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By David Kirby
Presented at Autism One 2009.
These are some of the things you might want to look for, particularly if you can go back and look at when your kid was younger, because Hannah, I believe, no longer shows these markers. But when she was young, she had these elevated levels and imbalances. And many people I know have gone back and looked at their own kids’ blood work early on, and they’re finding a lot of these same markers.
And one of the ways that toxins kill cells, and nerve cells, is through the mitochondria. For example: formaldehyde. And I think this is so interesting. Because, I believe that our mitochondrial health has deteriorated, and is getting worse. And I believe a lot of it happens in utero. And I believe that women, when they’re pregnant, using household cleaning products -- or even now we see flea shampoo for the dog -- their children have greater risk for autism. Well, maybe while they’re pregnant they’re exposed to certain toxins, even household products, and those attack the mitochondria.
Formaldehyde attacks mitochondria. What formaldehyde will do is, act on the permeability pores. Mitochondria have membranes with microscopic pores in them. And toxins like formaldehyde will make those pores get bigger. And then the mitochondria express certain substances that are toxic to the cell. And that’s how some toxins kill cells, and kill nerve cells. And what’s so interesting about this is that glutathione protects mitochondria. So if you have a lack of glutathione and you’re exposed to formaldehyde, or mercury, or aluminum, you may damage your mitochondria.
This is the work of Dr. Martha Herbert, kind of pulling the whole thing together. What’s so fascinating about this, to me, is that the word “vaccine” never appears here in this entire study once. And yet you can look at it and you can see how environmental triggers and mitochondrial dysfunction and glutathione depletion can work together.
This is a fascinating study. She shows how an insult, a trigger, can cause an immune response, which can cause oxidative stress, which can cause DNA damage, which can cause ongoing mitochondrial dysfunction.
And this is a wonderful study done by scientists at Cleveland Clinic, Harvard and Johns Hopkins. They said there might be no difference between the inflammatory or catabolic stress of vaccinations and that of common childhood disease. Hannah’s stress was caused by her vaccines; there’s no question. But other kids could just get a regular childhood infection, and have mitochondrial dysfunction, and that could cause regression. And these scientists are saying maybe it’s the same thing – whether it’s a natural fever, or some type of immune stress caused by over-vaccination. If you have the mitochondrial dysfunction, you might find yourself in trouble. And they’re calling for large population-based studies.
The United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation – In children with mitochondrial issues, they recommend stretching the vaccines out as much as possible. They know that a kid is more at-risk for autistic regression and other outcomes from immune stresses. So they spread the vaccines out.
I’d just like to point out that not everybody thinks that this is crazy, that there are top scientists in the U.S. government who agree with people in this room. Dr. Duane Alexander told Autism Speaks that there may be some populations unable to remove mercury, like I mentioned, or some adverse or cross-reacting response to a vaccine, or mitochondrial disorder increasing the adverse response to vaccine-associated fever.”
I also want to point out that there is movement now to study the feasibility of doing a large population study of vaccinated versus unvaccinated children. This is the U.S. government looking into this, so if somebody tells you that is crazy, you tell them that HHS and CDC are looking into doing it.
And finally, Dr. Bernadine Healy, who I think has been the voice of reason in this debate, she was just terrific on Larry King Live the other night. And again, “Officials have been too quick to dismiss the hypothesis as irrational,” but we haven’t studied the children who got sick. And we can’t just look at large population studies of computerized data. We have to look at the kids. We have to look at the symptoms.
And like I said: Let’s work backwards and look at these kids, and then see how metals might have impacted them and created those symptoms; how myelin damage might have impacted them; how damage to the mitochondria might have impacted them. And maybe in five, ten years we’ll get somewhere.
Thank you very much for listening.