Autism, Vaccines, and Aluminum

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By Tracy G. Cassels

One of the biggest parenting debates of the last while has been the controversy over vaccines and the potential link to Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Starting with an article by Dr. Andrew Wakefield in 1998 in the Lancet that reported a link between the MMR vaccine and the onset of ASDs, we’ve seen a decline in parents vaccinating their children, a rise of diseases once thought to be nearly extinct, and parents who are generally more confused than ever about the safety and risks associated with vaccinating your child.  First, it should be made clear that the work by Dr. Wakefield has been thoroughly discredited and there is absolutely no reason to believe that the MMR vaccine will cause ASDs.  Given that many children are diagnosed around the age of one to two (the time when the MMR vaccine is given), it seems to be an unfortunate coincidence.

However, it’s very hard to believe that parents who see a dramatic change in their child after rounds of vaccines are completely out of their minds and are simply wrong.  In fact, I’m a firm believer that most of the time parents know their children better than anyone else, including their doctors.  So what could account for this discrepancy in what science tells us and what parents tell us?

Personally, I read a fair amount before deciding to vaccinate my daughter and also talked to people I knew who witnessed some rather dramatic changes in a child’s behaviour after being vaccinated.  One of the things that jumped out at me was the potential risk of aluminum that’s present in most vaccines.  I know it’s been deemed “safe” by most doctors and some researchers, but the basis for these conclusions are spurious at best.  (For a full account of the lack of research on aluminum and why we might want to be more concerned than we are, see Dr. Sears’ summary in either his book The Vaccine Book or online at http://www.askdrsears.com/thevaccinebook/vaccine_faq.asp).  What struck me most was the eerie similarity between certain symptoms of aluminum poisoning and ASDs, especially in children, and the personal anecdotes that most of these symptoms arose after getting loaded up on vaccines instead of just one or two at a time.

Here’s a list of some of the symptoms people are told to look for in ASDs: unusual sleeping patterns, appears not to be aware of surroundings, does not respond to name, shows distress for unexplained reasons, repetitive language, outbursts, and lack of affection (amongst others).  Now the list of symptoms associated with aluminum toxicity: disturbed sleep, nervousness, emotional instability, memory loss, headaches, impaired intellect, and speech problems (amongst others).  Now, it may just be me, but there seems to be a fair bit of overlap, especially when we consider that diagnoses are judgment calls on behalf of the doctors who make them.  If doctors have no reason to assume aluminum toxicity, then they may very well interpret some of the speech problems, or emotional outbursts, or sleep changes as being symptoms of ASDs.

But why should we be worried about aluminum?  If you look at the amounts of aluminum in various vaccines, we can see that there could be problems.  For example, the HepB vaccine has 250mcg per dose, the DTaP shot has 625mcg, and the pneumococcal vaccine has 125mcg.  If you use combo shots, the amounts can be higher than the sums of the individual shots, as with Pentacel which has 1500mcg per dose (it is the combination of DTaP, HIB, and polio).  But what do these numbers mean?  Well, the general rule for safe aluminum consumption (because there is aluminum in our environment that we take in daily and does not harm us) is that it should be no more than 4-5 mcg per kilogram per day.  An average 2-month old weighs approximately 5 kg for a daily total of 20-25mcg of aluminum.  But a 2-month old infant getting his shots will receive between 295 and 1225mcg of aluminum depending on the brands being used for the vaccines.  That’s between 12 and 49 times the recommended amount!  Of course, we’ve been told that the vaccine slowly enters the system so we don’t need to worry about the large dosages of aluminum.  However, I find it very hard to believe that it could spread the entry over 49 days and there is certainly no evidence to suggest this.  You must also remember that aluminum builds up in the system, so if the body can’t process all the aluminum in a set of shots, it will simply start to accumulate as the body deals with the daily aluminum we are exposed to.

But with all this said and done, we don’t see most infants showing signs of aluminum toxicity, right?  As far as we know, that’s true.  But we have seen an alarming increase in diagnoses of other known behavioural problems, like ADHD and Conduct Disorder, in children[i] and we have to start to wonder what is causing these changes.  It is not impossible that a build-up of aluminum is affecting children.  My anecdotal experiences suggest that many problems start with children who are receiving vaccines either when sick and their immune system is weakened (and thus unable to process aluminum as efficiently as usual) or when doing “catch-up” shots and thus receiving even more aluminum than has been described herein.  While a healthy child may better be able to process the higher levels of aluminum in the long-term, those infants and children who are sick have the cards stacked against them.

