Autism Watch: 2007

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Tomorrow’s Barnacle Boy’s MRI appointment. We’ve done the social story, we’ve talked about how he’ll be at school late, and we’ve burned the CD for him to listen to during. I think we’re set, except for the one thing I can’t plan for or prevent: a meltdown.

The last couple of weeks, bb’s been having a lot of ‘short fuse’ moments. Out of nowhere, he blows up, usually over pretty small things. No clue when it’s going to happen, it just does. In addition to the verbal assault, his weapon of choice is a swift sharp kick to the shin. Ouch.

I have no idea what’s causing it. Meds not strong enough since he’s had a weight gain? Aggressive phase? Not feeling well?

Right now, I’m leaning towards not feeling well, though we have no real idea as to why he doesn’t feel well. He’s getting the headaches still, but they’re not 24/7. Residual feeling from headaches?

I picked him up early from school (again) yesterday. Fever of 101.7, though my thermometer here at home showed 98.7.  Looks like I may need to consider a new thermometer while we’re at it. He went to the nurse a few times again today, no fever but not feeling well. He’s going to take a pain reliever and see if he can make it the rest of the day. The message we’re trying to send is that coming home from school is only for when you really don’t feel good. None of us think he’s faking, at this point; you can see his eyes seem not quite right, and we can tell he’s not feeling well when he says he has a headache, but he also is not the best at communicating his physical feelings.

So what now? We’ve tried to get him to explain his feelings to us, but we get a lot of “I just want to be left alone.” We can’t read his mind, and that apparently irks him. (It irks me, too, but I can’t let him know.) He says he feels his friends are ignoring him. He says that we don’t let him do the things he wants to do. He says a lot of things, but where are we, really?

I’ll be glad when tomorrow’s MRI is over. The doctor can then read the results of everything (bloodwork, too) and see if there’s any physical reason. Then we’re looking at how to treat the headaches/migraines.

Meanwhile, I wore my Green Our Vaccines t-shirt yesterday. What better opportunity than St. Patrick’s day, for a non-green/non-Irish person? I’m still reading, with interest, the back-and-forth between everyone on vaccines, and I still believe that we need to re-do our vaccine schedule along with removing the garbage in them. Did you know they pulled mercury from dog vaccines because it’s a neurotoxin? Apparently dogs are more important than kids, pregnant people, and the elderly who are supposed to get the flu shot. Who knew.

I’ll update after the MRI. I’m coming back to work right after, so it won’t be an immediate update…I’ve been so bad at updating anything lately, this is nothing different. We are going camping this weekend, and bb’s really looking forward to it. Being outdoors seems to really help him, though there’s always arguments because he feels other kids leave him out. What’s new.

Wow, has it hit the fan this week! I can’t think of a more politically correct way to say it that wouldn’t make me censor my own blog. Jenny McCarthy’s hitting a nerve, and as we all know, words are like peroxide — you can pour it all over your body, but it will only sting where there’s an open wound. You can call me fatty or smelly or stupid, but it’ll only bother me if I am fat, if I smell, or if I am indeed stupid. So when Jenny is out there saying that we want safer vaccines and people are getting mad, I have to wonder, why?

Safe vaccines. There, I said it. It’s really simple. There’s no ‘anti-‘ in that — there’s simply the word safe. Why is that so hard to understand? Why fight it?

Let’s make up a scenario. We have a baby, we begin injecting it with toxins (such as aluminium over 10x the recommended safe amount for a newborn) in the first few days after birth, and proceed to give it another 30 or so vaccines by the age of two. We don’t do any tests to see if the child’s got a weakened immune system and could get sick from any ingredients in the vaccines, we just figure we’ll prevent our child from measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc. Our doctor says it could happen, so it must be true! Then a couple of years later, we wonder why our child’s losing speech, constantly having rashes or diarrhea, and is banging his head on the floor while pulling out his eyelashes and screaming when you move his line of toys or screeching when you turn on your overhead fluorescent light. Oh, wait, that’s not a scenario, that’s real. Let me do the fake scenario.

So here goes, the futuristic scenario: people open their eyes and realize that even if there really is not 100% guarantee that autism is caused by vaccines, having safer vaccines can’t hurt. Formaldehyde, ether, aluminum, thimerasol, and aborted fetal tissue is removed from the vaccines and, sit down, the VACCINES STILL WORK.  These vaccines continue to decrease the risk their child will get a fever from chicken pox or itchy from the measles, and decrease the risk that polio will return. One thing that may happen is that the insurance companies or the parent may pay more of a co-pay towards the vaccine. Or, here’s the shocker, major pharmaceutical companies, one of the most profitable yet protected (immune, ironically, if you’ll pardon the pun) industries in the world, may make a few dollars less. But the big change? The risks related to these vaccines — the numbers printed on the inserts of vaccines, that every parent should be reading already — will decrease. Less children will be suffering seizures, swelling, infections, dying. Pretty significant, wouldn’t you think?

