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FAKE NEWS: FOUR VACCINE LIES FROM SCIENCE MAGAZINE

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Science Magazine is fake science news and lies routinely about vaccine safety like the rest of the damn mainstream media and major science journals. Here’s four examples from their dishonest post “Four vaccine myths and where they come from” by one of their hired liars Lindzi Wessel. Autism Investigated will not refute all the lies because there are too many, just the major ones below.

“False: Vaccinations can cause autism”

Citing further concerns about ethics and misrepresentation, The Lancet retracted the paper in 2010. Shortly after, the United Kingdom’s General Medical Council permanently pulled Wakefield’s medical license.

The truth is, all those findings against Wakefield and his paper were completely overturned in a court decision that said the GMC used “faulty reasoning” and came to “wrong conclusion”(s). Even The Lancet acknowledges this.

[Brian] Hooker reanalyzed the data in 2014 and claimed CDC had hidden evidence that the vaccine could increase autism risk in black boys. In fact, CDC noted in the paper that rates of vaccination in the oldest age group were slightly higher in kids with autism.

Wait, what about for black kids? The CDC didn’t cover up effects for race because they reported effects for age? That’s a logical conclusion to draw, according to Science Magazine?

“False: Mercury in vaccines acts as a neurotoxin”

Science Magazine completely dismisses Kennedy’s damning Deadly Immunity article of mercury in childhood vaccinations. The excuse was the ghostwritten retraction by the pedophile-defending Salon.com site. Science never went into the details of the retraction because it would show it to be worthless.

Science Magazine continued:

In 2001, well before Kennedy’s article or his related book, thimerosal was removed from all childhood vaccines in the United States except multidose vials of flu vaccine.

What it left out was that in 2004 those flu vaccines were recommended for pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy, which has since been linked to autism. It then went on to characterize autism declining post-thimerosal removal in Denmark as a “misinterpretation of epidemiogical data.” Actually, it’s seen in a graph of epidemiological data:

“False: Mercury in vaccines acts as a neurotoxin”

Remarkably, this entire section didn’t focus on work of any other doctor or scientist. It was merely an attack on the physician-son team Dr. Mark and David Geier, taking as gospel smears from the Institute of Medicine and the Maryland Board of Physicians. The Institute of Medicine was revealed in Kennedy’s own article as coming to a foregone conclusion about thimerosal being safe, and being paid to do so. The Maryland Board of Physicians was successfully sued by the Geiers for intentionally violating their confidentiality. Dr. Geier has also responded to the allegations publicly.

Will Science condemn hormones and genital mutilation for “transgender” autists and acknowledge that there are only two genders? Doubtful.

“False: Spreading out vaccines can be safer for kids”

This section is entirely based on the talking points of millionaire vaccine industrialist Paul Offit. He is not only conflicted, but is also an unhinged maniac who said children can safely receive 10,000 vaccines at once. There is no comparison between a vaccine which contains loads of toxic ingredients injected directly into the body and antigens blocked by the human body’s natural defenses.

There is no room for the benefit of the doubt with Lindzi Wessel and Science Magazine. They are simply lying, along with the rest of the mainstream fake news.

Please form that vaccine safety commission soon, President Trump. We need it now more than ever.

UPDATE: Autism Investigated Video!

JAMA Must Correct Study As Linking Flu Vax to Autism

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Since the journal JAMA Pediatrics published a study which showed an association between flu vaccine and autism despite concluding there was none, scientists have published letters in the journal to complain. One of those was by Dr. Brian Hooker, biochemist and autism father who was the first person contacted by the CDC’s vaccine safety whistleblower William Thompson.

The study found an elevated risk for autism from flu vaccination in pregnant women during the first month of pregnancy. Yet the authors attempted to explain this away with incorrect statistical methods and then issued the flawed recommendation that no changes in vaccination policy should be made. In 2004, the CDC expanded its flu vaccine recommendations in pregnant women to include the first trimester of pregnancy. Many cite this an an explanation for why the reported CDC prevalence of autism – generally speaking – did not decline as the mercury-based preservative thimerosal had been removed from other vaccines. Thimerosal remains in multi-dose vials of flu vaccine given to pregnant women.

In Denmark, the reported autism prevalence went down by as much as a third as thimerosal was removed from childhood vaccines there during the 1990s. The elevated risk for autism associated with influenza vaccination during the first trimester of pregnancy was 20-25%. The potential implications of such a finding is profound.

The study was conducted by Kaiser Permanente, a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) that is in partnership with the CDC and other HMOs in a heavily guarded federal research project known as the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD). JAMA journals’ publisher the American Medical Association sent a press release applauding a 2004 report from the Institute of Medicine that the CDC paid to have whitewash associations between vaccines and autism. The involvement of such institutions in the conduct and publication of such a study should only diminish public confidence in its integrity, along with its flawed conclusion and recommendation.

Nonetheless, the conclusion and recommendation should still be corrected. JAMA Pediatrics can be contacted here.

(H/t Age of Autism)

WILLIAM SHATNER PLUGS AI, RIPS “SELF-ADVOCATES”

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William Shatner – the man, the legend himself – plugged Autism Investigated’s piece on Twitter that caught Forbes’ contributing Emily Willingham denying the existence of government research implicating mercury in vaccines as a cause of autism. He also slammed the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) and its opportunistic founder Ari Ne’eman for attacking other charities and then currying sympathy by playing victim.

It started with yet another hit piece by neurodiversity blogger Emily Willingham in Forbes Magazine, this time against President Trump for his acknowledgement of Autism Awareness Month and views of autism being caused by vaccines. William Shatner was not impressed:

What followed was a slew of vitriol directed at him by the online proponents of neurodiversity – the cancerous, social justice movement that preaches autism “acceptance” – egged on by Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) founder Ari Ne’eeman. Unfortunately for Ne’eman and friends, Shatner didn’t take their attacks lying down. In particular, Shatner slammed Ne’eman’s group and movement for its tendency to play victim:

For the past decade, Ari Ne’eman and his group have received mostly positive media attention but little public scrutiny. No mainstream journalist or big name celebrity has taken on their movement directly. Without question, they were in for one hell of a surprise when William Shatner stepped up.

But even better: Shatner tweeted a link to Autism Investigated’s 2014 post which exposed Forbes journalist Emily Willingham’s omission of the existence of Centers for Disease Control data implicating mercury in vaccines as a cause of autism:

And for his tweets of truth, Shatner received a couple of warm and well-deserved thanks:

H/t: Jonathan Mitchell

Dan Olmsted: Mercury Rising

          

It is with great sadness that Autism Investigated relays the announcement that Dan Olmsted – Age of Autism’s founding editor – has passed away. While I have had my differences with him and the Age of Autism site, I will be forever grateful to him for his friendship, advice and platform for my views. I’ve always respected him as a journalist and have never forgotten the excellent work he has done over the years, and I just had a very friendly exchange with him on the day of the inauguration. I will never stop missing him and offer my sincere condolences to the entire Age of Autism team. Autism Investigated will devote the entire week to posts honoring Dan Olmsted, including a proper obituary. May we all honor Dan Olmsted’s life by ending the autism epidemic to make America great again! – Jake Crosby, MPH

Mercury Rising

A Possible Link Between Chemical Exposure And Autism May Have Been Overlooked In The Very Earliest Cases At Johns Hopkins

IN 1943, A CHILD KNOWN ONLY AS FREDERICK W. became part of the first medical report of a strange new disorder. Frederick was Case 2 of 11 children whose behavior “differed markedly and uniquely from anything reported so far,” wrote Dr. Leo Kanner, the psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins University who introduced the syndrome to the world and named it “autism.”

