Evidence of the Causes of Autism, the Injury Vaccines can Cause and Science Based Treatment Approaches


Welcome Jim Carrey fans and Huffingtom post readers! Please enjoy this collection of information put together while Jim was writing "The Judgement on Vaccines is in?" in the Huffington Post.


About Generation Rescue


Led by Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and mentoring thousands of families in recovering their children from autism. 


Rescue Angels Network


Comprised of more than 1,200 volunteers in 35 countries Rescue Angels mentor families on how to chose a doctor, begin biomedical treatment and access resources in their local area. Rescue Angels support hundreds of calls and emails each day from families around the world.


Rescue Family Program


Provide biomedical treatment for families who can not afford it. Each grant includes a visit with a specially trained doctor who treats autism and provides individualized protocols for the child, essential vitamins and minerals that scientific studies have shown are deficient in children with autism, and lab testing.


Research Program


Composed of the top autism scientists in the world, Generation Rescue’s research is dedicated to finding the causative factors and effective treatment approaches for children with autism.


Rescue Awareness Campaign


Through our Rescue Awareness PR campaign Generation Rescue lets parents know the truth about the causes of autism, how to prevent autism and get proper treatment.
Rescue Content


www.GenerationRescue.org provides web content to help families learn more about early diagnosis tools, early intervention strategies, biomedical treatment approaches, and prevention techniques. The content includes the latest medical literature and news.



Common Autism Facts and Statistics


·         Autism is the fastest growing neurological condition on the planet.  More children will be diagnosed this year than juvenile diabetes, childhood cancer, Down Syndrome and AIDS combined.


·         Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3rds with early intervention.


·         An average family with a child with autism will need to fund 3 to 8 million dollars of services throughout the lifetime of the child.


·         Approximately 1 million individuals in the US have autism.


·         Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of the most prevalent childhood disorders.





·         Studies have shown that environmental toxins can cause autism including environmental mercury (2 studies), pesticides (2 studies), and infections (many studies).


·         Autism must have environmental triggers.  Besides the studies linking autism to environmental causes, there has never been a study that has directly linked genetics to autism.   In other words, you can have the genetic susceptibilities (found in up to 15% of children with autism so far) AND not have autism.


·         Generation Rescue helps tens of thousands of families a year begin biomedical treatment and has helped to recover thousands of children from autism and continues to prove that Autism is Reversible.



Autism is on the rise, is mainly not due to better diagnosis and cannot be genetic


1.)  Autism is on the rise

a.       A recent Cambridge University report says that autism rates are as high as 1 in 60 in UK. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1163606/One-child-60-suffers-form-autism.html.


2.)  Studies show it is not due to better diagnosis

a.       The UC Mind Institute recently released a study that shows most of the increased rates of autism are real, cannot be directly genetic and therefore due to environmental factors (toxins and infections) and that better diagnosis is just a small part of the statistics. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/134717.php


3.)  If autism was due to better diagnosis you would see an equal decrease in mental retardation which may now qualify for an autism spectrum diagnosis today.  If this were the case the IDEA and CDC chart data below, overall, would be flat.  The increase of autism and autism spectrum disorder (developmental delay) was at least double the decrease in mental retardation which cause the overall numbers to continue to climb.



4.)  Common Sense

The fastest growing genetic disorder is a 1% increase over a 100-year period.  If you ask any person working with children (i.e. school teacher) if they have seen more than a ¼% increase of autism in the last 25 years (regardless of how you would diagnose it) you’ll hear “yes” virtually every time.  Autism is triggered by elements other than genes (it must be environmental).


Genetics And Autism


1.)  Only 11-15% of autism cases have been shown to have ANY relationship to genetics.


2.)  There is no evidence of a direct genetic link to autism.


3.)  All of the genetic variants found were only susceptibilities, meaning you could have the genetic profile and not have autism.


UC Mind Institute Study Says Much of the Increase is Environmental


Medical News Today

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Study Shows California's Autism Increase Not Due To Better Counting, Diagnosis

08 Jan 2009  


A study by researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that the seven- to eight-fold increase in the number children born in California with autism since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted - and the trend shows no sign of abating.


Published in the January 2009 issue of the journal Epidemiology, results from the study also suggest that research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of changes in the neurodevelopment of California's children.


"It's time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California," said UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology and an internationally respected autism researcher.


Hertz-Picciotto said that many researchers, state officials and advocacy organizations have viewed the rise in autism's incidence in California with skepticism.


The incidence of autism by age six in California has increased from fewer than nine in 10,000 for children born in 1990 to more than 44 in 10,000 for children born in 2000. Some have argued that this change could have been due to migration into California of families with autistic children, inclusion of children with milder forms of autism in the counting and earlier ages of diagnosis as consequences of improved surveillance or greater awareness.


Hertz-Picciotto and her co-author, Lora Delwiche of the UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences, initiated the study to address these beliefs, analyzing data collected by the state of California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) from 1990 to 2006, as well as the United States Census Bureau and state of California Department of Public Health Office of Vital Records, which compiles and maintains birth statistics.


Hertz-Picciotto and Delwiche correlated the number of cases of autism reported between 1990 and 2006 with birth records and excluded children not born in California. They used Census Bureau data to calculate the rate of incidence in the population over time and examined the age at diagnosis of all children ages two to 10 years old.


The methodology eliminated migration as a potential cause of the increase in the number of autism cases. It also revealed that no more than 56 percent of the estimated 600-to-700 percent increase, that is, less than one-tenth of the increased number of reported autism cases, could be attributed to the inclusion of milder cases of autism. Only 24 percent of the increase could be attributed to earlier age at diagnosis.


"These are fairly small percentages compared to the size of the increase that we've seen in the state," Hertz-Picciotto said.


Hertz-Picciotto said that the study is a clarion call to researchers and policy makers who have focused attention and money on understanding the genetic components of autism. She said that the rise in cases of autism in California cannot be attributed to the state's increasingly diverse population because the disorder affects ethnic groups at fairly similar rates.


"Right now, about 10 to 20 times more research dollars are spent on studies of the genetic causes of autism than on environmental ones. We need to even out the funding," Hertz-Picciotto said.


The study results are also a harbinger of things to come for public-health officials, who should prepare to offer services to the increasing number of children diagnosed with autism in the last decade who are now entering their late teen years, Hertz-Picciotto said.


"These children are now moving toward adulthood, and a sizeable percentage of them have not developed the life skills that would allow them to live independently," she said.


The question for the state of California, Hertz-Picciotto said, will become: 'What happens to them when their parents cannot take care of them?'


"These questions are not going to go away and they are only going to loom larger in the future. Until we know the causes and can eliminate them, we as a society need to provide those treatments and interventions that do seem to help these children adapt. We as scientists need to improve available therapies and create new ones," Hertz-Picciotto said.


Hertz-Picciotto and her colleagues at the M.I.N.D Institute are currently conducting two large studies aimed at discovering the causes of autism. Hertz-Picciotto is the principal investigator on the CHARGE (Childhood Autism Risk from Genetics and the Environment) and MARBLES (Markers of Autism Risk in Babies-Learning Early Signs) studies.


CHARGE is the largest epidemiologic study of reliably confirmed cases of autism to date, and the first major investigation of environmental factors and gene-environment interactions in the disorder. MARBLES is a prospective investigation that follows women who already have had one child with autism, beginning early in or even before a subsequent pregnancy, to search for early markers that predict autism in the younger sibling.


"We're looking at the possible effects of metals, pesticides and infectious agents on neurodevelopment," Hertz-Picciotto said. "If we're going to stop the rise in autism in California, we need to keep these studies going and expand them to the extent possible."


The study was funded by grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and by the M.I.N.D. Institute.


In 1998, dedicated families concerned about autism helped found the UC Davis M.I.N.D. (Medical Investigation of Neurodevelopmental Disorders) Institute. Their vision? Experts from every discipline related to the brain working together toward a common goal: curing neurodevelopmental disorders. Since that time, collaborative research teams at the M.I.N.D. Institute have turned that initial inspiration into significant contributions to the science of autism, fragile X syndrome, Tourette's syndrome, learning disabilities and other neurodevelopmental disorders that can limit a child's lifelong potential.


UC Davis M.I.N.D.


Article URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/134717.php


Main News Category: Autism








NY Times: Genes Show Limited Value in Predicting Diseases


April 16. 2009





The era of personal genomic medicine may have to wait. The genetic analysis of common disease is turning out to be a lot more complex than expected.


Since the human genome was decoded in 2003, researchers have been developing a powerful method for comparing the genomes of patients and healthy people, with the hope of pinpointing the DNA changes responsible for common diseases.


This method, called a genomewide association study, has proved technically successful despite many skeptics’ initial doubts. But it has been disappointing in that the kind of genetic variation it detects has turned out to explain surprisingly little of the genetic links to most diseases.


A set of commentaries in this week’s issue of The New England Journal of Medicine appears to be the first public attempt by scientists to make sense of this puzzling result.


One issue of debate among researchers is whether, despite the prospect of diminishing returns, to continue with the genomewide studies, which cost many millions of dollars apiece, or switch to a new approach like decoding the entire genomes of individual patients.


The unexpected impasse also affects companies that offer personal genomic information and that had assumed they could inform customers of their genetic risk for common diseases, based on researchers’ discoveries.


These companies are probably not performing any useful service at present, said David B. Goldstein, a Duke University geneticist who wrote one of the commentaries appearing in the journal.


“With only a few exceptions, what the genomics companies are doing right now is recreational genomics,” Dr. Goldstein said in an interview. “The information has little or in many cases no clinical relevance.”


Unlike the rare diseases caused by a change affecting only one gene, common diseases like cancer and diabetes are caused by a set of several genetic variations in each person. Since these common diseases generally strike later in life, after people have had children, the theory has been that natural selection is powerless to weed them out.


The problem addressed in the commentaries is that these diseases were expected to be promoted by genetic variations that are common in the population. More than 100 genomewide association studies, often involving thousands of patients in several countries, have now been completed for many diseases, and some common variants have been found. But in almost all cases they carry only a modest risk for the disease. Most of the genetic link to disease remains unexplained.


Dr. Goldstein argues that the genetic burden of common diseases must be mostly carried by large numbers of rare variants. In this theory, schizophrenia, say, would be caused by combinations of 1,000 rare genetic variants, not of 10 common genetic variants.


This would be bleak news for those who argue that the common variants detected so far, even if they explain only a small percentage of the risk, will nonetheless identify the biological pathways through which a disease emerges, and hence point to drugs that may correct the errant pathways. If hundreds of rare variants are involved in a disease, they may implicate too much of the body’s biochemistry to be useful.


“In pointing at everything,” Dr. Goldstein writes in the journal, “genetics would point at nothing.”


Two other geneticists, Peter Kraft and David J. Hunter of the Harvard School of Public Health, also writing in the journal, largely agree with Dr. Goldstein in concluding that probably many genetic variants, rather than few, “are responsible for the majority of the inherited risk of each common disease.”


But they disagree with his belief that there will be diminishing returns from more genomewide association studies.


“There will be more common variants to find,” Dr. Hunter said. “It would be unfortunate if we gave up now.”


Dr. Goldstein, however, said it was “beyond the grasp of the genomewide association studies” to find rare variants with small effects, even by recruiting enormous numbers of patients. He said resources should be switched away from these highly expensive studies, which in his view have now done their job.


“If you ask what is the fastest way for us to make progress in genetics that is clinically helpful,” he said, “I am absolutely certain it is to marshal our resources to interrogate full genomes, not in fine-tuning our analyses of common variations.”


He advocates decoding the full DNA of carefully selected patients.


Dr. Kraft and Dr. Hunter say that a person’s genetic risk of common diseases can be estimated only roughly at present but that estimates will improve as more variants are found. But that means any risk estimate offered by personal genomics companies today is unstable, Dr. Kraft said, and subject to upward or downward revision in the future.


Further, people who obtain a genomic risk profile are likely to focus with horror on the disease for which they are told they are at highest risk. Yet this is almost certain to be an overestimate, Dr. Kraft said.


The reason is that the many risk estimates derived from a person’s genomic data will include some that are too high and some that are too low. So any estimate of high risk is likely to be too high. The phenomenon is called the “winner’s curse,” by analogy to auctions in which the true value of an item is probably the average of all bids; the winner by definition has bid higher than that, and so has overpaid.


Dr. Kari Stefansson, chief executive of deCODE Genetics, an Icelandic gene-hunting company that also offers a personal genome testing service, said deCODE alerted clients to pay attention to diseases for which testing shows their risk is three times as great as average, not to trivial increases in risk.


Dr. Stefansson said his company had discovered 60 percent of the disease variants known so far.


“We have beaten them in every aspect of the game,” he said of rival gene hunters at American and British universities.


The undiscovered share of genetic risk for common diseases, he said, probably lies not with rare variants, as suggested by Dr. Goldstein, but in unexpected biological mechanisms. DeCODE has found, for instance, that the same genetic variant carries risks that differ depending on whether it is inherited from the mother or the father.


Autism is a physical illness and is treatable


Science that supports autism is an illness


More than 500 scientific studies show children with autism are physically ill, have high levels of toxins (heavy metals and pesticides) and infections (herpes and rubella) that are associated with autism. The scientific literature and their autism symptoms improve when their underlying medical conditions are treated.  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/


Evidence of causation and co-morbid illness - Peer-Reviewed Scientific Literature Citations (mostly studies):


o   27 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to mercury, pesticides, solvents and thimerosal http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/00-mercury-pesticides-solvents-thimerosal-autism.htm


o   6 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to rubella virus and autism.


o   70 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to oxidative stress and autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/05-autism-oxidative-stress.htm


o   22 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to other infections and autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/07-autism-infections.htm


o   4 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to environmental mercury triggering autism.

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/07-autism-infections.htm


o   102 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to dietary abnormalities in autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/09-dietary-intervention-studies.htm


o   19 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to mitochondrial issues and autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/01-autism-mitochondrial-dysfunction.htm


o   101 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to gastrointestinal issues and autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/02-autism-gastrointestinal-inflamation.htm


o   42 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to brain inflammation and autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/03-autism-neuroinflammation.htm





Evidence of Recovery - Autism is Treatable!

Scientific Evidence of Recovery – Peer Reviewed Scientific Literature About Treatment


o   30 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to treating dietary issues in autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/09-dietary-intervention-studies.htm


o   81 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to treatment of nutritional deficiencies in autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/10-correcting-nutritional-deficiencies.htm 


o   29 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to treatment of inflammation in autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/04-autism-inflamation.htm


o   19 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to Treatment of oxidative stress in autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/06-autism-oxidative-stress-treatments.htm


o    10 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to treatment of infections in autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/07-autism-infections.htm


o   22 peer-reviewed scientific literature citations related to infections and autism

§  http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/07-autism-infections.htm


Autism Recoveries


Generation Rescue tracks recovered children

·         Thousands of children have recovered

- Some stories of families available to the media are at this link:



·         1200 of those families are located in 35 countries and are volunteers in our Rescue Angel program.  Three of their stories are attached below all of the are available online at http://www.generationrescue.org/angels.php


Pre and Post Pictures Documenting Recovery


There are thousands of children who have been formally diagnosed with autism that have recovered through treatment of their underlying medical conditions.  The children below are just a few of the many children available to be interviewed by the press.



Christian with Autism


Markena with Autism


Nathan With Autism


Christian Recovered


Markena  Recoverd


Nathan Recoverd




Ryan with Autism


Scott with Autism




Reeve with Autism


Bryce with Autism


Ryan Recovered


Scott  Recovered



Reeve Recovered


Bryce Recovered



Quinn with Autism


Elizabeth with Autism


Ryan with Autism


Ben with Autism


Quinn Recoverd


Elizabeth Recovered


Ryan Recovered


Ben Recovered

Recovery Stories


We receive recovery stories from parents around the world every day.  These parents are available to be interviewed by the press, doctors or scientists.  These are just a few of thousands.


Recovered Nick Wachol


Submitted by: Alice Wachol 

Mom of Recovered Nick – 6 years old

[email protected]

Managing Director, Michigan

Deloitte Consulting LLP



I'm the mother of a six year old boy, Nick, who has completely recovered from Autism through the biomedical approach that has been described by Jenny McCarthy.  He is now indistinguishable from his peers:  bright, talkative, charming, inquisitive and affectionate.   Today he keeps pace with high-achieving, “neurotypical” peers in a very challenging academically-oriented private school, with teachers that are unaware of his past issues.  He has come such a long way from the two year old who was non-verbal with no eye contact, repetitive gestures and terrible gastrointestinal problems!  Photo and video comparisons from then to now are nothing short of incredible!


I have always been a large proponent of traditional medicine.  For several years I was the Vice President of pharmacy for a large national retail chain, running the sixth largest pharmacy in the nation.  I always believed that pharmaceuticals were the quick and efficient approach, and that vitamins were a weak and ineffective substitute.  I have undergone a complete 180 degree change in my views.   


Through sleepless nights of research,  I started to learn that many parents were making headway with this "incurable" disease my son had. My husband, Bob, was frankly skeptical but after 20 years of marriage, he could tell how serious I was about following this new path.  Within 36 hours of eliminating milk from Nick's diet, he started to talk!  Bob called me at work and said, "You're onto something!" which was high praise indeed.  Family, friends, babysitter -- all were astounded to see the changes.


Over the course of the next twelve months, Nick's symptoms receded one by one until they now seem like a nightmare.  His speech and behavioral therapists "fired" him because he improved so much.  His eye contact came back.   He understood what we were saying to him.  He regained imaginative play.  He started to sing.   What a gift all of this is!   


The physicians who started this movement have all the sound biological research to support why this happens to some children and why these methods work to heal them.  The root of it is in a process called the Methylation/Sulfation cycle, whereby your cells "clean themselves out." The nutritional restart of this process is stalled in some children.


The gut healing that Jenny McCarthy describes is essential to success. And, as a bonus, these things have made my entire family more healthy! I have friends who are parents of children with many other disorders, from asthma to allergies, that have benefited as well.  With all the allergies, auto-immune disorders and frequent illnesses children have today, this topic really resonates with all parents.


As a volunteer for Generation Rescue, I've helped at least 100 families start down the path toward healing.  They've all had different results but many see dramatic improvement.  Imagine my frustration, then, to see this information left out of traditional media.  How many kids' lives could be improved if only they would communicate that there are things that can help? 


It is fascinating to meet the doctors and parents who have accomplished the impossible:  curing so many children.  The media should be knocking down our doors.  What we know is really life-changing, truly.


Alice Wachol


Recovered Bryce Simpson


Bryce With Autism

Bryce Recovered


Submitted By Mike and Michele Simpson

Parents of Recovered Bryce




Michele Simpson

[email protected]


My nine-year-old son has completely recovered from autism through the GF/CF diet and supplements (enzymes, yeast treatments, B12 and Kirkman vitamins). We haven’t done any expensive therapies or mercury detoxification. He was normal as an infant (with the exception of stomach problems), had language (5-10 words) and a loving connection to his family. At 13 months old, after his one-year vaccines, (including MMR) he fell into autism within a matter of days. He lost all language and methods of communication, including pointing and gesturing.


He was diagnosed at only 18 months old because he was extremely autistic. The developmental pediatrician at the State Evaluation Center told me "I usually don’t even mention the word autism unless a child is at least 2 or 3, but your son’s symptoms are so severe I’m going to go ahead and tell you".


I put him on the GF/CF diet immediately (found out because of Jenny McCarthy) and the results were amazing. We went back for a follow up at the evaluation center only three weeks later and they were shocked at his improvement. It was determined, however, that although the diet was helping immensely, he was still autistic. We stuck with the diet 110% (the only way it works) and he continued to improve, baby-steps. If he had a diet slip-up, he would immediately regress for about 10 days.


At age three, he was a student for almost a month in the local autism center's (TEACCH) summer training program to teach educators how to handle autistic kids. His symptoms were still so pronounced that he was the perfect ‘sample autistic student’. These autism specialists (including PhD’s) spent more than three full weeks with my son, (keep in mind he had already been on the diet for a 1 ½ years at that time so he had dramatically improved from his original condition), and never questioned whether he was autistic. I emphasize this because I am tired of the speculation that these kids weren’t autistic to begin with. Also, to emphasize that the diet is a long-term thing! I heard Barbara Walters give Jenny McCarthy a hard time about whether Evan is ‘cured’. He is only 5 years old! It takes many years to iron all the issues out. My son wouldn’t have been considered ‘cured’ until he was about 7, so give it a little more time!


My son is walking proof that kids can be cured of this type of autism. If you met him today you would never guess he had ever been considered autistic. He seems a little ADHD at times, but his IQ is 139, he is above grade level in every subject but spelling, and most of all he is a loving compassionate friend to many. We just got home today from another birthday party—the SIXTH one he’s been to this summer.


I would love to have those who doubt recovery is possible to meet him or see a video of him. When I asked his permission to send his story in to a TV show, he replied (italics mine)


In his own words:


"I’d like to make a statement coming straight from me. This diet has helped me so much. When I was younger I used to have to wear headphones (the type made for shooting ranges) when I went to the movies (he was so hypersensitive to sound) and now I can hardly hear my mom when she calls for me when I’m in my bedroom. Also, before the shot (the one-year round including MMR) I was saying words, and then I stopped and only made animal sounds. When I started the diet my words came back right away. Now, if I eat off my diet, (he has had only tiny infractions over the years) I can’t stop laughing at nothing, get in lots of trouble, and fall out of my chair over and over."


Sometimes my son will tell me he is feeling like he’s had gluten, he will be a little OCD, stubborn, or sluggish acting and I can immediately look back at his diet and find some small infraction, like something new he ate that was cross-contaminated with gluten upon further examination. This has happened dozens of times with the same results every infraction. When I hear there isn’t any science behind the diet, I wish someone could observe my son after he’s eaten a little gluten/dairy. They would be convinced for life. Once several years ago he ate a few bites of regular ice cream and he had slurred speech, laughed uncontrollably for days, and was falling out of chairs repeatedly just like a drunk.

My concern is to get the word out to other families who could benefit from our story, but also to beg for research! What will happen to my son when he is older, out on his own and chooses to eat something off his diet? This reaction is similar to taking morphine, so the risk is immeasurable—beyond description. He is normal when he is on his diet, but he is out of his mind if he eats gluten/dairy. Should he have a driver’s license? Will he binge on gluten out of rebellion and get ‘hooked’ on it? We have to find a cure for this digestive condition soon. There is a whole generation from the 90’s vaccine boom who are becoming teens and we can’t control their diet forever.


There is so much to say, an entire books worth, but I hope I have made my point. We are out here and our kids are being cured!! Jenny McCarthy and Evan are not an isolated story. She is telling our story. Thank you so much for allowing her to broadcast it to the world!!!!



