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There is also a strong connection between all forms of vaccinations and autism. A U.S. study found that children who received vaccines containing a preservative called thimerosal, which is almost 50 percent mercury, were more than twice as likely to develop autism than children who did not. Although mercury has been removed from regular childhood vaccines due to growing safety worries, it is still present in other vaccines children might get. 

Toxic Overload: A Doctor's Plan for Combating the Illnesses Caused by Chemicals in Our Foods, Our Homes, and Our Medicine Cabinets by Dr. Paula Baillie-Hamilton 

Every year more and more children are being diagnosed with learning disabilities and autism. What is the cause? According to many experts, including Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of Deadly Immunity, our government is to blame. There's growing evidence that shows that a drug called thimerosal is to blame. This drug is found in vaccines. The fact is the more vaccines kids get, the more autism, learning disabilities, and lifelongillness develops. The drug thimerosal is a preservative that was put in vaccines back in the 1930s. 

More Natural Cures Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Disease by Kevin Trudeau 

Autism is a catastrophic epidemic with an increase of 1,500% in the UK in the last decade. InCalifornia one in 150 children is autistic - a 54% increase in just 2001/2! The primary causes of autism known to come from vaccines, maternal overexposure to heavy metals and antibiotics, heavy metals from industry pollution of the air and water, and the chemicals used in the electronics industry. Significantly, the first cases of autism were described in the US shortly after the vaccines for whooping cough were introduced in the 1940s. 
Dispatches From the War Zone of Environmental Health by Helke Ferrie 

Could the number of vaccines now recommended actually be contributing to the rise in children's chronic diseases like asthma, allergies, autism, autoimmune disease, diabetes, obesity, some cancers, and the growing epidemic of developmental disorders? Remember, in just twenty-four years, we've gone from fewer than ten vaccines to fifty vaccines, and there are more on the way. As thechildhood health crisis worsens, more and more parents, and physicians, are starting to question the effect these vaccines might be having on our children's developing immune systems. 
Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) by Deirdre Imus 

Mercury toxicity is a suspected cause of a steep rise - a tenfold increase between 1984 and 1994 - in diagnosed cases of autism in children around the world, according to some scientists. Specifically, the culprit is thimerosal, a mercury-based compound used as a preservative in vaccines commonly administered to babies and infants. Thimerosal-free vaccines are available. If you have a child who will be receiving vaccinations, ask for and make sure thimerosal-free vaccines are used. 
Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC 

The first reported case of autism occurred after thimerosal, a preservative for immunizations, was added to vaccines. Since then, the incidence of autism has increased at an alarming rate. Thimerosal is not a necessary additive and is toxic to the human body, yet it has been used for years. And although thimerosal has been phased out of childhood vaccines, the vast majority of flu shots given to children and adults still contain it, and it is believed that many pediatricians are still using unexpired vials of thimerosal-containing vaccines. 
Super Health 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality by KC Craichy 

Is it mere coincidence that rates of autism increased when the Center for Disease Control inserted additions to the recommended vaccination program for infants in 1988? In the 1980s, autism rates were estimated at only six in 10,000 children. Today one in 150 children is autistic, though in some areas autism affects closer to one in 50 children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has acknowledged that thimerosal can be a neurotoxin (knowing very well that mercury is a neurotoxin), and in 2004 stated that thimerosal-containing vaccines were associated with autism. 
Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within You by Andreas Moritz 

Nonetheless there continues to be lively debate about environmental roots of autism, which may have nothing to do with genetics. When California researchers, for example, studied the association between autism and environmental pollution in the San Francisco Bay area, they discovered a potential connection between ambient metal concentrations, and possibly chlorinated solvents, and an increased risk for autism. A lot of controversy has also emerged concerning the mercury preservative called thimerosol used in vaccines, as some believe it can cause autism. 
The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps by Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith 

The mercury in the vaccines causes autism, brain damage, and disease. The vaccines themselves cause the body to be in an unnatural state and set you up for major disease. In the Natural Cures book I give you several other books that I recommend to discuss vaccines. They are: A Shot in the Dark, by Harris L. Coulter and Barbara Loe Fisher; Vaccines: Are They Really Safe & Effective?, by Neil Z. Miller; and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations, by Stephanie Cave, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., with Deborah Mitchell. 
More Natural Cures Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Disease by Kevin Trudeau 