Of course, this is all theory at this point and with that said, I have immunized my own daughter and plan to continue, but we have altered her schedule a bit to avoid her being too overloaded with aluminum.  However, I add my name to the list of parents, doctors, and researchers who would like to know more about the effects of aluminum in vaccines on our children instead of just blindly accepting that everything is okay because the people who made the vaccines told us it was.


[i] Ingersoll, R. E., & Previts, S. B. (in press). The prevalence children’s mental disorders. In E. Welfel & R. E. Ingersoll The Mental Health Desk Reference: A Source Book for Counselors. New York: Wiley.

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  1. Marlene says

    Wakefields study has not been discredited. 1. The BMJ and other media reported that his study had never been replicated. Truth: Another study, using some of his same patients was done TWO years prior to his study, by two researchers and they did a presentation on it to the Royal Free Hospital. 2. Wakefields study was not about Autism and Vaccines. It was about gastrointestinal problems in children with autism. 3. He never said there was a link between autism and vaccines. Truth: He said that because symptoms only occured after vaccination, that this needed to be studied further. And this is the conclusion that the other two researchers also came to. 4. It was reported that the other doctors in Wakefields study retracted. Truth: They did not retract. 5. It was never reported that Brian Deer committed fraud while investigating Wakefield. 6. It was proven in an Australian court that Merck in internal emails regarding Vioxx in Australia, Merck employees discuss”destroying” doctors critical of their products “where they live”. MMR is a Merck product. The prosecution of Dr. Wakefield, Professor Walker-Smith and Professor Murch is an example and warning to other licensed medical professionals and researchers. The warning is clear: If you question the safety of a vaccine, you put your license and career at risk. 7. There are many parents of these patients in the study who are going after BMJ right now about Deer’s fraud and tactics. They are wanting to know how he got their private medical records.

  2. Marlene says

    Aluminum is in 19 vaccines. . Aluminum is extraordinarily toxic when found with mercury. Aluminum has no known benefit in the human body.

  3. Marlene says

    One problem with your theory, you stated” My anecdotal experiences suggest that many problems start with children who are receiving vaccines either when sick and their immune system is weakened (and thus unable to process aluminum as efficiently as usual) or when doing “catch-up” shots and thus receiving even more aluminum than has been described herein. While a healthy child may better be able to process the higher levels of aluminum in the long-term, those infants and children who are sick have the cards stacked against them.” My son was completely healthy when he had his vaccination. He is a vaccine injured child. So how can you account for the thousands of healthy children who are vaccine injured?

    • says

      I don’t doubt there are problems for those that aren’t sick or getting catch-up shots – I simply said many cases and that it was only anecdotal. I know that I question the autism-vaccine link given lots of other research on autism, but I don’t doubt that there are real problems with vaccines that need to be examined, hence my writing this.

      As for Wakefield – in the research community, he has been discredited as has that study because of the failure to conduct it ethically. I’m not saying Deer is any better, but as a researcher, I am highly skeptical of how the research was done (and research with the same patients does not count as being replicated – it has to be all new patients for replication). As for the authors not retracting, everything I’ve read in other peer-reviewed journals says they have – where did you get that they did not? Again though, I do believe that more research on vaccines is needed and soon. I also don’t condemn any parent who chooses not to vaccine – I can totally understand it.

  4. Marlene says

    Take the time to read this post, these articles, watch the video etc.

