Vaccines Caused My Son’s Autism

BlazeI have been in the world of special-needs advocacy for 10 years, and in that time I have come across countless people who are defensive, close-minded, and extremely indoctrinated about their across-the-board absolute statements that vaccines can’t cause autism.  These people are often applauded or even possibly financially compensated for their stance.

After a decade of some disappointing and one-sided conversations, I refuse to go toe-to-toe with these people anymore, because they are not going to hear me, and I am not going to hear them.  But I would like to go on record with a quick list of how I know it did (in my son’s situation), and does happen.  VACCINES CAN CAUSE “AUTISM.”  THEY CAUSED MY SON’S “AUTISM.”  THEY CAUSED MANY OF MY FRIENDS’ CHILDREN’S “AUTISM.”

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Here’s what I want to say to all the people who say it isn’t so:

1)  Many people have been compensated in vaccine court for medical issues that are a part of their autism and even autism itself.  If the American government is paying people who have autism due to vaccine-injury, how can you say vaccines don’t cause autism?

2)  Many autoimmune issues are scattered throughout my family including lupus, epilepsy, asthma, allergies, and eczema.  How do you attempt to trick a baby’s immune system, when that system is likely not functioning properly? Thirteen needles worth of maniuplation by six months of age without consideration for family history is just plain old insanity, actually.  But that’s what happened to my son.

3) Speaking of family history, my sister spent a week in the hospital after the MMR at age 7, and my cousin contracted a “rare blood disease” after her nursing school vaccines at age 24.  My sister was never vaccinated again per her pediatrician, and my cousin will never vaccinate herself or any child she may have, either. Which leads to the argument that there are people who cannot handle vaccines, and that’s why everyone ELSE should be vaccinated — to create herd immunity for those that are contraindicated, immune-challenged individuals like my son.  Well, no one is considering each child’s vulnerability.  No one. Every child is vaccinated with no questions asked (unless the parent refuses). In addition, herd immunity is nothing more than a theory. I haven’t been vaccinated in years. And I certainly wasn’t vaccinated against much.  Studies show immunity wanes in 2-10 years. I’ve had maybe seven vaccines. How many adults do you know who are fully vaccinated?

4)  I worked for a pediatrician as an autism family advocate. I did intake for approximately 300 families with children with autism.  I took my story to the CDC.  From what I saw, many of these families and their previous doctors linked vaccines to their children’s issues.   There were no “coincidences.”  Like my family, more than half had autoimmune family histories.

5)  As an activist in children’s health, you meet many moms who have
sick children.  Some of them have kids with autism, some with PANDAS/PANS, some with life-threatening allergies, others with the most terrible of attention/behavior issues, skin issues, learning issues, sleep issues, breathing issues.  Some with mitochondrial disorders, some with genetic issues in the family, some even courageously face cancer.  Because most of these issues can overlap, we may not even see it because we don’t know what “normal” looks like anymore. Children with chronic health issues have become the norm.  Many things can be connected to the declining health of America, but some things stand out:  the uptake in vaccines; the uptake in the use of Roundup and GMOs; the uptake in general use of chemicals with no safety data, making vaccines just that much more potentially harmful. All combining to poison our children.

6)  My son’s issues have improved dramatically from treatment for vaccine injury.  He has been treated for heavy metal burden, immune system dysfunction involving hard to treat systemic pathogens, gut dysbiosis and inflammation.  And his life is going to turn out great, you know why?  We TREATED the vaccine injury.  He was basically non-verbal at four and not toileting at age five. He is now a seventh grader and is fully included.  You can read more about him and our path in the last chapter of The Thinking Moms’ book.

7)  And finally, here’s the rub.  My son’s pediatrician concluded that his autism was caused by his vaccines.  You do not know my child.  His doctor and his parents do.

I am completely aware that this might not be your child’s story.  I am only telling ours.  Our TRUTH.

~ Blaze

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214 Responses to Vaccines Caused My Son’s Autism

  1. happy mother of three boys with autism says:

    When your own children have been so seriously affected by vaccines, you don’t care, in a sense, what other people think, because you as a parent are not going on assumptions, you just KNOW. My husband and I have three sons, the first two have pretty severe autism, the third does not. The third son did not receive any vaccines at all, because by then, we just knew we could not harm him. He talks, he reads, he does all self-help skills. What I am trying to say is, please, pLeAsE, PLEASE do not cause more pain and more harm and more anxiety and more stress and more heartbreak to parents who truly know that vaccines caused their child’s autism, if you have never experienced it yourself in your own children. That’s like saying to an allergy sufferer,
    “No, pollen doesn’t cause allergies; I don’t have allergies, therefore pollen doesn’t cause allergies. ” Everyone has a predisposition to something. We don’t say, “Oh, he suffers from allergies because of genetics.” The pollen causes the allergies! Every person on this planet has a predisposition towards something, cancer, arthritis, etc., because of genetics. So let’s get beyond genetics and find out the true cause beyond that. And please do not cause the parents who KNOW more suffering by saying that vaccines do not cause autism.

    • Superfly says:

      I’m confused, your title states you have three boys with autism but your comment indicates two are severe but can’t tell if your third son is mildly autistic or not autistic. Can you clarify? Thanks!

      • happy mother of three boys with autism says:

        He’s a bit quirky. We have not had him diagnosed. I would imagine he probably has a few minor delays, but don’t we all?!

  2. Mammie Krupp says:

    Great Article. writing , I was enlightened by the points . Does anyone know where my business could possibly get ahold of a blank MO DWC WC-G-11 example to complete ?

  3. Chris says:

    So what’s your solution professor? Nobody gets vaccinated and we go back to living the way things were centuries ago? I’d like to know because the more people you scare into not having there children vacinaated the more succeptible to outbreaks they become. The herd immunity as you so charterize will virtually disappear and everyone will start getting sick again and dieing in some cases because of your crack pot theories.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      My “solution”? My solution is for EVERYONE to take responsibility for their own health and that of their children, to take the decision-making process seriously enough to do due diligence and get as accurate information as possible on risks vs. benefits of EVERY SINGLE VACCINE they consider getting and to understand how easy it is to overload a body’s ability to detoxify and to become sensitized to ingredients in vaccines. There are ways to make adverse reactions less likely IF you feel a need for a particular vaccine, but you aren’t going to get that from mainstream medicine because that would be tantamount to admitting that their precious products are not as “safe” as advertised.

      You’re still completely missing the point when you talk of “scaring” someone “into not having there (sic) children vaccinated.” Someone who has done a risk to benefit analysis of a particular vaccine and decided to forgo it knows that not being vaccinated will raise their susceptibility to a particular disease in an outbreak, and that is a risk they have decided to take. Yes, my children were susceptible to chickenpox and both got it.

      The herd immunity I so characterize? What are you talking about? I seldom discuss herd immunity at all. I think it’s a bad idea to rely on herd immunity to keep you well. Herd immunity can fail at any moment as mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated populations like Harvard University where there is an outbreak in progress affecting 42 people so far, all of them vaccinated. The same can and will happen with measles as we saw in the Disneyland outbreak. But all that is pretty much beside the point. You’re assuming that an acute case of measles or chickenpox is automatically bad, when there is some evidence (rarely quantified unfortunately) that many people make health and cognition gains after an acute viral illness like measles or chickenpox. My own son used to get sick quite often before his bout with chickenpox. The year after he got a perfect attendance award. I was shocked to realize that he had not been sick all year. There is evidence that the immune system workout provided by an acute challenge can provide some protection against much bigger invasive illness such as cancer. (Previous mumps infection is supposed to reduce the risk of ovarian cancer, one of the most deadly forms.) I DO talk about the likelihood of encountering a particular disease, but that may or may not have anything to do with herd immunity. Tetanus is not contagious. My likelihood of encountering it has nothing to do with whether or not you choose to vaccinate. If acute illnesses DO become more prevalent because fewer people vaccinate for them, then that is something that people will have to factor into their decisions about whether or not to vaccinate.

      If YOU are afraid of the diseases that vaccines are intended to prevent and wish to “protect” yourself and your loved ones by vaccinating, that should be up to you. But others whose families have survived viral illnesses for generations with no ill effects may be more likely to be harmed by a vaccine than a viral illness and should have the right to refuse them.

      You might want to check the stats on the “horrible diseases” you discuss. Even polio was a relatively benign illness in almost all cases until the early 1900s; 95% of all polio infections were so mild as to go unnoticed. Only a small percentage invaded the central nervous system at all. Perhaps it would be a good idea to focus some attention on WHY that happened suddenly in the early 20th century. The death rate for measles had dropped so dramatically by the time the first vaccine was invented that only about 450 of the 3-4,000,000 people who got it a year died from it. That’s less than the number of kids who drown in swimming pools or car accidents, but we still go swimming and drive cars. In addition, there is no reason to believe that the death rate would not have continued to drop. Measles was, in fact, so benign for the vast majority of the population that it was joked about in situation comedies like The Donna Reed Show, The Flintstones, and The Brady Bunch. That would not be happening if the general public were afraid of catching measles because they deemed it “deadly.” There were no jokes about people getting cancer on television in those days. Cancer was always spoken about in hushed tones of horror.

      You keep trying to paint “to vaccinate” or “not to vaccinate” as some black and white choice with automatic death on one side. If that were the case, the human race simply would not have survived this long. The truth is that there are a thousand and one nuances that affect people differently depending upon their own health histories and tendencies, and NOT vaccinating for any particular disease may indeed be a far healthier choice for many people.

      • kelly says:

        This bullshit is easy to disprove. Over 80% of parents still do vaccinate, yet autism only appears in about 1 out of 160 children.. well less than 1%. What actually happens: if children have mild autism, parents often don’t fully see the problem until about age 3; kids get a group of vaccines around the same time. So parents see their seemingly healthy get get vaccinated and then seem to suddenly develop autism.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        And millions of people smoke, but only a small percentage ever get lung cancer. I guess those people just missed the signs of lung cancer before they started smoking.

        To assume that parents who watched their healthy, walking, talking kids descend into severe autism are idiots is just as stupid as assuming that people with lung cancer are idiots who “just didn’t notice.” The only reason to do so is to discredit the idea that what happens actually is what happens.

      • Janell Payne says:

        Kelly, you are obviously not a scientist, because the reason that the vaccine debate still exists is because children are still being injured. Your facts are sadly out of date and nothing has been proven. I am in the medical field and am quite knowledgeable regarding the immune system, it is possible and probable for adverse reactions, including autism, in a subset of our population.

        Additionally, it is virtually impossible to run studies that aren’t fraught with bias regarding human medicine.

      • Aliekat says:

        Thank you TMR for your brilliance and meticulous research! I have been drinking in every refreshing word…I chose to no longer vaccinate myself, at the age of 29. And my 2 and 4 yr old are vaccine free.
        Being a student in the 80s and 90s, as I look back, I remember there were no other kids with any of the 5 A’s (allergies, asthma, etc..), even up through highschool, and only a handful of obese students that I recall…compare that to now, and I’m asking “what the heck happened?”
        After reading through these posts, I noticed that no one has touched on prenatal care, in particular, moms who take antidepressants while pregnant. Also, I completely agree that vaccines are toxic, but one can’t omit baby formula, acetaminophen, fluoride, sugar substitutes, etc…which only contribute to the toxic soup being fed to children, all under the label of perfectly harmless and normal.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Thanks, Aliekat! I’m actually working on a “How to Have a Healthy Child” blog that WILL specifically address prenatal care and even pre-prenatal issues. They are SO important!

  4. Kerri says:

    I have vaccinated both of my children to a point but neither has had the MMR. I am so afraid of this vaccine and just cannot bring myself to get it done. My daughter had a slight reaction to Prevnar so I am extra careful with her. My kids were recently denied entry to a preschool because of this and I suspect it will continue to be an issue. It is very frustrating but my guy says don’t do it!!!

    • Teresa says:

      Kerri, I could have written this myself. The same thing happened with my child and prevnar. The doctor told me I was “nuts” and it was “coincidence”. She was FINE before that shot. She was 2 months old and perfect and on BREASTMILK exclusively. I went through hell for the next two years. Speech delay and motor delays. Now she is a bit “off” i some ways though extremely bright. Would you email me I would like to speak to you. I too haven’t given MMR and I just cannot do it. I guess I can’t get her into school now as I doubt she will qualify for any exemption despite she has a bit of eczema and had early intervention. They say this has NOTHING to do with vaccines!!! But that MMR- That is the ONLY shot I just can’t do it- I am not anti vaccine but – after everything this child has been though – please email me!

  5. Keith Iholts II says:

    I dont know what to believe. I have a diagnosis of autism, IBS and other issues. The fact of the matter though is their is not enough help and resources directed to those suffering from autism and other disabilities. This country is willing to shell out endless amounts of help and money if you are the right ethnicity but if you have disabilities you can forget it. Many of us with autism have a great deal of difficulty getting in relationships so we remain single most of our lives and our punished even further for being single and childless. We are taxed far more, dont get the benefits married people get, dont get nearly as much assistance when in need as married people get and often are expected to work more hours because we “dont have a life”. I am disgusted with the discrimination we get from our disabilities as well as being punished for being single because we have a hard time adjusting to others. Rather vaccinations cause autism or not does not change the fact we need much more help and resources to help live an individual life. We face discrimination in the work force because our social skills are very limited. I dont know if vaccinations caused my autism or not. I have not read enough about it and would like to ask various doctors on their input but I do know that regardless of what caused our disabilities we still deserve and need better assistance and that is all that matters.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      We absolutely agree that no matter how autism is caused that the people who have it need more support in order to be able to live happy and productive lives. We are part of the Autism Policy Reform Coalition, which advocates for legislation that will help all people with autism and their families

      I don’t know what you mean by “endless amounts of help and money if you are the right ethnicity,” though. Private charitable organizations?

      • Davidv says:

        Yes as a parent and living example its true. Vaccines cause autism. When my son was born in 2012 he was fine, looked when we called his name he copied movements, was saying words momy daddy baby . After hes got all his vaccines by the age of 1 year and 4 months i think, everything stopped….now hes 3 and a half. doesnt speak,still wears the diaper and unresponsive to simple commands… in 2014 my daughter was born and refused all her vaccines. Shes smarter now at the age of 1 than my 4 year old vaccinated son…..

        I have been told by someone who asked me never to tell anyone he told me..(people in the know) that . autism is caused by delphin genetics… yess the fish delphin. Thats what these globalist satanic people are putting in there.
        It all started from the year 2000.so the world did end.. in a way. That is all i can say.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        I’m sorry, but “dolphin genetics”? Really? First off, dolphins are NOT fish; they are mammals. Secondly, there is no evidence whatsoever that dolphin tissue is used to create ANY vaccines. There are plenty of things to be concerned about in vaccines, but “dolphin genetics” is not one of them: human diploid cells, monkey kidney cells, calf serum, bovine casein, fetal bovine serum, egg protein, formaldehyde, aluminum hydroxide, Thimerosal, polysorbate 80, antibiotics, detergent, etc., etc., etc.

      • Chris says:

        And your daughter will likely catch mumps, rubella, measles possibly polio due to all the illegal immigrants in this country. She will get whooping cough upon entering school and will transmit all these diseases to other kids and her own kids (if she lives that long).

        This is what ignorance buys us. People like this that have absolutely NO IDEA what they are talking about yet continue to insist that there children’s development was stunted by vaccines. GUESS WHAT your child was always developmentally disabled, you just didn’t recognize it. Sorry.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Oh, good Lord. Now you’re implying that illegal immigrants are chockfull of diseases they don’t have? There have been illegal immigrants in this country since we instituted immigration quotas back in the 1920s. There hasn’t been a case of polio that wasn’t caused by the vaccine since the 1970s, and there have been only TEN confirmed cases of measles so far this year. (There have been six more since this chart came out: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/cases-outbreaks.html) In addition, people who have been vaccinated are MORE likely to be spreading whooping cough than non-vaccinated people as vaccinated people can serve as “asymptomatic carriers,” meaning that they have an active pertussis infection but don’t know it. Non-vaccinated people with active infections usually are sick enough that they know to stay away from others when they are infected. The FACTS are that NO ONE’s daughter in this country is likely to catch measles, mumps, rubella, polio, or whooping cough, much less DIE from any of them.

        If you try and tell another parent that YOU know more about their child than THEY do, your comments will not be approved. There is absolutely NO justification for the idea that there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of parents out there who just “didn’t notice” that their children were “developmentally disabled.” Parents face plenty of harassment on this subject elsewhere. We do not allow it here.

        Please watch parents’ videos at http://hearthiswell.org/. It just might crack your shell of ignorance and denial.

        What ignorance buys is ridiculous fear-mongering of this sort. If you keep posting harrassing comments such as these, I will stop approving them.

      • Chris says:

        Are you a closet lib too? Illegal immigrants (especially those from south of the border) are bringing diseases like at no time in American history. The Latin American countries are fool of disease largely eradicated from the US population, LIKE measles, mumps, rubella, polio, etc. Are you that naïve? You are arguing for the sake of arguing because I don’t agree with your gunshot THEORY that vaccines cause autism, even though Wakefield was convicted of fraud and his study retracted. What is your motive? I want to know.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        There’s nothing “closet” about my liberalism. And NO, dude. I am not arguing for the sake of argument. I gave you facts. We have plenty of illegal immigrants. We do NOT have plenty of cases of measles, mumps, rubella, whether they could be tracked to illegal immigrants or not. You might say we have “plenty” of cases of whooping cough, but the rise in pertussis cases directly tracks the change in vaccine from whole-cell to acellular versions. Sorry, but you can’t just make shit up and expect to get away with it.

