IF VACCINES HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP TO AUTISM, WHY DID THE DOJ HARASS A PRO-VACCINE RESEARCHER WHO CAME TO CONCLUSIONS THEY DIDN'T LIKE?
It's no surprise that 'climate change' was number one on the World Health Organization's list of "The Top Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019," but guess what else made the show? "Vaccine hesitancy" --- a phenomenon whose proponents here in America are otherwise known by their most vocal and militant detractors as ANTIVAXXERS.
"Vaccine hesitancy – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate despite the availability of vaccines – threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases. The reasons why people choose not to vaccinate are complex; a vaccines advisory group to WHO identified complacency, inconvenience in accessing vaccines, and lack of confidence are key reasons underlying hesitancy. Health workers, especially those in communities, remain the most trusted advisor and influencer of vaccination decisions, and they must be supported to provide trusted, credible information on vaccines."
As seen over and over in my EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE column, there is an underlying but unasked question raised by this paragraph --- a question that needs to be asked in a slightly different manner. Why wouldn't people be reluctant to have their children (or themselves for that matter) vaccinated on a schedule that contains many times the number of inoculations (i.e. many times the TOXICITY) than when I was a kid? In fact, I would argue that the most significant of the "complex" reasons for questioning vaccines isn't even listed --- fear. People are afraid that those in power (big pharma, big government, big healthcare, big etc) are LYING TO THEM; in many cases for reasons that could only be described as purely financial (see first link in this paragraph).
A few days ago, just after putting a post on ALUMINUM ADJUVANTS on Facebook, I came across SHARYL ATTKISSON'S piece for The Hill titled How a Pro-Vaccine Doctor Reopened Debate about Link to Autism (HERE). Before I continue let me go on record and say that I do not believe that all autism is vaccine-related, nor do I believe that vaccinations have the potential to harm all infants and children equally and in exactly the same manner (HERE).
There is, however, too much evidence to completely dismiss them as the 'bigs' I mentioned earlier would argue. And just who might get autism from vaccines? Certain children (a 'subset' of children) that we don't, at least at this point, completely understand the reasons for (MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTIONS, though, are always at the top of the list). After reading Attkisson's article it seems that Dr. Andrew Zimmerman feels similarly. In a sworn affidavit that can be read in its entirety over at REAL FARMACY, he states...
"I explained that I was of the opinion that there were exceptions in which vaccination could cause autism. More specifically, I explained that in a subset of children with an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic energy reserves, could, and at least in one of my patients, did cause regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder."
For the record, Zimmerman is not, like many would call me, an 'antivaxxer' crackpot. He is a renowned pediatric neurologist, professor, and researcher (Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, UMASS, you get the point), with a curriculum vitae that's (gulp) 26 pages long (see previous link). He also happens to be 'pro-vaccine'. However, after making the statement above to DOJ attorneys back in 2007 he was removed as the case's expert witness (he was working for the VACCINE COURT), with them choosing never to use him again. What I found surprising was that the case Zimmerman was involved with pertained not to a single case of autism, but to "a group of 5,000 vaccine-autism cases" all being 'tried / decided' together. What's less surprising is that this mess was hidden from the public.
"Once the DOJ lawyers learned of his position, they quickly fired him as an expert witness and kept his opinion secret from other parents and the rest of the public. What’s worse, he says the DOJ went on to misrepresent his opinion in federal vaccine court to continue to debunk vaccine-autism claims."
And we wonder why people have problems trusting the powers-that-be in government and industry, which in far too many cases have morphed into the same monster (HERE). Allow me to shift gears for a moment. Because when I listen to music I'm either listening to BLUEGRASS, 80's, AOR, or some sort of CCM, I was not familiar with the band, Owl City. I was introduced several years ago, while working out with my son (he was about 12 at the time). I let him choose the music and he had a catchy song called GOOD TIME playing on the stereo in our gym.
It was only recently, however, that I learned that Owl City's founder and lead singer, Adam Young, has a form of AUTISM know as Asperger's Syndrome. Like many with Asperger's, he was gifted with an area of genius --- in his case musical genius. Although the modern hymn In Christ Alone was penned in 2001, take a listen to Adam Young's version he released nearly a decade ago at age 24. And if you appreciate today's post, be sure to like, share, or follow on FACEBOOK as it's arguably still the best way to reach the people you love and value most.
AUTISM & THE ENVIRONMENT
BUT DOES IT MAKE SENSE THAT VACCINE-BASED TOXICITY
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Again; I realize that posts like this are difficult for some people to wrap their minds around. But if you know someone who needs to see this information, make sure they see it. The best way to reach those you love and care about most? Try liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOU CAN TRUST THE CDC.....
Trying to find out exactly what happened in the Brian Hooker / William Thompson saga is nearly impossible. Hooker has been touted by some as a the "anti-vaxxer's" messiah, while others say he is a self-serving quack. Today I'm going to give you the gist of the story and let you decide. Dr. Hooker, who has both masters and doctorate degrees in biochemical engineering from Washington State University (1988 & 1990), also happens to be the father of an autistic son. He's got several patents in genomics (he led a large genomics lab for many years), was the winner of several major professional awards, and is currently a professor at Simpson University in Redding, California. He is most famous (or infamous depending on your point of view) for having a study retracted. And not just any old study mind you, but a study on the link between vaccines and autism.
