Did Vaccines Cause My Son’s Autism ~ Part Two

Vaccines Autism

Today, I continue where I left off in yesterday’s post, “Did Vaccines Cause My Son’s Autism ~ Part One“.

If you didn’t read that post, you’ll want to.  The comments there, and on my Facebook page, are compelling – and some get a little feisty.

So we vaccinated our son–with several vaccines.

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Starting sometime after his 5th birthday.

At age six, almost to the day, things changed radically in our home.

His unstoppable panic attacks and anxiety ruled our lives.

I’ll never forget the day that I knew something was really wrong.

The day that I knew our lives had changed forever.

The history–For weeks, or maybe months, our son had been developing an anxiety about his clothing being wet. He would repeatedly ask us if he could change his pants, shirt, or socks if he got even the smallest amount of water on them. It was sad to see him so distraught about it and to wonder if this obsessive questioning would ever end.

But one day we were at a business outing (for my husband’s work) and my son decided to play on the playground.

My husband and I were eating and chatting with his colleagues, when we heard a blood-curdling scream.

Running to see what had happened to him, I expected to see, well– blood.

What I found was instead, my son with wet pants.

It had been raining earlier in the week and so the ground was–very wet.

He had slid down the sliding board and into a huge puddle.

The resulting panic-stricken screaming was ear piercing and wouldn’t stop.

He was terrorized.

We left the gathering. Humiliated. Scared. Petrified.  Mind spinning, heart pounding.  

What was happening?  What would my life become now?

No matter what we tried, it didn’t work.

Calming thoughts, praying, threatening discipline. 

Nothing.  The screaming and panicking continued.

The whole way home, an indescribable eeriness filled my mind and the entire car.

Something had happened to my son.

Our lives would never be the same.

The unending panic attacks continued in the months ahead.

I was on the computer daily. Nightly. Late. Very late. – looking for answers, for anything that might help.

Was it OCD? Anxiety disorder? Panic attacks? Had I done something to him? Were we just bad parents?

One night I found our answer.

I printed the diagnostic criteria for Asperger’s Syndrome off of the computer, walked over to where my husband was working and tossed the papers triumphantly (?) into his lap saying, “We’ve got our diagnosis.”

He had Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism.

Three “official diagnoses” later and my suspicions were confirmed.

We went from having a child with peculiarities to being a family trapped in our home with a severely anxious and perseverating child who defied all means of discipline and behavior modification. We were truly prisoners in our own home while our son suffered from up to 30 unstoppable tantrums per day.

One of my worst memories were of the days when he would lie on the floor screaming, “Mommy, what’s wrong with me?! What is happening to me?!

To this day I wonder –

  • Did he have autism the whole time?
  • Was it the vaccines that threw him over the edge?
  • What if we hadn’t vaccinated?

Looking back, I think he was vulnerable.  Maybe borderline autistic.   And I think his vulnerabilities were triggered by the vaccines.  They “threw him over the edge.”

My thoughts are that autism is a complicated ailment involving many parts of the body and many “causes” or triggers like:

  • congenital issues
  • toxins & heavy metals
  • vaccines
  • leaky gut / digestive issues and related dietary complications

I personally think that vaccines may not be the cause, and are not in all cases, per se, but that there is a groundwork laid for the damage and in some cases the vaccines “do the child in”–and autism happens.

In truth, I am not really anti-vaccine, but I am concerned about:

  • the frequency that vaccines are looked to as a solution to a health problem (instead of more natural options)
  • the amount of vaccines that are dosed (too many – do we really need a chicken pox or papilloma vaccine?)
  • the dosing of vaccines in combination (done to save time and money, but the assault of multiple viruses being injected into our babies might just be too much for their fragile systems)
  • adjuvants and preservatives found in vaccines (like mercury and aluminum – yes, there is still mercury in some vaccines – and aluminum isn’t something I want in me either.  By the way, I am full of aluminum.  And my son is full of copper and more.  Here’s more info on heavy metals and how we are working to get them out of my son–and our whole family.)

Perhaps some or many children can handle vaccines, but I think that children with fragile immune systems can’t.  And I think our society has gotten vaccine happy and that it is financially, and not health, motivated.

In the near future I’ll share more of what Asperger’s looks like in our family and what we’re doing to heal our son. And me.

And if you’d like to read more now about our journey with autism, you might wish to read:

And if you’re looking for a good read on vaccines and autism-related disorders, you might want to consider the books I recommended in my first post on autism and vaccines as well as these:

Lynn Hamilton speaks from her own personal experience after her son was diagnosed with autism. This book will have you on the edge of your seat.

When we thought we were on the verge of an autism diagnosis, a sweet mom (with a grown autistic daughter) spent tons of time on the phone with me. When I asked her what I should do, the first thing she recommended was buying this book.

Another book that speaks of the possible causes of autism and remedy options is:

I have not read this entire book, but the theories in it are compelling and worth a second look.

Together we can all help raise awareness and help heal our children.  They truly need our help.

What do you think about the vaccine / autism link?  What would you like to know more about?

And keep in mind–I love discussing controversial topics – let’s just keep open minds and talk kindly and seek the truth, together, OK?  I reserve the right to delete comments that don’t observe common courtesy.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Thank you for sharing Adrienne. I needed to read this, and it’s conjuring up so many emotions in me. My daughter is 4 and she has also had some pecularities since she was a baby, nothing too odd just high needs, trouble soothing, somewhat intense, walking on tip toes most of the time, things like that. And last summer at 3.5 everything started to change, she developed tree nut allergies, started pulling out her hair and eating it and had more pronounced sensory ingretation issues (wet clothing included!). She has been vacinated, we spaced them out but she got everything. Luckily she hasn’t had any since she was two and I told her pediatrician at her 4 year well check that I wasn’t comfortable with vaccines yet since there was so much going on. But this was really hepful to read and exactly what I’m scared about, that any vaccines now would push her over some threshold. Thank you for sharing.

    • You’re welcome, Michelle. All of those things you mention are signs of autism – allergies, high needs, tip toe walking, sensory issues. Please take a look at my autism treatment post and try not to get too overwhelmed. I will help as I can. I don’t know everything but some things make just too much sense not to do. Blessings.

    • becsdrm says:

      Michelle, I just wanted to comment about your daughter’s hair pulling. It is called trichotillomania, and the eating part it called trichophagia. I have had trich since I was 10 years old (I’m 44). My parents didn’t know what it was when I was growing up and didn’t get me help for it. But I’ve done a lot of research on my own and am now getting treatment (neurotransmitter balancing with amino acids — see neurosciencemyths.com). There’s also a educational website called trich.org. They will send you a packet of information about trichotillomania upon request. They also put on a conference every year. This year’s conference was just a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t attend, but I know someone who did. She said there is a new study being started which will take 7 years or so to complete, but they are confident that by the end of the study, they will have THE answer. My 12-year-old son with Asperger’s Syndrome has shown signs of having both trichotillomania and trichophagia since he was a baby, but he hasn’t started pulling hair out yet because I gently remove his hand from his head when I see him tugging at it. I’ve been doing this since he was a baby, and I am still doing it. I never say anything, just remove his hand. He doesn’t really notice for some reason. He doesn’t even know about trich and doesn’t know that I have it. I firmly believe that it is an imbalance in our bodies that needs to be investigated and treated, namely the neurotransmitters, which can be treated with amino acids. Look up a study that was done with n-acetyl-cysteine where it was 50% effective in stopping or significantly reducing the hair pulling. In my opinion the other 50% probably are deficient in a different amino acid. I hope some or all of this information helps. I know I’m replying a couple of years after your comment, but I just found this blog this week! And love it, I might add!

  2. Kelly S. says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your heart and your story. I have a 5-year-old child with peculiarities and sensory issues. I have people ask me if I plan to vax, now that she is older. (She only had Hep B at birth. I didn’t know any better.) Your story resonates with my gut. THANK you again.

    • You’re welcome, Kelly. It’s a tough decision, but all you can do is the best that you know how.

      • Kelly S. says:

        SO true. I wish in discussions on vaccines both sides would realize that. Each parent is just trying to do the best he/she can.

        My daughter has most of the things you mentioned above: food sensitivities, high needs, tip toe walking, sensory issues. I am SO thankful to the chiropractor who gently and respectfully urged me to look into things more.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story. It really is gut-wrenching.

    As I was reading, especially about the water incident, it made me wonder, has he ever had a bad experience with water, drowning or anything that could have made other water incidents trigger his reactions? Does he still react to water this way?

    That must have been a scary time for all of you.

    I am not sure if you heard of it, and please take it as just a loving gesture that I suggest looking into a technique called Emotional Freedom technique. It is unbelievably effective in working with fears and anxiety. It is a technique you can do on your own, but I would recommend seeing a practitioner in the beginning especially for big issues.

    My heart and prayers go out to your family and all the others going through this xoxo

    • Thanks for sharing. I love suggestions. They just get overwhelming sometimes. I have heard of EFT on Mercola but haven’t tried it.

      No water incidents that I can think of. I always thought it was just a sensory issue. Like others he had. The water reactions happen very occasionally sometimes these days but they are very rare and not to the “slightest provocation” anymore. His anxieties weren’t much of an issue for a long time until recently and they have flared up again horribly in the past month or so. I am suspecting metal dumping but not sure yet.

      Thanks again.

