Mark Blaxill to Omnibus Attorneys: “how deeply f*cked up the world is when the Geiers are considered credible analysts and I am not.”


By Jake Crosby

Click the above screenshot to enlarge the July 2007 email where then-Vice President of SafeMinds Mark Blaxill stated in email to omnibus autism proceeding attorneys Mike Williams and Tom Powers concerning petitioners’ expert witnesses Dr. Mark and David Geier:

“I hope you understand how deeply fucked up the world is when the Geiers are considered credible analysts and I am not.”

Blaxill succeeded in turning Williams against his own expert witnesses, as Williams responded: “I do understand”.

Autism Investigated has acquired this latest installment of troubling emails about the Geiers between Blaxill and Williams from a source that wishes to remain anonymous. Last October, Autism Investigated posted emails dated 2003-2004 in which Mark Blaxill disparaged expert witnesses Dr. Mark and David Geier to Mike Williams – saying the Geiers “can do our cause more harm than good,” calling their work “sloppy” and claiming he could “rip [their work] to shreds.” Those emails were also obtained from a confidential source. (See mercury toxicity expert Dr. Boyd Haley’s response to Blaxill’s claim.)

The long email from Mike Williams to which Blaxill was responding can be seen in the following screenshot and was addressed to Lyn Redwood, President of SafeMinds (now Vice President of SafeMinds). Copied on the email in addition to Blaxill were Tom Powers and SafeMinds’ then-Executive Director (now President) Sallie Bernard. Note also that Williams described pursuit of “experts other than Mark Geier” before lamenting, “if only Mark Blaxill had an MPH or equivalent.” (screenshot 1, click to enlarge)

Further down in that email, Williams reveals how influenced he was by Blaxill, saying: “On the genetics issue, we need someone other than Mark Geier to say what Mark Blaxill and you all proved…” (screenshot 2, click to enlarge) Incredibly, Williams was persuaded that Dr. Geier, a geneticist, was incapable of speaking on the genetics issue even though his genetic research had won him presidential recognition. What’s more, his son David actually discovered results from CDC researcher Dr. Thomas Verstraeten’s epidemiological analyses of thimerosal exposure showing vastly increased risks for neurodevelopmental disorders including autism compared to those who weren’t exposed to thimerosal during the first month of life. That a seasoned attorney was so manipulated by Mark Blaxill should serve as a cautionary tale in light of current events.


Jake Crosby is editor of Autism Investigated and is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. 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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25 Thoughts on “Mark Blaxill to Omnibus Attorneys: “how deeply f*cked up the world is when the Geiers are considered credible analysts and I am not.”

  1. Doug Troutman on January 3, 2014 at 3:08 am said:

    When you testify as an expert witness the attorney tries to build credibility of the expert witness. I don’t think an MBA works real well in the vaccine court venue. Jake, keep up the good work.

  2. Doug Troutman on January 3, 2014 at 2:48 pm said:

    Heather, as mentioned before in another post…my wife and I heard him be called “Dr. Mark Blaxill” at last years Autism One conference if I remember correctly by Mr. Kennedy, and he did not even take the time to correct that misleading introduction/statement! He’s ONLY a “Dr.” in his own mind! Nothing more! He holds a Masters degree in Business. He’s a glorified Businessman…NOT A SCIENTIST. He has co-authored a couple of science articles with others who have more scientific knowledge and apparently feels that qualifies him as a full-fledged “scientist”! It does not….

  3. White Rose on January 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm said:

    Mark Blaxill is perfectly correct , the world is very fekked up .
    Particularly if the Vaccine Autism resistance movements have him as their lead .

    Come on the rest of you at AoA , wake up , this is clear decisive evidence .

    • @WR – it is evidence that the leadership at AoA realized that should the junk science of people like the Geiers truly be “given their day in Court” it would destroy whatever credibility they think they have with any part of the mainstream.

      In a way, this was a smart move by Blaxill – paying lip service to their “evidence” all the while keeping them as far from the actual forefront of the movement as possible – it appeals to the conspiracy-minded folks, while still gives AoA some plausible deniability should things go south (like they did when the Geiers were caught).

