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Page 6: What is AUTISM
Page 10: Child Discipline Page 9: Seperation Anxiety
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COVER: Treyvon Martin –page 7
Driving through Sanford, it’s easy to become aware of the distinct neighborhoods. In the population of about 55,000 people, nearly a third of them black, the chorus over injustice for Martin has grown louder and louder. But almost anyone will tell you that where you live and work will shape how you feel about what’s happened.
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Can VACCINES Cause AUTISM inChildren? Green This! Series (Green This!)by Deirdre Imus
Mercury toxicity is a suspected cause of a steep rise - a tenfold increase between 1984 and 1994 - in diagnosed cases of autism in children around the world, according to some scientists. Specifically, the culprit is thimerosal, a mercurybased compound used as a preservative in vaccines commonly administered to babies andinfants. Thimerosalfree vaccines are available. If you have a child who will b e receiving vaccinations, ask for and m a k e sure thimerosal-free vaccines are used. -Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Healby Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
There is also a strong connection between all forms ofvaccinations and autism. A U.S. study found that childrenwho received vaccines containing a preservative calledthimerosal, which is almost 50 percentmercury, were more than twice as likely to develop autismthan children who did not. Although mercury has been removed from regularchildhood vaccinesdue to growing safety worries, it is still present in other vaccines children might get. -Toxic Overload: A Doctor’s Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinetsby Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton Every year more and more children are being diagnosed withlearning disabilitiesand autism. What is the cause? According to many experts, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Deadly Immunity, ourgovernmentis to blame. There’s growingevidencethat shows that adrugcalled thimerosal is to blame. This drug is found in vaccines. The fact is the more vaccines kids get, the more autism,learningdisabilities, and lifelongillnessdevelops. The drug thimerosal is a preservative that was put in vaccines back in the 1930s. -More Natural Cures Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Diseaseby Kevin Trudeau Autism is a catastrophicepidemicwith an increase of 1,500% in the UK in the last decade. InCaliforniaone in 150 children is autistic - a 54% increase in just 2001/2! The primarycausesof autism known to come from vaccines, maternal overexposure toheavy metalsand antibiotics, heavy metals from industrypollutionof the air and water, and thechemicalsused in the electronicsindustry. Significantly, the first cases of autism were described in the US shortly after the vaccines for whooping cough were introduced in the 1940s. -Dispatches From the War Zone of Environmental Healthby Helke Ferrie Could the number of vaccines now recommended actually be contributing to the rise in children’s chronic diseases like asthma, allergies, autism, autoimmune disease,diabetes, obesity, some cancers, and the growing epidemic of developmental disorders? Remember, in just twenty-four years, we’ve gone from fewer than ten vaccines to fifty vaccines, and there are more on the way. As thechildhoodhealth crisis worsens, more and more parents, and physicians, are starting to question the effect these vaccines might be having on our children’s developing immune systems. -Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling
The first reported case of autism occurred after thimerosal, a preservative for immunizations, was added to vaccines. Since then, the incidence of autism has increased at an alarming rate. Thimerosal is not a necessary additive and istoxicto the human body, yet it has been used for years. And although thimerosal has been phased out of childhood vaccines, the vast majority of flu shots given to children and adults still contain it, and it is believed that many pediatricians are still using unexpired vials of thimerosal-containing vaccines. -Super Health 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitalityby KC Craichy Is it mere coincidence that rates of autism increased when the Center for Disease Control inserted additions to the recommendedvaccinationprogram for infants in 1988? In the 1980s, autism rates were estimated at only six in 10,000 children. Today one in 150 children is autistic, though in some areas autism affects closer to one in 50 children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged that thimerosal can be a neurotoxin (knowing very well that mercury is a neurotoxin), and in 2004 stated that thimerosal-containing vaccines were associated with autism. -Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within Youby Andreas Moritz Nonetheless there continues to be lively debate aboutenvironmentalroots of autism, which may have nothing to do with genetics. When California researchers, for example, studied the association between autism and environmental pollution in the San Francisco Bay area, they discovered a potential connection between ambient metal concentrations, and possibly chlorinated solvents, and an increased risk for autism. A lot of controversy has also emerged concerning the mercury preservative called thimerosol used in vaccines, as some believe it can cause autism. -The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Stepsby Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith The mercury in the vaccines causes autism,brain damage, and disease. The vaccines themselves cause thebodyto be in an unnatural state and set you up for majordisease. In the Natural Cures book I give you several other books that I recommend to discuss vaccines. They are: A Shot in the Dark, by Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher; Vaccines: Are They Really Safe & Effective?, by Neil Z. Miller; and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, by Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., with Deborah Mitchell. -More Natural Cures Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Diseaseby Kevin Trudeau
