Monday, 18 November 2019

Did your child get autism after vaccination?

A question I get sometimes. I first posted this reply on Quora and reposting it here with a few edits.

My answer is I still don’t know.

Unlike a lot of other answers here - our son was not autistic when he was a baby. He was healthy, had good eye contact, and generally very sociable. He was even singing songs and playing with his sister when he gradually went into a shell - he went silent, no eye contact, rocking and spinning wheels on the toy cars. Later on, we learned that this is known as regressive autism.

This happened around when he was 1 year old in the UK. It remained in our memories because of the adverse reaction he had after the shots.

I took him to our local surgery. He was supposed to receive 2 shots but also received an additional third (a booster which we had missed). He then had a fever for more than a week and when we went to the surgery again, the doctor said that it was normal and prescribed Calpol. He recovered but was clearly not the same after that.

He gradually withdrew into a shell and it took us years of various therapies to finally get him to talk and look into our eyes.

Was vaccines the cause?

I don’t know as I have no evidence and he was only diagnosed when he was around 2 years old.

However, I would like to point out a few issues with answers from some parents here who claimed that their kids were born with autism and before their kids were vaccinated.

I am not sure about the countries they reside in, but my kids were vaccinated right after birth starting with Bacillus Calmette–GuĂ©rin (BCG) and the first dose of Hepatitis B (HepB).

This is followed by another dose of (HepB) at one month. Then at 2 months, they get shots for
– Diptheria, Tetanus, accellular Pertussis (DTaP)
– Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib)
– Inactivated Poliovirus (IPV)

At 3 months, 2nd doses of

– DTaP
– Hib

They receive the 3rd dose of all the above, at 5 months.

At 6 months, the 3rd dose of Hepatitis B.

At around 12 months, they are then given the first dose of Mumps, Measles, Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

So by the time they are around 1, which is around the time people generally realise that their kid is different, they have already received a minimum of 22 different vaccines.

I say minimum because other states here in Malaysia also recommend giving measles vaccine (single) at 6 months and doses of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) as well.

Our Paediatrician recommended Pneumococcal vaccine and we gave it to our son. After all, we thought he knew best and wanted to protect our child as best as we could. This was the only extra vaccine as compared with my daughter who is neuro-typical.

So unless these parents were anti-vaxxers, I am sure all the parents did vaccinate their kids before they were diagnosed with autism.

So does vaccines cause autism?

My personal opinion is that the verdict is still out there and we need more research.

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Vaccine Aware

It has been ages since we last updated this page. Since then we have moved back to Malaysia after nearly 8 years in the UK. There has been ups and downs and we will continue updating this blog from time to time recording our experiences and thoughts.

Anti-vaxxer is a term we hear often these days. It refers to "a person who is opposed to vaccination, typically a parent who does not wish to vaccinate their child" (Thanks Google). They are now being painted as anti-science, anti-community, conspiracy theorists, danger to society and to their own kids.

A number of Governments around the world are also making vaccinations mandatory. There is no let up in the number of TV and radio shows; newspaper and magazine articles - vilifying the parents. So we have so many parents and children being isolated from their communities, losing crucial services and boycotted because of their beliefs. Some are even facing the possibility of having their children taken away from them - for refusing to vaccinate their kids. 

And somehow I ended up in this category after posting up some posts on my social media pages.

However, I do not agree with this profiling and I would prefer to use the term "Vaccine Aware" which represents exactly my position on this matter. We were like a lot of other parents Pro-vaccine and believed absolutely in whatever the doctors told us and shot us with. My kids are all vaccinated - something I regret forever. My elder daughter is perfectly normal but my son was diagnosed with ASD when he was around 2. The doctors do not know for certain how he has this condition but the fact is he has Autism. 

Terminology is very important and some of you might have realised that I don't call my son autistic but instead say that he has autism. Simply put, we do not think he was autistic from birth but actually regressed only later and we strongly believe that vaccines had a role to play in this.

I could go on and on but another parent has written a great post which explains what we feel about vaccines perfectly: WHY DON'T YOU VACCINATE?

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Paleo Biscuits

The Perfect Paleo Biscuit via Simply Living Healthy

6 egg whites
3/4 cup blanched almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, chilled


Friday, 25 October 2013

Dr. Bradstreet on GcMAF shots for Autism

Some personal notes (not to be used as medical / professional advise please. These notes are for me and they may also change in the future):

  • GcMAF- 0.15/week max for autism. But according to Kerri, 2 shots per week at 0.13 for kids and adults on 0.25 every 5-7 days
  • Nagalase test -  Bio lab, cost around 145 GBP and results take 6 weeks
  • Inject upper arm in the muscle
  • A healthy nagalase level in an adult is considered to be around 0.6
  • GcMAF book is an informative read, although aimed at cancer, it is just as relevant for viral infections
  • Childrens nagalase levels are generally a little higher than adults as their immune systems are developing and they will get more viruses etc, but anything over 0.9 means the immune system is under stress.
  • With autism, it helps in around 85% of cases, to varying degrees. Negative reactions can be due to too high a dose, the flaring of dormant infections and other things. 
  • It is very important to start at low doses, very low. Initial doses can be 0.01 on the insulin needle. The reason for low doses initially is that there is the potential for viruses to be in the blood brain barrier in autism, and when the immune system starts recognising viruses and fighting against them there is an inflammatory response. This is generally a good sign and shows the immune system is being awakened. BUT, if there is an inflammation in the BBB, this has the potential to cause seizures. I understand that this was the case in the early days of Bradstreet treating nagalase with gcmaf, so he quickly reduced the dose. Every child is different, some see gains with quick increases of dosing, others lose these gains. Hopefully, parents will be able to offer advise
  • "5 years old - my son, that is. keep in mind that (I just found out) that the gcmaf from bradstreet is slightly more dilute than the stuff you just got from europe. it's about 3/4 dilute -- so you could even start lower. Dr B started us at .05 units on the syringe. Each week we went up by .01 units. Once we got to .1, he had us go up by .02, stay at that dose for 2 weeks and then increase again by .02. We went up to .16 and dropped down to .14 due to irritability. Just got urine labs back and we are having a clostridia flare so that could be the source of the irritability. not sure if you would want to do the same for yours... but that's what we did." (T.H. GcMAF FB Group, March 2013)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

A letter from Tanzania

We received a letter from imaan's ex-volunteer. This is so sweet. Thanks Claire.  She is volunteering in a Tanzanian hospital. Her dream is to become a surgeon.  She will be an awesome surgeon one day. Well done Claire bear xxx

Monday, 7 October 2013

Urine Remedy - How to...

"Take 1 tbsp of urine, add to 1/2 cup or 4 oz of water in a small jar. Sucuss that 100 times, empty jar leaving a few drops in there, add another 4 oz of water and succus for 100 times, repeat this a total of 12 times to make 12c..." and so on...

- G.C., Homeopathy Cafe
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