Are Only Vaccinated Amish Children Autistic?

The incidence of autism in Menonite communities appears to be low. Vaccinations are used, but only 4 or 5 vaccines, and much like the exposure to vaccines the baby-boomers had over 40 years ago when the quality of vaccines was more homeopathic and less vaccinations were administered.

Although the use of thimerosal in vaccinations has dropped, thimerosal is still found in some vaccines. I cannot help but wonder if thimerosal is being used, without disclosure, in the cultures used to grow viruses.

Most, if not all, vaccines contain a form of processed free glutamic acid (MSG), a known neurotoxin. Aschner et al. found that when free glutamic acid is used in combination with mercury, the damaging effects of the glutamic acid are intensified. Dan Olmsted has contributed an interesting report on this issue in the following article:

The Washington Times UPI
April 19, 2005
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050417-052541-5549r.htm

The Age of Autism: Julia
By DAN OLMSTED

LEOLA, Pa., Part 2 of 2. Three-year old Julia is napping when I arrive at the spare, neat, cheerful house on Musser School Road near the town of Leola in Lancaster County.

She is the reason I have driven through the budding countryside on this perfect spring day, but I really do not need to meet her.

In the last column, I wrote about trying to find autistic Amish people here in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, and noted there should be dozens of them -- if autism occurs at the same prevalence as the rest of the United States.

So far, there is evidence of only three, all of them children, the oldest age 9 or 10. Julia is one of them. I found out about her through a pediatrician in Richmond, Va., Dr. Mary Megson. I had been asking around for quite some time about autism and the Amish, and she provided the first direct link.

Megson said she would give my name to this child's mother, who could call if she chose. A few days later the phone rang. It was Stacey-Jean Inion, an Amish-Mennonite woman. She, her husband Brent and their
four children live simply, but they do drive a vehicle and have a telephone. After a few pleasantries, I told her about my trying to find autistic Amish.

Here is what she said, verbatim:

"Unfortunately our autistic daughter -- who's doing very well, she's been diagnosed with very, very severe autism iis adopted from China, and so she would have had all her vaccines in China before we got her, and then she had most of her vaccines given to her in the United States before we got her.

"So we're probably not the pure case you're looking for."

Maybe not, but it was stunning that Julia Inion, the first autistic Amish person I could find, turned out to be adopted -- from another country, no less. It also was surprising that Stacey-jean launched unbidden into vaccines, because the Amish have a religious exemption from vaccination and presumably would not have given it much thought.

She said a minority of Amish families do, in fact, vaccinate their children these days, partly at the urging of public health officials.

"Almost every Amish family I know has had somebody from the health department knock on our door and try to convince us to get vaccines for our children," she said. "The younger Amish more and more are getting vaccines. It's a minority of children who vaccinate, but that is changing now."

Did she know of any other autistic Amish? Two more children, she said.

"One of them, we're very certain it was a vaccine reaction, even though the government would not agree with that."

READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE AT:
http://washingtontimes.com/upi-breaking/20050417-052541-5549r.htm

Posted July 2005 | Permanent Link

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