Archive | July 2012

Facebook Connection

Man, do I love Facebook.  It connects me to the Autism/Lyme community who I feel so at home with.  I wake up to positive messages, inspirational blog posts, and information to keep me motivated on the healing path to Jackson’s recovery.  I don’t know what I would do without my Facebook connection.

Two of my favorite Facebook posts today:

Vaccine shedding??  Never heard about it until today.  Read on if you’re like me and haven’t heard…

School Shots

One month left of vacation.  One month of waking whenever and doing whatever.  One month before the school bells ring.  One month to fill backpacks with school supplies.  And for some, there’s one month left to get back-to-school vaccinations before ushering in a new school year.

<insert sound of a screeching record>

No, I’m not endorsing lining up for those vaccinations.  I’m just pointing out that a lot of people are going to make a date with their doc to complete school physicals very soon.  They are also going to allow countless toxins to be plunged into their child’s body.  They’ll be scrambling right up to the first day of school wondering how to fit all those “back-to-school boosters” in not realizing something:  they don’t have to get all those shots.

Because of what I know about vaccinations and children and small spaces (their classrooms), the rest of us have one month to get, keep or maintain our health before we too are bombarded with what comes with mass vaccination.  It’s called vaccine shedding.  This occurs when the live virus from a vaccine is transmitted or spread to someone else.  The shedding of the live virus spreads to an unvaccinated person which can cause some serious issues for them.   As this occurs, the virus has the capability to be spread to even more people.  It will run its course like any other virus which is actually quite opposite of what the vaccine program set out to do.  Live vaccines are actually spreading diseases instead of eradicating them.

Viral shedding might have less of an impact if more facts about vaccines were properly presented and then adhered to.  The package inserts of these vaccine state that if you’ve been injected with a live virus you should avoid immune-compromised individuals (usually the elderly, the very sick and children) for the duration of incubation (up to 3 weeks).  Have you ever heard of someone receiving the flu shot and then avoiding human contact for the up to 3 weeks the live virus can do its thing to offer some sort of immunity?  I bet not.

From the RotaTeq vaccine package insert. The highlighted area shows that those injected with the vaccine were transmitting the virus and very soon after. Did your provider caution you about this? Did you quarantine your baby during the duration of the virus’ incubation period? How much do we really know about vaccines unless we go read the fine print ourselves?

 

From the ProQuad (M-M-R-Varicella) live-vaccine package insert page–clearly states to avoid contact for up to SIX weeks following vaccination.

So, what are the rest of us supposed to do to not be shed upon?  Living in a bubble is out of the question, so first it would be helpful to know which vaccines are live virus vaccines, and then boost your own immune system prior to when large masses of people are opting to get their vaccines.  The two most likely times would be now when millions of children are getting ready to go back to school and in about two months time when the “seasonal” flu shot campaign kicks off.

Some live-viruses vaccines are:

Influenza (Trivalent; Quadrivalent; Types A and B)

Rotavirus

Measles

Measles-Mumps-Rubella

Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Varicella

Mumps

Rubella

Varicella (chicken pox)

 

Other vaccines with the live virus but not usually included on the childhood “recommended” list are:  Adenoid virus (Type 4 and Type 7), Small Pox, Typhoid and Zoster (shingles).

Added to that live-virus list are a slew of other vaccines being “recommended” for school-age children. Some parents are already in the know about vaccine exemptions, but many other are not.   A great site to visit about school shots is VaxTruth.org.  This group responded last year to schools’ “recommended” vaccinations with a massive effort.  They wanted to and successfully launched a billboard campaign in several cities promoting parents’ vaccination rights.  While many schools across the nation still try to spout the “NO Vaccines?  NO school!” speech, VaxTruth.org did something better, bigger and bolder.

Started by VaxTruth.org, an across-the-nation billboard campaign to educate the public on vaccination laws INCLUDING information on how to obtain vaccine exemptions.

The reason I am typing “recommended” vaccinations is because they are just that.  Only two states in the United States require vaccines for school, while the other 48 states grant religious, philosophical and/or medical vaccine exemptions.  If you are being told you “must” get vaccines or else, check out this informative page from National Vaccine Information Council (NVIC.org) with state-by-state exemptions, laws, forms and more.

When you look at this great visual of birth to age 6 “recommended” childhood vaccines, also from NVIC, know that you can also say thanks, but no thanks to any or all of those listed starting long before those “back-to-school shot” requests are being made.  You’d be surprised at how many parents are learning that they have more of a say than they’ve been told when it comes to how full they want their child’s vaccination record to be.

Read up on what your rights are.  Learn how to respond to the person pushing the paperwork.  The more you know about your health rights and how to respond to them is empowering.  I know firsthand because I used to put my children on the receiving end of the needle.  I learned the hard way that vaccines didn’t work well for my children.  Then I learned that my children didn’t have to have them for the reasons I was being told.

 

No shots?  Yes, school.  Counting down until the first day.

 

T minus one month…

 

 

Thinking Moms Blog…

This Thinking Moms article hits home with me.  I know some of you out there think I’m crazy, but I promise you it’s the opposite…I have found the answers to this scary Autism epidemic.  Babies are born relatively healthy (depending on the mother’s toxic load), but it’s a crap shoot whether these babies can handle the toxic vaccines.  Some babies can and some cannot…leading to all sorts of problems.  With so many of my friends and family having new babies, the thought of vaccines harming their perfect babies just kills me.  I will never directly tell them what to do, so all I can do is post information.  Even the best pediatricians do not know it all.  They are part of the problem.  You ask them about the link between Autism and vaccines, and they’ll cite research that was funded by the vaccine companies.  In ten years, we’re going to look back at vaccines and Autism and kick ourselves damaging this generation of children. Scary and saddening.

Dodging A Bullet

Sometimes it gets a bit frustrating when your own family thinks you are crazy and questions the things that you do. I hear the comments and know what they are saying behind my back. “I don’t think vaccines cause autism. Why do they go and see all those different types of doctors? Why do they do this and why do they do that?” However, I still try to inform them of the dangers of vaccines. After all, these are my nieces and nephews whom I love and care about. If I didn’t I would STFU, as Sunshine would say. My brother lied to me about vaccinating my niece last year. He blamed his wife and told me she took her in for her vaccines. My niece told me, “No, it was my dad who took me.” I had her put my brother on the phone immediately, and asked “Why did you vaccinate her?” He gave me the whole BS, “She can’t go to school unless she has her vaccines.” Truth is, he was lazy and it was just easier to give her the vaccines than get a vaccine waiver. He told me the line was really long, and he had to get back to work. Some may disagree with me on this, but I talked to my 13-year-old niece and told her, “Don’t ever let him take you to get another vaccine. If they (meaning my brother) even think about it, you call me.” She just laughed and said, “I will. I don’t want those stupid shots; they are poison.” I would probably never do this to anybody else. I believe it is a parent’s decision when it comes to medically treating their child. However with this niece, she is like a daughter to me, and I will protect as if she were my own.

Next onto my sister in-law on my husband’s side. She has two daughters. I tried talking to her once about the Gardasil vaccine. That was a huge mistake. She told me, “All of her friends got the shot, and you know teenage girls are going to do drugs and have sex. So at least I know she is protected.” I did not even touch that one with a 10-foot pole. End of conversation.

Finally to my sweet great-niece Emmy. Her mother, Cameron, is my niece through marriage. Cameron is an amazing mother. I love her and she is a Thinking Mom. Emmy had had only one vaccine. When it came time for her to get her next round, I spoke with Cameron and she said, “I am only going to give her one at a time.” She was going to be taking her to the doctor and she was going to give her the DTaP. She went on to tell me that they use saline and don’t have any of the toxic ingredients. I asked who the vaccine maker was and she said Sanofi Pasteur. I immediately got online and Googled “Sanofi Pasteur DTaP vaccine ingredients,” and there it was staring back at me: Aluminum, Mercury (remember Mercury has been removed), Formaldehyde, etc. I emailed the link to Cameron, and that was it. Emmy did not get that vaccine. Cameron had previously worked for a pharmaceutical company, so she knew how to read a vaccine insert and she did all her homework on all the vaccines. After educating herself on vaccines, SHE decided to stop vaccinating her children (She also has six-year-old twins.). She told me, “It just does not make sense to me. Why would I inject those dangerous ingredients into my kids?” THINKER!

