Vaccine, Autism Link Explored -
The Scheers, like a small but growing number of American
families, believe vaccines may have triggered autism in their
7-year-old son, Gannon, and that avoiding future shots could
spare their other children the same fate.
Vaccine Center Issues Warning -
The National Vaccine Information Center yesterday warned
state officials to investigate the safety of a breakthrough
cancer vaccine as Texas became the first state to make the
vaccine mandatory for school-age girls. Negative side effects of
Gardasil, a new Merck vaccine to prevent the sexually
transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, are being
reported in the District of Columbia and 20 states, including
Virginia. The reactions range from loss of consciousness to
The Age of Autism:
Doctors for Mercury - As
doctors and health authorities fight state bans on mercury in
vaccines and keep giving it to kids and pregnant women, one fact
stands out: their certainty. The image of pediatricians and
public officials as valiant defenders of mercury takes a bit of
getting used to, given their longstanding efforts to keep the
toxic element out of our food, our bodies and the environment.
No reasonable person -- let alone health professional -- would
advocate keeping mercury in childhood vaccines unless they were
absolutely certain it was an exception to this lethal legacy.
Additive Linked to Autism - A mercury-laced preservative
once widely added to pediatric vaccines exposes infants' brains
to twice the neurotoxin previously suspected, offering evidence
that health guidelines may underestimate the risk newborns face,
researchers say in a report being published today. The additive,
thimerosal, has been used in vaccines since the 1930s and is
almost 50 percent mercury by weight. Since 2001, manufacturers
have gradually phased it out of almost all domestic pediatric
vaccines, though it remains in use overseas in cheaper "multidose"
Vaccines, Autism Won't Die - Seven years after
it began, the debate over vaccines and autism just won’t die. In fact, it
appears to be finding new life. Several churches have started a grassroots
movement to rid vaccines of mercury. A new book on the issue is getting
attention. A Kennedy has entered the fray.
David Kirby Responds to R.F.K.
Jr.’s Article and Says “Bring It On” - Last month, at the Autism One
conference in Chicago, I issued a challenge to the thimerosal naysayers.
Borrowing from a certain leader of the Free World, I said, simply, “Bring it
on.” So here is the challenge, repeated again. Dr. Julie Gerberding (CDC
Director), Dr. Steve Cochi (head of the CDC vaccine program), Dr. Marie
McCormick (head of the IOM panel that dismissed the thimerosal theory), Dr. Paul
Offit (a leading pediatrician who passionately derides the theory) or any other
prominent person who insists that there is no evidence of harm from injecting
organic mercury directly into the systems of infant children at levels far in
excess of federal safety limits: Let’s talk. You pick the time, place and
speakers. You can even set the ground rules. All I ask is that you come forth,
and let's get this over with.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Investigates the Government Cover-up of a Mercury/Autism Scandal
devoted time to study this issue because I believe that this is a moral crisis
that must be addressed. If, as the evidence suggests, our public-health
authorities knowingly allowed the pharmaceutical industry to poison an entire
generation of American children, their actions arguably constitute one of the
biggest scandals in the annals of American medicine."
"Mercury Free Vaccine Act of 2005" - Autism
Society of America (ASA), the nation's oldest and largest organization dedicated
to the supporting individuals and families dealing with autism, is pleased to
announce its support of the bipartisan move by Congressman David Weldon, MD
(FL-15) and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) to assure the removal of
childhood mercury exposure through vaccines. HR 881, the "Mercury Free Vaccine
Act of 2005" was introduced last week in the US House of Representatives.
Link in Autism to Mercury - Children with autism may process mercury
differently than most children, leaving them susceptible to damage from
preservatives in vaccines and other sources of the heavy metal, according to
a controversial new report released Monday.
- Armed with a new study, some parents say vaccines trigger
autism. But is skipping shots the answer?
Kansas City, Missouri
Colleges Call for Vaccinations -
Health officials are hoping college students will add one more thing
to their back-to-school list: a meningitis vaccination.
Arizona State University:
Autism Baby Hair Study - A
summary of preliminary results as shared with program participants. “Our
preliminary conclusion is that many children with autism had low mercury in
their baby hair, probably due to impaired excretion. The impaired excretion is
probably partly due to excessive oral antibiotics, although genetics or other
factors may also play a role.”
