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AofA Red Logo Ayumi YamadaBy Dan Olmsted

If you follow business news you may have heard that DuPont and Dow, two chemical giants, are in the process of combining. “Dow Chemical Co. and DuPont Co. announced a merger that would fuse two stalwarts of American industry into a giant worth more than $120 billion and would reshape the chemical and agricultural industries,” the Wall Street Journal reported last month.

After they combine, they’re expected to turn around and break into three components, one of which will focus on agricultural chemicals. It’s that aspect I want to zero in on for a minute, because this new company really becomes the successor of the DuPont that helped trigger the age of autism.

So often when we talk about autism as an environmentally induced epidemic, mainstream critics immediately narrow that down to being “anti-vaccine”; then they say that any vaccine link – including to the mercury preservative thimerosal – has been discredited. That settled, they go on to assert, or at least assume, that autism must be genetic, an ancient part of human diversity, and worthy only of acceptance and accommodation rather than prevention and treatment, as well.

In their book out next week, “In a Different Key – The Story of Autism,” John Donvan and Caren Zucker argue that autism has always been around and probably isn’t even increasing. 

“The ‘epidemic’ story,” they write, has helped crystalize the notion that ‘something must have happened’ in the near past to cause autism in the first place. Most famously, some activists blamed modern vaccines – a now discredited theory.” 

Well, the fact is that something did happened in the near past to take the autism rate from effectively zero before 1930 to the epidemic proportions we undeniably see today. And, in fact, it does involve vaccines, but in a way that is subordinate to the overall argument. What happened was that a highly toxic form of mercury – ethyl mercury – was commercialized around 1930, the year before the first case of autism in the medical literature was reported.

This took three forms – three vectors or vehicles that first put humans and especially children at risk of exposure to this toxin. Those vectors were fungicides (specifically, seed disinfectants), a lumber preservative, and an antimicrobial for multi-dose vaccine vials.

Let’s hit pause on vaccines and talk about the seed disinfectant, Ceresan. Here’s what Mark Blaxill and I wrote in our book, CeresanThe Age of Autism, about the development of that compound by organic chemist Morris Kharasch:

“ The first of his patents to be assigned to DuPont was filed in 1923; there would be eighteen more assigned to the Delaware company over the course of his career. The pattern of these patents in the 1920s accomplishted a number of important goals. …

“Kharasch’s efforts bore commercial fruit when DuPont filed a trademark application for an ethyl mercury fungicide called Ceresan on May 13, 1929.” It went on the market soon after. (Kharasch also, and I emphasize also, developed thimerosal, the vaccine preservative, for Eli Lilly. I emphasize "also" because the fact that autism can be traced to another of Kharasch's ethyl mercury compounds is an indirect, out-of-the-blue correlation and thus even more powerful "proof" -- to the extent there is such a thing -- that ethyl mercury in any of its uses, including but not limited to vaccines, is a villain in the story of autism.)

We’ve written about ethyl mercury fungicides before in the context of the first case series report on autism, 11 children all born in the 1930s and starting, significantly, in 1931. Fredereick L. Wellman, the father of Case 2, was with the U.S. Agriculture Department and, according to his archive, experimenting with organic mercury dust when his son was born in 1936. That this "dust" was Ceresan there is no doubting; it was the only such product on the market, and Wellman had a brochure for Ceresan in his files. (See photo, and the short video on our home page, How Mercury Triggered the Age of Autism.)

In our book, The Age of Autism, Mark and I offered strong evidence of exposure to all three of these new forms of ethyl mercury in the backgrounds of the first 11 cases. And we’ve called Frederick Wellman’s exposure to ethyl mercury dust at the time his son was born a “smoking gun” directly linking ethyl mercury to the roots and rise of the age of autism. (Typically, both Donvan and Zucker's book, and the equally misguided NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman, dismiss our theory without considering the evidence -- in particular the power of Case 2 in implicating mercury. Donvan and Zucker act like I'm a goof but manage to call me "Don Olmsted." Details matter, folks.)

And why does this -- DuPont's role in the rise of autism -- matter now? Well, it reframes the issue in a way that threatens the mainstream view not just of a vaccine link to autism but of the nature of autism itself: Autism is a product of the “near past” – Frederick Wellman’s son is still alive and living in North Carolina, for heaven’s sake!

Rather than staking our argument on vaccination per se, to which we have no philosophical objection, we see the issue in an altogether different way, a way that anyone who learned to outline in eighth grade English can understand.

Title: Autism is an environmentally triggered illness in vulnerable children

 Part I: The first cases occurred in the 1930s as a result of exposure to new ethyl mercury compounds:

A: Seed disinfectants

B: Lumber preservatives

C: Multi-dose vaccine vials

And so on. The next section would include the fact that ethyl mercury was removed from the first two categories by the 1970s after mass poisonings showed it was unsafe – but still remains in flu shots given to infants and pregnant women in the United States and to all children in developing countries. That would lead to

Part III: Conclusion

  1. Mercury’s role in triggering the age of autism should be reopened, investigated, and recognized.
  2. Meanwhile, mercury should be removed from vaccines immediately based on the precautionary principle.
  3. Compensation for those injured should be provided.
  4. Lessons should be learned and shared about the hazards of other toxins to human development, including individual ingredients and the cumulative effects of the current vaccination schedule.

Let me say it again – coming to terms with the environmental nature of autism is not, at the highest level, about vaccines. It’s about the vectors by which a terrible new toxin reached human beings who should never have been exposed, and one of those vectors happens to be vaccines. The truth is not our fault: It's about autism as injury, not gift.