Recovered Aiden


Submitted by: Megan Browne

mother to Aiden – 6 years old

[email protected]


Below is picture of Aiden, now age 6.  He was diagnosed with autism.  Had high anxiety anywhere but home, no spontaneous speech, horrible sleep patterns, myoclonic jerking all through the night, placed on colonidine and valium for very bad episodes, could not have a conversation or answer any questions with anything but a repeated word (echolalic), very poor fine motor skills, severe tantrums and frustration. 


Began Feingold Diet at age 2.5: decreased anxiety, improved sleep, OFF CLONIDINE AND VALIUM!, improved verbal skills but still no spontaneous speech or communication. 


Began casein free at age 3: HUGE increase in vocabulary, increased eye contact and interaction, less tantruming, more motor skills!


Began gluten free (and continued casein free) at 3.5: SPONTANEOUS SPEECH!  Pointed to himself 1 week after gluten free and said, "I'm Aiden" for the first time ever!!!  Answering questions, asking them, coming up with spontaneous ideas, conversational!!! 


*Had a developmental assessment at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore MD with a pediatric developmentalist - at age 3.5, after already being on Feingold AND GFCF.  She told us, after hearing and reading his medical history, "HE USED TO BE AUTISTIC BUT NOW HE'S NOT ANYMORE."  Straight from the horse's mouth.  Directly after this she said what we are doing is not working, we should "be careful" about modifying his diet, and said he'll likely need to be on medication by the time he is school-aged. 


He is now in kindergarten and on NO medication.  *Also had B-12 shots that greatly improved speech and language, as well as behavior.  Supplements helping a lot.  HE IS DOING THIS WELL AND WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN yeast treatment, chelation or any other biomed treatments yet!!!  IT WORKS, it works, it works. 


His picture is below...how many "autistic" kids make believe they are Greg (The Wiggle), wearing a magician's hat (his Big Bird hat), holding a magician's wand (a wooden spoon) and driving in the Big Red Car??? 


Why don’t the pediatricians know that autism is treatable?


1.)   It’s too much work to read the science

a.       It took us 14 months to read and compile the autism scientific literature.  Pediatricians do not have the time or (typically) the motivation to take the time to read the science.  They depend on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for their guidance.


2.)   The American Academy of Pediatrics

a.       The same community that is treating children with autism is also saying that vaccines are one of the causes, so there is an inherent bias from the AAP against believing we are right.  Quite often we hear a “If they appear right about treatment, they’ll appear right about causation” philosophy.


b.      Treating children with autism takes hours at a time rather than a 10 minute session.


c.       The AAP receives a majority of their income from the pharmaceutical companies who do not want our community to gain traction.


3.)   The Medical Schools

a.       Pediatricians are not trained in medical school to look for the medical issues that children with autism commonly have.


b.      Medical Schools are heavily influenced by pharmaceutical companies and do not want treatment of autism to be mainstreamed.


                                                                           i.      Autism treatment consists of diets, vitamins and healthy alternatives.


                                                                         ii.      Autism treatment philosophies are also reported to help individuals with chronic illness which typically create a life-long revenue stream for the pharmacuitical companies.




Autism And Vaccines – A Major Contributing Factor of Toxins and Infections


More Vaccines – More Autism

·         In 1983, autism rates were 1 in 10,000 and there were 11 vaccines in the pediatric schedule.  Today there are 36 pediatric vaccines and autism rates are reported as high as 1 in 80 in local school districts in Oregon and New Jersey.


The US has the most bloated vaccine schedule

·         The average of the top 30 countries is ½ of our vaccine schedule (18 less vaccines).


Vaccines By Country sorted by number of vaccines




In 1989, the vaccine makers were given indemnity

Autism was 1 in 10,000 children and we only used 10 vaccines.




Almost all vaccines are approved for the US pediatric schedule


The main bodies that makes the recommended vaccine schedule is designed

to rubber stamp vaccine requests.

a.      There are no individuals that specialize in understanding the potential side effects of vaccines.

a.       There are no toxicological experts on the VRBPAC or the ACIP.

b.      There are no chronic illness experts on the VRBPAC or the ACIP.

b.     The VRBPAC and the ACIP (the two main government body that determines the vaccine schedule) allows members to have ties to the pharmaceutical companies.

Congress Has Found Significant Conflicts of Interest in the VRBPAC and ACIP


Example: Quotes from the government investigation on the Rotovirus vaccine




“Staff Report Details FDA and CDC Conflicts in Approval of Controversial Rotavirus Vaccine”


“A House Government Reform Committee staff report published this week criticized the FDA and the CDC for routinely allowing scientists with conflicts of interest to serve on two influential advisory committees that make recommendations on vaccine policy.”


"It has become clear over the course of this investigation that the VRBPAC and the ACIP [the two main advisory boards that determine the vaccine schedule] are dominated by individuals with close working relationships with the vaccine producers. This was never the intent of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires that a diversity of views be represented on advisory committees."


ACIP Members with Conflicts of Interest Are Allowed On the Board and Can Vote


“3.   ACIP Members are allowed to Vote on Vaccine Recommendations, Even When They Have Financial Ties to Drug Companies Developing Related or Similar Vaccines”


Paul Offit, who has made more than 30 million dollars on the Rotovirus Vaccine, voted his vaccine into the schedule three times.


“b.  Dr. Paul Offit (Exhibits 38-41)”


“Dr. Offit shares the patent on the Rotavirus vaccine in development by Merck and lists a $350,000 grant from Merck for Rotavirus vaccine development. Also, he lists that he is a consultant to Merck. “


“Dr. Offit began his tenure on ACIP in October of 1998.  Out of four votes pertaining to the ACIP’s rotavirus statement he voted “yes” three times, including, voting for the inclusion of the rotavirus vaccine in the VFC program.”


“Dr. Offit abstained from voting on the ACIP’s rescission of the recommendation of the rotavirus vaccine for routine use.  He stated at the meeting, “I’m not conflicted with Wyeth, but because I consult with Merck on the development of rotavirus vaccine, I would still prefer to abstain because it creates a perception of conflict.”[lxvii]”


Rules about conflicts of interest are weak and lax.

Majority Staff Report, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

June 15, 2000


49 page report available at: http://www.generationrescue.org/pdf/3.5.pdf


A key quotation:


    "Members of the advisory committees are required to disclose any financial conflicts of interest and recuse themselves from participating in decisions in which they have an interest. The Committee’s investigation has determined that conflict of interest rules employed by the FDA and the CDC have been weak, enforcement has been lax, and committee members with substantial ties to pharmaceutical companies have been given waivers to participate in committee proceedings."



Vaccines Can Cause Chronic Illness


Vaccination with the DTP vaccine on schedule led to double the amount of asthma.


Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma.

McDonald KL, Huq SI, Lix LM, Becker AB, Kozyrskyj AL.


Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


BACKGROUND: Early childhood immunizations have been viewed as promoters of asthma development by stimulating a T(H)2-type immune response or decreasing microbial pressure, which shifts the balance between T(H)1 and T(H)2 immunity. OBJECTIVE: Differing time schedules for childhood immunizations may explain the discrepant findings of an association with asthma reported in observational studies. This research was undertaken to determine whether timing of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus (DPT) immunization has an effect on the development of childhood asthma by age 7 years. METHODS: This was a retrospective longitudinal study of a cohort of children born in Manitoba in 1995. The complete immunization and health care records of cohort children from birth until age 7 years were available for analysis. The adjusted odds ratio for asthma at age 7 years according to timing of DPT immunization was computed from multivariable logistic regression. RESULTS: Among 11, 531 children who received at least 4 doses of DPT, the risk of asthma was reduced to (1/2) in children whose first dose of DPT was delayed by more than 2 months. The likelihood of asthma in children with delays in all 3 doses was 0.39 (95% CI, 0.18-0.86). CONCLUSION: We found a negative association between delay in administration of the first dose of whole-cell DPT immunization in childhood and the development of asthma; the association was greater with delays in all of the first 3 doses. The mechanism for this phenomenon requires further research.









Vaccinated children had more eczema, asthma hay fever and food allergy


Reported pertussis infection and risk of atopy in 8- to 12-yr-old vaccinated and non-vaccinated children.


Bernsen RM, Nagelkerke NJ, Thijs C, van der Wouden JC.


Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC - University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. [email protected]


Pertussis infection has been suspected to be a potential causal factor in the development of atopic disease because of the effect of pertussis immunization on specific IgE antibodies. Although several studies found a positive association between pertussis infection and atopic disorders, this relationship has not yet been studied in a population stratified by vaccination status. To assess the association between pertussis infection and atopic disorders in pertussis-unvaccinated children and in pertussis-vaccinated children. Using data from a previously conducted study on the relationship between the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis-(inactivated) poliomyelitis vaccination in the first year of life and atopic disorders, the study population of 1872 8-12 yr old was divided into children pertussis-unvaccinated and children pertussis-vaccinated in the first year of life. Within each group, the association between pertussis infection and atopic disorders (both as reported by the parents) was assessed. In the unvaccinated group, there were no significant associations between pertussis infection and atopic disorders. In the vaccinated group, all associations between pertussis infection and atopic disorders were positive, the associations with asthma [odds ratio (OR) = 2.24, 95% confidence interval (CI(95%)): 1.36-3.70], hay fever (OR = 2.35, CI(95%): 1.46-3.77) and food allergy (OR = 2.68, CI(95%): 1.48-4.85) being significant. There was a positive association between pertussis infection and atopic disorders in the pertussis vaccinated group only. From the present study, it cannot be concluded whether this association is causal or due to reverse causation.


HIB Vaccine can cause type 1 diabetes


Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Nov;1005:404-8

Vaccinations may induce diabetes-related autoantibodies in one-year-old children.


Wahlberg J, Fredriksson J, Vaarala O, Ludvigsson J; Abis Study Group.


    Division of Pediatrics, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.




    Vaccinations have been discussed as one among many environmental candidates contributing to the immune process that later may lead to type 1 diabetes. ABIS (All Babies in Southeast Sweden) is a prospective cohort study following a nonselected birth cohort of general population. In a randomly selected sample collection from 4400 children, GADA and IA-2A have been determined at the age of 1 year. The information on vaccinations was collected from questionnaires answered by the parents and was related to beta cell autoantibodies. When studying the induction of autoantibodies using the autoantibody level of 90th percentile as cutoff level, hemophilus influenza B (HIB) vaccination appeared to be a risk factor for IA-2A [OR 5.9 (CI 1.4-24.4; p = 0.01)] and for GADA [OR 3.4 (CI 1.1-10.8; p = 0.04)] in logistic regression analyses. Furthermore, the titers of IA-2A were significantly higher (p < 0.01 in Mann-Whitney test) in those children who had got HIB vaccination. When 99th percentile was used as cutoff to identify the children at risk of type 1 diabetes, BCG vaccination was associated with increased prevalence of IA-2A (p < 0.01). We conclude that HIB vaccination may have an unspecific stimulatory polyclonal effect increasing the production of GADA and IA-2A. This might be of importance under circumstances when the beta cell-related immune response is activated by other mechanisms.


    PMID: 14679101



The U.S. Does Not Have Any Toxicologists or Chronic Illness Experts on the VRBPAC or the ACIP


Although vaccines contain neurotoxins and carcinogens, neither the VRBPAC or ACIP have any toxicologists or chronic illness Experts on the committee.




Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Committee Membership Roster

January 21, 2009



MORSE, Dale L., M.D., M.S.                                                                                                                                  

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Science                                                                                                            

New York State Department of Health                                                                                                                     

Albany, New York                                                                                                                                                   

Term: 07/01/05-06/30/09



PICKERING, Larry K., M.D.                                                                                                                                    

Senior Advisor to the Director                                                                                                                                  

National Center for Immunization & Respiratory Diseases                                                                                     

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention                                                                                                               

1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-05                                                                                                                    

Atlanta, Georgia  30333



BAKER, Carol, M.D.                                                                                                                                               

Professor of Pediatrics                                                                                                                                             

Molecular Virology and Microbiology                                                                                                                      

Baylor College of Medicine                                                                                                                                     

Houston, Texas                                                                                                                                                        

Term: 07/01/06-06/30/10


BECK, Robert L., J.D.                                                                                                                                             

Consumer Representative                                                                                                                                      

Palmyra, Virginia                                                                                                                                                      

Term: 07/01/05-06/30/09


CHILTON, Lance, M.D.                                                                                                                                           

General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Young Children's Health Center                                                     

Professor, Department of Pediatrics                                                                                                                        

University of New Mexico School of Medicine                                                                                                        

Albuquerque, New Mexico                                                                                                                                       

Term: 07/01/07-06/30/11


CIESLAK, Paul, M.D.                                                                                                                                               

Medical Director, Immunization Program &                                                                                                            

Program Manager, Acute & Communicable Disease Prevention                                                                            

Oregon Public Health Division                                                                                                                                

Portland, Oregon                                                                                                                                                     

Term: 07/01/07-06/30/11


EHRESMANN, Kristen R.N., M.P.H.,

Section Chief

Immunization, Tuberculosis, and International Health Section

Minnesota Department of Health

St. Paul, Minnesota             

Term:  07/01/2008 - 06/30/2012


ENGLUND, Janet, M.D.                                                                                                                                          

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington                                                                                 

Clinical Associate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center                                                                               

Division of Inf. Disease, Immunology and Rheumatology                                                                                      

Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center                                                                                                    

Seattle, Washington                                                                                                                                                

Term: 07/01/07-06/30/11                                                      


JUDSON, Franklyn N., M.D.                                                                                                                                   

Professor, Departments of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) & Preventive Medicine and Biometrics

University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

Denver, Colorado                                                                                                                                                    

Term: 09/19/07-06/30/11


LETT, Susan M., M.D., M.P.H.                                                                                                                               

Medical Director, Immunization Program                                                                                                                 

Division of Epidemiology and Immunization Massachusetts Department of Public Health                                    

Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts                                                                                                                                

Term: 07/01/06-06/30/10


MARCY, S. Michael, M.D.,

UCLA Center for Vaccine Research    

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Torrance, California               

Term:  07/01/2008 - 06/30/2012



Professor of Pediatrics

Tufts Medical Center

Boston, Massachusetts

Term:  07/01/2008 - 06/30/2012


NEUZIL, Kathleen, M.D., M.P.H.                                                                                                                             

Senior Clinical Advisor, PATH                                                                                                                                

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington                                                                      

Seattle, Washington                                                                                                                                                

Term: 07/01/06-06/30/10


SAWYER, Mark H., M.D.

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics

Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease

UCSD School of Medicine and Rady Children's Hospital San Diego

Medical Director, San Diego Immunization Partnership

San Diego County HHSA Immunization Branch

San Diego, California

Term: 04/23/08-06/30/09


SUMAYA, Ciro Valent, M.D., M.P.H.T.M.                                                                                                               

Founding Dean and Cox Endowed Chair in Medicine                                                                                            

School of Rural Public Health                                                                                                                                  

Texas A&M Health Science Center                                                                                                                        

College Station, Texas                                                                                                                                             

Term: 07/01/06-06/30/10

TEMTE, Jonathan, M.D. Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Family Medicine

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Family Medicine

Madison, Wisconsin

Term: 04/22/08-06/30/11


Ex Officio Members

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

MURPHY, Linda                                                                                                                                                      

CAPT, USPHS                                                                                                                                                        

Senior Health Insurance Specialist                                                                                                                          

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services                                                                                                              

Baltimore, Maryland


Department of Defense (DOD)  

HACHEY, Wayne, DO, M.P.H.                                                                                                                               

LTC, USA, MC                                                                                                                                                         

Director, Preventive Medicine & Surveillance                                                                                                          

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense Force Health Protection and Readiness                                          

Falls Church, Virginia

CIESLAK, Theodore (Ted), M.D.                                                                                                                             

Col, MC                                                                                                                                                                   

Defense Department Liaison Officer                                                                                                                       

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention                                                                                                           

Atlanta, Georgia


Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA)

Linda S. Kinsinger, MD, MPH

Chief Consultant for Preventive Medicine

Office of Patient Care Services

National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Durham, North Carolina


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

BAYLOR, Norman, Ph.D.                                                                                                                                       


Office of Vaccines Research Review                                                                                                                       

Rockville, Maryland


(and more)


This document can be found on the CDC website at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/downloads/members.pdf



Generation Rescue’s Independent California-Oregon Vaccine Survey – More Autism, More ADHD, More Neurological Disorders


(link to full report) http://www.generationrescue.org/survey.html


Our Press Release here: http://www.generationrescue.org/survey_pr.html


A report from UPI here: http://www.generationrescue.org/olmstead.html


Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) - "Generation Rescue's study is impressive and forcefully raises some serious questions about the relationship between vaccines and autism. What is ultimately needed to resolve this issue one way or the other is a comprehensive national study of vaccinated and unvaccinated children," said Congresswoman Maloney. "The parents, doctors and scientists behind Generation Rescue only want information. They deserve more than road blocks, they deserve answers. We can and should move forward in search of those answers. That's why I've introduced a common sense bill that would require the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to conduct a comprehensive, comparative study…”




Generation Rescue commissioned an independent opinion research firm, SurveyUSA of Verona NJ, to conduct a telephone survey in nine counties in California and Oregon. Interviews were successfully completed in 11,817 households with one or more children age 4 to 17. From those 11,817 households, data on 17,674 children was gathered. Of the 17,674 children inventoried, 991 were described as being completely unvaccinated. For each unvaccinated child, a health battery was administered.


Generation Rescue chose to use telephone interviews with parents to gather data on children, so as to closely mirror the methodology the CDC uses to establish national prevalence for NDs such as ADHD and autism through their national phone survey of parent responses. Generation Rescue chose to focus on children ages 4-17 to match the age range used by CDC.


Are parent responses a reliable indicator of a child's diagnostic status? According to Dr. Laura Schieve, co-author of the CDC's national phone survey study, in discussing the CDC's two phone surveys on autism prevalence, "the consistency of prevalence estimates across the two surveys supports high reliability or reproducibility of parental report of autism and reliability is one important component of validity."


SurveyUSA is a well-known national opinion research firm with unique expertise in canvassing local communities. SurveyUSA has no vested interest in any outcome this or any survey might produce. You can see a copy of the questionnaire used in the survey here. The data the survey intended to capture included:


-           Households with a child or children aged 4-17

-           Whether or not that child had been vaccinated

-           Whether or not that child had any one (or more) of the following diagnosis: ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, PDD-NOS, Autism, Asthma, or Juvenile Diabetes (the final two of which were added to consider other health outcomes).


The results of the survey allowed us to compare the prevalence (what percentage of children have a particular diagnosis) to see if there was any meaningful difference between unvaccinated and vaccinated children.


The most common way to measure prevalence differences is through a calculation known as relative risk or the Risk Ratio, where we compared prevalence amongst unvaccinated children to prevalence amongst vaccinated children. So, if 5% of unvaccinated children have asthma, and 10% of vaccinated children have asthma, that represents an "RR" of 2.0 (10%/5%), or a difference of 100%. We were also able to look at the data by gender, age, and county.



SurveyUSA gathered data on 9,175 boys and 8,499 girls


·         After thousands of reports of children regressing into autism after receiving their childhood vaccines, Generation Rescue conducted this independent survey of 17,674 children of which 991 were unvaccinated.


·         Vaccinated individuals were reported to be :


a.       155% more likely to have neurological disorders

b.       224% more likely to have ADHD

c.       61% more likely to have autism


·         To date, no one else has ever studied the vaccinated and unvaccinated community looking for neurological outcomes.




Generation Rescue is not representing that our study definitively proves that the U.S. vaccine schedule has caused an epidemic in neurological disorders amongst our children. That said, for less than $200,000, we were able to complete a study that the CDC, with an $8 billion a year budget, has been unable or unwilling to do. We think the results of our survey lend credibility to the urgent need to do a larger scale study to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated children for neurodevelopmental and chronic illness outcomes.



They call our community Anti-Vaccine – It is not true.

We are NOT anti-vaccine


a.       We ARE anti-schedule.  We know our schedule is too bloated and want to only vaccinate for the most serious diseases. 


b.     We want to go back to the 1983 schedule + HIB, since autism was 1 in 10,000 then, or use the Sweden, Denmark , or Japan Vaccine schedule which also only use 11 vaccines and those countries have a much lower under 5 year old mortality rate.




(Chart on following page)






2.)   We ARE anti-toxin

a.       Most of the 35 vaccines ingredients do not have positive safety studies. 

b.      We are concerned about the Aluminum, formaldehyde, MSG, diseased monkey cells, mercury and other ingredients that are toxins and have not been properly safety tested.


1.      Through extensive scientific study, has been shown to be neurotoxin (kills brain cells), is linked to Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

2.      There are 19 Studies About Aluminum Toxicity on our website at: http://www.generationrescue.org/autism/08-aluminum-toxicity.htm


3.      Aluminum is delivered at a very high rate in vaccines and is above EPA levels for adults during any typical pediatric vaccine visit and above safety levels just by vaccination with the DTaP or MMR vaccines.





Calculating Aluminum in Vaccines

Here are the current levels of aluminum per shot of the following vaccines, as listed on the packaging of each vaccine:


    * HIB - PedVax – 225 mcg Aluminum

    * PC (Pneumococcal) Vaccine – 125 mcg Aluminum

    * DTaP – Taptacel Brand (Sanofi Pasteur) – 330 mcg Aluminum

    * DTaP – Tripedia Brand (Sanofi Pasteur) – 170 mcg Aluminum

    * DTap – Infanrix Brand (GlaxoSMithKline) – 625 mcg Aluminum

    * DT (Sanofi Pasteur) – 170 mcg Aluminum

    * dT – Decavac (Sanofi Pasteur) – 280 mcg Aluminum

    * Heb P – Recombivax (Merck) – 250 mcg Aluminum

    * Hep B – Engerix-B (GlaxoSMithKline) – 250 mcg Aluminum

    * Hepatitis A – 250 mcg Aluminum

    * HPV – Gardasil – 225 mcg Aluminum


Combination Vaccines


    * Comvax (hep B and HIB) – 225 mcg Aluminum

    * Pentacel (DTaP, HIB and Polio) – 330 mcg Aluminum


In other words, a newborn who gets a Hepatitis B injection on day one of life would receive 250 mcg of aluminum. This would be repeated at one month with the next Hep B shot. When, at two months, a baby gets its first big round of shots, the total dose of aluminum could vary from 295 mcg (if a non-aluminum HIB and the lowest-aluminum brand of DTaP are used) to a whopping 1225 mcg (if the Hep B vaccine is given along with the brands with the highest aluminum contents). These doses are repeated at four and six months. With most subsequent rounds of shots, a child would continue to get some aluminum throughout the first two years. But the FDA recommends that premature babies, and anyone with impaired kidney function, receive no more than 10 to 25 mcg of injected aluminum at any one time.

