Read HuffPost-Censored “Trace Amounts” Review


Just weeks after “Trace Amounts” was reviewed at The Epoch Times, The Huffington Post removed the below April review of the same documentary for reasons not even specified to the author. No explanation has ever been given for the removal, despite requests. With the recent promotion of “Trace Amounts” by actor Jim Carrey, now is a better time than ever to reproduce the film review that Huffington Post took down for no given reason.

Film Seeks to Compel Parents to Ask Hard Questions about Mercury and Vaccinations

By Tamar Abrams

There are few issues more polarizing these days than vaccines. Merely saying the word forces us to claim a side, often vehemently. Which is why it’s interesting that the filmmakers of Trace Amounts: Austism, Mercury and the Hidden Truth say, “Many people think we are anti-vaccinations. But once they see the film, they realize we are not.” A film that attempts to shine light on the dangers inherent in one component of vaccines without taking a stand against vaccines, Trace Amounts is earnest and geeky at the same time.

The film’s director, Eric Gladen, came to the issue through a personal experience. At the age of 29, he cut himself on a rusty nail and received a tetanus shot in an emergency room. Within a short time, he was seriously ill. He blames the illness on mercury poisoning from the thimerosal contained in the tetanus injection. Quitting his job as an engineer, he embarked on a crusade to get thimerosal removed from all vaccinations and injections. If the comprehensive research that followed had resulted in a film called Trace Amounts: Mercury’s Dangers, you likely wouldn’t be reading this blog. But Gladen’s major theory in the film is that the thimerosal contained in vaccines is a major contributor to the “epidemic” of autism in children.

Shiloh Levine, Gladen’s co-director, acknowledges that most childhood vaccines have not contained thimerosal since the early 2000s, but cautions, “It is still contained in flu shots, but most parents don’t know to ask about it. We want to help them make decisions based on an educated choice, especially since the CDC is not revealing everything they know.” The film is chock full of anti-mercury arguments: scientists and researchers give lots of opinions and statistics that certainly seem to show a strong connection between mercury and autism. And, given that it is possible to request flu vaccines that don’t contain thimerosal, parents might want to err on the side of caution. Of course there is a price for that: thimerosal-free flu shots cost an additional $3 dollars or more.

Gladen admits that for many, the film is initially a lightning rod in the vaccine debate. “Some people come to a screening and are not there with an open mind,” he says. “But after seeing it, they are just mad. It is clear that the CDC and others have severe financial stakes in not giving all the information they have. It is stunning to watch the audience reaction – they leave arguing with the CDC’s position, not ours.”

While Gladen insists he is not anti-vaccinations, he also understands those who take that position. “Anti-vaxxers are not crazy,” he says. “We need to turn the vaccine system upside down and correct the system. Injecting children with mercury is one of the bigger crimes against humanity.” He believes a third party should provide oversight to our nation’s vaccine program, ensuring its safety and accountability by the large pharma manufacturers.

Trace Amounts appears to be gaining followers, driven mostly by an endorsement from Robert F. Kennedy Jr and a grassroots community that is hosting screenings of the film. Gladen and Levine were recently in Washington DC to lobby members of Congress for legislation removing mercury from all medications. While they admit that it is an uphill labor, Levine quickly adds, “This is a labor of love. We live and breathe and eat Trace Amounts.”

Whatever side of the vaccination debate parents are on, we all share the common goal of ensuring our children’s well-being. Spending 90 minutes watching Trace Amounts wouldn’t do any of us any harm and might compel you to ask more questions the next time your child is scheduled to receive a shot.

See on The Epoch Times.

Addendum: Because of The Huffington Post‘s ongoing policy of censorship, any comments containing active links to the site will no longer be allowed at Autism Investigated.

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19 Thoughts on “Read HuffPost-Censored “Trace Amounts” Review

  1. Jake, the censorship on medical or health issues is so strong now that for this article to have even been in the HuffPost is surprising.
    In Canada a local MS information website that featured alternative strategies for treating the disease, such as CCSVI, diet, vitamin d, stem cell treatment, has been given cease and desist orders with the pretence of some kind of labelling issue. interestingly. The site also mentions the new U Virginia discovery that the brain is connected to the immune system through vessels thought previously not to exist and which has implications for autism, Alzheimers…
    It seems like they are trying to harrass or threaten people with lawsuits when they don’t like the message. I don’t know what’s worse, the media doing this or other “health” bodies that are supposed to be in the business of helping sick people.

