A new report from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) describes 1 in 45 children in the United States has autism.  In 2014, the CDC stated that 1 in 68 children have autism.  In 2012, the CDC stated that 1 in 88 children have autism (Jaslow, 2014).  Dr. Coleen Boyle, the director of the CDC stated in 2014, "The number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise" (Jaslow, 2014).

The overuse of antibiotics have had some known adverse affects within the patient population due to the creation of antibiotic-resistant microbes.  I have created this blog to track the research regarding the gut microbiome and the creation of GI pathology. 

Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants in the body, which helps you stay healthy and prevents disease.  It is produced in the liver and responsible for specific processes in the body, such as tissue building and repair, making chemicals and proteins, and mounting an immune response.  When the body is overburdened by toxins, pollution, medications, infections, radiation etc. glutathione becomes depleted and the individual is unable to effectively detoxify the body. 

Encephalopathy is an umbrella diagnosis that captures disease, damage, or malfunction of the brain (MedicineNet, 2015).  Pediatricians rely heavily on the physical examination of their patients to diagnosis encephalopathy.  Encephalopathy is typically paired with an infection or injury in combination with an altered mental state.  Most providers are not aware that vaccination can cause encephalopathy (discussed later) and wave away parental accounts of mental status changes in their children.  Primary diagnostic testing for encephalopathy is based on medical imaging, such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.  Medical imaging in the pediatric population has a unique set of risks due to the use of sedation to control motion artifact.  Because of sedation risks, diagnostic imaging among pediatrics is mostly avoided unless there is a definite trauma diagnosis.  The purpose of this article is the discussion of a new diagnostic test that measures specific proteins in the blood that indicate swelling of the brain.

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We will see within the media and its propagandists a raging fire of insults, misinformation, slandering, and obfuscation of scientific analysis on the part of vaccine safety. Lurking in the depths of the Internet are something known as social skeptics, but what are social skeptics?

This week in my directed reading in Health Care Ethics there were some enlightening findings regarding patient-centered care, informed consent, and a physician right to terminate the patient-provider relationship.  As I read through the material, I could not help to think of some in my autism community who by informed consent refuse perceived medically indicated treatments being vaccines.


What Happened in the 1980s?

The 1980s recommended vaccine schedule generated problems for the vaccine manufacturers due to product liability lawsuits that resulted in death and long-term disability among the vaccinated.  Due to the financial losses, many pharmaceutical companies decided to drop their vaccine divisions because it was not a financially survivable enterprise.

I have not been able to fully critique this study for myself; however, other researchers have done a very good job asking hard questions about the new primate study that claims their finding prove vaccines do not cause autism.