It’s a lament I’ve heard more than once and I don’t know what to make of it.
Vaccines and autism equals rolled eyes, whether it’s from the Vaccine Court, news reporters, or official organs of the medical establishment.
But call vaccine damage something else, like neuro-inflammation, pervasive developmental disorder, an encephalopathy, or a mitochondrial dysfunction, and suddenly the conversation gets a little warmer. People are more ready to listen. And yet the actual science bears little resemblance to the public debate.
Medical authorities readily admit that drugs can have side-effects. And they’re pouring billions of dollars into studying areas such as pharmo-genetics in order to determine those people most likely to suffer from adverse reactions. For example, the cytochrome P450 enzymes are necessary for the metabolism of many medications with the most vivid example being coumadin, a blood-thinner. Coumadin, also known as warfarin (used as a rat-killer because it causes the rats to bleed to death) can cause internal bleeding in some people. Those individuals generally have a polymorphism in those enzymes. By identifying the individuals with these polymorphisms it's believed the injuries and deaths associated with coumadin usage can be drastically reduced.