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.