One of the children “spun with great pleasure everything he could seize upon to spin.” Many of the children flapped their hands; flew into unpredictable bouts of rage and aggression; spoke in inexplicable ways if they spoke at all, sometimes referring to themselves as “you” and others as “I”; showed remarkable abilities like keen memory and perfect pitch but abject inability to perform simple tasks; obsessed over objects but ignored human beings.

Kanner didn’t know why the children, all born in the 1930s, acted that way but noticed the parents were college-educated and career-oriented: lawyers, psychiatrists, scientists. He wrote, “In the whole group, there are very few really warm-hearted fathers and mothers,” and later speculated, “emotionally refrigerated” parents might play a role in causing the baffling disorder.

“Most of the fathers are, in a sense, bigamists,” Kanner wrote. “They are wedded to their jobs at least as much as they are married to their wives. The job, in fact, has priority.”

Now, Frederick W.’s father has been identified by this reporter, who has written about autism for two years for United Press International, as a scientist named Frederick L. Wellman, and new information has been unearthed that suggests Wellman’s career might indeed be a clue–though not the kind Kanner detected.

The Frederick L. Wellman Papers fill 18 boxes in the Special Collections Research Center at the North Carolina State University Libraries in Raleigh. The first item in the first folder in the first box is dated Spring 1922, when the senior Wellman was working toward his doctorate in plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin. Faded with age, the report is titled “Hot Water and Mercuric Chloride Treatments of Some Brassica Seeds and Their Effect Both on the Germination of the Seeds and the Viability of the Fungus Phoma Lingam.”

In layman’s terms, Wellman collected cabbage seeds infected with a common fungus and dunked some of them in a solution of mercury salts and hot water. “The lots treated with mercuric [chloride] were shaken vigorously at first to get thorough contact with the solution,” he wrote. His faculty adviser at the time was concerned about an epidemic of cabbage fungus that was wrecking havoc on Wisconsin farms, and he enlisted his student Wellman’s help in researching solutions.

By the time his son was born 14 years later, in 1936, Wellman had graduated to advanced plant pathology work at the U.S. Agriculture Department’s main research center in Beltsville, in Prince George’s County, just outside Washington.

In a résumé, he wrote at length about his experience there with fungicides. On cabbage seeds, he reported, “organic mercury compounds were found to be most satisfactory disinfecting agents.” For tomatoes, “proprietary organic mercury dusts also gave good results.” All three of the fungicide sales brochures in his archive were for organic mercury compounds–two of them containing ethyl mercury, which was introduced in commercial products just a few years earlier.

Ethyl mercury is also the active ingredient in a vaccine preservative called thimerosal. A maverick minority of scientists and a larger percentage of parents blame thimerosal–which is 49.6 percent ethyl mercury by weight–for the rising autism rate, up tenfold in 20 years to one in 150 8-year-old U.S. children, according to a report this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some parents say they watched their children become physically ill and regress into autism soon after they got shots that contained the chemical–a link public-health officials call coincidence, not cause and effect.

It might be just another coincidence that the father of autism’s Case 2 was working with new ethyl mercury compounds seven decades ago when his son was born. Or it might not.

Coincidence or otherwise, similar echoes emerge from cases 1 and 3 in Kanner’s original study. Case 1 grew up in a town called Forest, Miss., surrounded by logging camps, lumber mills, and a national forest being planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Forest is 50 miles from the Mississippi sawmills where ethyl mercury fungicides were first tested in the United States in 1929 to preserve lumber, a practice that quickly became widespread; that child was born in 1933.

Case 3 was the son of “a professor of forestry in a southern university,” Kanner wrote. That university has been identified as North Carolina State–the same school where Frederick L. Wellman ended his career as a visiting professor. Case 3’s father began research on Southern pines when he joined the N.C. State faculty in 1935.

In 1936, he assisted in the planting of pine seedlings in the university’s newly acquired Hofmann Forest. His son was born in 1937. Organic mercury fungicides, including an ethyl mercury brand, were often used to prevent “damping off” or fungal contamination of pine seedlings during that era.

An advocate of the mercury-autism hypothesis says the pattern in those early cases strengthens his concern.

“So now we have learned that Frederick Wellman handled ethyl mercury fungicides that were first introduced to the market in 1929 and that his child was Kanner’s patient No. 2,” says Mark Blaxill, whose daughter Michaela has autism. Blaxill is vice president of the advocacy organization SafeMinds, which argues increased mercury exposure is behind the soaring autism rate. “And we know that cases 1 and 3 grew up around the first application of ethyl mercury products. If that’s not a smoking gun, I don’t know what is,” Blaxill continues.

Consistent with that possibility, overlooked studies from the 1970s found a history of chemical exposures in a “quite startling” percentage of parents of autistic children; researchers could not isolate any one chemical as a common factor. More recently, studies have reported a statistically significant correlation between mercury pollution and autism rates.

A spokesman for the CDC cautions against making too much of Wellman’s background.

“I’ve learned from being at CDC it’s often difficult when you’re trying to establish cause and effect,” Glen Nowak, chief of media relations, says when the Wellman case is described to him. “There are other things that could have mitigated the effect, could have enhanced the effect, caused the effect. So a case study of one, you always want to be very careful.”

In 1999, the CDC and other public-health authorities urged vaccine manufacturers to phase ethyl mercury out of U.S. pediatric vaccines as a precaution, given the well-known toxicity of mercury in developing brains and the increasing number of required childhood immunizations that contained it. Thimerosal remains in most flu shots, which are recommended by a CDC advisory committee for all pregnant women and for children as young as 6 months. Due in large measure to reassurance from United States and United Nations health authorities, ethyl mercury continues in wide use in pediatric vaccines in developing nations.

“Evidence is accumulating of lack of any harm resulting from exposure” to vaccines containing thimerosal as a preservative, according to a statement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted on its web site. The Department of Health points to a 2004 report by the prestigious Institute of Medicine, which discounted a link with autism and took the unusual step of recommending research funding go to more “promising” areas.

Mercury-based fungicides were banned in the United States and many other countries as understanding of mercury’s toxic effects became more sophisticated; they have not been on the market here since the 1970s. Such products were not a health threat when used properly, according to a leading manufacturer.

To be sure, there is no direct evidence of mercury exposure in any of the original cases, though Frederick W.’s mother had “kidney trouble” during her pregnancy–sometimes a sign of mercury toxicity. Frederick W.’s father worked with many dangerous substances besides mercury–a short list includes formaldehyde, arsenic, copper, sulfur, insecticides, and pesticides.

But it is also true that none of Kanner’s case studies from Johns Hopkins has been examined for such exposures, even as more researchers suspect genes alone cannot explain the rising number of diagnoses. The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities Epidemiology, part of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, lists “Environmental Exposures” first among six areas of research on its web site. Johns Hopkins Medicine declined to comment for this story.

Ellen K. Silbergeld, a professor of environmental health sciences at Hopkins, is currently using a $204,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to test whether humans respond in different ways to mercury exposure. The goal, according to her report’s abstract, is to understand “preventable risk factors for autism based upon the hypothesis that mercury compounds by themselves do not cause autism but may contribute to the risks . . . in combination with genetic susceptibility and co-exposures to other risks, such as infections.” Silbergeld declined to comment for this story.

