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We ran this post by Teresa in December of 2011.

By Teresa Conrick

Those are my two daughters in 1995.  They were watching a favorite Christmas video, The Snowman,  based on the UK story by Raymond Briggs. Unlike our giddy, holiday Frosty, the Snowman, the UK version is a beautiful, haunting story of love and loss.  The many times I watched it with Meg -- winter, summer, fall,spring -- it didn't matter the season.  Nights she woke up crying from gastrointestinal pain or intense, physical distress, she wanted to watch, The Snowman, but she could never, ever watch when he melted.  She would leave the room.

Megan, now eighteen, has both an autism diagnosis and an autoimmune diagnosis.  Rare?  Unrelated? I think not.  I believe as we end 2011 and enter into 2012, the upcoming year will bring us more facts and research into the connection between autism and autoimmunity.   With that, let's say goodbye to the autism ghosts of Christmas past which gave little hope for meaningful research on preventing new cases of autism (regression) or research on medical treatments for those currently affected (progression)  Junky genetic studies,  Drosophilia eye-gazing, unknown autism prevalence, and bullshit research has to END.  We know that bacteriaviruses  and metals  can cause autoimmune effects and the research needs to be centered around that.

Going back in time each holiday season, the ghosts of past Christmases can haunt those living with autism and autoimmunity.  In 1995, my daughter's autism diagnosis was never related to her ongoing illnesses with Streptoccocus and other bacterial infections as well as numerous viral infections.  Labs now have shown IgG quantitative titers for each -- Measles-Mumps-Rubella --  to be elevated.  That was the vaccine that dramatically affected my daughter with many days of rash, fever, GI issues, loss of language and then odd visual issues.  Brief definition of IgG:

Antibody testing
Measles and mumps (rubella)  antibodies are virus-specific proteins produced by the immune system  in response to an infection by the measles or mumps ( & rubella) virus, or in response to vaccination. There are two types of antibodies produced, IgM and IgG. The first type to appear in the blood after exposure or vaccination is IgM antibodies. Levels of IgM antibodies increase for several days to a maximum concentration and then begin to taper off over the next few weeks. IgG antibodies take a bit longer to appear, but once they do, they stay in the bloodstream for life, providing protection against re-infection.

There are very sick children and young adults with an autism diagnosis, and there seems to be mounting evidence  that the MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella) vaccine has quite possibly left its mark in them.  So back to high titers and autism.  If a toddler is vaccinated at 15 months, what is happening to produce very high titers 18 years later?  Why are the Drosophilia scientists not dropping the fruit flies and looking at viral titers -- or Strep in those affected by autism?

Levels:                                                       Range                 Megan

Rubeola (Measles)  2009                    0.91 - 1.09             2.88

Rubeola (Measles)  2011                      0.91  - 1.09            3.34

Mumps                                                     0.91 - 1.09            3.53

Rubella                                                        5 - 9                     12

Each of these is high.  A few facts to add - Meg had an initial grand mal seizure in 2009 and then in 2010, she began to have monthly, grand mal seizures coinciding with another elevated level  -- Estrogen.  Maybe that has something to do with autoimmunity then starting or picking up speed.  The fact that her Measles titer became even more elevated in that time frame would make one wonder - why?  Back to 1995.  Meg was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder in October of that year.  My heart and brain have been on full throttle ever since and it is a travesty that research and science keep detouring away from the labs and connections to immune and autoimmune dysfunction and disease.  I do think it is getting harder to ignore these sick children as their numbers are increasing and as a result, so are the affected families. 

While trying to make sense of this, I came upon this page from CDC in 1998:

Almost all persons who do not respond to the measles component of the first dose of MMR vaccine will respond to the second dose (82) (CDC, unpublished data). Few data regarding the immune response to the rubella and mumps components of a second dose of MMR vaccine are available, but most persons who do not respond to the rubella or mumps components of the first dose would be expected to respond to the second (82-84) (CDC, unpublished data). The second dose is not generally considered a booster dose because a primary immune response to the first dose provides long-term protection. Although some persons who develop normal antibody titers in response to a single dose of MMR vaccine will develop higher antibody titers to the three component vaccines when administered a second dose of vaccine, these increased antibody levels typically do not persist (57).