The journal, Translational Neurodegeneration, that originally published the study he was lead author on (his research showed an association between AUTISM and the MERCURY-BASED preservative called THIMEROSAL), reversed course in September of 2014 by publishing a retraction (Retraction Note: Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination Timing and Autism Among Young African American Boys: A Reanalysis of CDC Data). The entire thing is found below.
"The Editor and Publisher regretfully retract the article as there were undeclared competing interests on the part of the author which compromised the peer review process. Furthermore, post-publication peer review raised concerns about the validity of the methods and statistical analysis, therefore the Editors no longer have confidence in the soundness of the findings. We apologize to all affected parties for the inconvenience caused."
What was the conflict of interest? For one, Hooker, in similar fashion to DR. AMY DAVIS (M.D.) of Crossing Back to Health clinic in West County (St. Louis) --- a FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE SPECIALIST dealing with, among other things, vaccine-damaged children (she had two of her own children become autistic after receiving their shots) --- has spent over 15 years using the Freedom of Information Act to dig up CDC documents showing that the link between vaccines and autism has been known about and purposefully hidden for decades. Not surprisingly, the "stuff" really started hitting the fan when Dr. Hooker testified before a Congressional Hearing on November 29 of 2012. You can read the transcript online at any number of sites, but suffice it to say that the CDC looked none too honest after Hooker spoke of the massive cover-up he had discovered. Enter William Thompson.
Dr. William Thompson was a Senior Scientist and Epidemiologist at the CDC (Immunization Safety Branch), who heard about Hooker via these hearings. Thompson contacted Hooker a year or so later, providing him with thousands of pages of "proof," that if nothing else, showed the CDC was guilty of data-mining and manipulating study results --- the same kind of "tricks of the trade" I have spoken of in my dozens of posts on "EVIDENCE-BASED MEDICINE".
Although all of this is old news, I dredged it up because of a short piece by Hooker that was published in the brand new issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (CDC Data Manipulation Exposed: Four Years Later). Depending on who you believe, Hooker "betrayed" Williams and went public with the information Williams gave him, eventually leading Thompson to retract much of what he said (although I do believe he is currently under the protection of the Whistle Blower act). Like I said, it's tough to figure out exactly what happened. But we get the general idea.
Hooker began his article by talking about the two books (Vaccine Whistleblower and Inoculated) and movie (VAXXED) that were written about this ongoing narrative. He also discussed the fact that there are complete transcripts of the forty or so calls he had with Thompson, along with something like 10,000 pages of research data that Thompson turned over to him. I would suggest you read the article for yourself --- it's a five minute read (HERE) --- but can be summed up in a few short sentences.
"Dr. Thompson revealed to me the gross bias of CDC leadership in covering up for vaccines at all costs. Yet, these individuals remain in place in their comfortable leadership jobs at CDC, despite the revelation of data manipulation. This destroys confidence in the CDC’s assurances of the safety of the now-bloated vaccine schedule and instead shows its leaders’ dedication to protecting their institution at all costs."
Although Hooker goes on to give numerous examples (including significant BRIBES in the form of questionable pay raises), the last sentence above begs a question; what institution is the CDC talking about here? In other words, why would a governmental organization such as the CDC care one way or another what these studies show? It's not like they have a stake in the failure or success of Big Pharma? Or do they? Unfortunately, it's an open secret that there is a REVOLVING DOOR between some of the government's alphabet soup of watchdog organizations (USDA, CDC, VAERS, NIH, etc, etc, etc) and industry. Work your way through the ranks and eventually you'll be rewarded with a high-paying job for a PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY or similar.
There are many like Hooker who have had their lives turned upside down (or at least been vilified as quacks) when they publicly acknowledged there might be a problem with (this drug, that drug, vaccines, medical devices, insert almost anything you want here______________). What about DEAN BURK? Or ROYAL LEE? or HUGH FUDENBERG? Or ROBERT BECKER that I talked about just a couple days ago? Or STEPHANIE SENEFF, or TERRY WAHLS, or tens of thousands of others?
What's interesting is that as time goes on, these and many like them continue to be vindicated. Although there are two sides of this issue, what's become unarguable is that the CDC has been using your tax dollars and their almost absolute power to viciously go after and persecute / prosecute those they disagree with for any reason, valid or not. In fact, I recently showed you just how severe it can be, if, in the eyes of peers / government, you are a researcher who comes up with findings that fall on the wrong side of this argument (HERE) --- especially with the mountains of new information coming out on ALUMINUM ADJUVANTS.
Although you can find plenty of stories showing that Hooker and Thompson were both quacks and weirdos (Thompson has been portrayed by some as mentally unstable, chronically depressed, and easily manipulated), most of these tend to come from outlets like GORSKI'S, who has written ten or twelve on the subject. HERE and HERE are a couple interesting (and abbreviated) accounts of the story. Oh, and make sure to read how discredited CDC vaccine researcher, Poul Thorson (MD / Ph.D), figures into the picture by reading Robert Kennedy's piece for the HuffPo (Central Figure in CDC Vaccine Cover-Up Absconds With $2M).
