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Note: In 2010, JB Handley coined a phrase called feeding the hungry lie:

The “hungry lie” on autism is both maddeningly simple and simply maddening and goes something like this: “It’s been asked and answered, vaccines don’t cause autism.” As I’ve written about repeatedly, this is a huge lie, a critical lie, and a very “hungry” lie, because it constantly needs to be fed.

Below, Ginger Taylor takes you through history, dating back to 1943. I think Dan Olmsted would have been very proud of her work.

by Ginger Taylor

[Update: The day after this post was published and widely circulatd, January 26th, CDC replaced the Hungry Lie back onto their web site after five months.  Their position has nothing to do with science.]

This week it was announced that The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed from their web site what JB Handley deemed “The Hungry Lie”.

"Vaccines do not cause autism.”

Bowing to legal pressure from the three year campaign waged by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN), CDC quietly removed the false claim from their website on August 27th, 2020. They did it so quietly in fact, that neither anyone at ICAN, nor the dozens of vaccine watchdog organizations, nor the tens of thousands of Americans that have been decrying the false claim even noticed, until someone at ICAN checked the site again on January 20th, and found that The Hungry Lie was gone. A search of the Internet Archive shows the last day the fraud was posted was August 26th, and it was gone on August 27th.

ICAN deserves high praise for accomplishing the feat, the latest in a line of ongoing court victories. Their dogged legal team is led by Aaron Siri, the man who managed to get Dr. Stanley Plotkin, considered by the medical establishment to be the greatest living vaccinologist to admit that there is no research on the Pertussis vaccine and autism. Nor on any vaccine that is not the MMR.

This is of importance to me as my son regressed into autism after Pertussis, Hep B, and five other vaccines, none of which contained mercury, and he never received the MMR. So all the research that it thrown at me to prove to me that my son does not have vaccine induced autism, doesn't even apply to his case. Because there is no vaccine-autism research outside of MMR and Thimerosal that exists, other than the Hep B studies that find massive links, and health authorities don't like to talk about those.

ICAN's three year, Herculean accomplishment was met with joy, by the vaccine injury community, but also a bit of confusion. “But the page still says, "there is no link between vaccines and autism?” Thus I thought it was important to put their win into historical context.

 

Those of us who have become old fighting this fight have been front row to the changing and contradictory claims of of CDC and her sister “health authorities” as they try not to accurately answer the question of whether or not their vaccine program created the autism epidemic. Here I present a lengthy but incomplete history of how we got here, and why ICAN should be lauded for turning back the clock to the days where CDC even made a pretense of being truthful on this issue.

Let's start with the cover story for The Hungry Lie. The story that mainstream medical professionals are told is true, and can't understand why the public doesn't believe them. Let's call it The Desperate Lie:

“It's that scoundrel Wakefield's fault.”

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia says in their History of Vaccines,

“The story of how vaccines came to be questioned as a cause of autism dates back to the 1990s. In 1995, a group of British researchers published a cohort study in the Lancet showing that individuals who had been vaccinated with the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR) were more likely to have bowel disease than individuals who had not received MMR. One of these researchers was gastroenterologist Andrew Wakefield, MD, who went on to further study a possible link between the vaccine and bowel disease by speculating that persistent infection with vaccine virus caused disruption of the intestinal tissue that in turn led to bowel disease and neuropsychiatric disease (specifically, autism).”


No.

The story of how vaccines came to be questioned as a cause of autism dates back to the first paper describing autism in 1943.



1943 - Roosevelt Administration

In his disorder defining paper "Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact," published in Nervous Child in 1943, Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins University included the first report of vaccine induced autistic regression. In Kanner's case series describing the first 11 children documented to have the disorder, case number 3, “Richard M.” is reported by his mother to have begun his developmental regression following a smallpox vaccination. From the paper:

“Case 3. Richard M. was referred to the Johns Hopkins Hospital on February 5, 1941, at 3 years, 3 months of age, with the complaint of deafness because he did not talk and did not respond to questions.”
“Following smallpox vaccination at 12 months, he had an attack of diarrhea and fever, from which he recovered in somewhat less than a week.”
“In September, 1940, the mother, in commenting on Richard's failure to talk, remarked in her notes: I can't be sure just when he stopped the imitation of words sounds. It seems that he has gone backward mentally gradually for the last two years.”


The time line of Richard M, according to the paper, is thus:


November 1937 – Born

November 1938 – Vaccinated with Smallpox vaccine

September 1940 – Mother reports developmental regression beginning approximately two years previously, the autumn of 1938.

February 1941 – Referred to Hopkins for evaluation, and in 1943, becomes the third child to be described as autistic by Leo Kanner in his disorder defining paper, the first paper published on autism, 52 years before Wakefield.

 


In the 40s and 50s, the Freudians were in command of the narrative on childhood mental health, thus maternal rejection of the child was asserted as the source of the rare disorder, until Bernard Rimland, Ph. D. ended the supremacy of the unfounded and misogynistic theory, and began the era of medical investigation into the origins of autism in the 1960s.

1976 - Ford Administration

In March of 1976, in Germany, Eggers published, “Autistic Syndrome (Kanner) and Vaccination Against Smallpox” wherein he described that:
“3-4 weeks following an otherwise uncomplicated first vaccination against smallpox a boy, then aged 15 months and last seen at the age of 5 1/2 years, gradually developed a complete Kanner syndrome. The question whether vaccination and early infantile autism might be connected is being discussed. A causal relationship is considered extremely unlikely. But vaccination is recognized as having a starter function for the onset of autism.”

1988 – Bush 41 Administration

From the first time I heard the name “Wakefield” in the media in the early 2000s, I had always known that the story that Wakefield kicked off the suspicion that vaccines may cause autism in 1998 was bogus, because the first time I heard the theory was in an undergraduate psychology class during the 88-89 school year at George Mason University. During a very short discussion on the rare childhood developmental disorder called “Autism” that Dustin Hoffman had portrayed in the movie Rainman, our professor noted that it may be cause by vaccines. I made a mental note, and decided to look into it when I had kids someday.

1991

By the opening of the 1990s the vaccine-autism causation discussion was so widespread that the Institute of Medicine was including it in their reports on vaccine safety funded by the National Institutes of Health, published by the National Academy of Sciences and edited by none other than Harvard's Harvey Fineberg:

Adverse Effects of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines: A Report of the Committee to Review the Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines.
Editors
Institute of Medicine (US) Committee to Review the Adverse Consequences of Pertussis and Rubella Vaccines; Howson CP, Howe CJ, Fineberg HV, editors.

Source
Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 1991.
The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health.

Excerpt
Parents have come to depend on vaccines to protect their children from a variety of diseases. Some evidence suggests, however, that vaccination against pertussis (whooping cough) and rubella (German measles) is, in a small number of cases, associated with increased risk of serious illness. This book examines the controversy over the evidence and offers a comprehensively documented assessment of the risk of illness following immunization with vaccines against pertussis and rubella. Based on extensive review of the evidence from epidemiologic studies, case histories, studies in animals, and other sources of information, the book examines: The relation of pertussis vaccines to a number of serious adverse events, including encephalopathy and other central nervous system disorders, sudden infant death syndrome, autism, Guillain-Barre syndrome, learning disabilities, and Reye syndrome. The relation of rubella vaccines to arthritis, various neuropathies, and thrombocytopenic purpura. The volume, which includes a description of the committee's methods for evaluating evidence and directions for future research, will be important reading for public health officials, pediatricians, researchers, and concerned parents.
Copyright © 1991 by the National Academy of Sciences.”

This inquiry, to my knowledge, resulted in the first position statement by US health authorities on vaccine-autism causation. They published:

“Evidence from Studies in Humans

The committee identified no case reports or other studies of autism following pertussis immunization. The sources examined include the CDC's MSAEFI system, which received no reports of autism (ICD 9 code 299.0) occurring within 28 days of DPT immunization from 1978 to 1990, a period in which approximately 80.1 million doses of DPT vaccine were administered through public mechanisms in the United States (J. Mullen, Centers for Disease Control, personal communication, 1990). The lack of reports of cases within 28 days of DPT immunization is not surprising, however, given that a diagnosis of autism is difficult, if not impossible, before age 3 years.

