Vaccines that included the mercury-containing preservative, thimerosal, have been conclusively linked to increases in autism. Now you're probably thinking “So what? We already know this. And thimerosal has now been banned (mostly) -- our trusted Government in action. Right?”
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Not quite. The real story is shocking news: the Center for Disease Control (CDC) – our “in loco parentis” US Government agency – knew this for years and intentionally lied to us about it. In fact, they covered up data and even falsified data to give the impression that thimerosal was perfectly safe … and they knew it wasn't; they knew it was a cause of autism in children!
Why would the CDC do this? Who are they really working for? Obviously, not the public whose taxes, by the way, pay their salaries. Our guess, at Smart Publications, is that, like the FDA, they are heavily influenced (or is it “controlled by”) the Pharmaceutical Industry.
But now the truth is coming back to bite them. The thimerosal scandal’s really hitting the fan now. CDC’s own documents make it very clear that every single one of the five studies CDC used to show the safety of mercury in vaccines was intentionally faked.
It’s beyond doubt that the CDC deliberately altered, massaged, and manipulated data to foist a false conclusion on physicians and the public in a widely published study in Pediatrics (Madsen KM et al., 2003). The researchers of that study claimed that “The discontinuation of thimerosal-containing vaccines in Denmark in 1992 was followed by an increase in the incidence of autism.”
We now know that the above statement was an intentional lie, and both the study authors and the CDC knew it. In fact, precisely the opposite was what really happened: In Denmark, the discontinuation of thimerosal-containing vaccines in 1992 was followed by a decrease in the incidence of autism. (Oops, looks like the real evidence strongly suggests mercury-containing thimerosal is a cause of autism.)
CDC’s own recently and reluctantly revealed documents show that in 2002, they knew about the decrease in autism in Denmark. Why did they deliberately lie about it in the above mentioned Pediatrics study of 2003? One wonders, especially since on July 9, 1999, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a joint statement saying that “Thimerosal-containing vaccines should be removed as soon as possible,” while also claiming there was no evidence the use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative had caused any true harm. What? Say again? The only way we can make sense of this verbal contortion is to recognize it as a wee bit of ass-covering double speak.
Manufacturers got the subtext message and mobilized to remove thimerosal from their routine infant vaccines at the speed of light; it was pretty much gone by the summer of 2001. CDC knew thimerosal caused harm, and they also knew Eli Lilly & Co., the pharmaceutical giant with the patent on thimerosal, would be in – forget hot – boiling water if the truth came out. Thus, the cover up.
Parents picked up on the hidden agenda as well and quickly organized effectively, persuading Congressman Burton to focus his congressional hearings on thimerosal, and successfully opposing a rider to the Homeland Security Bill in 2003 that would have protected Eli Lilly from legal action.
It was the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) that was finally able to expose the CDC’s lies as seen in their published news report: Scandal Exposed in Major Study of Autism and Mercury. CoMeD forced CDC to give them access to documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Among the documents was an email from 2002 in which one of the co-authors of the Danish study had alerted CDC officials that the 2003 Pediatrics’ study conclusion was a lie: “Attached I send you the short and long manuscript about thimerosal and autism in Denmark. I need to tell you that [your] figures do not include the latest data from 2001, but the incidence and prevalence are still decreasing in 2001.” [emphasis added]
CoMeD, led by biochemist Brian Hooker, PhD, began in 2004 trying to look into the “research evidence” upon which CDC based its claim that thimerosal was “safe and effective.” It took six years for CoMeD to get access to CDC internal memos. After reading them, CoMeD is calling for a full retraction of the deceptive Pediatrics article and demanding that CDC launch an immediate investigation to determine if there was scientific fraud.
If you want more gory details, Tim Bolen, consumer activist, can fill you in @ The Bolen Report on the CDC cover up. He outlines the timeline regarding knowledge of damage due to thimerosol in infant vaccines along with his questions to Hooker on this topic.
In an email Hooker sent to Bolen, Hooker notes that not only were the 5 studies used by CDC to “prove” thimerosal “safe” faked, but CDC was funding the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to then use these studies to exonerate thimerosal. CDC paid the IOM $2.7 million to “find” that vaccines were "generally safe on a population basis," and provided the 5 manipulated studies to the IOM, so they could then declare thimerosal “safe.”
I don’t know about you, but I am hopping mad. When I think about how many children’s brains have been irreparably damaged, how many families’ lives have been deranged, how much taxpayer money has been used to harm children all over the world, I cannot but hope (1) those guilty are found to be so, and (2) their sentence is a 21st century variation on that old favorite, a cup of hemlock: Let them quaff a nice “safe” thimerosal-laced cocktail.
Well, on second thought, an outcome with more positive karma would be for more of us to follow the example set by Hooker and CoMeD. Let’s leverage the FOIA and jumpstart our society towards greater transparency of information.
One more thought -- the way to protect our babies against exposure to potentially brain-damaging vaccine additives (or the potentially harmful effects of the plethora of vaccines recommended for infants) is to not expose them to this battery of vaccines! Since the infectious diseases against which vaccines are supposed to provide protection are – with the exception of polio and tetanus – rarely life-threatening, giving just oral polio and tetanus and taking actions to ensure our children have a strong, healthy immune system offers another rational option. This is the choice we both made for our own children.
Want to take action yourself to protect your baby’s health without “assistance” from the pharmaceutical companies? Read: The Infant Survival Guide-Protecting Your Baby From the Dangers of Crib Death, Vaccines and Other Environmental Hazards