By now, most have heard about the three-part series BMJ is publishing about Andrew Wakefield's now-discredited Lancet study linking vaccines to autism. (From TortProfs Blog)
Vaccination Ingredients: And so it goes, Dr. Wakefield's work has been discredited and therefore the entire vaccination safety issue seems to be proposed as settled by those less inquisitive - throwing the out with the bath water (so to speak) even as there are other ingredients in vaccinations.
Vaccination Courts: There are autism affected children who have comorbid disorders that are associated with probability of damage from vaccination, and peer review does accept instances where vaccination is the cause for devastating neurological illness. That is why vaccination courts are in place - they allow families some recourse. There have been cases that have prevailed to do with vaccination injury that resulted in brain damage.
Autism as Psychiatric Label, Comorbid Disorder as Verifiable Cause: All that autism is right now - is a label; it is given based upon expert clinical observation and testing. Autism is NOT associated with known physical cause. The autism label defines a condition evidenced by clinically exhibited features, of deficits and excesses that are present - but without verifiable cause. Autism is many times accompanied by conditions that have a medically identifiable cause. An incomplete sample of the conditions are; mitochondrial disease or disorder, seizures, phenylkentonuria, congenital rubella, tuberous sclerosis, hypothyroidism, and hearing impairment.
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Autism Label Confuses the Issue: Autism, in and of itself, IS a kind of missed-diagnosis because we DO NOT know exactly what causes the manifestation of autistic features. Furthermore, the autism label seems to be - becoming the sole rally cry that those in many media outlets and medical community use in an alarmingly general fashion, in order to deny the known risk of injury from vaccination. Even further, because the Wakefield debaucle has come to play, all perseverate on mercury as if it is the only ingredient in the vaccination, and thus, since Wakefield might have done what many say he did, all of sudden there is no question allowed with regard to vaccination safety.
Known Vaccination Risks: There are risks involved in vaccination, albeit the medical community has made a choice to allow a few to fall into devastating illness so that the many might never be exposed to certain illnesses. It is the herd's overall wellness that is emphasized when insisting upon the good of vaccinations. Even as, for the herd - opting out of vaccinations has always been considered reasonable under conditions where known predispositions to increased risk are present.
There are almost 40 conditions that suggest contraindication for various vaccinations according to the CDC and with that almost 60 notes for instructions to do with contraindications (link).
Some even proposed theoretical risks:
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MMR does present known and theoretical risk. Contains albumin; theoretical risk of transmission of CJD and viral diseases. (link) The statement is on drugs.com. Other indications are given, as far as reasons for opting out of the MMR vaccination.
Residual DNA in Vaccination Carries Potential to Produce Productive Prolonged Infection: Our very own government has considered the continuing alterations and manipulations of the cell lines being developed in order to produce vaccinations. Cell lines do utilize fetal material from abortion and thus, residual DNA from that fetal material is in vaccination cell lines. Designer Cells as Substrates for the Manufacture of Viral Vaccines, a report on designer cells utilized for development of vaccines (an FDA initiated report), considers overall productive infection as a risk consideration - not just infection that results in cancer.
(From CBS) There was reason to believe that some of the medications were contaminated with bacteria, others were mislabeled, and some were too strong or not strong enough. It's likely Glaxo would have gotten away with it had it not been for a company insider: a tip from Cheryl Eckard set off a major federal investigation.
From Rethinking Autism... Leary and Hill (1996) analyzed the literature on symptoms associated with established movement disorders and those associated with autism. The greatest difference among these disabilities was the interpretation of the symptoms. In Tourette syndrome, Parkinson's disorder and catatonia, there was a neurological interpretation of symptoms. A social rather than a neurological interpretation was applied if the person had a label of autism. That which is called a "tic" in a person with Tourette syndrome is most often assumed to be a 'behavior' (and often a conscious choice) in a person with autism.
Implicit Cause For Autism, Nowhere In Sight: I find it highly unlikely that a cause for autism will be identified soon. And this is partly because both mainstream media and medicine have such a powerful inflence - and simply opt to shut out (or shout down) those who dare to ask what continue to be relevant questions; questions that have yet to be completely answered. Most currently, Wakefield is the scandal that many perseverate upon in order to shut out important unanswered questions that continue to be worth both asking and answering. Even if the subject of Wakefield's Research does settle the issue of mercury based thimersal, there are other factors to consider with regard to vaccination ingredients.