Lisa Goes has a collection of photos on her wall called the “Rare Wall.” The photos are of children who have suffered negative vaccine side effects. The college-educated, 42-year-old mother of three in New Lenox, Illinois is a part of a parent activist group consisting of parents who have children with autism. The Thinking Moms' Revolution began about a year ago and has already had nearly 300,000 global visitors to its website, http://www.thinkingmomsrevolution.com.
The group is determined to promote understanding of their children and to find the cause of autism. Their cause has been heard all over the world. In an article published yesterday in the Southtown Star, a publication of the Chicago Sun Times, Goes said, “I don’t understand how we can treat (autism) if we don’t know what causes it.”
Besides Lisa, the Goes family includes her husband, Dave, and their three children, Madeleine, 8, Noah, 6, and Liam, 4. Noah is one of the many innocent children harmed by routine vaccinations. Lisa and Dave told the Southtown Star that they will not rest until he can be “recovered” in every way. They shared their story, much of what you will read now, with the publication.
Noah is a child diagnosed with iatrogenic (illness caused by medical examination or treatment) autism, mitochondrial disease and autistic colitis, which means that he is in constant movement and constant pain. Noah’s medical problems started when he had a negative reaction to a routine hepatitis B vaccine given at birth. At the time, they did not link the vaccine to Noah being a “late developer” in his first year of life.
After the 12-month vaccinations, Lisa told the Southtown Star that Noah became "strikingly different" and that, “The gains we did see disappeared.” At his 12-month checkup, Lisa told the publication that Noah was given nine vaccines in five injections, after which he became extremely lethargic and ran a high fever.
The medical staff at the clinic told Lisa and Dave that Noah was having a normal reaction to the vaccinations but Lisa said that, “He was never the same after that.” Since then, Noah’s has had limited communication; he is a “head banger;” perseverates on things he wants and will flee the house or car if given the chance. This requires special locks and car seats.
The Goeses told the Southtown Star that the family is “split” because Noah can’t always attend his siblings’ functions. Routine outings for most, like a quick trip to the grocery store, require strategy and scheduling for the family. Rather than giving Noah joy, family gatherings may cause him anxiety and regression. Additional expenses that the family incurs include a full-time caregiver that oah requires, in addition to the care he gets from family. He also attends a private special-education agency which the family credits for helping Noah and for helping the whole family to understand and assist him.
According to the article, it is a topic that is difficult for Lisa to talk about but it is important for her to share Noah’s story and those of other children and families who have suffered a similar fate. Scheduled for publication this April is a book of true stories compiled by Goes and Helen Conroy, “The Thinking Moms’ Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum.”
Group members hope the book will bring more attention to their cause. More importantly, they hope that it will put additional pressure on the medical community and government to accept research that points a finger at some vaccines as one cause of autism and autoimmune diseases. Dave told the Southtown Star that, “The thing that is really frustrating is, we are constantly painted as if we’re crazy, that we’re anti-vaccine,” and added, “But we were hook, line and sinker with the whole vaccine program (before Noah’s reaction).”
Lisa said, “If we had just read the package inserts and the doctors had read package inserts on vaccines, I highly doubt we’d be giving (vaccines) to the general population.” She says, “We took a healthy baby who came into this world well, and we made him sick.”
The Thinking Moms' Revolution is working toward governmental and medical acknowledgement that childhood immunizations do cause autism and other auto-immune diseases in some children. Lisa Goes says that this validation could lead to preventive measures and treatment. The group describes themselves on Facebook as "...a movement to take back our children from the world of autism and into a future full of hope." They recently reprinted an inspiring post that you can read about here: http://www.examiner.com/article/one-of-america-s-best-teachers-editor-at-age-of-autism-thankful-for-recovery.
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