PhD Scientist and Biochemist Reveals Hidden CDC Documents Showing Thimerosal In Vaccines Increase Neurologic Disorders

The Refusers

The CDC has been shunning the correlations between thimerosal and neurological disorders for a very long time. Although the FDA gave a two year deadline to remove the mercury based preservative from vaccines after the neurotoxin was banned in 1999, it still remains to this day in 60 percent of flu vaccines. A vaccine industry watchdog has now obtained CDC documents that show statistically significant risks of autism associated with the vaccine preservative, something the CDC denies even when confronted with their own data.

For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”

Factually, thimerosal is a mercury-containing compound that is a known human carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen and immune-system disruptor at levels below 1 part-per-million, and a compound to which some humans can have an anaphylactic shock reaction. It is also a recognized reproductive and fetal toxin with no established toxicologically safe level of exposure for humans.

In November, 1997, the U.S. Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act, requiring the study of mercury content in FDA-approved products. The review disclosed the hitherto-unrecognized levels of ethylmercury in vaccines.

In July 1999, public-health officials announced that thimerosal would be phased out of vaccines. The CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and FDA insisted that the measure was purely precautionary. They requested of all vaccine manufacturers to eliminate mercury from vaccines.

The requests were denied by vaccine manufacturers and continued every year thereafter.

The FDA does not require ingredients that comprise less than 1 percent of a product to be divulged on the label, so a lot more products may have thimerosal and consumers will never know.

Elevated Risk of Autism

When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.

The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect…” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Toxic Effects of Thimerosal No Longer Disputed by Scientific Study

Thimerosal-Derived Ethylmercury in vaccines is now well established as a mitochondrial toxin in human brain cells.

There are dozens of scientific inquiries and studies on the adverse effects of thimerosal, including gastrointestinal abnormalities and immune system irregularities.

Thimerosal, is metabolized (converted) into the toxic and “harmful” methylmercury. And then in turn, the harmful methylmercury is metabolized (converted) into the most harmful, long-term-toxic, “inorganic” mercury that is retained in bodily tissue.

“Inorganic” mercury is the end product of mercury metabolism. Methylmercury subject groups confirm that the metabolic pathway for mercury in the human and animal body consists in the reduction/conversion of the harmful methylmercury into a more harmful “inorganic” mercury which is tissue-bound, and long-term-toxic. Hence, both the originating substance (methylmercury) and its conversion/reduction, inorganic mercury are found.

Based on published findings by Dr. Paul King, the metabolic pathway for organic mercury involves the conversion of Ethylmercury (Thimerosal) into “methylmercury” and then the further reduction of “methylmercury” into inorganic mercury.

Congress Must Act

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource — children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Say No to Thimerosal, Say No to the Flu Vaccine

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by Dr. Mark Sircus

Saying no to vaccines in the face of the gale wind of propaganda and governmentally supported vaccine campaigns is high treason punishable to the point of having your kids taken away if you happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
True medicine cries out against vaccines and all the harm they are doing to children and people around the globe, but we have medical authorities claiming them to offer deliverance when in reality they offer little of anything but further toxic attacks on the body and immune system.

Medical truth is obviously against deliberately poisoning people, but don’t tell that to anyone at the FDA whose staff falls all over itself to promote the most dangerous drugs ever known to mankind.

Vaccines are loaded with crude materials that will never make anyone well. Poisons usually have the habit of poisoning people and the amount of mercury in the influenza vaccine is dangerous no matter what these un-trustable medical officials say.

Mercury is much more toxic than lead but there is not a doctor in the world stupid or crazy enough to inject lead into children’s veins, yet there are plenty who will gladly with a smile inject mercury.

In this crazy world of ours, medicine has turned against the people’s wellbeing, meaning they have committed high treason against the sacred medical oath to do no harm to their patients.

A flu vaccine with mercury-based thimerosal used as a preservative is an insult to the public’s intelligence but unfortunately that intelligence has been buried under a thick wall of medical lies and propaganda meant to sell vaccines.

“Chronic mercury exposure is also a threat to our health and makes us especially vulnerable to flu infections.

It has been shown that “prolonged exposure of mammals (white mice) to low mercury concentrations (0.008-0.02mg/m3) leads to a significant increase in the susceptibility of mice to pathological influenza virus strains.

This is shown by a more severe course of infection. In the experimental group more mice died (86-90.3%) than in the unexposed animals (60.2-68%), additionally the experimental group died more quickly.

The significant difference was in the appearance and degree of pneumonia in the effected animals,” wrote Dr. I. M. Trakhtenberg in “Chronic Effects of Mercury on Organisms.”

The CDC recommends that everyone over six months of age get a flu shot, especially people in high-risk groups, such as those under five or over 65 and people with chronic medical conditions, such as asthma or heart disease.

