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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The Measle, Mumps, Rubella Vaccine Debate Revisited



Someone in Israel just alerted me to information about the MMR and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) controversy. Chaya Lottner (referenced in my forthcoming book) summarizes a recent lecture by gastroenterologist Dr Arthur Krigsman:

Many physical and behavioral symptoms of ASD individuals can be traced to belly pain. After appropriate treatment, the symptoms can disappear.

There are abnormalities found in ASD individuals throughout the entire GI tract from the mouth through the end of the colon. Diagnosis is done by endoscopy, colonoscopy and capsule camera. Treatment can involve antibiotics, acid reducers, anti-inflammatories, etc and is based on the findings on the tests.

Things that can help without the above testing:

*Change Flora of intestines
*Restrictive Diets
*Use of Enzymes

At the end, Dr Krigsman spoke of a study that is explained in the article below:

MMR: The debate that won't go away:
Cassandra Jardine and Sally Beck

The vaccine hypothesis was bolstered recently by a five-year study inmonkeys who were given the same vaccinations that American children areroutinely given. Last week, Dr Laura Hewitson, a specialist inobstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive sciences at the University ofPittsburgh, told the International Meeting for Autism Research in Londonthat in the double-blind placebo-controlled study, 13 vaccinated animals showed increased aggression, impaired cognitive skills and developmentaldelay.

The three unvaccinated animals in the study developed normally.

"There was a significant difference between the two groups," said Hewitson. "The vaccinated group had trouble developing reflexes... They also became more insular and more aggressive. There was an increase inaggressive behaviour after they had their MMR vaccines, and they stopped exploring their surroundings as much."

Abnormal brain activity was found in the monkeys, and higher sensitivityto a naturally occurring brain chemical linked to sleeplessness, hallucinations, lack of social skills and a high pain threshold - all symptoms found in children on the autistic spectrum.

The monkeys also exhibited abnormalities of the amygdala, the part of the brain which regulates emotions."We can't conclude that vaccines cause autism from this study," said Hewitson, "What we can conclude is that the vaccinated monkeys showed significant negative behavioural differences before and after the MMR."

Note from Yocheved: I have not researched the above topics, but I am aware that scientists are not perfect, that painful questions remain about the safety of specific vaccines because some people have suffered lifelong from symptoms of autism AFTER receiving MMR vaccination. Suspicions regarding a vaccination connection are not easily resolved. I advocate research designed to identify the cause-effect of certain vaccines and autism.

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