Gluten-Free/Casein-Free Diet in Autism – A Great Starting Place for Biomedical Treatment

Yanti had a question on the effectiveness of the gluten-free/casein-free (GF/CF) diet in autism and whether hyperactivity or non-hyperactivity was a factor in deciding whether to follow the GF/CF diet. 

Hi Yanti, 

I think the best answer is to try the gluten-free/casein-free diet to see if it works!  The Autism Research Institute publishes the results of the information they receive from parents on the effectiveness of various biomedical interventions.  According to the “Parent Ratings of Behavioral Effects of Biomedical Interventions,” 66% of parents reported that their children “got better” on the GF/CF diet.  You can find this parent rating form at http://www.autism.com/treatable/biomed/ARI_TreatmentRatings_Form34QR_February2008.pdf 

I have consulted with and interviewed quite a few doctors using biomedical treatments for autism, and they all say that the GF/CF diet is a must for children with autism and should be the first place to start.  It is my understanding that the diet really must be followed very, very strictly for at least 6 months to one year.  The reason for this is that the peptides created from the incomplete digestion of gluten and casein actually build up in the bloodstream (and enter the brain) and must be allowed to clear the body.   Another reason for following the GF/CF for an extended period of time is to permit the intestines time to heal.  Gluten and casein can cause injury to the digestive tract in some children, so it is necessary to completely remove gluten and casein to stop the source of injury and allow time for healing.  During this time, can also be helpful to use products that promote intestinal healing and integrity such as high-potency probiotics and colostrum.   

For this reason, I think it is really important to note that this diet really mandates strict compliance.  Gluten is not like other things we might keep our kids away from like sugar – even though a lot of sugar is bad for any child, maybe a little bit of sugar won’t hurt too much.  Not so with gluten and casein!!!  A little bit can be very harmful!  For this reason, we use only products that can certify they are gluten-free and casein-free.  For example, if a product with generally gluten free grains (such as rice flour) states that it has been produced in a facility that also produces wheat and that there may be trace amounts of wheat, we do not use the product!  One doctor I interviewed also instructed me to have a separate toaster for gluten-free breads and another for regular bread to eliminate any cross contamination! 

A note about your question – you stated that your daughter is not hyperactive.  My research shows that the GF/CF diet is extremely helpful to children with autism, whether they are hyperactive or not.  Many doctors and researchers believe that the peptides formed from the incomplete digestion of gluten and casein travel through the bloodstream and into the brain and attach to the opiate receptors in the brain.  This could be why so many parents report that their children seem addicted to wheat and milk products.  Many parents also say that as their children begin the GF/CF diet, they act as if they are coming out of a “brain fog.”  

I will admit that the GF/CF diet is extra work – homemade meals, no eating out at fast food restaurants, and always packing a lunch…..   However, I believe most parents who try it for their children (and even for themselves!) say that it is worth the effort!   

Blessings to you as you walk strongly forward in this journey!   

“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you.”  Numbers 6:23-24 NASB 

Just a note – I began the GF/CF diet with my son to be a support to him and have been following the GF/CF diet for almost three years now.  I must say that my health has considerably improved as a result.  It is now a life-long commitment for me!

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July 1, 2008 at 8:07 pm 4 comments

Immune System Help!

Immune dysfunction is common in autism and can make children with autism more susceptible to catching colds and stomach viruses.  Of course, antibiotics do not work on viruses, but even with a bacterial infection, I prefer to avoid using antibiotics unless they are absolutely necessary.  I have found there some solutions that help to strengthen the immune system and some which actually help the body fight off viruses.   

Our first line of defense is high-potency probiotics – 50 billion CFUs (colony forming units) per serving, at a minimum.  We actually routinely use at least 100 billion per day, and twice that when fighting off illness.  Probiotics are beneficial living microorganisms.  They promote gastrointestinal and immune system health.  They have also been proven to maintain healthy skin, respiratory systems, and heart. 

Some researchers say the digestive system is responsible for 70% of immune system function.  It makes sense then to supplement with products that enhance immune function and heal the gastrointestinal tract.  Colostrum is helpful with both the immune system and GI health.  Cod Liver Oil and Fish Oil are also beneficial.  Like probiotics, they are also appropriate for daily use.   

