Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Vol.
8 No. 16
Weldon Tries to Whistle-Blow CDC's Alleged Puppeting of IOM on Mercury Letter
calls on CDC Director Gerberding for a time-out to let research smoke to
Dave Weldon is a Member of Congress from Florida and a physician. He
has done much public head scratching lately over alleged CDC's
self-protective antics over mercury research and autism. A copy of his
letter was released today.
Dear Dr. Gerberding: I am writing to ask that you post-pone the
February 9, 2004, Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review
Committee meeting. Pressing forward with this meeting at this time, I
believe, will further undermine the credibility of the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC) on matters of vaccine safety and do damage to the reputation of
the IOM. I believe the proposed date of this meeting, which you have the
ability to change, is in the best interests of no one who is seeking the
truth about a possible association between vaccines and neurodevelopmental
disorders, including autism.
Recent actions and statements by officials within the CDCís National
Immunization Program (NIP) office, the timing of the IOM meeting, and the
agenda for the IOM meeting raise serious questions about the purpose, value
and objectives of this meeting. Presently, the NIP is engaged in what
amounts to an investigation of their own actions, which does not create an
air of confidence.
The actions of the CDC regarding their November 3, 2003, article in
Pediatrics raise serious concerns about the objectivity of the CDCís top
vaccine safety officials and the value of their input on this issue. They are
the very ones driving the IOM meeting and agenda. On the day the
Pediatrics study was released, a top CDC researcher and a coauthor of the
study was quick to declare in news articles that appeared across this nation,
"The final results of the study show no statistical association between
thimerosal vaccines and harmful health outcomes in children, in particular
autism and attention-deficit disorder." Unfortunately, the study does nothing
of the sort, and when called to account eight weeks later, this CDC official
was forced to recant. When asked if the children in the study were too young
to have received an autism diagnosis, this coauthor stated that yes they were
too young. He went on to admit that the study also likely mislabeled young
autistic children as having other disabilities thus masking the number of
children with autism.
There are a host of other flaws in the study that are raised in the attached
articles and letters to Pediatrics, which I urge you to personally review.
The CDCís top vaccine officials spent four years developing this study,
and it is a seriously flawed study by their own admission. The fact that the
CDCís top vaccine safety research officials produced such a seriously flawed
study does not build confidence in the ability of the CDC to conduct proper
vaccine safety monitoring or investigations of past decisions. Even worse,
some critics have leveled serious charges that perhaps officials within the
NIP manipulated data to "disprove" a theory they find objectionable. A review
of the NIPís July 2000 Simpsonwood meeting, the various iterations of the
Pediatrics study, and internal e-mails appear to give support to this claim.
In his December 17, 2003, letter to Pediatrics, Dr. Neal Halsey
outlined a number of concerns about the study. Furthermore, in extensive
discussions my staff has held with the CDC, your staff made it clear that the
CDC will not hand over - to already approved independent researchers - the
raw data used by CDC in developing the Pediatrics study. CDC is providing
only limited access to the altered data. The NIPís failure to provide the raw
data for reviewing only raises further suspicions. It appears to me not
only as a Member of Congress but also as a physician that some officials
within the CDCís NIP may be more interested in a public relations campaign
than getting to the truth about thimerosal. At present, I have lost
confidence in the ability of officials at the CDC to give an honest
evaluation of the matters at hand. It is not just me raising these concerns
about public confidence, but also Dr. Neal Halsey who in his letter conveys
his concerns about loss of confidence in the NIP.
