Dangers of Vaccines
Mercury and Thimerosal
"Just before President Bush signed the homeland security bill into law an unknown member of Congress inserted a provision into the legislation that blocks lawsuits against the maker of a controversial [mercury-based] vaccine preservative called "thimerosal," used in vaccines that are given to children."
-- CBS, 12/12/02
Many vaccines may have more dangers than you might know. The major media articles below raise serious questions about dangers which have not been adequately addressed by the producers of many vaccines. Each entry provides a one-paragraph summary of key excerpts taken verbatim from these articles, along with the headline, date, and link to the full article on the media website. Most of the articles deal with a controversial mercury-based preservative called Thimerosal which was routinely used in many vaccines, and its link to the rapid rise in autism. The last article from the London Times presents revealing evidence of a connection between a major smallpox vaccine campaign and the early spread of AIDS.
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US study supports claims of MMR link to autism
May 29, 2006, London Times
American researchers say that their study supports the findings of Andrew Wakefield, the discredited gastroenterologist who raised fears that the measles, mumps and rubella injection might be causing autism. His research, published in The Lancet in 1998, detected traces of the measles virus in the guts of 12 children with autism. The latest study, led by Arthur Krigsman, of New York University School of Medicine, involved 275 children. Serious intestinal inflammations were found in some of the autistic children and biopsies of gut tissue were performed on 82 of them. Of these, 70 are said to have shown evidence of the measles virus, which so far has been confirmed in 14 cases by more stringent DNA tests. Steve Walker, assistant professor at Wake Forest University Medical Centre, North Carolina, who analysed the gut samples, said the work mirrored Dr Wakefield's study. All the children involved were diagnosed with autism and had come to Dr Krigsman and Dr Walker seeking help for symptoms of serious digestive problems for which no explanation could be found.Mainstream science has repeatedly examined the theory of a link between MMR and autism and found no evidence to back it.
The Age of Autism: 'A pretty big secret'
December 7, 2005, Washington Times/UPI
Thousands of children cared for by Homefirst Health Services in metropolitan Chicago have at least two things in common with thousands of Amish children in rural Lancaster: They have never been vaccinated. And they don't have autism.
"We have about 30,000 or 35,000 children that we've taken care of over the years, and I don't think we have a single case of autism in children delivered by us who never received vaccines," said Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, Homefirst's medical director who founded the practice in 1973. The autism rate in Illinois public schools is 38 per 10,000. Eisenstein, in fact, is author of the book "Don't Vaccinate Before You Educate!" Earlier this year Florida pediatrician Dr. Jeff Bradstreet said there is virtually no autism in home-schooling families who decline to vaccinate for religious reasons -- lending credence to Eisenstein's observations.
"It's largely non-existent," said Bradstreet, who treats children with autism from around the country. Thimerosal, which is 49.6 percent ethyl mercury by weight, was phased out of most U.S. childhood immunizations beginning in 1999, but the CDC recommends flu shots for pregnant women and last year began recommending them for children 6 to 23 months old. Most of those shots contain thimerosal.
Debate over vaccines, autism won't die
June 26, 2005, MSNBC
Mercury in shots blamed for rise in brain disorder among children. Vested interests make it tough to know who to believe. Many parents have filed lawsuits. Many scientists have ties to vaccine makers or are selling their expertise in court cases. Government officials don't
want people to turn away from vaccines, which have clearly benefitted public
health. Flu vaccine sold in multidose vials still contains the [mercury] preservative, and the
government urges flu shots for pregnant women and young children even though
not enough thimerosal-free ones are available, critics say. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr....who has pushed the issue on news shows and in an article in Rolling Stone magazine,
said that when he looked at the government's evidence it was laughably flawed.
"It was clear to me that the reports they're relying
on are 'cigarette science,"' he said, referring to tobacco companies'
past arguments that there was no proof cigarettes caused cancer.
June 16, 2005, Robert F. Kennedy
In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials
gathered for a meeting at the isolated Simpsonwood conference center...to ensure complete secrecy. The federal
officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a disturbing
new study that raised alarming questions about the safety of a host of common
childhood vaccines administered to infants and young children. A mercury-based
preservative in the vaccines -- thimerosal -- appeared to be responsible for
a dramatic increase in autism. But instead
of taking immediate steps to alert the public and rid the vaccine supply of
thimerosal, the officials and executives at Simpsonwood spent most of the
next two days discussing how to cover up the damaging data. According to transcripts
obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, many at the meeting were concerned
about how the damaging revelations about thimerosal would affect the vaccine
industry's bottom line. The CDC paid the Institute of Medicine to
conduct a new study to whitewash the risks of thimerosal, ordering researchers
to "rule out" the chemical's link to autism. Senate
Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has received $873,000 in contributions from
the pharmaceutical industry, has been working to immunize vaccine makers from
liability in 4,200 lawsuits that have been filed by the parents of injured
children. More than
500,000 kids currently suffer from autism. The disease was unknown until 1943, when
it was identified and diagnosed among 11 children born in the months after
thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931. Internal
documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed thimerosal, knew from
the start that its product could cause damage -- and even death -- in both
animals and humans.
Note: A good, though somewhat watered down version of the above article was published in the Boston Globe on July 1, 2005. To see this article on the Globe website, click here.
