Vaccination Consideration (3 of 9): Autism, Asthma, Autoimmune Diseases

This is the third of  nine reasons we’re going to explore for why we decided not to vaccinate our children. If you missed the intro to this series, please read it here. It contains groundwork critical for properly understanding my motivation for writing this series.

There has been an undeniable rise in the rates of autism, asthma, and autoimmune diseases in recent years.  Many medical professionals and parents alike suspect direct correlation to (if not causation by) the toxins in our vaccines.

Trading an “illusion of protection” for chronic disease

Dr. Russell Blaylock is a board certified neurosurgeon, author and lecturer. For the past 25 years he has practiced neurosurgery in addition to having a nutritional practice. He recently retired from both practices to devote full time to nutritional studies and research. Here’s what he has to say on the matter:

The United States is the most over-vaccinated country in the world and evidence is growing that we are trading an “illusion of protection” by vaccines for a massive increase in vaccine-related chronic diseases.

Examples of Autoimmune Reactions to Vaccines

Dr. Randal Neustaedter reports:

Some investigators are concerned that vaccines could be disabling our body’s ability to react normally to disease, and creating the climate for autoimmune self-destruction. The many reports of autoimmune phenomena that occur as reactions to vaccination provide incontrovertible proof that tampering with the immune system causes devastating disease.

He cites the following cases as illustrations of the types of autoimmune reactions people can have to vaccines:

An 11 year old girl received a routine tetanus booster dose and three days later developed blindness in the right eye and light perception only in the left eye. Her optic discs were swollen on exam. Two days later she had partial paralysis of her legs and loss of bladder control, then more widespread sensory loss including a lack of vibrational and positional senses. Seven weeks later she still had some vision loss and decreased muscle power. Within one year she recovered (Lancet, 1992).

A 20 year old woman experienced pain and swelling of her right wrist and fingers 4 days after a hepatitis vaccination. The pain and swelling resolved, but returned again 6 months later with more severe swelling and pain, following a second hepatitis vaccination. Nine years later, X-ray of the hands showed destruction of the bones throughout her wrist joints (Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, 1995).

A 4 year old girl developed progressive weakness of the legs, pain in the legs and feet, and gradual inability to walk 10 days after Hib vaccination. On the fifth day she had swallowing difficulties, facial weakness, and a monotonous voice. Her symptoms gradually improved, and within 3 weeks she could walk with help (Journal of Pediatrics, 1993).

A 42 year old man received tetanus toxoid on three separate occasions over a period of 13 years. Following each vaccination he developed acute nerve symptoms diagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease of the nervous system characterized by rapid onset of motor weakness and loss of sensation.. A nerve biopsy revealed destruction of the myelin nerve sheath. Following his last injection he continued to experience multiple recurrences, and continued to show abnormal findings on examination 15 years later (Journal of Neurological Science, 1978).

A Look at Autism Then and Now

1930’s

Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative was first put into vaccines.

Shortly after this, autism, a condition formerly unknown in the medical world,  showed up.  It affected less than 1 in 10,000 children.

1988

11 vaccines were included in the immunization schedule.

1 in every 1,163 American children had autism.

1994

24 vaccines were included in the immunization schedule.

1 in every 200 American children had autism.

Today

32 vaccinations are included in the immunization schedule, all before a child reaches the age of two.

And today, 1 in every 100 children have autism.

Other, less severe developmental disorders, rarely seen before the vaccine era, have also reached epidemic proportions, according to doctor Donald W. Miller, Jr

  • Four million American children have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • One in six American children are now classified as “Learning Disabled”
  • There has been a 17-fold increase in Type I diabetes, from 1 in 7,100 children in the 1950s to 1 in 400 now.
  • Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis afflicts 300,000 American children. Twenty-five years ago this disease was so rare that public health officials did not keep any statistics on it.
  • There has been a 4-fold increase in asthma
  • And bowel disorders in children are much more common now than they were 50 years ago.

No studies disproving the vaccine-autism link

Though fourteen “studies” have been done to determine if a link between vaccination and autism exists (all of which found no connection), many in the medical community and many parents have challenged these studies as being seriously flawed. Specifically, they say that these studies:

  • only examined one vaccine’s relationship to autism – the MMR
  • did not compare vaccinated children to unvaccinated children, which the site linked above likens to “comparing smokers who smoke one pack a day to those who smoke two packs a day, seeing no difference in cancer rates, and saying cigarettes don’t cause cancer”
  • have biased authors including those paid by vaccine companies and federal agencies

Dr. Bob Sears is one such challenger of these studies, saying:

“No large prospective study has yet to be done using unvaccinated children as a large control group to have something to compare the vaccinated children to. This is really the gold standard for coming as close as we can to proving something is safe. And that’s the type of research the government had, up until now, refused to do. And we are not just talking about autism. There are so many other theoretical reactions to vaccines that have never been adequately studied. We’ve just written them off as so rare we won’t worry about them.”

Unvaccinated Populations without Autism

Though the government has failed to do any study yet comparing vaccinated populations to unvaccinated ones, the evidence from unvaccinated populations strongly suggests that the vaccines are related to autism.  The following vaccinated vs. unvaccinated information is from the Wisconsin Vaccine Information Center.

Vaccinated

The general population of children in the U.S.
1 in 100 diagnosed with autism.

Unvaccinated

Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
1 in 4,875 diagnosed with autism.  [Note: Of the four in 19,500 children who have autism, one had been exposed to high levels of mercury from a power plant.  The other three, including one child adopted from outside the Amish community, had received their vaccines.]

Amish of northeastern Ohio
1 in 10,000 diagnosed with autism.

Homefirst Health Services, northern Illinois
0 in 35,000 diagnosed with autism.  [Note: It’s not just lack of autism that stand out in this sample of 35,000 children (90% have had zero vaccines).  Asthma rates are so low, insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield’s systems flagged the “issue”.  BCBS actually contacted Homefirst inquiring on how this could be!  Their patients are so healthy, a lawmaker proposed a law requiring that a study be done to determine why these unvaccinated patients are so much healthier than their vaccinated counterparts.]

Professionals Are Concerned

Read the next post in this series here.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Erin Rousey on August 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Thank you so much for doing all the research for us!!

    Reply

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