What’s Your Autism Number?

by Sarah TheHealthyHomeEconomist Healthy Pregnancy, Baby & ChildComments: 295

On November 29, 2012, the United States Congress held a riveting hearing on the Federal response to the astronomical and still rising rate of autism in today’s generation of children.

If you have some time, I would highly recommend watching it by clicking here.

The hearing room was filled to overflowing and several Congressmen spoke passionately about what is going on in their states with regard to the skyrocketing cases of autism.

Autism: How High Is It Anyway?

Let’s take a hard look at how high the rate of autism has gone in only about 30 years.

In the 1980’s, about 1 in 10,000 children was autistic.

Today, the rate is more than 1 in 88.

Wait it gets worse.

One Utah congressman reported that the autism rate is actually 1 in 47 in his state.

In New Jersey, the rate of autism is a shocking 1 in 26!

Increasing Number of Vaccines

Now let’s take a look at the number of vaccines that our children are getting.

In 1950, there were 3 childhood vaccines.

In the 1980’s, a child would receive a maximum of 10 vaccines by the age of 6 years old with many children receiving less.

In 2010, a child would receive:

  • 25 vaccines by age 6 months
  • 36 vaccines by 18 months
  • 43 vaccines by 4-6 years old
  • 68 vaccines by 11-12 years old

This means that a 6 month old baby born today would receive 2.5 times the number of vaccines as the maximum permitted for a 6 year old back in the 1980’s.   And, by the time that same baby was 12 years old, he/she would have received nearly 7X the number of vaccines as a child born 30 years ago.

Now, you can say that vaccines don’t cause autism until the cows come home, but it seems to me that common sense alone clearly indicates that vaccines are, at the very least, a large contributing factor to the increasing autism rates.

Blaming the rising autism rate on “better diagnosis” is about as ridiculous an argument as any I’ve heard too.

An autism rate of 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 26 in only 30 years purely on “better diagnosis”? People actually buy this argument?

Apparently so, as the vast majority of parents continue to get their children vaccinated despite the continuing rise in cases of autism.

Which begs the obvious question:

what is your autism number?

Have you ever really thought about that?

How high does the autism rate have to go before you would forgo “the science” that insists that vaccines don’t cause autism and yet you would still not allow your child to be vaxed come hell or high water?

At what point would you have an “aha moment” and realize that “the science” is not really science at all but actually manipulation of data points intended to fool you and keep you on the revenue generating track of vaccine submission and financial servitude to Big Pharma?


My autism number was around 1 in 150.   That was way high enough for me back in 1998 to not even consider vaccinating my children for any reason whatsoever – no matter what pressure my pediatrician, the government, family members or anybody else put on me.

My kids were Not.  Getting.  Vaxed.


Put a gun to my head?  No matter.

Burn me at the stake?  Bring it on baby, I can handle the heat.

It ain’t gonna happen in my house to my kids.

The autism rate is now 1 in 88 and continuing to rise with the rate as high as 1 in 26 in the state of New Jersey.

How high does it have to go for you to say, NO WAY JOSE?

1 in 20?

How about 1 in 10?

Would it actually have to go as high as 1 in every 2 babies becoming autistic for you to draw a line in the sand and stop the madness in your home?

I really want to know.  What is your autism number?

Please sound off in the comments section.


Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist

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Comments (295)

  • Michelle

    What ever the rate was in 2006, was too high for me! We just said “no.”

    December 10th, 2012 10:43 am Reply
  • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

    Not to mention the kids that maybe don’t get autistic from the vaccines but are damaged in some other way – learning disability or behavioral problem! I can’t fathom a child actually getting all 68 vaccines by age 12 and NOT having some sort of health or behavioral issue from all those toxins bombarding the system. Having a normal child coming out of that barrage seems unlikely and based on the rates of problems in our children today, that is exactly what is happening. The normal child has become a rarity.

    December 10th, 2012 10:56 am Reply
    • Muriel

      My oldest son was born 32 years ago. At that time there was no available science to support my suspicion that vaccinations were a bad idea. I followed my gut because I believed we are born with all we need to handle any type of disease that may come our way. The secret is not something added from the outside, but what we create on the inside with love, good food and cleanliness. The pressure from family and friends was bad enough. We were also kicked out of a doctor’s offices and they refused to treat my kids because I refused the vaccines. All six of my kids have never been vaccinated. They are healthy, bright, energetic, loving people. When they get sick, their bodies do what they are designed to do and fight off the sickness with a fully functioning immune system. Yeah!

      December 10th, 2012 12:38 pm Reply
      • rose voltaire

        Muriel, 32 years ago, the swine flu vaccine cases were in the courts and DPT was being questioned. NVIC was formed in 1982 so plenty of people were questioning the vaccines. 60 minutes had a segment devoted to it focusing on Scott Grant and so did NBC.

        People have questioned vaccines for a long time, it is with the internet we can connect.

        December 10th, 2012 3:43 pm Reply
      • bianca

        Wonderful story and good for you !

        December 10th, 2012 7:01 pm Reply
        • bianca

          intended for Muriel !!

          December 10th, 2012 7:02 pm Reply
      • Janel

        “When they get sick, their bodies do what they are designed to do and fight off the sickness with a fully functioning immune system. Yeah!”

        Yes, I’m sure that’s what the Native Americans thought when the European settlers brought diseases they’d never encountered before and died from the new infections…

        December 10th, 2012 11:56 pm Reply
        • Brianna

          The Native Americans did not have access to simple little things called soap or clean drinking water. They had what was available and the resources available were not studied in depth. How knowledgable were they about probiotics? Could they go online and order oils that are only naturally grown in a different part of the country? Of course not!
          We know so much more about HOW our bodies function and what is needed to create a strong, well rounded immune system that it’s ridiculous to even compare it to the living conditions hundreds of years ago.

          December 11th, 2012 2:50 am Reply
          • Elliott

            Good luck taking care of meningitis with your soap.

            December 12th, 2012 11:46 pm
          • Jeanne

            PLEASE be take care with what you say about First Nations. They had fairly advanced herbal medicine (they introduced the Europeans to aspirin in the form of willow bark tea) and their drinking water was as clean as anyone’s in that day (cleaner, in fact, than the majority of the European immigrants and settlers). Evolutionary immunobiology is far more complex than simple matters of soap and probiotics. When humans started roaming the globe at such high rates in such concentrated population shifts, our natural immune safeguards were utterly blindsided. It IS true that all organisms develop resistances, but everything comes at a price. The very genetic diseases we are trying to beat often were selected for survival because they also carried a resistance to infectious disease (for example, try googling the relationship between malaria and sickle cell anemia). The hard fact is that smallpox is no respector of persons, and I’m grateful that it’s essentially been erradicated … but not before it wiped out entire populations of tribal people. And like it or not, it was the vaccine that saved most European populations.

            For the record, I DO believe we overvaccinate today. My state doesn’t allow students to attend school unless they’re fully vax’d (no exceptions – you don’t like it, homeschool. I was totally unprepared to homeschool my ASD son with two other littles underfoot, though I’m preparing to). But I also don’t believe there’s any way to 100% safeguard our children from disease and disability. Every parent must engage in a cost-benefit analysis with every decision they make for the health of their family. Sadly … we’re always gambling.

            December 13th, 2012 2:09 pm
        • Elisabeth Gibson

          Yes. There are some devastating diseases that we are all glad we no longer need to worry about, and one of them is smallpox (yet). That does not mean that vaccinating for absolutely everything is the answer. It does not mean that there is no correlation between vaccination and modern-day immune dysfunction. It also doesn’t mean that vaccinating is a panacea. Some diseases are gaining a foothold on even vaccinated populations (whooping cough), despite our efforts to put vaccination on top of vaccination. Common sense should rule the day, but it isn’t where this subject is concerned. Yes, I’m including the pro-vaccine zealots on this assertion.

          January 30th, 2013 12:41 pm Reply
      • Alicia

        Thanks…I love hearing examples of this for kids that are now grown!

        December 17th, 2012 1:58 am Reply
  • Candace

    Whatever the number was when I started reading up on it before my daughter was born was born this year was enough for me. As I teacher for the last seven years I watched more and more students struggling with learning issues and knew something was up with standard medical practices today long before I had to make decisions about my own family. We are vax free in our house.

    December 10th, 2012 11:20 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Candace, good for you for opening your eyes to see the obvious without needing it announced on the nightly news which would have been far too late for your children!

      December 10th, 2012 11:23 am Reply
  • Heather Schroeder Zwicker via Facebook

    Wow! Very alarming.

    December 10th, 2012 11:33 am Reply
  • Charlotte Lee via Facebook

    What is happening in NJ to set them apart with such high numbers? Aren’t they on the same vax schedule? Is it a combination of vax plus environment?

    December 10th, 2012 11:34 am Reply
    • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

      New Jersey is one of the most toxic states due to the large industrial oil and gas complexes. I don’t know if you’ve ever driven through the state (like from PA to NY) but oh my goodness, it’s awful. The people are just bombarded with toxins left and right- in the air and the water- and so in combination with vaccines, food choices, parental health, etc, the numbers are MUCH higher.

      December 10th, 2012 2:12 pm Reply
    • Dianne

      The STATE OF NEW JERSEY “mandates” vaccinations under threat of criminal prosecution of parents who (try to) refuse.

      December 10th, 2012 9:55 pm Reply
      • Beth

        Oh my goodness! I would move to another state. The government should not be able to force vaccines on anyone.

        January 19th, 2013 3:33 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Peña via Facebook

    That’s the reason you stopped vaxing?

    December 10th, 2012 11:35 am Reply
  • Afira Ratliff via Facebook

    well, that and common sense steph

    December 10th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
  • Anna Everhart via Facebook

    I really want scientific evidence to share and read for myself. All of the evidence I have found or read has been correlational. What are your best sources?

    December 10th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
  • Anna Everhart via Facebook

    I really want scientific evidence to share and read for myself. All of the evidence I have found or read has been correlational. What are your best sources?

    December 10th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
    • Jen

      Start at the CDC website and read about the diseases and the vaccinations, then decide which is worse. Google is your friend. There is plenty of information out there, you just have to look.

      December 11th, 2012 3:55 am Reply
  • Janice Fuentes via Facebook

    It’s a combination. And it doesn’t help that NJ is build on a landfill. Or that they are in such a big metropolitan area. Ton’s of pollution in general. And you can’t forget all the heavy spraying they do for west nile either. There’s lots of stuff that combines together. The vaccines just cause the body to be more vulnerable to everything else.

    December 10th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
  • April Kenison Richard via Facebook

    People believe everything their Dr tells them, I know I used to. Then I did my own research.

    December 10th, 2012 11:37 am Reply
    • Jose

      How did you conduct such research? did you collect data that can be generalizable to the rest of the population?

      December 11th, 2012 12:28 am Reply
      • Jen

        Go to pubmed.com. Search for various vaccines. The studies have been done, and the results are available for all to see.

        December 11th, 2012 3:56 am Reply
  • Sandy Pezzillo Otte via Facebook

    Did you know that the state of NJ contains more toxic waist dumps than any other state in the union?

    December 10th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
  • Sandy Pezzillo Otte via Facebook

    Did you know that the state of NJ contains more toxic waist dumps than any other state in the union?

    December 10th, 2012 11:38 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Sandy Pezzillo Otte Interesting .. didn’t know that. Perhaps there is some sort of toxic synergy going on between the toxins in the environment and the toxins being injected into the children.

    December 10th, 2012 11:40 am Reply
    • Helen T

      Toxic synergy between environmental toxins, vaccines and the GMOs we ingest.

      December 11th, 2012 3:20 am Reply
  • Stephanie Peña via Facebook

    I don’t vax my boys, but I didn’t say no to vaccines bcus of the autism scare, I just don’t believe it’s caused by vaccines based on so much (alternative) research. I agree vaccines are bad, but I know many kids that have never been vaccinated and have autism!

    December 10th, 2012 11:41 am Reply
    • Rose

      Interesting. Also I think there is a class correlation. Richer kids tend to have higher autism rates. Is that correct?

      December 10th, 2012 10:04 pm Reply
  • Kimberly Evans Watt via Facebook

    I’m curious, if vaccines are causing autism, how is the GAPS dieting correcting it? http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/hannahs-story-2-years-on-gaps-diet-reverses-autism/

    December 10th, 2012 11:43 am Reply
    • Janel

      Because the problem is the unhealthy gut. Due to the unhealthy gut, the child cannot tolerate that vaccine properly and poisons the child’s system. Thus, it’s not really the vaccine that’s the cause but rather the inability to tolerate the vaccine that’s the issue. If it were merely the vaccine, then everyone would be autistic.

      December 11th, 2012 12:00 am Reply
  • Kristina VanWynsberghe Johnson via Facebook

    I would be more concerned about the toxicity of the environment in the area…

    December 10th, 2012 11:43 am Reply
  • April Kenison Richard via Facebook

    I should mention autism isn’t even my #1 reason for stopping vax. Thirmersal , formaldehyde, phenoxyethonal, aluminum, aborted fetuses, not stuff I want on my children’s bodies.

    December 10th, 2012 11:44 am Reply
  • Joanna

    So how do you account for the differing autism rates in different states? Are kids getting more vaccines in NJ than in the rest of the country? I believe vaccines do carry some blame (not just for autism, but for other problems too) but I don’t think it stops there. Other factors are in play here. What are kids in NJ and UT exposed to that is hurting them so much more?

    December 10th, 2012 11:44 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      There are definitely other factors at play with the rising autism rate… our children are living in a toxic soup. Different states have different requirements for vaccine compliance … New Jersey is particularly heavy handed with parents who refuse to vax for example. It is much easier to not vaccinate in other states. Someone on my FB page just posted that New Jersey has the highest number of toxic waste dumps in the nation too which no doubt plays a synergistic role with the toxicity of vaccination.

      December 10th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
    • Nicole

      I live in Utah and we have big families. It could be that sensitivity to environmental factors or vaccines is hereditary.

      December 10th, 2012 2:05 pm Reply
    • Deena

      I am a native Utahn and while I absolutely love the big mountains and the great outdoors we have here, Utah also has one of the worst air pollution problems because in the areas where most people live, we are surrounded by mountains and it traps the pollution. We don’t get enough rain to wash it out, so it builds and builds. There is a clear visible line of smog here all winter long. It’s gross. Utah has really high asthma rates as well. It makes me want to cry because Utah is such a beautiful place and there is so much fun to had in those gorgeous rocky mountains! It also wasn’t smoggy when I was a child…I am only 27!

      December 12th, 2012 12:38 pm Reply
  • Amber Russell via Facebook

    The APA is fixing that – by changing the standards for autism diagnosis. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allen-frances/dsm-5_b_2227626.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

    December 10th, 2012 11:44 am Reply
  • thehealthyhomeeconomist via Facebook

    Anna Everhart you’re going to have to go with correlational for now. There isn’t any double blind studies as of yet (and you can be sure Big Pharma will fight tool and nail to prevent this from EVER getting done) but can you afford to wait for your children? I decided 15 years ago that I couldn’t wait for unbiased science on the matter (all the “science” that vax are safe is biased). Sometimes you have to make important decisions without all the facts being in .. just your observation and what makes sense based on trends. Here’s the most important evidence I’ve seen to date: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/survey-results-are-unvaccinated-children-healthier/

    December 10th, 2012 11:44 am Reply
    • Janel

      Well, the obesity rates have skyrocketed at the same time, so you could point the finger at that instead of vaccines!

