October 20, 2008

Dazed and Confused?

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I know I’m going to get hate mail for this post, and to that, I can only sigh.  But I want you to remember one thing as you read this post… this is MY healing journey.

It seems that everyone I talk to wants to know how Nicholas “got autism”.

How the heck do I know?

Have you heard reference to my name as being an expert in the field of communication sciences and neurological disorders?

Have you read pages upon pages of research data that I’ve written regarding autism and its cause?

No.

Unlike a lot of parents out there, I didn’t lose my son after he received his MMR.  He’s still the same perky, curious, entertaining boy he was back then.

But there is one thing that hasn’t changed for him through the years, and that’s his level of communication.  Although, he’s a HUGE scripter, it has only been recently that we’ve been hearing a lot of spontaneous speech… which is groovy!

I know you’ve heard me bring up Jenny before, but I need to make something very clear… I do not support NOR discount her theory.

Again… I am NOT an expert!

{Side note: Yes, I still think Amanda, Mike, and Denis are cruel (playing nice here) for the things they’ve said about us and our children.  So, don’t go thinkin’ I’ve switched teams or anything ridiculous like that!}

I know that not much changed for Nicholas after he was fully vaccinated (being a Navy veteran, he was vaccinated like clockwork.).

I also know that the world he was born into (2001) was significantly more toxic than the world I was born into (1968).

As mothers, we were smart enough to stay away from tuna during pregnancy (because of possible Mercury exposure); I’m not sure why we didn’t do the same when it came to vaccinations (notice I said, “we”?).

With all of the resources available to us, I wonder why none of us researched vaccines before we had our children injected?  (again.. notice I said, “we”?)

The blame can’t be placed solely on the medical community.

There’s has to be some measure of parental accountability as well.

I’m sorry, but I can’t join the army of folks blaming vaccines when there are other KEY factors to consider.

Like them, I, too, am baffled by the increase in vaccines children receive today.  Was there an increase in diseases?

Like them, I don’t understand why the vaccines, of today, have to have so many toxins in them.  Is it really necessary?

But vaccines can’t be the only problem.

Like I said, the world today isn’t the same as yesterday.

With at least 100,000 synthetic chemicals floating around today, how can I place the blame solely on them?

In addition, only a handful of these chemicals have been tested for their “effects on humans”.

How can I say that the vaccines (specifically, the MMR) stole my son when it could have very well been my parents, or my grandparents, or my great-grandparents’ et al “fault”?

Believe me when I say there are far better things I would have preferred my son inherited from them… like say, a hefty trust fund?!?!?

How can I say it was the vaccines when I was the one who used to spray Raid around like it was water and used harsh cleaning products (like bleach, Tilex™, and the lot) because the green stuff didn’t seem “powerful enough” for me? (key words… USED TO, don’t anymore!)

Riddle me this… if a product “kills 99% of germs” doesn’t that in turn make that product TOXIC?

Anyhoo, here’s a rather interesting bit of 411 I found while trolling the web:

According to a 2005 study commissioned by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in cooperation with The American Red Cross on the umbilical cord of blood of newborns, 287 different industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides were found including mercury, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, dioxins, furans, pesticides, and chemicals from flame retardants, PCBs, industrial lubricants, plastics, Teflon, Scotchgard, industrial bleaches, electrical insulators, coal-fired power plants, vehicle emissions, and wood preservatives,all of which are known to cause health complications in humans, to be toxic to the brain and nervous system, and to cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.

There are some key words that stick out like sore thumbs here…

They are: “Study on… umbilical cord”. (You’re welcome to read the rest if you’re feelin’ frisky.)

So, I ask you again…

How can I say it was the vaccines that caused my son’s autism?

I can’t.

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