At the first sign of a cold or stomach virus, I give my son Elderberry extract, which has been proven through clinical study to prevent viruses from replicating in the body.  Using Elderberry extract has greatly diminished the length and severity of colds or stomach viruses for both my son and me.  When I see a cold coming on, in addition to the Elderberry extract, I give my son colloidal silver. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties and has prevented him from needing antibiotics many times.  To relieve cold symptoms like sneezing, runny and stuffy nose, and cough, we use Quertecin (has anti-inflamatory properties), Vitamin C (antioxidant and immune enhancer), and Stinging Nettles (an herb).  Another effective antiviral agent we use is Olive Leaf Extract.   

I keep all these items on-hand so that we are ready at the first sign of a cold or stomach virus.  Of course, you should always consult your child’s doctor before beginning anything.  And, make sure to separate anti-microbial supplements from probiotics by at least 3-4 hours.  And, I must say it is a great blessing to have a doctor who is knowledgeable in nutrition and natural treatments.  It was hard to find our wonderful doctor, but I kept trying and trying until I found one. 

May you and your children be blessed with health and healing! 

Matthew 14:14 “When He (Jesus) went ashore, He saw a large crowd, and felt compassion for them and healed their sick.”  NASB

  

June 29, 2008 at 7:52 pm 7 comments

Press On! (A Testimony About Probiotics)

Okay, I must confess!  I have been there – the place where I have felt that I just can’t press on another moment in the fight for healing for my son with autism.  When we first began working on the intestinal imbalances (yeast and harmful bacteria), the detox reactions were sometimes so severe that I wasn’t sure it was worth it!  Now that we are on the other side of it, I am grateful we pressed through because of the progress made.  We noticed significant improvement in my son’s behavior when we cleaned up his gut.  However, in the midst of the various treatments, I found myself physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained!   

One of the most difficult struggles I found was his “disagreeableness.”  Oh, I am sure that is not a word, but it describes his pre-detox and during-detox behavior best.  He would constantly argue and fuss about everything, sometimes it seemed just for the sake of being disagreeable.   

The first thing we did to address my son’s intestinal imbalances was to give him a high-quality and high-potency probiotic (beneficial bacteria).  At first, my son was so toxic that we could only give it to him every third day.  Any more than that would cause his face and ears to flush and would send him to the floor in one tantrum after another.  I think it was seeing this severe reaction that made me realize just how much he needed it!  After a couple of weeks, we increased the dose to every other day, then to every day.  Finally, we began a daily dose that was double and then triple the original dose.  During the time when there was “die-off” of the yeast and harmful bacteria, his behavior actually got much worse.  He walked around on his toes all day long, he argued at everything, or refused to talk, and he was aggressive and mean to everyone.

But, after the yeast and bacteria in my son’s intestines started dying off, his behavior improved!  He became less hyper, less frustrated, less aggressive, and, yes, he actually became “agreeable!” I felt like a huge weight had lifted!  I was absolutely amazed at how much intestinal health (or lack of it) can affect mood and behavior! 

Since that time, I have learned that the intestines (or the “gut”) is sometimes referred to as a “second brain” and has a big part in serotonin levels.  Also, yeast and bacteria put of toxic by-products, which enter the blood stream and can affect the brain.  No wonder  my son became agreeable when his gut became balanced! 

I believe probiotics are such an enormous part of creating and maintaining good gut health and, therefore, overall wellness.  I am now such a firm believer in them that when my second son was born, I began giving him high doses of probiotics (formulated for infants, and casein-free) when he was only hours old.  Our entire family now takes high doses of probiotics – we have seen their benefits and will always make them a part of our foundation for healthy living!  Press on!  Blessings to you and your family!

“For I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 3:14 NASB

 

 

June 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm 8 comments

Focus on Quality of Nutritional Supplements for Autism

In treating autism with nutritional supplements, we want to make sure we get the  most for our money.  As Dr. Amy Yasko pointed out in her book, “The Puzzle of Autism: Putting it All Together,” not all supplements are equal.  Some brands of supplements are simply not as effective as others – the reasons for this could be poor quality ingredients, manner of storage, or failure to adhere to strict standards in the manufacture of the supplements.   