      • Yes, I’m sure they do get overwhelmed, that’s why I hesitated to mention, but I have had SUCH success with it, for anxiety, fears, and even my PTSD is gone thanks to EFT, I just thought I’d mention it to keep in your toolbox (or anyone else who may need it). xoxo

  4. You are an angel and I will be forever greatful to you for the rest of my life. My other angel was our first pediatrician who at 1 year checkup said for us not to get the M-M-R vaccine, there is not a day that goes by that I do not think about that checkup. Our pediatrician at the time (we since moved) was a passitionate autism researcher and about a week before our checkup he discovered that one of the children he cared for was diagnosed with autism, this made his percentage of children he saw the same percentage as the US diagnosed with autism. He was very upset. Our pediatricians method of admisintering vaccines were such that he spaced them out at least 1 month apart for the combined MMR vaccine. At that time you could still get MMR split up. Looking back at my sons first year calendar I discovered a correlation of ezema within about 2 weeks of vaccines. We did batches as they recommended. A month after 1 year, we discovered severe food allergies. At 4 years my husband sent me to an aspergers site and my mouth dropped as the tendancies seemed to fit my son. After evaluation from pediatrician office, just “uniqunesses” no diagnosis of aspergers. 5 year checkup and more vaccines due along with the MMR, Chickenpox and another that I’ve delayed worried about his immune system. I said I’d make the decision for MMR at 5 years hoping immune system is stronger (can I really live with myself if my son is unable to have children because I decided not to get the MMR vaccine?!?) but delayed the 5 year vaccines and others because we are working with nutritionist to attempt to heal my sons gut and I don’t want any interference with getting him healthy. Your post could not have come any more timely. I believe if I do get vaccines that this may push my son over the edge. I thank you every day for the rest of my life.

    • Wow Sarah. I am so glad to hear this. Of course, we can’t be sure that this was the issue with my son, but we sure think so. I hope you make the right decisions for your family. If I could do it again I wouldn’t have vaccinated.

  5. So sorry about the anxiety! :( One of our triplets has a lot of rage/anxiety that is handled extremely well with Naltrexone. It’s a miracle medicine.

    I loved Children With Starving Brains and we have implemented almost everything in the book. It is the one book I recommend to others.

    Thanks so much for sharing your story!

  6. Adrienne – thanks for sharing your family’s story. I am not completely anti-vaccine either – but after a lot of readuing I agree with your conclusion that some children can’t handle them and they can push them over the edge towards autism. I wish more doctors would acknowledge that this might be the case. Wishing all the best for you and your family.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your struggles and victories with so many others that you can help. I don’t have a child with autism, but have been exposed to others who do, and I cannot even begin to imagine how long it takes to find the answers to all these things. May God bless you and give you direction for each day ahead. I know many are blessed by your transparency to share your own story. WOW!

  8. Whole.New.Mom,

    I have been reading a book called Hypothyroidism Type 2 by Dr. Starr … very interesting read. And since the endocrine system is linked to the gut and brain (and, well, everything really) … I thought I would google if there seems to be any connection between the Thyroid and Austism/Aspergers. … I don’t think it is a primary cause, per se, and I don’t think autism is just one thing (as you mentioned). But it seems many people have found a connection to improvement with Aspergers and monitoring/correcting the Thyroid. Dr. Starr recommends Desiccated Thyroid for its track record of success (as opposed to the synthetic T4, for example). Email me if you have any thought/questions… I wonder if your son might see an increase in healing if (by chance) he addresses any possible imbalances in the endocrine system. Have you looked into or heard about this? … I just thought I would mention it … Its a new concept to me. Thanks again for the blog. Cheers –

    • Hello Monica,
      In fact, we are, in a roundabout way, addressing endocrine issues. We are doing Nutritional Balancing – which you can find out more about by the link in my adrenal fatigue post. In fact, my son is in adrenal burnout, and we have found that we all have issues with it. I don’t understand all of it but it has certainly helped me a lot. A whole lot. I will be talking about it more as time goes on. Take care and thanks for your kind words!

      • Adrienne,

        I’m glad you’re so savvy and you are aware of your son’s adrenal burnout. Good for you guys! I have read that so, so many times a person who is struggling with fatigued (or burned out) adrenals is also battling a thyroid issue. Its possible that this is not the case for your son, … but perhaps its worth looking into … I know most of my relatives who have issues with their thyroid suffer from anxiety disorders (very common). Here is a list of thyroid tests that are “suppose” to be done: Glucose, CBC, iron, TSH, T3, Free T3, T4, Free T4, Reverse T3, T3 Uptake, TPO and Thyroid Antibodies. Sadly, so many docs just run the one standard Thyroid Test … and end up missing a lot of cases of thyroid problems :( … From what I have read, when the adrenals are fatigued it impairs the body’s ability to convert T4 to T3. In thyroid language this is super bad. I am sure there are other ins/outs of it all … I am just a newbie to learning about the thyroid. You may really, really enjoy the book I recommended above from Dr. Starr. Good luck and thank you for sharing your story with all of us.

        • From what I understand, we are addressing thyroid issues as well. I will check w/ my practitioner. She is a licensed acupuncturist and was healed from epilepsy w/ the protocol that I am using. Pretty amazing. Can you tell me the title of the book? I’d be interested in reading it. Thanks! I do not begin to understand the thyroid. It is very complex and I know I’ve been borderline low in my lifetime.

  9. Oh sure. Here is that book I just started reading…

    Hypothyroidism Type 2 (by Dr. Starr)


  10. Hi Adrienne: I will say from the start that none of my children and so far none of my grandchildren have been diagnosed with autism. But I have been a strong advocate against vaccines for many years. There is just too much controvery behind them. And there are so many more today than there was years ago when I was vaccinated. My favorite chiropractor here on Maui is also strongly against vaccines and even works with parents to help protect their children, especially during school enrollment (vaccines required). He firmly believes that autism and vaccines are related.

  11. I absolutely agree with your conclusion 100%. I believe that reasoning is exactly why researchers can study vaccines & autism and come to the conclusion that there is no link. There are underlying issues that are then exacerbated by the vaccines. The anecdotal evidence is a mile high. I have to wonder if someday the truth will come out & the world will look back at this generation and realize we sacrificed our children at the front lines of a war against disease that they should not have been fighting in.

  12. Thanks for sharing your story and as well as the comments, it so scary to hear so many stories, I gave my son his vaccines but then he would get so sick every time till I stopped them. I’m getting so much pressure from the pediatrician to get the rest especially the MMR. He was recently diagnose with allergies and Asthma and he is on several meds that has cause change in his behavior, I can only imagine what the vaccines would do. He is a sensitive child so I don’t want to mess with his immune system by giving him the rest of his vaccines.
    Prayers and luck to success on all that you do for your child and family…

    • Be careful w/ your little on, Mary. There is more that I will share in the future about my “sensitive” one. In fact, I have always been sensitive too. I had / have always been self conscious about it and it is tough. My practitioner says it is part of the gift that I am. The sensitivity gives me limitations but also blessings. Just walk slowly with him. Hope to see you around again!

    • GET A NEW PEDIATRICIAN. They are working for you, not the other way around.

  13. Oh, Adrienne… I can only image what hell you have put yourself through, questioning whether your decisions contributed to your son’s condition. You made the best choice you could have with the information you had. Be gentle with yourself, as much as you can.

    As a highly-sensitive person myself (who sometimes wonders if she falls On The Spectrum, Somewhere,) I relate to so much you have said.

    Your approach to vaccinations is incredibly sensible, given what your family has been through. I am very science-oriented, and recognize the value of vaccines against things like measles, et cetera, because viruses are insanely potent little critters. The additives like aluminum and mercury, though, are INSANE.

    Part of the beauty of science is true scientists are willing to change their conclusions in the face of convincing proof to the contrary. Surely, with all the cases of autism and questioning of the vaccination program, the community will begin to turn the ship. Part of the problem, I’m sure, is Big Pharma, and it will take a lot to clobber them over the head to take more expensive precautions, I’m sure.

    I agree vaccinations cannot be the only cause. I feel very strongly some elements are genetic, other environmental. How many people think nothing of using neurotoxic “air fresheners” in their homes, and then wonder why their children become sick, asthmatic, immuno-compromised.

    Thankfully, there are bloggers like you out there who present your personal experiences in an intelligent, cogent manner. This will help raise awareness far more than the shrill, unbalanced cries of conspiracy.

    • Erin,

      I feel like you were speaking the words in my mind and my heart. Wow. I agree with you completely (of course, that doesn’t apply to your compliments of me, though I do appreciate them :-).)

      You’ve got a fellow “canary in a coalmine” here. I always felt that it was a “curse” but am learning to accept that it is who I am and to work w/ my strengths and weaknesses. It’s for sure not easy to accept the weakness part.

      Take good care of yourself and thanks for taking the time to share.

  14. The books you recommend are excellent. I had the privilege of meeting Lynn Hamilton when we were just starting our journey. Her story is compelling and got us started on our way to healing.
    Your story is much like ours. I’m so glad things are better now.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Continued blessings,

  15. i’m not sure if you’ve read the book by dr kenneth bock the 4a epidemic. he is a dan dr. very informative and integrative http://www.rhinebeckhealth.com/rhc/bio_kbock.php perhaps he may have some info that may help someone here. i too homebirthed both my children. i will not be vaccinating as i feel the diseases they allege to protect us from are not deadly. if you compare a graph of the incidence of disease since the introduction of vaccination you will see that the rates have not decreased. in fact look at all the measles outbreaks, the people contracting measles are those who have been vaccinated. so instead i chose to fortify my children’s immune system naturally. i’m so sorry that so many of you have been harmed and hope your children heal.

    • I have read that. Quite awhile ago. I thought it was very well written and it is one book that framed my thinking about the “spectrum” and what causes it. I would love to see that graph if you have access to it. Thanks, Leah.

