A Coles notes version of Mitochondrial disease:
Children with a mitochondrial disorder can regress into an autism like state if one of several things happen. One of them is a fever, and fever, as we all know, is a common side effect of vaccination. Hannah Poling had an underlying mitochondrial disorder, and was awarded compensation for vaccines role in aggravating her condition into a autism like state.
This article takes a look fever, autism and MD
"About 4% of children with ASD have definite mitochondrial disease2,3 (5 of 120 = 4.2%). In 12 children (12/17= 71%) the regressions began within 2 weeks of a fever greater than 101˚F. In 4 of the 12 (33%; or 4/28 = 14% of all the cases of ASD and mitochondrial disease), the fever occurred after routine vaccination. In 8 of the 12 (67%), the fever occurred after an infection or was of unknown origin. Fever in patients with mitochondrial disease can occur with a known infection or inflammatory reaction, or can be a “fever of unknown origin” (FUO), without any cause that can be identified. Five of the 17 (5/17=29%) had no fever or documented infection."
This meta-analysis puts the Mito rate in those with autism at 5%, and the general public at 1/1000
We know that fever causes some children with mitochondrial disease to slide into autism-like symptoms. We know that a very common side effect of vaccines is fever, and that the fever only has to be over 101.
I do know that VAD can cause fever. But you know what we don't have kicking around in many wealthy countires? Most VAD's. Feel free to check with the CDC pink book.
I know that some of you think vaccines keep VAD's from making a strong comeback (which is only the case with some VAD's, btw). However there is no doubt in my mind that there are more fevers from vaccines than from VAD in the under 3 set. Vaccines might be more dangerous to children with Mito than VAD's given the prevalence of most VADs.
In my mind, given the fact Mito are somewhat common, can cause a slide into autism and are brought on by fevers, it makes sense to delay vaccines until the period of "sliding into autism" (typically by 36 months) is past. It might also give people time to realise if their child has mitochondrial disease, as this is not usually diagnosed at birth which is when vaccines start. I realise some vaccines are important to some people for infants (pertussis and rota come to mind) but many can be delayed safely. I also realise tylenol can decrease the likelihood of fever, but it may not decrease it enough, moreover tylenol can lower the immune response people want after a vaccination.
Another interesting read (non -vax slant, and asks some good questions) on Mito and ASD:
(sorry about the wonky formatting. I tried to fix it to no avail)
Edited by kathymuggle - 12/27/12 at 7:51pm