If Autism is caused by vaccines, then conventional logic would dictate -- everyone who receives a vaccine -- would end up autistic. And that's the premise for why the vaccine schedule is still in place and won't be changing anytime soon. Today, it's not just "get pregnant and get tested" for the half dozen genetic problems. Unfortunately, there is a very, very scary waiting game...WILL MY CHILD BE AUTISTIC?
I was taught, back in the 70's, in high school science class, that a baby's nervous system and brain are NOT fully developed at birth. Which is why, and anyone who has had a baby already knows, their eyes don't open much and they sleep all the time. It takes an additional 3 months before a child becomes -- let's just call it -- alert. By the way, humans are not the only animal in nature where additional gestation is needed outside the uterus.
So what are we doing vaccinating babies at such a young age? Well, the answer is simple. 1) By 6 months of age, all of mommy's immune goodies that were passed to your child, are all but gone -- unless you breast feed, then it's probably a bit longer. 2) With so many double income families, day care centers are much more commonplace, so the risk of being exposed to illness is greater.
Autism Spectrum Disorders have no boundaries. So what makes "random" parents, who have nothing genetically in common, have children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder? And, why is the rate increasing? I have an idea on why the disorder is "random and increasing" and I'd like to share my thoughts.
About my children
I have three children -- a girl and two boys. Both boys have an "Autism Diagnosis". My advice for parents-to-be who choose to vaccinate -- buy a great video camera and take as much video as possible -- just in case something happens, you might be able to chronologically prove that vaccines were the cause.
I believe my sons autism started right after his first inoculation of 4 vaccines -- at around 3 months of age. Suddenly, he stopped eating and had to be fed while sleeping. He also started crying, whenever we'd try to sing to him. It took us a long time to figure this out, but the reason was simple; he was used to our voices as "talking voices," and when we sang -- our voices changed and he did not like that. (I know this might be hard to understand, if you have no exposure to it; autistic children's latitudes are very narrow.) Five years later, we still have to help him eat some of the food from each meal and only recently, after much therapy, has he started to ask for food when hungry or better yet, go and get it himself.
After my first child was diagnosed with Autism, I did not vaccinate my fraternal twins -- a boy and a girl. The boy from this fraternal pregnancy is completely unvaccinated and has an autism diagnosis. His autism is very mild and this leads me to believe -- IF YOUR CHILD IS PREDISPOSED TO HAVE AUTISM, THE MORE VACCINES YOUR CHILD RECEIVES, THE WORSE YOUR CHILD'S AUTISM WILL BE. Unfortunately, once you notice changes -- IT'S TOO LATE.
I also have another observation I'd like to share. My unvaccinated twins are actually much healthier children. When they get sick, they get over their illnesses much faster than my vaccinated child. My vaccinated child's immune system is now obviously compromised, which goes against the reasoning -- of why children are vaccinated in the first place!
What can we learn from the Amish
Back in the late 1970's, I took a trip to the (Pennsylvania Dutch) Amish country. I remember seeing farmers, carpenters, etc. Their lives are more parallel to how society lived in the "pre-industrial age" than how "I live today" -- you know -- the really cool electronic devices. (Yeah, they may not vaccinate -- but there's more to the autism puzzle than just -- vaccinations.)
According to research, autistic children are not being "assembled" how they are supposed to be and autism is a genetic problem. I don't believe it's a genetic problem. I believe it's purely an environmental problem that causes abnormal brain and nervous system development and that vaccines "just make it worse". The medical profession has come up with a nifty excuse on why the rate of autism has increased: "We expanded what the disorder covers". I feel they "had" to increase what the disorder covers, because more and more children are NOT developing typically and needed to be treated with therapy.
According to what I've read about the Amish, there has only been one child with autism in their community and that child was not originally from the community. They are a great control group.
It's a very random Pattern
Once your child has an Autism diagnosis, you become part of a group: "Parents with an autistic child". But the real question is, "what made us part of the same group BEFORE a child is diagnosed with autism? Again, if it were just the vaccines, every child would be autistic.
There should be no reason for couples, in their early 20's, in the prime of their reproductive lives -- to have children with autism. But they do. The odds are so much in their favor to have typically developed children. Parents who waited until their early 40's and had a child with autism, conventional wisdom would say -- they waited too long before they had children. But that not always true either. So what's the pattern?
How can people, who have no genetic connection, create children with a similar disorder, as if they had a genetic condition? That's impossible! The X-FACTOR must be something in the environment that more and more people are coming in contact with. Something completely unexpected or unlikely -- to have the impact that it does. What is it? Where is it?
A Disastrously High Rate of Increase
40 years ago, the autism rate was 1:2,000 and in a 40 year time span, the autism rate has increased to 1:88, which is a disastrously high rate of increase. Why did this happen now and not 200 years ago? Are we heading toward a future where more children will be born autistic than not autistic?
A parallel, instant life-changing illness
If you look at adults who have an "instant life changing illness," what are the common ones? Heart attack and stroke. The critical moment at which these two diseases hit are very quick and hit without warning. Yesterday you were fine, and one day later, you are not. I'm going to use this as an example -- which is similar for children who fall victim to vaccines. Yesterday they were fine, and one day later, they are not. The general cause of both heart attacks and strokes is -- reduced blood flow -- in the heart or in the brain.
Back to Pennsylvania Dutch County
The Amish may not vaccinate, but there are other factors specific to their life style that shield their children from developing autism. I believe what protects their children from developing autism is -- NO AMALGAM -- in their mouths. Amalgam is used as a dental filling and commonly consists of 50% mercury, 28% silver, 14% tin and 8% copper.