    • Hi Adrienne,
      I’m not sure where exactly I first saw the graphs regarding this but this website shows this info as well http://www.whale.to/a/bystrianyk3.html . I did not read it completely as I am busy nursing a baby and chasing a toddler but wanted to get back to you. I know that the premise behind this decline is that better sanitation was introduced and therefore disease decreased. Certain people with weak immune systems will always be vulnerable however most if not all of the vaccinated illnesses are non deadly. Big Pharma makes money by vaccinated our children, causing them to become ill, studying their illnesses, then selling us more medications for these illnesses. Its a problem-reaction-solution situation which uses fear pitted against our love for our children. I have done a lot a reading over the years given my MS and wanting to cure it naturally. My logic is that to cure it, I must find the cause and remove it. Fast forward and my oldest child has numerous food sensitivities despite non vaccinating and breast feeding for 2+ years. I believe that a lot of todays issues are complex. Some part genetic and a part toxic environment. My children have been raised organically, never had commercial baby food or formula, not even eye drops or a vit K shot at birth and still the food sensitivities. Horrible horrible rashes all over. Most people dont realize how much gmo and heavy metals pervade our lives. Most people dont question a Dr.’s advice. personally I’ve decided at this point Dr’s are only for trauma care. A good chiropractor, homeopathic, accupuncturist is all we need. Dr. Russell Blaylock has some really great info on vaccines, metals, etc and the brain and immune system http://www.russellblaylockmd.com/ a quick google of hm should bring up tons of info. also not sure if you follow Mike Adams “The Health Ranger” he has numerous special reports http://www.naturalnews.com/vaccines.html . Hope that helps. Again sorry I cant elaborate too much at once. My life is a bit hectic with two little ones.

      • Adrienne says:

        Wow, Leah – you shared a lot given how busy you are. I know the feeling :-).

        Anyway, I would like to just mention that if you would like, you can look up Theresa Vernon off of my adrenal fatigue post. She specializes in heavy metals and health and is helping me a great deal. I wish you well and thanks for sharing. I hope to post more on this as time affords :-).

  16. i did not mention that i have ms. that attribute to Hep B vaccination and possibly dietary allergies. luckily i have lived basically symptom free following a gluten, soy, dairy, free diet, heavy on the supplements with not big pharma. i must mention that i was near blind when i began this journey. there is hope. just realize how toxic our food and world has become then add the poisons the inject us with. its no wonder we have such a surge of allergies, autism, ms, fibro., etc.

    • Wow, Leah. I am so impressed at your progress. I was almost non functioning when I started my healing out of adrenal burnout. It has been hard but so worth it. You are absolutely right about it not being a surprise. My husband now says that he is amazed that so many people are still alive with the way that we treat our bodies.

      In case you are interested, I do think that my practitioner has found a link between heavy metals and MS in her practice. You can find her info on my adrenal fatigue post. Take care and I hope to see you around more.

      • I have read a bit on the heavy metal MS relationship. Incidentally I had major dental work done just before I spontaneously went blind in both eyes one day. A little history on me. I had two rounds of Hep B vaccines because I didnt show immunity after the first round of vaccination and at the time worked in the health field and was misguided and thought I needed Hep B immunity. I’ve always lived a “healthy” life. On and off vegetarian and athletic. the problem was the processed food and drinks especially energy drinks I drank before workouts that contained artificial sweetners colorants flavors. Silly me, they said they were healthy and the FDA said they were healthy. Does everyone here know aspertame is a byproduct of ecoli? better yet that they’ve beefed it up and made an ever more toxic form called neotame that doesnt even have to be labeled and can be used in organic foods? I think food plays a big key to healing our bodies. just look at how sick our world has become as farming has become industrialized. the soils are depleted of nutrients and therefore we are starving regardless of our caloric intake. the vast majority wouldnt know a balanced healthful meal if it slapped them in the face, let alone would they eat it. everyone craves the poisons. i watch my niece and nephew, even my younger siblings becoming more and more toxic and in turn ill and i know its the food. vaccines are just and added, granted very large and deadly, insult. please educate yourself on GMO foods and the explosion of disease since their introduction in 1996 by Monsanto. We can change this. We are the consumers and therefore the largest voice!

  17. I am so sorry for your struggles! I can’t imagine how hard and frustrating this must be. I am not a mother but I am a nanny, and i don’t know how i’d deal with it. Let’s just say he’s lucky he has a mom who cares so much about his well being that she’s researching and educating herself. The kids I nanny for don’t eat well at all and I’ve been educating myself more about what goes into food and how bad it can be, not to mention heavy metals and all that other junk out there. I mean I can’t believe vaccinations have mercury in them!! Okay, well I guess I can..It’s just sick! I wish you all the best of luck in the future! Be strong and patient!! i want to share this information w/ my sisters friend. She has a son who has been having some problems lately and she’s not sure how to deal with it. I will guide her towards your blog, maybe it will answer some of her problems. It’s so devastating to hear kids are suffering like this. It’s not fair at all. I wish you all the best of luck!

  18. I didn’t see Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride’s Gut and Psychology Syndrome Nutritional Protocol (GAPS) and wanted to mention it. She includes a paragraph in her book how vaccinations are linked to autism and the problem stems from gut dysbiosis. Dr. Mercola interviewed Dr. Natasha a few months ago: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/07/31/dr-natasha-campbell-mcbride-on-gaps-nutritional-program.aspx

    Also, the genetic mutation MTHFR can be the root cause for many conditions (autism is only one). These two sites are very helpful: http://www.mthfr.net and http://www.mthfrsupport.com.

    • Adrienne says:

      I have read this book and thought about including it but didn’t want to inundate my readers. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I can put together another post.

  19. Having a child with autism is definitely one of the toughest situations we have dealt with and searching for answers is a constant battle. It sounds like your son should have been diagnosed much earlier in. In fact, if a child is exhibiting signs of autism a pediatrician will often recommend delaying vaccines so the parent does not link the disorder to tr vaccines since it has been such a hot topic. Having an autistic son I do often wonder if vaccines exaggerated the symptoms he already had. Like I said before we had very strong feelings from the first day that he had autism. The problem with simply delaying vaccines and ignoring the symptoms is that a child diagnosed at 5 is now past the critical age. If vaccines do enhance behaviors than if anything they are providing a help to wary diagnosis. A child with autism when diagnosed before the age of 5 (typical diagnosis age) has the opportunity to benefit from great therapy options that will not be as successful after the age of 5. By 5 the brain development is beyond a specific point. My son was diagnosed at 17mo and despite continuing vaccinations he has become very high functioning due to his therapies. If vaccines had a permanent effect on his diagnosis then how is it that he has gone fro
    A completely non-functioning highly violent child to testing well above his age level and his behavior is very well controlled. Instead of taking on the vaccine issue, parents who notice abnormalities in their children need to fight to get them In with a neurologist, to get a diagnosis, to place them in therapies, etc. Your child’s symptoms with or without vaccines would have eventually progressed to that point. If the vaccines did in fact exaggerate that, the it woul have been highly beneficial to his development had he been given them earlier, gotten a diagnosis and been enrolled in therapies. Like I said my son despite being vaccinated after his diagnosis has continued to improve. This tells me that any behavior issues that may be caused by vaccines (which they may not be and may just be development) is not permanently links to vaccines. I wish we could get off of this vaccine issue and move on to something that will actually benefit our children.

    • Adrienne says:

      With all due respect, I tried talking to doctors about my son’s issues. And got nowhere. He is older now so doctors weren’t so “keyed in” to autism and we lived in an area of the country that had poor care. I think we should be really careful saying to “get off an issue” that is clearly being covered up by the government, especially when so many vaccines are being forced on our children. There have been forced vaccinations in Maryland and other states and we have had physicians deny us care if we wouldn’t follow the vaccine schedule exactly. Also, I live in the same city with a woman whose child died as a result of vaccines. Certainly. I am not saying autism is only caused by it and I am not saying that the damage absolutely cannot be repaired. I am saying that I think it’s a factor that needs attention and thought by all.

      When told to vaccinate or medicate we need to think about why and not just blindly accept and follow directions. Reading labels and doing research is more and more imperative today with so many auto immune disorders and such compromise of our environment and food system.

      I am glad you have seen so much progress with your child.

      Take care.

  20. Hi Adrienne,

    Thank you so much for sharing this information and your story! You’re amazing and I admire your honesty and conviction.

    I’ve worked with children with ASD (autism spectrum disorders) for the better part of 13 years and I’ve heard hundreds of stories, all from moms and dads, stating they witnessed a direct link between vaccinations and their child’s autism. I’m a believer. I say this in part too because I’ve yet to hear a story of a child with autism that wasn’t vaccinated.

    On a personal note, we don’t vaccinate our children as infants. We waited (like you) to start vaccinations at 5 years of age (and we just did a few). And on another note, I blame vaccines (for contributing in part to) my Lupus and Crohn’s disease. I have a very weak digestive system and I’ve read studies supporting how vaccines can wreak havoc on an an infant’s digestive system and immune system, especially if they are predisposed to illness/disease (perhaps like me). Anyway, I could go on and on about it. I support parents that choose to not vaccinate or to wait. We need to green our vaccines. Enough toxic chemicals already! Please check out this link detailing what is in the vaccinations. Every parent should know this information. It’s compelling.


    And, just FYI, Thimerisol contains mercury.

    Vaccinating is a personal choice each parent has the right to decide for their child. Especially if there are health issues in the family or they can see, from birth, a sensitivity.

    Hugs to you Adrienne!

  21. Hi Adrienne,

    (I tried sending an email with this message, but the contact page stated I was entering an invalid code over and over). So just leaving it here. I wanted to share this with you…

    Speaking of vaccines:

    Did you see this?? I CAN’T believe it. Really!



    • Adrienne says:

      I did see that, Amber. I can’t believe this. I will check on my contact page. I just moved my blog to a new host and there seem to be some glitches.

      Take care.

  22. Thank you for this post. My son turns 2 tomorrow. We have been spacing out his vaccines and using an alternative schedule, but over the past few months he has been diagnosed with speech delays and sensory processing disorder. Our life is now a whirlwind of 4 days a week of therapy. I will need to talk this through with my husband of course, but I am not quite uncertain that I want our son to receive any more vaccines, even on an alternative schedule. I was up much of the night last night wondering about the whole autism question. He also has food sensitivities, does a fair amount of toe walking, has trouble giving eye contact when socially expected, and has always been an intense high needs baby. I guess time will tell. I will be doing a lot of reading on your site in the days to come and also be checking out many of the websites of other commenters here.