A recent issue of the Autism Advocate, published by the Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest and largest such organization, focused on “the possible link between autism and the environment.” “We already have enough evidence to make the judgments that environmental factors are critical issues for autism,” wrote Dr. Martha Herbert, an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School. “This newer model of autism implies that we have great opportunities to do constructive things about this challenge.”

In April the Institute of Medicine convenes a two-day conference titled, “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research.”

Johns Hopkins’ Medical Privacy Board denied a request for information from the medical records of the original 11 cases reported by Leo Kanner, citing both privacy and practicality. The first three cases were identified independently.

 

THE HENRY A. WALLACE BELTSVILLE Agricultural Research Center is located just outside Washington’s traffic-clogged I-495 beltway. The Georgian-style main building is set back majestically from Route 1.

Off the highway, two-lane roads thread through 6,600 acres as the bustle of Washington yields to rolling countryside, big barns, and grazing cattle. The log visitors’ center with its massive stone fireplaces was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the mid-1930s. Yet even some longtime Washingtonians are unaware that the world’s largest agricultural research center lies in their midst.

When Frederick L. Wellman began working there in 1935, Henry Wallace was secretary of agriculture under Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the New Deal was launching initiatives to spur crop production and overcome the Dust Bowl days of the Depression. That year Congress passed a law mandating more basic agricultural research.

By then, Wellman had earned his Ph.D., wed a Wisconsin woman named Dora U’Ren, spent a year in Honduras with the United Fruit Co., and, in 1930, was hired at the U.S. Bureau of Plant Industry’s headquarters in Washington. He was preceded there by a colleague from Wisconsin, John Monteith, who was one of the most active experimenters in the world with mercury fungicides. Monteith wrote numerous papers about his tests on mercury fungicides at the bureau’s Arlington Turf Garden, now the site of the Pentagon. Monteith and Wellman had written a scientific paper on cabbage fungus in 1927.

During most of 1936, Wellman was hunting exotic plant diseases in Turkey, Egypt, and Iran. He was, as Leo Kanner wrote, a plant pathologist who “has traveled a great deal in connection with his work.”

Their child was born on May 23, 1936. Exactly six years later, in May 1942, the boy’s worried parents brought him to see Kanner at Johns Hopkins Hospital, about 30 miles up Route 1 from Beltsville. Kanner called him “Case 2: Frederick W.”

“The child has always been self-sufficient,” Kanner quoted his mother as saying. “Usually people are an interference. He’ll push people away from him. To a certain extent, he likes to stick to the same thing.

“On one of the bookshelves we had three pieces in a certain arrangement. Whenever this was changed, he always rearranged it in the old pattern.

“He had said at least two words (`Daddy’ and `Dora,’ the mother’s name) before he was 2 years old. From then on, between 2 and 3 years, he would say words that seemed to come as a surprise to himself. He’d say them once and never repeat them.”

Kanner was an international leader in diagnosing and treating childhood mental disorders–he wrote the book Child Psychiatry in 1935 and is widely credited with establishing the discipline in the United States. But he asserted in “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact”–published in 1943 in the now-defunct psychiatric journal The Nervous Child–that this was something completely different.

“These characteristics form a unique `syndrome’ not heretofore reported, which seems to be rare enough, yet is probably more frequent than is indicated by the paucity of observed cases,” Kanner wrote.

The children just did not appear retarded. “Even though most of these children at one time or another were looked upon as feeble-minded, they are all unquestionably endowed with good cognitive potential,” he wrote. “They all have strikingly intelligent physiognomies.”

What made them different, he concluded, was “an extreme autistic aloneness that, whenever possible, disregards, ignores, shuts out anything that comes to the child from the outside.” He called the disorder autism, from the Greek word “autos,” or self, borrowing the term from a Swiss psychiatrist who used it to describe childhood schizophrenia. The children appeared to inhabit a universe of one.

In September 1942, Frederick W. was placed in a school for the developmentally disabled near Baltimore. His father transferred to the agriculture department’s international division. In early 1943, Frederick L. and Dora Wellman left the U.S. mainland for the next two decades. But they would return for their only child.

 

ELEMENTAL OR METALLIC MERCURY, the slippery quicksilver that used to spill out of broken thermometers, is made up of single atoms, No. 80 on the Periodic Table of Elements. Mercury can combine with other elements to form compounds; these compounds are called organic mercury if they include a carbon atom, inorganic mercury if they do not.

All forms of mercury are toxic, but organic mercury–which can cross the body’s blood-brain barrier and the placenta–is especially dangerous.

One kind of organic mercury, methyl, “bioaccumulates” or builds up in some large fish. Pregnant women are advised not to eat too much of certain fish for fear of causing neurological damage to their offspring.

Ethyl is a sister compound from the same alkyl subgroup of organic mercury; it has one more carbon and two more hydrogen atoms than methyl. But ethyl mercury is man-made–it was not present in the environment, and humans were not exposed to it, until a Ukrainian immigrant named Morris S. Kharasch created the first commercial formulations just before Kanner’s earliest autism cases were born.

In the 1920s, in part based on expertise he developed in chemical warfare research for the United States during World War I, Kharasch filed 11 patents that paved the way for several ethyl mercury products by the end of that decade. His dual focus was evident in his Who’s Who entry: He had been “awarded patents along pharmaceutical lines, and treatment of fungus diseases of small grains.”

Those patents led directly to thimerosal–trademarked as Merthiolate by Eli Lilly and first used in vaccines by 1931. They also led to three ethyl mercury fungicides, the DuPont and Bayer brands Ceresan and New Improved Ceresan, marketed in a partnership called Bayer-Semesan; and Lignasan, used to treat timber.

Wellman’s North Carolina State archive, in a folder titled “Memorabilia,” contains sales brochures for both kinds of Ceresan. “New Improved Ceresan usually destroys seed-borne diseases either by direct contact with the spores or by forming a vapor which penetrates every crack and cranny of the seed,” the brochure reads. It also helped protect seeds “against certain soil-borne organisms.”

The pamphlets also warn the compounds are “poisonous and precautions with all packages must be observed. Use a dry filter dust mask or clean dry cloth over the nose and mouth, as New Improved Ceresan is poisonous to inhale.” (The third of three fungicide pamphlets in Wellman’s archive was for Semesan, another organic mercury compound from Bayer-Semesan.)

Used properly, mercury fungicides were never a health hazard, according to Germany-based Bayer CropScience.

“Investigating the health and environmental aspects of our products has always been an important activity for Bayer,” the division’s web site says. “Although the correct use of mercury-containing seed treatments would be safe to the environment even by today’s standards, these pioneer seed-treatments were replaced, at the end of the 1970s, by a new generation of mercury-free products.”

A DuPont spokeswoman, Gabriel King, says she cannot comment in detail because “going back that far, it’s the institutional memory–there’s just nothing there.”

DuPont and Bayer both referred this reporter to CropLife America, a trade group. A CropLife spokeswoman says it, too, lacks familiarity with mercury fungicides.

Wellman was aware that, with mercury fungicides, he was handling “a very strong poison.”

In 1940, while at Beltsville, he wrote he had become familiar with “toxic values of chemicals [and] injurious effects of disinfectants on human beings or animals that might be involved.” He wrote that mercury–including the inorganic kind he first tested on cabbage seeds as a Wisconsin student in 1922–can have devastating effects: “It must be remembered that the mercury chloride is a very strong poison, and special care must be taken in using it and disposing of the poison solution.”

