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A further complication is that some researchers, activists, and parents state that while Thimerosal certainly has seemed to be a likely suspect, it isn't the only suspect. The number of vaccines given to children in the first few years of life has grown rapidly in the last 20 years. In 1988, babies received 10 vaccinations. Today, they receive 36. This is an increase of 260 percent.
Beyond Thimerosal, other vaccine ingredients (aluminum, formaldehyde, and monkey kidney cells, to name a few) appear troubling. In addition, the cumulative effects of the entire vaccine schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics has never been studied. Doctors who believe that vaccines and the current vaccine schedule are safe state that the amount of the troubling ingredients is small: and that safety testing is adequate. But many critics are increasingly convinced of the link between vaccination and autism, and argue that much of the opposition to this idea stems from a reluctance to recognize the possibility that modern medicine may be playing a role in damaging a generation of children.
Some even take this argument further and believe that exposure to a wide range of chemicals is implicated in the increase in the incidence of autism. There are an estimated 85,000 household chemicals on the market, of which a mere 20 to 30 have been safety-tested for effects on neurodevelopment. We have no idea of what they're doing to any of us, much less to children who may have preexisting vulnerabilities.
Increasingly, researchers are investigating autism as a complex multisystemic, environmentally affected condition—not just a hardwired brain state, but "an ongoing biological process."