Brian wrote:"The CDC will never investigate the possibilty of vaccines because it could bankrupt a whole sector of our economy"
I beg to differ. It would cause a whole new generation of widespread diseases that were eradicated due to vaccinations. Unless we want to go down the path of govt corruption, deep pockets, conspiracy theories, etc., one of CDC's main objective is to reduce the potential for epidemics and pandemics.
Brian, you are correct that vaccines have prevented widespread diseases--polio, diptheria, measles, etc., but no two human bodies are alike. I am speaking from experience. Our son was diagnosed with regressive autism much later in his life. I believe there is "Leo Kanner" autism that the child is born with severe delays. Then there are cases such as our child who hit all his milestones, talking up a storm, then things started deteriorating after 4 years of age. By the time he was 8 1/2, all social and motor skills had gone out the window and he became silent and withdrawn. Extensive lab testing showed that our son lacked a gene that produces glutathione, so genetics do come into play. Glutathione is our body's natural detoxifying agent. If it is not produced or is insufficient, toxins, especially heavy metals build up. My son simply cannot break down environmental toxins, proteins in certain foods--gluten and casein, and he was loaded with heavy metals, particularly mercury. Was it the thimersol in his vaccinations? Thimerasol was not removed from childhood vaccines until 2000. He had had all of his scheduled vaccines, and then a HIB was duplicated in error. Flu shots and tetnus still contain thimerasol today. We will never know the cause of our son's condition, but he does seem to get better with time. I feel it was due to a drastic lifestyle change of organic, Gluten-free/Casein-free diet and the removal of all household toxins and no more pesticides/herbicides/fertilizers.
My only wish is that doctors would take the time to test for contributing genetic factors as to whether they can handle the vaccine schedule as it is advised by the American Pediatrics Association today. If they can test for PKU on infants, why can't they collect a little more blood to test for a possible a different genetic weakness? Sure would save tens of thousands of dollars spent on therapy, special education, taxpayer money for special services. Mostly would save the heartbreak of a child and their family.