My sincerest desire is that an article like this forces you, as a parent or parent to be, to dig into this issue on your own. Don't believe me, and certainly don't believe your doctor. Do your own research and come to conclusions that you can live with. And make sure to get this material in front of those you love and care about most by liking, sharing, or following on FACEBOOK.
IS FLU SEASON REALLY GOING TO BE EARLY THIS YEAR AND IS IT
REALLY GOING TO BE THE WORST FLU SEASON IN RECENT MEMORY?
The NewDaily said, "Early Flu Outbreak Could Signal the Worst Season on Record." Not to be outdone, The Telegraph carried this headline; "NHS Fears the Worst Flu Season in History." Just weeks ago, the Cape Cod Health News warned readers that "Flu Season is Here and it Could be a Nasty One." Out West, CBS Channel 2 warned its viewers that "Idaho's Flu Season Could be One of the Most Severe in Recent Memory." Oxford University Press (their motto is Academic Insights for the Thinking World) warned over two months ago that people should be, "Bracing for the Worst Flu Season on Record." Not wanting to be left out, the Daily Mail was even more dire in their warnings, saying that "America Faces One of the Worst Flu Seasons Ever as Doctors Warn the Vaccine is Only 10% Effective this Year..." And finally, Medical Express dot com revealed the not-so-hidden meaning behind these kinds of headlines; "With Severe Flu Season Lurking, Shots a Must."
An article from Tuesday's edition of MedPage Today by medical reporter Helen Branswell (Prepare for an Early Flu Season: Just in Time for the Holidays) is not much different. Take a gander at a few cherry-picked sentences from her article.
"If you have been planning to get a flu shot but just haven't gotten around to it yet, the time to act is now -- especially if you hope to be healthy at Christmas. Older adults may face double whammy. There are a number of different types of flu viruses, and they don't all hit equally hard. The type that is responsible for most of the illness, at least at the moment, is called H3N2. What makes that especially troubling is that the influenza B viruses currently making the rounds are also particularly hard on older adults. This year's flu shot isn't going to be ideal. A commentary published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine pegged the preliminary vaccine effectiveness estimate for the H3N2 component of the vaccine at 10%. Why bother getting the shot? ...some protection is better than none. Public health officials in U.S. and Canada have urged them [doctors] to prescribe antiviral drugs if that [flu] happens to a patient who has chronic illnesses. Flu infection can be very severe and even fatal in someone with heart or lung disease or who has a weakened immune system. Antiviral drugs should be taken within a 48-hour window of the onset of flu symptoms."
Branswell's piece is wrong on so many levels; so what I want to do now is show you why it's largely a propaganda piece as opposed to a solid reporting of the facts. Let's start with the end of her stament concerning the antivirals people are supposed to take. This is talking about a drug called Tamiflu / Oseltamivir. Not only did my brother, an ER physician at a large Midwest hospital, mention Tamiflu in a very cool letter he wrote to one of his professional journals (HERE is his very short article), but I've previously mentioned it as well (HERE). Why? Because it shortens the average course of the flu by (gulp) less than 10%.
Furthermore, Branswell specifically mentions older folks as being at heightened risk. She is correct here. The fact is, older folks are at a heightened risk for just about everything. And once they become what is known in the medical field as "the frail elderly," their chances of dying of the next infection they get, whether it be a cold, a cough, bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia, skyrockets. This is the main reason that the DEATH STATISTICS for flu (they are usually touted as between 36,000-52,000 annually) are little more than a scare tactic used by BIG PHARMA to sell more shots. How do we know this?
A few years back, COCHRANE, a loosely-knit group of thousands of physicians and researchers worldwide, who take studies on certain topics and crunch the data to make sense of it as a whole (they are almost universally considered to be the 'gold standard' of medical review), revealed something so shocking that few people --- especially our geriatric population --- are aware of it because it is not widely reported. The flu shot for the elderly population (over 65) is totally worthless / ineffective (HERE). And if this fact is reported, it is always with an addendum warning everyone else to get vaccinated to protect our vulnerable senior citizens (especially children). The problem is, according to another review by Cochrane, flu shots are no more protective against flu for the under-19 crowd than they are for the over-65 crowd (HERE).
One of the best proofs of this came by way of a study that was done by a group of public health officials and epidemiologists working in tangent with the CDC's Influenza Division down in Atlanta. The study (Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in the Community and the Household), published in one of the Oxford Journal's numerous peer-reviewed publications (Clinical Infectious Diseases) came to some conclusions that were so shocking that calling them shocking would be a major understatment. After looking at "328 households with 1441 members, including 839 children," for an entire year (2011) these authors determined that there was a difference of 4/10ths of one percentage point between those who received flu vaccine and those who didn't.
"Influenza was identified in 78 households and 125 individuals. The infection risk was 8.5% in the vaccinated and 8.9% in the unvaccinated. Substantially lower effectiveness was noted among subjects who were vaccinated in both the current and prior season. There was no evidence that vaccination prevented household transmission once influenza was introduced; adults were at particular risk despite vaccination. Vaccine effectiveness estimates were lower than those demonstrated in other observational studies carried out during the same season. The unexpected findings of lower effectiveness with repeated vaccination and no protection given household exposure require further study."
