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Another weak study “proves” vaccines cause autism

Posted Sep 17 2009 10:12pm 1 Comment

I am constantly amazed at the low level of proof people use to demonstrate that vaccines cause autism.

Case in point, David Kirby and his recent post on the Age of Autism blog (and, a I write this, The Huffington Post).

He takes an abstract from a poster session and declares victory in the war to prove vaccines cause autism.

Here’s the abstract:

HEPATITIS B VACCINATION OF MALE NEONATES
AND AUTISM
CM Gallagher, MS Goodman, Graduate Program in Public
Health, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY
PURPOSE: Universal newborn immunization with hepatitis
B vaccine was recommended in 1991; however, safety
findings are mixed. The Vaccine Safety Datalink Workgroup
reported no association between hepatitis B vaccination
at birth and febrile episodes or neurological adverse
events. Other studies found positive associations between
hepatitis B vaccination and ear infection, pharyngitis, and
chronic arthritis; as well as receipt of early intervention/
special education services (EIS); in probability samples of
U.S. children. Children with autistic spectrum disorder
(ASD) comprise a growing caseload for EIS. We evaluated
the association between hepatitis B vaccination of male
neonates and parental report of ASD.
METHODS: This cross-sectional study used U.S. probability
samples obtained from National Health Interview Survey
1997–2002 datasets. Logistic regression modeling was used to
estimate the effect of neonatal hepatitis B vaccination on
ASDrisk amongboys age 3–17 years with shot records, adjusted
for race, maternal education, and two-parent household.
RESULTS:Boyswho received the hepatitis B vaccine during
the first month of life had 2.94 greater odds for ASD (nZ31
of 7,486; OR Z 2.94; p Z 0.03; 95% CI Z 1.10, 7.90)
compared to later- or unvaccinated boys.Non-Hispanicwhite
boys were 61%less likely to haveASD(ORZ0.39; pZ0.04;
95% CIZ0.16, 0.94) relative to non-white boys.
CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates
vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk
of ASD; risk was greatest for non-white boys.

What did they do? They looked at data from the National Health Interview Studies, and looked at autism and hepatitis B vaccination. They used surveys from 1997 to 2002, with children aged from 3 to 17.

Mr. Kirby was kind enough to post an image of the poster to the EOHarm group.

The autism group had 33 kids total. Of these, 9 of 31 (29%) were given the HepB vaccine. Compare this to 1,258 of 7,455 (17%) of the non-autism group who were given the HepB.

9 out of 31.

Are the red flags up yet? They should be.

Take for example kids aged 17 in the 1997 survey. When were they born? That’s right, 1980.

When was the Hepatitis B vaccine introduced? 1991. According to Mr. Kirby himself, the HepB vaccine didn’t get fully implemented until about 1996.

A lot of the kids were born before the “epidemic” of autism. No one disputes that the number of people identified with autism has gone up significantly in the last 30 years.

So, pretty much anything that changed in that time would “correlate” with autism.

This is how we get studies that “show” that Cable TV causes autism. And, now, the Hepatitis B vaccine causes autism.

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The problem with vaccines is that they have many substances in them that have never been tested, adjuvants that have been found unsafe in many subjects, substances that are known to produce sterility, and the APA has continued its increasing vaccination schedule to promote office visits (pediatricians are considered at the bottom wrung of doctors, even below GPs in terms of income), now advising over 200 doses by the age of 14.  I thought it was interesting that of the 8 or so H1N1 vaccines available, only two were without thimerosal--one of the two contained formaldehyde, the other had polysorbate 80. The one without thimerosal or formaldehyde was from Medimmune--they obtained an H1N1 patent in March of 2008.....    

Unfortunately, pediatricians have not advocated for children at their most vulnerable--their birth.  One in three babies in America is now born through C-section, which means the babies do not ingest crucrial gut organisms from the birth canal that are there for the purpose of colonizing the baby's gut to begin the immune compentency of the child.  Often these babies are not breastfed either--due to recovery after surgery, or because the baby has been given formula while the mother is recovering, dulling the baby's sucking reflex and consequently the mother's milk production.  At the same time, hospital bacteria can find their way to the baby's gut, while the pediatrician is concerned with getting the baby vaccinated with the only vaccine from which hospitals allow workers to exempt themselves.  Hmmm....  Hep B was developed/tested for teenagers, not neonates, but they figured it might be hard to follow-up with teens, so began the practice of just administering it while they had the opportunity--often within 12 hours of birth.

 Most vaccines are not mucosal, so they by-pass the natural IgA watchdogs.  This means that immunity is likely going to be temporary and in some cases puts the person in peril of getting the disease at a more dangerous (even life-threatening) time in their life (e.g., measles or chickenpox in adulthood) unless, of course, yet another "booster" vaccine is given....  an office visit for the GP.

Childhood diseases, while not pleasant, strengthen immune function as importantly as exercise strengthens muscles.  Moms used to care for their children when they were ill--now, due to the gradual deflation of the dollar since the 1940s, hardly any moms are able to remain home with their children. Vaccination has not been about health of the individual, but productivity of the workforce.

The increase in vaccination schedules has brought about many more problems in terms of neurological and immune function than you have been led to believe. Many of the problems are not immediate, but develop years later as a result of DNA damage and gene expression issues.  Mercury is not the only concern, but mercury exposure has certainly increased greatly due to the volume of vaccines recommended.  

I believe it is the concommitant increase in vaccine schedules and antibiotic use (a double assault on immunity), in combination with poorer nutritional status that has led to asthma, allergies, and other chronic disease, including G.I. dysbiosis and the related sub-par neurological function we are observing in the emerging generation.  

Now the gov't wants to irradiate foods for "safety"--despite the fact that this will denature proteins and destroy what remaining enzymes exist in our GMO commercially-produced foods!

It's quite complex, but every piece is a straw on the camel's back and I would declare its back is now officially broken. 

If ever you want to know what's healthy, read veterinary research.  Farm animals are only worth something when they're healthy, so vets are always 20 or more years ahead with their protocols.  Humans support the economy either way--when they're healthy, by productivity, and when they're sick, by financial support of the sickness management system we erroneously term a health care system--and our system is growing, not our overall level of health.

By the way, in Europe, the c-section rate still remains below 5% and they are far more discreet about antibiotic use--of course, they also eat more fresh whole non-GMO foods, including fermented foods (real yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, etc.) and don't use the household antimicrobial agents we use, so do not have the rampant dysbiosis plaguing our country.  Take a look at the double-sided heartburn, constipation, diarrhea aisle of your local Wal-Mart, if you doubt the problem.

And the gut produces the second largest volume of neurotransmitters, second only to the brain.  That's why autism is not just about the brain, but is related to inabilities to digest certain substances, leaky gut, other digestive challenges, and  problems with detoxification. 

Some children have mitochondrial genetic variations that make them more susceptible to vaccine injury/autism spectrum, but we don't know the full ramifications yet of the covert microencephalitis that ensues with fever and irritability in many others.

If vaccination, C-sections, antibiotics, and nutrient-free diets are not enough to affect the health of our children, consider the fluoridation of the water.  Fluoride is not only a carcinogen, but causes complacency-iit was used on war prisoners to make people docile and dull.  However, if you've read this far, you already know you don't want to get me started on natural dentistry.

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