Join Dr. Thomas for the Autism Intensive Expert Interview Series!

Autism-Intensive-AllJanuary 10-18: The Autism Intensive

Why the Autism Intensive Summit?

Autism spectrum disorders are the fastest growing developmental disorder in the world today.

In the United States a child is diagnosed every 11 minutes. For the past three decades the rates have increased at an accelerating rate and are currently 1in 68 children; 1 in 48 boys and 1 in 189 girls are affected.

This is the first online Autism Summit. The compilation of experts across multiple disciplines with cutting edge and innovative therapies make this summit unique, with a comprehensive, inclusive, credible approach to a much-debated issue.

Learn from video interviews with Functional  Medicine visionaries and innovators that are experts in root cause resolution. 

Autism spectrum disorders are a complex chronic condition with a large variation in symptoms. The cause remains elusive. A series of scientific studies over the last decade document that the increase is a real and cannot be attributed to better diagnosis.

There is a need to think deeply and objectively about this disorder. We know that multiple body systems are impacted, including: brain, nervous, immune, gastrointestinal, oxidation/reduction, inflammation, and mitochondria

We have assembled an outstanding group of doctors, parents, clinicians, chiropractors, nutritionists, and researchers that can shed light on this complex chronic condition. Our experts discuss the environmental connection and share with you cutting edge information about what you can do to improve the health and well being of your child.

Learn the latest, most up to date information about autism spectrum disorders, including ADHD. Discover how early intervention and treatment, and life-long support can make a difference for individuals with autism and their families.

The real answers are likely not being offered by mainstream medicine. We have traveled the country to interview 35 respected and trustworthy practitioners. It can often seem like there’s no options and no one else to turn to, The Autism Intensive Summit will help you get to the root of dysfunction in you child by giving you information you need to address:

  • Diet, nutrition, supplements, neutraceuticals, pharmaceutical, helminth therapy, essential oils
  • Healing the leaky gut
  • How to detoxify/eliminate heavy metals and environmental pollutants in food, air and water.
  • Treating chronic infections.
  • Hear from parents how they have been able to make dramatic positive changes in their children.
  • Understand biochemical and physiological basis for efficacy of biomedical interventions
  • How to begin a comprehensive approach
  • Body oriented therapies

There are many reasons why we seeing an alarming increase in autism spectrum disorder, by sharing this information we can do something about it! Collectively we know enough to prevent and remediate autism spectrum disorders.

Join Dr. Thomas and Other Guest Speakers This Next Week For The Free Online Summit!

In-Person Interviews with Over 35 Functional Medicine Visionaries

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PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).

 

How to Get Your Oregon Exemption for Vaccines

vaccine3Is your school threatening to kick your child out for missing vaccines?

Have you received the State letter from Immunization Alert informing you of which vaccines your child needs or they will be excluded from school?

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!

We are not living in NAZI Germany. The State does not have the right to force vaccines on your child without your consent and there is a way to get an exemption from the State “mandated” vaccines.

Oregonians for Medical Freedom, (I am a co-chair) succeeded in shutting down SB 442 that would have required all vaccines to attend school. While a law was passed so schools could post how many under-vaccinated or unvaccinated children they have in their school, they are not allowed to post your specific information nor should they harass you as I’m hearing has been happening.

Thankfully we still live in a relatively free country (although those freedoms are fast evaporating as happened in California where children must get all vaccines to attend daycare or school).

If you live in Oregon and you have thoughtfully considered which vaccines to give your child and which to delay or not do at all, then you can get your exemption by watching the State video and printing off a certificate for each of your children. Take this certificate to your school and let them know your child has a constitutionally protected right to an education and that you have met the State requirements for an exemption. Have them make a note of it and you should NOT stand and listen to any non-sense about anything from an uneducated secretary, teacher, or principal. If you have been one of my patients, you almost certainly know a lot more about vaccines, and which ones make sense and which do not, than most doctors in the country let alone non-medical folks!

Here is the link to the video you must watch to get your exemption: http://public.health.oregon.gov/PreventionWellness/VaccinesImmunization/GettingImmunized/Modules/vaccineeducation.htm

 

Dr. Paul

Last Chance To Use Your Tax Credit!!

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Oregon’s Political Tax Credit –
Use it or Lose it by December 31!

It’s your last chance to use your Oregon Political Tax Credit and support medical freedom in Oregon. Your contribution of $25, $50 or even $100 can make a difference to our coalition as we fight to protect our rights to medical freedom and informed consent—and it doesn’t have to cost you anything!

Sound too good to be true? It’s not…

Through our tax system, the state of Oregon gives each tax-paying Oregonian a $50 gift. But you can’t keep it—you either send the money back to the state in taxes, or you donate it to a qualified political action committee like Oregonians for Medical Freedom.

If you file an Oregon tax return, you may be eligible* for the Oregon Political Tax Credit which allows you to make a contribution of up to $100 (married filing jointly, $50 individual filers) to committees like ours and receive every dollar of it back when you file your income tax return next year.

This is not a deduction. It is a tax credit. That means that if you owe money to the state at the end of the year, you will owe up to $100 less. If you are due a refund, your refund will be that much more.

You must use it before December 31, 2015! Donate online today!

You can read more about the Oregon Political Tax Credit on our website here.

*Please note, due to a recent change in Oregon law, individuals with adjusted gross income over $100,000 or joint filers with combined income exceeding $200,000 no longer qualify for the Political Tax Credit. You can consult your tax advisor for more information. 

