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Charlie’s Story – From A Mother’s Heart

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If you are a parent who has vaccinated or are considering vaccination, please read this heart-felt story from one of my readers and friends from Facebook, Vicki and her son Charlie (residents of the UK).

This story is a follow-up to the post about Dr. Wakefield and the MMR vaccine from Monday, and I wanted to provide this first-hand account from a mother who has been dealing with the aftermath of vaccination side-effects for the last couple of years.

Stories from parents about their experiences with their children and vaccinations are invaluable because it’s one of the only ways their stories can be heard. The media and mainstream medial outlets never share this information with the public unless it is to defame and criticize the things parents have to say.

It is important to note that Vicki’s son did not receive the MMR vaccine, and he has still experienced the repercussions of multiple doses from other vaccines.

Ultimately, doctors (and journalists like Brian Deer who claimed on camera that diarrhea, constipation, and other related symptoms were not bowel disease) don’t really know what the families are going through. Time and time again, parent’s voices are squashed in the scope of vaccine and other health information. But it’s time these voices were heard and given their day in hearing. How many of these parents are telling a similar story – children who cannot have bowel movements for days, or are plagued with stomach cramps, pain, and chronic diarrhea…or have lost much of their abilities to socialize, interact, respond, or communicate?

It is very common for people to heckle those who believe vaccines aren’t safe, and the common philosophy about vaccines is that everyone should get them, without exception. But what about the rising voice of the parent community, who report time and time again of health problems their children experience immediately after receiving vaccinations? What about the first-ever court case in 2010 where a family was awarded funds because their child was found to exhibit symptoms of autism that were directly connected to vaccination?

Much of what many parents do when they go out on their own, no thanks to their doctors or health care professionals, is learning how to manage their children’s health challenges alone. But often what they find waiting is a huge community of others experiencing the same kinds of things, and this is where they find support and where healing can finally begin.

Unlike other children, Charlie didn’t receive the MMR, but still developed autism and related symptoms anyway. Read their story and decide for yourself.
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Charlie was born of 14/8/07 in the UK. The pregnancy was difficult with me having Gestational Diabetes (insulin-dependent) and pre-eclampsia along with symphsis pubis pain for which anti-inflamatories and pain medication were prescribed. I was also on Methly Dopa for high blood pressure from the very start of the pregnancy. My son was born prematurely at 35 weeks gestation by c-section after I received a steroid injection to mature his lung function 3 days prior. (My first pregnancy with my daughter was exactly the same resulting in her being born by c-section at 36 weeks and in a diabetic coma – neonatal intensive care, oxygen therapy, jaundice and failure to feed).

Charlie was 3 on 14th August and was only diagnosed with Autism officially in April this year (2010), although I’ve known for some time exactly what his problems were and that he was on the spectrum. I believe very early on in life he was vaccine damaged and also suffered from a build up of incredible environmental toxins. Although he was premature (born at 35 weeks) he fed well and thrived, giving eye contact when feeding, and turning his head to the sound of my voice until 7 weeks of age. At 7 weeks he was given the Hep B vaccination with the mercury preservative, thimerosal, in Bulgaria and from the day after all eye contact stopped, he stopped feeding properly, cried all the time, failed to thrive had terrible stomach and gut ache with loose stools at every nappy change up to 10 bowel movements a day and they were awful!)

I didn’t want to believe it was the vaccine that caused Charlie’s problems for a very long time, I thought the reaction was a temporary thing when he started to reach early milestones on time like crawling and walking. You see, I’ve always been an advocate of vaccines and was determined my kids would have them all, no questions – God, how I wish I hadn’t been so naive and stupid. Its actually only very recently that I’ve accepted that this is probably the cause of his autism and problems. I even went on to get him all his other shots on top of that! The only one he didn’t get was the MMR and that was by a sheer stroke of luck that the vaccination programme in Bulgaria, where we lived, didn’t include the MMR and by the time we came back to the UK I’d realised I was poisoning him and refused it. I’m still fighting with my medical centre, but there’s no way he’s getting it.

I now believe vaccines are unsafe for a percentage of children. In particular premature babies and babies of low birth weight. I also believe a relatively significant percentage of babies have immature immune systems and cannot cope with the insults a vaccine or a battery of vaccines placed on their systems. I also believe the potential harm of all vaccines is far greater than the benefit to public health that they provide. With 1 in 40 boys and 1 in 90 girls now diagnosed with ASD (UK stats) I KNOW something suspicious is happening to our children.

