I literally want to cry. I’m so disgusted. A conversation that I had at dinner on Monday night has re-kindled my interest in autism. We were discussing the higher incidence of autism in boys. According to the Autism Speaks website, boys are 5 x’s more likely to have autism than girls. For a mother of a son, that is one scary fact. The last two days I’ve been searching the web for information regarding the prevention, cause, and treatment of autism. I’ve come across many interesting things in my research but the most offensive thing so far is the list of toxins in our vaccines. The CDC has a list of all of the ingredients in each vaccine. (Click here to view). Formaldehyde is listed as the first ingredient in 3 vaccines, and listed as an ingredient in 5 others! Here I am avoiding no-chip manicures and Keratin treatments because I know they have formaldehyde in them and I was afraid it would get into my milk supply. I had no idea that we have been injecting him with it! The National Cancer Institute states that “Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance)”. Aluminum (in a few different forms) is listed as an ingredient in the majority of vaccines. Even the CDC recognizes that aluminum is toxic. Most of the ingredients on this list are unfamiliar to me which isn’t surprising but I did a quick google search on a few. A component called thimerosal which is found in DT, Dtap, Influenza, Meningococcal, and Td, is 50% mercury by weight. The FDA has a page dedicated to thimerosal (click here) and they have the following statements: “thimerosal is a derivative of ethyl mercury” ; however, “FDA considered ethyl- and methyl-mercury as equivalent in its risk evaluation” and “Methylmercury is a neurotoxin”. Another ingredient, ammonium sulfate, (found in Hib and Dtap) may also be a neurotoxin according to aluminumsulfate.net, “meaning it can cause confusion and behavioral changes”. This is crazy to me and totally inexcusable! I honestly can’t believe that we are shooting up our babies’s tiny little bodies with these poisons.
I’m not going to sit here and tell you that vaccines cause autism. I certainly am not qualified to say that they are even correlated. I am; however, saying that there is something wrong here. There has to be a better way to preserve vaccines than load them with known toxins. I have had a difficult time deciding what to do regarding vaccinations since Brooks was born and I’ve been met with extremely strong opinions. One doctor in Chicago almost drove us out of their group practice because she was down right mean when we tried to have a discussion with her about my concerns with vaccines. I’ve talked to other mothers about the issue as well and generally I hear the same answer, “we have to trust our doctors”. Personally, I don’t agree with this statement. Not once in all of the times I’ve voiced my concerns about vaccines has a doctor (or anyone else for that matter) told me that the vaccines have these toxins. I’m not recommending that you don’t vaccinate your child. Chris and I agreed to doing a delayed schedule of vaccines and I’m not saying that these findings mean that Brooks won’t get any more. All I am asking for is the truth. I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds these facts shocking and appalling and at the very least I think we as parents deserve to be educated and informed.