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Warning shots: Who’s behind the campaign to keep vaccine talk off “The View”?
By Steve Schneider

When it was announced that Jenny McCarthy would be joining TV’s “The View,” America’s op-ed pages were filled with the protests of pundits worried that she would use her position on the show to further her crusade against childhood vaccinations. (McCarthy claims that her son was afflicted with autism and blames vaccines for his condition; she has urged other parents to question and/or reject the vaccinations many pediatricians recommend.) For some of McCarthy’s detractors, whether or not she would actually get to discuss vaccines on the program, and to what degree, was almost immaterial: **Slate**’s Phil Plait argued that just by having her on the show, its producers were lending tacit credibility to a cause that he (like many other advocates of the pharmaceutical status quo, both official and self-appointed) considers reprehensibly dangerous.

Plait had already orchestrated a reader write-in campaign to prevent the hiring from going through. Though it failed, the tactic is now being revisited in a petition circulated by Change.org, which seeks to have McCarthy replaced on “The View” before she can even shoot an episode as a series regular. That petition, curiously, is bylined “by Voices for Vaccines; St. Paul, Minnesota.”

So what is Voices for Vaccines, and why is it authoring Change.org’s content? On its own website, Voices for Vaccines describes itself as “a parent-driven organization supported by scientists, doctors, and public health officials that provides parents clear, science-based information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable disease…” But one look at the specific names involved makes it clear why the organization might be very interested in preventing any anti-vaccination talk from coming to “The View.” The Scientific Advisory Board of VFV includes one Paul A. Offit, identified in a CBS News report as holding a $1.5 million dollar Merck-funded research chair at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. According to CBS, Offit “holds the patent on an anti-diarrhea vaccine he developed with Merck”; in 2008, future royalties for that vaccine, Rotateq, were sold for $182 million, CBS reported.

The money trail doesn’t stop there. According to Barbara Loe Fisher, president of the non-profit National Vaccine Information Center, the Voices for Vaccines board is rounded out by another advisor (Stanley A. Plotkin) who is a vaccine developer, and two others (Alan R. Hinman and Deborah L. Wexler) with significant ties to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That last connection isn’t as innocuous as it might sound: As Maine-based M.D. and public-health blogger Meryl Nass explains, the pharmaceutical industry “funds CDC through the conduit CDC Foundation”; in turn, CDC funds the Immunization Action Coalition, another pro-vaccination advocacy group. (Voices for Vaccines advisor Wexler also heads the IAC.)

Voices for Vaccines is itself an offshoot project of the Task Force for Global Health. The Task Force’s board of directors is chaired by Jane Fugate Thorpe, an Atlanta products-liability lawyer whose official bio trumpets her “strategic defense of industry-leading corporations and industry coalitions, particularly with regard to Daubert strategies.” (“Daubert” refers to the standard governing the admissibility of expert testimony at trial.) In other words, Thorpe has made her reputation shielding product manufacturers from individuals like the concerned parents VFV purports to represent.

What’s notable about all this is its very brazenness: A few quick clicks and a smattering of Google searches is all it takes to bring up the relevant connections and allegiances. Voices for Vaccines isn’t making much of an effort to hide its vested interest in ensuring that the products from which its members profit aren’t questioned on national television. Similarly, Change.org – which last year decided to renounce progressive values in order to provide a platform for “a wider diversity of participants and perspectives” – isn’t doing a very good job of obscuring its newfound role as the willing transmitter of corporate propaganda. In revealing the site’s shift in focus, the Huffington Post’s Ryan Grim named “astroturf campaigns” as one of the project types Change.org was now open to taking on; helping vaccine developers quash potential criticism from behind a thin veneer of citizen concern would seem to fit that definition rather snugly.

It’s also significant that the involved parties aren’t content to wait until McCarthy says something “objectionable” about vaccinations on-air so they can respond to it. That might lead to a genuine national conversation about vaccines – their pros and cons, their benefits and risks, and whether they cause and/or trigger conditions like autism, as opposed to merely appearing coincidentally with them. But even permitting such an exchange of views to take place could have a negative effect on the popularity of the products — which might be one reason why the medical establishment seems perennially quick to treat the safety of vaccines as a settled issue. “In a more rational world, this discussion would be un-reopenable,” Offit told National Geographic. “The answerable questions have all been answered.” And as reader Brian Franklin responded, “What kind of scientist says that?”



146 Comments to “Big Pharma’s faking a “grass-roots” campaign to keep Jenny McCarthy off “The View””

  • Yeah, sacred cows.