Further eroding the CDCís objectivity is the apparent bias in the
information shared with the public on the CDCís NIP website. A review of the
information on the website regarding possible associations between thimerosal
and autism and the MMR and autism demonstrates a clear bias
towards building confidence in the safety of vaccines rather than providing
an objective presentation of the data. The CDCís website presents a very
selective reporting of the science. The information provided to the public
generally ignores and discounts studies raising safety concerns while
focusing instead on highlighting epidemiology studies favoring their
Given these concerns, the CDCís contributions to the IOM discussion
would be viewed as suspect and non-objective. Furthermore, the fact that
this meeting is being held at this time and according to the parameters put
forth by the NIP officials is disturbing. I have already heard concerns
expressed by those in the general public that the timing of this meeting is
being driven by a desire to short-circuit important research and draw
premature conclusions. If the purpose of this meeting is to seriously
consider and address these concerns, then this will not be accomplished.
I have reviewed the research recommendations set forth in the IOMís
earlier reports on these issues. The federal government has invested very few
resources into examining these areas of research. Furthermore, the research
that has been conducted to date by the NIP seems to be tainted by a desire to
disprove a theory that they find objectionable.
Additionally, I am concerned that the agenda set forth in the meeting
is inadequate and incomplete. With respect to the MMR/autism concerns, the
IOM is dedicating one hour. Two witnesses are woefully inadequate to update
the committee on the research to date. The time set aside for a discussion of
epidemiology relating to thimerosal and autism is heavily biased against
those who have raised these concerns and will not allow for a fair and
balanced discussion of the literature. The time set aside for a discussion of
the biological mechanisms of thimerosal and autism is inadequate to allow a
full discussion of the issue. To consider two issues of such significance in
only seven hours does not serve the public interest. To the outside observer
it does not appear to be a serious effort to examine these critical issues.
Any conclusions drawn from this meeting, including any report issued, will be
viewed as suspect given the very limited time dedicated to examining very
Again, I am very concerned that the drive to conduct this meeting at
this time and force a report by this summer may not only further undermine
confidence in the CDC, but it may also harm the IOMís very good reputation.
I ask that you give these concerns your highest consideration and that you
postpone the meeting until after additional research has been conducted.
Given the slow pace of research and lack of federal support for this
research, conducting this meeting prior to late 2004 to early 2005 is
premature. The value of any such report at this time would be very limited.
We must give the research time to progress if the report is to give
meaningful insight into this matter.
The Age of Autism: 'The first casualty'
By DAN OLMSTED
UPI Senior Editor
WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- The only medical doctor in the U.S. House of
Representatives delivered a harsh judgment this week on public health
authorities whose job is making sure vaccinations are as safe as humanly
"Federal agencies charged with overseeing vaccine safety research have failed,"
said Rep. David Weldon, R-Fla. "They have failed to provide sufficient resources
for vaccine safety research. They have failed to fund extramural research. And,
they have failed to free themselves from conflicts of interest that serve to
undermine confidence in the safety of vaccines.
"The American public deserves better, and increasingly parents and the public at
large are demanding better."
Weldon concentrated his fire on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
which recommends the childhood immunization schedule through its Advisory
Committee on Immunization Practices -- and has conducted numerous studies that
find no association between vaccines and serious health problems, particularly
But Weldon said the federal government in total has failed to do its job.
"Several issues relating to vaccine safety have persisted for years. The
response from public health authorities has been largely defensive from the
outset, and the studies plagued by conflicts of interest."
It should be noted the CDC stands behind its research and that last year it
separated its Immunization Safety Office from the National Immunization Program.
Weldon says that's simply not enough to ensure impartial, aggressive
Weldon introduced a bill -- co-sponsored by Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. -- that
would create a new agency of vaccine safety that reports to the secretary of
health and human services; require research to be independent of any
vaccine-related decisions; and establish an 18-member advisory committee to
create a vaccine research agenda. At least one-third of the committee would be
made up of people with vaccine injuries or a vaccine-injured child.
Given the realities of the legislative calendar, Weldon told me, he's hoping to
build support and hold hearings this fall on the measure and re-introduce it in
the new Congress that convenes in January.
Weldon's approach is wide-ranging. For one thing, he's not putting all his eggs
in the mercury-equals-autism basket, so to speak -- he's not asking for more
research solely to determine whether the mercury-based preservative thimerosal
triggered a huge rise in autism diagnoses in the 1990s.
