Having an autistic child is not the end of the world--far from it. It is my hope that through this blog, at least a handful of people will get to understand that. My child is amazing, she brings us tremendous joy. We have good days & bad days, but we CHOOSE to focus on the good. Our belief is that by loving our daughter, giving her the most comfortable environment we can, and by most of all accepting her differences, she will continue to blossom--in her OWN way.


The Mother Factor


Jon Poling said Hannah, like her mother, has a rare inherited mitochondrial disorder. Mitochondria are the "power batteries" inside every cell of the body and supply the cell with energy.

And here it is:
Ultimately Hannah was diagnosed with mitochondrial disorder, where not enough energy is produced for cells and muscles. Her mother also has been diagnosed with the disorder...
And then they get it wrong:
...yet she shows no signs of autism. That suggests Hannah's autism symptoms are not caused by genetics, but exacerbated by the childhood shots which then triggered her autism.
No, what it suggests is that Hannah's mito is more severe than her mother's (this is common). If one reads more than a paragraph or two on mitochondrial disease, they'll plainly read that autistic features can be a symptom of mito. Just because I am not autistic, doesn't mean my daughter's autism isn't genetic. I see autistic traits in myself and my husband, as well as other family members.

Also, I'd say this very clearly proves that Hannah's mitochondria wasn't somehow "injured" by those vaccines. This is clear evidence that Hannah was born with a mitochondrial disease, and that vaccines most certainly did not cause it.

I still wonder why this wasn't mentioned during the Larry King Live show? There is also at least one false statement in this article, should you read it in its entirety, I want to clarify:

In a 2005 study, 60 Portuguese children with autism also had mitochondrial abnormalities.
The actual figure is 5 of 69 of those children with autism also had mitochondrial abnormalities.


kristina said...

very interesting...

Jeffrey Dach MD said...

The Most Bitter Debate

There is no greater rancor in medicine than the autism-vaccine debate, and this debate has reached the federal vaccine court where 5000 autistic kids and their families are requesting compensation for vaccine injury.

Thousands of families are reporting their normal children changed after receiving mercury-containing vaccines, and began displaying Autism symptoms.

Senator John McCain's recent comments linking austism with vaccines, and the recent revelations about the Hannah Pol case at the Vaccine Court have rekindled the debate about autism and vaccines. Hannah had an underlying mitochondrial disorder which raises the question of a link between autism, vaccines and mitochondrial disorders.

The association between autism and mitochondrial mutations was confirmed by Ricardo Segurado Am J Psychiatry 162:2182-2184, November 2005, and others.

Read more at:

John McCain Links Autism and Vaccines

Autism Vaccines by Jeffrey Dach MD

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S.L. said...

Thanks for your comments. Although, I respectfully disagree with you. I'm not sure why anyone would use John McCain as a reference point for autism research, nor do I understand why a child who clearly has mito disease (not dysfunction!) is now DAN!'s poster child. I do know the studies, I've read them. I wrote about some of them on LB/RB, if you'd like to check it out. Thanks.

Club 166 said...

Thanks for tracking this down, SL.

It's important to have accurate information, so we don't come to false conclusions.


kristina said...

Your work researching has been noted on a blog on Forbes: