“In this article, we discuss some ideas and techniques for teaching and learning this language and for giving life to graphs in middle school classrooms. In algebra, students typically construct graphs of functions represented by symbolic formulas.” See Living Graphs. .
Now back in 1999, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were also working on graphs related to real life activities. These graphs represented associations between brain injuries in children receiving vaccines with Thimerosal, a mercury based vaccine preservative, and the amount of mercury they received. These graphs were presented at a CDC meeting in June of 2000 at the Simpsonwood Methodist retreat and conference center in Norcross, Georgia (Simpsonwood 2000). These graphs, and their different versions before and after Simpsonwood 2000, are described in great detail in the book “Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr.(2014).
But well before Simpsonwood 2000, scientists already knew that mercury in its various forms is extremely toxic. For example, in 1939 a paper was published showing that mercuric chloride at a level of 8 parts per billion kills a certain species of fish. Considering that one part per billion is roughly equivalent to one sugar cube in a swimming pool--then Thimerosal preserved vaccines at 50 thousand parts per billion mercury concentration can hardly be declared safe.
So back to Simpsonwood 2000, Tom Verstraeten of the CDC modeled an association between neurologic developmental disorders and exposure to the mercury based Thimerosal.
“For the overall category of neurologic developmental disorders …That's an increase of 0.7% for each additional microgram of ethyl mercury. For an example, if we would go from zero to 50 micrograms of ethyl mercury, we would have to multiple these estimate by 50, so that would give us an additional increase of about 35%, which is pretty close to the point estimate for this category.”
See Simpsonwood transcript at SafeMinds.org. pp. 41-42.
Now here is where we can use the same algebra taught to our middle school students. It gives us a straight line graph based on Verstraeten’s equation. The equation is: an association of relative risk of neurological developmental disorders equals 0.007 times the micrograms of mercury received in vaccinations. The equation is simple (y = 0.007 times x).
Now before that Simpsonwood 2000 meeting Tom Verstraeten saw a problem with the math. The multiplier was originally much greater than 0.007! Before Simpsonwood 2000 Tom Verstraeten wrote to his co-workers in an email titled "It just won’t go away,” “As you'll see some of the RRs [relative risks] increase over the categories and I haven't yet found an alternative explanation ...”
So this takes us to an elementary cover-up by the CDC. As Robert F. Kennedy Jr shows us in his book, the CDC scientists changed the way their graph looked by compressing the vertical part of the graph. They did this by graphing a straight line on a logarithm vertical scale. This makes a steep slope on a straight line graph of increasing association of brain injury with mercury exposure look almost like a line with no slope, or flat line, which does not show an increase of risk with exposure. See pages 135 and 136 of “Thimerosal, Let the Science Speak.” This elementary cover-up, along with removing children from the original database to make the risk multiplier smaller, show us that (1) mercury in vaccines is unsafe, (2) the CDC cannot be trusted to oversee vaccine safety.
Currently the CDC tells us there are as many as 56 million doses of flu vaccine that still contain mercury! Please contact your elected US Senators and Representative. Ask them to stop the use of Thimerosal (heavy metal mercury) preserved flu vaccines for children and pregnant women.
Jim Thompson is a registered professional engineer. His first granddaughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, verbal apraxia, motor disorder, and sensory integration disorder. Her loving memory has influenced his family’s decision to help protect children from vaccine injuries.