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Mother Fights For Recognition of Vaccine & Autism Link

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After her bright, happy 13-month old son received his MMR (measles/mumps/rubella) shot and, within two weeks, began exhibiting autistic behavior, California mother Cindy Goldenberg didn't know what was happening to her son. During the next few years Cindy embarked on a journey that would take her to 55 doctors and into an exhaustive search of the medical literature that led her to conclude that her son, Garrett, was made autistic by a reaction to the rubella vaccine in the MMR shot. Since her son's complete recovery after human immune globulin intravenous infusion (IGIV), Cindy has been on a crusade to warn the public about the connection between autism and vaccination and, by sharing her story on television shows such as "The Susan Potter Show," has offered hope to parents that IGIV therapy may help alleviate their children's autistic behavior.


After Garrett lost eye contact and language skills shortly after his MMR shot and then became much worse after he received his HIB vaccination at 18 months, Cindy began taking him to one doctor after another in search of an answer to the question: why? All Garrett's lab tests came back normal except for one: he was found to have an extremely high rubella titer. So Cindy started digging into the medical literature and what she found convinced her that autism is caused by an insult to the brain which can produce brain inflammation that disrupts the developing myelination. She also learned that the rubella virus is known to cause brain inflammation and, putting two together, started to suspect that the rubella vaccine caused her son's autism.

Holding fast to her theory, she finally found a physician, Dr. Sudhir Gupta, University of CA professor of medicine specializing in neurology, pathology, microbiology, molecular genetics and immunology, who agreed to perform an immunologic panel and confirmed that Garrett had extremely high rubella titers as well as low IgA and low levels of IgG subclasses.


Dr. Gupta decided to try giving Garrett IGIV infusions to help repair his damaged immune system which, because of the interaction between the immune and neurological system, might also have an impact on his brain dysfunction. At the same time, Cindy changed Garrett's diet and gave him vitamin and nutrition therapy to further enhance the optimal functioning of his immune system. Within six months of the IGIV therapy, Cindy saw dramatic improvement in her son's behavior. As Garrett's rubella titer levels came down, Garrett became less and less autistic, By age five, gone was the spinning, repetitive behaviors and refusal to make eye contact or speak. Today, Garrett is a normal, active six year old and Cindy is a mother who, through intelligence, courage and determination, has won back a better life for her son.

MUMS Reprinted this from newsletter, VACCINE REACTION published by the National Vaccine Center (NVIC)

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