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Introduction
Chapter I: pre-1999
There's Mercury In Vaccines?
Chapter II: 1999-2000
Simpsonwood
Chapter III: 2001
IOM: Biologically Plausible
Chapter IV: 2001-2002
CDC World Travel
Chapter V: 2003
It's Rotten In Denmark
Chapter VI: 2004
IOM slams the door (quickly)
Epilogue: present day
Better science, better kids, and a DJ
Epilogue: Present day
Better science, better kids, and a DJ
Don Imus: Well the studies that have been done, Senator, they didn't exactly say that. What they said was they couldn't find any evidence of harm [from Thimerosal in vaccines], which is 180 degrees from the CDC, the IOM, or anybody else or any of these people who are ridiculing these parents all over the country. It's a lot different than saying that it's safe. And, as you know and everybody else on the planet knows, that thimerosal is a neurotoxin. Injecting it at the levels they do and used to do - and still do, by the way - into the bloodstreams of infants, must do something.
Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT): Absolutely. Absolutely, and that's exactly why I wrote the letter and why I put the requirement in the legislation we adopted last year. Here's the point - a lot of the experts have reached the conclusion that the vaccines had nothing to do with the incredible increase in autism after the decade of the `90s, but I don't think the question has been answered. Deirdre's right to take on this fight and what we're asking for in one of the appropriations bills that passed is that the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences convene a totally independent, big, new study of the possible links between thimerosal and autism...
Don Imus: I mean, I would say to all these scientists and all of these various physicians and all of these other people who claim there's no link between thimerosal and autism, "Prove to me that it's safe." You don't have to be a doctor to know that a neurotoxin has to do something. If it doesn't cause autism, which I personally think it does, but if it doesn't, it must do something. It's mercury. You know, when women get pregnant, they tell them to reduce their fish intake to one serving a week and that's even a different, less toxic, kind of mercury...
- Imus in the Morning Transcript, Interview with Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), March 23, 2006
In 2005 and 2006, Don Imus and his courageous wife, Deirdre, have raised the national consciousness on the issue of autism and Thimerosal and have provided political cover for Senators to begin to speak out publicly in a way that would have been unimaginable only a year ago, as recent transcripts with Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) demonstrate. Don and Deirdre have truly chosen to put our children first!
The emergence of Don and Deirdre was an unexpected blessing for our children. They are the icing on the cake for momentum that began to build ever since the release of the IOM's 2004 report. Other journalists who have also stepped up include David Kirby, author of Evidence of Harm, published in 2005; Dan Olmsted, a writer for UPI, with frequent investigative pieces in his "Age of Autism" series, and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., author of a scathing indictment of the CDC and IOM published simultaneously in Rolling Stone and on Salon.com in the Summer of 2005.
Better Science
As mentioned in Chapter VI, the biological science keeps coming, building up a stronger and stronger case for Thimerosal's role in causing autism:
From the University of Kentucky, a study of first baby haircuts study showed autistic children have abnormally low levels of mercury in hair samples demonstrating an impaired ability to excrete heavy metals (see)
From Columbia University, a subset of mice injected with Thimerosal, equivalent to the frequency and dosing of the pediatric vaccine schedule, developed "autistic" symptoms (see)
From Northeastern University, Thimerosal was proven to disrupt cell-to-cell communication, known as methylation, which could produce many of the symptoms of autism (see)
From the University of Arkansas, autistic children were shown to have a decreased ability to manufacture glutathione, the body's most important detoxifying agent (see)
From Arizona State University, autistic children were shown to excrete higher levels of mercury when given a chelating agent versus their neurotypical peers (see)
From the University of Washington, monkeys injected with ethylmercury (mercury in Thimerosal) had twice the amount of inorganic mercury in their brains compared to methylmercury (environmental mercury) (see)
From U.C. Davis, Thimerosal was shown to create immune system dysfunction in mice cells. Immune system dysfunction is common amongst autistic children (see)
From the journal American Physicians and Surgeons, a study shows the rates of autism have begun to decline as mercury has been removed from vaccines (see)
Better Kids
The issue that we hear the least about today is actually the most important: our children are recovering from autism and going on to lead normal lives. With a movement known as "biomedical" treatment for autism, more than 400 doctors across the country are working with more than 20,000 parents to treat autistic children by removing the metals and viruses from their bodies.