In treating autism, it is critical that supplements be free from common allergens (such as wheat, milk, corn, soy, yeast, gluten, and casein) and potentially harmful preservatives (sodium benzoate, for example, has been linked to hyperactive behavior in children).  It is also important to purchase supplements which have been produced in facilities adhering to current Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and which meet United States Pharmacopeia (USP) standards.  And, of course, as I mentioned in my post “Treating Autism with Nutritional Supplements,” individual nutrients should be in the forms most appropriate for the treatment of autism.   

Focus on obtaining high-quality multivitamins, probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids, and enzymes.  Look for multivitamin/mineral supplements that contain all the essential vitamins and minerals (and not just some of them) and also have therapeutic doses of 5-methyl-tetra-hydrofolate and Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate.  Probiotics should be high potency (at least 25 billion CFUs).  Omega 3 fatty acids should be in stable forms such as fish oil and cod liver oil, produced to be free from heavy metals, PCBs and other contaminants.  (I don’t like Flax Oil because it easily goes rancid.)  Enzymes should be high potency and the appropriate type for the foods eaten.   

By focusing on the type and quality of nutritional supplements, we ensure that we are getting what we are paying for and maximize potential benefits. 

May 23, 2008 at 8:11 pm 1 comment

Conversion of Sugar to Stevia

Viola submitted this question regarding the use of Stevia:

 “I would like to know how to convert stevia into cups of sugar in a recipe or what other alternatives there are to cups of sugar in a recipe?”

Thanks Viola – this is a great question.  I think the answer really depends upon the type of Stevia you are using.  Some Stevia also contains fiber so it is not as sweet as pure Stevia.  Also, the unrefined Stevia liquid (which is dark brown in color) tastes and converts differently than the refined clear liquid or white powdered Stevia. 

Here is a chart for general reference.  The more you cook with Stevia, the more you will know how much you like to use.  I have experimented with the particular brand of Stevia I like and know exactly how much I like in each particular recipe I use based upon taste. 

 

Granulated Sugar

Whole Stevia leaf powder

White Stevia Extract (powder)

1 teaspoon

1/8 teaspoon

Dust on spoon

1 Tablespoon

3/8 teaspoon

1/2 pinch

1/4 cup

1 1/2 teaspoon

Pinch

1/2 cup

1 Tablespoon

1/8 teaspoon

1 cup

2 Tablespoon

1/4 teaspoon

 

 

April 14, 2008 at 8:43 pm 7 comments

Omega 3 Supplementation for Young Children

Jamal submitted the following question regarding Omega 3 supplementation:

“For how long can I use omega 3 and is it safe for 2 yr. autistic having diet from gluten & casein?”

While I cannot comment on the potential safety of any particular product for a particular child, I do know that many people use omega 3 fatty acids as routine supplementation.  I know of children under one year of age taking omega 3 fatty acid supplements, and some infant formulas are now including the beneficial DHA and ARA found in omega 3 fatty acids to the nutrients included.  Many doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and other health-care professionals educated in nutritional supplementation recommend Omega 3 supplementation for both adults and children. 

Our son who is recovering from autism began taking cod liver oil when he was 18 months old.  And, we began giving cod liver oil to our other son when he was only a few months old, reducing the adult dose to a dose appropriate for his weight. 

Remember, each child is unique, and questions regarding supplementation should be discussed with your child’s doctor and a certified nutritionist.

And of course, it is important to choose a high-quality, pure source of Omega 3 supplementation.  I believe fish oil or cod liver oil (which also contains vitamins A and D) are the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids.  I do not use flax seed oil because many flax seed oils spoil quickly and easily and are rancid by the time they reach the consumer.  When selecting a fish oil or cod liver oil supplement, be sure that they are produced in a manufacturing facility that utilizes stringent independent and in-house laboratories to test the raw materials at critical points in the manufacturing process.  If the purest ingredients are not utilized, some omega-3 fatty acids may contain lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic, PCBs or other contaminants. 

For more information, see my post “Omega 3 Fatty Acids – Feeding the Brain”

April 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm 1 comment

Article by David Kirby “Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court – Now What?”