Whether or not mercury affected Wellman’s child is speculation, of course. Yet there are possible clues. Frederick W., for example, was born three weeks early by cesarean section because his mother had “kidney trouble,” Kanner wrote.

According to the CDC’s toxicological profile for mercury, “The kidney is one of the major target organs of mercury-induced toxicity.” Elsewhere it states: “You can be exposed to mercury vapors from the use of fungicides that contain mercury. Excess use of these products may result in higher-than-average exposures. . . .

“Family members of workers who have been exposed to mercury may also be exposed to mercury if the worker’s clothes are contaminated with mercury particles or liquid,” it says.

Decades ago chemists were much less sophisticated about the dangers of some of the substances they worked with. “There were chemists, there were chemical assistants who would suck chemicals through pipettes in those days,” says Thomas Felicetti, executive director of Beechwood Rehabilitation Services in Langhorne, Pa. Felicetti published a study in 1981 that found children with autism were far more likely to have parents whose jobs brought them in contact with chemicals.

Felicetti’s study was a follow-up to one in 1974 by Dr. Mary Coleman, a leading autism expert at Georgetown University who has since retired. Her study of 78 autistic children found “an unusual amount of exposure [of parents] to chemicals in the preconception period.” Twenty of the 78 children were from families with chemical exposure; in four of those families, both parents had chemical exposures. Seven out of eight of those parents were chemists.

“Of the control parents” whose children did not have autism, she wrote, “there was only one family (again both the father and the mother) who were working as chemists in a laboratory.”

In a 1976 book she edited, The Autistic Syndromes, Coleman wrote that “since the incidence of individuals exposed to chemicals in all related occupations in the United States is 1,059,000 in 91,000,000 or 1.1 percent of the population . . . to find that 25 percent of any sample has had chemical exposure is quite startling.

“This is an area where more prospective research is needed,” Coleman wrote. That has never been done.

According to Coleman’s book, the idea of parental exposure leading to autism in a child “can not be dismissed, because of the theoretical possibility that chemical toxins could effect genetic material prior to conception.”

Dozens of studies have implicated mercury in genetic damage, including chromosomes breaks, point mutations, and partial and complete deletions. One study on hamsters (it is unethical to test toxic substances on humans) found mercury produced more point mutations than lead, a widely recognized threat to children’s mental development.

The scientific literature is also full of evidence that fetuses and young children can suffer long-term harm, including brain damage, from mercury exposure even if their parents do not.

The case that galvanized world attention occurred in Minamata, Japan, in 1956, when wastewater from a Chisso Corp. chemical plant spilled toxic levels of methyl mercury into Minamata Bay, and pregnant women ate contaminated fish. Children born to mothers who ingested methyl mercury from contaminated fish while pregnant had profound physical and neurological problems even though their mothers did not show any impairment.

In 1972 thousands of people in Iraq ate bread made from grain treated with methyl mercury fungicide that was intended for planting, not human consumption. Hundreds died. A follow-up study on children whose mothers ate contaminated bread after giving birth and who were exposed only through their mothers’ breast milk showed problems including language delay that led one parent to describe the children as “needles blunted by the poison.” Language delay is one of the hallmarks of autism as well.

Eating ethyl mercury-treated grain led to similar poisonings in Ghana in 1967. Twenty people died. Of those who survived, “toxic effects appeared earlier and were more severe in children than in adults,” according to a report of the incident published in 1974 in the journal Archives of Environmental Health. “Four children developed disturbances of speech which led to stammering and scanning. . . . Mental abnormality was observed in one boy who showed outbursts of anger unrelated to circumstances. A girl developed encephalitis [brain swelling] and became completely paralyzed . . . [with] complete loss of speech.”

The report added: “Of all the fungicides in modern use, the alkyl-mercury compounds [which include ethyl and methyl mercury] offer the most serious health hazards. This is the conclusion reached by many workers . . . who have undertaken many investigations of persons at risk of occupational absorption of alkyl mercury compounds. Serious concern has therefore been expressed about the necessary contamination of the environment with mercury, particularly from its use as fungicides in agriculture and in industry.”

Two recent U.S. studies have found a possible association between environmental mercury and a risk of autism in American children.

Raymond Palmer and colleagues at the University of Texas found the autism rate was higher in Texas counties with more mercury exposure from toxic industrial releases. In the other study, researchers found children living in areas with the highest level of mercury pollution in the San Francisco Bay area were roughly twice as likely to have autism.

The Environmental Protection Agency now says 6 percent of American children are born to mothers with a mercury level high enough to put them at risk for health problems.

 

IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT LEO KANNER was not looking for environmental exposures as a cause of the strange new cases he was seeing.

By the time the Wellmans arrived at Johns Hopkins in 1942 with Frederick W., Kanner had observed a number of such children who would form the basis for his landmark description of autism as a “markedly and uniquely different” disorder.

He believed they had something else in common.

“In the whole group,” he wrote in his original study, “there are very few really warmhearted fathers and mothers.” In subsequent studies he became more emphatic, describing “the almost total absence of emotional warmth in child rearing.”

“As a rule, the parents of our autistic children are cold, humorless perfectionists,” he wrote in 1954. “[T]he emotional refrigeration which the children experience from such parents cannot but be a highly pathogenic element in the patients’ early personality development, superimposed powerfully on whatever predisposition has come from inheritance.”

Kanner’s speculation about the parents’ role was tempered by his beliefs that most of the children he saw had been that way since birth, and that their autism was “inborn.” By the end of his long and distinguished career at Hopkins, he had completely dropped the idea of parental responsibility, and noted: “At no time have I pointed to the parents as the primary, postnatal sources of pathogenicity.” Kanner was also harshly critical of the claims of Bruno Bettelheim, who blamed autism on the homicidal feelings of mothers for their child. Another autism pioneer, Bernard Rimland (who died in 2006), demolished the psychological-damage idea for good in his 1964 book Infantile Autism: The Syndrome and Its Implications for a Neural Theory of Behavior.

Kanner made another key observation in that original 1943 study.

“There is one other very interesting common denominator in the backgrounds of these children,” he wrote. “They all come of highly intelligent families.”

The Wellmans certainly fit that mold–Frederick L. Wellman had a Ph.D. in plant pathology, his wife was a college graduate, and he had four talented siblings: an opera singer; a newspaperman and best-seller author; a writer for adventure magazines; and a painter, writer, and radio commentator. Yet only the Wellman sibling with a clear chemical connection, Frederick L. Wellman, had a child with autism.

In Thomas Felicetti’s 1981 study, there was no “intellect effect,” he said; chemical exposure was the difference. One parent applied roof tar, which contained a number of toxic chemicals.

Rimland, the researcher who disproved the idea that “refrigerator” parents made their children autistic, pointed out in a 2002 written statement in his role as head of the Autism Research Institute that Kanner earned his M.D. in 1919 in Berlin, came to Hopkins in 1928, “and has been reported to have seen well over 20,000 children in the course of his psychiatric career. . . . It is remarkable, in retrospect, that none of the children were seen in Kanner’s first 12 years of practice [at Hopkins], and all 11 were born after 1930, when, as it happens, mercury-containing vaccines were first used in this country. A coincidence? Very unlikely.”

