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The Cedillo Decision

Closed mind By Kent Heckenlively, Esq.

I’d thought that even if the case went against us that I’d be able to understand the court’s opinion.  After all, we know how incredibly well-funded the pharmaceutical companies are and the positive research they can generate.  It can be difficult for a person who does not live our lives to understand what we have witnessed, and the holocaust we see in this current generation of children.

But I must say that Special Master George Hastings will forever occupy a special place in history for those who lack intellectual curiosity. 

In the decision he concedes there was a period of apparently normal development, notes that Michelle Cedillo has suffered from severe gastro-intestinal problems, and that her fever and rash were contemporaneous to and probably linked to her MMR shot.  He also acknowledges that the amount of medical literature in this case was staggering.

I find it incompatible that at one place he can state there is probably not a reliable method for testing whether there is a persisting measles virus infection and the go onto say that the measles virus theory is so out of the realm of possibility that its promotion by physicians is tantamount to being misled.  It’s one thing to claim that something cannot be reliably found with existing technology, but another to say that even if found, it wouldn’t be important.  How can one know?  Especially when in the next sentence he goes on to reference the case of an eleven-year-old contracting a herpes virus and becoming autistic.  The person of merit is one who struggles to find an answer, not one who closes off all inquiry.

I also find his stance regarding thimerosal to be puzzling.  While he acknowledges the dangers of mercury, and that in-vitro studies have found damage similar to that which was alleged by petitioners, he doesn’t think that rises to the level of even questioning whether something similar might be happening in human beings.

On the issue of the well-documented condition of acrodynia, caused by the mercury in teething powders used up until the 1950s, he also comes down unaccountably on the side of the government.  The truth is that there is currently no answer to the question of whether those who suffered from it did so because they got a high amount of mercury, or whether they were unable to remove the mercury from their bodies.  However, he comes down squarely on the side of it being because of the mercury dosage, rather than any difficulty their bodies have in excreting it.

Following along with Hastings’ complete lack of intellectual curiosity is how he explains the gastro-intestinal problems of Michelle Cedillo.  Despite abundant evidence of poor digestive function, he seems uninterested in suggestive findings from endoscopy and viral examinations.

In his closing remarks he notes that the decision was not even close, and that the Cedillos have been misled by physicians who saw an opportunity to take advantage of a family who thought their child had been injured by a vaccine.

As much as those of who have children with autism and choose to help them are under great stress, I just viscerally respond to this attack against those physicians who are doing their best to help our children.  They choose to enter this fight, knowing they will be attacked, but strengthened by the conviction they can help some of our children.  To many of them, we owe our children’s future.  And when they have not been able to find the answer, they continue to fight.

It is apparent to anybody who looks at this unfolding tragedy that the pharmaceutical companies have no interest in helping us, the medical universities and research facilities can offer us no help, and now we know we have no friends in the vaccine court.

I cannot recall a time when I have felt so disillusioned.  My only hope is that there have been those people sitting on the sidelines, knowing we are right, but unwilling to offer their voice, or share what they might know.  If such people do not come forward, it will continue to be a long road for us.

But have no doubt that we will continue this fight.

Kent Heckenlively is Legal Editor for Age of Autism.

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See this special meeting convened by the Court: CONCURRENT VACCINE PROGRAM/VACCINE COMPENSATION UNDER THE ACT: A MIX OF SCIENCE AND POLICY:
http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/JudConf.Transcript.Nov19.pdf

wherein they discussed the merits of the public policy involved in their decisions.

Something IMHO should never enter a judgement in a court of law. Let Congress make policy. The Courts should determine facts. Period.

All of you, PLEASE Google “Congressional Record – Extension of Remarks May 21st, 2003 – Pages E1027-1030” which is called “Mercury in Medicine Report – Hon. Dan Burton of Indiana in the House of Representatives.” Read it -

Page E1030 Conclusion: THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE NOTES…

“However, the Committee, upon a thorough review of the scientific literature and internal documents from the government and industry, did find evidence that thimerosal did pose a risk.
Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic. This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding the lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin. Our public health agencies’ failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self-protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry.”

