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From David Kirby, who works tirelessly on behalf of vaccine injured children - and those yet unscathed:
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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.