        And just so you know, most people who believe vaccines cause autism are NOT basing that belief on a 1998 paper on 12 children that didn’t say anywhere that “vaccines cause autism” or even “the MMR causes autism” (as that was the only vaccine actually mentioned within the paper). And Wakefield wasn’t “convicted” of anything much less fraud, though there IS one “scientist” who IS wanted by the U.S. government for fraud: Poul Thorson, the principal investigator on a number of CDC-sponsored studies on the vaccine/autism link.

      • Chris says:

        Dude you are such a liar. Wakefield was DISBARRED. The UK rescinded his medical license because he committed FRAUD!

        Why won’t you accept that? Are you so in the tank regarding your views that you won’t accept that? He lied about the medical history of his study candidates, he completely falsified his findings and also failed to follow up on his study participants. In fact he wasn’t qualified to conduct the study to begin with. His specialty & training are GASTROENTEROLOGY. Absolutely nothing to do with the development of the human nervous system, brain and medical vaccines.

        “””On 28 January 2010, a five-member statutory tribunal of the GMC (UK General Medical Council), found three dozen charges proved, including four counts of dishonesty and 12 counts involving the ABUSE of developmentally challenged children.[12] The panel ruled that Wakefield had “failed in his duties as a responsible consultant”, acted both against the interests of his patients, and “dishonestly and irresponsibly” in his published research.[13][14][15] The Lancet fully retracted the 1998 publication on the basis of the GMC’s findings, noting that elements of the manuscript had been falsified.[16] The Lancet’s editor-in-chief Richard Horton said the paper was “utterly false” and that the journal had been “deceived”.[17] Three months following The Lancet’s retraction, Wakefield was struck off the UK medical register, with a statement identifying deliberate falsification in the research published in The Lancet,[18] and was barred from practicing medicine in the UK.[19]

        Is that not enough evidence for you?

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        “Liar,” really? First off, a doctor cannot be “disbarred.” The bar is a legal construct. Lawyers are “disbarred,” not doctors. Wakefield’s medical license was withdrawn, a process which is called being “struck off” in the U.K. Secondly, being struck off by the General Medical Council is NOT a “conviction” in the criminal sense resulting in jail time. People throwing around the word “conviction” irresponsibly make OTHER people think and say ridiculous things like “he went to jail for fraud!” when nothing of the sort happened. I never said or implied that he didn’t lose his medical license, but, as I noted, Wakefield’s colleague ALSO lost his medical license and was completely exonerated on appeal, though many of the charges were the same as was the “evidence.” Poul Thorson, on the other hand, IS wanted by the FBI for criminal fraud. Funny, the facts are exactly as I said. In my experience, that doesn’t constitute “lying”; it’s called “telling the truth.”

        Next, the whole “lying” about the medical history of the subjects is made up bullshit to go with the rest. The doctors at the Royal Free Hospital did not have access to PRIVATE medical files (which begs the question why did Brian Deer, a JOURNALIST, have access to them without the permission of the parents involved?). The process was to take a fresh medical history from the parents, which was done, NOT by Wakefield by the way, but by one of the OTHER TWELVE doctors involved on the paper in question. Any discrepancies between the “official” medical records and what was published in the 1998 paper were due to reports by the parents. Are you a parent? Do your children have any sort of medical complications? The vast majority of parents I know whose children are medically complex can tell you that their children’s medical records are not accurate reflections of their children’s medical histories. They are histories filtered through the eyes of medical personnel with very particular biases. In this case, the most obvious bias was that these children did not have gastrointestinal disease simply because they had “autism.” The paper was a case series ABOUT THE GASTROINTESTINAL DISEASE that these children — who ALSO happened to have autism — suffered with. Seriously. Read it. That’s why there were thirteen members of the GASTROENTEROLOGY department at the Royal Free Hospital’s names on it. Not sure exactly who is more qualified to investigate and discuss gastrointestinal disease than highly respected gastroenterologists…

      • Chris says:

        cute professor. You know what i mean. Progress. You finally admit that he had his medical license revoked because he committed Fraud.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        “Cute”? You called me a liar when I was stating facts. There is nothing “cute” about refuting that. I would have “admitted” that his medical license had been withdrawn immediately if that is what we had been talking about. It’s hardly a hidden fact. And, no, his medical license was revoked because he was ACCUSED of fraud. That is not the same thing as COMMITTING fraud. Do you honestly think that the Britain’s General Medical Council didn’t have very strong motivations to conduct their kangaroo proceeding as they did in order to show the world “this is what happens when you don’t toe the party line”? It’s utterly clear from Walker-Smith’s appeal how much crap went down at the GMC (though for those of us who read the original proceedings and actually thought critically about what was going on, it was clear how much crap went down right from the get-go).

      • Susan says:

        Someone who almost professes to be a god…all seeing and all knowing.
        How can you even begin to assume what and/or who will catch anything?! Maybe you yourself will get measles, mumps or rubella…?

  6. Mazrim Taim says:

    I’m sorry but autism is a neural disorder caused by genetics and is developed in the womb.
    You cannot simply “become” autistic, that is not possible, you would have to have been broken down and edited at the cellular level.

    There is no scientific data that autism is caused by vaccinations, quite the opposite in fact.
    Scientific studies have proven that belief negative, the major troublemaker here is a study that was ran in 1998 but no one seems to remember that no scientific data was taken during that study, just hearsay from families.

    Autism is “on the rise” simply because as a world wide population we have reached more than 7 billion as of around 2014 or so, so the raise in numbers is due to not only that but the fact that we now understand the workings of the brain and medical science in general better than ever so more diagnoses are happening every day.

    Everyone is on the scale somewhere, we all exhibit small signs of some form of neurological disorder, rituals like chewing our nails or constantly slicking our hair back…

    People pursuing this argument are doing nothing but causing a misunderstanding of the condition and therefore hindering the understanding and treatment of it.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      I’m sorry, but your comment is just mindless repetition of the same bullshit we hear all the time with zero support and zero truth — and it’s all refuted in other comments. You’re not adding to the discussion in any way.

      No one is saying autism “is on the rise” because there is a higher absolute number of cases. The INCIDENCE is increasing exponentially. If you don’t know even that much, you don’t know enough to make a coherent argument
      .

      • asymptote-bag says:

        How polite of you, ProfessorTMR. Obviously, you know that the way to convince a person to believe in your views is to attack their views, not their intelligence and capability to “make a coherent argument”.
        I doubt that most people on this blog- likely mothers or parents who have had a child with autism and choose to pin the cause on their child’s vaccines- “add” to the discussion in a meaningful matter. Not of any fault of their intelligence, but simply because they choose to laud the author of this article for writing it and for supporting their views on vaccines, and the misguided theory that vaccines directly lead to autism.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        No, you ADD to the discussion when you say something beyond general unsupported and incorrect statements that have already been stated a number of times. If you stick around, you will find that there are lots of conversations that do not “laud the author” of this or any other article on the site, but provide worthwhile information and discussion.

        “Misguided theory that vaccines directly lead to autism” is a mischaracterization. It is possible for a single vaccine to tip a child over into autism, but for most people it’s a steady increase in toxic exposures in a body that can’t detoxify. The neurological system is DIRECTLY connected to the immune system. You cannot hyperstimulate the immune system without having an effect on the neurological system. People are not “choosing to pin the cause on their child’s vaccines.” They are observing what happened in their children, doing research on what can cause the symptoms they see, treating the underlying medical problems and seeing what causes that same child to get better. That’s the scientific process, not some superstititious mumbo-jumbo.

    • Paya says:

      THANK YOU!!

    • Bill Nye says:

      I don’t know man. This article gave me autism.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Most of the time I delete comments like this because they are wildly inappropriate and insensitive. You come here pretending to be Bill Nye “the science guy” and crack a joke about autism. This shows that you are utterly and completely out of touch with what “autism” means to many, many people (even if you consider yourself to be autistic). It means that at the very least parents have to do MUCH more work than the “average parent” to ensure that their children can learn and those children have to overcome overwhelming odds as well, and at the most it can mean that the parents spend the rest of their lives taking care of children who will never be able to take care of themselves. No matter how those children got to that state, it is not appropriate to mock them or their parents and minimize the challenges they face with tasteless jokes.

  7. Colin says:

    First of all, I would like to say, that even if needles did cause autism, you would still need to get shots. The diseases that would normally be prevented by shots are a greater risk than the slim chance of autism (that is not real.) The only way someone can remain safe from the spread of diseases without vaccines is via herd immunity. (When diseases don’t spread because people around you are immune.)

    Also, the idea of needles causing autism was merely fabricated by a ‘scientist’ named Andrew Wakefield. I would also like to point out that there is no evidence anywhere proving that vaccines cause autism.

    The idea of vaccines causing autism only exists because children can begin to show signs of autism at the same age as when they are expected to start receiving shots.

    This entire myth has caused such an uproar, resulting in billions of dollars being wasted trying to prove Andrew’s claims. Andrew produced a string of untruthful claims about vaccines and autism, only resulting in more controversy. This resulted in parents not vaccinating their children, and outbreaks of disease.

    Another point that proves this concept false, is that nothing has been published since the fake papers from Andrew proving a link between needles and autism. There are also many papers proving that there is no link between autism and needles.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Colin, the idea of “needles causing autism” wasn’t “fabricated” by anyone. It was REALIZED, first by the people who watched it happen, then by the people who listened to the parents and treated the children.

      A questionnaire sent out by the CDC in 2015 indicated that 1 in 45 children in the United States has autism. I don’t know what land you live in, but there are precious few people in the “real world” who could honestly describe that as a “slim chance.” On the other hand, the only people who have had paralytic polio in this country in the last 40 years got it from the vaccine. And only 400-500 people were dying from measles complications in the U.S. in the PRE-vaccine era. Please take a look at REAL data, not the sweeping generalizations made (and entirely unsupported) in the mainstream media. Even if everyone in the country stopped vaccinating completely today, your risk of dying of a “vaccine-preventable illness” would still be far, far lower than a child’s risk of becoming autistic on the CDC schedule. (By the way, the DTaP [includes the “whooping cough” vaccine] and polio vaccines do not do anything for “herd immunity.” You won’t see that in any mainstream account urging that you get the vaccine for your neighbor’s sake though, will you?)

      No one has “wasted” any money “trying to prove Andrew’s claims.” A number of studies HAVE replicated his work. And a great deal of money has gone into trying to DISprove Dr. Wakefield’s (and those of his twelve co-author’s) very modest claims, but as indicated in the film “VAXXED: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe” a whistleblower from the CDC made it clear that they did a piss-poor job of DISproving them. Their own research found two very strong links between the TIMING of the MMR and autism that they then proceeded to HIDE from the general public, while cynically pointing to their fraudulent study as “proof that vaccines don’t cause autism” and using it as justification for shutting down inquiry. (By the way, the woman running the CDC at that point left later to go and head the vaccine division at Merck, the maker of the MMR. That is what we call a HUGE conflict of interest.)

      And the OTHER awesome study that people say “proved” that Thimerosal-containing vaccines don’t cause autism was just as bad. Freedom of Information Act requests have shown that Thomas Verstraten originally found an EXTREMELY strong association between early high levels of Thimerosal and autism rates, but the CDC chose to HIDE that data as well. The study was published after four successively weaker analyses (to the point where the final one is nonsensical) got it to the point of statistical insignificance. Interesting, isn’t it? Know any scientists who want to spend four years of their life on a study that cand draw no conclusions? In other words, one that is apparently very badly designed? Didn’t stop Verstraeten, though. He has a nice job at GlaxoSmithKline in Europe. I wonder why…?

      It would be a REALLY good idea for you to do some actual research before you come here. Virtually every statement you make is patently false, but I’m going to leave this link here with a listing of 123 research papers that support a vaccine/autism link. I know it would ruin your day to learn the truth, but at the moment you’re a fountain of misinformation. And that should really stop. http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html

      • Chris says:

        And home many individuals did they study? 12? Just like Doctor Wakefield? Again. Another quack fabricating a study as part of a lawsuit against drug manufactures hoping to get rich.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        How many individuals did who study? Verstaeten? 127, 170. DeStefano, Thompson, et al? It’s not clear because as Thompson reports they actually threw out 40% of the data. The number they published was 2,448. And while I agree they were “quacks” “fabricating” studies, there was no lawsuit involved.

        You seem to be one of the many who completely misunderstand the nature of a case series (which is what Wakefield and his 12 co-authors) wrote in 1998. It is not an epidemiological or statistical analysis requiring large numbers to draw conclusions. It is direct observation of small numbers of patients with characteristics in common. They are usually used (exactly as Wakefield et al intended with their paper) to point to new and intriguing avenues for research.

      • Colin says:

        Here, I will give you a list of the reliable sources I used to prove you wrong:
        http://howdovaccinescauseautism.com/

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Very amusing, Colin. But I’m sure you realize that statements such as provided at the link are only made by people who have run out of any sort of coherent argument. In your case, it was clear you never had one.

      • Chris says:

        You still do not acknowledge that Dr. Wakefield was a bought and paid for quack. what he published WAS FRAUD! Just because he HAD an MD license doesn’t make him holier than thou. Any REAL credible hypothesis is backed by a sizable study. 12 individuals (wakefield), a couple hundred is not credible. That’s someone doing the bare minimum necessary to get paid.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Wakefield was neither a “quack” nor “bought and paid for” unlike all the so-called “scientists” at the CDC who have been publishing fraudulent studies and allowing people to characterize their research as the opposite of what it really was: proof of a vaccine/autism link.

        Again, you do NOT understand the nature of a case series. According to Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Case_series

        “A case series (also known as a clinical series) is a type of medical research study that tracks subjects with a known exposure, such as patients who have received a similar treatment,[1] or examines their medical records for exposure and outcome. Case series may be consecutive[2] or non-consecutive,[3] depending on whether all cases presenting to the reporting authors over a period were included, or only a selection.

        “Case series have a descriptive study design; unlike studies that employ an analytic design (e.g. cohort studies, case-control studies or randomized controlled trials), case series do not, in themselves, involve hypothesis testing to look for evidence of cause and effect (though case-only analyses are sometimes performed in genetic epidemiology to investigate the association between an exposure and a genotype[4]).”

        If you were TRULY interested in FRAUD. You would be railing against the CDC and its fraudulent studies. The fact is that you just wish to remain comfortable in your current spoon-fed beliefs. Sorry, but we don’t support that around here.

      • Not Troll But Unwilling To Give You People My Name says:

        Hi there ProfTMR,

        At this point I’ve read your post and most of the comments.
        I have a couple of questions.
        1) Your post mentioned your unwillingness to have more conversations with people who don’t share your view on this topic. You actually basically said that you’re willfully closed minded and won’t hear them. Why do you continue?
        2) Why do you cite about 3 articles only in your comments and why are they mostly blogspot url’s? It’s just a pet peeve of mine. I prefer something that isn’t just taken from someone’s blog.
        3) Is your name ProfessorTMR because you’re a professor and those are your initials or do you want to sound more credible by using the word professor? I’m not being judgemental or trying to pick that apart I’m actually curious about the reason behind it.
        4) If you are a professor, what do you teach and/or have degrees in?
        5) When you talk about rising numbers of people with ailments, do you mean that there are more people or that the percent of the population with that issue has increased? The population gets larger all the time so to say that the number of people with something is growing isn’t very useful when talking about the population.
        6) With that in mind, you don’t suppose the numbers of people with autism and ADHD you have mentioned could be growing with the population?
        Also, in previous years the range of people considered ADD/ADHD and autistic have grown as well. That could be a part of it.
        7) This wouldn’t be the first time a traumatic event caused issues with a child that were slowly overcome. My younger sister was very traumatised by vaccines as a child. Wouldn’t stay still and had to be held down. She wouldn’t speak for days and barely ate. She refused to be touched and refused eye contact. But she wasn’t autistic. She got over it and is fine now.
        It also wouldn’t be the first time a traumatic event triggered a mental illness to show itself that otherwise might not have. What do you think of that possibility?
        8) It is extremely uncommon for people who have what you call ‘classic’ low functioning autism to become high functioning members of society. Anyone with autism will tell you that there is no real cure for it, but with time they can in few cases become better integrated into society by learning ettiquette and such but one of the largest markers of autism especially ‘classic’ autism is the rituals, schedules, and habits that are nearly impossible for someone of that level to give up.
        Now, continuing on that string, many things like autism have symptoms like those of other ailments. You’re sure its autism?
        9) Lastly, I believe in the comments somewhere you mentioned that we shouldn’t blindly trust doctors(referring to something you don’t agree with) and then defended your son’s diagnosis by saying it was a doctor. Why is a doctor’s word only worth trusting when it follows your own beliefs?

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        “A couple of questions”? This is not “my” post, by the way. It was written by Blaze, another member of TMR.

        1) I am sometimes unwilling to continue a discussion with someone because they have made it crystal clear that they are not interested in a discussion; they are merely here to be a disruptor. I will not apologize for not continuing such an exercise in futility and wasting more time. I am PERFECTLY willing to have discussions with people who ARE interested in an exchange of ideas, and if you read most of the posts on this site that will become immediately apparent. (Edited to add, only just realized you were talking about Blaze’s piece on this one. She’s a lot less patient than I am. 🙂 )

        2) I don’t care what your pet peeves are. I post study links frequently, but I also post blog links when someone has done a particularly good job analyzing the data. And I often post my OWN blogs because they contain my thinking and are meticulously sourced. There is really no point in me rewriting that which I’ve already written. You are free to read them or not, but not doing so is not making you smarter.

        3) “TMR” is Thinking Moms’ Revolution, the name of this website. When we started the website, each of us the nicknames we had developed in our Facebook group. Mine is professor because of my personality, not my profession. Some of the other nicknames on the site include Goddess, Saint, Dragon Slayer, Savage, and Prima. I am an extremely curious person with a very analytical mind and an intense lifelong interest in healing.

        4) I have a degree in Physics from Williams College and work history as an Electrical Engineer and IT Professional, but I have never, ever wanted to teach for a living.