    But damn there’s a lot of psychiatric drug cash flowing from this “mystery.” It’s almost like there’s… a disincentive to ever solve it. Autism is much less of a grab bag diagnosis but may be a more promising niche. 7% of psych drug sales for 2% of the population under 17 is quite a haul. Autism is where it’s at, investment-wise, and clearly a growth market. Unless you’re not in on the psychopharm peddling party,–then it just sucks.

  • John Stone says:

    “and if it ever went it is back in vaccines given to pregnant women and 6 month old infants.”

    Perhaps the reason you believe people are sneering is because you apparently want to try on that tin-foil hat but are afraid to actually be seen wearing it.

    If you think mercury is still in pediatric vaccines, then get AofA to send them out to a lab and have them analyzed. You’ll get national press attention and the donations will come in faster than you can count them. The book will fly off the shelves.

    But you’re afraid to do that, aren’t you? The same way the CDC is afraid to commission a longitudinal double blind study comparing vaccinated vs. unvaccinated children.

    So instead, you’ll quietly let the references to those stories about the MASSIVE increase in mercury load from the increase in the vaccine schedules most of which had thimerosal slowly disappear into the archives. You remember the ones I’m talking about: how much fish you’d have to eat to match what was being shot into little babies’ bloodstreams? Now its that little touch of mercury given to mama while the bun was in the oven that is so much more dangerous than that thermometer full that was your talking point just a few years ago.

    You would help your credibility so much by addressing this issue head on instead of trying to sneak away like a thief in the night claiming you really were talking about aluminum all along.

  • Autism Speaks proposing population screening programs while hosting a “pre-competitive consortium” to discover drug treatments involving Pfizer, Lilly, Roche, Novartis and Janssen – it’s a whole land of opportunity. No wonder AS got very excited when the pilot screening program they ran in Goyang S Korea detected an autism rate in of 1 in 38 (although by the time they had finished two-thirds of the families were refusing to co-operate). Obviously, the more cases you can generate the better the news is for the industry.

  • PBCliberal

    There you go again. Where did I say that mercury was still in pediatric vaccines (in the US)? I pointed out that it was in the flu shots given to pregnant women and 6 month old infants. I also pointed out it was the not be-all and all of the problem of allowing an industry to farm our children without any questions being asked.

    You are trying to pose as some kind of honest broker but you duck the substantive points and indulge in stereotyping.

  • “was not the be all and end all”

  • John, I inferred the comment

    IF IT EVER WENT, it is back in vaccines… [emphasis mine]

    to mean there is a question as to whether it was ever actually removed from vaccines, and suggested a way you could prove that at great benefit to you as a journalist and the folks you write for.

    You are well aware that one of the ways to counter the growing body of evidence that we removed mercury and autism rates went up faster, is to deny it was removed and is being covered up by a grand conspiracy theory. No matter how it turns out, doing a lab test is a great story for a site like yours that doesn’t cost much.

    Whether I’m an honest broker or not is something for neither you nor I to decide. That’s the role of the readers. I don’t know the answers to these questions so I have nothing to duck. If you think I’ve not addressed something, please bring it. Chances are, I won’t know the answer, but unlike the partisans, I’ll say so honestly, because I don’t have a dog in this fight beyond that I’d like an honest debate because so much is riding on it.

    And perhaps you’d explain what you meant by “if it ever went” in the context of that sentence.

  • There were simply two issues in my mind – how long thimerosal products continued in use until supplies ran out, and the industry agitating to allow thimerosal in flu vaccine given to vulnerable populations (something of course which went crazy in 2009). These are obviously confounders along with ever expanding schedule with its adjuvants (aluminum compounds for example) and excipients. But I have always stressed that the bigger problem is with culture in general: the machine which asserts and denies and over which there is zero real accoutability. In 2001-3 we saw an industry with claws in government advocate for war, in 2008 we saw the mountain of toxic debt arise through slack and non-existent regulation, and we see exactly the same issues with the FDA and CDC – the same stench and we don’t learn anything.

  • Ok, I’ve taken a couple of evenings to research this, and what I have found is that the most recent vaccine schedule are indeed causing a steep increase in neurological and immunological problems, for children AND adults.

    The popular debate seems to be whether or not these problems include autism. The side that says yes is hyperfocusing on autism, perhaps because children with neurological damage from any source end up with the catch-all dx of autism. The side that says it doesn’t is ignoring enormous safety issues, and is doing a substantial amount of spin.