According to Cameron, Emmy was significantly delayed in all of her developmental milestones: rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking and talking. Her pediatrician always said, “Don’t worry; she is fine.” When Emmy was nine months, Cameron noticed Emmy had dark circles around her eyes. When she brought that up to the pediatrician he asked the same questions: How does she eat? Sleep? etc. And followed up with his patented line of “She is fine.” Shortly before Emmy turned one, Cameron brought her back to the pediatrician and insisted something was wrong, and asked the doctor to test Emmy for anemia. It turned out Emmy was not fine, she was anemic. With that diagnosis Cameron put her on an iron supplement.

Also, Emmy had extremely bad diaper rash. It was so bad that Emmy would scream and cry every time Cameron changed her. Also her stools were always green mush. Cameron now tells me, I thought that was normal. She also had a distended belly. Cameron thought that was cute. These were all things that concerned me in the back of my mind. Fast forward, Emmy was now just turning two years old and she was not talking. Besides not talking, I started noticing things about Emmy that had me concerned. The first time I REALLY noticed was on her second birthday. We were at Build-A-Bear and I was holding her. I was asking her “What bear do you want to build?” Emmy just focused on a button that was on the wall. She was completely ignoring me. The more I tried to engage with her, the more she was ignoring me. Then when we got to the part where they stuff the bear, the woman working there said, “Hi. What is your name?” Emmy didn’t even notice her, or anything else. She was more fascinated with the cotton stuffing spinning in the big machine. It gave me chills, because she reminded me of my son at two. I thought to myself, you are probably being paranoid, plus she was playing with the teapot appropriately at Pottery Barn.

That night I said something to my husband. “I am a little concerned about Emmy.” He said, “Are you kidding me? I have been concerned.” We started to have a conversation. He told my how he was purposely trying to get her attention, and she was ignoring him at her birthday party. I said, “But she was playing with her sisters and the balloon.” He said “No, she wasn’t. I was observing her. She wanted the balloon that played music. She did not play with her sisters.” When we would attend family functions, and people would notice Emmy was not talking, I would hear the comments. “She is probably just delayed.” “My kids were late talkers, too.” She will talk when she is ready.” My husband and I are not let’s-wait-and-see type of people. Especially because of what we know: our environment, food supply, vaccine schedule, and pediatricians of today who are not paying attention to what is going on with the children of today. THEY ARE NOT GETTING IT! We decided to keep an eye on her. My husband said, “I think you need to get involved.” So I did. I was that nosy aunt meddling in their business.

I knew Emmy had a pediatrician appointment coming up, so invited myself to go. My niece was working, so she asked if I would pick up Emmy and meet her there. Emmy and I were waiting in the parking lot of her pediatrician. I let her out of her car seat and plopped her on my lap. “Hey Em, let’s play patty cake.” She wanted nothing to do with me. I tried several other things to do with her, but all she wanted to do was stare at the cars on the expressway, and all the bright shiny things in my truck. I wanted to cry, “Oh God, please not Em!” My next thought was if something is wrong her pediatrician will pick up on it. Well that was a pretty stupid thought. My niece expressed concerns to the pediatrician that Emmy was not yet talking. This was not the first time Cameron brought this up to her doctor. The pediatrician tried to engage and talk to Emmy, and she COMPLETELY ignored him. He even made the comment as we were leaving, “Well, clearly she wants nothing to do with me.” I was beyond pissed off.

Again, Cameron is a “Thinking Mom,” she wasn’t relying on the doctors for answers. She went looking on her own. After doing her own homework, Cameron decided she was going to take Emmy off dairy. She was speculating along with me that Emmy may have some digestive and/or allergy issues. As soon as Emmy went dairy free — WOW — she started saying words and was, at times, more engaged. They weren’t huge changes, but changes.

One evening I was at home and reviewing old videos of my son at two and a half during a therapy session with me and my son’s play therapist. During the video, it hit me, my son was more engaged and talking than Emmy. Again, I was torn. Emmy had made progress, but I still saw red flags. I thought I can’t say anything to Cameron, because I am not 100% sure about Emmy being on the autism spectrum, and I don’t’ want to put her through hell, especially if I am wrong. BUT, then I thought what if she does have issues? As I said, I learned from my personal experience the expression, “let’s wait and see what happens” is probably the worst thing you can do. So I decided to do the next best thing. I called my sister in-law.

I first apologized and gave her the “I am nervous and don’t know if I am doing the right thing introduction.” I told her I am concerned about Emmy and think we should have her evaluated by doctors who would know how to figure out what is going on. I told her I am seeing red flags, but I don’t want to upset Cameron, so I chose to upset her. I said this jokingly and she knew what I meant. We had a long conversation and I listed all my concerns: the not talking, lack of social skills, sensory issues I had observed, etc. My sister-in-law said, “I respect your opinion, and thank you.” And that she would talked to her son and Cameron. The next night I got a text from Cameron saying, “You are a nut. Why on earth would you think I would be upset with you?” It wasn’t that I thought she would be upset with me, I just did not want to upset her. I called her and we talked and came up with a game plan. I gave her the name of an MD who is a holistic pediatrician, and the name of a pediatric psychologist who specializes in developmental and behavioral pediatrics. Unfortunately, both do not accept insurance and are an hour away. However, that did not matter. We first took Emmy to the holistic pediatrician who ran all the appropriate tests that would give us some answers and they did. Based on the test results, Emmy has digestive issues and immune dysfunction. She put her on the GAPS diet and added a few supplements, one being cod liver oil. About one month later we went to the pediatric psychologist. During this appointment Emmy was as typical as two-and-a-half-year-olds can be. She was fully engaged, had excellent eye contact, was saying more words than ever. I even heard a couple sentences from her. She was a different child. Cameron and I sat there saying, “Oh, my God, she had never done this before!” We were amazed. The doctor did an autism evaluation on Emmy, and she scored a two which put her nowhere on the autism spectrum. THANK YOU JESUS!

As Cameron and I left and went to lunch, Emmy continued to do things throughout the day that amazed us. It was like a flip switched on in her. Emmy, still is delayed in speech, but she is making progress. She is a very sassy and active two-year-old. Now she doesn’t stop talking. Emmy also has a little best friend, Gabby, that she loves to play with.

Cameron knows she has to continue with Emmy’s diet, supplements and seeing the holistic pediatrician. Even though we don’t have a crystal ball. We both feel if Emmy had received all her vaccines on the current vaccine schedule, or even just the DTaP, Emmy would have been affected by autism. Or, if Cameron had done nothing and just waited to see what would happen. I since then have talked with my sister in-law and she asked me, “Do you think maybe she just snapped out of it?” I said, “No, what Cameron is doing by treating her medical issues is what is helping her.” Cameron, also went searching for another pediatrician. She chose a naturopath recommended by a couple of her friends, who choose an alternative vaccine schedule. However, this pediatrician told Cameron she will not allow them into her practice because her girls are not fully vaccinated. Obviously, Cameron is still searching. I wish all moms were like Cameron. She did her homework and she listened. I was recently talking with an aunt who works for a pediatrician, and she stated, “Moms of kids with autism just want someone to blame.” No, we don’t want to blame. We want to prevent every child and family from the living hell autism creates.

Jackson’s 24 Hour EEG

It’s Saturday morning, and we are in the home stretch of Jackson’s 24 hour EEG.  At 12 noon, we get to take off his electrodes and get back to normal around here.  Honestly, I didn’t think we’d make it this far, but Jackson has been overly amazing (don’t know why I doubted him) since yesterday at noon.  We’re going to get some extremely important information from this…either that Jackson is experiencing mini seizures throughout his day or that his EEG reads clean, no seizures.

