There's this thing in the news: The Lancet, an prominent British Medical Journal, which in 1998 published a paper showing a connection between vaccines (mostly the MMR) and Autism, has retracted the paper, stating that the study was flawed. In the past 24 hours since this news item was published and made its way around the interwebs, I've been inundated with people asking me what I think. Well, I don't totally know what I think. I mean, let me be clear here: I am NOT an expert on Autism, vaccines, biomedical treatments, etc. Yes, my child has Autism. No, I don't believe that vaccines caused MY child's Autism, but I do think there needs to be some vaccine reform. I am not comfortable with the American Academy of Pediatrics' current vaccine guidelines. I believe it's too much, too soon. I believe that one size does NOT fit all. I think we, as parents, need to do more, better research into what we put into our kids and when. I don't let my kid drink coffee, coke, or eat cake and cookies for breakfast. I care about what goes into my kid (whose system is already weakened) and I act accordingly.
So, I don't know if vaccines cause Autism. I don't know what does. I think my kid's system is fucked up so I am helping to restore it and heal it. Yes, I use some unconventional means which some people think are crazy. I mean, I've called it voodoo myself. But, I've gotten to this point of unconventional means because the conventional ones haven't been enough (I still do all those things, I have just added other things to the mix as well).
I have found that the people who are most passionate about the "crazy" parents doing this "crazy" shit to heal their kids are those whose kids are not affected by Autism. The ones whose kids have been affected, seem to have been helped by conventional means alone. Baruch Hashem for them. Seriously. They are the very lucky ones. That's not the story for every family. Many families have tried those straight-ahead methods: therapies, early intervention services, etc, but they're not enough for all kids. It hasn't been enough for mine. So, I'm going to do everything I can to help my kiddo. Not just for her, but for me; and not just for me, but for her. I've seen so so so many families whose kids are so affected by Autism and they need more than speech therapy and occupational therapy. Yes, I think some of this biomedical shit is crazy, but it's crazier to let our kids remain sick. Just because one thing doesn't work doesn't mean we're going to throw up our arms and say "oh well." No, we're going to fight like fucking maniacs to help and heal our kids. If you have 'typical' kids and don't 'get it' like I get it, just trust me, you would too.
Anyway, here's the bottom line: I don't know if vaccines cause Autism. I applaud and encourage every researcher seeking the causes and cures for Autism- and you should too.
Okay, here are a couple links to some posts I've written in the past on the above topics. Enjoy.
In The Trenches of Autism
I do voodoo
Green Our Vaccines
If you disagree with me, that's fine. But don't get all crazy balls on me. I'm tired, sensitive, kinda vulnerable, and I've been beaten down by Autism. By the way, I feel like I need to go watch Jersey Shore or something to balance out all this heavy shit. Here I come, Snookie and The Situation!!