  23. Thank you for sharing. I am a believer that my daughter’s vaccines did cause her PDD/NOS autism. The pharmaceutical company’s would more than likely have so many law suits that they would be hard pressed to produce any new drugs. Have you ever read the Rolling Stone article on how we sent are vaccines with the perservative in it to 3rd world countries. Hey guess what they are having an outbreak of? Autism. My daughter is 18 now and I am her legal gaurdian. This is now my life and I plan to make the best of it for her and our family. Good luck to all of you. Never give up, and while you are fighting for the cure, or answers…. remeber what your child still wants your attention too!

    • Adrienne says:

      Thanks for the info, Tiffanie and for the great reminder about our kids wanting us. I needed that. I hadn’t heard that about the 3rd world countries. Very sad.

    • Adrienne says:

      I just did a google search on that article. Looks like it was retracted.

  24. I don’t know if they can cause autism or not, but I certainly lean towards the fact that they can push a child over the edge into it if they don’t have a strong enough immune system to stop all the poisons in the vaccines from taking a hold of their little bodies. I suppose, there may be a time to give one or two of them…but personally had I been blessed with children, I would give as few as possible, just in case. In this day and age with all the chemicals out there that are hard to avoid, it’s hard to have a really good working immune system anyway…so why add to it with something you KNOW is full of nasty poisons. So sorry you have had to go through this, it would be so hard to deal with I think, and hard to see your child going through this too.

  25. Thanks for sharing this story Adrienne – you’re obviously helping a lot of people by bringing this out in the open for people to share their experiences!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  26. celeste says:

    I am very sorry that your son has Asberger’s Syndrome. It is a difficult diagnosis. I would like to like to point out that correlation (vaccine +time=Asberger’s) does not equal causation.There have been exhaustive studies that show no link between vaccination and any autism spectrum disorders. Noticing negative behaviors after vaccination does not mean the vaccination caused the behavior; at this age, children are constantly changing every day.

    I grew up hearing both my father and mother discuss what it was like before vaccinations. My father remembers whole families who died as a result of the diptheria epidemic in the 1930’s. My mother was a physical therapist who worked with children who had survived polio; many were in iron lungs or without the muscle strength to support walking. These children were the lucky ones; most died quickly after being infected. Polio was rapid, deadly, and silent. Remember that thousands upon thousands of Native Americans in this country died from measles, infected by the European settlers. I believe that most of these people would have welcomed vaccinations in any form, because it saved them from the far more severe effects of rampant disease.

    I wish you the best in seeking the best for your children. I am a clinical psychologist who has worked in the field for years. I do not doubt the pain your are experiencing, but I urge you to do more thorough research before supporting a correlation.

    • Adrienne says:


      I appreciate what you are saying, but I am concerned at how many people have misread what I said.

      I have not espoused that vaccines are a cause. I have not said that people should not vaccinate their children. But I am not saying I would not say that. I sure hope to post again on this topic as it sure is a muddled one.

      I would like to point out that there are plenty of much more scientifically educated persons than myself who think that the jury is still out on vaccinations and autism. Temple Grandin being one of them. Most notably, Martha Herbert from Harvard is one of the leading experts on autism causes. You can do an internet search and read her works. She is brilliant.

      Please stick around.

  27. Samantha says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks and really appreciate the information and food for thought here. My first two kids were vaccinated. I didn’t think a thing about it the first time. With the second one, I was starting to wonder, but not brave enough to just say no, although I did delay the newborn vaccinations until 2 months. My first child seemed to have a pretty significant reaction to his shots which worried me. Plus, we were having major issues with his feeding (sabotaged breastfeeding then allergies to all of the formulas leading to eczema, chronic ear infections, etc.) My second child was successfully breastfed–I guarded our bf with my life!–so she wasn’t having all of the allergies, but she still had extremely sensitive skin (couldn’t wear disposable diapers, difficulty finding a detergent she could tolerate, no lotions, etc.) There was more of a gap before baby #3 came along. By that time I had developed chemical sensitivities and some other worrisome things. Also, I was very concerned about our first child’s behavior and was watching closely and suspecting Aspergers. So with all of that combined history there, I just wasn’t comfortable taking any more risks with vaccinations for my kids.

    Interestingly, while we were agonizing over the decision to vax or not, I was reading everything I could find on the pros and cons. I kept seeing people make the argument that a few of your other commenters made about how there will be outbreaks of all of these diseases if we don’t vaccinate everyone. I was keeping a little mental record of every incident was was reported at that time (2005) in our area of someone coming down with polio or pertussis or the measles–and there were some concerning cases out there including a potential pertussis outbreak not too far away–and what I found was that every child who came down with one of those illnesses had actually been vaccinated against the illness that they had! The kids coming down with it weren’t the unvaccinated ones. I just thought that was interesting. It made me worry a little bit less that we were doing the wrong thing. But I did keep her out of stores and other “germy” type places during that time just in case.

    For what it’s worth, my unvaccinated child is my only child who has never had an ear infection or antibiotics–never in 6 years. She has come close a few times, but her body has always fought off anything that was trying to come on. She did have to deal with all of the same skin sensitivities, though. That part is genetics.

    I’m really interested to read more about the heavy metals and what you’re doing to get rid of those. I’m also curious about my chemical sensitivity issues. I’ve been so diligent about keeping up with my kids’ issues but I need to spend some time worrying about my issues too…

    • Adrienne says:

      Hello Samantha. First of all, thanks for taking the time to write. Your story sounds oh so similar to mine.

      You are so right that you need to look at yourself. I just kept pushing and pushing and pushing – investigating, worrying, staying up late, rushing to clean house when someone was coming over….I was a stress case. Not to say that I am “cured”, but I pull back a bit now.

      I’ve been learning a lot about what childbirth does to us mamas. And please know that I am totally pro children and breastfeeding. In fact, I am really agonizing over trying to have another child. But it really drains us and whatever weaknesses we have, genetically and congenitally, are passed on.

      I can’t say I am right about everything, but I am getting better. Slowly. And the chemical sensitivity, from what little I know, would most likely be related to either an overall sensitivity or to candida. The toxins that candida puts out are like the aldehydes in those stinky products.

      Do you have candida symptoms? The heavy metals are fascinating. I hope to share more soon. I’ll maybe try to get a personal story up in the next week or so and I’d like to do an interview w/ my practitioner.

      Take care – Oh – how did you find out that those who got the diseases had been vaccinated? I’d love to hear more!

      • Samantha says:

        Not sure about candida symptoms. I’ll have to read a bit and see. I first noticed getting agitated when I cleaned our house, especially the bathrooms. Then, I worked in a place where they used industrial air fresheners in our small office and my mental state would be altered — to the point that I would throw tantrums. Crazy! I’ve developed a latex sensitivity/allergy. I break out with most skin care products now. That sort of thing. Oh–it also translates to some crazy scar tissue formation with surgery I’ve had and my body rejecting dissolvable sutures and things like that. It’s interesting and creepy. :-)

        Re: the diseases in vaccinated kids–I watched news stories and often they would say whether the child had been vaccinated. Also I got some info from a pediatrician’s blog and a vaccination blog I was reading. Each of these was annotated, not just heresay. I was especially worried about the reports of polio, but each of the cases reported having been vaccinated. To me, it just didn’t make the case for vaccinating my child. It’s kind of like all the reports of the flu. When one of my friends reports that she has a child that came down with the flu, I always casually ask if he or she got a flu shot that year. It seems like they almost always (maybe always?) have had the shot. Again…not convincing me to get shots for my kids…

        • Adrienne says:

          Samantha – I am for sure not an expert, but I would check out the candida questionnaire at Whole Approach. Also, I am wondering if your sensitivities might be related to heavy metals. If that possibility sounds like something that you want to look into then you might wish to check out Theresa Vernon’s site. You can find her site through my adrenal fatigue post. I haven’t discussed this topic with her but it sounds like it would make sense. The metals can for sure do a lot of damage.

          Thanks for responding about the vaccines. I think that is really fascinating. I have read reputable reports that the flu vaccines are about 99% ineffective. And you get a dose of mercury with them. Ugh. To think I had my whole family get them once. Wish I hadn’t.

  28. Thank you for your post. I am an RN who does not vaccinate. I have 17 years of hospital experience, most of those years in emergency and critical care settings. I would like to address Celeste’s comment that correlation does not equal causation. That is a common argument in the pro-vaccine crowd and it drives me crazy. Doctors are always diagnosing by correlation. When you go in with a cough, runny nose, and fever, they might diagnose you with a URI and send you home with antibiotics. Or maybe they will say you have the flu. Or maybe gastroenteritis. None of these REQUIRE laboratory confirmation to diagnose. Correlation=causation.

    Interestingly, the polio vaccine has a sordid history that blows this argument out of the water. Prior to the vaccine in 1953, polio was diagnosed basically on symptoms. You have to have paralysis for more than 24 hours. That was it. Paralysis. However, after the introduction of the vaccine, you had to have residual paralysis that lasted 6 MONTHS. That alone is sufficient to reduce the cases of polio and make it look like the vaccine was a success! Truth be told, many cases of polio might not have been polio. Not to mention that polio rates were declining rapidly before the vaccine was introduced and continued to plummet in England at the same rate DESPITE the fact that they were not vaccinating! Just an interesting example to show how medicine is marketed in the United States!

    There is also speculation that Gullian Barre Syndrome is Polio renamed. Same symptoms, yet the patients do not shed the virus in their stool. GBS is a very dangerous side effect of almost ALL vaccines. It can be devastating leading to ventilator dependency. There is so much more evidence out there that vaccines are not all they are cracked up to be. You just have to look for it.

    • Adrienne says:

      Wow – Lori. Your reasoning is sound. I really appreciate your insights. These are the things that have bothered me. There is so much info and it is really hard to sort through all of it.

      Do you have documentation of your polio info? And the GBS is interesting too. Wow. Thanks for taking time time to share. Wanna help me on my next vaccine post :-). I’m serious.

      • I first heard about the polio stats in Neil Z. Miller’s book: “Vaccines Are They Really Safe and Effective?” I know Neil Miller is a bit unconventional, and I don’t subscribe to everything he believes, but he has years of vaccine research under his belt and the book is thoroughly documented. Other good sources of information is the NVIC and the International Medical Council on Vaccination. I would be happy to help you in any way. Just email me!

