By Hwaa Irfan
At least 20 years of reports and studies from within the medical profession, and from researchers have proven and argued against the idea of indiscriminant mass vaccination programs demonstrating the link to some diseases that have become a factor of 20th century life. One of those diseases is autism. The entrenched belief that vaccines are the only way to reduce epidemics has been the reason why along with other not so apparent reasons despite the evidence that epidemics reach a peak then subside regardless of vaccine programs. When panic set in with H1N1, it was regardless of the facts, and yet the H1N1 virus has been added to anti-flu shots! Those whose lives are ruined by vaccine programs may be silenced at a price because of the indoctrinated belief that the U.S. government is always right, but they never be adequately compensated for by the U.S. Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, VICP.
The VICP was formed in 1989, the same year that there was a significant amount of ‘injuries’ from vaccines. Autism was substantially represented amongst those ‘injuries’, and yet the government still denies the link between vaccines and autism.
A recently published study looked into the cases of autism compensated through VICP. The study explored 1300 cases of brain injury as a result of vaccines. Of those cases, only 21 were recognized as
“autism or autism-like symptoms” according to court records, but the researchers combed through the 1300 cases, and were able to identify 150 cases of autism who were compensated by the VICP. The families were contacted and found another 62 cases, and in 39 unreported cases of autism confirmed.
This study has been published at a time when the federal government is trying to disregard 5000 cases of autism from the Omnibus Autism Proceedings.
The U.S., Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, perceive the vaccine link to autism as a theory, which is supported by the World Health Organization, W.H.O, and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. C.D.C states:
“As the country’s leading public health agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to protecting the health of all Americans–including infants, children, and adolescents. CDC shares with parents and many others great concern about the number of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We are committed to understanding what causes autism, how it can be prevented, and how it can be recognized and treated as early as possible.
“Recent estimates from CDC’s Autism Developmental Disabilities Monitoring network found that about 1 in 150 children have ASD. This estimate is higher than estimates from the early 1990s. Some people believe increased exposure to thimerosal (from the addition of important new vaccines recommended for children) explains the higher prevalence in recent years. However, evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism frequency does not support such an association. Furthermore, a scientific reviewExternal Web Site Icon by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that “the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines an autism.” CDC supports the IOM conclusion.”
Thimerosal/ Thiomersal is a product of the ‘protected’ Eli Lilly and Company known as Merthiolate that is established within the pharmaceutical industry as a germicide. Described as ‘organic mercury’ Thimerosal has been in use since the 1930s in vaccines, and is used as a preservative in vaccines, in nasal and ophthalmic products. It is supposed to be ‘phased’ out from routine childhood vaccinations in certain countries including the U.S., and is still used in inactivated flu vaccines for children over two years old in the U.S. It is also present in the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines.
Thimerosal contains 49+% mercury (ethylmercury), and the concentrated Thimerosal used in vaccines is equal to 2-3 micro grams per milliliter of the vaccine itself – this may seem like an insignificant amount but many of the micronutrients required to maintain human health is also required in significant, but insignificant amounts.
A child can be exposed to Thimerosal through the placenta, breast milk, food and/or medicines. If exposed, mercury can affect the development of the nervous system. Safeminds 2008 white paper Evironmental Mercury Exposure and the Risk of Autism demonstrated how mercury accumulates in the endocrine system.
Burden of Proof
We put our faith in the ‘experts’ who set up mechanisms that protect and defend the population out of their years of experience in the field. Sometimes that experience is not in the field, but behind a desk, and sometimes what the public has been informed is defective in some way. This was the case with C.D.C. when an autism and vaccine researcher for C.D.C., Poul Thorsen was indicted for fraud and money-laundering in April 2011. The money concerned was from funding obtained to disprove any link between autism and mercury-based vaccines i.e. thimerosal!
Reporter, Robert Macneil in an interview shares how autism arose with his grandson Nick. As a 9-month old baby Nick was alert and active like any child and in good health. At 15 months, Nick was vaccinated for MMR, the DTaP and the Hib. However, that state of good health was to overturn when Nick became very irritable and cried inconsolably. Peculiar behavior was observed by his mother, a psychiatric social worker, when Nick was 16 months old. Nick no longer able to make eye contact, to engage with family members. Nick now struggles with language and is very resistant to any kind of change. He will appear out of nowhere, and appears completely absent minded, and withdraw into a world where no one else can reach him. Nick has serious problems with the mitochondria pertaining to his digestive system, which metabolizes energy enough for normal cell activity. He also has petit mal.
In February 2011, in the case of 19-year old Hannah Bruesewitz, the Supreme court ruled that a lawsuit against the manufacturer responsible for making the vaccine that ‘injured’ her. Hannah had a DTP vaccine when she was 6 months old, and developed seizures within 24 hours of having that vaccine. Her family were unable to get any compensation from VCIP, and had been trying to sue the company Lederle, as there was a proven design defect in the vaccine, at a time when a safer DPT vaccine was available. Lederle is now a part of the drug company Wyeth.
SafeMinds calls for federal hearings to address the inadequacies of the VICP and ensure that it functions to protect the public – and not just vaccine manufacturers.
Who can blame a 12-year old Canadian boy for refusing to take the Hepatitis B vaccine at his school Ross Tilley Public School in Bowmanville, Toronto? Faced with insistence, unfortunately, his refusal was taken as “threatening behaviour” and so he was arrested though it was said that the police were called in because the boy threatened to damage property, but for whatever reason the boy refused, his opinion should have been taken into account, discussed, reasoned with full facts at disposal, for his life is worth more than the property that could have been destroyed!
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Macneil, R. “Autism Now: Robert MacNeil Shares Grandson Nick’s Story.” http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/health/jan-june11/autism_04-18.html
SafeMinds. “83 Cases of Autism Associated with Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensated in Federal Vaccine Court.” http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/83-cases-of-autism-associated-with-childhood-vaccine-injury-compensated-in-federal-vaccine-court-121570673.html
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