You know, it takes a LOT to get me really fired up. I am pretty laid back (for the most part) and try to find something to smile about no matter what. Humor is my defense mechanism. I get stressed out or worried…I need to laugh. Maybe you’ve noticed that my blogs are usually about poop cupcakes and beer bottle caps.
Well, Mountain Mama posted an article yesterday that really pissed me off. I’m talking I wanted to punch a hole in the wall and scream at the top of my lungs. Perhaps you saw it in your news feed on Facebook. Science Daily published an article titled, “First Vaccine to Help Control Autism Symptoms.” Yes, you read that correctly…a vaccine to control autism symptoms. And guess what it targets??? BINGO. The bad gut bacteria that so many kids with autism have.
Wait, what? Bad gut bacteria? Hold the phone…autism is genetic. We are just better at diagnosing it! Right? WRONG. Autism. Is. Medical. THINK.
I find this entire article, and the fact that researchers are looking for a vaccine to target fixing these kids’ guts, completely insulting. My son, at the hands of the medical community through unsafe vaccine practices, had his gut destroyed to the point that he stopped growing. STOPPED GROWING. He was loaded up with broad spectrum antibiotics for years for ear infections which led to an overgrowth of clostridium difficile among other bad bacteria. On top of this, he was given vaccines while he was taking these antibiotics, which even the CDC says shouldn’t happen. From the CDC’s vaccine guidelines: “Routine physical examinations and procedures (e.g., measuring temperatures) are not prerequisites for vaccinating persons who appear to be healthy. The provider should ask the parent or guardian if the child is ill. If the child has a moderate or severe illness, the vaccination should be postponed.“ But guess what? It still happens. Kids are still getting vaccinated while they are on antibiotics. I overheard a grandmother at preschool talking about how her granddaughter was grumpy because her tummy hurt from the antibiotics she was on, and in the very next breath she explained that it also could be because she got her MMR that day too. MMR and antibiotics. A recipe for disaster.
So rather than PREVENTING the destruction of a child’s digestive system, we are looking for a vaccine to help fix the damage. I am sorry, but this is just disgusting and is a great example of what is wrong with our medical system. Perhaps if the powers that be would take some time to look at WHY kids with autism have such bad gut bacteria and start working on reversing the practices that cause the gut damage in the first place, autism symptoms would be reduced without this new wonder vaccine.
Oh, wait…there is no money in that. No money in fewer antibiotic prescriptions. No money in reducing the number of vaccines that are given at well visits. No money in spreading them out. No money in taking out the dangerous adjuvants that make the vaccines shelf-stable for years. No money in healthy people. You and your children are worth more money when you are sick than when you are well.
I will leave you with something to think about. Since the beginning of March, my son has finally started to gain weight. We have been working on healing his gut for years and he is finally absorbing the nutrients from his expensive, organic diet. Guess what else is changing? He is becoming more social, more verbal, and he is having an easier time communicating and playing. His autism symptoms are lessening. Had we not wrecked his gut years ago, would he have autism today?
We will never know the answer to that question for my son, but just maybe if we start protecting the gut flora of our children NOW, we will see what happens to the autism rates. If only there was money to be made off of healthy children. Maybe then we would find out.
~(A Partly Cloudy) Sunshine ☼
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