While that question has been the focus of attention -- and properly so, given
the government's own decision to phase out thimerosal from routine childhood
immunizations beginning in 1999 -- there is the prospect that other vaccine
ingredients, and other side effects, may be insidiously at work.
"There are unresolved questions about the MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine
that arose in 1998 that should be fully investigated," Weldon said.
Indeed, this column recently reported on a cluster of cases in Olympia, Wash.,
that suggest a possible risk of autism from getting MMR and chickenpox shots too
close together in a susceptible subset of children.
One of the children diagnosed with autism was in a clinical trial of a new
vaccine combining all four of those live-virus vaccines, including 10 times as
much chickenpox component as the standalone chickenpox vaccine. The
manufacturer, Merck & Co., acknowledged that case -- and another from a similar
trial in Olympia involving an experimental chickenpox vaccine given at the same
time as the MMR -- was not reported to the FDA until March.
That was the same month we first inquired about the cases -- and six months
after the new vaccine, called ProQuad, was approved by the FDA for all children
12 months to 12 years old.
Merck, like other vaccine manufacturers, mainstream medical groups and public
health authorities, says there is no association between vaccines and autism.
Weldon's bill would put that assertion to the test -- without the conflicts he
says make such assurances suspect.
Beyond autism, a range of concerns are "out there" about the childhood
immunization schedule, which has expanded greatly over the past two decades and
now includes a Hepatitis B shot on the day of birth and the prospect of more
combinations and components in coming years.
Few argue against the basic premise of mass vaccination against deadly diseases.
The legitimate public-policy question is whether the authorities have gotten the
details wrong -- vaccinating too soon against too many illnesses, not all of
them life-threatening or likely to afflict children, and undertaking too little
independent surveillance of possible unintended consequences.
From that perspective, it was hard to ignore the convergence of events at the
Capitol Thursday morning -- as Weldon spoke, members were awaiting the arrival
of the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, to address a joint session.
In the new book "Fiasco" about the Iraq war by Washington Post Pentagon
Correspondent Thomas E. Ricks, the failure of public officials to properly gauge
the real risks and potential rewards of the invasion are laid out in devastating
"None of this was inevitable," Ricks writes. "It was made possible only through
the intellectual acrobatics of simultaneously 'worst-casing' the threat
presented by Iraq and 'best-casing' the subsequent cost and difficulty of
occupying the country."
That made me go back and dig out a paper titled "From Safety Last To Children
First," by Mark Blaxill of the group SafeMinds and Barbara Loe Fisher, president
of the National Vaccine Information Center. It was submitted to a CDC panel on
vaccine safety in 2004.
"The obvious concern is that benefits may be overstated and that risks will be
suppressed," they wrote in terms that eerily echo Ricks'. And they made the war
analogy explicit, citing "a mission of fighting a 'war on disease' that
disregards the secondary and tertiary consequences of war and views innocent
children as inevitable consequences."
"The language of conflict -- the 'war on disease,' 'combating the causes of
epidemics,' 'fighting emerging infections' -- is closely connected to the
language of military power and, of course, 'Disease Control.' History teaches us
that when government officials are determined to fight a war, any war, truth can
be the first casualty."
It would be ironic if the same patterns that led to a foreign policy "fiasco"
were at work in domestic health policy. Weldon's bill is a first step toward
finding out -- and making sure, if that did happen, it gets fixed before more
casualties pile up.
Controversy over autism eats at credibility of CDC
Alison Young - Staff
Thursday, April 6, 2006
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rarely the subject of public
controversy, is facing an emerging credibility crisis on the emotional issue of
whether old-style vaccines containing a mercury preservative caused autism in
thousands of children.
The agency is being accused of cover-ups and scientific manipulations by vocal
advocates of autism awareness. It also is facing questions from some
high-profile members of Congress.
