I had learning disabilities until I was in high school. I was unable to read, spell, do basic math, etc. I was in special classes through out elementary and middle school.
In HighSchool, a lightbulb lite up in my head, every thing clicked. My parents, however, were reluctant to let me go for more challenging acedemics until my teachers started to tell them I was not being challenged by what was offered in the classes they permitted me to take. They feared I was not able to handle the rigors of AP classes. I managed to beg my parents to take 1AP class, Calculus and proved them wrong.
There simply is no explaination for a stupid kid to go from barely making it through elementary school and middle school to all of a sudden in high school getting As and Bs and then in college to continue this upward trend, plus complete a masters in a difficult math field w/o difficulty. I am currently working toward become a professor.
I was acedemically dead as a small child and then 10 years after the last shot miraculously I was alive. And each year after I was getting even better acedemically. Then I had 4 shots as an adult and when down hill for 5 years, for 5 years I failed acedemically and gave up. Obviously I returned, but I was fearful I might not could cut it anymore. And no I didn't put the pieces together back then, it has been a more recent enlightenment, say in the last 10 years.
My experience has a lot to do with why I do not vax,,although not the sole reason. I will not squelch the brains of my very intelligent children. And my life experience is more proof than any research paper ever written, our life experiences define who we are.
Aside from the intelligence factor, I suffer from allergies and allergy induced asthma. No one else in my family does, they are all less vaxed than I am. I had a sibling suffer intellectually in college after receiving vaxes to go. There is no doubt in my mind, this was a reaction to the vaxes.
I guess I should add, my children, dh and myself are one of the least sick families I know. It is shocking how many families I know who seem to be sick for MONTHS and MONTHS during the cold and flu season and many of them get flu shots!!! We get sick w colds once a year (sometimes 2X per year), but they never seem as miserable as I remember being as a child.
I think there is a lot about vaxing that science has yet to discover. I think the increase in children receiving services from schools is related to the number of vaxes received by these children today. I believe that the behavior problems are in part due to failed connections in the brain from vaxing (not all, some).