      There are a lot of problems with the survey you are linking to – it’s not much different than the a survey on a gossip website asking if they think Britney Spears makes for good gossip! Not a scientific or representative sample.

      You can see that from the responses alone – there are way more people responding that have unvaccinated children than vaccinated, which obviously is out of sync with the general population. And then if you look at the responses to the vaccinated portion, 3/4 aren’t happy their child was vaccinated and 3/4 are no longer vaccinating their child. Finally, the survey asks nothing that would control for confounding factors! There may be other things the parents of unvaccinated children are doing (such as diet) that may explain why their children are better off, but this survey does NOTHING to account or control for that!

      I could go on on the lack of merits of this “study,” but geez, if I told you that ice cream sales and shark attacks were correlated, would you also blame the ice cream?!?

      December 11th, 2012 12:18 am Reply
  • Kris Weimer via Facebook

    Vaccines are not the only cause, but due to the huge amount of vaccines the doctors want to give to babies before they are even 2 years old, their immune systems are damaged, sometimes irrepairably and their guts good bacteria are destroyed as well! Absolutely no reason to vaccinate your children – read the truth about vaccines and be iinformed!

    December 10th, 2012 11:45 am Reply
  • megan

    One of my fears was that my kids would have a harder time once they started school if they didn’t have vaccines, like the school not letting them in or going through the same argument year after year. Is this something that varies by state, or do you have any insight into the school systems vs. non-vaccinated children?

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
    • Magda

      In almost every state you can use an exemption: medical, philosophical or religious. You would have to check your state here:
      I’m in GA and I have used a religious exemption for years (currently daycare and elementary school). Never been a problem. I connected with several people in my state online and asked exactly how to go about getting an exemption. Turns out all I needed was a simple sheet of paper notarized by a notary public. Done!!

      December 10th, 2012 1:05 pm Reply
  • Laura Cazin Phillips via Facebook

    I agree with Sarah! Why even take a chance. Rather be safe than sorry.

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
  • Kenny F

    I’ll say right out of the box that I’m no proponent of vaccinations…however, a LOT has changed in our world since the 1980’s that can be just as attributable to Autism as vaccines.

    1. GMOs
    2. HFCS and overall sugar consumption
    3. Proliferation of cell phones and wifi
    4. Proliferation of processed food and fast food, due to the decline of stay-at-home-mothers.
    5. Proliferation of processed food and fast food, due to the decline of the dollar, and people have less money to spend on food, and less time to cook/clean because they have multiple jobs.
    6. The expansion of the Autism spectrum to include “less-affected” children that may not have been included in the statistics 20-30 years ago

    Again, I’m not giving the vax a free pass, but you have to look at some pretty outstanding confounding variables here.

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, no doubt there are many factors but vaccination is so toxic and damaging to a child’s immune system that it makes them even more prone to these other toxic assaults that you list.

      December 10th, 2012 11:57 am Reply
    • MaryCay

      Kenny F is right.
      Aspergers is being diagnosed more often now and it is included in the Autism Spectrum Disorder numbers. Aspergers can be very mild. These kids were most likely described as odd or troubled or just ignored 20-30 years ago. Now there getting diagnosed and added to that ever rising number.
      I think there’s a lot more involved than vaccines.

      December 10th, 2012 1:43 pm Reply
    • Lauren

      Hear, hear!

      To that list I would add sunscreen usage and Vitamin D deficiency.

      Sarah, you would really prefer that your child be motherless rather than vaccinated? And you fail to cite sources? I think it’s safe to assume this post is an attempt to stir the pot and drum up page views and comment numbers.

      December 10th, 2012 3:10 pm Reply
  • Francheska Freeman Henderson via Facebook

    My 4 year old son has it and only ever received one vaccine. They do one in the hospital here before you leave and don’t even ask for permission. :(

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
    • Kathy

      I never signed the consent form for my little one to receive the hep B vaccine and they gave it to her anyway, just 30 min after she was born. I saw a distinct change in her. It makes me so sad and mad.

      December 11th, 2012 8:34 am Reply
  • Kenny Friedman via Facebook

    I’ll say right out of the box that I’m no proponent of vaccinations…however, a LOT has changed in our world since the 1980’s that can be just as attributable to Autism as vaccines.

    1. GMOs
    2. HFCS and overall sugar consumption
    3. Proliferation of cell phones and wifi
    4. Proliferation of processed food and fast food, due to the decline of stay-at-home-mothers.
    5. Proliferation of processed food and fast food, due to the decline of the dollar, and people have less money to spend on food, and less time to cook/clean because they have multiple jobs.
    6. The expansion of the Autism spectrum to include “less-affected” children that may not have been included in the same statistics 20-30 years ago

    Again, I’m not giving the vax a free pass, but you have to look at some pretty outstanding confounding variables here.

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
    • Michelle

      Well put, Kenny. I recently read that in the last 50 years we have introduced over 80,000 new chemical compounds into our food supply. Who knows how many are in personal products and cleaning supplies.

      December 11th, 2012 8:29 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    I didn’t really have a specific number. After reading up on vaccines and not only autism but all of the other side effects, when my daughter was born in 2008 we said no way to vaccines. She has always been sensitive to foods and had multiple food allergies as a child (still allergic to peanuts), she has asthma as well so I can’t even imagine what vaccinating her would have done!

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
  • Cara

    I agree! Hannah isn’t vaccinated, but I think she would have been ‘more autistic’ if she had been. I’m absolutely against either her or her younger brother getting vaccines,

    I even have it listed on an ’emergency sheet’ for babysitters, in case of emergency do not give *antibiotics or vaccines* under any condition unless getting written verification from the mother. Paranoid, maybe, but I’m sure kids have been vaccinated against parents’ wishes in emergency rooms before.

    December 10th, 2012 11:46 am Reply
    • Sarah, TheHealthyHomeEconomist

      Yes, Cara. This happens more than we Moms would care to even know I’m sure. Scary! I’ve got a post coming up on a related issue on this soon.

      December 10th, 2012 11:56 am Reply
  • Kimbery

    I had no idea of these numbers! Thank you for this info!!

    We stopped vaxing when our oldest (5 now) was about 9 months or so. The vast majority of the people in the church we attended at the time was so against shots for the health reasons they posed it didnt take long for me to become convinced of the health risk. The ingredinet list is enough to scare me.

    December 10th, 2012 11:48 am Reply
  • Marilu

    My son has a seizure disorder as well as some behavioral issues that I completely attribute to vaccines. His last vax was given when he was 4 (he’s 6) and a little after that he had his first seizure. I regret putting all these toxins in my children and am now trying to undo all the damage. Had I done a little more research instead of accepting the pediatrician’s advice, I would have never vaccinated them.

    December 10th, 2012 11:48 am Reply
  • Suzy Provine via Facebook

    My number is 1.

    December 10th, 2012 11:48 am Reply
  • Lauren

    I do not have kids yet, but want to soon. I am working with my doctor to get my health and guy in a little better order before we start trying. The autism rates are terrifying, the increase in general unhealthiness is awful. I live in NJ, so the number is too high. My number has been met. I am so on board with not loading my kids up with vaccines. Please don’t yell or judge, this is a serious question. Are there any vaccines that you would give your kids? I believe that most are totally unnecessary. But I know that I got the MMR and others when I was little in the 1980s. Would you recommend any of these for kids or just absolutely no vaccines whatsoever?

    December 10th, 2012 11:48 am Reply
    • Amy Love @ Real Food Whole Health

      I definitely wouldn’t do any, personally, but you can read up on each one and make the decision yourself. MMR is a combination shot (multiple vaccines in one shot) and is implicated in more adverse reactions than others. Kudos to you on doing research BEFORE conception…that’s so incredibly important! Modern Alternative Mama did a vaccine by vaccine information series not long ago and it was very comprehensive and easy to understand. She looked at the disease, the risk, the symptoms, the treatment and the vaccine ingredients for each I think. Check it out for more research :)

      December 10th, 2012 2:19 pm Reply
  • Stephanie Pruett Amuso via Facebook

    I have not vaccinated my (almost 4 month old). I am exclusively breast feeding. I consume an organic/Paleo diet. She has never been sick & has avoided catching several colds that she was exposed to! I’m amazed but incredibly thankful that I am doing it right with this baby (she is my 3rd).

    December 10th, 2012 11:49 am Reply
  • Roxie Curtis via Facebook

    I stopped at 1 out of 150 also. That’s really when it came to my attention somehow and the the numbers keep getting worse. :(

    December 10th, 2012 11:49 am Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    I read that NJ mandates the flu vaccine for any child going to school or daycare. Has anyone else heard that? The GAPS diet helps clean up a child’s Gut. 70% of our immune system is in our gut. When the gut/immune system is compromised the issues arise. I chose not to vaccinate based on common sense, lack of testing and more. I have a background in Big Pharma, learned a LOT! :)

    December 10th, 2012 11:50 am Reply
  • AD

    Way too high for us! No Vaccinations for any of our three children and they are the healthiest kids by far in their class! I remember having my second child in the hospital and all the pressure I received to vaccinate. I most have told at least twelve different hospital representatives “no” before I finally had a lady tell me that the State of Florida requires vaccinations which I knew was false. When I told her as much and that the State of Florida isn’t raising my child, she stated that it was tantamount to child abuse to not vaccinate my son. Even that didn’t change our opinion on vaccinations. In fact, the only thing it did change was my decision to not a child born in the hospital again. Our third baby was born at home with a midwife and was the best experience we could ever ask for.

    December 10th, 2012 11:51 am Reply
  • Lyndsey Stark Stang via Facebook

    I love the harshness in this article. The truth hurts and offends. Too bad. I’d rather offend then stick chemicals in my kids’ muscles.

    December 10th, 2012 11:53 am Reply
  • Lyndsey Stark Stang via Facebook

    There was an article about NJ too that stated every single child who got the measles vaccine got the measles and the one reported that didn’t, didn’t catch it that year, whatever year it was.

    December 10th, 2012 11:54 am Reply
  • Jill Bryant Mitchell via Facebook

    I never had any amalgams, didn’t eat junk almost ever, moderately exercised, didn’t have a cell phone or wifi, didn’t live next to a highway (lived in Fairbanks, AK), no landfills. My son was healthy and happy and then got autism, after vaccines. Period. I was and am very green but believed my doctor when he said they were necessary. He regressed into a severely autistic, non verbal child. Explain it to me. Tell me I need a double blind study. Thank you thehealthyhomeeconomist! I love you! <3

    December 10th, 2012 11:54 am Reply
    • Wife21 Mom24

      @ Jill Bryant Mitchell: Thanks for bringing up the amalgams too. I just watched “Smoking Teeth” yesterday http://www.healthymouthsummit.com/smoking-teeth. God bless you as you endeavor to get your little boy back. Your family will be in my prayers tonight.

      December 10th, 2012 7:33 pm Reply
    • Kiki Bacaro

      Thank you for sharing that Jill. We need to hear more anecdotal evidence instead of the “studies” that are easily skewed. I am sorry about your situation:(

      December 10th, 2012 9:27 pm Reply
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    December 10th, 2012 11:54 am Reply
  • Kristina VanWynsberghe Johnson via Facebook

    It just drives me crazy that there are no solid answers to “WHY” there are such increases in autism, children food allergies, childhood cancers, and autoimmune diseases. I can ask five different doctors and get five different theories. From my own reasearch and experience I believe the answers lie heavily in our food supply (and our diets) and exposure to pesticides in our food supply, environment and other chemicals in consumer packaging. So while I am certainly cautious about vaccinations and there ingredients, I do not believe they are the end all explanation for these growing problems.

    December 10th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
  • Michele Fairman via Facebook

    has anyone studied what happened to the rates of autism when they removed mercury from the standard childhood vacs? I understand that it is still in the flu vac but not in the childhood vac.

    December 10th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
    • Tara McMillan

      Actually MIchelle- Mercury can not be completely stripped from the Vaccines – that the FDA says you dont have to label – since its just “trace amounts” of mercury- but it is still there,and its not just mercury- its aluminum too….

      December 10th, 2012 4:24 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    Love the comment about fast food due to fewer stay at home moms?? Lol! I work a full time as does my husband. Our children do not eat that crap. We rarely if ever buy processed food. I know many stay at home moms that feed their kids McDonalds and processed food. Nice try!

    December 10th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    Love the comment about fast food due to fewer stay at home moms?? Lol! I work a full time as does my husband. Our children do not eat that crap. We rarely if ever buy processed food. I know many stay at home moms that feed their kids McDonalds and processed food. Nice try!

    December 10th, 2012 11:55 am Reply
  • Julie Dippold Leaman via Facebook

    Our family is part of the statistic, no more vaccines!!

    December 10th, 2012 11:56 am Reply
  • Belle

    If we’re going to look at interventions that have increased as the autism rate has, we also need to look at medications given to moms during the birthing process. Many midwives even question the excessive number of ultrasounds given during pregnancy as we don’t know how that can effect a fetus. Why has no one studied the mega doses of drugs given as moms deliver? Another example of claiming something is safe when no one has a clue. Plus more moms and babies die now that we do more c-sections and other interventions.

    December 10th, 2012 11:56 am Reply
    • Rose

      Good post.

      December 10th, 2012 10:14 pm Reply
    • Jen

      This real food, anti-vax mama is extemely grateful for the c-section that saved my son’s life. Saved mine too. I don’t know what drugs I received and I don’t care, because I lost half my blood volume, and was in surgery for 7 hours to stop the bleeding. Whatever they gave me, I needed! My 29 week preemie (2 years old now) is perfect, which I totally attribute to the WAPF diet for pregnant women, and the raw milk formula.

      I agree that there are a lot of unecessary drugs given and ultrasounds performed. And there are consequences, especially for women not eating a real food diet. But really, there is a time and a place for c-sections, and they do save lives.

      December 13th, 2012 3:00 am Reply
      • Alicia

        You’ve certainly carried a lot! Great work with your son’s nutrition! It has paid off.

        December 17th, 2012 2:06 am Reply
  • Anna Everhart via Facebook

    Thanks for the info!! I have a lot of science people in my life, and people who have worked with autistic children, and they all say they think it is environmental, but also that there isn’t a shred of scientific evidence to blame vaxine’s in particular. But your are right- can you/we wait? This has been the single most difficult decision for me with pressure from every direction. Is there anything connecting vaccines with ADHD? I am prego with my third right now, and did vaccinate my first two (spreading them out much longer than “recommened”), but am leaning towards not vaccinating this one.

    December 10th, 2012 11:57 am Reply
  • Charlotte Oliver

    My children have made the decision not to vaccinate. Thank God I don’t have to worry about this for my grandchildren, I have 7 under 7. Thank you for all the information.
    God Bless

    December 10th, 2012 11:59 am Reply
  • Liza Hippler via Facebook

    Brilliant post by Heather Armstrong (dooce) regarding vaccinations. Those who do not vaccinate are counting on everyone else TO vaccinate, whether you realize it or not. These are diseases – horrible, horrible diseases – that are not GONE from our world. They just look like they are due to vaccinations that work. If we were all to stop these, we’d welcome back some awful things that we would NEVER EVER want to unleash on our children.

