When it comes to health care issues, the well-being of our children ranks right at the top. Children, especially very young ones, cannot make health care decisions for themselves, hence their parents and the health care industry bear a special responsibility to them. When things go wrong, especially if due to negligence or malfeasance, the consequences can be dire.
All of this is to introduce the issue of vaccinations, especially those administered to children. It has been proposed that there is a link between common childhood vaccines and the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Given the importance which parents assign to their children’s health, the intensity of this debate is hardly surprising.
It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exist truths and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions.
For the last 50 years, the world has taken a front row seat to the phenomenological occurrences of the rise of brain disorders such as Autism, ADHD, and major depressive disorders. Anecdotally speaking, parents all over the globe have reported that one day their children were normal and growing healthily, and the next, after having gotten their vaccinations, they get Autism, or ADHD, for example.
One should expect and demand impartial and thorough scientific research into these claims. Tragically, that is not what we’ve always gotten.
While science and the government continue to maintain there’s no causal relation between the vaccines and the disorders, parents, multiple studies, and other countries have reported otherwise. Now, it seems, some very brave and unabashed scientists have been able to show a correlation of what many have known for quite some time.
It has also been proven that CDC scientists destroyed data that showed a correlation between vaccines and autism in children.
It’s that last sentence that is especially distressing. It would be horrific to learn that scientists risked their careers and reputation by creating the alleged deception. Millions of lives literally are at stake here.
Now it turns out that research supports the theory that vaccines can also induce other psychiatric illnesses such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (MDD), and attention deficit disorder (ADD).
Researchers at Pennsylvania State and Yale University sought to examine, “whether antecedent vaccinations are associated with increased incidence of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia nervosa (AN), anxiety disorder, chronic tic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder in a national sample of privately insured children.”
Controlling for broken bones and open wounds (control means to use commonly occurring instances as a contrast method), the researchers concluded that someone who’d received the Flu vaccine within the last year “were also associated with incident diagnoses of AN, OCD, and an anxiety disorder.” These findings greatly expand the common understandings that vaccines are related to Autism and now include the other three brain-based illnesses.
The flu vaccine has also been a target of controversy, but it is not the only one.
Moreover, the correlations were not limited to the Flu vaccine either. According to the published study found in the Journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, “Several other associations were also significant with HRs greater than 1.40 (hepatitis A with OCD and AN; hepatitis B with AN,” meaning the hepatitis vaccines are also implicated in causing brain disorders.
Needless to say, this study comes with the standard disclaimers and recommendations for further research.
As with most research studies, the researchers stop short of claiming the vaccinations cause the all too common brain disorders. “This pilot epidemiologic analysis implies that the onset of some neuropsychiatric disorders may be temporally related to prior vaccinations in a subset of individuals,” they write adding the, “findings warrant further investigation, but do not prove a causal role of antecedent infections or vaccinations in the pathoetiology of these conditions.”
So the debate continues. It is important to note that we are journalists, not physicians. Hence, nothing contained in this piece should in any way whatever be interpreted as being medical advice.
Ultimately, each of us must make choices regarding vaccines, and many of us must also make those choices for our children. This is not easy.
Source: The Free Thought Project