Epilepsy rates rise to 1 in 20 children under 5–could vaccines be to blame?

 U.S. Sen. Cory Booker kneels near four-year-old Morgan Hintz, who has epilepsy

Vaccines fingered as cause in staggering rise of epilepsy rates in toddlers

An alarming rise in the rate of epilepsy among children and the elderly has reached new heights lately, with 1 in 20 children under five now suffering from epilepsy-related seizures in the United States. Alarmed parents are fearful that vaccines may have triggered the disorder in their children.

The government, naturally, continues to play the line that, while vaccines can conceivably trigger fever-related seizures, the multitude of epilepsy cases that begin immediately after infants receive vaccinations are merely coincidental.

Defined as a disorder in which a person has recurring, unprompted seizures due to abnormal electrical activity in the brain, doctors diagnose epilepsy based on several criteria. When a person has two or more seizures, more than a day apart, and the seizures are not brought on by causes that can be prevented, such as a having a high fever or low blood sugar, those people are then deemed to have epilepsy. Approximately 1 in 100 adults now suffers from epilepsy in the United States.

Interestingly, there is a higher incidence of epilepsy among children who are autistic, a fact that no doubt got the attention of the parents of children with epilepsy who believe vaccines may to blame for their children’s afflictions. Scientists claim to have no known cause for the connection. Although one study pointed to “environmental or allergic stress triggers” that could lead to disruption of the blood-brain barrier and neuro-inflammation.

Again parents of children who have been diagnosed with epilepsy with no known cause must be seriously concerned when they read of things like “environmental or allergic stress triggers,” being linked as possible causes of epilepsy, given what we know about how these same factors in vaccines can leads to autism.

More and more parents are asking if vaccines could be to blame, even though the official explanation is quick to dismiss the idea.

The CDC does acknowledge however that vaccines increase the rates of febrile seizures–i.e. seizures caused by a very high fever–but state categorically that the idea that vaccines are related to the rapidly expanding rate of epilepsy and seizures in young children is in any way related.

As is often the case, however, reality disagrees with the CDC. Many parents report that their children’s seizures began immediately after vaccination, and their subsequent diagnoses of epilepsy would seem to contradict the CDCs blanket, knee-jerk denial of even the possibility of a connection.

But even with testimony after testimony pouring in from heartbroken parents, don’t’ expect the CDC to deviate from the party line anytime soon.


One thought on “Epilepsy rates rise to 1 in 20 children under 5–could vaccines be to blame?

  1. Not that vaccinations couldn’t be the cause, I would also suggest looking into constipation as a cause. Especially the off label use of laxatives like miralax. Anything that alters the bacteria in the gut needs to be considered a cause of the seizures.
    Our son was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2014, none of the three medications we tried that year controlled the seizures. Once we saw a naturopath in the middle of 2015 did we have seizure control and he’s been seizure free since. A few basic non-invasive tests showed he had little, if any, good bacteria in his gut. He remains seizure free, it’s been sixteen months.

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