Which brings us back to the DuPont-Dow merger, put at roughly $100 billion in combined assets. How about a portion of that as reparation for developmental injury, for other chronic conditions like asthma, for ruined lives, for damaged families and weakened competitiveness as a nation -- and a world?

Not bloody likely, of course. A few years ago I called DuPont to tell them about my research. (I also handed it to Tom Insel and George W. Bush's science adviser. I wanted to make sure they knew, because if they did know, I thought they might do something. That was a long time ago, in many ways.) The DuPont people were all like, why are you asking us about something we don’t make anymore? They referred me to their toxic pesticides trade association, the wonderfully named CropLife (which in this circumstance might more aptly be called CropDamage), which never did get back to me.

Thus does human suffering roll on while DuPont disappears -- but not before it sets aside money for retention bonuses to make sure its executives don’t bail after the merger/breakup. Sic transit gloria mundi.

How about a few billion -- yes, billion -- for the several million -- yes, million -- victims -- yes, victims -- of environmentally induced autism who have followed. And how about we stop talking about "anti-vaccine" nonsense, take a deep breath, and face the truth? In the long run it will be cheaper than another eight decades of denial of the age of autism.


Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism


Birgit Calhoun

Mercury is toxic in all its forms. The article "Research links inorganic mercury exposure to damaged cell processes"

shows what inorganic mercury can do.

Birgit Calhoun

Tony Bateson! Universities are generally averse to studying mercury unless there is a grant. And grants are generally not given when it comes to mercury. I found that out when a Berkeley student wanted to study mercury. He was advised that thudying mercury is a dead end



The concept that it is an autoimmune disease may seem elementary however no one ever talks about it that way and that is a crucial point. A lot of people do not know exactly what it is that they are looking at or its significance and that includes a lot of physicians

Think about when was the first time you heard that -- probably today. I read it years ago which is why I had the conversation with Jerry; he too understood the relevance and how many people do not realize what is being said which is why we all fight so hard. He is a nice guy and you should have seen the look on his face when I asked him what I asked him. He was like "who told you?" -Nobody I read it at 2 am on some night my child was up and my wife was worried sick.

Reflect just for a minute on what you have learned and its significance – an autoimmune disease is a disease that occurs when a pathogen enters into the native DNA and the body immune system attacks itself.

The only way that you can get an immune response against yourself is by foreign DNA and the only way you can get foreign DNA into another person is by a virus, therefore since nearly all autistic children are ANA positive their disease is caused by a virus not by their own native DNA a virus.

The next time someone gives you that load of crap about the children being born that way simply tell them they need to read more. Tell them that REAL doctors know better and so do REAL parents.

You tell them what I tell everybody every time I come on this web site and tell them that you can prove it ….

Tell them:


Ronald Kostoff


It seems to me there are two fundamental questions that need to be raised about the potential introduction of any new technology relative to health impacts: 1) if the new technology has any potential health benefits, what is the evidence, and 2) what are the potential costs (health, financial, and otherwise) of the new technology. Then, armed with this information, one can do a benefit/cost analysis to help decide whether the technology should be allowed to enter public use, and under what regulatory conditions. EMF, for example, has commercial (and other) benefits, but in the power and RF frequencies has essentially no health benefits. It certainly has substantial potential costs (especially health) in those frequencies.

For vaccines, as far as I can see from some biomedical literature searches, the NET health benefits have not been demonstrated. Antibodies against the virus of interest have been generated, at least for the short term, and symptoms of relevant infectious diseases have been suppressed, but these again are short term effects. The long term effects of many/most vaccines have never been ascertained. There is some evidence that the childhood infectious diseases confer some protection against chronic diseases in later life, but the evidence here is by no means conclusive. There is also some evidence, as shown in my book, that vaccines can contribute to chronic diseases, although the evidence is mixed. And, certainly, even the intermediate term effects of vaccine combinations have not been ascertained, much less the long term effects.

The present approach to approving vaccines seems to follow the corporate business model of emphasizing short term quarterly profits at the expense of long term financial health. Public policy relative to health should be to maximize health over the life span and maximize longevity; it is by no means clear that vaccines are optimal to meet this objective; they may, in fact, be an impediment.

For example, the MMR vaccine was introduced in the early 70s. If we assume that the initial symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease and other similar later life chronic diseases may occur in one's 60s and 70s, then we would have to wait until about 2030 or later to ascertain whether there are serious long term effects from the MMR vaccine alone.

But, even in that specific case, results would be insufficient. There are other vaccines on the recommended schedule as well, and children who received ALL those vaccines would have to be followed for many decades before serious long term effects of the COMBINATION could be identified. Additionally, if synergistic effects are considered with e.g. EMF, the starting point would have to be the period of major introduction of EMF-based devices, such as cell phones and WiFi, which occurred about two decades ago, or less. In that case, more credible evidence of safety would require testing to 2050, or even beyond.

So, we really don't have definitive evidence of vaccine NET benefits at this time, and it is unlikely that we would get such evidence until mid-century, if indeed such evidence exists. And, if Thompson's allegations are correct, as well as research results contained in many credible peer-reviewed studies posted on AoA, there are substantial potential health and financial costs involved with the MMR and other vaccines. In sum, there is no evidence at this time of a high benefit/cost ratio for vaccines, and there is the potential for a low (or even very low) benefit/cost ratio. In the face of such uncertainty, the Precautionary Principle should be operative: no vaccines until proven beneficial. In today's climate, that would be unacceptable, but a reasonable compromise would be a return to the vaccine schedule operable when I was young, where a handful of vaccines was given one at a time.



