By Kent Heckenlively
I understand that headline is something we thought we’d never hear, but it’s difficult to come to any other conclusion from recent events.
This is from the document concluding that this child I’ll call “Eve” (pseudonym) is entitled to compensation as determined by medical personnel and the Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, Department of Health and Human Services. “DVIC has concluded that the facts of this case meet the statutory criteria for demonstrating that the vaccinations Eve received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder, which predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism, and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder.”
It’s official. The sky has fallen. The fat lady has sung. Pigs are flying.
Who is Eve, and why haven’t we heard about her before?
Eve was born on December 27, 1998, weighing eight pounds and ten ounces. At seven months she started having ear infections. Because of her recurrent ear infections she did not receive her 12 and 15 month immunizations.
At her July 19, 2000 pediatric visit the attending pediatrician observed Eve “spoke well”, was “alert and active” and according to her mother had regular bowel movements and slept through the night.
During that visit Eve received her DtaP, HiB, MMR, Varivax, and IPV vaccinations. Within two days she developed a fever, was irritable, lethargic, and well, we’ve all heard this story before.
She was later diagnosed by Dr. Andrew Zimmerman of the Kennedy-Krieger Institute as having “regressive encephalopathy with features consistent with an autistic spectrum disorder, following normal development.” In February 2004 she was diagnosed as having oxidative phosphorylation disease, a mitochondrial disorder.
But as David Kirby pointed out in his fine article for The Huffington Post, “mitochondrial disorders are rare in the general population, affecting some 1 in 5,000 people in the general population . . .” That means of the nearly five thousand claimants in the Autism Omnibus Proceeding, this should be the only case.
But according an article published in the “Journal of Child Neurology” and co-authored by Dr. Zimmerman, 38% of autistics in his practice were positive for one marker for impaired oxidative phosphorylation, and 47% were positive for another marker.
What causes this mitochondrial disorder?
According to the Cleveland Clinic, a leading authority on the subject, “medicines or other toxins” account for most of the 75% of cases which have no paternal, genetic link, and are said to be “sporadic.”
The AIDS drug AZT can cause this disorder by deleting large segments of mitochondrial DNA. According to the “International Journal of Molecular Medicine”, one of the prime cellular targets of mercury is the cellular mitochondria.
In a settlement, the settling party tries to admit as little as possible. It’s like what I imagine the settlement claim against Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones case must look like. Nowhere in the document does he admit to dropping his pants in a hotel room and asking her to kiss it. It likely says something along the lines of he concedes they were in a hotel room together, they were alone, and something happened which formed the basis of her law suit.
But we all know what happened there. And we know what this settlement means.
The government just dropped its pants.
Kent Heckenlively is Legal Editor for Age of Autism.
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