October 21, 2008

Is Autism the New Generation of Multiple Chemical Sensitivities?

Until two days ago, I had never heard of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).  Wanting to know more about it, I decided to do some light research.

Here’s a little something that offers a brief explanation for what MCS is.

MCS means an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants including solvents, VOCs, perfumes, petrol, diesel, smoke, “chemicals” in general regarded and often encompasses problems with regard to pollen, house dust mites, and pet fur & dander.

MCS unlike “true” allergies – where the underlying mechanisms of the problem are relatively well understood & widely accepted – is generally regarded as “idiopathic” – meaning that it has no known mechanism of causation & its processes are not fully understood. {Source: www.multiplechemicalsensitivity.org}

This brings me back to a previous post where I mentioned Karen Slimak and a study of VOCs and their effects on humans (It appears that people have been speaking of the VOC-autism connection for some time now, and it’s only recently that folks are buzzing about it. (present company included))

One of the things that remains constant in some of my findings is that vaccines are being tagged as being the sole causation for the majority of newly diagnosed autism cases.

The CDC‘s site states that “ensuring those vaccines are potent, sterile, and safe requires the addition of minute amounts of chemical additives.”

They also state that these “chemicals are added to vaccines to inactivate a virus or bacteria and stabilize the vaccine, helping to preserve the vaccine and prevent it from losing its potency over time.  The amount of chemical additives found in vaccines is very small.  All routinely recommended pediatric vaccines manufactured for the U.S. market contain no Thimerosal or only trace amounts.”

I would think that there has to be a better way to “stabilize the vaccine”.

Most of the vaccine-autism cries have been about Thimerosal, but what about the rest of the “ingredients” in vaccines?

Those chemicals that are part of the 100,000 that are contaminating the entire planet at an alarming rate?

What about them?

I can see how some would argue that their children were fine until they were pumped full of harmful ingredients, often getting more vaccinations at once than seemed necessary.

I can see that.  Really I can.

Jenny wants greener vaccines, and I agree.  They should be cleaner.  However, it would be nice if she also rallied just as hard for a greener environment as a whole, (federal mandates requiring the use of renewable energy; federal mandates requiring nationwide mandatory recycling, etc.)

That brings me back to MCS.

I believe that the government knows the cause of autism and other NDDs, but there isn’t any money in decreasing the rate of people being diagnosed each year.

Synthetic chemicals = big dollars (thereby, allowing industries to keep up with consumer demand for better, smaller, and cheaper goods.)

Medical research = big dollars for the pharmaceutical companies (increases the production of new meds for our never-ending list of ailments).

Now, before you go calling me a conspirator, I’m merely saying that there is more money in constantly “researching for a cure”, instead of actually eliminating the culprits that cause illness.

I came across an interesting article that doesn’t mention the author, but they go on to state,

The implications however go beyond the vaccines/mercury/autism debate. If impairment of a natural glutathione-based detoxification mechanism can explain why some people seem to be more sensitive to environmental factors than others, perhaps a solution can be found to multiple chemical sensitivity, a problem that has been “pushed under the carpet” by chemical industry and compliant medical authorities for understandable reasons. Liabilities for the contaminators would be huge were it discovered that the toxins they produce actually do cause illness and suffering on a large scale.

Again, if every household stopped using toxic household cleaners and started using greener options, then maybe we would see some significant and positive changes in our children’s health.  You should also demand to see the vaccine package insert… should you choose to vaccinate your child(ren).

There are other triggers to the what-causes-autism concern, and I’m not saying that vaccines aren’t one of them.

We just need to consider all of the options and stop the vaccine = autism paranoia that has swept across this nation like a virus.

I wonder if there’s a vaccine for that…

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