Autism, Vaccines & Pitocin

I took a parenting & birthing class while I was pregnant.  I had done some research on Autism, Vaccines and Pitocin so I typed it up for my classmates.  Because this was a hand out I didn’t include the references, so I don’t know exactly where I got this info.  If you want to know, please leave a comment and I’ll find it again.

Anyways, here is a summary of what I found:

  1. Recent studies suggest a strong genetic basis for autism — up to 20 sets of genes may play a part in its development. Genetics alone, however, can’t account for all the cases, and so scientists are also looking into possible environmental origins, as well as other triggers.
  2. Another theory, that mercury in thimerosal—a preservative that was once used in many vaccines—causes autism has also been disproved by several reliable studies. Nevertheless, thimerosal has been removed as an ingredient in most vaccines as a precautionary measure to lower children’s exposure to mercury (thimerosal is still used in most flu shots and is considered safe).
    If you are going to get the flu, ask for one without Thimerosal. Thimerosal has trace amounts of mercury. There are mercury free options available, but you need to ask for it. The “preservative free” version will have trace amounts of Thimerosal.
  3. Though the debate over the role that vaccines play in causing autism grows more heated every day, researchers have still not found a definitive link between the two. According to organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization, there’s just not enough evidence to support the contention that vaccines – specifically thimerosal-containing vaccines – cause children to develop autism. One study published in the medical journal Lancet faulting the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) shot has since been questioned by its own authors, and many others have also failed to pass scientific muster. Still, the accusations continue, largely from parents of children on the spectrum, and it’s easy to understand why: There are still no answers to this day about what’s causing a disorder that appears to steadily be expanding its reach.
  4. There is evidence of the return of long-eradicated diseases, however. Measles, a highly contagious disease, was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000, but outbreaks of infection attributed to incoming travelers have increased this year. The disease once infected 3 to 4 million people a year causing 450 deaths and 4,000 cases of measles-related brain infection each year. At least 131 cases have been reported so far this year, the most in twelve years and officials cite parents’ refusal to vaccinate children as the leading cause for the jump. There have also been outbreaks of other childhood viral diseases, such as polio, and mumps, in recent years. All of those can be prevented by vaccines. But not vaccinating children, or delaying to do so, can potentially have serious individual and public health consequences. The collective time lost from school, the individual misery, and the formidable complications (brain injury, deafness, and others) should be taken into consideration.
  5. Autism is 4 times more common in boys. Pitocin is a synthetic female hormone that is never naturally introduced into males. Recently, hospitals have admitted to upping the dosages of Pitocin to levels that “might not be safe for boys”… no extensive testing has been done on this. However, in a study of 15,000 babies delivered naturally by midwives in California, not one of those babies was found to develop autism in childhood. California has one of the highest rates of autism. 81% of births have pitocin administered.
  6. In the case of uterine hemorrhaging, pitocin is extremely effective and the number one choice of doctors and midwives alike. The administration of pitocin after delivery has not been found to have an adverse affect on babies, even if breastfed.
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