New evidence is constantly being uncovered and autism rates continue to rise. In October 2004, US pediatrician Dr F. Edward Yazbak provided another interpretation of the large overseas studies on which the vaccines' safety profile was based. He said the definitive Danish study of more than 500,000 children born between 1991 and 1998 could not rule out a link between MMR and autism because many children went on to get autism after the trial had been concluded. 'The most important age group to look at comprises children aged from five to nine,' he said. 'The number with autism increased from 8. 
Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda by Jacky Law 

The connection between vaccinations and autism may be mercury poisoning. Thimerosal, a preservative used in many vaccines, contains about 50% mercury. The increases in the occurrence of autism are closely linked to the widespread use of thimerosal-containing vaccines. Mercury is well-documented as a cause of nervous system deterioration, decline in mental function, and learning problems. Certain symptoms of mercury poisoning are similar to autism, particularly defects in coordination and motor skills, visual disturbances, and immune suppression. 
Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Larry Trivieri, Jr. 

Increased research dollars are spent on developing new vaccines, but little has been done to investigate the possible connection between vaccines and developmental problems (as in the possible connection between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism). The possible side effects of immunization, including rashes, fever, diarrhea, autism, and even death, have been considered to be minimal when compared to the benefits. 
Alternative Medicine the Definitive Guide, Second Edition by Larry Trivieri, Jr. 

It was determined that there was a close correlation between mercury doses from thimerosal - containing childhood vaccines and the prevalence of autism from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. In contrast, there was a potential correlation between the number of primary pediatric measles-containing vaccines administered and the prevalence of autism during the 1980s. 
The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing by Gary Null and Amy McDonald 

Orthodox medical opinion claims autism is caused by genetic defect, but many people have been looking at the possibility that vaccines are at the root of autism. Specifically, the concern centers around thimerosol, a mercury-based preservative that was used in several childhood vaccines until 1999, at which time thimerosol was removed or greatly reduced. An estimated 80 percent of children show significant improvement after detoxification of poisonous heavy metals from their system. 
The Food-Mood Connection: Nutrition-based and Environmental Approaches to Mental Health and Physical Wellbeing by Gary Null and Amy McDonald 

In 2000, the US Congress passed the Children's Health Act, mandating its main research agency, the National Institutes of Health, to fund five centres of excellence into autism research. 'Here was an unprecedented political commitment to expand, intensify, and coordinate research into autism and services for children living with autism,' says Richard Horton, in his book MMR: Science and Fiction - Exploring a Vaccine Crisis. Or the government could have anticipated a steep rise in demand for individual vaccines, particularly against mumps. 

Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda by Jacky Law 

Since the 1990s, there has been a tenfold or 1000-percent increase in autism, an increase which has been linked by some researchers to the organic mercury preservative commonly found in babyvaccines. A greatly increased incidence of juvenile diabetes has been correlated to specific vaccination sequences and to the number of vaccines given.

The Natural Way to Heal: 65 Ways to Create Superior Health by Walter Last 
The use of the mercury-based thimerosal as a preservative in vaccines has been associated with autism. Despite the evidence, mercury is still being added to vaccines at completely unsafe levels considering the fact that it is a known neurotoxin. A recent study conducted by the University of Calgary showed that mercury ions alter the cell-membrane of developing neurons in babies and young children, directly contributing to autism. 

Timeless Secrets of Health & Rejuvenation: Unleash The Natural Healing Power That Lies Dormant Within You by Andreas Moritz 

On the lighter side

At Barton Chiropractic we understand the importance of the link between the brain and body. A vertebrea that is out of place has the ability to put pressure on a nerve as it travels from your brain to the tissue cells of your body. We know that if we cut that nerve the tissue will die. We also know that pressure on the nerve can decrease function and the tissue will suffer. That is why so many patients report relief from conditions other than just back pain.