This is interesting because numerous studies have shown the very same thing --- that not only is the effectiveness of flu vaccines in the toilet across the board (HERE), if you got a flu shot last year, this year's shot is going to be even less effective (HERE). In other words folks, these vaccines against flu virus admittedly do not do what they continue to be touted to do --- prevent the flu. Back to Branswell's previous quote. Despite the 2017-2018 flu vaccine's efficacy estimate being admittedly crappy, she hits readers with another statement that we've gotten used to hearing every year. 'Hey, the vaccine might only be X% effective, but at least it's better than nothing' ("some protection is better than none").
Once you understand the way these shots actually work; via purposefully-driven inflammatory responses created by aluminum adjuvants (HERE), you might start singing a different tune --- especially if nasty little diseases like ALZHEIMER'S or AUTISM concern you at all. That's right folks, the flu vaccine has an accumulative effect, mostly due to the aluminum salts used as adjuvants. In case you think that I'm blowing smoke, take a listen to this short little video from expert on the effects of aluminum on biological systems; Professor Chris Exley.
DR. CHRIS EXLEY
CARGO OF ALUMINUM
Dr. Exley, a Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University in Staffordshire, England, is one of the world's foremost experts on the many ways that aluminum screws up living systems --- particularly neurological tissues, and most particularly the brain (his Ph.D is in aluminum excitotoxicology from Scotland's University of Stirling, and he has been researching the subject for 35 years). Just a couple of short weeks ago, the Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology published a study by Exley and his team of researchers called Aluminum in Brain Tissue in Autism. Here are some of the cherry-picked results that were determined after measuring the aluminum content of samples of brain tissue of autistics (ages 15-50) obtained from the Oxford Brain Bank.
"Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder.... suggested to involve both genetic susceptibility and environmental factors including in the latter environmental toxins. Human exposure to the environmental toxin aluminum has been linked, if tentatively, to autism spectrum disorder. The aluminum content of brain tissues from donors with a diagnosis of ASD was extremely high. The mean aluminum content for each lobe across all individuals was towards the higher end of all historical measurements of brain aluminum content, including dialysis encephalopathy. We recorded some of the highest values for brain aluminum content ever measured in healthy or diseased tissues in these male ASD donors. What discriminates these data from other analyses of brain aluminum in other diseases is the age of the ASD donors. Why, for example would a 15 year old boy have such a high content of aluminum in their brain tissues? There are no comparative data in the scientific literature, the closest being similarly high data for a 42 year old male with familial Alzheimer’s disease."
On a related note, I find it "interesting" that in June of 2012, about the same time that Exley was embarking on this line of research, a freezer malfunction at Harvard University destroyed a significant part of the world's largest collections of autistic brains. According to CBS News (Freezer Malfunction Thaws 150 Brains at Harvard Research Hospital), "An official at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., discovered that the freezer had failed in late May without triggering alarms. Inside, 150 thawed brains had turned dark from decay. About a third of them were part of a collection of brains of people with autism. Dr. Carlos Pardo, an associate professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University, tells the paper that the damage could slow autism research by a decade." Honest accident? I wasn't there so don't really know. What I do know is that the sort of work Exley and others like him are doing is not allowed / heavily discouraged in the States. Furthermore, if there is any way to "slow down" or stop this sort of research from taking place or being published, BIG PHARMA will be all over it.
Before winding things up, I want to briefly discuss a topic that Dr. Exley talks about on some of his numerous YouTube videos --- excitotoxicity (the subject of his doctorate). When I hear the word excitotoxicity or "EXCITOTOXIN," I automatically think of Dr Russell Blaylock, the Mississippi neurosurgeon who wrote the book on ASPARTME and MSG around 1990, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. If you want to understand how aluminum in vaccines is causing MICROGLIAL ACTIVATION and subsequent MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION, be sure to read Blaylock's short article on the subject called Dr. Blaylock on Mitochondria and Vaccines. By the way, expert in the field of mitochondrial function and dysfunction, Dr. Chandler Marrs, is working on a guest post for my site that will help shed some light on why mitochondrial function is of critical importance to health.
The bottom line is that what the media is telling you about the flu and the many VACCINES AGAINST THE FLU is hype. And if we really do run into a flu epidemic / pandemic, which sooner or later is going to happen (HERE), it's HEALTH BY HYGIENE that is going to save us; not a vaccine. Be sure to stay tuned because some time before the new year I am going to do a post showing you why rampant mutation of flu viruses means flu vaccines are a pipe dream, as well as the fact that despite what your doctor may have told you, you can get the flu from the flu shot --- something I hear people complaining about regularly / frequently.
GUT HEALTH, BRAIN DYSFUNCTIONS, AUTISM, AND CHRONIC INFECTIONS / DYSBIOSIS
This thought process was once again confirmed when a husband and wife team made up of Harvard Medical Professor, Dr. Huh Jun-ryeo, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Dr. Gloria Choi, worked together on a pair of similar studies showing how autism is related to Gut Bacteria (MICROBIOME). While this is certainly not news (see link in previous paragraph), what is news is the fact that they actually discovered the exact part of the brain that these bacteria are affecting --- S1DZ. Here is what Dr. Choi's team of 15 researchers concluded concerning S1DZ from their cherry-picked abstract in last month's issue of Nature.