Summary

No data were identified that address the question of a relation between vaccination with DPT or its pertussis component and autism. There are no experimental data bearing on a possible biologic mechanism.

Conclusion

There is no evidence to indicate a causal relation between DPT vaccine or the pertussis component of DPT vaccine and autism.”

Of course they would not have any reports of Pertussis vaccine induced autistic regression, because the CDC's MSAEFI system, as they noted, only followed children for 28 days, and no child is diagnosed with autism within 28 days of onset. It is unheard of for a child to to even get an evaluation scheduled, must less completed in 28 days. So the system would not pick up any cases of vaccine induced autism.

This began the age of government obfuscation in vaccine-autism causation. The NIH funded project reported “no evidence” before they began any earnest search for evidence.


1998 – Clinton Administration

Andrew Wakefield, according to the current false narrative and revisionist history pushed by health authorities, mainstream medicine, and their media partners, magically erases a half century of history and discovers the vaccine-autism causation theory for the first time.

Wakefield simply did what Kanner did in 1943. Took patient histories, and including parental reports in a paper.

A great irony of course in the excoriation of Wakefield for the is that he and his colleagues never made the claim that vaccines were associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the 1998 retracted paper, reporting that, “We did not prove an association between measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine and the syndrome described. Virological studies are underway that may help to resolve this issue.”

The greatest irony is that in his case series describing his observation of bowel disease in children with ASD, is that gut dysbiosis and inflammation are the two chief physical commodities in autism according to the medical establishment.

Andrew Wakefield was right.


1999

The 1990s saw a dramatic rise in autism, from a rare disorder with only 11 cases diagnosed in the US in 1943, to occurring between 1 and 3 per 10,000 in the 70s and 80s, to approximately 1 in 250 cases by the end of the 20th century. In the UK the focus was on the MMR vaccine and potential causation. In the US the prime suspect was mercury exposure.

The the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) issued a joint statement through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on mercury and vaccines. They stated that in the U.S. vaccine program at the time, “some children could be exposed to a cumulative level of mercury over the first six months of life that exceeds one of the federal guidelines.”

The truth was that the amount of mercury in the childhood vaccination schedule grossly exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) maximum daily adult exposure for methylmercury, the form of mercury most closely related to thimerosal for which the government had established a guideline. The EPA sets the daily limit at 0.1 micrograms per kilogram of weight. Based on that guideline, a baby weighing approximately five kilograms (eleven pounds) at two months of age should not receive more than 0.5 micrograms of mercury on the day of a doctor’s visit. At the time the AAP and USPHS joint statement was issued, infants at their two-month visit routinely received 62.5 micrograms of THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA 207 mercury, or 125 times the EPA’s limit. Studies have suggested that, for thimerosal (ethylmercury), “the accepted reference dose should be lowered to between 0.025 and 0.06 micrograms per kilogram per day,” meaning that the exposure at the two-month visit could be as high as 500—rather than 125—times the safe level.3

In November 2002, Dr. Neal Halsey, director at the Institute for Vaccine Safety at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, told the New York Times:

 

My first reaction was simply disbelief . . . if the labels had had the mercury content in micrograms, this would have been uncovered years ago. But the fact is, no one did the calculation.

At the time, USPHS claimed in their joint statement that,

there [are] no data or evidence of any harm caused by the level of exposure that some children may have encountered in following the existing immunization schedule.”

However, the government made this safety claim before it had begun to look for evidence of harm. In November 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a study to evaluate whether children receiving the highest amounts of thimerosal had suffered any ill effects. Thomas Verstraeten, the study’s lead epidemiologist , did not begin the study until four months after the government’s “no evidence of harm” claim. The CDC did not publish the results until 2003. The first phase of the Verstraeten study found an association between higher doses of thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders. In the second phase of his study, Verstraeten described his findings as “neutral.” Verstraeten was an employee of vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline by the time his study was finally published.

HHS further asserted in July 1999:

Given that the risks of not vaccinating children far outweigh the unknown and much smaller risk, if any, of exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines over the first six months of life, clinicians and parents are encouraged to immunize all infants even if the choice of individual vaccine products is limited for any reason.”

With this single statement, the government took the position that the risk posed to children from exposure to thimerosal was both “unknown” and a “smaller risk” than exposure to childhood diseases. This suggested that public health officials could perform a risk-benefit analysis with no risk information for half of the equation.

HHS further asserted:

[i]nfants and children who have received thimerosal-containing vaccines do not need to be tested for mercury exposure.”

On what basis could HHS make this statement? It had not done (and still has not done) the underlying research to show that these children were not at risk and should not be screened for mercury toxicity. Without hard evidence, the government nonetheless seemed eager to reassure parents that “no evidence of harm” meant “no harm”—even as it failed to look for evidence.

The mainstream media did not investigate HHS’s claims or recommendations, nor did it investigate those of vaccine safety advocates.

 

2005 – Bush 43 Administration

None of the problems with the joint statement, the investigation, or the CDC’s handling of the thimerosal question came to light until 2005, when investigative journalist and author David Kirby released the book, Evidence of Harm. The searing and detailed account exposed the questionable behavior and judgments of the CDC and HHS.11 Likely sensing the potential for public outrage, the CDC quickly took action and posted a notice on its website explaining that it would review the book and respond. By the end of 2005, however, the CDC had taken the notice down without responding. To this day, no US government agency has offered any response to the book.

2008 – Obama Administration

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has a table of known vaccine-induced injuries for which the government offers compensation. Created in 1991, the table has since listed “encephalopathy” as an outcome for the combination MMR (or any of the various individual measles, mumps, or rubella vaccines) and for the DTaP (or any pertussis-containing vaccines). The symptoms of this encephalopathy (a medical term meaning brain disorder, brain damage, or a change in brain functioning) in a child who is eighteen months or older include a “significantly decreased level of consciousness” which HRSA describes as follows:

(1) Decreased or absent response to environment (responds, if at all, only to loud voice or painful stimuli);
(2) Decreased or absent eye contact (does not fix gaze upon family members or other individuals); or
(3) Inconsistent or absent responses to external stimuli (does not recognize familiar people or things).16

Many parents have reported these symptoms in their previously typically functioning children after neurological regression following measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and pertussis-containing (DPT or DTaP) vaccines. These parents, however, reported that those symptoms were not used to diagnose their children with a vaccine-induced encephalopathy but rather to diagnose them with autism. In addition, one of the signs of encephalopathy is seizure activity. Estimates suggest that one-quarter to one-third of those with an autism diagnosis also suffer from seizures.17

Were “vaccine-induced encephalopathy” and “autism” merely the same phenomenon, described from the vantage point of two different disciplines, medicine and mental health? Were many cases of autism merely misdiagnosed vaccine-induced encephalopathy, due to the lack of physician training regarding the recognition of vaccine injury? These questions never surfaced when the media ran stories regarding parental concerns about vaccine-induced autism—that is, until 2008, when the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) became national news.

In early 2008, Jon and Terry Poling announced to the press that HHS had conceded their daughter’s case of vaccine-induced autism. Ten-year-old Hannah Poling had regressed into autism after receiving nine vaccines in five shots during one office visit. The Polings argued that their daughter had a preexisting, asymptomatic, and undiagnosed mitochondrial dysfunction and sustained a neurological regression into autism from receiving vaccines at eighteen months of age. Jon Poling is a well respected neurologist who was at Johns Hopkins at the time, and his wife Terry is a registered nurse and an attorney. The Polings’ medical testing following their daughter’s regression was so thorough and their case so strong that HRSA conceded the case and elected to pay compensation without a hearing before the VICP. The government acknowledged, albeit in very evasive language, that vaccines were the culprit that led to Hannah Poling’s autism.