    • I cannot say how good it is to hear a medical professional question the validity of vaccines. While I’m not personally convinced one way or another (yet) about this topic, I truly appreciate the honesty. Most doctors politely try to tell me that I’m making a poor decision by postponing immunizations. Thank you for your support, and for your clear, concise logic!

  29. Miss Adrienne, I am so sorry your little guyhas been so miserable. I do understand, as does my son who is now 21. James was not diagnosed untill he was 7 years old. We did all kinds of things to help and avoid issues. I was glad to find an answer. There is a long road ahead but the best thing you can be is a powerful advocate for your son. James is still at home and probably always be. There are schools, camps, and other events and such for our Aspies. James did not get involved with some of these things untill he was much older. We have to go at the pace that is set by the young person. He does take some medications that have helped a great deal. Some of the OCD things we just ignore.. Then are just James things. Love does make a great deal of things better. Once things are on a roll don’t beat your self up over. What is done, is done. Just press on and see what and how you can make a difference from this point on. We can help make some things better by watching food and other things that can make life easier for them. I hope you and yours, and all kids and adults are helped in some way and have a happy life. Really that is what we all want. right? The best to you. cynD

  30. How did you/did your readers go about finding health care providers in your area that are more opened minded to wellness, nutrition and a healthy mix of modern medicine? I can find some providers but often cost/insurance is an issue and this is unfortunately a very real concern for us. Ironically, I am a health care provider (PT) in “The City of Medicine (Durham, NC). :/. Many western and modern medicine providers who add value however not terribly comfortable or reasonable with other ideas. ThNks for any help/suggestions offered.

    • Adrienne says:

      I’d love to hear readers’ responses. I just had to interview before I went. Obviously, from my posts, I have had horrible experiences. One was with a local alternative practitioner. It’s hard work.

  31. Adrienne,

    I am so sorry to hear about your struggles and I hope things get better! Thank you so much for your posts though! Reading posts like yours helps me to stay strong on my decision to selectively vaccinate. My son is 5 and has only had the HIB vaccine. We may give him others as he gets older but it will be after a lot of careful research and consideration.
    If you have not read “Born on a Blue Day” by Daniel Tammet, I highly recommend it. He is a high functioning Asperger/Autistic Savant and the book is anamazing auto-biography.

    • Thanks, Erin. I’ve put it on my reading list! I took a bit of heat for this post, but I stand by what I think. There’s a link. Maybe not a cause, but a link. Immune issues seem to be clearly linked to autism. Vaccines deal w/ autism. Metals are involved too. Take care.

  32. I just want to thank you for the balanced, non-hysterical post! I’ve read so many posts emphatically stating that vaccines DO cause autism…and just as many that emphatically state that they don’t.

    I really appreciate your message that, while we may have our suspicions, we simply still don’t know for sure. It just upsets me that so many people rush to panic, and assume, and the make healthcare decisions based on speculation.

    Your assertion is not one that I’ve heard before: that vaccines probably won’t cause autism in every child but that some may have systems that are right on the edge where they will. It’s scary that, unfortunately, you don’t necessarily know where your kid is in that spectrum.

    I do not have kids yet. And I’m still wrestling with whehter to vaccinate them when I do. After reading your post, I see nothing wrong with waiting until a childis older to decide whether to vaccinate. By then you’d have a better idea if a pacularity in your child hasm more to it than meets the eye.

    I really appreciate that you shared your story in such a balanced manner.

    • Adrienne says:

      Thanks, Jill! What a kind and thoughtful comment! That’s what I am hoping to do – share what I know – admit when I make a mistake and when I don’t know, but help where I can.

      In my case, I wish I hadn’t pushed ahead. The physician he had was clearly not sharp and not sensitive to children w/ special needs. He is the same physician I mention in my mercury filling post. Ugh. Take care and hope to see you around again!

  33. Here is my issue with people thinking that autism is caused by vaccines…. We have been getting vaccines for MANY MANY MANY years and we have celebrities like Jenny McCarthy pushing that vaccines gave her son autism. I have a nephew that is autistic and he NEVER had any vaccines in his life, so how did he become autistic (and no one in either family have it)? You also have to look at MANY other factors that can contribute to children being diagnosed with diseases, such as, diet, environmental issues, and many others. All of these things could be the main, if not, only contributor to autism, or maybe autism is just a thing that happens to certain people with a genetic DNA marker. What we need to do is stop putting blame on anything we can (I am not by any means saying you are, I am just making a point in general) and just love and cherish these children that God gave to us! Everyone needs to stop thinking, “what if”, and “where can I place blame”. Be in the present, love our children NO MATTER WHAT, and teach them to be the best they can. Teach people how it is to have an autistic child so that those who don’t can understand things better. The problem with people who think autism is “created” by vaccines and those who don’t think it is “created” by them is this…..NEITHER parties have full proof of their ideas and until the day that someone can honestly say “yes” or “no” we need to concentrate on our children.

    • Adrienne says:

      Hi Dee.

      I appreciate your thoughts. I think you can tell by my post that I am not saying vaccines did cause my son’s autism or that they are the only cause. I think autism is multi-faceted and multi-causational. I do agree that we need to love our children as they are–however it is important to try to figure out what is going on here since this condition is crippling our society and, when it is covered, our medical system. Not to mention the effect it has on our families. I can’t begin to tell you what I have been experiencing the past 2 months w/ my son’s anxiety. It has literally been a nightmare.

      I hope to write more on this. Hope to see you around again.

  34. Have you read, “Don’t Vaccinate Before You Educate” by Mayer Eisenstein? Such an eye-opener! It’s so sad that this “epedemic” seems to be growing and we are all to “just deal with it.” Research has been done. Links have been shown.

  35. My 8 year old son has Asperger’s Syndrome along with ADHD and ODD. He’s a handful with his tantrums and over reactions. However, he is one of the funniest, smartest and sweetest boys I’ve ever known. He’s been like this since he was born. In fact, I believe his father has undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome as well. Good luck.

  36. I so agree with everything you said. I think our children are being sacrificed at the alter of big pharm. I am not totally anti-vacc. but I am definitely “for” a different system, where vaccine damage is actually reported, as well as better research with real data.
    My oldest had a terrible reaction to the MMR and I am so thankful that I still have her. She does have medical issues though that I can only help but wonder if they were caused by the vaccine or the reaction.
    Also, dr’s were not willing to report or even to see my child during her initial reaction phase as I guess they didn’t want other parents in the waiting room to see her all covered with bumps and screaming in pain. I was assured on the phone that this was normal. I am MUCH older and wiser (well,bolder) now and would have taken her right in there without hesitation.
    Again, I am so thankful to still have my daughter, as I have heard of very similar reactions where the outcome was not so good.
    My son has very mild Aspergers and some allergies but nothing at the level of what your dear son must deal with. I’m wondering if you could tell me how you went about getting the food allergies diagnosed. I know we need to do this..
    I wish you the best with your son. I think you are right on with your thinking and I will pray for your family and your son’s healing.

    • Kim, my son had eczema all over his body when he was an infant so we had IgE blood tests. He has had those almost annually since, but recently we’ve held off b/c we can tell he’s still allergic. I might go do it again to see if he can have any more nuts now. Thanks for your prayers. It’s nice to be encouraged. I am trying to share the truth – not just what folks “want to hear.” But with a balanced voice. Take care.

  37. elizabeth thode says:

    Your son is very blessed to have you for his Mom. As for whether Vaccines cause Autism/Aspergers? My working theory is this. Mercury/Aluminum/Formaldyhyde/MSG are all toxins and do NOT belong in the body-period. Vaccines could be described as injections of heavy metals.Mercury competes for Iodine in the body.This is why so many people, not just baby’s, have thyroid issues and immune issues. MSG, another vaccine ingredient, is, like Mercury, a neurotoxin. Now let’s factor in another big controversy: Cell phone radiation. Wireless radiation causes the blood brain barrier to open, normally this is closed to keep OUT toxins. When damaged by wireless radiation, heavy metals, chemicals get into the brain. Did you know that cell phones were tested as safe, using a 6’2″ male, weighing 220 lbs and only for short term exposures. To me, this is a huge mechanism of harm. Wireless radiation also multiplies micro toxins by 600%. Since the event of the wireless industry, allergies/chronic fatigue/asthma/ and tons of other health issues have soared. Two good sites: http://www.W4AR.com, click on smart meters on the left. See the video for Barrie Trower. Also on this page are tons of studies, by scientists from all over the world. This wireless technology is at the root of this epidemic of environmental health disasters. And for the people wondering about Multiple chemical Sensitivity, this is much related to the blood brain barrier injury.
    See: Sensitivity …
    See also: Autism and EMF | Dirty Electricity
    Another excellent source is Devra Davis and her book: Disconnect
    I wish you peace, clarity, compassion on your journey.
    One day, we will live in a world run by Compassion and Humanity. And the precious of precious, our children, will no longer be harmed by a toxic environment. P.S. The sooner you read these sources, the sooner you can begin to stop the assaults on your precious child’s body. I removed all wireless from my home because my daughter became very ill. What was taken/stolen- from her, can never be replaced. She is one of the lucky ones…I was guided to find this information soon enough. My description of hell is watching one’s child suffer. No one should go have to go through this. And most certainly, not our children. Not in the name of profit. And not in the name of insanity. The above sites/info are coming from all over the world. These are independent studies, not paid for by the cell ph industry. Some of these go back 50 years. My personal and fervant wish is “Not one more victim”.

    • Thanks Elizabeth.

      I have looked into EMFs a bit but am puzzled by some of it. One of the things that puzzles me is that I’ve heard that the wireless phone and wireless internet in one’s home isn’t such a big deal since the towers that are going up all over the place are so much more potent and it’s hard to get away from them.

      I’d love your thoughts on that. We had really nothing wireless in our home our whole lives, except for a phone and I would like to get rid of that one as we still have that. I am not necessarily going to corded but to something w/ less strength. We do have wireless internet so I can do my work but I would consider changing that over once I figure out what to do in its place.

