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#1 of 3 Old 05-08-2014, 10:27 AM - Thread Starter
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Dear Dr Bob,

I hope you can answer my questions.  I've read your books but need please some guidance if possible based on your experience and opinions. 
I stopped vaccinating my son after his 3rd round of shots at 6 mos old.  At around 6 or 7 months old he developped a "complex motor stereotypy", exhibiting mostly when looking at things that moved.  He was also speech delayed - he didn't have one word by the time his 12 month check up came around, nor one word at his 18 month, so I didn't give him any vaccines.   His first word was at approx 19 months old. (He met all other milestones from birth onwards except for speech.)  He has made amazing progress in language development and pronunciation but has always been behind his peers in this dept. (He is now 4 years old, almost 5.)  
From the age of 2.5 he had chronic loose stools (possibly/probably brought on from 3 weeks straight of antibiotics) and developed atopic dermatitis.  The loose stools finally sorted themselves out when he turned 4 (more or less) but he still struggles with it at times (as well as constipation) and he still has atopic dermatitis on his entire body (white bumps on his legs, arms, torso.)  
He has never been diagnosed with anything relating to the ASD.. but this fear has of course always been in the back of my mind, given his background.  His complex motor stereotypy has not subsided at all.. occuring when he is playing, concentrating, when he's excited by thoughts or things.  He is aware that he does it.    
So Dr Bob my question to you is - given the basic background, how concerned would you be to give him the MMR now that he is almost 5 years old?  Would you be hesitant?  As far as I know a complex motor stereotypy isn't on the ASD but do you have any experience with this?  What about his loose stools (though much better in the last year or so) and atopic dermatitis with a live vaccine?  I worry that he has an intestinal permeability issue. 
Based on your experience what would you recommend?  Does it sound like he may fit a profile that would not tolerate the MMR (or any other vaccines) well?  
I am under a lot of pressure to give him the MMR from family and with Kindergarten starting in the fall.  But I am concerned!  
Also - do you happen to know if those who have been vaccinated with the MMR deal with measles better when they go on to contract the virus anyway?  I.e., does having some vaccine induced antibodies make the disease less serious if contracted?  I can't seem to find this type of information anywhere. 
Thank you so very much in advance Dr Bob! 



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This is the kind of medical and neurological situation in which I prefer to avoid giving any further vaccines. Those who get an MMR usually will manage the disease better, if they even catch it. But for your situation, I wouldn't do it. The danger of measles is still very low. It would be useful to focus on trying to heal the gut issues - that is usually related to the neurological issues.

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Hi Dr Bob, thank you so very much for taking the time to respond to my questions.  

Your feedback is really appreciated!

All the best to you. 

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