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Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today. In December 2009, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence report. The report concluded that the prevalence of autism had risen to 1 in every 110 births in the United States and almost 1 in 70 boys. The issuance of this report caused a media uproar, but the news was not a surprise to the Autism Society or to the 1.5 million Americans living with the effects of autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, the spotlight shown on autism as a result of the prevalence increase opens opportunities for the nation to consider how to serve these families facing a lifetime of supports for their children. Currently, the Autism Society estimates that the lifetime cost of caring for a child with autism ranges from $3.5 million to $5 million, and that the United States is facing almost $90 billion annually in costs for autism (this figure includes research, insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid waivers for autism, educational spending, housing, transportation, employment, in addition to related therapeutic services and caregiver costs).
Know the Signs:
Early Identification Can Change Lives Autism is treatable. Children do not “outgrow” autism, but studies show that early diagnosis and intervention lead to significantly improved outcomes.
Here are some signs to look for in the children in your life:
Lack of or delay in spoken language Repetitive use of language and/or motor mannerisms (e.g., hand- flapping, twirling objects) Little or no eye contact Lack of interest in peer relationships Lack of spontaneous or make-believe play Persistent fixation on parts of objects
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early everyone in Sanford agrees on one thing: The death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is a
tragedy. But his death has taken on a whole new meaning here, where media outlets from around the world have descended, to figure out just what happened more than a month ago when neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman shot and killed Martin. This once-quiet and quaint town is now the center of a controversy that has put residents in the position of examining just what the racial undertones of the case say about their hometown. And it makes them wonder whether they will forever be known as the place where an unarmed black kid heading home from the store with Skittles and tea was killed by a Hispanic man claiming selfdefense. For some, the case has become a rallying cry, a chance to air what they believe are years of grievances and cases of injustice between the police, the courts and the black community. For others, it has forced them to defend their town as a place that is not inherently racist, a place where a young black man cannot be killed without consequence. Myranette Boynton, 58, has lived in Sanford since 1999. On the grass along the walk that overlooks Lake Monroe, she grew increasingly frustrated as she recounted several events in which she has felt that police had targeted black people, including herself, for no reason.Photos: Scenes from town at the center of Trayvon Martin shooting Boynton says she’s not sure she can feel safe in Sanford if there is no arrest in Martin’s case. “This occasion has happened too many times, and enough is enough,” she said. “Trayvon is not the only one, but Trayvon should be the last one.” What witnesses say in the Trayvon Martin case She, like many other AfricanAmericans in this community, references the fact that Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee, who temporarily stepped down in the wake of the Martin controversy, was hired in May to try to change a perceived racial bias. The hiring was sparked in part by outrage after the white son of a Sanford lieutenant was caught on tape beating a homeless black man in December 2010 but was not arrested until a month later, when news stations began airing the video. For Boynton and others, it is a trend, one the new acting police chief, Darren Scott, partially acknowledged during a news conference. Scott said he planned to make new avenues for residents to air grievances about the police. “The police department has faced some challenges in the past few years,” he acknowledged, but he didn’t elaborate. But for others like Michelle Simoneaux,
a 45-year-old who has worked in Sanford for 22 years, those incidents have been few and far between. “I don’t see Sanford as being a prejudiced town by any means,” she said in downtown’s Colonial Room Restaurant, which she manages. “This could happen anywhere, but it doesn’t happen every day. This is the first time in years that anything like this has happened. It makes me sad it’s being turned into an issue of whether the town as a whole is prejudiced towards black people.” She says Martin’s death is tragic, and she hopes it is fully investigated to ensure that justice prevails, but she believes the issue of race relations within the community has been blown out of proportion.
