Autism and Vaccination Rates in Cuba and the United States – Part Two

There is one difference between Cuban and American vaccination practices. In the United States acetaminophen is routinely advised in conjunction with childhood vaccinations to control fever and discomfort. The Cuban perspective is that fever is a natural response to the vaccination which doesn’t need treatment unless the fever persists or rises above 104 degrees. Acetaminophen is also a controlled drug in Cuba available only in limited amounts by prescription.

While there is no conclusive proof that acetaminophen causes autism, further study is warranted. Dr. William Shaw of Great Plains Laboratories has identified a historical pattern of increased use of acetaminophen whenever autism rates have risen. He has also identified how the drug breaks down in the body and how metabolic byproducts can interfere with neural development. With additional study, perhaps the key to unlocking autism’s causes is close at hand.

Interesting isn’t it?

Why Are Autism Rates in Israel So Low?

Approximately 1 in 88 children in the United States have some form of Autism. Only 1 out of every 208 Israelis children have this condition. There have been several studies done to examine why Israel has such lower rates of Autism. Below are some of the possible explanations:
Fewer vaccinations
Vaccinations have been a subject of controversy for the past 10 years. The number of vaccinations that the children are required to have has increased, and many are speculating that there is a correlation between Autism and vaccinations. Even though health experts assert that Autism is not caused by vaccines, it is quite interesting that this condition is less common in Israelis children. Children in Israel are not required to have as many vaccines as American children.


Many Israelis today still maintain kosher lifestyle. The kosher diet forbids the eating of swine and other foods that have been deemed unclean. There have been studies done to confirm that a poor maternal diet can lead to Autism. It is possible that poor dietary has an effect on pregnant women to cause autism.

Fewer environmental toxins

If a mother is exposed to toxins in the environment during her pregnancy, her growing child could be at an increased risk for developing autism. Is it because Israel has far fewer environmental toxins and that could be another possible explanation for the lower autism rates.

New Research in Vaccines: Infant Monkeys Given Standard Doses of Vaccines Develop Autism Symptoms

Recently, new findings have been released showing that infant monkeys given vaccines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) exhibited autism-like symptoms. Laura Hewitson, lead investigator, of the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues presented study results at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) in London. Often, safety studies of drugs are conducted in monkeys prior to use in humans, however this research on the current childhood vaccination regimen has never before been done.

The abstracts presented at IMFAR described biological changes and altered behavior in vaccinated macaques which are similar to what is seen in autistic children. Animals that were unvaccinated did not show any adverse outcomes. The animals were given vaccines that had been recommended of infants in the USA during the 1990s, including the controversial MMR with the mercury preservative thimerosal. During the 1990s, rates of autism spectrum disorder among children rose dramatically, from about 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 150 children.

The request of the research group is similar to that of Dr. Bernadine Healy, Former NIH Director, in an earlier interview on CBS. Dr. Healy asserted that public health officials have been too quick to dismiss an autism-vaccine connection when the research has been insufficient.

Certainly a few things to think about and to question. Always make informed and educated decisions when it comes to your child’s well-being.

What is Chelation and How Can it Help My Child with Autism? Part 1

Chelation is the process utilized to remove damaging heavy metals from the body. Mercury, iron, and other metals are often found in the Autistic body and can have negative effects on the brain making Autism symptoms even worse. Another source of damaging metals is Thimerosal, which is found in many childhood vaccines. Chelation Therapy includes the administering of chelating agents to remove heavy metals. Chelation has been proven to remove excess or toxic metals before they can damage the body and was first used in the 1940s by the Navy to treat lead poisoning.

Our bodies have natural methods of eliminating these toxins from our bodies. In the very young and the very old, it can be more difficult to rid the body of heavy metals, which can therefore accumulate faster than they can be removed.

Heavy metals are tested in various regions of the body depending on which heavy metal it is. One of the most sensitive tests available at most labs is called a Porphyrin Profile.

Can Autism be Prevented? What are some Preventative Measures Parents Can Take?

These are not 100% definitive and guaranteed measures that will ensure your child do0es not develop autism, but they certainly are some well-respected options and choices that you can make.

During Pregnancy

  • Avoid consuming alcohol.
  • Avoid eating known food allergens.
  • Get prompt treatment for any infection.
  • Avoid exposure to heavy metals.

During Infancy

  • Parents need to become well-informed on the pros and cons of infant vaccinations in order to make educated decisions as to which vaccinations their child receives.
  • In autism that is caused by allergies, symptoms may become visible during early infancy. Should a child show excessive thirst, excessive sweating (at night), low blood glucose, diarrhea, bloating, rhinitis, inability to control body temperature, red face and/or ears, and dark circles under the eyes, it is important to act quickly and aggressively to identify and remove potential allergens.
  • Some children may have autism triggered by food and/or chemical intolerances with the main offenders being wheat, dairy, corn, sugar, and citrus fruits. However, allergies may be a reaction to virtually any substance.


