Pregnant moms used to worry their baby could be born with down syndrome..now many moms worry if their baby will be born with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Rates of autism have increased nearly 60-fold since the late 1970s, with the most significant increases occurring in the past decade. The latest
numbers for the U.S. shows it affects about one in 150 American
children.

However, according to an article in the Daily Mail (July 9, 2007) the rate of autism in Great Britain may now be as high as 1 in 58!

This shocking number was the outcome of a study performed by Cambridge Professor Baron-Cohen and his team. They looked at the incidence of autism among 12,000 children at Cambridgeshire primary
schools between 2001 and 2004.

Professor Baron-Cohen believes a combination of genetics and environmental factors such as pesticides and exposure to excessive hormones in the womb are potential culprits for the rise.

Genetics (the so-called “Fragile X syndrome” being the most common) was recently hailed as “the cause,” especially in U.S. media, where most failed to
underscore the fact that genetics account for no more than 1 percent of
the cases of autism.

Meanwhile the other 99 percent are still unaccounted for.

Dr. Blaylock has written extensively on the subject of vaccine-induced autism, but despite sound scientific evidence of how toxins like mercury and aluminum damage your brain, especially when introduced at such an early
age, Big Pharma-backed proponents of vaccines are still unwilling to
even look at the issue.

Environmental triggers that cannot be ignored include: 

  • Mercury –It is already an established fact that exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions -- all similar to traits defining, or associated with autism. Thimerosal,
    which is added to many vaccines, has become a major source of mercury
    in children who, within their first two years, may have received a
    quantity of mercury that clearly exceeds safety guidelines.

  • Vaccine Virus’ – Vaccines contain numerous active agents, including live viruses, killed bacteria and toxic chemicals including aluminum, mercury and formaldehyde. Whereas many
    focus solely on mercury in the vaccines as the culprit in causing
    autism, the virus link is equally compelling.

In this case, an abnormal immune reaction primes your immune system to react against your body’s organs, as it creates “organ-specific” autoantibodies against itself. In the case of autistic autoimmune
reactions, the organ in question is mainly your brain. However,
gastrointestinal problems, such as “leaky gut” are also a common
organ-specific ailment.

The strongest link exists between the measles virus antibodies (from the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine) and anti-myelin basic protein (MBP), suggesting that exposure to the measles virus may trigger an
autoimmune response that interferes with the development of myelin. If
myelin in your brain doesn't develop properly, nerve fibers won't work
as they should, giving rise to the brain abnormalities associated with
autism.

When not broken down, the milk protein caseinate produces exorphins -- morphine-like compounds -- that become absorbed by areas of your brain where they cause cells to dysfunction. The findings suggest that
an intestinal flaw, such as a malfunctioning enzyme, is to blame for
your inability to break down this milk protein.

Researchers have discovered that the protein is absorbed by 32 different areas of your brain, including sections responsible for vision, hearing and communication, which could account for many
behavioral symptoms of both diseases.

  • Wireless Technology – A much more recent, groundbreaking theory has been suggested by a study published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine: Electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi devices and other similar wireless technologies may work in conjunction with genetic and
    environmental factors, becoming an accelerating factor in autism.

After more than five years of research on children with autism they found that EMR negatively affects cell membranes, allowing heavy metal toxins, which are associated with autism, to build up in your body.

EMR can trap heavy metals inside of nerve cells, which could accelerate the
onset of symptoms of heavy metal toxicity, and hinder your body’s
natural clearance of the toxins.


Dr. Mercola


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One of my good friends just emailed me saying her 2 year old son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. She knew I fed my son a gluten,casein free diet and wanted to know if I had any other suggestions. My son does not have autism, but I have done many things to help prevent it, like a gluten free/casein free diet, we have not vaccinated, we do not use cell phones in the house or wireless internet, we never cary a cell phone on our body or within 10 feet of our son, unless it is turned off, we do not drink pasteurized milk, (well I do not consume any dairy right now because i am still breastfeeding), and i had all the mercury removed from my mouth before i got pregnant.

There are many steps we as pregnant moms and parents can do to help prevent future diseases! But we have to want to change.