    I’m starting to think that the autism label is the biggest problem here, as the trend is to believe that it’s a disease or even a genetic condition, when in fact it’s a label applied to a poorly understood collection of symptoms and behaviors. These symptoms and behaviors do correlate with brain damage, plain and simple. Rather than looking to see if or how today’s vaccine schedule might be implicated, there has been a concerted effort to protect the vaccine schedule, under the guise of science.

    The conflicts of interest here are just astounding.

    Off to a meeting to discuss with colleagues.

  • Dr Mom,

    You may in that case like bear in mind my recent comment on another blog to Dorit Reiss of Voices for Vaccines:

    “Dorit, if you want to argue like that its up to you, and people can draw their own conclusions about your motives, but this is what they said:

    “”The government has never compensated, nor has it ever been ordered to compensate, any case based on a determination that autism was actually caused by vaccines. We have compensated cases in which children exhibited an encephalopathy, or general brain disease. Encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including autistic behavior, autism, or seizures.”

    “Now, there is more than a touch of distinctions without differences about this (as Sharyl Attkisson was pointing out) but in so far as one can make sense of it the point is there is a mechanism (encephalopathy) which results in impairment (autistic behaviour, autism, seizures) and what you have to show is brain damage occurred as a result of the vaccine. But if there was no impairment it would be hard to argue that a case needed compensating, so they are forcing a point while admitting that autism is sometimes involved.

    “Also, it is worth noting that in the statement “autism” and “autistic behavior” are symptoms of encephalopathy (“encephalopathy may be accompanied by a medical progression of an array of symptoms including…”) and there is no mention of “symptoms of autism”, which is erroneously interpolated by you in order suggest it is not proper autism. But not only is this technically silly – another distinction without a difference – what concerns parents is not whether there is some Platonic ideal of autism to which their child’s disability corresponds, but their often reasonable belief that their child has been damaged.”

    JS UK editor, Age of Autism

  • Only one problem with that: the government’s position does not embody the post hoc fallacy, yours does. There’s a substantial body of research that shows autism can be traced right back to birth, some evidence even suggests that it could be detectable in utero. There is no consistent temporal association between vaccines and autism. The purported mechanisms advanced by antivaxers change as each is refuted in turn, but the bogeyman remains the same: it always was, and always will be, vaccines. They don’t care whether the purported harm is autism, seizures, death or whatever. They will latch onto any vulnerable community in an attempt to skim off yet another layer of people whose critical faculties are deficient and who can be sucked into the intellectual black hole.

    That’s the saddest thing about the whole farrago. Adherents to the antivax agenda, which is demonstrably dangerous to public health, exploit vulnerable people for their own cynical purposes.

    The result is situations as seen in Pakistan recently , where the effort to eradicate polio was materially impeded by religious nuts murdering health workers, parrotting absolutely standard antivax tropes – and these tropes have been around so long they were already widely recognisable in the 60s, sufficiently so that they were satirised in Dr. Strangelove.

  • No, its not the “post hoc fallacy”, it s just an argument over causation – what an absurd piece of pomposity. Vaccines cause brain damage, and in some cases it is even admitted.

  • Defeating selfish replicators
    The Skeptic brethren lead the flock
    In transcendent strains of cum
    Hoc ergo propter hoc
    To propagate a race of “Brights”
    Memevolution can’t be stopped
    Whether Skeptichicks want it or not…

    The evil Imams! Don’t worry, we’ll drone them and their “religious gene” tainted spawn out of existence and liberate those poor oppressed Islamic women from their burkas by burning them off their bodies with phosphorus shells.

    Actually the 47K cases of flaccid paralysis following the live oral polio vaccine drive in India (http://digitaljournal.com/article/323371 ) has superseded fears fueled by twenty year old reports– originating from a Catholic health org– that tetanus vaccines distributed to women of child bearing age in several third world countries contained traces of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone or HCG. As the story goes, HCG combined with tetanus toxoid, reportedly caused the women to develop antibodies to HCG which caused infertility. http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=es&u=http://es.catholic.net/sexualidadybioetica/285/1359/articulo.php%3Fid%3D37407&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dvacuna%2Bcontra%2Bel%2Bt%25C3%25A9tanos%2BManilla%2Bhormona%2BHCG%26biw%3D1343%26bih%3D577

    Damn those irrational religious scourges like Louis Pasteur who dare to dabble in the forbidden and sacred realm of science.