Others, including the author of a new book, argue autism has been around for ages and only awareness of it has increased. In this view, increasing exposure to mercury–or any other environmental agent–could not be causing an autism epidemic for one simple reason: There is no autism epidemic.

“The most important piece of evidence provided by those who believe that thimerosal is related to autism is that rates for all the various autism spectrum disorders have risen dramatically over the past few decades,” writes Roy Richard Grinker, a George Washington University anthropologist, in Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism.

Grinker, who has a teenage daughter, Isabel, with autism, argues in his book that the “evidence” just doesn’t hold up. “[T]he increase in the rate of autism is more likely due to the result of new and improved science–more reliable definitions of autism and more awareness of autism among health-care professionals and educators. Maybe we are finally diagnosing and counting autism correctly.”

Another expert who argues autism is not new is Dr. Darold Treffert, a Wisconsin psychiatrist who has worked with autistic patients for decades.

“Autistic disorder did not begin with Kanner’s description of it in 1943 any more than Down’s syndrome began with [Dr. Landon Down’s] description of it in 1887,” Treffert says in an e-mail. In fact, he says, Down identified several children who today would be described as autistic.

But the incidence could have increased due to new factors, Treffert continues. His belief that autism has long existed “does not negate any present investigations of the etiology [cause] of autistic disorder, including the role of environmental or heavy metal factors.”

Despite those assertions, there is a distinct lack of observed cases before 1930–less than a handful in the United States, each of which might have had autistic symptoms but differ in many ways from Kanner’s original 11.

A chemical connection might also help explain why Kanner, in Baltimore, first described the disorder: He happened to be located near government researchers working with cutting-edge chemicals. Frederick L. Wellman did advanced work for the federal government in suburban Maryland, literally on the road to Baltimore, while the father of Case 8 was “a chemist and law school graduate at the government Patent Office,” another Washington agency. Other cases appear to have been local, based on the way they were first noticed or on their parents’ occupations–one mother, a pediatrician, became a Maryland public-health officer. Case 4 was the son of a mining engineer, which also suggests the possibility of some environmental link. (It is unclear why Kanner, who died in 1981, arranged the first 11 cases in the order he did, which is not chronological.)

Ricci King, a Washington state autism advocate, says she has long noticed a connection between farm backgrounds and autism, especially in children who never had been vaccinated. That fits with a link to fungicides, she says.

“For some reason in the back of my brain I was filing the fact that some of these parents were farmers, or lived near farm communities,” says King, who has a 14-year-old son, Robert Hedequist, with autism and moderates an international autism biomedical discussion group for parents and professionals, ABMD@yahoogroups.com.

“A light bulb went off for me at a conference in Portland [Ore.] in 2001 where I met a mother of five children, all on the spectrum, all unvaccinated,” King recalls in an interview. “She was from eastern Washington, she came from a family of farmers, and her husband was a farmer as well. All five of her children had regressive autism. Meeting her changed the way I look at autism, and prompted me to explore the connection.”

King says her “jaw literally dropped” when presented with the idea that mercury in fungicides could link Kanner’s early cases. “It would be hard to convince me that there isn’t a connection,” she says.

Again, that’s speculation. But Mercury, like many toxins, can linger in the environment and could theoretically be a risk for decades via earth, air, and water. At the Beltsville center where Frederick L. Wellman experimented with mercury fungicides in the 1930s–and where research on their agricultural uses presumably ended decades ago–mercury concentrations remained up to 2,000 times the U.S. average, according to a 1995 Coastal Hazardous Waste Site Review by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

 

AFTER LEAVING BELTSVILLE IN 1943, Wellman became head of the Department of Plant Pathology and Botany at the U.S. Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, making frequent forays around the world. The bespectacled scientist published several books as well as dozens of scientific papers. He founded the Caribbean Division of the American Phytopathological Society.

His career was his calling. The first chapter in his 1974 book Plant Diseases–An Introduction for the Layman begins with a stark depiction of what can happen without the contributions of plant pathologists.

“There are many plant diseases that have destroyed important food crops causing poverty, misery, hunger, and, finally, the ugliest thing in all human experience: famine,” he wrote. “I have seen and smelled villages in the last stages of famine. . . . To me, privileged, fed, and protected, the sight seemed an impossibility.”

Wellman became the world’s leading authority on a fungus called Hemileia vastatrix, the cause of coffee rust disease. Again, mercury was part of the picture. He wrote:

    Coffee seed is covered with a tough parchment-like shell and this may be washed and disinfected with strong chemicals. Solutions of formaldehyde, strong chlorides, salts of mercury and salts of copper can all be used and after half an hour of soaking, the treated seed rinsed in water.

While Wellman made a name for himself in plant pathology, Leo Kanner did the same in the field he named. Johns Hopkins became a “clearinghouse” for autism cases from as far away as South Africa. By 1958, he had files on 150 autistic children.

In 1971 Kanner wrote a follow-up paper on the first 11 children. “Twenty-eight years have elapsed since then. . . . The patients were between 2 and 8 years old when first seen at the Children’s Psychiatric Clinic of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“What has become of them?” he asked. “What is their present status?”

Frederick W. was one of just two children whose outcome he considered favorable, Kanner said (Case 1 from Forest, Miss., was the other). In 1962 officials at the Maryland institution where Frederick W. lived wrote:

    He is, at 26 years, a passive, likeable boy whose chief interest is music. He is able to follow the routine and, though he lives chiefly within his own world, he enjoys those group activities which are of particular interest to him. He was a member of the chorus in the Parents’ Day program and was in charge of the loud speaker at the annual carnival. He went on weekend trips to town unaccompanied and made necessary purchases independently.

Two years later the Wellmans took their son out of that institution and brought him to live with them in Puerto Rico. Their son “picked up a lot of Spanish and worked out a schedule of studying language lessons on records at 4 o’clock every afternoon,” they told Kanner.

Frederick L. Wellman soon retired from his Puerto Rican post, and the family moved to Raleigh, where he became a visiting professor at North Carolina State.

“We settled into a new home and [Frederick] did his part in it,” the Wellmans wrote Kanner. “He has become acquainted with the neighbors and sometimes makes calls on them. We tried him out in the County Sheltered Workshop and Vocational Training Center. He took right to it, made friends with the teachers, and helped with some of the trainees. Through his relationship there, he took up bowling and he does pretty well.”

Frederick L. Wellman retired from N.C. State in 1970. He, his wife, and their son lived in an apartment building until the elder Wellmans died in the 1990s; Frederick W. turned 70 last May.

A man who twice answered the intercom at his current residence said it was a wrong number. A letter sent to his address received no response.

So the last word must come from Kanner’s follow-up more than a quarter-century ago.

In 1969, Frederick W. began working at the National Air Pollution Administration, now part of the Environmental Protection Agency, doing routine tasks like running a copy machine. His boss wrote in 1970 that he “is an outstanding employee by any standard.”

Mark Blaxill of SafeMinds says the new information about Frederick W. and the other early cases is a call to action.

“It’s important not to make overly large claims from this evidence, but we need to take seriously the early environmental clues like this,” he says.” Johns Hopkins has detailed data on the first couple of hundred Kanner patients. Perhaps there are more clues in that sample, like an undiscovered environmental cluster, that no one has considered before.

“I would hope that Hopkins might consider opening up those case files and, instead of focusing on the parents, start thinking about where these families lived and what the parents’ occupational exposures might have been.”