Get more information on preventing future diseases at www.yoursuperbaby.com or www.getfitforbirth.com
I always enjoy reading your posts, but I have to respectfully disagree with the the claims of most vaccines causing autism and present a different viewpoint on this heated debate.
Dozens of studies performed over the last 2 decades by numerous independent research facilities (i.e. NOT funded by "Big Pharma") have failed to find a link between vaccines and autism, particularly the MMR vaccine. There have been several studies evaluating the link between neurologic inflammation and measles antigens (see below) that have also noted no statistically significant changes.
(note: Pertussis vaccine, however, may be linked to increased asthma rates, but it has not been linked to autism. I, personally, plan on skipping this particular vaccine for this reason, and also because it is a notoriously "weak" vaccine that has not been so great at preventing whooping cough outbreaks across the country, even among vaccinated individuals).
As far as vaccines being a source of mercury poisoning: considering that Thimerosal was removed from nearly all pediatric vaccines in 1999 tends to refute claims of mercury contamination--why have autism rates continued to skyrocket since it's removal? And considering that Thimerosal was initially introduced (in even higher concentrations) in the 1930's as a preservative in vaccines and other medications, it doesn't explain this recent explosion in ASD rates. I believe that other forces may be at play...pesticides and hormones (and elective hormonal labor induction with oxytocin) would definitely be on my radar, but I need to see more epidemiologic studies on these before passing judgement. As far as the milk debate, if you want to drink raw milk, that is certainly fine, but as far as a link to causing autism...considering milk first began being pasteurized en masse in 1895, I personally don't see the link.
My nephew was diagnosed with ASD when he was 2 despite not having most of his vaccinations. He was placed on an organic gluten/casein/soy-free diet for 18 months with little to no changes in his progress. He also had extensive homeopathic heavy metal detoxification, probiotic supplementation, and yeast elimination therapy as well. I'm not saying it doesn't work for some ASD children, but for him, unfortunately, it wasn't as successful. However, we are happily seeing progress with cold laser treatments (performed by a chiropractor), neurofeedback therapy, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, and now a pleasant, but intense behavioral training program. He'll be 5 years old in July and he is the most affectionate boy I've ever met. He is so loved by so many, and I have faith we will find a cause and a cure.
In short, there are so many questions, but I believe we may be barking up the wrong tree--we must remember the saying "correlation does not equal causation". There is certainly an alarming increase, and I think it deserves acute attention. Dr. Michel Odent has researched and written extensively on what he terms "womb ecology"--that what happens during pregnancy and birth can have a vital impact on long-term physical and psychosocial development in human beings. He, too, believes that most vaccines likely play little to no role in the development of ASD in children, but thinks more research is needed. He is more inclined, based on research, to theorize that induced labor with synthetic oxytocin along with the complex of sedatives and anaesthetics found in epidurals may play a larger roles. What we HAVE seen in the wake of the vaccine scare is hundreds of thousands of parents not vaccinating their children, and thus, a subsequent logarithmic increase in new cases of mumps (which can cause permanent damage to male children's testes which can eventuate infertility and sexual dysfunction) and German measles (aka Rubella) in the UK and USA, which can cause birth defects and fetal death if contracted during pregnancy.
I have included several links and articles below for perusal. I am not trying to be overtly argumentative or mean-spirited, but I simply must advocate for the search for the truth using reproducible evidence-based research.

Links:

http://birthpsychology.com/primalhealth/primal12.html

http://birthpsychology.com/primalhealth/primal3.html

Articles:

Gillberg C and Heijbel H. (1998). MMR and autism.
Autism, 2:423-4.

Halsey N, Hyman S, and The Conference Writing Panel.
(2001). Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autistic
spectrum disorders. Pediatrics, 107(5): e84-107

Miller D, Wadsworth J, Diamond J, and Ross E. (1997) Measles vaccination and neurological events. Lancet, 349:730-731.

Taylor B, Miller E, Farrington CP et al. (1999). Autism
and measles, mumps, rubella vaccine: no epidemiological
evidence of for a causal association. Lancet, 353:20262029.

Odent M, Culpin E. & Kimmel T, Pertussis vaccination and asthma: Is there a link? JAMA 1994; 272: 592-3.

Hurwitz EL, & Morgenstern H. Effects of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis or tetanus vaccination on allergies and allergy-related respiratory symptoms among children and adolescents in the United States. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2000 ; 23 (2) : 81-90.
great information and thank you for sharing! the information i posted was taken directly from mercola.com.

i strongly agree with :Dr. Michel Odent has researched and written extensively on what he terms "womb ecology"--that what happens during pregnancy and birth can have a vital impact on long-term physical and psychosocial development in human beings. He, too, believes that most vaccines likely play little to no role in the development of ASD in children, but thinks more research is needed. He is more inclined, based on research, to theorize that induced labor with synthetic oxytocin along with the complex of sedatives and anaesthetics found in epidurals may play a larger roles.

thanks again for sharing
My husband has been saying for a while that it is unfair to blame vccines alone. He believes that the surge in chronic childhood disorders stems from the combination of so many unnatural factors in our society.

This is why our book focuses on the 6 fundamentals on how to nurture a happier healthier baby: breathing, movement, nutrition, environment, thoughts, childbirh.
I don't have much to add to all the research already posted (thanks!), but I do think that some kids do have problems with the milk proteins. My oldest was diagnosed w/ PDD and, through lots of internet searches, I stumbled upon the milk proteins theory. I knew that he would drink alot of milk and preferred to drink milk than to eat, so I decided to test the theory. My mother freaked out saying that he would starve. He would have tantrums if he didn't get his milk. We compromised w/ soy milk. It still made a big difference. His speech had regressed, but after switching from milk, he began talking more and more. It worked well enough that his doctor actually removed his PDD diagnosis.

I think that the research needs to delve more into each of these theories. I don't think it is any one issue, but rather many of them piling together.

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