Are vaccines causing autism? Read on to learn more about discussions related to the most controversial topics including the MMR vaccine and other immunizations suspected of adverse effects. Currently, there are an overwhelming number of parents right now that are scared to vaccinate their children. Despite recent studies stating they are not causing this disorder, why do so many parents remain skeptical to believe this information?
I think a valid point, also brought up by Dr Sears on an episode of Dr Oz, is that the majority of evidence to disprove this theory is funded by the pharmaceutical companies that make millions (or probably even billions) of dollars off the vaccination industry. Those not funded by pharmaceutical companies seem to be financed with federal funds, which in my own personal opinion are just as likely to “influence” the results of a study.
It doesn’t help that in 2010 CDC vaccine safety researchers were investigated for fraud due to falsifying documents and emails showing attempts to cherry pick facts about their safety. Could you imagine what would happen if a study actually did prove a link between immunizations and autistic disorder? The chaos and lawsuits would probably result in a situation the government does not want to deal with, especially since most states mandate by law that children be vaccinated.
The only study that did claim to provide a link between the MMR vaccines causing autism was conducted by Andrew Wakefield, a surgeon and medical researcher. Four years after the study other researchers claimed to be unable to replicate his findings and that the results of his study were influenced by unidentified financial conflicts of interest and were not causing this disorder. I have to wonder if his results were proven to be invalid due to the effect they had on parents refusing to give their children the MMR vaccine and avoiding the normal schedule provided by pediatricians and the CDC.
There really isn’t a definitive answer to this extremely important question regarding the safety of our children. The most recent study claims it does not cause it, but even an associated individual to that research stated that while you can state that conclusions don't support a correlation you can never prove that there isn't a correlation.
At some point in time we also thought that smoking cigarettes and mercury were safe as well and look how that has turned out. That's not to say I am entirely against vaccines, but I think it would be best to look further into the possible reasons as to exactly which possible immunizations may contribute to autistic disorders and why they may be the cause.
Could it be that certain individuals have a genetic disposition to the disorder that is triggered by an immunization? Or perhaps they have been overly exposed to toxins in such a short time that the toxins in the injections overload the liver and the child isn't able to detoxify adequately? There are so many theories, but we have yet to prove any of them to be true...
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