Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD devotes an entire chapter in her book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, to the issue of whether or not vaccines cause autism. Given that many of her patients are autistic children, her practice allows for a unique and very rational perspective of this controversial issue.
Some of the parents of the autistic children in her practice are able to directly link the MMR vaccine to the regression of their child’s behavior into autism. Other parents clearly link the DPT vaccine to the development of autistic symptoms in their child. Surprisingly, Dr. Campbell-McBride maintains that most parents are unable to make a connection at all.
So, do vaccines cause autism? Dr. Campbell-McBride explains that things are rarely so simple as a “yes” or a “no”. The answer to this question is much more complex and must be considered within the entire topic of vaccination as a whole.
The Law of Natural Selection
In the pre-vaccine era, it was not uncommon for a family to lose one, two, or even more children to childhood infections like measle, mumps, rubella, pertussis and others. This is called the Law of Natural Selection, and it ensures that only the strongest survive to pass on genes to the next generation, thereby ensuring the ultimate survival of the species.
Our modern society is not prepared to follow Mother Nature’s cue in enforcement of this law. No Mother would allow her child to die if there is a way in which to prevent it. Hence the development of vaccines to protect and help the weakest members of the human race survive the onslaught of childhood illness.
Dr. Campbell-McBride’s point is that she does not agree with the anti-vaccine lobby that shots as a preventive measure for childhood diseases should be abandoned completely. This approach is not feasible unless we, as a human race, are prepared to follow the rule of Mother Nature and let the weaker members die from childhood illness as the Law of Natural Selection intends.
Vaccines Were Originally Designed for Children with Normal Immune Function
The problem with vaccines arises with the rapid increase in the number of imunocompromised children in recent decades. This type of child was extremely rare back in the days when vaccines were originally developed.
Nowadays, look around – how many truly healthy, non-immunocompromised children do you see? Not many! Whereas just a few short decades ago, it was rare to find more than one child in a school classroom with allergies, today, it is rare to find more than one child with no allergies in a classroom!
A complete flip-flop has occurred with most children now falling under the “immunocompromised” label, which is the perfect storm for vaccine damage to occur. A compromised immune system is not going to react to vaccination in a “normal” or “expected” way. Dr. Campbell-McBride makes the crucial point that vaccines are an incredible insult to the immune system, and for immuno-compromised children, this insult can be devastating.
For children who already have compromised immune function, vaccines can frequently be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, so to speak, leading the way for development of autism, eczema, asthma, allergies diabetes etc. For children with immune function compromised to a lesser degree, vaccinations will not be the instigator of auto-immune diseases, but will definitely deepen the damage, moving the child closer to the eventual development of such disorders.
Rational Approach to Vaccination
Dr. Campbell-McBride proposes a rational approach to vaccines, rather than the “one size fits all” approach of today.
She advocates that a comprehensive immunological survey of every baby be performed before any vaccines are administered. This survey would include a questionnaire assessing parental health, a stool and urine analysis to ascertain the health of the baby’s gut, and an immune status test.
Once this procedure has been followed, whether or not a baby should be vaccinated would become immediately apparent. For some babies, the immune system would be in such bad shape that no vaccines would be administered at all. For others, a delayed schedule would be recommended until the tests improve.
Vaccinations Should be Single Dose Only
Whether a child is healthy enough for vaccination or not, Dr. Campbell-McBride strongly advocates that standard vaccination protocol be limited to single dose vaccines only. The current multi-dose approach is extremely dangerous because a child would never be exposed to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) at the same time in a natural situation!
In the medical literature, in those very rare instances where a child comes down with two childhood infections at the same time, permanent physical and/or mental impairment of the child takes place!
Dr. Campbell-McBride concludes this chapter of the GAPS book by stating that multi-dose vaccines will very likely need to be abandoned altogether given that auto-immune disorders have now reached epidemic proportions in children with further increases projected in the future.
It seems clear to me based on the very rational arguments put forth by Dr. Campbell-McBride that if either of the parents suffer from any autoimmune disorder (even as mild as one or two allergies) or have any gut dysbiosis symptoms whatsoever, their children should not be vaccinated. Doing so greatly risks devastation of the child’s health.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist