(NaturalSociety.com) In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the County Department of Health is ‘helping’ kids get back to school by offering free school supplies to those who consent to vaccinations. For some free crayons and construction paper, many parents are unknowingly exposing their children to a very well-hushed fact that one of the most common vaccinations required of school aged children, the MMR vaccine, or measles, mumps and rubella immunization, has a potential link to multiple ailments – including autism.
“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health – and that of classmates and the community,” said Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan. Perhaps Dr. McMahan should check the latest research.
While there is much controversy about the topic, evidence has been around for more than 10 years that MMR has been linked to the autism spectrum.
In one study published in 2002, the vaccine was found to cause an immune reaction which is thought to play a great role in autism. Dr Vijendra Singh analyzed blood samples from 125 autistic children and 92 children who did not have the disorder. In 75 of the autistic children they found antibodies showing there had been an abnormal reaction to the measles component of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Nine out of 10 of those children were also positive for antibodies thought to be involved in autism. These antibodies attack the brain by targeting the basic building blocks of myelin, the insulating sheath that covers nerve fibres. This stops the nerves developing properly and may affect brain functions.
None of the non-autistic children showed the unusual anti-measles response.
Dr Singh has suggested that an abnormal immune response [caused by MMR] may be the root cause of many cases of autism.
There are numerous additional studies linking MMR vaccinations to autism, and some pointing to a change in gut bacteria which are also responsible for a child’s immunity. Andrew Wakefield’s research saying as much has been corroborated now by multiple studies. Yeah, we know it’s controversial.
The question is, why would school districts and health officials be continuing to promote vaccinations for children when they may be causing autism? Even the CDC says that the numbers of children with autism has risen by a startling 78% in the last decade. If there is even a remote possibility that autism is caused by vaccinations, then why are we continuing to harm our children with them for a few boxes of crayons?
||Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.