A New Red Flag for Autism Predisposition?

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Merck’s Vaccines Division’s, Julie Gerberding, confirmed to CBS News while she was Director of the CDC that, “if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”

While vaccine safety is still being adamantly proclaimed by pharmaceutical companies, the CDC and the FDA, parents are still nervous. That nervousness certainly wasn’t subsided any when the US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) confirmed to CBS News that of 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation settled out of court by the US Government saying, “We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.” The government agency did not admit a causal link between vaccines and autism though. Still, many parents aren’t buying it. In fact, a federal survey released last month, which included more than 17,000 households, showed that at least 1 in 10 toddlers and preschoolers were not on track the recommended vaccine guidelines .

Parents feel completely overwhelmed with the Russian Roulette factor of vaccines. How do they know if their child will become one of the statistics in the VAERS database?

The Archives of General Psychiatry reported their results from an MRI study which included 51 children with autism and 25 control children between 18 and35 months of age. Their initial findings suggest head size may be an indicator of potential for autism. They stated, “Significant enlargement was detected in cerebralcortical volumes but not cerebellar volumes in individuals withautism. Enlargement was present in both white and gray matter,and it was generalized throughout the cerebral cortex. Headcircumference appears normal at birth, with a significantlyincreased rate of HC (head circumference) growth appearing to begin around 12 monthsof age.”

I mean, it certainly wasn’t a huge study. Only 76 children. But it was significant enough for the psychiatrists to to write home about. Having an increase in growth rate of the body and head compared to the child’s statistics at birth seem to, at least possibly, be an indicator for a predisposition to autism. It’s possible that it’s more of an effect of autism that is not yet understood, but it could be a giant red flag warning of a predisposition. It won’t subside the concerns about other vaccination risks, but it could perhaps lend support to the idea of delayed vaccinations, giving the child time to demonstrate this trait. It’s not a lot to go on.

But it’s something.


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