As Charlie grew, I knew he was different and possibly on the spectrum but still I didn’t really believe it could be the vaccine. Even as he was referred for assessment for ASD I put more belief in some kind of genetic glitch. But the more I investigate, and the more I look back at my own notes to do with Charlie’s vaccination record and the start of his problems along with all stories I read about other kids in the same position; the more I see exactly how, pharmaceutical companies, big insurance companies and mass media corporations control governments with their greed, self-interest and corruption; the more I understand that vaccine damage to children is a sad and sorry truth that governments are happy to continue in the dressed up name of a public health interest, merely accepting the broken lives of these children as acceptable ‘collateral damage’. Covering up the extent and infact existence of such injury is paramount to protecting everybody involved in this and their financial interests – and where there’s billions of dollars, massive power and multi-faceted corruption involved, its a heck of a task to beat them.

The other thing I need to tell you about is our home environment in Bulgaria where we lived until December last year. We brought Charlie into this house at 7 weeks of age – the same week he had the Hep B coincidentally and he lived in this environment for most of his life (7 weeks till 2.5 years) We only went back to the UK for the birth and neonate period of my son’s life; the whole time he was growing inside me during the pregnancy, I was living in this house too. We recently, on holiday noticed the timbers needed some re-staining/preserving and searched all over the place to find the correct colour match but couldn’t for the life of us find a good match so I ended up phoning the Bulgarian builder that renovated this old house for us to ask him where to get the stain from. What he told me made me feel sick! He told me that in these traditional old houses they use dirty engine oil as a wood preserve because the colour matches the old aged timbers perfectly and its also very cheap, especially when the houses are made from so much timber. So when I realised what was in dirty engine oil and just how toxic it was it was like being hit in the face by a steel girder! Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium and Aluminium were all inhaled by the whole family day in day out for 4 years (Charlie 2.5 years plus in utero exposure through myself) Now we have this poisonous house in Bulgaria that we can’t use as a holiday home and we can’t sell either because I couldn’t bear the thought of hurting someone else or someone else’s poor child. I have no idea how to remove the toxins from this house but..removing the toxins from my son is the obvious priority – I guess the whole family is poisoned (my daughter displays strong ADD symptoms since returning to the UK, I’m chronically ill with something non-specific I do not know what it is and my husband can’t remember anything for toffee! )

Hopefully you get the picture now. Urinary porphyrin testing recently came back stating my son had remarkable mercury toxicity of bodily tissues, there is also marked lead and arsenic poisoning too indicated in the results – There are also knock on nutritional and bowel issues that Charlie has to deal with every day and he IS in pain. Don’t let anyone tell you children with autism don’t have any pain, its simply not true.

Charlie also developed asthma this year, but I was determined he wouldn’t be dependent on steroid inhalers. So I only used these a couple of times with him in emergency situations.

I felt encouraged to find other mothers doing positive things for their children and taking back control of their health and it gave me hope to see so many little miracles happening on a daily basis, step by step, that I decided I wanted desperately to be a part of that hope and to take positive steps to make Charlie well again. I am also aware that early intervention while the infant brain retains a level of plasticity is the best hope for any child with an ASD. It is very frustrating and upsetting looking at how my son struggles, and I’m sure it’s exactly the same for every mother with a child with ASD. I sit all day trying to engage him and then feel a failure when I can’t. He now has some very lucid moments and does try to socialise with other children. It is absolutely delightful when he does engage and says the odd word or two or kisses me. I began biomed myself alone on 2nd May this year with the help of another Mother on Facebook and I began the gluten/casein-free diet with Charlie too – a kind of shock and awe approach with so many supplements enzymes, probiotics, and omegas. Probably not recommended by the doctor, but it worked almost immediately.

We have been eating good nutritious diets of only organically-grown and reared food for some years, but since Charlie’s diagnosis, I’ve learned so much more about food and how fundamental it is to good health. Sounds obvious doesn’t it? But there really is so much more to the idiotic lies we get fed about diets and nutrition.

This is a note I made about Charlie on 2nd June this year:

Charlie is now beginning to speak regularly 2 and 3 word sentences, all stimming and obsessive behaviour has stopped. Play is almost age appropriate and normal. He sings, dances, asks for things without pulling and dragging, makes jokes and bickers “yes/no” with his sister. He can read 20 familiar words and has a good labeling vocabulary of well over 100 words. Potty training going well, only bowel control to master properly. Sleeps through night and also for 2 hours during day. Peace and calm reigns. Still some sensory issues and still some difficulty sometimes responding to name and eye contact. No asthmatic/allergic symptoms, but still has prominent purple circles under eye area and looks very pale and sickly.

