My decisions about vaccination had nothing to do with Autism. I find Autism to be a label for a collection of symptoms, b/c our science community doesn't have a clue what they are looking at or what causes "it." In my neuroscience hobbying, I've come to see a wide collection of illnesses and neurodegenerative diseases function similarly. And it seems to me that the primary culprit is...any environmental factor that damages the brain/nervous system. That would automatically include the heavily loaded vaccines on our CDC schedule, but that also means anything/everything else from toxins to deficiencies to birthing etc are included.
I've begun to wonder if there really is only one disease and we have named sets of concurrent symptoms, not actual causes or origins. It was through studying neuroscience and the endocrine system that I began to see connections and further investigated those to find what seems like just one dis-ease of the human organism that often simply presents according to a variety of conditions, rather than thousands of individually affective diseases that are distinct from one another.
i know there are plenty of unvaxed kids that are on the spectrum and plenty of vaxed kiddos that aren't.
So while my dc have not been vaccinated (and will not be in the future), it is not because I am trying to avoid the risk factors for a disease/disorder, or even a specific set of symptoms that they may have experienced should I have had them vaccinated; those risk factors may still exist from a different source (this is why many refer to 'toxic load' rather than being as concerned with individual vaccines and their ingredients).
Instead, I focus on whole health of the 'terrain' from their/our bodies to our home environment to our location on the earth to how we interract with the earth and its inhabitants, etc....
If vaccines even 'worked' (which I absolutely do not believe they do, at least in any beneficial way, and there is yet to be a single bit of hard evidence to support a benefit of vaccines), they would be like putting a bandaid on a maimed leg; they just don't address health at all, and health is the default, not sickness.
Vaccines are an attempt to curb illness, but imagine trying to live the rest of one's life with that mentality. Try curbing war by standing guard, armed at your gate, or curbing sexual infidelity by removing one's genitals or just their functionality through chemical disruption. Doesn't it make more sense to nurture the health of relationships with others through the myriad beneficial ways that we can relate with one another, rather than focusing or acting on trying to prevent the negative outcomes of not doing so?
Sorry to meander off-topic. I should read here more often so that I could post subject matter in the appropriate thread...