      Thanks in advance.

      – Adrienne

  38. This pretty much sums up what I have come to believe in all my 10 years of study.WELL DONE~ 10 years ago I had encouragement from my chiropractor to look into vaccination while pregnant. With enough time to put it to thought…I opted to not vaccinate- thanks be to God as I have a group of little ones with food allergies and hyperactivity. I KNOW they would have been damaged. I should thank him again.
    You put it to words PERFECTLY what I have tried to say to friends who dont believe the connection. Its not just one thing….but rather a group of different triggers on a sensitive child that could set them over the edge. It’s not that its anyone’s fault because there is so much conflicting info for young parents to sift thru– how could anyone know the truth? It is still being kept from us…..

    (I have my IDEAS on what is causing more and more of these sensitive children too. GMO’s were introduced in the 70’s at huge rates and around the same time we all began eating more processed foods during the “60’s – 70″s feminist” era.)

    I believe the modified food and chemical load is changing our bodies! Just as the chemical load has recently been found to change the dna (organ structure) in newborns and mommas, over in 3rd world countries.

    Please be careful vaccinating if you have children who are sensitive, hyper, food allergies, or quirky.

    • You are completely right in my opinion. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts. Us mommas need to stick together and share all that we have experienced. Yes, we may be wrong, but often we have more info than the “experts.”

  39. Jennifer says:

    I’d like to share something. Please take the time to read it. And share it. It’s just a small teeny portion of all the many things I’ve come across in ALL my research on vaccines since I put 2 & 2 together with my children & their reactions. Here’s the link. What I really want to do is to print off hundreds of them & place them in the offices of all the doctors/hospitals/clinics I possibly can. It’s called, “If your doctor insists that vaccines are safe, then have them sign this form.”


  40. My heart really goes out to you. We are a naive society when it comes to health issues. Our government puts flouride in our water since back in the 1940’s (I believe)pure poison-and we trust it to tell us we need vaccines to keep our children healthy. My oldest son was born premature by just a month but is highly sensative and we had to work on numerous issues over the years too many to name. He is now a well adjusted 25 year old I am thankful to say. He too did not sleep for more than 4 hours at a time until the age of two. I finally took him to a natural pathic doctor who helped us greatly and set me on a path of seeking after health for myself and my family. Never trusting doctors and always doing research whenever any health issues surfaced. Many people thought I was obsessive but I didn’t care even when it caused me to be isolated. I still deal with skeptics on a regular basis. Don’t ever give up the fight or become discouraged you are on the right track!

  41. I am 100% against vaccines. I used to teach and even wrote an article for an online magazine concerning vaccines. I did not read any of the replies above for what it is worth. So this is just my thoughts.

    I quit doing my free seminars and talks because I felt I needed to focus more on my family and honestly it was high stress. I know just let God lead people to me. I tell them my thoughts and let it go. I thank Him for the opportunity to have helped many people. Sadly, though many who did not listen now have children with all kinds of issues. Many have come back to say they wish they would have listened to us.

    Do I think vaccines cause autism in all kids? No, but I do think vaccines (which are full of poisons) do effect every child in some way (hyper activity, sickly, asthma & allergies). I am not a professional which is good. Most professionals are tainted one way or another by what they are taught in school. I am self taught. I didn’t seek out anti-vaccine. I was sitting in a doctor’s office one day when I noticed a book on vaccines on the book shelf. Almost hidden by the many other books. I asked if I could take it to read. This was 2 years before I was married and 4 years before I had kids. In fact, then I was sure I would not have kids.

    That was the beginning of my search for truth in this area. It was 17 years ago, long before it became a popular controversy. I had never heard of non-vaccine or what vaccines could do to a person. I was fully vaccinated as well. It explained a lot to me, on how and why I seemed sickly growing up. I was on antibiotics constantly. 4 times a year. That is another story.

    My attitude now after 17 years of study, looking into all the conspiracy crud and the reliable scientific evidence as well…. is…. If you vaccinate but made yourself knowledgeable first, then good for you. It is an educated choice you made and that is better then blind ignorance.

    We all have to live with the choices we make for our children. We are the ones accountable for them. I have many regrets myself. But am so thankful this is not one of them. I also have friends and family who have vaccine injured children now. I try to comfort them. They didn’t know and they live with the regrets. I lead them to things like, Epsom salt baths, hyperbaric chambers, heavy metal purges, the Feingold diet, among other things. I also encourage them to forgive themselves and move on to healing. Unfortunately, in some the damage is so severe and they waited so long, there is little to do. But wallowing is not an option. Do what you can now and move forward.

    So those are my thoughts. I am not here to offend anyone. I am just being honest about what I think. We as mama’s I believe truly want to do the best for our kids. And as fallible humans we also mess up.

    I leave you with this….Educate, educate, educate.

    • I personally think your thoughts are quite a bit like mine. I cannot believe what I write these days. I never, in a million years, would have thought I would have the opinions today that I do have. Thanks for sharing. :)

  42. I have a son with down Syndrome, he is 8 now, and he only has vacaciones before 9 months old and two for influenza in the last 3 years.

    I dont say he is better than other kids with DS because he is not, but he DOES looks different, there is something in his eyes that look different, very into this world, i dont know how to explain it.

    We get very criticized because he doesnt have any vaccine, but after reading this i do wonder if its because he doesnt have vaccines that he looks different?

    I dont regret at all, my FIL is doctor,and he always gives us a lecture about why we should vaccine our son

  43. Thanks for sharing your story. Another thing that I would urge parents to look into when their children experience sudden changes that are accompanied by an emotional component (especially OCD behavior, phobias and anxiety) is to research PANDAS. It’s related to strep and there are hundreds of cases just where it’s been figured out, and probably thousands still undiagnosed. There are some incredible stories out there of parents who saw their children change before their eyes and got no help for months and even years before happening onto the diagnosis. One mother videotaped her son and documented it well and went on to write a book. He’s now a college kid back to his old self, where he was in his own world full of terrible anxieties and behaviors for several years until they finally got to the bottom of it. Just thought I’d mention it in case any parents came here looking for answers and it might be useful. I’ve found over the years that we learn more from other parents who have been on these journeys trying to help our own kids than any doctors.

  44. Thank you for a well balanced post. My grand daughter fell on the autism spectrum at about 18 mos. She hadn’t had many vaccines, but they were the tipping point for her very vulnerable immune system. A mother’s gut flora (or lack thereof!) Plays a critical role in an infant’s vulnerability to the assault of the chemicals in vaccines. We were fortunate enough to have a functional medicine practitioner who was DAN certified (Defeat Autism Now) and he literally saved her life. Do I believe vaccines cause all autism – no, there are many factors involved. But as many have commented here, they have played a significant role in the autism rates today. BTW, we love your site & FB page!

    • Thanks, Mary! I really appreciate your kind words. I think the gut is crucial and I hope to share more as we move forward this year.

  45. Samantha Alf says:

    thank you for being so bold! God is so good and He is speaking through you!

  46. Old post but this has to be said. I could have written your story except my child was vaccinated on time… explain that? Its because anxiety CAN increase around that age… I have 3 on the spectrum and I too have pondered deeply vaccinations/autism. I have als seen more than once the HORRIFIC results of not vaccinating and for that reason would never ever even add fuel to the fire of anti vaxxers. Its not enough to say you’re not really against it. Its just not OK to add fear to parents who then may not vaccinate and then we drop below the threshold necessary for keeping these horrific illnesses away from our kids… Just my opinion.

    • I have heard that as well. Of course, something different could have been going on. I do think it’s enough to say that I am not really against it. In fact, I am considering some vaxs for my 2nd child now. I just don’t know. It’s a real conundrum. I have a local acquaintance whose child died after a vaccine. no question there. Temple Grandin, the most famous autistic in the US (the world??) says no vaccine studies w/ causation of autism have been properly done. ever.

      I guess the other thing that makes me wonder is….why are all the vaccinated parents worried about the unvaxxed if they think the vaccines work so well? Why are they upset?

      Also, I think some folks handle vax fine. Just like some handle gluten fine. We are all different and more and more our bodies can’t handle it. That is my opinion. The onslaught against the immune systems is too much and more and more it will continue to be so. Still, I don’t know.

      I think there are too many vaccines and too many at one time. I wish the DTaP would be broken out always. That is my opinion. I think it’s good to think and i have many more stories to share to get my readers to think. And question. Thanks :).

  47. Thank you for this article. You’ve laid out what I’ve been trying to explain to people who insist it was because I vaccinated that my son has autism. Except, we had signs of issues from birth (and before, if that’s possible! :P) I have autism. My husband probably has autism. I don’t think these were caused by vaccines although I believe it might be part of it for some children. I think there are many paths up and around the mountain of Autism. In our case it’s likely genetic and diet/food production related (exacerbated). As for cures – well, I’m just me. Asperger’s is part of who I am. I can’t imagine taking a whole part of me, or my son, and taking it away. However I know that isn’t the case for a lot of people. I just wish people would stop implying that the world would be better if I wasn’t in it.

    • Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Do you mean folks saying that about autistics in general? I sure hope no one has said that to your face.

  48. Charity says:

    I had never given a second thought to vaccines either until my firstborn got her 2 month vaccines. She had already had reflux issues, but they seemed to get dramatically worse after the shots. At first, we delayed vaccinations until we were able to get her reflux under control, but after hubs and I did a lot of research, we decided to wait on them altogether. She didn’t have any vaccines until she was 2, and after that she only got one per visit. So far, she seems to be doing just fine. Our youngest daughter is now almost 9 months old and has not had a single vaccination. We will probably wait until she’s 18-24 months before we begin hers as well. I agree with you about the Chicken Pox and HPV vaccines. Why do we need them? We’ve outright said no to them as well as Hep B and A (which I received as an adult before traveling to a 3rd world country, incidentally). I think you are probably right that some kids have a harder time with them than others, just as some have more allergies, or are more prone to illness. I guess I just get so tired of the scare tactics that are out there to try to force parents like us to go with the flow, for the sake of the community. There is an assumption that parents like us make this decision on a whim and have not done research, or somehow do not have the best interest of our children at heart. Anyway, thanks for sharing your story! Best wishes!

