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Autism's Theoretical Causes: Mercury and Vaccines--An Editorial

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In addition to genetics and metabolism, mercury exposure and vaccines have been implicated as a possible cause of autism. My previous article covered studies about genetic and metabolism causes and this article continues with research regarding vaccines.

Old style DPT vaccines used to contain thimerosal, a 49 percent mercury compound. Some DTaP vaccines still contain small amounts of mercury, according to the CDC Pink Book. Other vaccines, such as Hepatitis B and flu shots contain the full amount of thimerosal.

Some researchers believe that the increasing number of vaccines given at one time to a developing infant are a cause of autism, particularly as the blood/brain barrier is not yet complete.

A study in the Annals of Epidemiology found that newborn boys who had received Hepatitis B vaccine were three times more likely to be diagnosed with an ASD compared with boys who hadn’t had the jab.

"Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk of ASD; risk was greatest for non-white boys." (2)

Autism symptoms and mercury poisoning symptoms are virtually identical. The Journal of Immunotoxicology wrote:

"Autistic brains show neurotransmitter irregularities that are virtually identical to those arising from mercury exposure. Due to the extensive parallels between autism and mercury poisoning, the likelihood of a causal relationship is great."

These neurotransmitter irregularities may be the reason why some autistic children have sensory processing disorders. (1)

MMR Vaccine

MMR vaccine is considered a possible cause of autism. In 1998 a gastroenterologist called Andrew Wakefield and his team of clinicians identified 12 children, eight of whom suffered regressive autism and gastrointestinal disease. After publishing this case paper, concluding that it did NOT prove an association with MMR, Dr. Wakefield studied a further 161 children, 91 of whom had bowel disease and a further 70 who did not.

He found measles virus in the guts of 75 of the children with bowel disease and only in five of the healthy children. He called this condition "measles enterocolitis".

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(reply to Anonymous)

Thank you very much and God bless you also.

September 9, 2011 - 12:51pm

I think there's more than one doctor involved in testoserone research. I know it's been on the news and in newspapers in the UK. However, I'll get onto that in that article (the next one will be pre-natal exposures and ultrasounds).

September 9, 2011 - 6:50am
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The "testosterone bit" is a crackpot idea proposed by Mark Geier, based on a 45-year-old paper which shows that testosterone and mercury form crystal "sheets" when combined in hot benzene.

Our bodies do not contain hot benzene. despite Mr. Bateson's protests that they do.

Mark Geier chemically castrates disabled children with Lupron. Five states have suspended his medical license since May, 2011.

September 9, 2011 - 6:39am

Excellent article!
The studies denying that mercury is toxic are invariably funded by the vaccine industry who often employ ghostwriters.
It may be recalled that it is not so many years ago since doctors appeared in cigarette adverts assuring that tobacco was safe.

Regarding Dr Wakefield:
“Dr. Wakefield’s crucifixion is a desperate well-orchestrated effort to restore faith in risky vaccinations that the majority of people worldwide no longer trust,” said Dr. Horowitz.

We noted that in connection with the harassment of Dr Wakefield simultaneous broadcasts from radio stations world wide announced that his work was fraudulent, and they interviewed “experts” who all declared that the MMR was perfectly safe.

We also noted that the questions and answers in these interviews were identical, irrespective of whether they were broadcast from radio stations in Europe or African countries.

September 9, 2011 - 6:06am
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Anonymous (reply to Mindano Iha)

Speaking of ghostwriters for the vaccine industry, I can't help but be suspicious of these brutal, anonymous rebuttals. Joanne stands by what she writes and is actually answering every single one of these objections. We readers can find out who she is and decide for ourselves if she is credible. All of these "anonymous" bashers, are highly suspect. Given the venom in their posts and their lack of credentials, I can't help but wonder why they are hiding and who is paying them for the time it takes them to write such extensive posts. You often find similar trolls on natural foods websites - they are usually marketing companies paid by the Big Agra companies. I imagine something similar is happening here.

September 20, 2011 - 8:53am
(reply to Anonymous)

For the record, Anonymous --

1. Joanne hasn't answered "every single one of these objections." She has waved her hands at a few, but not answered objections with evidence.
2. I'm not anonymous, I'm pseudonymous -- a different thing entirely.
3. Venomous? I looked through my responses. Nope, no venom, just calling Joanne on her inaccuracies and misstatements.
4. "who is paying them for the time it takes them to write such extensive posts." About 5 years ago I started collecting science-based refutations of anti-vaccine talking points. Joanne's arguments were so old, and so outdated, that all I had to do was to open that folder, select the appropriate responses, and post them. Didn't take much time at all.
5. I have no financial connections with any pharmaceutical companies or vaccine providers.
6. "I imagine something similar is happening here." Your imagination is quite lively, and quite wrong.

September 20, 2011 - 11:40am
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Anonymous (reply to AnnieG)

For the record, Annie, I wasn't referring to you. Since you don't post under "Anonymous", I'm really not sure why you think I was.

September 20, 2011 - 1:16pm
(reply to Anonymous)

That's quite the imagination you have. I notice that you are anonymous. Who's paying you? ; -)

September 20, 2011 - 10:35am
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Anonymous (reply to AutismNewsBeat)

Sadly, trolls-for-hire are more common than you might think. The reason why I know such things is one of the reasons why I must remain anonymous. That's all I'll say on the matter.

September 20, 2011 - 1:20pm

Yes, I'm getting to the testosterone bit in another article, I think that's why more boys are affected than girls.

September 9, 2011 - 5:58am
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