We received a comment to our post that summarized Dr. William Shaw’s webinar about the link between autism and Acetaminophen. Our commenter made us realize that we needed to clarify our position on a few points in case others had the same misunderstandings. The commenter’s points are in black and our response is in red. See https://ventography.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/acetaminophen-and-its-possible-connection-to-the-rise-in-autism/#comments for original comment.
This “A Ventography” site is stated to be a place for ‘non-medically qualified individuals’ to vent their opinions, AND it seems to me that those 2 Moms were promoting this Dr. Shaw’s idea that autism is not caused by vaccines but rather by acetaminophen. We have never met Dr. Shaw, nor are we receiving any sort of payment from him. We wish we were, as our children’s medical, therapy, and education bills are the same as paying college tuition every year. We truly are just 2 moms, sitting at a table in our kitchen, blogging on our daily life and what we feel passionately about.
Now who would be behind Dr. Shaw’s theory….the pharmaceutical companies or the FDA perhaps? Sounds like brainwashing propaganda to me. We are a little confused by this because Tylenol is a product owned and promoted by a company with a pharmaceutical division. We truly believe Dr. Shaw is a friend to the autism community. In fact, he has a step daughter with Rett’s Syndrome. We do not agree that Dr. Shaw is promoting propaganda for big pharma or the FDA. His agenda, in our opinion, is to find out the cause of the autism epidemic. Furthermore, we don’t believe he was saying that Acetaminophen is the sole cause of autism. We just think he genuinely wants to educate people on possible autism contributors. His website discusses many other factors linked to autism (see http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/interview.asp if anyone is interested).
I saw a minor flaw in their theory when stating the Cuban rate of autism as compared to that in the USA(which they say is 298 times higher in the USA). The statement that vaccine schedules in Cuba are similar to the U.S. & that children by age of 6 typically receive 34 vaccine agents & 99% of the population complies with the vaccine requirements.” Well, that may be so BUT how do we know if those vaccines in Cuba had the same amount of thimerasol in them that they do in the U.S. or maybe none at all? We think this is a really good question. We do not know who supplies Cuba with their vaccines nor the specific ingredients. We too, would really like to know the facts. If anyone has this information, please pass it along and we will share it.
Sounds like someone is trying to shift the blame again toward something else…now it is acetaminophen…give me a break! We agree with our commenter that there does seem to be quite a few organizations trying to sweep autism under the rug, shift blame, and make “us parents” out to be wack-a-doodles when we talk about how toxins caused our children to regress into autism.
My grandchildren, at the time , were ages 1-1/2 & 2-1/2 when they received the vaccine and both now have developmental delays & autism. HOWEVER, they were fine & developing right on target prior to the vaccines but afterward, regressed, one began having speech problems & the other stopped talking at all & would wakeup many times with excruciating pain in her head at night. We are so sorry for your pain. We relate more than you know. We too are mad that our children were in essence, stolen from us. Annie regressed at 21 months and I will never get over that loss. Brody had a very adverse reaction to the DTP vaccine at 2 months of age and Annie had a severe reaction to the Varicella vaccine at 12 months. We believe vaccines to be one of the major culprits causing children to regress into autism. We cannot say it was the sole cause for our children, but we most definitely believe it played a part. And we do not believe it is just the “thimerosal” in the vaccines causing the problem. We feel it is also all the other junk they put in them, like aluminum, formaldehyde, embryos, and yeast causing our children to have negative reactions. If anyone is interested in specific vaccine ingredients (according to the CDC) or our position on vaccines, we listed them on our website at http://www.healthinducedautism.com/cdc-vaccination-information.html.
Thanks to therapy & specialists who have worked with them to overcome theses issue, they are both now doing well although they will always have the problem We are so glad your grandchildren are doing better. We can never hear enough positive stories about progress… it gives us hope and keeps us going.
….AND they still take Tylenol for headaches. fever, flu, etc with absolutely no indication of the autistic behavior becoming worse. Wouldn’t you think that if a child continued to Tylenol they would become worse instead of better? This is where we seem to have a difference of opinion. Perhaps their recovery could be even greater or faster if they stopped taking substances that suppress glutathione (and thereby, their immune systems).