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A Facebook survey of unvaccinated children

Since the people controlling the research money won’t touch the question of comparing autism rates in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, a non-scientist has picked up the torch. Andreas Bachmair, a natural health practitioner in Germany, asked people to fill out a form if their kids were unvaccinated, providing information about the overall health of their children. He spread the word on Facebook and on his website, German and English versions.

He got responses on 7,851 participants, the majority of whom are under the age of 2. Of course, a scientist would call his results skewed, because the participants’ parents selected themselves. A well-made study involves random selection and a matched control group.

Nevertheless, it’s interesting to look at his results. He compared his unvaccinated group to those in a separate study called KIGGS (http://www.kiggs.de/service/english/index.html) where parents of 17,641 participants, all in Germany, answered very similar questions. Presumably they were all or mostly vaccinated. So there is a control group in a way.

Is autism less prevalent in the unvaccinated? Since autism often doesn’t show up until much later than age 2, his data aren’t helpful with the autism question.

But his data showed levels of allergy, athsma, and ear infections in the unvaccinated that were much lower than the KIGGS group. In the KIGGS group, 4.7%  suffer from asthma, 10.7%  from hayfever and 13.2% from neurodermatitis.
The prevalence of asthma among  unvaccinated children was around 2.5%, hayfever 2.5% and neurodermatitis 7%, Bachmair reported.

Source: http://www.vaccineinjury.info/vaccinations-in-general/health-unvaccinated-children/survey-results-illnesses.html

CDC authorizes studies of autism and vaccines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has adopted a five-year vaccine research agenda that finally points federally funded researchers toward studying whether vaccines cause autism.

Those in the autism community have been arguing for years now about whether vaccines might somehow cause autism, some citing studies that seem to exonerate vaccines, and others pointing out flaws in the studies. Meanwhile, anecdotal evidence is overwhelming: many, many parents report autism in their child immediately following a routine vaccination.

I along with many others have been pushing for a simple population study of autism outcomes in vaccinated vs unvaccinated groups, to settle the question.  I am so glad to see the likelihood of this increasing, with the CDC’s change of stance. In the new plan, the CDC calls for convening an expert panel to determine the feasibility of studying autism in populations of children who are vaccinated and who are unvaccinated.

Just a month ago, a federal government’s autism study committee called for a shift in research priorities away from looking at genetic causes for autism toward environmental triggers. he Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) said possible triggers might include toxins, biological agents, and “adverse events following immunization.”

This shift toward looking at environmental triggers is long overdue, as well. In funding genetic research only, the government has ignored the fact that there is an epidemic (with 1 in 100 children getting an autism diagnosis), and genetics alone can’t cause epidemics.

The CDC will also authorize studies of mitochondrial dysfunction and “neurological deterioration” that may follow vaccination.

Sources:

David Kirby at Huffington Post, who broke the story http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/cdc-to-study-vaccines-and_b_837360.html

The CDC plan http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/00_pdf/ISO-Final-Scientific_Agenda-Nov-10.pdf

NVAC recommendations http://www.hhs.gov/nvpo/nvac/meetings/pastmeetings/nvacrecommendationsisoscientificagenda.pdf