Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bad Shots?

Before you get your little ones vaccinated read this article: Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court.

(Or this one: US to Award Vaccine Damage Payment.)

From the first article:
After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

Some say the mercury(?!) in some shots is the culprit. Others say it's all hogwash. Here are the Government's words exactly:

"The vaccinations received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder, which predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism, and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of ASD."

Just so you know, there's mercury in flu shots as well...




At 3/07/2008 7:32 AM, Blogger Malva said...

I'm feeling very ambivalent about vaccines. My oldest has most of hers (before I had researched it, I just went along with what I was told to do) and my youngest only has a few. I wouldn't consider vaccinating my kids at all... but with peak oil and the possibility of a reduced access to medical and preventative care, I'm not so sure. Is it worth the risk? Either way?

At 3/07/2008 1:08 PM, Blogger Wendy said...

I'm so sorry. This information must be very frustrating for you.

At 3/07/2008 1:41 PM, Blogger e4 said...

Malva - it's definitely worth a lot of research by parents on the various vaccines, as opposed to just taking whatever is offered. Medical professionals have training of a certain kind, but it does not make them infallible (especially with profit-motivated drug companies whispering in their ears).

Wendy - Not frustration, exactly. I mean there's no turning back the clock for Amelia, and fretting over the past is usually a waste of energy. Besides which, there's nothing close to certainty that her problems have anything to do with vaccinations. We don't even know if she fits into the autism spectrum, for that matter.

I think the point is to be wary of assuming the world always knows best, or that status quo is correct. We give away too much responsibility to "experts."

At 3/07/2008 2:53 PM, Blogger Richard Morgan said...

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At 3/08/2008 10:44 AM, Blogger Wendy said...

Oh, I completely agree that we "give away" too much. I got into a very interesting debate with my doctor when I expressed my distrust of vaccinations, which I have opted out of for my youngest. Her response was to tell me that maybe I should consider finding a doctor who might have more experience diagnosing those types of diseases that vaccinations are designed to prevent :).

I think the whole medical establishment (and the educational establishment, too, for that matter) is designed around the idea that we aren't as smart as they are, but with more than 80% of the population literate, and the advent of the Internet, that just isn't as true anymore, and more and more we're hearing cases where what we've been lead to believe by our doctors isn't exactly true.

At 3/08/2008 2:27 PM, Blogger JBTW said...

Here's another article from Autism Speaks.

(Sorry I don't know how to do links in comments yet.)

At 3/08/2008 2:28 PM, Blogger JBTW said...

For some reason the whole thing isn't appearing... Trying again.


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