By J.B. Handley
Bummer. That’s my reaction after reading the report examining allegations of misconduct between CDC and IOM by the Senate HELP Committee.
From sources I trust, the folks at HELP seemed pretty genuine in getting to an answer, so I’m not going to second-guess what they concluded. At least we all now know that third world countries are still getting Thimerosal-containing vaccines.
Here are my thoughts about this report.
1. Vaccines still aren’t being honestly evaluated for their role in autism, and the science has not yet been done.
As Dan Olmsted reported here earlier this week, the CDC won’t touch the unvaccinated kids and compare their rates of NDs to vaccinated kids as they are, I believe, scared to death of what they may find. If our survey of unvaccinated children (link here) is any indication, they should be scared.
As I discussed in a previous post, The Thimerosal Shield is now being used to deflect attention from considering anything else about vaccines that may cause problems like the tripling of the schedule, aluminum, live viruses, MSG, etc.
2. If we want real science, we will have to fund it ourselves.
We will only solve the autism puzzle if we prove what caused it and we prove how to successfully treat it. That will only happen with credible, well-designed studies.
3. For all the times the 2004 IOM report has been cited, it is shocking to me that the a number of published studies were not considered in reaching their conclusion (some because they had yet to be finalized) including:
Porphyrinuria in Childhood Autistic Disorder: Implications for Environmental Toxicity (link here)
Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2006.
Robert Nataf, Corinne Skorupka, Lorene Amet
A Case Control Study of Mercury Burden in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (link here)
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeon, 2003.
James Adams, PhD [Arizona State University]
Thimerosal Neurotoxicity is Associated with Glutathione Depletion: Protection with Glutathione Precursors (link here)
Neurotoxicology, Jan 2005.
S. Jill James, PhD [University of Arkansas]
Neurotoxic Effects of Postnatal Thimerosal are Mouse Strain Dependent (link here)
Molecular Psychiatry, Sep 2004.
Mady Hornig, MD [Columbia University]
Activation of Methionine Synthase by Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 and Dopamine: a Target for Neurodevelopmental Toxins and Thimerosal (link here)
Molecular Psychiatry, July 2004.
Richard C. Deth, PhD [Northeastern University]
4. Someone tell me why we shouldn’t be cynical about these comments from the Simpsonwood transcripts:
"The number of dose related relationships [between mercury and autism] are linear and statistically significant. You can play with this all you want. They are linear. They are statistically significant." - Dr. William Weil, American Academy of Pediatrics. Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000
"The issue is that it is impossible, unethical to leave kids unimmunized, so you will never, ever resolve that issue [regarding the impact of mercury]." - Dr. Robert Chen, Chief of Vaccine Safety and Development, Centers For Disease Control, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000
"Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o'clock for an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by c-section. Our first male in the line of the next generation and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on. It will probably take a long time. In the meantime, and I know there are probably implications for this internationally, but in the meanwhile I think I want that grandson to only be given Thimerosal-free vaccines." - Dr. Robert Johnson, Immunologist, University of Colorado, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000
"But there is now the point at which the research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association and that information gets out, the work has been done and through the freedom of information that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. And I am very concerned about that as I suspect that it is already too late to do anything regardless of any professional body and what they say…My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, Hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year and for many years to come, and that will have to be with Thimerosal containing vaccines unless a miracle occurs and an alternative is found quickly and is tried and found to be safe." - Dr. John Clements, World Health Organization, Simpsonwood, GA, June 7, 2000
Onward parents. As one of my activist friends recently told me, if we want this done right we’ll have to do it ourselves.
J.B. Handley is co-founder of Generation Rescue.