A death divides a town
Driving through Sanford, it’s easy to become aware of the distinct neighborhoods. In the population of about 55,000 people, nearly a third of them black, the chorus over injustice for Martin has grown louder and louder. But almost anyone will tell you that where you live and work will shape how you feel about what’s happened. As in many towns in central Florida, the main roads are dotted with mini strip malls in between what remains of the town’s agricultural history. Some parts still have small farms. Other parts are quickly being developed and reshaped, while some have been boarded-up and entirely vacated. Off one of the main roads, you can spot pristine subdivisions of condos and apartment homes with gates and manicured front entrances, just like the one where Martin was killed. In a nearby subdivision, two white men in their 60s said they worried that everyone might be jumping to conclusions before all of the evidence has come out. Dave, one of the men, who did not want to give his full name for fear for his safety, said lots of people are quick to say that Sanford is a place where these types of killings happen regularly and nobody cares. He was referring to the Rev. Al Shaon’s comments that Sanford could be known “as the Birmingham and Selma of the 21st century,” referencing the police injustices that occurred during civil rights marches led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama. “But that’s not so,” Dave said. “And if that’s what people are saying and trying to shout that we are the Selma, I’d caution them, because you know, we could also be the Duke community of this year.” Dave talks candidly about how he saw the Duke lacrosse rape scandal unfold and his concerns that people jumped to conclusions before allowing all of the facts to come out with due process of the law. He points at the memorial outside the Retreat at Twin Lakes, the gated condo community where Martin was killed, and said that while he understands the outrage, he wanted to urge caution. The memorial outside the gates is full of teddy bears, Bibles and well wishes but also notes of anger about “Justice for Trayvon” and T-shirts that urge “Arrest Zimmerman.” He says he worries about vigilante justice directed at Zimmerman. He hopes that if an injustice did occur, it gets dealt with in a court of law, not on the streets of Sanford.
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How Separation Anxiety Develops Babies adapt pretty well to other caregivers. Parents probably feel more anxiety about being separated than infants do! As long as their needs are being met, most babies younger than 6 months adjust easily to other people. Sometime between 4-7 months, babies develop a sense of object permanence and begin to learn that things and people exist even when they’re out of sight. This is when babies start playing the “dropsy” game — dropping things over the side of the high chair and expecting an adult to pick them up (which, once retrieved, get dropped again!). The same thing occurs with a parent. Babies realize that there’s only mom or dad, and when they can’t see you, that means you’ve gone away. And most don’t yet yet understand the concept of time so they do not know if or when you’ll come back. Whether you’re in the kitchen, in the next bedroom, or at the office, it’s all the same to your baby. You’ve disappeared, and your child will do whatever he or she can to prevent this from happening.