      • Larry, the thing to do when you have a genuine problem with a researcher’s work is to take up the matter with the researcher first. Blaxill didn’t do that; instead he trashed Dr. Mark and David Geier behind their backs to the omnibus attorneys. If you want to undermine a lawsuit, turning attorneys against their expert witnesses is an effective way of doing it.

        As for the Geiers being “caught” – or rather when Dr. Geier had his license suspended in breach of due process and his son was accused of practicing without a license based on charges deemed unfounded by a judge – that didn’t happen until well after the omnibus collapsed. Interestingly, it happened just after the Geiers began making significant progress in pushing for a global ban of mercury, which SafeMinds also played an instrumental role in undermining.

        • Or Mark knew that the Geiers’ hypothesis didn’t hold water and would be damaging to the other aspect’s of the Omnibus cases….I’m sure he was hedging his bets for the the time “when” the Geiers would go too far and get themselves discredited or worse.

          It was CYA and history has borne out that Mark was right to do so.

          • Larry, if by hypothesis you mean the Geiers’ theory that mercury binds to testosterone, then how does that explain Blaxill trashing the Geiers all the way back in 2003 before the Geiers’ even became interested in that?

      • sam hall on January 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm said:

        From this reply Larry I cant quite figure out your position.

        Are you supporting MB and AOA because it does sound like it.
        Or are you supporting all vaccines ?

        Not that the two need to be mutually exclusive it seems …..You are actually acknowledging that MB did in fact mislead people at AOA and potentially had another agenda. That is the very point that Jake has made here so you in fact agree for the most part except that MB acted very dishonestly by slating the Geiers to the Omnibus attorneys behind the Geiers backs.

        But that MB had another agenda and that it led to the collapse of the hearings we all seem to agree on. There you go more in common than we all thought………..

  4. Doug Troutman on January 6, 2014 at 12:24 am said:

    No Larry – The junk science has been done by Frank DeStefano and his ilk. I believe in collusion. The same folks implement and shield the vaccine program.

  5. White Rose on January 6, 2014 at 10:48 pm said:

    Does anyone know of what the possible outcomes of the pressure on pregnant women to consent to both the Flu & Pertusis vaccine during the gestation period ? (Where in the past the advice just 5 years ago was to never ever vaccinate a women who is expecting a child) .

    I ask because I’m hearing a few reports of Down syndrome children rolling in recently , I am obviously not sure of the statistics or the numbers involved (which of course the authorities and the BBC scoundrels will be keen to conceal) . Just wondering if anyone else out there has noticed ?

    Perhaps you AoA folk who pretend not to read here , have any views ? MarkB ?

  6. White Rose- Down Syndrome is a chronosomal disorder where a sperm or egg cell before or at conception carries an extra chromosome. There is an error in cell division. Therefore it would be a moot point as far as any vaccines given once the pregnancy had started. I’m not saying that a vaccine in pregnancy couldn’t have some harmful effects on the fetus (I believe there have been many reports of miscarriage for those mothers who had flu shots- particularly H1N1) but vaccines have never been implicated in Down Syndrome that I am aware. I still wish they had some good physiological studies as to what vaccine effects there are for an infants/children.
    Since there are screening programs for this genetic anomaly the decision to terminate would affect the numbers of this syndrome being present.

  7. White Rose on January 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm said:

    When reading the book “age of autism” I believe there were some loose discussions about Down syndrome being a condition that first appeared with the industrial revolution and a possible link to the burning of coal and its pollution . Happy for anyone who might want to correct me on this ?
    MarkB , Ginger , DanB , JohnDS ……any of you there ? any of you have any opinion ?

  8. White Rose on January 7, 2014 at 11:32 pm said:

    Dr James O’Shea of Manchester Metropolitan Univ. has developed a computer program called “silent talker” . He makes some very grand claims for this software (success of 90%) , and its ability to detect if someone is telling the truth and if someone is being deceptive or telling lies by examining the micro expressions of a persons face as they make statements and declarations .

    It seems to be able to work off pre-recorded interviews , so basically anything off of YouTube would work.
    Why don’t we run Mr Gates through this software , or David Salisbury , or Paul Offit , or Mark Blaxill .
    In fact even Dr Andrew Wakefield would be controversial enough (I’ve shared a drink with the man and asked him face to face about it all – I already know he is a truth teller ).