While the media had yet to rigorously scrutinize the vaccine-autism story, national and local consumer-safety and autism-awareness groups were organizing to share information and advocate for change. When CNN broadcast the Polings’ press conference live, the event poured gasoline on the already fiery vaccine safety debate. Federal public health officials were forced to comment on how vaccines cannot cause autism, even though they seemed to have done just that in little Hannah Poling. The government’s position on the Polings’ case and on vaccine induced autism were completely at odds with one another, and the government’s clumsy and conflicting answers raised even more questions about vaccine safety:

• Did vaccines cause Hannah’s autism?

• Is mitochondrial dysfunction rare?

• Did the government deliberately mislead the public about Hannah’s injury?

• Did the media pursue this news story appropriately?

Our government would not say that Hannah had autism, which she indeed does have.18 The concession document19 said that Hannah has “a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder.”20 By definition, a person diagnosed with a disorder will have features of that disorder. Government attorneys had full access to Hannah Poling’s extensive medical files, which disclose that she has DSM-diagnosed, full-syndrome autism. Yet, they referred to her neurological disorder using terms that sounded ambiguous, as if she has something like autism, but not autism. Hannah’s parents repeatedly clarified to the media that their daughter has full-syndrome autism. A scientific journal article21 further confirmed her diagnosis.

Where was the mainstream media? It failed in two respects. First, it continued to repeat the government’s euphemistic words, “autism-like symptoms,” thereby attempting to dodge the burning question—is the dramatic increase in the number of childhood vaccines causing the dramatic increase in autism incidence? Second, the media gave extensive airtime to vaccine-program defenders who seemed to turn the case on its head, blaming the victim for her own injury. In a twist of logic, they inferred that it wasn’t really the vaccines’ fault that Hannah was permanently injured; on the contrary, Hannah was merely a poor receptacle for lifesaving vaccines.

An article in the New Scientist declared, “Significantly, the government’s decision says nothing about whether vaccines cause autism. Instead, government lawyers concluded only that vaccines aggravated a preexisting cellular disorder in the child, causing brain damage that included features of autism.”22 This vague government pronouncement prompted the tongue-in-cheek response from a commenter, “Do cigarettes only aggravate preexisting genetic factors, causing lung damage including features of cancer?”23

In late 2010, reporter Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News summed up HHS’s position, “In acknowledging Hannah’s injuries, the government said vaccines aggravated an unknown mitochondrial disorder Hannah had which didn’t ‘cause’ her autism, but ‘resulted’ in it.”24

A few days after the announcement, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding appeared on CNN with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to explain the government’s position on the Poling case and vaccine-autism causation.

Gupta began the interview by noting that a child with regressive autism had been compensated and that the government had conceded that vaccines had caused her “autism-like symptoms.” He zeroed in on a key question. Gupta asked whether Hannah had “autism” or “autism-like symptoms.”

Gerberding never answered.

She instead claimed that she had not read the Poling case file. Gupta failed to challenge this extraordinary and implausible statement. Gerberding was at the helm of the government agency responsible for the U.S. vaccine program and reported directly to Congress. A government agency conceded that vaccines caused Hannah Poling’s autism-like symptoms and Gerberding had not read her case file before appearing on national television?

In another extraordinary statement, Gerberding proceeded to explain a way in which vaccines can cause autism:

My understanding is that the child has what we think is a rare mitochondrial disorder and when children have this disease, anything that stresses them creates a situation where their cells just can’t make enough energy to keep their brains functioning normally. Now we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids, so if the child is immunized, got a fever or other complications from the vaccine then, if you are predisposed with a mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage, some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”24

Gerberding had just said that vaccines can cause autism in children with mitochondrial disorders.

Gupta passed right by this statement as well. Seeming not to have heard her, he instead asked, “As it stands, are we ready to say that vaccines do not cause autism?” Off the hook of the vaccine-autism causation question, Gerberding quickly responded,

What we can say absolutely, for sure, is that we don’t really understand the causes of autism. We’ve got a long way to go before we get to the bottom of this, but there have been at least 15 very good scientific studies, and the Institute of Medicine which has searched this out and they have concluded that there really is no association between vaccines and autism.”25

Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the CDC, had just explained an association between vaccines and autism on national news. She then said there is no association between vaccines and autism.

Two weeks earlier, the CDC had held a conference call with concerned physicians and insurance companies to discuss the Poling case.26 During the call, experts presented information that Hannah’s preexisting mitochondrial dysfunction may not be so rare. An unpublished study of thirty children with regressive autism revealed that they all shared Hannah’s same biomarkers.27 On the call, it was estimated that up to one in fifty children, or two percent of the general population, may have a genetic mutation that places them at risk for mitochondrial dysfunction.28 This information had been in the press for three days when Gerberding gave the CNN interview and made the claim that Hannah’s condition was “rare,” but Gupta didn’t challenge her claim.

In The Washington Post, Gerberding offered additional, unsubstantiated words of reassurance to a concerned public:

While we recognize, and have recognized, mitochondrial disorders are associated with . . . autism-like syndrome, there is nothing about this situation that should be generalized to the risks of vaccines for normal children.29”

Gerberding failed to explain the seemingly simple phrase “normal children.” Hannah seemed “normal” before her shots, as did tens of thousands of children who regressed into autism after their shots. In fact, Hannah was above average socially and so highly verbal that, at the age of sixteen months, she had been chosen to be a “typical peer” to model appropriate social skills to developmentally disabled children in an early intervention program. Millions of concerned parents wonder about vaccine safety and which of their “normal” children might be at risk of developing autism after vaccination. How could they know?

Gerberding’s Washington Post statement raised several troubling questions:

• By definition, regressive autism means that the children were, by all appearances, neurologically “normal” before their diagnosis. In the absence of criteria to identify susceptibility, aren’t all children “normal” before they regress into autism after vaccination?

• How many other children with regressive autism following vaccination have asymptomatic, undiagnosed mitochondrial dysfunction like Hannah Poling? Was Hannah diagnosed only because her father is a neurologist?

• In the Hannah Poling scenario, a seemingly healthy child suffered a vaccine regression that gave her autism. Autism affects one percent of all U.S. children. Why aren’t we screening children before vaccination to make sure they are not susceptible, just like Hannah was?

Dr. Anne Schuchat, the assistant surgeon general and director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the CDC at the time, answered the last question in an interview in The Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Some have suggested that infants and children be screened for mitochondrial disorders before getting recommended vaccinations. Unfortunately, mitochondrial diseases are very difficult to diagnose and it is usually not possible to identify children with such disorders until there are signs of developmental decline. A definitive diagnosis often requires multiple blood tests and may also require a muscle or brain biopsy (removal of a portion for testing, usually under anesthesia). Therefore, providing routine screening tests on children who have no symptoms would bring other medical risks and raise many ethical questions.30

Schuchat failed to mention that a simple blood test to screen for “soft biomarkers” of mitochondrial dysfunction is available and reasonably predictive.31 She further failed to mention the medical risks and ethical questions raised by blindly vaccinating nearly all children when we know that some will have mitochondrial dysfunction that puts them at risk for neurological injury.

2009 – Obama Administration

The following year, Gerberding resigned from the CDC and joined Merck & Co., Inc., the pharmaceutical giant, as head of its vaccine division. Merck manufactures several childhood vaccines including the MMR. Notably, the MMR is the vaccine HRSA has admitted causes an encephalopathy that progresses into autism, and was among the vaccines that resulted in Hannah Poling’s regression into autism. While the autism advocacy community vigorously discussed and debated the Poling concession, Gerberding’s public statements on vaccine encephalopathy and autism, and her new employment, mainstream media once again remained mute.

During reporter David Kirby’s investigation of the Poling case, he requested clarification of the government’s position on whether or not vaccines could cause autism in light of the VICP decision. HRSA’s Office of Communications responded shortly after Gerberding left office with the Bush Administration,

From: Bowman, David (HRSA) [mailto:DBowman@hrsa.gov]

Sent: Friday, February 20, 2009 5 :22 PM To: ‘dkirby@nyc.rr.com’

Subject: HRSA Statement

David,
In response to your most recent inquiry, HRSA has the following statement:

The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.