Stresses Can Trigger Anxiety
When they’re between 8 months and 1 year old, kids grow into more independent toddlers, yet are even more uncertain about being separated from a parent. This is when separation anxiety develops, and children may become agitated and upset when a parent tries to leave. Whether you need to go into the next room for just a few seconds, leave your child with a sitter for the evening, or drop off your child at daycare, your little might now react by crying, clinging to you, and resisting attention from others. The timing of separation anxiety can vary widely from child to child. Some kids might go through it later, between 18 months and 2½ years of age. Some never experience it. And for others, certain life stresses can trigger feelings of anxiety about being separated from a parent: a new childcare situation or caregiver, a new sibling, moving to a new place, or tension at home. How long does separation anxiety last? It varies, depending on the child and how a parent responds. In some cases, depending on a child’s temperament, separation anxiety can last from infancy through the elementary school years. In cases where the separation anxiety interferes with an older child’s normal activities, it can indicate a deeper anxiety disorder. If separation anxiety appears out of the blue in an older child, there might be another problem, like bullying or abuse. Separation anxiety is different from the normal feelings older kids have when they don’t want a parent to leave. In those cases, the distress can usually be overcome if a child is distracted enough and won’t re-emerge until the parent returns and the child remembers that the parent left. And kids do understand the effect this behavior has on parents. If you come running back into the room every time your child cries and then stay there longer or cancel your plans, your child will continue to use this tactic to avoid separation.
What You May Be Feeling
During this stage, you might experience different emotions. It can be gratifying to feel that your child is finally as attached to you as you are to him or her. But you’re likely to feel guilty about taking time out for yourself, leaving your child with a caregiver, or going to work. And you may start to feel overwhelmed by the amount of attention your child seems to need from you. Keep in mind that your little one’s unwillingness to leave you is a good sign that healthy attachments have developed between the two of you. Eventually, your child will be able to remember that you always return after you leave, and that will be enough comfort while you’re gone. This also gives kids a chance to develop coping skills and a little independence. Making Goodbyes Easier These strategies can help ease kids and parents through this difficult period: Timing is everything. Try not to start daycare or childcare with an unfamiliar person when your little one is between the ages of 8 months and
1 year, when separation anxiety is first likely to appear. Also, try not to leave when your child is likely to be tired, hungry, or restless. If at all possible, schedule your departures for after naps and mealtimes. Practice. Practice being apart from each other, and introduce new people and places gradually. If you’re planning to leave your child with a relative or a new babysitter, invite that person over in advance so they can spend time together while you’re in the room. If your child is starting at a new daycare center or preschool, make a few visits there together before a full-time schedule begins. Practice leaving your child with a caregiver for short periods of time so that he or she can get used to being away from you. Be calm and consistent. Create a exit ritual during which you say a pleasant, loving, and firm goodbye. Stay calm and show confidence in your child. Reassure him or her that you’ll be back — and explain how long it will be until you return using concepts kids will understand (such as after lunch) because your child can’t yet understand time. Give him or her your full attention when you say goodbye, and when you say you’re leaving, mean it; coming back will only make things worse. Follow through on promises. It’s important to make sure that you return when you have promised to. This is critical — this is how your child will develop the confidence that he or she can make it through the time apart. As hard as it may be to leave a child who’s screaming and crying for you, it’s important to have confidence that the caregiver can handle it. It may help both of you to set up a time that you will call to check in, maybe 15 to 20 minutes after you leave. By that time, most kids have calmed down and are playing with other things. Don’t let yourself give in early and call sooner! If you’re caring for another person’s child who’s experiencing separation anxiety, try to distract the child with an activity or toy, or with songs, games, or anything else that’s fun. You may have to keep trying until something just clicks with the child. Also, try not to mention the child’s mother or father, but do answer the child’s questions about his or her parents in a simple and straightforward way. You might say: “Mommy and Daddy are going to be back as soon as they are done dinner. Let’s play with some toys!” It’s Only Temporary Remember that this phase will pass. If your child has never been cared for by anyone but you, is naturally shy, or has other stresses, it may be worse than it is for other kids. Trust your instincts. If your child refuses to go to a certain babysitter or daycare center or shows other signs of tensions, such as trouble sleeping or loss of appetite, then there could be a problem with the childcare situation. If intense separation anxiety lasts into preschool, elementary school, or beyond and interferes with your daily activities, discuss it with your doctor. It could be a sign of a rare but more serious condition known as separation anxiety disorder. Kids with separation anxiety disorder fear being lost from their family members and are often convinced that something bad will happen. Talk with your doctor if your child has signs of this, including: panic symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, or shortness of breath) or panic attacks before a parent leaves nightmares about separation fear of sleeping alone (although this is also common in kids who don’t have separation anxiety) excessive worry about being lost or kidnapped or going places without a parent For most kids, the anxiety of being separated from a parent passes without any need for medical attention. But if you have concerns, talk to your doctor.
