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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?


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:


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.



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.


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.




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

Vaccine-autism debate confuses parents

Parents of infants must be really confused these days about vaccinations. They hear plenty of loud voices in the media, and from their doctors, telling them that they risk awful diseases if they don’t vaccine their tiny children. And maybe they hear the other side too from parents of children with autism who suspect the shots brought on the autism. Mostly they’ve been taught to trust their doctors, so in many cases they go along with the shots.

But in actual fact, many, many of these parents switch sides when their children start behaving differently after shots, usually after at least 12 months of age. Since one in 88 eight-year-olds now has autism, many of them with anecdotal evidence regarding shots, I’m talking about a large number of people.  Don’t know anyone like that personally? Cruise around the Internet a bit and you’ll see tons of testimony, including before-and-after videos. In fact a recent poll shows that 1 in 4 parents thinks vaccinations can cause autism.

The media and doctors who are on the Big Pharma bandwagon are bludgeoning parents with the risks they see: risks concerning diseases. And what about the risks of vaccination? They never mention those. Vaccine risks are accepted by health professionals, and not talked about. They know some people will be adversely affected. But they deem the “herd immunity” to be worth sacrificing some individuals. It’s always been that way.

Meanwhile, most of the media are misstating the research on the vaccine-autism question, currently contested and inconclusive, and funded of course by those who have the most to lose or gain: the pharmaceutical companies.

If you are a parent wondering what to do, take a look at what a respected physician and medical school professor at the University of Washington has written out for you. http://www.lewrockwell.com/miller/miller15.html

And if you just want some facts, comparing the vaccine schedules of today with those of 1983 and telling you the ingredients in each vaccine, go here: http://www.generationrescue.org/resources/vaccination/

NAET: what is it?

NAET, the treatment based on Chinese medicine theory that has so helped my daughter “Shannon” overcome her Asperger’s, works in a mysterious way. It’s easiest to shrug and say, “I dunno how it works, but it works.”

My son “Mike” has been undergoing treatments once a week for a year and a half now, and we aren’t at the tipping point of improving his Asperger’s yet. I hope we get there. But there’s no guarantee, of course. The NAET autism study showed marked improvement in symptoms in 23 out of 30 kids after a year of twice-a-week treatments. So there were the other seven kids who didn’t see improvement … and they had more treatments than “Mike” has had.

Meanwhile, I am undergoing NAET myself, for several months now with our St. Louis practitioner Becca Skrainka. I’m doing it because I have an amazingly high level of allergies, and I would like to be able to do some normal things like wear earrings and sunscreen. (Also some money became available to do it.) The earrings and sunscreen aren’t fixed yet, but a significant difference for me shows itself: I feel full after meals now, something I haven’t felt for a number of years. I’m delighted with that.

So, what is NAET? This stands for Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Treatment, which doesn’t tell you much except that Dr. Nambudripad invented or discovered it, and that its original purpose was the elimination of allergies. Having undergone it myself, I can tell you that NAET actually uses accupressure, particularly on certain spots on the back. As far as I can tell, what the practitioner is doing is manipulating the bio-electric field that the body generates. Manipulate the field, and the body normalizes. Weird, huh?

If it didn’t work, I’d dismiss it. But it does work in many cases, for a variety of ailments, particularly auto-immune in origin, such as fibromyalgia and allergies. (I personally know people with these ailments who have massively improved under NAET.) This goes to show that Western medicine, pooh-poohing anything involving bio-electricity, acupuncture meridians, and so forth, has a lot to learn.

By the way, if you want to see an actual photo of my daughter “Shannon” and read more about her recovery from autism through NAET, read this interview: http://www.jacobteitelbaum.com/health_articles_a-b/Autism-shannon-wheelers-story.html