The hardest part was definitely getting the electrodes on his head.  We wrapped him up tight in a swaddle so he couldn’t move and the technician put 28 electrodes over his head.  Those electrodes are connected to a recording machine that Jackson wears on his back in a backpack.  That whole process took about an hour, with Jackson crying and squirming the while time.  We got home, and Jackson seemed fine with his head piece and backpack.  I put him in the stroller to take him for a walk, and made it about 2 blocks out when I see/hear Jackson throw up.  He threw up 3 times in the stroller as I was running home.  My parents were at my house and helped me clean him up and take him to my bedroom to relax and watch a movie.  While in bed, he threw up 3 more times!  Jackson threw up more yesterday than he has in his three years of life.  I don’t know what the vomiting was all about.  I don’t think it had anything to do with his electrodes on his head.  My only thought is that it could be from his medications/supplements.  Was it a herx reaction?  Was it some sort of die off from the Valtrex?  When Jackson woke up from his nap yesterday, he felt much better and was back to his normal self.

Jackson slept fine last night, 10:15pm-6:45am.  He was in our bed with me while Misha got the couch.  I got a few chunks of sleep, but was up most of the night worrying about Jackson’s wires and headpiece.  Yesterday was the first night I have ever slept with Jackson…he usually sleeps in his crib in his room.  I noticed he is a mover!  He was all over our King bed, rolling around in his sleep.  One of the electrodes from his back came off during the night, so I stuck it back on in the morning and made note of it on the recording sheet.

Today at noon, we get to take off the electrodes and headpiece…can’t wait!  Jackson did great and he proved me wrong that he can do anything asked of him.  He’s a mellow, easy going boy.  He’s not grabbing at the wires or trying to pull off his backpack.  I got some amazing snuggle time with Jackson yesterday, and the grandparents were amazingly helpful, cleaning up throw up and doing any odd job around the house.

Once I turn everything in, it’ll take a week for the neurologist to read the data from the box and get back to us with any concerns or the all clear.

Good Job, Jackson!

 

        

This entry was posted on July 28, 2012. 4 Comments

Article: www.vaxtruth.org

Vaccines: How Would You Like the Truth for a Change?

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By Guest Writer, Jennifer Hutchinson – writer for Vactruth (www.Vactruth.com)

When I first started writing for Vactruth in February, I wondered how I would be able to continue coming up with new topics. Now I can’t believe that was ever a concern. Every time I start one article, my research leads me in another direction and another and another. Now my problem is choosing what to write about. I have literally dozens of ideas on my laptop. And by the time one article is published, there’s something else to cover.

My “dilemma” of picking a topic this week led me to a topic.

HOW ABOUT THE TRUTH FOR A CHANGE?

 

Parents often have to dig for the truth to protect their child.

We are inundated with autism and vaccines by the mainstream media. Something new almost every day.

New possible causes of autism, such as proximity to a freeway, the age of the father, the mom’s weight gain while she was pregnant, flame retardant in the child’s pajamas, fever mom had during pregnancy, and the latest—which actually makes sense—drugs in our water supply (yet another article). Doctors not storing vaccines properly. The autism brain freezer failure. A study of the 5 S’s for reducing the pain of vaccines. An air leak in a CDC lab that studies diseases like TB, bird flu, monkeypox, and rabies. Doctors using expired vaccines. States trying to take away vaccine exemptions. Yet another study “proving” vaccines don’t cause autism. Whooping cough outbreaks caused by unvaccinated kids or, more recently, doctors reusing contaminated syringes. A new five-in-one vaccine.

And so on.

The truth is:

What’s being crammed down our throats is BS. Plain and simple. Blatant lies, lies, and more lies. Incompetence, negligence, junk science, fraud, a violation of rights, red herrings, cover-ups, and a waste of time and money.

What would it be like to get up in the morning and see headlines like these on the Internet or television?

  • NIH Funds Study of Vaccinated Versus Unvaccinated Children
  • Federal Government Mandates Vaccine Exemptions in Every State
  • Dr. Wakefield Exonerated of All Charges
  • Congress Convenes Hearing on Vaccines and Autism
  • Insurance Companies Required to Cover Non-Pharmaceutical Treatments for Autism
  • AAP Bribery of Doctors to Increase Vaccination Rates Exposed
  • Federal Vaccine Court Concedes Vaccines Caused Autism in All Pending Cases
  • States to Fund Holistic Autism Treatment Centers
  • Dr. Paul Offit’s Conflict of Interest Subject of Investigation
  • AAP Publishes Significantly Modified Vaccine Schedule
  • Congress Calls for Study of Vaccine Safety
  • Majority of Whooping Cough Cases Found in Vaccinated Children
  • Dr. Offit to Receive 100,000 Vaccines Live on World News Tonight
  • Merck Scientists Expose Massive Vaccine Fraud (this one is actually true!)

If you could wake up tomorrow and see one headline about vaccines and autism, what would it be? Please share with our readers.

The truth is:

Drug commercials focus on the benefits of the drugs and downplay the side effects. When the announcer gets to side effects, he speaks more quietly and much faster. If you ask me, the side effects often sound worse than the condition the drug is prescribed for. However, doctors and drug commercials rarely, if ever, go over the side effects of vaccines.

But what if they did? What would it be like to hear a vaccine commercial that told the truth? Here’s my take on a TV commercial for the five-in-one Pentacel vaccine (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated polio virus, and Haemophilus influenzatype b):

As with any medicine, Pentacel is not for everyone. Tell your doctor if your child has ever been treated for a seizure disorder. Children with any type of infection should not get Pentacel. Your child should not get the Pentacel vaccine if he is allergic to aluminum phosphate, polysorbate 80, formaldehyde, gutaraldehyde, bovine serum albumin, 2-phenoxethanol, neomycin, polymyxin B sulfate, Mueller’s Growth Medium, Mueller-Miller casamino acid medium (without beef heart infusion), Stainer-Scholte medium (modified by the addition of casamino acids and dimethyl-beta-cyclodextrin), MRC-5 (human diploid) cells, CMRL or 1969 medium (supplemented with calf serum). [1]

Tell your doctor what medications your child is taking, including prescription and nonprescription.

Before your child gets Pentacel, your doctor should test him for a mitochondrial disorder.

Side effects can be serious and may include sudden, severe changes in mood or behavior (anxiety, agitation, irritability, hostility, aggressive, impulsivity, inability to sleep, confusion, tics), loss of speech, gastrointestinal symptoms (profuse and frequent diarrhea and/or constipation with abdominal pain), seizures, high fever, loss of consciousness, and high-pitched screaming. There have also been cases of serious and sometimes fatal allergic reactions and side effects, including encephalitis (which can lead to permanent brain damage). These are not all the side effects. For a complete list, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Contact your doctor immediately if your child develops any of these side effects. He may suggest that your child stop getting Pentacel.

The safety of combining vaccines for five diseases into one vaccine has not been tested. It is not known if Pentacel reduces the risk of contracting diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis, inactivated polio virus, or Haemophilus influenzae type b.

Although it hasn’t been scientifically proven, there are thousands of reports of children who developed autism or another disorder after receiving Pentacel. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional to see if Pentacel is right for your child.

Note: Nutritionists have said for a long time that if a food contains more than five ingredients or any ingredients you don’t recognize, don’t buy it—it’s probably filled with preservatives, which makes the food unnatural and unhealthy. Keeping the food “rule of five” in mind, check out the CDC Web site cited above to find out what’s in the vaccines your child is given.

ONE CHILD AT A TIME

I’m in line at the grocery store. The cashier, a woman who’s probably in her twenties, says, “I like your necklace.” It’s one of my autism necklaces—the plain silver puzzle piece, my favorite. As I start to explain that it stands for autism, she tells me her brother has autism. Since I’m getting my checkbook out of my purse, I grab one of my book cards and hand it to her. “That’s what happened to my brother,” she says. “He was two years old. He got a vaccine—I don’t remember which one it was—and then he got autism. Twenty years later, he’s still two years old.” She just stands there, looking at me, her eyes wet. Without saying another word, she reaches toward me, and I take her in my arms, unable to stop my own tears.