Three aspects of the Amish culture that excludes them from having children with autism are 1) they get married younger and reproduce younger; 2) their diet is much better with less processed foods and fewer sugars; and 3) less likely to go to the dentist because their diet is better. These three aspects of their culture -- limit the amount of Amalgam in their mouths -- all prior to reproduction.
So my hypothesis for the cause of Autism is -- Amalgam fillings in the teeth of parents.
Amalgam is 50% Mercury
This could be why Autism is "RANDOM and INCREASING". A nation eating more and more processed food, earlier and earlier in life -- causing more and more amalgam fillings to be installed -- all PRIOR TO REPRODUCTION. Also, as parents are waiting later and later in life to have children, more and more mercury could be leaching into their body and the levels are increasing.
Every time you chew food and drink hot liquid, mercury gas is released. I never went to the dentist, and at 17 years of age -- I had (1) cavity and it was filled with amalgam. At around age 40, I went to a dentist again and had almost all my teeth filled with amalgam. My skin has never been the same, I have allergies to many foods -- and I have two children with autism, both conceived after many of my teeth were filled with amalgam -- around age 40.
This makes sense to me and is a great area to study. The basic concept is that eating patterns and oral hygiene patterns are completely random, as with the cases of autism and mercury is a highly toxic substance. Once I started to "really think about the cause of autism" -- what always bothered me about "just blaming vaccines" is that other animals are vaccinated and their behavior(s) have no noticeable changes. I do understand that humans are a much higher functioning animal, but animals are also social beings. (But then again, when was the last time you saw a dog with amalgam fillings.)
Removing amalgam from your teeth is a very dangerous procedure and should only be done by a certified specialist. "Right there" tells me that amalgam should never be put into anyones mouth in the first place.
The Random Theory
My amalgam theory can work both backwards and forwards. Your first child could have an autism diagnosis and your second child could be fine. Or your first child could be fine and your second child could have the autism diagnosis. It all depends upon what you ate and drank to release the mercury into your body. Completely random, which seems to be the only logical pattern.
People who have amalgam fillings could have developmentally normal children, they just didn't release much or any mercury gas prior to egg/sperm creation through conception / gestation / birth and breast feeding. There is probably a multi-year window where mercury toxicity via amalgam could disrupt an ever so fragile developmental process.
Everyone knows the mechanism on how we get sick. The five holes in our heads. Two eyes. Two nostrils and one mouth. If these openings are how we get sick, why are we by-passing them by injecting vaccines into the arms and legs. Is it really better to inject into the extremities or is this just a matter of convenience? Mother nature spent billions of years perfecting how we fight infection and scientists come up with a way to by-pass "some, if not all" of those mechanisms. By-passing the natural protection with a vaccine, could cause what I will call an"Artificial Fever".
Could their be a difference between natural fever and artificial fever? As mentioned above, in by-passing natural mechanisms, are vaccines creating an "artificial fever" in the body where it wouldn't necessarily exist? What if the epicenter of this artificial fever ends up in the brain? The body is just doing its job -- Protect the brain, protect the brain, protect the brain. What part of the brain is most vital? Breathing and heart beat. What part is least vital? Pretty much all the areas that could define a person as autistic. During this artificial fever, the brain shifts to protection mode and blood flow is reduced to areas -- deemed not needed, at that time -- causing something similar to a stroke in the brain. Or maybe it's the body going into shock, due to low blood pressure, and the end result is the same.
Frost bite is the perfect example of the body reducing blood flow to certain sections of the body (the extremities) to preserve vital organs. Since its possible in one area of the body, could it be possible in others?
Mercury floating around in parents could be the cause of the "DNA change" that links people who have no genetic connection. The vaccine is just the trigger. Scientist have been saying this for many years now -- but they NEVER have produced the "Genetic" cause. Until science can figure out "what is" the predetermining factor(s), I believe its best NOT to vaccinate until later on in life -- when all the circuits and connections of basic development have been naturally activated. If you do end up with a child with a diagnosis, it most likely will be mild and manageable with multiple therapies.
The California Sperm Donor
Recently, I read an article about a California man who donated his sperm, which was used many times. Many of the children born to this man's sperm -- have an autism diagnosis. Hopefully, researchers were allowed to interview this man. I surely would like to -- just to see if I had anything similar (traits / exposures / illnesses / etc.) in common that could aide researchers. He fathered too many autistic children for this to be a coincidence and this leads me to believe that male DNA also plays a role in autism pre-disposition. (If I could do it all over again, I would never had put amalgam in my mouth.)
Prevention is always best
Reading the published research, on what part(s) of the brain are different in autistic children, doesn't really get me excited. I already KNOW there is a difference. I live with it everyday.
Stem cells might be the cure everyone is looking for, but the Bush Administration put U.S. Stem Cell Research many, many, many years behind. I'm actually excited about how stem cells could be the future of autism treatment. But as great as this medical intervention may be, as with any illness or disease, prevention is always best.
Since researchers don't have a clue what really causes autism, my theory too is just one of the many theories. But to me, it's definitely an area worth studying.
Everyone with a child with an "Autism Spectrum Disorder" has a similar story and that is a recognizable and sadly, an increasing pattern. Millions upon millions of dollars are being spent looking for the "why" -- a "why" that will NOT include vaccines as the possible cause -- so that vaccines will never be considered the "cause" of autism. My family knows better.
Jay Gordon is a graphic designer and marketing/advertising executive with 30 years' experience working with FORTUNE 500 companies and the father of a child with autism. He is not the Pediatrician in California.