    December 10th, 2012 11:59 am Reply
    • IC

      Yeah, sort of like how 82% of whooping cough cases are kids who are fully vax’ed. Get the shot, get the disease anyway, is that really showing that they are working?

      December 10th, 2012 8:45 pm Reply
      • Janel

        How does the 82% compare to the population rate of those vaccinated against whooping cough? I would guess that the vaccination rate is higher, which would mean that you’re more likely to get it if you weren’t vaccinated.

        December 11th, 2012 12:28 am Reply
        • IC

          If this particular vaccine works, then none (or few) the fully vaccinated kids should have gotten it.

          December 11th, 2012 4:03 am Reply
    • Jen

      Really? Dooce as a valid opinion about vaccines? Give me a break.

      December 13th, 2012 3:05 am Reply
  • Liza Hippler via Facebook


    December 10th, 2012 11:59 am Reply
  • Louise Butler via Facebook

    I was so relieved that my granddaughter, a not vaxxed kid, chose to keep her own daughter vaccine free. I am grateful to my own daughter for educating herself about the alternatives to dangerous vaccines.

    December 10th, 2012 11:59 am Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Liza Hippler Herd immunity is a MYTH. It applies ONLY to natural immunity NEVER to temporary and highly inferior vax immunity. And, I’ll take measles and a tiny risk for polio over a HUGE risk of autism any day of the week.

    December 10th, 2012 12:01 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    There is a rise in many childhood diseases like ADHD, ADD, Asthma, autism, Seizures etc. I think it’s a combo of vaccines and the other environmental junk.

    December 10th, 2012 12:02 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Liza Hippler the article you cite is vaccine propaganda .. it is completely and 100% false. Read here from an MD on why herd immunity is a myth and is a lie used by Big Pharma to secure profits: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/marvelous-health-of-unvaccinated/

    December 10th, 2012 12:04 pm Reply
    • Sam

      I’m not going to waste my time reading that article. The idea that herd immunity is false is ridiculous. It’s essentially how they eradicated smallpox. Not everyone needed to be vaccinated, only enough people so that the likelihood that one person could successful pass it to a non-vaccinated person was minuscule.

      Here’s a quick video put out by Harvard Medical School that very simply explains why herd immunity works: http://www.health.harvard.edu/video/herd-immunity/

      December 12th, 2012 11:36 pm Reply
      • Magda

        Herd immunity is only true when the immunity is acquired naturally, not through a vaccine. They are NOT the same.

        December 13th, 2012 5:00 pm Reply
        • Sam

          And where did you hear this??? Vaccines CREATE herd immunity. Here’s a simple description from Harvard Medical School: http://www.health.harvard.edu/video/herd-immunity/

          Herd immunity does not necessary have to come about through vaccines. It can definitely be a natural process, but the idea behind many vaccines is to create herd immunity, or to vaccinate enough people to protect the population.

          December 13th, 2012 8:40 pm Reply
        • Sam

          Well I tried to post a comment but I think something went wrong when I tried to submit it… so here we go again.

          Your definition of herd immunity is completely inaccurate. In fact, the idea behind most vaccines is to CREATE herd immunity. Yes, herd immunity can be reached through natural means, but this rarely happens on a large scale. So yes, they ARE the same. Please watch the demonstration of herd immunity that I posted a link to in my above comment.

          December 13th, 2012 9:26 pm Reply
          • Sam

            Whoops, now I see two replies. My apologies.

            December 13th, 2012 9:28 pm
  • Barbara

    Sarah, I’m ashamed to admit that I did vaccinate my precious sons back in the 80’s and I thank God every day that they are ok. I do pray that they won’t develop any adversities due to my ignorance. I became aware of this whole autism/vaccine issue when I began working as a school bus aide and was utterly astonished at the number of autistic boys in the population. I alerted my son and daughter-in-law and they have not had their two sweet baby boys vaccinated at all, thank God. I’ve been outraged at the pressure that’s been put on them, but they are steely in their resolve and very vocal and persuasive on this issue. Thank you so much and may God bless you for all you’ve done to illuminate all of us.

    December 10th, 2012 12:06 pm Reply
  • Jayna Graham via Facebook

    0. I won’t do it.

    December 10th, 2012 12:06 pm Reply
  • Brittnee Turner Horting via Facebook

    My local newspaper is running articles about people who refuse vaccines…the comments that people (pro-vaccine people) make about “us” are horrible! So mean!

    December 10th, 2012 12:07 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    You wonder at what point people will be afraid more of autism than phantom diseases that would have disappeared anyway without vaccination? Why are people afraid of shadows and not the threat that is right there in their faces? Scarlett fever disappeared just like polio and the others and there was no vax for it … vax did not do away with infectious disease, improved sanitation did: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/why-vaccines-are-scientific-fraud/

    December 10th, 2012 12:08 pm Reply
    • MaryCay

      What?? Scarlett fever still exists- my son had it 2 years ago.
      It doesn’t cause the problems that it used to because of antibiotics- another touchy subject.

      December 10th, 2012 7:48 pm Reply
      • DeAnn

        Scarlet fever comes from untreated strep. There is no vaccine for this. The reason it “disappeared” was the use of antibiotics. I had scarlet fever when I was 17.

        December 11th, 2012 9:27 am Reply
  • Jim Puricelli via Facebook

    I love MOST of the information on your site/page, but the study that you’re referring to (that celebrities like Jenny McCarthy latched onto) was based on children’s doctored or made up medical records. I.E. the physician who wrote it picked specific medical medical records that supported his case and was not a scientific sample. So, at the most there is no evidence of a relationship between autism and vax’s and at the least the jury is still out. That’s the facts. Decide for yourself or for your children based on the facts, not an emotional reaction to a fraudulent “study.”

    December 10th, 2012 12:08 pm Reply
    • IC

      There are other theories, by other doctors, on what specific ingredients can trigger autism aside from the well known mercury one.

      December 10th, 2012 8:49 pm Reply
  • Jayna Graham via Facebook

    Liza if you are so sure vaccinations work them why is my unvaxed family such a big threat?

    December 10th, 2012 12:09 pm Reply
    • Helen T

      You’re so right, Jayna. It’s the vaccinated people who spread the disease! Back in the late 70’s, I saw a daytime talk show where the subject was: can a vaccinated person spread disease? Someone’s daughter had gotten the polio vaccine and her mother had contracted it – she came out in a wheel chair. A friend of mine who got the swine flu
      vaccine gave it to her husband who had passed on it.

      December 11th, 2012 3:29 am Reply
    • Sam

      This is why: http://www.imperfectparent.com/topics/2012/12/12/whooping-cough-epidemic-in-australia-claims-life-of-infant/

      Newborns are at a very high risk – their immune system is very weak and they are not old enough to be given the vaccine yet. If you or one of your “unvaxed” family members contracts whooping cough (a pretty mild disease in adults) you can easily pass it on to a young child like this.

      December 12th, 2012 11:07 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    @Liza if you want to pump your kids with poorly tested vaccines full of chemicals go for it! You can claim I choose not to because I’m counting on “herd immunity”, I don’t mind. :) I just cannot in my right mind pump my kids with those chemicals….I just cannot. Call it whatever you like!

    December 10th, 2012 12:11 pm Reply
  • Tiffany

    None of my kids have ever been vaccinated. We decided based on our home birthing doctors in Chicago telling us the complications. Dr. Eisenstein has a book out, and has for at least a decade about informing yourself about the vaccination crusade. Our kids are now 12, 11, 9 and 2. We are expecting in March 2013, and dont plan on ever vax’ing any of our kids. For any reason. Our second born (a boy) is on the spectrum, but is mild…and with homeschooling it has been something we could work with daily, to a point that most dont even recognize it. I am so thankful that we knew that from day one, and grateful his issues arent any worse than they are. Outside of this our kids are very healthy, have no food allergens, and no other behavioral issues. Thank the good Lord! :) Dont put toxins directly into your childs system, there are enough out in the world that you cant avoid!

    December 10th, 2012 12:12 pm Reply
  • Sara

    Being a teacher, what scares me are the number of parents still completely misinformed and believing vaccination is necessary. I’m a parent and was misinformed for years. Fortunately and unfortunately once the H1N1 vaccine came around I started to question more and jumped off the vaccine cart-my oldest made it to kindergarten with all the “required shots” (unfortunately) but my youngest will be starting next year without what the school considers “required”. I see an overall health difference between the 2 not just from an autistism viewpoint.

    December 10th, 2012 12:12 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    Not sure if it is still the case…… http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/nyregion/new-jersey/04flunj.html?_r=0

    December 10th, 2012 12:13 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    Not sure if it is still the case…… http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/nyregion/new-jersey/04flunj.html?_r=0

    December 10th, 2012 12:13 pm Reply
  • Wendy

    We would never get MMR, chicken pox, or the injectible polio because of moral reasons- they are derived from aborted fetal cells. Even putting aside my total vomit response in hearing that, how can injecting a child with fragments of someone else’s DNA not go wrong? And the autism rates skyrocketed after the fetal cell version of these vaccines was introduced.
    I was still relatively tolerant of other childhood vaccines, until it finally dawned on me that while they might work in theory, they really don’t work in practice. As in, these outbreaks of diseases are among vaccinated children. We’ve never been back since then.

    December 10th, 2012 12:13 pm Reply
    • rochel

      I had no idea those vaccines were derived from aborted fetal cells. Where did you find that information out?

      December 10th, 2012 1:44 pm Reply
      • Michele

        Check out this post on the NNII website: http://www.immunizationinfo.org/issues/vaccine-components/human-fetal-links-some-vaccines. See the bottom of the post for references. This organization is affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics so they are not anti-vaccine but they admit that some vaccines are manufactured using human fetal tissue. Just look at the ingredients for each individual vaccine on the CDC website. Look for “human diploid cells”. Sometimes they even say which cell lines the cells came from: WI-38 or MRC-5. The following website gives great detail about the WI-38 (http://ccr.coriell.org/Sections/Search/Sample_Detail.aspx?Ref=AG06814-J&PgId=166).

        December 10th, 2012 4:22 pm Reply
      • IC

        You can find a list of fetal cell vaccines on the “children of God” site. There are radio interviews with Dr. Theresa Deisher where she talks about the autism spikes matching up with when fetal cell based vaccines were released (most recently chicken pox, which she calls the “dirtiest.”)

        December 10th, 2012 8:59 pm Reply
      • IC

        You can also read about research tying fetal vaccines to autism here:
        There is also a list of fetal- derived vaccines.
        “The FDA has been worried about DNA insertions since they first approved using aborted fetal cell lines to make vaccines.”

        December 16th, 2012 7:37 pm Reply
  • Lisa Jobson via Facebook

    What is different about NJ vaccination? Or could it be something else? I would me more apt to blame enviromnentals

    December 10th, 2012 12:16 pm Reply
  • Thomasa

    I wish I would have seen numbers before I had my first 2. I never heard anything that made me question them until I was pregnant with number 3. We had moved from a small rural town to the suburbs of DC where 3 out of my 4 new friends had an autistic child. We started researching and were floored by what we found. All vaccines stopped. My last 2 are vaccine free and we are trying to heal my oldest son’s allergies Nd behavioral issues with diet. Thanks for all you do! Keep sharing!!!!

    December 10th, 2012 12:17 pm Reply
  • Joanne

    Sorry, but your logic here is totally unscientific. You could call out anything that is higher now, like cell phones and use your method to link that to the autism rates. Are cell phones or vaccines the problem? Maybe, maybe not. All I’m saying is that your analysis is associative, but not causal.

    December 10th, 2012 12:17 pm Reply
    • Tara McMillan

      Joanne- you are not informed about all the children that have suffered vaccine reactions that now have Autism. There is no point in hiding that or covering it up by misconstrued data provided by the people that promote vaccines…. Vaccines do Cause Autism. Wake up- watch the video on cspan……, many people (including lawmakers in DC) are now speaking up about the dangers of Vaccines…. and oh yeah

      cell phones can be dangerous to your health as well…..

      December 10th, 2012 2:37 pm Reply
  • Cameron Bellestri via Facebook

    Check out the article above….Though the law went through in 2009 not sure when the 1-20 something number was measured.

    December 10th, 2012 12:18 pm Reply
  • Marjie Gale via Facebook

    Herd immunity is a complete load anyway. Also, the findings of Dr. Wakefield’s study were never even alleged to be fraudulent. That was a lie made up by the media, that the public “latched onto.” Dozens of studies conducted throughout the world have confirmed those findings. Don’t believe what you see on the teevee. The media echoes the government’s (big pharma’s) lies.

    December 10th, 2012 12:19 pm Reply
  • lg

    I am amazed at the number of food allergies in the U.S! Eggs? Pork? Dairy? NUTS!!!!! It is impossible to bring and share a snack that all children can eat together at a playgroup in this country! It is actually quite creepy. I mean, this is real food. How can a person be allergic to real food???? I know that rancid peanut oil is used in a lot of vaccines and as for the other allergies, I am sure the GMO soy and corn feed provided to the animals creates allergic foods.

    Also so many children, may not have “autism” will at best have a severe nut allergy, eczema or some other skin problems, a funny sideways type of run (??), constant colds, or just general unhappiness. At a birthday party the other week, NO ONE SMILED or LAUGHED (except for my child)!! Again, creepy.

    Children are supposed to GLOW and be bright little beacons of blessing. When they are not, something is wrong. No wonder no one wants to have children these days, when you look at the dull complexions, limp hair and whiney behaviors of kids today, who would be inspired to have children?

    This phrase is so true (Dr Tenpenny?): “Health Does Not Come From A Needle!”

    There are alternatives to protect our children’s health!!!!!

    December 10th, 2012 11:19 am Reply
    • Megan

      yup Every time I went thru bee allergy shots I have trouble with dairy. then It takes 6 yrs or more to straight out my system!!!. I cant even do raw dairy. I tried. and allergy shot fall under vac. I checked. they are full of cr%^ too. I asked what was in them when I started the shot as an adult. was only told about the bee venom. I didn’t know 6 yrs ago what i know now about paperwork with shot and demanding it. wish I did! dont get allergy shots!!! do a gaps or other cleanse diet when you can. I nursing so waiting till i’m done with that. don’t want the stuff releasing from me into my kid. she wont be vaced! I guees my number would have been 1 in 10000. just dont take a chance, but I just had first kid.Man meds or God’s med. I will go with God the true healer! thanksyou very much! ok off my soap box. but a good box it is!

      December 10th, 2012 12:36 pm Reply
  • Megan

    of topic again. sorry but really need to ask someone not following Dr food for infant. I give my baby small amount of garlic in her food and she loves it as much as we do. read that at another natural site to try. Now what about onion. what age is safe? Is there a safety issue with onion and babies???? give me a why or why not onion answer. I like to know the why or why not. not just no dont do it. please and thanks

    December 10th, 2012 12:20 pm Reply
  • Michele Fairman via Facebook

    I totally agree with Sarah Couture Pope- How can we be more afraid of diseases like measles than autism ?

