I first wrote this blog a year ago and took it down from the old site to move here. I’ve updated and made some edits. It probably should be two separate blogs but… whatever. Take a coffee break in the middle.
Let me start with this: Autism is not one thing. Autism is the manifestation of cellular/organ damage. It’s a list of symptoms (“features”) and if you have enough of them, you win the autism diagnosis. Those “features” are the result of various injuries to the body.
This is the biggest stumbling block to helping the general population realize that vaccines can (and do) cause “autism”. When you understand the individual “features”, or symptoms, of autism, then you can better understand the biological plausibility of vaccines causing “autism”.
Vaccines are known to cause various encephalopathies and those can cause the symptoms that land you the ASD diagnosis.
So vaccines cause autism.
If you refuse to see that, then you refuse to see that turning the ignition key in your car is what starts your engine just because in between the key turn and engine roaring, is a starter (I am sure there are more things but I have the girl-dumb when it comes to cars).
Now that that is out of the way…
Society has changed so much in the last 50-100 years. Chemicals that never existed before are suddenly here. We introduced these things into the world without doing any long term studies. Well… the ‘studies’ are being done. On a mass scale. To all of us, without informed consent –just by existing in the world today.
One thing I read this morning is about the CDC f*cking up and around with Agent Orange claims. One particular passage caught my eye as I was skimming:
“After the date of the congressional hearing with Admiral Zumwalt, Coleen Boyle was listed as part of a study that looked at the prevalence of Viet Nam veterans who had children with spina bifida called “The Embryo Study”. The study showed that those men who had reported a higher exposure to Agent Orange had a higher than normal likelihood of fathering children with spina bifida.”
It caught my eye for many reasons –like the article points out, Coleen is one of the douchebags dicking around our children on the autism issue today. (My words of course 😉 2014 UPDATE: And now we know she perjured herself in front of congress thanks to the CDC Whistle Blower, William Thompson).
But… The other reason it caught my eye… I’ve been taking informal polls on this issue for a while now. Those of us with autistic kids seem to have a disproportionate number of fathers who served in Vietnam or were in the area at the time, OR otherwise exposed to dioxins.
Agent Orange. Agent Orange contains Dioxins. Dioxins are known to damage DNA and result in birth defects to include developmental delay and neural tube defects.
Dioxin exposure is cumulative and never really leaves your body and the average person is already walking around at the “upper allowable limits” for a human.
Toxin exposure can alter DNA
Made me think of MTHFR mutations.
These are mutations that effect the methylation cycle in the body.
They are common in autism.
My son has Spina Bifida Occulta. He and I both have Chiari Malformations where our brains are so freaking large they push out of our skulls. 😉 Yeah it’s like that! –My son has mild Scoliosis too.
Chiari is a common theme in the the daughters of Vietnam vets.
Chiari and Scoliosis and Spina bifida (also common in kids and grand kids of Vietnam vets) are all neural tube issues –MTHFR can explain that. Dioxins mutating the MTHFR genes, causing folate issues in the daughters of Vietnam vets can explain a LOT of this.
Visit Mthfr.net as a jump off for info on this.
Thankfully, these conditions for my son are mild. At least I think the Chiari is mild. The symptoms can overlap with… wait for it… AUTISM! (Features of autism, remember!)
I spoke to a Chiari specialist (who is becoming an Autism/Chiari specialist). He told me that while there are no official numbers, Chiari IS HIGHER IN THE AUTISM POPULATION vs. the general population. I wonder if it’s higher in the military veteran/family population. Because that is my experience as well.
(And side note while I am at it, the number of moms who got the mercury laden versions of the Rhogam shot is MUCH higher in autism populations as well.)
I did the 23andme.com DNA test for myself and my boys… and let me tell you, we are a bunch of mutated MTHFRs. (Yeah, read that as Mother Fuckers, we all do, it’s OK). Gavin has a mild form of spina bifida because all the folic acid I consumed in my pregnancy was damn near USELESS. My youngest didn’t suffer this because I was eating WHOLE foods containing lots of folate during my pregnancy with him. Folate my body can use. My body cannot break down folic acid into the folate form it needs.
Not only did my ASD child have a Vietnam vet Grandpa one my side, his paternal Grandfather was ALSO in Vietnam. Most of Gavin’s mutations are homozygous. He got a dose of mess from me and from his dad.
My child was fucked. He didn’t have a chance once vaccines were injected into his body… with his altered DNA and messed up metabolic pathways and toxic load handed down by his mother. It was the perfect storm.
My youngest son has even worse mutations. Super glad I didn’t vaccinate him.
And NOW they want to start using Agent Orange again… on our crops.. Um… what?
The dioxin issue came into sharp focus in Australia last year, when investigative journalists found high levels of dioxin in supplies of 2,4-D (the same supplier that provides 2,4-D to American customers).
