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Myth Busted: Autism Is Not Caused By MMR Vaccine

Myth Busted: Autism Is Not Caused By MMR Vaccine

Throughout the past several years there has been a controversial debate over whether or not the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine has any connection with children that developed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Now there is an answer to the question that has been asked by hundreds (if not thousands) of people. The myth is busted and there are facts to prove it. The MMR Vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are not connected and here’s why.

The Theory

It all started in 1998 by Andrew Wakefield and about 11 other authors had an article published, which hinted there was a possible connection between the MMR vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Eventually the study was discredited, the Lancet retracted the article and “the General Medical Council ruled that he acted dishonestly and irresponsibly in doing his research” according to Science and Medicine. That did not stop people, especially parents, from giving the theory a second thought.

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The Study

According to The Journal of American Medical Association, the MMR vaccine does not have any connection at all to children developing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There was a study done that involved about 95,727 children that were “continuously enrolled in a health plan from birth […] and at least five years of age during the yeas 2001-2012”. All of the participants received “doses of the MMR vaccine (0,1,2)” from birth up until they were the age of five. The results speak for themselves. Out of the entire group of participants (95,727 children) with older siblings only 1.04% (994) were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Also, the study gathered information about their older siblings as well and about 2.01% (1929) of those had an older sibling with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Simple Answer

To people like me (who’s brain shuts off when any type of medical terms are mentioned) this means that they monitored a pretty sizable number of children who went in and got their MMR Vaccination and out of that handful of children, only about 1% of them were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the rest did not (some of them even had older siblings that were diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)).

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The Support

Other websites and organizations such as The Pharmaceutical Journal, The Center of Disease Conrol (CDC), Science Daily, and Cleveland Clinic’s website accept the study. On the Cleveland Clinic’s website they state that there have been countless studies in the last fifteen years that have also shown no possible link between the MMR vaccine and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Dr. Frazier II, PhD., who is the director of the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Health Center, states:

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“There are treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), children cannot avoid Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by avoiding things like vaccinations.”

Well known organizations like the CDC have stated:

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“The MMR shot is very safe, and it is effective at preventing measles [and] scientists in the United States and other countries have carefully studied the MMR shot. None has found a link between Autism and the MMR shot”.

There are still many people that disagree with vaccinating their children, and they have the right to have that opinion, but at least now they know that the MMR Vaccine will not lead to their child developing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This vaccination was made to help protect you from disease and it was developed to keep our communities from having a measles outbreak. Whether you believe in vaccinating your children or not, you can be certain that scientists went through great lengths to prove that the MMR Vaccine will not cause children to develop Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Featured photo credit: Little girl getting vaccination from pediatrician at office-Ronny Richert via flickr.com

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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