Unfortunately, it seems federal law has virtually eliminated the right of children injured by vaccines to have their cases heard by a jury of their peers.  Instead, vaccine injury cases are heard before a federal Special Masters court, commonly referred to as “Vaccine Court.”  Recently, in one vaccine-autism case, the government conceded a causal link between a vaccine and autism.  David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm – Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic, A Medical Controversy (St. Martins Press 2005) gives a thought-provoking account of this concession in the following article which is posted here, by permission, in its entirety:     

Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court – Now What?

Posted February 25, 2008 | 12:42 PM (EST)

By David Kirby The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/government-concedes-vacci_b_88323.html

After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

The unprecedented concession was filed on November 9, and sealed to protect the plaintiff’s identify. It was obtained through individuals unrelated to the case.

The claim, one of 4,900 autism cases currently pending in Federal “Vaccine Court,” was conceded by US Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler and other Justice Department officials, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, the “defendant” in all Vaccine Court cases.

The child’s claim against the government — that mercury-containing vaccines were the cause of her autism — was supposed to be one of three “test cases” for the thimerosal-autism theory currently under consideration by a three-member panel of Special Masters, the presiding justices in Federal Claims Court.

Keisler wrote that medical personnel at the HHS Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC) had reviewed the case and “concluded that compensation is appropriate.”

The doctors conceded that the child was healthy and developing normally until her 18-month well-baby visit, when she received vaccinations against nine different diseases all at once (two contained thimerosal).

Days later, the girl began spiraling downward into a cascade of illnesses and setbacks that, within months, presented as symptoms of autism, including: No response to verbal direction; loss of language skills; no eye contact; loss of “relatedness;” insomnia; incessant screaming; arching; and “watching the florescent lights repeatedly during examination.”

Seven months after vaccination, the patient was diagnosed by Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a leading neurologist at the Kennedy Krieger Children’s Hospital Neurology Clinic, with “regressive encephalopathy (brain disease) with features consistent with autistic spectrum disorder, following normal development.” The girl also met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) official criteria for autism.

In its written concession, the government said the child had a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder that was “aggravated” by her shots, and which ultimately resulted in an ASD diagnosis.

“The vaccinations received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder,” the concession says, “which predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism, and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of ASD.”

This statement is good news for the girl and her family, who will now be compensated for the lifetime of care she will require. But its implications for the larger vaccine-autism debate, and for public health policy in general, are not as certain.

In fact, the government’s concession seems to raise more questions than it answers.

1) Is there a connection between vaccines, mitochondrial disorders and a diagnosis of autism, at least in some cases?

Mitochondria, you may recall from biology class, are the little powerhouses within cells that convert food into electrical energy, partly through a complex process called “oxidative phosphorylation.” If this process is impaired, mitochondrial disorder will ensue.

The child in this case had several markers for Mt disease, which was confirmed by muscle biopsy. Mt disease is often marked by lethargy, poor muscle tone, poor food digestion and bowel problems, something found in many children diagnosed with autism.

But mitochondrial disorders are rare in the general population, affecting some 2-per-10,000 people (or just 0.2%). So with 4,900 cases filed in Vaccine Court, this case should be the one and only, extremely rare instance of Mt disease in all the autism proceedings.

But it is not.

Mitochondrial disorders are now thought to be the most common disease associated with ASD. Some journal articles and other analyses have estimated that 10% to 20% of all autism cases may involve mitochondrial disorders, which would make them one thousand times more common among people with ASD than the general population.

Another article, published in the Journal of Child Neurology and co-authored by Dr. Zimmerman, showed that 38% of Kennedy Krieger Institute autism patients studied had one marker for impaired oxidative phosphorylation, and 47% had a second marker.

The authors — who reported on a case-study of the same autism claim conceded in Vaccine Court — noted that “children who have (mitochondrial-related) dysfunctional cellular energy metabolism might be more prone to undergo autistic regression between 18 and 30 months of age if they also have infections or immunizations at the same time.”

An interesting aspect of Mt disease in autism is that, with ASD, the mitochondrial disease seems to be milder than in “classic” cases of Mt disorder. In fact, classic Mt disease is almost always inherited, either passed down by the mother through mitochondrial DNA, or by both parents through nuclear DNA.