But what if they do, "typically persist?"   My daughter had only one administration of MMR and that was at 15 months so the above statement seems to apply to her.  She had only one MMR shot and it seems her body had a different response. -- "these increased antibody levels typically do not persist " seems to be a key factor.  One does not have to wonder  why research in this area is not promoted and why those who do, like Dr. Andrew Wakefield, would be viciously attacked by both those who promote and profit from vaccines.  Most researchers will grab those safe Drosophilia to examine, accept grants and research money, yet continue to ignore these very sick children. 

Back to Megan and the present ghosts of Christmas 2011.  I am always thrilled by her intermittent, joyous moods and loving innocence but the devastation of her health and future is gut wrenching.  I walk around my home and see the past Christmases, illnesses, seizures, divorce and the immense physical and emotional pain that has affected so many.  I remember a part in Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill's book, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic  where Bridget Muncie's (Barbara K from the original Kanner paper) brother is recalling a Christmas memory.  In it, he describes sharing a bed and sharing anticipation as young siblings do, waiting for Santa to come.   The dark side of autism then enters - the pain and suffering of their family is shared by us all in different memories of the holidays -- "I vividly remember the drives back home in the wintry darkness, my mother weeping continuously, my father silent at the wheel of the car, and me scared and still in the backseat."  I dream of future Christmases, where the autism numbers decline, Meg is healthy and communicating, smiling and able to navigate in the world.  How will we get there if the unpleasant truths continue to be denied?

Teresa Conrick is Contriobuting Editor to Age of Autism.


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Theresa 66

Teresa ,
Thank you always for your insight.
This new video from Pandas network is well worth the time to watch. I think anytime they put autism and Pandas/ Pans together it gives us progress. Hmm, autism, pandas, immune system dysfunction... maybe vaccines are involved. I only have a high school degree and it seems simple to me. Of course, my job does not depend on me looking the other way.

Too bad we feel so alone, families surrounded by people who just don't get it. Isolation is almost a given.

Mary W Maxwell, PhD, LLB

I strongly doubt that 2014 will “be the year Congress wakes up.” Why would it do so? It never does so.
The thing to do is run for Congress yourself. Minimum age for the House is 25, for Senate it is 30. Party, eg Dem or Repub, does not matter, though it’s easier to run as one of those big two, if your state requires Independent candidates to get a lot of signatures. Of course there is nothing wrong with having to knock on doors to get those signatures. Might be a nice chance to have a chat with neighbors about Certain Favorite Subjects.
The base annual pay for a Congressperson is $174K, on top of which there are many perks, and apparently no duties! You can legally declare your candidacy at any time; later you have to fulfill some regs about reporting what property you own. If you are only 18, consider running for state legislature.
Please see my website

Cherry Sperlin Misra

To cmo and Cody, The mental visual (imagine this cartoon) I get from your comments is a scientist with a petri dish of bird flu viruses on his table , training his binoculars on China and saying, "Oh my God, I can see bird flu coming this season"
Music to accompany: Tis the season to be jolly......


Beautifully said Teresa.
A heart of stone would melt when reading this article.
I have never understood the humans that we are dealing with that has something in their chest that is apparently harder than stone.


Thanks for your touching Christmas memories and I hope for Meg's a future Christmas full filled with verbal communication. Maybe 2014 will be the year the Congress wakes up to their responsibility for creating this epidemic, or perhaps it will be the year the media will stop persecuting victims of autism and start exposing big pharm's fake vaccine studies, or maybe in 2014 we will see the balance shift toward more unvaccinated children with parents ignoring the CDC mandates. It's always amazing to me that these vaccines that have caused such devastating illnesses were designed to prevent such mild diseases as chicken pox (you have got to be kidding me) or mumps (which I had and didn't even notice I had) or even measles where I sat in a dark room for 10 days and watched TV and felt very unique and important. But, of course, maybe vaccines don't really prevent any diseases because it seems that whooping cough is being spread by vaccinated kids.

Thank you for sharing your struggle so that people can wake up to this epidemic and hasten a cure for these diseases, or at least prevent them.

Rebecca Lee

I assume you know about the AC protocol which is outlined for children in the book "Fight Autism and Win."

Cody Jordan


That's probably because "they" can make a vaccine for the bird flu virus! Yet they don't want to admit it's vaccines that are a causal factor in autism.


We have a medical system that can spot a NEW bird flu virus 2000 miles west of the Pacific Ocean in CHINA,

but has not a clue as to the cause of a new case of Autism in the USA every 11 minutes...

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