Child Please. Ages 0 to 2
Babies and toddlers are naturally curious. So it’s wise to eliminate temptations and no-nos — items such as TVs and video equipment, stereos, jewelry, and especially cleaning supplies andmedications should be kept well out of reach. When your crawling baby or roving toddler heads toward anunacceptable or dangerous play object, calmly say “No” andeither remove your child from the area or distract him or her withan appropriate activity. Timeouts can be effective discipline for toddlers. A child who hasbeen hitting, biting, or throwing food, for example, should be toldwhy the behavior is unacceptable and taken to a designatedtimeout area — a kitchen chair or bottom stair — for a minute ortwo to calm down (longer timeouts are not effective for toddlers). It’s important to not spank, hit, or slap a child of any age. Babiesand toddlers are especially unlikely to be able to make anyconnection between their behavior and physical punishment. Theywill only feel the pain of the hit. And don’t forget that kids learn by watching adults, particularlytheir parents. Make sure your behavior is role-model material.You’ll make a much stronger impression by putting your ownbelongings away rather than just issuing orders to your child topick up toys while your stuff is left strewn around.
Ages 3 to 5
As your child grows and begins to understand the connection between actions and consequences, make sure you start communicating the rules of your family’s home. Explain to kids what you expect of them before you punish them for a certain behavior. For instance, the first time your 3-year-old uses crayons to decorate the living room wall, discuss why that’s not allowed and what will happen if your child does it again (for instance, your child will have to help clean the wall and will not be able to use the crayons for the rest of the day). If the wall gets decorated again a few days later, issue a reminder that crayons are for paper only and then enforce the consequences. The earlier that parents establish this kind of “I set the rules and you’re expected to listen or accept the consequences” standard, the better for everyone. Although it’s sometimes easier for parents to ignore occasional bad behavior or not follow through on some threatened punishment, this sets a bad precedent. Consistency is the key to effective discipline, and it’s important for parents to decide (together, if you are not a single parent) what the rules are and then uphold them. While you become clear on what behaviors will be punished, don’t forget to reward good behaviors. Don’t underestimate the positive effect that your praise can have — discipline is not just about punishment but also about recognizing good
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behavior. For example, saying “I’m proud of you for sharing your toys at playgroup” is usually more effective than punishing a child for the opposite behavior — not sharing. And be specific when doling out praise; don’t just say, “Good job!” If your child continues an unacceptable behavior no matter what you do, try making a chart with a box for each day of the week. Decide how many times your child can misbehave before a punishment kicks in or how long the proper behavior must be displayed before it is rewarded. Post the chart on the refrigerator and then track the good and unacceptable behaviors every day. This will give your child (and you) a concrete look at how it’s going. Once this begins to work, praise your child for learning tocontrol misbehavior and, especially, for overcoming
Ages 9 to 12
Kids in this age group — just as with all ages — can be disciplined with natural consequences. As they mature and request more independence and responsibility, teaching them to deal with the consequences of their behavior is an effective and appropriate method of discipline. For example, if your fifth grader’s homework isn’t done before bedtime, should you make him or her stay up to do it or even lend a hand yourself? Probably not — you’ll miss an opportunity to teach a key life lesson. If homework is incomplete, your child will go to school the next day without it and suffer the resulting bad grade. It’s natural for parents to want to rescue kids from mistakes, but in the long run they do kids a favor by letting them fail sometimes. Kids see what behaving improperly can mean and probably won’t make those mistakes again. However, if your child does not seem to be learning from natural consequences, set up some of your own to help modify the behavior.