Some children who have been compensated for vaccine injuries may have shown signs of autism before the decision to compensate, or may ultimately end up with autism or autistic symptoms, but we do not track cases on this basis.

Regards,
David Bowman
Office of Communications
Health Resources and Services Administration
301-443-337637

Bowman asserts that vaccines don’t cause autism, but that they do cause brain damage that can result in autism. However, HRSA doesn’t track that. Kirby and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., published this email, but the mainstream media again failed to report it to the public.

2010

Despite the admissions from both Gerberding and Bowman, CDC took no measures to review or change it's approach to the rising rates of both autism and vaccine rejectionism. The CDC's website in it's discussion of thimerosal,

There is no convincing evidence of harm caused by the low doses of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor reactions like redness and swelling at the injection site.”40

In carefully crafted, qualified language, the CDC no longer claimed “no evidence of harm” as it did in 1999 but rather that there is “no convincing evidence of harm,” implicitly recognizing that there was evidence of harm but the CDC has decided not to be “convinced” by it.

On he subject of “Vaccines and Autism” website offered this response to the question, “Do vaccines cause autism spectrum disorders?”

A: [There are] many studies that have looked at whether there is a relationship between vaccines and autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). To date, the studies continue to show that vaccines are not [sic] associated with ASDs.”41

This statement did not accurately depict the state of vaccine safety science . While some studies do not find evidence of an association between vaccines, heavy metal components such as thimerosal, and autism, many do. The peer-reviewed meta-analysis released by DeSoto and Hitlan, found that 74 percent of the relevant studies support an association between autism and heavy metals such as thimerosal.

In March 2010, while discussing the H1N1 flu, Readers Digest asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, “What can be done about public mistrust of vaccines?” Sebelius replied,

“There are groups out there that insist that vaccines are responsible for a variety of problems despite all scientific evidence to the contrary. We have reached out to media outlets to try to get them to not give the views of these people equal weight in their reporting to what science has shown and continues to show about the safety of vaccines.”44

Neither the Obama Administration nor Readers Digest clarified this remarkable disclosure, thus it remains unclear which press outlets HHS contacted, what HHS asked the press not to report, or who complied with the request.

2012

In early 2012, in preparation for the second edition of Vaccine Epidemic, the CDC was contacted directly to ascertain its current stance on vaccine-autism causation. Thomas W. Skinner public affairs officer from the Office of the Associate Director for Communication responded:

“Subject: Re: MI-Normal-Book author-Autism/Vaccine

Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:32:40 +0000

From: Skinner, Thomas W. (CDC/OD/OADC)

To: ‘ginger@adventuresinautism.com’

Autism presents difficult challenges for thousands of families across the United States. Scientists do not know what causes autism. However, very thorough studies conducted by some of the world’s brightest scientists simply do not point to an association between vaccines and autism. Hopefully additional research will someday provide answers as to what is the cause or causes of autism.”

Because this statement was inconsistent with the current research, I sent Mr. Skinner a follow-up email, in which I brought to his attention a list of sixty studies (listed in appendix starting on page 389) that point to an association between vaccines and autism. I requested three pieces of information: (1) the list of studies that “do not point to an association between vaccines and autism; “ (2) the reasons for the CDC’s failure to mention any of the studies that point to an association between vaccines and autism; and (3) the person or panel responsible for approving his statement.

I received no reply.

2015

While statements on the relationship between vaccines and autism had became more vague, qualified, and inconclusive over the years, suddenly the CDC became very emphatic on their position on vaccine-autism causation. Despite no new information that would justify such an expansive claim coming to light, in September The CDC declared on their web site that,

Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.”

The Hungry Lie became official US policy.

The statement was the subject of much criticism, as of the 14 vaccines on the childhood schedule, only 1 of them, the MMR had had any inquiry undertaking on them that failed to find a link. And several studies did find links between MMR and autism.

2017 – Trump Administration

A review of the positions held by the various HHS departments, the US Secretary of Health and Human Services, held four incompatible positions on the relationship between vaccines and autism, via the four different departments that he managed and that contribute information to the public on vaccine safety.

In answering the question, “Are vaccines linked to autism?” The departments' answers could be categorized thusly:

The Health Resources Services Administration’s position is: Yes.

David Bowman, a spokesman for HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration commenting on a case of vaccine encephalopathy and autism responded:

“[Vaccine Induced] Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.”



The Food and Drug Administration’s position can summed up as: Maybe. Sometimes.

On the FDA approved Tripedia vaccine package insert:

Adverse events reported during post-approval use of Tripedia vaccine include idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, SIDS, anaphylactic reaction, cellulitis, autism, convulsion/grand mal convulsion, encephalopathy, hypotonia, neuropathy, somnolence and apnea. Events were included in this list because of the seriousness or frequency of reporting. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequencies or to establish a causal relationship to components of Tripedia vaccine.”



The National Institutes of Health’s position can be characterized as: Probably not.

While NIH has not responded to requests for an official position statement on the matter, Dr. Francis Collins wrote on June 13th 2017, in his NIH Director’s Blog, in a post entitled Autism Spectrum Disorder: Progress Toward Earlier Diagnosis:

Research shows that the roots of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) generally start early—most likely in the womb. That’s one more reason, on top of a large number of epidemiological studies, why current claims about the role of vaccines in causing autism can’t be righti.”



The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emphatically asserts: Absolutely not.

On their page on the relationship between vaccines and autism:

Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.
“Vaccine ingredients do not cause autism.”
“There is no link between vaccines and autism.”



THE CHAIRS OF HRSA, CDC, FDA , and NIH

Agencies that report to the Secretary of Health and Human Services therefore held multiple and mutually exclusive opinions on the most significant vaccine safety question in the public forum. This should have been enough to trigger a systematic review of the information each agency is using, what biases are causing this wide range of positions, and whether or not fraud is in play.

Further, both NIH and CDC, are multiple vaccine patent holders, which is not disclosed to patients or their guardians at the point of sale. HHS, while posing as an impartial agency to research, regulate, and recommend vaccines via NIH, FDA and CDC respectively, and as “vaccine court” via HRSA to determine vaccine injury causation in individual consumer claims, is robbing the consumer of informed consent by failing to disclose that it is a profit partner in the very shots that members of the public are allowing to be administered to themselves or their minor children.

But even beyond that, these vaccine safety statements (save Bowman’s) ignore the more than a hundred research papers that demonstrate multiple links between vaccines and autism, and the mechanisms by which vaccines and their ingredients can cause autism, as well as at least 83 documented vaccine induced encephalopathy with autism claims paid by the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.

One Cabinet Member, four positions.

2020

On August 27th, following three years of legal pressure from the Informed Consent Action Network, without comment, The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed The Hungry Lie from it's website where it has lived since 2015, deceiving hundreds of millions of Americans and parents world wide.

CDC did not inform ICAN of their action and ICAN was not aware of the retraction until it was noticed the day after the installment of the Biden Administration.

The Informed Consent Action Network issued the following press release detailing their three year effort to take the CDC to task for the false claim:

“January 21, 2021

ICAN, through its attorneys led by Aaron Siri, has been relentless in

its legal demands and actions to compel the CDC to remove its blanket claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” from its website. We are excited to report that the CDC has finally capitulated to those demands!

It has removed this claim from its website!

 

 

CDC’s Autism-Vaccine Page

 

 

The more than three-year journey for how ICAN, and its legal team, achieved this result is a story of determined persistence. Here are the highlights.

 

 

ICAN’s Opening Salvo (Oct. 12, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2018)

 

The journey began with a letter sent to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on October 12, 2017. That letter explained why the CDC cannot scientifically claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” on its website. ICAN then ended with the following demand: “Please confirm that HHS shall forthwith remove the claim that ‘Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism’ from the CDC website, or alternatively, please identify the specific studies on which HHS bases its blanket claim that no vaccines cause autism?/”

 

To put HHS and the CDC (an agency within HHS) on their heels, mere days after sending this letter, ICAN also sent a FOIA request FOIA request on November 1, 2017, demanding:

 

All reports, scientific studies, and any other documents the CDC relied upon to support the assertion “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” located on its website at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html.

