Amish Autism Anomaly & Low Vaccine Rates?

Amish Autism Anomaly & Low Vaccine Rates?

Amish are mostly born at home and in birthing centers where they do not start their life with vaccine shots.

Apparently as much as 50% of the Amish population do get some vaccinations at some point.

We forget how many vaccinations the general US population is encouraged to take. It’s like the difference between eating 1 cookie and eating 5 bags of cookies on a regular basis.

I found the jumping from quotes to reporting to sarcasm to be a bit confusing to follow; but, the article is certainly worth the effort.

My big takeaway was the difference between moderation and extremism in vaccine consumption.

How many vaccines is too damn many?

Judge for yourself. Read on:

Age of Autism Weekly Wrap: How Measles Makes the Case for the Amish Anomaly

By Dan Olmsted editor Age of Autism

It was a decade ago – “a budding spring day” in April 2005 – that I visited Amish country in Pennsylvania just a couple of hours away from Washington for my first Age of Autism column, titled The Amish Anomaly.

I posed the question, “Where are the autistic Amish?

Here in Lancaster County, heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, there should be well over 100 with some form of the disorder.

I have come here to find them, but so far my mission has failed, and the very few I have identified raise some very interesting questions about some widely held views on autism.”

I was a bit naive.

My reporting, which found very few autistic Amish and a much lower vaccination rate than the country as a whole, raised the specter of a link between vaccinations and autism, a link that was starting to get some traction as the autism rate inexplicably exploded in America’s children.

The effort to nullify what I reported was quick and continuing: Opponents like Seth Mnookin portrayed the Amish Anomaly (which has its own Wikipedia page!) as junk on a par with Andy Wakefield’s Lancet study:

“The various vaccine manufactroversies that have spread in the wake of Andrew Wakefield’s bogus claims that the measles component of the MMR vaccine might be linked to autism are too numerous to unpack in one brief blog post.

One of the most persistent has been the Amish fallacy: Most Amish don’t vaccinate; there’s almost no record of autism in Amish communities; ergo, vaccines cause autism. (This argument has also been used, time and time and time again, to illustrate the efficacy of a proposed vaccinated-versus-unvaccinated study.)

“Not surprisingly, no part of the Amish fallacy — which has been kicking around for over a decade and gained new prominence and attention with this, purely anecdotal 2005 dispatch* — is true.” That link is to my first story.Oh, Seth, there you go again, though I do appreciate, and I mean this sincerely, being pilloried in the same paragraph as Andy. Yet despite the scorn, the truth has slowly become obvious.Just listen to Max Wiznitzer, a neurologist from Cleveland — hard by Amish country. He is firm: Vaccines don’t cause autism.

Oh. and the Amish don’t have autism!

On Larry King in April 2009, Wiznitzer — defending the vaccine program, arguing autism has not increased and insisting it is a genetic disorder  — said the rate of autism in northeastern Ohio, the nation’s largest Amish community, was 1 in 10,000.

He should know, he said: “I’m their neurologist.”

That correlates closely with what I wrote in June 2005, still in that first burst of Amish-autism stories, citing another mainstream frontline doctor with first-hand knowledge of the same population:

“The autism rate for U.S. children is 1 in 166 [times change!], according to the federal government. The autism rate for the Amish around Middlefield, Ohio, is 1 in 15,000, according to Dr. Heng Wang.

He means that literally: Of 15,000 Amish who live near Middlefield, Wang is aware of just one who has autism. If that figure is anywhere near correct, the autism rate in that community is astonishingly low.

“Wang is the medical director, and a physician and researcher, at the DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children, created three years ago to treat the Amish in northeastern Ohio.

“’I take care of all the children with special needs,’ he said, putting him in a unique position to observe autism. The one case Wang has identified is a 12-year-old boy…

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One of the tragedies of this debate is that we’re not talking about  dispassionate positions seeking to inform families so that they can make the best decisions possible.

We’re talking about fascism versus freedom as the drug monopolies and their followers seek to force people to do things that profit the drug pushers.

The measles vaccine is one case where 108 have been killed by the vaccines and another 2,700 suffered brain damage while there are no cases of death by measles in the last 10 years.

Yet the drug companies and true believers think more children should die and suffer brain injury by force if necessary by taking a vaccine that they admit doesn’t work perfectly and may be deadly to some.

The logic escapes me.

They also fantasize that if we don’t take our drugs, the world will die because there are no alternatives to dangerous drugs.

Here’s a link to further information on natural alternatives to antibiotics without the risk, are healthy habit with or without any disease, and a lot cheaper than choosing a life on drugs for all your health needs:

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