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Archive for September, 2010
This article could make one angry if it were not completely ridiculous. Millions of our tax dollars are being spent on a study of “contagious yawning”, and the conclusions are forgone as far as the pseudoscientists who profiteered from the study. They are claiming that since autistic children have no “empathy” then they are not affected by other people yawning in their presence.
Any parent will tell you that autistic kids do yawn contagiously when someone they feel connected to yawns. Any parent will tell you that autistic kids do not lack empathy either. They are in fact deeply affected by suffering anywhere; even the suffering of complete strangers. They may not always show it, or have a way to express it in terms the neurotypical/insensitive majority can relate to.
Let us not confuse the difficulty expressing oneself, common in autism, with lack of empathy. The mainstream medical community is taking a group of individuals who cannot express themselves and is calling them all sorts of names. This is nothing short of character assassination and an expression of deep concerns among the mainstream society. They are afraid that a generation of autistic children will grow up to condemn their ways and set the record straight.
what a shame!
what a shame!
this is an amazing article that describes a software being sold to employers which records all incoming and outgoing data on employee blackberries. It takes in your phone numbers dialed, email sent messages and everything else you do. Big brother wearing a tie dyed t shirt. be weary, be very weary.
It has been a while since I last wrote. I have been occupied with non-essential, non-core affairs which could not be ignored. Nonetheless, this article in the la times caught my eyes today and I wanted to share my take and experience with the possible link of autism and vaccines.
REALITY ABOUT AUTISM & VACCINES
“The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked, and the white-handed is not clean in the doings of the felon… more often the condemned is the burden bearer for the guiltless and unblamed. You cannot separate the just from the unjust and the good from the wicked; for they stand together before the face of the sun even as the black thread and the white are woven together. And when the black thread breaks, the weaver shall look into the whole cloth, and he shall examine the loom also.”
KAHLIL GIBRAN, THE PROPHET PAGE 24
I hope by now in the progress of this book I have convinced you, the reader, that autism is not a disease or a disorder and that it is a natural personality existing on the sensitive side of the personality spectrum. From this perspective no one can claim that there is a cause for autism. When there is no disease there is no cause to be pursued.
I don’t claim to possess any definitive evidence on the case of vaccines in bringing out the autistic personality. Besides, I am not sure if the focus should be on the mercury or the physical trauma of injections or the activation of the immune system that follows or if the problem is a combination of the aforementioned factors. Whatever the reason turns out to be, vaccines do contribute to the behavioral and social deterioration many kids experience after rounds of excessive vaccination. However, I want to say that whatever component of these vaccines is responsible for the deterioration is; it is only bringing the autistic personality out. I assure you it is not creating autism. Vaccines cannot make someone autistic.
Autism is a lifelong personality complex that we are born with. However, among the factors that can make an autistic person more functional or less functional, vaccination rank very high up on the list of factors, which contribute to delay in development and more profound dysfunction.
So much crucially needed energy has been put in the last few years by parents of autistic children to make the medical establishment acknowledge the harm that vaccines has done to their children. The medical establishment would love nothing more than to extend this fight another generation or two. Meanwhile, this energy can be used more constructively to find solutions that will help this generation of kids. When an autistic child sees anger or frustration or sadness in a parent, he thinks that this is the end of his chances for any care or attention. He may even think he is the one to blame for his parents’ feelings. Parental negative emotions reflect deeply on the psyche of autistic children and directly contribute to their troubles.
I understand the frustration and the sadness of the parents. I know you were all wronged. I believe my social development was delayed by some of these same vaccines too. However, I feel really bad when I hear things like, someone has to pay for our children’s troubles. Justice has to be served. We want to get even. This in the last few generations has become the glorified way. If these poor children we are defending were to speak they would teach us all something about justice. They would teach us the difference between justice and mercy. In the footsteps of the great rail-splitter, they would say: “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice” [Abraham Lincoln, at a speech in Washington D.C., 1865].
Everyone must think this statement is advocating mercy for government actions. Far from it; the mercy is meant in favor of the victims. The children who were adversely affected by vaccination need every instance of calm and quiescence around them to catch up with their development. They need to be surrounded by positive loving attitudes untainted by any feelings of anger or revenge.
STRESS OF VACCINATION
Stress at three-month immunization: Parents’ and infants’ salivary cortisol response in relation to the use of pacifier and oral glucose.
Morelius E, Theodorsson E, nelson N Eur J Pain. 2008 May 15
Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Linkoping University, Sweden
The aims of the present study were to investigate (1) whether the salivary cortisol response could be dampened during a routine three-month immunization if the infant received sweet-tasting solution in combination with a pacifier and (2) stress experienced by parents during immunization of the infant. Ninety-eight infants were included into one of four intervention groups: ‘glucose and pacifier’, ‘water and pacifier’, ‘glucose’, or ‘water’. Saliva was collected before and 30min after the immunization. Infants’ crying-time and parents’ self-reported stress (VAS) were measured before and after immunization. Infants in the ‘pacifier and glucose’ group had a significantly smaller change in salivary cortisol than infants in the other groups (F(3,72)=3.1, p<0.05). In the 'glucose and pacifier' group the median salivary cortisol levels decreased 33% after the immunization. In the 'water and pacifier', 'glucose', and 'water' group median cortisol increased with 50%, 42%, and 8%, respectively. No significant differences in crying-time were observed between the intervention groups. If the infant cried before the immunization, the crying-time during the immunization was longer (p<0.01) and cortisol increased more (p<0.05). Median cortisol levels for parents decreased after the immunization (p<0.01). Median VAS increased 50% (p<0.0001) after immunization. First time parents rated higher stress on VAS before immunization (p<0.01). Parents' change in cortisol and VAS were significantly related to infants' crying time. In conclusion, the combination of oral glucose and pacifier dampen infants' salivary cortisol in response to the three-month immunization. NEO-DHARMA: Vaccines may very well play a role in bringing out the autism personality. However if vaccines did not bring out the autistic personality, it will come out anyway following other traumatic experiences Autistic children & adults are some of the most forgiving people who have walked the planet. Parents are well advised to divert all the energy directed toward fighting the government over vaccines into energy directed toward understanding and helping their children instead. All the negative energy and anger this type of legal fights brings to the household is bound to reflect negatively on a growing autistic child and actually further delay development Author: Rami Serhan, MD
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Note: this article is an excerpt of the upcoming book, “PSYCHE-SMART AUTISM”.