    December 10th, 2012 12:20 pm Reply
  • Odeale Shady Frank via Facebook

    Don’t forget about our poisoned water system. Yeah, fluoride, chlorine and the list goes on….

    December 10th, 2012 12:23 pm Reply
  • Tess

    I have to wonder if there is some balance point between NO vaccines and “stick ’em against everything we have a vax for!”

    I’m afraid that a lot of parents that leap fearfully onto the “no vaccines!” bandwagon have no sense of medical history at all. Vaccines have saved countless lives. Many of us wouldn’t be here today to be having this discussion if our parents and grandparents hadn’t been vaccinated. Many of us who still were conceived would be deaf, blind or mentally developmentally challenged because our mothers had been exposed to German measles or other “childhood diseases” while we were in her womb.

    Google the numbers of children who died *every year* from polio up into the 1950’s. Then add the number who spent the rest of their lives in iron lungs, or still to this day suffer from polio’s effects.

    Go to any older cemetary and count the number of babies’ and children’s graves. Most of them died from infectious diseases that are *now preventable through vaccines.*

    Speak to anyone still living who was born in the early part of the 20th century. My grandparents are both gone now, but I vividly remember my grandfather telling me that every fall, two or more of his classmates wouldn’t be in the seats, because they had died over the summer from one preventable illness or another.

    Should we then blindly accept EVERY vaccine out there? NO!

    Chickenpox? Well, the disease in childhood has very low rates of serious complications. Yes, a bout with chickenpox may been shingles in your 60’s— so get the shingles vaccine in your ’60’s, or spin the viral roulette wheel and take your very good chances that you probably *won’t* get a shingles outbreak if you eat well and keep yourself healthy.

    The Herpes vaccine? How about vaccinating children with strong moral values instead? Keeping your pants zipped and refraining from promiscuous sexual contact is a pretty good *vaccination* for that and it’s entirely drug-free.

    Other vaccinations? Consider your children’s risk of exposure. With antibiotic TB on the rise, yes, I would have my child vaccinated against TB again. Others? I would do my homework and then decide.

    Vaccination, and public health measures that insure bacteriologically clean water are the major factors that have lifted the life expectancy of developed countries into the seventh decade for most nations.

    I urge all young parents now to carefully consider the OTHER risk factors for the rising rates of autism, and also to *CAREFULLY* study the history of vaccination before dismissing the entire process.

    Pick, choose– seek out and loudly demand safer formulations. But don’t blindly cast away one of the greatest tools of modern medicine and civilization on unresearched decisions and misunderstanding of both history and the risks of the diseases being prevented. “Vanquished” ancient childhood diseases are on the deadly rise again– ask yourself why.

    An unvaccinated population (whether native-born or emigrants) is the only answer to that.

    Is there a risk of autism and/or allergy with excessive vaccination? Perhaps. The numbers raise those suspicions, that’s the only certain fact. There haven’t been a lot of rigorous studies, and one must consider that correlation is not always causation.

    Is there a risk of your child dying or being permanently disabled by an infectious childhood disease if the child isn’t vaccinated at all? There’s no debate on that at all. History is crystal– or should I say, carved granite with a little lamb on top?– clear on that point.

    December 10th, 2012 12:25 pm Reply
    • Joanne

      Well said!

      December 10th, 2012 12:45 pm Reply
    • Dayna

      When you research the rates of polio prior to the vaccine being introduced, however, you will find that the rates of polio and other infectious diseases were declining BEFORE the vaccine was introduced. The vaccine is then credited with the further decline of polio…
      There was recently an outbreak of mumps where 97% of those affected WERE vaccinated for mumps. This point is often overlooked when doing a cost benefit analysis of vaccines. How can we be sure how effective they even are? And yet, common sense tells you there are dire risks involved.

      December 10th, 2012 12:53 pm Reply
      • Rachel

        Ok, if what you say about polio is true, why is it still prevalent in other countries, such as Pakistan? And how is it that polio was recently ravishing India but with the vaccine no new cases have appeared in over a year?

        December 10th, 2012 4:26 pm Reply
      • Janel

        @ Dayna – in citing the 97% of the mumps outbreak being vaccinated, you first need to know what the vaccination rate of the general population was. If it’s a higher percent – say, 99% – then you’re more likely to get it if you weren’t vaccinated.

        December 11th, 2012 12:46 am Reply
    • Janel

      Agree with Joanne on Tess’ comments – well said.

      In choosing whether to vaccinate or not, you really need to do a proper risk analysis of your choices. For instance, I can certainly understand not getting certain vaccines, especially if the risk of exposure to it is very low/unlikely. But for something like tetanus?? Come on!

      December 11th, 2012 12:52 am Reply
      • IC

        The problem with tetanus is you can no longer get just a tetanus immunization or booster, you have you get the combo shot. If you suffer from a deep wound, though, and have not had the full tetanus immunization series, you can get the tetanus IgA shot.

        December 11th, 2012 4:07 am Reply
        • IC

          *to get

          December 11th, 2012 4:08 am Reply
  • Kenny Friedman via Facebook

    @cameron, who wrote “Love the comment about fast food due to fewer stay at home moms?? Lol! I work a full time as does my husband. Our children do not eat that crap. We rarely if ever buy processed food. I know many stay at home moms that feed their kids McDonalds and processed food. Nice try!”

    I meant no offense, nor did I say it’s impossible nourish a family properly while working F/T. I certainly applaud and respect ANY parents who can make it work, however, this is absolutely NOT the trend in the US. The vast majority fall under the description I gave. I’m glad that you don’t, and I’m glad that there are *some* conscious people, but you’re the exception, not the rule.

    December 10th, 2012 12:25 pm Reply
  • Megan

    Blaming the rising autism rate on “better diagnosis” is about as ridiculous an argument as any I’ve heard too.

    An autism rate of 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 26 in only 30 years purely on “better diagnosis”? People actually buy this argument?

    so if this the case then boy were we in trouble for 600 yrs living with so many having it. I think people dont understand what it is. i worked at ARC for 9 yrs. there is no wway we had that much for 600 yrs. wake up people!!!!!they are posioning us!!!!!!

    December 10th, 2012 12:25 pm Reply
    • Megan

      oooops ment to type 6000

      December 10th, 2012 12:26 pm Reply
    • Rachel

      Well, what about how every child was diagnosed with ADHD in school? Those rates skyrocketed, then dropped off.
      A very mild ASD runs in my family, it’s traceable in many generations and in those who both got vaccinated and those who didn’t. Genetics. But because it’s mild, it would never have gotten diagnosed in the 80’s or 90’s. So, therefore, the rate of autism in our family suddenly jumped because it was diagnosed late.

      December 10th, 2012 4:45 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Jim Puricelli I have no idea what you are talking about. All 3 of my completely unvaccinated children participated in that survey and it WAS NOT made up medical records and whatever other nonsense you are spouting.

    December 10th, 2012 12:26 pm Reply
  • Peggy

    I was young, easily frightened and pretty darned stupid in 1980 when my first was born. Of COURSE we’d have all the shots. He had a terrible reaction and nearly died. The doctor wanted to try one agent at a time rather than combo vaccinations so if he had a near-fatal reaction again, we could just skip that one and still have the rest. Let me think about that…no way. I can’t say for sure that he was permanently hurt from that one set of shots, but we struggled with breathing disorders and sensory disorders and allergies for years. Second child born in 1990 was to a different father and I was still not terribly bright. She had a similar reaction, but not as severe and it finally hit me. NO MORE. No way, not a single shot, ever.

    I have seen the combination of toxic assaults build up to the point that children aren’t children anymore. The lights are on, but nobody’s home. They don’t smile and play, they are sickly and confused and unable to form rational thoughts and complete sentences. I can’t say for certain that they are that way because of vaccinations, but the unvaccinated children among my kids’ friends are different.

    Because I have the tendency to be a scared little sheep, my “number” would be immaterial. It had to happen to me: I had to have a child with a massive adverse reaction before it hit home.

    December 10th, 2012 12:27 pm Reply
  • Courtney Wiemann via Facebook

    As a parent of a child with autism, who had a severe reaction to his MMR, I wanted to say that I personally feel in HIS case his gut was seriously tore up from that vaccine, he had violently explosive diarrhea for almost 5 months, during which time he lost all his speech (he had numerous autism signs before that, so I don’t feel it caused his autism by any means). His stools were never the same. This spring, at age 5 (now age 6), I added probiotics to his diet (by accident really… haha!) and not only has his gut changed, but he has begun to speak and communicate. Nothing miraculous, but we are confident with continued diet changes (likely to do GAPS soon) that he will be communicating effectively relatively soon. So at least in our case (even by our doctor’s opinion) the vaccine caused GUT damage, not necessarily brain damage. And I agree whole heartedly on the factors mentioned… GMOs, processed foods, etc. A LOT of things related to gut health.

    And also as a parent of a child with autism… my input on the increased rate of autism in New Jersey? It’s one of the better states to live in for an autistic child… the services available are sought out and families will relocate there FOR those services. Are 1 in 26 children diagnosed as toddlers there, or is that the rate of children living there? Because it would be like saying there’s a lot of retirees in Florida… what’s in the water there? Why are there so many old people there? Haha! Being a family that recently relocated solely for the services our son would receive, that’s my take on it. Our public school here has a higher rate of autistic children, too. BUT they weren’t born here, they moved here for the school, as we did (only 1.5 hours from our hometown, but a relocation none the less).

    December 10th, 2012 12:27 pm Reply
  • Tara McMillan

    Sarah- I had the opportunity to go to the hearing. – I homeschool- so I took one of my daughters- and it was an experience….
    Let me tell you- much of what the speaker from the NIH and the CDC said was lies! I highly recommend the cspan video…. it was a memorable experience…

    we must do more, and that’s my plan- for my family and I to not give up and to speak about the injuries that vaccines can bring. My son has Autism…. loved your blog post about GAPS and Autism… that’s what we are doing for our son….

    Before my son was injured by vaccines..I did the same thing everyone else did- and still does mostly- listen to t doctors blindly!
    Its changed our lives – Autism- by Vaccine Injury—- we are doing everything differently…and I am telling everyone about the dangers of Vaccines….

    December 10th, 2012 12:30 pm Reply
  • Shannon

    I love your blogs! Go, Sarah!

    December 10th, 2012 12:32 pm Reply
  • mamah

    There are some upsides to this whole conundrum. When my youngest (and now healthiest) child entered kindergarten we had already lived overseas and learned enough about the proved detrimental effects of many ingredients in the vaccination injections that I held off on completing the American regimen for her. The school threw a fit and “suspended” her for a few days, expecting me to bend. We had the most wonderful time together pursuing learning and the homeschool seed was planted. As I approach my empty nest phase of life I cherish the years that we had homeschooling our children and am grateful for that experience that gave me the courage to pursue an unusual and socially unacceptable path for our area. My kids are in college and having a great time and through the years we have successfully conquered Tourette’s Syndrome, Seizure Disorder and Severe Migraines in my older kids. So grateful for Eastern/Natural medicine and our recovery from what we were told we couldn’t conquer. My kids came out the winners as I walked away from Western Traditions…and it all started with a short expulsion from school for not vaccinating.

    December 10th, 2012 12:34 pm Reply
  • Mandy Flory via Facebook

    It’s not about autism to me it is a common sense thing! Read the ingredients list people! If it is a toxic chemical, it is a toxic chemical!! I know parents that won’t let kids eat a cookie that fell on the ground yet formaldehyde is great!! Shot em up :0/. ???

    December 10th, 2012 12:36 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      Touche! lol.

      December 10th, 2012 6:21 pm Reply
  • Britney Reynolds via Facebook

    11th Page, second Paragraph of an FDA website leaflet for Tripedia reads,
    “Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS,
    anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence
    and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are
    reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to
    establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.” (2005)

    If our government really thought there was no correlation, this would not be included in the materials for that vaccine.


    December 10th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
  • Courtney Wiemann via Facebook

    I’ll add… we’ve always spread out vaccines… I have “small” children (my now 6 year old was 5th percentile through infancy due to his inability to process fats thanks to him not producing his own carnitine, discovered when he was 12 months old while testing causes of his severe hypotonia. My 4 year old lingers in the 25th percentile range, my 2 year old is our “big” kid at 50th percentile.) and since vaccines are not dosed based on weight (WHY NOT!?!?!) we delay and limit to one per visit. We do not do rotovirus, varicella, or flu shots… and now significantly delay MMR, my 4 year old will get it when he turns 5, like WE ALL DID 20-30 years ago and were JUST fine!!! We used to get that one at 5 and in high school or before college at least. Just to clarify that I am not anti-vaccine. We do vaccinate, even after my son’s diagnosis. I am pro-choose-for-your-family, but in our family we choose to delay/selectively vaccinate. Also, it has been decided by my son’s teachers, doctor, and myself that he will NOT receive his 2nd MMR.

    December 10th, 2012 12:41 pm Reply
  • lg

    Also — in addition to the nut allergies, skin issues, and general malaise what about the chronic constipation issues non-autistic kids have too? So many ‘normal’ kids walk on their toes and have trouble eliminating.

    Vaccines wreak havoc on the gut and digestive system – which is the source of our physical immunity and mental health.

    December 10th, 2012 11:42 am Reply
  • Natasha Boss via Facebook

    I agree with not vaxing. What about the connection between use of epidurals and autism?

    December 10th, 2012 12:43 pm Reply
  • Natasha Boss via Facebook

    I agree with not vaxing. What about the connection between use of epidurals and autism?

    December 10th, 2012 12:43 pm Reply
  • Renee Kelcey via Facebook

    There are unvaccinated children with autism so it’s clearly not “the cause”. While we no longer vaccinate as one of my children has autism, I think it’s more important to focus on other areas of concern to prevent autism. Such as gut health. We need to clean up the food supply so people are eating food produced and in a healthy way, stop over use of the pill, stop using antibiotics as much as possible. If we restore our children’s gut health then we can go ahead and vaccinate for critical conditions such as tetanus and polio without fear that their bodies can’t cope with it.

    December 10th, 2012 12:44 pm Reply
  • Sheila Hughes

    I found out a bit too late, as my youngest of 4 now has autism. Each of my kids has some kind of issue, whether related to vaccines or other toxins. I’m sure it all relates in some way. The questions I have now is, “What do we do now to heal our kids?” I have had my son on the GAPS diet for 3 years, slowly modifying his diet and working with a DAN (Defeat Autism Now) doctor. The older kids have various issues not as severe, but there all the same: eczema, allergies, asthma, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder. I’m trying to get them on the GAPS as well but have been met with more resistance, including from their dad who misses the days where we could just have Papa Murphy’s Pizza and a movie for family night. Sigh….Yes, I’m the fanatic in the house, but I simply want everyone healthy. The cost of going alternative treatments and buying organic make it all the more challenging, especially in this economy and on one income. We are doing what we can, though, but it’s frustrating because I want my kids healed. I’m trying to work part time while home schooling the older kids and managing the younger child’s autism treatment at his school and with outside programs. I have no qualms, in the mean time, about utilizing government resources to get my son his treatment. That is an entitlement that he is owed.