  49. I have such a hard time with this topic. I’ve read every comment (both from readers and the writer) and realize I am going to be the odd woman out here. I’ve noticed even the most eloquent responses, when contesting the overall support this post/comment thread gives to vaccinations causing autism, are met with a bit of negative resistance. Be kind and know I respect you all very much, regardless of how much I disagree with your choices.

    My kids are both vaccinated according to my pediatrician’s standard vaccination schedule. Neither have autism. I’m sure that alone will push some to stop reading as I can admittedly say I have no idea what it is like to watch your child develop autistic behaviors. My heart shudders at the thought and goes out to all you strong mamas who’ve overcome the insurmountable struggles that come with such a diagnosis.

    That being said, I am angry…and this anger comes from fear. I, like you all, love my kids. I want my kids to be healthy, just like you do. I do not want my kids exposed to eradicated diseases any more than you want your kids to struggle with autism. I have also done my research….checked the facts….learned from studies done by those in other countries, by people who aren’t affected by US governmental regulation. A very eye-pleasing, dumbed-down version of what I have found is reflected pretty nicely in this infographic: http://www.upworthy.com/it-took-studying-25782500-kids-to-begin-to-undo-the-damage-caused-by-1-doctor?g=3&c=ufb1

    I beg you, please don’t put a population (read – my kids) at risk of terrible, horrific, contagious, life-threatening disease because you are searching for answers. We are all free to execute our rights to parenting – but hear me out:

    While my choice to vaccinate my kids doesn’t affect your kids at all, your choice to not vaccinate absolutely affects mine.

    This is a desperate mother’s plea to please look at the facts and see there is so much more good than bad, so much more benefit than detriment, so much more LIFE than death. Please don’t put my kids at risk – I beg you, from the bottom of my heart, mom to mom.


    • Hi Jen. I am sorry for not responding sooner – I sometimes need time to read over comments and think about what I think. I hear what you are saying but wonder about a lot of things. For example, why would vaccinated kids be at risk from unvaccinated if the vaccines work? Also, I am not completely anti vaccine, but I do think that there are way too many vaccines being doled out and too many at one time.

      I would love to hear what you think about that. Thanks much for joining in.

  50. tree peters says:

    I’m inclined to believe that it is the issue of vaccines pushing more sensitive or vulnerable children “over the edge” as you say. So, yes, it’s possible that vaccines don’t cause autism or other injury, but it’s still probably vaccines that cause the reaction that leads to it.
    I’ve also been so frustrated that there have to be two sides to this. Why not work together? If the pro-vaccine scientific community could just admit to/ acknowledge the issue exists then we could all start figuring out how to make vaccines safer. Pre-screen kids, etc… And then we might all feel comfortable with the process.
    I’ve come to the conclusion that at the highest levels they do know there is a problem but that a decision has been made that “for the greater good” some kids having vaccine injuries is an acceptable loss. Of course no one can admit to that, so they do what they do with data and holding the ridiculous hard line even in the face of story after story that shows a direct vaccine to injury result.
    It just feels like there are those in power who think they know what’s best for everyone. I don’t exactly envision them twirling their evil mustaches, but…. when it comes to pharmaceutical companies and those who profit from them, well, maybe I do.
    My 7 year old daughter is not vaccinated. I have felt torn up about this and sometimes downright terrified. I’m scared to do it and scared not to do it. I keep opting not to. And now that she’s older and her immune system is more developed, we were considering starting her on a modified schedule. But suddenly there are doctors jumping ship and admitting to falsifying data. I’m wondering if more will follow and a house of cards will fall. It may still be that there is a place for vaccines but I can’t trust any doctor who tells me there is absolutely no danger.
    One last thing… I believe that homeopathy might be helpful for a child that has had a reaction to vaccines. There are homeopathic remedies for the vaccines themselves. I, for sure, would try it if anything happened with my daughter. Pretty much nothing to lose.
    Thank you for talking about this!

    • I completely agree with you. I have heard of other things that supposedly help w/ vaccines reactions but I haven’t taken a close look at them. You are a sharp thinker. I hope to see you around again.
      Thank you.

  51. Our family has been searching years now for answers to my daughter’s health issues. They have been mounting up for years and finally about 8 months ago we started finding some answers. She has suffered stomach issues for years, anxiety, declining energy (and now has full-blown cfs), and debilitating headaches. We have found she has food sensitivities and autoimmune Hashimoto’s from Leaky Gut. She also has mercury poisoning which we will need to start addressing when we get her body supported a little more (working on that). I would love to know more about how you detoxed mercury – which I totally believe, in our case, that vaccines have played a big part in overloading her body’s abilities. I am not against vaccines, but I do believe that people should be made aware of the possibilities of issues AND I believe that we need to modify how many and when vaccines are given. Thank you for sharing your story and for bringing this issues out for discussion!

  52. Hi Adrienne,
    My name is Sarah and I am a sophomore in High school. As a child I was never vaccinated and that is probably the reason I have such an interest in this topic. I am writing a research paper currently about the controversy of Autism being linked to vaccinations. I loved your story and I would love to use it in the introduction of my paper, if that is okay with you of course. I would love to get a little bit more information if I can use it in my paper. Please respond to this comment with an answer, and if you are okay with me using it can you email me at sarahhuszar@comcast.net so I can ask you a few questions? thanks for posting your story

  53. Hi Adrienne, I think some of us just want to be heard and not labeled as anti-vaxxers. My two sons were both vaccinated and now they both have chronic health problems. My eldest has aspergers as well and A.D.D. we held off on vaccines till we (like you) were guilt tripped into vaxxing our 2nd son around age 3. He soon after developed eczema and anxiety. It is a daily stuggle to keep his recurring staph infections under control and his anxiety interferes with his sleep and so may activities. My youngest, our 2 1/2 year old, was NOT vaccinated. She is the picture of health, no problems whatsoever (other than driving me nuts with her toddler antics). I feel a lot of guilt for going against my gut. I pray that God will heal the damage done.

    • I am so sorry you have to deal with this. I know how you feel. It’s a big conundrum for sure – trying to figure all of this out. Yes, I would rather have my child have Asperger’s than be dead, but now that we have the first I likely wouldn’t have done immunizations the way that I did when he was 5. Blessings on you as you move forward.

  54. The vaccine discussion is still hot, even now. There are a few things i’d like to point out. First, autism was around a looooong time before vaccines. There is very compelling evidence that Michelangelo (yup, the guy that painted the Systine Chapel) was autistic. So how can vaccines be the cause of a disorder that exsisted for hundreds of years before the invention of vaccines? Second, the child in the above story, in hindsight showed many signs of autism well before being vaccinated. Considering the complexity of autism, it is completely understandable that doctors would be reluctant to diagnos autism very early. They are unable to do a complete analysis and so do not want to hinder a child’s development with the label of AUTISTIC weighing them down (the above description of being “trapped” in your house because of your child’s diagnosis of autism is exactly what i refer to). Third, the above story hints at blaming the MMR vaccine. That is measles, mumps and rhubella. It is asked what vaccinated people have to worry about. Think of this, if you have had chicken pox before, you supposedly cannot get it again. Except that there are many people that do. Vaccinating agaist these diseases severly lessens the likelihood of contracting the full on disease, in children especially it is hugely important as these diseases are no doubt deadly to children. Again, i want to stress MEASLES, MUMPS AND RHUBELLA ARE DEADLY TO CHILDREN. Vaccines are proven to save thousands of lives, there is no proof of vaccines causing autism(coinsidence of timing the diagnosis to vaccination is not proof). The mercury preservative that is referred to has not been used since the 90s.
    In conclusion, i fully, 100% support vaccination and feel that it should be required. The whole of society should not be put at risk due to unfounded fears based on factless rumors spread online. Vaccines saved our children from horrible diseases like small pox and polio, and could save them from many more if people would stop believing these rumors connecting autism. This straw-grasping for something to blame is putting children in actual danger. Your autistic child is alive, and needs a supportive parent to help him to grow into a productive part of society. He could become the next Michelangelo.

    • Hi there. Yes, I know it was around but not much of it. I personally think there are many triggers for autism and that vaccines could very well be one of them. So I think vaccines can be one, infection another, and now w/ all the garbage in food and in the air and water, and w/ congenital issues, there are more and more ways for this and other diseases to occur.

      Yes, my child showed some signs, but things really blew up after the vaccines so one theory is that it bombarded his system and accelerated things.

      I wasn’t trapped b/c of the diagnosis, it was b/c his behavior was very difficult to manage and caused public disruptions that were very hard on us.

      I know that the MMRs can be deadly, but at what rate? This article is very interesting – it claims that the death rate is .000237% which is a very small percentage. http://vaxtruth.org/2012/01/measles-perspective/I am trying to figure all of this out b/c I want to have a good perspective on it. What do you think about that? I am really not antivax but am trying to have the right perspective.

      I don’t think vaccines should be required but that good information should go out w/ the risks and benefit and parents should have the right to decide what their children get and don’t get. If gov’t trumps parents we are in a very bad place indeed.

      I would love to hear what you think.

      I have an acquaintance whose child died from vaccines so it’s not a minimal thing and I don’t think it’s straw grasping. I think there should be fewer vaccines, spaced farther apart. Does that help you understand my perspective? Thanks.

  55. Autism rates have certainty increased recently, but there are good reasons why: 1) the mental health profession has developed better, more inclusive diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders as a result of research, experience with the ASD population, and increased knowledge. 2). Years ago, we didn’t know nearly as much about ASD, and lots of these kids got misdiagnosed. Many were labeled MR (mentally retarded), and higher functioning kids were just “eccentric”. I know autism is hard on parents and kids, and I know we’re looking for answers, as we should be. But jumping to the conclusion that vaccines are the culprit (or even a culprit, as part of a complex immune system matrix) is dangerous. We have a lot of good evidence showing that autism and vaccines are not linked – and also that vaccines do a lot of good for our society.