        5) Seriously? Why would anyone talk about “rising rates” as “more people”? Of course, I’m talking about percentages. It wouldn’t take you long to verify that virtually every kind of immune system dysfunction has experienced a sharp rise in incidence in recent years: allergies, asthma, autoimmune disorders.

        6) No. Not repeating it, you’ll have to read the blog: http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/steve-silbermans-neurotribes-is-dangerously-misleading/

        7) What your sister experienced is in all likelihood the same thing that so many children experience now, but she was not repeatedly retraumatized without giving her body a chance to heal. Back in the ’70s people used to talk about people “outgrowing” asthma. You don’t hear that now, do you? Because children’s immune systems take so many heavy hits so early on that spontaneous recovery is rare nowadays. With all due respect, “triggering” a mental illness to “show itself” is really semantics. If a mental illness isn’t “showing,” it doesn’t exist. “Triggering” “mental (and physical) illness” is exactly what the vaccines are doing.

        8) Of course, it’s uncommon but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It DOES happen, and many people who USED to have autism can tell you so. Let’s start with Raun Kaufman who was profoundly “classically” autistic as a small child and his parents were told that he would never talk, interact with them, etc., etc., etc. Raun went to Brown University and now RUNS the Autism Treatment Center of America. http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/contents/resources/son-rise_tmc/
        http://www.autismtreatmentcenter.org/contents/about_son-rise/professional-network-raun-kaufman.php

        Now let’s go to some science to back this up. Note in this study, the diagnoses were independently verified. All the children were correctly diagnosed.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3547539/

        Now I don’t know about anyone else, but I’D be talking to the folks who had accomplished those kinds of results, NOT the naysayers who think it’s impossible. (By the way, I personally know the parents of quite a few of those “rare” people.)

        9) No, I’m sorry, you must be thinking of the person who wrote the piece. That was Blaze, not me. My son does not have autism and never did, though he shares a similar genetic background and health history to many people who DO have autism, except for the fact that he was not vaccinated. But not “blindly trusting” doctors is not the same thing as not trusting doctors who have proven themselves to know what they’re doing as was the case with Blaze’s doctor. Her son retains some residual social effects of autism, but no longer qualifies for an autism diagnosis. If a doctor can truly help you or your child to heal, then it would be wise to trust them.

    • Some Girl says:

      There are multiple studies out there that prove that vaccines can cause autism. You don’t understand unless you WATCH your child change the exact same day he gets his vaccinations. This kid was feeding himself, walking while holding onto furniture, mimicking sounds all before 6 months old. IMMEDIATELY after his vaccines, he wasn’t the same. Now years down the road, he struggles to feed himself, he doesn’t know how to copy sounds anymore and it took a while before he could walk again. Vaccines CAN cause autism. I also know of somebody who changed within MINUTES of vaccines. 12 years old, and all of a sudden couldn’t make sentences anymore. All of a sudden having trouble feeding themselves. You can’t tell somebody that vaccines don’t cause autism when it happens in front of them the SAME DAY they get their vaccines.

      • Chris says:

        Baloney. This post should be deleted. This individual is lying and trying to sway people into following their argument. Who would put such an avatar “some girl”. This individual is a troll.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        I’m sorry, Chris, but I find your comment very entertaining. 🙂 We get MANY comments from the vaccine brigade with very similar names. We don’t delete THEIR comments (as long as they are not abusive) even though they don’t have much to lose in the first place by adding a name. We don’t even call them “trolls,” despite the fact that they are indeed “trolling” our site. We’re hardly likely to delete a comment from someone that sounds JUST LIKE THE STORIES WE HEAR FROM OUR BEST FRIENDS just because the person hasn’t attached their name. We know that many people have been threatened with CPS because of their reluctance to vaccinate, others have had their livelihoods threatened. People have very good reason to remain anonymous when they express less than enthusiastic views about vaccines.

      • Paya says:

        Let me just say this about the onset of autism because it seems everybody’s go to is to speak on how suddenly the change was, when my brother was one years old he would talk coo laugh make eye contact pick up the telephone and say hello, one morning he just stopped there were no more words/no eye contact/no response to his name. We thought he had gone deaf and took him to the doctor where he confirmed my brothers hearing was fine and concluded for an evaluation where he was then diagnosed. AUTISM CAN SHOW SUDDENLY. It can show literally in the blink of an eye the change is drastic it’s called regression. Children aren’t born showing the signs right away, most of them can speak talk and interact until they regress. I urge all of you with autistic children to please read about AUTISM and not just autism links to MMR. If you did you’d know how sudden autism can show.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        What on earth makes you think that it just “showed” suddenly? The fact that some “expert” said so? Occam’s Razor, the simplest explanation with the fewest assumptions is likely to be the correct one. Children who ARE “born with autism” DO “show” signs from birth. Children who are not, do not. The fact that symptoms begin suddenly is a huge clue to the etiology that many people — highly illogically — choose to ignore. And the proof is in the pudding. The people who will tell you that autism just suddenly “shows up” but was always there in the first place are the people who will tell you it’s an “incurable, genetic disorder.” They are not the people who can help your child regain nervous system function, the “optimal outcomes” as reported in this study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3547539/. Please read about autism RECOVERY. If you did, you’d know that autism doesn’t just suddenly show up without cause, causes that MAY be reversed if addressed soon enough.

  8. LeeAnn says:

    Thanks for taking the time to put into this article!!! I will never understand why those who chose to vaccinate are so concerned with those who don’t. Especially if your vaccines work. Do what’s right for your family and let me worry about mine!! My story is VERY similar to yours except for that I saw what happened to my families kids and how vaccines caused serious autoimmune disease in myself and did not vaccinate my children. It is a decision that I am very happy with.

    • Paya says:

      Okay * quick question * really out of curiosity if you don’t mind, what state do you live in? Just wondering because I know in CT and NC they require all children to have their vaccinations so how do you get past that? And another do you allow your child around non vaccinated children, meaning newborns and toddlers? Seriously, just wondering I’ve always wondered that, also do you travel outside the U.S, are you able to?

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Connecticut and North Carolina do not “require all children to have their vaccinations.” Both states have religious exemptions to vaccination recommendations for school entry. The only states which do not are West Virginia, Mississippi, and now recently California. In addition, many states have philosophical exemptions, and all states have medical exemptions.

        There is no reason to keep non-vaccinated HEALTHY children away from other children, vaccinated or otherwise. If a parent is particularly concerned about a newborn, they would be well-advised to keep them at home. People, vaccinated or not, can have contagious illnesses no matter where they go, especially a doctor’s office. As I said, vaccinated people can be disease vectors as easily as non-vaccinated people. The “vaccine-preventable illness” most commonly encountered is influenza, and flu vaccines have notoriously low efficacy, efficacy which has been shown to decrease if flu shots are repeated annually. The second most commonly encountered would be pertussis, and vaccinated people are MORE likely to be carrying and transmitting pertussis (whooping cough) than non-vaccinated people as the vaccine is not designed to stop transmission of the disease, just acute symptoms of it. Therefore, research has shown that vaccinated people can be asymptomatic carriers of pertussis infection. Generally, if a non-vaccinated individual has an active pertussis infection they will feel very ill and know to stay away from vulnerable people like infants and senior citizens. A vaccinated individual, however, may not feel ill at all or have mild symptoms comparable to a cold, not realizing that they have an active pertussis infection that they could transmit to another individual, vaccinated or not.

        Travel outside the United States is generally not an issue. SOME (very few) countries have vaccination requirements for tourist entry, but most do not. And, often, especially in the case of adults, “immunity” can be shown with a blood test or antibody titers, indicating that one has been previously exposed to the disease and developed immunity as a result.

      • Paya says:

        Oh okay very interesting btw I’m aware of religious and medical exemptions, not aware of the other and so, when you decide to not vaccinate your child which category does that fall under if there isn’t a religious or medical reason. I hope you understand I’m just trying to gain some insight and not jump down anybody’s throat. Also, when I was references new born children I meant in a setting such as perhaps a doctors office, where the child would be receiving their check ups of course. But thank you for the information greatly appreciated! Also I do know that *SOME* colleges do require all vaccinations to be in order due to the close proximity and number of students. So back to I guess is not wanting your child to be vaccinated under any of the exemption categories? And how do you feel on some colleges requiring that? Do you feel it’s a limitation if the child wants to attend a college that does require, although that last question would be invalid if not wanting your child vaccinated due to potential risks falls under an exemption category, thanks for letting me pick your brain also (:

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        If you don’t have a religious or medical reason, the philosophical exemption is the one you would employ. I do not live in a state with a philosophical exemption, but in my understanding the states that do use them for exemption to any one or more vaccines. Here in New York, the religious exemption is a blanket exemption, and if you allow your child to receive ANY vaccines, you can endanger the exemption. Many states are not rigorous about examining religious exemptions; they are simply filed with the school or health department. To my mind, making a distinction between philosophical and religious exemptions is arbitrary. Most people’s philosophical views are highly informed by their religious views or even vice-versa.

        Colleges are a different story, at least for now. The laws cover elementary through high school attendance. Colleges will often adopt a policy of “requiring” the CDC recommended vaccines, but most will accept religious and/or philosophical exemptions. It can be a difficult situation for someone who has not been vaccinated when deciding on colleges. Vaccine policy can weigh heavily on the minds of both parents and students. Obviously, most people who refrain from vaccinating are not going to suddenly decide it’s okay to pump a kid with ALL of them, so that makes it unlikely that they will choose a college that doesn’t accept exemptions. My own cousin’s son had this issue no so long ago. He plays football and got accepted to a school that was giving him a hard time about his exemption.

        Many doctors’ offices these days separate the well children from the sick children either with a separate room or by separating them in time, with the well children arriving in the morning and the sick children arriving in the afternoon or something like that. That is probably a wise and prudent policy, given that they are requesting that very young children who do not yet produce mature antibodies come in frequently.

    • Beth S says:

      Here’s why ‘those who chose to vaccinate’ are so concerned. It actually IS about herd immunity. It’s about brand new babies who have no developed immune system who now have to be around unvaccinated children who might be carrying diseases their bodies have not learned to fight off.

      Ditto the immuno-compromised like those with Lupus, cancer, etc. The more children who are out in our population who are not protected from these diseases not only may catch them, but now they are able to spread them to people who are at the mercy of them through no fault of their own.

      The human race is still here because of Survival of the Fittest, and then vaccinations gave everyone else a fighting chance. Yes, there are people who are going to be sensitive to some of the ingredients in vaccines, but that doesn’t mean you can conclude that vaccines contain poison. It doesn’t work that way. People are allergic to eggs, it doesn’t mean eggs are poison.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Did you know that according to the CDC the children with lupus and cancer CAN be vaccinated? http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2016/01/the-immunocompromised-still-get-vaccinated/

        Did you also know that there have been less than 5 cases of diphtheria in the US in the last DECADE, and no deaths in many decades? Did you know that tetanus is not contagious? That the inactivated polio vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission of polio? That the pertussis vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission of pertussis (and actually makes transmission more likely because the host often doesn’t know that they are carrying an active pertussis infection)? That hepatitis B only affected 1 in 50,000 children ages 0-4 BEFORE the vaccine was recommended for all newborns? That hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and bodily products just like AIDS, so even if your child came into contact with that 1 in 50,000, there was virtually no possibility of transmission — which is why hepatitis B carriers are allowed to attend school? Did you know that the meningococcal conjugate vaccine is for a disease that only 390 people in the whole country got in 2014? And that 98% of the cases were “sporadic” meaning that they were not part of an “outbreak”? Did you know that immunity from the MMR wanes and a good percentage of adults are not immune to measles, mumps, or rubella? That’s why there are outbreaks of 50 cases of mumps in places like Harvard where ALL the cases were in previously vaccinated adults. That’s also why the majority of cases of measles from the Disney outbreak were in previously vaccinated adults. Did you know that the fact that we are vaccinating all little children against varicella means that people are not getting the immune boost from encounters with wild chickenpox and we are therefore seeing many more cases of shingles, and those cases are in younger and younger people?

        No, it’s not about “herd immunity.” It’s about making sure that people fall in with the party line rather than actually thinking for themselves. We happen to disagree with that as a policy.

        Unfortunately, the “fittest” who survived the epidemics of the past were the people whose immune systems were capable of mounting a strong defense. In many cases, those are the very people being disabled by the “immune boost” of vaccination. Awesome. We took very healthy people and destroyed their immune systems. We should be so proud.

  9. Chantelle says:

    Where is any of your management, or yourself, your medical degree? How can you claim all these things when you are not versed at all in the subject of medicine?

    • LeeAnn says:

      Where is yours? Because only a doctor is capable of research, right???! Give me a break. If you blindly trust and do everything your doctor tells you to do then I feel bad for you. Apparently you haven’t realized that medical malpractice is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.. I couldn’t even count how many people I have seen doctors kill or injure in my 10+ years of practice. Use your own brain. Stop trusting someone else’s.

      • Chris says:

        pleasee……the leading causes of deaths are heart attacks, breast cancer, and prostate cancers. Hardly due to doctor malpractice. Please confine your ignorance to yourself.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Oh, that’s interesting because Forbes (which is a STAUNCH ally of the pharmaceutical industry) has said this on the subject:

        “According to a new study just out from the prestigious Journal of Patient Safety, four times as many people die from preventable medical errors than we thought, as many as 440,000 a year.

        “Back in the old days, the IOM experts had very little concrete information to use in estimating the extent of killer errors in hospitals. But with innovations in research techniques led by Dr. David Classen, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and others, we now have more tools to tell us where the bodies are buried.

        “With these latest revelations, medical errors now claim the spot as the third leading cause of death in the United States, dwarfing auto accidents, diabetes and everything else besides Cancer and heart disease. Harvard’s Dr. Lucian Leape, the father of the patient safety movement and one of the experts behind the original IOM report, says the numbers in this new study should supplant the IOM estimates from 1999. That means hospitals are killing off the equivalent of the entire population of Atlanta one year, Miami the next, then moving to Oakland, and on and on.”

        http://www.forbes.com/sites/leahbinder/2013/09/23/stunning-news-on-preventable-deaths-in-hospitals/#77987721ad08

        Perhaps you’ll want to confine YOUR ignorance to yourself.

      • Random Person says:

        Well, ProfessorTMR, if Forbes is a source you trust so much, why can’t you trust other articles on their website that prove your own writing false.

      • g says:

        so, the courts should decide if this is true or not? lol. Once you have a a kid with ASD you should go to court. Do they give therapy also?

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        LOL! Who said anything about Forbes being a “source I trust so much”? What I TRUST Forbes to do is to protect industries that advertise with them whenver and however they can. As I said they are STAUNCH allies of the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, when they actually post an article that implies some CRITICISM of a powerful industry (in this case hospitals), it has SOME credibility.

        Their autism coverage, on the other hand? Amounts to nothing more than industry-sponsored propaganda. People are welcome to seek out the two writers who they employ to smear anyone who is actually doing something about autism, but we won’t help them out by providing links to such garbage.

  10. MissAce says:

    I was going to start this by expressing sympathy that your child has autism but I won’t. Autism is simply one of many things that make us unique as individuals. However, let me preface this by saying that I have grown up around people with special needs – my mother works in the special needs department of our local high school. Further, my younger brother has Asperger’s, which I’m sure you will write off as not being “classic” autism, given your response to Jensen down below.

    Autism is not caused by vaccines. Period.
    The reason that many people believe it is, is that the MMR vaccine is administered at the same time during development that symptoms of autism tend to present. It’s entirely coincidental.
    According to numerous sources, including the CDC, thimerosal has not been used in any children’s shots (with the exception of some flu shots) since 2001. So that knocks that argument right out.
    There has not been a single published study since Wakefield’s showing a causality between vaccine’s and autism. There have been countless published studies proving that there is NO link between them. Personal anecdotal evidence does not trump professional scientific research. Wakefield was struck off the British medical registry for being a fraud and a charlatan, not to mention his systematic abuse of his “subjects”.
    Finally, not vaccinating your child is dangerous. Many children who are immuno-compromised are not able to receive vaccinations. They rely on the healthier people around them to be vaccinated, in order to prevent the spread of diseases that could kill them. It’s called herd immunity. The more people receiving these safe vaccines, the healthier the population is.
    Finally, there is no “cure” for autism. While there is nothing wrong with providing a healthy lifestyle for children, there are horror stories all over the place of parents subjecting their autistic children to chelation therapy and bleach enemas, among other things. This is dangerous, bordering on child abuse I my opinion. Once your child is autistic, they will always be autistic. End of story.

    In conclusion, vaccines do not cause autism. Wakefield and his anti-vaccination brethren are dangerous frauds. There is NO THIMEROSAL in the MMR vaccine.

    Learn the facts, and vaccinate.

    Ace.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Sorry, “Ace,” but you just served up a double-fault.

      There have been ZERO studies published that prove “there is NO link between them.” There have been many studies published that indicate that there MIGHT be no link between them, but two of the ones people most often point to as “proof” — Verstraeten’s Thimerosal study and the DeStefano et al study on MMR timig — both have serious problems that were revealed by FOIA requests. The actual data in both cases indicated VERY strong links. In addition, many MORE studies have been done that support the link, many by indicating exactly how hyper-stimulation of the immune system can directly affect the neurological system to which it is intimately related. I think it’s unlikely you have read any of that research, and that’s a shame. It’s quite fascinating.

      Many children who are immunocompromised have gotten there with the help of a vaccine reaction. Too bad they didn’t know BEFORE they had the vaccine that their bodies couldn’t handle it. In addition, immunocompromised people should not be around people who have been recently vaccinated with live-virus vaccines because the vaccines can and do shed, causing illness.

