Opinion by: Val, Opposing Views
16 September 2010
Popular media reports on autism have not historically documented accompanying comorbid disorders.
CBS surprised me though…
In fact, CBS News has found nearly 1,300 cases in which vaccine-related brain damage has been compensated in court over the past 20 years. (From: Vaccines, Autism and Brain Damage, What’s in a Name?)
Many have very recently pointed out that mitochondrial disease was proven the predisposing factor to exhibition of full blown features that resembled the clinical definition of autism in one child. That child’s family accepted 1.5 million dollars, in July 2010, in order to settle their claim that vaccines caused regression – vaccines damaged their child. Reports show acceptance in the merits of the case with the claim being scientifically supported, according to our own government (link). This case, which was settled out of court proves the child’s predisposition to damage from vaccines from mitochondrial disease.
The label of autism defines a condition evidenced by clinically exhibited features, of deficits and excesses that are present – but without verifiable cause. Autism is, however, many times accompanied by conditions that have a medically identifiable cause. An incomplete sample of the conditions are; mitochondrial disease or disorder, seizures, phenylkentonuria, congenital rubella, tuberous sclerosis, hypothyroidism, and hearing impairment.
There is overlap in diagnostic criteria for most illness labels; psychiatric and general medical condition labels. For instance, recently I heard about a person who was told their loved one died from Alzheimers, but after the autopsy they found out it was Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease. Or, I read about a mother who thought her child had autism, but it turned out to be severe allergy to milk. Both conditions are labeled based on clinical observation of behavior, because not all diagnosis are differential. Since so little is known about some conditions – diagnostic procedures like blood work, or imaging of some sort, have yet to contribute to a best practice part of diagnosing conditions like autism and Alzheimer’s.
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