November 13, 2008

Vaccine-Autism Link Put to the Test.

Good Morning America is doing a great job raising awareness for autism.  I’ve already mentioned their OnCall+Autism series.

Today, the released a report about how the government is now examining the link between vaccines and autism.  It also appears that this examination may be looking at mitochondrial disorders as the “culprit”.

Government health agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health, met in Indianapolis Sunday to discuss whether cellular diseases known as mitochondrial disorders should be considered in research on autism.

At the heart of the issue for many specialists and concerned parents is whether vaccines — suspected by some people as being a cause of autism — might trigger mitochondrial disorders, which lead to autism.

One of the people at the meeting in Indianapolis was Jon Poling, father of 9-year old Hannah Poling, who was diagnosed with autism after receiving a series of vaccines.

Poling, who is also a neurologist, said he believes the vaccines may have aggravated a pre-existing condition, called mitochondrial disease, which in turn, led to Hannah’s autism.

Some hope that this meeting will generate more research.

Hmmm, “vaccines – – suspected by some people as being the cause of autism” is an understatement to say the least…

BUT

Those people, as well as others who don’t blame vaccines, are looking for answers.

Perhaps, this examination will offer just that.

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