New Parent Considers Vaccination
by Matt Robison: In
Defense of Pit Bulls
Wakefield was once again in the news earlier this month, reminding
everyone that he was supposedly discredited. The attacks on Wakefield
are nothing really new, of course. But for a scapegoat to work,
it has to remain in the forefront of the public's consciousness,
and so we continue to get this not-so-subtle reminder that the Lancet
report, which suggested more study into a possible link between
MMR and autism, has been shrugged aside by people with more letters
after their last name than us commoners.
It also presents
another excuse for pro-vaccine advocates to shake their heads in
condescension at those of us who question the establishment's talking
points about vaccines, as if the matter is now settled. You would
think they want to softly pat dissenters on the head and try to
send them to their rooms for nap-time. Stop fighting. There's nothing
to see here. Remember the CDC and your ABC's.
But those of
us who have done any research on the topic know that the Lancet
report represents just the surface of the issue of the link between
vaccines and autism.
I'm not a doctor.
I'm not a scientist. I'm just a new parent (with a 4-month-old daughter)
who wants to know the truth, or at least not be ridiculed for asking
simple questions. And I know there are many more out there just
like me, and many were made aware of the potential dangers in different
For me, it
was my mother, who
is a special-ed teacher in the public school system, and has been
helping teach autistic children for over 10 years. She's in the
trenches with affected children and parents. She sees patterns.
And she has mentioned to me several times that she has lost count of the number
of parents who have told her that their child stopped making eye
contact and severely regressed in language skills after their 12
to 18 month round of vaccinations.
In her own
research and education, she has seen compared brain scans of autistic
children to children with healthy brain function. It's easy to see
the difference. And yet, as she is quick to point out, there has
still not been a long-term placebo-controlled study done, when it
would be very simple to monitor the effects with brain imaging after
certain rounds of vaccinations long term. This is a serious red
flag. Why have no studies like this been attempted? The medical
community has had plenty of time to begin integrating this research,
yet this has not happened.
articles on LewRockwell.com are enlightening, and I encourage you
to read them, particularly the ones authored by Dr.
Donald Miller. In at least two of these articles, Dr. Miller
mentions the work of Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon studying
and researching the concept of "excitotoxicity" in the brain. Not
much detail was given, because it was beyond the immediate scope.
The other points Dr. Miller makes were enough to satisfy me. However,
they won't be enough to satisfy everyone.
And in light
of the latest Wakefield coverage, some family members questioned
our decision to go against the CDC's normal schedule. My explanations
were not enough for them, so I began going even deeper into the
rabbit hole in order to gain more ammunition. I began looking
even closer at Dr. Blaylock's work. The result was fascination at
the complexity of the brain, and a larger arsenal of facts and research
to justify our decisions. As it turns out, excitotoxicity is related
to all neurological disorders.
Dr. Miller referred to are one
talking about excitotoxicity and its relation to vaccines (This
is the entire issue of the journal, but Dr. Blayock's article is
the first one, with 141 references). And then another
talking about Gulf War Syndrome also has some keen insights.
lecture series Dr. Blaylock gave. It's just a bit over an hour
long and well worth the watch.
In the following
summary, I link to some of Dr. Blaylock's individual references.
Unfortunately, many of these links are behind a pay-wall and you
can only read the first 100 words or so. But this will give you a good list to begin doing your own
due diligence if you so choose, or the beginnings of something informative
to hand to an ornery pediatrician.
I would highly
recommend you read both the above papers and watch the lecture,
however, and I hope this summary convinces you to delve a bit deeper.
the Common Cause for Nearly all Neurological Disorders
suggests that all neurological disorders have common causes, despite
different presentations and symptoms (1). At the
center is something called excitotoxicity, named in 1969. This is
the triggering of certain brain mechanisms through over-stimulation
of susceptible neurons by certain amino acids, the primary culprits
being glutamate and aspartate (2). If these sound
familiar to you, and bring to mind monosodium glutamate (MSG) and
aspartame, you're one step ahead of the game.
the most abundant neurotransmitter in the brain. Neurotransmitters
are chemicals that transmit signals from brain neurons to other
cells and neurons (3), and glutamate makes up 50%
of all neurotransmission, and controls other neurotransmitters like
serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine. Yet Glutamate, like many things
our body needs to work, is also toxic, and in this case is the most
toxic of neurotransmitters, and is therefore heavily regulated in
the body by other mechanisms. When glutamate is released, certain
proteins attach to and transport the glutamate. The normal destination
is to an astrocyte, where the glutamate is deposited (4).
control calcium channels, and around these channels are areas of
zinc and magnesium that help prevent over-activation of the channel.
