Mitochondrial disease and Vaccines

Mitochondrial disease is real.

Mitochondrial disease occurs when there is some failure in our mitochondria, which are classically thought of as the energy factories of our cells.

Vaccine preventable diseases can lead to regressive autism in kids with mitochondrial disease.
Vaccine preventable diseases can lead to regressive autism in kids with mitochondrial disease.

In addition to developmental delays, children with mitochondrial disease often have problems with their vision, hearing, muscle weakness, seizures, and dementia. Among the syndromes associated with mitochondrial disease include Kearns-Sayre syndrome (KSS), chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO), mitochondrial encephalomyopathy with lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes (MELAS), myoclonic epilepsy with ragged-red fibers (MERRF), neurogenic weakness with ataxia and retinitis pigmentosa (NARP), or Leigh syndrome (LS), and mitochondrial recessive ataxia syndrome (MIRAS).

Mitochondrial Disease and Vaccines

Mitochondrial disease does not cause autism.

It is possible for a child to have both a mitochondrial disease and autism though.

“As of now, there are no scientific studies that say vaccines cause or worsen mitochondrial diseases. We do know that certain illnesses that can be prevented by vaccines, such as the flu, can trigger the regression that is related to a mitochondrial disease. More research is needed to determine if there are rare cases where underlying mitochondrial disorders are triggered by anything related to vaccines. However, we know that for most children, vaccines are a safe and important way to prevent them from getting life-threatening diseases.”

Frequently Asked Question on Mitochondrial Disease

What about Hannah Poling, the autistic child who was compensated by the Vaccine Court?

Hannah Poling developed an encephalopathy, a table injury, for which she was compensated. Although she has autism, her case was not about vaccines triggering or worsening that condition.

Developing an encephalopathy within a short time of being vaccinated automatically made her eligible for compensation.

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2 thoughts on “Mitochondrial disease and Vaccines

  1. CDC Director Gerberding said…
    Following the Polling case,
    “…we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism….”  

    And the recent 26 page affidavit of Dr. Andrew Zimmerman- the lead CDC and DOJ expert on vaccines and autism… (testified under oath for the CDC) he also confirmed also that in cases of mitochondiral disorders, he had seen cases where autism was caused by a vaccine as being the trigger.

  2. Thank you, Amy Loveless. The wealth of scientific data implicating vaccines in human dysfunction and public awareness of that data grows each day. I was looking for studies of specific mitochondrial variants (enzymes) related to oxidative stress and damage from the components of vaccines (such as aluminum, viruses) and found this site. Enough already.

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