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.
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.