      And while you insist that there is no “cure” for autism, children all over the world are quietly getting better. Tell Raun Kaufman “Once your child is autistic, they will always be autistic,” and he will probably laugh in your face. He is the dynamic and outgoing head of the Autism Treatment Center of American, who gives energizing and amusing lectures all over the country, and who was so profoundly autistic as a child that his parents were told they might as well institutionalize him because he would never so much as interact with them. Even Thomas Insel acknowledged that recovery exists once it was finally reported in an NIH study a couple of years ago.

      And, yes, we know there is NO THIMEROSAL in the MMR. We’re usually the ones telling the so-called experts that. 😀

      We’re well aware of the facts, thanks. And we won’t be vaccinating.

      • Karol King says:

        OK ProfTMR – where are your studies showing the link between vaccines and autism?

        I am researching this topic for a paper for my university class and I have found lots of studies (full peer reviewed and published studies) that there is no link between vaccines and autism and so far only Wakefield’s retracted, discredited and scandalous case study of 12 children that there is. My mind is open, but the data so far is pretty overwhelming.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        You are going to have dig beyond what you can find in the mainstream media. They would have you believe that none of this exists: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html

        Also, check out my blogs on “Critical Thinking 201: Vaccine Science,” about study design and signal-to-noise ratio;
        “Anti-Science: ‘You Keep Using that Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.'” about how it’s not “anti-science” to read science critically;
        and “Vaccines: Allergies, Autoimmunity, Autism and More” about some of the explicit mechanisms involved in immunological and neurological effects from vaccines.

        And please, please understand that two of the most important “cornerstones” of their “vaccines don’t cause autism” “proof” are both highly manipulated studies that actually showed the opposite: 1) Verstraeten’s Thimerosal study (published after 5 re-analyses when they they could FINALLY get to the point where the strong signal they received was flattened and reduced to statistical insignificance; and 2) 2004 study on timing of the MMR that CDC researcher William Thompson confessed was only published after they deviated from the study design and DUMPED 40% of the data, then literally THREW IT AWAY. You are being lied to.

  11. Abigail Rhodes says:

    Hello! I am doing a high school English project about moral issues in society. My project is about morality behind vaccinating and not vaccinating children. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions that I could use in my project about why you do not vaccinate your children?

    1. Many people believe if someone does not vaccinate their children they are putting other children at risk of certain ailments. What would your response be to people who believe this?

    2. What ingredients in vaccines cause autism?

    3. Are there certain types of vaccines that cause autism, or is it all vaccines?

    4. What were your previous views on vaccines before this incident?

    5. Are there any other reasons why you don’t believe in vaccinating children?

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Hi Abigail,

      Thanks for coming by and thinking about the topic. It will be great to get others thinking too.

      You should know, first off, that autism is by no means the only form of harm that vaccines can do. Autism is a particular manifestation of a general problem. The general problem is that some people find it harder to detoxify than others. Our general world has become so toxic even before we vaccinate that many children’s bodies are already overwhelmed by the struggle to maintain health. When this happens, the immune system takes over to try and remove the offending toxins. These people tend to respond very strongly to vaccines and create high levels of antibodies that can then attack different tissues in the body. All vaccines are intended to hyperstimulate the immune system and can cause such a reaction, but certain ingredients do tend to make it worse, especially when they are given together.

      Thimerosal is a compound that is made up of 50% mercury, one of the most potent neurotoxins on the planet. It was used as a preservative in a number of children’s vaccines prior to 1999, when it was supposed to be phased out. (A CDC study performed by Thomas Verstraeten and published in 2004 with no conclusions, had a few prepublication versions, all of which found a strong statistically significant correlation between early high exposure to Thimerosal and autism rates.) It is still contained in many flu shots given to pregnant women and young children, and “trace amounts” (which are not always as low as claimed) are in a number of other vaccines administered to infants and toddlers. Many people with autism present with symptoms that are very much like mercury poisoning and many of those recover — some completely — by chelating the mercury out of the brain.

      Aluminum adjuvants are used in a number of vaccines to stimulate a stronger immune reaction than could be produced by the antigen alone. Aluminum itself is a neurotoxin, but its worst effect may be the ability it has to stimulate the immune system into making antibodies against anything it is injected with. High levels of aluminum in drinking water is strongly associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Much less aluminum is absorbed by the body when it is ingested (e.g., in drinking water) than when it is injected.

      Polysorbate 80 (also known as “Twwen”) works to open the blood-brain barrier, making it easier for aluminum and/or mercury to enter and stay in the brain.

      And the antigens themselves can also be harmful, especially if they get into the brain with the help of Polysorbate 80. The measles mumps and rubella vaccines (MMR) have been directly associated with autism rates in specific populations. A whistleblower from the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, recently revealed that he and his colleagues study published in 2004 left out a number of effects that the study authors and their bosses did not wish to report because they made the vaccine “look bad.” They found that in African-American boys who had had the vaccine “on time” (i.e. before the age of 3) the autism rate was 3.4 times higher than the rate in African-American boys who did NOT have the vaccine on time. They also found that the chance of having had the MMR “on time” was significantly higher for children whose autism didn’t have a ready genetic explanation, what they called “isolated” autism.

      To get an understanding of the mechanisms behind all this, you might want to read this: http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/vaccines-allergy-autoimmunity-autism/

      Most people who do not vaccinate now used to believe, as much of the general population does now, that “vaccines are safe and effective.” It was only when something happened that blew that belief out of the water, or they spoke to a credible person who no longer believed, that they began to investigate the truth of the situation. A law was passed in 1986 that gives vaccine manufacturers financial protection against any of the harm their products do. Since that time, you can see that the vaccine schedule has exploded, resulting in many, many more children with allergies, asthma, autism, ADHD, and autoimmune diseases.

      The answer to your first question is far more nuanced than most people present it. First of all, the polio and pertussis vaccines are not designed to prevent the transmission of polio or pertussis, so vaccinating yourself CANNOT protect anyone else and not vaccinating yourself cannot increase their risk. And as we are finding in the case of pertussis, you are more likely to encounter it in a vaccinated person than a non-vaccinated person because they non-vaccinated person will always be sick if infected, and thereore they tend to stay home and away from vulnerable people. Not so for vaccinated people who frequently don’t get sick or have only a mild illness comparable to a cold when they are actually infected with pertussis and contagious.

      As you will find, those are by far the two diseases of most concern for people as they are fairly contagious and have a fairly high number of complications. The next most “concerning” disease for many is measles. Measles is not nearly as awful as most people make out. If you watched television shows in the late 1950s and 1960s, you will see that the majority of people considered measles “no big deal” and practically a rite of passage to adulthood. In addition, many people found that their children were healthier and stronger AFTER a measles infection than they were prior to the infection. Even before the vaccine was developed, the CDC estimates approximately 3-4,000,000 cases of measles a year, with only about 450 deaths, which tended to concentrate in poorer communities that lacked good sanitation and nutrition. That may seem like a lot, but it averages out to only about people per state and the death rate had been dropping dramatically for some time and there was no reason to believe that it wouldn’t continue to drop even with such high rates of infection. Even in the 1950s, your chances of dying from measles were extremely low. And now, due to the vaccine immunity “wearing off” at least 10% (and probably more) of fully vaccinated adults are no longer immune. We do not know who those 10% are. If those adults get “boosters,” the immunity will last for a shorter time than it did before. There is no feasible way to keep the entire adult population “immune.” So, no matter how much of the child population is vaccinated, there will always be susceptible VACCINATED people, many of which will travel to countries with high rates of measles infection.

      Rubella, on the other hand, rarely causes death at all, though it has been known to cause birth defects. The strategy in the past has been to put the responsibility for avoiding those birth defects on the entire population of young children. Why we should take the risk of harming children who are perfectly healthy to spare OTHER children from similar kinds of harm, though, is a bit muddy when another strategy could be equally as effective in avoiding birth defects due to rubella infection in pregnant mothers: women who wished to become pregnant could have their rubella titers tested to see if they are immune, and if not, could choose to vaccinate themselves prior to getting pregnant. That way the risk of vaccination falls on the only people who can benefit from the vaccination.

      Chicken pox? Almost never kills. And the fact that it is NOT circulating like it used to has led to a higher incidence of shingles (which is caused by the same virus being reactivated) and now the call for a shingles vaccine. Shingles used to be a disease that older people with no exposure to children would get. Now, much younger people are getting, including vaccinated children.

      Hepatitis B is blood-borne and transmitted through sharing needles and sex with an infected person. In addition, fewer than 1 in 50,000 children in the age range the vaccine is given were exposed to the virus even BEFORE the vaccine was licensed for children. The majority of infected children were born to mothers who had hepatitis B. Your chances of encountering hepatitis B in a school setting were always vanishingly low, and the risk of transmission is that much lower (which is why children who are hepatitis B carriers are allowed to attend school)

      Rotavirus is rarely problematic in developed countries at all, and is spread by feces. Relatively easy to avoid infection in children who are past the diaper stage, and daycare workers should be careful about washing their hands in the first place.

      The HPV vaccines are for a sexually transmitted virus that many, many people have and the vast majority of them (95%) clear any infection with no ill effects. the vaccine is not expected to have a significant effect on the death rate from cervical cancer. (A mainstream study concluded that it was only likely to save about 1300 lives over the course of approximately 60 years of vaccinating. That’s approximately 0.5% of the number of projected deaths. Hardly a drop in the bucket.) In addition, the vaccine has been associated with devastating side effects. It seems that is another case where it should be up to the person receiving the vaccine whether they wish to risk the possible side effects in order to prevent an illness that isn’t likely to appear for another 30-40 years in their future. And you cannot put anyone “at risk” if you’re not having SEX with them.

      The vaccines designed to combat invasive bacterial meningitis are an even more interesting case. There are only about 400 cases in the whole country every year that are covered by the vaccines. Yes, you read that right. Not deaths, cases. The death rate is pretty high at about 40%, which is why it scares people. But right off the bat it’s clear that you are HIGHLY unlikely to contract “vaccine-preventable” meningitis. In addition, many people are exposed to the bacteria and develop immunity without ever getting sick. Therefore, they have no need whatsoever for a vaccine. Approximately 1% of the people who receive the vaccine will have “serious adverse events” probably requiring hospitalization; 0.3% of those will die. That means if we vaccinate all the children who are “at risk” for bacterial meningitis, we would be killing more people than we could possibly save. And my favorite fact of all: 98.5% of cases arise “spontaneously” and are not part of an “outbreak,” which means that whether or not you get meningitis has far more to do with the state of your own immune system than it does to do with the vaccination status of your neighbor.

      I hope you can see that it’s clear that the vaccinated have virtually nothing to fear from the non-vaccinated, unless there is sex involved. If there is sex involved, you have so much more to worry about than whether or not your partner has been vaccinated for hepatitis B and HPV that youngsters need to be taught to communicate clearly on the subject long before they encounter a situation where it could be a concern.

  12. Charles Igel says:

    The only reason that this link can be found, is that we, as humanity have raised the spectrum of what is autism and what is not. Anyone that does research in causation should COMPLETELY understand this book: http://www.amazon.com/The-Oxford-Handbook-Causation-Handbooks/dp/0199642583. I have read it many times and understand causation, and see that this study is set up wrong intentionally, to prove a political agenda. As a researcher, I know that if the funding stops, research can not continue, and most researchers want funding so badly, they will lie (or set up an experiment wrong), to keep the funding wrong. Before you believe something like this (and post about it too) you must COMPLETELY understand all of the “moving parts” of the experiment, or else, do NOT publish it, especially on the internet. Thank you.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Actually, no you don’t need to “COMPLETELY understand all of the ‘moving parts’ of the experiment” in order to publish what you believed happened to YOUR child based upon what YOUR doctors have told you. In addition, there is no “study” or “experiment” mentioned in the piece, so your whole comment about a study being “set up wrong intentionally to prove a political agenda” makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. And we would fully agree that researchers have been known to lie or make up results in order to keep funding. Guess who is funding most research these days? There are two main avenues: the government (National Institutes of Science) and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Who is likely to be making stuff up or “setting up an experiment wrong,” the researchers who get the results that support the behavior desired by the government and pharmaceutical companies or those who are getting results that go completely against those “recommended” behaviors, like the well over 100 papers and studies on this list? http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html

      In fact, we have direct evidence (from Freedom of Information Act requests) about such data/experiment fudging in two key studies produced by the CDC that are pointed to as “proof” that “vaccines don’t cause autism,” (when, of course, anyone with a brain can see that they don’t prove anything of the sort). The first was a “neutral” study (which, by definition, proves exactly NOTHING) performed by Thomas Verstraeten that didn’t find an association between autism and the mercury-containing Thimerosal preservative. Only the published version of the study was at least the fourth different analysis of the data, and the first three DID show a clear, statistically significant, dose-dependent relationship between autism and early high exposure to Thimerosal. The second was a study that was set up to determine the effect of MMR timing on autism rates. We have evidence from one of the researchers, Dr. William Thompson, that the researchers broke their own protocols when they found a result they didn’t like and deliberately THREW AWAY THE DATA so that they could plausibly pretend that they had never gotten a strong association between getting the MMR “on time” and autism rates in African-American boys.

      So, yeah, don’t lecture US about experiments set up “to prove political agenda” and understanding all the “moving parts” of causation. We’ll continue calling it like we see it, thank you.

  13. g says:

    After 3 years that I found out my son’s autism now he is 6 years old, I wanted to share my thoughts, findings, experience. I hope this will help few people.
    For some people, Autism is caused by vaccines. It is like allergy. If your parents have allergy you will most likely will have that allergy. It is as simple as this. Every person’s reaction to any allergy could be different. Some less, some more. Someone needs to figure out a test, and families should be mandatory to take that test and know their risks.
    Q: How can I improve the symptoms ?
    A: They are quite obvious.Digestions problems: diet, but keep trying to add new food every day, Speech problems: speech therapy, Sleeping problems: if you can, change your house. This goes under “environmental ” issues. So, changing the house, room will give a chance to reset some things. It helped me.
    ABA Therapy? It helps. How much it will help? It depends how much the damage caused by vaccines.
    Will this nightmare will be over? It depends. A lot of time, money, love, can fix a lot of things. It also depends how much is the damage. I am hopeful that my son will be able to talk (now he can say things that you want him to say but not as conversation) and do things.
    You need to take him/her everywhere you can. You need to teach everything. Learning is slow, but when they learn they will do it.
    Good luck.

  14. questions says:

    So do you not believe in any vaccines at all? Or just the ones that doctors bombard infants with? The shingles vaccine is a wonderful example of a vaccine that has not caused any sort of autism, and is administered to middle aged to older adults. As someone who’s father contracted shingles a few years back and the outburst led to MS, I would not hesitate to get vaccinated against shingles as an adult. I feel like there is a blanket statement on ALL vaccines, when really, each vaccine is completely different than another. Just wanting to know your opinion…

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      It’s not a question of “believing” in vaccines or not. It’s a question of understanding the risks and benefits of each vaccine on an individual basis. Contrary to popular belief, vaccines do not get a blanket stamp of “safe and effective” the moment they are developed. In fact, they are frequently not tested in the populations they are “recommended” for because that would be “unethical.” Nor are they tested against true placebos. Nor are they tested in the combinations they are usually administered in. Once you know this, you can never just accept a bland assurance that “it will be fine.” Vaccines are designed to hyperstimulate the production of antibodies. Repeatedly doing that in the absence of pathogens to attack has consequences, whether we like it or not. http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/vaccines-allergy-autoimmunity-autism/

      The shingles vaccine is an example of a vaccine that would be completely unnecessary for the majority of the population if we hadn’t decided to recommend another unnecessary vaccine for the majority of the population. Chicken pox is a benign illness in the overwhelming majority of cases. In addition, though, circulating chicken pox serves to “tune up” the immune systems of older people and keep them from getting shingles. By eliminating the circulation of chicken pox to a large extent, we are seeing many more cases of shingles at younger and younger ages. Awesome, huh? Not only are the elderly and the very run-down susceptible to shingles now, so are young children. And, while infections CAN trigger autoimmune illnesses like MS, they seem to be triggered more often by vaccines. When I had an extremely mild case of shingles (small patch of blisters on my hip that hurt a bit, then itched for a week or so), I transmitted the virus to my children who both had chicken pox as a result. The vaccine for chicken pox is a wrong-headed move. Because vaccinated people can and do get shingles, you cannot eliminate chicken pox completely. All you can do is readjust susceptibilities to people who are more likely to have serious adverse reactions because they are not at the age when it is commonly contracted and is the safest, and make the whole population susceptible to shingles.

  15. JENSEN_CURTISS says:

    okay #1 I have Autism.
    #2 my autism was not caused by vaccines.
    #3 I had my autism from when i was born, not from when i got a couple microscopic bits of mercury shot into my arm.
    and according to your high and mighty third paragraph, the government gives money to people who have children with autism that is supposedly caused by vaccines. well let me tell YOU something! THIS is what I think of the government: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LO2eh6f5Go0.
    that man is not a liar.
    the government only gave those people money because they KNOW they can just tax it back from them.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Jensen, you may very well be correct about YOUR autism. That doesn’t mean anything about anyone ELSE’S autism. My father died of lung cancer. He never smoked a day in his life. Clearly, “his smoking” didn’t cause his lung cancer. Does that mean that the two packs a day someone else smoked didn’t cause theirs? Hell, no!

      No one is “given money” by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program in order for it to be taxed back. Money is awarded only when it is abundantly clear that vaccines caused a great deal of physical damage to someone’s body. That money is awarded in order to compensate those individuals for the way that damage has affected their lives.

