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Posted by Greg on September 10, 2000 at 23:09:45:

In Reply to: Fears Aired Over Safety of Vaccines posted by Margaret. on September 10, 2000 at 02:46:40:

: Fears Aired Over Safety Of Vaccines [Some experts suspect a link between vaccinations and rise in childhood
: chronic illness. By John Hanchette, Gannett News Service, September 9, 2000.]

: ARLINGTON, Va. -- Vaccine safety advocates meeting here Friday decried the almost universal lack of testing
: infant immune systems, before babies receive their shots, to see if they've been compromised by infection or
: genetic weakness. Scientists, academics and doctors attending opening sessions of the three-day International
: Public Conference on Vaccination 2000 expressed particular concern about a possible connection between
: childhood vaccinations and increasing rates of childhood chronic illness, especially autistic behavior.
: Pediatricians are routinely giving infants and toddlers inoculations even if they have colds, the flu, or other
: sicknesses, potentially increasing the chances of adverse reactions, said the experts. "Right on the
: manufacturer's information sheet packed with the dosage vial is a warning that says do not give the vaccine to
: immune-compromised or immune-suppressed individuals," said Utah State biologist Vijendra Singh, a leading
: researcher on autism. "Yet the vaccines are now given without any testing or thought of it. We should be doing
: immune system testing before all vaccinations. It would only cost a few million dollars, and we could identify the
: individuals who should not be given shots." Autism is a severe developmental disability characterized by
: withdrawal from social relations, diminution of motor skills, refusal or inability to communicate, detachment from
: others and a shutdown of language skills Autism is increasing throughout the nation at a staggering pace. Some
: studies show a seven-fold increase nationally in the past decade, and 27 states report more than 300 percent
: increases in diagnosed cases between 1992 and 1997. In some well-publicized clusters, the incidence of
: autism in the '90s has grown from the national average of about three in 10,000 children to one in 150 children
: (Brick Township, N.J.) or one in 132 children (Granite Bay, Calif.) California's legislature -- concerned with an
: increase in autism far outpacing other childhood disabilities like epilepsy, cerebral palsy and mental retardation
: -- recently appropriated $1 million for a study of environmental or biological factors, including vaccine use that
: could have triggered the autism growth. Some researchers suspect a connection between autism onset and the
: measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) shot given at 12 to 15 months of age. One is Paul Shattuck, director of
: autism research at the University of Sunderland in Great Britain, who told the conference here that England is
: experiencing the same increase and autism clusters, including one where an average one in 138 children have
: been afflicted. "It's scary and something is happening," said Shattuck. British health officials have denied any
: link between the MMR inoculation and autism. But Shattuck said, "There's a huge amount of smoke that should
: be checked out thoroughly. The British government on this is like Lord Nelson putting his telescope up to his
: blind eye and saying, 'I see no signals.' That's because they don't want to." He said studies in his country have
: shown autism "is four times as common in vaccinated children as in unvaccinated children, yet the government
: still says there is no relation." Shattuck called upon both British and United States governments to "make sure
: the child is completely healthy and well before vaccination -- it is stupid and extreme to give a child shots when
: the immune system is compromised." Dr. Mary Megson, a Richmond pediatrician who specializes in treating
: developmentally delayed children, told the 500 parents, academics, scientists and physicians attending the
: conference that genetic predisposition might play a big part in autism. She added that parents with a history of
: diabetes, arthritis, thyroid disease, night blindness, or HIV infection might find their children at increased risk of
: autism. "I find those patterns again and again," she said, adding that such immune system afflictions "are
: absolute contraindications for the measles vaccines." Megson said she has had some success treating autistic
: children with natural vitamin A like that found in cod liver oil, as opposed to powdered synthetic vitamin A and
: that such doses have often led to restoration of eye contact -- something frequently missing once the child is
: afflicted. Vaccine safety is more and more the subject of serious medical discussion. In 1999, the average
: American child received 39 doses of 12 vaccines before age 6, and the National Institutes of Health reports
: more than 200 new vaccines in various stages of research.

> Margaret I see that were getting back to normal so try I'll posting again. Thanks for the very intresting artical. This is somthing that my wife and I have been reading about for awhile. We take my son to a an Allergist and he brought this up he also did a blood test and said that he was allergic to casein and I think he said a low vitamin A count anyway he suggested cod liver oil
Thank Again Greg

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