Archive for January, 2011
When your child is diagnosed with autism, it’s only natural to wonder if it is because of something you did. But please don’t worry and certainly don’t blame yourself. The truth remains, unfortunately, that most of the time parents will never know why their child developed or what may have caused this condition. Therefore, if you put the blame on yourself, you’re only in for a guilt-ridden life of pain and worry.
The causes of autism are an area of interest for parents and for medical practitioners worldwide. Two theories that are vaccination related continue to exist in the chatter of parents of autistic children. The first vaccination theory states that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination has led to the development of autism in certain children while other people believe that the mercury contained in other vaccinations for perseveration has led to autism in children. And while medical authorities continue to refute both theories, parents are constantly left in uncertainty.
For years there has been speculation that certain early childhood vaccinations have led to autism in certain children. And although medical authorities have repeatedly combated this assumption, parents of autistic children remain frustrated and uncertain as to why their kids have developed this mentally inhibiting condition. The continuous debate between both parties is often coined as the struggles between science and parents.
Whether is really was a vaccination that led to the development of autism in certain children or some other unknown reason, one thing remains certain. Parents must defend the rights and health of their children. Children of any age are too young and powerless to make their own choices or stand up for themselves; therefore it’s only natural that parents step up to protect their kids, especially in matters of long-term mental health.
What causes Autism?
My little girl, Olivia, was diagnosed Autistic back in 2003 and I have been seriously searching this question ever since. I have read thousands of reports, tests, articles, and even opinions. And it seems that I am no closer to the answer than when I began. I will, however, share with you what they (the “professionals”) would like us to believe.
They keep telling me that:
What causes Autism? I really can’t say. I do know that each child is different, and when you’ve seen one autistic, you’ve seen one autistic. I, also, believe that the pharmaceutical companies aren’t really “looking out” for us, but are protecting their own interests. I do think it’s important for parents to be helping each other out, sharing information, successes, etc.
There was good news this past week in the world of autism research. White Castle System Inc. CEO Bill Ingram and his wife Marci announced a $10 million pledge for autism research to be conducted through The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Ohio State said it would be one of the largest funds dedicated to studying autism spectrum disorder.
This year $1 million in grants will be made available to researchers. The Ingram’s have included part of the pledge in their wills. The Ingram’s have a son with autism so they know first hand the need for funding for autism research. The Ohio State University has ongoing studies that include animal studies of pollutant exposure during pregnancy, genetic research, and clinical trials testing a method of parent-and-child training to reduce irritable behavior.
Seth Mnookin, a writer for Vanity Fair, recently published a book titled “The Panic Virus: A True story of Medicine, Science, and Fear.” The book examines the vaccine-autism controversy that has been prevalent since the 1980s. The book was inspired by a 2008 dinner party Mnookin attended in which a new father said he was delaying his child’s MMR because of a gut feeling he had that the vaccine wasn’t faith.
Mnookin takes his time exploring the validity of vaccine damage. He looks at all perspectives: parents’ of autistic children, journalists, scientists, and more. His reporting is thorough and is written in a way that is factual, but sensitive to the families who deal with the difficulties of autism every day. Whatever your stance on vaccination, “The Panic Virus” is an interesting, informative read.
PCA-Rx is a natural, effective way of removing heavy metals, toxins, plaques and other unnatural entities from the body. After continued use PCA-Rx becomes a part of a user’s immune system. Toxins are removed through stool, urine, and skin and breath. Since it is altering your body, is the substance safe for children.
All research conducted thus far has indicated that PCA-Rx is safe for children of all ages, even as young as one month old. There have been positive outcomes for young children who have had lead poisoning. With two sprays a day over a three month period, the toxins were eliminated from their systems. PCA-Rx used after vaccine inoculations can counter the toxic effects of mercury and other contaminates.
The substance thimerosal has been phased out of vaccines given in the U.S. and the European Union as a purely precautionary measure. Many parents have taken this removal to mean that thimerosal is the cause of autism. There is no scientific evidence to back up such claims. The ever increasing rise in reported autism births even after thimerosal has been taken out of the equation is proof positive that there must be some other cause of autism.
Despite the lack of evidence that thimerosal is the culprit, and despite the fact that vaccines no longer use the substance, parents are refusing to vaccinate their children. Now, it is absolutely a parents’ right to make medical decisions concerning their children, but they should be informed decisions. There have been troubling reports of parents turning to unproven, possibly dangerous treatments for autism. Any treatment, from vaccinations to therapies to natural solutions should be thoroughly research. Your child is a person, not a test subject.
Mercury is prevalent throughout our society. It is used in paint, batteries, thermometers, and even amalgam dental fillings. Mercury is odorless, colorless, tasteless, and very poisonous. It can be incredibly detrimental to the body as mercury poisoning is systemic, meaning it affects every system in the body, including inhibiting the immune system. Here is a list of mercury poisoning symptoms to look out for:
1. Psychological disturbances: angry fits, memory loss, inability to sleep, loss of self-control
2. Oral cavity problems: inflammation of the mouth, loss of bone around teeth, ulcerated gums, taste of metal
3. Digestive tract problems: cramps inflamed colon
4. Cardiovascular problems: weak pulse, blood pressure changes, chest pain
5. Respiratory problems: problems breathing, coughing, emphysema
6. Neurological problems: headaches, vertigo, tinnitus
If you believe that you have mercury poisoning, be sure to contact your primary care physician right away.
Claims have been made, though not scientifically proven, that vitamin and mineral supplement therapy can help people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many children and adults with ASD struggle with proper nutrition. Some studies have shown that intestinal disorders and chronic gastrointestinal inflammation reduces the absorption of essential nutrients, causing disruption to the immune system and general metabolic functions.
Some children with ASD have low levels of vitamins A, B1, B3, and B5. A study which involved giving vitamin B supplements to ASD patients resulted in almost half of the individuals showing improvement. Vitamin B plays an important role in creating enzymes needed by the brain. Vitamin and mineral therapy is only one type of treatment for autism. As with any treatment, you should consult with your doctor before and during any new regimen.