          Sources: Dr. David Ayoub and The Vaccine Book by Dr. Bob Sears



is a cancer-causing agent and is in most vaccines.



is still in several flu vaccines (25 mcg of mercury) and several other vaccines in trace amounts.  Trace amounts are above the toxic standards for water.    The EPA recommended daily exposure:  .4 mcg  http://www.epa.gov/teach/chem_summ/mercury_org_summary.pdf




Vaccines are not safety tested for cancer or DNA altering effects (mutanegenic effects), even though they have cancer-causing (carcinogenic) ingredients and mutated viruses in them.


1.)   Most Manufacturer Vaccine Information Sheets (VIS) Say, [vaccine name] vaccine has not been evaluated for carcinogenic [cancer causing] or mutanegenic [DNA altering] potential or impairment of fertility


a.       Studies show that heavy metals can trigger life-long chronic illness.

“Epigenetic fetal programming via DNA methylation may provide a pathway by which environmental lead exposure can influence disease susceptibility.” http://www.ehponline.org/members/2009/0800497/0800497.pdf


b.      A summary of vaccine ingredients, side effects and evidence of lack of safety testing is available at. www.GenerationRescue.org/vaccine_information/


Pediatric Vaccine Ingredients and Published Possible Side Effects



 By multiple manufacturers


partial list in one

or more vaccines

Side Effects**

including a partial list of reactions, events & reports*


(Diptheria, Tetanus, Toxiods, and Acellular Pertussis) Vaccine Absorbed


Aluminum Phosphate, Ammonium Sulfate, Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, Thimerosal [a vaccine preservative that is approximately 50% mercury by weight] Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldehye, 2-Phoenoxyethanol, Dimethyl-betacyclodextrin, Sodium Phosphate, Polysorbate 80.

Autism, fever, anorexia, vomiting, pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis, pertussis, convulsions, febrile, grand mal, afebrile and partial seizures, encephalopathy, brachial neuritis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Sudden Infant Death syndrome.

DTaP/HepB/IPV Combination Vaccine,

Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertusis Adsorbed, Hepatitis B (Recombinant) and Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine Combined

Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Phosphate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Glutaraldhyde, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Neomycin, 2-Phenoxyethanol, Polymyxin B, Polysorbate 80, Antibiotics, Yeast Protein.

Seizures, diabetes mellitus, asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, upper respiratory tract infection, abnormal liver function tests, anorexia, jaundice, shock, encephalopathy, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, brachial neuritis.

Flu Vaccine

Influenza Virus Vaccine

Thimerosal [a preservative that is approximately 50% mercury by weight], Chick Kidney Cells, Egg Protein, Gentamicin Sulfate, Antibiotics, Monosodium Glutamate [MSG], Sucrose Phosphate Glutamate Buffer.


Significant respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, seizure, allergic asthma , decreased appetite, increased mitochondrial encephalomyopathy,  partial facial paralysis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell's palsy,  Stevens-Johnson syndrome, herpes zoster [shingles].

Hep B Vaccine

Hepatitis B Vaccine


Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Amino Acids, Dextrose, Phosphate Buffers, Potassium Aluminum Sulfate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Mineral Salts, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein


Influenza, febrile seizure, anorexia, upper respiratory tract illnesses, herpes zoster, encephalitis, palpitations, arthritis, systemic lupus erthematosus (SLE), conjunctivitis, abnormal liver function tests, Guillain-Barré syndrome, Bell's palsy, multiple sclerosis, anaphylaxis, seizures.

HIB Vaccine

Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Tetanus Toxiod Conjugate)

Ammonium Sulfate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Sucrose.

Anorexia, seizures, renal failure, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), diarrhea, vomiting.

HIB/Hep B Vaccine

(Recombinant) Haemophilus b Conjugate (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate) and Hep B

Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Sodium Borate, Soy Peptone, Yeast Protein, AminoAcids, Dextrose, Mineral Salts.

Anorexia, seizure, otitis media [ear infections], upper respiratory infection, oral candidasis [yeast infection], anaphylaxis [shock].

HIB / Meningococcal [Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine (Meningococcal Protein Conjugate)]


Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Phosphate Buffers.

Febrile seizures, early onset HIB disease, otitis media [ear infection], upper respiratory infection, Guillain-Barré syndrome.

MMR Vaccine

Measles, Mumps and Rubella Virus Vaccine Live

Chick Embryo Fibroblasts, Amino Acid, Bovine Albumin or Serum, Human Serum Albumin, Antibiotics, Glutamate, Phosphate Buffers, Gelatin, Sorbitol, Sucrose, Vitamins.


Atypical measles, arthritis, encephalitis, death, aseptic meningitis, nerve deafness, otitis media [ear infection].


Pneumococcal 7-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein)

Aluminum Phosphate, Yeast Extract, Amino Acid, Soy Peptone.


Febrile seizure, Sudden Infant Death, anaphylactiod reaction including shock, decreased appetite,

Poliovirus Vaccine

(IPV) Poliovirus Vaccine Inactivated


2-Phenoxyethanol, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Monkey Kidney Tissue, Newborn Calf Serum Protein, Antibiotics, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Streptomycin.

Death, anorexia, Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Chicken Pox (Varicella) Virus Vaccine

Ethylenediamine-Tetraacetic Acid Sodium (EDTA) [a metals chelation agent], Bovine Albumin or Serum, Antibiotics, Monosodium glutamate [MSG], MRC-5 DNA and Cellular Protein, Neomycin, Potassium Chloride, Potassium Phosphate Monobasic, Sodium Phosphate Monobasic, Sucrose.

Febrile seizures, encephalitis,  Varicella-like rash, upper respiratory illness, lower respiratory illness, eczema, encephalitis, facial edema, cold/canker sore, aseptic meningitis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Bell's palsy, pneumonia, secondary bacterial infections.


Downloaded11/08 from:


** This list contains a combination of many adverse post-vaccination occurrences, and possible occurrences, that have been published in the manufacturer’s documents. Any use of [brackets] is information added by the author.  This list may not contain all the adverse occurrences; it may contain typographical errors, and obviously does not take the place of reading the most current manufacturer’s document in its entirety. 


The “14 Studies” commonly quoted in the press are corrupt


         i.      Contrary to popular belief, to date, their have only been a small amount of studies, most of those, if not all, are pharmaceutical influenced, that only look at two possible vaccine induced causes of autism --the MMR Vaccine and Mercury (one vaccine out of 36 and one ingredient out of 35)


       ii.      All of the 14 “studies” that are commonly spoken about in the media are heavily influenced by the pharmaceutical industry and often fraudulent.


1.      All of the 14 studies have serious, undisclosed conflicts of interest, are influenced by pharmaceutical companies or have serious design flaws.


2.      No independent vaccine-autism studies have been conducted.


3.      No studies asking questions about long-term side effects including health outcomes (like chronic illness and neurological disorders) or comparing the vaccinated and unvaccinated community have been conducted.


4.      No studies have been conducted to look at the present (or any) vaccine schedule to monitor vaccine interactions in individuals.


Some examples of conflicts of interest from the www.14Studies.org website


Below please find a list of the studies used to support the false assertion that vaccines do not cause autism. Please note that many of these studies are being made available on the Web for the first time.


As mentioned in our The Right Question section, we contend that not one of these studies asks the right questions to address the very common issue that we hear reports of every day:


A parent takes their child to the pediatrician. The child receives multiple vaccines. The parents report that the child changes after the appointment, and the child is later diagnosed with autism.


By not trying to understand what is happening to these children, these studies appear to have been done to provide "cover" to the vaccine program, much the same way early studies of cigarettes and lung cancer always showed no link, supporting the position of the tobacco companies.


In this section, we have divided the studies into two parts: studies addressing Thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines, and studies addressing a single vaccine, the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella). We have rank-ordered the studies by our assessment of how commonly they are referred to in the press. To read the entire study, click on the study title.


Below the title of each study, we have highlighted the conflicts section of each study. Please note that in our next section, Studies Ranked, we go into considerably more detail about each individual study.

Thimerosal Studies – Conflicts of Interest


   1.  "Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: A Two-Phased Study of Computerized Health Maintance Organization Database” Pediatrics, Thomas Verstraeten, MD (November 2003)




Written by the Centers for Disease Control, the federal agency in charge of the vaccine program. The lead author, Thomas Verstraeten, left to take a job with Glaxo SmithKline — a vaccine manufacturer — after the study was written and before it was published. The U.S. Congress later cited this as an ethical violation.


 2. "Thimerosal and the Occurrence of Autism: Negative Ecological Evidence from Danish Population-Based Data" Pediatrics, Kreesten M. Madsen, MD (September 2003)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"The activities of the Danish Epidemiology Science Centre and the National Centre for Register-Based Research are funded by a grant from the Danish National Research Foundation. This study was supported by the Stanley Medical Research Institute." [Two of the seven authors were employees of Denmark's largest vaccine manufacturer, Statens Serum Institute]


3. "Continuing Increases in Autism Reported to California's Developmental Services System" Archives of General Psychiatry, Robert Schechter, MD (January 2008)


      Conflicts statement from the study:


      "This study was supported through the California Department of Public Health."


4. "Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing Vaccine"  Pediatrics, Alberto Eugenio Tozzi, Patrizia Bisiacchi (February 2009)


      Conflicts statement from the study:


The study was supported in part by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, through contract 2002-N-00448 with the Istituto Superiore di Sanita.


5.  "Autism and Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: Lack of Consistent Evidence for an Association"  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Paul Stehr-Green, DrPh, MPH (August 2003)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"Financial support for the compilation of the data used in this investigation and the preparation of this report was provided by the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are grateful to Victoria Romanus of the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Ingrid Trolin of the Swedish Medical Products Agency, Anne-Marie Plesner and Peter Andersen of the Danish Statens Serum Institut [Denmark's largest vaccine company], and Roger Bernier and Susan Chu of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for their contributions in the design and conduct of this investigation, and in the preparation and review of this manuscript."


6. "Thimerosal Exposure in Infants and Developmental Disorders: A Prospective Cohort Study in the United Kingdom Does Not Support a Causal Association"

 Pediatrics, John Heron and Nick Andrews, PhD (September 2004)


 Conflicts statement from the study:


"Financial support for the establishment of the ALSPAC cohort was provided by the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, the UK Department of Health [the British CDC], the Department of the Environment, and DfEE, the National Institutes of Health, and a variety of medical research charities and commercial companies [vaccine makers]. Funding for this study was provided by the Department of Health [the British CDC]."


 7. "Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years"

 New England Journal of Medicine, Thompson WW et al. (September 27, 2007)


  Conflicts statement from the study:


"Dr. Thompson reports being a former employee of Merck; Dr. Marcy, receiving consulting fees from Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and MedImmune; Dr. Jackson, receiving grant support from Wyeth, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis, lecture fees from Sanofi Pasteur, and consulting fees from Wyeth and Abbott and serving as a consultant to the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; Dr. Lieu, serving as a consultant to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; Dr. Black, receiving consulting fees from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Merck and grant support from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis, Merck, and Novartis; and Dr. Davis receiving consulting fees from Merck and grant support from Merck and GlaxoSmith- Kline. No other potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported."


[Seven separate vaccine manufacturers are mentioned — a record!]


8. "Association Between Thimerosal-Containing Vaccine and Autism"

Journal of the American Medical Association, Anders Hviid, MSc (October 2003)


Conflicts statement from the study:


 "Danish Epidemiology Science Centre, Department of Epidemiology Research (Messrs Hviid, Wohlfahrt, and Dr Melbye) and Medical Department (Dr Stellfeld), Statens Serum Institut [Denmark's largest vaccine company], Copenhagen, Denmark."



9. "Mercury concentrations and metabolism in infants receiving vaccines containing thiomersal: A descriptive study"  The Lancet, Michael Pichichero, MD (November 2002)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"The investigation was funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)."


From the lead author's website:


"Dr. Pichichero was a member of the discovery team at the University of Rochester that invented, tested and licensed a Haemophilus influenzae b (Hib) conjugate vaccine (HibTITER®) now universally given to children in the U.S. [he makes vaccines, but didn't report as a conflict]"



10. "Thimerosal and Autism?" Pediatrics, Karen Nelson, MD (March 2003)




Lead author works at a government agency, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.


11. "Lack of Association Between Rh Status, Rh Immune Globulin in Pregnancy and Autism” American Journal of Medical Genetics, Judith H. Miles and T. Nicole Takahashi (May 2007)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"This study was supported by a grant from Johnson and Johnson Company and ongoing autism research support from the Leda J. Sears Trust." [Note: Johnson & Johnson manufacturers the Rh Immune Globulin vaccine, the subject of the study]


MMR Studies – Conflicts of Interest


1. "Lack of Association Between Measles Virus Vaccine and Autism with Enteropathy: A Case-Control Study" PLoS One, Mady Hornig, Thomas Briese T, et al. (September 2008)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"This work was supported by CDC grant U50 CCU522351 to AAP [American Academy of Pediatrics] and by National Institutes of Health awards AI57158 (Northeast Biodefense Center-Lipkin), HL083850, and NS47537.


 Role of Study Sponsors: Members of the funding organization (AAP) and its sponsor (CDC) participated along with experts in virology and neurovirology, autism pathogenesis, and vaccine design and safety; representatives of the autism advocacy community; and study collaborators in an Oversight Committee that reviewed and agreed to all aspects of study design prior to data collection."

   2.  "MMR Vaccination and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: A Case-Control Study" The Lancet, Liam Smeeth, MRCGP, Eric Fombonne, MD (September 11, 2004)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"E Fombonne has provided advice on the epidemiology and clinical aspects of autism to scientists advising parents, to vaccine manufacturers (for a fee), and to several government committees. A J Hall received a financial contribution from Merck towards research on hepatitis B vaccination in 1998. He is also a member of the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation (2002-present)."


3.  "Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Prevalence and Links With Immunizations” Pediatrics, Eric Fombonne, MD (July 2006)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"In the United Kingdom, Dr Fombonne has provided advice on the epidemiology and clinical aspects of autism to scientists advising parents, to vaccine manufacturers, and to several government committees between 1998 and 2001. Since June 2004, Dr Fombonne has been an expert witness for vaccine manufacturers in US thimerosal litigation."


4 . "No Evidence for a New Variant of Measles-Mumps-Rubella-Induced Autism"

      Pediatrics, Eric Fombonne, FRCPsych (October 2001)


 Conflicts statement from the study:


None noted, although Fombonne's conflict statement above reads, "Dr Fombonne has provided advice on the epidemiology and clinical aspects of autism to scientists advising parents, to vaccine manufacturers, and to several government committees between 1998 and 2001. Since June 2004, Dr Fombonne has been an expert witness for vaccine manufacturers in US thimerosal litigation."


5.  "No effect of MMR withdrawal on the incidence of autism: a total population study” Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Hideo Honda, Michael Rutter


Conflicts statement from the study:


None noted, an egregious omission given what is known about Dr. Michael Rutter of the UK: Not only is Dr. Rutter a paid expert witness for vaccine makers facing litigation regarding the MMR vaccine, he was also a board member of the Wellcome Foundation, a front foundation for Glaxo Smithkline, a vaccine maker. Dr. Rutter is also a primary witness in the case against Dr. Andrew Wakefiled, a British doctor who published a paper implicating MMR vaccine in autism.


6.  "Measles Vaccination and Antibody Response in Autism Spectrum Disorders"

      Archives of Disease in Childhood, Gillian Baird (February 2008)


      Conflicts statement from the study:


"Funding: The study was funded by the Department of Health, the Wellcome Trust, the National Alliance for Autism Research (NAAR) and Remedi. The sponsors of the study had no role in study design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation or writing of the report. The corresponding author had full access to all the data in the study and final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.


Competing interests: MA and DB have given unpaid advice to lawyers in MMR and MR litigation. GB has acted as an occasional expert witness for the diagnosis of autism. AP receives royalties from SCQ and ADOS-G instruments. PBS has acted as an expert witness in the matter of MMR/MR vaccine litigation."


7.  "Neurologic Disorders After Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination"

      Pediatrics, Annamari Makela, MD (November 2002)


      Conflicts statement from the study:


"Dr Makela was partially supported by a grant from Merck & Co. [the manufacturer of the MMR vaccine]."


8.  "Association of Autistic Spectrum Disorder and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella Vaccine"  Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Eric Fombonne, FRCPsych (July 2003)


Conflicts statement from the study:


"This study was supported by a grant from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario. Dr Wilson is a Canadian Institutes for Health Research New Investigator."


The other conflicts of interest and more information about the “14 Studies” visit www.14studies.org










The medical establishment agrees that the children with autism are ill but does not offer treatments based on the scientific evidence.


1.)   The recently AAP released Autism Toolkit for pediatricians begins to talks about children being sick but have no recommendations about treatment.


a.       AAP Autism Toolkit Illness Quotes:

                                                               i.      “Surveys published in the GI literature have stated that gastrointestinal problems, such as chronic constipation or diarrhea, occur in 9% to 85% of children with ASDs”


                                                             ii.      “Radiographic [x-ray] evidence of constipation has been found to be more common in children with ASDs than in controls with abdominal pain (36% vs 10%)”


                                                           iii.      “In some cases, there may be an identifiable etiology such as obstructive sleep apnea or gastroesophageal reflux.”


b.      AAP admits that many families are treating their children through outside means.

                                                               i.      “Use of CAM [Complimentary and Alternative Medicine] is common in children with ASDs:  33% - 92% of families admit trying it.”


c.       The AAP is biased towards drugs

                                                               i.      Quite often medications are suggested by the AAP after one study of effectiveness.  Today we have more than 500 studies on using diet, vitamin supplementation, inflammatory strategies, anti-infection strategies and other strategies to help children with autism.


d.      We suspect another reason may have to do with the fact that these therapies are also helping ADHD, Asthma, Eczema and other forms of chronic illness which are a primary means of revenue to the pharmaceutical industry.


The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC Consistently use scare tactics and manipulation to influence the public to continue to use vaccines.


                                                               i.      Examples we have been directly involved with includes:

Manipulation In AAP’s letter to ABC asking for the cancellation of the entertainment television show Eli Stone

a.       because an episode was going to air about a vaccine court case where a child was injured by the Flu Vaccine, the president of AAP wrote, “If ABC persists in airing the show, the AAP urges the network to include a disclaimer emphasizing: No mercury is used as a preservative in routinely offered vaccines. And No scientific link exists between vaccines and autism.”



The Letter




2.      At the time of the letter there were four vaccines that contained mercury.  This was a manipulation attempt by the AAP to have ABC put a disclaimer mercury that was completely UNTRUE. 


3.      After we addressed the CEO of the AAP directly, in person, by phone and by letter and met with the leadership of AAP who stated they were aware of this issue, no mention of the truth was ever released to the public or to ABC.


Our Letter to the AAP About Their Eli Stone Letter to ABC


From: Stan Kurtz [president-elect, Generation Rescue]

To: AAP Leadership [sent via email and confirmed as received by phone]

Re: Key Reasons that some people in the community are in an uproar over the AAP Letter About Eli Stone –and suggestions about how to improve AAP / Parent Relations.

Date: 2/19/08

First, let me say that I am not an “it’s all about vaccines” person.  If autism were purely a vaccine induced condition all children with autism would be vaccinated and that is not the case.  The medical literature points to several environmental toxins and infections, which seem to be involved and I suspect there are other environmental issues, individual immune status, pre-existing infections and toxins and genetic susceptibilities that play a role as well. 

Second, my number one personal goal is to help encourage the AAP to treat children with autism and advocate for the development of the safest methods to protect them from disease.  Advocacy for treatment is completely separate from making vaccines safer.  Most of us who advocate for treatment understand that we are talking about treating autism(s) and there are many ways for children to get autism and many of them do not include the suspicion of vaccines. 

Treatment of children with autism has nothing to do with vaccines so please do not let my suggestions about Eli Stone and AAP position on vaccines interfere with our efforts to work together on getting children with autism treated with safe, effective and evidence-based therapies. 

My goal in this letter is to review some of the issues that have upset a large number of families and to make suggestions about how the AAP can move forward in better harmony with parents.

My vision is for all of children to be safely protected from disease and for all children with autism to be treated by their pediatrician.

Eli Stone and Vaccine Issues

1.) The US Department of Health and Human Services has conceded that vaccines can contribute to autism.

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS, the government agency that oversees the FDA and the CDC) has recently conceded that Thimerosal (50% mercury) containing vaccines administered to a child significantly contributed to the child's regressive autism spectrum disorder in one of the first cases (of thousands) in federal vaccine court. (10) 

This case determination, similar to the story line of Eli Stone, shows that (according to HHS) vaccines have been linked to autism.  The community knows about this case and when the AAP spoke out against Eli Stone it looked to some like they were just trying to cover up a fictional television story that was actually based one family’s truth.

2.) AAPs position about mercury in vaccines is not accurate.

In the letter to ABC the AAP wrote: "No mercury is used as a preservative in routinely offered childhood vaccinations."

Mercury is still in 16 vaccines including 5 pediatric vaccines such as 3 flu shots, the HEP-B and the DtaP. 

At best, this is similar to saying:

"No caffeine is used in coffee as a preservative." 

It is in there, just not as a preservative.  Parents are not concerned if mercury is in there as an adjuvant, or as manufacturing residue, or as an inexpensive antibacterial –they just want to know if it is in there.  Not stating that mercury is in 5 vaccines used for pediatrics is considered, by many, as deceitful.

What could have been written is something like “Mercury has been removed from many routinely offered childhood vaccines.” Or “Childhood mercury exposure from vaccines has been reduce by 65%”

The Truth About Mercury In Vaccines  

According the FDA's website outlining vaccine administration for children (1) there is up to 300 picograms of mercury in the DtaP shot (Tripedia by Sanofi Pasteur, listed as the third item from the FDA website screen shot below)



and 25,000 picograms of mercury in one of the pediatric flu shots (Fluzone by Sanofi Pasteur)



and another pediatric flu shot has 12,500 picograms of mercury (Fluvirin by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Ltd)



and a third pediatric flu shot by the same company under the same name is said to be preservative free but has trace amounts of mercury.  The exact amount does not have to be published if they are under 100 picograms but in this case but trace amounts of mercury are higher than trace amounts allowed in orally ingested items but  in this case is being injected in a child.  How toxic this is may be debatable, but what is not debatable is that there is still some mercury in the vaccine.



Additionally the Hep-B vaccine has up to 500 picograms of mercury (Published in table 2 outside the pediatric section in of the FDA document but labeled for use for "pediatric/adolescent" use).  This vaccine is used in pediatrics as well. 



If I was responsible for public relations and messaging for AAP I would be concerned that saying there is no mercury in vaccines would cause a liability to the AAP if the child gets hurt by the mercury in the vaccine.

A family was recently awarded millions of dollars in one of the first cases in federal vaccine court related to vaccines and autism.  That is just one case.  (It is not publicly known but there are 12 other cases.) I do not believe the AAP wants this type of liability for inaccuracies or not telling the entire truth about vaccines.

