Autism, Mitochondria and Mitochondrial Toxic Medicines.

Mitochondrial damage is getting lots of attention recently.  As new, expecting or experienced natural moms, this is a hot topic in the Everything Birth community mostly because it is the one admitted link between vaccines and autistic like behavior.

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

In addition to our non-organic food sources like high fructose corn syrup which in various forms is nearly everything, including formula, there are medications that are stated by Mito Action as being reported to be mitochondrial toxic. Some very common medications that we give our children and even take during pregnancy may be harming our children’s mitochondria and setting them up for a decreased ability to stay healthy as well as a decreased ability to handle the bodily trauma from vaccinations. Mito Action’s chart can be found here.

Many of you have witnessed my journey through deciding not to vaccinate my own daughter any longer through posts on this blog, but in an attempt to stay fair and seek out truth, I want to point out something that I found very interesting.

How many vaccinating moms are told to give the baby Tylenol (Acetaminophen)  just before or just after their vaccinations? Most of my vaccinating mom friends get told to give tylenol just before the vaccination visit to help with any pain. Those that aren’t though, are usually told to give it afterwards for pain, and to prevent or treat a fever that arises from vaccines.

Acetaminophen though, according to Mito Action, is toxic to mitochondria. 

Keep in mind as you ponder this, I am not a doctor. I’d just like for us to think on this for a moment. If we chose to vaccinate, we generally hold our breath for a few days with our fingers crossed, right? What if there is something to this? What if this practice of giving Tylenol just before or just after being injected with multiple vaccines could be a factor in the autism epidemic that has stricken 1 in 88 of our children in the US? Another thing to consider before giving Tylenol before or after a vaccination is that when put to the test, more children get a fever with vaccines when Tylenol is given than when it is not given at all.




  1. Jenifer

    I remember being told to give my son tylenol before the vaccine and after, I remember that for me vaccinations were an annoying pinch and more ‘scary’ than painful. I also remember my son in the hospital getting his PKU test and having his blood drawn every few hours because he was over 9 pounds. I remember that in all of my hospital stay and all of the times my son was poked, never once was I told or even was it suggested that I ever give my son tylenol. So to me the logic behind tylenol for a couple of ‘scary’ pokes made no sense. I did however take the time to make sure my son had a full belly before his appointment and also offered him either breast or bottle to soothe him afterwards. His fussing never persisted for more than a few minutes. And as long as I was careful around the injection site, there was no real fussing. He did always seem to want to cuddle more after, but what mom would turn down an extra cuddle.

  2. Yael

    Do you realize that the original article published linking autism and childhood vaccines was retracted over a year ago because it was FAKED?? You are certainly within your rights to make decisions based on whatever you like, but when it is scientifically unfounded, come on!!!

    • Dawn

      Actually, one of the original writers (all of them consistently stating this whole time there as NO fraud) was just reinstated as a doctor/researcher and exonerated by the British High Court this year and Wakefield is suing his defamers because evidence came out that the people who accused them of misconduct was not a specialist at all but rather failed to disclose on HIS journal article that he had financial toes to the vaccine industry. Here’s a little more info on that British Drama:

      Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s paper questioning a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism was published in the Lancet in 1998. The vaccine industry regularly reminds us that his paper was a giant fraud. In The British Medical Journal, authors allegedly accused Wakefield “of fraud and of fraudulently and intentionally manipulating and falsifying data and diagnoses.” Wakefield was also accused of having a financial conflict of interest by pro-vaxers across the globe for accepting payment from lawyers representing families with autistic children. In reality though, not a single penny of the Legal Aid Board (LAB) money was spent on the Lancet paper in question. The LAB grant was provided for a separate viral detection study. This latter study, completed in 1999, does disclose the Legal Aid Board funding. The controversial Lancet paper had been submitted for publication to the journal before the LAB grant was even available.

      Though incidentally, speaking of conflicts of interest:

      2008: Merck, using its trade name MSD, signed a partnership agreement with the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Group that effectively gave the company control of 350 interactive continuing medical education courses in over 20 medical therapy areas.

      2009: Merck’s Univadis entered into a partnership with The Lancet providing “medical education and an information website.”

      These happened right before the Wakefield study was called a fraud. Do you see what’s happened there?

      LASTLY…. Also keep in mind this:

      Merck Vaccines Division’s Julie Gerberding did confirm to CBS News while she was still 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.”


      US Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) confirmed to CBS News that of 1322 cases of vaccine injury compensation were 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.”

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