Viral infection during pregnancy is correlated with increased frequency of neurodevelopmental disorders, and this is studied in mice prenatally subjected to maternal immune activation (MIA). We previously showed that maternal T helper 17 cells promote the development of cortical and behavioural abnormalities in MIA-affected offspring. Here we show that cortical abnormalities are preferentially localized to a region encompassing the dysgranular zone of the primary somatosensory cortex (S1DZ). Moreover, activation of pyramidal neurons in this cortical region was sufficient to induce MIA-associated behavioural phenotypes in wild-type animals, whereas reduction in neural activity rescued the behavioural abnormalities in MIA-affected offspring. Sociability and repetitive behavioural phenotypes could be selectively modulated according to the efferent targets of S1DZ.
What does this mean in English? Follow along. Mom gets some kind of virus while she's pregnant. Truth is, she might never even realize she was infected since it's likely as not she didn't exhibit severe symptoms. Regardless, said infections have the potential to activate her immune system in the form of something known as T-17 CELLS (this system causes pre-programmed cellular death -- HERE), which in turn stimulates a very specific part of the brain --- the somatosensory cortex. Overactivate or overstimulate this area and you'll end up with aberrant behaviors --- behaviors that these authors describe as being repetitive and affecting social interaction. If you've ever been around autistics, you know that these are the behaviors that seem to characterize them most.
What does the somatosensory cortex (S1DZ) of the mouse brain do? According to a study published in a 2004 issue of The Journal of Neurophysiology (Two Distinct Regions of Secondary Somatosensory Cortex in the Rat: Topographical Organization and Multisensory Responses), this part of the brain is responsible for, "the integration of somatosensory information with information from other sensory modalities. In this study, we used auditory, somatosensory, or combined auditory/somatosensory stimuli." Again; what are the very things that autistic children have issues with? Neurologically coordinating sensory input (sight, smell, touch, sound, taste, etc). Because these brain systems are not working properly in autistics, it's easy to send them into overload.
The paper by Dr. Huh (Maternal Gut Bacteria Promote Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities in Mouse Offspring) showed similar findings (much of the technical stuff is the same, or at least similar, so I am leaving it out. "In humans, epidemiological studies suggest that exposure of fetuses to maternal inflammation increases the likelihood of developing autism spectrum disorder. Pregnant mice that had been colonized with human bacteria that induce intestinal TH17 cells were more likely to produce offspring with MIA-associated abnormalities. Overall, our data suggest that defined gut commensal bacteria with a propensity to induce TH17 cells may increase the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in the offspring of pregnant mothers undergoing immune system activation owing to infections or autoinflammatory syndromes." And not only this, but when his team stimulated areas of the brain that receive input from S1DZ, they were able to ''reverse the sociability deficits [and] halt the repetitive behaviors". Super cool, but we can't stop now.
Because of the controversy surrounding VACCINES as related to AUTISM, the question that must be answered is whether it's possible for the nasty chemicals and metals found in most vaccines (MSG, formaldehyde, ALUMINUM, MERCURY, and an array of others), not to mention things like GLYPHOSATE that we are essentially being bathed in, to cause disruptions of the normal commensal bacteria (Gut Flora)? Although a simple Google search gives us mountains of information on the topic (my site has quite a bit as well), let's look at a 2015 study from the oft-maligned MIT professor, Dr. Stephanie Seneff (the title alone --- Aluminum and Glyphosate Can Synergistically Induce Pineal Gland Pathology: Connection to Gut Dysbiosis and Neurological Disease --- should tell you where this is going). Citing almost 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers in her bib, Dr. Seneff concluded....
Many neurological diseases, including autism, depression, dementia, anxiety disorder and Parkinson’s disease, are associated with abnormal sleep patterns, which are directly linked to pineal gland dysfunction. The pineal gland is highly susceptible to environmental toxicants. Two pervasive substances in modern industrialized nations are aluminum and glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup. In this paper, we show how these two toxicants work synergistically to induce neurological damage. Glyphosate disrupts gut bacteria, leading to an overgrowth of Clostridium difficile. Its toxic product, p-cresol, is linked to autism in both human and mouse models. p-Cresol enhances uptake of aluminum via transferrin. Anemia, a result of both aluminum disruption of heme and impaired heme synthesis by glyphosate, leads to hypoxia, which induces increased pineal gland transferrin synthesis. Premature birth is associated with hypoxic stress and with substantial increased risk to the subsequent development of autism, linking hypoxia to autism. Glyphosate chelates aluminum, allowing ingested aluminum to bypass the gut barrier. This leads to anemia-induced hypoxia, promoting neurotoxicity and damaging the pineal gland. Both glyphosate and aluminum disrupt cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are involved in melatonin metabolism. Furthermore, melatonin is derived from tryptophan, whose synthesis in plants and microbes is blocked by glyphosate. We also demonstrate a plausible role for vitamin D3 dysbiosis in impaired gut function and impaired serotonin synthesis. This paper proposes that impaired sulfate supply to the brain mediates the damage induced by the synergistic action of aluminum and glyphosate on the pineal gland and related midbrain nuclei.