 

The CDC quickly called ICAN’s counsel, Aaron Siri, regarding this request. After some negotiations, the CDC formally responded responded on November 7, 2017, stating that “A search of our records failed to reveal any documents beyond the records hyperlinked in the specific web site” to support the claim that vaccines do not cause autism. The CDC had thus revealed a truth, one that HHS could not run from in its

response to ICAN’s letter.

 

On January 18, 2018, HHS responded to ICAN’s October 12th letter. In that letter, HHS provided a list of studies it said supported the conclusion on its website that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.” All of the studies cited

related either to a single vaccine, MMR, or to a single vaccine ingredient, thimerosal. *None *of these studies support the claim that vaccines given during the first six months of life do not cause autism.

 

Given that HHS failed to support its claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism,” ICAN responded by letter dated December 31, 2018 wherein ICAN asserted that “HHS cannot scientifically claim that ‘Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism’” and “must therefore remove this claim from the CDC website until it can produce the studies to

support the claim.”

 

 

ICAN’s Pincer Maneuver (Jan. 1, 2019 to June 18, 2019)

 

In order to keep the pressure on to force the CDC to be honest with the public, during the first six months of 2019, ICAN submitted numerous requests for communications among key personnel within the CDC relating

to autism. Some of these requests sought emails going back decades. The key players within the CDC with regard to vaccines and autism now knew we were watching, and that we would have their unvarnished, internal

emails related to autism.

 

 

ICAN Drops the Gauntlet (June 19, 2019 to Dec. 30, 2019)

 

Now that ICAN had gathered the proof in the form of evidence and admissions it needed to hold the CDC’s feet to the fire, on June 19, 2019, ICAN demanded that the CDC produce copies of the studies it relies upon to claim that all the vaccines given during the first six months of life “Do Not Cause Autism.” These vaccines include DTaP, HepB, Hib, PCV13, and IPV. ICAN also demanded that the CDC produce studies to support that the cumulative exposure to these vaccines during the first six months of life “Do Not Cause Autism.”

 

ICAN, of course, already had the CDC’s admissions on these points from its prior FOIA request in November 2017, the HHS letter exchange, and the CDC’s internal emails. The CDC had nowhere to hide and no way to

dissemble. As expected, it responded to ICAN’s request with the same list of studies involving MMR or thimerosal. Not a single study supported that DTaP, HepB, Hib, PCV13, and IPV do not cause autism.

 

 

ICAN Battles the CDC in Court (Dec. 31, 2019 to March 5, 2020)

 

ICAN then put the pressure directly on the CDC. Instead of walking away after the CDC effectively admitted it did not have the studies ICAN sought, ICAN sued the CDC in federal court.

 

The suit focused on the CDC’s claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” on the basis that the CDC had not specifically listed the precise studies that it asserts support that claim. This lawsuit also quoted from the deposition of Dr. Stanley Plotkin, the godfather of vaccinology, who admitted under oath that he was “okay with telling the parent that DTaP/Tdap does not cause autism even though the science isn’t there yet to support that claim.”

 

After a lot of wrangling between ICAN’s counsel Aaron Siri, and the Department of Justice, which was representing the CDC, the CDC finally capitulated and signed a stipulation that entered as an order of the court on March 2, 2020 in which the CDC identified 20 studies as the universe of support it relies upon to claim that DTaP, HepB, Hib, PCV13, and IPV do not cause autism. Here is a summary of the vaccines these studies cover:

 

* 1 relating to MMR (not a vaccine ICAN asked about);

* 13 relating to thimerosal (not an ingredient in any vaccine ICAN

asked about);

* 4 relating to both MMR and thimerosal;

* 1 relating to antigen (not a vaccine) exposure; and

* 1 relating to MMR, thimerosal, and

 

Incredibly, the one study relating to DTaP on the CDC’s list was a recent review by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), paid for by the CDC, which conducted a comprehensive review looking specifically for studies relating to whether DTaP does or does not cause autism. The IOM concluded that *it could not identify a single study to support that DTaP does not cause autism*. Instead, the only relevant study the IOM could identify found an association between DTaP and autism.

 

In other words, the only study the CDC listed that actually looked at any of the vaccines given to babies during the first six months of life concluded that there are no studies to support that DTaP does not cause autism. Yet, the CDC chose that study as one of the few that supports its claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism”!

 

This reality is truly incredible because, when it comes to autism, vaccines are the one suspected culprit that the CDC claims to have exhaustively investigated but, yet, the CDC could not provide a single study to support its conclusion that the vaccines given during the first six months of life do not cause autism.

 

The CDC regularly complains that those raising concerns about vaccine safety are unscientific and misinformed. It is therefore truly stunning that when we asked the CDC for studies to support its claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism,” the March 2, 2020 stipulation and order made it abundantly clear that it was the CDC’s own claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” that was unscientific.

 

 

ICAN’s Coup de Grâce (Mar. 6, 2020 to Aug. 26, 2020)

 

And now for the coup de grâce. ICAN’s demands at the end of 2019 and over which it took the CDC to court in early 2020 were for the studies he CDC “relied upon” to claim that Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism. ICAN now had a court ordered stipulation that specifically listed the twenty studies the CDC “relied upon” to support this claim– none of which supported that the vaccines given during the first six months of life do not cause autism.

 

To assure that the CDC understood ICAN was never, ever, ever, letting this issue go, on March 6, 2020 (days after concluding the federal lawsuit) ICAN submitted the following FOIA demand to the CDC: “All studies supporting the claim that DTaP does not cause autism” and days later requested “Studies created or retained by CDC to support the claim that DTaP does not cause autism.” The difference between this and

ICAN’s prior requests is subtle but powerful. Instead of asking for the studies the CDC “relied upon” to support that DTaP does not cause autism (as it did previously), ICAN was now seeking the studies that in fact support that DTaP does not cause autism.

 

In response to this request, the CDC could not list its MMR or thimerosal studies – its hands were tied. It understood there was nowhere left to hide its unsupported claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.” And it knew that ICAN would again take it to court, and this time the outcome could be even harsher.

 

 

The CDC Capitulates

 

On the heels of the foregoing, and dozens of related demands regarding autism that ICAN continued to press, in the dead of the night, and without any fanfare or announcement, on August 27, 2020, the CDC website removed the claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” from its website! The CDC had finally capitulated to the truth!

 

Compare for yourself the CDC’s autism-vaccine webpage on August 26, 2020 versus August 27, 2020.

 

You may be wondering why we waited until now to announce this amazing news. Well, ICAN and its legal team have been so busy fighting on dozens of vaccine related fronts (mandatory MMR vaccines, flu shot requirements, improper COVID vaccine trials, etc.) that we only realized the CDC’s vaccine-autism claim had been removed when we recently turned back to that front! Like a Mayan temple hidden in plain sight for hundreds of years, ICAN only recently discovered the CDC’s silent capitulation.

 

 

The Future

 

The most recent data from CDC shows that 1 in 36 children born this year in the United States will develop autism. This is a true epidemic. If the CDC had spent the same resources studying vaccines and autism as it did waging a media campaign against parents that claim vaccines caused their child’s autism, the world would be a better place for everyone.

 

To their credit, parents with autistic children have never backed down. In the face of incessant brow beatings by public health authorities, studies have found between 40% and 70% of parents with an autistic child continue to blame vaccines for their child’s autism, typically pointing to vaccines given during the first six months of life. These parents know what they experienced, what their parental instincts tell them, and

no amount of shaming can change that truth.

 

With the removal of the claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism,” it is ICAN’s sincere hope that our public health authorities have turned or will soon be turning the corner on this issue. That they will fund independent scientists to conduct the desperately needed studies of autism and the cumulative impact of the vaccines given during the first six months of life.