    ONly 7 children were used in both studies.
    http://www.naturalnews.com/031116_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield_British_Medical_Journal.html

    http://douglassreport.com/2011/01/10/vaccine-witch-hunt/

    Question:
    If the Lancet case report did not say MMR causes autism, and if his collection of biopsies for research purposes was pre-approved by the Ethical Practices Committee, why is there a case against Dr. Wakefield (and colleagues)?
    Answer:
    Medical authorities in the UK (and the United States) do not like it when licensed medical professionals ask questions about vaccine safety. Licensed medical professionals and medical researchers who question vaccine safety are more difficult to dismiss than parents who notice adverse reactions after vaccination.
    The prosecution of Dr. Wakefield, Professor Walker-Smith and Professor Murch is an example and warning to other licensed medical professionals and researchers. The warning is clear: If you question the safety of a vaccine, you put your license and career at risk.
    Question:
    Did the Ethics Practices Committee of the Royal Free Hospital NHS approve Dr. Wakefield and colleagues’ proposal for research biopsies to be conducted on children which ultimately resulted in publication by the Lancet?

    Answer:
    YES. The Ethical Practices Committee of the Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust approved proposal # 162-95 before any biopsies were collected for the case study on the Lancet 12.
    Question:
    Was the 1998 Lancet article based on a research study or a case study?
    Answer:
    The Lancet article was based on a case study. Case studies do not have control groups.
    Question:
    Did the 1998 Lancet case report say that the MMR vaccine causes autism?
    Answer:
    NO. The Lancet case report reads, “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome (autistic enterocolitis) described.” The Lancet case report ends with a call for additional research. “We have identified a chronic enterocolitis in children that may be related to neuropsychiatric dysfunction. In most cases, onset of symptoms was after measles, mumps, and rubella immunisation. Further investigations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to this vaccine.”
    Question:
    If the Lancet case report did not say MMR vaccine causes autism, what did some of the co-authors partially retract in 2004?
    Answer:
    Nothing. Some of the original co-authors partially retracted an interpretation despite the fact that it never existed in the case report.

    The co-author’s partial retraction reads, “We wish to make it clear that in this paper no causal link was established between MMR vaccine and autism as the data were insufficient. However, the possibility of such a link was raised and consequent events have had major implications for public health. In view of this, we consider now is the appropriate time that we should together formally retract the interpretation placed upon these findings in the paper, according to precedent.”

    Again, the original case report itself never interpreted the data as establishing a causal link between MMR and autism, so there was no “causal” interpretation to retract.

    Remember, Dr Wakefield has been accused of completely fabricating his findings about these same children in his 1998 paper, but these documents reveal that fourteen months before Dr Wakefield’s paper was published, two other researchers — Professor Walker-Smith and Dr Amar Dhillon — independently documented the same problems in these children, including symptoms of autism.

    Please read this article: http://www.naturalnews.com/031116_Dr_Andrew_Wakefield_British_Medical_Journal.html#ixzz1UdLOVt9E

    http://www.naturalhealthstrategies.com/dr-andrew-wakefield-gmc-case.html

    http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/2009/10/09/cbs-news-research-links-kids-vaccines-brain-damage/

    Please watch this video: http://www.autismone.org/content/andrew-wakefield-md

    http://www.omsj.org/corruption/uk-vaccine-mother-demands-answers-from-bmj

    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Andrew Wakefield issued the following statement today on the recent British Medical Journal articles:

    “The British Medical Journal and reporter Brian Deer recently alleged that my 1998 research paper was ‘a hoax’ and ‘an elaborate fraud’ and that my motivation was profit.

    “I want to make one thing crystal clear for the record – my research and the serious medical problems found in those children were not a hoax and there was no fraud whatsoever. Nor did I seek to profit from our findings.

    “I stand by the Lancet paper’s methodology and the results which call for more research into whether environmental triggers cause gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in children. In fact, despite media reports to the contrary, the results of my research have been duplicated in five other countries (to see citations to studies, visit http://tinyurl.com/4hrdt5y.)

    Pediatric Vaccines Influence Primate Behavior, and Amygdala Growth and Opioid Ligand Binding Friday, May 16, 2008: IMFAR

    L. Hewitson , Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA B. Lopresti , Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA C. Stott , Thoughtful House Center for Children, Austin, TX J. Tomko , Pittsburgh Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA L. Houser , Pittsburgh Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA E. Klein , Division of Laboratory Animal Resources, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA C. Castro , Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA G. Sackett , Psychology, Washington National Primate Research Center, Seattle, WA S. Gupta , Medicine, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of California – Irvine, Irvine, CA D. Atwood , Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY L. Blue , Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY E. R. White , Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY A. Wakefield , Thoughtful House Center for Children, Austin, TX

    Results: Compared with unexposed animals, significant neurodevelopmental deficits were evident for exposed animals in survival reflexes, tests of color discrimination and reversal, and learning sets. Differences in behaviors were observed between exposed and unexposed animals and within the exposed group before and after MMR vaccination. Compared with unexposed animals, exposed animals showed attenuation of amygdala growth and differences in the amygdala binding of [11C]diprenorphine. Interaction models identified significant associations between specific aberrant social and non-social behaviors, isotope binding, and vaccine exposure.

