Saturday, April 25, 2009

More From Dr.Berger

Dr. Berger's slide show can be viewed here.

My goal is to fill in the gaps for you. The slide show doesn't tell you word for word what he said about the data or the studies, so I want to give as much of that detail as I can. My comments will be in this cool purple color so you can distinguish.

His concerns about vaccines:

  • Are we unnaturally stressing underdeveloped immune systems beyond their capabilities in our effort to prevent children from becoming ill?
  • There are inadequate safety studies for the vaccines that are currently on the market
  • Are we giving too many vaccines too early in life or over a short time span?
  • We do not have a clear understanding of the effects of some of the vaccine components such as: Thimerisol, Aluminum, formaldehyde and human fetal tissue. Nor do we understand how they interact with atypical immune systems and toxins that people are more commonly exposed to (i.e. pesticides, herbicides, water/air pollution, mercury from food, etc)

*Vaccine inserts would typically say that a vaccine contains "0.01% thimerisol as a preservative" which to anyone would seem like a very small amount. When called to testify before the Insitute of Medicine (IOM), Dr. Neil Halsey of Johns Hopkins University, and head of the vaccine recommendation committee that reports to the CDC, went on record as saying "No one ever did the math...No one knows what dose of mercury, if any, from vaccines is safe. We can say there is no evidence of harm but the truth is no one has ever looked".

As a parent, that is truly one of the most disturbing statements I have ever read. Simply inexcusable.

About Thimerisol-

  • It is Ethyl mercury, a neurotoxin.
  • Found in the blood of newborns before Hep B shot, & higher levels after the shot (Journal of Pediatrics, May 2000)
  • in some pre-term infants, mercury levels were 10 times that of term infants
  • Pre-term babies are vaccinated according to chronological age, not gestational age.

*SO-a baby who was 2 months premature would receive on his due date (should have been his birthday) the same shots that a term 2 month old baby received. Same dose. They are not adjusted for weight. A 2 month old gets the same shot as a 5 year old gets for a booster! Dr. Berger told us that. Can you believe it? We dose tylenol and EVERY other drug based on weight and age, but not vaccines. Where is the logic in that?

Mercury/Thimerisol

Typical Exposure for a 2 month old Infant

Hep B 12.5 mcg (micrograms)

DTaP 25 mcg

Hib 25 mcg

Total: 62.5 mcg

Total "SAFE" dose for a 10 lb, 2 month old infant by EPA standards is 0.5 mcg. The average 2 month old received 120 times the limit. **I found out after this original that this data was from 1999. So the vaccines given today should have less thimerisol, depending on manufacture date and shelf-life of the shot**

It is CRITICAL to point out that the EPA is figuring exposure through normal channels such as ingested toxins, inhaled toxins, etc. If a person ingests a toxin, 90% of the immune system is in the gut and it kicks in to 'process' that toxin and escort it out of the body. The liver also works to process the toxin. This is not the case for toxins put directly into the blood stream. By injecting them, the toxins and viruses circumvent the body's natural immune response. So, ingested toxins are generally not as dangerous as ones injected into the bloodstream. THUS begging the question--If 0.5 mcg is the "safe" number for ingested toxins, how low must the "safe" number be for those that are injected?

The unfortunate answer is we don't know. As Dr. Halsey put it, no one has looked.

After exposure to Mercury, the length of time to be eliminated varies for different organs in the body.

Blood & Hair-4-6 Months (SO, if your child has had a negative test for heavy metals in his hair, that means one of 3 things--Either he was not exposed to Mercury/Lead, It has already moved out of the hair, OR--the body isn't methylating (purging toxins) well and the toxins are still in the body, most like in fatty tissues like organs and/or the brain.

Non CNS (Central Nervous System) Organs several years

Brain 20 years

(Boyd Haley, PhD, University of KY, Dept. Of Chemistry)

Lead typically deposits into brain & bone. After exposure to lead, within several months the blood and urine levels will be normal, even if lead is still in the brain and bone (Clarkson, 2002).

This information is important because many parents go to the pediatrician and have a lead test for their kids. Unfortunately, blood, urine and hair tests may not tell the whole story. This is where chelation therapy come into play for some kids with Autism. I do not have personal experience with Chelation therapy, though my dad has gone through it. My kids may receive this treatment down the road, but we are not there yet.

Chelation therapy is highly controversial among mainstream medicine, but as a therapy for Autism, it has the highest response rate of any of the biomedical treatment protocols. It even outperforms the GFCF diet. I believe the percentage he said was 78% response rate, but I have to double check. I only have part of my notes here. If that number is incorrect, I will edit this post and put the correct number in red.

More to come...that's all I have for now.

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