What Causes Autism: A Theory
by Deborah Lindsey
I actually wrote this article about 10 years ago but find that the information in it holds up to this day. It is well worth reading and so in response to the recent activity on this subject I thought it was worthy of reposting. I hope that you find it worthy of the read. Remember it is a theory and not proven beyond a shadow of a doubt but I still personally believe it to be quite accurate.
A few years ago I heard a theory about the underlying cause of autism from a healthcare practitioner that I respect very highly. As an alternative healthcare practitioner with a history in allopathic medicine, she has a balanced viewpoint on the issue. She is one of the world experts in autism with a worldwide practice helping autistic children. So when she offered this theory, it really stuck with me. Since that time, I have been watching and testing the theory in my own practice and find that she is right on. In fact, I have not yet come across a child who had autism or ADD/ADHD that didn’t fit these criteria. That being said, this is only a theory. Use it for what it is worth.
The Theory: What Causes Autism?
So what is this theory?
The theory is based on a simple but disastrous combination of factors, all of which have to come into play in one way or another for the autism to manifest. If all of the factors fall into place, you will likely have a child who is autistic. If some of them come into play, you are likely to have a child somewhere else on the spectrum.
The factors to be considered are the health of the mother’s (and/or father’s) immune system, and subsequently the child’s, immune system, pitocin, and vaccinations. (For those who don’t know, pitocin is what they give mothers to induce labor. Nowadays it is given freely to just about any mother to help speed up delivery, even though it has never been FDA approved for this use.)
A healthy birth
It all starts with the immune system. You see the immune system is made up of two different pathways—one that is responsible for protecting you from pathogens like viruses and bacteria and one that is responsible for protecting you from allergens. The part of the immune system that manages pathogens is called T1 and the part that manages allergens is called T2. In a healthy immune system, the body will have about 75% T1 activity and 25% T2 activity. That way your immune system will effectively stop most things that are harmful from getting into your body and kill it off pretty quickly if it does happen to get in.
When a healthy woman becomes pregnant, her immune system will naturally shift from a T1 dominant immune system to a T2 dominant immune system so that the body doesn’t kill off the baby as if it were a pathogen. If the immune system does not shift to a T2 dominance, the baby will likely abort. You know that a woman has shifted to a T2 dominant state because she gets symptoms related to morning sickness. These symptoms include a hypersensitivity to smell, nausea, and vomiting. This is all a natural and healthy part of the process.
While the mother is pregnant, she will remain in the T2 dominant state. The baby will also be T2 dominant. When the baby is ready to be born, it will send the mother a signal (presumably through the cerebrospinal fluid) that signals the mother to secrete a hormone called oxytocin. This secretion of oxytocin, which is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone”, is what signals the mom to go into labor. This influx of oxytocin is also responsible for that magical, mystical love that mother’s are known to feel for their children and vice versa. It is the bonding hormone.
Somehow, this oxytocin also signals the immune system to switch back to its original T1 state. In so doing, the immune system becomes a participant in birthing the baby. Once the signal is received by the mother, her immune system shifts back to T1 and now reacts to the baby as if it is an invader and goes to work to kick it out (i.e. labor).
When the mother switches back to a T1 dominant state, the baby, who is still directly connected to the mother through the placenta, does the same. In this way, the baby is born with a healthy immune system, able to handle whatever life throws its way.
If all of this works according to plan, you now have a healthy, happy baby. And even if they give the baby a vaccine within the first few hours of its birth, it can survive it (although barely) without major developmental problems because its immune system is T1 and can identify the pathogens in the vaccine and kill them off.
When everything goes wrong
So where does it all go wrong? The first factor, of course, is the health of the mother’s immune system before birth. (The father’s immune system may also play a role. This is still under review but it does appear to be a consideration). If the mother has an autoimmune disease at the time of conception, the mother’s immune system is already compromised. For many of these women, it is fairly easy to get pregnant and they feel like a million bucks during the pregnancy. Since the T1 immune system goes into repose, the part of her immune system that was attacking simply takes some time off and many of her aches and pains go away. She may not even experience much in the way of morning sickness because the immune system is already T2.
So while the woman is pregnant, both she and the baby are T2 and all is well. The problem comes in when it comes time to give birth. Oftentimes, when the woman is immune compromised, she will not easily switch back to T1 when the baby sends the signal that its time to be born. In that case, labor will be long and difficult. She may even go in and out of labor. In a situation like this, the medical establishment will reach for pitocin, which is a substitute oxytocin. The pitocin will then stimulate labor and the baby will be born.
The problem though is that the pitocin doesn’t switch the immune system back from a T2 dominant state to a T1 dominant state, which means that the baby doesn’t get the signal either. In that scenario, the baby is born T2 dominant and is not sufficiently able to handle its environment, especially anything pathogenic. It is, essentially, one of those babies who is highly allergic.
If in that moment, the baby is given a vaccination, that baby will likely become autistic or ADD/ADHD (depending, presumably, on the degree of the T2 dominance).
If, however, the baby does not get a vaccine at that time, there is still hope. If the mother’s immune system was healthy before birth, even if she received pitocin to induce or assist labor, her immune system may very naturally switch back to T1. If that happens and she breast feeds the baby, the baby will get the new immune system information from the mother and switch to T1.
At that time, the baby may very well be able to survive vaccination without getting autism.
The danger here is that while the baby is T2, it may not take to the breast very easily (as it is deficient in oxytocin and may not bond well) AND/OR it may be allergic to the mother’s milk and become colicky. In response, some mothers will give up on breast feeding or the doctor may suggest using formula. If you do that, the baby will not switch back to T1 and you are at risk once again. This child will very likely become autistic when vaccinated, depending on the age and ferocity of the vaccines (how many at one time, how much thimerisol, etc.) And, if the mother was originally immune compromised and her immune system does NOT switch back to T1 naturally, breast feeding will do little to solve the problem.