These 400 Doctors are part of a coalition of Doctors, known as Defeat Autism Now! Doctors or DAN!, courageously treating autistic children for what actually ails them: mercury poisoning and all the devastating symptoms that mercury creates including gastrointestinal distress, immune system dysregulation, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, sleep impairment, and food allergies, to name a few.
Twice a year, Defeat Autism Now! holds a national conference where recovered autistic children are featured on stage and videotaped. Stories are appearing more frequently in the press about recovered children. Thousands of children are fully recovered, and thousands more are well on their way. To learn more about biomedical treatment for Autism, visit the DAN! website and Generation Rescue.
Mysteriously, we know of no examples where the CDC has followed up publicized claims by parents of recovered children to investigate. Why not? Why wouldn't the CDC want to know how these children were recovered to put an end to an epidemic? The CDC's website notes, "It is important that we treat common DDs [developmental disabilities], and especially the ASDs [Autism Spectrum Disorders], as conditions of urgent public health concern..."
2006 and Beyond
Our children are running out of time. Every lost day is one day less to treat them properly and give them the best chance to lead a happy, normal life.
Mystifyingly, because of the addition of the flu shot to the recommended schedule for childhood vaccinations, the level of mercury our children are receiving is actually on the rise again, as this recent article from UPI "Mercury Creeps Back In", points out. You can also look at this chart - children by the age of 5 will receive 53% of the mercury received by children at the peak of mercury exposure in the mid-1990s.
The CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics are also actively opposing state bans of Thimerosal. So far, seven states have passed laws banning mercury from vaccines: California, New York, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Delaware, and Washington with many more considering legislation. And yet, CDC and AAP, two of the authors of the 1999 joint statement, are opposing these laws. In 2001, the AAP stated:
"Mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and children and efforts should be made to reduce exposure to the extent possible to pregnant women and children as well as the general population."
How could the CDC allow the amount of mercury to increase in today's vaccination schedule and oppose laws banning mercury? It makes the unthinkable a consideration: they are leaving mercury in vaccines to ensure that the drop off in autism cases is not too abrupt. As this March 2006 study demonstrates, it does appear the rates of autism are falling after the mercury began to be removed from vaccines in the early 2000s.
Congress is our only hope to end this senseless epidemic, our federal health authorities have proven that they will not take action to implicate themselves.
We hope that Congress will:
Support the Combating Autism Act
Ban Thimerosal from all vaccines Nationwide
Recall any vaccines with Thimerosal in them immediately
Create a National Task Force of Doctors versed in the biomedical treatment of autism to establish national priorities for treating as many children as possible
Initiate trials immediately, in consultation with the Autism Research Institute (sponsor of DAN!), on the most promising forms of biomedical treatment for autism, including the GF/CF diet, nutritional therapy, B12 therapy, anti-viral therapy, and chelation therapy
Enact legislation to provide health insurance for the biomedical treatment of autism
Support Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney's recently introduced bill to "conduct or support a comprehensive study comparing total health outcomes, including risk of autism, in vaccinated populations in the United States with such outcomes in unvaccinated populations..."
Issue a Senatorial subpoena to gain access to the Vaccine Safety Datalink information, still not released after 6 years of requests, so that it can be reviewed by outside researchers
Commission a new IOM Committee, paid for by Congress, with input from the Autism Community on charter and membership
Hold Senate hearing on the cover-up of the autism epidemic by the CDC and FDA. Our only chance for truth is to hear from the perpetrators of this cover-up under oath with the threat of perjury
If Senate Committee members are unwilling to hold hearings, an independent prosecutor needs to be appointed to investigate this cover-up
In July 2005, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was briefed by parents and provided with this extraordinary memo, never before publicly released, detailing the entire fraud against our children and a statement of charges explicitly detailing what laws have been broken by our Federal officials. Our hope is that Senator Enzi (R-WY), chair of the committee, chooses to hold public hearings. He hasn't done so yet.
