Vaccines DO cause autism

 

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The U.S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered their analysis plan based on their research on the safety of the MMR so that the risk of autism from the vaccine was shown not to be significant.

Autism was unheard of before 1930. In 1978 the prevalence of autism was around 1 in 15,000 children. But around the early 1990s there was an exponential growth in the disease coinciding with a massive increase in the number of vaccines given to babies and children. In 1950 children would have received around 7 vaccines by the age of 6. Fast forward to 2016 where by the time they go to school they would have been given at least 41 or even 46 if they get the recommended flu shots. Seriously there has to be something very wrong with this childhood vaccination policy. And there is.

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-3-41-11-pmIn 1995 Dr Andrew Wakefield, a world-renowned gastroenterologist received a call from a mother telling him about her child who had become autistic after his Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR). Vaccines were not Wakefield’s field but the mother insisted that her child had terrible gastrointestinal issues and that was why she was seeking his help. Subsequently he heard a succession of similar stories whereupon further research led to the discovery that there was a link between a novel type of intestinal inflammation and autism following the MMR vaccination. Wakefield’s finding was reported in the Lancet with the disclaimer that the work did not prove an association between autism and MMR and that further work was needed. For all his trouble Wakefield was accused of fraud by a journalist Brian Deer writing in the British Medical Journal resulting in the good doctor losing his career and reputation.

 Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe documents the tragedy of the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. It features interviews with parents of vaccine-injured childen and doctors and politicians and the voice of the whistleblower and leading scientist from the U.S Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dr. William Thompson who confesses that the CDC altered the analysis plan of the research into the risks of the MMR vaccine.

screen-shot-2016-10-23-at-6-25-25-pmPolly Tommy, the editor-in-chief of the Autism File tells the story of her second child Billy who straight after his first MMR vaccine at the age of 18 months suffered febrile convulsions and rapidly regressed into autism. The children seen in the film had all been developing normally until the age of 18 months when they were given their MMR shot after which they regressed both in behaviour and development. These were children with no previous health problems who were now autistic. All healthy children whatever race are at risk of autism after the vaccine.

‘ What i have on my hands now is a nineteen- year – old man. He’s six-foot two, he’s volatile. On a good day he is brilliant, he’s an angel.  On bad days the slightest thing can trigger him and he is scary’, says Tommy.

Wakefield discovered that safety studies done on the MMR vaccines were ‘lamentable’ and that it was known since 1987 when the vaccine was used in Canada that is caused meningitis in vaccinated children. It was withdrawn there but later licensed for use in the UK where it also caused meningitis. It should have been destroyed but was shipped for continued use in developing nations such as Brazil where it caused an epidemic of  meningitis. Scientists who studied this epidemic found out that the younger the child got the vaccine the greater risk of meningitis. This led Wakefield to suspect that the earlier a child got the MMR the greater risk of autism. The recommended time for a child to be vaccinated with MMR is 12-18 months.

In hidden data exposed by whistleblower Thompson it was clear that especially for African-American children the most dangerous time to get the vaccine is between the ages of 12 and 18 months. The CDC knew that if African-American children were given MMR vaccine at this time they were 2.6 times more likely than others to become autistic after being given the vaccine. So they altered the analysis plan which describes the rules that scientists will adhere to when doing a study. In order to conceal the effect of the MMR one of the things they did was to reduce the number of children in the study in order to reduce the statistical power – that is the ability of the study to detect a difference if it exists. When it appeared that the risk of autism was greater in African-American children they deviated from the analysis plan so that the risk was not significant.

So there you have it. The CDC had known all along that there was this MMR – autism link. In the USA in 2014 there were 1,082,353 cases of autism and the prediction is that by 2032, 1 in 2 children will be autistic and 80% of the boys. Every 7 minutes in the U.S. a child is diagnosed with autism. Dr Wakefield points out that the problem is with the combination MMR vaccine and urges the use of single vaccines for the diseases measles, mumps and rubella until the problems with the MMR are resolved. However this safe approach does not meet with health officials who say “if we allow this it would destroy the MMR program”.

