I have some vague memories of terrifying vaccine syringes when I went to primary school in Haugesund, Norway in the 70s. All the boys in my class were led into a waiting room where our faces gradually turned paler as we listened to one horror story after another. Those who had been put out of their miseries already didn’t exactly muzzle themselves, and there was no end to how big the needle had been, and how much pain the nurse had inflicted.
Vaccination day was something most of us feared, but it was of course nowhere near the nightmare we fantasized about. We believed in the “witnesses of truth”, however, and expected a dramatic physical reaction, possibly a near death experience as well. But nothing happened. As an adult, however, I’ve become a little bit more uneasy. Most people remember the hysteria surrounding swine flu. I was one of many who were warned because I have diabetes, and that made me a member of a socalled riskgroup. Medical authorities in Norway were talking about a pandemic, and we had to pump ourselves full of the Pandemrix vaccine before it had even been properly tested. The authorities reportedly bought enough to give the entire population of Norway two doses. This resulted in some very serious side effects, which in some cases led to life-threatening illness, hospitalization or permanent damage. I don’t know where to start in terms of how crazy it is to destroy the lives of people in order to prevent them from getting the flu. This is an archived page from CDC that gives a little indication of how authorities in the United States looked at the swine flu 5 years ago. I think they feared another Spanish flu. Governments all over the world made hasty decisions.
Swine flu is still the most common form of flu in Norway, but many don’t realize that’s what they had. It’s only the few who get the mutated virus that get really sick, and there is no doubt that it can be dangerous to vulnerable groups of people, but the danger was probably exaggerated when this hit us in 2009. To many of us the common treatment of flu, and common sense, is sufficient.
As a father of a girl with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) I’m concerned about her development. It’s important that she doesn’t get things into her system that’ll makes it worse. There is certainly a genetic predisposition to autism, but I think there is also environmental influences involved. I’m talking about things that simply are like poison to the body. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is the responsible authority for this in the U.S. It has long been suspected that vaccines can actually do much more harm than good, but this has not been proven.
CDC is doing an interesting research that indicates that they at least don’t reject these claims. They recently published the latest summary of the study/monitoring programme “Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM ) Network.” They have collected data from several sources in the 11 areas included, like general pediatric health clinics and specialized programs for children with developmental disabilities, as well as special education records from public schools.
The data consisted of over nine percent of all 8 year olds in the U.S. in 2010. They chose the 8 year olds because previous studies have shown that most people who get a diagnosis, get it before they turn 8. Figures for 2010 show that 1 in 68 children, in the 11 states that participated in the monitoring, has been diagnosed with ASD (14.7 per 1,000 8 -year-olds). In the corresponding figures for 2007 (data from 2002) the numbers were 1 of 150 children, in 2009 (based on data from 2006) 1 of 110 children, in 2012 (data from 2008) 1 of 88 children. That’s an increase of 29% since 2008 , 64 % since 2006 and 123 % since 2002.
The CDC says in this report that one can’t use these numbers for all 8 year olds in the United States. They point out that there are significant variations in the prevalence of ASD in terms of geography, gender, ethnicity, intellectual ability (IQ).
There are also documents on the CDC website that denies there being a connection between vaccines and autism. This study looked for antigens, molecules that can induce an immunological response, such as formation of antibodies. They compared 256 children with autism with 752 without autism. It doesn’t seem convincing.
I have no idea what is behind the huge increase, but wonder sometimes whether vaccines have some of the blame. I have taken a look at the vaccine program in the U.S., and I think it is simply madness. As a newborn (within 24 hours) Americans get a hepatitis B vaccine, and a new dose when the child is between 1 and 2 months old. When the child is between 6 and 18 months it will get its third hep B vaccine. I won’t go through the whole list, but refer to the recommended list of 27 vaccines during the first 6 years of life. Here is a poster that shows all the vaccines American parents are recommended for their children until they turn 18.
But this is not just about ASD. There are also strong indications that far more people get ADHD than before. This article from 2007 refers to a study that indicates that there is a strong correlation between neurological impairments, such as ADHD and vaccines one received in childhood. Another article believes that an increase in the big four child-diagnoses: Autism, allergies, asthma and ADHD point to a common root, comorbidity (simultaneous presence of one or more mental disorders or physical conditions in addition to the main diagnosis). Many children with ADHD or autism have for example allergies too.
To find the answer to why a growing number of children have these diagnoses, it’s natural to look at what we have more of than before. Pollutants are probably a safe bet, but there are also significantly more vaccines. Some vaccines contain mercury and others aluminum, such as hep A and B. Dr. David Ayoub knows a lot about the subject, and he believes aluminum as an adjuvant (a substance that modifies and enhances active ingredients) is toxic. We’re talking about a metal that is on the border of being a heavy metal, so it doesn’t sound like a wild assertion. Listen to the interview here.
The vaccination program in Norway is significantly more conservative. We are talking about 11 vaccines between 3 months and 18 years. Read more at the NIPH website. The authorities recommend additional vaccines for for example premature babies, pregnant women, the elderly, refresher/booster vaccines etc. These are vaccines no one can force you to take. I still find it alarming that the authorities here exert pressure to get us to take vaccines, for example the influenza vaccine.
We are far from getting the U.S. regime where children can’t attend school without these vaccines, and where parents are sentenced to prison if their child dies from side effects of a vaccine they were forced to accept. We are still told that the government always does what is in our best interest. Drug companies have no desire to make money either. They just want to help us. It is a frightening development. If I had injected poison into my daughter’s blood veins, the police and child welfare authorities would have been quick at knocking on my door. It would probably look like a Hollywood film where excessive force is the only way. Who will defend the children against the public health authorities if parents are prevented from doing so? I focus on making my daughter’s autism symptoms subclinical, and try not to think much about what I can’t influence.
In this case I think it’s mostly genetic, because there is a lot of it in the family. I don’t think the Norwegian vaccination program is dangerous enough for now, but with the swine flu incident fresh in memory, I think the danger is present. The Norwegian Public Health Institute (NIPH) sometimes acts like a desperate pusher. Parents are subjected to increasing pressure from both experts and the media. The last thing I heard was that the NIPH recommends that the rotavirus vaccine be included in the childhood immunization program. This is a vaccine against the common stomach flu. Knowing that all vaccines have some risk, I wonder if we vaccinate ourselves sick. I’m not sure it’s a bad idea being a little sick, and treating/monitoring the patient.
There are some things that can’t or shouldn’t be rationalized.