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Study Links Low Birth Weight To Autism on Eve Of March On Washington

Posted by Jane Akre
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 12:19 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Autism, Vaccines, FDA and Prescription Drugs, Dangerous Drugs, Drug Products, Thimerosal

Jenny McCarthy leads a march on Washington concerning autism as a new study links the disorder to low birth weight in girls.


IMAGE SOURCE: Wikimedia Commons/ actress/author/autism Mom, Jenny McCarthy/ author: Gamerscoreblog


Babies born pre-term and underweight, especially girls, are twice as likely to develop autism, according to findings by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study is being released on the eve of a planned march on Washington D.C. by parents, such as actress/author, Jenny McCarthy and other families affected by the neurological brain disorder, autism.

While the cause remains unknown, this is the first study to look at how gender affects the risk for autism. 

The CDC compared data from 565 children who were born between 1986 and 1993, and suffering from autism. They were compared to a control group.

The findings showed that baby girls who weighed less than 5.5 pounds had 3.5 times the increased risk of developing autism. Similar-sized boys did not share the risk.

Also, girl babies born seven weeks prematurely had 5.4 times the increased risk of autism. For boys, prematurity and birth weight didn’t have a significant difference.

The study findings, published in the June edition of the journal Pediatrics, 
suggest that although doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes autism, it’s believed that genetics, the sex of the child, and environmental factors have some role in acquiring the brain development disorder. 

Researchers have known for years that babies born prematurely are at risk for long-term disabilities such as blindness, and neurodevelopment problems or worse.

They are three times more likely to die during the first year of life, especially during the first month. One in eight births (more than 520,000 babies) in the U.S. is born premature each year.

One in 150 children in the United States suffers from autism or related disorders. At this time, there is no cure for autism. Generally appearing before a child turns three years of age, autism has serious implications for social communication and interaction, but proper guidance and early prognosis can largely affect the child’s behavior.

Some three to six out of every 1,000 children will develop autism, according to the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Males are four times more likely to develop autism than that of girls.

While childhood vaccines and the mercury based preservative, thimerosal, are often blamed, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program is determining who should receive federal compensation. When Georgia girl, Hanna Poling received compensation this spring, it opened up the emerging theory that pre-existing, undiagnosed conditions may lead to autism. 

Even former National Institutes of Health director, Dr. Bernadine Healy, has opened the door to the possibility that some children have pre-existing conditions that do not allow them to process vaccines for whatever reason.

While standard mainstream media continues to assure the public that thimerosal is no longer in vaccines, Johns Hopkins Institute for Vaccine Safety lists vaccines where the mercury based preservative is still contained.

 It is also present in some flu shots, routinely given to pregnant women.

A rally is planned for Wednesday, June 4th, in Washington D.C. where families and activist actress, Jenny McCarthy and her partner, actor Jim Carrey plan to march the streets in front of the Capitol Building.

The mother of a boy recovering from autism, McCarthy has formed, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) which stresses it is not anti-vaccine but wants the government to reassess the schedule of mandatory childhood vaccines and the toxic ingredients included in them.  #


Anonymous User
Posted by Holly B
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 9:47 PM EST

Sorry, but another red herring from the always-desperate CDC. My kids were both over 10 pounds and are both vaccine-injured.

Anonymous User
Posted by Heidi Roger
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 10:45 PM EST

My son was 9 pounds 1 ounce. That combined with the fact that more boys than girls are dx with autism means this study deserves further scrutiny.

Anonymous User
Posted by Laura K
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 11:42 PM EST

We know that the blindness in many premature births were actually caused by the administration of pure (100%)oxygen.

I wonder if they bothered to track whether or not these children received vaccines according to the childhood schedule, or if they waited until the children were at a more normal weight and fully developed. They already cautioned against giving the HepB to premature infants several years ago.

My son - 40 weeks, 7 lbs 10 oz. + 250 mcg ethylmercury = severe autism.

Anonymous User
Posted by nhokkanen
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 9:48 AM EST

A RESPONSE FROM DAVID GEIER, autism researcher:

This is another "trick wording" study regarding risk factors for autism. It is designed to give the impression that there is an overall 2-fold increased risk in developing autism in the population due to low birth weight children.

It is important to realize that what the current study is really saying is that among those children who are of low birth weight (a small percentage of the overall births each year), it was found that these children had a 2-fold risk factor in developing autism.

Further, in analyzing the effect, it was observed that there was basically no effect among the boys with autism, where as the main effect was being driven by girls with autism (males out number females in autism by at least 3 to 1).

In addition, the study did not examine any other confounding factors such as much higher levels of mercury exposure from Thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccine administered per kilogram of bodyweight administered to low birth weight children on the da y of birth that may cause or contribute to the effect observed.

To summarize, the present study found an increased risk of autism among children who were of low birth weight (small percentage of the general population), primarily girls (small percentage of children with autism), and was unable to even begin to address confounding factors (such as the fact that most low birth weight infants received increased mercury exposure from Thimerosal-containing vaccines) - as a result, the findings from the present study translate into from a population point-of-view regarding risk factors for autism of almost nill.

Also, as was stated in the article, take the observation the aforementioned concerns regarding the autism increased risk, in the context with the fact that the other developmental conditions such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, hearing loss or vision impairment were all found to have significantly higher risks than autism.

Posted by Robin Nemeth
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 4:07 PM EST

Of my four children, only one seems pretty much unaffected by vaccine damage. I thank God that they are only mildly affected. She was by far the lowest in birth weight of the four, at about five and a half pounds. Oh but that's only anecdotal and doesn't mean much. The same way that the thousands of parents who've come forward to say that their child was fine until being immunized are all anecdotal cases, and don't mean anything. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of anecdotal cases that don't mean anything.

Let's look at anything we can think of. Accuse mothers of drinking while pregnant. Old fathers, too much tv watching, low birth weight. Let's look at anything and everything except that bottle of thimerosal with the skull and crossbones on the label.

Anonymous User
Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 8:06 PM EST

Thanks all for the comments above. I'm curious- what effect do you think the comments of Dr. Bernadine Healy will have on the medical establishment and its dismissal of parents? See the link in the Learn More story above....

Quite a departure from the run of the mill answer, is it not?

Anonymous User
Posted by Anne
Friday, June 06, 2008 11:49 AM EST

Low birth-weight babies get the day-1-hepB-shot when they are much smaller, then they go on to continue with all the other vaccines and they are still smaller and weigh less.
When you think of the dose of toxins they get compared to a full-size full-weight baby, it's a significant difference.

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