On the ongoing debate on the causes of autism, Cara Santa Maria wrote an article published by the Huffington Post: “Vaccines & Autism: Controversy Persists, But Why.”
I asked her via email whether the fact that vaccines are actually a severely weakened version of the virus being vaccinated against, could be the reason why the vaccine-autism controversy persists. Carla mentions Jenny McCarthy of such error as well as Andrew Wakefield, a British gastroenterologist, who published an infamous paper in 1998 with a shocking allegation: the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine might cause autism.
Although great effort has been made to document scientifically that there is no such a link between childhood vaccines and autism, McCarthy has no doubt in her mind that vaccinations triggered Evan's autism. Evan was diagnosed with autism in 2005. I know that Jenny is not regarded with any scientific authority on the subject (experts make a joke of herself, sadly), and I don’t think that Evan is really autistic. I’ve read Jenny’s books. Evan seems to be a terrific and very smart normal kid.
But, maybe Jenny has a point. A vaccine is actually a severely weakened version of the virus being vaccinated against. The body recognizes this weak virus as a threat and builds antibodies to deal with that specific threat. Indeed, vaccines are the poison needed.
What if not all the immune systems respond in the expected way? There could be immune systems which do not recognize the vaccine as a weak-virus and instead of creating a mechanism to destroy future infections of this virus (so that this virus will not have a chance to make you sick) the virus is thus allowed to freely navigate the system, causing an intoxication that ends up later in neurological disorders such as epilepsy.
When Jenny described Evan’s “autism”, she said that it began with seizures. Having seizures repeatedly during infancy not only can alter the chemistry of the brain, but also cause severe damage and delays in the cognitive process, confronting the infant with epilepsy with problems similar to the autistic ones. At such an early age, doctors cannot distinguish between autism and epilepsy because the consequences for the patient are virtually the same.
This is quite unfortunate, not merely because such a distinction may help us toward a better understanding of autism and epilepsy within its proper neurological environment, but also because the similar-symptoms lead to a misdiagnosis of autism in children who would be suffering from a chemical intoxication produced perhaps by vaccination.
As an aside, I saw pictures of Evan lately. That boy is not autistic, trust me.