Please remember that Congress already came to its conclusion that there was something mighty wrong here. We can’t be foolish to allow three Special Masters who serve the same government that mandates the vaccinations to close this matter. Ultimately, we will have to bring our cause in front of a jury, within the eyes of the American public where we will have the openness of discovery procedures and fairness. Just recently look how they are trying to modify the Combat Autism Act so as not to allow continued research in vaccinations – much to hide.

The more you research this issue and understand our American governmental history (WMD comes to mind very quickly), it is very oblivious that our government cannot be trusted to tell the truth. It seems that the only way we will probably learn the truth, will be in an actual court of law and not some “dog and pony show” orchestrated by Special Masters who also work for that same government.

Folks, the gloves are off. Get ready for a fight we can’t lose, nor will lose in behalf of our children. “Don’t Stop - Keep Pushing.”

M -
For “A” and so many Others



I want to take a moment to say that we have the most extraordinary people ever joined together here in this autism community. Your support over the past few days has been amazing. I am honored to be a part of you.

Although I must refrain from comment at this time, I can say that we are in this for the long haul. We're not going away - and as my aunt told me early Wednesday morning "You don't come from people who give up!"

God Bless -
Theresa, Michael and most especially Michelle Cedillo

Angie, you said: "Has anyone else felt this too? That he was actually being a judge, not a scientist, not relying on the evidence, but simply the WAY in which the case was presented/filed? the way in which the Cedillo case was 'layed out'?"
I was under the same impression, but only until the last few pages. Towards the end it became clear that he was increasingly becoming a "lecturer", and not an objective judge. He gives a long LECTURE on how autism develops before birth (via 'evidence' presented by Defendants - it wasn't clear if Plaintiffs had a chance to contest this). The closing remarks are very biased and patronising, they sound like something coming from Offit's mouth.

Both of my beautiful boys regresssed and have ASD and GDD. They are progressing well. I often write to those in charge that one day, the children of today with Autism will be the Doctors, carers and policy makers while they are in a nursing home. What goes around comes around.
We cannot stop fighting and raising awareness. It will all come good in the end.

I am very sad. Thanks to all (except for Leonard) who have written articles and comments.

JB put it well when he said, "they will be pounding us in the press for the next 6 months, and trying to close this debate out for good (which will never work when people are being added to our side, tragically, every day)."

I feel like either:
- the truth will come to light when the number of injured people reaches some kind of critical mass, and when enough powerful people witness their children being affected by vaccines, or
- the truth will never come to light but those who can't tolerate more and more vaccines will just die out and not reproduce. Darwinian survival of the fittest. Fittest will no longer mean the most intelligent; instead it will mean able to withstand our new environment, soon to include even more dozens and dozens of vaccines, as well as environmental toxins...

It just seems so obvious to me that if you mess with an infant's immune system enough times the result could be inflammation of the brain. This is not just intuitive, but consistent with so much information and science that is available for anyone to read.

The combination of vested interests and prejudice seems insurmountable at this moment. But we will prevail. I know we will.

"Leonard" has left the building. He's probably standing on his tiptoes (or on the shoulders of a random ND) peeking in, but he caaann't heeear you.

So let's leave him out of the conversation please.

Thanks. KIM

Leonard: Obviously your understanding of Vaccine Court is a bit off. This is not welfare - and if you think for one minute that we, the parents, are sitting on our asses just waiting for the government drop a check in our laps then you've got it all wrong!! We are the parents that have spent countless hours preparing special meals for our children because the food supply in this country is so toxic and full of high fructose corn syrup we can't feed it to our sick kids. We are the parents that have taken out loans, driven up our credit card balances, and begged our families for money to help recovery our children because the insurance companies don't pay for may PROVEN therapies that help our kids. We are the parents that spend our days administering multiple supplements, creams, B-12 shots and Chelation therapy to our children in hopes that we have found the right “cocktail” to open our children’s metabolic pathway which leads to our kid’s recovery. We are the parents who will do anything to allow our children to live happy, productive and healthy life’s and give us grandchildren. We are not by any means looking for a hand out - our children were injured and may be injured for the rest of their lives. So I have to tell you that I object to your use of the word Welfare and feel that you are grossly mistaken about the type of people that “we” are. You are more than welcome to come over to my house for the day to see what my life and my child’s life is like on a daily basis. I could use an extra set of hands because not only am I in a marathon to recover my child, but I also work about 50 hours a week to try and afford my child’s recovery.