As the debate and controversy increasingly find their way into pediatricians'
offices, average parents of healthy children are questioning whether vaccines
are safe, sometimes even refusing inoculations.
The CDC and other public health officials insist such questions lack a basis in
fact or science. Their greatest concern is that the broadening debate holds the
potential to put a new generation of children at certain risk of deadly diseases
if confidence in the safety of vaccines is lost and they don't receive
"I think it's huge," said Dr. Julia McMillan, a member of the American Academy
of Pediatrics committee that makes vaccine recommendations. "There's no
pediatrician in practice that doesn't confront this on a weekly basis: families
who are questioning the need for --- and in some cases refusing --- vaccines for
But the academy and the CDC are in agreement. They say there is no evidence to
support a connection between autism and the mercury-based preservative
thimero-sal, which they stress is no longer used in most pediatric vaccines.
"We simply don't know what the cause of autism is," Dr. Robert Davis, the CDC's
director of immunization safety, said Wednesday. Nonetheless, the CDC is at the
center of criticism.
A full-page ad scheduled to run in today's editions of USA Today, the nation's
largest circulation newspaper, accuses the CDC of "causing an epidemic of
autism" by recommending that children receive a series of vaccines that until
2001 contained thimerosal.
The ad, placed by various advocacy groups, quotes environmental lawyer Robert F.
Kennedy Jr. as saying: "It's time for the CDC to come clean with the American
But what stings public health advocates more is a letter sent Feb. 22 by Sen.
Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and seven other members of Congress. The bipartisan
group asks that the CDC not take the lead on a new study examining the
"If the federal government is going to have a study whose results will be
broadly accepted, such a study cannot be led by the CDC," the group wrote Dr.
David Schwartz, new director of the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences. The institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, will
convene a panel in May to discuss how to analyze a key CDC database to determine
whether autism rates have dropped since thimerosal was removed from vaccines.
The letter was also signed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Dave Weldon
(R-Fla.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Dan
Burton (R-Ind.), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y,) and Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.).
Agency officials said Wednesday they are proud of the CDC's work on thimerosal
safety issues and that they have looked hard to find a link as well as to find
any other cause of autism.
"It was an unfortunate choice of language," Davis said of the Lieberman letter.
"They and everyone else are certainly entitled to their opinion. We stand by all
the research we have done."
Public health officials who work with the CDC are more blunt.
"I think it's shocking," said Dr. Martin Myers, executive director of the
National Network for Immunization Information and a professor of pediatrics at
the University of Texas medical branch in Galveston.
"The loss of public trust in one of the most extraordinary institutions in the
world. I'm not quite sure how that has occurred, but it has, and that's one of
the unfortunate consequences," Myers said.
The controversy, which erupted as a rally was scheduled on Capitol Hill today in
conjunction with National Autism Month, is gaining political traction. It is
moving well beyond an initial core of autism activists, the CDC amd public
health and congressional officials all agree.
There are many parents of autistic children who believe, as do most
pediatricians and scientists, that there is no scientific evidence that
thimerosal caused autism and other neurological disorders. That issue was
settled for most in a widely publicized 2004 report by an expert panel convened
by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.
But the report has been the subject of controversy and intense scrutiny since it
Parents of many autistic children insist that thimerosal caused the disorder,
because it appeared around the time their children received vaccinations. Their
advocates also point to what they say is intriguing new research in animal
models indicating that some individuals may be more sensitive to thimerosal than
others. Martin Cowen, whose family lives in Jonesboro, is one such parent.
Cowen is convinced thimerosal-containing vaccines caused his son Lindsey's
autism. Lindsey, who turned 8 last week, does not speak, has not been toilet
trained and cannot be allowed outdoors without being restrained for fear he'll
run into traffic, his father said.
Cowen is highly skeptical of the CDC, a position shared by a cohort of parents
and advocates across the country.
"An enormous effort is being made to deny the connection," he said of the CDC.