    December 10th, 2012 11:47 am Reply
    • Jennifer

      Hang in there Shelly. You are being the BEST mom you know how to be. Think positively about what you ARE able to do. If the changes have to come more slowly due to the reasons you have mentioned, that’s ok! As time goes on and more and more changes are made, you will one day look back on where you were and realize that your family has come a long way. I encourage you to continue in the fight for your children’s health, but give yourself the freedom to know that you are doing what you can with what you have been given.

      December 10th, 2012 12:07 pm Reply
    • Candice

      Sheila, good for you for taking the time and dedication to do the GAPS diet, it is the most healing option for almost any health problem (which includes mental health, skin issues, digestive and behavior issues as well). It is not an easy plan to follow, but very rewarding and really can work wonders. Stick with it, and a good read for you might be GAPS stories, which tells the stories of different families taking on this approach and how it affected their health. Also offers some helpful suggestions to following the plan.

      December 10th, 2012 12:15 pm Reply
    • Jennifer

      Oops. So sorry Sheila. I wrote Shelly, but I meant Sheila.

      December 10th, 2012 12:35 pm Reply
    • Rachel

      It’s toughSheila, but I agree you are an awesome mom and wife. My husband has a hard time too sometimes, but finding health is a wonderful journey. If you I know!!! I’m not sure if I’m coming down. :( BUT!! I will probably make a fabric order this week if you’re interested in some…I can call it in so it gets to us faster if it’s something you want before Christmas. If you decide you don’t want anything, no worries, I have enough for a minimum order. a day that you are able, do a ton of prep work. Make chicken stock and freeze some. Have carrots ready for carrot juice, sometimes there are some great online GAPS recipes so you don’t have to be creative on your own. And like Jennifer said, if the transition is slow, that’s okay. You’ll get there. And you’ll have pizza someday, it might be gluten free and with homemade raw cheese, but when you still feel good afterwards, it will be so worth it.

      December 11th, 2012 5:19 am Reply
    • Traci

      Jenny McCarthy cured her son, I would check to see what her extreme measure were.

      January 3rd, 2013 2:05 am Reply
  • Alex Hopkins via Facebook

    1 in 26 in NJ?!!!? HOLY SH*T!!!!! Being in Philly that’s very close to home. Very very sad. When will we stop injecting our children with poison?! Sure…it may not be THE cause. But it sure as hell plays into it. The body can only handle so many toxins. Especially little growing bodies.

    December 10th, 2012 12:48 pm Reply
  • sarah

    My son was adopted through the state and I had a “gut feeling” he should not be vaccinated. I used everything in my power to prevent vaccines, and succeeded. He had only 1, the whooping cough, because my state is going crazy over it, and that was the final agreement. I thought that wasn’t too bad since I went up against DHFS. Also, in the end he ended up having autism. Knowing the research, I can’t imagine how bad he would be had I added more to his already broken body! As, it is, we can work on healing him, without fighting even more “junk”. He is healing by the way. Autism is curable, if you have the “guts” to do it!

    December 10th, 2012 12:50 pm Reply
  • Sarah

    We don’t vax anymore but, for the parents out there who are still seeking some sort of disease protection, there is a better way! Check out http://vaccinefree.wordpress.com/ and learn how to safely protect your kids and even reverse vaccine injury. We have chosen this route for our son who was partially vaccinated and are very happy with it. :-)

    December 10th, 2012 12:51 pm Reply
  • Melissa Ward via Facebook

    How do you bypass them with school!? My daughter is 7 has had all of hers but after the 5yr old shots Wow!!! Seen a huge difference! Please let me know what I need to do so that she doesn’t have to get anymore! Thanks!!!

    December 10th, 2012 12:53 pm Reply
  • Susan West Olvera via Facebook

    98% of Autistic children have an MTHFR anomoly. This involves methylation, or the detox of cells. They need certain supplements in order to support cellular detoxification or else things like heavy metal ( vaccines ),pesticides, even synthetic vitamins make them very ill and things like Autism, Cancer, and Autoimmune Conditions develop. http://nwhealthcare.net/index.php?id=64

    December 10th, 2012 12:55 pm Reply
  • Fiona Yousef via Facebook

    I recently read a study which showed a significant correlation that mothers who had gestational diabetes showed an increased rate of having kids with autism and developmental delays. The cause was found to be inflammation in the mothers gut.

    December 10th, 2012 12:56 pm Reply
  • Mary

    Look up Dr. Boyd Haley. He is a mercury and vaccine expert and has put a lot of research into the vaccine/autism theory. He is so good at explaining everything that has to do with how vaccines cause autism and why it affects boys more than girls. I have my own theory about girls getting it. I saw him 6 years ago at a conference. What an amazing man. Also, another who has had his life turned upside down speaking out and treating our kids.
    My son had all his vaccines up until the age of 2 (now 15). We didn’t have internet then (at least where we lived) and no one ever mentioned that they were bad. Most people don’t know he has autism (now Asperger’s), unless they are autism experts. We did the allergy diet (didn’t do much), chelation (Dr. Boyd Haley’s OSR worked wonders) and then turned to Donna Gates’ Body Ecology Diet to heal his gut. It worked wonders! I think it was mostly the coconut kefir. Once his gut was healed, he lost all his food allergies!! We just had him tested again (2.5 years later) and still none. Now I have to figure out how to get rid of the environmental allergies.
    I also tell everyone how bad vaccines are and then how to help their children if they have it. NO ONE else that I have told is even willing to try it. It must be too hard for them I guess.
    I used to have an article that explained, in detail, everything that happens to the body and brain from a vaccine. Effects last 2 years. I wish I still had it. It was scary what it does to these kids, and that was from 1 vaccine.

    December 10th, 2012 1:04 pm Reply
  • LaDona Pedigo Chao via Facebook

    Ok, so like Liza said, what do we do about deadly contagious diseases that devastated the populaion but were cured by vaccines? What if small pox came back, would you then vaccinate your children?

    December 10th, 2012 1:05 pm Reply
  • Brittnee Turner Horting via Facebook

    @Melissa Ward…I live in Idaho and my son started kindergarten this fall, when I registered him all I had to do was say “We don’t vaccinate.” and they handed me a paper listing all vaccinations and I checked each one he had NOT recieved, signed it, and that was it! The lady checking me in said “Good for you!”…which helped to untangle the small knot of uncertainty in my stomach :)

    December 10th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
  • Rafael Aspiazu via Facebook

    Wow – this is incredible high!

    December 10th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
  • Kenny Friedman via Facebook

    If a strong link was shown between cell phones and autism, would you give up your cell phone?

    December 10th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
  • Ashley

    I’m not vaccinating my son. I wonder if one day they will be able to determine that autisim is caused by gettung vaccines when children are vitamin D deficient. I’ve come across some interesting articles that hypothesize the two together might be responsible. Vaccine rate have sky rocketed, but so have rates of sunscreen use.

    December 10th, 2012 1:08 pm Reply
  • Brenda Martaindale McKillip Basinger via Facebook

    I stopped all vaccinations apx 20 years ago when I became aware of the dangers. We are much healthier because of it. We eat healthy, take a good multi and never vaccinate. We are just never ill. We take care of our immune systems instead of destroying them through vaccinations. It has been 13 yrs this month since I have had so much as a cold. Seven years for my hubby and at least that long for my younguns (as least the ones at home. Don’t know about grown ones, could be longer). There were no “deadly contagious diseases” that were cured by vaccines. If you study the charts and studies they were ALL already on a drastic decline BEFORE the vaccines were introduced. Many began to decline because of sanitation and people being more careful.

    December 10th, 2012 1:10 pm Reply
  • Lorena Graham Peek via Facebook

    Flu Vaccine almost killed me; I was told to warn blood relatives to avoid it; I wasn’t the only one on that ward in Walter Reed that year with those same symptoms; one other soldier died from that vaccine that I know of and we are adults!!!! He was deployed overseas and they could’t get him home fast enough. Certainly canned my military career. So do I vaccinate my four year old. Absolutely NOT. After that I researched like mad and completely switched to the dark side lol Naturopaths, Chiropractors, Acupuncture, Osteopath and Alternative MDs. Do any of them vaccinate. NOT ONE. I am happy with the path I have taken. I am so blessed!!!!

    December 10th, 2012 1:15 pm Reply
  • Jessica Buchanan via Facebook

    Sarah- if you do no vaccinate at all, does your family not travel overseas? Or do you space out vaccines?

    December 10th, 2012 1:17 pm Reply
  • Lyndsey Stark Stang via Facebook

    Don’t forget that Hitler used vaccines too. He tried to keep Jews from having healthy babies or babies at all. Look at us now.

    December 10th, 2012 1:19 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    I have a friend who is 29 and never been vaxed, she is the healthiest person I know. Meaning she never gets sick. She does maintain her weight, but she isn’t a “health nut” per say but she is rarely, if ever sick. I believe with all my heart it’s because she was never vaxed and her immune had a chance to build itself.

    I am so thankful God crossed my path with a woman who nonchalantly told me I should research vaccines when I was pregnant with my first. She said her daughter was an RN and said she would never vaccinate her children after what she has seen vaccines do to kids. So I researched and researched and I was stunned!

    However I didn’t know about the stupid vitamin K shot..research that as well. My kids got those and I regret it and wish I would of looked into it better. I also didn’t do the eye goop…my kids were c-sections and I didn’t have STD’s so no reason to put that crud in their eyes.

    Thanks for your honest post!

    December 10th, 2012 1:21 pm Reply
  • Chris Cangeleri via Facebook

    Understand the facts. The problem with core vaccinations is that they work quite well. So we are generations removed from diseases such as measles and mumps, polio and small pox having any impact on public health. This breeds false complacency, and the idea that vaccines are “unnecessary.”

    If parents decide not to vaccinate their children, they increase the likelihood of those children getting sick. This is a relatively small risk these days because everyone else’s kids have been vaccinated, thus providing a healthy population. But not vaccinating your kids out of some irrational and unsupported claim that they cause autism is dangerous and bad public health policy.


    December 10th, 2012 1:21 pm Reply
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  • Christy Mattingly via Facebook

    I don’t believe there is one cause of autism or any other autoimmune disease or disorder. The world is toxic and for every effort we make to control our diets and home environment, there are a thousand things we have no control over. Our food, soil, water, air, homes, vehicles, schools and buildings, furniture, toys, clothing….everything has been contaminated by man’s attempt to “do it better, cheaper, faster” and to make money. That said, my children have been much healthier since stopping vaccines, changing our diet, and began taking a more holistic approach about a decade ago. I do what I can but the rest I place in God’s hands.

    December 10th, 2012 1:23 pm Reply
  • Christy Mattingly via Facebook

    I don’t believe there is one cause of autism or any other autoimmune disease or disorder. The world is toxic and for every effort we make to control our diets and home environment, there are a thousand things we have no control over. Our food, soil, water, air, homes, vehicles, schools and buildings, furniture, toys, clothing….everything has been contaminated by man’s attempt to “do it better, cheaper, faster” and to make money. That said, my children have been much healthier since stopping vaccines, changing our diet, and began taking a more holistic approach about a decade ago. I do what I can but the rest I place in God’s hands.

    December 10th, 2012 1:23 pm Reply
  • Anita Messenger via Facebook

    We have an autistic grandson who was born at home and has never had one vaccination. We’d like to find out how this happened to him.

    December 10th, 2012 1:23 pm Reply
  • Rebecca

    Oh mine was 1 in 150 as well, of course that was the number in 2005 when my first child was born. All the diseases lumped together don’t even come close to that number!! I also laugh at the people who get so mad because our unvaccinated children are putting their vaccinated children at risk. Isn’t your child “protected” if their vaccinated?!

    December 10th, 2012 1:29 pm Reply
  • Stanley Fishman

    Some years ago, we knew a happy, healthy baby boy. Very active, very intelligent, very alert and responsive. Until he got vaccinated. Within days of getting a major vax, which he had a horrible reaction to, he turned non responsive. he was soon diagnosed with severe autism. He got a lot of medical treatment over the years, but never improved. That poor family suffered so much.

    That was what convinced us.

    December 10th, 2012 1:39 pm Reply
  • Anne

    The Bible states that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. If God can create a complex universe and everything in it. Why are not the Christian’s questioning the validity of this “science of vaccines?”

    December 10th, 2012 1:50 pm Reply
    • Tara McMillan

      I agree with you 100 percent! Its sad when Christians just want to go with the flow, and not question what is happening….

      December 10th, 2012 2:17 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      I don’t think it is a matter or being a Christian or not, it’s just lack of information. Most people, Christian or not, go through life allowing others to dictate what they should do; especially from doctors. I am a Christian and the biggest reason I have not vaccinated my second child is because I do not have peace from God about it. This lack of peace turned me towards researching more and more. We have to be walking with God to not just ‘go with the flow.’ :) My 2 cents worth.

      December 10th, 2012 6:19 pm Reply
  • ame

    I was wondering if anyone has seen any research on children that nave not been vaxed but still have autism? I have asked this question several times and can’t really find a good answer.

    December 10th, 2012 2:05 pm Reply
    • Mary

      The Amish and a clinic in Chicago that doesn’t vaccinate do not have any autistic kids. There is a form of genetic autism, but the rate is very low. I can’t remember what it’s called now. There are other areas that they can get mercury, such as coal powered plants.

      December 10th, 2012 3:14 pm Reply
  • Rachel MacPherson Crouse via Facebook

    I really am not getting the “better safe than sorry” argument. Wouldn’t it be better to be “safe” from horrendous and debilitating disease than sorry? That argument just doesn’t make sense to me in this case.

    December 10th, 2012 2:06 pm Reply
  • Marjie Gale via Facebook

    Rachel, I’m confused. What disease are you referring to? There really isn’t anything “horrendous and debilitating” about chicken pox or the flu or measles etc. Now autism is horrendous and debilitating.

    December 10th, 2012 2:19 pm Reply
    • Sam

      There is something horrendous about tetanus, meningitis, hepatitis, diphtheria and for the very young ones, whooping cough. And while getting the flu vaccine isn’t a concern for many, it can certainly be a killer in the young and very old.

      December 12th, 2012 10:52 pm Reply
      • Magda

        It was specifically in young and old that studies showed the flu vaccine NOT to be effective. Same with whooping cough: recent outbreaks showed that even when properly vaccinated, the vaccine did not protect the children from the disease.

        December 13th, 2012 4:55 pm Reply
        • Sam

          No vaccine fully protects. Unfortunately, the whooping cough vaccine is one of the worst in this. It greatly loses its effectiveness every year, and so requires frequent booster shots to maintain an effective immune response against Bordetella pertussis. However, getting the vaccine does lower your odds. It is a very good one to get if you know that you are going to be around young children so as to lower your risk of transmitting the disease to them.

          I don’t find it hard to believe that the flu vaccine is LESS effective in the young and old. Their immune systems will not react as strongly to the vaccine, but they will still react and lower the odds of infection. The flu vaccines also changes every year, and even if you do get the vaccine, you can still be infected by several other strains of influenza.

          Vaccines are all about lowering the risks. They are not 100% effective against disease, but ideally they will be close to that and provide long-term protection. Luckily, there are many effective vaccines that do this.

