By: Sinead Dumigan
The hands expected to protect and serve have poisoned the weakest, most vulnerable portion of the population, the children. The American government and drug manufacturers have created anarchy among innocence, transformed children into mere investments, and turned a blind eye to the destruction of the world's future.
The vaccine controversy was first recognized in the late 1980's when autism cases began escalating at a terrifying rate. Further investigation of the matter revealed the common denominator as thimerosal, a preservative (49.6% mercury by weight) used as an antibacterial agent in multi-dose vials of vaccines.
Recommending a schedule of over 30 vaccine doses before the age of two, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) play a dangerous game of Russian roulette with the world's children. Common vaccines such as diphtheria-tetanus-whole-cell-pertussis (DTP), hepatitis b (Hep b), and diphtheria-tetanus-acellular- pertussis (DTaP) all contained thimerosal until at least 1999 and were repeatedly administered, exposing children to dangerous levels of mercury.
Comprised of liars, thieves, and most of all, cowards, the American government has failed its people in every sense of the word by maliciously dismissing scientific evidence of thimerosal's toxicity and allowing the youngest, most defenseless portion of society to fall victim to political warfare.
Developed in 1929 by Eli Lilly & Co. thimerosal, or ethylmercury, was used to kill bacteria and fungus that breed when vaccine vials are penetrated more than once, hence multi-dose vials.
The autism epidemic could have been stopped in 1931 when Lilly's initial safety test was documented. The study was conducted by injecting 22 terminal meningitis patients with the serum and concluded thimerosal was "non-toxic" since no adverse side effects were reported. What the final report did not say is the subjects were specifically chosen by Lilly because they knew not one person would live long enough to confirm the true nature of the beast.
Another major drug manufacturer, Pittman-Moore, tested the preservative in 1935 on dogs and declared thimerosal as "unsatisfactory as a serum intended for use on dogs" (Kennedy, 2005, The Story).
Although one would think such findings warranted further investigation, it would take decades before the FDA even began to question thimerosal's risks. When evidence of toxicity did begin to surface, officials ignored the facts and became even more vigilant, as admitting guilt would leave members open to paralyzing repercussions- both legal and financial.
Though thimerosal continued to be studied and found hazardous, government officials did little to protect the public and actually aided in society's demise by supplying developing countries with thimerosal-containing vaccines (TCV's) after they had been banned from American vaccines, an action that would soon prove perilous, as the autism epidemic would no longer be confined to the United States.
Once thought of as an "American disease", autism was considered rare and affected approximately 1 in every 10,000 children, as compared to 1 in every 166 children today (The Autism Autoimmunity Project, 2005). The disorder was first diagnosed in 1943 amid 11 children born in the months following thimerosal's debut and is best described as a brain disorder that affects the development of social and communication skills, leaving those affected with little chance for a normal life.
Specific characteristics of autism include the inability to make eye contact, unexplained changes in mood, delayed speech, repetitive behavior, and incapability to tolerate changes in light, sound, and overall environment; which, Bernard et al. recently studied and concluded they "... have shown that every major characteristic of autism has been exhibited in at least several cases of documented mercury poisoning" (Generation Rescue, 2005, Discussion).
The exact cause of autism has yet to be found, but after watching history unfold, some believe they know why autism rates have shown such drastic increases.
One could argue the current epidemic is nothing more than a case of better diagnosing on doctors' parts and better recognition by the public. At first glance, such possibilities seem reasonable. Nevertheless, as said by one of the world's authorities on mercury poisoning, Dr. Boyd Haley, "If the epidemic is truly an artifact of poor diagnosis, then where are all the twenty-one-year-old autistics?" (Kennedy, 2005, The Story)
The statistics show the explosion is restricted to a single generation of children, so to say poor diagnosis in the past is to blame could not justify such an occurrence.
Another proposed theory is autism is caused by mercury, but since Americans have been exposed to mercury from contaminated fish, coal-burning power plants, and dental fillings, the TCV's may not be solely responsible for the amplified autism rates.
This theory is more rational, but mercury poisoning from these sources has been documented as far back as the 1800's, while "autism" was only recognized in the 1940's. This alone should have raised some concern about its safety, but regrettably, it was overlooked and dismissed as yet another coincidence.
