Originally Posted by Empress
The condescending attitude that non-vaxing families affected by autism don't exist bothers me.
We delayed vaccinations with our daughter until she was 6 months old and then it was only one at a time, and only certain ones. She didn't receive an MMR until she was 3. She was also diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when she was 2, and later PDD-NOS. I knew she was different from birth, she needed constant motion, refused to nurse or even cuddle, and was very sensitive to light and sound more then other babies her age.
My son was born shortly before her diagnosis, and has yet to be vaxed. He not only displays the same developmental delays related to PDD as my daughter, but also has low muscle tone and macrocephaly.
I also haven't ever had a flu shot, way overdue for a tetanus, and I have no need for Rhogam. My daughter was a c-section due to late decels and short cord, my son was a breezy VBAC with no meds. My daughter was FF, my son nursed until he was 23 months. I may have taken the occasional tylenol and eaten a tuna sandwich when pregnant, but when it comes down to it I ahve no interest in armchair quarterbacking what I may or may have not done to cause my children to be different. I truly believe this was beyond my control, including lifestyle and health choices, where it is a combination of genetics and fate.
Blaming autism(or any illness) on Genetics is like blaming a bullet for the killing of someone... when it is really the person behind the gun. For instance, when you get sad you may cry.. and the tear ducts in your eyes will release a salty saline solution also known as tears. Technically you are crying because of genetics... without that blueprint you would not have cried. But blaming genetics on crying is about the same as blaming genetics on illness and disease.
It may have been beyond your control... and it is correct that you shouldn't blame yourself... but blaming it on fate and genetics is wrong. For instance environmental factors(anything outside your body) (you can't control.. but yet once again nothing to do with genetics) , and perhaps even more importantly dietary factors(anything inside your body) including drugs, vaccines or anything you put in your body(something you can control but something that is almost impossible to know the correct choices with) , and then of course those respective issues for your spouse as well.
It is impossible for the huge increase in autism to be from genetics. Some people may argue that it is because there is more "screening" or whatever but that is a narrow point of view... because it is not just autism.. but obesity for instance... cancer... all diseases and illnesses are increasing at a rate beyond what genetic combining alone can be accounted for. Is there some new "screening" that we are using to weigh people? Is there some new magic scale that makes some people fat all the sudden? So while it may be true that you have something from birth, it is not necessarily because of genetics alone.. but because of everything involved with what happened up until that point (the health of the parents) .