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Autism and Vaccines: Is There a Tie-In?

Of all the developmental disorders that affect children, autism is perhaps the most vexing: it continues to increase in its rate of diagnosis while its exact cause is still unknown. Although researchers highlight possible genetic contributors, there has long been a suspicion that vaccines can help trigger the disorder in children. With vaccination more widespread than ever, could there be validity to this claim? After all, autism now affects 1 in 68 children, and 1 in 48 boys, who are five times more likely than girls to have the condition. These are alarming figures, especially considering that autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in America.

Given these facts, we can reasonably conclude that environmental influences could be playing a key role in autism's increasing frequency among our children. And although pharmaceutical companies hotly contest the assertion that vaccines are responsible for the upsurge in cases, any responsible parent who cares for their child's safety, happiness and future well-being would want to investigate further. One compound mentioned frequently by autism awareness advocates has been Thimerosal, a mercury additive to vaccines. Thimerosal's use has since been phased out, and the medical establishment and most media contend that it was never dangerous anyway.

So officially the jury is still out on whether vaccines could be a key factor in triggering autism, given that most doctors would say there's not sufficient evidence to back up such a claim. Even so, it stands to reason that any parent who looks out for their children would want to know more about what exactly is being administered to them as medicine. There's unfortunately a long history of unethical and inhumane medical practices and experiments in America, and to blindly assume that such phenomena are just a thing of the past would be foolish for any of us. Do your homework and demand straight answers.

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