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Many people are under the impression that vaccinations keep us healthy.
After all, the eradication of both polio and smallpox are well-known public health victories. Unfortunately, there is also evidence showing that vaccinations are harmful, specifically to children.
Not only are the contents of a vaccine worth investigating, but the history of vaccine use is also enough to make a mother think twice about her choice to vaccinate her child or herself, especially if she is pregnant. Did you know?
Much of this current controversy has to do with the link between the MMR (mumps, measles, rubella) vaccine and autism. As Dr. Andrew Wakefield reports that during his medical education, no one ever spoke about autism. At that time, autism was a rare event and happened maybe 1 in every 10,000 children. Today, autism is a worldwide pandemic. Presently, 1 in every 50 children is affected. (1)
Autism often involves an inflammatory bowel condition, leading researchers to question the relationship between autism and the vaccines that contain the measles virus, such as the MMR vaccine. This is because certain infections, such as measles, naturally attack the bowels.
Today, a fully vaccinated child receives 37-50 vaccines during the critical first years of life. These first years of life are especially important because the gut, which is deeply related to immune health, and the immune system are still in the process of being developed.
This all began in 1986 under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act was created in response to the number of reported injuries and fatalities from the DPT vaccine.
Vaccines have been problematic since they began to be developed. The polio vaccine of the 1950s and 1960s was found contaminated with a monkey virus, SV40.
Dr. Andrew Wakefield is a gastroenterologist who has done a great deal of research investigating autism. Recently, Dr. Wakefield published a book called Callous Disregard, which documents his discoveries and the battles he has faced by simply telling others his observations. (2)
Take note: Dr. Wakefield is not alone in his observations regarding a possible relationship between vaccination and autism. For example:
While understanding “susceptible subsets of children” is a complex matter that researchers are still piecing together, many vaccines have been reported in peer-reviewed journals to cause inflammation in the brain, such as meningitis.
Because the brain and the gut have such a unique connection, known as the gut-brain axis, any kind of inflammation that takes place in the brain will affect the digestive system. Remember, gut inflammation is ubiquitous in those with autism. Because vaccines affect some children and not others, it is possible that some children are more sensitive and more prone to developing an inflammatory response. What factors could be involved?
Some vaccines, especially those containing a single virus, are reported safer than those that contain multiples, such as the MMR vaccine. If you are interested in vaccinating your child, make sure that his or her immune system is strong. This involves:
Although many of us believe that vaccinations can keep us healthy, it is still important to investigate the history of vaccines. Much of the controversy surrounding vaccination has to do with a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Autism is triggered by an inflammatory bowel condition, leading many researchers to question if the MMR vaccine that may inflame the bowels could cause autism.
Autism affects 1 in 50 children today, and some children are more at risk than others. Children at risk for autism may have had a traumatic birth, have been delivered by C-section, have been formula fed instead of breastfed, have a vitamin D deficiency, or have taken multiple antibiotics early on in life.
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