Dear Dr. Summers,
I read your Feb 17th article in the Washington Post entitled, The evidence for vaccine safety is abundant. That will be $100,000, please.
In your strong criticism of Robert Kennnedy, Jr. and Robert De Niro, you were adamant that all the science is in on vaccine safety. You wrote, “Kennedy offered $100,000 to anyone who could turn up a study showing that it is safe to administer vaccines to children and pregnant women, with a specific call out to concerns about mercury.”
You cited “lots of studies that support the safety of vaccines,” both ones with mercury and the MMR vaccine. You referenced research from Denmark,“where the CDC doesn’t have a lot of pull.”
In addition you said that “thimerosal isn’t even used anymore.”
In support of your position you cited the 350 health organizations who “recently reaffirmed the safety of vaccines and highlighted more than 40 of the most respected studies in an open letter to President Trump.”
As far as autism is concerned, you asserted that signs of autism can be found early in infancy “well before children receive more vaccines.”
“Other studies have found that alterations in brain cell development related to autism may occur before birth.”
Finally you dismissed Robert Kennedy’s plea that people show him the science that proves it’s safe to inject mercury into babies and pregnant mothers as
Dr. Summers, let me say first of all, your argument that studies show no link is what Kennedy’s offer was all about.
You are relying on research with vast ties to the vaccine makers.
Toxicity studies have never been done on either the mercury additive thimerosal or the aluminum used in vaccines. (And yes, thimerosal is still in large amounts in the flu vaccine given to pregnant women and babies as young as six months. In addition, while American children have reduced levels of mercury in their other vaccines, no such protection is afforded children in poor countries where vaccines are laced with full doses of thimerosal.)
The Danish research that you cited as independent comes from Dr. Poul Thorsen, the principal researcher who is under indictment for 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering by the U.S. government, having stolen over $1 million in research funding paid for by the U.S taxpayers. How reliable do you think his work is?
What Kennedy is offering is $100,000 for anyone who can produce the reputable science showing that injecting mercury into humans is safe. (And the 19 easily flawed and manipulated population studies that officials use just don’t make it. They are proof of nothing.) Where are the toxicity studies? Where are the animal studies?
There are none.
Parents who’ve looked into the issue of vaccine safety see huge holes in your arguments and a lot of omissions.
You fail to inform readers that you, as a pediatrician, have no liability for any injuries resulting from administering vaccines. Doctors, along with vaccine makers, have been protected by federal law. You can’t be sued.
If a child is injured, parents have to appeal to a federal program of vaccine injury compensation where they’re up against government lawyers defending the government’s vaccine program using government money. Despite the deck being stacked against claimants, this program has paid out over $3 billion for vaccine injuries that included death.
How can you overlook the news story out everywhere in 2008 about Hannah Poling, the Georgia girl whose case of vaccine-induced autism was conceded by medical experts at HHS? The government compensated her because they agreed that a pre-existing condition made her susceptible to develop autism because of vaccines. No one has ever looked at how many other children have the same exact pre-existing vulnerability.
In 2011 it was announced that the government’s injury program has compensated over 80 cases where the vaccine injuries included autism. The media refused to cover this.
In 2014 it was announced that a top scientist at the CDC, Dr. William Thompson, revealed that he was ordered to destroy research findings that showed a marked link between the MMR vaccine and autism in African American boys who received the vaccine before 36 months of age. U.S. Congressman Bill Posey of Florida went on floor of the House of Representatives and pleaded with members to call for a hearing on Thompson. Congress refused.
In truth, we can’t trust the CDC. Hundreds of employees have conflict of interest waivers because they’re also being paid by the industry they’re supposed to be regulating.
There are no answers, Dr. Summers.
Autism now affects two percent of our children. No one has been able to find a similar rate among adults, especially adults with severe autism whose symptoms are easily recognized. Where are the autistic adults?
No doctor can advise parents on how they can prevent their healthy, normally developing toddler from suddenly losing learned skills like speech and regressing into autism. And when little children stop speaking, making eye contact and engaging with others, doctors are helpless. They only thing they’re sure of is that the battery of vaccines the child just received couldn’t be the cause—because studies show no link.
Phony population studies are proof of nothing. Where is the study that has looked at these children who regressed to find the common factors that suddenly affected their health? No one wants to look.
Dr. Summers, you can’t show us the science that would settle this controversy overnight. There is no official study that has compared fully-vaccinated and never-vaccinated children for health outcomes. If one in every 45 never-vaccinated kids also has autism, the proof would be there for all to see. There are now so many parents too afraid to vaccinate, the study group is out there. The government does retrospective studies like this all the time, but they won’t when the subject is vaccines. We all need to ask ourselves why.
Dr. Summers, I hope you contact Robert Kennedy, Jr. He has looked at all the science on vaccine safety and found 240 studies that raise serious concerns about side effects and 81 studies that link vaccines to autism. These studies are by well-credentialed scientists from leading institutions. They’ve been peer reviewed and published in journals. Health officials won’t look at them. They pretend they don’t exist.
I look forward to your response.
Anne Dachel, Media editor: Age of Autism