As a side note, if you consider us just looking for Welfare then I assume you also think that what the 911 families got was also Welfare. I'm sure you approve of the biggest welfare recipients in this country -the Banks! Nice that the CEO's are using my tax dollars to pay their 2008 bonus. Why aren't you complaining about them?? Don’t talk to me about Welfare!!!!

From Leonard Kane -

"Maybe there have been a few children injured by vaccines, but that's what the fund is for. It's not meant to dole out welfare to every family with an autistic kid."

Leonard Kane, it seems as though you object to our objection of the trial outcomes. Why might that be so? What's your stake in all of this? Just curious.

Going to pledge five thousand to the ARI study. I can't really afford to, but I am going to anyways.

Finally, some organization is sick of the endless junk science, let's get jiggy with it.

Of course they are afraid of this study, it has the smell of national security as well...take it to the streets, riots, disbelief even on international levels (think of our Africa campaign to vaccinate the hell out of them)...that is what they are afraid of...personally, I am more afraid of millions of children with damaged brains and bodies. Sure, I am afraid of emergences of the diseases, but maybe we need to think, build our bodies, nutritionally, get more help for clean water and sanitation...

That's the typical mindset of folks like Leonard (and who gives a shit if you are a lawyer, if you really are one..lose the ego, please)who view parents with autistic children as eagerly awaiting a giant payout from vaccine court. There seems to be this general agreement that we are somehow on the Government payout and live the high life.

I am trying to figure out how to pay my property taxes and the tuition for my son's special-needs school this month..if there's some easy handout waiting, Leonard, feel free to educated us as to where to stick out our hand to receive it...in the meantime, I'd be happy to tell you where to stick your head.

Michael Framson hits the nail in the head. After the events of the past couple years, more people are readier than ever to mistrust gov't policy in general, and the more PR spin is put on issues the more erosion of trust occurs. We may have to thank the financial collapse for this, but suddenly everybody realizes that we have all been taken in so many fronts and most people are fed up.

Is there really anyone in this planet willing to take 100,000 vaccines at a time with govt assurance of no adverse effects? Up yours!!

Kent, you said, "I cannot recall a time when I have felt so disillusioned." For me, vaccinations have been the ultimate disillusionment. From that point on, it has been easy to see that the emperor has no clothes, unfortunately, in too many things.

The numbers are growing of those becoming increasingly disillusioned with all aspects of Government. I remember the look of disillusionment on the face of a 19 year old National Guardsman who joined the guard because of the "marketing" of extra money for college. He was recovering from his horrific wounds,the lower half of his body blown away by an IED in Iraq. He was there because "the government", with the help of the "the media" told him there were WMD's. He kept repeating, "all I was trying to do was earn some money for education" and his life at 19 is ruined because the government spun and misrepresented, what was known and unknown about Iraq.

I'm sure those who loss money to Madoff and the whole Wall street deception are feeling some disillusionment, although they only lost money, not their children to vaccine-induced illness or half their body to a bogus war.

Lets face it, its no longer a leap for people to realize this government is becoming a massive failure and only "illusions", misrepresentations, and the money of the powerful support it. This is not an anti-government rant. It's about being disillusioned.

The only thing separating us, the disillusioned, and those that still believe in "the illusion", is that the latter have yet to experience someone ruining through their stop sign. And when it happens to them, in whatever context, they won't be as dismissive about the vaccine-autism connection and what the government knows and what they don't want us to know.

Right now the vaccination industrial complex (media, IACC, Allison Singer included) are in their full court press, to kill funding for vaccination research.

As I said in an earlier post, "They are terrified of the vaccinated vs. unvaccinated outcome studies." No in fact, they are scared shitless!


What should be recognized as unequivocal is that "this government" is incapable of conducting unbiased, honest, anything in regards to vaccinations.

It is up to us.


It is worth pointing out in regard to the decision that it did not take into account the long delayed Hornig study, which despite its headline conclusion not only endorsed the earlier O'Leary study*, it also great strengthened the persistent measles hypothesis, detecting measles RNA in the ileum of two patients (one not autististic but both with gut pathology and having had MMR). I don't think that if this had been available for the hearing Special Master Hastings could have been anything like as scathing about the hypothesis (though after some of the things he did say, who knows?) Unfortunately, publication of this study seems to have been delayed for many years, till (apart from anything else) it was too late.