 

The cries of parents who know that vaccines caused their child’s autism should no longer be ignored. The science must be done. And ICAN will continue to fight to make sure that that it is done.

 

 

Epilogue

 

The CDC’s website does continue to claim that “Vaccine ingredients do not cause autism” and so ICAN’s fight continues! Our next step will be to force the CDC to admit whether or not they are also making this claim for aluminum adjuvants used in vaccines. And if so, to produce the studies to support this claim. (See ICAN’s white paper on aluminum adjuvants and autism here.)

 

Of course, whether one or more ingredients, like water used in vaccines, does not cause autism is not really the issue. The question is whether the vaccine, the product itself as formulated, causes autism. And we now know that the CDC finally understands that it can no longer claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.”


This is the greatest defeat that The Hungry Lie has suffered yet, and the global community owes ICAN a debt of gratitude for their work greater than they will ever receive.

Remaining on the CDC's web site are other numerous false claims, that are yet to be addressed. The next one that must go is the lie that, “There is no link between vaccines and autism.”

This is not just untrue merely at this point in time, or a any time in the 21st century, it has never been true.

The scientific record linking vaccine and autism began with the scientific record on autism itself, and extends through a growing body of research today. It began when Kanner took notes interviewing Richard M's mother, and she reported his vaccine reaction and subsequent regression into the disorder that would come to be called “Autism” by Kanner when he published the first paper on the disorder.

Vaccine induced autism was reported before the word “autism” even existed.

In 2007 I grew tired of hearing that “there is no link between vaccines and autism,” and began keeping a list of research that linked vaccines and autism online. The list has now grown to more than 150 papers supporting the link, and is unfortunately woefully behind, as the project has no funding, and little time has been devoted it to it's development. Kanners report of Richard M's post-vaccine regression in 1943 is the last study on the list.

"157 Research Papers Supporting Vaccine/Autism Causation
Ginger Taylor, MS
Mainstream research has found that vaccines and their ingredients can cause the underlying medical conditions that committed physicians and researchers are commonly finding in children who have been given an autism diagnosis. These conditions include gastrointestinal damage, immune system impairment, chronic infections, mitochondrial disorders, autoimmune conditions, neurological regression, glial cell activation, interleukin-6 secretion dysregulation, brain inflammation, damage to the blood–brain barrier, seizures, synaptic dysfunction, dendritic cell dysfunction, mercury poisoning, aluminum toxicity, gene activation and alteration, glutathione depletion, impaired methylation, oxidative stress, impaired thioredoxin regulation, mineral deficiencies, impairment of the opioid system, endocrine dysfunction, cellular apoptosis, and other disorders.

The list, in whole or in part, has been called to the attention to countless numbers of state and federal health officials, but to my knowledge, no agency has ever undertaken a review of the research, in whole or in part, and applied the research to the assertion that “there is no link between vaccines and autism.” This despite the fact that the first paper on the list was conducted by CDC itself, run by the head of the CDC's Vaccine Safety Branch, Frank DeStefano, and found a 600% increase in autism in children who received the highest levels of mercury in their vaccines.

It can be plainly stated that the US National Immunization Program (now called the National Vaccine Plan) run by the US Department of Health and Human services, is the most nakedly corrupt sector of the US Government.

Every living American and most of the global population is impacted by their open and unaddressed fraud.

No vaccine safety statement offered by any local, state, or federal authority remains untouched by this fraud, and no statement offered on vaccine safety by any of them should be believed and taken at face value.


Caveat emptor.

Addendum:


2021 – Biden Administration

The day after this piece was published and widely circulated on The Age Of Autism, CDC replaced the Hungry Lie back onto their web site after five months. Again, without comment.

Their position on vaccine induced autism has nothing to do with science.

 

Comments

Gary Ogden

Master Frederick: The CDC was unable to produce any evidence for this claim. Science is by nature evidentiary. An accumulation of evidence can show a hypothesis likely to be true, but an utter lack of evidence shows it to be pure propaganda. Not science. You're happy with that? Our government lying to the public? Did you believe WMD in Iraq? The tooth fairy? A human being with an actual heart and an actual conscience would examine a wild claim like this in the light of evidence, but you appear to lack both. And perhaps intellectual curiosity as well.

Willie

VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM

Ginger Taylor,

I just saw this. Excellent and exhaustive piece of work.
I will quote it and give you credit.
Everyone in proud of you including strangers like me, your children and God.


VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM

Morag

That's a serious chunk of hard work,much appreciated!

What's The Score ?
Sturdy / Hardy, Humanity --- One Point Win !
De -sensitised ,merciless,mercinary,monstrosities ---Minus Ten Points!
Dynamic equilibrium even-ing up "The Score" One small chunk at a time .

susan welch

Fred, this is the last paragraph of an email I received from ICAN:

ICAN plans to take the CDC back to court to demand it remove the claim “vaccines do not cause autism” from its website. It will certainly be interesting to see how the CDC explains its whipsaw changes in position regarding vaccines and autism. Stay tuned.

Frederic Chopin

Guys,

The CDC changed it back.

Tonya Prim

I like the part saying that "public health officials could perform a risk-benefit analysis with no risk information for half of the equation." Actually, did they really have data for the other half either? Did they know the true risk of not being vaccinated?

Public health officials are doing this again in Michigan regarding the wearing of masks by children. In response to a FOIA request, it was revealed that the state health department had ZERO data that they had used to inform them of the safety of children wearing masks to support the mandates they imposed. So essentially they were saying, "We don't know the level of risk of children wearing masks, but we are sure that it is less than the risk of children not wearing masks."

Hyppolyteia

Looks like it's still turning up.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html

Tonya Prim

They are still doing the same thing with their "no data exist" line about the COVID-19 "vaccine." They say there is no evidence it causes problems with fertility and pregnancy in a way that implies that it is SAFE in those situations. But anyone who looks at the reports of the trials knows that there is no data because those conditions were EXCLUDED from the trials.

Allie

Thank you, Ginger. Brilliant and hard-hitting, as always.

Kara Lynn

Fantastic article!

Nora

Thank you Ginger. Your hard work is so appreciated S is ICAN’s endless work. After my grandson was diagnosed in 2008 with autism, I found Age of Autism. With all the censorship, it looks to be again the gathering place for the families of the injured. Praying that somehow this nightmare ends and justice is reached.

Peter Ball

Thank you for a wonderful statement of the whole history of the denial of this dreadful condition, and it's major cause. Vaccine damage has been documented far earlier than this though!
"Vaccinosis shews itself as a formidable acute disease that may terminate fatally, or it may manifest itself as a chronic affection" This statement is from Dr J Compton Burnett in his 1884 published book, Vaccinosis and it's cure by Thuja. The evidence of harm was already being documented all those years ago, and as you read through the cases, the same patterns emerge. A reaction of the body, unique to the recipient, to the absorption of a toxic substance.

angus files

Brilliant Ginger thanks very much.

I remember one of our family friends say "the MMR vaccine is great she(her daughter) has been so quiet since having it, quietened her right down.

The same guys that can get up each day and let the slaughter of the innocents continue are the same guys who say next please! with the Covid vaccine deaths P.S. they wear white coats.

Pharma For Prison

MMR RIP

annie

Wow! Such a brilliant piece! Thank you Ginger!!! A tenant of the big lie that every Jonas Salk adoring fan (because, what about polio) has always leaned on, was genetics. Vaccines couldn’t possibly have anything to do with how an infant’s brain develops because “that’s not how science works”. The position was that the developing brain and the developing immune system have nothing to do with one another, therefore, it’s perfectly acceptable to inundate an infant’s immune system with antigens, and other immune stimulating adjuvants, to illicit an antibody response. *Thanks to the vaccine risk aware community* more and more of the general public understands things like TH1, the humoral system of immunity, the cell-mediated system of immunity etc. As we enter the Age of Covid, and deploy mRNA technology, it becomes scientifically untenable, even generally, to stand the ground that vaccines have little to do with how an infant’s brain develops. Much to Peter Hotez’s shagrin it seems that the powers that be are going to ditch vaccine injury denier community in order to cash in on the much bigger market if gene therapy as vaccine.