What cannot be ignored, on the other hand, are the actual instances where American drug companies like Merck and Glaxo-Smith-Kline began marketing TCV's to developing countries and resulted in a sudden boom of autism reports, such as those reported in Indonesia, India, and Argentina.
Author Evelyn Pringle describes one shocking example of such an occurrence:
... A good example is China, ... On August 11, 2004, the official Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported that children suffering with autism in that country had suddenly skyrocketed. In a few short years, the number of reported cases jumped from nearly nothing to some 1.8 million children in 2004. (Generation Rescue, 2005, Fact #16)
In an innovative study, Dan Olmstead traveled to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and surveyed the Amish community who do not believe in vaccinating their young. With the national rate of autism taken into consideration there should have been 130 autistics; Olmstead found only 3 cases, two of them had received their vaccinations (Schulman, 2005).
The backlash of thimerosal has been seen across the globe, but American statistics show the severity of ethylmercury's impact and how the future of the country has been critically jeopardized.
The FDA and CDC carelessly added dose after dose to the vaccine schedule without calculating the levels of mercury each child was being exposed to. In 1991, three additional TCV's were added to the schedule, tripling the exposure concentrations and injecting children with extremely dangerous amounts of thimerosal. By 1999, children were receiving twenty-two doses of ethylmercury before they entered the first grade.
The Department of Education conducted a study from 1992/1993 to 2004/2005 showing the percentage increases of children aged 6-21 with autism. Illinois entered the analysis with 5 cases, but increased 139,000% to 6,995 by the time the study was complete. Maryland started off with 28 cases and ended with 4,077, Nevada went from 5 cases to 1,118, while Oregon escalated 11,632% from having 37 autistics to 4,341 (The Autism Autoimmunity Project, 2005).
Even government members had to admit, "We don't see that kind of genetic change in 30 years" (Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information, 2000).
"The 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," told by Rep. Dan Burton, of the House Government Reform Committee, as he added that public-health agencies failed to operate out of "institutional malfeasance for self protection... misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry" (Pringle, 2006).
The studies supporting a link between thimerosal and developmental disorders are endless and were available at any given time, the government made a conscious decision to abandon integrity and focus more on saving reputations rather than lives.
Thimerosal's toxicity can be seen as far back as WWII when the Department of Defense required Lilly to label the vaccines as "poison" when shipping overseas for soldiers and a 1967 study in Applied Microbiology found the chemical to be deadly when incorporated into mice's vaccines.
What's more is that in 1971, the developer who originally claimed ethylmercury to be safe, and ultimately began thimerosal's reign of terror, conducted another study that found the preservative to be "'toxic to tissue cells' in concentrations as low as one part per million- 100 times weaker than the concentration in a typical vaccine" (Kennedy, 2005, The Story).
A 1977 Russian study exposed adults to weaker concentrations than normally used in American childhood vaccines and found the subjects continued to show signs of brain damage years after being exposed.
Russia, along with Japan, Austria, Denmark and Great Britain, is one of the countries smart enough to ban the drug, over 20 years ago, before it had a chance to cause serious damage.
Also in 1977, a hospital in Toronto sadly became the final resting place of ten newborn babies when their umbilical cords were cleaned with an antiseptic containing thimerosal, which Lilly had established as toxic six years before the company even began manufacturing such disinfectants leaving one to question, yet again, how this product passed FDA standards of safety.
More recently, a study was conducted by the father and son research team, Mark and David Geier, showing a constant increase in both reported autism and speech disorder cases until 2002, which coincides with years thimerosal openly thrived, and began a steady decrease thereafter (Geier & Geier, 2006).
The signs are everywhere, but the government simply will not stand defeated, leaving innocent babies to carry the cross created by spineless officials.
Although officials are adamant when professing thimerosal's safety, in the early 1980's the FDA proposed a ban on thimerosal being used in over the counter ointments as officials suspected it to be toxic and generally useless, but officials waited 16 years after recognizing the products were unsafe to actually enforce the ban.