  16. shauna hod says:

    I’m sorry, but you people need to step away from the kool-aid. You children may have…”may have” a condition that carries the same characteristics as autism, but that doesn’t mean that is what they have.
    Many illnesses parody another illnesses symptoms. It has been proven that the doctor who first presented this alleged connection was wrong. His research was bogus, he was after his 15 minutes of fame, and fools like you have given it to him.
    The only negative outcome of not have a
    child vaccinated is permanent injury to that child including, damaged teeth, seizures, deafness, cognitive disabilities, joint infections, bone infections, pneumonia, sepsis, encephalitis, meningitis ,and death. Not a complete list by any means. To make matters eorse, On top of which a non-vacinated children put young children, children with compromised health, and the elderly at risk of all the above.
    My father, my son and I all have autism. It wasn’t caused by vaccinations, and neither was your childs.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Your father and you may have what has come to be included under the ASD umbrella, but you do not have “classic autism.” People with “classic autism” are not parenting children, nor are they finding posts they disagree with on the Internet and trying to define autism for others. Plenty of people who DO have “classic autism” had that autism induced by vaccines. By the way, Andrew Wakefield,”the doctor” you referred to, and his twelve co-authors at the Royal Free Hospital in London were not the first people to consider the topic, nor were they the last to research it. (This is a list covering most of the research that supports the link: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html.) Whether or not Wakefield et al’s research was “bogus” (and this is what the parents of those children have to say about Wakefield and his co-authors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHrgYxqcU0w) is entirely beside the point, and always has been. No one is basing their decision not to vaccinate upon a case series back in 1998 that involved 12 children. If they were, they would indeed be fools. Unfortunately, you have bought the media lie hook, line, and sinker, but it is indeed a lie: “Andrew Wakefield and Jenny McCarthy Made Me Do It” Is a Big Fat Lie!

      In addition, you should know that many of the things on your list of “negative outcomes” are also “negative outcomes” of vaccination, as are allergies, including life-threatening food allergies, asthma, autoimmune conditions of all kinds, and many kinds of neurological conditions, including autism whether or not it caused the “autism” in your family. One has to weigh the likely costs of BOTH vaccinating and non-vaccinating when deciding what is appropriate for one’s family.

    • Lucy Pasteur says:

      The only reason to respond to you is to encourage truly independent thinking humans to recognize the humongous gap between common sense health logic and the fear-based, truth concealing successful tyranny of the medical establishment that along with government collusion has hijacked true health education. Thank G-d for the millions of people wh0 follow the wellness paradigm which builds the immune system of the infinitely brilliant self-healing design of the human body with G-d given nutrient dense, healing, natural and unpoisoned nourishment that can then beautifully deal with the wild, immunity-priming childhood fevers. That is only one part of healthful living, it’s not one dimensional, but keeping out poisons, foreign DNA, and the assortment of pathogens that are combined to be injected into healthy children ostensibly to keep them “disease free” – is the start of keeping one’s family off the “medical grid”. Our organization has counselled 1000’s of parents about their responsibility to understand all the issues surrounding vaccines BEFORE allowing them to be vaccinated. We provide CDC and other govt published documentation as well as research from doctors and scientists who have concluded that vaccines have and are causing irreparable and serious damage to 3 generation and millions of people. Inevitably, anyone who is clear headed and not a cult-follower type, trusting their own intelligence can read and listen to the plethora of material available about vaccines – WILL NOT EVER CONSIDER A VACCINE AGAIN FOR ANY LOVED ONE YOUNG OR OLD!

    • Karen says:

      I have personally witnessed negative effects from vaccinations and the children were fine before so perhaps it is best to realize vaccinations should be carefully considered. As a child we received vaccinations and still came down with mumps, measles, and chickenpox. My bro had to go to the hospital with mumps and he was vaccinated.
      What is true is the conditions people live in have improved. Better healthcare (?), clean water, better nutrition, better living conditions, less stress compared to say depression era.
      There is absolutely no real studies that show non vaccinated children are a health risk but there are children that have died shortly after receiving vaccinations and within hour! So this should be a carefully researched decision.

  17. Nathaniel Bouchie says:

    Only 1/4 of all children today have chronic diseases. 1/4 is not the norm. I can understand how you would think that given your background, but the statistics are important. And where is the scientifically proven chemical evidence that your doctor has that can prove your child’s autism was caused by vaccines? “Correlation Is Not Causation.” I cannot repeat that enough.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      First off, your statistics are debatable. According to a mainstream study, the number is more than 40% and if you count obesity the number rises to approximately 54%. Secondly, even if the number is only 1/4, IT’S OKAY WITH YOU THAT 25% OF KIDS ARE SICK?!! It was nowhere NEAR the case in the “disease-ridden” 1960s when I grew up. I was the chronically ill kid with the eczema, and later the ear infections, and later the allergies, and later the asthma (sound familiar?). I was a FREAK. I knew virtually NO ONE with those issues. Can’t say the same now, can you?

      And you may be content to wait for “scientifically proven chemical evidence” to answer your life questions, but you should know that it’s anything but “scientific” to just wait for someone else to produce the science that answers your questions.

      And yes you can repeat “correlation does not equal causation” enough. As a matter of fact, the once was completely unnecessary. You don’t have to bother because we’ve already heard it a few hundred thousand times. And even those were unnecessary because that’s obvious from a logic point of view. I wonder how much you understand it, though? It also means that you cannot draw a conclusion about “causation” if the incidence of a particular disease drops after a vaccination campaign, and yet we’re expected to believe THAT correlation means the vaccine caused the drop. Interesting, isn’t?

      And even MORE interesting, to me anyway, is that correlation is evidence for causation, and once a correlation has been established, more investigation should be done to determine whether causation is indeed likely. In some cases, a strong enough correlation is the best evidence we will ever get of causation. In a court of law a relative risk of two, meaning that something is twice as common in an exposed population than an unexposed population (correlation) is considered evidence of causation because it is “more likely than not” that the exposure caused the condition. Did you know that epidemiological evidence revealing a strong correlation is the only “proof” that exists that smoking causes lung cancer in humans? Or did you think they were doing double-blind placebo-controlled trials and seeing how much lung cancer they were able to induce in test subjects? But where’s the “scientifically proven chemical evidence that your doctor has than can PROVE” your lung cancer was caused by your two pack a day habit?!

      By the way, there is a great deal of evidence out there that the ingredients in vaccines can destroy neurons. There is also evidence that they hyperstimulation of the immune system caused by repeated injections of vaccines has a direct effect on the developing brain. Is that “proof” that her child’s autism was caused by vaccines? Nope, but it’s pretty damned good evidence that vaccines are involved in at least some autism. Take a look at the studies on this list that support the link between vaccines and autism (and other neurological conditions). http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html

  18. Jirka says:

    It just so happens that I have Aspergers too. To prove my seemattnt, I say the following: I have difficulty with eye contact, strongly dislike changes in my environment, and the list could go on, but I only have so much room to say this. The good thing about being an Aspergian is the remarkable ability to do a task efficiently, and good attention to detail. Have you ever heard of a novel named Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s by John Elder Robison?

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Yes, Jirka, thank you. We are well aware of the work of John Elder Robison who has served on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) for years.

    • Chris says:

      Let me ask you these questions. Where you teased nonstop as a kid? Did you have trouble making friends? Do you have trouble speaking at times, mixing up your words, pronouncing things incorrectly? Are you left handed? Are you obsessive compulsive? Do you have delusions of murdering people?

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Let me ask you these question. Why are you asking Jirka these incredibly personal invasive questions? And why should she answer them?

  19. Charlotte says:

    Thank you, excellent article. However, here is where I disagree;

    “…Which leads to the argument that there are people who cannot handle vaccines, and that’s why everyone ELSE should be vaccinated — to create herd immunity for those that are contraindicated, immune-challenged individuals like my son. ”

    Vaccines SHED live viruses. Disneyland? Those unvaccinated children contracted measles from a vaccinated child carrying the live MMR vaccine. That science backed information was suppressed and deleted from search engines. There is too much money being made, folks. Someone may have cached it if you have the time to search. The flu shot, as we see continuously, CAUSES the flu, then spreads to others. Especially the nasal variety, “FluMist”, which is live for up to three weeks. A single unbridled sneeze sprays a FIVE foot radius at 30 mph. It’s no wonder all seasons are “flu seasons”.

    • Charlotte says:

      I forgot to explain that these GMO viruses, rather than being a tame facsimile, are super serums without natural regulation. This is how something as normal as childhood measles becomes a deadly disease. Rather than an uncomfortable week of oven mitts, it becomes a death sentence.

      “The proof in the pudding is that, as the number of required vaccinations has gone from five to 89, previously rare childhood disease have now become commonplace — Autism, Type I diabetes, life-threatening allergies, juvenile arthritis, leukemia, asthma and Crohn’s Disease. In these couple of generations, the environment has gotten cleaner, except for the internal environment of the children, polluted by mercury, aluminum, formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, MSG, etc.”
      http://floridanewswire.com/2015/06/30/fnw17577_201124.php

      “The 1918 Influenza Epidemic was a Vaccine-caused Disease”:
      https://spktruth2power.wordpress.com/2009/07/11/the-1918-influenza-epidemic-was-a-vaccine-caused-disease/

      “How A Nazi Mass Murderer Became Executive For Vaccines In America”
      http://www.neonnettle.com/sphere/329-how-a-nazi-mass-murderer-became-executive-for-vaccines-in-america

      You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Do you realize how much money these psychopaths are making?

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Whoa, Charlotte. They tested the people who got measles at Disneyland and determined that it was a B strain. The vaccine is derived from “A” strain. The Disney cases were NOT due to a recently vaccinated child. On the other hand, it’s unlikely they were due to an unvaccinated child either. The CDC believes that they came from a traveler from the Phillippines, who was in all likelihood an adult who had been previously vaccinated like so many of the cases themselves. Outbreaks cannot be prevented by vaccinating 100% of all children, because there are many adults who are susceptible due to less than 100% effectiveness and waning immunity.

  20. SonyaDor says:

    “Children with chronic health issues have become the norm. ”

    and you want people to take you seriously. You are extremely misinformed

  21. I have been collecting parents voices of vaccine injury, over 1,300 voice now and viewed by over 174 countries worldwide. Add your voice to http://www.followingvaccinations.com

    • Erika Larson says:

      My child had vaccination injury after her 18 month shots. HepA and Dtap. Hers was immediate. She has a rash on her arm and her temp spiked to 105 took her to the emergency room. Her reg pediatrician the next am. She lost all words, started having tantrums, loss of eye contact. Pediatrician noticed it and sent in a VAERS report. I watched it happen. I KNOW it was from the vaccines!!!!!!! I am seeing a DAN Dr. And give her fermented cod liver oil, gluten and casein free diet. Probiotics, digestive enzymes. A droper full of cilantro 2 times a day. And its beginning to work. My little girl is slowly coming back to me. I’m devastated but I am not giving up until I detox it out ofher and she returns to normal.

      • Cynthia Quinones says:

        God Bless your child. same thing happened with my son, and now I am searching high and low how I can fix this. Please help me… Give me your receipe, I’ll do anything.

      • Chris says:

        Good lord. Is your pediatrician a witch doctor. Both of you are going to kill her with the fermented code liver.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Yes, a sick child is getting well with a non-mainstream treatment, so obviously the doctor prescribing the treatment and her mother are “going to kill her.” *eye roll*

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  23. gokhan gul says:

    vaccines save lives! It ruined my son’s life, my life. Until my son vaccinated, 18 months old, he was a perfectly normal kid, smiling, walking, eating. I need help. How can I treat my son for vaccine injury? Any place that I can trust?

    • Lesly says:

      TACA can get you started and guide you on the road to recovery. Wishing you and your sweetie all the best!

    • paige says:

      VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE AUTISM.

      • Lucy Pasteur says:

        why do people like you insist on making fools out of themselves with these nonsensical sound bytes?!? There is truth and it’s easily accessible, so if your truth-inclined – do your research, if not, just get a life….

      • Chris says:

        THANK YOU. There are so many TV shows and soccer mom myths being perpetuated on this site that vaccines cause autism it’s disgusting. It’s simply NOT TRUE.

        Get this straight. You people are not doctors or biomedical researcher. You don’t know WHAT THE HELL your talking about. PERIOD!

        Part of the reason we have seen the big spike in childhood diseases like measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, etc. is because of fools like the ones of this website screaming and yelling that their mentally disabled children are the way the are because of vaccinations. There is no correlation at all between the two. If you don’t have a keen eye regarding your children’s development from an infant it’s very easy to overlook a mentally disabled baby from a normal baby (assuming it’s not down syndrome), until they start getting older which coincides with the age we start receiving vaccinations. They are not related.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        First off, we haven’t SEEN a “big spike” in measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough, etc.” Measles cases are running lower than average this year, while last year, despite an outbreak probably begun by a traveler from a country experiencing a raging epidemic, was fairly ordinary. The majority of cases that we ARE seeing (other than the “normal reactions to the vaccine,” of course) are in adults who were previously vaccinated, which by the way was predicted even before it was learned that the immunity conferred by the vaccine wanes over time. http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/measles-public-health-crisis-that-wasnt/

        Mumps? What’s driving mumps outbreaks? Were you even aware that Merck, the maker of the MMR, is being sued by two of its own virologists for fraudulent efficacy data? They claim that the vaccine is nowhere near as effective as Merck says it is, and that isn’t all that effective in the first place. Now we have, again, all these previously vaccinated adults (and mumps vaccine wanes even more quickly than measles vaccine) who are susceptible to mumps. Mumps is MUCH more dangerous in adults than in young children. Awesome, we’ve just moved people’s susceptibility up to an age where it can do some serious damage. http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2015/06/08/merck-is-accused-of-stonewalling-over-effectiveness-of-mumps-vaccine/

        Rubella? You’re joking right? Would you even know if you’d had rubella? Because according to the CDC “About half of the people who get rubella do not have symptoms,” and when people DO have symptoms it’s a mild rash and a low fever for a couple of days. Personally, I don’t know anyone who claims to have had rubella, much less anyone reporting a “big spike” in cases. http://www.cdc.gov/rubella/

        And pertussis… Pertussis (whooping cough) isn’t “spiking.” It’s gradually increasing in prevalence ever since the DTP was replaced by the DTaP. The DTaP doesn’t prevent transmission of pertussis. Vaccinated people can be carriers with a mild version of the disease or even asymptomatic all over, so they don’t even know they’re sick. It also doesn’t protect against parapertussis, which actually causes many cases of “pertussis.” And an increasing variant of the pertussis bacteria (PRN-negative strains) actually attacks vaccinated people at a HIGHER rate than non-vaccinated. http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/an-open-letter-to-legislators-currently-considering-vaccine-legislation-from-tetyana-obukhanych-phd-in-immunology/

        Now, do you have ANY idea how arrogant and condescending you come across with the statement “If you don’t have a keen eye regarding your children’s development from an infant it’s very easy to overlook a mentally disabled baby from a normal baby”???? Stick around and actually LISTEN to the people who say that vaccines hurt their children (you can find plenty of them here http://www.hearthiswell.org/ ), and you will find that not only did many of them have “keen eyes” regarding their children’s development, they had exceptionally keen eyes. To assume they do not is pure arrogance on your part. When it comes to these children, “YOU don’t know WHAT THE HELL your (sic) talking about. PERIOD.”

        Oh, and by the way “mentally disabled” doesn’t begin to cover what happened to these kids.

  24. B Gregory says:

    I had a friend. She was working. The phone rang. She looked positively panicky until she looked at her cell phone. I asked her what was wrong. Her daughter had a serious fish allergy. If she even smells fish, she must be taken to the hospital or she could die. She was one of the reasons I researched the peanut allergy epidemic. What could possibly be causing it? I found the answer. You cannot be allergic to something without first being exposed to it. Scientists have injected animals with food protein and aluminum adjuvant to create food allergies in the animal. Is there food protein in vaccines? I found many patents for adjuvants and culture mediums with food products. No matter how refined an oil can be, there is a trace of food protein. Not every kid gets the food protein in the shot. Just the unlucky ones. How can this be legal? It is. Pharmaceutical companies can “self affirm” GRAS (generally recognized as safe) ingredients. GRAS ingredients do not have to be listed on the package insert. Self affirmed GRAS ingredients don’t even get submitted to the government and they become a protected trade secret, protected by international trade law. Every food oil known to man was listed in the patents for vaccine adjuvants. Every food known was listed in patents for culture mediums. Only the final culture medium is listed on the package insert.

    • Anonymous says:

      Actually, food allergies are caused by a LACK of exposure to foods.
      Allergies come from the immune system not being able to ‘see’ what a safe food is in pregnancy and infancy, and later reacting violently to it. For example, if the immune system doesn’t receive exposure to peanuts in the early stages, then it causes an allergy to it, because the peanuts are seen as a threat and violently resisted.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Anonymous, no one seems to agree on what causes food allergies, but it seems that when people are treated for leaky guts food allergies improve. Generally, allergies require some exposure in order to be sensitized. However, the exposure can be to something else that causes an immune reaction (like vaccines, for instance) that triggers antibodies to be made that can cross-react with something else due to molecular mimicry.

      • ProffesorRMT says:

        I agree with you.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Cute, but I think there are few who would confuse you for me — if only because you misspelled Professor. 😉

  25. smarterthanyou says:

    I think the only person who is autistic here is you

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Seriously? Because “autistic” is supposed to be an insult? And exactly what are you supposed to be implying with your “insult,” “smarterthanyou”? Lack of intelligence? Because you know that people with autism can be extremely bright, right? Sounds like you have a HELL of a lot to learn about autism. Perhaps you’d better stick around. http://healthland.time.com/2012/07/10/what-child-prodigies-and-autistic-people-have-in-common/ http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/high-functioning-autism

      • LizardPatio says:

        1. I have high funtioning autism
        2. I have seen around 20-30 of my patients die of the measles because of refusal to get vaccines
        3. the only reason people connect the dots with vaccines is because the media told them so, like this website, thus making them ignore whether or not there is some bigger problem.
        4. Almost all studies of Autsim have been debunked
        5. I truly believe that people who believe the fact that vaccines do this are autistic, for it is completely unreasonable
        6. My mother believed that vaccines caused autism when she gave birth to me

      • gok gul says:

        Do you have a son/daughter in this spectrum? How/when did you find out? Well my son was a regular kid and the next day he got the shots he became autistic. I have the pictures, videos to prove that. People like you make this even worse than the shots.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Sorry, Lizard.

