By Cathy Jameson
My husband and I haven’t had a chance to get out together in a few months. Juggling five kids and Ronan’s medical issues prevents that. But when we heard that Eric Gladen’s Trace Amounts was coming to the east coast, we made plans well ahead of time to make sure we were there.
I’m so glad we went. It was more than just a date night for me and my husband. And it was much more than just another movie for us to see.
Others who came out to support Eric Gladen at the US Capitol Visitor Center on April 15th were Robert F. Kenney, Jr., Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL), Jim Moody, Dr. Richard Fischer, Dr. Brian Hooker, Dan Olmsted, Mark Blaxill, Becky Estepp, Jennifer Larson, Lyn Redwood, Tony Lyons, Brook Potthaus, Josie Nelson, and a host of others, to include quite a few parents. We were there to support not only the movie but to discuss an important issue: mercury.
Mercury has become is a controversial subject. It shouldn’t be because it’s a neurotoxin. But mercury and its harmful effects are downplayed by those who manufacture it, by those who choose to add it to their products, and by those who regulate its use.
Despite public opinion and despite what’s being reported in mainstream media, thimerosal, a form of mercury, is still found in some vaccines today. Eric suffered devastating effects from thimerosal in a vaccine he received in 2004. He shares what happened to him in his movie, Trace Amounts.
Trace Amounts “is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific truth about the role of mercury poisoning in the Autism epidemic.”
People who’ve seen the film say that Trace Amounts is one of the most powerful, well-documented, well-researched documentaries ever created. I have to agree. I had the honor of speaking to Eric and to the movie’s director, Shiloh Levine, while they were in Washington, D.C. and wanted to share that conversation here.
Eric, you’ve traveled across the country for a few months now showing Trace Amounts. Your last stop was in Washington, D.C. When you arrived in our nation’s capital, what were your expectations?
I didn’t have expectations. I had objectives. Those were to educate the legislators on the issue- to remove mercury from all medicine, to share the film, and to share Bobby’s book, which includes information from hundreds of studies about the dangers of thimerosal.
I understand that every representative was invited to view the movie and to hear the expert panel. Did any representatives come to the event?
Yes. Congressman Posey from Florida and one of his staffers, Anna, joined us. It was also attended by other staffers.
It was Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN) who connected us. After we showed Dan Burton the film in 2013, he got on the phone and called Bobby Kennedy. He told Bobby that he had to see the film. So, we met with Bobby and showed him the film. Bobby was all in. He’s been passionate about environmental issues for a long time, and this one (mercury in vaccines) was something he’d already studied. Parents had already approached him it, and when he looked at the science headfirst, he knew there was a problem.
The media tries to censor Bobby, but he’s still speaking out. Bobby knows that if the CDC wanted to remove thimerosal today, they could. They could do it overnight. But there’s been deliberate scientific ignorance and corruption associated with this issue…and it’s been allowed to continue.
During the tour, you’ve been able to stop in states that have current vaccine legislation, legislation that will mandate vaccines. RFK Jr.’s book, Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, and your film have been shared with the politicians supporting that legislation. What’s happened in those states?
We’ve seen some big things happen. The representatives are asking questions. We’re having good discussions. After Bobby traveled to Oregon, the bill was killed. That’s a victory for us.
(Side note: While the original bill was killed, a new proposal of Oregon’s SB442 have been made but have not been formally introduced. Age of Autism is following this news and will share information about SB442 as it becomes available.)
My husband and I had the privilege of viewing Trace Amounts while you were still in production. We noted several additions to the movie to include information about a CDC employee named William Thompson. Why was it important to add information about Dr. Thompson?
RFK Jr. has been very clear that the CDC is a cesspool of corruption. Thompson coming forward proves that.
Thompson wants to finish what he started. He handed over documents to Rep. Posey, and he wants to testify. We’ve been asking Congress for a hearing so that Thompson can testify. But he needs to be subpoenaed so that he has protection when he testifies.
What Thompson knows and what those documents contain, according to Bobby Kennedy, are "not just a smoking gun but a wildfire that will burn the CDC vaccines division to the ground."