    I really have no idea how valid the story of HCG in tetanus is. Catholics aren’t generally opposed to vaccination even with the use of aborted human fetal cells, etc. But that was the origin of the fears. It’s clearly irrational to fear an industry which would maim and kill 200 Nigerian children with an illegal Trovan trial would do such a thing, I know.

  • @Guy Chapman: (“There’s a substantial body of research
    that shows autism can be traced right back to
    birth, some evidence even suggests that it could
    be detectable in utero. “)

    So, “correlation does not equal causation” is your mantra–except when you think you can pretend that correlation DOES equal causation when it supports your position?
    looks like you have outed yourself. It’s clear you are not pro-vaccination. You are anti-anti-vaxxer, anti-vaccine safety advocate, or anti-consumer safety advocate, Take your pick. Every one of your posts demonstrates that your mission is not to discuss, not to exchange and share perspective. You cannot claim that “vaccines cause autism” is misleading and then turn around and proclaim “autism can be traced right back to birth” when there is actually no proof that it can–there is just a piddling amount of correlation in a tiny fraction of cases.

    You write with such authority, my first impression was that you knew what you were talking about, but after looking up the available research, it’s obvious that you have an agenda that has nothing to do with being pro-vaccine, or in learning about vaccine reactions, or in learning about children with developmental disorders.

    I am left wondering why you are here. There are valid arguments to be made in favor of vaccination, but you’re not making them. There are valid concerns about vaccine safety that are conceded by pro-vaccine doctors–particularly those that specialize in neuro-developmental disorders, I might add–but you do not admit them. Nor have you adequately responded to the valid questions and issues raised by the AV/VSA/CSA contingent.

  • @John Stone: Very interesting.

    Are you aware of any theories of other causes of such brain damage besides for vaccines? If so, are there studies supporting those theories, and what (if any) relationship to vaccines might those causes have? Meaning, is there anything else that has a similar effect on pediatric/infant brain development and function besides for vaccines, and besides for congenital rubella syndrome?

  • DrMom

    This is not perhaps the best place because if you include links MCM might take a while to get round to posting, but of course the issue of environmental toxins – and most obviously heavy metals (including mercury) has been widely discussed both in relation to vaccines but more generally as well, and despite the best efforts of government sponsored science the scientific literature is by no mean exclusively against. My colleagues at Age of Autism Dan Olmstead and Mark Blaxill have been showing that linking factor between Kanner’s early cases seems to have been exposure to newly patented mercury compounds for agricultural use. Despite his lamentable record the present head of the NIH – Francis Collins who was the time head of human genome project – told congress in 2006 that the causes of autism had to be environmental because the rise in cases was too steep be a genetic phenomenon. In relation to the heavy metal issue Prof Richard Deth of Northeastern University has made an important contribution. Martha Herbert is academic scientist known to be concerned about the environmental origins of the epidemic.

    In the UK a senior researcher into autism Paul Shattock has also been very interested in organo-phosphates.

    Beside the VICP quote in my earlier comment Julie Gerberding, head of Merck vaccine division, and at the time boss of the CDC told CNN after the Hannah Poling concession:

    “….. if you’re predisposed with the mitochondrial disorder, it [vaccination] can certainly set off some damage. Some of the symptoms can be symptoms that have characteristics of autism.”.

    As vaccine program defenders keep on pointing out this is not exclusively a vaccine etiology linking mitochondrial disorder with autism though it does beg the question why little more than two decades ago autism was still a rare disorder rather than 1 in 50.

    These are just a few thoughts. One of the better documented VICP cases, Bailey Banks, acknowledged that Bailey’s autistic symptoms had been caused by MMR induced Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM). ADEM is an acknowledged adverse effect of most vaccines, although held to be rare by health officials.

  • I’ve somehow managed to spell Dan’s name wrong: OLMSTED!!!

  • Dr. Mom– Re– other theories aside from vaccines. Palmer et al’s study of autism rates in geographical proximity to coal-fired power plants has already been mentioned a few times.

    As for non-mercury associations, there are several and even the mercury theory is not separated from theories of viral interaction, which you brought up. I always think the key to cause is in the overlaps– the same damage caused by different sources.

