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J.B. Handley: Tobacco science in its early phase
Part 2: The state of vaccine-autism research
By Steven Higgs
April 18, 2010
J.B. Handley and his wife Lisa co-founded Generation Rescue after their son was diagnosed with autism. He says mainstream science has failed to adequately study the connection between autism and vaccines, and by insisting it has, public health officials have misled the public and unnecessarily endangered children.
J.B. Handley concluded long ago that mercury is but one component in childhood vaccines that could be contributing to the epidemics of autism and developmental disabilities in American children. And after following two decades of ferocious debate and misdirected, inadequate study, he finds the topic a bit outmoded, the question a non sequitur. He answers it with a series of questions.
"Do I know that it and it alone is why we have all these kids with autism?" the co-founder of Generation Rescue said of mercury, a neurotoxin used for decades in childhood vaccines. "... How am I supposed to know whether it was the (mercury-laden) thimerosal, the aluminum, the antigen, the timing of the shot, the combination of the shots or all of the above? How in the world could I divine that?"
The studies that have been done on these questions were conducted for the wrong reasons, Handley said. And the children whose regression into autism corresponded with their vaccinations have not been studied at all. In fact, they have been deliberately avoided.
While mainstream science is coming to the view that autism is linked to environmental toxins, the issue is vast and vexing, he said. Mercury through vaccines is but one of dozens of toxic exposures children experience before and after birth, while their social, behavioral and intellectual systems are forming.
But the one commonality nearly all kids diagnosed with autism since the early 1990s share is that their parents followed a vaccination schedule that demands 25 injections by their first birthdays.
"When you really know what's been studied and what's not been studied, you'd have to be a moron to not put vaccines in your top three of possible toxins," Handley said. "You have to be a moron..."