          December 13th, 2012 9:08 pm Reply
  • Homemaker

    Regrettably all my children have been vaxed. If I could redo it, we wouldn’t done most of them. My oldest has had all of them, but my youngest two haven’t had their 4 year old shots and beyond. We haven’t been to the doctor’s office in over 2 years (haven’t been sick and I don’t trust them anymore). Anyways, is it fine just to stop in the middle with my youngest two?? Or I am doing more harm just getting them “half vaxed”? Can anyone help me out? Thanks!

    December 10th, 2012 2:29 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      My theory is less vaxes= less toxins. So stopping is not a problem (in my humble opinion).

      December 10th, 2012 6:15 pm Reply
  • Marcie

    I have struggled with this decision. My daughter is 15 months old and has received all of her vaccines, except MMR and chicken pox and the next round of vaccines that they want me to give her. My pediatrician and her office, said that if I decide to forgo the above mentioned vaccines and others that they will refuse to see my daughter. I live in a small town and there are no other physicians that will see her. It is very frustrating. In my gut, I don’t want to give her the shots. I am new to this way of thinking. Don’t know what to do.

    December 10th, 2012 2:35 pm Reply
    • Mary

      Don’t let the pressure get to you. Obviously, if you are on this website, you are feeding your children well and taking good care of them. If they are unvaccinated (causes inflammation which in turn causes other diseases) then they will be healthy. I don’t remember the last time I took my kids to the doctor. I’ve lived in small towns too and know what it’s like. Right now I live in FL and most of the doctors here will do the same thing. Most of them are idiots too. There is a very good book out called Natural Healing that tells you what to do for everything. My youngest got a horrible eye infection where one eye was almost closed. The Opthomologists that I called wouldn’t see her because it was Friday and they got off at noon. I had her babysitter put breast milk in her eyes and then looked up the condition in that book. One thing it said to do was to put grated potato on it. Guess what, it worked! Get onto some good websites that help out with that.
      Also, what we do when we go the doctor or hospital is where it asks if their vaccines are up to date, we put yes. NO questions. And if it is an emergency, they have to see her.
      I’ve read in vaccine books and other places that measles and mumps are beneficial to children in development and possibly preventing some cancers.

      December 10th, 2012 3:07 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      My children’s pediatrician did the same thing. I simply left them. Have you tried Family Practices?? They tend to be more easy going concerning vaccinations. I feel your pain though. Stick with your gut. It’s better to hold of until proven otherwise rather than experience the pain if studies come and find that they are horrible. We have the privilege of living where most of the really bad diseases are rare so we can afford not to vaccinate. :) And for me, I pray A LOT about this issue. I go through seasons of fear and peace. I am only in fear when I do not go to the Lord about it.

      December 10th, 2012 6:13 pm Reply
    • bianca

      FInd a naturopath or holistic practioner to help you. Good for listening to your gut
      and good luck !

      December 10th, 2012 7:50 pm Reply
  • Morgaine Donohue via Facebook

    Britney Reynolds, all of those were included on the inserts because any and all things that were reported after said vaccination is required to be listed, whether or not there is any link.

    I am almost positive that none of those claims are really looked into further, so Im not saying none of those are viable side effects. Im just saying that the inserts do not qualify as conclusive evidence.

    December 10th, 2012 2:35 pm Reply
  • Lynn Shackelford via Facebook

    So wait a minute. In an earlier post, you seemed to suggest diet was the issue for autism and the GAPS diet would reverse it. Now this post blames vaccines. Which is it?

    December 10th, 2012 2:40 pm Reply
  • Dan

    Putting it this way my open some more eyes. I still think it’s a combination of factors, but vaccination is still very harmful.

    December 10th, 2012 2:43 pm Reply
  • Lovelyn

    I don’t have children of my own, but if I did I would not get them vaccinated. My husband got one vaccine as an infant and had ended up hospitalized. After that his parents never took him back for the rest of his vaccinations. My stepson was vaccinated. He was born in 1993. He also had severe reactions to vaccines but got the full course of them. He has autistic spectrum disorder and I blame that on vaccines. I don’t understand how people don’t see the connection between vaccines and autism. It seems like such an obvious correlation to me.

    December 10th, 2012 1:52 pm Reply
  • Erika

    There have been so many changes beyond vaccines in the past several decades – it’s hard to pin down exactly the cause of ASD! I have a hard time determining if I believe that there is one cause for ASD, or if it is more of an epigenetics thing, or if the right cocktail of toxins at the “right” time lead to ASDs.

    I agree with a few of the previous posters – conscious, selective, INFORMED vaccination may be appropriate, but the ridiculous cocktail given to little ones with rapidly growing nervous systems – I think not! Tell me why, again, it is “recommended” to vaccinate a newborn baby (often less than 48 hours old) with a vaccine meant to fend off a sexually transmitted disease… Especially if mom does not have the disease (I’m referring to Hep B). I can see the case for a tetanus-only vaccine for a farm-kid who hates shoes, or a polio vaccine for a child headed to an endemic area. Certainly not what little ones are getting now.

    Like Kenny F. mentioned, there is a whole slew of other things that need to be considered when limiting your family’s exposures – vaccines being ONE of many!

    December 10th, 2012 2:54 pm Reply
  • Dawn Short Umemoto via Facebook

    Melissa no currently allows religious exemptions, you just send in a letter to the school, but legislation might make it more difficult to even allow that.

    December 10th, 2012 2:59 pm Reply
  • Christy Mattingly via Facebook

    Lynn, it’s not an either/or situation, really. The health of our gut determines our general health. Toxins from our environment, medications, vaccines, food, etc. can cause a compromised/leaky gut and then we become sensitive to things we eat, causing autoimmune disorders. A GAPS diet is meant to heal our gut. Many people have been healed of all kinds of disorders and diseases by following a GAPS diet (eczema, autism, ADHD, mood disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, etc.).

    December 10th, 2012 3:11 pm Reply
  • Sara James via Facebook

    What I would like to see is how much population growth has occurred and if that’s being taken into account. Also, I would like to say that everyone is quick to judge until they have a child sick from a vaccine. Even one of the country’s most prominent physicians in the study of autism feels that A, vaccines should be spaced out and given in single dosee, B, it should be the RIGHT of the parents to decide if they vaccinate, not the state (his strongest belief from what I can see, and C, if you have a child that has a vaccine injury, he recommends you DO NOT vaccinate your other children. I believe that there needs to be a demand for extensive research on vaccines by studies conducted by independent researchers, not by makers of vaccinations.

    December 10th, 2012 3:12 pm Reply
  • El Temeroso via Facebook

    Vac’s and mommy and daddy passing on bad genomes via mercury fillings and leaky guts!

    December 10th, 2012 3:13 pm Reply
  • Tracey Ginter via Facebook

    One’s diet, especially a pregnant women, is another HUGE factor. In particular consuming gluten (wheat, barley, and rye are the worst).

    December 10th, 2012 3:14 pm Reply
  • Sara James via Facebook

    I know plenty of people who ate crappy, vaccinate and have no autistic children. I also know people who did the same and have health issues. I’d like to see a study of autistic children in the military community. It seems I know many who have had injuries or autism develop around the time of vaccines.

    December 10th, 2012 3:22 pm Reply
  • Alexis Coxon via Facebook

    I think anyone who says they know for sure what causes autism is full of it. I personally am guessing it’s a massive combination of factors, including parental age, genetics, and environmental pollutants. But I know waaaaaayyyy too many nonvaxers with kids on the spectrum to blame it on vaccines.

    Eye-opening article, btw. http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/110861/how-older-parenthood-will-upend-american-society

    December 10th, 2012 3:30 pm Reply
  • Julie

    @ Megan – don’t be afraid that the school will do anything to you if you don’t vaccinate. It’s actually a pretty easy process. You go to the city/county health department website and follow links until you find Vaccine Variance paperwork. Fill it out and have it notarized (at any UPS store) and take it to the school nurse. Once it is in the Nurse’s file, I believe it’s confidential. The school CANNOT deny your child access because they aren’t vaxed. It’s against the law. At least that is how it works here in New Hampshire.

    Unfortunately my kids have have most of their vaccines, but after what these “experts” call a “vaccine injury” to my youngest, we’re done! Period. Vaccine injury. Can you believe that term? So polite. Makes my blood boil.

    December 10th, 2012 3:32 pm Reply
  • Flavia Sordelet via Facebook

    Once again she fails to acknowledge recent (peer reviewed) research done on rates of autism found in this Country. There is a high correlation between autism and the proximity of a pregnant women/infants to a freeway (a.k.a. large amounts of vehicle exhaust pollution). The researchers found that as the distance from the pollution source increased the rate of autism decreased. The U.S. doesn’t track health records, including vaccination, of the general population as well as some European Countries do. Their data has yet to show a significant relationship between vaccines and childhood diseases. If the U.S. did then maybe we could have some sort of highly accurate study done on this subject, but we don’t. So we should stop trying to pull crap science and crap facts out of thin air! I’m all for doing to proper research and analysis to get to the bottom of this issue…who should do it, well not the phram companies, that’s for sure!!!

    December 10th, 2012 3:45 pm Reply
  • Flavia Sordelet via Facebook

    Once again she fails to acknowledge recent (peer reviewed) research done on rates of autism found in this Country. There is a high correlation between autism and the proximity of a pregnant women/infants to a freeway (a.k.a. large amounts of vehicle exhaust pollution). The researchers found that as the distance from the pollution source increased the rate of autism decreased. The U.S. doesn’t track health records, including vaccination, of the general population as well as some European Countries do. Their data has yet to show a significant relationship between vaccines and childhood diseases. If the U.S. did then maybe we could have some sort of highly accurate study done on this subject, but we don’t. So we should stop trying to pull crap science and crap facts out of thin air! I’m all for doing to proper research and analysis to get to the bottom of this issue…who should do it, well not the phram companies, that’s for sure!!!

    December 10th, 2012 3:45 pm Reply
  • Amanda hamawi

    My first son is 4 and a half years old. He has not been tested for autism but I would suspect something is up. He was born in new jersey but we live in the UK now. He has never had any vaccines though. I sometimes wonder if it was the mercury in my teeth that may have affected him as I had some fillings removed just before I became pregnant with him or maybe the organic soy infant formula I gave him. My second son is 3 and still breastfed. He has suffered from severe tooth decay. I only ever fed him organic foods, very little sugar no juices but he was still suffering. They have been on a traditional diet for about 9 months now. The younger one takes his cod liver and high vitamin butter oil everyday. His tooth decay seems to have regressed but we still limit his fruit and other sugar intake. The older consumes more raw milk than any person I’ve ever known. I would never vaccinate any of my children and I lived in Africa for a few years. The doctors there told me I was crazy but I’ll take my chances! May try GAPS soon to see if it helps my older son. Thanks Sarah!

    December 10th, 2012 3:51 pm Reply
  • CC

    Unfortunately, for us, the number was 1 for 1. My nephew crashed into autism after his vaccines at 21 months. Our daughter has not and we’ll never be vaccinated as a result.

    December 10th, 2012 3:56 pm Reply
  • Richard Gamble

    Once again this all trails right back to ultimate greed, corruption with no thought for human health. Thank you very much big drug companies, and guess who pushes it like some street drug pusher your nightly news. Aparently if you have not heard this year is going to be the worst flu season “EVER” haven’t we heard that one before. Let all vaccinate even more the shareholders will love you for it.

    December 10th, 2012 4:14 pm Reply
  • Celia

    What are the autism rates for unvaccinated children?

    December 10th, 2012 4:18 pm Reply
    • Andrea

      This is a good question. They have looked at the Amish (since they do not vaccinate) and have found that there are virtually no cases of Autism. I cannot find the article I read this in, but you can Google it and find some interesting articles. But other than the Amish, we have no conclusive research to answer this question (that I know of).

      If anyone finds that what I have said is incorrect, please let me know! I am in research mode concerning this very issue and need all the help I can get. I do not want to pretend I know everything about this issue. :)

      December 10th, 2012 6:07 pm Reply
  • Callan Schoonveld via Facebook

    Something like this based on research and data seems a bit more logical. People are having babies later in life now and therefore pass down more mutated genes.


    December 10th, 2012 4:27 pm Reply
  • Mike Tara McMillan via Facebook

    Jill Bryant Mitchell- I conceoved my son in Fairbanks AK- (he has Autism ) we are military- I really think there is a heavy letal toxicity up there in that environment…. but he was vax injured as well

    December 10th, 2012 4:35 pm Reply
  • Fiona

    I will admit that while I’d heard some bad stuff about vaccines when my kids were little, I was more afraid NOT to have them vaccinated (unfortunately). When my second son was born and I was told he’d have to have Hep B when just a couple of days I freaked out, but at the time I never really questioned “the schedule” and believed I had to have it done. At the same time I thought how silly it was that a newborn was being vaccinated against something *I* had never been vaccinated against and had no plan of getting vaccinated against!

    Fortunately, my kids are getting older now, and as they’ve almost all left primary school there’s not a huge impetus to keep vaccinating (all primary schools insist on seeing kids vaccination records, and while the secondary school expects you to fill out a computer form saying when your kids were vaccinated and against what, you don’t have to show them the vaccination certificate). I know for a fact that there is NO WAY my daughter will be getting the HPV vaccine when she’s in year 7 (which is when they’ve put it on the schedule here), and as far as I’m concerned there will be no more vaccines that *I* will ever ask my kids to get (just hope they never have to work in jobs that pretty much force you to get a flu shot or whatever).

    I haven’t had a vaccine in 25 years, and even so I will go on a school camp or whatever and it will ask when my last tetanus shot was (I usually just lie so as to avoid issues… I’m hardly going to tell them it was in 1985!).

    Incidentally my oldest son is borderline Asperger’s… Was it vaccines or something else, I don’t know (and he’s really quite fine, albeit a bit quirky… certainly not a serious case). But if I knew back when he was born what I know today, I’d certainly have fought vaccines much harder and would have looked into my options instead of feeling I HAD to get my kids vaccinated just to go to school (honestly no other options were actually presented to us except being told we HAD to show a vaccination certificate to get them in… but I am sure there must be another way!! Certainly I think less parents are opting for vaccination now in Australia and their kids are still getting educated).

    December 10th, 2012 4:39 pm Reply
  • Mike Tara McMillan via Facebook

    @Flavia – those “peer reviewed ” articles are nothing more than whitewash from scientists that have ties with vaccine manufacturers and the CDC…. I suggest you read up on 14studies.org to find out more info

    December 10th, 2012 4:42 pm Reply
  • Leanne davidson

    Yes I believe vaccine rates are way too high and most given for commercial gain or social conditioning. However I am mot sure that vaccines can be blamed wholly for autism as I personnal know a number of children who have had no vaccines and still have severe autism.

    December 10th, 2012 4:51 pm Reply
    • Sara R.

      I know a family who did not vaccinate but their 3rd child had severe allergies from infancy, to the point that his parents were told that he would not survive (and he also was diagnosed with autism but it “wouldn’t matter” because he wouldn’t live long enough..). After years of searching and closed doors they were introduced to nutritional healing and heavy metal detoxification. Turns out he had been effectively poisoned at just a few months of age from the floor polish/wax that was used on their home when he was an infant. Now he is a normal functioning child! So in his case it was not the vaccines, but still probably the same issue of heavy metal toxicity which can be caused by vaccines.