It's this possible over-activation that causes excitotoxicity and
results in neurodegeneration.
of glutamate can lead to very bad things. One result is that the
calcium channel remains open for too long, resulting in too much
calcium, which can eventually lead to the formation of certain radicals
that are very damaging to mitochondria, the energy source of brain
neurons (5). It can also lead to the formation
of pro-inflammatory molecules (6). One of the eventual
byproducts is called 4-hydroxynonenal (4-HNE), which can produce
extensive cell damage (7).
energy supplies caused by this process raises sensitivity to glutamate,
increasing its negative effects. Synapses connecting brain neurons
can be destroyed, and in some cases even lead to direct neuron degeneration.
About 30% of
autistic children have visible seizures (8). One
study showed that 82% have persistent seizures that don't fall under
what the public typically defines as a seizure, and can only be
detected by monitoring brain activity (9). Why
bring up seizures? Because they are intimately connected to excitotoxicity
(10). Glutamate can precipitate seizures when
injected into the brain, and then the seizures themselves can lead
to even more release of glutamate.
Vulnerable to Excitotoxicity
critical time of brain formation, typically during the last trimester
and the first two years of life, excess glutamate can alter development
(11). Glutamate levels are carefully regulated,
and they rise and fall during certain periods as the brain is being,
in some sense, sculpted. There's a real Goldilocks dilemma, where
the amount needs to be just right at certain stages. Levels
either too low or too high can be damaging. And as should be obvious,
altering these levels, depending on the timing and dose, can have
profound effects on the brain. A developing brain has more glutamate
receptors than an adult, and so an infant is more susceptible to
System and Excitotoxicity
So what does
all of this have to do with vaccines?
Due to the
blood-brain barrier, the brain has it's own immune system, and cells
called microglia are part of this system. They are also present
in the spinal cord. Microglia are constantly scavenging the Central
Nervous System (CNS) for damaged neurons, plaques, and infectious
has a good summary if you want to know more, with references.
But even though
the CNS's immune system is separate and unique from the regular
body's immune system, it has been shown to be interlinked and connected.
Microglia can be activated during immune stimulation, and can occur
during immune challenge as when can happen during vaccination (13,
14). Activation then leads to the release of cytokines,
inflammatory substances, and free radicals, and it has also been
shown that glutamate and quinolinic acid, both excitotoxins, can
be released directly from the microglia. And as mentioned earlier,
excess levels of glutamate interferes with the growth and distribution
of brain pathways (and glutamate deficiency interferes with learning
and memory; again, it needs to be just right), and infants are even
more susceptible to damage to neuron connectivity.
Not only that,
but products from microglial activation can also deactivate the
glutamate transport family of proteins, leading to disruption of
glutamate disposal. This interference has been possibly linked to
Alzheimers (15, 16). And as
Dr. Blaylock says, "All of these inhibitory factors can be seen
in cases of over-vaccination and autoimmunity."
vaccines are given together, particularly live viral vaccines, the
stress on the immune system is high, and the associated microglial
activation is increased. On top of that, to ensure the immune system
reacts, vaccines also contain adjuvants like aluminum to further
excite the immune response.
mechanism and sequence that results in autism is still unknown.
However, we do know that immune stimulation of the brain, especially
if prolonged and severe, can cause the release of excitotoxins from
microglia (17), even without direct viral infection
in the brain. And we know that this excitotoxicity is a major cause
of neurodegeneration. For instance, it used to be a mystery why
some AIDS patients suffered dementia when the virus doesn't infect
the brain. Now we know that due to the constant stress the immune
system is under, the brain's immune system is also in overdrive,
leading to constant excitotoxicity.
line: there is a clear path of cause and effect going on here that
is heavily documented. The immune system is stimulated, microglia
are activated in the brain, and excitotoxicity occurs. This happens
when you normally get sick as well. If you have ever had a bad case
of the flu, you know how hard it can be to think, to be around other
people. Your behavior is modified. Excitotoxicity is one of the
reasons. The good news is that once everything has calmed down,
the brain begins to repair the bystander injury that its immune
system caused. But things have to calm down. And that's
not the case when a child is given up to 6 shots every 2 months
or so, each shot full of adjuvants.
