Kennedy’s Ghostwriter Defended Thimerosal

adam hadhazy

ghostwriter: A person whose job it is to write material for someone else who is the named author. – Oxford Dictionaries

By Jake Crosby

As surprising as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. chopping out the chapters on autism from his book “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” while saying there is no proof thimerosal causes autism, is the identity of one of the professional writers he hired to write his book for him. The creator listed in the file properties of Kennedy’s unpublished manuscript had actually defended the neurotoxic vaccine preservative thimerosal, which appears to shed light on Kennedy’s decision to strike the chapters.

Adam Hadhazy is a “freelance science writer” with his own professional website and linkedin account. He also authored a piece for Popular Mechanics in 2010 defending thimerosal, titled “The Truth About 9 Anti-Vaccine Studies.” In it, he quoted millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit as summarizing Dr. Mark Geier’s research on thimerosal and autism “junk.” Hadhazy also called Dr. Andrew Wakefield “discredited” and wrote that his 1998 Lancet paper on children with autism and bowel disease “largely launched the dangerous anti-vaccination movement.”

Adam Hadhazy further cited the letter former CDC researcher  Thomas Verstraeten wrote to Pediatrics falsely stating that CDC did not conceal any evidence  thimerosal causes autism. Citing Paul Offit, Hadhazy suggested that infants can “conservatively handle thousands of vaccines simultaneously”. The take-away point from all this is that Hadhazy is an all-purpose defender of the vaccine program, and he’s written Kennedy’s book for him. Hadhazy’s “substantive, behind the scenes role” in Kennedy striking the chapters connecting thimerosal to autism is more than evident.

In the Washington Post, Dr. Mark Hyman – celebrity doctor who wrote the book’s preface – takes credit for convincing Kennedy to remove the chapters. Yet Dr. Hyman is an awfully strange person to have done so, given that he has no history of writing about thimerosal. Dr. Hyman further echos a familiar pharma talking point: “Yes, there’s been an increase in autism, even as we take out thimerosal” (Ironically, the CDC data Dr. Hyman relied on to defend thimerosal is not even considered reliable by thimerosal defenders). Hadhazy’s piece for Popular Mechanics on thimerosal and vaccines is heavily laden with pharma talking points.

In Kennedy’s officially released book, the entire part on autism is removed including a chapter titled “Autism Rates Decline When Thimerosal Exposure Levels Are Reduced” and another on the government’s concession that vaccines caused autism in Hannah Poling. The entire part critiquing media coverage was removed as well. Even chapters in remaining parts were pulled. Those include chapters on CDC and AAP’s conflicts of interest, the Breusewitz v. Wyeth Supreme Court decision siding with drug companies, the Homeland Security Rider seeking to protect thimerosal maker Eli Lilly and CDC’s intimidation tactics against scientists such as Dr. Mark and David Geier and Prof. Richard Deth. Those chapters were apparently “too combustible” to keep as well, as was the word “Causative” that was taken out of the chapter title that formerly read “The Verstraeten Study – Causative Links between Thimerosal and Neurological Damage.”

Meanwhile, Age of Autism continues to ardently defend Kennedy, saying on its Facebook page: “If you’d like to piss in the cornflakes, find another bowl.”

It looks like Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has already done that to his own bowl.

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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16 Thoughts on “Kennedy’s Ghostwriter Defended Thimerosal

  1. White Rose on August 1, 2014 at 1:16 pm said:

    outraged ! More Blax-infiltraitors .

  2. Sam Hall on August 2, 2014 at 3:59 pm said:

    When RFK posted on AOA last year ( June2013) the article was quickly removed.
    It was l recall quite a strong article. Anyway at the time I contacted AOA and repeatedly asked why the post had been removed. Eventually Kim S asked for my email and emailed me to say the post had been removed as someone, a VIP, asked them to remove the post. I was asked to keep the dialogue between me and AOA but that was back when I thought they were an honorable outfit. I no longer think that.

    I would now like to see that post very much – Jake do you recall this last year ?

    Off topic but interesting – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28617186
    Erin Brokovich backing a fight against Bayer- imagine if she appreciated the number involved in the autism holocaust. She might take up the calling –

    • No, I was not aware Kennedy posted anything on Age of Autism last year. Fill me in.

      • Sam Hall on August 3, 2014 at 6:11 pm said:

        I searched all over and what I think was posted were direct quotes from his speech at Autism one last year. He made some incredibly strong accusations and certainly made all the right noises. I wanted to keep the post because it was one of the most direct and to the point pieces I had come across. He attacked Offit, used analogies with the Nazi’s etc I thnk the actual article may have been written by Dan Olmstead ??? Nonetheless it was pulled and that was the end of that.

    • Barry on August 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm said:

      What was the the title of that article ?

    • Barry on August 4, 2014 at 1:15 pm said:

      How did you know to look there ?

    • I think referring to the holocaust or Nazi’s should never be used for anything but discussing the holocaust or Nazi’s. It’s a very sensitive subject and though there are some parallels to the deaths, injuries, and suffering vaccines have caused, overall they are vastly different. Other strong, more appropriate words can be used to describe the suffering caused by vaccines, without disrespecting the history of the holocaust. Maybe that was why they pulled the article, out of respect? Just a thought.

  3. White Rose on August 4, 2014 at 9:04 am said:

    Orac , really ? who cares what he thinks ?
    And Offit is a man of the people . pah !
    AoA – what are you coming to ?

  4. White Rose on August 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm said:

    Sarah , how do you know it was Orac ? (that complained & got the article removed )

  5. Barry, I remembered the article, and that AoA had pulled it. I knew it contained references to RFK and nazis, and it is easy to find it in a google search. Try it yourself. Of course, because AoA pulled it, you have to look on sites such as google cache and wayback. Nothing ever really disappears off the internet.

    White Rose, I know that the article disappeared right after these articles came out:

    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2013/05/30/can-antivaccinationists-knock-it-off-with-the-autism-holocaust-analogies/

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/06/05/robert_f_kennedy_jr_advocate_for_antiscience_and_antivaccination.html

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/collideascape/2013/06/01/is-robert-f-kennedy-jr-anti-science/#.U-AQSWNx1GM

    http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2013/06/robert_f_kennedy_jr_vaccine_conspiracy_theory_scientists_and_journalists.html

    I don’t know for sure that it was one of those articles that made AoA pull Olmsted’s Kennedy piece, but the timing was right. The article was up at AoA on May 29th, as you can see from the wayback link. Orac’s article appeared on May 30th. I don’t mean that the other bloggers complained to AoA. They just publicized the nazi article, and I think AoA found that embarrassing.

  6. Sam Hall on August 5, 2014 at 6:14 pm said:

    What happened to this guy ? this is from 2009 not all that long ago in the history of this story.

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/07/18/Robert-F-Kennedy-Jr-Explains-the-Autism-Coverup.aspx

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