My cursory look into what you are talking about affirms your ideas. Please consider releasing your findings as soon as possible. Thanks for your enlightening reply, even though it was elementary.

Michelle B

@ Willie

"Yet and still that does not remove the essential fact that the mercury itself does not explain the constellation of symptoms that accompany regressive autism."

It did here. We had an (regressive) ASD boy with every symptom save head-banging and spreading his own fecal matter.

We tried EVERY therapy and bio-medical intervention. We gave thousands to a 'top' DAN, and the 'best' therapists. Most of the therapies were crap, but they did give me a respite, which I did appreciate and needed desperately.

Many of the bio-med stuff was helpful, and made my son more comfortable. The diet (GF/CF/SF) was good and reduced symptoms. The bacteria/yeast killers were game-changers.

But when we began using Dr Andrew Cutler's low-dose oral ALA chelation, we had truly boarded the train to Recovery. The difference was striking, and the positive changes continued week after week, year after year.

After nearly 200 rounds in 4 years, all, ALL traces of ASD are gone. The body and brain have healed with the continuous mercury removal.

Hg causes ASD

ALA + DMSA removes ASD




Yes I always take part when I can. I appreciate that you have placed an intense amount of time and effort to learn what you have.

I also appreciate that the mercury is a notorious heavy metal pathogen. This is well documented throughout the history of man both scientifically through studies and through simple observation of the disabilities caused by mercury in people that eat fish laced with mercury from a area contaminated with mercury saturated sea life.

Yet and still that does not remove the essential fact that the mercury itself does not explain the constellation of symptoms that accompany regressive autism.

Further mercury does not explain the laboratory values that are expressed in these children as well as the consistent manifestation of their disease.

Lack of eye contact, vitamin deficiency of all types including A,B,D the profound lack of motor control and movement and the inability to speak sometimes forever.

At some point I will spill the beans to you all however I have made a promise that I must keep and I will unless stopped.

It really is not that difficult once you put it all together however it took me 8 years to put it all together and I had help from above.

The way it was finally pointed out to me was in a lecture given by a brilliant woman from England. She was giving a scientific lecture on one subject to everyone else and to me she was delineating the constellation of all of the signs and symptoms of regressive autism but only I knew it because the lecture had nothing and I mean absolutely nothing to do with autism.

However I recognized the constellation of symptoms and then went back and re read about 100 abstracts and viola !!!! In the words of Lawrence Fishburn in the movie finding Bobby Fisher, " There it is!!!" It was a Eureka moment for sure.

I am not sure my wife even believes me at this point as she is so beat down from the entire affair and I get it she needs relief we all do.

I am currently under attack from the establishment, it is cool though I get it they have to survive, God is on my side though so they might as well quit because they will lose. I am not bragging I am not I am just confident of the out come no matter what it is.

When I met Dr. Jerry Kartzinel a few years ago I asked him why he did not promote the obvious truth that the vaccines cause autism. He explained to me that he had to stay in business and if he was treating children under that premise and concept the children would have no help and as they would close him down and I believe that in my heart.

He can only treat the symptoms because if he lets this 800 pound BIG CAT of VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM out of the bag there will be hell to pay.

Remember we are dealing with drug dealers here that make El Chappo look like a nice guy.

Finally autism is a classic autoimmune disease as all of the children or most of them are ANA - Antinuclear Antibody Positive -This means that the native DNA has been infiltrated by another foreign DNA or RNA and the only thing that can do that is a virus- Mercury does not produce a ANA positive test as it does not integrate into the DNA and that is a fact.

I asked ORAC on his web site what he thought of that and he never answered. He sent forth his pawns and I destroyed them each and every one and I am ashamed, well not really I enjoyed ravishing them like unattended cup cakes.
Some of them begged for mercy in their own way and I left them be. Go read it for your edification and enjoyment as none of them are as smart or well read as any of you. They are for lack of a better phrase, just a mob of trolls and ideologues who will resist the truth and remain defiant to the last- insisting that they are right even though they are clearly wrong. This is a true mark of mental pathology that transcends ordinary incorrigibility.

Children that do not have autism are quite naturally ANA negative - the cat is getting out of the bag folks and you can take it from there.





"The Western government-controlled people are an "intensively vaccinated borderline autistic fat man slumped in front of a screen battling a high-fructose corn syrup comedown", claims Putin who says that Russians "must be protected ... at all costs".

The report says that President Putin believes the next stage of human evolution is currently in “grave risk” and that Western and global powers are “intentionally decelerating the process for their personal gain.”

“We as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of recent decades and intentionally poison our population with genetically altered food, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and fast food that should be classified as a dangerous, addictive drug.”

“We must fight this. A physically and intellectually disabled population is not in our interests,” the report states.

Describing the average government-controlled Westerner as an “intensively vaccinated borderline autistic fat man slumped in front of a screen battling a high-fructose corn syrup comedown,” the report states that such tactics used by governments to subjugate their citizens are not only “dark/evil” but “counter-productive in the medium to long term.”

Brave New World is now

I agree with lisa that the "Zika virus" situation bears further investigation and questioning of the Brazilian government assertion that there is a definite link with the virus. It sure sounds like all they have is a correlation.