While checking my email, I run across one from a father saying his baby died after receiving her routine vaccines when she was four months old. I don’t respond right away—I don’t know what to say. I leave the house to meet a friend for dinner. Because I’m running a little early, I decide to run to the bank, something I’d been trying to do all week but hadn’t gotten around to. There’s a man at the ATM, so I stand back until he’s finished. As we pass in the parking lot, we say hello. After I deposit my check, I see him standing by my car. Walking toward him, I notice that he is looking at my Unlocking Autism license plate and magnetic autism ribbon. “I couldn’t help but notice your car,” he says. “Autism.” I tell him I have a grandson who’s recovering from autism, and he replies with, “My kids have autism.” Five-year-old twin boys. One severely affected, the other slightly less. They’ve tried everything. “Nothing gets better. It’s always the same.” His voice breaks as he tells me there’s more. A seven-year-old niece with autism who was found dead in a pool a few days ago. By now, tears are streaming down his face—and mine—and we embrace in silence.

Perfect strangers connected by a tragedy. A tragedy called autism that should not exist. I was angry. And, although the pain I’ve experienced because of autism couldn’t compare to theirs, I felt grief. I asked myself how these parents ever get past the anger and the agony. It has to be overwhelming and excruciating. I could barely breathe trying to imagine their pain. How do they do it?

This is why I keep writing and keep talking and won’t stop. Because what happened to these parents and their children should never have happened. I believe that if I and everyone else involved in this fight keep trying, the truth will finally come out. It is already coming out.

It’s a week later. I’m in Panera writing an article for Vactruth. A young woman, curious about my papers scattered all over the table and half a dozen windows open on my laptop, asks me what I’m working on. I briefly (well, maybe not) tell her what I’m doing and why. Obviously interested, she says her one-year-old baby just had his vaccines. I’ve gotten pretty good at discerning who will listen to what I have to say and who won’t, and I could just tell that this mother would be open, so I keep talking. I tell her what happened to my grandson Jake after the rabies vaccine, and I share numerous other vaccine-autism stories with her. I had been researching Big Pharma’s role in vaccine education and research, so I tell her a little about what I learned. Then, I suggest that she do her own research so she can make an educated decision, and I give her several sources. By this point, she’s quiet. “I feel sick,” she says. “Sounds like a case of follow the money.” Promising to find out more and talk to her husband, she thanks me and, within a few minutes, emails me to say she’s thinking twice about letting her baby get more vaccines.

Another reason I won’t give up. If I can keep one child from being a vaccine-injured autism statistic, it’s worth it. One child at a time. For as long as it takes.

 

Learn more:  Vaccine Ingredients – A Comprehensive Guide

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)

On August 4th, we’ll be renting a Hyperbaric Oxygen Chamber for a month of treatments for Jackson.  If it goes well and we see results, we may extend that time.  Below is a 10 minute video of Dr. Rossignol explaining some of the research behind HBOT therapy.  Dr. Rossignol was the doctor for Jenny McCarthy and her son.  Dr. Rossignol has 2 kids with autism (not sure if they are recovered or not), and HBOT was part of their treatment.  I’m excited to start the treatments with Jackson to see if it helps reduce the inflammation in his brain and gut.  For more information on Hyperbarics, you can Google Rossignol Hyperbaric Autism and get a ton of studies.

Article: Can Autism be Cured?

Informative article.  It’s so puzzling though…we’ve done all the tests mentioned, done most of the interventions mentioned, and yet Jackson is still not progressing.  Jackson’s challenging us indeed.  Read on….

Can Autism be cured?

by 

  • May 12th, 2012

TODAY MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE that Autism is a genetic brain disorder. I’m here to tell you that this isn’t true. The real reason we are seeing increasing rates of autism is simply this: Autism is a systemic body disorder that affects the brain. A toxic environment triggers certain genes in people susceptible to this condition. And research supports this position.

Think about it. Rates of autism have skyrocketed over the years, from an estimated 1 child in 3,000 to just 1 in 150 kids today. Sure, wider criteria for diagnosis and better detection might explain some of it but not an increase of this magnitude.

Dramatic scientific discoveries have taken place during the last 10 to 20 years that reveal the true causes of autism, and turn conventional thinking on its head. For example, Martha Herbert, MD, a pediatric neurologist from Harvard Medical School has painted a picture of autism that shows how core abnormalities in body systems like immunity, gut function, and detoxification play a central role in causing the behavioral and mood symptoms of autism.

Recently I treated a 2 ½ year old boy named Sam. He was born healthy but diagnosed with autism after his vaccination for measles, mumps and rubella at 22 months.

Every child with autism has unique genetics, causes or triggers. And it is not usually one thing but a collection of insults, toxins and deficiencies piled on susceptible genetics that leads to biochemical train wrecks we see in these children.

When I first saw him, this little boy was deep in the inner wordless world of autism. Watching him was like watching someone on a psychedelic drug trip. So we dug into his biochemistry and genetics and found many things to account for the problems he was having.

He had very high level of antibodies to gluten. He was allergic not only to wheat, but to dairy, eggs, yeast, and soy — about 28 foods in total. He also had a leaky gut, and his gut was very inflamed. Sam was deficient in zinc, magnesium, and manganese, vitamins A, B12, and D, and omega-3 fats. Like many children with autism, he had trouble making energy in his cells, or mitochondria.

His amino acids — necessary for normal brain function and detoxification — were depleted. And his blood showed high levels of aluminum and lead, while his hair showed very high levels of antimony and arsenic, signs of a very toxic little boy. His levels of sulfur and glutathione were low, indicating that he just couldn’t muster the power to detox all these metals. In fact, his genes showed a major weak spot in glutathione metabolism, which is the body’s main antioxidant and major detoxification highway for getting rid of metals and pesticides.

Sam also had trouble with a key biochemical function called methylation that is required to make normal neurotransmitters and brain chemicals and is critical for helping the body get rid of toxins. This showed up as low levels of homocysteine (signs of problems with folate metabolism) and high methylmalonic acid (signs of problems with B12 metabolism). He also had two genes that set him up for more problems with this system.

Finally, he also had very high levels of oxidative stress or free radical activity, including markers that told me that his brain was inflamed and under free-radical fire.

This may all seem complicated, but it really isn’t. When I see any patient, I simply work through the 7 Keys to UltraWellness (based on functional medicine) to see how everything is connected, create a plan to get to the causes of the problems, and then help each patient deal with all the biochemical and physiological rubble that those causes have left along the road.

To create a roadmap for recovery you just take away what’s bothering the patient and give his body what it is missing and needs to thrive (based on the individual’s biochemical uniqueness). Then the body does the rest. Here is the roadmap I used to help Sam recover.

Step 1: Fix His Gut and Cool the Inflammation There

This step included a number of different tactics including:

  • Taking away gluten and other food allergens
  • Getting rid of his yeast with anti-fungals
  • Killing off the toxic bacteria in his small intestine with special antibiotics
  • Replenishing healthy bacteria with probiotics
  • Helping him digest his food with enzymes

Step 2: Replace the Missing Nutrients to Help His Genes Work Better

In Sam’s case we:

  • Added back zinc, magnesium, folate, and vitamins A, B6, B12, and D
  • Supported his brain with omega-3 fats

Step 3: Detoxify and Reduce Oxidative Stress

  • Once his biochemistry and nutrition was tuned up, we helped him detoxify and reduce oxidative stress.
  • Improve nutrition, reduce inflammation, heal the gut, detoxify — this should sound familiar.

As I said before, the keys of UltraWellness can help, no matter what the disease or condition. Biology has basic laws, which we have to follow and understand. All the details of Sam’s story fit into these laws. We just have to dig deep, peel back the layers, and understand what is going on. When we do this the results are nothing short of miraculous…

After following a gluten-free diet and treating his gut for 3 weeks, Sam showed dramatic and remarkable improvement. He was getting back much of his language skills and showing much more connection and relatedness in his interactions.

After 4 months, he was more focused, unstuck and verbal.

After 10 months, his bowels were back to normal, he was verbally fluent, mainstreamed in school and he “lost” his diagnosis of autism.

After 2 years all his abnormal tests were normal including the high metals, gut inflammation and damage to his mitochondria and free radicals.

And more importantly, the child was totally normal. Not every child has such a dramatic recovery but many improve, and some improve dramatically using the approach of functional or systems medicine.