    • HuffPo previously removed this article, too, even though it called Wakefield “discredited!”

    • Narad on July 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm said:

      In Canada a local MS information website that featured alternative strategies for treating the disease, such as CCSVI, diet, vitamin d, stem cell treatment, has been given cease and desist orders with the pretence of some kind of labelling issue.

      I presume that the reference is to this.

      I don’t know anything about Canadian trademark law, but an issue of appropriating someone else’s logo hardly amounts to “censorship.”

      • It is not surprising that that is your takeaway.

        • Narad on July 7, 2015 at 7:52 pm said:

          It is not surprising that that is your takeaway.

          It’s not as though he has to take down his site or anything. He just needs to stop copying their logo. Would you care to explain how you think this amounts to “censorship”?

  2. Hans Litten on July 7, 2015 at 10:13 am said:

    Vaccines and the cancer pandemic :

  3. I will watch this film and we will see just how “hard” these questions are that the film compels me to ask.

  4. Hi all,

    I have just rejected a comment in moderation and deleted two more that accidentally made it through. The rule about not spreading rumors or gossip about Dr. Bradstreet’s death applies to all posts, not just his obituary. Additionally, the rule also applies to any comments that link to other websites that spread those rumors. Anyone who wants to find those sites can do so on their own, but AI will not facilitate that.

    Just so you are all aware,


  5. Hans Litten on July 8, 2015 at 7:28 am said:

    Jake – there is a rumour that vaccines cause Autism – are you going to censor that ?

  6. Hans Litten on July 8, 2015 at 8:09 am said:

    Is the Washington Post good enough for you Jake ?

    “I can not accept the notion that Jeff would take his own life,” wrote former colleague, John Reinhold Sr. “His research was a threat to many representing huge financial losses in the hundreds of billions, if the direction his research was validating came to be accepted as ‘fact.’ We discussed this many times when he was in the earliest stages of his work. The public is unaware of how easy it is for someone knowledgeable whose financial interests are threatened to make a phone call and simply state, ‘He’s an annoyance we don’t need right now,’ and that simple statement putting plans in motion. If Jeff’s strong suspicions are right regarding cause and causes of autism, legal actions against those corporations implicated would be staggering and possibly unprecedented in the history of world finance. Jeff was brilliant and had every reason to live. Although we’ve not been in touch in recent years I can not fathom that he checked himself out.”

    Herod – you are back – how we’ve missed you – have you been keeping your vaccines up to date ?
    You live in California – right ?

    • No it’s worse. Aside from being a total hit-piece on Dr. Bradstreet and portraying critics with no published papers relevant to autism in their name as “leading autism experts,” it falsely claims that authorities saw “a slow downward slide to suicide.” All the police have said is that the gunshot wound on Dr. Bradstreet’s chest appears self-inflicted, but we’ve heard nothing from people close to him that suggests a psychiatric history leading to suicide.

      I’ve removed the link, but kept the quote since it’s clear the person who said it was just stating his own opinion.

  7. Hans Litten on July 8, 2015 at 3:02 pm said:


    Interview—- International Vaccine Newsletter June 1995

    Kalokerinos: My final conclusion after forty years or more in this business is that the unofficial policy of the World Health Organisation and the unofficial policy of ‘Save the Children’s Fund and almost all those organisations is one of murder and genocide. They want to make it appear as if they are saving these kids, but in actual fact they don’t. I am talking of those at the very top. Beneath that level is another level of doctors and health workers, like myself, who don’t really understand what they are doing. But I cannot see any other possible explanation: It is murder and it is genocide. And I tell you what: when the black races really wake up to what we have done to them they are not going to thank us very much. And if you want to see what harm vaccines do, don’t come to Australia or New Zealand or any place, go to Africa and you will see it there

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