        2) Unless you work in third-world countries, number 2 is not remotely credible. According to the CDC there have been NO deaths due to measles in the last 10 years. Zero. In addition, the percentage of people who “refuse to get vaccines” remains quite small. The odds against the possibility that you would happen to have treated 20 of them who happened to DIE of the disease (the death rate of measles was approximately 1 in 8,000 cases of measles in the pre-vaccine era according to the CDC’s statistics) are more than astronomical.

        3) “The media” does NOT connect the dots: As Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. says, science journalists don’t read the science. That’s why sites like ours MUST connect the dots for people.

        4) The only “debunking” that has happened to the studies you’re referring to has been from highly interested parties whose own studies do not and cannot withstand scrutiny — a.k.a. “debunking.”

        5) Do you even understand the irony of what you are saying? You say that you have high-functioning autism, then criticize the thinking of others and claim that it must be due to autism. Therefore, you are implying that your OWN reasoning is faulty at best. I agree that your own thinking is faulty at best, but I cannot know whether or not it is due to your autism. What I can categorically say is that the vast majority of people who believe that vaccines cause autism, including myself, are NOT autistic.

      • Not a busy-body says:

        http://www.antivaccinebodycount.com/Anti-Vaccine_Body_Count/Home.html
        Also if you bother to click on the Preventable Deaths Page, every death goes back to the cdc.gov website weekly report.
        If you still think that the cdc is just a big fat company looking for profits, take your conspiracy theory bullshit to Canada.
        -excerpt from website:
        The United States Anti-Vaccination Movement is composed of a variety of individuals ranging from former doctors who should know better, to semi-celebrities who have no medical training, to anti-government conspiracy theorists who distrust anything that the government says. They all hold onto the mistaken belief that autism is caused by receiving childhood vaccines.

        Most anti-vaccination believers claim that the compound Thimerosal led to an increase in autism cases. The Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine is their usual target. However, Thimerosal was never used as a preservative in the Measles/Mumps/Rubella vaccine. No vaccine licensed since 1999 has contained Thimerosal as a preservative, except a few multi-dose container vaccines such as some (but not all) HIB and Influenza vaccines. Autism has not declined since 1999, thereby disproving this connection. However, this has not stopped anti-vaccination believers from claiming that it was the MMR vaccine itself that caused autism or that it was vaccines in general that caused autism. All of these ideas have been disproven in multiple scientific and legal examinations of the evidence. The primary scientific reason for the increase in autism diagnoses is due to more disorders being included in the Autism Spectrum and doctors getting better at diagnosing the characteristics of autism.

        In 2007 there was an increase in celebrities promoting anti-vaccination rhetoric. Because of their celebrity status they appeared on several television shows and published multiple books advising parents not to vaccinate their children. This has led to an increase in the number of vaccine preventable illnesses as well as an increase in the number of vaccine preventable deaths.

        The Anti-Vaccination Movement has a body count attached to its name. This website publishes the total number of vaccine preventable illnesses and vaccine preventable deaths that have happened in the United States since this 2007 increase in speaking out against vaccines.

        Is the United States Anti-Vaccination Movement directly responsible for every vaccine preventable illness and every vaccine preventable death listed here? No. However, the United States Anti-Vaccination Movement may be indirectly responsible for at least some of these illnesses and deaths and even one vaccine preventable illness or vaccine preventable death is too many.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Hi Busy-body,

        I don’t believe anyone has ever said the CDC is a company, fat or otherwise, looking for profits. It’s a government agency STAFFED by people with tremendous conflicts of interest. Even if you don’t care about conflicts of interest, a.k.a corruption, when people hold government jobs wherein they are supposed to put the good of the people ahead of any corporate interests many other people do.

        I love it when people describe the “Anti-Vaccination Movement” like it’s some club we joined instead of just being people who are strongly interested in good health who talk to each other. I also love it when people try to tell us who we are. I’m not a “former doctor” (though most of the doctors I know who question vaccines are STILL doctors), a “semi-celebrity,” or even “an anti-government conspiracy theorist.” Three strikes. Guess that means I can’t be in the “Anti-Vaccination Movement.” I’d better turn in my membership card.

        Yes, we do believe that vaccines trigger quite a bit of autism. And, yes, many of us believe that mercury in the form of Thimerosal injected into infants whose blood-brain barriers are wide open and who frequently have gene mutations that make detoxification, particularly methylation, slow and difficult, is one of the many ways they do so. However, there are few who EVER made the mistake of thinking that Thimerosal was in the MMR vaccine. Though I do see that mistake being made constantly by “pro-vaccine” commentators. The issues with the MMR have nothing to do with Thimerosal. And you know what? The folks at the CDC know very well that we know better because we’ve told them many times, they just have a stake in trying to make us look stupid.

        The “body count” stuff is utter bullshit. It has been shown time and again that the increase in pertussis is related to reduced efficacy of the DTaP shot from the DTP shot (that they stopped using because it was racking up an impressive body count of its own). No one has died of measles in the last 10 years according to the CDC, though there are two deaths in the MMWR listed in the past few years. Why don’t you think they want to talk about those? I’m suspecting it’s because those people actually died of the vaccine strain of measles, either because they were vaccinated when they were immunocompromised or because they encountered someone who was recently vaccinated when they were immunocompromised. In addition, the current resurgence was predicted long ago based upon the reported efficacy of the measles vaccine. That was even before they knew how soon it wore off in many people. Those are the ONLY two “vaccine-preventable” illnesses that are rising in prevalence.

        I don’t know about you, but I really hate it when government agencies lie to me to promote an agenda, especially an agenda that lines the pockets of pharmaceutical manufacturers to the tune of $40 billion this year while and is so dangerous to the health of so many.

        Is the practice of vaccination directly responsible for every vaccine-related death? Yes, it is. Why is it, do you suppose, that entirely preventable deaths from vaccination don’t matter when we consider the risk-to-benefit ratios as a country, but every conceivable “vaccine-preventable” death DOES? As far as I’m concerned, everybody counts or nobody does.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Oh, I forgot to mention that saying that the rate of autism “hasn’t dropped” since 1999 is more than a little disingenuous. The rate of autism when it is released is for 12-year-olds. The rate released in 2013 was for children who were born in 2001. If you weren’t paying attention, you might think that Thimerosal suddenly disappeared from vaccines in 1999. Not true. 2001, the year these children were born, was the first year that most manufacturers “removed” Thimerosal from their vaccines (by the way, there is no oversight on this “removal.” The FDA merely requires that the manufacturers file a “process” for the removal of Thimerosal. There is no actual testing to determine if the process was successful.) Most pediatricians had stores of Thimerosal-containing vaccines on their shelves that they continued to use for another year or two. In addition, that was right around the time that the CDC started recommending flu vaccines for pregnant women and children as young as six months. Those flu vaccines usually carry a full 25 microgram dose of Thimerosal.

        But that’s all a smokescreen anyway, as almost everyone acknowledges that mercury is NOT the ONLY problem with vaccines — by a long shot — and we have added a number of vaccines to the infant schedule since 1999. Despite the “removal” of mercury from most childhood vaccines, I don’t have any expectation that the next release of autism numbers will indicate a drop. There probably has been a shift in how and when issues manifest, but not an overall drop in numbers.

      • SonyaDor says:

        If autism is not insulting to you then why do you take such offense to being called autistic and why do you fight against vaccines if you are so accepting

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        I don’t take any offense at all to being called autistic. I took offense at the fact that he USED “autistic” as an insult. I would feel exactly the same way if he used “gay” as an insult, and I would take zero offense at being called gay either.

        I don’t “fight against vaccines,” I tell the truth about them, and just because I accept people with autism doesn’t mean I “accept” the damage being done to them. I accept people with ADHD (like my daughter) or apraxia (like my son used to be) too, but I don’t for a minute “accept” their health being unnecessary collateral damage in someone else’s drive for power and money.

    • eEagor says:

      This made my day. T be honest vaccines are pretty cool, my son had one just last month, I had no doubts, but if someones child TRULY devolved autism from vaccines, well…that sucks. Maybe I would be upset about this if It happened to my child, but, like so many other parents, it didn’t.

      • Lucy Pasteur says:

        Please don’t look at these websites, they will just make you keep looking over your shoulder each time you or your child gets a vaccine. If you bought into the vaccine agenda, good luck to you – you may have to deal with long term issues, neurological, autoimmune, cancers, etc….since each vaccinated person is an experiment. If you’re ever inclined – check out how the CDC or FDA performs (NOT) long term studies, especially when getting vaccine after vaccine after vaccine – all accumulative toxins. In your pill for every ill disease model paradigm – the most essential ingredient for your child’s health is the vaccine which leads to all other pharamaceuticals. Enjoy the vicious cycle – It’s so sad that you don’t care enough for your child to build vibrant unpoisoned health when there is SOOOO much information available – Dr. Blaylock, Dr Humphries, etc. etc.

  26. I agree , I have been collecting parents voices of vaccine injury at http://www.followingvaccinations.com I wish I knew back when my boy was 15 months old I would have never given him the MMR. I have the same problem with people repeating lies about Dr Wakefield and believing the lies of Brian Deer

  27. Diane says:

    Although there are regulations that force children vaccines for “safety,” it’s unfortunate that some of the same health professionals ignore their medical responsibility to assure safety. http://www.sporesaredangerous.com

  28. I believe everyone has the right to decide their own child’s care. Wish I did. I work at the hospital and they have forced us to get to test sometimes two and three times a year. Then all of a sudden we run out and now it’s safe to not be vaccinated for that but they are trying to make it mandatory to get a flue shot. I have seen nurses that get the shot then get the flue. To that I say no thank you. I have only got the flue once working in the health field and I got it from my daughter, not a patient. What about the stuff in a shot that people are allergic too or it gives Altism to. We should be able to decide not the goverment

  29. Julia Collins Dicker says:

    have 2 sons ,now 21 & 20 yrs old. My 20 yr old is what I call my decision making son.When I can nolonger care for myself ,we agreed that I will find the most acceptable & comfortable solution in which he can care for me not be burdenedwith my pers. care To the main topic ,my older son ,my challenged one.He was diagnosed at 2 & yes he had all his shots.I don’t know what caused it: refrigerator mother(yes I got that),too old sperm(father was 45 to my 31),maybe drugs(wrong kid)
    ith my older one ,I did everything PERFECT as per DRS. orders.2nd son was when things were rough.Took meds. for depression for 2 monts before I knew he was coming ,then immediately stopped them.I’m beginning to believe that it was all the chemicals I was exposed to when working.In fact I worked up to maternity leave with my older son.I latr found out that 3 women died of cancer that worked right along side me.Again Who Knows????????????????????????????????????????

  30. Just to let you know I posted this article on Autism mothers please check there for replies. Some will be negative but we need to get this out as you have great links and so forth https://www.facebook.com/AutismMothers

  31. sandra pacheco says:

    How can I figth for my son..i believe my son autism was cause by vaccination too. At age of 2….he is 8 now.

    • paige says:

      Autism symptoms arrive around the age of 2-3. The same time that vaccines are given. But there is NO CORRELATION.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        There is a HECK of a correlation. Haven’t you heard the “correlation is not causation” catchphrase? What they don’t tell you is that a STRONG enough correlation is EVIDENCE for causation. As a matter of fact, that’s how they “proved” cigarettes cause cancer.

  32. You are so right Blaze and we must speak out. I have been collecting parents voices of vaccine injury and over 1,300 voices have responded. You are not alone add your voice to http://www.followingvaccinations.com Just found out that Dorit Reiss owns stock in GlaxoSmithKline. She had to declare it at the National Public Health Conference when she made her presentation on “recouping costs of nonvaccination.” Here’s a link. It is a matter of public record also.
    http://phlc2014.conferencespot.org/phlc-129-1.1428633

  33. Sandra says:

    Hi Blaze,

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    I think that you’re completely right that each family needs to decide what is best for them. I was confused though about your son’s vaccine injury – was it autism or was it an over reactive autoimmune response to the vaccine? I’ve read that autism is permanent and irreversible – did your son have a special type or autism or was it something else?

    Regardless, I agree that our own research is definitely important, and I think it’s also pertinent that we familiarize ourselves with the diseases these vaccines are meant to be preventing. For me, I see this debate as being a choice of risk of X disease vs risk of autism.

    If it’s tetanus, polio, or rabies etc, where if my child contracts it they could be in a lot of pain and die or be seriously crippled for life, then I don’t think I could live with myself knowing that a choice I made could have prevented their death or physical disability. Having traveled to countries where these diseases are quite prevalent, it scares me to no end. I contrast this to autism, where if my child has it I would be surprised, but autistic children are able to lead fulfilling lives with adequate support and love. And I would much prefer the latter if I could help it. Yes, my family would be a little different, but I would still have my child with me, whole and alive, and I think that makes the decision worth it on our end. I think the odds favour vaccination as well, especially given how few children have autism in comparison to the total amount of kids who have been vaccinated.

    Again, thanks for your story – I wasn’t aware that yours existed and am glad that I stumbled upon it. I just wanted to share my two cents as well.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      You have READ that autism is permanent and irreversible, that doesn’t mean it is. Many of our parents have been told the same. Many of them have children who have recovered and are now attending mainstream schools. Keep researching.

      This definitely does NOT come down to risk of disease or risk of autism. Autism is ONE (well, maybe more like a combination of up to 8-10) type of adverse reaction to vaccines. There are MANY. Many of them are life-threatening. The fact is that in this country there is a vanishingly small likelihood that your child will die from a “vaccine-preventable” illness, while there is a very GOOD likelihood that your child will have an adverse reaction to a vaccine. I have had a child who died, but I have two who live. Would I bargain their health away to lower the already absurdly low risk of death due to a “vaccine-preventable” illness? No. I would not. They have the right to live their lives in good health and not have that destroyed because I made unwise decisions when they were babies.

      • paige says:

        AUTISM IS not a reaction to a vaccine. AUTISM IS PERMANENT. Children can learn to cope better with what autism brings them, but that does not mean it can be cured. It is a permanent disorder. The only thing that makes it “better” is that fact that they can get help to make it easier to live with.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Paige, it has been true for a long time, but it was recently acknowledged by a mainstream study that approximately 9-10% of children with autism “lose their diagnosis.” Meaning they are not “coping better with autism” they no longer HAVE autism. Will that happen to everyone? No. Does that mean that a large percentage were not triggered by vaccines? No.

      • gok gul says:

        STOP LYING! Vaccines may cause the Autism. Not every person, kid is the same. My son became autistic after the vaccines. If you want I can prove it with videos, pictures, before and after the vaccines. LYING or politics or BS will not solve the problem. Delay the vaccines for 6 months/year and you will see, all of a sudden Autism will appear at 4 years old. It is as simple as this. DON’T LIE. If this was your kid you would understand. SHAME ON YOU

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        I understand your passion gok, but paige isn’t necessarily lying. Many people believe that vaccines have nothing to do with autism, including many people with high-functioning autism. The problem is that a lot of people assume that what is true for THEM is true for everyone, and that simply isn’t so. It may very well be that paige knows someone who has autism that was NOT due to vaccines, but that does not mean that there aren’t many cases of autism that ARE largely due to vaccines.

      • Anonymous says:

        Could everyone please act like a responsible smart adult here? Autism isn’t a disease, adverse reaction or something you can suddenly get. Autism is a difference in how the brain is wired. You are born with it. You don’t get it because you where vaccinated. So please do your research.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Hmmm… “responsible smart adult”s apparently have read and believed exactly what you’ve read and believed, which would of course mean completely discounting what they’ve seen with their own eyes. SOME people are born with autism. MANY develop it later, and they can even lose the diagnosis if the child is treated for injury, like Blaze’s son. I would suggest you spend some time talking with people OUTSIDE your circle who have very different experiences with autism. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFCrfK5rP_B6huriP1hLApw In addition, you might want to read through these 100 studies and papers that support the tremendous effect hypstimulation of the immune system can have on the neurological development of young brains: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/2007/06/no-evidence-of-any-link.html

      • X says:

        Do you have a degree in anything medical?

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Nope. Fortunately for me, I don’t let that stop me from thinking and learning — or thinking that I can learn. 😉 My background in physics, engineering and computer programming have all been very helpful in that regard.

    • Wendy says:

      Many children with autism are not able to lead fulfilling lives, actually. Many of them die from wandering off and drowning, being hit by a car or freezing to death. In 2008, Danish researchers found that the mortality risk among the autism population is twice as high as the general population. In 2001, a California research team found elevated deaths in autism and attributed it to several causes, including seizures and accidents such as suffocation and drowning. I’d love to see a comparison of numbers for the U.S. – children with autism who died from autism related issues vs. unvaccinated children who died from “vaccine preventable disease.” Unfortunately I don’t have the time to look those numbers up, since I have a child with autism to care for.

      http://nationalautismassociation.org/resources/autism-safety-facts/

      I do think that many people have the same point of view, that they would not mind having a child with autism – but they must be imagining the quirky kids they see pictured on TV and not the ones that drown at age 3, are abused by adults that care for them and can’t tell about it, or bang their heads against a wall until they bleed. Think of those kids too when you imagine your child having autism, think about their lives and how some of them are not “whole” and some of them are not alive any more. Imagine a police manhunt for your child with the end result that they find his body in a retaining pond or lake. Imagine your adult child, grown bigger than you and breaking all the windows in your house, hurting themselves and others and crying in pain that they can’t explain. That’s the autism no one really talks about. And that’s the kind of autism your kid could have.