This is just the beginning. Read the full article on Why Current Thinking About Autism Is Completely Wrong.

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Should Infants be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? How Much Aluminum is Safe for Infants?

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Does the Hepatitis B vaccine, given to U.S. infants on the first day of life, cause neurological and immune system problems? Who would you ask about this issue?

How about the American Academy of Physicians and Surgeons? Read the AAPS’s official statement regarding Hepatitis B vaccines in infants.

In her book, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You about Children’s Vaccinations, Dr. Stephanie Cave talks about the exponential increase in ear infections and upper respiratory illness in infants, which began almost immediately after the Hepatitis B vaccine was introduced into the schedule in the late 1980s. At that time, Hep B contained thimerosal. The current Hep B vaccination does not, which may lead you to believe it is safe or at least safer. This is a false sense of security. If you are pregnant or considering getting pregnant, or care about someone who is, PLEASE read this and pass it along.

The Hepatitis B vaccine is recommended by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for ALL children on the FIRST day of life.

Does your child REALLY NEED to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B as an infant?

If you (mother or father) are positive for Hepatitis B, then the answer is “Maybe.”  There is a lot of debate about whether vaccination against hepatitis B makes any sense in infants who have been exposed to it in utero for 36-40 weeks already.  I haven’t fully researched mother-child transmission mechanisms, so I’m not sure if it makes sense to vaccinate at birth or not when the mother is positive.  I tend to think not.  If anyone can provide links to research that answers this question, please post them in the comments.  If someone in your immediate family, or someone who will be caring for your child on a consistent basis and from whom your child might be exposed to infected blood, then the answer is “possibly – your child is at increased risk of infection.”  Otherwise, the answer is “No.”

INFANTS IN THE UNITED STATES ARE NOT AT RISK FOR HEPATITIS B!

In 1991, there were 18,003 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. out of a total U.S. population of 248 million. According to the October 31, 1997 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report published by the CDC, in 1996 there were 10,637 cases of hepatitis B reported in the U.S. with 279 cases reported in children under the age of 14 and the CDC stated that “Hepatitis B continues to decline in most states, primarily because of a decrease in the number of cases among injecting drug users and, to a lesser extent, among both homosexuals and heterosexuals of both sexes.”

But the CDC and vaccines’ biggest proponent, Dr. Paul Offit wants ALL babies vaccinated for Hepatitis B, not once but three times. I wonder if that’s because if they are going in for their Hep. B shots, they are also more likely to receive the Rotavirus Vaccine, for which Dr. Offit developed the patent, which sold for 182 MILLION dollars. Imagine how much money would be lost on rotavirus vaccination if parents started questioning and as a result, did not follow the currently mandated schedule.

If you think babies should be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted disease at birth, with a vaccine that contains up to 125 times the “safe” limit of aluminum (according to the EPA regulations), watch this video from ABC News 20-20, Part 1 of Who’s Calling The Shots?

and this video from ABC News 20-20, Part 2 of Who’s Calling The Shots?

Wow! That’s some scary stuff. It must be the media exaggerating things, right? Yes. And No.

Dr. Jerry Kartzinel talks about how there is nothing in medicine that can be utilized universally without some percent of the population having problems from the procedure.  This is an example of what he was talking about.  Aluminum is a neurotoxin and it damages the immune system, putting it into hyperdrive, which is associated with a lot of the asthma, allergies and autoimmunity we are seeing (in addition to increased rates of autism and ADHD).

So just how much aluminum is in vaccines that are “recommended” for ALL infants living in the United States? And what is the “safe level” of aluminum?

According to the FDA, the “safe level” of aluminum for full-term babies with healthy kidneys is 5 micrograms per kilogram per day. As Dr. Robert Sears points out in this article, Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?  using this “safe level” determined by the FDA, a 12 pound, 2 month-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 30 mcg. of aluminum in one day.  A 22 pound, one year-old infant should be able to handle “at least” 50 mcg. of aluminum in one day.  As Dr. Robert Sears states, the FDA “safe level” was determined from studies of premature infants with immature kidneys, so full-term infants with healthy kidneys should theoretically be able to handle more than the “safe level.” However, we don’t know because there haven’t been any studies done – at least none Dr. Sears (or I) could find.

Okay, so how much aluminum is really in the childhood vaccines?

DTaP (for Diptheria, Tetanus & Pertussis only): 170-625 mcg, depending on manufacturer

Hepatitis A: 225 mcg

Hepatitis B: 250 mcg

HIB (for meningitis; PedVaxHib brand only): 225 mcg

HPV (ages 9 and above):  225-500 mcg

Pediarix (DTaP/Hepatitis B/Polio combination): 850 mcg

Pneumococcus: 125 mcg

The above information is from NVIC’s Vaccine Ingredients Calculator.

So what does this mean for your child, living in the United States and complying with the “recommended” childhood vaccine schedule?

Dr. Robert Sears does the math:

Newborn gets Hepatitis B injection on day one of life would get 250 micrograms of aluminum.

Repeated at one month of age with the next Hep B shot.

When a baby gets the first big round of shots at 2 months, the total dose of aluminum can vary from 295 micrograms (if a non-aluminum HIB and the lowest aluminum brand of DTaP is used) to a whopping 1225 micrograms if the highest aluminum brands are used and Hep B vaccine is also given.

These doses are repeated at 4 and 6 months.

A child would continue to get some aluminum throughout the first 2 years with most rounds of shots.

At this point, you may want to ask yourself, “Is the Hepatitis B vaccine really something my child needs, if I do not have Hepatitis B?”

Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B?  And is the risk worth the consequences of injecting aluminum (a neurotoxin and immunotoxin) into your child at levels that are exponentially higher than the “safe level” determined by the FDA?

Is your child really at risk for Hepatitis B?

 

Hepatitis B:

  • Is not common in childhood and is not highly contagious.
  • Is primarily an adult disease transmitted through infected body fluids, most frequently infected blood.
  • Is prevalent in high risk populations such as:
    • needle using drug addicts;
    • sexually promiscuous heterosexual and homosexual adults;
    • residents and staff of custodial institutions such as prisons;
    • health care workers exposed to blood;
    • persons who require repeated blood transfusions;
    • babies born to infected mothers

According to the CDC Guide to Action publication on Hepatitis B (1997):  “the sources of [hepatitis B] infection for most cases include intravenous drug use (28%), heterosexual contact with infected persons or multiple partners (22%) and homosexual activity (9%).”

Although CDC officials have made statements that hepatitis B is easy to catch through sharing toothbrushes or razors, Eric Mast, M.D., Chief of the Surveillance Section, Hepatitis Branch of the CDC, stated in a 1997 public hearing that: “although [the hepatitis B virus] is present in moderate concentrations in saliva, it’s not transmitted commonly by casual contact.” (National Vaccine Information Center)

Once again, you as a parent are faced with a difficult question: “Who am I supposed to believe?”

“Just how serious is Hepatitis B?” You need to ask this question in order to make an informed decision about whether the risks associated with vaccination outweigh the risks of actually contracting the disease. The following information comes from the National Vaccine Information Center.

Hepatitis B is not a killer disease for most people.

Symptoms of Hepatitis B infection include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, low grade fever, pain and swelling in joints, headache and cough that may occur one to two weeks before the onset of jaundice (yellowing of the skin) and enlargement and tenderness of the liver, which can last for three to four weeks.

Fatigue can last up to a year.

Translation:  You will feel REALLY YUCKY for 6-8 weeks, and it may take you a year to recover your energy level to pre-illness status.

According to Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine (1994):  in cases of acute hepatitis B most patients do not require hospital care; 95 percent of patients have a favorable course and recover completely; case-fatality ratio is “very low (approximately 0.1 percent).” (1/10th of 1% or 1 out of 1,000); and Those (95%) who recover completely from hepatitis B infection acquire life-long immunity (this is a good thing).

According to Robbins Pathological Basis of Disease (a medical textbook published in 1994), of those who do not recover completely, fewer than 5 percent become chronic carriers of the virus with just one quarter of these in danger of developing life threatening liver disease later in life.

Translation:  Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.