Everyone whom asserts that vaccine *can* cause autism now gets to assert that they were born immune to Covid.

Laura Hayes

One must wonder as to the psychological profile of those exposed in Ginger Taylor's detailed account above. How demented and deranged must one be to insist on denying, and continuing, blatant and permanent harm to BABIES and CHILDREN? What kind of sick soul spends their entire career doing that?

One must also wonder as to the psychological profile of those with whom the truth about these pathological liars is shared, and with whom the truth about the dangers of, inefficacies of, and lack of need for vaccines is also shared, but who then proceed to permit vaccines for themselves and their children. What has gone wrong with their ability to think clearly and act wisely?

greyone

Brilliant article, thank you Ginger Taylor.
Appreciated the historical and administration policy breakdowns.

ACIP meeting 27 Jan, will be discussing children pediatric Covid19 clinical trials, link on righthand side to webcast.
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html

Frederic Chopin

Congratulations ICAN!

Hans Litten

Now they are coming for the children , as expected : (Transparency zero ? as usual ?)

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/22/pfizer-says-its-covid-vaccine-trial-for-kids-ages-12-to-15-is-fully-enrolled.html

Pfizer said it had fully enrolled its Covid-19 vaccine trial in kids ages 12 to 15, a key step before the vaccine could be used in that age group.

The study, an extension of the one used to support the company’s Emergency Use Authorization of the vaccine in people 16 and older, has enrolled 2,259 kids between 12 and 15, Pfizer told CNBC Friday. Its entry on a government website for clinical trials was updated to note it’s no longer recruiting subjects.

The vaccine, developed with German partner BioNTech, was authorized for people ages 16 and older in December. Trials in younger age groups are necessary to ensure the correct dose, as well as safety and efficacy in those different groups, said Dr. Evan Anderson, a pediatrician at Emory University School of Medicine.

“I am very uncomfortable sending my children back to school, where — despite the best efforts of the school — there is a real risk for contracting Covid-19,” Anderson told CNBC in October.

While children are less affected by Covid-19 than adults, they do still catch the virus and get sick. Some have even died. More than 2.5 million cases of Covid-19 had been reported in children as of Jan. 14, about 13% of all cases, according to a report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.

Andrea

I have used the hash tag #vaccinescauseautism hundreds of times on Twitter. The last time I used it I was locked out of my account for 12 hours & forced to remove my tweet.
I suspect due to my obsessive vaccine tweets I will be suspended or banned at some point. So many vaccine truth advocates are being dismissed from Twitter. Our new president plans on addressing vaccine hesitancy & part of that means eliminating dissenting voices. What a time to be alive.

Bev Johnson

As we watch autism "awareness and acceptance". get ready for :


(OK vaxxezens cause autism / but we all know and love autism and let's continue to celebrate this wonderful diversity )

John Stone

Ginger, This is an impressive compilation and I would like to supplement it with a section from my response in 2019 to the British government webpage “Vaccines are safe and important”. I note that the HHS HRSA were only doubling up when they gave their denial-cum-admission to David Kirby since the exact words had been used months before to Sharyl Atkisson. I note also the PACE Environmental Law Review and the Bailey Banks case. The reality has perhaps always been from the US government that they were saying “Vaccines don’t cause autism except where they do”:-

https://www.ageofautism.com/2019/12/the-echo-chambers-of-public-health.html

Again, this is a loosely couched statement:

“(vaccines) do not cause autism - studies have found no evidence of a link between the MMR vaccine and autism”

On the one hand the apparent elision of vaccines as a class with MMR is misleading, while the fact that some studies may not have found something is insufficient grounds for saying it does not happen. When, last year, I queried the evidence base for general MMR safety the CMO cited only the review by Taylor (2014) which was restricted to the issue of autism, MMR and thimerosal – there were just six MMR studies, the first of which was published a full fourteen years after MMR was first introduced the British schedule (when the issue was already highly contentious) and which perhaps only closed the door after the horse had bolted. It does not answer the ethical problem of what evidence health officials had that the products were safe at the time of introduction. Indeed we know that the most favoured MMR product in 1988, SKB’s Pluserix, was already withdrawn in Canada at the time [25, 26].

While our health officials have succeeded in not finding a connection between the vaccine programme they promote and autism they also have no explanation for the rise of autism from 0.2% for those born 1984-8 and the 3.3% rate recorded in Northern Ireland schools earlier this year [27,28]: they have neither predicted it, nor can they explain it while every day the reports of chaos pile up [29]. The United States government in its Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, however, have acknowledged the connection between vaccines and autism on a number of occasions.

The HHS HRSA told journalists Sharyl Attkisson and David Kirby on separate occasions [30,31]:

"The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures."

And CDC director Julie Gerberding admitted to CNN following the Hannah Poling settlement [32]:

"Now, we all know that vaccines can occasionally cause fevers in kids. So if a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines. And if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism…"

An investigation into US vaccine injury court in 2011 found 83 cases of compensated vaccine injury in which autism is mentioned, but which because they are sealed cannot be used as precedents [33]. In an unsealed ruling relating to autism it is stated [34]:

“The Court found, supra, that Bailey’s ADEM was both caused-in-fact and proximately caused by his vaccination. It is well-understood that the vaccination at issue can cause ADEM, and the Court found, based upon a full reading and hearing of the pertinent facts in this case, that it did actually cause the ADEM. Furthermore, Bailey’s ADEM was severe enough to cause lasting, residual damage, and retarded his developmental progress, which fits under the generalized heading of Pervasive Developmental Delay, or PDD. The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine, and that this chain of causation was not too remote, but was rather a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.”...

25] John Stone/CMO correspondence, https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/536265/response/1323604/attach/2/Redacted%20correspondence%20CMO%20and%20John%20Stone%20003.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1

[26] Canada Diseases Weekly Report, 15 December 1990, https://gsg.uottawa.ca/gov/Docs/CDWR%20RHMC%20Vol.16-50.pdf

[27] Metzler et al, 'The mental health of children and adolescents in Great Britain' National Statistics 1999, p.33 Table 4.1 'Prevalence of Mental Disorders', Pervasive development disorder is listed under 'less common disorders', http://www.dawba.com/abstracts/B-CAMHS99_original_survey_report.pdf

[28] Ian Waugh, The Prevalence of Autism (including Asperger Syndrome) in School Age Children in Northern Ireland 2019', Information Analysis Directorate May 2019, https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/sites/default/files/publications/health/asd-children-ni-2019.pdf

[29] Chaminda Jayanetti, ‘Special educational needs crisis deepens as councils bust their budgets…Observer investigation reveals 30% rise in overspending against backdrop of a failure to meet demand for services’, Observer 18 August 2019, https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/aug/18/special-educational-needs-councils-in-crisis-budget-overspends-rocket

[30] Sharyl Attkisson, ‘Vaccines, Autism and Brain Damage: What's in a Name?’, https://www.cbsnews.com/news/vaccines-autism-and-brain-damage-whats-in-a-name/ (Downloaded 28 August 2018)

[31] David Kirby ‘A new theory of autism causation’, Huffington Post 29 March 2009, https://www.huffpost.com/entry/vaccine-court-autism-deba_b_169673

[32] House Call with Dr Sanjay Gupta, 29 March 2009, http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0803/29/hcsg.01.html

[33] Mary Holland, Louis Conte, Robert Krakow and Lisa Colin, ‘Unanswered Questions: A Review of Compensated Cases of Vaccine-Induced Brain Injury’, Pace Environmental Law Review, vol. 28, no. 2, 2011, https://digitalcommons.pace.edu/pelr/vol28/iss2/6/

[34] http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/BANKS_CASE.pdf

Jenny Allan

Scotland 13.50 Monday 25th Jan 2021
I am having problems accessing the comment threads. I advise everyone who wants Ginger's article and any from the comments to copy and keep while you can. In view of this hard hitting article apparently generating a Twitter ban (who cares?), this article might cause a similar attack on AoA.