Below is some research on the effectiveness of chiropractic and autism. If you know someone that is suffering from autism we would love to help. There is never a charge to sit down and talk with a doctor so please feel free to contact us at  Chiropractor in Concord or at 925 685-2002 to see how Chiropractic can help you.

Case Report: autism, otitis media.  Khorshid K. ICA Review Fall 2001

This is the case of Victoria, a 3-year-old girl diagnosed with autism, who also suffered from serous otitis media and hearing difficulty.  The girl had speech and communication deficits  and was considered to be at 9-12 month level of development.   An ENT specialist suggested tubes in the ears.

She was placed under chiropractic care. Within 3 weeks of her first chiropractic adjustment, there was complete resolution of her otitis media.  It was noticed that her tantrums increased after drinking milk therefore a gluten and casein free diet was implemented and this brought about "terrific" cognitive and emotional improvement, social skills, language and reasoning skills.


Lawrence' Story: autism and cerebral palsy. In-line with Oklahaven Children's Chiropractic Center(newsletter), Spring 2001, Oklahoma City, OK.

Six-year-old Lawrence was diagnosed with autism and cerebral palsy.

After beginning chiropractic care "Lawrence became more aware of the people around him and his surroundings. He took his first independent steps while receiving intensive treatments.  He now walks 50 or 60 feet on his own, changing direction and standing still as necessary.  He is also beginning to feed himself….His fine and gross motor skills have improved immensely and he has a range of different sounds he is making including experimenting with words."


Chiropractic care and behavior in autistic children.  Aguilar AL, Grostic JD, Pfleger B. Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 5 No. 1, 2000

This is one of the more ambitious projects regarding chiropractic and autism. Twenty-six randomly selected autistic children received nine months of upper cervical specific care.  During this period they had four examinations during which their behavior and neurological response was monitored. Autism rating scales used were Childhood Autism Rating Scale and Modified Autism Behavior Checklist. (Orthospinology upper cervical chiropractic technique which is hypothesized to remove interference from the spinal cord and brainstem was employed as the chiropractic technique.)

The changes in children under chiropractic care included:

·     Children going off all medication (i.e.Ritalin, Dexadrine)

·     Improved bladder control

·     Improved digestion

·     Starting to speak/ speech improved

·     Decreased ear infections

·     Chronic colds stopped or decreased

·     Improved sleep

·     Improved eye/vision

·     Improved behavior

·     Five children enrolled for the first time in full time inclusion classroom settings


Heather' Story. Barnes T. in Kentuckiana Children's Center Int'l Chiropractic Assn. ReviewSept/Oct 2000.

Heather was diagnosed with autism and mild mental retardation.  Her ability to walk began to deteriorate about the sixth or seventh grade. She frequently picked at her skin and had sores and scabs on her arms and legs. Her sleep patterns were erratic and she had large mood swings and tantrums. She had been seen by many orthopedists and neurologists and no cause for her condition could be found.

After Heather's first chiropractic adjustment she was able to take some steps on her own. Additionally, the sores on her arms and legs began to heal and she started sleeping through the night.  She continues her chiropractic care.


Case report: autism and chronic otitis media.  Warner SP and Warner TM.  Today's Chiropractic. May/June 1999.

This is the case report of a three and a half year-old girl with autism.  She was non-verbal, had compulsive disorders, daily rituals, exhibited head banging and would become violent.

Within one month after beginning chiropractic care, her parents and teacher noticed a 30% improvement socially.  After one year of care, an 80% improvement was noticed.  Her head banging and other rituals diminished by 50% with less violent behavior. 

She had chronic serous otitis media and had been on antibiotics for one year.  Within a one-week period after her first adjustment, antibiotic use stopped due to a 70% improvement in her otitis media.


Autism, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, strabismus and illness susceptibility: a case study in chiropractic management.  Amalu WC.  Today's Chiropractic. Sept/Oct 1998.  Pp. 32-47.

