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      Depression, Mental Health and Crisis Support   06/04/2017

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  1. Vaccinations....positive or negative?

    Dramatic yes. As for my feelings...eh. I could write you a novella on how I feel about vaccines, but in short, I don't understand the point...viruses mutate SO much that there is absolutely no way to effectively vaccinate against any existing virus-i.e. by the time the strains in the vaccine were injected into your bloodstream, the disease would have already mutated enough to be a completely different strain and thus...what? Then there's shedding...then there is the issue of vaccine adjuvants causing food allergies (that's not crazy talk, the inserts say so---i.e. peanut oil as an adjuvants is responsible for the rise in peanut allergies these days, gliadin proteins causing coeliac sprue, egg embryo gelatine ect ect) let alone the inflammatory preservatives and stabilizers...near lethal amounts of aluminum ect al. The notion that vaccines cause autism is, in my opinion, complete and utter nonsense. Just like the theory that tylenol 'causes' AS, ect. My theory? The real reason these crazed rumours came to be, is that the inflammatory agents contained in these products-whether you agree as to them "working" or not-irritate the nervous system which can essentially make the sensory issues we experience feel much more vivid, and painful...Also, some neurological damage could render, in more severe cases, people unable to speak properly. I believe autistic folks are more sensitive and thus a vaccine would more likely trigger these issues---and so if someone had AS and was not "noticed", say a child, and suddenly they were having three times as many meltdowns because their clothes felt suddenly extremely painful and they couldn't bear the light of day- or maybe they stopped talking altogether or....y'know? Then the parent would realise something was wrong and take them for assessment when they otherwise might not have, and believe that the incident then was related to vaccines, believing then that AUTISM was related to vaccines...but vaccines do not cause autism. Not at all. They just cause inflammation and nerve damage, food sensitivities and more for many folk, and autis tend to be far more sensitive to these things, because we are sensitive people. Does this make any sense? Also, I was vaccinated as a kid, but not until I was a bit older...and I was autistic before I had vaccines, and after I had vaccines too...my son is not having vaccines and we suspect he is on the spectrum too. *shrug*
  2. North Cornwall

    Hi everybody, I am new..obviously. I live in Padstow, Cornwall. I have aspergers...invisibly so, as it was brought up several times when I was a young teen and I dismissed it; then saw a lot of psychiatrists who I didn't trust and talked very little to and I guess they didn't notice or something and I don't know what happened but there is no diagnosis on paper and I now live in the UK. I have read tons and tons of literature about aspergers and it is me-it is all me, my life story. I want an "on paper" diagnosis so that I can recieve support services or something but there are no diagnostic services in my area and also, appointments make me extremely panicky and so does navigating transport...oy. Anyway I identify as an aspie.. I am married to a very kind NT man and we have a 2 1/4 year old son who is my heart and soul, I am very into gentle/attached parenting. I feel pretty certain that my son is also on the spectrum(my OH thinks so too). I am home educating/unschooling and I feel passionate about freedom. My son and I have coeliacs disease and other food intolerances and I have always had a love for cooking and baking and he is learning how with me and we love it, we make something every day from scratch using unique ingredients. We also love walking outside and do that every day. We have a strange sleep cycle. My little guy is with me all the time, an equally valued member of our family who gets equal say in all of our family decisions. I love being his mum. I don't really have any friends at all where I live, I find it really hard, I want to meet other AS people but transport is really confusing for me now for some reason, I don't know. Silly, right. Appointments and schedules confuse and make me nervous...and I can't seem to find anyone like me, anywhere near me. So, hi! Also, anyone else out there in North Cornwall area? Padstow, even??? x
  3. I might be interested in participating with you via a skype interview (my son, undx'd but I also believe to be an aspie, might pop in and chatter though lol) and sending photos of my talent (baking & confectionary) if that helps, I am a female aspie in Cornwall but from the States. E-mail me if you would like to, tarantamom@live.ie