Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Here's a Hot Button

For those of you that know me well, you probably know how reluctant I am on giving my kids the full recommended vaccine regimen, especially when it comes to the MMR, otherwise known as the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine. I just read a very interesting article that is, well, adding to that reluctance. Apparently, the "Vaccine Court" recently ruled against 3 cases claiming there is any relation between the vaccine, thermasol and Autism. Yet separately, they're willing to award damages to other families of children who have suffered an interesting reaction to the vaccine, Encephalopathy/encephalitis (brain inflammation) or "seizure disorders". Conditions known to cause autism-like symptoms.

In this article, it states how these courts have rationalized their rulings on these cases,

"Medical records associated with these proceedings clearly tell the tale. In perhaps hundreds of these cases, the children have all the classic symptoms of regressive autism; following vaccination a perfectly healthy child experiences high fever, seizures, and other illnesses, then gradually, over about three months, loses language, the ability to make eye contact, becomes "over-focused" and engages in stereotypical head banging and screaming and then suffers developmental delays characteristic of autism. Many of these children had received the autism diagnosis. Yet the radioactive word "autism" appears nowhere in the decision."

So basically, the vaccine may cause severe brain damage, but NOT autism.... Oh, well OK, I feel better now. Don't you?

You can read the rest of this article here which I highly recommend doing especially if you are a parent:

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