We salute the lawmakers who have taken a step in the right direction. On February 22, 2006, a bi-partisan group of legislators, led by Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressmen Dave Weldon (R-FL) and Dan Burton (R-IN) sent a letter to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services separate from CDC) asking them to investigate a "possible association between Thimerosal in vaccines and the risk of autism":
"While we understand that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has determined that the evidence thus far does not support an association, we know that for too many the issue is still not resolved. The exposure of American children was unique -- it was 75 percent greater than their European counterparts who are the focus of the majority of the epidemiological research upon which the IOM relied...If the federal government is going to have a study whose results will be broadly accepted, such a study cannot be led by the CDC..."
It is time for all Americans to put our children first.
What's Egregious About This Time Period?
1.  Despite all the known dangers of Thimerosal, and a joint statement encouraging its removal from vaccines in 1999, mercury remains in vaccines recommended for children today at high levels.
2.  Both the CDC and the AAP are actively opposing state bans of mercury in vaccines.
3.  The Vaccine Safety Datalink information that CDC used to analyze the relationship between Thimerosal and autism in American children still has not been made available to outside researchers, six years later.
4.  The CDC has never compared vaccinated children to unvaccinated children to analyze rates of autism, and our U.S. data has never been able to show that mercury does not cause autism. An interesting series on the Amish, who do not vaccinate and appear to have low rates of autism, recently ran in UPI.
5.  Despite dozens of stories of recovery from autism publicized in the national press in the last twelve months, like this story broadcast nationwide on NBC, we know of no account where CDC investigated these claims of recovery to determine if it might provide clues to solving the autism epidemic.
Where is the Evidence?
1.  Memo to Senate HELP Committee
July 15, 2005
Memo provided to Senate HELP Committee
On July 15, 2005, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions was briefed by parents and provided with this extraordinary memo, never before publicly released, detailing the entire fraud against our children and a statement of charges explicitly detailing what laws have been broken by our Federal officials. Our hope is that Senator Enzi (R-WY), chair of the committee, chooses to hold public hearings. He hasn't done so yet.
2.  American Academy of Pediatrics: Keep Mercury in Vaccines Plans
2006
From websites and email blasts of the local and national AAP chapters
These documents show, in the AAP's own words, the steps they are taking to fight the state laws being sponsored to ban Thimerosal from children's vaccines. The AAP spearheaded the 1999 statement to protect our children from Thimerosal, and they are now fighting to keep mercury in vaccines.
Even more puzzling, the AAP is not supporting the Combating Autism Act, explicitly because it allocates resources to explore the safety of vaccine preservatives, including Thimerosal, as this recent article by David Kirby explains.
3.  Congressional letter to National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
February 22, 2006
Letter from Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Congressman Dave Weldon (R-FL) and Congressman Dan Burton (R-IN) and others.
We salute the lawmakers who have taken a step in the right direction by sending a letter to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (a division of the Department of Health and Human Services separate from CDC) asking them to investigate a "possible association between Thimerosal in vaccines and the risk of autism":
"While we understand that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has determined that the evidence thus far does not support an association, we know that for too many the issue is still not resolved. The exposure of American children was unique -- it was 75 percent greater than their European counterparts who are the focus of the majority of the epidemiological research upon which the IOM relied...If the federal government is going to have a study whose results will be broadly accepted, such a study cannot be led by the CDC..."
4.  Early Downward Trends in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Following Removal of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
Spring 2006
Mark Geier, M.D., Ph.D. and David Geier
This study appears to show a decline in the rate of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders following the reduction in the amount of mercury received through vaccinations containing Thimerosal between 2001 and 2006. Excerpt:
"The results indicate that the trends in newly diagnosed NDs [neurodevelopmental disorders] correspond directly with the expansion and subsequent contraction of the cumulative mercury dose to which children were exposed from TCVs [Thimerosal containing vaccines] through the U.S. immunization schedule."
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