Originally Posted by rainbownurse
I would imagine I would search endlessly for an answer.
So what would you do if you found research that firmly linked autism with vaccines? Or Tylenol? Or age of fathers? Or proximity to highways?
The first two actually have quite a few studies showing a link. No, it doesn't prove that those two are linked with every case, nor does the research prove that only those causes and no other causes were involved in the cases where they are linked. But the science shows a link.
Meanwhile, the pharmaceutical industry is paying everyone they can to discredit the links there, and instead emphasize, yes, the age of fathers and the proximity of highways.
If a father says, "OMG, I started my family too late, and my son is now autistic," the pediatrician would no doubt pat him comfortingly on the back, and say, "there, there, you had no way of knowing that this would increase the risk of autism."
But a mother says, "I allowed my at-risk child to be given vaccines, and his reactions and subsequent medical events are textbook cases of severe reaction (and she qoutes peer-reviewed research corroborating this), and they resulted in seizures and brain damage, including autism, and I'm actually going to take responsibility (since the pharma/medical industry refuses) and say that it's MY fault because I didn't research the invasive procedure that caused these reactions," and people say that she's desperately grasping at straws. Funny, nobody says that about older fathers. Or they say that criticizing vaccines is tantamount to criticizing and refusing indoor plumbing. Funny, the US Department of Health and Human Services has admitted thousands of cases of vaccine-induced severe brain damage, including autism. They've even admitted 2 cases of vaccine-caused autism just this year, but I can't find any reference to autism caused by indoor plumbing...
Nobody is admitting the huge white elephant in the room: vaccines can cause brain damage and other severe health problems in susceptible children. Enough parents have reported this so that we know it's not vanishingly rare, but the pharmaceutical industry is going to great lengths to discredit such reports. (Hey, anybody remember that they also did this with Lipitor and Vioxx??) All kinds of well-meaning people are picking up the propaganda and repeating it, "Oh, it must be very difficult to have a child with autism; the poor mother must be desperately grasping at straws and blaming herself, but of course it's genetic..."
IF IT WERE GENETIC, THEY'D HAVE FOUND IT BY NOW.
We have only a vague idea which children may be susceptible (children with autistic relatives, children with a family history of autoimmune disorder, children with vitamin deficiencies, children with underlying mitochondrial disorders), and to make matters worse, there is NO screening for such susceptibilities, and no effeort whatsoever to head off reactions in such children, except by a few brave doctors who suggest a modified, delayed vaccine schedule and then are vilified for it.
Edited by Taximom5 - 2/25/13 at 2:41pm