A child's return from autism
May 25, 2005, San Francisco Chronicle
A Lafayette couple,
certain that chelation therapy has helped their autistic son, stepped squarely
into the controversy surrounding the causes of autism and its treatment Tuesday
as they joined 150 other parents in launching an international support group
that will aggressively promote the treatment. The Handleys are now among
a small minority of parents -- who, believing that the autism was caused by
the mercury in thimerosal, a preservative that was routinely used in vaccines
until recently -- are treating their children with chelation therapy, a lotion
or pill that strips the body of heavy metals. It has been used for decades
to detoxify people contaminated in industrial accidents, but no studies have
proved whether it is an effective treatment for autism. For Jamie's parents,
the proof they need is in front of them: Jamie, now 3 years old and several
months into treatment, is plump and playing baseball. His smile has returned.
The Handleys said the new support group, Generation Rescue, www.generationrescue.com,
will offer information on chelation therapy and connect parents with those who
The Age of Autism: The Amish
April 18-19, 2005, Washington Times
http://www.washtimes.com/upi-breaking/20050321-115921-9566r.htm - Part 1
are the autistic Amish? Here in Lancaster County, heart of Pennsylvania Dutch
country, there should be well over 100 with some form of the disorder. I have
come here to find them, but so far my mission has failed, and the very few
I have identified raise some very interesting questions about some widely held
views on autism. The Amish have a religious exemption from vaccination.
So far, there is evidence of only three, all of them children, the oldest age
9 or 10. Julia is one of them. She...is adopted from China. "She had most of
her vaccines given to her in the United States before we got her." [Of the other
one definitely had a vaccine, and the other's vaccine status is unknown.]
The mainstream scientific consensus says autism is a complex genetic disorder,
one that has been around for millennia at roughly the same prevalence. That
prevalence is now considered to be 1 in every 166 children born in the United
Possible Mercury, Autism Connection Found in Study
March 17, 2005, Los Angeles Times
Studying individual school districts in Texas, the epidemiologists found that those
districts with the highest levels of mercury in the environment also had
the highest rates of special education students and autism diagnoses. There was a strong, direct relationship between mercury and autism levels. The incidence of autism has grown dramatically over the last two decades,
from about one in every 2,000 children to as high as one in every 166. The purported link between autism and mercury has been a subject of intense
debate. In the past it has centered primarily on the mercury-containing
preservative thimerosal, which was once widely used in vaccines. Many
parents have argued that thimerosal causes autism because their children
seemed to develop the neurological disorder shortly after they received
infant vaccine stirs new controversy
Los Angeles Times/Newsday,
March 8, 2005
& Co. continued to supply infant vaccine containing a mercury preservative
for two years after declaring that it had eliminated the chemical. Rep. David Weldon (R-Fla.), a physician, said that what Merck did was "misleading." "You had people literally into 2002 getting shots with mercury, having been told it was all taken out in 1999," he said. "There should have been a much more cautious announcement that we're going to eliminate the mercury over time." Thimerosal, which is nearly 50 percent ethyl mercury, has largely been eliminated from most
routine childhood vaccines, although it is present in most flu shots. More than
4,200 parents have filed claims in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program,
alleging that their children suffered autism or other neurological disorders
from mercury in their shots.
The Man Behind The Vaccine Mystery
December 12, 2002, CBS
It's been a mystery in Washington for weeks. Just before President Bush signed the homeland security bill into law an unknown member of Congress inserted a provision into the legislation that blocks lawsuits against the maker of a controversial vaccine preservative called "thimerosal," used in vaccines that are given to children. Drug giant Eli Lilly and Company makes thimerosal. It's the mercury in the preservative that many parents say causes autism in thousands of children. But nobody in Congress would admit to adding the provision, reports CBS News Correspondent Jim Acosta – until now. House Majority Leader Dick Armey tells CBS News he did it to keep vaccine-makers from going out of business under the weight of mounting lawsuits. "I did it and I'm proud of it," says Armey, R-Texas. "It's a matter of national security," Armey says. Because Armey is retiring at the end of the year, some say the outgoing majority leader is the perfect fall guy to take the heat and shield the White House from embarrassment.
vaccine 'triggered Aids virus'
May 11, 1987, London Times
The Aids epidemic may have been triggered
by the mass vaccination campaign which eradicated smallpox. The World Health
Organization, which masterminded the 13-year campaign, is studying new scientific
evidence suggesting that immunization with the smallpox vaccine Vaccinia
awakened the unsuspected, dormant human immuno defence virus infection (HIV). Doctors who accept the connection between
the anti-smallpox campaign and the Aids epidemic now see answers to questions
which had baffled them. How, for instance, the Aids organism, previously
regarded by scientists as 'weak, slow and vulnerable,' began to behave like
a type capable of creating a plague. The smallpox vaccine theory would account
for the position of each of the seven Central African states which top the
league table of most-affected countries; why Brazil became the most afflicted
Latin American country; and how Haiti became the route for the spread of
Aids to the US. The greatest spread of HIV infection
coincides with the most intense immunization programmes. Although detailed figures of Aids cases in Africa
are difficult to collect, the more than two million carriers, and 50,000
deaths...are concentrated in the
Countries where the smallpox immunization programme was most intensive. Brazil, the only South American country covered
in the eradication campaign, has the highest incidence of Aids in that region.
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