According to the FDA, other mercury containing vaccines (some of them used in children and pregnant or perspective mothers) include the DT vaccine (two of them by Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.), the DtaP vaccine (Tripedia2 Sanofi Pasteur, Inc), two TD vaccines (Mass Public Health and Sanofi Pasteur), the TT (Sanofi Pasteur), the Hep B (GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals), the Hep A/Hep B, (GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals), the Japanese Encephalitis (Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University), and the Meningococcal (Sanofi Pasteur) (1)

In summary, there are 16 vaccines with mercury including 5 commonly used in pediatrics and all of them commonly used multiple times throughout the lifetime of the individual.

Many of these vaccines are also injected into perspective mothers who, studies show, can pass mercury down to the child through both her umbilical cord and mother’s milk.

Pregnant women and breast-feeding women are also marketed the flu shots and that mercury can be considered a pediatric exposure (at least prenatal) since it is passed to the gestating or breast fed child. 

Many of the parent groups would like the AAP to advocate for the safe removal of mercury from any vaccine that can cause a pediatric exposure.

Basically, children are still exposed to mercury from vaccines.  Mercury has never been safety tested in vaccines and it still is the second worst neurotoxin known to man.

Parents would prefer that AAP statements about vaccines and mercury are truthful.  I do not understand why the AAP would deceive the community about mercury in vaccines. 

5.) There was never a recall on mercury containing vaccines.  Old vaccines are arguably still on the shelves.  If a child gets injured from an old mercury containing vaccine after reading your letter to ABC the AAP may be liable.

What I would suggest is a statement like, “Today there are only 5 pediatric vaccines licensed to contain Thimerosal.” 

6.) The verbiage "no scientific evidence linking vaccines to autism" is not accurate.  The statement excludes anecdotes (which are evidence) and ignores unpopular scientific studies.  Just because the studies that do link vaccines to autism and/or illness are not popular, it does not mean they do not exist.  By saying there is no evidence is something between very biased and deceitful also puts AAP at risk.

An accurate statement might be, “A majority of the published scientific literature does not support a link between vaccines and autism.”  This is the sentence the CDC used while Jenny was on Oprah.  It allows for the fact that some scientific evidence exists.

If your advisors truly stated there is no scientific evidence, I would consider different advisors.  If they are trying to stretch the truth and it just makes the vaccine concerned community angry.

Pediatricians and anecdotal beliefs about vaccines

Some pediatricians might argue there is a history of mercury safety because it has been in vaccines for so long, but that does not prove it’s safe through scientific study.  That might be considered scientific evidence (anecdotes) but not scientific study.

I find it interesting that the AAP may say that vaccines are safe based on anecdotes while at the same time criticizing parents for anecdotal evidence about diets and vitamins helping (and at times recovering) children with autism.   With the new evidence about how diets help ADHD, it seems that the more AAP criticizes parent anecdotes the more they may have to apologize as the science continues to support parent observations.

Besides the older human studies that link vaccines to autism that may be unpopular my some at the AAP, there are more recent scientific studies that link vaccines and mercury to brain damage in primates (3 – Burbacker Ph.D., University of Washington) mice (4 – Horning Ph.D., Columbia University), and it would be hard not to at least say vaccines may have played a role in the recent human autopsy study where Harvard scientists found oxidative damage and a 68.2% increase in mercury in the brains of children with autism compared to controls (5).  Additionally there is the recent publication that showed there is more mercury in the blood of children diagnosed with autism compared to controls (11).

The sooner toxins are removed from vaccines, the sooner people will look else where.  If I were a strategist at the AAP, I would be advocating for mercury and other toxins to be removed from vaccines while publicly pointing to how harmful mercury and other toxins in the environment are.  I would not choose to stand in front of the bullet of possible problems with vaccines, I would work to deflect it. 

In reality, no formal studies have been conducted by anyone to see if vaccines cause autism, so I would think the AAP would shy away from saying vaccines do not cause harm and leave that to the CDC or the FDA. 

Does the AAP want the liability of inaccurate statements like the ones made in the ABC letter?

Realistically, as the truth about the good and the bad about vaccines comes out and how the public was only told the good things --people will be upset at the folks who did not tell the balanced truth.  Let that be the CDC and the FDA.  If it is the AAP it will add to the breakdown of trust between parents and pediatricians.  I would consider staying on the side of the children by advocating for safer vaccines and stating the balanced and accurate truth. 

How about saying, “Vaccine technology is not perfect, but vaccines save lives and we are continually working with the pharmaceutical companies and the CDC to make them as safe as they can be for all children.” 

I suspect the AAP holds back the whole truth about vaccines in order to keep people vaccinating. There needs to be a way for people to vaccinate and also put pressure on vaccine makers to make safer vaccines.  By not actively advocating for safer vaccines and independent safety studies the AAP is enabling the problem by covering up parent reports that should be pushed to the vaccine makers

This position may needlessly put some children at risk of vaccine injury.

By only telling the good side about vaccines, and then saying they don’t have mercury, and there is no scientific evidence they cause autism, you are also taking on liability of vaccine injury or autism that may be, at times and in certain kids, triggered by mercury and/or other potentially toxic ingredients in vaccines. 

The Department of Health and Human Services already conceded one of the first 4800 vaccine cases here in the US.  The MMR case in the UK is still ongoing.

I believe the AAP should be quietly talking to vaccine makers to get them to make vaccines safer (work to replace toxic ingredients like mercury, aluminum, antifreeze and formaldehyde) and start talking to the CDC and FDA about vaccine safety studies. 

7.) Today’s vaccines are not perfect.

Vaccines have been scientifically linked to cause chronic illness. A recent study published this month in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology said that out of 11,531 children studied, the ones who simply delayed the DtaP vaccines had half the risk of getting asthma compared to the ones who followed the routine schedule. (7)  More vaccine studies like this are soon to be published in the next few months.

It might be a good time to push the responsibility for vaccine safety on the CDC and FDA and be on the side of “let’s keep vaccinating (at least for critical diseases) while working with pharmaceutical companies to make vaccines as safe as possible for all children.”

8.) Vaccine mercury is not the “safer mercury,” for humans.

Studies show that ethylmercury can be methylated into methylmercury in the human body.  The data goes back to 1974 where organic mercury was shown to be methylated into methyl mercury by e-coli, strep, staph, and yeasts commonly found in stool (8) and often found in greater rates in children with autism.

Rather than just supporting genetic studies, which have not been directly causal, it may make sense to support studies that look at GI flora or immune status studies to help determine who may be susceptible to vaccine injury and who might benefit from treatment prior to vaccination.  Tests like these are readily available.

Many parents also work to on ways to lower a child’s vaccine toxicity risk by improving good bacteria and lessening the bad bacteria that can methylate mercury and interfere with immune regulation and detoxification. 

Additionally, studies show raised levels of ethyl and methyl mercury in the saliva of people with amalgam fillings, another link to how amounts of one type of mercury in the human body (possibly through bacterial methylation) can raise levels of both types of mercury (9).  I raise this point in case to address the folks that say vaccine mercury is “a safer” mercury.  Evidence suggests that in the human body there may be no such thing as a safe type of mercury.

9.) Studies on the effectiveness of the flu shot are mixed.

Regarding the flu shot, which was the basis of the Eli Stone episode, there are several scientific studies that show that the flu shot is not effective for fighting the flu.  Many parents are thinking, why would the AAP push the risk of a mercury when the studies on flu shot effectiveness are mixed?

10.) There are no safety studies published about vaccines.

If I were taking responsibility for the safety of vaccines and there was mounting evidence of concern about chronic illness and autism and there were no safety studies, I would be concerned.  I would not want the risk of possible harm to fall on the AAP.  I would be advocating for all agencies and the pharmaceutical companies to be working to make sure vaccines are the safest they can be.

11.) Most parents are not “anti-vaccine,” they are “pro safe-vaccines for all children.”

The community hates when parents say, “It appears that a vaccine may have injured my child” and the response back is “mercury does not cause autism.”

Parents are not just concerned about mercury, they are concerned about the safety of vaccines for their individual child.  Its not that they are “anti-vaccine.” Just about every parent wants safe protection for their children from disease and vaccines are not safe for all children. 

The community wants the AAP to advocate for the safest vaccines possible for all children.  Saying parents are “anti-vaccine” is not accurate, and continues to be inflammatory.  Stating parents are anti-vaccine and mercury does not cause autism just upsets the community and demonstrates that the AAP is not listening or understanding parent concerns.

12.) Jenny McCarthy is not anti-vaccine, she is “Pro Treatment of Children With Autism” and “Pro safe-Vaccines for All Children.”

By calling Jenny McCarthy anti-vaccine, you are infuriating her.  By writing a press release asking for parents and celebrities to take the perceived opposite side of Jenny while calling her anti-vaccine the AAP is basically just asking for a battle against Jenny and the millions of parents who support her. 

From the very beginning, Jenny has been supportive of communication with the AAP and she has staying personally involved in efforts to help get the children treated.

Jenny does believe that vaccines injured her child and there is evidence of that, but she does NOT been blaming the AAP.  She has been focused on the CDC.  Jenny’s main focus on the AAP to date has been to work to treat children.

As an advisor to Jenny, I can tell you that she was the one who called the AAP and asked to work with you.  She could have gone on the air this week and talked badly about the AAP, and she chose not to. Instead, she reached out to the AAP to try to connect with you and to work to get children with autism treated and to make vaccines safer. 

There have been no measurable results from her efforts so far and with the recent press release labeling Jenny as anti-vaccine and asking for help to fight against her has threw her into a rage about the AAP.  It seems she is another parent who feels she is not being heard. 

13.) Parents are not just concerned about mercury.

There are many scientifically confirmed toxins and other concerning ingredients in vaccines including aluminum, antifreeze and formaldehyde and others and after 60 years no one has safety tested them.

If you look at aluminum in the medical literature you’ll fine at least 40 very concerning studies some specifically about vaccine aluminum.

Additionally there are no studies that look at the combination of these ingredients and the safety of children.

When thinking about the safety of vaccines it is important to realize that viruses lower glutathione, the bodies best antioxidant.  The body uses glutathione to protect against mercury and aluminum and help remove these toxins before they bind to tissue. 

When there is a study conducted on mercury or other toxins in vaccines you should also study the affects of the multiple toxins injected during the presence of a virus (or other infection).  This is especially important considering many injections of mercury and/or aluminum containing vaccines occur in conjunction with viral containing or immune stimulating vaccines.

There are several animal studies that show that heavy metals move to the brain in the presence of a viral infection (12, 13).  There are also studies that show that children with autism do not build immunity to certain viruses like typical children.  It may be possible that if the child with an abnormal immune status is injected with a live virus and heavy metals at the same time it may set them up for injury compared to typical children.

It is common knowledge not to vaccinate the children when they are sick, but the vaccination process often activates the immune system.  That process combined with multiple neurotoxins like mercury and aluminum (and possibly the presence of intra-body bacteria that can make metals more toxic) may be worse than just the presence of mercury and aluminum alone.

Summary About Vaccines and Mercury

In summary parents want safe vaccines - greener vaccines and a more realistic vaccination schedule.  There are probably some infections that we don’t have to risk this toxic exposure for.

The community wants the AAP to stand up for safer vaccines for all children and wants the AAP to be honest about mercury and other toxins and that vaccines do harm at least some children (according to CDC VAERS data, parent reports, and the recent HHS concession in vaccine court). 

The message to the public should not be about vaccinating vs. not vaccinating  while not disclosing all the facts about vaccines.  The community wants an open dialog about making vaccines safer for all children --today.  This requires communication between parents and the AAP (and possibly the CDC, FDA and vaccine makers) and for the AAP to stand up for the rights of all children being vaccinated by working to make vaccines safe for all children.

Parents continue to say “Please make vaccines safer and get the toxins out of vaccines.” You should stop upsetting parents by painting them as “anti-vaccine,” while at the same time wondering why more and more parents are not trusting their pediatrician.

The fear of an epidemic caused by people having some kind of mass panic after hearing a more rounded truth about vaccines seems to cause AAP to avoid any open discussion about making vaccines safer for all children… but evidence of vaccine side effects (injury) are mounting and so is community awareness.

I believe it’s time for the AAP to truly advocate for all children.  It’s time for the AAP to get the parents back by helping to make vaccines safer and to work to treat children with autism.

Once open discussions start and progress is made I am confident that the community will be happy to also include discussions of environmental mercury and aluminum (and other toxins), pesticides and viral and bacterial infections, mothers mercury burden from environmental toxins prior to giving birth – all of which are linked or associated to autism or possible child injury in the medical literature. 

Many factors play a role in child health and the onset of autism and the more we are able to look at each one and layout a macro framework of toxins and triggers, the less pressure will rest on just vaccines and/or the AAP.  Parents know it’s not just the vaccines that are causing toxicity in children, its just one factor that the community feels needs to be addressed as they move forward. The more the AAP and other organizations stand in the way of the accurate truth being public and improvements being made the more the community with distrust their pediatrician and stand up against the AAP.

As parents become more aware of the facts, AAPs future really rests on a parent/AAP partnership demonstrating measurable efforts towards the care for all children --not just the fortunate ones who can handle today’s vaccines (and growing environmental factors) without injury.

14.) Most importantly, the AAP should be treating all children, including ones with autism.

I would strongly suggest a strategy that puts the AAP on the side of vaccine safety AND on the side of treating children with autism. 

Open communication is the key and I believe it starts with a plan to:

1.)   Teach pediatricians how to treat children with autism.

2.)   Advocate for safer vaccines and a safer vaccine schedule.

3.)   Stop fighting with parents and start listening to them and partnering with them.

My Suggestions:

1.) The AAP should draft a public apology for the inaccuracies about mercury in vaccines and the statement that no scientific evidence exists between vaccines and autism.  I can help you with this.  I think the AAP would immediately benefit by making this announcement at the rally and/or the AAP Conference.

2.) Approve the “Treating Comorbid Conditions in Autism” workshop for the AAP conference.  This workshop does not involve vaccines in any way.  There is no downside in approving this workshop that helps physicians learn how to help children with autism.  I think this would weigh heavily in the parent community and you need a win with them right now.  If you can, you may want to make this announcement at the rally and/or the AAP Conference.

3.) We need to put more safe and effective treatments into the Autism Toolkit ASAP.  The meeting that you suggested this month seems like a start.

4.) The AAP should shy away from being the mouthpiece for vaccine safety and, if anything, carefully speak out to the pharmaceutical companies about making vaccines safe for the greatest number of children.

5.) The AAP should immediately stop looking at Jenny McCarthy as someone on the other side and respond to her requests to make vaccines safer and to treat children with autism.  She represents moms who want safer vaccines and a better vaccine schedule and she wants children with autism to be treated.  She is not anti-vaccine.  Ignoring her intention and antagonizing her will only lead to her responding against the AAP. 

6.) The AAP should stop calling parents anti-vaccine.  They are parents who want safer vaccines for all children.  I believe we all want that.  The AAP should apologize to parents for lumping them into an anti-vaccine title.

In summary, I wanted to share with you some background on why parents are concerned about AAPs position about vaccines, mercury and autism and to guide you as to how to resolve those issues.  I still have faith that the AAP cares about the safety and health of all children and I visualize the AAP doing the right thing for all at this critical time for our society.

If the AAP appropriately responds, I am committed to make sure that the community appropriately supports the AAP.

As I stated earlier, I am not an “it’s all about vaccines” person.  I follow the medical literature and there are many environmental issues linked to autism.   My primary focus and passion is to get children the treatment they deserve the same way my son did.  Irregardless of how this particular communication is received, I would like to get back to our discussion about how to bring the community closer to the AAP through safe, effective and evidence-based treatments and I look forward to our continued discussions and I look forward to meeting with you soon.

My best,

Stan Kurtz



1.) http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm 

2.) J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Jan 17 Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma.  McDonald KL, Huq SI, Lix LM, Becker AB, Kozyrskyj AL. Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. PMID 18207561

3. ) Comparison of Blood and Brain Mercury Levels in Infant Monkeys Exposed to Methylmercury or Vaccines Containing Thimerosal. Thomas Burbacher, PhD

4.) Neurotoxic Effects of Postnatal Thimerosal are Mouse Strain Dependent Molecular Psychiatry, Sep 2004. Mady Hornig, MD

5.) Oxidative Stress in Autism: Elevated Cerebellar 3-nitrotyrosine level www.scipub.org/fulltext/ajbb/ajbb4273-84.pdf

6.) http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/OSM/Autism/modifying.pdf


7.)  J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008 Jan 17 Delay in diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus vaccination is associated with a reduced risk of childhood asthma. McDonald KL, Huq SI, Lix LM, Becker AB, Kozyrskyj AL. PMID: 18207561


8.) Experientia. 1975 Sep 15;31(9):1064-5. The methylation of mercuric chloride by human intestinal bacteria. Rowland IR, Grasso P, Davies MJ. PMID: 1100426


9.) Caries Res. 2001 May-Jun;35(3):163-6. Dental amalgam fillings and the amount of organic mercury in human saliva. Leistevuo J, Leistevuo T, Helenius H, Pyy L, Osterblad M, Huovinen P, Tenovuo J. PMID: 11385194


10.) http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/OSM/Autism/modifying.pdf


11.) J Child Neurol. 2007 Nov;22(11):1308-11.  Blood levels of mercury are related to diagnosis of autism: a reanalysis of an important data set. Desoto MC, Hitlan RT. Department of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614, USA. [email protected] PMID: 18006963


12.) Environ Res. 2006 Nov;102(3):308-13. Epub 2006 Apr 17 Iron and copper accumulation in the brain of coxsackievirus-infected mice exposed to cadmium. Ilback NG, Lindh U, Minqin R, Friman G, Watt F. Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University Hospital, S-751 85 Uppsala, Sweden. [email protected] PMID: 16616136


13.) Environ Res. 2007 Sep 20; Tissue uptake of mercury is changed during the course of a common viral infection in mice.Frisk P, Molin Y, Ilbäck NG. “…An infection-induced increase of Hg in the brain…PMID: 17888900


AAP and The Mercury Smoke Screen – Today


The AAP frequently tells people that mercury was removed from vaccines since 2001 and today, 8 years later, there are still several vaccines with mercury in them and the AAP recommends flu vaccines (which often contain mercury) to pregnant mothers.


AAP often provides the statement that No scientific link exists between vaccines and autism.  This is the same writing style that the tobacco companies used to hide from the evidence about tobacco causing cancer. 


There is much evidence that vaccines can cause autism in at least some children.  You can even have a preponderance of evidence that vaccines cause autism, but not a link.  A link in science requires the highest standards of testing (which will not be funded by the government or the pharmaceutical companies) and in the case of cigarettes it took 100 years to establish.


Example: 1.) After decades of scientific evidence, Dr. Emmanuel Farber, another member of the Surgeon General’s Advisory Committee, lectured at Southern Illinois University in June 1964.  The Carbondale South Illinoisan, a local newspaper, reported on June 18, 1964 reporting that  “There is a missing link in the absolute proof that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer  - the ability to reproduce this causation in experimental tests on animals.  Such tests, in which rats were exposed to cigarettes smoke have failed to produce conclusive results,” Farber said.


Example: 2.) Decades after there was scientific evidence that showed cigarette smoking caused cancer, the leading health officials said there wasn’t a link.  SURGEON GENERAL TELLS (Cincinnati) INQUIRER ”NO EVIDENCE THAT SMOKING CAUSES CANCER OF LUNGS” http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/tfb50e00/pdf


The Center of Disease Control Receives Funds Based On Vaccine Sales


The CDC’s largest funded role is to promote vaccine use and they are measured on their effectiveness.


1.)   The CDC is given billions of dollars to promote vaccine use, and is the government body that also monitors vaccine adverse events and reports on safety.  This is a conflict of interest of the worst kind for our children.


2.)   CDC only receives a handful of millions of dollars to monitor vaccine safety.


3.)   The CDC uses manipulative tactics to “Foster Demand” for vaccines.


a.       Example: A CDC presentation on vaccine promotion outlines manipulative tactics to influence the public to vaccinate. 


In the presentation "Recipe that Fosters Higher Interest and Demand for Influenza Vaccine" by  Glen Nowak, Ph.D., Associate Director of Communications, National Immunization Program.  Full document available here: http://www.generationrescue.org/documents/2004_flu_nowak-CDC.pdf


Slide Set: “Recipe That Fosters Vaccine Interest and Demand”


                                                               i.      Page 28: "[have] Medical experts and public health authorities publicly (e.g., via media) state concern and alarm (and predict dire outcomes)- and urge influenza vaccination"


                                                             ii.      Page 29: "References to, and discussions, of pandemic influenza along with continued reference to the importance of vaccination."



                                                           iii.      Page 27: "Dominant strains and/or Initial cases of disease are:... In cities and communities with significant media outlets"


                                                           iv.      Page 28: "Framing of the flu season in terms that motivate behavior (e.g., as "very severe," "more severe than last or past years," "deadly")"


                                                             v.      Page 29: "Continued reports (e.g., from health officials and media) that influenza is causing severe illness and/or affecting lots of people- helping foster the perception that many people are susceptible to a bad case of influenza."





Parent are Not Being Given Informed Consent

Federally Mandated Vaccine Information Sheets (VISs) are only properly given 28% of the time.


The Law


From CDC Website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/Pubs/vis/default.htm


“Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are information sheets produced by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that explain to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine.   Federal Law requires that VISs be handed out whenever (before each dose) certain vaccinations are given.”


In an April 2009, a Random Generation Rescue Poll of Parents of Children with Autism, 1519 people to date, (conducted using Constant Contact) 41.4% were never given Vaccine Information Statements for any vaccines and another 27.9% were not given Vaccine Information Statements for at least some vaccines and only 30.2% said they were given vaccines information sheets for all vaccines.  This poll is ongoing and can be viewed at the link below


Continuing Parent Survey: http://tinyurl.com/vaccineinformationstatement






Parents are also not being given time to read the Vaccine Information Sheets


Of the parents who received the VIS, most parents state they were not given time to read the vaccine information statements prior to vaccination.  This is also a violation of Federal Law. 


Link CDC Website:  http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2027.pdf (full document below)


“Some of the legal requirements concerning the use of VIS are as follows:


1.)    Before an NCVIA-covered vaccine [all routine vaccines] is administered to anyone (this includes adults!) you must give the patient or the parent/legal representatives a copy of the most current VIS available for that vaccine.  Make sure you give your patient time to read the VIS prior to the administration of the vaccine.


2.)    You must record in your patient’s chart the date the VIS was given.



3.)    You must also record on the patient’s chart the publication date of the VIS, which appears on the bottom of the VIS.”


(See the full document on the following page)












Vaccine Court Cases – Vaccines Can Trigger Autism, 13 Times


Three Recent Cases – The Court Said No

There have been three recent court cases where the court ruled that vaccines did not cause autism in one type of incident with one type of vaccine.


