CAN AUTISM BE PREVENTED ? DO VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM? (Exerp: "Prisma" a materia medica by Frans Vermeulen pps: 912-913):
The Merck Manual defines Infantile Autism, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder [ASD] as "a syndrome of early childhood characterized by  abnormal social relationships [extreme aloneness, lack of attachment, failure to cuddle, avoidance of eye gaze];  language disorder with impaired understanding, echolalia, and pronominal reversal;  rituals and compulsive phenomena [insistence on sameness, resistance to change, rituals, morbid attachment to familiar objects, repetitive acts]; and  uneven intellectual development, in most cases." The onset is not later than age 36 months. There is growing evidence that many cases of autism meet the requirements for mercury poisoning. The latter include:  movement/motor disorder;  sensory abnormalities;  psychological and behavioural disturbances;  neurological and cognitive deficits;  impairment in language, hearing, and vision; and  miscellaneous physical presentations such as rashes or unusual reflexes.
The link is reported to be an early childhood exposure to mercury, by means of thimerosal, which is 50% ethylmercury and which is a preservative used in many childhood vaccines. [Thimerasol is included in 50 vaccines in the US.] The introduction and use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative in the 1930s coincides with the initial description of autism in the late 1930s by the child psychologist Leo Kanner. Since the 1930s the incidence of autism has increased dramatically, as has the vaccination rate, and hence the rate of mercury exposure via thimerosal. The fact that autism emerges during the same time period as infant and toddler thimerosal injections during vaccinations suggests that autism represents its own unique form of mercury poisoning, just like acrodynia and Mad Hatter's disease represent distinct yet closely related presentations of mercurialism.
Mercury poisoning and ASD have the following symptoms in common: • Extreme shyness; social withdrawal; introversion. • Mood swings; laughing or crying without reason; no facial expression. • Anxiety and nervousness. • Avoidance of conversation; gaze avoidance; lack of eye contact. • Increased restlessness. • Irritability and aggression. • Insomnia, difficulty falling asleep. • Anorexia. • Tendency to masturbation. • Self injurious behaviour, including head banging. • Grimacing. • Staring spells. • Articulation problems. • Speech comprehension deficits. • Sensitivity to sound. • Photophobia. • Aversion to touch; abnormal touch sensations. • Involuntary jerking movements [stereotyped movements in autism]. • Intention tremor [problems with intentional movements in autism]. • Clumsiness. • Toe walking. • Difficulty in chewing and swallowing. • Mental retardation. • Poor short term, verbal, and auditory memory. • Decreased muscle strength, especially upper body. • Excessive sweating [unusual sweating in autism]. 8 In a joint statement of June 2000, the Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Public Health Service, have recommended the continuation of the current policy of moving rapidly to vaccines that are free of thimerosal as a preservative. On July 18, 2000 the Committee on Government Reform conducted a hearing entitled, "Mercury in Medicine: Are We Taking Unnecessary Risks?" During the hearing, the FDA admitted that children are being exposed to unsafe levels of mercury through vaccines containing thimerosal. It was also determined that symptoms of mercury poisoning mimic symptoms of autism. In Scandinavia, the mercury compound thiomersal is used as a preservative in influenza vaccines and in the vaccine against tick-borne encephalitis. According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, the world's leading immunogeneticist, individuals who have had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 [the years studied] have a ten times higher chance of getting Alzheimer's disease. Every flu shot contains mercury and aluminium and the gradual buildup of these elements in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.
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