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Weekly Wrap: The Truth About The Autism Epidemic in 15 Minutes or Less

AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

Epidemics are simple, my colleague and co-author Mark Blaxill says. They have beginnings in time and place, they spread in ways that ultimately reveal their origins, and they end when their essence is understood and further cases are prevented.

The autism epidemic is no exception, although the medical-industrial complex wants you to think so, and the mainstream media is only too happy to grant their wish (and scoop up their ad dollars). Autism is a mystery, it's genetic, but many genes, many, many genes and gene-environment interactions and something something about older moms and better awareness and Prozac and maybe freeways and deisel fuel and icky stuff like that.

No! That is not the ticket.

Autism represents a particular kind of environmental injury in susceptible children. It had a precise beginning, in the 1930s when the chemical compound that caused the first cluster, ethyl mercury, was first commercialized. It simmered along as that exposure remained fairly steady for half a century. Then, like a raisin in the sun, it exploded a half century later when one of the commercial uses of ethyl mercury -- as a preservative in multidose childhood vaccines-- was suddenly ramped up.

Other manmade toxins, and other exposures from organic mercury developed in the interval, and the CDC's bloated, too many too soon vaccine schedule, no doubt kicked up the number of cases of early infant brain damage manifesting as the autistic behavioral syndrome. But the inauguration, and later the explosion, of ethyl mercury tracks clearly with the same trajectory as autism -- a real twofer! In a sense it is a challenge-rechallenge situation, the kind of evidence scientists consider proof of causation  but, because it is autism, have to claim is coincidence.

But because it is so simple, and ultimately self-evident, it doesn't take very long to make the case -- just under 15 minutes, actually. This summer, Mark, Teresa Conrick, Natalie Palumbo and I told the first part of the story in a 10 minute video titled, How Mercury Triggered The Age of Autism.

It showed how we went from essentially zero cases before 1930 to the first 11, identified by Leo Kanner in his landmark 1943 medical paper, Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact. Those families' backgrounds, we showed, had an astonishing and otherwise inexplicable link to the new ethyl mercury compounds-- in agriculture via seed disinfectants and lumber preservatives, and in medicine for multidose vials of ethyl mercury-preserved diphtheria toxoid vaccines.

For God's sake, the father of Case 2 was a plant pathologist at North Carolia State whose first paper in his archive there is an experiment with mercury!  The archives contain a notation that he was working with ethyl mercury in 1936 at the same time his son was born. This fact, confirmed by a brochure for the product in his archives, is the smoking gun of the autism epidemic, we've argued.

Now cut to exactly 50 years later. In 1986, Congress approved the Vaccine Injury  Compensation  Act, and despite its helpful sounding name, all hell broke loose -- hell in the form of the autism epidemic. Since then, autism has soared by a factor of 10 or 20 times, as the number of vaccines increased as a result of the liability-free world the act created for the pharmaceutical companies. The amount of mercury kids were getting tripled, and the timing got far more dangerous -- flu shots with mercury for pregnant women, HepB shots for babies within hours of birth.

In 1999, the Feds briefly woke up from their half-century asleep at the switch, and realizing the giant doses of organic mercury going into babies, phased it out of "all but" the flu shot, which they then increased coverage for, leaving the total age- dose exposure roughly the same. Parents who noticed the soaring autism rate beginning in the mid 1990s blamed the vaccine and mercury explosion, but the powers that be buried the evidence.

Most especially they buried it at the CDC and in vaccine "court," the vehicle that had caused the damage in the first place by allowing the unchecked proliferation of increasingly useless and untested vaccines.

For a while they got away with it, even kicking 5,000 families out of vaccine court, every single one of whom had the simultaneous deluded idea they had witnessed their child get a shot, get sick, and regress into autism. But parents who've seen their children's lives destroyed are a prickly bunch, and they went after the truth with a vengeance, along with a couple of brave independent journalists (David Kirby and Sharyl Atkisson). The parents produced a brilliant study titled Unanswered Questions, the main question being, if vaccines don't  cause autism, how come the vaccine court has awarded dozens of children with regressive autism compensation for vaccine injuries?

Now, not to overuse the world brilliant, but the Canary Party and Rob Schneider have put together a brilliant video about how all this went down and why it caused and is continuing to cause the autism epidemic. It's under five minutes long, which makes me feel like a windbag for taking almost 10 minutes to show, along with Mark and Teresa and Natalie, how mercury triggered the rise of autism in the first place. I think it's because Rob Schneider talks faster than I do. He certainly draws faster!