In autism-related Mt disease, however, the disorder is not typically found in other family members, and instead appears to be largely of the sporadic variety, which may now account for 75% of all mitochondrial disorders.

Meanwhile, an informal survey of seven families of children with cases currently pending in Vaccine Court revealed that all seven showed markers for mitochondrial dysfunction, dating back to their earliest medical tests. The facts in all seven claims mirror the case just conceded by the government: Normal development followed by vaccination, immediate illness, and rapid decline culminating in an autism diagnosis.

2) With 4,900 cases pending, and more coming, will the government concede those with underlying Mt disease — and if it not, will the Court award compensation?

The Court will soon begin processing the 4900 cases pending before it. What if 10% to 20% of them can demonstrate the same Mt disease and same set of facts as those in the conceded case? Would the government be obliged to concede 500, or even 1,000 cases? What impact would that have on public opinion? And is there enough money currently in the vaccine injury fund to cover so many settlements?

When asked for a comment last week about the court settlement, a spokesman for HHS furnished the following written statement:

“DVIC has reviewed the scientific information concerning the allegation that vaccines cause autism and has found no credible evidence to support the claim. Accordingly, in every case under the Vaccine Act, DVIC has maintained the position that vaccines do not cause autism, and has never concluded in any case that autism was caused by vaccination.”

3) If the government is claiming that vaccines did not “cause” autism, but instead aggravated a condition to “manifest” as autism, isn’t that a very fine distinction?

For most affected families, such linguistic gymnastics is not so important. And even if a vaccine injury “manifested” as autism in only one case, isn’t that still a significant development worthy of informing the public?

On the other hand, perhaps what the government is claiming is that vaccination resulted in the symptoms of autism, but not in an actual, factually correct diagnosis of autism itself.

4) If the government is claiming that this child does NOT have autism, then how many other children might also have something else that merely “mimics” autism?

Is it possible that 10%-20% of the cases that we now label as “autism,” are not autism at all, but rather some previously undefined “look-alike” syndrome that merely presents as “features” of autism?

This question gets to the heart of what autism actually is. The disorder is defined solely as a collection of features, nothing more. If you have the features (and the diagnosis), you have the disorder. The underlying biology is the great unknown.

But let’s say the government does determine that these kids don’t have actual “autism” (something I speculated on HuffPost a year ago). Then shouldn’t the Feds go back and test all people with ASD for impaired oxidative phosphorylation, perhaps reclassifying many of them?

If so, will we then see “autism” cases drop by tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people? Will there be a corresponding ascension of a newly described disorder, perhaps something like “Vaccine Aggravated Mitochondrial Disease with Features of ASD?”

And if this child was technically “misdiagnosed” with DSM-IV autism by Dr Zimmerman, how does he feel about HHS doctors issuing a second opinion re-diagnosis of his patient, whom they presumably had neither met nor examined? (Zimmerman declined an interview).

And along those lines, aren’t Bush administration officials somewhat wary of making long-distance, retroactive diagnoses from Washington, given that the Terry Schiavo incident has not yet faded from national memory?

5) Was this child’s Mt disease caused by a genetic mutation, as the government implies, and wouldn’t that have manifested as “ASD features” anyway?

In the concession, the government notes that the patient had a “single nucleotide change” in the mitochondrial DNA gene T2387C, implying that this was the underlying cause of her manifested “features” of autism.

While it’s true that some inherited forms of Mt disease can manifest as developmental delays, (and even ASD in the form of Rhett Syndrome) these forms are linked to identified genetic mutations, of which T2387C is not involved. In fact little, if anything, is known about the function of this particular gene.

What’s more, there is no evidence that this girl, prior to vaccination, suffered from any kind of “disorder” at all- genetic, mitochondrial or otherwise. Some forms of Mt disease are so mild that the person is unaware of being affected. This perfectly developing girl may have had Mt disorder at the time of vaccination, but nobody detected, or even suspected it.

And, there is no evidence to suggest that this girl would have regressed into symptoms consistent with a DSM-IV autism diagnosis without her vaccinations. If there was such evidence, then why on earth would these extremely well-funded government attorneys compensate this alleged injury in Vaccine Court? Why wouldn’t they move to dismiss, or at least fight the case at trial?