Thirteen Cases – The Court Said Yes

There are thirteen cases that we are aware of where the courts have ruled in favor of the families.  Some of the cases are outlined below.


The Hannah Poling Case – Vaccines Triggered Her Autism




By: David Kirby


On June 29, HHS, CDC, FDA and NIH will hold a major public workshop on mitochondrial disorders, autism and “triggers for neurological deterioration.” And to think, just four months ago, any scientist who had seriously proposed a high-profile, marquis meeting on such an esoteric subject would probably have been laughed out of HHS headquarters, and possibly his or her career.


But that was before Hannah and her parents came along.


When news of the two Poling concessions began to emerge in March, officials from the CDC and other agencies were quick to mount a defensive public relations posture, one that still clouds and confuses the importance of this seminal case, but now seems to be lifting like the haze over Atlanta.


Back then, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding and others took to the airwaves to proclaim that Hannah’s case was, 1) Extremely rare, 2) An inherited, genetic condition that would have lead to regressive encephalopathy anyway, and 3) Without any bearing on the etiology of ASD or any relationship whatsoever to the court’s other cases of autism (which Hannah did not have, we were falsely told: She just had “autism like features.”)


Soon after that, I reported that mitochondrial disorders in ASD kids were not that rare after all. Estimates ranged from 7% to about 30% of all ASD cases involving an underlying dysfunction of the mitochondria, as measured through impairment of oxidative phosphorylation (and thus low cellular energy). Among regressive cases, the rate may be higher than that.


The CDC took note. On March 29, Gerberding told CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta that, “If a child was immunized, got a fever, had other complications from the vaccines, and (is) pre-disposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it can certainly set off some damage…. Some of these symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism. I think we have to have an open mind about this.”


In fact, the CDC’s mind had become so opened after learning how prevalent mitochondrial disorders were in autism, that the agency agreed to dedicate a conference call with vaccine researchers and HMO executives on new research on the topic.


What did they learn? That many children with regressive ASD out there also had the same low-cellular-energy biomarkers as Hannah.


And there was more: The scientists told the government and the insurance industry (which is reportedly tired of footing the bill for so many neuro-damaged kids) that the nuclear DNA mutation that confers mitochondrial dysfunction, passed down through the father, could be as prevalent as 1-in-50 people, or 2% of the population.


Estimates of the classic, more rare and serious form of mitochondrial “disease,” meanwhile, which is passed down through the mother via mitochondrial DNA, are about 1-in-5,000, or 0.02%.


A week or so later, in Washington on April 11, the CDC announced its new draft research agenda for vaccine safety issues. Amazingly, among the questions that CDC officials now wanted answered was this one:


“Is immunization associated with increased risk for neurological

deterioration in children with mitochondrial dysfunction?”


Apparently, the CDC was one step ahead of everyone else on this question, because it simultaneously announced on April 11 that it had already formed, “a working group to study methods related to mitochondrial disorders and immunization, in collaboration with partners.”


Immunization and mitochondrial disorders are a very tricky subject. Children with such disorders might be more susceptible to autistic regression following a stressful event on their immune system. This “trigger” could include any number of childhood febrile infections – including those for which there are vaccines.


But then again, as Hannah’s case teaches us, the trigger might also be too many vaccines at once – in this instance, nine.


But what was it about those nine vaccines, given in five jabs that induced fever, and, “an immune response that exceeded metabolic reserves,” as Concession #2 described the “cause” of Hannah’s “autistic encephalopathy?”


What vaccine ingredient or ingredients induced her metabolic meltdown?


Was it the 50 micrograms of ethylmercury from thimerosal? Was it aluminum in several of her shots, put there precisely to create stimulation of the immune system? Was it one or more of the live viruses or attenuated viruses she received? Was it one of the other vaccine ingredients? Or, was it some combination of the above?


And, the question remains, wouldn’t some other natural fever have pushed Hannah over the edge just as easily? (It’s possible, though not certain, as I reported HERE.)


In less than two weeks, experts may begin to shed some light on these critical questions (and hallelujah to that.)


On June 29, a public workshop will be held in downtown Indianapolis, following a meeting of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.


The title of the workshop is, “Mitochondrial Disorders of Childhood: Testing, Potential Relationships to Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Triggers for Neurological Deterioration.”

This landmark event is being sponsored by a number of Federal agencies including DHHS, CDC, FDA, NINDS and NIMH. “Observers are welcome,” the HHS says, “as seating allows.”

The Goals and Objectives as listed as followed:


“The workshop will convene 11 experts in mitochondrial disorders or autism to discuss how the neurology of mitochondrial disorders might inform autism research.” (Click HERE)


Meanwhile, the UMDF’s website gives us a slightly more expanded take:


“The workshop will address the implications for autism research of topics such as neurological features of mitochondrial disorders, current understanding of their exacerbating factors, and challenges in testing and diagnosis.” (Click HERE)



The italics are mine. In the Poling concession, the government said that vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation exacerbated Hannah’s mito dysfunction, which caused her “autistic encephalopathy.”


Meanwhile, “Representing the mitochondrial disease communities at the workshop through their affiliation with the UMDF are: Charles A. Mohan, Jr., Executive Director and CEO of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, Howard Zucker, M.D., J.D., UMDF Trustee,  Salvatore DiMauro, M.D.,  Columbia University and Chairman of  the UMDF’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board (SMAB). Also representing the SMAB are Bruce Cohen, M.D., Cleveland Clinic, Vamsi Mootha, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Doug Wallace, PhD., University of California, Irvine.   Also attending are past SMAB members Robert K. Naviaux, M.D. PhD., and  Richard Haas, M.D., both from University of California – San Diego School of Medicine and Tanja Taivassalo, PhD. who is a previous recipient of the UMDF research grant.  


It looks like a nice group. I may not make it to Indy, but I can’t wait to read the transcripts.


And thank you, Hannah and her parents, for getting this big old ball rolling.


David Kirby is a journalist, Age of Autism contributor and author of Evidence of Harm.  To read more of his work, please click on his name in our left sidebar. And click HERE to read his Huffington Post pieces.



More About the Landmark Hannah Poling Autism / Vaccine Case:

Comments by: David Kirby




The Hannah Poling Case – In 2008, medical personnel at Health and Human Services (HHS) determined that this girl's autism was caused by, "vaccine induced fever and immune stimulation that exceeded metabolic reserves." Hannah had low cellular energy related to her underlying and mild mitochondrial dysfunction. Many children with autism claims in Vaccine Court have almost identical mitochondrial dysfunction.


Mitochondrial disorders are not rare in autism -- Research suggests that dysfunction may affect 10-to-30% of all kids with autism -- perhaps more among "regressive" cases.


Mitochondrial disorders are probably not rare in the general population -- Such disorders were thought to affect 1-in-5,000 people. But new research suggests that genetic mutations that might confer mitochondrial dysfunction might be found in 1-in-400 to 1-in-50. A study by the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) found mitochondrial DNA mutations that might cause disease in up to 1-in-200 people.


Children with mitochondrial disorders are at greater risk of autistic regression -- A new study by researchers at Cleveland Clinic and elsewhere found that a trigger for autistic regression in kids with mito disorders could possibly come from a vaccine reaction. "There might be no difference between the inflammatory or catabolic stress of vaccinations and that of common childhood diseases," they wrote.


Children with mitochondrial disorders are at greater risk of vaccine injury -- This according to Dr. Douglas Wallace, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Director of the Center for Molecular and Mitochondrial Medicine in Genetics at UC Irvine. A member of the UMDF's scientific board, he stated, "We advocate spreading vaccines out as much as possible -- each time you vaccinate, you're creating a challenge for the system, and if a child has an impaired system that could in fact trigger further clinical problems."

The Baily Banks Case

Generation Rescue, USA Today Advertisement and Press Release – “Government Again Concedes Vaccines Cause Autism”


Mysterious Vaccine Court created in 1986 by the pharmaceutical industry, with the support of Congress, rules in favor of Bailey Banks against HHS.



Los Angeles - February 24, 2009 - Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey’s Los Angeles-based non-profit autism organization, today announced that the United States Government has once again conceded that vaccines cause autism.  The announcement comes on the heels of the recently unsealed court case of Bailey Banks vs. HHS.  The ruling states, “The Court found that Bailey would not have suffered this delay but for the administration of the MMR vaccine…a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to PDD [Autism].”


In a curious and hypocritical method of operation, the mysterious Vaccine Court not only protects vaccine makers from liability but supports a policy that has tripled the number of vaccines given to U.S. children – all after being made aware of the fact that these vaccines do, in fact, cause autism and repeatedly ruling in favor of families with children hurt by their vaccines.


“It was heartbreaking to hear about Bailey’s story, but through this ruling we are gaining the proof we need to open the eyes of the world to the fact that vaccines do, in fact, cause autism,” said Jenny McCarthy, Hollywood actress, autism activist, best-selling author and Generation Rescue board member.  “Bailey Banks’ regression into autism after vaccination is the same story I went through with my own son and the same story I have heard from thousands of mothers and fathers around the country.  Our hope is that this ruling will influence decision and policy-makers to help the hundreds of thousands of children and families affected by this terrible condition.”


Banks vs. HHS is the second known case where the Vaccine Court could not deny the overwhelming evidence showing vaccines caused a child's autism.  The first was the case of Hannah Poling in March of 2008, where the court found in her favor and awarded her family compensation.


Jim Carrey, Hollywood legend and Generation Rescue board member, reacted to the news, “It seems the U.S. government is sending mixed messages by telling the world that vaccines don't cause autism, while, at the same time, they are quietly managing a separate ‘vaccine court’ that is ruling in favor of affected families and finding that vaccines, in fact, were the cause.  For most of the autism community the question is no longer whether vaccines caused of their child’s autism.  The question is why is their government only promoting the rulings that are in favor of the vaccine companies.”


Why is a secret court, which no one knows about or understands, quietly paying these families for vaccine injuries and autism?  Deirdre Imus, Generation Rescue board member and founder of the Deirdre Imus Environmental Center for Pediatric Oncology says, “Over the past 20 years, the vaccine court has dispensed close to $2 billion in compensation to families whose children were injured or killed by a vaccine.  I am not against vaccines and my own child has been vaccinated.  But, I share the growing concerns of many parents questioning the number of vaccines given to children today, some of the toxic ingredients in vaccines, and whether we know enough about the combination risks associated with the multiple vaccines given to children during critical developmental windows.”


To help spread the word of the Banks ruling, Generation Rescue also bought a full-page ad that will run in the USA Today on 02/25/2009, which has a daily circulation of 2,272,815.


Generation Rescue seeks to answer these questions and many more on a daily basis as they fight for the truth and to recover children with autism around the world.  To learn more please visit www.generationrescue.org, write to [email protected]


About Generation Rescue

Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists, physicians and parent-volunteers researching the causes and treatments for autism and helping thousands of children begin biomedical treatment.



By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.



On February 12, the federal "Vaccine Court" in Washington issued a sweeping ruling in three highly touted "test cases" against families who claimed that their childrens' autism had been caused by vaccines. The Special Masters in those three cases found that Petitioners failed to establish causation between MMR vaccines, the mercury-laced vaccine preservative thimerosal, and autism (the court decision, which is under appeal, deferred any finding on a thimerosal-only theory of causation). The rulings could have a significant precedential impact on some 5,000 families who opted to bring their cases in the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP) hoping that the vaccine court would officially hold that the MMR vaccine or thimerosal had caused autism in their children.


The New York Times joined the government Health Agency (HRSA) and its big pharma allies hailing the decisions as proof that the scientific doubts about vaccine safety had finally been "demolished." The US Department of Health and Human services said the rulings should "help reassure parents that vaccines do not cause autism." The Times, which has made itself a blind mouthpiece for HRSA and a leading defender of vaccine safety, joined crowing government and vaccine industry flacks applauding the decisions like giddy cheerleaders, rooting for the same court that many of these same voices viscously derided just one year ago, after Hannah Poling won compensation for her vaccine induced autism.


But last week, the parents of yet another child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were awarded a lump sum of more than $810,000 (plus an estimated $30-40,000 per year for autism services and care) in compensation by the Court, which ruled that the measels-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had caused acute brain damage that led to his autism spectrum disorder.


The family of 10-year-old Bailey Banks won their case quietly and without fanfare in June of 2007, but the ruling has only now come to public attention. In the remarkably clear and eloquent decision, Special Master Richard Abell ruled that the Banks had successfully demonstrated that "the MMR vaccine at issue actually caused the conditions from which Bailey suffered and continues to suffer."


Bailey's diagnosis is Pervasive Developmental Disorder -- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) which has been recognized as an autism spectrum disorder by CDC, HRSA and the other federal health agencies since at least the 1990s.


In his conclusion, Special Master Abell ruled that Petitioners had proven that the MMR had directly caused a brain inflammation illness called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) which, in turn, had caused the autism spectrum disorder PDD-NOS in the child:


    The Court found 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 [an autism spectrum disorder]. 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... a proximate sequence of cause and effect leading inexorably from vaccination to Pervasive Developmental Delay.


The Bailey decision is not an isolated ruling. We now know of at least two other successful ADEM cases argued in Vaccine Court. More significantly, an explosive investigation by CBS News has found that since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. In many of these cases, the government paid out awards following a judicial finding that vaccine injury lead to the child's autism spectrum disorder. In each of these cases, the plaintiffs' attorneys made the same tactical decision made by Bailey Bank's lawyer, electing to opt out of the highly charged Omnibus Autism Proceedings and argue their autism cases in the regular vaccine court. In many other successful cases, attorneys elected to steer clear of the hot button autism issue altogether and seek recovery instead for the underlying brain damage that caused their client's autism.


Medical records associated with these proceedings clearly tell the tale. In perhaps hundreds of these cases, the children have all the classic symptoms of regressive autism; following vaccination a perfectly healthy child experiences high fever, seizures, and other illnesses, then gradually, over about three months, loses language, the ability to make eye contact, becomes "over-focused" and engages in stereotypical head banging and screaming and then suffers developmental delays characteristic of autism. Many of these children had received the autism diagnosis. Yet the radioactive word "autism" appears nowhere in the decision.


Instead the vaccine court Special Masters rest their judgments on their finding that the vaccines caused some generalized brain injury, mainly Encephalopathy/encephalitis (brain inflammation) or "seizure disorders" -- conditions known to cause autism-like symptoms. A large number of the children who have won these judgments have been separately diagnosed with autism. HRSA acknowledged this fact in a recent letter, but told us it does not keep data on how many of these children were autistic.


The Vaccine Court, in other words, seems quite willing to award millions of dollars in taxpayer funded compensation to vaccine-injured autistic children, so long as they don't have to call the injury by the loaded term "autism." That hazard is particularly acute for vaccine victims who appear before the Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP). Since that body's decisions are closely watched, published and accorded the weight of precedent, many lawyers consider the burden of proof for petitioners to be impossibly high before the OAP Panel. It was for this reason that Bailey's attorney, Mark McLaren, elected to opt out of the OAP and try his case separately, even though Bailey has been receiving autism-related services in his home state and was eligible to file a case in the Court's Omnibus Autism Proceedings (OAP).


McLaren told us he wanted to avoid the added burden facing petitioners under the media glare and precedential weight attending OAP panel trials. "We considered [the OAP route] because [Bailey] is on the autistic spectrum of disorders, but we thought we could try it separately and apart from the Omnibus, and not as a test case," explained McLaren. "We thought we'd have a better chance if we tried to on its own merit, away from the spotlights and the precedent setting pressures that attend these OAP test cases - and it worked."


Bob Krakow, a leading attorney for vaccine damaged children told that many lawyers are now convinced that filing a claim in the OAP is a losing proposition. "There's a growing conviction that if you have a autistic client who has also been diagnosed with encephalopathy/encephalitis or seizure disorder, you are better off not mentioning the word "autism" if you want to win the case." He recommended instead filing a non autism claim like "mental retardation with seizure disorder" for an autistic client.


Although the vaccine court is mandated to fairly serve the victims of vaccine injuries, their primary purpose and raison d'etre is to protect the vaccine program and vaccine makers. Damages are doled out from a 75-cent tax on every vaccine sold and not from the vaccine makers. "You can understand why special masters, burdened with their duty to protect vaccine programs, might be unwilling to make the direct causal link between autism and vaccines," Krakow observed. "If you ask the big question and answer it in the affirmative, there is a sense that it will damage the vaccine program irreparably."


Vaccine Court judges are equipped with a draconian armory of weapons deployable against plaintiffs intent on proving the causal connection between vaccines and autism. Jury trials are prohibited. Damages are capped; awards for pain and suffering are strictly limited and punitive damages banned altogether. Vaccine defenders have an army of Department of Justice attorneys with virtually unlimited resources for expert witnesses and other litigation costs. Plaintiffs, in contrast, must fund the up front costs for experts on their own. In a cultural choice that clearly favors defendants, vaccine court gives overwhelming weight to written medical records which are often inaccurate -- over all other forms of testimony and evidence. Observations by parents and other caretakers are given little weight.


Worst of all -- plaintiffs have no right to discovery either against the pharmaceutical industry or the government. Since autism is a behavioral affliction rather than a precisely defined biological injury -- epidemiological studies are critical to establishing its causation. But the greatest source of epidemiological data is the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) -- the government maintained medical records of hundreds of thousands of vaccinated children -- which HHS has gone to great lengths to keep out of the hands of plaintiffs' attorneys and independent scientists. Unfortunately the vaccine court has judicially anointed this corrupt concealment by consistently denying every motion by petitioners to view the VSD. The raw data collected in the VSD would undoubtedly provide the epidemiological evidence needed to understand the relationship between vaccines and autism. The absence of such studies makes it easy for judges to say to plaintiffs they have not met their burden of proving causation.


Meanwhile, CDC has actively, openly and systematically suppressed and defunded epidemiological studies that might establish a causal link. CDC has ignored repeated pleadings that it fund peer-reviewed studies of unvaccinated American cohorts like the Amish and home-schooled children. At the same time the agency has worked overtime ginning up a series of fatally-flawed European studies purporting to dispute the link. Even a cursory critical examination reveals that the oft-cited Danish, English, and Italian studies are rank tobacco science. Many of them were funded by CDC, a badly compromised agency, performed by vaccine industry scientists, and published in miserably conflicted journals.


Needless to say, the existence of these phony studies, combined with the deliberate dearth of epidemiological evidence makes it easy for the special masters to dodge a politically explosive finding by holding that there is "insufficient evidence."


And, speaking of tobacco, it's worth recalling that for sixty years the tobacco industry successfully defended a product that was killing one out of every five of its customers against thousands of legal actions brought by its victims and their families. Tobacco lawyers protected the cigarette companies by arguing that there was no proven link between tobacco and lung cancer. Bob Krakow sees many parallels. Big tobacco uses the same tactic of manufacturing research that seems to dispute the connection to exploit the burdens on plaintiffs to prove causation. Big tobacco prevailed for six decades even without the help of supportive government agencies deliberately suppressing real science and research. In that sense vaccine victims must leap a much higher hurdle.


Despite the perilous odds stacked against them in vaccine court, the evidence of a vaccine/autism link is so strong that vaccine court judges and government agencies have now recognized at least two theories of how vaccines cause autism: the Vaccine-to-ADEM-to-ASD link in Bailey Banks' case, and vaccine-induced aggravation of an underlying mitochondrial dysfunction that caused full-blown autism in the Hannah Poling case. Both theories are different from those rejected in the three cases last week.


Perhaps, these new disclosures will prompt The Times, with all its influence, to actually make prudent journalistic inquiries into the phony science CDC uses to defend its claims of "vaccine safety." If it does, the paper will realize it has once again been ill used by government agencies in a tragic campaign of public deceit. The Times should make the reasonable demand that the government health agencies finally release the Vaccine Safety Datalink for independent scientific research and that CDC and HRSA lift their opposition to genuine epidemiological studies that might finally provide real scientific answers to this debate.



11 Other Court Cases Where Vaccines Triggered Autism

Besides Hannah Poling and Bailey Banks, below are court cases

 where vaccines were related to the child’s autism.


Case 1 of 13: Lassiter Vs. US Federal Court, Lassiter Wins


Downloaded from: http://www.generationrescue.org/cases/lassiter-vs-us-federal-court-summary.htm


I. Items in the below document in BOLD were highlighted as being of special interest related to autism, PDD-NOS and autism-like definitions or related causations.


II. Seven key items from the document first listed immediate below:


1.) The court concludes vaccines caused the brain injury and autism-like symptoms. “The court concludes that a preponderance of the evidence requires a finding for petitioner.”


2.) Pervasive Development Disorder is a term preferred rather than autism. “The term "pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) is preferred to 'autism' because it stresses variability in symptoms and severity and denies that autism is a disease with a single cause." PDD is used in the Revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association as an umbrella term for frankly autistic children and for other children with similar but fewer, less severe symptoms. “


3.) Autism is Brain Damage and Autistic-like symptoms and autism have brain dysfunction and are very similar.  “Dr. Suzanne Steffenburg states in her article entitled "Neuropsychiatric Assessment of Children with Autism: A Population-Based Study," that the majority of children with autism and autistic-like conditions have overt signs of brain dysfunction." P. Ex. 22 [*17]  at 495. The implication is "that brain damage or dysfunction causes autism . . . that autism and autistic-like conditions are neurobiologically very similar . . . and that autism is likely to be a biological disorder with multiple aetiologies [sic]." Id. at 507-509. She concludes that "gene disorders, chromosomal abnormalities, certain hereditary traits and structural brain anomalies caused by environmental hazards, singly or in combination, clearly coincide with the autistic symptomatology. Rather than deciding that autism is 'the cause,'" it should be understood that it is a symptom of an underlying disorder. Id. at 509.”


4.) The medical literature indicates that autism and “autistic-like” signs and symptoms are practically identical.  “A careful interpretation of the literature indicates that autism can be mirrored by a condition that [*19]  includes "autistic-like" signs or symptoms”


5.) There were no pre-existing conditions: “In summary, respondent's evidence and proffered explanations are weak,  [*21]  unconvincing, and insufficient to support a finding of an underlying metabolic or genetic disorder as the cause of Eric's affliction. Petitioner has presented a better case in support of a Table injury.


6.) Autism is not a disease.  Autism is a final expression of contributory factors:  “Doctors Steffenburg and Gillberg list many disorders, 22 in all, which have been associated with autism. They conclude that autism is not a disease but "represents a behavioral syndrome with multiple etiologies. . . . Autism can be the final common expression of various contributory/etiological factors." They explain further that genetic [*15]  factors are in operation in some cases. "Disease entities or pre-and perinatal damage leading to destruction/dysfunction in certain brain areas can cause autism in others."