"What do I think their motive is? They are very interested in having the herd
vaccinated. . . . They don't think of people as people suffering individually.
It's the greatest good for the greatest number."
The National Immunization Program, run by the CDC, coordinates immunization
activities across the country. Increasing the rate of immunization against
disease is a cornerstone of public health.
At the same time, the CDC also is charged with monitoring vaccine safety. It's
an inherent conflict of interest, said Weldon, a doctor before he was elected to
"They really do have a credibility problem," said Weldon, who serves on the
committee that decides the CDC's budget. "Part of the credibility problem is
it's asking them to investigate a problem that they may have created."
Weldon became involved in the thimerosal issue seven years ago. "Honestly, at
first I was very dubious," he said. "As I looked at it more and more, I began to
feel there is some validity to this."
Weldon said the recent interest by Lieberman and others on Capitol Hill is a
sign the issue is gaining currency. Lieberman was unavailable for comment.
The controversy and public debate is likely to be further fueled by the
full-page ad being paid for by a coalition of the autism activist groups led by
Generation Rescue. The ad promotes a sophisticated Web site, www.PutChildren
First.org, which includes links to CDC documents, e-mails and transcripts the
groups say support their contention of an agency cover-up.
CDC spokesman Glen Nowak said many of the documents on the site have been in the
public domain for years, and are presented out of context and in ways that may
"look quite ominous" when they're not.
"It's a very challenging issue," he said. The CDC is bracing for a spike in
calls today from parents with questions and is increasing staffing at its public
help line, 1-800-232-4636.
This advertisement, scheduled to run in today's USA Today newspaper, complains
that the CDC has covered up the connection between childhood vaccines and
JUST THE FACTS
A neurological disorder that causes problems with communication skills and the
ability to have normal social interactions. Autism and related autism spectrum
disorders (ASD) cover a range of symptoms that can vary from mild to severe.
The cause is unknown, affecting more boys than girls.
There is no count of how many people have autism in the United States. Estimates
range from 1 in 500 to 1 in 166 children who have autism or an autism spectrum
disorder, roughly 24,000 children each year.
A preservative widely used to prevent bacterial growth in vaccines until the
late 1990s. It contains mercury.
Mercury, at high levels, is known to damage the nervous system. But its effect
at low levels is unclear.
In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Public Health Service and
the American Academy of Family Physicians issued a joint statement concluding
that while there was no evidence of harm from the use of thimerosal in vaccines,
it should be removed from pediatric vaccines as a precaution.
Except for some influenza vaccines, thimerosal has been removed from most
vaccines routinely given to children age 6 and younger.
Sources: CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology
Program, and the Autism Society of America.
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December 5, 2006
Flu Vaccines - Open Season
For all the frantic, unvaccinated citizens fearing the "upcoming" peak of flu
season-rest assured, coming down with a flu infection is the least of your
Despite the governments statements urging individuals to vaccinate their
children, the threat of an infantile influenza fatality is just about as serious
as the dreaded hangnail.
Nonetheless, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently
declared November 27 to December 3 as National Influenza Vaccination Week. The
order stems from the governments "concern" that infection rates will soon come
to a season high and, as having the flu is such a dire condition within the
general population, the well-being of society rests on mass inoculation.
In fact, government agents are so adamant about protecting the nation that new
recommendations have been made concerning vaccine administration, which, by the
way, only protects against three specific strains of the countless,
ever-evolving strains of the virus.
According to a November CDC publication, children less than two years of age are
at high risk for infections and therefore, advocate ALL children aged 6 months
to 18 years, in addition to pregnant women, be inoculated at least once a year.
Furthermore, if children under 9 years of age are getting injections for the
first time, they are advised to receive two shots a month apart. CDC members say
vaccinations should be administered in October or November, but since infections
can occur as late as April "getting the vaccine in December or later still
offers protection in most [I repeat, most] years."