Dan Olmsted is a journalist with United Press International in Washington, where he writes the Age of Autism column, available at www.upi.com. Copyright 2007 © United Press International Inc. All rights reserved. Researcher Beverly Crawford contributed to this story.

Originally posted at Baltimore City Paper

NEWT GINGRICH ON RFK CHAIRING VACCINE COMMISSION: “I’m very comfortable with him taking the position.”

Newt Gingrich speaks during an American Solutions rally Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Newt Gingrich speaks during an American Solutions rally Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich – who has been a trusted adviser to President Trump – has come out in support of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. chairing a federal commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. Autism Investigated would like to thank STAT News for helping make that happen, especially after it previously reported: Medical research’s best hope under President Trump? It’s Newt

Gingrich had also been highly critical of Kennedy for his vaccine positions in the past, but has since backed off from those criticisms. According to STAT News’ article on Kennedy’s newly announced vaccine safety commission:

…Gingrich backed away from his earlier criticism of Kennedy. As long as the panel is “appropriately organized” and has a realistic, scientific basis, he said, “I’m very comfortable with him taking the position.”

In a desperate attempt to try and cancel out the significance of Gingrich’s support, STAT News contacted all 23 Senators who serve on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (“HELP”) Committee. One of those Senators – Mike Enzi – even produced a sealed report back in 2007 which sought to clear certain federal agencies and private entities like the Institute of Medicine of the misconduct they committed in defending the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal.

STAT News seemed to get what they wanted for their article, Senators on key panel reject Donald Trump’s skepticism about vaccines:

Eighteen senators, including eight of the 12 Republicans in the committee’s majority, expressed confidence in the US vaccination system and recognized the health benefits of vaccination.

Or, maybe not:

Staff for two other Republicans, Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Richard Burr of North Carolina, declined to comment. (boldface mine)

In a comment submitted under that article, Autism Investigated attempted to point out to STAT News how it twice buried the lead: first with Gingrich supporting Kennedy’s commission in STAT News‘ initial article and then with Enzi refusing to call vaccines safe in its follow-up piece. The comment never appeared.

Instead, the comments were closed with this lovely gem from one of the editors:

We have closed comments on this article, due largely to the uncivil and outright nasty direction taken by what should be a civil and instructive conversation.

Never mind that the only real perpetrator was a squatter who had been attacking any commenter critical of STAT News’ dishonest hit-pieces against Kennedy. What a convenient excuse and time for STAT News to shut down comment threads under all those posts: right as it was being reminded of how it inadvertently got both a sitting US Senator and a former House Speaker to back away from their earlier defenses of the vaccine program.

But even better: STAT News got the former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to now openly support Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. Thanks STAT News!

Looks like Kennedy and President Trump are already well on their way to ending the autism epidemic and making America great again!

FAKE NEWS REVEALED, Part II: The Ghostwriter Behind The Kennedy Retraction

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Scott Rosenberg, ghostwriter behind Kennedy retraction

With President-Elect Trump’s consideration of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as chair of a committee on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, the shills of fake news have been relentlessly trying to convince Trump’s team to reconsider. The most widely circulated argument has been Salon.com’s retraction of Kennedy’s article “Deadly Immunitywhere he wrote on the government cover-up of the dangers of the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal. The retraction was based on a bogus rumor that Rolling Stone secretly retracted Kennedy’s article and was later condemned as editorial cowardice” by Salon.com’s founding editor-in-chief David Talbot. But now there is even more news that should bury the retraction of Kennedy’s work once and for all in this exclusive two-part series by Autism Investigated: the Salon.com editor-in-chief who took credit for the retraction of Deadly Immunity didn’t even read it, didn’t write its retraction statement and didn’t interview the person who started the rumor as portrayed on Salon.com. The first part of the series provided proof that he didn’t, this second part reveals who did.

That person is the MediaShift blogger whom the editor-in-chief misrepresented Kennedy’s article to in Part I: former Salon.com managing editor Scott Rosenberg. Rosenberg attended theScience Online 2011 annual conference with the Rolling Stone rumor-starter Seth Mnookin. The event ran from January 13-15 right before the article was retracted on the 16th. Both Mnookin and Rosenberg had books of theirs featured at the conference:

Scott Rosenberg – Not Kerry Lauerman – Interviewed Seth Mnookin

Rosenberg was also still contributing to Salon through 2011 when Kennedy’s piece was retracted. Yet Rosenberg would never disclose that in his MediaShift blog about Salon’s retraction of Kennedy’s article weeks later. Seth Mnookin’s first tweet about Salon’s interview used Science Online 2011 hashtag #scio11 – specifically for tweets Science Online meeting commentary and follow-up discussions – even though Lauerman was never at the conference while Rosenberg was:

 That was the first and last tweet by Mnookin about Salon’s coverage of his book and the removal of Kennedy’s article using the #scio11 hashtag. The purpose of the #scio11 hashtag according to a conference attendee was to denote tweets about Science Online 2011 “meeting commentary and follow-up discussions” by conference participants:”One goal of the conference was to be as inclusive as possible by livestreaming several of the sessions online and encouraging liberal use of the Twitter hashtag, #scio11, for meeting commentary and follow-up discussions.” Mnookin was also trying to score interviews at Science Online 2011 to pitch his book prior to the conference:

A Twitter search for both Mnookin and Rosenberg’s Twitter handles reveals substantial interaction between them at Science Online 2011, as well as Rosenberg tweeting about Salon’s retraction of his piece almost immediately after it happened. In contrast – Lauerman had no participation in Science Online 2011; a search with the #scio11 hashtag and his twitter handle yields nothing. Lauerman was not even in virtual attendance, despite it being an option for conference participants who could not physically be at the conference. He simply was not there at all.

Lauerman’s Motive For Retraction: Payback to Rosenberg in Exchange for Career Advancement

Kerry Lauerman had quite a rapport with Scott Rosenberg going back many years, specifically concerning the project Lauerman launched that was Rosenberg’s idea. This is what Rosenberg said about Lauerman in 2008:

“The Open Salon that opens its doors today — it’s been in private beta for a while — is an outgrowth of the work I did back then, but of course over the past year the project has evolved much further…It’s the work of Kerry Lauerman and his team — and, now that the participants are using it, it’s in the hands of Salon’s readers the people formerly known as Salon’s readers, to make of it something new and exciting.”

The implementation of Rosenberg’s idea by Lauerman was followed by his rapid accession to editor-in-chief just two years later. So naturally, Lauerman would feel indebted to Rosenberg which would in turn be a motive for Lauerman having Kennedy’s article retracted to please Rosenberg if Lauerman felt Rosenberg’s idea got him the highest editorial position. Lauerman not having personally interviewed Mnookin, read Kennedy’s piece or wrote Salon.com‘s retraction statement would also explain why Lauerman refused to even take Kennedy’s calls the night Lauerman told Kennedy via email that Salon.com would retract his piece on the night of the 15th – the last night of the conference attended by Mnookin and Rosenberg. 

Interestingly – following the retraction – Rosenberg went on to run the annual Science Online conferences regularly attended by Mnookin until the organization became insolvent and shut down in 2014. Lauerman did not read Kennedy’s article when it was pulled, did not interview Mnookin and likely yanked “Deadly Immunity” as a favor for a friend with strong Mnookin connections. Yet now years later, the result of this crooked behavior is used as justification to block Robert F. Kennedy Jr. from becoming chair of a badly needed commission to stop the ongoing harm being committed against innocent infants. Fortunately, the president-elect and the vice president-elect both seem pretty happy to have Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on their team.