7.) Infections and toxins are involved in autism.  “In his treatise entitled "Recent Neurobiological Findings in Autism," Luke Y. Tsai also lists a similar variety of established neurologic disorders reported in autism including viral infections and other toxic or environmental causes of brain damage. He explains that it is now well accepted that autism results from dysfunction in certain parts of the central nervous system (CNS) that affect language, cognitive and intellectual development, and the ability to relate. He believes autism may be "the common pathway of a diverse range of organic brain conditions" including both prenatal and post-natal infections or injuries, the latter accounting for those whose autism is manifested "after a period of apparently normal development." Id. at 83-84. P. Ex. 21.”


8.) “The court finds that the symptoms claimed are supported by a preponderance of evidence and may be relied upon as a credible account of events.’’


The full case document can be downloaded at www.generationrescue.org/cases



Case #2 of 13 Richelle Oxley, Oxley Wins


CINDY OXLEY and STEVEN OXLEY, as Legal Representatives for RICHELLE OXLEY, a minor, Petitioners,




Downloaded from: http://www.generationrescue.org/cases/oxley-vs-dohhs-summary.htm


Items of particular interest relating to vaccine injury and autism symptom causation in BOLD.  Some listed directly below:


1.)   “Richelle's disabilities include autistic-like behavior [autism-like and autism are used interchangeably in the medical literature and in many court cases, see Lassiter Vs. US Federal Court], hyperactivity, and partially controlled seizures.”

2.)   The court finds that there is not a preponderance of the evidence that Richelle's condition is due to factors unrelated to the administration of the vaccine. [Meaning it was related to the vaccine]

3.)   There were no preexisting medical conditions:  “Petitioners' claim is strongly supported by the testimony of Dr. John Menkes who believes that Richelle sustained a post-pertussis vaccine encephalopathy. Tr. at 104. According to Dr. Menkes, the many tests and studies carried out over the course of Richelle's illness effectively ruled out any underlying degenerative disease.




Other Court Cases Where The Courts Ruled For the Families


Cases soon to be published on www.GenerationRescue.org




David 1997: Court ruled that vaccines caused David to suffer significant aggravation of his pre-existing tuberous sclerosis in the form of encephalopathy and a residual seizure disorder resulting in autism and other disorders.




Eric 1996: Court ruled that Eric's autism was "not unrelated" to his other DPT vaccine injuries and he should be compensated for it and his other injuries. Born Sept. 15, 1970, progressed well, smart, potty trained at 18 mo. Everything changed after his DPT booster shot administered on April 19, 1972. Office records for that visit note "no problems," and his physical examination showed "a well developed, well nourished male who was active and alert." Approximately four hours after the inoculation, he began to convulse, foam at the mouth, and roll his eyes back in his head. For several days Eric exhibited bizarre symptoms; he developed fever, screamed "off and on" for extended periods, would not feed nor drink, could not swallow, and lost immediately those milestones already achieved. He lost his potty training skills, lost his vocabulary, and screamed "like a wild person." Thereafter he no longer was able to follow commands and never returned again to his normal behavior. In the words of the maternal aunt, "after that needle, Eric never spoke again."(4) At present, Eric is profoundly retarded, cannot care for himself, and is completely dependent on others. He exhibits repetitive stereotyped movements, is incontinent of feces, perseverates, cannot name any objects, rarely smiles, and has a significant lack of verbal communication. The government argued the mother "exaggerates" and all her testimony should be disregarded. Court disagreed.




Kyle 1994: Similar to Eric. Kyle and Eric are two cases that rejected the government's effort to use autism as a "factor unrelated", that is, an alternative explanation for the injury. Born March 5, 1983 Silver Spring MD. Kyle got fourth DPT shot Sept 28, 1984. At visit, had "excellent hand skills" and Dr. was "impressed with his intelligence and curiosity." After vaccination, awoke screeching, cyanotic, rigid, rushed to ER, hives, toppled over, shaking, seizures. On visit to doctor Sept. 30, 1984, would not make eye contact, "totally out of it" fixed stare, condition continues to this day. Eating habits completely changed, hearing loss. Never came back. 1986 diagnosed with significant language impairment, gross motor movement delay, inferior pincer gasp, encephalopathy, loss of muscle tone, floppy.Govt expert argued Kyle suffers from autism spectrum disorder. Court found Kyle did lose developmental milestones subsequent to DPT. Suffers a disorder called PDD exhibited by autistic-like qualities but lacking a sufficient number of autistic-like qualities to (earn the subjective label of ) autism. He relates to others. Court found family should be compensated for his autistic-like illness and other disorders.




Rebecca 1993: After DPT Sept. 13, 1979, Rebecca suffered encephalopathy and residual seizure disorder resulting in physical disabilities and diminished mental capacity. Rebecca will be 14 at next birthday (as of 1993) IQ is 32, severe ADD "the worst attention deficit situation" her teacher has ever known. Impulsive, motor problems, no concept of danger, has autistic tendencies. Cannot dress herself, brush her teeth, bathe, cannot be left alone. Court ruled that family should be compensated for her autistic tendency disorder and other illnesses.




Richelle 1991: Developed normally and was happy and healthy until she had a severe reaction to second DPT May 21, 1979. She had permanent reaction after her third DPT July 30, 1979. Disabilities include autistic-like behavior, hyperactivity and partially-controlled seizures. Court ruled family is entitled to compensation for the DPT injuries.




Travis, 1991 Travis developed normally until 4 mo. when he got second DPT. Grand mal seizure, then fevers, more fever, seizures, diagnosed with encephalopathy, believed to be pertussis reaction. At 21 months noticed developmentally delayed and possibly mentally retarded. Autism has produced his severe mental retardation and developmental delay. Question was whether current autistic-like behavior is result of encephalopathy or condition unrelated to any vaccine injury. Now continuous drool, cold, bluish, totally dependant. Wandering, sitting for long periods Indian style. Oblivious to other children, poor interactive skills. Currently suffers from seizures, severe mental retardation and autism. Court ordered the family to be compensated for the illnesses.




Jenna Koston 1991 Born 12/31/83. Got seizure 12 hrs after second DPT at 3 1/2 months, also fever. Jenna has seizures and now displays autistic-like features. Court ordered her compensated for the illnesses.mental retardation. Born Feb. 9, 1978 College Station TX. Was healthy normal baby who could smile, gurgle and play little cooing games... Until Mon. April




Jonathan 1990: After DPT suffered encephalopathy and residual seizure disorder, significant developmental delay, moderate autistic characteristics and  24, 1978 when he got first DPT immunization. Within 24 hrs fever and projectile vomiting, "little old man look" staring nonresponsively, seizures, not the same baby, color was dusky, he was "not there" "odd". Diagnosed with global brain damage, seizure disorder. Now he's severely retarded 12 year old (in 1990) with intellectual age of 4-5 and many autistic features. Extremely hyperactive and aggressive. Court ordered compensation for the injuries.








It’s not Easy to Get Vaccine Witnesses for Vaccine Court

“Witnesses For Vaccine Plaintiffs are Stripped of Funding”

- Los Angeles Times -


By Myron Levin

November 29, 2004



The vaccine court can be a hostile place not only for petitioners but for their expert witnesses too.


 Take the case of Dr. Derek Smith. A neurologist and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, Smith had been retained to testify for people with transverse myelitis, a potentially paralyzing neurological disorder.


Smith said he was "highly confident" that the tetanus vaccine could trigger the ailment in certain vulnerable individuals. Officials with the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program strongly disagreed.


Petitioners in vaccine court can have a tough time finding top experts, in part because many doctors are reluctant to say vaccines can cause harm. But Smith had no such qualms.


"He was so smart," said Sylvia Chin-Caplan, a lawyer for dozens of victims of the neurological ailment. "I had somebody who had academic credentials, who did research and had a clinical practice," she said. "Those are the best people you can get."


Then Smith quit.


According to court papers and interviews, Smith decided to bail out after complaints were lodged with his superiors by three other experts with a long history of testifying for the government in vaccine court.


Smith had raised the ire of one of these men -- Dr. Roland Martin, a prominent researcher at the National Institutes of Health. The two had gone head-to-head as opposing witnesses, and Martin claimed that Smith had mischaracterized some of his research.


Early in 2002, Smith was informed by his supervisors, Dr. David Hafler at Harvard and Dr. Howard L. Weiner of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where Smith had his clinical practice, that people they respected told them Smith "was ruining his reputation by his testimony in the vaccine program," according to a document filed in vaccine court.


Wary of antagonizing people who could affect his career, Smith decided to drop out after testifying in one last case, according to Chin-Caplan and other sources.


Although there were no explicit threats, Chin-Caplan said Smith was told in so many words that he was jeopardizing his access to research funding.


His loss "was really heartbreaking," Chin-Caplan said. She also considered it a case of witness tampering.


Smith declined to be interviewed. None of the five other doctors -- his supervisors and the three government witnesses -- would comment.


 Dr. Bernadine Healy, Former Director of the National Institutes of Health


Dr. Bernadine Healy, on Larry King Live – Transcript


KING: Are we just at the tip of the iceberg, Dr. Healey? Is there still so much more to go and to learn?

HEALEY: I think you have nailed it, Larry. I think there is so much more to learn. Simple things like a comparisons of children who have and have not been vaccinated. This is something that we have talked about doing for many years. It has not been done. It can be done through various models, through case control model models. It can be done retrospectively. It has to be done.

Also, looking specifically at the children with progressive autism, the kids who were just fine, and then, shortly after immunization, they have a high fever, likely have an ensefalopothy (ph), and they never come pack from it. We need to look at that subset of patients. Study 500 of those kids.

Do you know, Larry, we have 5,000 children who are in the vaccine course, and they're sitting there in a lawyer environment. The CDC has not gone and analyzed those 5,000 children. These are children that have passed a certain screen, children who have had significant health problems right after they have been vaccinated, usually multiple times, and we haven't connected.

So I think part of what's missing here, we have got to stop all this battling and we've got to honor each other's perspective and we've got to do a lot of research. That's where, Larry, I think there is an inexcusable issue. And that's the lack of research that's been done here. And I really don't believe that this is a closed case from a research point of view. And I think you can talk to the NIH, you can look at what has been discussed in recent panels about what we don't know, and then you will say, let's carry on with research.

And now there's moneys to do it, there's a means to do it. Let's get on it and let's shake hands and do it together.

HEALEY: I think we haven't had the come to Jesus session yet that says, wait a minute, this polarization is very negative. It's not good for the children and it's not good for the science. Quite frankly, Larry, there is no such thing as anti-vaccine and pro- vaccine. We are all pro-vaccine. We know what Polio is. We know Meningitis is. We know what we want to avoid.


But there are some vaccines here -- let's forget about autism. There are some vaccines here that one -- a parent can legitimately question: giving a one-day old baby, or a two-day old baby Hepatitis B vaccine, that has no risk for it. The mother has no risk for it. That's a heavy duty vaccine given on day two, at two months, at four months. I think those are legitimate questions. I think there has to be more flexibility and we need to have people smiling at each other, saying we're hearing you, let's move forward 

KING: And to be friends.

HEALEY: Let's be friends and nobody's anti-vaccine here.




Dr. Bernadine Healy, Former Director of the National Institutes of Health, US News Article, The Vaccines-Autism War




The Vaccines-Autism War: Détente Needed

April 14, 2009 01:54 PM ET | Bernadine Healy, M.D. | Permanent Link | Print


By Bernadine Healy, M.D.

When Larry King used the word debate to describe his April 3 program on vaccines and autism, he might just as well have said war; the airways smoked as activist Jenny McCarthy, mother of a child diagnosed with autism who blames vaccines, and her partner, Jim Carrey, faced off with two distinguished pediatricians representing the American Academy of Pediatrics. McCarthy and Carrey and two colleagues from the autism advocacy group she founded, Generation Rescue, took the AAP to task for its unwillingness to give at all in the controversy over vaccine safety and, while holding up a vaccine ad in its journal, accused the group of shilling for vaccine manufacturers.

The academy's goal is to get every child in America—that's 4 million born per year—vaccinated fully and on time in order to avoid perilous consequences such as a recent deadly outbreak of hemophilus influenza that could have been prevented with the Hib vaccine. The pediatricians took umbrage at the criticism and insisted that vaccine safety issues have been resolved to the fullest. I was there in the crossfire, arguing as I have many times that, yes, vaccines are eminently safe—and parents are raising legitimate concerns, yet unanswered. This controversy might be resolved if we can focus on a few big questions, with an open mind.

[Find out why vaccine safety is getting new attention.]

First, are we overvaccinating our children? Vaccines are powerful stimulants of the immune system, which they must be to be effective. But as many of the autism activists have pointed out, American children are the most vaccinated on the planet. Generation Rescue and the World Health Organization both have compiled data that show the United States now gives more vaccines to all its children, and earlier in life, than the rest of the developed world: some 36 doses before our little ones hit kindergarten, with most crammed into the first 18 months of life. If you look at the best-performing countries in terms of infant and early-childhood mortality, the average number of doses is 18, with most of the Scandinavian countries, Japan, and Israel mandating just 11 to 12.

The extras here include protection against the sexually transmitted hepatitis B virus, which many countries (and the United States in the past) recommend only for infants at high risk because of an infected mother; a vaccine against the rotavirus, which causes some cases of infant diarrhea; and one for the foodborne hepatitis A virus, typically given to travelers to high-risk places. Many countries don't recommend chicken pox vaccine, which may not afford the long-term immunity that comes from childhood infection, important since this virus is tougher on adults. Influenza vaccine, mandated here starting at age 6 months, is off almost everyone else's list.

Second, is the schedule of vaccinations too rigid? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sets a schedule for when children need their different vaccines; the first shot, hepatitis B, comes when they are but hours old. Though it is important that parents keep to the vaccine schedule in general, some experts wonder whether the shots should be spread out in some circumstances. Might moms who regularly breast-feed follow a less aggressive schedule, since they share their protective antibodies with their infants? The science on this is still skimpy. And a study from Canada last year found that delaying the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccination just a few months decreased by 50 percent the risk that a child develops asthma. These findings need to be studied further, and embarking on such an effort should not be interpreted as an antivaccine pursuit.

[Hear from 2 doctors on the pros and cons of a flexible vaccine schedule.]

Meanwhile, pediatricians might do families a great service if they could work with them to loosen up the schedules to accommodate reasonable concerns and allow more choice. Some already do—say, by spacing out shots that are normally given in one visit, particularly those that contain live viruses like measles, mumps, and chicken pox and tend to deliver strong immune reactions. Or delaying hepatitis B until school age, at least. The goal is to get all kids appropriately vaccinated, but the pace for that might vary.

[Check out advice for parents who want to manage their child's vaccination schedule.]

Finally, are certain groups of people especially susceptible to side effects from vaccines, and can we identify them? Youngsters like Hannah Poling, for example, who has an underlying mitochondrial disorder and developed a sudden and dramatic case of regressive autism after receiving nine immunizations, later determined to be the precipitating factor. Other children may have a genetic predisposition to autism, a pre-existing neurological condition worsened by vaccines, or an immune system that is sent into overdrive by too many vaccines, and thus they might deserve special care. This approach challenges the notion that every child must be vaccinated for every pathogen on the government's schedule with almost no exception, a policy that means some will be sacrificed so the vast majority benefit.

These are all reasonable issues, and considering them with some flexibility would go a long way to resolving many of the frictions aired by Larry King. President Obama and other leaders have recognized that the vaccine-autism connection is not resolved, and research on autism is singled out as a priority in the president's current budget. Some have lobbied to keep vaccines out of the government's autism research agenda, because they see the case as closed and fear further study will threaten confidence in vaccines. Doing so would be just plain wrong.

Less than a year ago, the National Institutes of Health put out a call for expanded research on vaccine safety that contains many of the very things that parents are asking for: examination of the way the immune system handles different vaccines, the impact of nonvaccine components (like mercury and aluminum), and better understanding of susceptibility to vaccine side effects. The government laid out the need for markers that might predict vulnerable groups and proposed research on the comparative effect of different vaccine schedules and combinations of vaccines. This work is long overdue; shockingly, so is a study comparing groups of vaccinated and unvaccinated children.

Paul Offit, an infectious-disease expert from the University of Pennsylvania who has been a frequent spokesman and adviser on vaccine policy (and by his admission has become wealthy by developing the now mandated rotavirus vaccine), has said on more than one occasion that the infant's immune system can handle 10,000 vaccines. If that's where we're going—and it has been estimated that there are more than 100 new vaccines in the pipeline—the national investment in vaccine safety had better get on steroids fast. More medicine is not always better medicine. As the move toward health reform recognizes, this can make for poor public health policy—and break the bank.









Other Mainstream Voices Concerned About Vaccines and are For Vaccine Research:


Collected By: David Kirby


President Barack Obama – Who said last year, that: "We've seen just a skyrocketing autism rate. Some people are suspicious that it's connected to the vaccines. The science right now is inconclusive, but we have to research it."


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – Who said last year that, “ I am committed to make investments to find the causes of autism, including possible environmental causes like vaccines. We don't know what, if any, kind of link there is between vaccines and autism - but we should find out."


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) – Who said last year, "It’s indisputable that (autism) is on the rise amongst children, the question is what’s causing it. And we go back and forth and there’s strong evidence that indicates that it’s got to do with a preservative in vaccines."


Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) – Who told Congress in 2006, "I want to be clear that ... no research avenue should be eliminated, including biomedical research examining potential links between vaccines, vaccine components, and autism.”


Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) – Who concured on the Senate Floor with Senator Enzi’s remarks.


Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) – Who told Congress in 2006 that the Combatting Autism Act should fund "environmental research examining potential links between vaccines, vaccine components and autism. In January, 2008, he called efforts to strip vaccine research from funding, "contrary to the spirit of the (CAA) bill."


Bob Wright, Co-Founder, Autism Speaks – Who told the UK Daily Telegraph in 2008 that, “There is no question but that autism is partly genetic and partly environmental. We ought to be able to zero in on some of the environmental factors in early childhood. Vaccines are one of the variables.”


CDC's Immunization Safety Office -- As part of its draft research agenda for vaccine safety, this agency last April proposed looking at several clinical outcomes from childhood vaccinations, including "Autoimmune diseases; central nervous system demyelinating disorders; encephalitis/ encephalopathy; and neurodevelopmental disorders including autism."


Scientists at UC San Diego -- They wrote in the journal Autism that children given Tylenol after the MMR shot were several times more likely to develop autism. Tylenol can reduce levels of glutathione - a powerful antioxidant and detoxifier. "Tylenol and MMR was significantly associated with autistic disorder," the authors wrote. "More research needs to be completed to confirm the results of this preliminary study."


Former CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding -- who told CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "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 (and) symptoms that have characteristics of autism. We have to have an open mind."


Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases -- who told US News, "If we can show that individuals of a certain genetic profile have a greater propensity for developing adverse events, we may want to screen everyone prior to vaccination (for) undetectable diseases like a subclinical mitochrondrial disorder."


Drs. Richard I. Kelley, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Margaret L. Bauman, Massachusetts General Hospital, Marvin R. Natowicz, Cleveland Clinic, etc -- "Large, population-based studies will be needed to identify a possible relationship of vaccination with autistic regression in persons with mitochondrial cytopathies."


Former National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director and current IOM Member Dr. Bernadine Healy – She told CBS News that, “public health officials have been too quick to dismiss the (vaccine) hypothesis as 'irrational,' without sufficient studies of causation... without studying the population that got sick."


Former Chief Scientific Officer, UK Department of Health, Dr. Peter Fletcher – The former equivalent of the US FDA Adminstrator, said, "This really proves the causal role of vaccines: Somali children who are newly exposed to aggressive vaccine programmes have exceptionally high levels of autism. What more evidence is needed? The refusal by governments to evaluate the risks properly will make this one of the greatest scandals in medical history."










Green Our Vaccines

Jim Carrey

Transcript from the Green Our Vaccines Rally
Washington, DC
June 4th, 2008


With Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Robert F. Kennedy Jr,
Boyd Haley PhD, Jay Gordon MD and Jerry Kartzinel MD.


Videos available at: http://www.generationrescue.org/green-our-vaccines.html


Transcript: Jim Carrey




Jim Carrey:  Let’s have a hand for all the wonderful speakers that have been here today so far.  Brilliant, brilliant.  I just want to start by asking the CDC one question:  how stupid do you think we are?  I made a movie about two dumb guys, but nobody’s this stupid.  It’s nice to see you—I’m so glad you made the trip, I can’t tell you how much that means.  Each one of you here today represents thousands for whom the financial strain of this terrible disorder made it impossible to be here.  So we are their voice today.  We are here today because we have seen our perfectly normal children descend into a state of emotional isolation, physical agony, and mental confusion after a trip to the pediatrician.  We have seen how practically overnight they stop speaking, stop reacting, and stop being able to show affection.  We have watched over them when the slightest hint of a fever sends then into what can be a fatal brain seizure.  We have seen the rate of autism rise from one in ten-thousand, in 1983, to one in one-hundred-fifty children in 2008, while in the same time period the number of vaccines given to our kids has gone from ten to thirty-six.  We don’t think this is a coincidence—and we’re here to say that we believe thirty-six vaccines in the first few years of life is too many, too soon.  We are not against all vaccines.  Vaccines can do a lot of good.  But many of us believe that in the last few decades, corporate influence has turned the vaccine program into more of a profit engine than a means of prevention; and it’s time to let the people who make them, and the people who insist we take them, know once and for all that it’s too many, too soon.  If on the way to save someone from a burning building, a fire engine ran people over, we wouldn’t stop using fire engines.  We would just ask them to slow down a bit.  Well, it’s time to tell the CDC and the AAP that it’s time to slow the fire engine down—people are getting hurt on the way to the fire.  It’s time to let them know that it’s too many, too soon.   It’s time to tell them that we want real independent studies done on the effects of these vaccines, not studies paid for by the people who make the vaccines.  We want real science, not propaganda.  We want a change in the vaccine schedule, and a means of testing the vulnerability of children’s immune systems before multiple vaccines are administered.  It’s time to tell them loud and clear that we’ve had enough of their “talk to the hand approach.”  We are fed up with them trying to tell us that legitimate scientific research, court settlements that have been awarded for vaccine damage, and the overwhelming anecdotal of evidence of thousands and thousands of parents and doctors, do not constitute real science and don’t warrant their attention.  I believe that history will prove the moms and dads were right about autism.  The sea of evidence and testimony can no longer be ignored, and those who refuse to acknowledge it now will soon take their rightful place beside the many learned men and women of the past who insisted the earth was flat.  This problem will be solved.  It will be solved because all of us are in the same boat.  The people at the CDC will not be spared this experience.  The people who make the vaccines, and profit by them, will not be spared this experience.  And the people who make the policy in that building behind me will not be spared this experience—unless real, significant change is made.  Autism is everywhere.  It’s on every street in every town.  It’s a warning from the universe that there is a serious imbalance in our environment, and that immediate changes must be made.  To quote Burton Goldberg, an expert on the new age of medicine, “Autism is the canary in the coal mine.”  But you know all this, because you’ve lived it.  Seeing what Jenny’s been through has taught me one thing:  that we have to trust our own instincts.  If we’ve learned anything from Hurricane Katrina, it’s that we can’t always rely on government agencies to do the right thing.  Oftentimes, they will avoid the obvious cause of a problem if the solution is inconvenient.  And I certainly wouldn’t trust the drug companies to regulate themselves; God knows they’re far too busy fighting the terrible scourge of restless leg syndrome—also known as “lazy ass disease.”  But I’m not a cynic, and I didn’t come here today to concentrate wholly on what’s wrong with the system.  I believe there is a positive reason for everything we go through, and even the most challenging and painful things that happen to us have a purpose.  These children have a purpose.  It probably has something to do with making us aware of our excesses, and, even more importantly, teaching us how to love.  Without Evan, I might never have seen the greatness of Jenny’s spirit.  My daughter Jane, Jenny and Evan are the greatest things that ever happened to me, and learning how to love them has made me a man.  So dads:  hang in there!  You need these kids as much as these kids need you.  Lastly, I want to say that I believe very strongly in visualization and faith.  Everything that’s happened to me that’s good, has been the result of my willingness to believe totally in how I want things to be, as if they already exist.  Let’s dare to do that today.  Let’s dare to believe that they’re greening our vaccines, the vaccine schedule has been changed, and our kids are receiving fewer doses over longer periods of time.  Let’s dare to believe that we change substantially improved the quality of our children’s lives, and because of days like today, future generations are virtually free of autism.  I promise you that if you dare to believe that thought, everyone who is in a position to make a difference will be compelled to do so, and we will all share this victory.  I wish you peace, love and oneness.  Thank you very much.  Thank you, thank you. 



