medical training. Like many doctors interested in autism, she is a parent of an autistic child (now recovered). Her specialty has become treating autistics.

Dr. Campbell-McBride finds that babies who are susceptible to problems with vaccines are those who have insufficient gut flora, or bacteria that keep the intestines (and the immune system) working properly. A baby would get a healthy dose of gut flora by passing through the birth canal and receiving the healthy flora from his mother. But what if the mother’s flora is inadequate? Many of those who are now mothers of young children were treated with plenty of antibiotics while growing up, a practice that killed off the helpful gut flora repeatedly. If they eat a “normal American” diet, they are getting plenty of fuel for harmful organisms to replace the healthy ones. And finally, if they were bottle-fed, they missed out on an opportunity to pick some up from their own mothers.   All these problems are compounding in succeeding generations.  Vaccinations put further stress on the immune system, sometimes putting it over the tipping point.

Dr. Campbell-McBride recommends some simple lab tests that will help you determine whether your child has insufficient gut flora for taking vaccines.  Take a look at what Dr. Joseph Mercola says about the topics in the source links.  And it sounds like we should all be eating fermented foods, like kimchee, the kind that still has organisms growing in it–not the canned sauerkraut that probably has all its flora killed in the canning process.

Sources:

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/06/25/mmr-vaccine-caused-autism.aspx?e_cid=20120625_DNL_artNew_1

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/31/dr-natasha-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps-nutritional-program.aspx

Does vaccination protect your child from whooping cough?

Are vaccines actually effective?

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) in Washington, D.C., is an official government committee advising the national vaccine program. Its June meeting spent a lot of time discussing a pertussis outbreak in Washington State, where Charles DeBolt, representing the Washington state Department of Health, reported questions from parents.

“According to Dr. DeBolt the state has been ‘flooded by phone calls’ from parents, stating that their child was up-to-date on pertussis vaccination and had still contracted pertussis. Dr. DeBolt also reported to the NVAC that Washington continues to have high vaccination rates and vaccine exemptions for school age children overall were only 4%.”  This report comes from Theresa Wangram, reporting for the National Vaccine Information Center.

Ms. Wangram said she contacted the Washington Department of Health in May to request information on rates of pertussis among vaccinated and unvaccinated populations in Washington. She was told that numbers were not yet available. Also, she noted that at the NVAC meeting the CDC’s Dr. Tom Clark reported that, “while uptake of the pertussis vaccine is high and has reduced pertussis in some populations, increased uptake has not translated into decreased mortality among infants.”

Interesting food for thought!

Source: http://www.nvic.org/NVIC-Vaccine-News/July-2012/ca-bill-to-restrict-personal-belief-vaccine-exempt.aspx#NVAC