      I personally have a son with autism, one of the ones who “wanders” – we got him a tracking bracelet and chimes on every door and constantly watch him but he has still escaped a few times and had narrow misses with drowning, car accidents and freezing – I am thankful that I learned about recovery, and we are working with a great doctor now – my son may not recover fully, but he has made massive strides after detoxing from vaccines, addressing health issues and working with great teachers. From zero speech to full sentences – you don’t have to believe it happens, but we know it does. You don’t have to believe it was a vaccine injury, but we know because our DOCTOR told us. You can believe that every unvaccinated child will probably die from these “terrible” diseases and that all the kids with autism are leading happy, sunny, quirky lives, but we know that unvaccinated kids are generally healthier than the vaccinated ones and the kids with autism are dying.

      • Toni says:

        Thanks for clarifying this for us 🙂
        I’ve seen a lot of posts from people who have mild autism, and say they are offended by comments categorising autism as an undesirable affliction. Whilst that may be true for them, the spectrum appears to be wide and not all have a happy ending.

    • Lesly says:

      But why should we have to make this choice? ___ disease – or autism. Mercury, Aluminum , Formaldehyde…have no place in our vaccines. They just make them cheaper to produce. The vaccines could and absolutely should be made safer. Why on earth would anyone be against that? I think the world’s gone batshit crazy.

  34. Becky Dulin says:

    I totally agree that vaccinations should be done only after a thorough family medical background check has been done for each child. A doctor doesn’t give a person medication before asking what meds they are already on, so how do you give a baby a vaccine without knowing if there are already existing medical issues in the family that may affect the child’s reaction to the vaccine? I have urged my son and his wife to seriously consider this issue with their seven month old son. My question to you is, after what happened to you sister and with all the autoimmune diseases that are in your family, why did you allow your son to be vaccinated? I’m not trying to place the blame on you I’m just wondering why you did not do for your son what you are urging other parents to do?

    • BlazeTMR says:

      Feel free to place blame on me, I take a large part of it. I will say I was raised to trust doctors and I never heard any talk of vaccine injury or family history amongst family so I just didn’t know to do my own research. I blindly trusted. So why do I tell other parents not to do what I did? So they can do their own research and make fully informed decisions for their children, unlike me.

  35. Kat says:

    My son is autistic, yet has never had a vaccine..HOWEVER.. Every doctor I see say the vaccines could cause him great harm because of him being autistic, that it could make his autism on the more severe end of the spectrum. I get the vaccine pushers in my face saying “see vaccines didn’t cause his autism…blah blah blah’. Funny thing is though I was severely injured by a vaccine in college (MMR). It caused many issues that took years to overcome and I then was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism..which is …an autoimmune issue. I am not convinced vaccines are not why I have an autistic son..and I am sooo thankful I trusted my instincts not to vaccinate him..since..as you say with your doctors..his doctors and therapists are now telling me to not vaccinate as they seem sure it would make him worse. It just proves to me that doctors do know that many are not good candidates for vaccines and they just don’t check before they inject.. It’s madness. I pray one day things will be better and I appreciate stories like yours that help raise awareness .

    • Selene says:

      Hey 🙂 our son has some autistic traits and we are doing CEASE therapy with him, I have learnt from there that the cause can come from you taking medications before or during pregnancy, many things can cause it (including simple nose spray). When I was pregnant I had early contractions due to my infection, I was put into hospital and was given medications and antibiotics. When we addressed this issue with CEASE we saw tremendous changes and improvements, now we are about to treat his vaccinations, I feel positive it will do great things. I wish you and your family everything the best!

    • Lesly says:

      you’re very lucky you have such responsible doctors – so many doctors would not only suggest but insist that a child like your son have the vaccine. most states mandate it. my son has neurological issues and an auto immune disease and most doctors try to push vaccines on him. they say we all have to vaccinate to protect those who can’t right? well who are those people who can’t – if not our sons?

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  37. Blessed Momma says:

    Thank you so much for telling your story! I get so sick of all the sheeple who post all the mainstream media stories. Which is nothing but name calling and scare tactics. It is getting crazier all the time with the way we non vaccinators are being treated. Sorry if I seem angry I just don’t understand to aggressive attitudes! Here is what happened to us recently….
    My 2 yr old had a Febrile Seizure a couple of weeks ago and stopped breathing for 2 mins. It was so scary! She was breathing by the time we got to the ER. But when the doctor got into see us. He found out she wasn’t vaccinated and proceeded to lecture us on it!!! My husband got mad and asked him “if one had to do with the other?!!” He said well “Uuuhhh no.” My husband said “then we are done talking to you about it!”
    So here is the reason we no longer vaccinate… We followed all the “rules” vaccinated our older 2 on time and they got it all. We were never very comfortable with it but that’s what “everyone” did and what the professions said to do. Then by our 3rd child we were more uneasy about them. Plus were busy with the other 2. So we were late on all his and he never finished. Kiddo #4 got maybe 2 sets late and that’s it. Well fast forward 7+ years. We now have 8 (age 13-11mos)children. All FULL (same Mom and same Dad) siblings and ONLY our 2 oldest kids are sick!!!! Both have allergies and one has asthma!! None of the others show any symptoms of either. Explain to me how that is hereditary?!!
    I have been on both sides and did my own research. I have proof in my own children. I don’t care what people with vested interests think or what people that don’t do their own research (more than reading a Big Pharma pamphlet or talking to a dr) think! If others want to believe in vaccinating go ahead but don’t call me crazy. If you believe vaccinations work, then you are safe, right?!

    I just thank God we stopped when we did! I don’t want to imagine what health issues we would be dealing with now!

    • Mia Herz says:

      “We now have 8 (age 13-11mos)children. All FULL (same Mom and same Dad) siblings and ONLY our 2 oldest kids are sick!!!! Both have allergies and one has asthma!! None of the others show any symptoms of either. Explain to me how that is hereditary?!!”

      As a genecist I can tell you that this is not at all at odds with hereditary knowledge. There is growing eviddence that things like allergies have genetic components.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1216071/
      It’s not as easy as Mendel and his peas which you might have learned about. They are called complex genetic traits. It takes a long while to explain, but all it means is that genetics is a factor and something in your genetic heritage will increase your chances to get a certain disease. It doesn’t mean all your children will get it. Genetics doesn’t work that way

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Sure they have “genetic factors” (though I’m not so sure I buy you as a geneticist if you can’t spell it…), but the very fact of it being a “factor” implies an environmental “factor” as well (which could be a much larger factor than the genetic one). A better understanding, given that the incidence of asthma is rising rapidly, is that something in the environment is causing epigenetic changes to the genes in the apparently large number of people who already have the genes that are capable of being “switched on.” Clearly, it would be best to avoid those environmental factors.

  38. Devin Bearden says:

    Scientists do not throw away evidence because they find it goes against what they originally believed, they embrace it.
    By disallowing the other viewpoint, you create a world where you wrongly believe most other people agree with you (see replies below).
    I can’t believe that you say people on the “other side” of this issue are close minded when you won’t allow the other side of the issue to post on this website.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      AGREED! Scientists worth the name do NOT throw away evidence because it goes against what they originally believed! Which is why it’s shocking to me how much evidence is utterly dismissed by scientists on the very subjects in this post, including the “anecdotes” of THOUSANDS of parents. Which by the way is “data,” just not quantified or formally studied data.

      Plenty of posts from people on the “other side” of this issue have been approved. We don’t approve abusive posts. Unfortunately, quite a number of people who believe as you do DO tend to get abusive. Thus, you will not see their posts.

      And we certainly don’t “disallow” a viewpoint that is pervasive in the culture and mainstream media. 🙂 I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get hit with that viewpoint at least several times a day.

      We’re not creating any kind of “world” here; we HAVE created a safe space here for people to get facts that they DON’T see in the mainstream media, and to explore their thoughts and feelings on the subject. Not to worry, we don’t kid our selves that “most other people agree with us.” We’re actually very well aware of the statistics on the issue. Indeed we frequently cite them: http://www.nclnet.org/survey_one_third_of_american_parents_mistakenly_link_vaccines_to_autism

      (Note that a HIGHER percentage of parents who consider themselves well-educated on the subject believe that vaccines cause autism. Educate before you vaccinate!)

      • Toni Reid says:

        Scientists are only people after all, and are as resistant to change as anyone else. History is littered with the stories of scientists who had radical theories that challenged the status quo – from Semmelweis to Peter Higgs. Higgs’ first paper was rejected by a journal and he was accused by other scientists including his colleagues, of failing to grasp the basic principles of physics. Even Stephen Hawking bet $100 that the Higgs particle wouldn’t be found. We now know that the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle is a game changer. Being open to new ideas should be a scientific cornerstone, however many abandon objectivity when the theories they have embraced are threatened.

    • Not a busy-body says:

      Agreed. Just because of this, they’ll allow your comment just to try and make you feel in the wrong and stupid.

  39. Robert says:

    According to a new hypothesis, its all vaccines and preservatives in foods and other chemicals which are causing autism. Parents of this autistic boy gave all natural farm fresh fruit and vegetable diet and their son’s autistic behaviors started declining. They have given all the details in their book which is available on Amazon ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LHIJLAY ) (Reducing Autism Poisoning Impacts by Adeerus Ghayan)

  40. LFM says:

    The canary in the mine shaft is singing its heart out, trying to warn others of the danger, but they refuse to heed the warning. I’ve experienced the same. My own son regressed and became autistic rapidly after a HepA vaccine at 2 years and 2 months of age. He lost the ability to speak, which after 16 years of speech therapy, he still has not entirely regained. I’ve tried to warn people, but they just don’t want to believe it. It’s too scary for them to believe that their government does not actually protect them, but rather colludes with corporate interests to increase their profits at our expense. My heart bleeds for the innocent children who will be harmed, but warning their parents is all I can do.

  41. Thank you Blaze! I’ve been saying that this for 10+ years now & banging my head against the wall with each utterance! I wish you & TMR were around 10 years ago. You can’t imagine how glad I am that you all are now!

    • Pam McKeon says:

      No one believed me thirty years ago. We have come a long way baby! And “no one puts baby in the corner!” A veteran of war here on autism and truths be told!

  42. Brian says:

    Blaze. This is really well said. I get so tired of going “toe to toe” as well. The closed mindedness of people amaze me. We are all chemically created differently and how something, be it a Twinke, a smoothie or a vaccine affects us all very differently. It can be as simple as “why are some people more sick than others?” Open your minds people. What works for you and yours does not necessarily work for mine. Thanks again!

  43. Donna says:

    Great job, Blaze!

    Here’s another study proving vaccines cause brain injury. Ironically, my friend who has a sleep disorder similar to narcolepsy has many autistic symptoms due to inability to focus.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218143718.htm

  44. Antoinette says:

    I had my children in the 1970s and 1980s. My first child had his immunizations. My second child had 4 series of shots. I was so sick of them getting shots and me bringing them home to spend 4 or 5 days with a baby with an extremely high fever. Trying to keep their fevers down watching them suffer. How can that be good for an infant? My youngest two sons had absolutely no vaccinations. Not one. They are all grown men two of them are fathers. There is a place on every form where a parent HAS to write out their child”s vaccination record, where you can mark yourself exempt for religious or personal reasons. It’s on the back of the school forms. No one can make you immunize your children. In all the years that my non immunized children were attending public school, one time my youngest was sent home because there was an outbreak of a childhood disease he wasn’t vaccinated for. He missed a couple of days of school but never got the disease. I don’t think poorly of parents who get their children vaccinated. It just wasn’t for me. I haven’t experienced much negativity toward myself for not getting my children vaccinated. I have though often wondered why there is a “new” mental disability called “autism”. Where the hell did that come from? Never ever heard of it until the 1990s. I did know one person who’s child was rendered “retarded” after getting a DPT vaccine. She still lies in a bed in a vegetative state at the age of 35. Sad but true.

    • Maryellen Parmenter says:

      Just because no one had heard of autism until the 1990s doesn’t mean it wasn’t there. A lot of autistic people could have been diagnosed as insane or mentally handicapped before autism was understood.

      • hps says:

        That’s all well and good Maryellen, but according to the US census data children are ten times more likely to have a disability today than they were in 1950.

        So whatever rediagnosing may have occurred it couldn’t account for a fraction of the cases we see today.

        And by they way, if you think that doctors have systematically relabelled various conditions, then how do you know they haven’t done the same thing for polio, diphtheria, pertussis, measles etc. That is a far more plausible scenario being as a) doctors use vaccination status as a part of their diagnoses; and b) the macro data for child health corroborates this (both healthcare expenditure and childhood disability data).

      • GJP says:

        Autism was well known before the 1990s. Laymen described it with the terms you just used. The medical community used the word “autism”.

    • Chris says:

      Well your extremely lucky. Now go encourage everyone to do the same thing. No vaccinations for anyone! And watch your kids all get sick and die.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Antoinette WAS “lucky” with her youngest child, but hardly extremely lucky. MOST people we hear from who have vaccinated and non-vaccinated children report that their non-vaccinated children are far healthier than their vaccinated children. Here at TMR, we agree with Antoinette that vaccinating is a PERSONAL decision. That said, if everyone stopped vaccinating right here and now, many children would “get sick” — meaning they would come likely down with chicken pox, mumps, measles, and rotavirus at some point in their lives — but few would die. Mortality rates from virtually all “vaccine-preventable diseases” dropped drastically BEFORE their vaccines were developed. In the years just before the ineffective killed measles vaccine was released in 1963, there were 3-4 million cases of measles per year and only about 400-500 deaths, corresponding to a death rate of approximately 1 in 8,000 cases of measles. In addition, having the measles turns out to have some immune system benefit for those who go through it, reducing the risk of brain cancer significantly. Prior history of mumps infection (which RARELY kills), reduces a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. Like it or not, the decision to vaccinate is not nearly as straightforward as you present it.

  45. Susan Lee says:

    The power of the pharmaceutical industry with its influence and money cannot be denied. It has indoctrinated the majority of the public into believing faulty science. Today’s vaccines are not safe nor effective in combatting the permanent spread of infectious diseases. Vaccines may provide temporary immunity. Mumps was once a typical childhood illness. Young children who had mumps acquired lifelong immunity. With the advent of vaccines with its waning immunity protection (if at all), getting mumps is postponed to an age period beyond childhood when it is more potentially threatening to one’s health. Indeed, since the 1990’s vaccine manufacturers have rebioengineered many existing vaccines because it was more profitable. These new vaccines have minimal vaccine safety oversight given the highly flawed vaccine approval process and extreme legal liability protections afforded to the vaccine manufacturers. The harms outweigh the benefits of vaccination.

  46. L. Mackey says:

    You have summarized everything in this blog post that has taken me the past 15 months to glean from my own research, and through discussions with my daughter’s chiropractic neurologist. I became wary of the dangers of vaccinating while I was pregnant, but I hadn’t researched enough about it to turn me against it entirely by the time my daughter was born. So, I became a “delayed” and “selective” vaxer. None at birth. First immunization at 4 months instead of 2 months. Only one vax at a time. I went back each month for one jab for the entire first year of her life. She reacted to the Hib vax at 5 months, but my pedi assured me it was just a superficial reaction (red, swollen leg, screaming violently). Sadly, I believed her, but I held off on that vax until she was almost 13 months. She started hand waving at around 8 months. I just thought it was a cute little quirk and laughed when she did it. At 13 months, she halted all developmental progress and proceeded to regress. By 15 months, my once normally-developing child was no longer trying to walk, talk, play, or feed herself. We never even had the infamous MMR jab, or half of the others. Hib, DTap, and pneumococcal were the only ones she’d had. She was diagnosed at 17 months with PDD-NOS, now considered ASD.

    The point you make about children having immune systems that are impaired, thus, are susceptible to autoimmune and neurodevelopmental damage caused by toxins is absolutely true. However, I don’t feel it’s hereditary in any way. I am entirely convinced that it’s 100% environmental. Big Food, Big Ag, and Big Pharma have been poisoning us for generations with harmful herbicides, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, heavy metals, chemical additives and preservatives, fluoride, and OTC and prescription drugs. These substances pervade everything — our food, water, even the air we breathe. This toxic chemical soup has become the norm for the average American consumer. We have all been damaged at the cellular level…going back to the beginning of the industrial revolution. And the toxic load has only gotten heavier with each passing generation. We have finally reached a breaking point. If people don’t clean up every aspect of their lives, they will continue to create disease from the moment of conception. A toxic and damaged body can only create another toxic and damaged body.

    My family and I are in the process of going clean, detoxing, and attempting to repair the damage. It’s going to be a long and difficult journey, but I have hope.

    Thank you for your wonderful blog, and your open eyes!

  47. Christin says:

    MAYBE those vaccines saved lives many many years ago..and I’m certain many years ago those vaccines didn’t have the ingredients they have in them now. I think that’s what many people miss who do vaccinate their children. I’m not against saving lives, nor do I want to spread disease. I’m not a careless, neglectful mother who shouldn’t have children. Why is it so had to grasp the concept of what is being put in these vaccines. It’s what these vaccines are made of that I’m against and refuse to poison my children with. I wish parents that had both views would just respect each other’s decision. It’s the same as what religion you choose..what your political views are, you aren’t responsible for raising my kids, as I’m not raising yours. Thank you for his article.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      The ingredients in vaccines of the past were not identical to the ingredients of vaccines today, especially as there are so many new vaccines that never existed before. However, vaccine ingredients have ALWAYS been rather iffy. I’m currently reading The Virus and the Vaccine, about the history of the development of the Salk polio vaccine and its contamination with simian viruses. It makes for some scary reading when you realize that no one knows exactly what comes along for the ride when you grow viruses on a medium such as monkey kidneys.

      • jennifer martin says:

        There are professional medical journals that have been published since the 1940s when vaccines started to be REQUIRED for school attendance that state that the pertussis vaccine is neurologically toxic. You need a special search engine to find them, but they are online and readable.

