By Twyla Ramos
On December 31, 2007, I wrote the article "Emails From CDC and FDA on Vaccines and Mercury -- Has Mercury Really Been Removed from Vaccines?" consisting of the emails between the CDC, the FDA, and me. In these emails, the CDC confirmed that thimerosal is still used in the early stages of making some vaccines, and said that it is removed through a "purification process". However, neither the CDC nor the FDA would answer my repeated questions about whether any government agency tests the final product for mercury, to verify the effectiveness of this purification process.
Apparently, my emails came to the attention of Representative Dan Burton, of Indiana, who sent a letter to the FDA on January 17, 2008, demanding answers. His letter can be found HERE, thanks to The National Autism Association.
Twyla Ramos and her husband have three children. Their middle child, age 15, has both Autism and Williams Syndrome. Twyla has a B.A. in English and works in the banking industry. She serves on the board of the Foothill Autism Alliance, a nonprofit group providing support and information to the autism community.