News Alert from WBAI 99FM in NY/NJ/CT: Autism and Vaccines
Update: Listen to the archived program HERE. If you have difficulty opening the link, an archived version will be available for listening-on-demand, download or podcast at www.archive.wbai.org under science, health and healing.
From David Kirby, who works tirelessly on behalf of vaccine injured children - and those yet unscathed:
**** NEWS ALERT FROM WBAI 99.FM in NY/NJ/CT -- Please circulate ******
Tune in Mon., Mar. 2, 1:00-2:00 PM
Health Action Program - Latest on the Autism/Vaccine Controversy
WBAI, 99.FM in NY/NJ/CT and streaming live at www.wbai.org.
Host Bob Lederer explores the latest chapter in the controversy over whether childhood vaccines may be a contributing factor to the rising rates of autism. Despite adamant denials by medical establishment figures and recent adverse court decisions, the evidence continues to mount that one of at least three theories - the mercury-containing thimerosal additive, reactions to introduction of live viruses, and overstimulation of the immune system - may combine with genetic variations in some children to become key factors in the onset of the disease.
For more Health Action programs, go to http://www.healthaction.info
On Feb. 12, judges in a special vaccine injury court rejected such a connection, ruling against the claims of parents who filed on behalf of their developmentally damaged children.
But parent advocates such as the group Safe Minds responded, "The denial of reasonable compensation to families was based on inadequate vaccine safety science available to the court. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the defendant in vaccine injury cases and is also responsible for carrying out the very vaccine safety research that should be integral to court decisions. This conflict of interest means the deck is stacked against families when they enter 'vaccine court' and is yet one more reason for parents to doubt the integrity of the National Immunization Program."
Vaccines That Still Contain Thimerosal
Despite some media claims that the mercury additive thimerosal has been removed from vaccines, it is still present in some brands of several that are marketed domestically:
* full amounts: influenza, diptheria & tetanus toxoids, tetanus toxoid, DTwP (diptheria, tetanus, whole-cell pertusis), meningtitis
* trace amounts: hepatitis B, DTaP (diptheria/tetanus/pertusis)
Also, some products that formerly had full levels are still being shipped overseas.
For the complete list assembled by Johns Hopkins University, go to http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/thi-table.htm
Background on Autism from Autism Research Institute
Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger's Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many "autistic" social and behavioral problems).
For many years autism was rare - occurring in just five children per 10,000 live births. However, since the early 1990's, the rate of autism has increased exponentially around the world with figures as high as 60 per 10,000. Boys outnumber girls four to one. In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control reported that 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism.
Useful Websites for More Information:
www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby - for David Kirby's blogs on this and other topics published on the Huffington Post's website
www.ageofautism.com - "Daily Web Newspaper of the Autism Epidemic" - an independent site containing writings of David Kirby and others who question the established view of autism and vaccines
www.autismspeaks.org - website of Autism Speaks, a broad-based organization with different views on causation that funds research and raises public awareness
www.autism.com/treatable/index.htm and www.autism.com/dan/index.htm - pages of the Autism Research Institute's website dedicated to treatment information, including complementary and alternative treatments, dedicated to the view that "Autism Is Treatable!"
www.safeminds.org - the best non-governmental source for comprehensive data on mercury in vaccines and other medicinal products
www.generationrescue.org - site of Generation Rescue, an information and advocacy organization for parents of children with autism, "devoted to finding the answers for all of the children and to providing parents with the latest information to begin treatment for their children, today!"
www.nvic.org - the National Vaccine Information Center, which has the most comprehensive website on issues related to a range of vaccines including flu vaccine and informed consent
www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/thimerosal.htm - the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - for the official view of these issues.
If I may asked, who in Autism Speaks testified against autistic kids in vax court? Are they still there? Thanks and God Bless!
Posted by: sploobie | March 03, 2009 at 05:02 PM
Great interview. Great information about all the things that can attack the mitochondria. Let's not forget that antibiotics attack the mitochondria and are universally overprescribed my pediatricians. My son had a constant stream of vaccines, antibiotics, tylenol and cold syrup running through his body the first two years of his life. After all that who wouldn't have dysfunctional mitochondria. I also wanted to add that let's not forget about the rubella portion of the MMR which can cause demylination and cause an autoimmune reaction, too. Rubella is known to cause autism. Thank you David for all your hard work.
Posted by: maggie | March 03, 2009 at 05:28 AM
Great Interview and information. I wonder why David was endorsing / Promoting Autism Speaks?
Posted by: Tanners Dad | March 02, 2009 at 08:58 PM
This is a terrific interview. One reason being that DK can speak at length without being interrupted at all. There is so much information brought out-especially for those who have limited knowledge of the issues.
Thanks for this.
Posted by: Maurine Meleck | March 02, 2009 at 08:53 PM
I caught the last half of David Kirby's excellent radio interview. I wish the interview was longer -- there is so much scientific material, and with new revelations emerging daily. Now the trick is packaging it in convenient pill form to get doctors' attention.
Posted by: nhokkanen | March 02, 2009 at 05:33 PM
After listening, perhaps David Kirby can clarify his relationship to Autism Speaks, the organization that hired/employed the so called experts that testified against three vaccine-injured children?
Posted by: Media Scholar | March 02, 2009 at 05:16 PM
I was able to listen to part of this show. I REALLY hope AoA is able to provide a link so we can hear the entire show.
I'm glad David brought up TYLENOL in regards to vaccines and how Tylenol DEPLETES much the needed Glutathione.
I found out about this news back in October 2008 and fuming because for the LAST 5 YEARS of our twins lives, our pediatrician told us to ONLY GIVE Tylenol before and after vaccines (40 vax's each by the time they reached 48 months old) and for all their fevers, colds, flu, toothaches etc.
So because we can't afford a DAN Dr let alone the expensive no help run arounds long awaited appointments that lead to no where with our Kaiser Insurance (they only want to provide him RITALIN instead of providing therapy) I am taking safe baby steps with our one twin son dx'd with ASD.
I started giving our son 125 mcg of Melatonin just after Thanksgiving in 2008 on Mon to Thursday. I found a great tasting one he even likes found at Trader Joes that come in 100 chewable tablets 500 mcg each. (I only give 1/4th of the pill 30 minutes before bed) This was to mostly help him sleep and a small amount goes a long way and really helps him.
Later I also found out this bit regarding
It is a naturally occurring hormone synchronized by the pineal gland, and responsible for the regulation of sleep. It has many functions including acting as an antioxidant, and has been shown to effectively RAISE GLUTATHIONE LEVELS in the brain, liver and other tissues. There appears to be no glutathione side effects regarding this hormone, but the long term safety of this hormone has not been established.
Another thing I found that MIGHT be helping Cameron is Suntheanine (50 mg twice a day)This was started on Jan 15 2009 and within a month, he has fewer meltdowns, much more eye contact, TALKS to us, answers and answers questions MUCH better now, engages in some games, has memorized "Days of the Week", "Months of the Year", our phone number and home address.
ALL within a month! Even his teachers have noticed a difference.
See recent Valentine's with the Twins here:
We still have a long way to go though. He started toe walking around 34 months, well after learning to walk and stand flat footed. He now stands on tippy toes and toe walks 98% of the time.
Thanks for reading my ramble. I am just so glad David Kirby brought up the Tylenol / Vaccine / Glutathione topic in this show today.
Posted by: CindyPDX | March 02, 2009 at 02:46 PM
Thank you for posting this!! I'll be listening with bells on!! ;-)
DK, thanks for all of your hard work and determination!!
Posted by: Jeanne | March 02, 2009 at 09:45 AM