      December 10th, 2012 5:14 pm Reply
  • Jana

    I just shared your earlier post on my FB page. I am not vaccinating my baby who is almost 5 months old. He is the happiest baby anyone we know has met. EVERYONE we meet stops to interact with him because he is so personable. He is 97% in height, 85% in weight for his age. He is 100% breast fed. Right after I found out I was pregnant, I had my mercury fillings CAREFULLY removed. I ate a lot of butter(from grass fed cows), bacon, and coconut oil. I had my baby 2 days before my due date(full term) and he was 9 pounds of pure love.

    Because of a congenial heart defect, my parents followed the advice of the American Heart Association and gave me antibiotics for 25 years every time I went to the dentist. Because of the massive amounts of antibiotics my intestines were destroyed which onset celiac disease and a slew of health problems. 5 years ago, the American Heart Association changed their requirements on premedication stating that it was more harmful to give massive amounts of antibiotics to a person than the actual infection that was trying to be avoided. Other than avoiding gluten containing foods(which are bad for you anyway), I take no medications, have no allergies and live pain free.

    “let thy food be thy medicine” Hippocrates

    December 10th, 2012 5:05 pm Reply
  • Anita Messenger via Facebook

    I need to add that the father of our autistic grandson is our son and he’s never received any vaccinations, either. Homeschooled. Born in a hospital but raised on a rural homestead with raw milk, garden, etc. The MOTHER, however, has had all of the vaccinations as a kid and is also rh negative so she has to have those shots when she’s pregnant (six times now). Our son was 30 when this grandson was born so he wasn’t “old”, either. They’ve had three more children since that one and two before him. When he was born, they were not living anywhere close to a “highway”. In fact, they were living way out in the boonies by a river and with bears walking through their yard…

    December 10th, 2012 5:17 pm Reply
  • Sara R.

    I started out doubtful about vaccines because of my fear of needles (also led me to natural childbirth), so I researched them when I was pregnant with my first child. I have had two natural births and no shots for either of my children. People constantly comment on how healthy they look and how happy and social they are, at almost 3 and 8 months of age. I like to think that I have had some effect on that by feeding them as clean a diet as possible (and breastfeeding), and keeping them away from medical “care” as much as possible.

    December 10th, 2012 5:17 pm Reply
  • Michelle

    My number came up when I started looking into why my first born was fitting into all the autistic criteria. We immediately stopped her vax schedule, and have never let our second daughter into the medical establishment. On Monday, baby #1 (seven years old) goes in for diagnostic testing – only took 6 1/2 years to get this far. I pray other parents don’t have to suffer like we do.

    December 10th, 2012 5:36 pm Reply
  • PamJ

    Where did u come up with the number 64 vaccinations?? My children were born in 1994 & 1996. They received all vaccines, but no chickenpox or gardasil. My son is an A student, excels in the Arts, and is going to college next year. My daughter has some health problems, but no Autism or ADHD.
    There are so many things which may be causing the autism epidemic besides vaccines – I don’t see how you can blame it on vaccines alone. Do you know how many children died of childhood disease before vaccination began?? Vaccines may be over abundant now, but how can you say all vaccines are bad??
    You should know the large number of things that could be contributing to autism – pesticides, hormones & antibiotics in our farm animals, degeneration of our eating habits, etc etc etc. We all need to take a REASONED look at the possible causes of autism.

    December 10th, 2012 5:42 pm Reply
  • Spook Hetherington via Facebook

    Yes of course – Children need to be protected and pharmaceutical companies need you to immunise…

    December 10th, 2012 5:45 pm Reply
  • Deborah Chisholm via Facebook

    I find it troubling that no one seems to be aware of the possible, suspected link between pitocin (used to induce labor) and autism. Google it and see the many hits it pulls up. Not only are staggering amounts of women being induced these days, usually as much as 3 weeks early, but some are given pitocin without their consent while in labor to “speed things along”. This trend, and the rise of autism, go hand in hand.

    December 10th, 2012 5:48 pm Reply
    • Aimee

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. See my post below.

      December 13th, 2012 5:52 pm Reply
  • Jessica Talstein via Facebook

    I believe vaccines are just one of many things that can cause autism. Just reading this thread makes me believe it even more. For that article post above this comment, “Older dads causing the rise in autism”. Sounds like a load of bull to me.

    December 10th, 2012 5:56 pm Reply
  • Andrea

    My oldest son (2.5 yrs old) received most of his vaccinations on a schedule I felt comfortable with. We only got 2 vaccinations every month. I now have a second son and I started to vaccinate him like I did my oldest, but felt very uneasy about it. So, as a result, he has only received one series in 3 vaccines. He will not be getting anymore, nor my oldest. I have read WAY too much about the downfall of vaccines to give them to my children. We shall see what I do if we must leave the country and in order to get back in, be vaccinated.. :/

    December 10th, 2012 5:56 pm Reply
  • Jenn

    My autism number is 1-54 boys in the US. Had I known about all the adverse side effects I would have never gotten him vaccinated. Its the lie doctors tell. “oh if they run a fever just give then aspirin” Yeah well he ran a fever his head became misshapen, he stopped talking and developed severe allergies.

    December 10th, 2012 6:21 pm Reply
  • Jan Posch via Facebook

    Lyme disease also, causes autism and it is epidemic in NJ.

    December 10th, 2012 6:21 pm Reply
  • Krissy

    No number is ok with me. We would not vaccinate for anything! Never….it worries me that they are eroding away the exemptions in many states. Some other countries (I forget now what country the video I watched was in) are catching people in road side check points and vaccinating them in the car before they can go on. Its scary to think where the US may eventually be headed as well. People wake up and see the tyranny before it too late.

    December 10th, 2012 6:36 pm Reply
    • Erika

      Krissy, the slow, quiet erosion of our rights over our bodies and the bodies of our children terrifies me! Thankfully, I live in a state that allows for a philosophical exemption (but we get to sit through a lecture on the benefits of vax and the risks of non-vax), but if they take that away… wow… ugh!

      December 10th, 2012 6:57 pm Reply
  • Callan Schoonveld via Facebook

    Jessica did you actually read it?

    December 10th, 2012 6:38 pm Reply
  • bianca

    Arm yourselves with knowledge. It’s powerful. Trust your good wisdom.
    I am strong proponent of gut health…. Everything is tied together, it’s all
    connected. Vaccinations are part of the picture. It’s distressing to see
    the unhealthy mothers having babies, and then the final insult: shooting these
    innocent babies full of toxins. Think about the assault on their tiny bodies, please !

    December 10th, 2012 8:01 pm Reply
  • Jody

    WOW! Talk about a ton of comments on this subject! I have two sons, one born in 1994 and one born in 96. My youngest is severely impacted by autisum. He developed a very rare seizure disorder called Wests syndrome after his 2nd series of vaccines. I can not begin to describe what a nightmare life was for him as a baby. Guess what the first thing his neurologist did? Halt all vaccines! Now isn’t that strange… If vaccines do no harm, then why halt them? My son’s MRI shows lesions on his brain. How did they get there? And then my oldest. By the time he was in 3rd grade his school said he needed to be evaluated. They found him to be aspergers. It is complete INSANITY to vaccinate your children. If I had known all the poisons that are in them, and even the remotest chance that they could hurt my children, I would not have vaccinated. It’s playing Russian roulette with your child life. And to think that the big pharms are still getting away with it, with the support of doctors! They have no concern for all the lives they destroy, the pain and suffering they cause. SICK- SICK-SICK!!!

    December 10th, 2012 8:33 pm Reply
  • Erica

    My son had an encephalitic reaction to a DPT vaccine and then developed autism. I know the vaccine was the cause of the autism (in addition to the obvious) because a homeopathic remedy made from the vaccine actually cured him. It took a long 5 years for full recovery but he’s 11 now and has been fully recovered for well over 6 years.

    However, people need to wake up. It’s not just the vaccines, though. I have a theory that the adjuvants are one of the largest triggers in the vaccines. What is the most used adjuvant – corn oil. Yes, corn oil – made from GMO corn. There is now evidence that GMO corn and soy can cause leaky gut syndrome. The timing of this adjuvant being added correlates to the dramatic increase in autism as well.

    My son had severe leaky gut. Corn and soy were his two biggest stim inducers (food that made him stim). Think there is a connection – you betcha. Adjuvants are supposed to enhance the effectiveness of the vaccines. So perhaps, the body creates an immune response once it is ingested as the body now thinks it is something to fight off (just like the virus).

    Another adjuvant used is a chemical which is also used in disposable diapers. However, there are other triggers as there are many kids who were not vaccinated who have autism. I hear from many of their parents. Some did not realize their child received HepB at birth in the hospital without their knowledge (me included). But others insist their child never had a vaccine.

    The late Edward Yazbak, MD did some valuable research showing a correlation to mothers revaxed with MMR in young adulthood and then having children who develop autism. (Again, me being one of them.) We have no way of knowing what second or third generation of vaccination is doing.

    All the evidence is out there, but people continue to think it won’t happen to them. I had a gut feeling to not vaccinate my son (in addition to a history of reactions in our family) but didn’t expect the backlash from my doctor when I brought up my concerns. This was in 2001 and things are about as 180 from that as it can get now. I studied for 5+ years to become a homeopath and we are now a homeopathic family.

    So to answer your question – the number for me was one – my son.

    December 10th, 2012 9:24 pm Reply
  • Brianne

    My number was when I found out I was being lied to. If you’re going to lie to me once, you’re going to lie again. From that point on, I was not letting anyone touch my children. I also found it ironically interesting that in a recent study of autism in Amish children, only three were found. One was vaccinated, one was adopted, and one had no information.

    December 10th, 2012 9:40 pm Reply
    • Sam

      The amish live a VERY different lifestyle. There are hundreds of things they could be doing differently from everyone else that lead to lower autism rates. Just because one happened to be vaccinated does not mean anything.

      December 12th, 2012 10:38 pm Reply
  • Emily Reitnauer

    Hi Sarah, I appreciate your work in spreading information about the traditional foods diet. I have learned much from you and have been making changing to my family’s diet bit by bit over the past six months. I have not vaccinated my 8-month-old baby, and I certainly agree that children today are far over-vaccinated. However, I have to object to this statement: “Now, you can say that vaccines don’t cause autism until the cows come home, but it seems to me that common sense alone clearly indicates that vaccines are, at the very least, a large contributing factor to the increasing autism rates.” This is simply not true, and unfortunately, statements like this really damage your credibility. I don’t know whether or not vaccines cause autism, but correlation does not equal causation.

    December 10th, 2012 10:26 pm Reply
  • Kayla Willingham via Facebook

    Did someone really try to say Wakefield’s study wasn’t discredited? Hoo boy. Got some proof for that? I’m well researched and all of my children are and will be vaccinated, including Gardisil and the flu shot.

    December 10th, 2012 10:54 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Kayla Willingham Dr. Wakefield is the victim of a witch hunt just the same as ANY doctor or researcher who tries to tell the truth about what vaccines do to the human body: http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/autism-fraud-researcher-a-victim-of-yellow-journalism/

    December 10th, 2012 11:07 pm Reply
  • Sarah Couture Pope via Facebook

    Kayla Willingham By the way, Kayla, just wondering what your autism number is? Just curious.

    December 10th, 2012 11:08 pm Reply
  • Kayla Willingham via Facebook

    My ‘autism number’ would be the number that proved vaccines had anything to do with causing autism. I haven’t seen much besides tinfoil hat theories to the contrary. I will read that, but I’m gonna need a better source. His article was pulled and he was reprimanded. He had various inquiries because of being hired by attorneys litigating this issue. And was paid quite a bit.

    December 10th, 2012 11:16 pm Reply
  • Kayla Willingham via Facebook

    Yeah that piece doesn’t have much in the way of proof that he was set up. Sorry.

    December 10th, 2012 11:18 pm Reply
  • Alexis Coxon via Facebook

    Someone posted earlier, “I’ll take measles and a tiny risk for polio over a HUGE risk of autism any day of the week.” As the parent of a child with autism, can I say how much I detest this attitude? Seriously, you would rather risk having a dead or disabled child than one like mine? (And, fwiw, I don’t believe vaccines cause autism.)

    My son may not be like other kids in a lot of ways. But he is AWESOME. He is sweet, and funny, and unique, and yes, challenging at times. But this attitude that autism is the ZOMG WORSTEST THING EVER that could happen to a family ticks me off.

    December 10th, 2012 11:30 pm Reply
    • Diana

      Alexis, Perhaps your child doesn’t have a very bad case of autism. Some children have it so badly that it’s difficult to manage. I would think all parents would want the best for their child, so having autism isn’t the best for their child, so that’s why so many people do not want there kids to have it.

      December 11th, 2012 3:58 am Reply
      • Diana

        Oh, and a side note about the diseases that vaccines prevent: they were pretty much wiped out with increased hygiene over the years. My kids aren’t vaccinated and they won’t get a disease like polio or measles because it’s pretty non-existent now–in the usa, anyway. And getting the flu shot instead of letting your body fight it naturally, only weakens your own immune system. More and more people are realizing that heavy vaccination causes not only autism, but other neurological disorders. My grandpa was in the military, so my mom had many vaccines containing mercury. Several years later, she was diagnosed with mercury poisoning and now has ALS and is dying. MSG plays a huge part in her symptoms, too. She can’t have any food with MSG or it will speed the ALS symptoms, therefore speeding her death. All I can say is research, people. There’s a world of information out there and ignorance isn’t bliss–it can kill if you don’t know what’s harming your body. Since my family and I have quit buying any food that contains food additives (including corn syrup), we haven’t gotten sick. It’s amazing. I used to get sick every month. Now it’s more like once every two years.

        December 11th, 2012 4:09 am Reply
        • Sam

          The diseases were not “wiped out.” The only disease that has been eradicated is smallpox, and that was done through an intensive worldwide vaccination program. Yes, certain vaccines may be unnecessary (chickenpox for example, unless you do not contract the varicella-zoster virus as a child, at which point you are at risk for contracting shingles as an adult) but there are a certain number that I would be very afraid to be without. Tetanus is a good example – Clostridium tetani, the bacterium that causes tetanus, can be found plentifully in the environment. There is no way we are going to eradicate it with “good hygiene,” so I think getting the vaccine before I step on a rusty nail is a safer bet than trying to beat the 40% mortality odds.

          December 12th, 2012 10:35 pm Reply
  • Tawdra

    All four of my children were vaccinated AND were born in and/or grew up in south NJ. There is so much misinformation here. . .NJ is not all toxic, factories and pollution. In the south, we are farm land, orchards and beaches. None of my kids are on the spectrum, but my nephews, who were also vaccinated, both are. That fact has nothing to do with vaccinations; rather, it probably has to do with genetics, as my nephews’ cousins on the other side of the family are also autistic. Those cousins don’t live in NJ and weren’t vaccinated. The biggest question is, how many children will have to contract measles, mumps, rubella, whooping cough and polio–and suffer and die–before you realize that vaccinations save lives?

    December 10th, 2012 11:39 pm Reply
  • Jose

    It amazes me how ignorant people can be. Guys, there is NO link between Autism and vaccines. I know it is not easy to receive the news that your child is autistic, but we cannot blame it on the vaccines when there is no empirical evidence that they are the cause. If we truly knew what the cause of Autism was, don’t you think that a cure would have been developed by now?