Be that as it may, just in time for the run up to Congressional hearings on Vaccine Court in November, we have now neatly bookended the Age of Autism, from how it started, to why it exploded, to the way it can end.  All in 15 minutes or less, viewable on your smartphone.

How simple is that?

Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.com



A thousand thanks

Bob Moffitt

Jim Thompson wrote:

"The most dangerous thing for children is the concept that a pharmaceutical company has any other motive than profit."

I think the most dangerous thing for children is the public health and political concept .. that vaccines are so critical to protect the health of our children .. that ANY vaccine (pig viruses?) they manufacture deserves absolute liability protection.

I don't care how critical a product is supposed to be .. when that product is widely recognized as being "unavoidably unsafe" .. and .. the users of that particular product are primarily CHILDREN .. that product of all others .. MUST be held to the highest "safety" standards.

Shame on our legislators and Supreme Court for denying parents their Constitutional Right to seek legal redress in State and Federal courts .. especially for a product they know would be found liable for it's consequences.

Because it is "critical" .. does not make it okay to be "unsafe".

They have failed our children and our country.

Bad penny

Dan I am curious about case # 4. The mining enginer. He wouldn't happen to be in the anthracite bituminous coal regions? I wonder about this because this is the largest source of free mercury vapor and as Congressmsn Posey pointed out thimerasol is not the only source of mercury in our environment . The coal burnig power plants along the eastern seaboard still do not have scrubbers spewing mercury into the air for decade upon decade. In the Amish population those rare unvaccinated yet still autistic children lived under mercury plumes. The ground water in Pennsylvania is so mercury ladden that even farm raised fish should not be eaten our local whole foods stopped selling it because of the EPA ground water report revealing the mercury content. A genetically susceptible child living and raised in such a toxic environment in that period of time could have had a pre existing mercury burden that was pushed over the edge by vaccines. Just a thought. But his occupation seems so different than the others on the list.


And that vaccine court was never, ever meant - from day one - the very beginning to really do what it was suppose to do.

Cause I was there at the very beginning or at least a year or two later.


All hell broke loose in 1986 -- well now I did know you all would be joining me about that time. I was really, really sorry about that.

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Ben Franklin

”Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither.”

”He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.”

”He who sacrifices freedom for security deserves neither.”

”People willing to trade their freedom for temporary security deserve neither and will lose both.”

”If we restrict liberty to attain security we will lose them both.”

”Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

”He who gives up freedom for safety deserves neither.”

”Those who would trade in their freedom for their protection deserve neither.”

”Those who give up their liberty for more security neither deserve liberty nor security.”
Ben Frankli


But I only want the kind of autism that comes wrapped in a pretty blue bow. Your autism is too depressing, so I'm going to ignore it.

maurine meleck

The congressional hearings remain a small beacon of light for us because Posey's bill 1757 has about as much chance of passing as Paul Offit claiming he has been wrong all along about vaccines. The bill can't even make it out of committee. My one on one with my US congressman to support the bill was as useful as a pail to control a real tsunami. And yet we know there are many in high offices that believe what we say. Getting them to act on it is no mystery either.

Jim Thompson


This perverse system of legal immunity by vaccine manufacturers was recognized over 40 years ago:

“It seems, in principle, self-evident that no free enterprise can expect only to share the profits of their products without also taking responsibility for any damage caused by them…It is preposterous to assume that the drug industry can be allowed to prosper when their results are positive, but refrain from paying damages and pass the burden of responsibility on to society when something goes wrong with their products. One argument put forward by the pharmaceutical industry against any application of strict liability is that the drug industry is working for the benefit of mankind in a unique way and cannot be compared with other types of industrial enterprise. It seems that the pharmaceutical industry does not wish to recognize the fact that the main impetus for the running of the pharmaceutical industry, like any other type of industry … is profit.” See Sjostrom and Nilsson in “Thalidomide and the Power of the Drug Companies,” (1972) p. 276.

Our elected representatives in Washington, DC bear responsibility while they continue to allow this obscene profit intake by companies with legislated immunity from liability for vaccine injury. We must demand they change that law. The most dangerous thing for children is the concept that a pharmaceutical company has any other motive than profit.

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