*Our results differ with reports noting MV RNA in ileal biopsies of 75% of ASD vs. 6% of control children [10], [41]. Discrepancies are unlikely to represent differences in experimental technique because similar primer and probe sequences, cycling conditions and instruments were employed in this and earlier reports; furthermore, one of the three laboratories participating in this study performed the assays described in earlier reports. Other factors to consider include differences in patient age, sex, origin (Europe vs. North America), GI disease, recency of MMR vaccine administration at time of biopsy, and methods for confirming neuropsychiatric status in cases and controls. Participation in the current study required confirmation in cases of the presence of an AUT diagnosis and exclusion in controls of AUT or other developmental disturbances.

Well, I had a suitable comment prepared for Mr. Kane, but it appears as if WE SHALL OVERCOME has done a lovely job of putting Mr. Kane in his place. Well stated, and Tres Bien!

FYI, trom the website of the US Court of Federal Claims, Hastings is a tax attorney.

George L. Hastings
Born: Detroit, Michigan
July 24, 1953

Mr. Hastings was appointed Special Master in March 1989. He graduated from the University of Michigan, receiving a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in 1974, and from the University of Michigan Law School, receiving a J.D. degree, cum laude, in 1977.

Mr. Hastings served as Assistant Chief, Claims Court Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice 1985-1989. Previously he served as Attorney, Appellate Section, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1978-1985, and as news editor for Good Morning Michigan, 1975.

Mr. Hastings was the recipient of the Tax Division Outstanding Attorney Award, 1981 and 1984, and the Attorney General’s Special Commendation, 1983. He is a member of the bars of the State of Michigan, the United States Supreme Court, and numerous other Federal courts

Citizen (??) Kane

Maybe there have been a few children injured by vaccines?? You bet there are. There is 5000 of them on the omnibus trial, several thousand more that never went to trial, and thousands more whose time for trial expired. Add to that the hundreds of thousands kids with asthma, food allergies and diabetes type 2, and the millions more with ADD, ADHD and the like, all of those conditions that affected children at rates that were way lower only two decades ago. Has there ever been a single piece of research on the role of vaccines on these epidemics that compared this sorriest of health outcomes to that of unvaccinated kids? In a word: nope, not a one.

As for doling out welfare to every family with an autistic kid, the amounts set by these courts do not begin to cover 1% of the expenses and the never ending pain and suffering endured by these families, to which you are now adding a little contribution of your own. These parents lie awake every single night thinking what will happen to their children once they are gone, knowing that it may be up to persons like you that get to decide what happens to them. Heil Leonard!!

Leonard, I don't know what your problem is, but it's no longer our problem. Goodbye.

We Shall Overcome - grandiosity aside, you make my point for me. Maybe there have been a few children injured by vaccines, but that's what the fund is for. It's not meant to dole out welfare to every family with an autistic kid.

Leonard Kane:

This same court conceded that vaccines caused Hannah Poling's autism last year. This same court knows that she is not the only one. This court is a farce.

As for the word "holocaust" being over the top, it is the only equivalent to the vilification and persecution we are seeing here. We are not far from seeing a tougher stand from the states towards those who refuse to vaccinate their children, leaning their judgement on verdicts like the Cedillo's. If we continue along this path, infants could be forced to be vaccinated or their families face exile to neighboring states or to other countries. It is already happening in New Jersey, and it happens every day with the forceful vaccination of immigrants that come to the US.

This is all too similar to the forceful conversion or expulsion of jewish families from Spain, Portugal or France in the XV century. We are dealing with dogmas in both cases and the message is the same: you either convert or you go away. As demonstrated in the concesion of the Hannah Poling case, this is indeed a neurological HOLOCAUST for those who have genes that predispose them to be affected by multiple vaccines, the mitochondrial disfunctional camp, whose parents are being pressured to vaccinate their kids while they are kept ignorant with false assurances about the safety of vaccines, and who are later refused compensation if they happen to be injured in the process. All of this for the shake of painting a white picture for a vaccine program that is filled with gray and black areas that stem from the lack of research that really goes into safety, a mere 5% of the CDC budget for the vaccine program, the rest going all to vaccine PR. It is the most shameful historical event I have ever witnessed.