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FAKE NEWS REVEALED, Part I: Salon Editor Who “Retracted” Kennedy’s Article Didn’t Even Read It

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Kerry Lauerman, Salon.com editor-in-chief who deleted Robert F. Kennedy Jr. ‘s article without even reading it, is now executive “news” editor of Mic.

With President-Elect Trump’s consideration of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as chair of a committee on vaccine safety and scientific integrity, the shills of fake news have been relentlessly trying to convince Trump’s team to reconsider. The most widely circulated argument has been Salon.com’s retraction of Kennedy’s article “Deadly Immunity”where he wrote on the government cover-up of the dangers of the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal. The retraction was based on a bogus rumor that Rolling Stone secretly retracted Kennedy’s article and was later condemned as editorial cowardice” by Salon.com’s founding editor-in-chief David Talbot. But now there is even more news that should bury the retraction of Kennedy’s work once and for all in this exclusive two-part series by Autism Investigated: the Salon.com editor-in-chief who took credit for the retraction of “Deadly Immunity” didn’t even read it, didn’t write its retraction statement and didn’t interview the person who started the rumor as portrayed on the site. This first part of the series provides proof that he didn’t, the second part will reveal who did.

That editor, Kerry Lauerman, has since made quite a career out of running outlets that delivered fake news. In 2014 he was hired by The Washington Post and in 2015 was made the newspaper’s National Projects Editor. Among Lauerman’s roles, according to the newspaper, would be “the planning, execution and coverage of some critically important events during the political year, such as the presidential debate and forum we’re co-sponsoring with Univision, and in guiding our preparations for the political conventions.” During that stint of Lauerman’s at WaPo, the now-president-elect stripped the newspaper of its press credentials because of its dishonest reporting.

Then the month before the election, Lauerman left the newspaper to become executive “news” editor of Mic – a creepy far-left site aimed at millennials that makes sensationalized stories out of the way men sit in subways. He still edits Micwhere he now pushes garbage rumors about the president-elect while he still attacks Kennedy.

Proof Lauerman Didn’t Read “Deadly Immunity”

A blog post for MediaShift dated January 24, 2011 provided a quote of Lauerman’s following the retraction. It proves Lauerman’s basic grasp of both the article and the context of the Kennedy quote he provided was so poor, Lauerman could not have read the article he censored:  

“It’s a seriously flawed story we feared could do real harm. People who have bought into the anti-vaccine panic have created a health crisis, and a flawed report that feeds that hysteria poses a real threat. With this particular story, the unproven logic that animates the piece — as when Kennedy says the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real’ — is not easily excisable, and no matter how many editor’s notes or Drudge-like, red-flashing sirens you place on a story to warn readers, there will be those who will take a well-known, respected American at his word. We simply didn’t think it was worth that risk.” (boldface mine) 

How Lauerman quoted Kennedy’s article to justify its retraction completely contradicts how the retraction statement quoted that same sentence in his article on Salon.com:   

In 2005, Salon published online an exclusive story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that offered an explosive premise: that the mercury-based thimerosal compound present in vaccines until 2001 was dangerous, and that he was convinced that the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real.” (boldface mine)

The intro to Salon.com’s interview with Seth Mnookin – news fabricator extraordinaire who started the rumor that Rolling Stone canned Kennedy’s article – also contradicts the context in which Lauerman quoted Kennedy:  

In 2005, we published a report, “Deadly Immunity,” by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine (Salon had a co-publishing arrangement with the magazine at the time), in which Kennedy wrote that he became convinced that the link between thimerosal [a mercury-based compound once used in vaccines] and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real” (boldface mine)

The only apparent place that misleadingly quoted Kennedy’s article the same way Lauerman did in 2011 was a CBS Moneywatch piece that also helped spread the false rumor that Rolling Stone pulled Kennedy’s article. That would mean Lauerman only read that piece instead of actually reading Deadly Immunity”.  And as one can see from a search result, there do not appear to be any other January 2011 sources that chopped the quote from Kennedy’s article to look like an absolute statement the way Lauerman did. The only way for Lauerman to have reasonably misrepresented Kennedy’s piece and quoted it out of context the way he did would have been for Lauerman not to have read his article and to have only read the CBS Moneywatch article with the chopped quote from Kennedy’s piece. Had Lauerman even bothered to read “Deadly Immunity”, he would know that his whole claimed pretense for retracting it was totally false. But the facts didn’t matter to him, as they continue to not matter to Salon.com. 

Since his reasoning is contradicted by both the retraction statement and the Salon.com interview as well, that would mean Lauerman did not write or conduct them either. But if he didn’t do either for Salon.com, who did? That will be revealed in Part II of this series, where the ghostwriter will be outed.

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BREAKING: RFK JR. ASKED TO HEAD VACCINE SAFETY COMMITTEE

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at Trump Tower.

Read Autism Investigated’s below review of Robert F. Kennnedy Jr.’s book Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak for The Epoch Times.

Letting the Science Speak Against Mercury in Vaccines

Review: ‘Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak,’ Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Skyhorse Press)

By Jake Crosby

The vaccine preservative and title subject of the book “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” may not be as well-known as the book’s editor, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., an environmental lawyer and son of the late attorney general Robert F. Kennedy. Yet the public’s lack of knowledge about thimerosal is perhaps all the more reason why this book is so important, especially since the paperback edition (to be released Sept. 1) now contains 17 previously-written chapters that were excluded from the hardcover edition for being “too combustible,” according to Kennedy.

Roughly 50 percent mercury by weight, thimerosal is labeled “very toxic.” Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element on earth and second overall. One would think those facts would be enough to end its use in any medicine once and for all, but if that were the case this book would never have been written. Despite the toxicity of mercury, it remains present in many routine vaccinations in the form of thimerosal, and its ongoing use remains staunchly defended by the vaccine industry.

The book’s subtitle, “The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury—a Known Neurotoxin—from Vaccines,” makes clear this book is more than just a case for why thimerosal is dangerous. Kennedy makes a compelling argument for vaccines to no longer contain thimerosal, from its toxicity, to its lack of necessity, to its association with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism, and finally to the neglectful and even fraudulent attempts to hide that association by government agencies and media outlets.

As a result of mercury’s ongoing use in vaccines, “we are gambling with population health through the same intervention that we use to protect it,” as Harvard neurologist Dr. Martha Herbert concisely stated in the book’s introduction.

Some chapters such as the one on the biological basis for thimerosal causing autism contain scientific terms that may be difficult to follow without knowledge of college-level biology. Such is the challenge of making a case for causality of a behavioral disorder at the cellular level. Yet this is a challenge the book takes on commendably.

There is a new chapter on Dr. William Thompson, the senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) who blew the whistle on his colleagues for hiding evidence of vaccines causing autism. There’s also a new forward by Congressman Bill Posey who recently read an explosive statement by Thompson to Congress.

The paperback edition of “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” has some of the same weaknesses as its hardcover predecessor. It is simply counter-intuitive to write a book outlining the proof for thimerosal’s role in causing autism only to cast doubt on that proof, as is done in the book’s preface by Dr. Mark Hyman. Kennedy and the other contributors to the book also still fall for the age-old trap of trying to prove they are not “anti-vaccine,” a burden no critic of the vaccine program should face or bother satisfying.