    Conclusions: This animal model, which examines for the first time, behavioral, functional, and neuromorphometric consequences of the childhood vaccine regimen, mimics certain neurological abnormalities of autism. The findings raise important safety issues while providing a potential model for examining aspects of causation and disease pathogenesis in acquired disorders of behavior and development.

  5. Marlene says

    Notice they did not retract their findings. They retracted the “interpretation place upon the finding in the paper”. That does not mean they retracted their findings or their recommendations to continue studying a possible link.

  6. Marlene says

    **Recent study on vaxed vs. non-vaxed kids – with graph** http://www.vaccination.inoz.com/Vacc%20vs%20unvacc%20results%20survey.pdf
    Please look at these graphs****

    http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Viruses_and_Virus_Nucleic_Acid_Contaminate_Vaccines.php

    http://www.healthy.net/scr/article.aspx?Id=553

    http://genesgreenbook.com/content/why-you-cant-believe-cdc

    http://www.thimerosal-autism-symptoms.com/html/mercury.html

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/01/27/mercury-in-vaccines-was-replaced-with-something-even-more-toxic.aspx
    Two-month old babies now receive 1,225 mcg of aluminum from their vaccines — 50 times higher than safety levels!

    Animal experiments suggest that thimerosal rapidly dissociates to release ethyl mercury after injection; that the disposition patterns of mercury are similar to those after exposure to equivalent doses of ethyl mercury chloride; and that the central nervous system and the kidneys are targets, with lack of motor coordination being a common sign.

    CDC vaccine ingredients: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-1.pdf

    According to FDA, 8 vaccines contain: http://www.vaccine-tlc.org/human.html Which vaccines contain human protein and DNA?

    According to retired vaccine industry scientist 23 vaccines contain DNA http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20049118-10391695.html Vaccines and Autism, A new scientific review (cbs news investigation) Human DNA in vaccines

    Ratajczak’s article states, in part, that “Documented causes of autism include genetic mutations and/or deletions, viral infections, and encephalitis [brain damage] following vaccination [emphasis added]. Therefore, autism is the result of genetic defects and/or inflammation of the brain.” Ratajczak says human tissue is currently used in 23 vaccines. She discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue. Why could human DNA potentially cause brain damage? The way Ratajczak explained it to me: “Because it’s human DNA and recipients are humans, there’s homologous recombinaltion tiniker. That DNA is incorporated into the host DNA. Now it’s changed, altered self and body kills it. Where is this most expressed? The neurons of the brain. Now you have body killing the brain cells and it’s an ongoing inflammation. It doesn’t stop, it continues through the life of that individual.”

    Dr. Strom said he was unaware that human DNA was contained in vaccines but told us, “It does not matter…Even if human DNA were then found in vaccines, it does not mean that they cause autism.” Ratajczak agrees that nobody has proven DNA causes autism; but argues nobody has shown the opposite, and scientifically, the case is still open.

    A number of independent scientists have said they’ve been subjected to orchestrated campaigns to discredit them when their research exposed vaccine safety issues, especially if it veered into the topic of autism. We asked Ratajczak how she came to research the controversial topic. She told us that for years while working in the pharmaceutical industry, she was restricted as to what she was allowed to publish. “I’m retired now,” she told CBS News. “I can write what I want.”