Ages 13 and Up
By now you’ve laid the groundwork. Your child knows what’s expected and that you mean what you say about the penalties for bad behavior. Don’t let down your guard now — discipline is just as important for teens as it is for younger kids. Just as with the 4-year-old who needs you to set a bedtime and enforce it, your teen needs boundaries, too. Set up rules regarding
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any stubborn problem. Rewards and consequences should be given on a daily basis. Long-term consequences have little effect. Timeouts also can work well for kids at this age. Establish a suitable timeout place that’s free of distractions and will force your child to think about how he or she has behaved. Remember, getting sent to your room doesn’t have an impact if a computer, TV, and video games are there. Don’t forget to consider the length of time that will best suit your child. Experts say 1 minute for each year of age is a good rule of thumb; others recommend using the timeout until the child is calmed down (to teach selfregulation). It’s important to tell kids what the right thing to do is, not just to say what the wrong thing is. For example, instead of saying “Don’t jump on the couch,” try “Please sit on the furniture and put your feet on the floor.”
Ages 6 to 8
Timeouts and consequences are also effective discipline strategies for this age group. Again, consistency is crucial, as is follow-through. Make good on any promises of discipline or else you risk undermining your authority. Kids have to believe that you mean what you say. This is not to say you can’t give second chances or allow a certain margin of error, but for the most part, you should act on what you say. Be careful not to make unrealistic threats of punishment (“Slam that door and you’ll never watch TV again!”) in anger, since not following through could weaken all your threats. If you threaten to turn the car around and go home if the squabbling in the backseat doesn’t stop, make sure you do exactly that. The credibility you’ll gain with your kids is much more valuable than a lost beach day. Huge punishments may take away your power as a parent. If you ground your son or daughter for a month, your child may not feel motivated to change behaviors because everything has already been taken away.
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homework, visits by friends, curfews, and dating and discuss them beforehand with your teenager so there will be no misunderstandings. Your teen will probably complain from time to time, but also will realize that you’re in control. Believe it or not, teens still want and need you to set limits and enforce order in their lives, even as you grant them greater freedom and responsibility. When your teen does break a rule, taking away privileges may seem the best plan of action. While it’s fine to take away the car for a week, for example, be sure to also discuss why coming home an hour past curfew is unacceptable and worrisome. Remember to give a teenager some control over things. Not only will this limit the number of power struggles you have, it will help your teen respect the decisions that you do need to make. You could allow a younger teen to make decisions concerning school clothes, hair styles, or even the condition of his or her room. As your teen gets older, that realm of control might be extended to include an occasional relaxed curfew. It’s also important to focus on the positives. For example, have your teen earn a later curfew by demonstrating positive behavior instead of setting an earlier curfew as punishment for irresponsible behavior.
A Word About Spanking
Perhaps no form of discipline is more controversial than spanking. Here are some reasons why experts discourage spanking: Spanking teaches kids that it’s OK to hit when they’re angry. Spanking can physically harm children. Rather than teaching kids how to change their behavior, spanking makes them fearful of their parents and merely teaches them to avoid getting caught. For kids seeking attention by acting out, spanking may inadvertently “reward” them — negative attention is better than no attention at all.