That being said, one has to question why the Health Industry Distributors
Association's (HIDA) April publishing states that demands for flu vaccines are
highest in September and October "despite the public campaign to stretch flu
shot 'season' into January."
Weird...there must be a mistake somewhere; surely these decisions result from
valid scientific studies, as well as endless hours of analyses and discussion
regarding the best interests of the public.
Comforting maybe, but accurate-not so much.
Despite lack of publicity, programs have been in place for almost 20 years now
that acknowledge vaccine injuries; the National Vaccine Injury Compensation
Program (VICP) was launched in 1988 as a means of "reimbursing" patients'
adversely affected by inoculations, as if any amount of money can make up for a
lifetime of suffering or more so, the death of a child. In addition, two years
subsequent, the CDC and FDA created the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)
so affected individuals or their representatives can report negative reactions
occurring post-vaccination, which currently contains hundreds of thousands of
Currently circulating flu vaccines contain the mercury-based preservative
thimerosal. As if further explanation is needed, mercury is a horrible
neurotoxin with a toxicity level 1000x higher than that of lead. Previously
banned from over-the-counter products, animal vaccines, and ironically, in some
states every other vaccine given to children, thimerosal remains in full
concentration in flu vaccines.
Knowing that mercury levels in drinking water cannot exceed 2 parts per billion
(ppb) without being toxic, or more appropriately, since any liquid containing
more than 200 ppb of mercury is considered hazardous waste-it's sickening that
circulating vials of flu vaccine has 50,000 ppb of mercury, the only exceptions
being Sanofi-Pasteur's preservative free vaccines.
With four out of five manufacturers producing thimerosal-containing flu
vaccines, over 90% of the 115 million doses distributed in America will contain
25 micrograms (mg) of mercury. This means that once the remaining 10% of
mercury-free doses are used up, pregnant women and children will only have
access to vials containing toxins measuring 250x the EPA's safety limit.
For a person to safely receive the amount of mercury in one vaccine, he or she
would have to weigh over 550 lbs, making the recommendation for pregnant women
and children nothing less than an act of brutality.
As told in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (Summer 2006),
pregnant women who get inoculated with thimerosal-containing vaccines will be
exposed to 3.5x the organic mercury limit set by EPA officials, but since
mercury accumulates in fetal tissue, especially those of the central nervous
system, concentrations found in the developing fetus can exceed maternal levels
by a factor of 4.3.
The results of such an attack are devastating. "...Brain damage, mental
retardation, incoordination, blindness, seizures, and inability to speak" are
just a few of the fetal reactions found by the Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry (ATSDR).
In addition, the team clearly identified mercury, of any form, as posing a
threat to the nervous system. Children exposed to mercury experience brain
functioning difficulties such as "...irritability, shyness, tremors, changes in
vision or hearing, and memory problems", which further explains why American
children are riddled with neurodevelopmental disorders ranging from autism and
ADHD, to Guillain-Barre syndrome and speech disorders.
Americans will soon see for themselves what the selfish, money-driven vaccine
industry has done for society. Not even officials will be able to deny the ever
excelling autism epidemic when it stares them square in the eye; human flesh and
blood, just as themselves, rather than numbers on a page in their office.
When the country's social security trust depletes due to the cost of special
education and assisted living facilities for these disabled children, and there
are neither enough patients nor finances remaining to support the vicious
"damage-treat" circle created by manufacturers and their loyal elected
lapdogs-who will be blamed then? Where will the fingers point when greed isn't
paralyzing their conscience? Time will soon provide the answer; unfortunately.
For those who still cannot seem to grasp the severity of thimerosal-containing
vaccines, perhaps this will put things into perspective: if someone spilled a
bottle of thimerosal indoors, the entire building would have to be evacuated
immediately and remain so until a time when hazard crews thoroughly cleaned and
secured the area.
It makes no sense to jeopardize a human life for a theoretical risk, especially
not for a condition where, according to the November 30th publishing American's
Concern for Skin Infection, Flu, Spreads Across the County, "Proper handwashing
is the simplest and most effective way to prevent these infections."