    I can’t find the transcript of the presentation online but there’s a case study by Dr. Grace Jackson entitled “Chemo Brain – A Psychiatric Drug Phenomenon” on a case of rapid onset Depakote-induced autism in a 7 year old boy who had undergone chemotherapy five years earlier. The theory was that Depakote breached a “tipping point” and deepened specific mitochondrial damage caused by earlier chemotherapy, inducing autism in a formerly typical child who had suffered from seizures since receiving chemotherapy at two. It was originally presented at a conference for Peter Breggin’s organization, the ICSPP: http://psychrights.org/pr/Oct07E-Newsletter.htm

    Jackson proposed that autism may be a form of “chemo brain,” though involving drugs and toxins beyond merely those used for cancer treatment. The focus is on pathways and the toxins that caused damage in common. Aside from the chemotherapy drug vincristine, she mentions the acutely mitochondrial toxic pesticide rotenone as an analogy.

    The paper has been in circulation for years by permission of the author, but aside from a hard copy published in the ICSPP journal, the only place the text version of the paper comes up online is in the files of a yahoo group: “ASD-Enviro · Autism Seizures Drugs Environment.”

    Most of the literature of Depakote-induced autism focuses on prenatal or perinatal exposure so you’d think a discussion of onset in older children would receive more attention. But the only groups which focus on Depakote are the environmental groups and proponents. David Kirby in 2010: “Are vaccines the only contributing factors to autism? Of course not. Other pharmaceutical products like thalidomide and valproic acid, as well as live mumps virus, have been associated with increased autism risk in prenatal exposures, so we already know that a variety of drugs and bugs can likely make a child autistic.”

    The Depakote (valproic acid, valproate) concept might only get limp attention from the mainstream because A) it’s another pharmaceutical product, and B) because closer investigations may not only circle back to mercury and vaccines but may eventually wrap up a tight theory which puts the onus on a few other industrial products as mentioned above.

    Jackson’s case study potentially demonstrates an overlap between the toxic mechanisms of Depakote and mercury: specifically disruption of tubulin assembly and several interrelated mechanisms of mitochondrial damage such as glutamine and glutamate feedback disruption, elevated serum ammonia and Alzheimer’s type 2 astrocytosis. All of these mechanisms also overlap effects of SSRI antidepressants which reportedly double the risk of autism when fetuses are exposed in the first trimester ( independent of mother’s preexisting “mental health” diagnoses: SSRIs are also prescribed for pain management and autism rates among those exposed to SSRIs in the first trim. were doubled compared to the children of mothers with the same types of diagnoses but without drug exposure).

    It’s a hassle to track down the paper but the same argument can be pieced together by searching for individual studies “mercury + tubulin assembly disruption,” “Depakote + tubulin assembly disruption,” “SSRI + elevated serum ammonia,” etc., right down the line. It’s all there.

    Since neither the Depakote/autism studies nor the SSRI in pregnancy/SSRI in drinking water/autism studies control for vaccination (or wild infection) and since specific damage to the immune system is involved for all three (mercury, Depakote, SSRIs), it’s hard to say from the above whether the interchangeable toxic effects of a range of substances constitute the first “punch” of a “one-two punch” scenario in which pathogens — either wild or vaccine strain– could play some kind of critical role in causing autism. More studies on these drugs are needed to see if they manage to induce autism all on their own or require co-factors.

    To back the flu shot campaign, it’s been proposed that flu increases risk. But a virus alone would not explain the rise. Nothing found in nature explains the rise on its own, so it’s easier for now to keep denying that the rise is actual– though it obviously is. A pathogen theory would need a modern, probably man-made co-factor and the co-factor may be multiple choice, boiling down to a short list of candidates which produce virtually the same damage.

    It’s all so interesting. Still, the organizations and industries with financial models that are clearly dependent on both rising numbers (a $5 billion “autism drug” market for one), and the genetic theory– though they keep ceaselessly complaining that environmental-autism groups “focus only on vaccines”– don’t seem too interested in autism- Depakote research. It was only mentioned a few times in the mainstream when there was a need to concede at least *one* environmental theory to allay suspicion that the so-far fruitless search for “autism genes” to explain the majority of cases is a lucrative wild goose chase for a red herring.

