Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Congenital Rubella Syndrome

here is the link:  http://pediatrics.about.com/b/2011/12/23/congenital-rubella-syndrome-in-sweden.htm

Sweden is reporting their first case of congenital rubella syndrome in 30 years. The baby, born premature, has a variety of birth defects, as is typical for for a baby born with congenital rubella syndrome.
According to the World Health Organization, the rubella virus "can often lead to serious and sometimes fatal complications in the fetus when an unprotected woman acquires the infection early in pregnancy (congenital rubella infection) or to congenital rubella syndrome in newborns." Birth defects can include deafness, cataracts, cardiac problems, and neurologic abnormalities, including microcephaly and mental retardation.
In one of the last rubella epidemics in the United States, in 1964, there were 12.5 million cases of rubella and 20,000 cases of congenital rubella syndrome, including 11,600 babies who were born deaf, 3,580 blind, and 1,800 mentally retarded. There were also 2,100 neonatal deaths.

Further link on Wikipedia give info regarding Maternal infection, EVEN BEFORE CONCEPTION. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congenital_rubella_syndrome

Congenital rubella syndrome (CRS) can occur in a developing fetus of a pregnant woman who has contracted rubella during her first trimester. If infection occurs 0–28 days before conception, there is a 43% chance the infant will be affected. If the infection occurs 0–12 weeks after conception, there is a 51% chance the infant will be affected. If the infection occurs 13–26 weeks after conception there is a 23% chance the infant will be affected by the disease. Infants are not generally affected if rubella is contracted during the third trimester, or 26–40 weeks after conception. Problems rarely occur when rubella is contracted by the mother after 20 weeks of gestation and continues to disseminate the virus after birth.

What is it within science that is not looking for a similar infection as the present day cause of autism?


In this PubMed publication, we are made aware that maternal infection with German Measles increased the incidence of Autism >200 fold in affected mothers/fetusesActivation of the Maternal Immune System Alters Cerebellar Development in the Offspring This is NOT the heritibility we have been led to believe the cause, that arrived coincidentally (or NOT) at the same time scientists were looking to fund the Genome Project.

I propose we already have a good idea what causes autism.  There are just too many livelihoods and egos involved.  Too many research facilities needing funding. And it has nothing to do with psychiatry or mothers,although autism and schizophrenia are the bread and butter of that crowd. (Does my cynicism show?)

The answer is simple, and it was right under our noses in 1977.  How much longer will we continue to ignore it? Rubella is not the only viral possibility.  There are thousands of different viruses, I'm sure.  Sexually transmitted virus's could survive undetected in the mother's blood for years. The PubMed Central search for "maternal viral infections autism" returns only 96 hits.

You may or may not be aware of CMV, or  Cytomegalovirus.

The Impact of CMV Infection

Chart: U.S. Children Born with or Developing Long-Term Medical Conditions Each Year. Annual number of children affected. Cytomegalovirus (CMV): 5,500; Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS): 5,000; Down Syndrome: 4,000; Spina Bifida/Anencephaly: 3,000; Pediatric HIV/AIDS: 200; Invasive Haemophilus Influenzae Type B: 60; Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS): 10. CMV is the most common congenital (present at birth) viral infection in the U.S. Each year, about 5,500 (1 in 750) children in this country are born with or develop disabilities that result from congenital CMV infection. More children have disabilities due to this disease than other well-known congenital infections and syndromes, including Down syndrome, fetal alcohol syndrome, spina bifida, and pediatric HIV/AIDS.

See how easily this can happen? It is the most common cause of congenital birth defects, and only 1 in 5 pregnant women have heard of it.

I bet David Kirby fans would love me.

http://www.ctl1.com/publicaccess/humanecology/hdru-20091022-eng-ap/#  early manifestation...from 2 to 4 months post implantation. Immune activation trigger ...

http://sfari.org/funding/grants/abstracts/effect-of-abnormal-calcium-influx-on-social-behavior-in-autism excessive calcium

Iodine deficiency - Combined maternal and fetal hypothyroidism:Iodine deficiency is, by a large margin, the most common preventable cause of mental retardation in the world. Without adequate maternal iodine intake, both the fetus and mother are hypothyroid, and if supplemental iodine is not provided, the child may well develop cretinism, with mental retardation, deaf-mutism and spasticity. http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/thyroid/thyroid_preg.html

http://sfari.org/news-and-opinion/autism-in-the-arts/2011/book-review-autisms-twisted-immune-links-untangled 


pregnancy loss and thyroid treatment  http://www.bmj.com/content/356/bmj.i6865

Friday, December 23, 2011

I have a Christmas Message for you...




See these two people above?  These are my two favorite people in the whole world. My Mama, doing her best Nancy Reagan imitaion, only for real...she's looking up adoringly into my son's eyes.  He is smiling at having his picture taken for once because he wants to always remember the sweetest person in the world.

She never used to remember going to Tuscon with Dad to pick up us and Ben and spend a week with us at Ben's birth.  Do you know what she said to him this last time we went home?

"I loved you from the moment I first saw you!" 

Mom has Alzheimers or the remains of a stroke or something that is taking away her thoughts/memories and ability to care for herself.  But she's still Mom, ya know?  If anything, she's become more kind, more loving than she used to be.  I would think that impossible.  Maybe it's because Alzheimers can't destroy her heart, her soul. She will always be Mom.  No disease will capture her soul.

See my son?  According to science, he lacks the skills that make us human.  You can see that, can't you?  An empty package.  Frankly, it appears to be an insane conclusion.

I hate science.  In it's desire to codify and delegate, it gives rise to fools who run circles in their own minds while never leaving a drop of sense behind.  Feverish little men and women who spin in only their own webs, setting themselves up as the new priests who never lift a finger to help those under their care. 

When I was young, I wanted to be intelligent.  I wanted to know all the answers.  Now that I am older, I crave wisdom.

It was a wise and kind Creator who allowed me to be enriched by that which the highly intelligent dismiss.

"If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, 'thank you,' that would suffice."
 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

songs for a blue day for Mom and Ben








Some voices are just perfect for some songs...Rufus Wainwright has a gorgeous voice.










Heaven to me would be this man singing...











Benny asked me to add this one. Funny how music heals us both. Listening to music takes me to a place where the slipstream to love is found. These songs give me shivers and remind me that we are all human and easily broken. It's why I married a music man.  It is a language in and of itself. 


As the great poet (Robert Frost) says:

And God has taken a flower of gold
  And broken it, and used therefrom
The mystic link to bind and hold
  Spirit to matter till death come.

Sorry, guess I'm kind of a mental case, but I wouldn't trade the awareness of the beauty of brokenness for all of the money, fame, and intelligence in the world.

Proverbs 4:6-7
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.