What does this mean? It depends on which statistics you look at. Let’s take the worst-case scenario and go with the “200,000 new cases yearly” cited in the 1999 video from ABC’s 20/20 show.

200,000 x .95 = 190,000 will recover completely (95% will recover completely)

Of the 5% of people who do not recover completely from hepatitis B infection, 5% will become chronic carriers and ¼ of them will eventually die from Hep B related liver disease.

10,000 will not recover completely

10,000 x .05 = 500 will become chronic carriers

500 x .25 = 125 will die in later life due to liver disease

Are we over-reacting and over-vaccinating as a result?

Remember, it’s not just the Hepatitis B we have to worry about, it’s the aluminum.

We, as parents, have to weigh the actual threat of disease against the cost of “protection.” Given the amount of Aluminum contained in Hepatitis B vaccinations, AND the very low risk of young children becoming infected (especially if Mom is not infected), this particular vaccine does not seem worth the risk.

If Hepatitis B is not worth the risks associated with injecting aluminum directly into the bloodstream, AND if those who adamantly state that by delaying the Hepatitis B vaccines we, as parents are putting our children’s health at risk, maybe we should start questioning further the advise we are getting from those who rigidly follow the party-line put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Just why do the AAP, the CDC, and organizations like Every Child By Two continue to recommend the Hepatitis B vaccine for ALL infants?  As Sharyl Attkisson says, Follow The Money.

Despite the declarations of the AAP and the CDC that the huge amount of money they recieve from the vaccine manufacturers does not influence the advice they give to parents, delving further into the facts about Hepatitis B (one vaccine out of MANY the AAP and CDC have declared as “safe”) leads me to believe that these sources may not be completely vested in the best interest of my child – or yours.

PLEASE – do not follow blindly everything you are told by your pediatrician or family physician. Ask first if he or she has actually looked at the science, or if your trusted health advisor is simply following the party-line. And remember – ultimately you, as the parents, are the ones who are responsible (and who will live with the consequences) for the decisions you make about your child’s health. The pediatrician may order the shots, but he or she is not the one who will be raising your child for the rest of his or her life.

Educate before you vaccinate.

Meet Timmy:  A beautiful little boy who was seriously injured by the Hepatitis B vaccine administered in infancy.

More on Vaccines

Hindsight is 20/20, but I wish I knew this information 5 years ago.  Standing out to me from the article below:

Are all the ingredients in vaccines safe? The truth is that vaccine ingredients have not been tested for safety in doses given to human infants either singularly or in combination for co-toxicity. The list of ingredients in vaccines includes but is not limited to: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, cells from aborted fetuses, cells from monkey kidneys, chicken embryos, viruses, antibiotics, yeast, polysorbate 80 and detergents

From http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/vaccinations

Vaccinations

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Written by Leslie Manookian
July 18 2012

The Ongoing Debate

Vaccinations, what a topic! They rank right up there with politics and religion as things not to discuss around the Thanksgiving table. Vaccinations are sure to elicit emotional responses from most people, though generally these responses are based largely on belief and lore rather than facts and hard science. It is easy to understand why the subject is so charged given that all parents would want to protect their children. And of course all people, even those who aren’t parents, want to believe there is a way to protect themselves from the dangers of life, which makes it easier for vaccine makers and policy makers to spread fear and sell products that promise a safer existence.

But do we really understand all there is to know about vaccines? Are those who ask questions about vaccines really fringe lunatics or are they perhaps more informed than the masses and using this information and their intelligence, combined with a healthy diet, to choose another path to health? In this heated debate, it is imperative that we parse fact from fiction so that we can all make genuinely well-informed decisions about our health and well-being.

My film, The Greater Good, does just that. The Greater Good weaves together the stories of families whose lives have been forever changed by vaccination with the perspectives of doctors and scientists from around the world. Our tagline for the film is “If you think you know everything about vaccines… think again.” The film shares different perspectives on vaccinations to help the viewer understand what we know and don’t know about vaccine science, and shows that parents who ask questions about vaccines or forgo them for their children are not crazy or ill-informed. The film also shows that vaccines may be responsible for the epidemic of chronic illness that plagues our planet today.

So let’s address the facts of what we do and don’t know about vaccines today as we begin to reconsider this controversial topic.

HOW MANY?

How many vaccines do kids get today? A child receiving all the recommended vaccines and boosters today receives:

• Twenty-six doses of nine vaccines by the first birthday;

• Forty-eight doses of fourteen vaccines by age six;

• A total of seventy doses of sixteen vaccines by age eighteen.

This is almost three times the recommended number of shots recommended by the CDC in 1983:

• Eleven doses of four vaccines by the first birthday;

• Twenty-two doses of seven vaccines by age six;

• A total of twenty-three doses of eight vaccines by age eighteen.1

VACCINES FOR ADULTS

Is vaccine safety just an issue for new parents? No. The CDC is now recommending a flu shot every year from cradle to grave as well as many adult booster shots for childhood diseases and new vaccines such as shingles. The pharmaceutical industry has an estimated two hundred vaccines in development for use in many population groups, not just children.

VACCINE SAFETY

Are vaccines safe? A large, long-term clinical study comparing the medium or long-term health outcomes of vaccinated and unvaccinated groups of people has never been done. Moreover, while vaccines are often given simultaneously, with as many as ten vaccines given in one visit, safety studies do not evaluate the safety of simultaneous shots. Nor have the different ingredients of human infant vaccines taken individually or in combination been evaluated in large, long-term clinical studies. Until these studies are done, it is not possible to fully answer this question.

THE RISKS

What kinds of risks am I taking if I vaccinate my child?

Like all pharmaceutical products, vaccines carry risks. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, signed by President Ronald Reagan, acknowledged that vaccines can cause injury or death. It sets up a trust fund for resolving vaccine injury and death claims and provides compensation to those found to be injured by vaccines.

Recent research has shown neurological damage including motor function deficits, cognitive impairment, and behavioral changes in mice given the aluminum in vaccines.2 Research has also shown impaired immune function and autoimmune disease in humans following administration of these same compounds.3,4 Despite these findings, large scientific gaps remain; until those gaps are filled, the overall safety of vaccines is difficult to assess.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

How often do adverse vaccine reactions occur?

A large, long-term clinical study comparing the health outcomes of vaccinated versus unvaccinated patients has never been done therefore this question is difficult to assess. In addition, most vaccine trials last only a few weeks so many reactions may be unknown. Furthermore, the U.S. has a system called the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) to monitor vaccine reactions. VAERS is a passive reporting system and the CDC states that underreporting “is one of the main limitations of passive surveillance systems, including VAERS. The term underreporting refers to the fact that VAERS receives reports for only a small fraction of actual adverse events.”5

COMMON REACTIONS

Doctors often say that reactions such as swelling, soreness, tenderness and a lump at the injection site, fever, fussiness, tiredness, and vomiting after vaccination are normal and nothing to worry about. Is this true?

While most of these reactions may seem benign on the surface, it is not known for certain what causes these reactions and whether they reflect some deeper problem. In The Greater Good, Dr. Lawrence Palevsky states that no studies exist to determine what happens to the body’s systems and tissues when a vaccine is given. In the making of the film and while conducting screenings, we have come across many parents who said their child had these “normal” reactions after a round of vaccines but never was quite the same again and went on to develop a learning disability, allergies, ADHD, or another type of chronic disease.

VACCINE INGREDIENTS

Are all the ingredients in vaccines safe? The truth is that vaccine ingredients have not been tested for safety in doses given to human infants either singularly or in combination for co-toxicity. The list of ingredients in vaccines includes but is not limited to: mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, cells from aborted fetuses, cells from monkey kidneys, chicken embryos, viruses, antibiotics, yeast, polysorbate 80 and detergents.6 While the amount of mercury has been reduced in most vaccines, it is still used in the manufacturing process and trace amounts (less than 1 mcg) still exist after filtering.7 Moreover, most flu vaccines still contain 25 mcg of mercury.8

Mercury is a well-known neurotoxin and is particularly damaging to the brain of a developing fetus or child.9Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.10

ADJUVANTS

Adjuvants are substances added to vaccines to stimulate an immune response because without adjuvants, the vaccines do not work. Aluminum is the adjuvant most commonly used in vaccines. In their study, “Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are They Safe?” published in Current Medicinal Chemistry, Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw write: “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost eighty years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. . . Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences.”11

VACCINE STUDIES

Are vaccines properly studied for safety and effectiveness?

