I've been glued to the television the last couple days watching the situation in Egypt unfold and thinking of our community. Make no doubt about it, we are an opposition group. If there is any radicalism within us it's because our questions to the reigning medical establishment have been so consistently ignored, and we as a community have been attacked. What have we asked of the medical community which threatens them so greatly? A study on the rates of neurological disorders among vaccinated and unvaccinated children? If that would take too long, how about a similar study with a group of vaccinated and unvaccinated primates?
Some, like Dr. Andrew Wakefield, are attacked and an attempt is made to destroy their professional reputations. (Or if you are too highly respected, like former head of the National Institute of Health, Dr. Bernadine Healy, who has publicly stated that this issue has not been honestly investigated for fear of what might be found, you are ignored in any media stories.) Let me be clear about this. Dr. Wakefield is only the most visible medical person to be attacked. In my discussions over the years with various scientific researchers they have often shared similar stories with me. I expect any medical professional who honestly searches for the cause of autism to run the risk of an attack on his or her professional reputation.
And what in this orgy of ignorance that the medical community seems to have about the most common childhood developmental problem, have brave researchers discovered about our children?
Our children suffer from immune disregulation, increased oxidative stress, heavy metal retention, mitochondrial insufficiency, expression of proinflammatory cytokines, inflammation of the gastro-intestinal tract, low natural killer cell functionality, and active microbial and viral co-infections. I recently had the experience of taking many of these tests to the doctor under my insurance plan and presenting them, along with a proposed treatment plan.
I asked him first if he accepted the tests as being from reputable labs and the things they measured were agreed upon by the medical community as valid biological markers. "Oh, yeah, those are serious problems," he agreed.
"So, you'll treat her?" I asked.
"This is a little beyond me," he said.
"But aren't you the infectious disease specialist?
"Yeah, but I think this is more approriate for an immunologist," he replied. "I'll run it by her and get back to you next week."
That was over a month ago.
Yes, I'll call him back, but I can't help but feel this is the beginning of another run-around from the medical community. My daughter has some serious problems. For example, her TNF-alpha should be somewhere under 27 pg/mL, but instead it's perched at 169.8, more than a six-fold elevation. Elevated TNF-alpha is observed in conditions ranging from aggressive cancers to AIDS.
When I explain what this is all about to an open-minded person, noting facts such as the United States gives 36 vaccines to children under the age of 5 when the rest of the developed world averages 18 vaccines and that Denmark which mandates only 12 vaccines has a rate of autism which is less than 7% of ours (that's a 93% reduction for those of you who are math-challenged), they invariably get a puzzled look on their faces. HERE "Well, why don't the pharmaceutical companies just slow down or space out the vaccine schedule?" they ask.
I then tell then about the special Vaccine Court which gives pharmaceutical companies complete immunity from liability and they start to get a horrified look on their faces. So, let's imagine that I spread this news to a wide enough group of people and the pharmaceutical companies find themselves in a situation in which people are clamoring for a schedule more like Denmark.
The most profitable part of the pharmaceutical industry, the pediatric vaccine market, shrinks from 36 vaccines to 12 vaccines. That represents a two-thirds contraction in the marketplace which is worth billions. Imagine the company for whom you work shrinking to 1/3 of its present size. That is a massive dislocation and one which any industry would fight. The problem in this fight is that the casualties are our children. First, when they are injured, and second, when promising areas of scientific inquiry are thwarted.
And yet it all has to end someday.
There are too many injured children. After all of the assaults, after having the Secretary of Health and Human Servies, Kathleen Sebelius say in an interview with Reader's Digest that she has asked the media not to give equal weight to the arguments of the vaccine-safety community, the simple fact remains they are failing. When a recent study on the question of whether vaccines were related to autism, nearly half of those interviewed believed there was a connection or that they were unsure of the answer. A bare majority, 52% believed there was no connection.
They have tried everything in their power to deny us a voice and still they only draw a bare majority. It will only get worse for them.
When will we know when the end of the tyrants of the medical community has come? When media interviewers ask hard question of them. When the media turns their skepticism on those who have perpetuated this epidemic. "Okay, Dr. ----, why is it that other countries give fewer vaccines and have less autism?" Maybe Anderson Cooper can shout down some shill for the pharmaceutical company by complaining that, "No studies have shown that vaccinated kids have the same amount of autism as unvaccinated kids!!! Why haven't you done those studies, sir???"
Our time will come.
Kent Heckenlively is a Contributing Editor to Age of Autism