Bob Moffit

My own understanding of the role vaccines played in my children's lives began with David Kirby's "Evidence of Harm" … in 2005 … as I was trying to understand what my grandson's diagnosis of "autism" meant .. our family already struggling to understand what happened to my four year old daughter decades before when she was diagnosed with ITP … a then rare blood disorder that was defined as "bizarre" by all doctors we contacted. How odd it was to me that my family had suffered two distinctly different "rare" diseases .. decades apart .. only to learn the one thing they shared was exposure to CHILDHOOD VACCINES.

Now ITP is widely acknowledged as a vaccine injury of more than one vaccine … acknowledged 35 years after my daughter's diagnosis when ITP was among the myriad of diseases undeployed .. yet fully vaccinated troops deployed for the Gulf War .. so many diseases it became known as GULF WAR SYNDROME.

Today … 54% of children suffer some type of chronic autoimmune disorder .. life-long, life-threatening and life-altering disorders … and yet we continue to VACCINATE our children as recommended by public health officials … HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE??? WHEN WILL IT END???

It is frustrating to read Ginger's extraordinary research on changing positions of public health officials over DECADES … finally resulting in the REMOVAL OF CDC MANTRA … "VACCINES DO NOT CAUSE" AUTISM, WHEN ARE THESE PEOPLE GOING TO BE HELD TO ACCOUNT????

Gerardo Martinez

Long Live Freedom! Stay strong everyone! Blessings to everyone. Remember who the real enemy is.

They cannot defeat us!!

Jenny Allan

I'm sure AoA won't mind me reposting this article from 2012:-

WANTED BY THE FEDS: Poul Thorsen, Who Helped Pull Off CDC Vaccine Autism Heist
http://www.ageofautism.com/2012/11/wanted-by-the-feds-poul-thorsen-who-helped-pull-off-cdc-vaccine-autism-heist.html#more
Poul Thorsen is the man whose research is used the AAP, media, public health establishment and pharma spokespeople like Dr. Paul Offit, and Bill Gates and Dr. Nancy Snyderman to "prove" that there is no connection between vaccines and autism. He is a fugitive wanted by American authorities - see below. We've been writing about him for years:

Read The Indictment of Poul Thorsen at Age of Autism We have a pdf of the indictment of Dr. Poul Thorsen the Danish researcher held in highest esteem for having "debunked" the autism vaccine connection Poul Thorsen's Mutating Resume many years ago. As Dr. Max Wiznitzer said about another doctor recently, "If you can't trust the researcher, you can't trust the research."

Poul Thorsen: Autism Speaks' Original Trailblazer Poul Thorsen, indicted last week (HERE) by US Attorneys for embezzling tax payers money via the Centers for Disease Control, also received $1 Million in funding through an Autism Speaks grant in 2008 (HERE). Now Autism Speaks is trying to hide their Thorsen affiliation. Why is that?

Poul Thorsen's Mutating Resume In bits and pieces, in Danish and English, from three universities in two hemispheres and the CDC in Atlanta, a picture has begun forming in the past few days that is already startling in its outline: Paul Thorsen, one of the key scientists involved in CDC-backed studies exonerating vaccines as a cause of autism, is under investigation for collecting millions of dollars in bogus “grant” money, misrepresenting himself to his employers and the world and possibly forging the documents that enabled the scam.

Even more astonishing, it appears the CDC and several other major autism research centers have known about this for months and stayed publicly silent, even as the debate over autism and vaccines has reached several decisive moments -- and a new decision is expected any day from U.S. vaccine court. The CDC in particular would have a hard time claiming ignorance about the suspected crime -- at least three of the forged documents were in the agency’s name, and it helped uncover the fraud last year.
https://oig.hhs.gov/fraud/fugitives/profiles.asp#thorsen

• From approximately February 2004 until February 2010, Poul Thorsen executed a scheme to steal grant money awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC had awarded grant money to Denmark for research involving infant disabilities, autism, genetic disorders, and fetal alcohol syndrome. CDC awarded the grant to fund studies of the relationship between autism and the exposure to vaccines, the relationship between cerebral palsy and infection during pregnancy, and the relationship between developmental outcomes and fetal alcohol exposure.
• Thorsen worked as a visiting scientist at CDC, Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, before the grant was awarded.
• The initial grant was awarded to the Danish Medical Research Council. In approximately 2007, a second grant was awarded to the Danish Agency for Science, Technology, and Innovation. Both agencies are governmental agencies in Denmark. The research was done by the Aarhaus University and Odense University Hospital in Denmark.
• Thorsen allegedly diverted over $1 million of the CDC grant money to his own personal bank account. Thorsen submitted fraudulent invoices on CDC letterhead to medical facilities assisting in the research for reimbursement of work allegedly covered by the grants. The invoices were addressed to Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital. The fact that the invoices were on CDC letterhead made it appear that CDC was requesting the money from Aarhaus University and Sahlgrenska University Hospital although the bank account listed on the invoices belonged to Thorsen.

• In April 2011, Thorsen was indicted on 22 counts of Wire Fraud and Money Laundering.
• According to bank account records, Thorsen purchased a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, an Audi automobile, and a Honda SUV with funds that he received from the CDC grants.

Jenny Allan

Excellent timeline/analysis Ginger, but let's not forget that 'wanted felon' Poul Thorsen, who was tasked, by the CDC with proving vaccine mercury preservative Thiomersal ( Thimerosal),was not involved in the subsequent development of autism in children.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12949291
Extract:-
"Outcome measures: Annual and age-specific incidence for first day of first recorded admission with a diagnosis of autism in children between 2 and 10 years old.

Results: A total of 956 children with a male-to-female ratio of 3.5:1 had been diagnosed with autism during the period from 1971-2000. There was no trend toward an increase in the incidence of autism during that period when thimerosal was used in Denmark, up through 1990. From 1991 until 2000 the incidence increased and continued to rise after the removal of thimerosal from vaccines, including increases among children born after the discontinuation of thimerosal.

Conclusions: The discontinuation of thimerosal-containing vaccines in Denmark in 1992 was followed by an increase in the incidence of autism. Our ecological data do not support a correlation between thimerosal-containing vaccines and the incidence of autism."

Yes-the study appeared to demonstrate mercury in child vaccines actually PREVENTED autism!! I won't bore you with the holes in the methodology and sampling, plainly designed to ensure no correlation, however tenuous, between mercury in vaccines and increased child autism rates. A similarly 'deliberately skewed' Madsen et al study also 'proved' MMR vaccine did not cause child autism.

Thorsen set up the Danish studies during a spell in the US working for the CDC. He was indicted for fraud after more than $1000,000, which was awarded to Aarhus University, to carry out the study, disappeared. It was rumoured a similar sum, donated by Autism Speaks was also 'diverted'. For years the CDC stated Thorsen's indictment, made no difference to the veracity of the research conclusions, but the damage was done. Mercury was already being phased out of child vaccines, but not adult ones where they remain in some cases. African countries are stuck with the vaccine mercury, after a campaign to claim ethyl mercury was not at all dangerous, unlike Methyl mercury, although metabolic processes can convert the ethyl version to methyl, but both chemicals are potentially deadly and are acknowledged as one of the most damgerous neurotoxins known to man.

Thorsen has never been extradited to the US to face these very serious fraud charges. The only complaint was from the Danish tax authorities who wanted a slice of the cash. Thorsen was perfectly free to go about his business in Denmark and at one point was even employed by the United Nations. I suspect both Aarhus Uni and the tax authorities have been quietly compensated.

susan welch

Wow, Ginger, this is a 'tour de force'. Thank you so much for putting it all in context so well. I have already bookmarked it and will be using it constantly. It will be especially useful for those uneducated people who use the phrase 'better diagnosis'. It will also be used for anyone who dares to 'diss' Dr Wakefield.

I am so grateful to you and, of course, to all those wonderful people at ICAN.

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