    • Hi Dawn. I really don’t think that the diagnostic criteria has much to do with it at all. I think that autism and cancer and autoimmune diseases and allergies are on the increase b/c of our food system, vaccines, and environmental toxins and congenital issues. I do think there is something of what you are talking about but way too much is going on here. I would love to hear what you think after viewing this movie. It is free until 3/15. We found it to be breathtaking. It’s an affiliate link but that doesn’t mean much unless you were to buy a copy. http://www.boughtmovie.net/free-viewing?AFFID=200068

      I do know that vaccines do a lot of good but I think if you watch the movie you will see what my concerns are. I don’t think those claims about them not being linked to autism are valid. I would love to hear what you think.

      • Redpill1 says:

        Dawn is a know troll. She post frequently on Natural News and now it seems she has expanded her horizons.

        • Thanks so much. Well, there have been more and more here lately. What a bother but it does make for interesting conversation and honing of my research (as much as I have time for). Thanks!

  56. I agree with you-and it really bothers me that people think they could know more about your son then you do-as his mother,someone who cares for him everyday since he has been born-if you noticed a change after vaccines who is a stranger to question that? I’ve heard this story too many times and parents dismissed too many times. That must be heartbreaking.

    • It is. More heartbreaking for those whose kids’ conditions were more obviously tied to the vaccines. Some have won a lot of money. Did you see the movie, Bought?

  57. Actually whether or not you have autism is almost definitely determined by birth and likely genetic. We are also getting better at diagnosing it earlier and earlier but it is complicated. especially in high functioning children who until recently did not go diagnosed..
    Recent Study: http://www.bbc.com/news/health-31713147

    Not vaccinating is extremely dangerous not only for your own child but every person they interact with. The reason why children who are unable to get vaccinated don’t have problems is due to something called herd immunity, basically the likelihood that a child who is not vaccinated will come in contact with the virus is much lower than a child who is. However once someone has the virus and it becomes active in their system it is also more virulent and children and adults who are vaccinated will still be prone to infection. The biggest problem comes when someone who has one of these diseases comes in contact with a pregnant woman, infants, the elderly, or the immune comprised.. If a pregnant woman contracts Rubella (the R of MMR) can have serious consequences for an unborn child, potentially causing miscarriage or physical and mental defects. (You can look this up easily but I warn you, it is pretty sad). Infants and elderly people are also susceptible to these diseases and may die or have disabilities related to the disease.

    When you are deciding whether or not to vaccinate you are not just making decisions about your child’s health but the health of your community.

    • Hi Bea. I disagree with you about autism being almost definitely defined by birth and highly genetic. I think (and so do many other experts) that it is the result of a “perfect storm” of vaccines, environmental toxins, food contamination, congenital issues, etc. I don’t think the diagnosing issue has much to do with it at all. The numbers are just climbing way too high for that.

      As for the danger of not vaccinating, I have a lot more research to do, but consider this excerpt from a fabulous article on the vaccine debate.

      The death rate among those infected is typically 0.2%, or close to equal that of your chances of dying in a car accident.

      In other words, if you’re that concerned about people vaccinating to prevent death, you should be making an equally strong case that both of you have your driver’s licenses revoked.

      Actually, it’s worse because you have a 0.2–0.5% chance of dying in a car and it’s almost certain that you actually drive a car. The 0.2% chance of death by measles requires that I (or my child) beat the ENORMOUS odds to even get measles in the first place.*

      The same odds hold pretty steady for measles injury, except car injury wins out even more. And the chance of being killed or injured by the measles vaccine still surpasses the chance of being killed or injured by measles itself.

      You can read the rest of the post here. I think the author makes numerous salient points. I would be happy to dialogue with you about them more. Thanks for commenting.

      Religious freedom and parental right trump the state. Otherwise, we have no freedom.

  58. MolliesDollies says:

    Hi Adrienne!
    I came to your site originally to look into essential oils, which I am just starting to use. Thank you for the information you have researched on them! Anyway, I have found so much more on your blog!! I just finished reading this section of the blog, and am in total agreement with you. My second daughter, now 13, was an interesting baby. I sometimes thought she might be deaf because she seemed to ignore people, but was intensely interested in animals. She was somber and quiet, a perfect baby, if a little different from my first squally daughter. When she was around 18 months old, our doctor’s office informed us that some of their vaccines might not have been refrigerated properly and that they should all be re-given. I spoke with the doctor about the safety of this, but was reassured that it was not only safe, but common. Since she never even flinched at being given vaccines, we went ahead and had all her vaccines redone on a schedule as if she was a newborn. Soon after that our nightmares began, with tantrums, OCD, anxiety. At age 5 she was finally diagnosed with autism, PDD-NOS. I believe, similar to you, that some people have a more delicate neurological system and vaccines tip them over the edge. That being said, I still believe most vaccines are beneficial, and went ahead and vaccinated my third daughter on a delayed schedule.
    I’m very interested to read more of your blog, and try out a few things with my autistic daughter. Definitely the most excruciating words from her, even worse than ‘I hate you’ (which is usually just anger talking, lol), is ‘what is wrong with me, why did God make me this way?!’ I continuously have to stop the guilt and ‘what-ifs’ from eating me up and just live in the ‘right-nows’. Thanks for giving me some good positive energy, though! I’m feeling encouraged after finding your blog!

  59. I realize that this post is several years old, but I think that in light of all of the recent research, it would be responsible to update or even delete these posts. You’ve made it clear that you do not believe that vaccinations CAUSE autism, but you also make it very clear that you do believe that it HELPS cause it.

    With so many people looking for an excuse to avoid vaccinations, we need to remove the misguided information so that people can make good, non-emotional (and not fearful) decisions.

    All of the older “studies” that pointed to a link between vaccinations and autism have been proven fraudulent. More and more studies and research being conducted increasingly point to other factors (like genetic links). Anyone who still tries to make any connection between the two (even when saying it isn’t the only factor, just a contributing one) is on a witch hunt.

    I’m not going to deny that there are situations where a limited, modified, delayed, or even canceled vaccination schedules are needed for the child’s safety. And if there are parents who are concerned for other risks, and would prefer natural or alternate health protection measures, I won’t judge. However, I do believe that if you make that kind of decision, it needs to be well informed and you need to base your decision on accurate information. To make that easier on overwhelmed parents, we need to remove outdated, incorrect information, like this post.

    There is currently no medical connection between vaccinations and autism. It doesn’t mater if you think there is.. There isn’t. Saying that there is, and using outdated and unproven information to make your fraudulent point is very irresponsible.

    • Hi Jane. Thanks for commenting. I will in fact not be deleting this post, but am planning an update in which there is a scientifically documented proof of the MMR vaccine causing autism. I don’t know if you heard about it in the news or now, but this video will show you some of it. I am very disappointed with what is happening in corporate America, and in our government, that allows this kind of thinking to proliferate.

      My son watched this video and started crying out, “Mommy, shouldn’t we be able to sue them b/c of what this did to me?”

      Yes, I think we should.

      Let me know what you think about this. I hope to post about this in the coming week. http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4546421/rep-bill-posey-calling-investigation-cdcs-mmr-reasearch-fraud

      • I watched the video, but I didn’t see or hear any admittance or mention of documented proof that vaccines link to autism. I heard him mention the Wakefield study, which is the completely fraudulent study that has been universally discredited. The gist of the video seemed to be that a little over a decade ago, when they did a study, they hid information that showed race to significantly affect the statistics. That’s still bad, and I’m glad that all of the information is being revealed and I do hope that they get thoroughly investigated for hiding some information – but that’s not quite the same as hiding a proven link between autism and vaccines.

        After the study mentioned in the video was published, more have been conducted and published by different sources. I have heard of the link between race (previously hidden as mentioned in the video) or genetics and autism, so at least someone, somewhere was being honest. The later studies that I’ve seen have largely pointed away from the link between autism and vaccines (some directly discredited the idea).

        I still haven’t heard of any published study that has been accepted by the medical community that definitively shows vaccines to cause autism, so I will be very interested to see what you post!

        • Hi Jane.

          The video talked about a whistleblower, Dr. Thompson, who has come forward about documents that were destroyed that proved by a large margin that the MMR vaccine led to much higher rates of autism in black boys. I don’t know, but perhaps you missed it?

          In fact, the video talked about how Wakefield but didn’t state that he was wrong. In fact, with this new information, it seems that Wakefield may have been correct after all.

          The study proved the link for black babies and in fact, I would suspect it will be extrapolated to carry to others as well. I have a friend who is very much “up” on this and I am going to be getting more up to speed and will likely post about this in the near future. The reason for the coverup was “statistical significance was huge” – which means there was a large correspondence of the MMR with autism in black children.

          I have personally talked with Temple Grandin, a PhD and the most famous autistic person in the world, and she stated that there has never been a valid study done on autism and vaccines. I don’t know if you have seen her video, but she is one sharp cookie. And she knows what a valid study is.

      • I wrote in a few months ago, telling my story about my son and why I think it is vaccines that caused my son’s “on the autism spectrum”.. as the dr’s call it. Not sure why it was not shared, maybe it was too long… But I read this post and completely agree with being able to sue when it comes to the MMR vaccine. I have been looking at pictures and videos of my son up until around 2 years old and he was a happy, healthy “normal” baby, and it was after he received a “combo vaccine, with the MMR vaccine in it that he stopped talking, and became different in little but noticeable ways. I really hope that there is enough evidence to start a “reversal treatment” so that we can heal our children from the damage the vaccines have caused, as well as get justice when it comes to being pressured to administer these vaccines to our children; as I was definitely pressured into it with little-no information or precautions.
        I am a first time mom of a wonderful 4 year old son and I just wish that I could have had the option instead of being pushed to give vaccines, and in combinations, which just seem to be too much for our babies tiny bodies! I would appreciate any feedback or more info if anyone has found any on the links with autism and vaccines!

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