I agree. I believe the preservatives in question as far as autism goes have been removed (at least from the MMR) and autism is still on the rise. However, I do believe parents should have a choice whether to vaccinate or not, but if they choose not to, their children should not be allowed to attend the public school system. Homeschooling is an option. I read a stat (don't know if its true or not) that 10% of public school kids are not immunized. They claim conscientious objection or allergies or something. The conscientious objection revolves around the fetal tissue used to develop the vaccines. But thats a whole separate discussion.Mad Scientist - I do not totally disagree with your statement. I think people should continue to do what they feel is right, and if that includes following medical recommendations, I won't argue that.
My stance on the issue comes from a completely emotional place. I can't think of it on a scientific level because I feel I was effected by it personally.
I just believe that I should have a choice.
Most diseases or conditions can be traced to a cause, a genetic thing, a virus, a something. They can't convince me that autism is not vaccine related until they figure out where it comes from.
Cancer was on the rise since Polio vaccinations began. What about Alzheimers? There's no way to know if we're causing these things ourselves.
I don't have the right answer. I really don't. I just fully believe that my child was affected negatively from her vaccinations. I was never against them before, and I fully blame myself for going along with something that could have seriously debilitated her. I am scared at times of my choice to not vaccinate, but I'm more scared of the alternative.
People have always gotten cancer and alzheimers. History is full of accounts of cancer-related illness and death and alzheimers-related dementia, but they didn't know it was cancer/alzheimers at the time. The reason we see more of it today is probably because people live longer. Cancer/alzheimers tend to be old-person-diseases, so when you have more old people...you have more cancer/alzheimers.
My guess is people have always had autism as well. I know that while I was growing up, I attended school with several children who were mainstreamed, but who probably should have been in special schools, because they definitely would be diagnosed with autism today. I think autism is just a variation of normal and there probably isn't one specific cause for it.