Should I get the Tdap While Pregnant? Does My Newborn Need the Hepatitis B Vaccine?

DebateQuoteSocratesYou can’t turn on the TV, pick up a newspaper, or surf the internet without coming across the debate about childhood vaccines.

Most of these articles, posts, and testimonials make the vaccine question seem like it’s completely black or white: either you’re reading that vaccines are a miracle and of absolute necessity and you should do all the vaccines the CDC and your pediatrician recommend without question (and that you are “selfish,” and “dangerous” if you do not), or you are discovering websites and columnists who insist that vaccines are all dangerous, vaccines will kill your infant, and all vaccines are bad. These anti-vaccine sites insist that if you want your baby to be healthy, you shouldn’t do any vaccines at all.

Confused?

Whether you’re a first-time parent or you have a gaggle of children already, you may be starting to wonder what to do about vaccines.

You’ve heard over and over that “vaccines are safe and effective,” but something—maybe your Mommy Instinct—is telling you to beware.

It turns out that you’re not alone.

According to a CDC-sponsored study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, “Childhood Immunizations, First-Time Expectant Mothers’ Knowledge, Beliefs, Intentions, and Behaviors,” only 75 percent of new moms plan to do the vaccines according to the CDC schedule.

  • 5 percent of new moms surveyed were planning to spread out recommended vaccinations;
  • 4 percent were planning to have their child receive some vaccines;
  • 5 percent, were undecided about vaccines.

The study also found that about 70 percent of new moms were not familiar with the recommended vaccination schedule and with the number of routinely recommended vaccines.

The study concludes: “Most who were planning to delay recommended vaccinations or were undecided relied primarily on socially available sources of vaccine information, rather than information provided by a healthcare professional. Improved access to vaccine information from healthcare professionals could foster better vaccine-related knowledge…”

I am a healthcare professional. I would like to foster better vaccine-related knowledge among expectant and new parents. I am also a pro-vaccine, pro-informed consent, pro-science pediatrician. I give vaccines in my office every day and I believe that vaccines are one important tool in the medical toolbox to prevent infections that can be dangerous and sometimes even fatal.

I have also seen firsthand how vaccines can cause devastating side effects, both immediately after the injection or by damaging a baby’s long-term immune and neurological health. As much as your doctor may downplay the risk of vaccines—and for most children the risk is small—vaccine injury is real. Some babies and small children can even die as a result of an allergic reaction to vaccines or from contamination in a hot lot of vaccines.

Every vaccine is not right for every baby at the same age.

The CDC schedule is not for everyone.

Questioning the timing, safety, and efficacy of some vaccines does not make you anti-vaccine, selfish, or dangerous.

You are the parent. You have to live with the consequences of the health decisions you make for your baby. Not your doctor. Not the CDC.

The best thing you can do is to make considered vaccine decisions that are logical and make sense based on the medical needs of your family, the prevalence of vaccine-preventable diseases, and the risks, benefits, and efficacy of each vaccine. A top down, one-size-fits-all vaccination policy is not necessarily in the best interests of your baby’s health.

Here’s a secret you don’t see mentioned very often in the mainstream media: In my practice, it is often the best educated and most intelligent parents who question and alter the CDC schedule for their children. These are the moms and dads who read the scientific studies themselves, read the CDC’s website, and turn to other balanced and well referenced resources like the National Vaccine Information Center, Dr. Aviva Romm, M.D.’s website, Dr. Bob Sears, M.D.’s The Vaccine Book and Dr. Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D.’s Your Baby, Your Way.

I find it disappointing and a little baffling that so many pediatricians, OB-GYNs, and family doctors feel threatened by those well-educated and thoughtful parents who choose to delay or forego some vaccines on the current CDC schedule. Though your obstetrician or pediatrician may try to stick to the party line and push the entire schedule on you and your baby despite ample peer-reviewed evidence that this may not be the best choice, you can always say, “No, thank you. I need a little more time to consider. I do not want that vaccine at this time.”

Though I recommend parents follow the CDC schedule for some vaccines, pregnant moms should not get injections with aluminum (Tdap), which is a known neurotoxin that can cross the placenta and may harm your growing baby’s brain. Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease. There is no compelling medical reason to give the hepatitis B vaccine to every newborn in America. Babies born to moms who do not have hepatitis B do not need this vaccine. You should wait until your children is a teenager and is thinking of becoming sexually active or is using intravenous drugs to get the hepatitis B vaccine series. There are numerous other recommendations I would make if I were your child’s doctor. You can learn more at www.drpaul.md and www.drpaulapproved.com.

 

For further information:

 

  1. Watch my video about avoiding toxins and staying healthy during pregnancy.
  2. Read this article by Dr. Cindy Schneider, M.D., on the flu and other vaccines during pregnancy
  3. Educate yourself and your doctor on why you should never give your child Tylenol before or after a childhood vaccine
  4. Find a vaccine-friendly doctor near you

Dr. Paul

PaulThomasDr. Paul Thomas, M.D. is an award-winning Dartmouth-trained pediatrician with nearly 30 years of experience in pediatrics. In addition to being board certified in Pediatrics, he is an expert on addiction and board certified in Addiction Medicine. His practice, Integrative Pediatrics, serves some 11,000 children in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-author of the forthcoming book, The Vaccine-Friendly Plan: Dr. Paul’s Safe and Effective Approach to Immunity and Health—from Pregnancy through Your Child’s Teen Years (Ballantine 2016).