Vaccine studies often last just a few weeks and focus on efficacy, namely whether the vaccine being studied stimulates the “desired” immune response in the blood. The pharmaceutical company developing the vaccine conducts the studies and then submits them to the FDA for approval for licensure.

Most seriously, the study is allowed to use another vaccine or a liquid containing an adjuvant such as aluminum as the placebo.12 This way, the vaccine producer can say that the vaccines cause no more adverse reactions than a placebo.

The complete vaccine schedule has not been studied for safety nor have all the various possible combinations of vaccines that might be administered on a single day.

PHYSICIAN KNOWLEDGE

Do doctors know all there is to know about vaccines and their safety?

Doctors are taught that vaccines are safe and effective; they are not taught how vaccines are studied, the components of vaccines, or the gaps in research. Doctors are taught that decades of clinical use of vaccines have demonstrated their safety and that vaccine side effects are rare, but there are no large, long-term clinical trials comparing the health and well being of those vaccinated to those unvaccinated to back up these assumptions.

RELATIVE RISK

Aren’t vaccines safer than getting the diseases?

This is a very difficult question to assess, as we don’t know the longterm health outcomes of the vaccine schedule. Given that we only have a passive surveillance system to determine adverse reactions, we don’t know the true numbers of reactions that occur. Many diseases vaccinated against today were considered fairly benign in past decades (flu, chicken pox, mumps, rubella) or quite rare (hepatitis A and B, meningitis).

This does not mean that all diseases are rare or benign, but rather explains the difficulty in making a statement assessing the relative risk when the true health outcomes and reactions are as yet unknown.

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

Are vaccines responsible for the low levels of mortality we see from infectious diseases in the developed world? According to a study by Bernard Guyer and others, published in Pediatrics in December of 2000, “nearly 90 percent of the decline in infectious disease mortality among U.S. children occurred before 1940, when few antibiotics or vaccines were available.” What happened?

According to the authors: “State and local health departments implemented these public health measures including water treatment, food safety, organized solid waste disposal, and public education about hygienic practices.”10

CHRONIC ILLNESS

Do vaccines cause chronic illness?

There are studies linking vaccines to chronic cognitive dysfunction, behavioral changes, motor function impairment, eczema, learning disabilities, arthritis, asthma, autism and more.2-4, 14-18

AUTISM

Do vaccines cause autism?

While vaccine authorities assert there is no science linking mercury or vaccines to autism, there is in fact peer-reviewed scientific evidence connecting both to autism. A study by Gallagher and Goodman found that boys who received the birth dose of Hepatitis B containing mercury were nearly three times more likely to receive an autism diagnosis than those that did not receive the vaccine. They went on to study the three doses of Hepatitis B and found that boys who received the whole series were nearly nine times more likely to require special education services than boys who did not.14,17

A recent study by Tomljenovic and Shaw connected the rising incidence of autism to the use of aluminum in vaccines.19

Helen Ratajczak, PhD, a former senior scientist at a drug company, conducted a review of all the available autism research since autism was first described in 1943; her results were published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology. When interviewed after publication and asked whether the science on autism shows any relationship between vaccines and autism she said: “The data show that when more vaccines were given, and were given at earlier ages, the incidence and prevalence of autism increased. There are many aspects of vaccines that cause autism.”20

But hasn’t science proved there is no link between mercury and autism? A review by Catherine DeSoto, PhD, of all the empirical research available on the mercury-autism link found that the body of research actually shows a link between mercury and autism by more than a 3-to-1 margin. Her findings are in stark contrast to government claims that there is no scientific link.21

MANDATORY VACCINES

Are vaccines mandatory? The fact is that all states have exemptions for vaccines: medical, religious or philosophical. Some states have only medical exemptions, some have medical and religious and some have all three types. The difficulty of obtaining exemptions differs from state to state. Visit our website to explore the laws in your state:http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/ state-laws.

DAMAGES

What recourse does one have after vaccination damage?

If you or your child suffers a vaccine injury, you must apply to the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Program for damages. The program manages a trust fund that pays damages to those injured by a vaccine and is funded through a seventy-five-cent tax levied on every vaccine given in America. To date, the program has paid out more than two billion dollars and has about three billion dollars in reserves.

If you are denied compensation or are unhappy with the award, you are not allowed to sue the doctor, nurse, government or vaccine manufacturer. On February 22, 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that Americans have no recourse in civil court even if the vaccine manufacturer could have made a safer vaccine.22

MODERN EPIDEMICS?

Won’t disease come back if we stop vaccinating? The fact is that disease incidence is a very complex issue determined by many variables such as general health and a robust immune system due to proper nutrition; and public health measures such as sewage management and drinking water systems.13

Moreover, disease outbreaks regularly occur in fully vaccinated populations so vaccination may not be as effective a preventative as generally believed.23 Given these facts, it is difficult to make any statements about what patterns disease might take if vaccination rates declined.

AND NOW WHAT?

The coming few years will be critical for the issue of vaccine safety, and I hope you will get involved. I was thrilled to bring my film The Greater Good to WAPF’s national conference last fall, and to hear from so many chapters that the film has been a valuable discussion starter. If your chapter hasn’t screened the film yet, please visit our website for details and resources to help you do that, including a discussion and facilitation guide, tips for hosting a screening, an FAQ, links to studies and resources mentioned in the film and much more available at www.greatergoodmovie.org.

One particularly important policy issue emerging in the coming months is the protection of state level exemptions to vaccines for philosophical, religious and medical reasons. It is important that all fifty states give families the right to all three of these exemptions. Coalitions are forming across the country to educate their communities about the complex issue of vaccine safety. These groups include natural health practitioners, families, midwives, doulas, nurses, teachers, elected leaders and vaccine safety advocates of all stripes.

A vital link in that emerging group is the WAPF community. I encourage you to reach out to groups in your community and learn what is happening in your state. Collaborating on a screening is a great way to get started. I believe that together we can create a world where:

• Vaccines can be made safer;

• Doctors and parents are educated about adverse reaction to vaccines, so that these reactions may be treated appropriately, thereby reducing long-term impact;

• Parents have the information they need to make informed choices about vaccines;

• Schools and doctors respect and value parents’ rights to choose how they keep their families healthy;

• Families feel safe to make their own choices regarding their families’ health and well being without fear of expulsion from school or exclusion from their communities;

• Scientists are free to pursue research into vaccine safety without fear of jeopardizing their income or career prospects;

• All fifty states uphold family’s rights to exemption from vaccination for religious, philosophical or medical reasons;

• The top priority is health and wellness, and all vaccines go through a vigorous due diligence process for safety.

I hope you will visit our website and consider bringing the film to your chapter and to those you love. You can stream the film, buy a DVD or share either as a gift. Consider hosting an event yourself, or make a donation to our engagement campaign online to help us bring the film to families, healthcare practitioners and policymakers nationwide so they too can “think again” about vaccine safety issues. Most importantly I hope you will tell five friends about the film, and continue to learn more yourself. Find us at http://www.greatergoodmovie.org, on Twitter @GreaterGood-Film, and join our active community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greatergoodmovie.

 


 

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MY FILM, THE GREATER GOOD

While it is clear that the vaccine debate is uncomfortable for many, it is far from over. In May 2012, I attended a conference on autoimmunity and vaccine safety and listened to a dozen scientists present their research showing a wide spectrum of harm following vaccination, ranging from brain damage including cognitive impairment and behavioral changes, to autism, autoimmune disease, obesity and even infertility. A growing body of science shows cause for concern and it is important that we as a society recognize that the vaccine debate is a scientific debate, not one between emotional parents and their doctors. In The Greater Good, we tried to present all sides and perspectives and in doing so to show that this issue warrants further attention and discussion.

We hoped that by sharing a wide variety of perspectives in a fair and balanced way, we could present the issue and let the public decide for themselves what to believe. We hoped to educate audiences that the vaccine debate is not as black and white as they may have perceived, that vaccinations are a topic worth investigating and discussing, and that there is much science that needs to be carried out to fully understand the biological impact of vaccinations.