Brazil has not only had a big flu vaccine push very recently, but have also been vaccinating tens of thousands of young women with the HPV vaccines--with muffled reports of troubling health problems in some women resulting.

Microcephaly is apparently known to be caused by genetic mutations--as well as a variety of toxins, including methyl mercury.

The mercury connection may simply be because mercury is genotoxic. Brazil has some serious mercury pollution problems due to gold miners who still use mercury. The problems aren't entirely localized either since mercury gets into the rivers, and into fish, which likely get consumed by people far from the pollution sites.

Another concerning wrinkle is that Brazil very recently, just prior to this tragic increase in microcephaly, allowed the release of millions? of genetically modified mosquitos (OX513A created by a company recently purchased by Syngenta) with two genes that supposedly kill off the male mosquitoes and any offspring that result from the gmo males mating with wild females. This experiment was an attempt to get rid of the mosquito carrying dengue fever; the same species reported to be carrying the Zika virus. Some of the questions raised by those concerned about the safety of this gmo mosquito release related to female mosquitoes possibly transferring the lethal genes to humans. The company who created this frankenmosquito is pushing hard for even more releases -- touting these as a means of mosquito "biocontrol" that must be immediately undertaken to confront the Zika virus crisis. The stock holders seem excited. Hmm.

Who knows what is really going on, but it sure seems strange that the Brazilian government is so quick to conclude it is definitely a virus that wasn't previously known to cause microcephaly with no indication that they are looking at all into known causes of microcephaly--especially genetic abnormalities and methylmercury and other toxin exposures.

You'd think they would be investing billions in genetic research related to microcephaly.


Thanks, Lisa. I remember reading a few weeks ago about the Zika virus and thinking that there was no proof that it was causing the birth defects -at least the way the article I read was written. Talk about correlation not equaling causation. Isn't it something that when the vaccine strain of measles virus is found alive and well in inflamed intestines of very sick children, the decision is that the vaccine strain has nothing to do with the inflammation - that the measles' presence is just a coincidence. Presence doesn't mean causation either, if it's the vaccine strain.

"The US State Department confirmed its first case of a baby born with brain damage because of infection by the Zika virus.
The baby was born in a hospital in Oahu, Hawaii.
The Hawaii State Department of Health said the mother WAS BELIEVED TO HAVE CONTRACTED ZIKA while living in Brazil in May 2015 and that the baby was MOST LIKELY INFECTED IN THE WOMB."



"The first case of brain damage linked to the Zika virus within the United States was reported on Friday in Hawaii.

The Hawaii State Department of Health said that a baby born in an Oahu hospital with microcephaly — an unusually small head and brain — had been infected with the Zika virus, which IS BELIEVED to have caused the same damage in thousands of babies in Brazil in recent months. The presence of the virus was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The child’s mother had lived in Brazil in May last year and PROBABLY WAS INFECTED by a mosquito then, early in her pregnancy, the health department said. The virus PRESUMABLY reached the embryo and damaged its developing brain...

SCIENTISTS DO NOT YET KNOW HOW THE ZIKA VIRUS DAMAGES FETAL BRAINS. It is related to the dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses, which normally do not cause such damage; it is not closely related to rubella or cytomegalovirus, which are known to cause microcephaly.

The virus was first discovered in monkeys in the Zika Forest in Uganda in 1947. It is widespread in Africa and Southeast Asia but had never been seen as a major threat because THE DISEASE IT CAUSES IS USUALLY MILD. About 80 percent of people who get the virus show no symptoms; those who do usually get a fever, rash and red eyes, but they rarely require hospitalization.

In 2007, the Asian strain of the virus was detected moving across the South Pacific; it caused a large outbreak on Yap Island that year. By late 2014, it had reached Easter Island, off the coast of Chile.

The connection to microcephaly was not made until late last year in Brazil. The virus first appeared in the country in May, and epidemiologists estimate that more than 1.5 million Brazilians have been infected.

In October, doctors in Pernambuco State noticed a surge in cases of microcephaly. Normally, about 150 cases of the birth defect are reported in Brazil each year. Since October, more than 3,500 have been reported there.

IT IS ALSO NOT KNOWN whether the virus alone causes microcephaly or if it happens only if the mother has a previous infection, such as with dengue virus."

Brazil announces funding for development of Zika virus vaccine
Published January 17, 2016Fox News Latino

"The final victory against the virus will only come when we develop a vaccine against that disease."

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert Friday advising pregnant women to avoid traveling to Brazil and several other countries in the Americas where Zika outbreaks have occurred."
Stopping tourism income will get the vaccine developed in a hurry.


As a follow up to my previous post, raising a question about the Zika virus, I subsequently did a quick Google search and found this:

Brazil alone estimates it's already had between 440,000 and 1.3 million cases of Zika since the first local transmission of the virus was detected in May. [Bold type added by me]

And then I found this:

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – Public health clinics across Brazil start administering flu vaccines on Monday, May 4th, during the government’s annual Flu Vaccination Campaign. According to the Ministry of Health the government hopes to immunize at least 39.7 million people until the campaign ends at May 22nd, reaching eighty percent of the population at risk of the flu...

The recipients will be those over sixty years old, children between six months and five years old, pregnant women, health professionals, those with chronic respiratory diseases, prisoners along with those working in the correctional system and the indigenous population.

So, to summarize, during the exact month (May 2015) that the Zika virus was first discovered to be spreading in Brazil, the government was conducting a mass flu vaccination campaign that was specifically targeting "vulnerable" subgroups, including pregnant women. Now, some of those women are giving birth to brain-damaged babies. No doubt the majority were receiving mercury-laced vaccines. Any connection? This seems like another perfect story for a top-notch investigative reporter (i.e. Dan).

