posted on Oct, 4 2007 @ 08:11 PM
I'd be happy to give you the info. Just give me some time to remember where I stuck it. And keep in mind that this was 10-15 years ago, so the
stuff that wasn't documented has to come from memory.
First of all, thank you for being respectful. This is obviously a personal (read emotional) issue for me.
I hope you are not misunderstanding me (I was very tired when I wrote that and, as a matter of fact, don't make myself clear on good days). As far
as my own personal experience, I don't know what happened. The timing just made me wonder about the vaccinations. He could have had the signs from
birth and they were mild enough that nobody noticed. He's had other medical issues that may or may not be related to Asperger's. So, actually, a
genetic anomaly, stroke, or a hundred other things are more probable be the cause by themselves or in combination. I spent years researching
different syndromes to try to find an answer. Because even Asperger's doesn't encompass everything we're dealing with, but it's the closest
thing. So I realize that there are so many different syndromes and so many variables that go into it that we just can't blame it all on vaccines.
However, let me give you an example (and I know I'm comparing apples to oranges, but just to show you what I mean):
We've all heard stories like this. There is a large chemical company in town. Most people in town are employed there. After years of working
there, people start getting gravely ill. The rate of this illness is hundreds of times higher in this town than in the general population. People
put 2 and 2 together and decide that the chemicals are making people sick. They go to the company and get turned away. They start screaming that the
chemical company is killing people and start to sue. The chemical company does studies to show that the chemicals are not the cause. The research
they show might very well be legit, however they are trying to prove that the chemicals aren't bad and don't research the evidence to show
otherwise. The townspeople have studies to prove that the chemicals are bad, but they are trying to prove their point. And even though their
research is correct, it also might not be all-encompassing. In cases like this, most of us are outraged that the government doesn't step in and do
objective research to find out for sure if this chemical is harming people.
If so many people are questioning vaccines, why hasn't the general population been screaming for years that thorough studies be done in order to be
sure we aren't harming our children. Yes, a handful of studies have been done. But one study only looks at mercury, another doesn't take into
account that the rise in autism might be due to better diagnosing, and on and on. I'm just surprised that people will accept a study that either
doesn't take into account all the factors, or that was done by someone who has an agenda (from either side). After all, it's our children we are
Vioxx was a miracle drug for people in chronic pain. It was FDA approved, studies had been done. But when it was used by the general population, a
small number of people started dying. Even though hundreds or thousands of people were finally able to live more normal lives without terrible pain
by taking Vioxx, it was unacceptable that there was a small risk of dying and they took it off the market.
Just like anything, vaccines pose a risk to a percentage of people. Setting aside a possible autism link, you have a certain number of kids who
contract the disease even if they have been vaccinated (and I'm not sure but I think there are some who actually get the disease from the vaccine,
but I'm not stating this as fact so don't jump on it). You also have a certain number who react to the vaccine and get very sick, have lasting
effects, or even die. Is this acceptable? That's something we all have to decide for ourselves. And I'm not advocating that we pull vaccines off
the market, just food for thought.
I hope there are studies being done to see why some kids react so that we can know beforehand and it's not just a gamble. Vaccines were an absolute
miracle when they were invented. But maybe they can be improved upon. Or maybe we need to “reinvent the wheel” and find an alternative so that
those who will be harmed have a different option, or something so much better that we can all benefit. I hope we have not decided that this is good
enough, why bother going forward.
As to the autism link, maybe there is something in there that kids are reacting to. Maybe some kids have a genetic predisposition and the vaccine
brings it out. Maybe this theory was all started because a parent needed a reason why or a place to put blame (I don't know the origin of this
idea). For now I just have an open mind to all possibilities. There are still too many unanswered questions for me to believe either way. I'm just
a big advocate for having those questions answered as quickly and honestly as possible.
Sorry for getting long-winded. I'll get down off my soapbox now and go terrorize someone else.