Vaccinations and Autism
I know there are several of you that have children or family with children that have Autism . There has been great debate over the past several years as to whether or not vaccinations and Autism are linked.
How do you feel about this? Do you think there is a link?
I think too many people get information from websites and studies that have no foundation.
I've went deep, deep, DEEEEEP down this rabbit hole and I still don't know. But, the world needs more Aspies and every Asperger's person I know who is an adult(I'm pretty involved in this community) does NOT WANT a cure, period. Having a lot of autistic qualities myself (just as my father does, he's pretty much a cliche) I am highly inclined to agree. Yeah, there are sucky aspects, but there are also AMAZING aspects that most neurotypicals don't quite understand (not all, obviously) I even know a wonderful woman who is in her 50's now who was nonverbal until around her 30's I think, and even she says NO CURE, Autism pride all the way, and you know she dealt with a lot of hardships because of it. We are all DIFFERENT and should be proud. I feel like Shayna Gier would have stuff to say on the topic too, 'cause we've talked a whole lot about stuff like this.
Guess my point is, though it might be challenging as a parent... I don't think it should be as big a concern in strict reference to the child. Weigh the other pros and cons of the vaccines, I think.
I think Theresa Gould pointed out there may be other stuff in vaccines too? Forgive me if I'm wrong, I just have a vague memory of reading that on something she posted. I don't know anything about that, but she might!
I do think it's a very personal, family decision though and EVERYONE has to respect each other's choices. :)
I definitely think there's a link between vaccinations and Autism, but I also think there are environmental factors, food issues etc. Sheila and I have a friend Maryannwho has had great success in treating her autistic son with natural methods, diet and so much more I am leaving out.
And Cassaundra Owens We love to hear that! I too have been a part of a few communities where you were afraid to ask a question because everyone would jump on you for it. We are a community of supportive, FUN moms. Enjoy!
But at this point I feel it is far more important to vaccinate me child. The risks of the diseases that we vaccinate against are exponentially higher than the risks from the vaccines.
I personally do not want to to vaccinate my children on the schedule provided.
In doing research, I have found that there actually are documented cases where vaccinating all at once, in adults, has caused terrible side-effects. No studies have been done on children, and most of the tests done on children and vaccinations are done on those children ages 4 and up.
As for the autism-vaccination "link" I do believe, from my studies, that it exists. But it is just that. It's a link. Not causal.
Basically, we know that autistics tend to have vitamin deficiency, our bodies do tend to not absorb certain vitamins and such. That is known. What I only recently learned, is there's a gene in the genetic code that has something to do with the way bodies handle poison, or the ability to absorb nutrients. Would it surprise you that most autistics are found to have a mess-up in this gene structure?
I forget what it's called, but its like the MFTHR gene or something like that.
And how does all this relate to vaccines?
In NORMAL cases, vaccines, which do contain things that are, by all other accounts, poisonous, enter the blood stream, and normal people's immune systems kick into gear, and do away with the poisonous parts. They don't really suffer from this inclusion in vaccines. That's the normal response.
But for people that have this gene mutation? Well... it can cause the body to not absorb/do away with the poison- usually mercury. When that poison is left around, it can do harm, and some studies have shown that there are pretty similar results of mercury poisoning, and autism.
So the theory goes that if you have a normal person, there's no risk of autism from vaccination.
If you have a person with the gene variation, well.... it's possible there is a link there.
But it would be more like turning on an inactive gene, than outright causing it.
I stand firm on the stance that says that autism is, above all, genetic. I think it's a highly complex genetic key, that we may never be able to nail down because of the complexity of it, but I do believe it is genetic.
So in conclusion, I think if one does their research, and they should, there are many other better reasons to not vaccinate than because you fear autism. And the link that may be there, isn't really an issue, in most cases. But if you are autistic, well... chances are you do have that gene issue, and therefor there's a chance that your child has it too.
Feel free to ask questions if I wasn't clear. I have this information in my head, and I'm having a hard time getting it out.
Also... that last sentence sums up so many things. Story of my life, right?
I just wrote an article on tantrums/meltdowns too. I'd appreciate it a boatload if you'd throw some advice over there too.
Hope you and Avery and the rest of the family are doing well, and this gestational diabetes isn't kicking your butt too bad.
However, even in my worst days, I would not say there is nothing beautiful about autism. Although, from your perspective I can understand that view. As an adult diagnosed three times, I love some of my autistic traits. I love the focus it gives me for things I enjoy, and the way that I don't understand violence, abuse, cliques, ect.. If you ask me, the world would be a lot better off if everyone had just a touch of autism, because there wouldn't be mind-games and manipulation. There would be a hell of a lot more logic, and a lot less bullying and other cruelties.
That being said, there are definitely hardships that come with being autistic too, I'd be lying if I said there wasn't. but that's why understanding and acceptance, and accomodations in life, are so very important.
While I'll admit the issues you tell about are troubleing, you are talking about childhood autism. Autism is life-long. And yes, meltdowns can be particularly troublesome. But, it has to be said, someone let that autistic kid get to that point where a meltdown was inevitable. Meltdowns are, on the whole, preventable, if you know what to do. Sensory overload, and demands that put stress on the autistic are things that can be eliminated or lessened, and if you do that, the degree of the meltdown won't be so bad.
We self-injure because the parts of the brain that control pleasure and pain are very close together, and when stressed, that pain can release that tension. Obviously, this is still unwanted behavior, and stimming is a much healthier way to deal with it. but all these things are symptoms, not causes.
I don't believe one form of autism is all that different from another, I just think it presents differently. But if you find the cause- often stress and overstimulation, or understimulation in some cases- then you can begin to treat it.
As for doctors... I dont' know what to say there. I wasn't around doctors when I was young enough to get help, and I've been turned away many times when they hear I'm an autistic adult. "w just dont' ahve anything for you"