    According the CDC website 9 vaccines contain Thimerasol or traces of thimerasol. DTaP, DTap/HiB, Hep B, Hep A/Hep B, 4 Influenza, and Meningococcal. Symptoms of mercury toxicity match those of autism. Note that thimerosal is extremely toxic by all routes of administration. There is no safe level of exposure.
    ***22 vaccines contain formaldehyde or formalin, which has been ranked as one of the most hazardous compounds.
    ***Sorbitol is not to be injected yet it is in the MMR and MMRV vaccinations.
    ***Beta-Propiolactone is ranked as one of the most hazardous chemicals, yet it is in 2 of the influenza vaccines.
    ***Polysorbates have been shown to cause dangerous, sometimes fatal effects, when given through a needle. They are in 13 of the vaccines.
    ***Injections of glutamate or monosodium-glutamate into laboratory animals have resulted in damage to nerve cells in the brain. It is in 3 vaccines, including MMR, MMRV, and varicella (chicken pox).
    ***Phenol is TOXIC AT ALL LEVELS, yet it is in one of the influenza vaccines.
    ***Aluminum is in 19 vaccines. . Aluminum is extraordinarily toxic when found with mercury. Aluminum has no known benefit in the human body.

    Excerpt from: Eli Lilly and CompanyMaterial Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
    Thimerosal contains 49.6% w/w organically-bound mercury.
    Primary Physical and Health Hazards: Skin Permeable. Toxic. Mutagen. Irritant (eyes). Allergen. Nervous System and Reproductive Effects.
    Caution Statement: Thimerosal may enter the body through the skin, is toxic, alters genetic material,may be irritating to the eyes, and causes allergic reactions. Effects of exposure may include numbnessof extremities, fetal changes, decreased offspring survival, and lung tissue changes. Thimerosal contains mercury. Mercury poisoning may occur and topical hypersensitivity reactions may be seen. Early signs of mercury poisoning in adults are nervous system effects, including narrowing of the visual field and numbness in the extremities. Exposure to mercury in utero and in children may cause mild to severe mental retardation and mild to severe motor coordination impairment.

  7. barbara says

    aside from andrew wakefield – his name carries so much pre-supposition that it is hard to stay balanced in the vaccine debate if he is the focus – there are other sites and sources of information that have more to do with the broader picture. for example, the mercola website (a place i find interesting to peruse) and the award winning documentary ‘the greater good’ http://www.kindredcommunity.com/articles/the-greater-good-an-interview-with-the-new-vaccine-safetys-writer-and-producer-leslie-manookian/p/2185
    it’s a decision that is difficult to make, in light of the contention that many people feel on this subject. we chose not to vaccinate our two children, but we have been lectured by doctors, nurses, other parents and total strangers on our choice. we are honest about our choice because it is an informed one.

    • says

      Barbara – I agree that there are MANY reasons not to vaccinate, but the autism claim is spurious at best. The problem, as I see it, is that while people focus on that, they don’t focus on the myriad other reasons why people may not want to vaccinate. As long as we focus on this one issue, the other issues stay hidden at the bottom and frankly, I think some of them are better reasons than the fear of autism which isn’t at all proven!

  8. says

    This is something I really struggle with. 1st, I don’t believe they work as often as we are led to believe. My mom’s a big believer in the flu vaccine, so I got it yearly, but I have always gotten the flu every winter too. In fact, ironically linked or not, since I’ve stopped getting flu vaccines I either have had very mild cases or no flu. My father and I were both fully vaccinated against mumps, including recquist boosters, and we both contracted mumps as young adults. 2nd I struggle with them from an ethical standpoint, many used tissue from electively aborted (murdered) babies. 3rd I struggle with possible health risks, from mercury and aluminum to left over foreign dna, none of it sounds like a smart idea to put in tin bodies. Finally I struggle with their actual efficascy (sp?), you catch the measels once and you’re protected for life, but it takes multiple doses of a vaccine to affect a few years protection? That doesn’t make sense. Our immune system *should* have the same memory if it’s having the same response (immunity). It’s logically fallible. However, I do recognize the long-standing efficascy of vaccines in general. Small pox vaccine has been around (in one form or another) for hundred’s of years and it’s always been more effective than not in mitigating small pox. (Although I believe much of the overall decline in small pox, and it’s eradication, has more to do with better hygene and quarintee than vaccines, after all, there isn’t a vaccine against plague or scarlet fever) overall I’m left with a troubled agreement that they probably work, some of the time, but since so little research has actually been done about side effects, especially long term side effects, I have no way to properly weight their possible effectiveness against their real danger.
    Unfortunately my husband shares little of my trepidation. So, with a few exceptions, our kids are vaccinated. We both feel it’s absurd to vaccinate against chickenpox, and I had him read the cochrane report on the (lack of) efficascy of the flu vaccine, so we don’t get it either. And there isn’t a chance either of them will get that horrid HPV vaccine. I am, however, constantly revisiting it with my husband and some later shots may be spaced or avoided. If it was purely up to me they would only be getting a very few, like tetnaus and polio, in which I feel the severity of the disease is enough to risk what I feel is unknown side effects. I am still generally open minded about it, and willing to be convinced wither way, because I do feel the theory of vaccination is a sound one.