What is Defeat Autism Now (DAN!)?

Defeat Autism Now (DAN!) is a project that was founded in the 1960s by Dr. Bernard Rimland. Doctors trained in the “DAN! Protocol,” are taught an approach to autism which begins with the idea that autism is a biomedical disorder. This approach was developed by the Autism Research Institute (ARI) which has more than 1,000 documented cases of autistic children who have recovered.

The belief among DAN! doctors is that autism is a disorder caused by a lowered immune response, issues caused by some foods, and external toxins from vaccines and other sources.

What Type of Treatments do DAN! Doctors Prescribe?

  • Supplements such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and essential fatty acids.
  • Gluten- and dairy-free diets.
  • Food allergy testing.
  • Treating dysbiosis in the gut using non-pharmacological medications (i.e. intestinal bacterial/yeast overgrowth).
  • Heavy metal detoxification.

What can I expect at my DAN! Doctor Appointment?

You can expect that your child will go through some testing mostly revolving around the state of their internal body. A test for hidden food allergies will be conducted to be sure that any dietary changes that are made as part of your child’s treatment plan are beneficial and not more damaging to them.

You should leave with your questions answered and a customized treatment plan for your child’s needs. If you have questions, ask, ask, ask. Remember, these doctors chose to be DAN! doctors. They believe in this treatment method, and want to see your child healthy!

New Study Claims Vaccines Are Safe – Is It True?

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A recent study conducted by the Nonprofit Institute of Medicine, has been released that advises that vaccines are not as dangerous as once believed.

We’ve spoken about the dangers of vaccines several times here on New Autism. The reason that vaccines are believed to be so dangerous is because of the presence of Mercury which is poisonous for the body. There have been safe vaccination schedules released, and even those express the danger of getting too many vaccines at the same time, or not getting the right vaccinations at the right time. Even if it came to be true that the level of mercury and toxic substances in vaccines isn’t dangerous, the actual timing of getting them is something to be addressed.

Another thing that needs to be considered is the allergy aspect. Many children with Autism have allergic reactions to things like yeast, gluten, casein (dairy) or other environmental allergens.  If your child is intolerant of yeast, avoid the Hepatitis B shot; Eggs, avoid the MMR vaccine; neomycin, MMR or Varisella shots. A Gelatin intolerance; avoid the Varivax vaccine.

When getting vaccinated, it’s important that your child is in good health. The safe vaccination schedule covers some tips on how to make sure your child is in the best form to receive a vaccine.

As you can clearly see, it’s not just about toxic metals or substances in vaccines, it’s also the seemingly normal chemicals that could have an adverse affect, or even scheduling that can mean the difference between a little cough due to vaccination and a serious reaction.

There is much controversial data surrounding vaccinations. There are so many stories of vaccinations gone horribly wrong. It can and does happen. While we are certainly not discounting the validity of the new study, we do suggest that you proceed with due caution and be sure you understand and realize the risks connected with vaccinating your child.

H1N1 Vaccine Possibly Linked to Autism

H1N1 and AutismThe Center for Disease Control said on Friday that H1N1 is widespread through 48 states. People are heading to their doctor’s to obtain the vaccine to protect them from this dangerous and life threatening flu strain. While the vaccine is something that many people do not think twice about obtaining if they have the opportunity, the constant research into the vaccine is turning up risks and side effects that are causing some people are a bit more hesitant in getting the vaccine.

The FDA’s website lists mercury, squalene and formaldehyde among some of the ingredients in the swine flu H1N1 shot. Researchers have found Mercury to cause uncontrollable seizures in primates. Scientific studies have also proven mercury poisoning causes neurological damage.

Another ingredient in the H1N1 vaccine is Thimerosal. Thimerosal has powerful and damaging effects on cells of the nervous and immune systems in mammals including humans. Its effect may vary depending on the dose, the genetics of the individual, and the timing of exposure. The mercury dose from thimerosal produces acute and often deadly ethylmercury blood levels.

In addition to the ingredients which cause various reactions depending on our own chemical markup, researchers claim that the H1N1 vaccine can cause viral overload. The vaccine itself is a “dead virus.”” This means that it is inactive and waiting to be incorporated into the human genome. Once it is placed into the human body, it prompts the body to create antibodies to protect any future invasions of the same (but live) virus.

Perhaps the most dangerous part of this process is that the viral load is increased while your immune system is decreased. This can be a perfect scenario for an extreme case of auto-immune disease. There have even been some researchers that report high viral load in Autism cases.