As far as numbers go, the rate of influenza infections leaves something to be
desired of the government's national quest for total inoculation. According to
the CDC's Weekly Report: Influenza Summary Update (week ending November 18,
2006), World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric
Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) laboratories have tested 15,707 samples of
suspected influenza viruses, with only 477 testing positive. Of the positive
results, 308 were reported from Florida alone.
Now, call it audacity, but that sounds more reassuring than anything. Not only
does it show incidence rates to be low throughout the country, it further
establishes grounds for the useless vaccine debate. Highly counterproductive on
their part, the preceding data shows just how easily misdiagnoses occurs and
therefore, shows how ambiguous the reported 36,000 annual flu infections are.
Though that's not all officials have up their sleeves, on top of being uncalled
for and dangerous-the vaccines haven't even been proven effective in providing
Dating back to 1935, a study conducted on thimerosal's antibacterial and
antifungal efficiency concluded the dangerous preservative, so to speak, was
"35.3 times more toxic for embryonic chick heart tissue than for Staphylococcus
aureus", making it, as said by the FDA, "no better than water" in killing
Confirming suspicions was the 1948, Journal of the American Medical
Association's publishing where authors concluded thimerosal was ineffective as a
"disinfectant, germicide, and antiseptic," in addition to stating thimerosal
"may not completely kill cultures of...streptococci...in mice receiving an
intraperitoneal injection of the culture-germicide mixture, after ten minutes'
[sic] exposure of the organisms to the drugs... usually die [all but one of the
17 mice injected], and hemolytic streptococci can be isolated from the heart's
blood after death of the mice."
Subsequently, an American Academy of Pediatrics (1985) study revealed thimerosal
to be "...only weakly bactericidal...not an ideal preservative", which explains
the FDA's 1980 proposal to ban thimerosal from topical ointments, skin creams,
and other over-the-counter products, along with the 1999 decision to exclude the
chemical from future vaccine production due to "safety and efficiency" concerns.
Though, perhaps 2004 brought the most irrefutable of evidence when the
British-based Chiron factory was found to have serious contamination problems.
The company's flu vaccine, Fluvirin, was pulled from distribution due to an
unspecified number of lots containing an extremely dangerous microorganism,
serratia, which is precisely the kind of threat thimerosal is supposed to
Officials see the American public naively accepting whatever is put in front of
them (i.e.- Hepatitis B vaccines for 12 hour old babies, recent HPV
vaccinations, unnecessary flu shots), and with the demolished state of
check-and-balance within government bodies, officials are free to do whatever
they choose without the fear of consequence.
As long as each scratches the others back, "scientific evidence" favoring the
use of flu vaccines, and anything else they can think of, will continue
regardless of necessity or safety. Manufacturers' charge between $9.00 to $12.50
for every 10-pack of flu vaccines, so with over 100 million ready for
distribution this year its not surprising that every government agency is
practically celebrating vaccination.
Though perhaps the true motivation for mass vaccination lies in the Medicare
reimbursement rate for flu vaccine administration, which, from 2002 to 2005,
increased more that four times from an average of $3.98 to $18.57; or maybe in
the five-year, $274 million contract awarded to GlaxoSmithKline in May 2006 to
develop cell-based production models for future flu vaccines, but then again, it
could be related to the "measly" $429 million reported in Chiron's 2004 fourth
quarter Fluvirin revenue, as opposed to the preceding years $555 million.
Whatever the situation, rather than simply accepting what is being pushed on us,
its time to use some common sense and question why history is showing us one
side of the story, while the government portrays a very different other.
Influenza infections, for the majority of citizens, are not life threatening,
and even if they were-the occurrence rates do not justify injecting what both
science and history has proven to be POISON into the desperately fragile bodies
of infants and children.
(Sinead Dumigan is a freelance investigative journalist who has published a
series of articles on vaccination policies in the US)
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