Boyd Haley PhD.
Transcript from the Green Our Vaccine Rally
Green Our Vaccines Rally
Washington, DC
June 4th, 2008


With Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Robert F. Kennedy Jr,
Boyd Haley PhD, Jay Gordon MD and Jerry Kartzinel MD


Videos available at: http://www.generationrescue.org/green-our-vaccines.html


Boyd Haley: The last time I came here, I think there were about two-hundred and fifty people.  This is truly amazing, and I’d like to thank Jim and Jenny for doing this—I mean, they’ve made it possible.  But I would be amiss if I didn’t point out that there are a lot of people around here, with green shirts on, that have been leading and fighting this, you know, probably for ten years, and the sad aspect is it wasn’t the American Medical Association, or the American Society of Psychiatrists, or any other major medical association that drug me into this, or even called attention to the increase in autism.  It was the beautiful parents of these autistic children who have been fighting, and now they’re winning.  A lot of people wonder what we’re doing here today, and I can’t speak for every parent here, but I’m here for two basic reasons:  number one, there have been many children severely damaged; I’m here to do justice for those children.  [speaker interjects, “Louder, Billy, louder.  To speaker:] Okay—oh, okay.  I’m a quiet-spoken person, but I can get mad, then I start screaming.  Okay.  But—but the second reason is we need a safe vaccine program.  I’m not anti-vaccine: I vaccinate all my animals, my children.  We need safe vaccines.  We need a thoughtful program, and science is out there showing that what we’re doing today is not safe, it is not the best way, and yet you can’t convince the bureaucrats that the CDC is to take any action.  Yes.  The other thing is, I’m here to talk about science, and I gotta be in a hurry, and I’m not going to tell—I’m preaching to the choir here—but I want to talk to the journalists standing here, because you’re a big part of the problem.  You’ve allowed the CDC to hijack what is perceived as the science of autism.  There hasn’t been one publication ever published where thymarisol was tested against a living cell, a living animal, where it wasn’t found to be severely toxic—psytotoxic and neurotoxic—and yet you can go in there and they’ll tell you, “Oh, we know it’s not connected.”  Why don’t you go read the papers?  Why don’t you go read the science, or get your science people to do this?  What the science has shown: autistic children represent a subset of the population that cannot effectively excrete mercury.  You never hear the CDC even mention mercury retention as a retention toxicity.  We have biochemical tests that we can do that will show that children are mercury-toxic, well accepted by every aspect of science, used in rat studies, monkey studies, et cetera.  The autistic children have this same signal—they are mercury-toxic.  Uniformly, we’ve seen that they suffer from oxidative stress—Dr. Jill James has done studies on this—we know these children are suffered from oxidative stress, and nothing will bring on oxidative stress faster than heavy metal toxicity started or caused by mercury.  So we need to do that.  And now, at the end of this, we say, “Well, we’re here,” and we all know, you guys have heard me talk, you’ve seen my tapes, and we’ve been fighting this for a long time.  I’ve never been—I’ve never met anybody from the CDC.  They’ve never asked me to come in and talk to them—or the FDA, or anyone else involved in this.  They—they’re [unintelligible].  So, there’s one thing we can do.  This is an election year, and Dan Burton—Congressman Burton—just told me this is something we have to emphasize.  Get to the people that are running for office—make them promise to form a blue-ribbon committee of scientists who can look at this data and tell the CDC just how wrong they are.  We just need an honest—[crowd cheers]  And I would suggest to you:  you have to get politically active, or nothing will happen.  The science is totally on your side.  If you think about it, on the day of birth, we injected, directly into a young baby, the amount of mercury that would be toxic if they were eating fish on the Pharaoh Islands and weighted two-hundred and seventy-five pounds—and we say this wouldn’t cause any damage?  You would be shocked if it didn’t, if you were doing the same experiment on a rat.  So I’m asking you:  get politically active, call your congressman that’s elected right now, and tell him you want to see some action, you want to see an honest evaluation, not by Boyd Haley—‘cause he might be prejudiced a bit—but the CDC’s even more prejudiced because—I don’t make any money off of this, I don’t get involved in this, I didn’t make the decision.  We need to resolve this issue scientifically, and in an honest fashion, with people that have absolutely one-hundred percent credibility.  Thank you.



Jenny McCarthy


Transcript of the Green Our Vaccine Rally

Washington, DC

June 4th, 2008

Videos available at: http://www.generationrescue.org/green-our-vaccines.html


With Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Robert F. Kennedy Jr,

Boyd Haley PhD, Jay Gordon MD and Jerry Kartzinel MD




Jim Carrey:  Now I have the pleasure of introducing the lady I share my life with.  She doesn’t want me to build her up too much, so I’ll just say one thing:  the source of all that is good is doing some of its best work through her; and I’m honored to stand behind her.  Please welcome Jenny.


Jenny McCarthy: [crowd cheering] Guess what!  We’re not at the Marriott.  We’re not at the Hyatt.  This isn’t a convention, you guys—we are here, we are here in our nation’s capitol.  Today, I would like to welcome parents and relatives who have come all over the country.  They held bake sales to raise money for plane tickets to be here.  They drove buses from city to city, picking up parents along the way.  Today, I am not the keynote speaker.  Today, I am not the celebrity.  Today, I am the mom of a child who had autism, who has a voice that is willing to shake the ground of those responsible until all of our children are safe from harm.  Pediatricians, you know, take an oath, by the way, when they graduate from medical school.  They really do.  They take an oath to do no harm.  Well, harm has been done.  If you take a look at the history of medicine, this lie has been told before.  Do you remember when smoking was actually good for our health?  Do you remember when autism was blamed on lazy mothers?  We were known as “refrigerator mothers:” cold and uncaring to our children.  Well, take a look around.  I believe science was wrong yet again.  Since last September, I’ve traveled to thirty cities across the country and spoke to nearly fifty-thousand parents face-to-face.  And they all say the same two things to me, the first being, “Thank you, because now people don’t think I’m crazy.”  The second being, “I’ve vaccinated my baby, and he stopped speaking.  Why won’t anyone believe us?”  Even though we do believe vaccines played a major role in our children’s autism, I’d like the media here today to send a message out, loud and clear.  This is not an anti-vaccine rally.  This is not an anti-vaccine group.  We are an intelligent group of parents that acknowledge that vaccines have saved many lives… but the ingredients, like the frickin’ mercury, the ether, the aluminum, the anti-freeze, need to be removed immediately, after we saw the devastating effects it took on our children.  And the fact that the medical community, you know, has come out and said over and over again that mercury has been removed from all the vaccines, it is a lie.  According to the FDA, there are eleven shots that still contain mercury.  Run that on the nightly news, will ya?  When they say there are only trace amounts of mercury, most people don’t know that those trace amounts are above toxic levels for drinking water.  I want parents across the country to realize the only reason—parents who are watching this—the only reason we’ve been shouting and screaming is because we don’t want any more members to join our club.  Parents need to know what is being injected into their child.  Parents need to know to not vaccinate when a child is sick, ‘cause the doctors aren’t telling them.  People need to know that there has never been any safety testing on combinations of vaccines, and yet doctors are giving eight shots at once.  Parents need to know it’s called a “recommended” schedule, not a “mandatory” schedule.  I want to empower parents to educate themselves and take safety back into their own hands.  I know Jim had mentioned the analogy of the canary in the coal mine, and I love it.  Everyone, you know, just parents of kids who have autism, needs to seriously pay attention to their warning.  These children are trying so hard, you guys, trying so hard to show us how to live in a cleaner world.  These kids are here for a reason:  to teach us to eat better, clean up the air, get rid of toxins, because they can’t survive.  I know, I really do know, that this is their main purpose, and I pray that we all start to wake up and collectively change this world into the new world our kids are working so hard to create.  Because these canaries will save the world.  All right, to all you families out there, I am going—look at your tears, you’re so sweet—I’m going to give this moment to you right now.  It’s your moment in the media.  I’ve been kind of your speaker, and person shouting loudest on the speck, but I’ve been doing it for you these past few months, and I wanted to give you today back to you.  So I’m going to have everyone here take a picture of their child, and turn around and face the media, please—and I’ll join you—and show them, show the world the reason we’re here today.  And I’m gonna play a song for us.  [song plays.  Then, so son:] “You’re gonna pull me out—I’ll be right there.”



[to crowd]  That was beautiful, you guys.  I know in my heart, someday this era will be marked as a time in history when a group of parents fought the giants to help save their babies and future generations.  Margaret Mead, the late great sociologist, once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it’s the thing only thing that ever has.”  Thank you!  God bless you all.





Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Captive Agency Phenomenon and Government Fraud
Transcript From: Green Our Vaccines Rally

8500 families
Washington, DC
June 4th, 2008


With Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Robert F. Kennedy Jr,
Boyd Haley PhD, Jay Gordon MD and Jerry Kartzinel MD


Videos available at: http://www.generationrescue.org/green-our-vaccines.html





Robert F. Kennedy, JR.:  Thank you very much.  I’m so happy to see all of you out here today, finally telling the truth to this congress which needs to hear the truth for the first time, and as Boyd Haley says, the press isn’t telling it to them.  You know, the one exception is UPI, that has done a great job, and we need to give them an applause for what they’ve done, ‘cause they’re the only media outlet that is telling the truth on this issue.  I didn’t want to get involved in this issue, I got dragged into this issue because the truth became undeniable to me—and I was working on mercury issues from an environmental standpoint:  coal burning power plants which discharged an enormous amount of mercury, and about eight years ago, the EPA said that in nineteen states, because of mercury discharge from power plants, it is now unsafe to eat any freshwater fish in the state.  In forty-nine states, at least some of the fish are unsafe to eat because of mercury.  In fact, the only state where all the fish are still safe to eat is Wyoming—Dick Cheney’s home state, where the republican-controlled legislature has refused to appropriate the money to test the fish.   In all the other states, at least some, most, or all the fish are unsafe to eat.  Every state on the Atlantic coast has fish advisories; every state in the Gulf coast now has fish advisories; if you eat tuna fish, the FDA will warn you not to eat too much of it; swordfish, all these fish, and why?  Because it causes neurological injury in children.  So the government scientists are acknowledging that even tiny, infinitesimal amounts of mercury—parts per billion—will cause profound neurological injury in children.  And I was working on these issues, and mothers started coming up to me and said, “You know, the biggest exposure is not coming from power plants, or old mining claims, or old mining claims, as you might think.  It’s coming from our own vaccines.”  And they asked me to work on it, and to just look into it.  And they were not hysterical people.  They were scientists, they were doctors, they were psychiatrists, they were pharmacists, they were people that had their feet on the ground.  They had attended the conferences, they had read the scientific literature, they had calmly and deliberately gone through this, and they had reached a conclusion.  And the conclusion was that the vaccines were destroying the health, were making the sickest generation of American children in the history of our country.  And I started looking into it, and somebody provided me with the Simpsonwood memo, which I then published in Rolling Stone.  Simpsonwood was the transcripts of a secret meeting that was held between CDC and seventy-five representatives of the vaccine industry, in which they reviewed a report that CDC had ordered, the Stratton study of the hundred-thousand children in the United States Vaccine Safety Database.  And when they looked at it themselves, they said, “it is impossible—” this is a quote, “It is impossible to massage this data to make the signal go away.  There is no denying that there is a connection between and Thimerosal in the vaccines.  And they said—this is what they said, I didn’t say this, this is their own scientists, their own conclusion of the best doctors, the top people at CDC, the top people in the pharmaceutical industry.  And, you know, when they had this meeting, they had it not in Atlanta, which was the headquarters of the CDC, but at Simpsonwood, at a private conference center, because they believed that that would make them able to insulate themselves from a court request under the Freedom of Information law, and they would not have to disclose the transcripts of these meetings to the public.  Somebody transcribed the meetings, and we were able to get a hold of it.  You have them talking about the Verstratten study and saying there’s a clear link not just with autism but with a whole range of neurological disorders:  speech delay, language delay.  All kind of learning disorders:  ADD; hyperactivity disorder and the injection of these vaccines [sic].  And they could tell because, as you know, vaccine protocols were dramatically increased—when I was a little boy, we only got three vaccines.  But my children, five of my six children, got twenty-two vaccines.  Beginning in 1989—that’s the Thimerosal generation.  That’s the vaccine generation, and it’s the sickest generation in the history of this country.  And I looked at these, I read, and I was astonished, because I have worked on environmental issues for twenty-five years, and I know what “captive agency phenomena” is.  It’s the dynamic by which the regulatory agencies become captured by the industries they’re supposed to regulate.  And there’s all kinds of mechanisms that encourage that, or provoke that, or promote that to happen.  But I was shocked, because I know many of these people in CDC, and I know the people in the FDA, and I know that when they entered those agencies, they entered with a good heart, intending to do the right thing.  But something had corrupted them.  They got sucked into a vortex because they made decisions that were wrong, and instead of admitting it to the public, they covered it up to protect themselves.  And it was very clear, and then I got a hold of the correspondence between the doctors and between CDC, rebuking each other and saying, “why didn’t we look at this?  Why didn’t somebody do a mass loading before we did these, approved these protocols with twenty-two vaccines to these children?  Why didn’t we do this?”  Rebuking themselves, rebuking each other.  And then, the Simpsonwood transcripts, after the first, maybe two hours in which they’re talking about the undeniability of the connection between autism and Thimerosal; the impossibility of massaging the data further in order to try and eliminate those signals.  That’s what they spend the first two hours.  The rest of the meeting they spend talking about, “how do we hide this,” from the press, from the public, and from what they call the “predatory bar:” all the lawyers out there who may represent people who were injured by their negligence.  And the end of that meeting, they make a few decisions.  One is, for Stratton, the man who designed, who constructed the study, is hired the next day by GlaxoSmithKline and shipped off to Switzerland.  And six months later, he sends in a redesigned study that includes cohorts that are—predictably—who are too young to have been diagnosed as autistic.  So he loads the study down, the data down, and they tell the public that they’ve lost all the original data.  This is what CDC says to this day, that it does not know what happened to the original data in the Verstratton study.  And they publish this other study that is a corrupt and crooked what we call “tobacco science,” done by a bunch of “biostitutes, of crooked scientists who are trying to fool the American public.  Then Kathleen Stratton, of CDC and IOM,  says, “what we need is, we need some studies that will disprove the link.”  So, they work with the vaccine industry to gin up these four phony European studies that are done by vaccine industry employees, funded by the vaccine industry, and published in the American Academy of Pediatrics magazine, which receives eighty percent of its revenue from the vaccine industry.  And none of these scientists disclose any of their myriad conflicts, which conventional ethics rules require them to do.  It’s not disclosed.  And these studies—and you know, I’ve made a profession of reading phony science, of junk science, of “tobacco science,” because I see it every day.  I’ve sued over four-hundred polluters, and this how they defend themselves.  They hire these phony scientists, “tobacco scientists,” they produce these phony reports—so I know how to read them.  So I did something that not a single member—you see the press here, and all there?—not a single member of this press corps, I can guarantee you, has ever read any of those studies.  It has not happened.  What they read was the CDC’s description of those studies, which has nothing to do with what’s in the studies.  And you need to read these studies—and I’m talking to you guys, and you need to read them critically, and that woman, I called that woman who wrote that TIME magazine article, and I called the editor of The Washington Post when they said, you know, “well, this is the newest mythology, they’ve removed the Thimerisal from the vaccines and autism rates have not gone down.”  How many times have you read that repeated by these people from the press?  That is an industry talking point that the industry knows is a lie—everybody knows that’s a lie.  The amount of Thimerisal today in the flu vaccines is about sixty percent of what they claim to have removed from all the other pediatric vaccines.  So, I looked at these, I read these studies, and I saw studies that weren’t even good—that wasn’t even high-quality fraud.  It is low—these are low quality fraud, the worst—I mean, anybody, you don’t even need a scientist to advise you and tell you where the fraud is.  And I’ll tell you what they—I’ll  just tell you what one of them, the big one that they all rely on, the Danish study, where they said, okay, in 1992, Denmark banned Thimarosal.  And after that, autism rates continued to climb.  Therefore, there is no association between autism and Thimerosal.  That’s the study.  What they didn’t tell you is that in 1992, Denmark was concerned about the connection between Thimerisal and autism, and about this huge rise in autism, and it began for the first time requiring registering autism as a reported illness in Denmark.  So all the people who had autistic children suddenly had to register them for the first time.  Plus, in Copenhagen, they founded a new clinic to treat autistic kids, which gave people a huge financial incentive and health incentive to register their children.  So it’s the registry that went up, not the incidents of autism that went up.  But they didn’t say that in the study.  They never mention the Copenhagen clinic.  They never mention the change in the rules in Denmark.  They just show you the graphs, of Thimerisal is banned here, and autism continues to go up.  Well, the reason the autism rates rose was because—was an artifact of their data collection processes.  It had nothing to do with the reality on the ground of the occurrence of autism.  So, and you’ve heard all of their other studies, and you know, they all have this guy Paul Offit.  You guys know him?  And he is the poster child for the term “biostitute.”  This a man who has made himself the spokesperson for the vaccine industry.  He portrays himself as an independent scientist, he does not disclose the millions of dollars of transactions.


[break, affected teenager has seizure in the crowd]


Let me just close up by saying this, that—and I started out by saying this—that, you know, they, these people, one of the worst crimes that they’ve done—and, you know, I’ve talked to The New York Times, and I said, you know, “you guys had Judith Miller, you know, talking for a year about the Iraq War, and saying how what a great thing it is and covering up the truth from the government spokespeople.”  And I said, “there’s no difference what you’re doing, and then you had to come out and apologize,” and the Times publically apologized for that.  And I said, “you’re going to have to apologize for this someday, for what you’ve done here.  Because what you’ve done here, that war’s going to cost us three trillion dollars, but the treatment of these children, and cost to our society, from what you have done, from what you are doing to this generation of children, is going to far exceed the cost of the Iraq War.”  And somebody is going to  have to come to terms with that, and ultimately, the American press has completely let down our democracy.  And one of the things you see repeated again and again, is that these are, that the women, you know, who claim that their children—and I’ve gotten now hundreds and hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of letters, and that’s not hyperbole, that’s not exaggeration, from women who had the exact same experience.  They bring a perfectly normal two-year old, who’s exceeded all of their milestones, to the doctor to get—who they trust—to get their pediatric flu shots, their MMR vaccines at the age of two.  They get that shot, the child goes into seizure, develops a fever that night, and over the next three months loses her or his ability to speak, to interact with his brothers and sisters, engages in stereotypical behavior—head-banging screaming, biting—and lose all capacity for social interaction.  And they’ve lost this child, and they watch it happen, and it’s happened thousands and thousands of times, and you hear that story once or twice, and you say, “well, maybe it’s an anomaly,” but you hear it a hundred times, and you have to say, “we’ve got to start looking at this.”  And nobody—the CDC had said, “no, we’re not going to look at it, we’re going to cut off all funds to anybody that wants to look at it.”  Why isn’t the press asking that question?  Why aren’t they asking CDC, “why don’t you study the Amish, like UPI did?  You know, why don’t you study these home-schooled kids?”  Thirty-thousand studied by the UPI, and no autism in that group.  They studied all the Amish in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  There’s only—there should be a hundred and thirty autistic kids.  There are four.  And three of them were adopted after receiving their vaccines, and the fourth one lived downwind of a coal-burning power plant.  So we know what the truth is, and what we’ve got to stop doing is blaming the mothers, which is what they’ve done.  These are not hysterical women.  These are people I—you know, I have a child who has allergies, life-threatening anaphylactic allergies, and asthma.  My wife knows better than any doctor.  She can put her hands on that boy and she knows what’s wrong with him.  She knows if his chest is tightening up, she knows exactly what allergen triggered his allergy. She knows what’s gone wrong with that child, and these mothers know what made their child sick.  Anyway, keep fighting, and ultimately we’ll get these people to move, too.  You’ve got to not just show up here, this is a really important rally, you’ve got to contact your congresspeople and make sure they understand this issue and that they’re going to operate, and let’s not let them go one more day without some legislation banning this stuff and getting it out. 




Deadly Immunity - By Robert F. Kennedy Jr.


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Deadly Immunity

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. investigates the government cover-up of a mercury/autism scandal




Posted Jun 20, 2005 12:00 AM




In June 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials gathered for a meeting at the isolated Simpsonwood conference center in Norcross, Georgia. Convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the meeting was held at this Methodist retreat center, nestled in wooded farmland next to the Chattahoochee River, to ensure complete secrecy. The agency had issued no public announcement of the session -- only private invitations to fifty-two attendees. There were high-level officials from the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration, the top vaccine specialist from the World Health Organization in Geneva and representatives of every major vaccine manufacturer, including GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Wyeth and Aventis Pasteur. All of the scientific data under discussion, CDC officials repeatedly reminded the participants, was strictly "embargoed." There would be no making photocopies of documents, no taking papers with them when they left.


The federal officials and industry representatives had assembled to discuss a disturbing new study that raised alarming questions about the safety of a host of common childhood vaccines administered to infants and young children. According to a CDC epidemiologist named Tom Verstraeten, who had analyzed the agency's massive database containing the medical records of 100,000 children, a mercury-based preservative in the vaccines -- thimerosal -- appeared to be responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and a host of other neurological disorders among children. "I was actually stunned by what I saw," Verstraeten told those assembled at Simpsonwood, citing the staggering number of earlier studies that indicate a link between thimerosal and speech delays, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism. Since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants -- in one case, within hours of birth -- the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.