This is the case of a 5-year-old female diagnosed with autism, asthma, allergies, eczema, irritable bowel syndrome and left-sided strabismus.  She had been experiencing 25 violent temper episodes per day, with each episode lasting up to 20 minutes.  The episodes consisted of ear-piercing screams, combative behavior and throwing herself onto the floor. She also exhibited three episodes each day of self-inflicted violent behavior, which included biting her arm, slapping her head and repeatedly banging her head against a full-length mirror. 

She had at least one episode of violent behavior each day - hitting people, especially her mother. Speech was limited to a few words such as "mama," "dada," "milk" and "walk."

Chiropractic care consisted of adjustment of the atlanto-occipital subluxation in the knee-chest posture with contact to the posterior arch of atlas.

Correction of the subluxation was determined by post-adjustment cervical thermal scan.

During the first week of care she had two adjustments.  After the first adjustment, the patient had her first good night's sleep since her mother could remember.  Violent temper episodes had reduced from 25 per day to 15 per day with decrease in intensity.  Mother noticed that reasoning with patient could stop them.  Self-inflicted violent behavior was decreased in frequency. Her speech had improved with an increase in vocabulary.  Sleep patterns had improved. 

During the second week of care she had one adjustment.  Her violent temper episodes decreased from 15 per day to five per day with continued decrease in intensity and more control over stopping them.  Her right eye showed no more signs of strabismus. She began speaking in sentences for the first time, was able to nap without waking and could go back to sleep on her own at night. Mother reported a marked decrease in hyperactivity along with a desire to be touched and hugged.

During the third week of care she received one adjustment.  Her violent temper episodes decreased to 2 per day with decreased intensity. She continues to use more speech to express her feelings.  She exhibits strabismus in her left eye only when tired.  Mother states there is little hyperactivity.  Self-directed or outward violent behavior has ceased.  Irritable bowel syndrome was much improved.

On her fourth week of care she received no adjustments.  All temper episodes, hyperactivity, violent behavior had stopped; She is sleeping through the night.  Eczema behind ears had cleared up and allergic skin reactions have stopped. The patient was then evaluated by two therapists who declared the diagnosis of autism was incorrect.

During weeks 6 and 8 she experienced a mild return of symptoms, an adjustment was given, and symptoms abated.

During weeks 9-12 no adjustments were needed.  The IBS had almost completely resolved.  She had continued improvement over next 8 months and had not experienced more asthma attacks.


Developmental communication disorder.  Goldman, SR Today's Chiropractic July/August 1995 p.70-74.

This is the case of a two-year old boy diagnosed with 'developmental communication disorder.'  He was non-responsive to any external stimuli, even to receiving an injection.  He did not respond to sound or touch.

Chiropractic analysis revealed an axis (C2) subluxation.

"On the third visit, when I walked into the room, he began to cry.  That was the first time that he responded to anything happening around him.  By the sixth adjustment, he started to follow certain commands and stopped making repeated hand motions.  He started to talk after the 12th office visit. 

At present, he has an extensive vocabulary and is slightly hyperactive; he is probably making up for lost time."


Case study - autism. Rubinstein, HM  Chiropractic Pediatrics Vol. 1 No. 1, April 1994.

This is the case study of a seven-year-old female diagnosed with autism.  The child has a history of sexual and physical abuse.  The girl would slowly turn in circles in place while singing an incomprehensible song with a glazed stare and blank expression.

Spinal examination revealed a right posterior and superior C1. She was adjusted about twice a week.

After ten months of care she was able to carry on conversations, carry out commands and dress and groom herself. Cognitive development progressed to where she was able to learn, read, and participate in public school.


The effect of chiropractic adjustments on the behavior of autistic children; a case review. Sandeful, R, Adams E. ACA Journal of Chiropractic, Dec 21:5, 1987.

The authors reported that 50% of all autistic subjects under chiropractic care experienced reliable behavioral improvements, as recorded by independent observers. 

It is reported by those working with autistic children than any change in behavior in an autistic child is considered to be significant.  Behavioral improvements were observed in such diverse areas as picking up toys, use of sign language, reduction of self-abuse and appropriate use of language.

 Call your Chiropractor in Concord now at 925 685-2002 to see how Chiropractic can help you.