What can I really say about this study that she didn't already say? For starters, there are many studies linking autism to issues with serotonin production (HERE), one going all the way back to 1977 (I was 10 for Pete's sake). Neither is it difficult to find studies linking metals to dysbiosis (HERE are several from a NZ dentist). Dr. Seneff goes on to invoke things like INTESTINAL PERMEABILITY and other LEAKIES, DYSBIOSIS, HYPOXIA, ANEMIA, BIOTRANSFORMATION, C. DIFF (the chief reason doctors prescribe FMT's) and others. And just like the other studies discussed today, all of it drives INFLAMMATION and is driven by inflammation And here's the rub.
I sometimes sound like a broken record, but the word "inflammation" is used so often in our society that that I find most people don't have a clue what it really is. Oh, they think they understand what it is, but I would be willing to guess that in my little town of 3,000 people, you would be hard-pressed to find a handful of people (doctors included) who could adequately explain it. Unfortunately, if you don't know what inflammation is, as well as the reasons it can be both good and bad --- sometimes at the same time --- it's hard to formulate a plan for at least slowing it down and managing it. Fortunately, you won't need to re-invent the wheel. There are simple protocols that can completely "cure" some of you, help many of you, and even if they don't seem to be helping, will not likely cause ugly side-effects seen in so many of today's pharmaceuticals (HERE).
I get it; you might need to visit a SPECIALIST IN FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE. However, once you realize that the vast majority of disease process and even chronic pain share the same common denominators (HERE), a simple-to-understand DIY PROTOCOL like this begins to make more sense. As is always the case, be sure and check in with your doctor first; wouldn't want you doing anything without that big white-jacket 'Thumbs Up' now, would we. And in light of what we learned today; if you happen to be a pregnant mother (or for that matter, a woman who might become pregnant), do you really want that ridiculous flu shot (HERE)?
BRAND NEW RESEARCH SHOWS THAT AUTISM IS A KICK TO THE GUT
The October 2014 issue of Bioessays (Altered Brain-Gut Axis in Autism: Comorbidity or Causative Mechanisms?) had this to say about one's MICROBIOME (the total number and species of gut flora living in a particular individual, as well as the sum total of their genes) in relation to autism.
"The concept that altered communications between the gut microbiome and the brain may play an important role in human brain disorders has recently received considerable attention. Gastrointestinal symptoms are a common comorbidity in patients with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), even though the underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. In addition, alteration in the composition and metabolic products of the gut microbiome has long been implicated as a possible causative mechanism contributing to ASD pathophysiology, and this hypothesis has been supported by several recently published evidence models. Recent evidence in one such model is characterized by alterations in behavior, gut physiology, microbial composition, and related metabolite profile....."
In other words, not only do the authors admit that we've known about the Gut / Autism link for a very long time, they believe that the evidence points to the fact that Gut problems are not merely "comorbidites" --- concurrent heath issue that are related to but not caused by --- but are actually "causative". There are numerous studies espousing essentially the same thing. On top of this, many studies indicate that there is a direct relationship --- the worse the autism, the worse the problems with the Gut. Let's see if today's study backs these assertions, and more importantly, if there might be a solution somewhere in the mix.
- GENETICS OR EPIGENETICS IN RELATION TO TOXICITY: This review talked about the relationship between GENETICS AND EPIGENETICS, essentially telling us that while there is definitely a genetic component in as many as 50% of the children with autism, there are a wide array of potential epigenetic triggers. What are these triggers? The authors specifically listed, "dysregulation of the immune system, inflammation, exposure to environmental toxicants, and environmental factors." INFLAMMATION is self-explanatory, and can itself dysregulate immune system function --- not surprising considering we've known for two decades that 80% of the immune system resides in the Gut (HERE). As far as exposure to toxic chemicals, they are legion (HERE is a common one). There is another one we'll talk about at the end of the paper that I don't want to touch on yet. Many autistic kids have problems with their BIOTRANSFORMATION SYSTEMS as well -- problems for which there are now actually tests. Lastly, let me mention that not all "environmental exposures" are bad --- many are both good and vital for health (HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE).
- GI SYMPTOMS: These would include some of the same symptoms commonly seen in those with SIBO / IBS (CONSTIPATION, diarrhea, and gas --- the later two often being extremely foul smelling --- cramps, bloating, and abdominal pain). The authors stated that of these, constipation was the number one symptom, experienced by 85% of those with autism. Oh, they also said, "Furthermore, the observed symptoms are associated with the severity of ASD." In other words, the worse the autism, the worse the Gut symptoms are likely to be.
- PREGNANT MOM'S DIET MATTERS: The authors quoted many studies showing that high fat diets by mom led to various forms of DYSBIOSIS (altered microbiome) in their children. As I have shown you repeatedly, however, I would assert that the amount of fat has far less to do with this phenomenon than the kind of fats being consumed (HERE), as the kind of fats you consume either drive or squelch inflammation. Bear in mind that although this was not talked about (not sure why), we know through mountains of research that SUGAR FEEDS INFECTION, and that dysbiosis is essentially an infection. Honestly, this bullet is a no-brainer. In other words, why would we think for even two seconds that pregnant mom's diet does not matter? Interestingly, one of the only foods specifically mentioned in the entire study was GROUND BEEF --- in a beneficial way. It increased microbiomal diversity.
