Originally Posted by LoveOurBabies
I'm not a vaxer, but I'm finding it hard to swallow that vaxxing leads to autism.. I know someone with mild HFA (mild aspie and had always been a little different from birth - no regressive autism), who was only partially vaxed (1 hep B shot at birth and nothing else since then - Child is now 9yo). Child has never had antibiotics or any infections since birth either & came from a mother who had not had a vax in over 4 years prior to having the child. What the mother did have though, was the Epstein Barr virus 2 weeks before falling pregnant with said child. The father of the child is also an aspie (mild aswell).
What caused the HFA in this child? I strongly believe in genetics. The father and child are so alike, it's crazy. The father only had his regular DTP shot as an infant some 40 years ago. This is probably the wrong thread for it, so mods please move my post accordingly.. But I was just curious as to why some of you had such a strong belief that vaxxing caused autism, when there are so many parents/children who both have HFA or are both aspies?
Well, first of all, just because vaxxing leads to autism in some doesn't mean that it leads to autism in everyone. The important point is, it does lead to autism in some. The US Department of Health and Human Services has admitted and compensated cases of vaccine-induced brain damage, most including official autism diagnoses. The most recent and highly publicized US case was that of Hannah Poling. Recently, the Italian government admitted that a child's autism was caused by the MMR vaccine.
As far as partially vaxed children, there was a recent study that concluded that infant boys who were given the hep B vax during the first month of life had a THREE-FOLD increase of autism diagnosis. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/new-study-hepatitis-b-vac_b_289288.html
As far as genetics are concerned, there is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. The rate of autism has increased by roughly 10% per year, even though diagnostic criteria has not changed in the last 14 years, so it's obviously not "better diagnosis."
There may very well be a genetic predisposition--most likely, a genetic predisposition to vaccine reaction, or a genetic susceptibility or sensitivity to some of the ingredients in vaccines.
Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmstead offer a very convincing hypothesis on autism being undiagnosed heavy metal poisoning in their book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Age-Autism-Medicine-Man-Made/dp/0312545622. The earliest officially diagnosed autistic children all were in a position to have had excessive mercury exposure, some from vaccines, some from other sources. Although mercury has been phased out of most children's vaccines in the US, the current official rate of autism is based on studies from 2008,on 8-year-olds, who were vaccinated before mercury was phased out.
In addition, as mercury was phased out of US vaccines, nearly twice as many vaccines were added to the pediatric vaccine schedule; nearly all contain aluminum, which seems to have very similar neurological effects. In addition, pregnant women and children as young as 6 months are now routinely being given thimerosal(mercury)-preserved flu shots, as mercury was not phased out of flu shots. So they are essentially getting an even earlier mercury hit, when they are even more vulnerable
By the way, thimerosal-preserved pediatric vaccines are still manufactured in the US--and they are sent to developing countries, where autism is now skyrocketing.
Autism is likely to be the result of a "perfect storm" of factors. Vaccines are perhaps the easiest to identify. Another major factor appears to be vitamin deficiency. Most autistic children are severely vitamin deficient, particularly in vitamin D.
Without sufficient vitamin D, you don't produce glutathione. Glutathione is used by the body to eliminate heavy metals, but without glutathione, those heavy metals stay in the body--and cross the blood/brain barrier. They also cause autoimmune disorders--which are very common in autistic children, and there are even studies indicating that autistic children tend to have a strong family history of autoimmune disorder. So someone with vitamin D deficiency would be at risk for reacting badly to the heavy metals in vaccines.