Even for scientists and doctors accustomed to confronting issues of life and death, the findings were frightening. "You can play with this all you want," Dr. Bill Weil, a consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics, told the group. The results "are statistically significant." Dr. Richard Johnston, an immunologist and pediatrician from the University of Colorado whose grandson had been born early on the morning of the meeting's first day, was even more alarmed. "My gut feeling?" he said. "Forgive this personal comment -- I do not want my grandson to get a thimerosal-containing vaccine until we know better what is going on."


But instead of taking immediate steps to alert the public and rid the vaccine supply of thimerosal, the officials and executives at Simpsonwood spent most of the next two days discussing how to cover up the damaging data. According to transcripts obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, many at the meeting were concerned about how the damaging revelations about thimerosal would affect the vaccine industry's bottom line. "We are in a bad position from the standpoint of defending any lawsuits," said Dr. Robert Brent, a pediatrician at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Delaware. "This will be a resource to our very busy plaintiff attorneys in this country." Dr. Bob Chen, head of vaccine safety for the CDC, expressed relief that "given the sensitivity of the information, we have been able to keep it out of the hands of, let's say, less responsible hands." Dr. John Clements, vaccines advisor at the World Health Organization, declared that "perhaps this study should not have been done at all." He added that "the research results have to be handled," warning that the study "will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group."


In fact, the government has proved to be far more adept at handling the damage than at protecting children's health. The CDC paid the Institute of Medicine to conduct a new study to whitewash the risks of thimerosal, ordering researchers to "rule out" the chemical's link to autism. It withheld Verstraeten's findings, even though they had been slated for immediate publication, and told other scientists that his original data had been "lost" and could not be replicated. And to thwart the Freedom of Information Act, it handed its giant database of vaccine records over to a private company, declaring it off-limits to researchers. By the time Verstraeten finally published his study in 2003, he had gone to work for GlaxoSmithKline and reworked his data to bury the link between thimerosal and autism.


Vaccine manufacturers had already begun to phase thimerosal out of injections given to American infants -- but they continued to sell off their mercury-based supplies of vaccines until last year. The CDC and FDA gave them a hand, buying up the tainted vaccines for export to developing countries and allowing drug companies to continue using the preservative in some American vaccines -- including several pediatric flu shots as well as tetanus boosters routinely given to eleven-year-olds.


The drug companies are also getting help from powerful lawmakers in Washington. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who has received $873,000 in contributions from the pharmaceutical industry, has been working to immunize vaccine makers from liability in 4,200 lawsuits that have been filed by the parents of injured children. On five separate occasions, Frist has tried to seal all of the government's vaccine-related documents -- including the Simpsonwood transcripts -- and shield Eli Lilly, the developer of thimerosal, from subpoenas. In 2002, the day after Frist quietly slipped a rider known as the "Eli Lilly Protection Act" into a homeland security bill, the company contributed $10,000 to his campaign and bought 5,000 copies of his book on bioterrorism. The measure was repealed by Congress in 2003 -- but earlier this year, Frist slipped another provision into an anti-terrorism bill that would deny compensation to children suffering from vaccine-related brain disorders. "The lawsuits are of such magnitude that they could put vaccine producers out of business and limit our capacity to deal with a biological attack by terrorists," says Dean Rosen, health policy adviser to Frist.


Even many conservatives are shocked by the government's effort to cover up the dangers of thimerosal. Rep. Dan Burton, a Republican from Indiana, oversaw a three-year investigation of thimerosal after his grandson was diagnosed with autism. "Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is directly related to the autism epidemic," his House Government Reform Committee concluded in its final report. "This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding a lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal, a known neurotoxin." The FDA and other public-health agencies failed to act, the committee added, out of "institutional malfeasance for self protection" and "misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry."


The story of how government health agencies colluded with Big Pharma to hide the risks of thimerosal from the public is a chilling case study of institutional arrogance, power and greed. I was drawn into the controversy only reluctantly. As an attorney and environmentalist who has spent years working on issues of mercury toxicity, I frequently met mothers of autistic children who were absolutely convinced that their kids had been injured by vaccines. Privately, I was skeptical.


I doubted that autism could be blamed on a single source, and I certainly understood the government's need to reassure parents that vaccinations are safe; the eradication of deadly childhood diseases depends on it. I tended to agree with skeptics like Rep. Henry Waxman, a Democrat from California, who criticized his colleagues on the House Government Reform Committee for leaping to conclusions about autism and vaccinations. "Why should we scare people about immunization," Waxman pointed out at one hearing, "until we know the facts?"


It was only after reading the Simpsonwood transcripts, studying the leading scientific research and talking with many of the nation's pre-eminent authorities on mercury that I became convinced that the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real. Five of my own children are members of the Thimerosal Generation -- those born between 1989 and 2003 -- who received heavy doses of mercury from vaccines. "The elementary grades are overwhelmed with children who have symptoms of neurological or immune-system damage," Patti White, a school nurse, told the House Government Reform Committee in 1999. "Vaccines are supposed to be making us healthier; however, in twenty-five years of nursing I have never seen so many damaged, sick kids. Something very, very wrong is happening to our children."


More than 500,000 kids currently suffer from autism, and pediatricians diagnose more than 40,000 new cases every year. The disease was unknown until 1943, when it was identified and diagnosed among eleven children born in the months after thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931.


Some skeptics dispute that the rise in autism is caused by thimerosal-tainted vaccinations. They argue that the increase is a result of better diagnosis -- a theory that seems questionable at best, given that most of the new cases of autism are clustered within a single generation of children. "If the epidemic is truly an artifact of poor diagnosis," scoffs Dr. Boyd Haley, one of the world's authorities on mercury toxicity, "then where are all the twenty-year-old autistics?" Other researchers point out that Americans are exposed to a greater cumulative "load" of mercury than ever before, from contaminated fish to dental fillings, and suggest that thimerosal in vaccines may be only part of a much larger problem. It's a concern that certainly deserves far more attention than it has received -- but it overlooks the fact that the mercury concentrations in vaccines dwarf other sources of exposure to our children.


What is most striking is the lengths to which many of the leading detectives have gone to ignore -- and cover up -- the evidence against thimerosal. From the very beginning, the scientific case against the mercury additive has been overwhelming. The preservative, which is used to stem fungi and bacterial growth in vaccines, contains ethylmercury, a potent neurotoxin. Truckloads of studies have shown that mercury tends to accumulate in the brains of primates and other animals after they are injected with vaccines -- and that the developing brains of infants are particularly susceptible. In 1977, a Russian study found that adults exposed to much lower concentrations of ethylmercury than those given to American children still suffered brain damage years later. Russia banned thimerosal from children's vaccines twenty years ago, and Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain and all the Scandinavian countries have since followed suit.


"You couldn't even construct a study that shows thimerosal is safe," says Haley, who heads the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. "It's just too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage."


Internal documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed thimerosal, knew from the start that its product could cause damage -- and even death -- in both animals and humans. In 1930, the company tested thimerosal by administering it to twenty-two patients with terminal meningitis, all of whom died within weeks of being injected -- a fact Lilly didn't bother to report in its study declaring thimerosal safe. In 1935, researchers at another vaccine manufacturer, Pittman-Moore, warned Lilly that its claims about thimerosal's safety "did not check with ours." Half the dogs Pittman injected with thimerosal-based vaccines became sick, leading researchers there to declare the preservative "unsatisfactory as a serum intended for use on dogs."


In the decades that followed, the evidence against thimerosal continued to mount. During the Second World War, when the Department of Defense used the preservative in vaccines on soldiers, it required Lilly to label it "poison." In 1967, a study in Applied Microbiology found that thimerosal killed mice when added to injected vaccines. Four years later, Lilly's own studies discerned that thimerosal was "toxic to tissue cells" in concentrations as low as one part per million -- 100 times weaker than the concentration in a typical vaccine. Even so, the company continued to promote thimerosal as "nontoxic" and also incorporated it into topical disinfectants. In 1977, ten babies at a Toronto hospital died when an antiseptic preserved with thimerosal was dabbed onto their umbilical cords.


In 1982, the FDA proposed a ban on over-the-counter products that contained thimerosal, and in 1991 the agency considered banning it from animal vaccines. But tragically, that same year, the CDC recommended that infants be injected with a series of mercury-laced vaccines. Newborns would be vaccinated for hepatitis B within twenty-four hours of birth, and two-month-old infants would be immunized for haemophilus influenzae B and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis.


The drug industry knew the additional vaccines posed a danger. The same year that the CDC approved the new vaccines, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, one of the fathers of Merck's vaccine programs, warned the company that six-month-olds who were administered the shots would suffer dangerous exposure to mercury. He recommended that thimerosal be discontinued, "especially when used on infants and children," noting that the industry knew of nontoxic alternatives. "The best way to go," he added, "is to switch to dispensing the actual vaccines without adding preservatives."


For Merck and other drug companies, however, the obstacle was money. Thimerosal enables the pharmaceutical industry to package vaccines in vials that contain multiple doses, which require additional protection because they are more easily contaminated by multiple needle entries. The larger vials cost half as much to produce as smaller, single-dose vials, making it cheaper for international agencies to distribute them to impoverished regions at risk of epidemics. Faced with this "cost consideration," Merck ignored Hilleman's warnings, and government officials continued to push more and more thimerosal-based vaccines for children. Before 1989, American preschoolers received eleven vaccinations -- for polio, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella. A decade later, thanks to federal recommendations, children were receiving a total of twenty-two immunizations by the time they reached first grade.


As the number of vaccines increased, the rate of autism among children exploded. During the 1990s, 40 million children were injected with thimerosal-based vaccines, receiving unprecedented levels of mercury during a period critical for brain development. Despite the well-documented dangers of thimerosal, it appears that no one bothered to add up the cumulative dose of mercury that children would receive from the mandated vaccines. "What took the FDA so long to do the calculations?" Peter Patriarca, director of viral products for the agency, asked in an e-mail to the CDC in 1999. "Why didn't CDC and the advisory bodies do these calculations when they rapidly expanded the childhood immunization schedule?"


But by that time, the damage was done. At two months, when the infant brain is still at a critical stage of development, infants routinely received three inoculations that contained a total of 62.5 micrograms of ethylmercury -- a level 99 times greater than the EPA's limit for daily exposure to methylmercury, a related neurotoxin. Although the vaccine industry insists that ethylmercury poses little danger because it breaks down rapidly and is removed by the body, several studies -- including one published in April by the National Institutes of Health -- suggest that ethylmercury is actually more toxic to developing brains and stays in the brain longer than methylmercury.


Officials responsible for childhood immunizations insist that the additional vaccines were necessary to protect infants from disease and that thimerosal is still essential in developing nations, which, they often claim, cannot afford the single-dose vials that don't require a preservative. Dr. Paul Offit, one of CDC's top vaccine advisers, told me, "I think if we really have an influenza pandemic -- and certainly we will in the next twenty years, because we always do -- there's no way on God's earth that we immunize 280 million people with single-dose vials. There has to be multidose vials."


But while public-health officials may have been well-intentioned, many of those on the CDC advisory committee who backed the additional vaccines had close ties to the industry. Dr. Sam Katz, the committee's chair, was a paid consultant for most of the major vaccine makers and was part of a team that developed the measles vaccine and brought it to licensure in 1963. Dr. Neal Halsey, another committee member, worked as a researcher for the vaccine companies and received honoraria from Abbott Labs for his research on the hepatitis B vaccine.


Indeed, in the tight circle of scientists who work on vaccines, such conflicts of interest are common. Rep. Burton says that the CDC "routinely allows scientists with blatant conflicts of interest to serve on intellectual advisory committees that make recommendations on new vaccines," even though they have "interests in the products and companies for which they are supposed to be providing unbiased oversight." The House Government Reform Committee discovered that four of the eight CDC advisers who approved guidelines for a rotavirus vaccine "had financial ties to the pharmaceutical companies that were developing different versions of the vaccine."


Offit, who shares a patent on one of the vaccines, acknowledged to me that he "would make money" if his vote eventually leads to a marketable product. But he dismissed my suggestion that a scientist's direct financial stake in CDC approval might bias his judgment. "It provides no conflict for me," he insists. "I have simply been informed by the process, not corrupted by it. When I sat around that table, my sole intent was trying to make recommendations that best benefited the children in this country. It's offensive to say that physicians and public-health people are in the pocket of industry and thus are making decisions that they know are unsafe for children. It's just not the way it works."


Other vaccine scientists and regulators gave me similar assurances. Like Offit, they view themselves as enlightened guardians of children's health, proud of their "partnerships" with pharmaceutical companies, immune to the seductions of personal profit, besieged by irrational activists whose anti-vaccine campaigns are endangering children's health. They are often resentful of questioning. "Science," says Offit, "is best left to scientists."


Still, some government officials were alarmed by the apparent conflicts of interest. In his e-mail to CDC administrators in 1999, Paul Patriarca of the FDA blasted federal regulators for failing to adequately scrutinize the danger posed by the added baby vaccines. "I'm not sure there will be an easy way out of the potential perception that the FDA, CDC and immunization-policy bodies may have been asleep at the switch re: thimerosal until now," Patriarca wrote. The close ties between regulatory officials and the pharmaceutical industry, he added, "will also raise questions about various advisory bodies regarding aggressive recommendations for use" of thimerosal in child vaccines.


If federal regulators and government scientists failed to grasp the potential risks of thimerosal over the years, no one could claim ignorance after the secret meeting at Simpsonwood. But rather than conduct more studies to test the link to autism and other forms of brain damage, the CDC placed politics over science. The agency turned its database on childhood vaccines -- which had been developed largely at taxpayer expense -- over to a private agency, America's Health Insurance Plans, ensuring that it could not be used for additional research. It also instructed the Institute of Medicine, an advisory organization that is part of the National Academy of Sciences, to produce a study debunking the link between thimerosal and brain disorders. The CDC "wants us to declare, well, that these things are pretty safe," Dr. Marie McCormick, who chaired the IOM's Immunization Safety Review Committee, told her fellow researchers when they first met in January 2001. "We are not ever going to come down that [autism] is a true side effect" of thimerosal exposure. According to transcripts of the meeting, the committee's chief staffer, Kathleen Stratton, predicted that the IOM would conclude that the evidence was "inadequate to accept or reject a causal relation" between thimerosal and autism. That, she added, was the result "Walt wants" -- a reference to Dr. Walter Orenstein, director of the National Immunization Program for the CDC.


For those who had devoted their lives to promoting vaccination, the revelations about thimerosal threatened to undermine everything they had worked for. "We've got a dragon by the tail here," said Dr. Michael Kaback, another committee member. "The more negative that [our] presentation is, the less likely people are to use vaccination, immunization -- and we know what the results of that will be. We are kind of caught in a trap. How we work our way out of the trap, I think is the charge."


Even in public, federal officials made it clear that their primary goal in studying thimerosal was to dispel doubts about vaccines. "Four current studies are taking place to rule out the proposed link between autism and thimerosal," Dr. Gordon Douglas, then-director of strategic planning for vaccine research at the National Institutes of Health, assured a Princeton University gathering in May 2001. "In order to undo the harmful effects of research claiming to link the [measles] vaccine to an elevated risk of autism, we need to conduct and publicize additional studies to assure parents of safety." Douglas formerly served as president of vaccinations for Merck, where he ignored warnings about thimerosal's risks.


In May of last year, the Institute of Medicine issued its final report. Its conclusion: There is no proven link between autism and thimerosal in vaccines. Rather than reviewing the large body of literature describing the toxicity of thimerosal, the report relied on four disastrously flawed epidemiological studies examining European countries, where children received much smaller doses of thimerosal than American kids. It also cited a new version of the Verstraeten study, published in the journal Pediatrics, that had been reworked to reduce the link between thimerosal and autism. The new study included children too young to have been diagnosed with autism and overlooked others who showed signs of the disease. The IOM declared the case closed and -- in a startling position for a scientific body -- recommended that no further research be conducted.


The report may have satisfied the CDC, but it convinced no one. Rep. David Weldon, a Republican physician from Florida who serves on the House Government Reform Committee, attacked the Institute of Medicine, saying it relied on a handful of studies that were "fatally flawed" by "poor design" and failed to represent "all the available scientific and medical research." CDC officials are not interested in an honest search for the truth, Weldon told me, because "an association between vaccines and autism would force them to admit that their policies irreparably damaged thousands of children. Who would want to make that conclusion about themselves?"


Under pressure from Congress and parents, the Institute of Medicine convened another panel to address continuing concerns about the Vaccine Safety Datalink Data Sharing program. In February, the new panel, composed of different scientists, criticized the way the VSD had been used in the Verstraeten study, and urged the CDC to make its vaccine database available to the public.


So far, though, only two scientists have managed to gain access. Dr. Mark Geier, president of the Genetics Center of America, and his son, David, spent a year battling to obtain the medical records from the CDC. Since August 2002, when members of Congress pressured the agency to turn over the data, the Geiers have completed six studies that demonstrate a powerful correlation between thimerosal and neurological damage in children. One study, which compares the cumulative dose of mercury received by children born between 1981 and 1985 with those born between 1990 and 1996, found a "very significant relationship" between autism and vaccines. Another study of educational performance found that kids who received higher doses of thimerosal in vaccines were nearly three times as likely to be diagnosed with autism and more than three times as likely to suffer from speech disorders and mental retardation. Another soon-to-be published study shows that autism rates are in decline following the recent elimination of thimerosal from most vaccines.


As the federal government worked to prevent scientists from studying vaccines, others have stepped in to study the link to autism. In April, reporter Dan Olmsted of UPI undertook one of the more interesting studies himself. Searching for children who had not been exposed to mercury in vaccines -- the kind of population that scientists typically use as a "control" in experiments -- Olmsted scoured the Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who refuse to immunize their infants. Given the national rate of autism, Olmsted calculated that there should be 130 autistics among the Amish. He found only four. One had been exposed to high levels of mercury from a power plant. The other three -- including one child adopted from outside the Amish community -- had received their vaccines.


At the state level, many officials have also conducted in-depth reviews of thimerosal. While the Institute of Medicine was busy whitewashing the risks, the Iowa legislature was carefully combing through all of the available scientific and biological data. "After three years of review, I became convinced there was sufficient credible research to show a link between mercury and the increased incidences in autism," says state Sen. Ken Veenstra, a Republican who oversaw the investigation. "The fact that Iowa's 700 percent increase in autism began in the 1990s, right after more and more vaccines were added to the children's vaccine schedules, is solid evidence alone." Last year, Iowa became the first state to ban mercury in vaccines, followed by California. Similar bans are now under consideration in thirty-two other states.


But instead of following suit, the FDA continues to allow manufacturers to include thimerosal in scores of over-the-counter medications as well as steroids and injected collagen. Even more alarming, the government continues to ship vaccines preserved with thimerosal to developing countries -- some of which are now experiencing a sudden explosion in autism rates. In China, where the disease was virtually unknown prior to the introduction of thimerosal by U.S. drug manufacturers in 1999, news reports indicate that there are now more than 1.8 million autistics. Although reliable numbers are hard to come by, autistic disorders also appear to be soaring in India, Argentina, Nicaragua and other developing countries that are now using thimerosal-laced vaccines. The World Health Organization continues to insist thimerosal is safe, but it promises to keep the possibility that it is linked to neurological disorders "under review."


I devoted time to study this issue because I believe that this is a moral crisis that must be addressed. If, as the evidence suggests, our public-health authorities knowingly allowed the pharmaceutical industry to poison an entire generation of American children, their actions arguably constitute one of the biggest scandals in the annals of American medicine. "The CDC is guilty of incompetence and gross negligence," says Mark Blaxill, vice president of Safe Minds, a nonprofit organization concerned about the role of mercury in medicines. "The damage caused by vaccine exposure is massive. It's bigger than asbestos, bigger than tobacco, bigger than anything you've ever seen."


It's hard to calculate the damage to our country -- and to the international efforts to eradicate epidemic diseases -- if Third World nations come to believe that America's most heralded foreign-aid initiative is poisoning their children. It's not difficult to predict how this scenario will be interpreted by America's enemies abroad. The scientists and researchers -- many of them sincere, even idealistic -- who are participating in efforts to hide the science on thimerosal claim that they are trying to advance the lofty goal of protecting children in developing nations from disease pandemics. They are badly misguided. Their failure to come clean on thimerosal will come back horribly to haunt our country and the world's poorest populations.


NOTE: This story has been updated to correct several inaccuracies in the original, published version. As originally reported, American preschoolers received only three vaccinations before 1989, but the article failed to note that they were innoculated a total of eleven times with those vaccines, including boosters. The article also misstated the level of ethylmercury received by infants injected with all their shots by the age of six months. It was 187 micrograms - an amount forty percent, not 187 times, greater than the EPA's limit for daily exposure to methylmercury. Finally, because of an editing error, the article misstated the contents of the rotavirus vaccine approved by the CDC. It did not contain thimerosal. Salon and Rolling Stone regret the errors.


An earlier version of this story stated that the Institute of Medicine convened a second panel to review the work of the Immunization Safety Review Committee that had found no evidence of a link between thimerosal and autism. In fact, the IOM convened the second panel to address continuing concerns about the Vaccine Safety Datalink Data Sharing program, including those raised by critics of the IOM's earlier work. But the panel was not charged with reviewing the committee's findings. The story also inadvertently omitted a word and transposed two sentences in a quote by Dr. John Clements, and incorrectly stated that Dr. Sam Katz held a patent with Merck on the measles vaccine. In fact, Dr. Katz was part of a team that developed the vaccine and brought it to licensure, but he never held the patent. Salon and Rolling Stone regret the errors.


CLARIFICATION: After publication of this story, Salon and Rolling Stone corrected an error that misstated the level of ethylmercury received by infants injected with all their shots by the age of six months. It was 187 micrograms ? an amount forty percent, not 187 times, greater than the EPA's limit for daily exposure to methylmercury. At the time of the correction, we were aware that the comparison itself was flawed, but as journalists we considered it more appropriate to state the correct figure rather than replace it with another number entirely.


Since that earlier correction, however, it has become clear from responses to the article that the forty-percent number, while accurate, is misleading. It measures the total mercury load an infant received from vaccines during the first six months, calculates the daily average received based on average body weight, and then compares that number to the EPA daily limit. But infants did not receive the vaccines as a ?daily average? ? they received massive doses on a single day, through multiple shots. As the story states, these single-day doses exceeded the EPA limit by as much as 99 times. Based on the misunderstanding, and to avoid further confusion, we have amended the story to eliminate the forty-percent figure.


Correction: The story misattributed a quote to Andy Olson, former legislative counsel to Senator Bill Frist. The comment was made by Dean Rosen, health policy adviser to the senator. Rolling Stone and Salon.com regret the error.
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