In 1998, Andrew Wakefield published a paper on a study he had done with vaccines and their correlation to Autism.
Two years later, a frantic frenzy had begun.
Parents stopped vaccinating their children.
In 2001. the
vaccination rate was at 98%. Today it is at 90%. US
But the ripples of
's study in the scientific community were different: No one could replicate his study. No scientist could duplicate, or even come near to Wakefield 's numbers in any way, shape or form. Wakefield
And then they traced the trail of Wakefield's studies and found that a group of lawyers filing suit against the pharmaceutical companies had funded the research, creating a bias in
's study that invalidated it before it even started. Wakefield
Andrew Wakefield lost his license to practice medicine and became a laughing stock in the scientific community.
According to the CDC factors contributing to the existence of Autism include:
· Genes are one of the risk factors that can make a person more likely to develop ASD.
· Children who have a sibling with ASD are at a higher risk of also having ASD.
· ASD tends to occur more often in people who have certain genetic or chromosomal conditions, such as fragile X syndrome or tuberous sclerosis.
· When taken during pregnancy, the prescription drugs valproic acid and thalidomide have been linked with a higher risk of ASD.
· There is some evidence that the critical period for developing ASD occurs before, during, and immediately after birth.
· Children born to older parents are at greater risk for having ASD.
And the numbers don't lie. While reports of Autism have gone up, and vaccinations have gone down. Without correlation of these to sets of numbers, there is no fact around the idea that vaccinations "cause" Autism.
In fact, if you ever have a scientist tell you that he has "proof" that vaccinations "cause" Autism, those two words invalidate the argument. In science, there is only correlation, there is never "proof" or "cause".
One thing that may have increase the numbers of reported Autism in recent years, is the ability to diagnose the symptoms.
The first successfully diagnosed case of Autism in the
, was in 1943, long before the wide ranged, implemented vaccinations of 1969. Of course, this means that Donald Grey Triplet's mother and father traveled into the future to get him vaccinated and then he "came down" with Autism. US
Some still seeking to blame vaccinations for Autism, after the invalidation of Andrew Wakefield's study, are using the mercury in vaccinations to blame for Autism.
To study this realistically, the following are symptoms for mercury exposure:
- Impairment of the peripheral vision
- Disturbances in sensations ("pins and needles" feelings, usually in the hands, feet, and around the mouth)
- Lack of coordination of movements
- Impairment of speech, hearing, walking
- Muscle weakness (WebMD)
Symptoms of Autism include, but are not limited to:
- Significant problems developing nonverbal communication skills, such as eye-to-eye gazing, facial expressions, and body posture.
- Failure to establish friendships with children the same age.
- Lack of interest in sharing enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people.
- Lack of empathy. People with autism may have difficulty understanding another person's feelings, such as pain or sorrow.
- Delay in, or lack of, learning to talk. As many as 40% of people with autism never speak.
- Problems taking steps to start a conversation. Also, people with autism have difficulties continuing a conversation after it has begun.
- Stereotyped and repetitive use of language. People with autism often repeat over and over a phrase they have heard previously (echolalia).
- Difficulty understanding their listener's perspective. For example, a person with autism may not understand that someone is using humor. They may interpret the communication word for word and fail to catch the implied meaning.
- An unusual focus on pieces. Younger children with autism often focus on parts of toys, such as the wheels on a car, rather than playing with the entire toy.
- Preoccupation with certain topics. For example, older children and adults may be fascinated by video games, trading cards, or license plates.
- A need for sameness and routines. For example, a child with autism may always need to eat bread before salad and insist on driving the same route every day to school.
- Stereotyped behaviors. These may include body rocking and hand flapping. (WebMD)
The one common characteristic of both is "Impairment of speech". But not so common when you look at the variances. The "Impairment of speech" under mercury poisoning is very similar to the impairment that you would find a person who had just had a stroke. The autism speech issues center mostly around social displays, but there is a "delay in, or lack of, learning to talk."
It is basically a learning dysfunction, not a physical impairment.
Also take into consideration that the body already contains trace amounts of mercury and aluminum. And the vaccines have trace amounts only. Some parents have opted to vaccinate one disease at a time, to avoid using the combining agents of mercury and aluminum. Remember too that these elements can be found in a lot of food as well. What you are not getting by avoiding the vaccine, you are getting elsewhere.
Some argue that it is a conspiracy by big pharmaceutical companies, the government, and doctors to make money of the poor suspecting public.
But vaccinations actually are taking money away from large pharmaceutical companies and doctors. When people don't get sick from a widely spread disease, hospitals lose money from empty beds. Doctors lose money because they don't have to treat the diseases. And the big pharmaceutical companies aren't pulling a steady income from these vaccinations.
While I must confess, I do see the conspiracy when it comes to cancer and AIDs, and the amount of money it costs for hospital bills and medication, these are non-airborne diseases/illnesses (I am not justifying their greed).
To say that this is an emotional issue for me is something that I can't deny.
My grandmother suffered from an early childhood disease that damaged her heart. During her fourth heart surgery, at 62, she passed away.
I encourage everyone to think about this logically, without the influences of shamans, voodoo witch doctors, Andrew Wakefields, and the "holistic healers".