While it is unknown at this time exactly what happens to the baby when vaccines are administered, we do know that the state of the immune system is a critical factor as to whether or not the baby survives it without long-term harm. If the baby’s immune system is strong enough to fight off the pathogens, it will be okay. If the body is essentially in a heightened allergic state (T2) (largely because of the use of pitocin), it will not be able to fight off the pathogens in the vaccine and the baby will come out somewhere on the autism spectrum. In that case, the pathogens essentially destroy something inside the baby.
While we do not know exactly what happens, we do know that something happens to the Metallothionein proteins in the gut, which means that the baby is not able to manage heavy metals. Those heavy metals will collect most readily in the area between the two brains, making it virtually impossible for information to flow appropriately between the two sides of the brain. The child may be very good at math and other logical skills, but unable to process the creative and emotional aspects of life, as is common with autistic children. We also know that the baby will likely be deficient in oxytocin for the rest of its life, and thereby unable to bond with people socially. While we don’t know why this affects the gut area so deeply, we know that children who have a T2 dominant immune system are highly allergic (as that is the job of the T2 immune system). As a result, these children are unable to process many ordinary foods like milk (casein), wheat, gluten, and so forth. They also don’t fight off fungus very well and have extraordinarily high levels of fungus in the gut.
We also know that the mother (if she doesn’t switch back to a T1 dominant state naturally) is likely to have difficulty bonding with the baby and may feel excessively burdened or get the “baby blues”. If the mother’s immune system was borderline before she gave birth and pitocin was administered, she might not switch back to a T1 dominant state herself. Many mothers report that they are never the same after giving birth, now being highly allergic to things that never bothered them before. These mothers are now T2 dominant and have an even higher risk of giving birth to a second child who falls somewhere on the autism spectrum.
What about Regressive Autism?
Unfortunately, this isn’t the end of the story. Many, many children go through this process and appear to be quite healthy until about the age of 2. At this time, many children are subjected to government-sanctioned vaccines. At that time, literally thousands upon thousands of children have experienced similar symptoms: many children experience an extremely high fever (doctors will tell you its normal), they will cry and become discontent, and they may sleep for an inordinate amount of time. Upon awakening the day after the vaccine (particularly the MMR vaccine), you may notice that you child is somehow different. The child may no longer want to be held, it will no longer maintain eye contact, and within days or weeks, the child’s speech will diminish. You may even find the child flapping its arms or banging its head against the ground. These are indications of what are called regressive autism. (And yet everyone around you will deny that it was the vaccines that caused it. Even NPR did a one-sided story on it saying that there is absolutely no evidence that vaccines cause autism so they didn’t even have to present the other viewpoint. Its amazing. The drug companies and/or government must have a LOT at stake if they could buy off NPR.)
So why, you ask, do some children get the shots and come out okay while others are so completely devastated by the vaccines? The answer, once again, lies in the health of the babies immune system.
- the mother (and father?) had healthy immune systems prior to the birth
- The baby was born naturally (no pitocin), and
- the child was breast fed
you will very likely have a healthy child who can handle the vaccines. Its also good if the child has had an opportunity to be around other sick children so it can pick up basic childhood diseases and subsequently teach the immune system appropriate responses.
- the mother (or father) were immune compromised before the birth (including something as innocuous as a cold at the time of conception)
- pitocin was used in the delivery of the baby or the baby was delivered cesarean
- the baby was not breast feed
- Or if the mother is one of those people who never gets sick but is is always suffering from allergies (T2)
the baby is high risk.
Other characteristics to watch for:
- The baby never seems to get sick, not even a common cold
- Or if the baby does get sick, it stays sick for an inordinate amount of time
- The baby hasn’t had an opportunity to be around other kids to pick up standard childhood diseases
- The baby has chronic stuffy nose (indicating a T2 dominant immune system)
- The baby has chronic dark circles under its eyes (indicating a T2 dominant immune system)
- The baby has chronic earaches (T2)
- Or the baby has chronic diarrhea (T2)
If you have any of these (especially if you have a combination of these), you really want to think hard before subjecting your child to vaccines, especially the MMR.
The MMR is particularly disastrous because it subjects your child to THREE major pathogens all at one time. A baby with a semi-developed immune system (and they all have some immune system or they’d be living in a bubble), can often handle the preliminary vaccines because they are given one disease at a time (and yes, people, they are giving your children diseases when they give them vaccines. The intention is to give a low dose of the disease so that the body builds up antibodies to it and purportedly becomes immune to it.) That all changes, however, when they give the MMR. In this case, they are giving your children THREE major diseases all at the same time. Even a healthy immune system in a full-grown adult will only get sick with one thing at a time. If your child’s immune system is even moderately weak, it will have difficulty surviving the onslaught of viruses and will fight very hard (i.e. the high fever) to kill it off. If it loses, however, the viruses will then do their deed and your child will never be the same.
Another consideration is whether or not the child is healthy at the time vaccines are administered. For example, a child’s immune system is compromised when it has a cold. So even if you have a child with a very healthy immune system, the child will be at an increased risk if you give it a vaccine when it has a cold or any other illness at the time. The immune system will already be occupied and unable to fight off the onslaught of new viruses.
As an overview, this theory asserts that three factors are primary considerations in whether or not a child will experience autism or its cousins. These three factors are:
1) The health of the immune system
2) The use of Pitocin and its role in the administration of immune system function during the birthing process
In short, if a child has a compromised immune system (either from the use of pitocin or a parent whose immune system was compromised before birth or they are sick at the time they are given a vaccine) and that child is administered vaccines, it will likely become autistic.