Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Vaccine Links

I have several interesting links to share regarding vaccines.

This first one is a link to a study, "Pediatric Vaccines Influence Primate Behavior", regarding the use of thimerosol and vaccines. The study's conclusion:
"This animal model, which examines for the first time, behavioral, functional, and neuromorphometric consequences of the childhood vaccine regimen, mimics certain neurological abnormalities of autism. The findings raise important safety issues while providing a potential model for examining aspects of causation and disease pathogenesis in acquired disorders of behavior and development."
Keep in mind that thimerosol has been phased out of many vaccines (excepting the flu vaccine, to my knowledge). But I still found this interesting, especially from a standpoint that this information remains widely unacknowledged by the medical community.

After I had already written this post and set it to publish, I received a link to this article, "Sharp Rise in Autism is Real", which debunks the myth that real autism rates have not changed, but have only seemed to have increased due to earlier and better reporting.
"Many experts contend that other factors account for the increase, such as greater awareness among parents and pediatricians, and therefore a greater likelihood of a diagnosis.

But that accounts for only a fraction of the more than 600 percent jump, said Irva Hertz-Picciotto, whose work was published this month in the journal Epidemiology. . .

Hertz-Picciotto and her colleague, Lora Delwiche, found that less than 10 percent of the estimated increase could be attributed to the inclusion -- after 1993 -- of milder forms of autism, and about 4 percent of the increase was attributed to a trend toward earlier diagnosis. . .

Many scientists think people have a genetic predisposition to autism that is triggered by some environmental factor. Hertz-Picciotto believes it's probably multiple genetic susceptibilities and more than one environmental trigger. . .

Stanley Swartz, an autism researcher and professor of special education at Cal State San Bernardino, said it will be hard to get a consensus on causes for the increase.

'The problem is we're operating almost completely on theories," he said. "What we have to consider is that this is not a single syndrome with a single cause. ... There's more going on than just one thing because you do see such a wide variety of cases of autism.'"
Again, I'm curious what, if anything, will come of this study and how well the findings will be publicized by mainstream media.

I read What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations to help my family decide about vaccinations. There are other good books out there, I'm sure. The Sears' recently added The Vaccine Book: Making the Right Decision for Your Child to their well-respected library, but I haven't read it yet. Dr. Bob Sears has also written an interesting article published in the Jan/Feb 2008 Mothering magazine, "Is Aluminum the New Thimerasol?".

Do you have any recommendations for books or websites on this issue? Michelle - didn't you have a book sent to you for free? Can you include info on it in the comments?

Finally, there is a link on the Dr. Sears site that lists Vaccine-Friendly Doctors, those doctors "who are friendly toward parents who want help with the vaccine decision or who want to delay or decline vaccines. The doctors listed here will have read, or be familiar with, my book and contacted me to have their practice listed here as a place such patients can come and feel welcome."

Unfortunately, there are no Maine doctors mentioned. Anyone have good experiences with doctors re: delaying or declining vaccinations or selectively vaccinating? Leave a comment if you can recommend someone!

Christina @ Birthing Your Baby
Independent Childbirth Classes for Central Maine

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the book "Just a little prick" was sent to me for free (paid for by a memorial fund, they do ask for donations to the fund if one is able/wants). I found the book was very well researched and if I had the hours, I could very easily take further steps into research by reading the many medical journals, studies and other resources the author quoted.
The author recently published a 2nd book. More information and ordering information can be found on their website: http://www.beyondconformity.org.nz/books
I highly recommend "Just a little prick" for any and all parents.
Another great resource is Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. She has DVD, CD and books one can order from her website (http://www.nmaseminars.com/VaccineInfoHome.html). I watched "Vaccines: What CDC and Science Documents Reveal" which was very enlightening and information was taken directly from the CDC.

January 23, 2009 at 8:08 AM  

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