Predictably, no mention of the connection in this 20/20 clip. That would be too suggestive of the tie-in with vaccination, which as we all know is better than mothers’ milk.
… There is a reason why “autism parents” are so knowledgeable about PANDAS. It’s the same reason “autism parents” are the ones who are most vocal about the dangers of vaccines.
PANDAS in the general population is rare. The autoimmune attacks on the brain that are the hallmark of PANDAS/PITAND/PANS are now known to be very common in vaccine-injured children. Among some physicians, the neuro-immune attacks are believed to be the universal underlying cause of what we commonly refer to as “autism.”
As this article reports, IVIG (Intra-Venous Immuno-Globulin) treatment has been shown to be highly effective at treating those experiencing the clinical manifestations associated with PANDAS. In one study mentioned IVIG was successful in eradicating symptoms in 82% of subjects who received it. This begs the question, “Why is this particular treatment so effective?” IVIG is a treatment that rebalances a skewed immune system. It does not tackle the bacterial infections per se, by trying to wipe out strep or staph, as does antibiotic treatment. IVIG improves the child’s immune system, making it more able to fight off the infections. This suggests that the underlying cause of PANDAS is not the bacterial (or viral) infections themselves, but the increased susceptibility to an inappropriate response to these infectious agents, when the child is exposed to them.
This brings us to the question, “What is it that causes certain children to be more vulnerable to having a skewed immune system?”
The most likely answer to that is “Vaccines.” Not a particular vaccine. Not a particular component of a particular vaccine. Vaccines in general; especially when administered according to The CDC’s Recommended Childhood Schedule.
Final thought: Historically, PANDAS has been known to affect younger children. They very frequently begin to exhibit symptoms after entering kindergarten. Another peak onset for symptoms of PANDAS is after a child enters junior high. An argument could be made that children whose symptom-onset fits this pattern are suffering from “conversion disorder” due to the stress of adapting to either being in school for the first time, or to the increased demands (changing classes, remembering locker combinations, greater quantities of homework, etc.) that characterize the junior high academic experience. However, before we attribute these patterns to “stress induced psychogenic disorders,” we really should ask ourselves what else do these kids have in common. The answer is “back-to-school shots.” Just as the onset of PANDAS symptoms has historically affected younger children (that’s why it’s a “pediatric” diagnosis), historically, “back-to-school shots” have also only been a factor in those school children entering kindergarten and again when they advance to middle school.
We are now beginning to see increasing numbers of older adolescents (high school-aged kids) exhibiting symptoms consistent with PANDAS. We have also only recently begun vaccinating high school students on a routine basis with an ever-increasing vaccination schedule….