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New evidence is constantly being uncovered and autism rates continue to rise. In October 2004, US pediatrician Dr F. Edward Yazbak provided another interpretation of the large overseasstudieson which the vaccines’safetyprofile was based. He said the definitive Danish study of more than 500,000 children born between 1991 and 1998 could not rule out a link between MMR and autism because many children went on to get autism after the trial had been concluded. ‘The most important age group to look at comprises children aged from five to nine,’ he said. ‘The number with autism increased from 8. -Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agendaby Jacky Law The connection between vaccinations and autism may bemercury poisoning. Thimerosal, a preservative used in many vaccines, contains about 50% mercury. The increases in the occurrence of autism are closely linked to the widespread use of thimerosal-containing vaccines. Mercury is well-documented as a cause of nervous system deterioration, decline in mental function, and learning problems. Certain symptoms of mercurypoisoningare similar to autism, particularly defects in coordination and motor skills, visual disturbances, and immune suppression. -Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Editionby Larry Trivieri, Jr. Increasedresearchdollars are spent on developing new vaccines, but little has been done to investigate the possible connection between vaccines and developmental problems (as in the possible connection between the measlesmumps-rubellavaccineand autism). The possible side effects ofimmunization, including rashes, fever, diarrhea, autism, and even death, have been considered to be minimal when compared to the benefits. -Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Editionby Larry Trivieri, Jr. It was determined that there was a close correlation between mercury doses from thimerosal - containing childhood vaccines and the prevalence of autism from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. In contrast, there was a potential correlation between the number of primary pediatric measles-containing vaccines administered and the prevalence of autism during the 1980s. -The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeingby Gary Null and Amy McDonald Orthodox medical opinion claims autism is caused by genetic defect, but many people have been looking at the possibility that vaccines are at the root of autism. Specifically, the concern centers around thimerosol, a mercury-based preservative that was used in several childhood vaccines until 1999, at which time thimerosol was removed or greatly reduced. An estimated 80 percent of children show significant improvement after detoxification of poisonous heavy metals from their system. -The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeingby Gary Null and Amy McDonald In 2000, the US Congress passed the Children’s Health Act, mandating its main research agency, the National Institutes of Health, to fund five centres of excellence into autism research. ‘Here was an unprecedented political commitment to expand, intensify, and coordinate research into autism and
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services for children living with autism,’ says Richard Horton, in his book MMR: Science and Fiction - Exploring a Vaccine Crisis. Or the government could have anticipated a steep rise in demand for individual vaccines, particularly against mumps. -Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agendaby Jacky Law In conclusion, it seems that a number of chemical factors play a role in triggering the onset of autism. In the case of MMR-triggered autism, the virus in this vaccine could be the final straw, triggering autism in a child who has already been damaged by previousexposureto chemicals from vaccines and theenvironment. Major improvements can be made. They center around adetoxprogram, a good rounded supplement program, and adietlow in gluten and dairy foods. -Toxic Overload: A Doctor’s Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinetsby Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton Since the 1990s, there has been a tenfold or 1000-percent increase in autism, an increase which has been linked by some researchers to the organic mercury preservative commonly found inbabyvaccines. A greatly increased incidence of juvenile diabetes has been correlated to specific vaccination sequences and to the number of vaccines given. -The Natural Way to Heal: 65 Ways to Create Superior Healthby Walter Last We must ask: why were faulty tires quickly recalled when they were dangerous while infant vaccines are not when there are so many claims they appear to cause autism andbraindamage? If they are safe, use them. If they are not, stop using them. And if there is serious doubt about their safety, err on the side of caution. We should not allow the present autism epidemic to continue. The bottom line is: Decisions by federal or state agencies for either vaccines or the use of drugs such as Ritalin® should be recommended and suggested but not compulsory or mandatory. -Our Toxic World: A Wake Up Callby Doris J. Rapp, M.D. The use of the mercury-based thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines has been associated with autism. Despite the evidence, mercury is still being added to vaccines at completely unsafe levels considering the fact that it is a known neurotoxin. A recent study conducted by the University of Calgary showed that mercury ions alter the cell-membrane of developing neurons inbabiesand young children, directly contributing to autism. -Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within Youby Andreas Moritz Studies have shown that the poisons in vaccinations are a major cause of learning disabilities, autism and mental retardation in children. Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy by David Kirby is one of several books exposing this danger. The drug companies even lobbied to get a rider attached to the Homeland Security Bill that prevents people from suing them for the damage done by vaccinations! -The Live Food Factor: The Comprehensive Guide to the Ultimate Diet for
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