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The Missoulian (MT) Op Ed: “It’s time to move beyond the autism/vaccine debate”

Apr 12

Dr. Erika Krumbeck is a naturopath (Surprisingly…she thinks vaccine don’t cause autism.)

I posted my head off here. All my links are live.

It’s time to move beyond the autism/vaccine debate. – Montana Whole Health

April is national Autism awareness month. 1 in 88 American children have a diagnosis of autism, a number that has been climbing rapidly (a 1,148% increase, according to the Autism society).

As a physician specializing in pediatrics it is frustrating to continue to hear the conversation centered around vaccines causing autism. I believe we are doing the autistic community a disservice by continuing to wage a war of words regarding autism and vaccines. Though no study has looked at the totality of vaccines, at least the MMR vaccine/Autism link has been emphatically disproven in literature.

Celebrity-driven fear has shifted the conversation toward vaccines in the past decade. Meanwhile a host of studies have shown other environmental, genetic or drug-induced associations with autism. Studies have shown a link between exposure to vinyl flooring and autism, the culprit being high levels of phthalates. There is research showing associations between autism and flame retardants, heavy metals, defects in detoxification pathways (sulphation or methylation) or glutamine dysfunction. Some preliminary research shows an association between Tylenol use and autism. When parents notice a change in their child’s behavior after a vaccine I always wonder – was it the Tylenol?

There are so many questions that need to be answered before we can move on with prevention and diagnosis of this common, disabling condition. Please, autism is too complex a disease to be blamed solely on vaccines.

Do you think there is a link between autism and vaccines? Have you seen a change in your child after a vaccination? Do you have a child with autism who hasn’t been vaccinated at all?

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

 

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  1. cycle3man
    Apr 12 at 18:54

    Dear Dr Dr. Erika Krumbeck Quote from your article: “I believe we are doing the autistic community a disservice by continuing to wage a war of words regarding autism and vaccines. Though no study has looked at the totality of vaccines, at least the MMR vaccine/Autism link has been emphatically disproven in literature.”
    My Response: I can care less what you believe. Tens of thousands of parents have seen their children leave a normal developmental path and drop into the world of Autism, after meeting all developmental milestones while receiving the CDC prescribed sequence of vaccines, until around the 18th month after receiving the MMR jab they faded. Now vaccines may not be the only contributor to this epidemic but sure as all get out vaccines are a heavy contributor. Vaccines are not tested to a standard of “DO NO HARM” before being approved to be brought to market. For example do you know of any testing that is done to prove that there isn’t a negative synergism between a new vaccine being considered and existing vaccine that are presently approved??? That’s one example of a test deficit. I can run on but I think you get the idea. Things just may not be the way you would like them to be>>> Have a nice day!

  2. bavigoro
    Apr 13 at 07:11

    http://wp.me/piXm2-1gn

    This might be worthy of review by all. It's about time that the ND community be welcomed to the world of science-based pharmacy and medicine. Paranoia about the Big Brother Drug cartels ignores the facts. The link above must be considered. Why not consider too much TV at a young age as contributing to autism? What about too much Oprah or Dr. Oz?

  3. drkrumbeck
    May 13 at 18:06

    Hi Anne,

    I appreciate all your comments on my blog post. I'm not sure you got a chance to read my response to all your comments and data.

    My 300 word-limit by the Missoulian clearly did not give me enough room to fully explain myself, and I apologize for sounding insensitive to mothers and families who have experienced vaccine reactions.

    My point was simply that we need to move beyond vaccines when it comes to autism. The data does show us that autism occurs equally in vaccinated and unvaccinated populations, despite the experience of so many mothers who see very significant changes in their children after vaccinating. I think it is possible that vaccines are the immunological "straw that broke the camel's back." BUT, I think it is most likely that if it wasn't the vaccine, it would be something else.

    That is why I wish we could focus our attention and research on the many other potential causes of autism. Though I am frustrated, like I am sure you are, that a comprehensive study of ALL vaccines has not been completed.

    There is some good preliminary evidence for Tylenol and vaccines, and that is something that worries me extremely as a physician – with all the talk around vaccines and autism, are we overlooking some very dangerous potential causes?

    Please feel free to respond.

 

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