What is even more enraging is that the in the same year, 1991, that the FDA proposed a ban on using thimerosal in animal vaccines due to possible toxicity, the same group recommended an additional three TCV's be added to the childhood vaccine schedule.
The government knew what was going on and a warning from one of Merck's founding members, Dr. Maurice Hilleman, confirmed this when he said that administering the shots to six-month-olds would expose infants to dangerous levels of mercury. He suggested terminating thimerosal "...especially when used on infants and children" (Kennedy, 2005, The Story).
This is a recommendation straight from a major player in the drug industry and the government still expects the public to believe they were not aware of the impairment caused by the chemical.
The American government has been able to evade taking responsibility for far too long by producing reports claiming thimerosal's safety, or more commonly, that "further investigation" was needed to reach a conclusion.
Dr. Marie McCormick chaired the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee in 2001 and was overheard commenting on how the CDC "...wants us to declare that these things are, well, pretty safe..." (Schulman, 2006). Almost convincing, but not quite.
Perhaps a turning point in the government's scheme was the notorious CDC study in 2000. Tom Verstraeten, the groups top epidemiologist at the time, and two of his collegues conducted a study that displayed a significant link between TCV's and the onset of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Among the horrendous testimony, the panel concluded they:
"... have found statistically significant relationships between the exposures and outcomes... Exposure at six months of age, an attention deficit disorder. Exposure at one, three, and six months of age, language and speech delays... Exposures at one, three, and six months of age, the entire category of neurodevelopmental delays, which includes all of these plus a number of other disorders." (Verstraeten et al., 2000)
In light of the adverse report, a secret meeting was held to discuss, and more so, conceal what the group had revealed. This meeting consisted of members of the CDC, FDA, representatives from major drug companies, scientists, and other persons of interest and would soon come to be known as the infamous Simpsonwood meeting.
Dr. Rhodes, a statistician in the National Immunization Program, shed light on the way research is conducted within the government when he said, "... I think some times we make choices too soon in our analyses. We conceptualize the problem very quickly and then everything else kind of depends on those initial choices and we don't always go down other pathways" (Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information, 2000). This validates fears of bias research and explains why thimerosal was accepted for so long.
This meeting is direct proof that something is horribly wrong and the government is more than conscious of the problem, but officials' concerns are not for the millions of stolen lives or shattered dreams.
Dr. Brent summed it up when he said, "The medical/legal findings in this study, causal or not, are horrendous... we are in a bad position from the standpoint of defending any lawsuits if they were initiated and I am concerned" (Scientific Review of Vaccine Safety Datalink Information, 2000).
Concealment attempts even went as far as Verstraeten's original study winding up "lost" and the CDC paying the IOM to conduct a second study to exclude thimerosal as the cause of the disorders.
A sinister disregard for human life was displayed as American officials unleashed a government controlled autism pandemic ashed upon the weakest souls in society.
Officials could be simply negligent, as some claim, but a USA Today analyses shows the reasoning behind the government's methodical procrastination when it came to banning thimerosal from children's vaccines.
Between 1998 and 2000, the FDA held 159 advisory committee meetings and found "At 92% of the meetings, at least one member had a financial conflict of interest. At least one committee member had a financial stake in the topic under review at 146 of 159 ... meetings... At the 102 meetings dealing with the fate of a specific drug, 33% of the experts had a financial conflict" (Pringle, 2006).
The problem lies not in a lack of knowledge, but a surplus of opportunity. As long as there are infectious diseases to be fought, government officials and drug manufacturers will stand united and profit from fears and misfortunes.
The world needs to realize the government does not always, or even half the time, have the public's best interests in mind.
Let us not forget the tragedy known as "Pinks Disease" where millions of infants were scarred or killed before the previously FDA accepted mercury based teething powder, calomel (84.98% mercury Hg), was undeniably proven toxic.
The concept of such betrayal is almost impossible to comprehend, but alas, in order for the assailants to be held responsible and to ensure history will not repeat itself again, the public must not feed into the deceptive claims made by officials. The world is not as it should be and this becomes painstakingly obvious when the government is waging war on the only people who remain untainted, the children.
Updated: May 23, 2011