Monday, June 20, 2005

Government Covered Up Autism Facts to Protect Drug Companies

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Salon: "When a study revealed that mercury in childhood vaccines may have caused autism in thousands of kids, the government rushed to conceal the data -- and to prevent parents from suing drug companies for their role in the epidemic."
"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."
"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 flatly that the study "should not have been done at all" and warned that the results "will be taken by others and will be used in ways beyond the control of this group. The research results have to be handled."

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIn 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."

Write your congressional representative now. Tell them that if they do not investigate this coverup then they support disabling children.

Think of it like this. If someone came into your house, beat your child bloody, then went outside and told the world that they would be looking into the cause of your child's mysterious bruises, contusions, and bleeding wounds, what would you feel? What would you do?

Your government rushed to protect drug companies as part of the Homeland Security Act: "A short provision at the end of the act, added quietly just days before its passage, exempts Eli Lilly and other firms from direct civil litigation over whether vaccine additives cause autism. Parents suing on behalf of their autistic children are shunted to a federal "vaccine court," where damages are capped. Conveniently, in late November 2002 the Justice Department also requested that the court seal documents relating to hundreds of the lawsuits, complicating the cases for plaintiffs."


modpez said...

"Since the 1930's, thimerosal has been added to some vaccines and other products because it is effective in killing bacteria and in preventing bacterial contamination, particularly in multi-dose containers."
question: i believe that most of us have been exposed to vaccines containing themerosal. does the rise in autism match more vaccines given to children? earlier vaccinations?

Anonymous said...

thimerosal was added to vaccines in the 1980s, the rise of autism cases correlates with the addition of thimerosal. one of the leading additives in thimerosal is mercury. while mercury is bad for almost all living organism, it is particularly damaging to young children who seem to suffer from the effects of the mercury at greater rates than adults who may get thimerosal.

autism is a new diagnosis, quite like the rise of ADHD. some people argue those coniditions have always been with us but we have been unable to identify them til now. others say this is false.

modpez said...

this is where i got the statement on the first comment. (should have included the link, sorry). i am not questioning the rise of autism and ADHD, or the connection between these conditions and mercury. i am curious about the amount of themerosal recieved in childhood after the by those born in the 40s.