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11th August 2012, 05:31 PM
A new scientific review reveals there are a host of peer-reviewed, published theories that show possible connections between vaccines and autism. The author of the review, Helen Ratajczak, did something that no one else has apparently bothered to do -- review the complete body of published science since autism was first described in 1943.

The article found numerous documented causes of autism caused by encephalitis following vaccination. Ratajczak goes on to discuss many potential vaccine-related culprits, including the increasing number of vaccines given in a short period of time.

According to CBS news:

“Ratajczak also looks at a factor that hasn't been widely discussed: human DNA contained in vaccines... she discusses the increase in autism incidences corresponding with the introduction of human DNA to MMR vaccine, and suggests the two could be linked. Ratajczak also says an additional increased spike in autism occurred in 1995 when chicken pox vaccine was grown in human fetal tissue.”

Many so called "experts" have dismissed the autism vaccine connection but Helen Ratajczak has masterfully reviewed the entire body of scientific literature related to theories about how vaccines and autism may be connected. It's time for the CDC to take a genuine look at the data, as opposed to brushing it off to the realm of conspiracy theories and unsubstantiated urban legends. Autism has become a medical disaster of monumental proportions, morphing from a rare disease three decades ago into a modern day epidemic.

Rates have exploded from 4 in10,000 children in the 1940s to somewhere between 1 in 50 and 1 in 110 children now, depending on what source of statistics you use. In this literature review, Ratajczak reports approximately one child per 100 (1 percent) in the U.S. currently has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and one child per 64 has some form of autism in the United Kingdom.

A recent study in South Korea, which employs a different sampling method, suggests even more troubling prevalence. Researchers concluded 1 in 38 children in South Korea—or 2.64 percent—has an autism spectrum disorder. The study's authors predicted that if similar studies were conducted in other countries, the prevalence would be higher than current estimates suggest.

Are Increased Autism Rates Real?

Could it be that we are just better at identifying these children today than we were decades ago? Not according to Ratajckak's report. The increase in autism is not considered to be a result of reclassification, improved screening, or other changes in diagnostic methods. A key piece of evidence here is that the other pervasive developmental disorders, including mental retardation, speech/language impairment, and traumatic brain injury, have NOT shown the same stark rate increases.

Autism rates began to rapidly escalate between 1983 and 1990, from 4 in 10,000 to 1 in 500, at the same time as a new type of measles/mumps/rubella vaccine (i.e., MMR II) was released. It is important to note that this version of the MMR was different than previous versions in that it was propagated from human embryonic lung tissue—human DNA. It has been hypothesized that this human DNA contamination might explain the spikes in incidence.

But this is only one of many theories, based on research to date.

It is likely that skyrocketing autism rates have MULTIPLE causes, many of which tie into the large number of vaccines given to children at one time, and the fact that so many vaccines are now given to children during their first two years of life. In 1983, before the autism epidemic began, children received 10 vaccinations before entering school. Today, they are receiving 24 vaccines before the end of their first year—and 36 by the time they start school.

The sheer number of vaccines given to young American children is a major contributor to this country's falling infant mortality rates.

Developed nations with poor infant mortality tend to give their children more doses of vaccines before age one, according to the latest scientific research. It's not just a "coincidence" that the infant mortality rate is twice as high in America as it is in Sweden and Japan, where half as many vaccinations are given to babies.

What about Genetics as an Explanation for Autism?

There is solid evidence that genetics is a major component of "traditional" autism, as evidenced by the twin studies Ratajckak cites. Prior to 1980, genetics probably accounted for most of the cases. But genetics accounts for only 1 to 2 percent of the cases of autism we see today. If one identical twin has autism, there is a 90 percent likelihood that the other will develop autism. However, if one fraternal twin has autism, there is only a 2 to 3 percent chance that the other will develop it. This points to autism as a neurodevelopmental syndrome for which there is no single major genetic cause, but rather many different genes and mutations.

Furthermore, no one has been able to identify one single "autism gene." And there is no such thing as a genetic epidemic—so no way to explain today's autism explosion as a function of genetics. The majority of autism cases appear to result from the activation, or "expression," of a number of different genes and multiple epigenetic and environmental factors that interact to express autism traits.

The Need for a Paradigm Shift for Autism

Autism has traditionally been regarded as a psychiatric and neurological disease, whose pathology was confined to the brain. But as autism cases have escalated, it is now obvious that it's a multi-faceted, whole body disease that has effects reaching far beyond brain and behavior. For example, bowel disorders are a very common in those with autism, yet "experts" continue to deny the existence of a connection. If we are to slow down this raging freight train of an epidemic, a paradigm shift is needed in how this disease is viewed, particularly in light of new evidence about the mechanisms underlying it.

It is important to realize that, while I believe vaccines are an important contributor to autism, they clearly aren't the only factor. In her pilgrimage through the literature, Ratajckak cites evidence for the following potential causes and factors contributing to today's autism epidemic. (For details on any of these, please refer to her original article.)

Mitochondrial disease and dysfunction Medications used by a woman in pregnancy can alter brain development of her unborn child (evidence exists for Misoprostol, valproic acid, acetaminophen, and of course thalidomide)
Immunosuppression related to pregnancy, prenatal development, and increased susceptibility to infection, possibly due to a defective blood-brain barrier Abnormal regulation of brain growth
Imbalance of neural systems—between excitation and inhibition in key neural systems, including the cerebral cortex Excessively high fetal testosterone levels
Environmental toxins such as xenobiotics, phthalates, PCBs, organophosphate pesticides, herbicides, perchlorates, trihalomethanes, aluminum and mercury Viruses such as measles, herpes simplex virus, varicella, cytomegalovirus and Stealth virus, which can cause encephalitis that can later result in autism; some of these viruses can persist in your body by hiding inside monocytes, inducing chronic inflammation
When you look through that list, the causes may appear to be "all over the map." Yet, dedicated scientists have suspected there must be some common thread, some underlying mechanism or process explaining the degenerative brain changes seen in autism. Finally, it seems that a Russian neurologist has found a concept which may put all the pieces together very nicely. That physician is Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and she has published a book called Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS)

source - Dr Mercola