    The one article that stated that autism was caused by vaccines was retracted because of the huge flaws that were found in the research methods used. And no one has been able to prove that vaccines cause autism.

    December 11th, 2012 12:36 am Reply
    • Helen T

      Well, vaccines sure cause neuropathy – I’ll NEVER have one again. Was helped by a bio-resonance therapy. Mainstream medicine really has flaws…..and the vaccine agenda is one of the main ones. I know teachers that can barely teach anymore with the attention deficit problems of kids that are not even autistic. So, what do you attribute this to?

      December 11th, 2012 3:41 am Reply
    • Diana

      Jose, there are countless videos on autism and vaccines on youtube

      December 11th, 2012 3:54 am Reply
  • Jill Bryant Mitchell via Facebook

    Thank goodness I don’t need to convince anyone about this. Vaccines caused my son’s autism. Period. I could care less if you believe that or not. The fact remains, I watched it happen.

    December 11th, 2012 3:02 am Reply
  • Helen T

    Tawdra and Jose, post again after you read this book:

    December 11th, 2012 3:47 am Reply
  • Diana

    Umm, I would say my number would be 1 in 100,000. The second I found out that autism was linked to vaccines, I stopped all vaccines on my kids. Now, if they stepped on a nail or something, of course I would get the tetanus shot, but other than that, no way!

    December 11th, 2012 3:49 am Reply
  • Shelley

    A couple of years ago, two families posted video (on You Tube) of their children before and after their immunizations (on the same day). The children were clearly normal and verbal before the immunizations, and clearly non-verbal and autistic after their immunizations.

    In the Netherlands, children are only immunized with a few vaccines and there are very few cases of autism there.

    December 11th, 2012 5:54 am Reply
    • Sara

      Can you give some link to show the evidence of what you’re saying about the Netherlands? Curious. Thanks.

      December 11th, 2012 9:20 am Reply
  • arianna

    I sent this article to everyone I know and asked them to share it, I have done massive research on this issue and I agree, there are too many vaccines and they are causing autism and many, many other illnesses including cancer, especially with the SV40 monkey virus in vaccines as early as the 1950’s. I read an old book about vaccines that was distributed over 150 years ago telling people to avoid vaccines, so the dangers have been known and covered up since they were first introduced! Let us not forget to add the herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and GMO’s in our food ! As well as the poisoning of our water with fluoride and the pollution of our air with mercury among other things. We need to stop the madness or I would say in a generation or two there will be little to no healthy people as well as mass infertility. As it is has been shown that rats given GMO’s develope tumors and that their young are small, often misshapen and infertile !! Further it has been proven that the earliest documented members of the genus Homo are Homo habilis which evolved around 2.3 million years ago. Homo habilis is the first species for which we have positive evidence of use of stone tools, and they lived in caves and were able to evolve to modern humans ie “us” without vaccines or any of the other useless poisons we must endure !! We all have immune systems, we do not need vaccines we lived and thrived over 2.3 million years without them!!!! Save yourselves, your families and your children, not to mention your poor animals who we are also told need vaccines (animals now have cancers in great numbers). Just say NO!!!

    December 11th, 2012 5:54 am Reply
  • Alternative Health Solutions via Facebook

    This is so sad and people still don’t get it.

    December 11th, 2012 10:00 am Reply
  • Scott

    Also have to consider the increasing use of high fructose corn syrup and the departure from whole, traditional foods that nurish the gut and mind. Garbge in, garbage out.

    December 11th, 2012 12:23 pm Reply
  • Kylie

    Yeah, good luck when your kids get polio. Dumbasses.

    December 11th, 2012 3:42 pm Reply
    • Carolyn

      Kylie, I undersand your sentiment an strong feelings, although name calling is a sure sin of immaturity and rash behavior. But….. My two boys are autistic, one worse than the other, and let me tell you, my oldest whom hasi the worst, absolutely struggles in life. You have idea of his pain and sadness, desperation for social acceptance. You act as if polio is worse, let me tell you, my aunt died of polio, and my son’s battle has been equally tragic. Just differently. My middle be had a severe reation to the MMR, seizures for 10 years, so he never was vaccinated again, he was diagnosed at age 4 with autism, but now is typical. Seems awful coincidental.

      December 12th, 2012 11:35 am Reply
      • Carolyn

        not sin of immaturity, I meant sign of immaturity and rash behavior

        December 12th, 2012 11:36 am Reply
  • Sue Wright

    No way no how would I vax my kids today. I know of someone who reversed the autism by detoxing with a zeolite. This one in a spray bottle seems easy to use. Has anyone used a heavy metal detox before? Pure Body xtra strength seems unique.

    December 11th, 2012 4:15 pm Reply
  • Susan

    I was telling my daughter (17) about this article last nite at dinner because her half-siblings are autistic. When I told her the numbers for New Jersey, she sat a moment and then said, “Oh, so that is what’s wrong with Snooki”!!!

    December 11th, 2012 5:15 pm Reply
  • Lala G.

    I just had a baby this year. One in 88 is enough for me to just say “NO”. She’s not even getting one. Just like Sarah said, not even if you put a gun to my head. Not going to happen.

    December 11th, 2012 6:03 pm Reply
  • Whitney Gesch via Facebook

    The dr that started the vaccine/autism panic has actually retracted his statement on this.

    December 11th, 2012 11:05 pm Reply
  • Mike Tara McMillan via Facebook

    Whitney – he never retracted his statements..and he never included Autism in his Bowel Disease study- the kids just had autism…. he is a hero for speaking up, and he says the same thing now.. In fact his colleague who worked with him has been cleared of all charges. Its simply a matter of time before Dr. Andrew Wakefield can sue those that would seek to hurt him and his family for speaking up for kids with Autism, who have Autism because of the MMR Vaccine.

    December 12th, 2012 12:11 am Reply
  • Sarah Martins

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    December 12th, 2012 3:03 pm Reply
  • American

    I think it also has a lot to do with the Standard American Diet (SAD.) Just imagine what hydrogenated oils, addictive neurotoxins and artificial additives can do to a developing fetus in a mal-nourished mother. Pottenger’s cats by Francis M. Pottenger Jr. which parallels Weston Price’s work is an excellent book that helped me open up my eyes to the realities of nutritional sustenance and the lack thereof. I literally gasped at times while reading it because of all the implications in the studies. That book really helped put the pieces together in my mind and my entire life from birth to present made sense. Almost at once I understood why I suffered so terribly from allergies, asthma, ibs, lactose-intolerance, failure to thrive, constant sickness, astigmatism, hypotonia, keratoconus, excruciating periods, etc… etc… basically constant vulnerability. I had such little energy. I also suspect I suffered many other ailments that were not diagnosed by an “established medical professional”. That kicked off my journey to become the thriving and hearty person I am today that rarely suffers any illness anymore. I’ve even been able to throw away my glasses after not being able to go without them for almost 20 years. So what kind of harm could a vaccine do to a already compromised and vulnerable system? Has that even been tested? Ignorance is not bliss! My life is a testament to that! I put my foot down on being bled dry and that’s what this is all about!

    December 13th, 2012 2:01 am Reply
  • Joyce

    I believe it’s a mix of everything – the vaccines, our diets, the GMO’s, fluoride in the water, toxins & pollutants, etc… Just a real sad state of affairs for kids now & future generations. They know why autism (cancer, and other diseases) is up, they just don’t want to admit it!

    December 13th, 2012 7:29 am Reply
  • Aimee

    I agree that there are a lot of misleading mainstream practices and ignorance that contribute to the rise of Autism. There are probably many factors that contribute to each individual case of Autism. As a medical professional, a mother of a child on the spectrum, a wife to a man who has autism, and as a thinking human being, these are the top reasons I believe my child has autism:

    1) Genetics: his father, his paternal grandfather, and his father’s twin brother all are on the spectrum. Genetic predisposition is apparent in many cases. My husband and I work with many families who have children who are autistic and many of them learn that the father (and sometimes mother) are also on the spectrum during the course of diagnosis.

    2) Vitamin D deficiency. This one is no joke and probably contributes to many of the increases we have seen in autoimmune disorders. Children who have a mother with a vitamin D deficiency during their pregnancy have an increased chance of having autism when other risk factors are present. In my case, I had an undiagnosed Vitamin D deficiency and my husband had an undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder. The Vitamin D deficiency problem has so much more to it than sunscreen use. Unfortunately, it’s our changing lifestyles over generations. More and more of us have jobs and activities that keep us inside, but that’s not all. Our parents are outside less, and their parents. Families that generationally work and play outside (and I’m talking farm work, not weekend gardening) are less likely to have a child who has a vitamin d deficiency even if that child ultimately moves to the suburbs and joins the rat race. Supplementation and healthy eating are the only way some of us can catch up at this point.

    3) Induced labor. Babies being born too early combined with the all-too-common use of pitocin, a synthetic hormone used to bring labor on artificially. My son who has autism was born too early and probably due to my own fault. On his due date and with no signs of impending labor, I allowed a gyn to “sweep my membranes” to speed things a long. The result was a prolonged labor that ultimately suited in the use of pitocin. Now, my situation was not as bad as what I have seen over the last 5 years. The medical community for a. Long time assumed that since a baby’s lungs are mature at 37 weeks, they are “safe to be born.” I have always said, every baby is differs and due dates are estimates. Furthermore, we know that brain development continues until the moment of birth. Babies brains continue to develop outside the womb after they are born, so why would we think they don’t keep developing past 37 weeks? 40 weeks is average time of gestation, and it isn’t really an accurate number anyway. Healthy babies left to be born when they are ready gestate an average of 40 weeks and 5 days. And boy babies tend to gestate longer than girl babies by 3-5 days (on average- please don’t get all excited because your daughter naturally gestated longer than your son). However, almost no hospital born baby is left to be born without some kind of labor manipulation nowadays and almost all vaginal birth augmented labors receive some kind of pitocin. Many c-sections are given without a trial of labor. Well low and behold, ACOG decided that no one should get induced before 39 weeks unless it is critically necessary. It’s about time! Is it a coincidence that boy babies need more gestation time, but ALL babies have been born too early and there is an increased risk of autism in boys? I don’t think so. All of that news was enough to help me make the easy decision to have a home birth for my second son, who was born at 40 weeks and 12 days. He has no signs of autism whatsoever.

    And both of my boys were on the same selective and delayed vaccine schedule. In fact, my first son was not vaccinated until he started showing signs of autism and then was selectively vaccinated for reasons unrelated to autism.

    December 13th, 2012 1:13 pm Reply
  • Aimee

    By the way, I would like to address two points brought up by other responders:

    1) The increased number of kids being diagnosed with Aspergers when 20 years ago they would just be called awkward. Whoever said that is misinformed about the nature of Aspergers. Aspergers includes some characteristics that outwardly seem awkward and “not a disorder.” But on the inside is a personhood has trouble processing information and sees the world very differently. Aspergers is on the spectrum but also has its own spectrum. For instance, no one knew my husband had Asperger’s as a child. But he was a child who suffered in silence and had many struggles in his life with things we take for granted. At 40, he was diagnosed after our son was diagnosed. We found that the same learning techniques we used for our son worked for my husband and in a short time, certain things he has struggled with his whole like make sense to him now. Aspergers is real and can be a challenge to undiagnosed adults. But it is NEVER TOO LATE to get help.

    2) All of the the lamenting and heightened fear about vaccines create a fear about autism that is problematic for those of us who have family members with Autism. Many make it seem like Autism is the worst possible thing in the world to happen to a child. For many, it is an overwhelming struggle. We work with families of severely affected children and their struggles are large. They need lots of support. For those who are less affected, this fear built around autism makes it harder for outsiders to understand that we do not have “autistic children.” We have children who have autism. And these children are loved and cherished, just like any other child. And sometimes a person becomes a better parent or teacher because that child with autism is in their life. Even children who seem locked away can be reached and their strengths and personalities can be allowed to flourish. Autism isn’t the kiss of death and parents who have vaccinated their children who have ultimately been diagnosed with autism should not be made to feel like autism is their fault. There is enough guilt surrounding parenting even a neurotypical child without that piled on.

    My son was vaccinated, he is funny, brilliant, affectionate, unique, and he happens to have autism. I love him for all of his charms. We face life day by day, doing the best we can to focus on his strengths and use them to help him overcome his challenges.

    December 13th, 2012 1:32 pm Reply
  • Irene

    It is way too high for me, however, unfortunately, I am the grandmother, not the mother, and I have no control over whether my grandchildren get vaccinated. (They all have been). It scares the life out of me….

    December 13th, 2012 3:20 pm Reply
  • Les

    Does it bother anyone that if you add up cases of “autism” plus cases of “mental retardation” its the same as it was in 1980?

    Doesn’t this just mean that we used to call it “mental retardation” more often and now we’re calling it “autism” more often but nothing has really changed? Or maybe the vaccines are causing autism but also preventing an equal amount of “mental retardation”

    So really we should be asking “What’s your autism-plus-mental-retardation number?”.

    December 13th, 2012 10:47 pm Reply
  • Lori Hora

    My oldest was allergic to processed milk, only 30 yrs. ago this was not a big issue. He ended up with many ear infections that stopped the proper development of his hearing. He was considered deaf through the mid-tone ranges – where most people speak – but could hear the top and bottom ranges. It was like living with Helen Keller because he just couldn’t hear everything that was said to him. He was diagnosed as Aspergic because he had behavior problems. When I finally found someone who found his hearing loss and developed it, the behavior problems pretty much stopped. Unfortunately he was 11 yrs. old when this was found, and he was resentful of how people treated him. Now that took some time to heal…

    December 14th, 2012 2:54 pm Reply
  • Jill

    Whatever the rates were in 1982; we just said no. No in 84, and no in 86!

    December 15th, 2012 6:59 pm Reply
  • Liam Marcus

    Hello fellow contributors, and Sarah, the following message is from someone in Canada and in need…

    My friend, we have done this already. My son only eats gluten free bread, hemp protein powder mixed with natural juice, blueberries, apples, bananas, carrots and apple sauce. We are well aware of “heal the gut – heal the mind” and fixing bacteria flora(balance)-
    our cause right now is the government where I live is starting to imprison autistic children in mental facilities and locking them in tiny padded rooms with a concrete floor with only a rubber blanket and a thin mat. Denied access to the family, drugged and neglected. I AM TRYING TO SAVE MY SON FROM THIS FATE!
    My son has a severe gastro-intestinal impairment and crones’s disease and a diagnosed pseudo blockage caused by the hairs in the intestines laying flat and not carrying the food matter through properly so he gets backed up and this causes him great pain. He is now reacting to a life of pain with negative behaviors.
    He is allergic to gluten, milk, eggs, chicken.
    Please read the campaign-if you can’t donate then please spread the word.
    Have YOU tried Chia seeds- these help clean the gut to the bowel but also heal cells in the body by drawing
    toxins out. It was too potent for my son as he is crippled inside but you may have tremendous success with it.
    All of my music is about autism and healing our way of life-
    by way of how we are we are creating mass suffering on this planet.
    My son suffers every single day!
    This must end!

    February 7th, 2013 1:41 pm Reply
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