It seems that my Autism post has stirred in the minds and blogs of others recently. Here is some more of my opinion and the "other side of the coin".
So the issue: Are vaccines safe? For such a small three worded question there are many variables, many facts and many opinions.
Here are some facts on the "other side of the coin" and why I have the opinion that I do.
Ooohhh...where to start? There is so much out there on this topic not to mention our personal experiences....I have already touched a little on our personal lives. Let's go to some information that I just recently found that I thought was very interesting.
The first is a "Blog spot" of a mother who's son has autism. Her site is not just devoted to talking about her son but rather all the things that no one wants to talk about. She talks a lot about vaccines and anything vaccine related, vaccinations, the CDC, vaccine related injuries, pharmaceutical companies, vaccine patent holders, etc, etc....
Here is part of a post from her blog in which she documents a newspaper article and an editorial response to it from a mother of a child with autism. The article was part of a four-day series of informational stories about autism and profiles of people who are afflicted with the condition.
You can read the full post that contains the article and the response here. For now here is an excerpt from the editorial response that was written.
.....Those like Dr. Paul Offit, owner of a vaccine patent, like to attempt to scare the American public with threats that if autism or other serious immune system diseases are connected to vaccines that people will stop vaccinating their children and serious childhood diseases will return. Just talking about vaccines and Autism, he speculated could destroy the health of American children. UH, Hello. It seems Dr. Offit is a little out of touch with reality. He is assuming we have some gold standard of health in our children today that merits protection. Yet new studies just today from Offit's very hospital and designed and run by Harvard University say our children are sicker than in any generation. Perhaps Americans aren't buying it anymore. Parents see their children's classrooms with Medicine "cubbies" where nearly half of all student have regular medication including the devastating numbers of children on anti-psychots, risperdal, ritalin, and more. Children with ANA kits, inhalers, and insulin injection kits. When you look at the life-shortening devastating lifelong illnesses children are now suffering from it sure makes a week with the measles look like a picnic. If Dr. Offit was more of the same, protect the great health of American children, no thank you. If he is proud of the ranking of 37th in the world of infant mortality...no thank you.
I saw a mainstream media poll the other day in which 89% of respondents replied that they believed in a link between vaccines and autism. Maybe all of us parents aren't such fringe whackos after all. The pharmaceutical companies have proven their motivation with lies and falsifications of drug trials and Americans are rightfully sceptical of all their claims now.
Just like global warming, the debate is over. In fact, besides government denials, there never was a debate. Injecting mercury into childrens' bodies is criminal, no debate. Mercury is a known neurotoxin, no debate. Mercury causes neurological damage, especially in fetuses and children, no debate. Only in corporate America can there even be a debate over injecting babies with the 2nd most toxic substance on earth. There is no debate, only corporate greed and self-preserving denials. An Autism Mom said the other day, "Autism spilled on a school room floor is a toxic event, the schools are shut down, the hazmat team called in, young people decontaminated, health screenings are done, and a major long term clean-up occurs. But, inject mercury into an infant and it's called a well baby visit". ........
Kendra PettengillRoseburg, OregonMother of a recovered child, formerly diagnosed with Autism
Taken from: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com/
Another website with more information on this topic is http://generationrescue.org/
Generation Rescue is a parent-founded, parent-led organization of more than 450 mentor families and leading researchers and clinicians from around the globe. Our mission is to continue to discover and share the truth with families about the potential cause of their child's NDs so they can focus on effective treatments.
(NDs: neurological disorders)
Ok...here is some information (very startling information at that) from the US Department of Health and Human Services. It is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Statistics Reports. The most alarming is the chart on "Claims Filed and Compensated or Dismissed by Vaccine". It shows the compensated and dismissed vaccine injury/death claims that have been filed with the department from 1988 to present day. The highest death number is shown to be related to the MMR Vaccine (the one that most believe was/is the cause for their child's autism due to the high amounts of mercury in it). Over all vaccines together there has been a total of 982 related deaths. (and those are just the documented cases)
These Statistics are at: http://www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation/statistics_report.htm
Yes, I have been made aware of the recent measles outbreak where there was a 127 people affected though out 15 states. Here is my take on it. I look at the numbers and the odds...ok, the current ratio of typical functioning children to autistic children is 150 to 1 (some findings are now even showing a 98 to 1 ratio). The odds of my child becoming infected with the measles, today, is 127 to billions of people spanning 15 different states. UUhhmmm. And on top of that...my child's odds of surviving the measles, if he were to get it, is very high. On average the number of people that die from measles is very low compared to the number of people that have had the disease. And on top of that, measles is curable and does go away in a fairly short amount of time. Autism, on the other had, for most people will live with it for a lifetime!
So what about "in between the 2 sides of the coin"? Here is a web site for everyone. The National Vaccine Information Center. You can read more about them and get more information from them at http://www.nvic.org/ Thier Mission statement is:
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic. As an independent clearinghouse for information on diseases and vaccines, NVIC does not promote the use of vaccines and does not advise against the use of vaccines. We support the availability of all preventive health care options, including vaccination, and the right of consumers to make educated, voluntary health care choices.
To wrap this up for now I will sign off with a couple other web sites that I did not get to discuss.
They are: http://www.putchildrenfirst.org/ and http://www.nvic.org/Issues/HgCalculator.htm
As I have said before.... don't be a leming and remember there are 2 sides to every story...or coin!