- ANTIBIOTICS, EITHER MATERNAL OR FOR BABY: I sound like a broken record here, but THIS POST shows you why I believe antibiotics are the single worst thing you can do to your health or the health of your family. "The composition of the microbiota of children who were treated with antibiotics during the first 3 years of life is less diverse in terms of both bacterial species and strains. A population-based cohort study revealed the use of various antibiotics during pregnancy as a potential risk factor for ASD/infantile autism." Because Gut Health is everything, ANTIBIOTICS have the potential to mess up your health (or the health of your child --- born or unborn) in ways that we are only just beginning to figure out.
- DYSBIOSIS IS ASSOCIATED WITH AN ARRAY OF DISEASES AND POOR HEALTH OUTCOMES: I have shown you time and time again that when it comes to your overall health, the HEALTH OF YOUR GUT is everything. Thus, we should not be surprised that anything that causes dysbiosis (HERE are a few of them) has been shown by any number of studies, including this one, to be associated with increased incidence of ASD. I would add one warning here, and that's that ANY AND ALL DRUGS act at least to some degree as antibiotics (they kill bacteria), some much more than others. Quite interestingly, today's study talked about non-bacterial forms of dysbiosis such as MOLDS, YEASTS (Candida), and fungus. Not surprisingly, Candida was heavily associated with ASD.
- BREAST FED -VS- FORMULA FED MATTERS WHEN IT COMES TO AUTISM: I've talked about this before (HERE), but today's study mentions it as well. "The early feeding pattern also influences the gut microbiota of infants and is associated with ASD. Formula-fed infants present an increased species richness accompanied by an overrepresentation of Clostridium difficile (C. DIFF) compared with breast-fed infants. Breast-feeding for more than 6 months is associated with a lower risk of developing ASD. Penn studied infants with an older sibling diagnosed with ASD in the San Diego area and found that breast-feeding might protect the infants against GI symptoms. As an individual's diet diversifies with increasing age, the gut microbiota gradually stabilizes." Along these same lines, not being delivered vaginally (HERE) was a risk factor for ASD as well. One of the ways that cutting-edge birthing facilities are getting around this is to swab C-sectioned babies with secretions from mom's vagina.
- AUTISM IS INFLAMMATORY / NEUROINFLAMMATORY: We already know this, but today's study beat this point like a drum, talking about SPECIFIC INFLAMMATORY MEDIATORS (we collectively refer to these as "inflammation") include cytokines such as, "interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-6, interferon-γ (IFN-γ), and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α)." These are some of the same mediators you will see in almost every inflammatory disease you care to research.
- LEAKY GUT SYNDROME & LEAKY BRAIN SYNDROME: Although it had to do with head injuries caused by whiplash, I showed you how this works just the other day (HERE). For starters, be aware that gut hyperpermeability is considered by these authors to be to top of the mountain as far as understanding autism is concerned. "The fundamental factor underlying the relationships between ASD and the gut is the increased permeability of the intestinal tract of ASD individuals, referred to as a “leaky gut”." And here's the rub; because the mechanisms are essentially the same, infants / children who develop a leaky gut tend to develop LEAKY BRAIN SYNDROME as well (a dysfunctional BBB or Blood Brain Barrier), which allows the inflammation from the bullet above access to the brain. "An increased intestinal permeability results in a higher antigenic load from the gastrointestinal tract. Lymphocytes and ASD-associated cytokines are present in the circulation and cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Subsequently, IL-1β and TNF-α bind to brain endothelial cells and induce immune responses in the brain."
- AUTISM, THE HPA-AXIS, GUT METABOLITES, AND NEUROLOGICAL DEFICIT: Not only is there tons of information out there relating microbiome to brain function in terms of Autism, there is about a hundred times more relating them to virtually any neurological issue you care to name. Be aware that dysbiotic organisms are making chemicals that do some funky things in the body, some of which include, "affect ASD-like behaviors through the vagal pathways; cross the BBB and induce ASD-like behaviors; provoke autistic-like behaviors; results in hyperactivity, repetitive behaviors and abnormal motor movements; similar to the behavioral and electrographic changes detected in humans with ASD; leads to impaired social behavior; alters neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine; impairs learning and increases depression-like behaviors; shows abnormal social behaviors, nonstandard communication, and repetitive behaviors...." I cherry-picked these from across several paragraphs, but believe me when I tell you that this is a tiny fraction of what's in there.
This is all great to know --- especially for those of you with very young children or those who may be getting ready to start a family. But what about those of you who already have a child or children with autism? The numbers are massive and growing every day (HERE), with current stats showing 1 in 32 children are autistic. When it comes to autism, the point at where the rubber meets the road is the point that something can be done about it. And although the authors of this study admit that, "At present, there are no effective therapies for ASD," they go on to show that there are any number of studies that are at the very least, promising. I've always said that in regards to the Gut, the restoration effort is two-pronged and involves restoring both the microbiota and the function of the body's barrier systems (cord, gut, brain, nerve, lung, etc, etc). The cool thing is that it is all done in essentially the same manner.