Petition here, for what’s it worth.
We are pummeled with toxins at every turn.
Features of autism?
Vaccines are one cause of systemic damage that causes the body to behave in patterns and ways that we identify as features of autism.
Petro chemicals and how they are processed into our plastics are one cause of systemic damage that causes the body to behave in patterns and ways that we identify as features of autism.
GMO’s are one cause of systemic damage that causes the body to behave in patterns and ways that we identify as features of autism.
Genetic disorders of mutations and deletions are one cause of systemic damage that causes the body to behave in patterns and ways that we identify as features of autism.
We will never be able to scientifically prove ONE cause by today’s standards. Never. But we need to stop this game of semantics and realize that way too many human offspring are being born with developmental malformations and genetic predispositions that need only the addition of an environmental trigger to mess them up for life. And so much in our environment has changed to cause these problems.
To go back 50 years, we need to go back 50 years. We need to completely change our way of life.
Our species is on its way out, I can’t say it loudly or often enough. If you are OK with that… Then keep on this path. Buy 5 soft drinks a day in plastic bottles. Eat poorly, the GMOs and processed foods and spend all your time sick and all your money on medicine that is shortening your life. Get your vaccines instead of just staying healthy and eating right. Enjoy all your electronic MUST HAVES –that not only pollute the environment by means of coal fired plants but with electro-smog as well. We are electrical creatures. This IS affecting us. Use up all the oil. Bathe in the radioactive fall out.
Part 2… maybe? I think I was manic when I wrote this last year…
Let’s talk cumulative, generational damage…. shall we?
This looks like a poem:
I still remember being smart.
Being able to read something quickly, comprehend, synthesize, and apply.
After so many vaccines… so many…
Let’s not forget the times I volunteered to be injected with shit at WRAIR to get out of work early –they said it was allergy testing. Maybe it was. Maybe.
After all the mercury fillings…
Various work place chemical exposures…
I’ve paid almost $400 in fines this year because I don’t remember to inspect and register my car –so I keep getting pulled over.
I broke my new lawnmower in May when I got it. I’m going to call them soon to get it fixed. Soon.
My car needs repairs. I’m going to call the mechanic tomorrow to get it in. Tomorrow.
I’ve been going to order DNA tests for all of us to confirm my MTHFR suspicions for over a year. (Did it. I was right.)
My latex allergy reached epi-pen proportions 18 months ago. I finally called my doctor last month about that.
It’s not laziness. I can’t prioritize. I forget. Some days I just can’t handle the effort needed to make a phone call.
Sometimes I have to read shit 10 times and still don’t know what I’ve read…
–This damage is generational. It’s getting progressively worse. My parents generation did OK for the most part. My generation I see struggling. Adult ADHD. Epilepsy. Tourettes. Auto-Immune Disorders. Chronic Inflammation.
I see a generation of Millennials who aren’t doing anything. They didn’t go to college, a ton of them don’t drive. Some don’t work for no good reason… Most of these kids were the first to get the harmful Hep B vaccine at birth, they’re the first offspring of humans brought up on processed foods, they ate GMOs in plentiful amounts. But I see that generation as the “in-betweeners” because not all of them got the Hep B and most did not get the amount of vaccines that kids get now.
But the next generation? Those born from the very late 80s onward… They get it all. Altered DNA, Parental toxic load. GMO/Processed food extravaganza. A dose of Hep B vaccine as a “Welcome to this Cruel World” present, with 36 more vaccines by age 18 months. Fifty-one vaccines by Kindergarten.
I saw two generations above me work all their lives without issue. I saw one generation above me go a good 30-35 years before falling apart. I put in a good 15 years before life unraveled for me. I know 20-somethings who held jobs for 5 years before their brains and bodies just couldn’t go back. My son will never work a day in his life.
I can’t imagine what the next generation looks like. What are we going to have 50 years from now? When I am 88 years old who will be taking care of all the ill, elderly and disabled when there are no healthy people left?
I was reading an article a month or so ago about Gen X vs. Millennials… I read a couple, so maybe in my head they are bleeding together. It had some good points. But one thing bothered me. The author basically said that we Gen X’ers need to put down our kitting and home soap making and canning and go out and lead the world. No statement in recent history brought on such feelings of ambivalence. Part of me wants that very much… to go out there and shake you all by the shoulders and get you to listen. Part of me thinks the world and species are too far gone. I need to knit and garden and make my own soap… and teach my kids the basic homesteading and survival skills that they are going to need in a disastrous future –that is more near than you think. Our civilization is collapsing. Do I waste my time trying to convince you too?
Are we OK with damage control and trying to make sure our kids will lead happy and healthy lives? Pack it up and call it a day?