The Center for Disease Control announced in August that 477 people in the US died from H1N1 flu including 36 children. Nearly 70% of these children had chronic high-risk medical conditions such as epilepsy, cerebral palsy or developmental delay. This emphasizes the importance of caretakers of children with chronic medical conditions consulting with their physicians about obtaining vaccinations against H1N1* (

As the flu season continues on, the risks and benefits are still being weighed. Some people are rushing to get their vaccines; others are refusing to take the risk while the remainder of the populations wonders what the right answer is – if there even is one.

Ian’s Voice

Parents – Can you remember exactly what you were doing with your child when they were 47 days old? Seems to be a  random question to ask, and one that I wouldn’t be surprised if you were not able to accurately answer. Scott and Deanna Gromowski will certainly not forget that they were saying goodbye to their newborn baby son, Ian on his 47th day of life.

Ian was born 2 weeks premature. Weighing in at an impressive 8 lbs, 1.5 oz and 20 1/2 inches tall, he seemed to be as healthy as any baby should be. Soon after he was born, the doctor’s decided to move Ian to the NICU due to fear of Meconium Aspiration (MAS), which is the inhalation of meconium and amniotic fluid. This can occur before, during or after birth and is very common. In the most extreme of cases, the infant is placed in ICU for 2 weeks while the fluid drains from the lungs.

After being in the NICU for 24 hours, it was confirmed that Ian had MAS along with a fever and rapid breathing. He had to be fed via a stomach tube. Despite his condition, the doctors remained confident that Ian would be released to go home that day. Scott and Deanna were overjoyed and started preparing to go home with their new baby boy.

Despite the doctor’s confidence of Ian’s expected release, Deanna had something eating away at her – Mommy Instinct. She noticed that Ian seemed to be constantly in pain and wincing at it. The nurses were called and Ian was transferred again to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Mom and Dad waited patiently for news on his condition.

On day 4 of his most recent trip to the NICU, Ian was celebrating his one week birthday. Things seemed to be looking up for the little fighter, and the doctor’s again gave the promise of his release the following day. All that was left was to take a hearing test and receive a Hepatitis B vaccination. He received his shot and by the evening, he had had a severe allergic reaction. He broke out in hives, and the Doctor’s and Nurses had no explanation – except for one: “It can’t be the vaccine. Vaccines don’t cause this type of reaction.”

Over the next few days, Ian became increasingly more ill. His platelet count went down, more hives appeared, his posture was described as “seizure like” and he was no longer eating. In addition, he was having trouble breathing. One doctor believed that Ian had some kind of virus and only had a 50/50 chance of survival. In the days to come, Ian progressed to stopping breathing every so often. Eventually his breathing ceased all together and he became filled with fluid. Scott and Deanna had Ian baptized and on the same day they made the risky decision to have him transported to Children’s Hospital. There was a high risk that Ian would not survive the transport.

To every one’s surprise, Ian kept on fighting and made it successfully to Children’s Hospital where a battery of tests were done, blood was taken, and a bone marrow biopsy was done. Scott and Deanna watched close by in horror as their son was examined, and tested. Deanna says on her website:

“I cannot imagine how my son was feeling at that moment. He was such a good boy. While Scott and I were devastated and exhausted, we would have given anything to have traded places with Ian.”

As he became progressively worse, every department of Children’s Hospital saw Ian, from Dermatology to Infectious Diseases. No one had a definite explanation for Ian’s condition or if it would worsen or improve. The only thing everyone seemed to agree on was that it “definitely wasn’t the Hepatitis Vaccine.” He received blood transfusions, and antibiotics. Rashes continued to develop, and it was found that he was allergic to some of the antibiotics that were being administered.

When Ian was just one month old, he went into surgery to have a tube put into his stomach to drain the fluid that had developed inside of him. This would also hopefully help his kidneys which had also begun to shut down. “Through it all,” Deanna recounts, “Ian remained a peaceful strong boy. He made us proud to be his parents.” After some time, his Kidneys began to work on their own. As wonderful as this was to hear, there was still a long road ahead, and Ian’s liver had swollen so badly, that it was visible through his stomach which was very swollen and looked very much like an over inflated balloon. The liver had began to heal itself, but Deanna and Scott knew that all of the medications were proving to be counter productive for Ian. They requested that he be taken off all pain medication and soon after this decision, Ian began to look better. He would open his eyes, and his movement increased dramatically.

No sooner could Deanna and Scott be given a glimmer of hope, Ian took a turn for the worse. During one of his Bone Marrow biopsies, he was accidentally given one of the antibiotics that he was found to be allergic to. They placed Ian on a Bone Marrow Transplant list, but he became increasingly more sick and his breathing which should have been at 100%, hovered just as 60%. His body was giving up on him, but Ian fought to the very last moment.

His last breath was taken at 1AM on August 10th, 2007. He was just 47 days old.

