Autism – What Causes It?


The above article as a summary is both great and pathetic. Most doctors and scientists are so focused on trying to find a genetic cause that they miss what is right in front of their noses. Of course, all these variations of brain and developmental challenges (autism, autism spectrum, PDD-NOS, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, encephalopathy, Asperger’s, developmental delays, language delays, hypersensitivities, impaired cognition, etc.) are not caused by one thing.  Parents, if your child suffers from any of these labels (mine do), don’t blame yourself.  Do, however, be open to and aware of the real dangers in front of us so you don’t inadvertently subject a subsequent child to the same fate.

 Last year in the periodical Pediatrics, a study was published showing a 23% chance your next child would be autistic if you had one autistic child already.  I can assure you, it doesn’t need to be so.  In our office, the rate for parents of having a second autistic child is 1/67 or 1.5%.  Why?  We vaccinate differently, we encourage a non-toxic way of living, we encourage certain supplements, and we avoid unnecessary antibiotics.  But the most important thing you can do is to not get the Tdap while pregnant (330 micrograms aluminum), and don’t give your newborn the Hep B vaccine if you, the mom, don’t have Hep B. It contains 250 micrograms aluminum. 

 This week, JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, published a study of over 85,000 children in Norway during the last decade.  The findings showed that those mothers who took folate while pregnant had an autism rate (and yes, this included Asperger’s and PDD-NOS) of 1/1000 and if they didn’t take folate it was 1/500.  Here in North America, most moms take their prenatal, which has folate, but the autism rate is 1/88 or 1/100.  Why?  Look at the Norway vaccine schedule!  They don’t give the Hep B with its 250 micrograms aluminum to newborns who don’t need it!

 Aluminum is a potent neurotoxin. Studies have been published showing that premature newborns should not get more than 4-5 micrograms of aluminum per Kg of body weight per day.  Based on that proof, why would you inject 250 micrograms into a newborn who is not sexually active or using IV drugs (the way we catch Hep B) and whose mother does not have Hepatitis B?  There is no safety-data on injecting aluminum into pregnant women, so imagine my horror when they added that recommendation to the vaccine schedule this past year.  Do you suppose these wise doctors searching for the genetic causes will even think of aluminum when the rates double or triple in the next few years from that added toxin dose to developing fetuses?  

Moms and dads, please just use common sense.  Avoid the toxins you can.  Eat organic, drink filtered water, take your prenatal vitamins, and avoid the Tdap during pregnancy.  Hold off on getting the Hep B for newborns, at least until 2 months and 6 months if there is no risk, and you’ll put your future children at substantially less “genetic” risk!

Dr. Paul


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