ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill., Feb. 20 – You didn't need a mercury thermometer to know it was cold outside the American Academy of Pediatrics building early Wednesday morning. But despite single-digit temperatures, a double-digit crowd showed up to tell the AAP they shouldn't be injecting babies and pregnant women with mercury and other toxins.
"They need to start listening to parents' concerns and take them seriously," said Amy Carson from Moms Against Mercury. She and cofounder Angela Medlin came all the way from balmy North Carolina to freeze in front of the AAP, abetted by TACA and NAA Chicago, led by Chapter Development Director Karen McDonough. This was their fifth rally outside the AAP, timed to greet employees arriving at work and remind them that thousands of American families believe vaccines have triggered an epidemic of autism and other developmental and chronic health disorders.
"They need to stop protecting the immunization program over the safety of the children, and we feel they'd go to any lengths to protect that multi-billion-dollar program," she said. "So I feel they're not doing what their mission statement is, and that is to take care of America's children."
Amy Carson was holding a placard with a photo of her son Kit, who has autism – or, as she put it, was "poisoned by his pediatrician. In the year my son was born in 1996, all his vaccines contained an overdose of mercury except the live virus vaccines. Each time he had a wellness visit and got vaccinated he started to deteriorate more and more, and it became very apparent after his 12-months vaccines, which contained the live viruses.
"Kit has recovered considerably using biomedical treatments and especially after we used chelation to remove the mercury. He's not totally recovered. He will, unfortunately, have permanent brain damage and health issues from having mercury in his body for so long."
Also speaking at the rally was Dr. David Ayoub, a radiologist from Springfield. Asked why he was attending, Ayoub said: "I have had some close interactions with AAP people and I lobbied quite a bit in Illinois at several hearings and testified in Massachusetts and interacted early on with the Illinois State Chapter president. This is when I first found out what was going on and I thought they were legitimately uninformed, and so we had several conversations and e-mails back and forth and it didn't take me too long to figure out they pretty much know what's going on."
"They know what?" Age of Autism asked.
"They know vaccines cause autism, I don't think there's any question.
"They're basically going to deny at all costs. They believe if they say over and over again to their own membership, we've looked at this and there is no association, most of the members buy it. But when you have a little bit of knowledge and you start talking about the specific papers, you can catch them. They have to at some point lie.
They can't ignore the fact that studies show that thimerosal (vaccine ethyl mercury) goes to the brain.
"And when they post on their Web site, thimerosal doesn't go to the brain, you realize that they've really crossed the line. It's a matter of scientific integrity. No organization of this caliber could ignore some of that science. So they're really spinning to the public, but when you push it and talk to them scientifically, they falter. They fall on their face. They show their true color."
Ayoub is not a pediatrician and does not have an affected child, but another of the several doctors attending the rally told me that radiologists and pathologists are the smartest and best-informed members of the medical profession. "They look at pictures," he said, "and the rest of the time they sit around and read." By contrast, he said, pediatricians are overworked and rely on multiple brief visits for their income; if their trade association (the AAP) reassures them they are causing no harm, most have neither the time nor the wherewithal – nor the financial freedom – to challenge that.
Most, but not all.
Another speaker at the rally was Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, who leads Homefirst Medical Services in Chicago. That practice, as Age of Autism has reported, has thousands of never-vaccinated kids and virtually no cases of autism or asthma.
"I was raised by not only a wonderful mother but a wonderful grandmother," Eisenstein told the crowd, "and I look around here and I see mothers and grandmothers here telling everyone there is a problem. Being raised by a mother and a grandmother, when mothers and grandmothers talk, Mayer listens.
"I woke up this morning and looked around and I said, you know, there's no mercury in the thermometers, there's no mercury in the contact solution, the saline solution, and we're told not to eat fish with mercury. Does it make any sense that we should inject mercury into our children?
"But mercury isn't the only issue," said Eisenstein, who also has a law degree and a master's of public health. "As an attorney, I learned in law school you never limit yourself. I look at some of the signs here, we've got mercury, aluminum, antifreeze, aborted tissue and monkey kidney -- 'a recipe for disaster.' I defy anyone in that building to come out here and drink a cocktail that contains all these types of ingredients."
The crowd cheered.
"It makes no sense," he continued. "It's not even an issue of giving vaccines or not giving vaccines. When vaccines can be produced without these ingredients, why are they doing this? Well, it defies logic."
But mercury was on most people minds and signs, at least as a signifier for the broader issue of dangerous vaccine ingredients, an untested vaccine schedule and the unyielding opposition of the AAP and other mainstream groups to biomedical treatments designed to undo that kind of damage.
Angela Medlin, the Moms Against Mercury co-founder, said her son Will. 13, has also benefited from chelation. "We started with oral DMSA and then oral DMPS and that was the writing on the wall for us that we had a child with heavy metal poisoning because suddenly our child was coming back to us," she said. "I wouldn't call him fully recovered but my gosh, he is such a different child. I'm so proud of my son Will, I tell him every day how proud of him I am. I get tears in my eyes every time I say it because I didn't think he would be where he is today. I'm glad I didn't listen to my pediatrician."
She reached up to wipe away a tear, which was a good thing. In another few seconds it would have frozen to her face.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.