There’s a certain type of meme we’ve been seeing a lot more of lately, as the conflict between vaccine proponents and those who favor vaccine choice keeps growing ever more heated:

vaccines and autism meme

While we certainly question the “wisdom” of current vaccine practices and believe it wiser to focus on building physical resilience naturally by nurturing the development of a clean, well-ordered biological terrain, we also have to shake our heads a bit when we see this kind of stuff. Such memes really aren’t all that helpful or illuminating. Often, they wind up just provide more fodder for those who push all vaccines at all costs.

Yes, the number of vaccines has shot up alarmingly through recent decades. Yes, autism rates have skyrocketed, as well.

child having a meltdownBut so have other toxic exposures that children are routinely exposed to via all the synthetic chemicals used in most consumer products and environmental pollution in general. There is the notoriously unhealthy standard American diet. There is ever-increasing exposure to EMFs from all our electronic gizmos. There is increased reliance on pharmaceuticals as the first line of medicine. There’s more time spent sitting than being active outdoors; less time in nature, more time cooped up inside.

And this is just scratching the surface of physical barriers to good health – barriers that challenge adults, as well, and thus also affect the health of our offspring even when they’re still in the womb.

Yes, specific vaccine injuries happen. But seen more broadly, vaccines are just one more insult to the human body, an additional burden that the body – and a still developing one, at that – must cope with in some way.

Here, we think of twin boys we’ve seen as patients in our office, both of whom are just starting college. One is majoring in math; the other, studying computers. Both were diagnosed early with autism. Neither had ever been vaccinated.

However, their mother has a chronic history of leaky gut and urinary conditions. This set the stage for their own troubles once they left the womb. Most likely, suggests Dr. V, their symptoms of autism were the result of an infection-induced automimmune condition known as PANS or PANDAS, depending on the actual pathogen involved.

PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder, which is triggered by strep. PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome, which may be triggered by other infections.

Both disrupt a child’s normal neurologic activity. It’s thought that antibodies are triggered to attack the basal ganglia in the brain, a part of the brain involved in movement and behavior.

When some patients are exposed to certain bacteria, viruses or germs, their immune system may go awry, producing autoantibodies that attack not only the invading germs but healthy “receptors” and other targets in the brain. This misguided reaction can result in inflammation in the brain, triggering an abrupt onset of symptoms.

Autistic behavior is one possible manifestation. Addressing it is thus a matter of treating the infection, which includes making the body’s inner environment inhospitable to the pathogen and restoring its ability to self-regulate.

“Kids today have a host of health issues,” says Dr. V, “from leaky gut to yeast overgrowths to food intolerances. It’s my belief that these conditions can produce neurological symptoms, such as sensory issues, anxiety, OCD, tics, and so on. More often than not, it’s PANS or PANDAs at the root.”

In fact, practitioners have found that up to 50% of children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or sensory disorders in fact are grappling with the effects of PANS or PANDAS.

Ultimately, most illness is multifactorial, dictated by the state of an individual’s biological terrain. Each of us experiences different degrees of exposure, different traumas and other injuries. Each of us has our own specific genetic inheritance, as well. Each of us has our own unique constitution, consciousness, and spirit.

All of these affect how illness develops – what symptoms will manifest in what way.

To learn more about this, we encourage you to read Dr. V’s booklet “How Illness Happens,” which you can download for free here. In simple language, he explains this quantum approach to understanding health and what is needed to maintain it.

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