Patience (Eileen Nicole) Simon

Dan, I applaud all of your incredible research. In the end it will be important to understand exactly how the brain is affected. I will keep trying to point this out.

See: (1) Oyanagi K. et al. The auditory system in methyl mercurial intoxication: a neuropathological investigation on 14 autopsy cases in Niigata, Japan. Acta Neuropathol. 1989;77:561, and (2) Musiek FE, Hanlon DP. Neuroaudiological effects in a case of fatal dimethylmercury poisoning. Ear Hear. 1999 Jun;20:271.

Is there some sort of dispute over safety of ethyl versus methyl, or di-methyl? If it's mercury it is poisonous isn't it?

The auditory system is most vulnerable to all unhealthy substances. This is because aerobic metabolism is higher in the auditory system than anywhere else in the brain, as shown in experiment after experiment with the method of Sokoloff L. The deoxyglucose method: theory and practice. Eur Neurol. 1981;20:137.

Auditory system damage in early childhood will disrupt language development, and maturation of the language areas in the cerebral cortex.

Lead and bismuth also damage the auditory system, as do many chemical substances, including ethyl alcohol. The neuropathology has been referred to for more than 100 years as Wernicke's encephalopathy, the affliction of alcoholics. See Thomson AD et al. Wernicke's encephalopathy revisited. Translation of the case history section of the original manuscript by Carl Wernicke 'Lehrbuch der Gehirnkrankheiten fur Aerzte and Studirende' (1881) with a commentary. Alcohol Alcohol. 2008 Mar-Apr;43:174.

In PubMed lookup pyrithiamine, methyl bromide, carbonyl sulfide, alpha chlorohydrin. Add brainstem with each to narrow the search. These chemicals all damage the brain in the same way that 6 to 10 minutes of asphyxia does at birth, or in adulthood.


I realize this is not directly related to Dan's post, but I wonder what Dan and others here might be thinking about the Zika virus that is causing brain damage to unborn babies in Brazil.

If this mosquito-born virus has been in Africa for decades, is there any evidence it was causing this type of brain damage to the unborn in Africa? If not, why, upon its arrival in the western hemisphere, would it suddenly be causing brain damage on this side of the globe? I'm just wondering whether this is yet another case of a perfect storm -- e.g. a widely dispersed environmental toxin interacting with what was once considered a relatively benign virus to cause irreversible brain damage in children. Thus, for example, Brazilian women could be getting vaccines during pregnancy, one or more components of which could be interacting with this Zika virus to make it much more dangerous than it ever was in Africa.

Just a thought....



Are you in part talking of this?

How the body is effected by and then handles metals{esp. mercury} as a notable cause, a consequence of the real cause disturbing how the body removes certain metals, or a co-occurring cause with immune dysregulation and gene effects from vaccine effects from pathogens are things I have entertained.



Although mercury is a documented neurotoxin it is not the cause of classic regressive autism, it is not.

Classic regressive autism is mediated through the genes by the introduction of the vaccines. The vaccine activist also know this and their plausible deniability is that they have been saying that all along and in that sense they are correct.

However what they will not admit to and what is abundantly clear is that the vaccines themselves are the vector by which the DNA is violated and yes it has been there in front of our faces since 1999 and it took me almost 8 years to confirm it but that is truly the cause of autism.

Actually I know that I said in a post on this very web site some years ago that it would be in front of our face and it fact it is. The vaccines truly do cause autism and it is provable and reproducible and curable in my view.



As far back as November of 1977; down in the basement of the library's section on scientific periodicals, there was a long list of rat reactions to chemicals that bothered the hypothalamus. Just some of the descriptions were rats running around aimlessly, rats not interacting, rats being aggressive, male rats mating other male rats, rats getting fat, rats wasting away.

There was also a much longer list that kept growing; as the pile of periodicals stacked higher and higher of all the different chemicals and toxins that affected the hypothalamus and areas around that part of the brain, and rats trembling hind legs.

Then the list of toxins and chemicals that affected the hypothalamus began to grow and grow and grow.

It was one of those dark, long nights of Fall,when it gets dark really early, and I thought then how in the heck can we keep from having a disaster with human beings. I remember getting kind of scared, and turning the last periodic face down on the table. Being young and hopeful, I thought, I am over reacting and have been doing too much reading on environmental toxins doom and gloom. These toxins can't be everywhere, so I put my stuff up and went to join my girlfriends. They were a fun group of girls majoring in nursing, and one even had a car for the week. They all were going to go get the swine flu shot that Dr. Otero kept harping that the nurses should get, and then we were going to take that car down to the new Taco Tico and try some Mexican food.

Yeap, those toxins could not be everywhere, silly me!


It would be great to get all the mercury out of vaccines, but I still think that would make vaccines far from harmless. The other adjuvants including aluminum would still be doing their damage, but there's also the very little discussed issue of how the antigens themselves in the quantities and combinations given would mess with people's immune systems. The following study shows that in mice, repeated injections of antigens (without any toxic additives) trigger autoimmunity. Autoimmune diseases are at a pandemic level in America now, I wonder how many people with autoimmune disease have even thought about the vaccine link.

A summary is this article


Have looked at this aspect in relation to metallothionein. The following isn't from a credentialed resource, but rings true with many other facts that are accepted.