    • says

      I agree with what you say. I struggle with it for many of the same reasons but theoretically like the idea. I just don’t think it works very well. That said, my daughter has had many of the vaccines (though not all – with you on both chickenpox and flu), but I don’t know that she a) needed all of them, and b) needed them at this age. In the future I would probably choose ones that are most effective for diseases that most impact infants and the rest can wait!

      Regardless of personal opinion though, SO MUCH MORE RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE DONE! (Sorry, not ranting at you, just ranting.) I get so angry when I can do searches and find virtually nothing on a given vaccine. That’s plain wrong.

      • says

        J Absolutely! If I could just find a couple long term studies with proper control groups I’m quite sure, for me at least, the question could be easily settled. It *really* made me doubt everything I have read on side effects and safety when I recently learned that (at least in the U.S.) that ‘controlj groups in double blind studies don’t get a harmless ‘sugar pill’ placebo but something meant to mimic expected sidey effects so they didn’t lose their ‘double blind’ status. Which, while making a certain form of sense, makes any comparision of side effects useless.

        • says

          Are you serious? I did not know that and that is absolutely ridiculous! Yes, I understand the point with respect to double-blind, but on an individual level, you don’t know who gets them or not and thus if done appropriately, you should be able to avoid that. Ugh. My goal is to start a series on vaccines getting all the research on each of them – safety, side effects, etc. – and get that out in the new year. Hopefully I find something of this sort, but somehow I doubt it!

          • says

            The kicker there is the side effects are then reported in reference to the control group! So for a new vaccine, the test group would get the new vaccine, but the control group, instead of an inject of say saline, would get the same mix of inactive compounds minus the ‘active’ ingredient (the actual chickenpox or what have you). So then if the test group have a 1 in a 100 chance of X side effect, but the same side effect happened 1 in a 100 in the control group, they get to say ‘no increased risk’ of X. But that’s an unfair and widely deceptive statement. Increased risk could only properly be deduced if the control group got completely inert substances that are known to have no side effects not found in daily life. And there was no initial test (that I have found or seen referenced) where that standard cocktail of inactive ingredients was actually tested against nothing to find real side effect occurance rates.
            I knew in high school (when my mom signed up for a double blind study) that they used ‘mimic’ drugs in some cases, but I thought that was like a first step, and I didn’t know until very recently that they then were allowed to compair side effects off their ‘control’ group to the drug itself. I though ‘increased risk of’ went off a standard ‘this is how often it occures in daily life’ not ‘this is how often it occured in our test subjects’. Medicine isn’t a ‘pure’ science. We’re not dealing with trying to spin atoms or determine the speed of light. Intentionally producing side effects so people can’t tell who is and is not on a drug in a study, and then using those side effects to bolster your claims is the worst sort of ‘science’. (Makes you wonder if some of those formula friendly formula vs breastmilk studies were actually done with breast feeding moms or with expressed breastmilk so the babies had an ‘even starting point’ of taking it from a bottle!) Anyway, looking forward to your posts since you footnote so well!

  9. barbara says

    exactly, tracy. i’m all about the broader picture. that’s why i linked to ‘the greater good’ above. it contains one of the most balanced analyses of the vaccination issue. my partner and i were much more concerned about the urgency with which public health staff were treating the vaccination schedule. it is as if our babies are ticking viral bombs!! in addition, the content of the vaccines and the political pressure from big pharma to vaccinate influenced our decision not to vaccinate. my partner is the eldest of nine and his father was a doctor. none of the children were vaccinated. i was not vaccinated either. i think this had a great influence on our decision, as well.