I very much want to have a conversation with my 9 year someday where I beg him to not have children. Because his life will likely be OK on this planet. But I don’t think the lives of my Grandchildren would be. Or is there more we can do. Are there enough of us seeing the iceberg in time to steer away the ship?
‘Autism’ is the sum of all the parts.
Society is collapsing. The human extinction has begun.
Start here. Watch this. –Go pee first so you don’t piss your pants from fear. It’s the documentary “The Disappearing Male”, which I can’t share often enough.
Read this too, look at the photos. Think of Autism while you do. It’s a five part series on Agent Orange and Vietnam. To me, the photos of the affected kids… a lot of them have similar postures of “autistic” kids. Also, read about the two daughters with Chiari.
[Update 2014: That article link doesn’t work anymore. I am leaving this in the blog as a reminder to myself –Going to dig around and try to find the story. It was an amazing story on the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam and back home.]
7 thoughts on “Autism. Agent Orange. Dioxins. MTHFR. Oh my.”
Your writing and general style is AMAZING. I would have never thought one could successfully combine a discussion of autism with humor, but somehow you’re doing it. Its a breath of fresh air (though your kitten picture/caption actually made me tear up). Please keep it up. Know that whatever damage all this garbage has caused your body and that of your children, your mind still shines. Can’t wait for the next post!
Thanks for mentioning MTHFR. I struggled with infertility for 4.5 years. Three doctors later, we discovered my unexplained infertility was resolved with autoimmune/thrombophilia testing and treatment with Lovenox. Boom! We conceived. I have one copy of the C677T allele and my spouse has one copy of C677T and one copy of A1298C. I can now say I am grateful for my fertility stress and struggles. Why? If not for learning about MTHFR, I would have happily stepped forward to vaccinate my daughter without giving it any thought or doing any research. And I am an attorney. Whew. My daughter likely has at least one copy of MTHFR and who knows what other possible gene SNP’s. She has received NO vaccines as a result. I have done a ton of research and reading. I read one study that showed a higher incidence of adverse events from vaccines in those with certain gene mutations, including MTHFR. Luckily, 3 months before conception and during my pregnancy, I took methylated forms of the B vitamins. I also consumed a lot of natural folate. I will never know for certain, but I feel my infertility was a blessing in disguise that helped me avert a possible bullet for my daughter. The general populace, including the medical profession (including the Reproductive Endocrinologists and OB/GYN’s), are mostly unaware of MTHFR and all of its potential health implications.
My oldest has spina bifida occulta, which is extremely mild in him and never caused any symptoms… it was just noted in some imaging exams. They never told me. I found out when I got his chart to read over everything myself. I was of child bearing age and they neglected to tell me this? I had no idea back then that I could eat all the folic acid fortified foods I wanted and take prenatals and still not have enough folate in my system because I can’t break down folic acid. Luckily with my second child –still not knowing what MTHFR was, I was craving a TON of veggies and dark greens. I ate well. And I think that is why he doesn’t have issues when it comes to neural tube development… I have +/- 677 and 1298, as does my autistic son. My youngest is homozygous for 677 –and we all have a ton of related mutations –VDR, COMT, CBS, NOS, MAO etc etc etc –we are a hot mess!! 😉
Very well done!
I stumbled across another of your posts tonight and your writing made me laugh. Then I read this one and I wanted to cry. My dad was hit directly with Agent Orange in Vietnam. He’s been sick ever since and just gets worse. Chiari, heart problems, fibromyalgia, GI dysfunction, Menieres disease, migraines, and learning difficulties are constant problems with him, my sister and both of our children. While we haven’t dealt with autism I am convinced that we all have a MTHFR mutation. Someday I hope to have the money to do the test.
I have symptoms that lead me to believe I have Meniere’s disease. It’s not a frequent thing, but it seems to happen more and more lately… which of course it can progress. I need to look more into it, but I’ve read somewhere that taking b12 can help. And those DNA tests can help you to figure out what kind of B12 you need. Most B12 is everyday vitamins are cyanocobalamin –which is cheap and impossible to break down for those with MTHFR. Look for MB12 –methylcobalamin, which is a more usable form, and yeah a little more expensive but not horribly so. Sometimes you need to try other forms of B12 like HB12 or AB12 –but I think MB12 is the best place to start without having those DNA tests. This is not medical advice of course 😉
You can eat folate rich foods till the cows come home but if you have a double copy of the MTHFR gene you will still be deficient. The enzyme needed to convert folate in the body is deficient.Supplementation with 5 methyl folate, converted folate, preferably by Thorne is the answer. Also clean eating and limited exposure to chemicals. The person with MTHFR does not detox chemicals. It is also dangerous to take nitrous oxide at the dentist’s office. A blood test can determine if you have it. This is usually not covered by insurance. Much has to be learned about this genetic disorder. Information is key.