Any competent biochemist would look at the structure of thimerosal and identify it as a potent enzyme inhibitor.
What is surprising is that the appropriate animal and laboratory testing was not done on the vaccines containing thimerosal (and aluminum) before the government embarked on a mandated vaccine program that exposed infants to the levels of thimerosal that occurred. – Dr. Boyd E. Haley

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. published in the Huffington Post a few years ago devastating evidence that implicated the CDC in a terrible scandal in regards to the unnecessary injection of millions of children with thimerosal a few years back, and this is important because again the CDC is going to allow mercury-containing thimerosal to be used in the swine flu shots as well as the regular flu shots in the fall of 2009.

Doctors like to educate parents about what influenza is and to emphasize that influenza is different from having a cold.
They think that it is really important for parents to understand when we are in flu season that, if their child is exhibiting signs of an influenza-like illness, they need to seek care from their pediatric provider and begin antiviral drug treatment if indicated.
There are many ways to approach and treat the complications of influenza in Natural Allopathic Medicine, whose basic protocol is made from rock-solid emergency room medicinals of non-pharmaceutical origin.

American Academy of Pediatrics Wants to Keep Dangerous Mercury in Vaccines

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by Melissa Melton

Why would pediatricians who have taken an oath to help, not harm, kids go on record to say that vaccines need to contain poisonous mercury?

Just before Christmas, Reuters reported “Pediatricians Call to Keep Thimerosal in Vaccines,” citing that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agreed with a United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) committee that the mercury used as a preservative in vaccines “should not be banned as an ingredient” because it “should not be considered a hazardous source of mercury.”

Really?

This odd defense of mercury in vaccines goes against the fact that a multitude of scientific studies have shown the detrimental effects that mercury has on the brain, and much research has been done on the correlation between mercury-laden vaccines and the autism epidemic, among other health effects. Even the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labels mercury a hazardous substance with a multi-step process for disposal to avoid the potentially devastating effects of mercury exposure.

Despite clear evidence that mercury is bad for us, the media continues to trumpet claims that mercury is good for developing children’s brains as they have done in the past.

Childhood vaccine market profits are projected to reach $16 billion by 2016, and the United States has one of the most aggressive vaccine schedules in the world. The CDC now recommends 69 shots of 16 different vaccines by age 18. When it comes to mercury’s “safety”, it seems one only needs to follow the funding.

While a series of influential studies which have been used by WHO to inform vaccine policy have concluded thimerosal poses little risk to full-term infants, the head researcher in these studies has admittedly received grants from top Big Pharma companies including Eli Lilly (the company that developed thimerosal), Merck, and Pfizer among many others.
The logic we are fed on why we should inject ourselves and our infants and children with mercury is that thimerosal is somehow safe because it is made from ethyl mercury, which has a shorter half-life in the blood than its supposedly much more hazardous cousin methyl mercury.

Unfortunately, this makes little sense, common or otherwise. In a 1985 comparative toxicology study in which rats were treated with both types of mercury, little difference in neurotoxicity was found, yet those treated with ethyl mercury suffered more widespread damage.

More recently, a 2005 study on brain concentrations of both methyl and ethyl mercury compounds found that monkeys dosed with ethyl mercury had double the levels of inorganic mercury in their brains.
According to this study, “inorganic mercury remains in the brain much longer than organic mercury, with an estimated half-life of more than a year.” Many claims that thimerosal is safe are based on how long the mercury compound stays in the blood, but mercury accumulates and stays in the brain — where much greater damage is done — longer than in the blood.
How can inorganic mercury accumulations in the brains of growing children for more than a year even remotely be considered safe?

According to the EPA, “high exposures to inorganic mercury may result in damage to the gastrointestinal tract, the nervous system, and the kidneys.” Symptoms of inorganic mercury exposure can also include memory loss, mental disturbances, and muscle weakness among other negative health effects. If these are the effects of a high dose, why would anyone take their chances with a what has somehow been deemed a “healthy” dose or, frankly, any dose of mercury?

The United Nations Environment Program is in the process of banning mercury as a global health hazard, which would also mean a ban on thimerosal. The Reuters article goes on to quote AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases member Dr. Walter Orenstein as saying that thimerosal should have a special exception “because thimerosal is so vital for protecting children.”
This is not the first time the AAP has appeared to bow to corporate interests.

In October 2011, the organization made the recommendation that children as young as four could be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and those children could be prescribed pharmaceuticals such as Ritalin for it. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights International reported that, not only was the chairman in charge of this “recommendation” a consultant for multiple Big Pharma companies including Eli Lilly, but AAP had received thousands in pharmaceutical company contributions from Merck, Eli Lilly, Bristol-Meyers Squibb and many others in recent years.