Those of us who are “Jenny Followers” do so proudly. She’s saying what we’ve wanted to say for years but we just aren’t celebrity enough to get the attention. She’s spent weeks with doctors and renowned scientists learning facts about vaccines, illnesses, autism, diet, nutrition, etc. She’s simply the messenger. (In fact, I’d venture to say that Amanda Peet, the “other” side of the current argumental coin, is just a messenger, too…but she volunteered for the role, whereas Jenny was thrust into it by her son’s autism. Jenny’s lived the life, Amanda’s learning it secondhand. Jenny’s been doing it for a while, Amanda’s brand new. So before I hear another person spout off “why are you listening to Jenny?” I want to know why they’re listening to Amanda Peet? She knows about as much about vaccines as any first time mother of a baby. Big deal.) I don’t care if Jenny was a nude juggler in a Martian circus act and speaks in gibberish. If she can get a point across, great. Pretty narrow-minded to think people are only worth listening to if they’ve got a medical degree.

Even if you don’t feel autism is related to vaccines, I honestly don’t care. I’m already neck-deep in autism and its side-effects, so I don’t expect you to understand. I’ve got friends that can’t even find two minutes to ask me how my son is doing, so I can live with a stranger who has a different opinion. But think about it, really think about it. If vaccines can be made without toxins, and the diseases are still prevented, WHY NOT? We want vaccines — we just want our child or your future child or grandchild or Godchild or friend’s child or niece or nephew to just not be the acceptable collateral damage that there are so many of today.

And essentially, that’s what my son is when you look at numbers and say “my son’s not autistic, and he was vaccinated.” Better me than you, right? Maybe my son has a weak immune system, or maybe he was genetically predisposed to autism in some other way, and maybe vaccines didn’t have anything to do with it, but why take the risk? No studies have ever been done, ever, to test the full load of all the current vaccines on small children. (Why? Who wants their child to be that guinea pig?)

Lastly, if that can be a real word for just now — don’t blame unvaccinated children for your illness. If your vaccine worked, you wouldn’t have any worries. Unvaccinated people are only at risk themselves if the vaccines really work. And truly, measles is a walk in the park compared to severe autism.

Don’t let the point of this latest issue on CNN and everywhere else be lost because you’re choosing between Jenny or Amanda or because you’re hung up on their lack of credentials or scientific proof. We all know formaldehyde, ether, aluminum, and other things aren’t in food or any other thing around your body (or your dog’s) because it’s not safe. So why does it belong in a vaccine? It doesn’t. Safe vaccines with a safe schedule harms NO ONE. That’s the point. Safe vaccines. If you remember nothing else in this fiasco, remember those two words: safe vaccines. That’s all we want.

I’ve talked a lot about vaccines and thimerasol/mercury, and you’ve probably seen a lot of about it in the media lately. But, the latest is that the emissions from mercury can contribute to autism — makes sense, right? Makes you wonder, too, where else this has happened.

Risk of Autism Linked With Mercury Emission (MSN Health)

Doing a little more research, I found that this has been a concern for approximately three years now. (Mercury Pollution/Autism Link Found: U.S. Study — from CommonDreams Newscenter) Ever wonder why the general public isn’t told about this?

Yet, there’s mercury in CFLs, the wave of the future for energy saving lightbulbs, touted all over as THE way to go. Think twice, and at least read the disposal directions for those lightbulbs..and what’s involved in the cleanup should you break one.

My house is not a green house. We’re working on it, small steps at a time. But, I do know that we have to carefully consider anything brought into our home. Do yourself and your family a favor, and do the same. Even things touted as green, safe, environmentally-friendly, etc., aren’t always as safe as you may think.

 

I’ve got some strong feelings on vaccines — I’m one of “those” people, you know, the people who don’t want anti-freeze components, formaldehyde (yes, the stuff used to preserve dead bodies) and thimerasol (a form of mercury, known to cause mercury poisoning symptoms) injected into my body or my children’s bodies. I also feel that, hold onto your seats, we parents know our children best, and — still sitting down? — should have the right to determine what our children are exposed to, taught, administered, fed, etc. Silly me, I know, I live in a ‘free’ society, yet I expect that freedom to extend to my parental rights when the government insists that it knows better about vaccines. For now, I still have the freedom to say yes or no to vaccines, so I use that right. I also educate myself about all vaccines, not just the ‘mandatory’ (not) school vaccines, but those that continue to crop in and make big money for pharmaceutical companies. The HPV vaccine won’t come near my girls (unless they decide when they’re adults that they want it, and so far, my 19 year old daughter has read enough of the fine print to know that possible death or severe illness is less preferable than being smart with her body) and no one in my house has gotten the flu vaccine in years.