I woke up this morning to the news regarding the 3 decisions via my newspaper and have a couple questions - Ken, Kim, or whoever please set me straight. The article I read regarding these decisions was written by an AP writer - Shankar Vedantam. The article begins, "Thousands of parents who claimed that childhood vaccines had caused their children to develop autism are wrong and not entitled to federal compensation, a special court ruled Thursday in three decisions..." Question 1: Does this mean the other approximate 4,997 families currently waiting their turn in the vaccine court have been ruled against too? Question 2: Ken, please help me understand what this exchange means: "In his ruling on one case, special master George Hastings said the parents of Michelle Cedillo — who had charged that a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine caused their child to develop autism — had 'been misled by physicians who are guilty, in my view, of gross medical misjudgment.'"
What pisses me off about the article is the beginning of the article and the smugness he showed these families. This article was not an opinion piece. It was meant to report the news. Report the frickin news then shut your pie hole, Shankar Vedantam.
My heart goes out to all the families.

Leonard:

You write like a complete jackass, please go away.

And, Leonard, if you are a lawyer, I hope you are equally outraged that a single individual held the fate of literally hundreds of thousands of kids in his hands.

I'm a big fan of the balance of power concept, and our founders were, too, and the vaccine court is the farthest thing from it.

When our story is presented to a jury of our peers, I will feel much more satisfied with the outcome, whatever it may be.

JB

It's a perfect storm against our children...liberal ideologues who believe that vaccination and progressive thinking are synonomous, while business minded conservatives see a threat to the pharmaceutical industry from large lawsuits. I can only hope that the truth will prevail.

"You keep referring to "intellectual curiosity," as if the judges should be more concerned with why some kids have developed autism."

I would be more curious about how the Sunday Times ran the Brian Deer story right on cue to the Vaccine Court's unambiguous decision on the autism test cases this side of the pond. The timing as always, is impeccable.

Perhaps we would be better served being intellectually curious about things of that nature and report on those with greater ferocity. Please note that we are not that duly concerned about readership, more about getting the truth of the matter out.

I agree, when you look at the case from 'our' eyes, it completely shows exactly what you explain here...

However, the way I viewed it when I read it a few things stuck out...he made SEVERAL references (outright and suggested) that this was not a loss based on the evidence, but on the words/presentation of the case, that if it were presented such and such a way, it would have been compensated..I am away from my own computer and cant access the exact decision from where I am but I will post later the exact quotes explainging what I am talking about here...

I think by the way he did so silly use 'consensus science' to explain somethings really does show to me that he is trying to say outright "I am not a scientist, I am a judge and by the WAY this case was presented, I have no other option than to decided not to compensate"...

Didnt anyone else read it that way? I think its good that all of us have such access to the actual decisions, because all of us are at various points in our fights, some fresh eyes, some tired eyes, and it also helps to have several different people put their heads together...I just hope I am not mistaken in how I read it to be...

There were also 'spurts' of just icky sentences said, I believe, to really make the other side 'feel' as though he really IS understanding of 'their' evidence, and it was decided on the actual 'evidence' instead of legalease/how the case was presented sort of thing...for example (again, I dont have the exact quote here) but it was something like 'autism is so common now'...I believe trying to state that 'oh well, its common, not that bad, deal with it' sort of comment...

Anyway, I read it as a very sad day of course for the family, but also, I believe when I read this specific decision (havent had time to read the others) that it was actually a really good ROAD MAP for everyone else who would file, and even a ROAD MAP for their appeal/civil suit....

I am going to try tonite to put this all together with the decisions, so I can show everyone what I mean...

Has anyone else felt this too? That he was actually being a judge, not a scientist, not relying on the evidence, but simply the WAY in which the case was presented/filed? the way in which the Cedillo case was 'layed out'? I surely am not saying the lawyers didnt do a good job, but simply saying that the other laywers did a good job of pointing out not he facts, but challenging the WAY the case was presented/filed, not the actual evidence, ya know?

ARgh..I hope this comes across how I intend it to sound here, but I think that this judge in particular did a good job of letting us know, both directly and indirectly HOW to get our claims compensated...

Anyway, I had to type this really quickly, I have to get my 4 yr old off to his v-day party at school and I have to shower yet, and we have to leave in 20 minutes ! ARGH!