Gut Flora and Metal

"The toxicity of metals in the gut are strongly moderated by the presence of metallothionein. Metallothionein is involved in many functions of the body, including immunity, brain and gastrointestinal tract maturation, and the regulation of metals. Metallothionein is essential for maintenance of the proper ratio of copper to zinc. So much so, that a zinc/copper imbalance is the main indicator for a metallothionein malfunction. The malfunction could be due to a genetic weakness but may also be primarily induced by nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. The primary nutrient needed in the formation of metallothionein is zinc.

Therefore, metals that compete with zinc such as mercury and cadmium will eventually disturb metallothionein function. Metallothionein is crucial to the body in regulating and coping with toxic metals. It envelopes metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium, binding with them and carrying them out of the body. Mercury or lead in the gut require metallothionein in order to disable the toxic substance.

When mercury is ingested in any form, it produces destructive changes in the mucous membrane linings of the gastro-intestinal tract. It enters the blood circulation, travels to the tissues, and then damages literally every cell with which it comes into contact. Mercury has a long history of use as a disinfectant, and antibiotic. It is still used as an antibacterial preservative so it is certain that it would kill at least some of the flora. Ideally, ingested mercury is bound to metallothionein and transported out of the body through the bile and through the kidneys.

Without the effect of metallothionein, the toxic metals will interact with chemicals called sulfhydral groups. A combination of sulphur and hydrogen, these groups have tremendous power to bind to mercury, lead, and cadmium but especially mercury. Among the sulfhydral groups in the intestines are the enzymes that break down casein and gluten. Toxic metals and low zinc interfere with the enzyme functions giving rise to gluten intolerance to grains such as wheat, rye, barley and oats, and to dairy intolerance."

 Teresa Conrick


I could not agree more with what you wrote today! I have been looking at autism as an insult to the microbiome, as you know. Vaccines can do that but so can MERCURY especially ethyl mercury, and pesticides/fungicides (certain ones more than others), and antibiotics.

All of these are MAN-MADE chemicals. We saw those Kanner 11 in the 1930's...and antibiotics came about in the 1940's--- no autism epidemic started then but some were still vulnerable to all of the above BUT it was not until the late 1980's- and into the early 1990's that we see the numbers rise as vaccines with both ethyl mercury and the combined MMR vaccine were being given. We have to look at the fact that as the microbiome gets damaged, vaccination may make MORE kids and adults more vulnerable to regression -- ie autism, alzheimer's, parkinson's, etc.

It is not always the brain getting the assault...but from the gut to the brain. This is what the research is showing and what Andy has always shown as well. As you and Mark have always said, ethyl mercury was so toxic and I think it can harm BOTH brain and ---- gut bacteria---- making it more toxic than so many others.

Jeannette Bishop

Thanks, again, for fighting for those of us who seem to have a more extreme level of vulnerability to harm from chemical exposure than most (I'm thinking of me and many in my family particularly, and I can't tell if it's in our genes...maybe our microbiome though...but I personally see the focus on the environment and autism and other diagnoses as protective of the diversity of the human race).


Oh Ann you silly thing. It is more than a different way of looking, or thinking about things. IF you are fine with yourself - wonderful.

However: Warning lecture ahead, LOL -- I read last night - good research that 33 percent increase of Parkinson when children with autism grow up into -- a still rather young 40s and 50s.
Can you live with that, if it happens to you?

My Dad has Parkinson after a few in in a role of flu shot, and it is scary crap!


My son reacted to a vaccine - I watched him - he was walking - the next day he was not. It took him three months to learn to rewalk.
Growing up he had trouble playing kick ball, not soccer just a little kick ball, could not peddle a tricycle, fine motor skills in his hands affected - and could not use scissors very well. Will he be one of the 33%.

38% develop epilepsy. Do you have that problem? My son has that, and it means seizure medications and driving problems and getting from point A to point B -- not easy in a rural community.

Best to you Ann.

for Anne

Save your breath Ann. Many of us who work with children who: cannot toilet or feed themselves, who bolt and drown, who have severe sensory and pain issues, who cannot communicate even with devices. You will never speak for most who have autism. That's awesome that you are doing well, now off you go.


Hi Ann, I am sorry if in your past someone has been cruel to you and made you feel all those unpleasant things.
Diseased? Since most people with autism are fully vaccinated ( one sometimes leading to the other) I hope you told whoever it was to get lost. The same for other insults. But saying someone is injured is not an insult. It is a call for understanding.

I believe that people who have been injured by vaccines have been wronged. And that vaccine injured people, and mercury injured people should be compensated and helped.
And those who are responsible for harming others should be stopped from doing it again.
Did you support the removal of lead from gas, water and paint? Are those children in Michigan less loved because their parents want to stop them drinking lead filled water? Some of those children may already have long term life long damage from the lead. Should the parents in Michigan feel that the only way to show love for their injured children is to pretend that lead is okay and to give it to other children too?
You can love someone and also want to help them.
You point out that we can't know your life. That is true. Similarly, their is no way you can know the lives of our children. As Barry points out, for many parents here, two full paragraphs would be a miracle. If you like, the ability to communicate like that could be considered a "cure".
For a child who cannot ask even for a glass of milk, two paragraphs of opinion on any subject at all, at any point in their lives would be incredible. Amazing.
Tears to the eyes.
So yes, you are right. We can't know your life in any real way, and equally you can't know the lives of the parents and children here, either.
You have a voice in your writing, and a way to be heard.
Don't you think that all other people deserve the most basic right of being able to communicate too?


