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. 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. :)

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Samantha Alf says:

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

  6. 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 :).

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2013/02/19/a-graphic-that-drives-home-how-vaccines-have-changed-our-world/

    • 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.

    • Kathie Ann says:

      Those that are 100% pro vaccine, no questions asked, no real research ever done (because those studies have not been done) lose me when the fear of the non vaccinated becomes the point of the speech.. Makes o sense. If your child is vaccinated and you believe in them hook ,line and sinker why the worry? And you should research a little deeper. There are a new studies being done that show the non-vaccinated are so much healthier than those vaccinated. I too believe there are many causes of autism,allergies,asthma,adhd. anxiety disorder. A lot of A’s exploding in children today.? Babies today are born with how many chemicals in there little bodies? Natural living is the only way to begin to repair the damage. We all have a tipping point and vaccines are part of the puzzle. Take a good look a the kids who grew up in the 90’s. I am hard pressed to find one that does not have some issue that causes them to become customers of the main stream pharmaceutical led business. for life. First do no harm has been dead since prescriptions started ruling the world back in the 50’s. It has grown out of control. We need to get back to basics, repair the gut and the brain will follow.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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!

  16. 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?

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. 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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