Overall, however, the book delivers well on its promise by making the case against the use of thimerosal in commonly administered, routine vaccinations by letting the science on the subject “speak” so to speak. That is something federal health agencies, media outlets and a myriad of special interests behind thimerosal’s continued use do not allow. For that reason, readers now have a unique opportunity to let the science supporting thimerosal’s immediate removal from vaccines speak to them by giving “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” a well-deserved read.

Jake Crosby is editor of the website Autism Investigated. Crosby has a masters in Public Health in epedemiology and is now pursuing a Ph.D. in epidemiology.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Epoch Times.

Crooked Hillary – Trump’s Vaccine Safety “Dangerous”

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My opponent in this race has consistently discounted scientific findings, from his comments about vaccines to his claim that climate change is a hoax. These dangerous positions not only put Americans at risk, but can have long term impacts on our country’s growth and productivity. – Crooked Hillary Clinton, Scientific AmericanSeptember, 13, 2016

Crooked Hillary Clinton has evoked the same language used by “journalists”, “scientists” and the government to excuse the ongoing cover-up of vaccine dangers and poisoning of babies and even said she would explicitly work with those implicated in the scandal to help it continue. However, it is hardly surprising coming from a candidate who would lie about anything and who would do it to anyone – from lying that she did not put the country’s security at risk, to lying to relatives of Americans murdered by terrorists, to covering up her husband’s abuse of women, to crookedly managing her family’s fake charity, to making the disgraced ex-DNC chair her “honorary campaign manager” and finally to lying about her own health. Although it was hilarious to watch her fall nearly flat on her face and then get dragged into a van, it goes to show just how far she will go to hide something as fundamental as her own sickness from the American people.

Meanwhile, she touts her sham “autism plan” that cites junked statistics to waste money on a study attempting to disprove the autism epidemic. Her foundation also takes millions in Saudi money despite the fact that that country imprisons autism parents for speaking out against the state’s neglect of children with autism. Worst of all, however, is the fact that she is intent on ensuring that the criminal activity of the federal vaccine program remains hidden from the public. In the same post at the Scientific American where she called Trump’s vaccine position “dangerous” (virtually every major “science” publication is now just a corporate front), she promised she would assist the Department of Health and Human Services in their ongoing lies and even congratulated them for doing such a good job of lying:

“As president, I will work closely with the talented physicians, nurses, and scientists in our US Public Health Service to speak out and educate parents about vaccines, focusing on their extraordinary track record in saving lives and pointing out the dangers of not vaccinating our children. ”

And yet, that will just be one of many scandals to her name. When many of the people close to her who have damaging information about her and her husband somehow wind up dead, it is pretty unsurprising that she will prolong the vaccine cover-up. Just after President Obama said that aren’t reasons to not get vaccinated, she sent out a tweet belittling any skepticism of vaccinations. She ultimately has him to thank for why she was not indicted for her criminal handling of classified material, and she has the pharmaceutical industry to thank for such generous campaign contributions. Crooked Hillary has also taken plenty of money from cell phone company-turned-pharmaceutical client Verizon, which now owns Huffington Post where articles both about vaccine dangers and her failing health have been deleted.

Crooked Hillary Clinton is a criminal, liar and deserves no respect regardless of how the upcoming election goes. Yet the Age of Autism blog which claims to support vaccine safety supports Crooked Hillary and posted a puff piece about the Democratic National Convention: “As a life-long Democrat, I was proud to watch the Democratic National Convention.  Hillary Clinton and its other impressive speakers were eloquent, optimistic and inspiring.” Age of Autism’s editor just recently said: “Just a friendly reminder, dear readers, that all voices are welcome here, including lifelong Democrats and those who think that given the options a vote for Hillary Clinton is a reasonable decision. Yours in choice, Dan.” Age of Autism – sponsored and edited by a man who is a mole for the vaccine lobby – should be shut down after these remarks. So too should groups run by the same people such as Canary Party (Cuckservative Party) and Health Choice.

Until the government does an honest job of regulating vaccines for safety and nothing else, the problem won’t just be mercury in vaccines, or the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine or even multiple vaccines at once – the problem will just be vaccines. Complete opposition to and rejection of vaccines should only continue until such time, which may not be for the foreseeable future. But only a vote for Donald Trump is a reasonable choice for ending this nightmare. Anyone who suggests otherwise is just operating for the iatrogenic vaccine lobby. So to Nico LaHood, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Rob Schneider and any other liberal-leaning person who cares about this issue as it relates to the outcome of this election – get on the Trump Train!

Update: Robert De Niro is also more than welcome to board.

False Rape Story-Pusher Anna Merlan Profits Off Crocodile Tears

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Feminist Gawker blog Jezebel is one of the dumbest places on the internet – in part for giving a platform to Anna Merlan, one of the dumbest people on the internet. Along with defending mercury in vaccines as “not toxic to humans” in stark contradiction of its own labeling as well as wiping the crocodile tears of a woman who tried to censor a film she never saw, Merlan also defended the notoriously false UVA “rape” story that was subsequently retracted. Yet despite calling journalists questioning the piece “idiots,” she somehow remains employed at Gawker even while the company is being sued into bankruptcy for libel. Apparently, Merlan is the best blogger big pharma can find on such short notice while its go-to guy Seth Mnookin is at risk of a relapse after losing his old platform and being called a shill in so many words by the founder of Salon.com.

How appropriate that someone who associates with third-wave feminism which grossly exaggerates sexual assault statistics and that fabricates the myth of a gender wage gap would also push junk science claiming that vaccines don’t cause autism. And how perfect that she believes exonerated British doctor Andrew Wakefield is a conspiracy theorist yet also believes in a “patriarchy” (think all-male illuminati).

It should hardly be a surprise to anyone then that Anna Merlan would rush to the defense of one Fiona O’Leary who operates the autism treatment-hating, neurodiversity-loving “Autistic Rights Together” practically out of her basement. She opposes any kind of treatments for autism on the pretense that they’re “dangerous” and intend to wipe out autistic people themselves, even though the real risk to autistic kids is their autism. Yet in an utter stroke of irony, Merlan called O’Leary an “autistic rights” activist.

Neurodiversity – like feminism and other social justice cancers – ignores basic facts in favor of personal prejudice. Change a few key words and there is no real difference between feminism and neurodiversity; they are two sides of the same coin. They thrive off of victim-playing and cry-bullying and believe that some peoples’ feelings rank higher than others on the hierarchy of victimhood.

When a 12-year-old child made a viral video intended to mock people who watched their children crash into autism after vaccines, Anna Merlan wrote a long-winded post praising the “budding scientist” whom “anti-vax activists are trying to dox.” Even when Autism Investigated decided to respond with satire of the media’s calling the boy a “scientist,” the same folks who got a huge laugh out of his video at others’ expense suddenly accused Autism Investigated of doing the same to him that he did to others. Time and time again, Merlan’s ilk show they can dish it out but cannot take it.

In 2012, the then-future founder of Autism Investigated was shut out of a talk given by millionaire vaccine industrialist liar Paul Offit. The feminist Melody Hensley who followed his orders would later claim that Twitter gave her PTSD. Her internet presence may be gone, but feminists like Merlan prove that there will always be those willing to take Hensley’s place and cash in on the crocodile tears. A woman like Merlan who pushed a notoriously false story about an alleged rape on a college campus is a perfect ally for a pharma-funded government adviser like Offit who lies about vaccine dangers periodically.