Thank you! My thoughts exactly!


Sad that you still think autistics like me are tragedies, burdens, injured, diseased, to be cured and prevented at all cost. Even if your own children get the chance to tell you of the irreparable damage you've done to them and the rest of their kind, you will take the fact they can tell you as evidence that the damage helped! That's if you listen at all.

Moderator, don't bother lecturing me on how I can't possibly speak for the [whatever pejorative label you use] children that you think can't possibly be like me. How can you possibly know what I'm like?


Hmmm… two full paragraphs, and not a single spelling or grammatical error. And you expect us to believe that you have an autism diagnosis?

There not a parent on this forum, who would even be here if our children could come close to doing that.

Dan Olmsted

Hi Ann, thanks for writing. It is always good to hear from our readers, especially ones with an autism diagnosis. I would ask you to look again at what I actually said -- i agree that people with autism are "worthy of acceptance and accommodation" but that because, in my view, autism results from an injury, it is also important to look at "prevention and treatment, as well." Note: "as well." Treatment for injury is appropriate for those who want it; and ending -- preventing -- the autism epidemic is a reasonable stance that conveys no hostility to those who have such a diagnosis. We will disagree, no doubt, about whether autism is an injury, but I believe the evidence shows that it is -- and, as I also said, the evidence is not my fault. Best, Dan


Sad that you still think autistics like me are tragedies, burdens, injured, diseased, to be cured and prevented at all cost. Even if your own children get the chance to tell you of the irreparable damage you've done to them and the rest of their kind, you will take the fact they can tell you as evidence that the damage helped! That's if you listen at all.

Moderator, don't bother lecturing me on how I can't possibly speak for the [whatever pejorative label you use] children that you think can't possibly be like me. How can you possibly know what I'm like?

Tony Bateson

Yes Dan I think that Einstein was so right staying on problems longer can account for real progress although it may seem slow. I have just learned two new things that relate to the autism issue firstly how neuroplasticity could account for our savant autistics. I have known two special autistic people since they were small children both of whom have little or no speech but could perform extraordinary tasks beyond the scope of any other individuals of any age. And secondly that stimming is also seen in people close to death. According to my educationalist informant both of these may relate to neuroplasticity. In the first case neuroplasticity may advance the capacity of undamaged neurons to compensate for lost or damaged brain cells generating exceptional skills in the process. In the latter stimming may be an automatic process to invoke re-wiring, or to quieten mis-firing or check out essential brain activity. Neuron damage is claimed to result from heavy metals exposure. I do not believe that Thimerosal exposure has been curtailed to the extent claimed nor have I seen any reliable data about autism prevalence in groups born over the last ten years or so.
Tony Bateson Oxford UK

Donna L.

Quite the merger, indeed. And when you recall Dow Chemical's role in developing Agent Orange, and the massive decades-long cover up of its horrifically disastrous effects, it all starts to make perfect sense. I won't be holding my breath for any compensation toward my son's 'ruined life', as you so aptly described. In fact, I fear that with the combination of these two companies, Agent Orange and vaccine-induced autism may just be the opening acts. I shudder to think of what's they'll bring about in the future.
"To this day, dioxin continues to poison the land and the people. The United States has never accepted responsibility for these victims – it denies that Agent Orange is responsible for diseases among Vietnamese that are accepted as Agent Orange-caused among American veterans – and it’s unclear when this chain of misery will end."

Dan Olmsted

Hi John, thanks for the response. You write: "I think we have to be careful despite the fascination of the early history of autism which you and Mark have so brilliantly uncovered. I don't know how precisely it relates to the picture now with our children being exposed to manifold types of modern industrial toxins." To my mind, here's precisely how it relates: It implicates environmental causation from "modern industrial toxins" in a very direct way, perhaps more directly than any other evidence at hand. And it implicates vaccines in a powerful way. I do try to be careful to broaden the issue from ethyl mercury -- as I also wrote: "Lessons should be learned and shared about the hazards of other toxins to human development, including individual ingredients and the cumulative effects of the current vaccination schedule." We all have our ways into this broad issue of autism as neurological and immune injury that is being suppressed by the powers that be, and this is mine: I'm going to be mumbling about trees, seeds and diphtheria vaccines on my deathbed. That may be quixotic, but as Einstein said, "It's not that I'm smarter than anyone else, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

John Stone

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2015 Jan 23;12(2):1295-313. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120201295.
Exposure to mercury and aluminum in early life: developmental vulnerability as a modifying factor in neurologic and immunologic effects.
Dórea JG1.
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Currently, ethylmercury (EtHg) and adjuvant-Al are the dominating interventional exposures encountered by fetuses, newborns, and infants due to immunization with Thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCVs). Despite their long use as active agents of medicines and fungicides, the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals or for adult humans—much less for fetuses, newborns, infants, and children. I reviewed the literature for papers reporting on outcomes associated with (a) multiple exposures and metabolism of EtHg and Al during early life; (b) physiological and metabolic characteristics of newborns, neonates, and infants relevant to xenobiotic exposure and effects; (c) neurobehavioral, immunological, and inflammatory reactions to Thimerosal and Al-adjuvants resulting from TCV exposure in infancy. Immunological and neurobehavioral effects of Thimerosal-EtHg and Al-adjuvants are not extraordinary; rather, these effects are easily detected in high and low income countries, with co-exposure to methylmercury (MeHg) or other neurotoxicants. Rigorous and replicable studies (in different animal species) have shown evidence of EtHg and Al toxicities. More research attention has been given to EtHg and findings have showed a solid link with neurotoxic effects in humans; however, the potential synergic effect of both toxic agents has not been properly studied. Therefore, early life exposure to both EtHg and Al deserves due consideration.