6) What are the implications for research?

The concession raises at least two critical research questions: What are the causes of Mt dysfunction; and how could vaccines aggravate that dysfunction to the point of “autistic features?”

While some Mt disorders are clearly inherited, the “sporadic” form is thought to account for 75% of all cases, according to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. So what causes sporadic Mt disease? “Medicines or other toxins,” says the Cleveland Clinic, a leading authority on the subject.

Use of the AIDS drug AZT, for example, can cause Mt disorders by deleting large segments of mitochondrial DNA. If that is the case, might other exposures to drugs or toxins (i.e., thimerosal, mercury in fish, air pollution, pesticides, live viruses) also cause sporadic Mt disease in certain subsets of children, through similar genotoxic mechanisms?

Among the prime cellular targets of mercury are mitochondria, and thimerosal-induced cell death has been associated with the depolarization of mitochondrial membrane, according to the International Journal of Molecular Medicine among several others. (Coincidently, the first case of Mt disease was diagnosed in 1959, just 15 years after the first autism case was named, and two decades after thimerosal’s introduction as a vaccine preservative.)

Regardless of its cause, shouldn’t HHS sponsor research into Mt disease and the biological mechanisms by which vaccines could aggravate the disorder? We still do not know what it was, exactly, about this girl’s vaccines that aggravated her condition. Was it the thimerosal? The three live viruses? The two attenuated viruses? Other ingredients like aluminum? A combination of the above?

And of course, if vaccine injuries can aggravate Mt disease to the point of manifesting as autism features, then what other underlying disorders or conditions (genetic, autoimmune, allergic, etc.) might also be aggravated to the same extent?

7) What are the implications for medicine and public health?

Should the government develop and approve new treatments for “aggravated mitochondrial disease with ASD features?” Interestingly, many of the treatments currently deployed in Mt disease (i.e., coenzyme Q10, vitamin B-12, lipoic acid, biotin, dietary changes, etc.) are part of the alternative treatment regimen that many parents use on their children with ASD.

And, if a significant minority of autism cases can be linked to Mt disease and vaccines, shouldn’t these products one day carry an FDA Black Box warning label, and shouldn’t children with Mt disorders be exempt from mandatory immunization?

8 ) What are the implications for the vaccine-autism debate?

It’s too early to tell. But this concession could conceivably make it more difficult for some officials to continue insisting there is “absolutely no link” between vaccines and autism.

It also puts the Federal Government’s Vaccine Court defense strategy somewhat into jeopardy. DOJ lawyers and witnesses have argued that autism is genetic, with no evidence to support an environmental component. And, they insist, it’s simply impossible to construct a chain of events linking immunizations to the disorder.

Government officials may need to rethink their legal strategy, as well as their public relations campaigns, given their own slightly contradictory concession in this case.

9) What is the bottom line here?

The public, (including world leaders) will demand to know what is going on inside the US Federal health establishment. Yes, as of now, n=1, a solitary vaccine-autism concession. But what if n=10% or 20%? Who will pay to clean up that mess?

The significance of this concession will unfortunately be fought over in the usual, vitriolic way — and I fully expect to be slammed for even raising these questions. Despite that, the language of this concession cannot be changed, or swept away.

Its key words are “aggravated” and “manifested.” Without the aggravation of the vaccines, it is uncertain that the manifestation would have occurred at all.

When a kid with peanut allergy eats a peanut and dies, we don’t say “his underlying metabolic condition was significantly aggravated to the extent of manifesting as an anaphylactic shock with features of death.”

No, we say the peanut killed the poor boy. Remove the peanut from the equation, and he would still be with us today.

Many people look forward to hearing more from HHS officials about why they are settling this claim. But whatever their explanation, they cannot change the fundamental facts of this extraordinary case:

The United State government is compensating at least one child for vaccine injuries that resulted in a diagnosis of autism.

And that is big news, no matter how you want to say it.

NOTE: Full text of the government’s statement is posted here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/every-american-should-rea_b_88558.html.

David Kirby is the author of “Evidence of Harm – Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic, A Medical Controversy” (St. Martins Press 2005).   

March 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm 2 comments

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