Childhood vaccinations: protection or poison? : Childhood vaccinations: protection or poison? Kate Weir http://www.infiniteunknown.net/tag/vaccination/page/4/ Autism : Autism Discovered in 1943 by Leo Kanner
Gaining public interest with rising number of cases in the past few decades
Developmental brain disorder
A “spectrum disorder” http://www.democracycellproject.net/blog/images/time_autism_cover.jpg Signs of autism : Signs of autism http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/2009/07/autism.png 1990: 1 in 5000 children diagnosed with autism2010: 1 in 110 children have the disorder : 1990: 1 in 5000 children diagnosed with autism2010: 1 in 110 children have the disorder http://www.generationautism.com/images/logos/Increase_in_autism_diagnosis.png Slide 5: http://www.opposingviews.com/attachments/0002/3358/autism.jpg Sometimes signs appear at birth
Called “regressive autism” when symptoms don’t appear until later, usually between ages 1-3
This is around the same time children receive many of their vaccinations MMR Vaccine and Autism : MMR Vaccine and Autism http://bryanking.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/thimerosal.jpg First linked in 1998 when Dr. Andrew Wakefield published his study in The Lancet
Parents begin to worry about having their children vaccinated Slide 7: Dr. Andrew Wakefield http://www.findingdulcinea.com/docroot/dulcinea/fd_images/news/health/2009/feb/Newspaper-Accuses-MMR-Autism-Study-Author-of-Falsifying-Data/news/0/image.jpg Thimerosal : Thimerosal Thimerosal- a chemical preservative that contains mercury
Present in 30 childhood vaccines in 1998
Symptoms of mercury poisoning and autism are similar http://www.helpyourautisticchildblog.com/wp-content/uploads/auti.jpg Hepatitis B vaccine : Hepatitis B vaccine Stony Brook University Medical Center 2007 study:
Boys who receive Hepatitis B vaccine 8.63 times more likely to need special education services for disorders such as autism Aluminum : As amount thimerosal was reduced in vaccines, the amount of aluminum was increased
Theorized that maybe heavy
metals in general are causing
damage, not mercury specifically Aluminum Slide 11: Metallothionein http://www.bioc.uzh.ch/mtpage/PIC/ratmt.jpg Metallothionein: a protein that helps to rid the body of heavy metals and toxins
Theorized that autism appears when metallothionein doesn’t function properly A Genetic Link : A Genetic Link Most scientists agree that there is a genetic link to autism
Rate of autism growing faster than rate of population growth, so another factor must be present http://z.about.com/d/autism/1/0/-/0/-/-/babydnatetraimages.jpg Is it simply too much? : Is it simply too much? http://www.generationautism.com/showthread.php?p=182 Maybe the large amount of vaccines given over-taxes a child’s immune system
Schedules proposed that spread vaccines out over more time Slide 14: http://www.rescuepost.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/11/27/vaccination.jpg University of Louisville School of Medicine study finds no advantage to spreading out vaccines
Waiting to give vaccines leaves child exposed to diseases longer Slide 15: Jenny McCarthy and Generation Rescue http://www.talkaboutcuringautism.org/jenny/images/jenny-in-people-magazine.jpg http://jollypeople.com/files/2009/04/jim_carrey.jpg http://www.run4areason.org/media/GenerationRescue.jpg Slide 16: http://www.generationrescue.org/about/campaigns Less vaccines: more diseases : Less vaccines: more diseases Some parents not vaccinating their children out of fear of autism
Measles outbreak in San Diego in 2008
36 children at affected school had been exempted from vaccinations
Scientists worried about effects of not vaccinating children The media vs. science : The media vs. science Scientists worry that media attention and money spent on the vaccine theory diverts attention away from other more promising ventures http://images.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20090604/425.mccarthy.winfrey.060409.jpg Slide 19: Vaccine Court http://www.familyfriendlyjuryduty.org/JuryDutyKY/JuryDutyKY_files/images/gavel_shadow.jpg March 12, 2010: U.S. Court of Federal Claims decides there is not enough evidence to prove a link between autism and vaccines
Families affected by autism not entitled to compensation Slide 20: Scientists have yet to identify exactly what causes autism. The disorder is certain to remain an area of medical attention and controversy in the years to come. http://www.workitmom.com/bloggers/workitmom/files/2008/06/family-walking-park.jpg Looking to the future Slide 21: Bibliography
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