Kennedy May Publish Deleted Chapters, But Still Backtracks on Thimerosal


By Jake Crosby

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. might restore chapters he deleted from his book “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak,” according to the blog of Focus Autism. Meanwhile, a letter Kennedy had written to Medical News Today earlier this year took a strong, unambiguous stand on the autism-thimerosal link, suggesting it was only very recently that he backtracked from his position that thimerosal causes autism. However, based on Kennedy’s recent comments in the press, he shows no sign of reverting to his original position, even if he does add the chapters back in which would presumably include those on autism.

In an August 7th blog post titled “RFK Jr.’s book is bringing a lot of attention to the problem, both positive and negative,” Focus Autism founder and philanthropist Barry Segal wrote:

“The good news is that supposedly Kennedy (who is now being beaten up by both sides) is going to publish the missing chapters, which will add strength to his argument.”

If true, it would prove a very fortunate development in the Kennedy book saga. Unfortunately, he still has yet to revert to his previous stance that thimerosal causes autism.

In an article he wrote on AlterNet titled “Invitation to Open Debate On Thimerosal” that ran the day before Segal’s blog post, Kennedy made multiple statements backtracking from his original position that autism is caused by thimerosal in vaccines (boldface mine):

“In fact most of the criticisms have focused on how thimerosal has been linked to autism. That is not the subject of the book, nor is that claimed within the book.”

“The argument is not whether it causes autism, which is not clearly proven, although this curiously been [sic] the focus of recent criticism of the book (which no one had read to date).”

“This book, a meta-review essentially, does not pretend to answer the thorny question of whether thimerosal is a culprit in the autism epidemic.”

“…a possible thimerosal-autism connection is far from a settled question.”

“…thimerosal might, in some cases, contribute to autism causation.”

These statements by Kennedy represent a position that is markedly different from one expressed in a letter he had written to Medical News Today several months prior on March 28th, 2014 (boldface mine):

“For two years, I have worked with a team of doctors and respected scientific researchers to assemble every published study on Thimeresol, the mercury based vaccine preservative still present in dangerous concentrations in US flu vaccines and pediatric vaccines worldwide. We have assembled and digested close to five hundred peer reviewed published pharmacological, toxicological, clinical, animal and human epidemiological studies in leading publications. These studies overwhelmingly implicate Thimeresol in a host of neurological injuries including ADD, ADHD, Speech delay, Language Delay, Tics, Misery Disorder and Autism.”

He also did not mince words when discussing the CDC or its study led by Epidemic Intelligence Services’ Dr. Thomas Verstraeten (boldface mine):

Instead of cleaning house, coming clean and embracing transparency, the CDC has gone to extremes to conceal its vaccine safety data from the public and from outside scientists and researchers. The agency claims to have lost or misplaced the raw data underlying it’s only study of  Thimeresol’s impacts on US cohorts. That in house study – the so called Verstratten [sic] study – initially showed strong dose related causative links between Thimeresol exposure and autism.”

While Dr. Mark Hyman reportedly convinced Kennedy to remove chapters from his book in the first place, the mystery remains as to who convinced Kennedy to backtrack from his position on thimerosal’s harms. Certainly Dr. Hyman is a suspect, as is Kennedy’s ghostwriter Adam Hadhazy who once wrote in defense of the toxin. Or, the person behind Kennedy’s backtrack could be someone else entirely.

Regardless of who it is, Kennedy’s book will remain a disappointingly inadequate call for an unequivocal ban on thimerosal – with or without the additional chapters – unless revisions are made in the book’s preface, introduction and conclusion. In the meantime, Kennedy has yet to even add the chapters back in as only the butchered version of his book is in print.

Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated. He is a 2011 graduate of Brandeis University with a Bachelor of Arts in both History and Health: Science, Society and Policy and a 2013 graduate of The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology. He currently attends the University of Texas School of Public Health where he is studying for a Ph.D. in Epidemiology.

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7 Thoughts on “Kennedy May Publish Deleted Chapters, But Still Backtracks on Thimerosal

  1. Sam Hall on August 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm said:

    This seems like a delay tactic… in create controversy and divert attention from the REAL issue.
    Shall we all sit and wait and re-think our support of RFK while he sorts his Proverbial sh*te out. No he let us down and that interview you reference is every as disappointing as the book. I understand and fully believe people in this debate can be gotten too, and he probably was but lets write him off and move on.

    Controlled opposition tactics could well be at work again but its all becoming way too predictable and most of us average members of the population are able to spot it now. Lets keep digging for more ammunnition for our case and let RFK go his own way as with Blaxill and whomever else lacks real conviction.
    It only takes a small number of very committed people …………………………

  2. I don’t really care what stance Roberts F Kennedy Junior takes. The guys is God damned Lawyer, not a scientist. And his opinion ( … whatever the hell he decides it’s going to be) means about as much to this debate, as does the latest front-page headline in the National Inquirer.

    This argument is about vaccines, and NOT just one of their many poisonous ingredients. Children are being injured by VACCINES, period. And autism is just one of many horrible health outcomes that are a direct result of these unconscionable poisons.

    That is the only message that public needs to hear, and I refuse to candy coat it for anyone.

    • That he is a lawyer makes it all the more ironic. I doubt he would ever win a single case if he took the same approach with the industrial polluters he has prosecuted as the one he is taking with CDC.

    • “This argument is about vaccines, and NOT just one of their many poisonous ingredients. Children are being injured by VACCINES, period. And autism is just one of many horrible health outcomes that are a direct result of these unconscionable poisons. ” Other than all of that being completely untrue, you bet.

  3. Doug Troutman on August 17, 2014 at 2:21 am said:

    He has known for years that Thimerosal has caused the autism epidemic. This must be a way to whitewash the issue just like the government/industry wants. Just another big injustice for the mercury poisoned children and families.

    • He’s joined the same hypocritical ranks as his fellow “environmentalists” – whining about coal-burning power plants emitting mercury while remaining deafeningly silent about that which is in vaccines. Such “environmentalists” seem to hate energy companies more than they care about other people or the environment.

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