- RESTORING THE MICROBIOME: These authors talked at length about both PROBIOTICS and PREBIOTICS (fiber), mentioning lots of studies showing benefits of both. While I am a huge fan of both, the truth is, for every study showing that probiotics are beneficial, you can find one saying they are not. This is why when the authors discussed FMT (Fecal Microbiota Transplant), they hit the proverbial nail on the head. I truly believe that when it comes to really sick people (this would include a significant portion of those with ASD), FMT blows the doors off of probiotics (HERE'S WHY). There are any number of other things that you can do to help restore microbiome as well, most having to do with diet. These would include yogurt, kefier, kombucha, fermented veggies, etc, etc, etc. My opinion is that making your own (especially if you can get your hands on RAW MILK --- raw goat's milk even better) is the way to go. Why raw? Commercial products are pasteurized, and pasteurization is specifically for the purpose of killing bacteria. Bacteria, folks, is exactly why we want to consume the stuff in the first place.
- RESTORING GUT BARRIER FUNCTION: The authors did not really talk at length about this, assuming I guess, that if you take care of everything else, this bullet will take care of itself, which is frequently the case. The biggest way to do this is by changing your.......
- DIET: This is a biggie --- particularly in an age when HIGHLY PROCESSED CARB-BASED DIETS are the norm. From reading between the lines, my best guess would be that many of these kids have severe CARB ADDICTIONS. These go along with addictions to casomorphins and glutomorphins as shown by other studies (HERE). Of course, the diets I usually recommend for those with autism would be the PALEO (GAPS) or in some cases, KETOGENIC --- always based on WHOLE FOODS. Why? "A gluten-free and/or casein-free diet improves ASD behaviors, physiological symptoms, and social behaviors. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat and low-carbohydrate diet and results in reductions in the total gut microbial counts, increased sociability, decreased repetitive behaviors, and improved social communication in an ASD animal model." Because there is a freaky amount of research on the link between GLUTEN AND NEUROLOGICAL ISSUES, I don't think these authors spent nearly enough time on the subject, considering the numbers of studies on the topic. Just be aware that changing the diets of autistic children can prove challenging simply because this study talked about other studies showing that kids with autism, and particularly if they have Gut issues, tend to be highly picky eaters, rejecting protein, fruits, and particularly vegetables (HERE).
- ANTIBIOTICS: Because research continues to largely point to autism as one of the myriad of dysbiosis-based neurological / psychological pathologies, we should not be surprised that there are those out there who want to treat this creature with ANTIBIOTICS. The problem with this approach is that in similar fashion to C. Diff that I mentioned earlier, the cause and the cure are the same --- antibiotics --- which sets up vicious cycles. The one thing the authors mentioned that made a degree of sense was something called MTT (Microbiota Transfer Therapy), which is essentially an FMT preceded by two weeks of antibiotic therapy and in some cases COLONIC IRRIGATION or similar. I have not looked to see if it is as effective as FMT's are. I do remember a post from DR. ART AYERS saying that he was not a huge fan of "colon cleanses".
The authors concluded by saying, "multiple studies show that an abnormal gut microbiota is related to ASD. Many recent clinical studies have shown that treatments that regulate the gut microbiota result in improvements in ASD symptoms." This is super cool information for those of you who have autistic children. It means that if you are willing to step outside the box just a little bit, there's hope. The thing you have to remember is that the average therapist / physician who is treating autistic children is practicing way behind the times as far as current peer-review is concerned (HERE), and not likely to be up on much of this. My opinion is that if you ever hope to make any sort of real changes with your autistic child, you'll probably need to follow some of the advice provided in this study.
One final point for those of you who are still in the process of having children and growing your families; remember at the beginning of the post where I said I wanted to talk just a bit more about a particular "environmental toxicant and environmental factor"? There is no way we can control all of the zany amount of pollutants and toxic chemicals we or our children are exposed to on a daily basis. Just remember that no matter what our "TRUST-US" GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES continue to say concerning the autism / vaccine debate, the tide is slowing turning concerning what some of these toxicants might be.
In similar fashion to the way that Dr. Dean Burk was vindicated for decades of assertions that he was derided and criticized for --- that fluoride is indeed a CARCINOGENIC TOXIN ---- we are seeing some interesting studies come to light on things like MERCURY, ALUMINUM, formaldehyde, and other "VACCINE ADJUVANTS," that the government and mainstream medicine continues to say are safe. While these might be safe for many children --- possibly even the majority of our children --- when we start giving infants shots on day one, there is no conceivable way to test children for tolerance to such shots. Test?
Thanks to genetic testing, there are ways to know whether certain aspects of an individual's DETOXIFICATION SYSTEMS are working properly or not --- a huge deal considering the massive number of people with genetic mutations in their methylation pathways (MTHFR) --- some studies are saying as many as 50%. This will make more sense once you actually look at the CDC's own list of goodies commonly found in vaccines (HERE --- things I already mentioned plus formaldehyde, MSG, and others).
I find it interesting how numerous medical researchers are climbing on the autism / BPA bandwagon, for no other reason than, while I feel it's a valid target, it's definitely a politically correct target. Even suggesting the potential that vaccines could be one of many causes of dysbiosis in susceptible children or infants is not going to win you any favors with those funding your research. If he had not passed away a few years back, you could ask one of the 20th century's premier biomedical researchers, DR. HUGH FUDENBERG, whether or not studying vaccines as related to neurological damage has the potential to be career suicide.
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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