Overvaccination and brain inflammation

It appears that researchers may be zooming in on the nexus that connects vaccines and vaccine-related developmental issues:

Analyzing five years’ worth of private health insurance data on children ages 6-15, these scientists found that young people vaccinated in the previous three to 12 months were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with certain neuropsychiatric disorders than their non-vaccinated counterparts.

This new study, which raises important questions about whether over-vaccination may be triggering immune and neurological damage in a subset of vulnerable children (something parents of children with autism have been saying for years), was published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, Jan. 19.

More than 95,000 children in the database that were analyzed had one of seven neuropsychiatric disorders: anorexia nervosa, anxiety disorder, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), bipolar disorder, major depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and tic disorder.

Children with these disorders were compared to children without neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as to children with two other conditions that could not possibly be related to vaccination: open wounds and broken bones.

This was a well-designed, tightly controlled study. Control subjects without brain disorders were matched with the subjects by age, geographic location and gender.

As expected, broken bones and open wounds showed no significant association with vaccinations.

New cases of major depression, bipolar disorder or ADHD also showed no significant association with vaccinations.

However, children who had been vaccinated were 80 percent more likely to be diagnosed with anorexia and 25 percent more likely to be diagnosed with OCD than their non-vaccinated counterparts. Vaccinated children were also more likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and with tics compared to the controls.

Now, I’m as dubious as anyone about the legitimacy of psychiatric disorders, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in the main thrust of the story. But here is the potentially more significant issue that is not readily apparent. The tests which revealed the brain inflammation by which the psychiatric disorders are believed to have been caused occurred in children who were receiving shots as young as five. This raises the obvious question: what is happening to the brains of smaller, younger children who are receiving even more shots than their older counterparts?

Before the usual suspects on both sides of the vaccine debate react instinctively, keep in mind that this isn’t a question of the known benefits of vaccines or the known risks. This is a matter of balancing the known knowns against the known unknowns, which, by definition, cannot possibly be done until more can be learned about the unknowns. And even if any one vaccine, or series of vaccines, are beneficial, that does not mean that overvaccination is impossible, particularly if each shot causes a small amount of brain inflammation.

One shot of tequila won’t hurt you either. That doesn’t mean 25 in quick succession are harmless.