Mere days before Proposition 37, the genetically modified food labeling initiative, went for a vote in California, AAP also went on record to state that organic food was not healthier for children. The report claimed that there were no “meaningful nutritional benefits” from eating organic food, and co-author Joel Forman was actually quoted by USA Today as saying, “the needed long-term studies do not yet exist to show that eating pesticide-free food makes people healthier.”

Far too many AAP members also hold or have held positions with Big Pharma and Big Agra companies (for just a few examples, see here, here, here, here, and here). Isn’t this an apparent conflict of interest that could potentially put children in danger? Other examples include when former head of the CDC Dr. Julie Gerberding was later hired as Merck’s Vaccine Division President, and the fact that during the H1N1 scandal, WHO advisors were caught receiving kickbacks from vaccine manufacturers. The lines between government and corporations are continuously blurred in a widespread trend that seems to go beyond any individual or single organization.

Profits are not only being put ahead of people, but ahead of common sense as well.

Get Your Flu Shot or Get Fired: Media Hails New ‘Safety’ Policies Forcing Shots on Workers

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by Anthony Gucciardi

Don’t want to be injected with the seasonal flu vaccine due to concerns over ingredients like MSG, antibiotics, formaldehyde, and aluminum as admitted by the FDA on their own website? Well then you may lose your job for refusing a ‘safety’ measure, as more and more major corporations are forcing the flu vaccine (among others) on workers in order to keep their job.

But how is this being enabled? Despite being met with massive resistance as vaccination rates are actually declining across the board due to concerns by citizens worldwide, mainstream media organizations like the Chicago Chronicle have been running numerous hit pieces on those who reject the flu vaccine as ‘uninformed’ and just plain old silly.

These articles also champion in the ‘safety’ measures of forced vaccination within mega corporations like Alexian Brothers Health System with unquestioning loyalty towards the companies. Dismissing any legitimate civil or health concerns with a laughable ‘oh, stop’ and no actual response, this mainstream media article was actually published to the tens of millions that read the Chicago Chronicle each month.

Media: ‘Stop’ Questioning Corporations!

When addressing the real concerns regarding how a corporation can force an employee to inject themselves with MSG, antibiotics, aluminum, and other contaminants, the Chicago Chronicle just dismisses it without question. The article reads:

“If your employer can order you to inject or inhale a vaccine, the reasoning goes, what else might it require? Oh, stop. A hospital isn’t out of line when it tells its employees to get vaccinated — or get fired.”

Just as the Chronicle states, the corporate media desperately wants you to please stop asking virtually any questions. After all, it makes whitewashing the news and propagating literal fabrications very challenging. Even the European Union Food Safety Agency asked scientists and consumers to please stop studying genetically modified organisms following the breaking report that GMOs had been linked to tumors.

Of course media pieces like these are actually a bi-product of resistance from the people. As more and more individuals refuse the carcinogen-packed flu shot on a yearly basis, vaccine manufacturers are in a panic. Big Pharma as a whole is in trouble, and the only way they know how to perform damage control is through spending millions upon millions in PR runs.

All of the PR runs and media campaigns to dismiss legitimate concerns (without ever actually addressing them beyond a sarcastic or satirical discount like ‘oh, stop’) cannot, however, stop the emergence of real information to the public regarding GMOs, the contaminants within the flu shot, and other items.

The mainstream media and mega corporations would like you to please stop questioning their actions, but they will never get their wish.

Pediatrics Association Fights against Thimerosal Mercury Ban

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by Lisa Garber

The American Academy of Pediatrics and a World Health Organization committee agreed that thimerosal, a vaccine preservative that contains mercury, should not be banned by the United Nations, even though it has been frowned upon in the United States.

Rewind to 1999, however, and you would find the AAP asking for thimerosal’s removal from vaccines in the United States, due to the danger of youths being injected with too much mercury. And there was less evidence then as there is now that these vaccines could contribute to the development of autism and other neurodevelopmental problems. In a curious turn of events, however, the AAP agreed this month with the WHO commission when it advocated the use of thimerosal in vaccines to treat children around the world.

“It was absolutely a matter of precaution because of the absence of more information,” says Columbia University’s Dr. Louis Cooper, then AAP board of directors. “Subsequently an awful lot of effort has been put into trying to sort out whether thimerosal causes any harm to kids, and the bottom line is basically, it doesn’t look as if it does.”

A 2004 safety review by the US Institute of Medicine would come to the same conclusion, as does a 2010 assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dangers of Thimerosal and Vaccines

Thimerosal, however, is approximately 50 percent mercury. For every child and every dose, 62.5 ug of mercury comes with a vaccination against hepatitis B or MMR. According to the Federal Environmental Protection Guidelines, that’s 100 times the “safe” dose.