    • says

      Completely agree! I’ve gotten quite snippy nurses when I altered my daughter’s schedule and told them my reasons (research) and none of them knew a thing of what I was talking about. It’s like they’ve been instilled with this mantra that the only way is what they’ve been told!

      • Cecile says

        Im a nurse but by no means do i enjoy having to vaccinate children/babies, Im in complete agreeance but unfortunatly have to follow procedures and policies where i work, I always try to fully inform/educate these parents before hand, but half the time they dont care :(

  10. Marlene says

    According to documents released through the Freedom of Information act to Judicial Watch, in the Gardasil trials aluminum was used in the placebo. And in regards to Wakefield, the guy who actually studied the biopsies, blind to anything except what was on the slide, came out in Wakefields defense.

    http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/11/dramatic-development-further-exonerates-andrew-wakefield-and-puts-pressure-on-british-medical-journa.html

    http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2011-11-18/another-nail-in-the-coffin-of-the-case-against-wakefield-pathologist-speaks-out/

    http://www.nature.com/news/2011/111109/full/479157a.html

    I do think that people do get caught up on the autism/vaccine debate. The truth is too many of us parents saw the change in our children after their vaccines.

    But there are other health issues out there, and other lies being told about how safe and effective vaccines are.

    People need to start questioning and researching vaccines before blindly giving them to their children.

    http://vaxtruth.org/2011/08/5of25/ on the big box click on the down arrow for the presentation.

    http://www.omsj.org/blogs/more-questions-about-brian-deer-wakefield-investigation

    http://healthfreedoms.org/2011/10/14/big-study-vaccinated-kids-2-5-more-diseases-than-unvaccinated/

    http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/2010/01/if-you-are-in-support-of-vaccinations/

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/907819/polysorbate_80_in_vaccines_a_potentially.html
    and you can find info on polysorbate 80 and infertility on “holyhormoneshoney” website also.

    And here is a very good one to look over: http://www.aapsonline.org/vaccines/cdcfdaexperts.htm Selected vaccine authorities from CDC, FDA, and manufacturers discuss, in a closed meeting, the possibility of neurodevelopment disorders resulting from vaccine components.

  11. smartygirl says

    i’m sure some kids do regress after vaccines; i know some kids react badly to some vaccines (my boy’s arm swelled up like crazy after his tetanus shot), and i know lots of kids who regressed in one developmental milestone or another after something as simple as getting a bad cold.

    i couldn’t count the parents i know who’ve gone through the whole “he was sleeping through the night/potty trained/weaning himself/whatever until hay fever season got here, and now he clings to me all night long etc.” just about everyone i know.

    children who weren’t born with autism bounce back from these regressions; children who are autistic don’t bounce back so well. doesn’t mean the common cold causes autism any more than vaccines do.

    but you know, believe what you want to believe, i guess. just don’t let your unvaccinated child step on a rusty nail, or travel to other countries where various illnesses abound, or spend time around babies too little to have gotten their shots.

  12. EmGb says

    You specifically mention in the article that you have your own daughter on an altered vaccination schedule. I’m really curious about what changes you’ve made. I’ve found lots of information about why we should be careful, but no concrete suggestions about ways to change a vaccination schedule to make it safer. Likewise, are there alternatives to some of these vaccines that you mention as potential aluminum ‘overloads’? For instance, is it possible to ask a pediatrician for individual vaccines instead of the DtAP combo shot?

    • says

      You can definitely ask, but each ped/doctor does things differently. I found the Sears book very helpful (though our schedule in Canada is different so ours was different) to go over the options and the alternatives :)

    • Ju says

      Dr Sears vaccine book is really helpful for figuring an alternative or delayed schedule. I’ve been selective about our schedule due to his book.

  13. ele says

    The best way is to delay some vaccines until 2 years old .i ve vaccinated my baby with a heavy heart..he wad crying i was crying…i felt i tortured him..and he had only one vaccine until now..i m so sorry. i live in japan where the hep b vaccine is voluntary ..they will never give to a newborn hep b vaccine because is new for them and they don t find it necessary if the baby dosen t have his mom infected.some vaccines they are not recommended by the japanese heatlh ministry

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