I’d rather my child have autism than the measles!
Really? Really?! I wanted to shout to the mother who left that comment. Because autism is so much easier to manage? Because autism runs its course and things can go back to the way they were before? Because autism lends itself to better health, development and lifelong skill development? You have no clue, NO clue.
I read that mom’s comment a few weeks ago on a thread about vaccines and the measles when the measles “outbreak” first made the news. At the time less than two dozen cases of the measles had been reported. Now we’re hearing that over 100 people have contracted the disease. They’ve even pinpointed a “Measles Mary” http://news.sciencemag.org/health/2014/04/measles-outbreak-traced-fully-vaccinated-patient-first-time — the first person who of the “outbreak”. I’m curious if officials will make her wear a big letter M somewhere on her clothing to warn others of her measles-riddled body.
Measles is a contagious disease that can spread in the wild (naturally) and is proving to spread rather quickly post-MMR vaccination as well and though vaccinated populations. Measles, which is one of the components of the three-in-one vaccine, is recommended twice on the current vaccine schedule in the United States.
The adult vaccination schedule also includes a recommended two doses of the MMR vaccine:
What’s interesting, and begs to be investigated and more openly discussed with the public, is that Measles Mary, and many of those people who’ve also come down with the measles, have been vaccinated for, you guessed it, the measles!
What should happen then? First, we change how the measles, and now the mumps, are talked about. Second, we stop classifying those diseases as vaccine-preventable because, clearly, those diseases are being spread from vaccinations. Third, more people should be made to realize that vaccines come with flaws.
Should all of that happen maybe we’d see more people question why they’re being told they need to be vaccinated. With more people questioning, I’d expect that a new wave of concerned parents and citizens rise up demanding honest answers. As they demand answers, I bet we’d see a push to truly investigate the vaccine program and the many problems it has.
Vaccines haven’t prevented all diseases. Vaccines haven’t saved every life that has come into contact with them either. The mom who wished for her child to get autism instead of contracting the measles should walk a mile in my shoes before she begins to think that autism is a cake walk. It most certainly isn’t.
I’ve thought more than a few times that I’d rather my son dealt with a short-term disease than autism. It carries fewer side effects than those his vaccines introduced to his health and would be merely a blip on the radar of Ronan’s childhood. It also would’ve greatly paled in comparison to all that the regressive autism that his vaccines gave him too. Some may balk at me making that sort of statement, and I’d guess that they’d be the ones who believe fully in “the system”, but it shows that their trust in “preventative medicine” has blinded them of what can and has happened to many children as a result of their vaccinations.
I, too, was once blinded. What I wouldn’t give to take back my trust in a broken, over-used and under-guaranteed vaccine program. I believed in those vaccines. I trusted those people who told me that my child needed them. Life was easier not knowing the truth. But once I knew to question what I had been told, it was too late. It was too late to trust and also too late for my son.
The vaccines I opted for didn’t give Ronan any immunity but instead created a disorder and worry so great that I am now forced to take one day at a time. Because of the autism disorder that grips his development, I cannot plan too far in advance for Ronan’s future. The severe reaction he had robs Ronan of his childhood and has potentially stolen his dependence as an adult. As tough as it’s been, I will never stop hoping for better for Ronan, for him to be more able, and, of course, closer to independence.
Autism hasn’t been just a blip, nor has it eradicated any diseases or other disorders for Ronan. In fact, he got sicker and weaker post vaccination exacerbating issues no child should have to deal with. I’ve experienced days in which my son is so sick that I can only hope he makes it to the next. I would never wish that feeling on any parent, educated about autism or otherwise. Here’s hoping more people wake up to reality, to the causes of the “outbreaks” and to questioning why they are still trusting a system that doesn’t seem to be serving any of us very well at all.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.