Vaccines also have a spotted history and questionable efficacy. An increasing number of people are shunning the injections despite pressure from their places of employment. According to findings by Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control, the flu shot actually worsens H1N1 symptoms. Just a few of the studies implicating vaccines in contributing to leukemia and lymphoma include:

Bichel, Post-vaccinial Lymphadenitis Developing into Hodgkin’s Disease, Acta Med Scand, 1976, Vol 199, p523-525.
Stewart, AM, et al, Aetiology of Childhood Leukaemia, Lancet, 16 Oct, 1965, 2:789-790. [Listed under Vaccine Adverse Reactions.]

Glathe, H et al, Evidence of Tumorigenic Activity of Candidate Cell Substrate in Vaccine Production by the Use of Anti-Lymphocyte Serum, Development Biol Std, 1977, 34:145-148.

These are, admittedly, older studies. While many have been conducted since, a highly profitable industry has also been built around vaccines, rendering many studies heavily biased and unreliable. What’s more, thimerosal isn’t the only harmful additive. Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen, is another “preservative” found in vaccines.

Short-Sighted Humanitarian Efforts, Profits for Big Pharma

The AAP argues, however, that while thimerosal should remain sparse in American children, those abroad without access to vaccines should not get the same treatment.

If we are to take AAP and the WHO committee’s endorsements at face value, their intentions seem good. Children in impoverished regions of the world are sickened with avoidable diseases, and they argue that vaccines might prevent the illness. Because researchers suggest that it would cost up to five times as much for developing areas to produce vaccines without thimerosal as it would developed areas, shipping mercury-laden vaccines to developing areas seems like a humanitarian effort.

“We need this exception,” says Dr. Walter Orenstein, a member of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, “because thimerosal is so vital for protecting children.”

We get that, but it doesn’t make the move clean.

The effectiveness—never mind the side effects—of vaccines remain hotly debated. Instead of making money off of vaccines, the WHO and UN might think on the physical and fiscal benefits people in impoverished areas might meet with a healthy diet of locally grown organic produce (instead of, say, GMOs courtesy of Bill Gates). Besides, the producers of vaccines like GlaxoSmithKline over at Big Pharma are not our friends, as evidenced in what qualifies as nothing short of the murder of 14 infants in experimental trials of their products.

Everyone should agree, for one reason or another, that more research deserves to be conducted by independent bodies on not only vaccinations and alternative additives, but also in disease prevention on a daily scale, such as through a healthy diet and sanitation efforts. If not, at the end of the day, we know who comes out the loser in this misguided crusade, and who gets to take home the bags of money.

LIST OF THE TOP 10 TOXIC CHEMICALS SUSPECTED TO CAUSE AUTISM AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

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An editorial published today in the prestigious journal Environmental Health Perspectives calls for increased research to identify possible environmental causes of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders in America’s children and presents a list of ten target chemicals including which are considered highly likely to contribute to these conditions.

Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, a world-renowned leader in children’s environmental health and Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, co-authored the editorial, entitled “A Research Strategy to Discover the Environmental Causes of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities,” along with Luca Lambertini, PhD, MPH, MSc, Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai and Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute OF Environmental Health Sciences.

The editorial was published alongside four other papers — each suggesting a link between toxic chemicals and autism. Both the editorial and the papers originated at a conference hosted by CEHC in December 2010.

The National Academy of Sciences reports that 3 percent of all neurobehavioral disorders in children, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are caused by toxic exposures in the environment and that another 25 percent are caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics. But the precise environmental causes are not yet known. While genetic research has demonstrated that ASD and certain other neurodevelopmental disorders have a strong hereditary component, many believe that environmental causes may also play a role – and Mount Sinai is leading an effort to understand the role of these toxins in a condition that now affects between 400,000 and 600,000 of the 4 million children born in the United States each year.

“A large number of the chemicals in widest use have not undergone even minimal assessment of potential toxicity and this is of great concern,” says Dr. Landrigan. “Knowledge of environmental causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is critically important because they are potentially preventable.”

CEHC developed the list of ten chemicals found in consumer products that are suspected to contribute to autism and learning disabilities to guide a research strategy to discover potentially preventable environmental causes. The top ten chemicals are:

1. Lead

2. Methylmercury
3. PCBs
4. Organophosphate pesticides
5. Organochlorine pesticides
6. Endocrine disruptors
7. Automotive exhaust
8. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
9. Brominated flame retardants
10. Perfluorinated compounds

In addition to the editorial, the other four papers also call for increased research to identify the possible environmental causes of autism in America’s children. The first paper, written by a team at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, found preliminary evidence linking smoking during pregnancy to Asperger’s disorder and other forms of high-functioning autism. Two papers, written by researchers at the University of California – Davis, show that PCBs disrupt early brain development. The final paper, also by a team at UC – Davis, suggests further exploring the link between pesticide exposure and autism.