Interesting thing about the flu shot that many people don’t know is that it only protects against the strain(s) of flu that the manufacturer thinks will be the strain(s) to worry about that season. Check out this article (2007-2008 Flu Vaccine a Failure, Worst Flu Season in 4 Years, WiredPRNews.com) for some details on what an awesome (cough) job this most recent flu vaccine did. Was it really worth the dose of thimerasol that came along with it?

While thimerasol may have been taken out of regular childhood vaccines, there’s a common misconception that children stopped getting vaccines containing thimerasol back in 2000 or so, when in reality, manufacturers stopped putting it into newly manufactured vaccines, but the vaccines that had thimerasol were still used until they expired. In some cases, they were used years later. So if you think your child wasn’t exposed, you still might want to review their records. Lot numbers on vaccines are tracked, and you can research to find out exactly how much mercury your child was exposed to. It’s rather scary, and honestly, I have yet to research it on either my autistic son  born in 2000 or my epileptic (but no brain damage/injury — in other words, no reason found) daughter born in 1995. I already know I should have said no to vaccines. Maybe one day I’ll do the math.

However, let me be clear. I am not anti-vaccine. I am pro-vaccine. However, I am pro-SAFE-vaccine. The unnecessary garbage in the current vaccines needs to be removed before they are safe though. Sure, it might cost a little more to manufacture safe vaccines, but aren’t our kids worth it? Current vaccine schedules expose our children to something like 36 vaccines in the first three or so years.

I believe autism is caused by a child being genetically pre-disposed to autism, and when they are exposed to some toxin, they then have autism. (This would be why not all children who get vaccinated get autism, a common question I get.) Obviously, I’ve simplified that but you get my drift. For some kids, this could show from birth onwards. I know people who feel that their child’s autism wasn’t caused by any toxin or environmental issue because they were ‘different’ from birth. (And I’m there with you, my son was different from birth.) However, a lot of those people forget that their child is given a bunch of shots there in the hospital, and within days of birth, then weeks, and then months. In our case, my son was easily irritated, wanted to be tightly wrapped, stared at ceiling fans, didn’t look at us much, and flailed at startling sounds from birth, but at around 18 mths or so, things worsened. Does that mean the autism ‘began’ at 18 mths, or just that his developmental delays started to become more evident? Hard to say, but I fully believe that had I not given him the vaccinations that I did (and we didn’t even do them all) that he wouldn’t be in the same situation he is today. Who knows, maybe some other toxin or medicine or whatnot would have contributed towards autism, but we’ll never know, and therefore I can’t rule out the vaccines.

I run into more and more people questioning vaccines. I respect those who don’t agree, but that doesn’t mean that vaccines can’t be improved upon to make everyone happy. The weird thing is that most of the people I know who believe vaccines are innocent don’t have a child on the spectrum. Hmmmmmm.

And for people that think that an unvaccinated child could endanger their life or that of their child’s? If your or your child’s vaccines work, an unvaccinated person poses no threat. Another hmmmmmm.

With 1 in 150 children being diagnosed with some form of autism, people need to realize this is an epidemic, and there’s no such thing as a genetic epidemic. Something out there is causing it, and we need to figure out what it is. It’s Autism Awareness Month. Wherever you are on the topic of vaccines and autism, public awareness is key to getting the funding out there for the so-needed education and advocacy. My mantra? “Educate, advocate, and love.”

 

 

I was cruising around the net this morning for news of activities in honor of World Autism Day, and found an article that I was sure had to be an April Fool’s day prank. (In fact, the timing of it still makes me wonder, even though it’s purported to be serious.) If you haven’t yet visited AAP’s site, and proclamation that they have met with DAN! representatives to understand Defeat Autism Now treatments and interventions better, it may just be the best thing you read any time soon. Oh, and they also recognize World Autism Day.