I could get
more technical and go into even more detail from the research, talking
about the role of damaged mitochondria which increase sensitivity
to excitotoxicity to even more biological processes kick-started
with excess glutamate. It's interesting, fascinating, and humbling
at the same time. If you want to know more, read Dr. Blaylock's
paper. I hope this primer has given you more interest to do so,
and given you additional confidence when you decide what do about
vaccinations regarding your own children.
says that vaccines don't directly cause autism, they are, in some
sense, correct. But only correct in the same way that someone says
that eating food doesn't directly cause the body to have energy.
Technically, it's the digestive process. Yet for some strange reason,
we don't have people being denounced as fear-mongering quacks for
making the connection that food causes the body to have energy.
this information will become more ingrained in the public conscious
and more widespread. The current consensus is doing no one any favors
by sweeping the autism issue under the rug. It might even be that
the risk of some diseases is worth vaccination when weighed against
the chance for autism, but until controlled experiments and studies
are actually done, we will never know.
even be a genetic disposition that determines increased susceptibility
to excitotoxicity that leads to autism after over-vaccination, and
that some children have no risk of autism at all if vaccinated and
given adequate nutrition. But again, we will never know unless the
connection is finally admitted and these angles are studied thoroughly.
Wouldn't it be nice for a rational, scientific process to be brought
to bear on these issues? That is the ultimate goal.
excitotoxicity is common doesn't mean you should fear permanent
brain damage from the common cold. First of all, your brain isn't
going through the growth spurt of an infant. Secondly, you're immune
system probably isn't getting overly stimulated unless you are getting
regular cocktails of vaccines. Thirdly, if you have adequate nutrition,
you can be guarded by most of its negative effects. According to
Dr. Blaylock, there are key areas of the diet to focus on:
and Zinc. These act as inhibitors of excitotoxic sensitivity.
- Avoid excessive
Omega 6 fatty acids. (Peanut Oil, Safflower Oil, etc). They stimulate
- Plenty of
Omega 3 fatty acids. This is essentially what the brain is made
of, and needs them to do repairs. Particularly DHA. Also anti-inflammatory.
Take 1000mg to 2000mg per day.
- Avoid foods
containing additive MSG.
- Eat meat,
but try and limit your intake to 4 to 6 ounces per day.
- Plenty of
fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid sugar
cellular energy production with B Vitamins, Vitamin K, CoQ10,
Acetyl-L-carnitine, and Acetyl-L-carnosine. Dr. Blaylock is very
interested in carnosine in particular and wants more studies done.
- Plenty of
buffered Vitamin C.
form of Vitamin E.
and Resveratrol are very powerful inhibitors of microglial activation.
D is a neuro/immune modulator so adequate levels are recommended.
Children should get at least 1,000 IU per day, and adults 40005000
And What About
One of the
many problems with the CDC's schedule is that it assumes a one-size-fits
all solution. But that is rarely ever a good idea with medication.
For instance, a child who is never put in daycare with 20 other
kids is going to have far less of a risk of contracting certain
diseases than one who is.
Try to avoid
the HepB vaccine given at birth, unless you know you are in one
of the high-risk groups. Also avoid the Chickenpox vaccine. Do your
research on the other diseases for risk factors and seriousness
to decide which ones you would like to vaccinate against.
of what vaccines you decide on, it's crucial that you space them
out accordingly. As mentioned by Dr. Blaylock, it takes 1 to 2 months
for the immune system to calm back down from an infection or vaccination,
and so he recommends waiting a conservative 6 months between vaccines
to be safe. And if the child gets sick, you will want to wait several
months after they recover before getting a vaccination. When pregnant,
avoid vaccinations, which can prime a baby's microglia in utero.
No matter what
you decide, always remember that a vaccination is no guarantee.
I know a woman whose son had all four rounds of the pertussis vaccine,
and the child still contracted the illness.
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Robison [send him mail] a web architect and entrepreneur who dabbles in many
interests and hobbies, including Christan Theology, history, and
nutrition, and even plays the occasional video game. He owns and
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