(Side note: Thompson came forward as a whistleblower in 2014 claiming to have evidence that the CDC manipulated data of one of a vaccine studies that is commonly cited and that claims to show no increased risk of autism following the MMR vaccine (Age at first measles-mumps-rubella vaccination in children with autism and school-matched control subjects: a population-based study in metropolitan Atlanta; 2004). Thompson states that he regrets that data from the study was omitted and that that data did show a risk of increased autism after receiving the MMR vaccine.
While in D.C. last week, RFK, Jr. and the Trace Amounts team talked to several legislators. They met to discuss a Congressional hearing about the CDC whistleblower and to get Thompson to testify. Stay updated with Age of Autism for any new developments about the CDC whistleblower.)
I’ll admit that I cried several times during the movie. You captured so many elements that mirror my son’s vaccine injury. Have other parents of children with vaccine injuries shared similar responses?
A lot of parents have been very supportive. The movie draws a big response – emotional for some, like yours. And others are angry. But that anger drives the effort to get the message out there to the public.
After tears were shed, I felt recharged. Feeling recharged is good because it can lead to action. During the expert panel period the audience was given some simple advice about what we can do next. Shiloh, what were those ideas that can help make more people aware of mercury poisoning, and how can people spread the word about Trace Amounts?
This is a grassroots effort. The best thing to do is share. Share the trailer with five people. Ask them to share it with five more people. Pick one of the clips on The Community page on our website and send that. Post a clip on your own Facebook page. Use social media to connect with us and to share current information. Mainstream hears us, but they aren’t listening to us…yet. So use your voice. One voice may not be loud enough, but we can use our voices together.
Something else to remember is that this project goes beyond the movie. We have a non-profit called Go Mercury Free. It’s “a 501©3 dedicated to promoting the responsible removal of mercury from our environment.” Yes, we’re working to remove mercury in vaccines, but we want mercury out of all medications. Right now, over 200 medications contain mercury. We’re working with people who are meeting with legislators right now about going mercury free.
For those who want to help, we have a petition on the website. People can sign it right now and share that, too. That will help build that grassroots effort. A little bit at a time, that’s what going to make changes happen.
Eric, you certainly have lived through a great amount of loss. But you’ve also gained and experienced some positive moments. How have those positive moments shaped your life?
Before I got sick, I was one that followed the herd. I took my health for granted. But now, I do my research.
My experience has completely opened my eyes. My faith has been restored. I see the good in humanity and want to help solve problems.
You are definitely helping solve problems! If there’s one thought that you’d like to leave with us, what would it be?
Take your health information into your own hands.
Eric found out the hard way why it’s important to take your health into your own hands. In the movie, Eric shared the pain and struggles he endured, but he also documented quite a bit of history. He documented science, the history of vaccines, the unnecessary use of mercury, and the corruption of those who oversee the U.S. vaccine program. The time that Eric spent researching those aspects doesn’t make Trace Amounts just a movie; it makes Trace Amounts an extraordinary tool.
As the movie and our evening out wrapped up, and as the expert panel brought us to present day facts, I knew that Eric’s story wasn’t over – it was only just beginning. When my husband and I got home from our evening out, Steve said, “Eric’s like a lawyer prosecuting a case. He found the evidence during discovery. The evidence was presented. The guilty were identified, yet nobody was sitting on the judge’s bench.”
Yes! That’s exactly what Eric’s done. And sadly, that’s exactly what has happened - nobody has stopped the corruption.
The corruption continues. It will be allowed to continue unless someone in power steps up and stops it. Corruption will continue unless more of the general public educate themselves on mercury and on the devastating toll it takes on our health. When the public fully understands that, surely they will have questions. One questions, which I believe is the most important question that needs to be answered is the same question that Eric and the Trace Amounts team pose on their website:
Could a tragedy, which brought one of the greatest nations to its knees, and stole a generation of children, have been avoided?
I know the answer. A lot of other people know it, too. But, if you don’t know it yet, I’d encourage you to watch Trace Amounts. After you watch it,join us. Join Eric and Shiloh and countless others who are working tirelessly to address a tragedy that could have been avoided.
View The Trailer HERE.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
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