CNN has special broadcasting all day today. I’m watching now and unless Bernanke’s economics speech has something to do with autism, I guess it’s not a marathon of autism segments, but I’m not changing the channel. (And I actually learned something that I probably wouldn’t have cared about much before, until I try to sell my home or fill up my gas tank.) On CNN’s home page, you’ll find a link to Autism: Unraveling the Mystery, quite an inclusive list of videos and news articles about autism and those it effects. It showcases adults with autism, parents of autistic children, doctors, vaccine controversy, Jenny McCarthy..and the list goes on. Even if you don’t have time to read/watch it all today, share the link. Put it in your sig line. It could be the easiest autism advocacy/awareness effort you’ll do.

You can buy autism awareness bracelets at numerous sites in my blog list — TACA, National Autism Association, Generation Rescue, and so forth. Maybe today is the day I should wear my “Autism: It’s no mystery, it’s mercury” t-shirt? (Would that tick off the doctor I have to see this morning to refill my migraine medications? Do I dare risk it? A migraine is pretty painful and puts me out of commission for days……) If nothing else, slap an autism awareness ribbon on your car and be prepared to tell the approaching strangers (who will come, I promise) where you bought it. And oops, leave some of your autism education cards in public places. There’s not a better day to deluge the world that autism is here, it’s not going away, and we all need help.

It’s amazing to me today that the vast numbers of children who are not the same after the vaccines are simply ignored by the CDC and doctors who say there is no credible reason proof that vaccines contribute to autism. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS IT GOING TO TAKE??

I watched Dr. Jerry Kartzinel on TV this morning — I wish I could have a transcript of his explanation about vaccines and just repeat it to anyone who refuses to at least look at stats and educate themselves on the real ingredients in vaccines, or to at least be on board with understanding why other parents want vaccines redone. His words explain it like no other, and makes sense. It makes SENSE.

 We parents know our children. We can tell when they’re one way on one day, and then an entirely different child from a vaccine (or vaccines) and beyond. How is that not proof that there is something going on? Why are we not credible enough to believe? If it was just a few of us, that’d be one thing, but we’re talking thousands upon thousands upon thousands. Numbers like that can’t be ignored…yet we are.

One child out of 150 children — 1 out of 94 boys — is on the autism spectrum. Something is causing that. There’s no such thing as a genetic epidemic, and these are kids that for the most part, were developing normally (maybe with some eccentricities) until a certain age. With these numbers, it IS an epidemic. If these kids were dying, something would be done. The public outcry would be horrible. But because they’re simply dealing with communication, behavioral, sensory and social issues, it’s not worth it. (I say that with much, much sarcasm.)

I don’t need something else to get upset about. It’s been a rough day already — but how can I not? What’s it going to take? How can these doctors stand up there on tv or say anywhere publicly that vaccines are safe, all kids should get them all, and we need to do them to prevent mass illnesses..that’s saying that my son, and any other child out there with autism, is an acceptable casualty. Who is willing for their child to be the acceptable casualty?

I’m not, and I will join the thousands upon thousands upon thousands of other parents who know that our children being fine before a vaccine, but never the same after, is not okay. It’s not a coincidence. Stats this high aren’t coincidence. It’s not paranoia. It’s not trying to blame something. It’s fact — toxins are not good for our children, and there are toxins in vaccines. Fact is also that vaccines can be made safely, and given on a better schedule. Why wouldn’t everyone be okay with that? Oh, yeah, money. It’s all about the dollar…and we’ll just leave us parents to foot the bill for their vaccine-damaged children.

I almost can’t watch the news on it anymore. Few newscasts are unbiased, and there’s always one doctor who has to refute it….yet there is no definitive proof that it doesn’t contribute to autism either. You don’t hear that on the news, do you?

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten really caught up in the news of the day re: autism. I’ve spent too much time reading about the court case and which politician is going to do something for the cause of autism. Not that it’s not good reading, but I have to remind myself, it’s not the big picture. Technically, for the world at large, it is the big picture. But for parents of autistic kids, the big picture is daily life with our child; it’s keeping our child safe and happy each day. It’s attending therapy appointments, IEPs, going to the school or answering school phonecalls. It’s buying and making special food. It’s researching what supplement does what, or what new equipment we can buy to help supplement occupational therapy at home. It’s cuddling our child when he gets upset, or tending to a boo-boo without overwhelming him. It’s bathing and brushing teeth in the regular routine, getting haircuts without sending him over the edge, and paving the path for shopping trips and other unknowns. That’s the big picture.

I’ll continue to read the news, to state my opinion that vaccines contribute to autism (in a way that will eventually come to light more than now) and I’ll keep researching who to vote until election day is over with. But, I won’t let it overtake the big picture, my focus, my priority. I think sometimes we tend to get so caught up in fixing our kids, we forget to enjoy them and handle them as they are.


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