Thimerosal Debate Continues - During the 1990s,
autism became epidemic, affecting up to 15 times as many children as it did in
the prior decade. A small but growing segment of the medical and scientific
communities believes the additive Thimerosal, included in mandated multiple
childhood vaccines, is the agent that has created the growth of autism. However,
the governmental agency charged with the protection of American's health, the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration,
refute the claim.
Officials Fight for Stronger Controls on Mercury Pollution - People who
enjoy some species that contain trace amounts of mercury may be doing more harm
than good. But if 11 states -- including New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- have
their way, strict federal regulations would significantly reduce mercury
emissions from coal-fired power plants and trash incinerators.
Mercury Linked to Autism-Like
Damage in Mice - Institute of Medicine Says Study Does Not Support Link
Between Mercury, Autism in Humans.
Unspoken Acceptance of Vaccine Additive Raises Furor -
Federal officials have added the flu vaccine to the routine
immunization schedule for children, but will remain silent
about whether parents should request a mercury-free version of
the shot. Critics blasted last week's decision, particularly
in light of government warnings about other types of mercury
Mercury-laced Shots OK for Kids, CDC Says
- Hundreds of thousands of infants and toddlers who
get flu shots starting this fall could be exposed to a
mercury-laced preservative that has been all but eliminated
from other pediatric vaccines because of health concerns.
Additive Linked to Brain Damage in Children -
Mercury-based preservative tied to autism, ADHD, U.S.
researchers say. After assuring parents that additives in vaccines
don't cause brain damage, scientists have found what they believe
could be a "smoking gun" linking these additives to autism and
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children.
- A conspiracy of silence or paranoid scaremongering? Is the MMR
vaccine a cause of autism - or is it a vital health program undermined by this
That Discounts a Suspected Cause of the Disorder Gives Way to More Questions
Than Answers - In recent years, autism research
has been a battleground. A vocal group of parents, advocates and a few
scientists focused on vaccines containing traces of mercury as the lead suspects
in the disorder. But most autism researchers were suspicious, arguing that the
theory didn't fit the evidence.
Michigan Statutory Provision on
Waiver of Immunizations
Sixth in Immunizations - Michigan childhood immunization
levels jumped nearly 14 percent from 2001 to 2002. With the
increase the state is now sixth nationwide in terms of childhood
Autism, vaccine link considered - An
epidemic of autism and other brain problems in American children is
linked to vaccines, say doctors, activists and one member of Congress
who met in Chicago over the weekend to discuss the disease.
Doctors' Children Avoid MMR -
Critics claim it shows that doctors and nurses are more
worried about the possible health risks of the triple vaccination than they are
prepared to admit in public.
Michigan Halts Smallpox
Vaccinations -With two health care
workers in other states having died after receiving the smallpox
vaccination, the state Department of Community Health announced Monday
that it is suspending vaccinations here until the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention further studies the causes of the two deaths
and five nonfatal reactions to the vaccine.
Families win lawsuit over MMR vaccine
Study showing mercury in vaccine
not harmful to infants draws mixed reactions
- Drug companies and the US medical establishment
welcomed a new study that found infants who received
vaccines containing mercury were
unharmed but some children's health advocates discounted the
report insisting mercury in infant
vaccines was responsible for autism and
other developmental disorders.
target Burton - Rep. Davis (R-Va.), chairman of the House
Government Reform Committee, has ended a dispute over what to do with
his predecessor, Rep. Burton (R-Ind.), and has decided to give him a
A Homeland Security
Whodunit - In Massive Bill, Someone Buried a Clause to Benefit
Drug Maker Eli Lilly.
State Posts Smallpox
Inoculation Information - Information on smallpox inoculations
for health care workers that includes a list of training facilitators
and signup sheets for training to deal with potential outbreaks, has
been posted on the Department of Community Health's Web site.
vaccine amendment - Last-minute
addition to homeland security bill shields makers.
New shot may
curtail crybabies - FDA approves five-in-one immunization for
infants. But, vaccine overload/Autism link not explored.
Smallpox vaccine side
effects catch doctors by surprise -
As physical specimens, the Baylor University students were fit and
healthy, the "creme de la creme," in the words of researcher Kathy
Edwards. Yet when she inoculated them with smallpox vaccine, arms
swelled, temperatures spiked and panic spread.
Measles Virus Is Found In Boy's Brain After MMR -
A child who developed severe epilepsy after
receiving the MMR jab has been found
to have measles virus from the vaccine
in his brain.
Michigan Statutory Provision on
Waiver of Immunizations