Itís important to say that most research indicates that the neurological damage that leads to autism (and other illnesses, such as childhood cancer) takes place in the womb.† That means we need to understand the exposures that occur during pregnancy to toxins such as pesticides, PCBs, and other endocrine disruptors (chemicals that upset the hormones in our bodies).† Just recently, the nonprofit Birth Defect Research for Children found that combined fetal exposures to toxins can lead to birth defects plus autism (read Immunotoxins as Teratogens: www.birthdefects.org/research/immterat.php). †Vaccinations are not the only bad suspects and perhaps not even the major triggers implicated in autism.† Mercury can assault a fetus or child not only through vaccines but through its presence in the massive plumes of air pollution generated by coal fired power plants.
Itís glaringly, grievously obvious that research needs to look at the cumulative impact of toxins in our everyday lives, not only to settle the vaccination debate but also to learn how to protect our children more broadly.
In the 1940s, American children were vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough).† A polio shot was added in 1955, and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) added in 1971.† In 1989, the full program of these vaccinations totaled 11 injections by the age of 5.† The injection of a hepatitis B vaccine a few hours after birth was added to the schedule in 1991.
By now, children get 25 vaccinations by 12 months of age and 36 vaccinations by the time they are 18 months old.† In most doctorsí appointments, the child receives six vaccines in the time span of three to four minutes.† Ours is the most aggressive vaccination schedule in the world.
The measles-mumps-rubella vaccine combines three live viruses.† Some children react badly to this combination.† Perhaps itís those children who carry a variation that makes them more vulnerable, or perhaps they were slightly ill on the day of the injection.† Or it could be those children who had, just a few minutes earlier, received a preservative-laden injection. No one has yet done research to find out the answers.
As Thimerosal was reduced in vaccines, aluminum, used to boost immune response, was increased.† But aluminum, a soft metal, is also toxic.
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