I am including a video that I recently watched. I suggest that you watch it too BEFORE expressing negative things you have heard about vaccines. Most of the negative things that are said are by people who – although they mean well – are not scientists and believe that one or two or three stories about children who got sick at about the same time as they got their vaccinations proves that vaccines make children sick.
Vaccines, like any medical intervention, are not 100% effective, or 100% safe. In another video I watched (from Australia), there is a case of a child who becomes ill after his vaccinations because the vaccine acted as a trigger (when the child developed a slight fever after being vaccinated) for a condition caused by a genetic abnormality. The vaccine did not CAUSE the condition, but triggered the first of many seizures resulting from a flaw in his DNA. The condition would have occurred whether or not he had been vaccinated. I just looked for the video, but can’t find it. If I do, I will post it. [It is in the video I DID post, at the 27:00 minutes mark.]
Another case I am aware of deals with live virus polio vaccine (Sabin), which can cause a mild case of polio in some children. Because we have just about eradicated that disease in our country, the benefit of the live virus vaccine no longer exceeds the risk of that very small negative incidence of causing disease. Because of this, inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) is the only kind given in the United States since the year 2000.
Our friend, auscitizenmom, brought to our attention that Sharyl Attkisson ran a piece on her program, Full Measure, claiming that one scientist who worked for the government had, in 2007, told the government that vaccines could cause autism. This apparently was brought before Congress in 2013, but has been brought up again by Robert Kennedy Jr. There is an article I found about what happened with Dr. Zimmerman. At the heart of this is what Dr. Zimmerman said:
Zimmerman filed a report in which he offered the opinion that vaccines did cause this child’s autism because Child Doe 77 had an underlying mitochondrial condition. Zimmerman’s report further stated that vaccines could well trigger a regression ending in autism in a subset – perhaps a small subset – of children with a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder.
What is Mitochondria dysfunction, why is it important in autism causation and why was it a critical issue in the OAP?
Mitochondria are organelles found in most cells that are responsible for cellular respiration: they convert food energy into ATP which powers cellular function. Mitochondrial dysfunction can lead to a myriad of functional disorders including muscle fatigue, speech disorders, heart disease, bowel problems and hearing difficulties which make mitochondrial disorders difficult to diagnose. Many of these same symptoms are commonly reported in children with autism and it is likely that a significant percentage of children with autism have mitochondrial dysfunction. Studies indicate that the percentage of people with autism who have underlying mitochondrial issues could be between twenty and fifty percent.
Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a neurologist with the Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins, found that the mitochondrial dysfunction in Child Doe 77 was an underlying co-factor that, along with vaccines, that resulted in her regression into autism. While Dr. Zimmerman opined in his report that such events are “rare”, more research needs to be done to determine the true scope of the nexus between mitochondrial issues and vaccine injury.
In other words, as far as I can determine by what Dr. Zimmerman said, the vaccine could, along with the underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, result in autistic symptoms. It doesn’t appear that Dr. Zimmerman said that vaccines alone can result in autism. The misconduct at issue here is by lawyers at the DOJ. The report I read is HERE. It is not at all pro vaccine. If anything, they are attempting to make the case that vaccines are harmful.
THIS IS Sharyl Attkisson’s report. HERE is Dr. Zimmerman’s full affidavit. Another case (I believe) is mentioned where the individual was vaccinated while ill, then given antibiotics; all of this was AFTER the person previously had suffered symptoms consistent with an adverse reaction after vaccination.
Here is the video I mentioned, above.
I am not a scientist. While searching for information, most of the articles I found were anti-vaccination written by people who are also not scientists. I believe in presenting the facts as I find them, if they can be found unadulterated and unedited.