You can see from the tests that he is toxic for mercury (from the vaccine) the first assault and then lead, arsenic, and cadmium, all subsequent damage owing to the initial trauma of the vaccine damage of Hep B which makes him unable now to detoxify like you or I. I have many other tests detailing complex issues my son has to do with nutrition, absorption, gut dysbiosis, immune skewing and oxidative stress.

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I want to thank Vicki for sharing her son’s story and the struggle her family has been through.  It is my hope that people will read this story and understand what is going on with vaccination, that these substances are not harmless, and health and medical establishments are doing nothing to acknowledge nor put and end to this problem.

From a conversation I had with Vicki the other day, when parents take their children to be vaccinated in Britain, there is no literature given to parents explaining the possible risks or side-effects of vaccines.  Although parents in the United States do receive a statement about risks and side-effects, those possibilities are always downplayed and made to sound as though they are extremely rare and unimportant.  I’ve never been to a doctor who was cautionary about vaccination, or who made any statement other than complete support of getting vaccinated.  As parents, we should have choices and be educated, but our medical system strips us of those rights.

It’s up to the citizens to take charge of this situation and do something about it. We must make our voices heard and continue to work toward education and truth as far as this situation is concerned.

If you suspect your child has been damaged by a vaccine, or if you are still considering whether or not to vaccinate, here are some resources:

Vaccines – A Choice or A Mandate Part I

Vaccines – A Choice or A Mandate Part II

ThinkTwice, Global Vaccine Institute

National Vaccine Center Information

VAERS Database – vaccine data: find side-effects and outcomes of those reported children reacting to vaccines

What to Do if You Are Forced to Take a The Swine Flu Shot – interview on Dr. Mercola’s site with Dr. Russell Blaylock, M.D.

Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out – Kelly the Kitchen Kop

If You Are In Support of Vaccinations – Read This If You Dare – The Healthy Home Economist

How We Researched Vaccines – Cara Faus from Health, Home, Happiness guest post on Kelly the Kitchen Kop

The Great Thimerosol Coverup – Mercury, Vaccines, Autism, and Your Child’s Health

9 Questions that Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims

Dr. Sherri Tenpenny

Activism Healthy Living Kids & Family Toxin Alert!

Dr. Wakefield and the MMR Vaccine “Scandal”

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It has been stated over and over again in pro-vaccine communities that Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues claimed there to be a direct “connection” to the MMR and autism. But the truth is, never was there an outward statement by any of these doctors that MMR was the cause of autism.

After research in 1998, the conclusion in the paper stated by Dr. Wakefield was that further study was warranted. He went on to recommend that until those studies were completed and results evaluated that single vaccinations be administered instead of the multiple doses being given.

In the original study, 12 children with autism were examined for incidence of bowel disease. Vaccines were not part of the original equation. The study’s conclusion stated, “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described [autism].” In the majority of instances, symptoms were noticeable after administration of the vaccines for each of those diseases.

Dr. Wakefield listened to the parents who came to him for help. He listened and reported their statements. Apparently, mentioning conversations had by parents of these children and their subsequent request for further investigation is now considered a criminal act.  The fact now is, whenever anyone publicly calls into question the safety and efficacy of vaccines, no matter how far removed, it can be punishable by law.

Because of false accusations made by a British journalist named Brian Deer, we are now facing this scenario for which everyone is being made to believe that questioning vaccine safety is not only a thinking error, but grounds for much more.  Parents now believe what they hear in a variety of media sources, but what’s coming out in the media is not based on a medical report, but rather, the machinations of a single person. So now false allegations made by Mr. Deer against Dr. Wakefield are in print all over the world because the media has no limitations nor rules it must follow in the name of ethics or morals, much like many large corporations and government entities. Apparently, we are to accept the fact that the final word on vaccine-autism has been had.

But parents are still talking

From the Huffington Post, listen to parents who are speaking out:

“How could the BMJ [British Medical Journal, publisher of Brian Deer's article] scrutinize what Brian Deer has said without looking at our children’s medical notes which they are not allowed to have? This needs to be challenged.”

