By MARY WEBSTER
By now, you have no doubt read the news this week that the government conceded the case of a child with autism filed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. David Kirby and Kent Heckenlively have adeptly covered the events for Age of Autism.
What you may not have read, however, is the compelling scientific evidence linking mitochondrial dysfunction and autism. One such piece of evidence comes to us from a country whose history is, ironically, rich with tales of famous discoverers. In keeping with the adventurous spirit of their countrymen who dared to brave the seas centuries ago, researchers in Portugal are among the few early explorers investigating the possible association between autism and mitochondrial dysfunction.
In their 2005 article published in the journal Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, Oliveira, et al set out to determine, in part, whether children with autism in Portugal suffer from mitochondrial dysfunction at a rate higher than what is seen in the general population. Simply put, the answer to this question is "yes." Eleven (nearly 16%) of the 69 children tested were classified as having "definite," "probable," or "possible" mitochondrial respiratory chain (MRC) disorder.
Do I believe a heavy metal like mercury used in their vaccines has caused mitochondrial dysfunction in some children leading to autism? – Yes. But, don't take my word for it. Read the article HERE and decide for yourself.