    • Not a busy-body says:

      Unless we live in the time of the Crusades or the Holocaust, religion doesn’t get you killed. Diseases do. Also, we aren’t trying to raise your children. We’re trying to protect ours.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Has it ever occurred to you that that’s EXACTLY what we’re trying to do? And has it ever occurred to you that MANY of the people who no longer vaccinate WATCHED one or more vaccines hurt their own precious children, sometimes horrifically and irreparably? No, of course not. We’re all just selfish people looking out for number 1, not caring about anyone else at all. That’s why we spend all our “free” time working our butts off on websites like these for pocket change.

      • gok gul says:

        so, you want to save your kids. Now I understand, for a greater cause you can sacrifice some of the other kids and as long as its not your kid that will be OK. SHAME ON YOU and SHAME ON YOU and SHAME ON YOU again. And, you think it is OK to even think that way. SHAME ON YOU.

  48. Susan Lee says:

    Americans need to break the Pavlovian conditioning which pairs the mere mention of “infectious disease” with immediately racing to your nearest pharmacy/doctor’s office to get a vaccine. Relying on vaccines as the only answer in preventing infectious diseases should not be an automatic reflex. Other countries do not have nearly as many immunization requirements for children, and there are no news reports of deadly epidemics. In fact, outbreaks seem to occur in vaccinated populations. Vaccines have significant and serious side effects. Unfortunately, this information is suppressed.

  49. Lone Star says:

    Not only is it a simplistic viewpoint, it prioritizes some people over others. Each life is sacred and the bottom line is that every life can be protected by practicing good hygiene, eating healthfully, and being responsible for one’s own immune system. My child is not yours to gain from. My child is not a part of a herd.

  50. jacqueline hall says:

    While I understand the situation your children were/are in, as a nurse for over 30 yrs I see things from this perspective: Whether it is the vaccinations which “gave” your sons and daughters autism, or not, I contend that more children have been helped than been hurt by vaccinations. No longer do we have epidemics of smallpox, polio, diphtheria etc and that is due to vaccinations children receive. That may be a simplistic way of looking at things but it is, nonetheless, how I see it.

    • ProfessorTMR says:

      Jacqueline, many people feel the same way you do. And you are welcome to the feel the way you do, but it is indeed simplistic. Perhaps the rest of us would agree with you if we had stuck with smallpox, polio and diptheria vaccinations, as those actually WERE deadly diseases. However, each one of them had experienced a sharp decline in mortality rates BEFORE the vaccines were introduced. In recent years, however, vaccine policy has gone completely off the rails to the point where people are required to vaccinate their children for things that make no logical sense whatsoever, e.g., vaccinating all newborns for hepatitis B, which the vast majority of infants have NO likelihood of encountering, vaccinating all children for chicken pox (which has generated a ridiculous number of shingles cases in young children), intending to vaccinate all boys AND girls with an HPV vaccine that is said to be likely to have minimal effect on the death rate of cervical cancer, despite the fact that it has caused MAJOR problems in the lives of many young women. And one of the, I hope, unintended consequences is that many children, nearly 50% in this country, are chronically ill. I spent my teenaged years with severe allergies and asthma. It was anything but fun I assure you. Many of today’s children have illnesses that are far worse than anything I had to face and that illness is frequently induced by their medical “care.” There is something wrong with this picture.

      • jamie says:

        Thank you professor TMR. You stated what I was thinking. And I am a nurse as well, 23 years, I have eight children. I have done the research and logically concluded as you have.

      • Mia says:

        Dear Professor TMR

        Your answer understandably lacks any actual evidence for your allegations.

        First of all: ” what are the major problems of HPV vaccine?”
        As vaccines go it’s about as safe as you can get. No mercury, no thiomersal, no virus at all. All it contains is virus protein, which will be injected into the arm.
        As found in a large study of women (doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1201) most adverse affects are minor and as expected for vaccines (though slightly higher rate for venous thromboembolic events). The numbers so far deviate little from adverse effects seen in control groups.

        Second of all: “that is said to be likely to have minimal effect on the death rate of cervical cancer”. Who said that? You? Big whoop. I’ll give you some actual data: it is “predicted that vaccinating girls at 80% coverage will result in a 55% reduction in the overall hrHPV prevalence and a higher 65% reduction in the prevalence of persistent hrHPV infections in females. In males, the reduction will be 42% in the hrHPV prevalence solely by the herd effect from the 80% coverage in girls.” [doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072088]

        The beauty of science is that annecdotes, even if there are many do not prove anything. My friend claims she knows someone who cured cancer with Yoga, and I’m sure my birth control pills made me fat. But without actual scientific experiments this doesn’t mean anything. And if you understand how science works, you will agree.
        And yes, these things should be studied, but I have not seen any large scale evidence that proves a link between autism and vaccination.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        Who said that Gardasil will have minimal effect on the death rate of cervical cancer? If you read the following, you will see that that is the view held by Dr. Diane Harper, the chief person responsible for testing Gardasil before its approval. It is also borne out by a mainstream study I quoted in the piece. Approximately 4,000 women die of cervical cancer a year in this country. It will take approximately 60 years of vaccinating in order to save 2,000 lives. That’s a pretty minimal effect. http://thinkingmomsrevolution.com/the-evidence-on-gardasil-modern-miracle-or-dangerous-scam/

        The beauty of science is it’s ability to answer questions. Anecdotes are the source of many of the questions that science has answered and continues to answer. Many anecdotes are simply unquantified data. If you heard that 15 of your friends also gained weight on the birth control pills, you would hope to see a serious scientific study on the subject, wouldn’t you? But in the meantime, you might be a bit more wary about taking them yourself. If the mainstream medical community were cautious about vaccines given what the anecdotes are saying, people would be a lot more likely to trust them in this process. Not only are they not cautious, they have been adding vaccines to the schedule at a rapid rate without ever testing what the health outcomes are of the overall schedule. In addition, the very clear associations found in the Verstraeten Generation Zero study between early dosage of Thimerosal and neurological conditions and in the CDC study that was published in 2004 between timing of the MMR and autism rates in African American boys were deliberately obfuscated and lied about. I certainly understand how science works, and that is not it.

    • hps says:

      “That may be a simplistic way of looking at things but it is, nonetheless, how I see it.”

      The problem isn’t the simplicity the problem is that it is wrong.

      We never had any reduction of *any* disease. All we had is a reduction in particular labels. Smallpox was replaced with fatal chicken pox, polio was replaced with other forms of acute flaccid paralysis and diphtheria was replaced with strep throat. Further, measles was replaced with fifth disease, pertussis with RSV/croup; hepatitis was replaced with other types of hepatitis, and so on and so on.

      Children, according to US census data, are ten times more likely to be disabled today than they were in 1950. The vaccination program has been an unmitigated catastrophe. But doctors pat themselves on the back for the self-fulfilling prophecy generated by the fact that they simply refuse (or at least prefer not) to diagnose various conditions in vaccinated children.

      The MMR didn’t lead to a reduction in congenital defects or encephalitis. The polio vaccine didn’t lead to a reduction in the number of crippled children. The hepatitis vaccine didn’t lead to a reduction in liver cancer. The Hib vaccine didn’t lead to a reduction in meningitis, septicemia, pneuomia. The pertussis/diphtheria vaccines didn’t lead to a reduction in respiratory related hospitalisations. They all failed to do what they were specifically designed to do. So instead doctors just told everybody that the only important thing is that they find less proteins today (not that they usually do (or did) look).

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        This is not factually true. There ARE far fewer cases of measles and chicken pox today than there were when I was a child. That is a stone-cold fact. Measles and chicken pox were RAMPANT in the early 60s. Almost everyone I knew had the chicken pox. I know very few people who have children today who have had the chicken pox, and almost all of them were not vaccinated. I don’t know ANYONE whose child has had measles. These are not things that could be hidden. Measles is NOT fifth disease. Diphtheria is NOT strep throat. Polio did get redefined so that many cases of polio were no longer counted as polio, but the news of five cases of paralysis in California would not be news if children were still being paralyzed at the rates they were in the 40s and 50s.

        It is quite likely that vaccines DO work, to some degree or another, to reduce the number of acute cases of a particular disease. That’s not the issue or the problem. The problem is at what cost do we get that reduction of acute disease? For many of us an accurate reckoning of that cost makes it clear that the cost is too high.

        I have as many problems with vaccinations as anyone, but it will not be good for you or anyone else to use things that aren’t true as the basis for your decision.

      • hps says:

        Thank you for the reply Professor.

        Going to just polio. As I said, rates of disability are ten times the rate they were in 1950 amongst children according to the US census. Here is the data: http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v18n6/v18n6p20.pdf and http://www.census.gov/people/disability/publications/sipp2010.html (Table A-4).

        It is true that the 1950s data does not break down types of disability so we cannot say, for instance, that there are ten times as many kids with a crippling condition as there was in 1950 but there was without doubt an increase (in the rate not just the number) of physical disabilities.

        This is further backed up with this data showing that there has – in all likelihood – been a dramatic increase in the use of ventilators (we don’t use iron lungs anymore we use positive pressure ventilators) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15139570 (this compares to a total of 1200 iron lungs in the US in 1958.) I realise that data is for Europe but if you extrapolate for population it is clear we are using ventilators at something like 15-30 times the rate we ever did iron lungs. Ventilators are used when the entire body (ie the lungs) are paralysed – often occurring in transverse myelitis sufferers. But it can happen with Guillain Barre and other types of acute flaccid paralysis as well.

      • hps says:

        Further to the above. The disability statistics are just as damning for the other vaccines (measles, rubella etc).

        The MMR was supposed to virtually eliminate encephalitis and congenital defects (for the measles and rubella components respectively). However, as can be seen, neither of those two things have seen any sort of improvement.

        Vaccines only “work” in the sense that the goalposts get shifted to get us to focus on something completely trivial. As far as the actual reason they were introduced is concerned – polio vaccine to reduce paralysis, measles vaccine to reduce encephalitis, rubella vaccine to reduce congenital defects, pertussis/diphtheria to reduce respiratory tract infections they are invariably an abject failure.

  51. Maria O'Neil says:

    Excellent Blaze, the world knows vaccines caused my sons as well, they also know how he is fully included at age five due to me not listening to the Mainstream…

    Thank you for writing this…

    • Pam says:

      Sadly I am no longer considered a “textbook case” from thirty years ago when my daughter became autistic after her MMR vaccine. I will never stop voicing what happened. I cannot turn back time, but I want to continue to voice this truth even from an engraved grave stone.

  52. Mother to Kaleb says:

    I’ve been on this journey for almost 22 years. Trained by US Dept of ED, have transitioned into Adulthood, Residental Placement. Our sonwas harmed @ 6wk vaccines!

  53. Brooke says:

    Rock on, Blaze. Great Blog.

  54. Laura Hayes says:

    Superb article. Thank you, Blaze! I will share it widely. We must all continue to tell the stories of what happened/was done to our children. There are those who have the ears to hear, and we are saving their children, and their families, from the horrors of vaccine injury. Keep up the GREAT work!

  55. Carolyn Gammicchia says:

    Thank you for sharing your story and this is what we all must continue to do. The more people that hear the truth, the more they will realize this is what is transpiring in this country and is damage that can be prevented. Our families have nothing to personally gain by sharing our stories and often are subjected to much judgment and even ridicule. However we each have the ability to do this and each of us can advocate and educate.

  56. Great article! I tell a similar story many times a month during work lunches about my 12 yr old daughter when people ask about my family and ppl are amazed of my story when you sound like an intelligent, well versed human who has been through this journey. Their jaws drop when they hear she has recovered and when I simply explain the treatment process they actually get excited. They all know someone with autism and they go tell that person about my story and I try to help. It takes a much longer time to help the masses but at least some are seeing the light! You can see my story at http://www.RescueOurAngels.com/about. Keep spreading the word!

    • Maryellen Parmenter says:

      Just to clarify….you’re saying autism is cureable?

      • GJP says:

        Some people have had children recover from it. Metal chelation protocols, used on adults showing symptoms comparable to various ASD after industrial exposure to ethylated mercury, have been successful in the past in at least one incident I’m familiar with. That’s easy enough to web search.

  57. Amanda Penn says:

    Thank you so much for this. There are people in my family who still believe I’m crazy but I saw what happened. Thank you for voicing what I’ve said a million times.

  58. lynda dorofee says:

    Thank you for sharing 🙂 I have many friends and family members that refuse to open their eyes! I do not have a child effected by vaccines. I decided not to vaccinate after researching everything I could. The awful gut feeling I had towards vaccinating my son was so strong. At the time I didn’t know why. I am so glad I decided to go with my gut feeling. It is very aggravating to constantly explain yourself to people. Most people get a bit freaked out when I tell them my son is not vaccinated. Some won’t let their kids hang out with my son. As if my son is going to get their vaccinated kid sick! It makes no sense if they truly believe they are protecting their kids by vaccinating! I refuse to shut my mouth, I will defend my beliefs until the day I die! If I can help save one child from going through this, it is worth all the backlash! Thanks again. Keep sharing your story 🙂

    • mary says:

      I had a friend share her truth with me. I wasn’t interested in hearing. Then I had my first son. I started reading. 3 kids later, and hours and hours and nights and nights of research, none of them are vaccinated. I am so very thankful for someone who shared her truth with me. I wish I could be as brave as her. I am so fearful government will step in and take my children one day because I have not vaccinated them.. I don’t share their medical history for fear of government. I will protect them in all ways.. I commend those who speak out. ANd I intend to at some point. When they are older and not entirely dependent on me I will proudly share my decision. When the country is sick and suffering, while the unvaxed will be strong and immune to many things that those vaxed will not be immune to.. They will have a stronger immune system.
      And for anyone who says Vaccines do NOT cause autism. Well, good luck with that! Why does it take a tragedy for someone to realize!!???

      • Chris says:

        You make get away with this until they reach college age, but they will die eventually or make others sick due to your ignorance. Congratulations Mary you have a wonderful tin foil hat.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        It’s this kind of comment that drives me crazy. “They will die eventually”? Seriously? WE WILL ALL DIE EVENTUALLY! You cannot avoid DEATH by vaccinating. It is going to happen to all of us, no matter what. But people who DON’T fall in line with the prevailing paradigm of pharmaceutical industry-induced fear are more likely to get through their lives healthy. THIS is fear mongering, pure and simple. The odds that death will come earlier to Mary’s children because she didn’t vaccinate them just aren’t there, but that clearly doesn’t matter to those who are intent on scaring the rest of the world into falling in line with their agenda — an agenda based upon fear and greed and not actual risk factors.

    • asymptote-bag says:

      Perhaps the reason why people are “freaked out” when you inform them that your child has not been vaccinated is because they do not want to take the risk of their own child getting infected by yours. A vaccine injects a small portion of weak or dead bacteria into a human’s body, to help teach their immune system to recognize and defeat the disease. Without a vaccine, your child is far more accessible to potentially life-threatening illnesses than those who have vaccinated. Therefore, those people believe that your child may be carrying dangerous illnesses and they do not want to risk exposing their child to your child’s potential illness.

      • ProfessorTMR says:

        You may think that without vaccines a child “is far more accessible to potentially life-threatening illnesses,” but that doesn’t bear out, and it CERTAINLY doesn’t bear out that a well unvaccinated child is significantly more likely to be “carrying” a “potentially life-threatening illness” than a vaccinated child. The IPV does not prevent transmission of polio. The acelluar pertussis vaccine does not prevent transmission of pertussis. As a matter of fact, a vaccinated person is MORE likely to transmit pertussis than an unvaccinated person, because an unvaccinated person with pertussis is SICK and knows to stay away from others. A pertussis infection in a vaccinated person, on the other hand, can present as a minor cold or without symptoms at all, so that the vaccinated person continues to go to work or travel on public transportation never knowing that each cough is putting others at risk of pertussis. Tetanus is not contagious. Bacterial meningitis is just BARELY contagious. You can’t catch hepatitis B from someone if they don’t bite you or have sex with you. Chickenpox isn’t dangerous. Measles was considered a mild self-limiting disease, unlikely to cause problems in well-nourished children, before the vaccine was developed.

        So people may BELIEVE that “your child may be carrying dangerous illnesses,” but there is very little basis for that belief. In addition, if vaccines are supposed to protect you, vaccinated people should be afraid FOR unvaccinated children, not afraid OF them. And there is no need for your worry. Most people with both vaccinated and unvaccinated children find that the unvaccinated ones are the healthier ones by far.

  59. Allie says:

    Well done, Mama! A big whopping dose of TRUTH! I wonder how many kids you have single handedly SAVED from further/potential vaccine injury? You can start counting with my 3! Love ya!

  60. kel says:

    One hundred percent, this is my TRUTH as well. I could have written this myself!!! Bravo!

  61. Leslie says:

    This makes me cry everyone I hear your story and to see our family in it! God help us all! My youngest granddaughter has never been vaccinated yet is wild and mildly sick with allergies. I suspect the food she eats! You blazed the trail before us and so many! We love you XXOOXOXXOX

  62. Isa says:

    Blaze, this exactly is our story too. We live outside the US and only two or three alternative health versed have believed me during this last 7 years. My baby regressed after the mmr vaccine and developed diarrhea for 3 years!!! People say that is not possible because they don’t know why this is happening, I now look at them with eyes of patience, nobody can understand such a complex issue until they start to study and research, like us, tmoms. Unfortunately by then it is too late. Wish I had someone by my side 10 years ago to open up my eyes. Xo

  63. Michelle Ford says:

    Thank you for being another truth-telling pioneer. Thank you for choosing to courageously tell your story amongst the controversy…never stop, please.

  64. S L King says:

    Blaze, you rock! Thanks for this one; it came at exactly perfect timing.

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