Another parent of one of the 12 children put things even more strongly:

“To hear that my son’s gastrointestinal condition has been extensively refuted, by unqualified and ill-informed individuals who have never laid eyes on him, looking at and mis-interpreting scanty medical notes without the courtesy to ask for our version of our son’s early childhood, flies in the face of everything that the medical community and its professional bodies seek to represent. This is especially curious as gastrointestinal issues in autism are well recognized and documented and are included in the UK government’s own best practice guidelines for early investigation and treatment.”

People hear what they want to hear about vaccination

It is frustrating to hear comments from people who repeatedly say: “vaccines are not the cause of autism.” Even to state that vaccines are the cause of autism or not is over-simplifying  an issue that is much more complex than this. Many of the practitioners I have studied which link autism and other related disorders to vaccines at all don’t simply say “vaccines cause autism”. Rather, they draw in the information as to what are the symptoms and what is causing the child to be sick. They acknowledge that there are various factors, toxic vaccines being more of a trigger point rather than the cause of onset autism.

There is also an issue about some of the children in the studies who apparently already had autism before they were vaccinated. When we hear the media parrot over and over again the faulty line of reasoning that since those children had autism before the vaccines, it proves the fraudulent quality of the study, that’s just plain incorrect.

However, it does prove that there are a lot of symptoms and behaviors children exhibit which many consider to be “normal”, like learning disorders, hyperactivity, anger issues, despondent behavior, developmental and speech delays, ADD, and others which are not normal at all. Most of the kids who are diagnosed with autism are not well one day and then sick then next. These “normal” symptoms are actually markers for gut and digestive disorders, which affect overall health and include but are not limited to: such as gastrointestinal problems like diarrhea, constipation, abdominal cramping and gas, emotional disruptions and mood swings, attention-deficit issues, and learning or developmental delays. The problem is, doctors either don’t know these facts or refuse to acknowledge them in treatment of childhood illness and disorders which lead to chronic disease.

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, well-respected pediatric neurosurgeon, believes that after examining the state of the digestive systems of all autistic children she has seen, they all have something in common – poor digestive health – and many are exhibiting the symptoms listed above. The digestive tract, she has found, is the center of the child’s mental development. When toxins enter the bloodstream via permeations in the small intestine or injection site – whether it is undigested food or substances from a vaccine -  those toxins penetrate the blood-brain barrier and cause interference to various places in the body, including the neurological system. Further reading on this subject can be found in her groundbreaking book Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

To the medical and health community at large, Dr. Wakefield’s research is thought to be fraudulent. And yet, the information being repeated about the Wakefield study is not even accurate.  Moreover, how can anyone continue to dismiss the countless parents and children who continue to suffer after receiving vaccinations – some of which are still supporting Dr. Wakefield and do not hold him accountable for their children’s illness? The irresponsibility of the mainstream medical community, pharmaceutical industry, and media outlets is absolutely inexcusable – but proves once again, in the real world, profit speaks much louder than ethics and justice ever do.

Medical studies supporting Dr. Wakefield’s findings

It might be a surprise to learn that there are other studies that came to the same conclusion as that of Dr. Wakefield and his colleagues. Here is one ongoing study conducted by Wake Forest Medical University in North Carolina. The medical team is in the process of performing tests on 275 children, and out of 80 tested so for the strain found in the vaccine – not the naturally-contracted variety – 72 out of 80 are positive. Do people in science, the government or media, who claim to be so concerned with “real science” realize that findings from an erroneous study cannot be duplicated?

In fact, it’s quite amazing just what you’ll find if you bother to become informed and want to get to the bottom of what’s going on.

Here are 10 more studies which support Dr. Wakefield’s findings:

Watch this important film on the facts going on with the Wakefield case. Then you decide which side of the law you believe the media is on:

Why Medical Authorities Went to such Extremes to Silence Dr. Andrew Wakefield – Interview By Dr. Joseph Mercola (read the transcript here of that interview)

Autism Fraud? A Victim of Yellow Journalism – from The Healthy Home Economist – be sure to read the great discussion going on below in the comments

The Efficacy and Safety of The Flu Vaccine

Vaccinations: A Choice or a Mandate? Part I

Vaccinations: A Choice or a Mandate? Part II

9 Questions that Stump Every Pro-Vaccine Advocate and Their Claims

For more information on the Andrew Wakefield case, read The British Medical Journal Shows Misjudgement, Bias In Further Attack on Andrew Wakefield

Please check back on Thursday, January 12th, 2010 when you can read the story of a mother with an autistic son who developed the syndrome after receiving immunizations, in her own words.