Dr. Andrea Dobrich, D.C. discusses a study showing Hepatitis B vaccine more than triples an infant boy’s risk of developing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in her BioVeda of Harrisburg, NC blog:
A new study has shown that giving Hepatitis B vaccine to newborn baby boys more than triples their risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. An abstract of the study was published in the September, 2009 issue of the respected journal Annals of Epidemiology. In it, Carolyn Gallagher and Melody Goodman of the Graduate Program in Public Health at Stony Brook University Medical Center, NY, wrote that, “Boys who received the hepatitis B vaccine during the first month of life had 2.94 greater odds for ASD compared to later- or unvaccinated boys.” The authors used U.S. probability samples obtained from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) 1997–2002 datasets. The conclusion states that: “Findings suggest that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk of ASD.” The authors also noted that an earlier study by them found that hepatitis B vaccination was associated with receipt of early intervention and special education services. The new study used a different database than their earlier study, and they found same results, suggesting a validation of their findings.
Dr. Andrea Dobrich of Bioveda of Harrisburg (just outside of Charlotte, NC) comments:
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurological disorder that affects how a child develops (see previous article on the autism basics). According to WebMD:
- Autism isn’t a disease, it’s a symptom. It ranges in severity from a handicap that limits an otherwise normal life to a devastating disability that may require institutional care.
- Autism is one of the most common developmental disabilities. Including the milder form of autism known as pervasive developmental disorder or PDD, autism affects six to eight out of every 1,000 children.
- Children with autism have trouble communicating. They have trouble understanding what other people think and feel. This makes it very hard for them to express themselves either with words or through gestures, facial expressions, and touch.
- A child with autism who is very sensitive may be greatly troubled — sometimes even pained — by sounds, touches, smells, or sights that seem normal to others.
Theories of the cause of Autism include toxic overload or attack from vaccines, food sensitivities/allergies, heavy metals, etc. Essentially, when the body is overloaded with toxic substances, it must compensate by protecting itself from other stressors (ie sensory stimulation). This being said, I would suggest taking a holistic approach to help children affected with autism. Begin with the removal of nerve interference using alternative techniques such as chiropractic, and Neurological Stress Reduction Therapy. Then incorporate a gentle, yet effective detoxification program, and proper nutrition and diet under the instruction of your health care provider.