April 13, 2011

OUCH, Splinters!

Well last I checked it is still April.  Still Autism Awareness month, so here it is.  Okay, you knew I was going to talk about this.  Vaccines...wait, wait, don't go.  Yes, I have been known to get a little feisty on the subject.  You can read here, Click-a-dee-do-da, for the more rabid detailed version of my philosophy.  I'm not going to go into it on this post as to avoid the ol' broken record,  yada yada.  What I do know is that my daughter {typical child} is pretty much up to date on vaccines, she's 6, we do the less is more schedule, not every shot available. I've calmed down a bit in my old age and allow her to get some.  Now I face a dilemma, the boy {a-typical child with Autism}.  As I've stated before, not sure I want him to get a shot ever again.   I don't think vaccines are bad, yes, they serve a purpose, don't want Polio back.  I think they are dangerous.  I think they are filled with unhealthy junk, that some of the population cannot metabolize.  Take the Native American population for example.  Studies show they may have a predisposition to alcoholism because of their genetic makeup. They cannot metabolize alcohol as well as other ethnicities {who've been drinkin' since Jesus} for more, scientific gobbledy goo.   Some kids cannot get the heavy metals out of their system.  Yes maybe mercury free, but how about aluminum free?  We know this is a problem for kiddos on the Spectrum.

The boy had pink eye a few weeks ago.  So we went directly from school to the pediatrician to get the drops.  The doc says, Cari I know you're feelings on the vaccines.  I will not sway you one way or the other {good man, my last rant, and over usage of the word scare tactics, must still be fresh in his mind} but I have some new information you need to consider.  There has been a Measles outbreak in the neighboring county, 8 children hospitalized.  Good thing he told me, as I don't watch the news or read the paper, there was no PSA on Nick Jr.  We are asking that any child that has not had their second round of MMR, to do so immediately.  I need to think about this.  Its one thing to deny vaccination when Measles are practically eradicated here in the good ol' USA, {as in one case in the U.S. a year} but then to weigh the options of measles or possible regression is quite another. 

I am on the fence about this one, and it's giving me splinters.  MMR, that's a big shot, full of lots of crap and a little bit of good.  Right now, I'm thinking about possibly just asking for the Measles vaccine {and forgo the Mumps and Rubella, did you know you can do that? get them all separate, I recommend this}.  I will however have to know every single ingredient in that baby and research my tush off before I make a decision. 

Sometimes doing something can be as harmful as doing nothing at all.

I know this is a very sensitive subject.  Do you have an opinion?  What are your feelings on vaccines?  I'm not picking a fight, just interested in what you parents think... parents of typical and a-typical kiddos.  Besides I won't publish anything that would conflict with my own interests {wink}.

Here is the article about the Measles outbreak from the paper if you're interested, Measles.

11 comments:

  1. If you have the courage and tenacity to buck the system (which I know you do!), I would ask for the measles-only shot. Do they have single vaccines readily available? I can imagine the hassling when you ask for JUST measles, but it seems like a reasonable request in The Boy's situation.

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  2. Ugh, I battle the same issue quite often... vaccines are such a tough subject and we really don't have a Yes or No answer to the controversy... which makes it even harder!
    We are personally not doing vaccines anymore because our neurologist, naturopath, and DAN! doctor all agree that we need to know more about Caydon's brain before we even consider it. The DAN! and naturopathic doctor does feel that the shots are excessive, not necessary, and very well could contribute to Autism. So for now, no thanks! I've always said that until we have an outbreak of measles, I'm just saying NO! But reading this makes me super nervous. After his next EEG, maybe I'll be able to have better answers. Let me know what you end up doing!!!
    ALSO, I wanted to let you know that I have reward you with the versatile blogger award. Congrats!! Come check out my site to get the reward! ((AND keep on coming back, I have two giveaways that are specific to parents of Autistic kids that I think you'll be excited about!))

    Good luck

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  3. Vaccines certainly create controversy, don't they? I am a mom of 2 boys diagnosed on the autism spectrum and so I am quite familiar with the topic. We credit the GFCF diet with moving my youngest son from being violent and nonverbal to a kid that is indistinguishable from his peers in terms of language.