The film has been widely applauded by lay, medical, and film audiences alike and featured at film festivals all over the world. The Greater Good received the Koroni Award for a documentary feature addressing an issue of importance to public health from the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama, Birmingham and The Greater Good was featured at the Amsterdam Film Festival where it was awarded the Cinematic Vision Award. The film recently aired nationally on Current TV in the US. Members of the public and medical professionals have signed up to host screenings and join the Think Again campaign.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN VACCINE LAWS AT THE STATE LEVEL?

The Vermont House and Senate have been battling over whether to retain a philosophical exemption to vaccination. While it looked like the philosophical exemption to vaccination was all but lost, in the weeks running up to a new vote, over thirty Vermont lawmakers watched The Greater Good and heard heated testimony from concerned parents. Small groups of families organized around kitchen tables and worked with groups like National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) to reach as many policymakers as possible. And ultimately, the Vermont House decided overwhelmingly to retain the philosophical exemption—that’s the good news. Unfortunately, the bill also requires parents who choose not to vaccinate to sign a statement annually that they understand they are posing a risk to the community. Do the vaccine makers also have to sign a statement that they know their products pose a risk to some children? And do the Vermont lawmakers realize that vaccine makers bear zero liability when their products cause harm?

In California, things are worse. On December 31, 2011, a law went into effect that allows school nurses to vaccinate children twelve and over for sexually transmitted diseases without parental consent and parents will have no access to the child’s medical records that pertain to these shots. So California children cannot go on a school field trip or get an aspirin from the school nurse without parental consent, but they can be injected with vaccines that injure some kids and their parents will never know. In addition, California is now requiring all seventh graders to get the TDaP (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and attenuated Pertussis or whooping cough) booster shot. Why are they doing this? Because in 2010 there was a massive outbreak of pertussis in California and elsewhere. Most of those who contracted the disease were fully vaccinated, demonstrating that the vaccine either does not work in many people or does not confer any long-term immunity despite the promises that it does. Lastly, California is considering a bill that would require parents who choose not to vaccinate to consult with a medical professional every year in order to be educated about the benefits of vaccines and the risks of choosing not to vaccinate and then obtain that medical professional’s signature.

Vaccine&Autism Link

I’ve been thinking and thinking back to my pregnancies with Sophie and Jackson, trying so hard to remember if I had a flu shot during the pregnancies.  I know my doctor suggested I have them, but I don’t think it was the H1N1.  Nothing was different in my pregnancies with Sophie and Jackson.  I was taught up until the end of my third trimester, I ate the same foods, used the same cleaning products, nursed the same amount of time.  Were vaccines just too much for Jackson’s immune system because of Lyme?  The trickiest thing is that I don’t ever remember being bit by a tick, I feel as healthy as can be, yet Jackson is so sick.  I don’t know for sure, but it must have been the Lyme compromising Jackson’s immune system combined with toxic vaccines mixing in a destructive way.

From Joel Lord and http://www.vaccineresistancemovement.org

Mother & child share the same immunity while the baby is ‘In Utero’ (all 3 trimesters) & for the entire duration of breast-feeding after birth. The mother’s Placenta, & breast milk (Colostrum) are inextricably linked, providing a baby’s primary initial source of nourishment through the long journey of formation in utero; while supplying the basic building blocks of life necessary to guarantee a safe transition into early childhood development. It goes without saying that pregnant women are at a heightened risk of adverse reactions to vaccines.

Genetics play a significant (but not central) role in determining the onset of Autism and other conditions so prevalent today. Our parents & their parents before them suffered chronic long term exposure to heavy metals & live viruses via similar mass vaccination programs given in their era. The Salk/Sabin Polio shot passed on inter-generational viruses & cancers including: Post-Polio Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Cerebral Palsy (known as Aseptic/Viral Meningitis). This inter-generational aspect of mineral & anti-oxidant depletion, reduced Mitochondrial efficacy & viability, which is passed on via the Placenta & Colostrum, compounded by vaccine derived toxicity (premature breach of the electrical grid system), strips a baby of its most vital guard during the earliest, critical stages of development. As children we often inherit a compromised system based on this legacy. It’s Russian Roulette. Your immune system enters this world with a certain vulnerability; determined by the family gene pool. Bottom line, there’s simply no escaping history.

Vaccines, by their very nature, play off each other – a synergistic reaction; triggering further infections & disorders. In many cases the very signature disease/disorder they claim to protect you against is PRECISELY that which they inadvertently spread. The tipping point comes sooner for some than others. Children with Autism fall into that category.

Thimerosal Mercury is added to the H1N1 (seasonal Influenza vaccine) series ostensibly to sterilize the giant multi-dose vats containing the serum. Mercury is such a fine neuro-toxin it gets absorbed into the Placenta thereby exposing the fetus, regardless of which trimester, to the potential of serious trauma & long-term side effects including asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, Autism, Down Syndrome, Schizophrenia and unfortunately in certain cases, even death. ‘Studies have shown that the level of mercury in the umbilical cord blood of newborns is 1.7 times higher than the mercury level in their mother’s blood.’

’Studies of the organs and tissues of the first generation progeny revealed mercury in the stomach and intestine at birth and in the first week of life, apparently on account of the entry of mercury through the placental barrier and by way of their mother’s milk. Subsequently, it was noted that the first-generation progeny of mothers that had been previously exposed to the ethylmercury compound had significantly reduced fertility in comparison to controls. The second generation progeny had low viability, lagged in their weight growth, and were retarded with respect to ossification in several cases. Finally, it was then observed when mating the second generation progeny that there was a significant decrease in fertility in comparison to the control group.‘ A Review of Thimerosal (Merthiolate) and its Ethyl-Mercury Breakdown Product: Specific Historical Considerations Regarding Safety and Effectiveness

Jackson’s Sacramento Neurology Appt.

Monday, Jackson, my dad, Misha and I went to Sacramento to meet with a Neurologist who is part of Sutter’s Autism Medical Treatment Program.  I had high, high hopes that the neurologist, being part of the Autism Program, would be open and think outside the autism box, but we had no such luck  She was the typical neurologist, by the book, willing to do some blood tests and a 24 hour EEG on Jackson, but otherwise, according to her, there are no treatments for Autism and to just continue the behavioral therapy.  She said she would run a heavy metals test on Jackson.  I asked her where heavy metals would come from in a healthy child.  I was wondering whether she’d fess up to the autism<–>vaccine connection.  Her reply was heavy metals came from toys and things in the child’s environment they put in their mouths.

We already got most of Jackson’s test results.  Everything came up in the normal ranges.  The two test results we’re still waiting for are the Fragile X Syndrome and heavy metals test.

Jackson’s 24 hour EEG test is scheduled for this owing Friday.  We go to a nearby office and the hook electrodes over Jackson’s head and tape an information recording box to his back.  How are we going to keep Jackson from ripping off the electrodes from his head?  I have no idea.  The second he takes one of the electrodes off, the test is void and we’d have to start over at another date.  I seriously have no idea how we’re going to keep Jackson from messing with the things stuck to his head.  I’m thinking about going to buy a tight swim cap so he can’t touch anything.  Knowing Jackson though, he’s a determined little boy, and he finds ways to do what he wants.  If all goes well, he’ll sleep with the apparatus and we’ll return to the office on Saturday at noon so they can disconnect everything.  The information recording box will then be sent back to Sacramento for the neurologist to analyze for seizure abnormalities and we’ll get results.

I wish, wish, wish we could have used the real time EEG technology that Harvard’s Aditi Shankardass tested out in her studies.  My aunt has a connection that brought me in contact with Dr. Shankardass, and in our phone conversation, she informed me that the study was over and that they were in the write-up phase, no longer using the technology at this time.  I think this real-time EEG technology is so innovative, and will be a huge tool once in the hands of more hospitals/doctor’s offices.

I’m not looking forward to the 24 hour EEG on Friday/Saturday, but will do everything possible to make it work so we can know if Jackson is one of the 30+% of kids with Autism who also have seizures.