The film is about the revelations of the dirty dealings at the CDC coming from the whistleblower Dr. William Thompson. The story is told by Del Bigtree, a medical journalist and Polly Tommy along with Dr. Andy Wakefield. Vaxxed was recently  withdrawn from the Castlemaine Local and International Film Festival. The decision to include the film in the festival drew widespread criticism from Public Health Association of Australia chief executive Michael Moore who said that such a decision showed a lack of understanding of the impact the film could have on parents. His sentiments were echoed by Victorian Health Minister Jill Hennessy, who said it was dangerous to promote a message against vaccination. I beg to differ and would urge our public health officials to look at the film before any more children are damaged. The film is being shown all over the USA and copies can be bought online. I suggest that we all get a copy and spread it around and stop the carnage that is resulting from mass vaccines.

 

 

 

 

 

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Connecting the Dots: Autism, Glyphosate and Vaccines

Screen shot 2015-03-15 at 12.29.37 PMThe autism rate was estimated to be 1 in 10,000 in 1970. The most recent figures from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has the rate now at 1 in 68 and by 2025 according to a senior research scientist at MIT, half the children in the US will be diagnosed with autism.

In Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard, a new book edited by Screen shot 2015-03-15 at 12.10.57 PMecofeminist, and author Vandana Shiva, contributors to the anthology, Zen Honeycutt and Stephanie Seneff warn of the dangers that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and related pesticides present to the health of children.

Zen Honeycutt is the founder of ‘Moms Across America: shaking up the system’ a national coalition of ‘Unstoppable Moms’ committed to empowering others to become educated about GMOs and the need for labelling laws and healthy alternatives such as organics. Moms Across America report that:

Allergies are up 400% in our children. Asthma affects 1 in 8. Autism has increased 1500% over the last 20 years. Twenty three and a half million Americans are now suffering with auto-immune diseases. Diabetes in teens has quadrupled in ten years. Colitis in children has tripled and Crohn’s disease is up 79% in ten years. Cancer is the number one killer of children in America today.

So what is causing such frightening health outcomes? ‘Moms Across America’ tested breastmilk and found it was contaminated with the weedkiller Roundup. The highest level of Roundup was 1600 times greater than allowed in drinking water in Europe. Glyphosate-containing herbicides are the top-selling herbicides in the world and are sold under trademarks such as Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’. Monsanto’s sales of Roundup jumped 73 percent to $371 million in 2013 because of its increasing use on genetically engineered crops (GE Crops).

The U.S. has a high percentage of its farmland controlled by the GE crops industry, with many varieties of GE soybeans, GE corn, GE cotton and others, whereas Europe has only allowed one GE Crop – Monsanto’s MON810 maize – which is still not grown in most EU states due to health and environmental concerns.

In her chapter ‘Autism and Glyphosate’, Stepanie Seneff ‘connects the dots’: The interactions between autism, glyphosate and vaccines. Stephanie Seneff is a computer scientist who transitioned into biology and toxicology and has been studying autism for over 7 years, along with the environmental factors that lead to the disease. She points to decreased exposure to sunlight, poor diet, vaccines, as well as glyphosate toxins as causing the skyrocketing rates of autism. The active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide ‘Roundup’ is glyphosate which kills all plants except the genetically modified RR corn, soy and other plants that have been genetically augmented with a special bacterial gene. Seneff reports that the US government is doing little to monitor the amount of glyphosate found in common foods because it is conveniently believed that glyphosate is harmless to humans. But nothing could be further from the truth!