    We also have stopped vaccinating. The research I have done on the topic makes me uncomfortable with vaccines as they currently exist...full of chemicals, preservatives, animal and human cells, heavy metals, etc. I hope that positive changes will be made in this area sometime soon.

    Oh, and just a note about Dr. Wakefield - he didn't say or suggest that he thought MMR caused autism. From the paper: "We did not prove as association between measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described (...chronic entero-colitis and regressive developmental disorder)...Further investigations are needed to examine this syndrome and its possible relation to the vaccine." That's what the stink is all about. He never drew the line from one to the other, he only thought it warranted further study. I comend him for the research he conducted in order to help families understand the basis for their children's bowel disease and subsequently start a dialog about the safety of MMR. I certainly don't want to belabor anything, but I thought a clarification might be helpful.

    I can really appreciate that you are aware of the issues related to vaccines and are making choices for your children with some thought and consideration. I, too, have this goal in mind with my boys. Thanks for your post and for being willing to share your honest opinion on a very touchy subject.

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  4. Oh, and BTW, I really do applaud you for tackling this subject on your blog. I have been too chicken thus far to deal with it on my own blog. I'm afraid I'll end up writing some hideous dissertation! Well, I have a feeling I'm going to need to deal with it sometime soon. Thank you for the inspiration. :-)

    -Angela (aka Caffeinated Autism Mom)
    http://caffeinatedautismmom.blogspot.com

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  5. Angela- Thank goodness you have done your homework. Retraction, I edited my post until I can research further. I guess that would be a FANTASTIC example of how the media can turn something around. (Notice how I blamed it on the media, not me) I certainly don't want to publish anything incorrectly...I will have to do some digging, our local papers did imply the very thing I stated about the MMR and Dr. Wakefield. This may call for a letter to the editor! Glad you're following and thank you for all of your comments. I find the Autism community to be VERY supportive, that being said, there is also a clear cut line amongst us on the vaccination front, diet, biomedical, ABA, etc. My wish is that the community would be a little less "stuck" on right and wrong, and just be supportive no matter what choice we make for our kids. The fact of the matter is that at least we are all doing something, and that's Huge! Thanks again, I'm going to check out your blog:)

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  6. Cari, thank you for being understanding of my point and not seeing it as some sort of attack on you. I appreciate you recognizing the media spin machine surrounding Dr. Wakefield. Personally, the things I've heard in the media about his paper (and ALL of the various forms of hoopla about him) are so blatantly false they make me want to puke.

    I guess I'll never fully understand the need for people existing in the same community to be so adversarial with each other. Vaccines, therapy approaches, biomedical... You're right! These things are such hot button points of passion among the families dealing with autism that somehow it's okay to degrade the other side's point of view. Things can get so polarized and ugly and it shouldn't have to be like this.

    Last I checked, we're all fighting the same fight! No kid on the spectrum is the same, and as such, each parent should be recognized for their individual efforts to help their children in whatever way they feel is in their child's best interest. Period. The end. *stepping off my soap box* :-)

    -Angela (aka Caffeinated Autism Mom)
    http://caffeinatedautismmom.blogspot.com

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  7. I like the view from the soap box too:) Stand tall! No worries, I'm a lover, not a fighter. I want my blog to be a place open to discussion without judgment. I want people to feel comfortable to ask questions or "call me out" (which you did oh so sweetly). I appreciate you doing it, the last thing I want to do is take a step back when we've all fought so hard to push forward. I'm always very wary when it comes to explaining the science behind all things Autism, especially when I'm approached about the diet. I wish I had my son's capacity for scripting then! But I don't want to inaccurately relay any scientific information. I'd love to have you guest post on the subject if you're interested, I'll contact you later; for now I need to concoct my retraction post;)

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  8. Wow, I would LOVE to write a guest post on the diet. I am actually doing that very thing for another blogger this week (set to post on Thursday the 21st). Check it out and then let's chat more. As far as this post and its string of comments goes, thank you for your openness. I'm glad to know I've met a kindred spirit in Team "Autism Mommies." Take care and email me whenever you like. You can find my email address on my blog profile page. TTYL.

    -Angela

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  9. Woo-hoo! I feel the same way {hug}. Looking forward to Thursday's post.

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