Thanks!
Angie
Mom to Ethan, Alex, and Megan

My comment is for Leonard Kane--I am certain that Kent meant no offense to any particular ethnic group by his use of the word holocaust. His use of the word in this instance is entirely appropriate and far from over the top. Webster defines the word holocaust as a great disaster or causing great destruction. How else would you describe what is happening to this generation of children?

hol·o·caust (hl-kôst, hl-)
n.
1. Great destruction resulting in the extensive loss of life, especially by fire.
2.
a. Holocaust The genocide of European Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II: "Israel emerged from the Holocaust and is defined in relation to that catastrophe" Emanuel Litvinoff.
b. A massive slaughter: "an important document in the so-far sketchy annals of the Cambodian holocaust" Rod Nordland.
3. A sacrificial offering that is consumed entirely by flames.

Kent, thans for reporting on the case. Even Sanjay Gupta stressed when asked that the lawyers were NOT scientists. Personally, I think that a tragedy that affects hundreds of thousands of children (maybe more if you count SIDS)could be referred to as a holocaust in that it is systematic and state sponsored. And you can't tell me that they don't know, especially with more evidence of harm, that they are killing and injuring children and adults.

For Leonard
hol⋅o⋅caust
1. a great or complete devastation or destruction

When speaking of our children's health and the devastation brought upon their bodies from environmental harm (including vaccinations) I think Kent used this word very appropriately.

"In his closing remarks he notes that the decision was not even close, and that the Cedillos have been misled by physicians who saw an opportunity to take advantage of a family who thought their child had been injured by a vaccine."

This is what stuck with my yesterday when reading all the news articles. If Michelle did not have autism but presented with the same severe GI symptoms she would have been treated immediately but because she has autism + GI symptoms then her parents are being led astray by those physicians that deem it fit to treat her. This is our own scenario as well.

Long story short my son further regressed and became completely bowel incontinent at the age of 5 1/2...6 months after his MMR booster. We saw doctor after doctor that told me my son chose to be this way. One doctor even wrote to our Pediatrician that he had "Encopresis complicated by Aspergers syndrome and would have normal bowel function again when he chose to "have a developmental epiphany and start following normal toileting protocol". No tests, no exams...just blame upon the shoulders of my son, because he has autism. For 5 years my son went untreated, had chronic pain, and continued to be bowel incontinent and NO ONE would give us any answers. After finding Dr. Wakefield's research online we sought out a DAN! doctor for answers. He was finally examined properly and has severe damage to his entire small bowel. We continue to try different means to heal the damage that continued to take place over those 5 years of being shunned by many doctors. Thanks to Dr. Wakefield's research my son has hope.

Like the federal courts these courts are stacked with corporate attorneys. Their perspective tends to be from and for that lens.

That why the last two Bush appointees to the Supreme Court were critical - they are both corporate attorneys.

Disillusioned - right there with you Ken.
What happened yesterday demonstrates a few things:
1) Science needs to be funded - its been poorly done and completely under funded up to this point.
2) The system is not working. The foxes are watching the hen house. There is no transparency and no regard to finding outcomes for families. We have no answers and desire to find them with this current system.
We need a do over in the vaccine injury compensation process. There are billions of dollars in the "system" with little chance of obtaining support for a government mandate that goes wrong on some kids.
3) Fight on - hell yes. Our kids deserve the truth and support. Perhaps this can be the uniting factor for the autism community?

"In the decision he concedes there was a period of apparently normal development, notes that Michelle Cedillo has suffered from severe gastro-intestinal problems, and that her fever and rash were contemporaneous to and probably linked to her MMR shot."

I heard Grinker on NPR yesterday and he said something along the lines of Michelle Cedillo having problems even prior to the MMR being administered. Well, the Cedillos did contend thimerosal was a problem as well didn't they?

Its interesting how they choose whom to pick for their sound "bites." He said something derogatory about alternative medical practitioners as well. That they were looking in all the wrong places and taking the focus of true research elsewhere.

Your use of the word "holocaust" is offensive and way over the top. Also, for a lawyer, you have a poor understanding of this process. You keep referring to "intellectual curiosity," as if the judges should be more concerned with why some kids have developed autism. Actually, it's not the job of the courts to figure out what causes autism. Rather, they are tasked here with determining if some people have been harmed by vaccines, and should therefore be compensated.

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