Monsanto claims that glyphosate is safe because humans don’t possess the biological pathway that the herbicide disrupts in plants- the Shikimate pathway. However our gut bacteria do have a shikimate pathway and we have millions of good bacteria in our gut which are essential to our health. Our gut bacteria supply us with amino acids that are precursors to the neurotransmitters dopamine, serotonin, melatonin and adrenaline, plus thyroid hormone, folate and vitamin E.  Many of these molecules have been shown to be deficient in children with autism. We are now learning how important gut bacteria is to our health with autism often linked to ‘leaky gut syndrome and food intolerances, the severity of which is linked to the severity of autism.

The fact that there is a correlation between the rising number of adverse effects from vaccines and the increasing amount of glyphosate used on corn and soy crops has not escaped Seneff who has come up with a plausible explanation. This being that glyphosate enhances the toxicity of aluminium. Aluminium is added to vaccines to enhance the immune response to the antigen in the vaccine – that is the vaccine is more likely to ‘take’ if there is aluminium present. Childhood vaccines such as the Triple Antigen, Hepatitis A&B, Gardasil, Hib ( haemophilus influenza), and PVC (pneumococcal pneumonia) contain aluminium which is known to be toxic to the brain and can result in seizures, infection, cellulitis, depression, insomnia and death.

Seneff notes that insomnia has become a huge problem throughout the US population recently. She explains that aluminium accumulates in the pineal gland, the gland which produces melatonin which in turn is responsible for the wake-sleep cycle. The negative effect of the aluminium along with the presence of glyphosate in our systems and its ability to enhance the effect of aluminium, and you have the perfect recipe for the interference in the supply of  melatonin.

Glyphosate interferes with the synthesis of new haem (the component of haemoglobin responsible for binding oxygen) which is no longer functional because aluminium has displaced iron at the core of the haem molecule. Secondly, glyphosate interferes with the production of melatonin because melatonin’s precursor is tryptophan, a product of the shikimate pathway that glyphosate disrupts. Lastly glyphosate affects the cells’ ability to make sulphate needed for the production of red blood cells – the pathway already disrupted by the presence of aluminium.

In conclusion, Stephanie Seneff urges more research into the connection between glyphosate and autism adding that should her hypothesis be confirmed, glyphosate should be banned from agricultural use.

Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard, is a unique international offering on an issue of critical importance today, and demonstrates how women as activists, scientists and scholars are at the forefront of shaping new scientific and economic paradigms to reclaim seed sovereignty and food security across the world. Women in the North and South are leading movements to change both practice and paradigm: how we grow and transform our food. As seed keepers and food producers, as mothers and consumers, they are engaged in renewing a food system that is better aligned with the ecological processes of the earth’s renewal, the laws of human rights and social justice and the means through which our bodies stay well and healthy.

In this blog I have focussed on two contributors to this fine anthology. This is because Stephanie Seneff and Zen Honeycutt focus on the health effects of industrialised food systems on children which is an issue of real concern to me. Growing up in the 1950s there was no epidemic of autism; children didn’t have chronic diseases. We really have to turn this around.

There are many wonderful chapters in this book. Women from the Global North, such Susanne Gura write on the Seed Emergency in Germany, along with US political activist Winona LaDuke who praises the leadership of Indigenous women. From the Global South, health and women’s rights activist Farida Akhter reports on the Seed Freedom and Sovereignty in Bangladesh today, and Australian author Susan Hawthorne argues for a ‘wild politics in which multiversity of knowledge, biodiversity in nature and eco-social systems of justice’ abound.

Oh, for that time to arrive!

Seed Sovereignty, Food Security: Women in the Vanguard is published in Australia by Spinifex Press

First do no harm

Screen shot 2014-04-18 at 5.27.23 PMHomeopathy was recently back in the headlines. This time following a major review of the practice by the National Health and Medical Research Council that found that there is no reliable evidence that homeopathy can treat health conditions. Homeopathy is a 200-year-old form of alternative medicine and its worth has long been debated.

While I don’t know much about homeopathy and whether it’s effective or not, I do know that there is a lot wrong with modern medicine.

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