[PubMed - in process]

John Stone

National Institutes of Health

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Vaccine. 2015 Nov 27;33(48):6736-44. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.10.076. Epub 2015 Oct 27.
Cumulative and episodic vaccine aluminum exposure in a population-based cohort of young children.

Glanz JM1, Newcomer SR2, Daley MF3, McClure DL4, Baxter RP5, Jackson ML6, Naleway AL7, Lugg MM8, DeStefano F9.
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1Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, 10065 E. Harvard Avenue, Denver, CO 80218, United States; Department of Epidemiology, University of Colorado School of Public Health, 13001 E. 17th Place, Campus Box B119, Aurora, CO 80045, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
2Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, 10065 E. Harvard Avenue, Denver, CO 80218, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
3Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, 10065 E. Harvard Avenue, Denver, CO 80218, United States; Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Children's Hospital CO, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Box 065, Aurora, CO 80045, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
4Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, 1000 North Oak Avenue, Marshfield, WI 54449, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
5Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Division of Research, 2000 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
6Group Health Research Institute, 1730 Minor Ave #1600, Seattle, WA 98101, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
7Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, 3800 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
8Kaiser Permanente Department of Research and Evaluation, 100 S. Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].
9Immunization Safety Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA 30333, United States. Electronic address: [email protected].


In addition to antigens, vaccines contain small amounts of preservatives, adjuvants, and residual substances from the manufacturing process. Some parents have concerns about the safety of these ingredients, yet no large epidemiological studies have specifically examined associations between health outcomes and vaccine ingredients, other than thimerosal. This study examined the extent to which the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) could be used to study vaccine ingredient safety in children.

Children born 2004-2011 were identified in VSD data. Using immunization records, two cohorts were identified: children who were up-to-date and children who were undervaccinated before age 2 years. A database was also created linking vaccine type and manufacturer with ingredient amounts documented in vaccine package inserts. Thirty-four ingredients in two or more infant vaccines were identified. However, only amounts (in mg) for aluminum were consistently documented and commonly contained in infant vaccines. Analyses compared vaccine aluminum exposure across cohorts and determined the statistical power for studying associations between aluminum exposure and hypothetical vaccine adverse events.

Among 408,608 children, mean cumulative vaccine aluminum exposure increased from 1.11 to 4.00mg between ages 92-730 days. Up-to-date children were exposed to 11-26% more aluminum from vaccines than undervaccinated children. Power analyses demonstrated that safety studies of aluminum could detect relative risks ranging from 1.1 to 5.8 for a range of adverse event incidence.

The safety of vaccine aluminum exposure can be feasibly studied in the VSD. However, possible biological mechanisms and confounding variables would need to be considered before conducting any studies.

Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Aluminum; Immunizations

PMID: 26518400
[PubMed - in process]

John Stone

Hi Dan,

I think we have to be careful despite the fascination of the early history of autism which you and Mark have so brilliantly uncovered. I don't know how precisely it relates to the picture now with our children being exposed to manifold types of modern industrial toxins: I agree that thimerosal was only briefly out of the vaccine schedule, if at all, but if we just focus on that rather than the entire culture of iatrogenic and environmental abuse then I don't think we will get to the bottom if it, or get near to stopping it.

One thing that the mercury saga tells us is how ruthlessly negligent the system is, but we have to remember that virtually all the thimerosal containing vaccines in the growing schedule had aluminium adjuvants as well. We also have to acknowledge the frequently devastaing effects of MMR which has neither. Today we have less mercury (though admittedly a lot more than none) but the diagnoses continue to pile up regardless. We monkey around with the infant immune system and then expect them to be normal.

To my mind the answer lies in systems which are completely adept at concealing damage and this is particularly easy with infants where they can pretend that they would not have developed normally anyway. Now researchers talk about diagnosing autism at 6 months and it is not surprising if you consider what infants have been given (mostly without mercury). I can't even copy the US schedule - this the UK:

2 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine – this single jab contains vaccines to protect against five separate diseases: diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough (pertussis), polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (known as Hib – a bacterial infection that can cause severe pneumonia or meningitis in young children)

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine

Men B vaccine
3 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, second dose

Men C vaccine

Rotavirus vaccine, second dose
4 months

5-in-1 (DTaP/IPV/Hib) vaccine, third dose

Pneumococcal (PCV) vaccine, second dose

Men B vaccine second dose

But no Hep B. If they are then punch drunk (as it were) who would not be surprised?


Dan E. Burns

$100 billion in assets will buy a lot of politicians, astroturf, mainstream media, and tobacco science. If DowDuPont gives one dollar to the victims of environmentally induced autism, they'd practically be admitting liability. Can they be sued?

Tony Bateson

A US Professor is currently researching into any possible link between ethyl mercury and phosphorus naturally occurring in the brain and neuronal damage. He seems to have gone quiet about it and information on the web looks to have disappeared. What's going on? Those of you with a scientific bent might be interested to make your own enquiries. But evidence of harm resulting from the collision of certain isotopes of mercury and phosphorus in the brain may be a potent area for enquiry. The research under way talks about decoherence resulting from such combinations - what does this mean? Please Dan do not ever stop this work.

Tony Bateson, Oxford UK.

Tony Bateson

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