Deanna and Scott did much research into baby Ian’s condition and soon found documentation that proved that though uncommon, there are such things as allergic reactions to vaccinations. In addition they found that there is no treatment available for allergic reactions to such vaccines.

On their website, Ian’s Voice, Deanna and Scott share this bit of information:

Fact: It is suggested that infants get the hepatitis B shot before they leave the hospital. It is not required.

Fact: You can work out your own vaccination schedule and guidelines with your pediatrician.

Fact: You can order vaccines directly from the drug company with fewer additives and in single doses.

Fact: An infant’s immune system is very weak at birth. The hepatitis B vaccine can cause serious reactions if the system is already compromised, as was Ian’s.

Deanna went a step further and had a professional at Children’s Hospital write a case report on Ian’s condition and submitted it to see if there were any other like cases. It was found that several like cases had been reported – let alone those that had not been reported.

One of Ian’s neonatologists at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin did report Ian’s case to VAERS (Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System).  She also wanted to document Ian’s life in a case study for the Journal of American Academy of Pediatrics. Children’s Hospital would not allow her to do this.

It’s important that as a parent to know your rights and be made aware of the dangers of  vaccinations. Though often helpful in warding off illness, the fact of the matter is that vaccines can also be dangerous. If your child has a reaction to a vaccination, be sure to have a VAERS report done so that more parents can be made aware of the ever growing number of  negative reaction cases.

Had Deanna and Scott been made aware of the risks and sometimes fatal side effects of the Hepatitis vaccine, they might have decided against their son getting the vaccine that would cost him his life. Different people have different opinions on vaccines and their benefits – one thing is for certain – Ian was a strong little boy who fought to the end of his short life. He was determined to live, but you can only survive so long when your body is working against you.

Ian’s detailed story and pictures can be found on the website that Deanna created in his honor. The pictures are very difficult to look at, but tell Ian’s story more accurately that anyone else could.

It’s as best time as any to say that Ian is gone, but will never ever be forgotten.

Autism, Vitamin A and Vaccinations

Toy CarsA few weeks ago, I blogged about Vitamin D and how the rise in Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to the rise in autism, but vitamin D is not the only deficiency that has been linked to autism and some people are suggesting that a deficiency in vitamin A may be responsible.

As I have said before, the Standard American Diet is not healthy and, although we may be eating a lot and filling ourselves up, many of us are actually malnourished because our diet does not contain enough of the essential nutrients that our bodies need to function properly and for our children to develop and grow correctly. Instead our diets are high in sugar, fats, salt and empty calories. However, low fat diets can also be bad for us because by not eating an adequate amount of fat we may actually be causing our bodies to be deficient in vitamin A, which is found in foods like full fat dairy foods, liver and cod liver oil.

Autism and Vaccines

In a study entitled “Is Autism a G-Alpha Protein Defect Reversible with Natural Vitamin A?”, Mary Megson, MD, a developmental pediatrician, argues that “Autism may be a disorder linked to the disruption of the G-alpha protein, affecting retinoid receptors in the brain” and that some cases of autism may be caused by “inserting a G-alpha protein defect, the pertussis toxin found in the D.P.T. vaccine, into genetically at-risk children”. This study also argues that the live viral measles vaccine (MMR) depletes a child’s existing supply of vitamin A and so has a negative impact on the retinoid receptors in the brain.

Megson, in an article entitled “Autism and Vaccinations”, reports that this G-Alpha protein defect causes:-

  • Night blindness
  • Problems seeing light-to-dark shading
  • Problems perceiving what they are seeing – Children try to make sense of things by lining up toys, sorting objects by color etc.
  • Avoidance of eye contact – Megson believes that this is because the child is trying to get light to “land off center in the retina”.
  • Hypersensitivity – A gentle touch can feel rough, common sounds can sound harsh.

Is Vitamin A the Answer?

Megson writes of how she has been treating autistic children effectively with cod liver oil, a source of vitamin A retinol, to “bypass blocked G protein pathways and turn on these central retinoid receptors”. She reports that there were marked improvements in the children in just a few days, including improved eye contact and better vision and perception. After two months of this vitamin A treatment, the children were given a single dose of a drug called bethanechol, to stimulate pathways. These children were then able to talk, laugh, focus and concentrate – a huge improvement!

Research like this really does emphasize the need to give our children a nutrient rich diet and to make sure that we make up for any potential deficiencies with supplements. Cod liver oil is great for children because it is a great source of vitamins D and A (deficiencies have been linked to autism), omega 3 essential fatty acids, and it also offers us the following benefits:-

  • Improved blood flow
  • Reduced risk of coronary heart disease
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Better vision
  • Healthier skin
  • Healthy joints
  • Healthy brain development

There are many different types of cod liver oil supplements available for children – syrups, capsules, chewy tablets etc., so you’re bound to find one that your child likes and will take without any problem.

You can read Dr Megson’s article and study at:-