    I wonder what the results would be ?
    Correction : I already know what the results would be .

  9. White Rose on January 7, 2014 at 11:47 pm said:

    Jen , about Downs Syndrome again , have you seen or read any possible explanation about why the risk of a Down Syndrome child should rise with the age of the mother ?

    Could this “trisomy 21” be brought about by toxicity ? The younger the mother , in general the less toxicity .

    Where is a good source of information on the topic ? perhaps ….. I’m intrigued

  10. Hi White Rose, I am not really sure of a great resource in terms of information on Down Syndrome but I did come across somewhere that mentioned that “some environmental factors have been implicated” (smoking and oral contraceptives were mentioned as factors that may leave cells starved for oxygen and therefore make a ‘nondisjunction’ occur during meiosis). I also read that in 95% of cases that this is a maternal (vs paternal) error, due to a greater amount of time the cells remain static. I suppose that with time there are of course more environmental factors that may have an effect. It would be interesting to know more about this.
    Surprisingly, I have actually worked with two 17 year old mothers who had babies with Down Syndrome. It isn’t as common but certainly possible.
    Regarding vaccine safety studies (I guess in the pre-clinical stage where responses in animals are done) – I know some mention immunogenicity but I am not sure if safety means toxicity necessarily and reproductive safety is, I believe, not looked at. My understanding is simply that the mice or whatever are killed after a certain number of days. I wish we had more physiological information about effects. I suppose the Hewitson/Wakefield primate study did just that.

  11. The lawyers claimed they had to account for the increase after thimerosal was all gone and that they had to blame something in the environment. So, the lawyers admitted right there that they were throwing the case intentionally. Too bad the statute of limitations for legal malpractice has passed. Those words are all that are needed to hang them.
    Did they think the whole world was too stupid to know that shooting 25 mcg of thimerosal into pregnant women equated to 200 times the alleged “safe” dose of mercury?
    Jake, you should have entitled this: Lawyers Admit Throwing Case.

    • That was almost certainly Mark Blaxill’s doing:

      He claimed to change his views in a 2007 email to Dr. Brian Hooker based on the premature conclusion that reported autism prevalence still going up in California was evidence against thimerosal’s role in the autism epidemic, yet also cited the very Danish numbers Blaxill once called “uninformative and potentially misleading” to defend thimerosal right after being informed of their fraudulent nature by Dr. Hooker. What this would suggest is that Blaxill’s representation of himself as a leading proponent of thimerosal’s significance in causing the autism epidemic only to backtrack from his position later was all just an act to sink the omnibus and strike a PR victory for pharma.

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  13. Perhaps you should read the 400 page, thoroughly researched book on the history of the use of mercury in medicine, but Mark Blaxill and Dan Olmstead and then make comments about him. And he has written more than a few papers on the subject. “The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine, and a Man Made Epidemic.”

    • As a matter of fact I have; I received an advanced copy before it was released and was also named in the acknowledgements. From what I can find on PubMed, the articles Mark was sole author of talk about the rise in autism, not so much its cause. It’s also hard to tell the extent to which he made meaningful contributions to the papers where he is not listed as sole author, as opposed to slapping his name on other peoples’ work.

      Go to page 340 of his and Dan’s book and tell me nothing written on that page sounds eerily similar to the below quote from CDC’s website pushing the H1N1 vaccine:

      “In fact, sadly, autism rates have actually gone up since thimerosal was taken out of childhood vaccines in 2001, providing further evidence that thimerosal-containing vaccines are not related to autism.”

      When I wrote Mark and Dan criticizing them for this, only Mark responded. He tried to claim that the reason for backtracking was to leave “wiggle” room, but if that were the case he’d have listened to me and just said it was premature rather than backtrack on thimerosal’s role in causing the autism epidemic. He also denied abandoning blame for thimerosal in causing autism altogether, something I never accused him of. Finally, he just made up the excuse that it was too late to change anything in the book – “what’s there is there,” he told me. Of course, if that were the case, that wouldn’t explain why Dan Olmsted told me to email them in the first place when I first brought up my concerns to him at AutismOne. He’d effectively be asking me to waste his, Mark’s and my own time.

      But now I think I know the real reason for Mark Blaxill’s thimerosal backtrack – it was apparently an act to throw the omnibus.

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