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Vaccine Injury

Vaccines have played an important role in preventing and eradicating dangerous disease. However, many researchers have indicated lately the evidence of developmental damage caused by vaccines. This damage includes the appearance of autistic symptoms and autoimmune problems.

Practitioners often dismiss parents concerns referring to a study conducted by the CDC in 2003 which shows no link between mercury in vaccines and Autism, ADHD, speech delay, or tics. Interestingly, the CDC Director, Dr. Julie Gerberding, admitted to a string of errors in the design and methods used in the CDC's landmark study in response to the 2006 report conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Gerberding had concluded that methodology used in the CDC's thimerosal safety study is plagued with "several areas of weaknesses" that combine to "reduce the usefulness" of using the data for any future "ecological studies" of autism. Gerberding was forced to admit that the study design was "not appropriate for studying this vaccine safety topic. The data are intended for administrative purposes and may not be predictive of the outcomes studied". The full article can be viewed here.

Below is an excerpt from Dr. Shaw's book, "Biological Treatments of Autism and PDD," chapter seven "Immunizations and Autism". We highly recommend that you read his book to get more information about the clinical significance of vaccinations. It lists recommendations and guidelines for concerned parents.

MMR Vaccination and Autism

In England, Andrew Wakefield, M.D., a gastroenterologist and his colleagues at the Royal Free Hospital examined with electron microscopy intestinal biopsy samples from children with autism. Their examination revealed the presence of virus particles similar to those from the measles virus, raising the possibility that live measles virus from the MMR vaccine may actually be responsible for some of the gastrointestinal abnormalities common in children with autism. Wakefield's original article reported:

"Onset of behavioral symptoms was associated, by the parents, with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination in eight of the 12 children, with measles infection in one child, and otitis media in another. All 12 children had intestinal abnormalities, ranging from lymphoid nodular hyperplasia to aphthoid ulceration. Histology showed patchy chronic inflammation in the colon in 11 children and reactive ileal lymphoid hyperplasia in seven, but no granulomas. Behavioural disorders included autism (nine), disintegrative psychosis (one), and possible post viral or vaccinal encephalitis (two)."

A follow-up study by Wakefield on 30 children with autism reported similar results and again reported the onset of autistic symptoms following vaccination in a substantial number of the children. Parents of children with abnormalities of the gastrointestinal tract virtually all reported that onset of autistic symptoms almost always occurred after vaccination with MMR rather than before vaccination. In parents of children who were revaccinated with MMR, additional regression was always after rather than before the injection.

Wakefield's latest data indicates that the nucleic acids of the measles virus are present in biopsies of the lesions from children with autism but not in those of controls. The ultimate proof of Wakefield's hypothesis would be to reverse the gastrointestinal lesions and autism by elimination of the measles virus. Wakefield also states that combining the mumps virus in the MMR greatly increases the probability of adverse reaction to the measles vaccine.

Based on Wakefield's work, it is reasonable to conclude that any child with autism who complains of gastrointestinal pain, chronic diarrhea, and/or constipation, or who reacted adversely to the MMR or other vaccine, should receive an endoscopic examination of the intestinal tract to detect damage to the intestinal lining. Similar damage to the intestinal tract has been reported in children with attention deficit hyperactivity, raising the possibility that an adverse vaccine reaction may be implicated in the cause of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Recommended Testing

Metals Hair Test: This test is important for measuring toxic metals that can impede development and normal brain functioning. Heavy metal representation can be difficult to determine because heavy metals will bind to soft tissue and are not water soluble. Hair is a soft tissue and therefore can give an accurate reflection of heavy metals in the body. Heavy metals such as mercury may be 250 times higher in the hair than in the blood. Heavy metals can have profound affects on neurotransmission and immunity. When toxic metals are reduced, immune function and neurotransmission are greatly improved. This test will produce an accurate picture of the toxic representation of metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury. It will also give information about other important elemental metals such as selenium, lithium and other elements essential for normal growth and good health.

Organic Acids Test: Dr. William Shaw has patented the use of specific metabolites for the identification of certain yeast biproducts associated with autism and we can easily identify an overgrowth of yeast and bacteria more reliably than a common culture. Reducing or eliminating yeast overgrowth has been one of the most effective methods of reducing autistic symptoms. The test will also identify deficiency of essential nutrients such as vitamins and antioxidants as well as oxidative stress and detoxification ability. All together we test for 65 metabolites that relate to yeast, bacteria, water soluble vitamins, oxalates, neurotransmitters, mitochondrial function and other metabolic pathways which can have adverse effects on immune and neurological function.

Immune Deficiency Profile: The B-lymphocyte cells of the immune system produce antibodies called immunoglobulins. These antibodies are designed to react against specific antigens (foreign molecules) introduced into the system by microorganisms of various types. Antibodies react against microorganisms (viruses, yeast, parasites, and bacteria) and allow them to be killed by the white blood cells. Composed mostly of amino acids, antibodies are proteins and divided into five major antibody classes (IgA, IgG, IgM, IgD, and IgE). This test measures the availability of all these immunoglobulin's as well as zinc. Measuring serum zinc level is important in assessing immune function because it is crucial for the normal function of other immune system cell types that mediate nonspecific immunity.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis: Many chronic disorders come from digestive problems and inadequate nutrient absorption. Even with a very complete and balanced diet, nutrients have to be properly digested to transport vitamins to different parts of the body. Proper gastrointestinal functioning also ensures elimination of toxic molecules, microbes, and undigested food particles. This helps prevent infections, toxic reactions, allergies, and other health problems. Individuals with a compromised immune system are more susceptible to opportunistic pathogens in the gut which create an imbalance and inflammation. The stool test cultures beneficial bacteria, imbalanced bacteria, dysbiotic bacteria, and yeast to determine the exact species so that correct treatment can be administered. The test will also measure digestive enzymes inflammation, microbial resistance, short chain fatty acids, Secretory IgA and more.

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