  • TGTF:

    It’s here: http://www.medical-hypotheses.com/article/S0306-9877(07)00433-1/abstract

    “The phenomenon of ‘chemo brain’ refers to a cluster of potentially long-lasting, cognitive deficiencies which are caused by systemic cancer treatments. While the oncology community has gradually acknowledged the existence of chemo brain as an unintended consequence of anti-neoplastic therapies, other fields of medicine have been less astute. Preliminary research evidence has suggested a role for many existing psychopharmaceuticals in fighting malignancies, based upon the capacity of these drugs to modify gene expression, cell turnover, and cell death (e.g., apoptosis). The author presents the hypothesis that the same mechanisms which suppress the growth and survival of cancer cells may pose similar hazards to non-diseased neurons, thereby inducing the cognitive changes which oncologists have come to associate with chemo brain. The article discusses the specific examples of valproic acid, clomipramine, and fluoxetine as treatments for solid tumors, primary brain tumors, and Burkitt’s lymphoma, respectively. Clinicians, regardless of specialization, are encouraged to consider the potential reality of psychotropic chemo brain, in order to avoid or limit the use of medications which cause it, and in order to prioritize the delivery of rehabilitative strategies in an effort to mitigate or reverse its features.”

  • Dr. Mom– Wow. Talk about when the publisher edits the abstract to hide the content of it. See from the study excerpt below if the real thrust of the case study would have even been searchable from that muddled, virtually censorious abstract.

    Bear in mind that the family is known personally to many and when it’s said that he had what appeared to clinicians as “Childhood Disintegrative Disorder,” it’s because he developed full blown, nonverbal, lining-up-blocks, hand-flapping, no-eye-contact “autism” and that after removal of Depakote and Risperdal, though he was left with tragic brain damage, the blatant autism symptoms faded. Jackson is, in effect, renaming the disorder. Every specific injury and effected pathway mentioned by Jackson’s paper is cross-searchable for specific damage associated with mercury and SSRIs, save for the scarcity of references to HDAC inhibition from SSRI antidepressants. Also injected (not oral) aluminum and polysorbate 80 (both in vaccines) have been investigated as adjuncts to chemotherapy because of their ability to increase porosity of the blood-brain barrier. Jackson’s “Drug Induced Dementia: The Perfect Crime,” discusses DNA/RNA damage by SSRIs and is more explicit about the relationship between mitochondrial damage and the injuries described in this paper.

    Excerpt from “Chemo Brain” by Dr. Grace Jackson.

    ‘In 2006, S.’s diagnosis of Childhood Disintegrative Disorder was technically correct but clinical futile. First identified in 1908 by an Austrian educated named Theodore Heller, who then referred to the condition as “dementia infantilis” (dementia of the infant), Childhood Disintegrative Disorder is a syndrome involving normal development during the first two years of life. Prior to age ten, hover, the child then loses two or more previously acquired skills in language, social functions, play, motor skills, and/or toileting. The problem with CDD is the fact that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (aka, the DSM) neither excludes nor modifies the use of this label when the cause is a clearly identifiable medical condition. By itself, the CDD label provides no information about the underlying pathophysiology, and hence no useful information to guide treatment in a rational, rather than empirical, manner. ..

    S.M. received treatment with Depakote for approximately six years.

    During this time, his seizures progressed into a full-blown Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. When Depakote was combined with Risperdal, he developed catatonia, parkinsonism, and further cognitive decline. Brain scans (performed at intervals in 5/2000, 3/2001, 12/2003, 7/2006) revealed persistent abnormalities in the periventricular, deep white matter of the brain. These changes—otherwise known as “leukoencephalopathy”—reflected damage to the fatty insulation (myelin) which surrounds nerve cells in order to facilitate the transmission of electrical signals within the brain.

    Why did Depakote worsen S.’s condition of chemo brain?

    Depakote more than likely contributed to S.’s deterioration in a number of ways. It is important to understand the mechanisms through which Depakote aggravated or duplicated the toxic effects of S.’s original chemotherapies. For example, researchers at the University of South Florida have recently employed Depakote as an adjunctive therapy for the treatment of solid tumors, based upon its capacity to alter gene expression. By acting as an HDAC inhibitor (i.e., a compound which inhibits the deacetylation of histone proteins within the cell nuclei), Depakote can induce programmed cell death in cancer cells. Unfortunately, it is quite likely that this same process occurs in normal neurons or glia.

    Second, Depakote’s capacity to increase serum ammonia levels (even when consumed at standard, so-called therapeutic doses) replicates a potential side effect of L-asparaginase [one of the agents aside from vincristine administered years earlier as chemotherapy]. When ammonia levels in the brain become excessive, they deplete energy, impair neurotransmission, decrease the glial uptake of glutamate, increase the formation of glutamine, and ultimately result in swelling and a pathological tissue change known as Alzheimer’s Type II astrocytosis.

    Third, the apacity of a major Depakote metabolite to inhibit the assembly of tubulin has been demonstrated by an Australian team of researchers, using tissue samples from the brains of cattle. To the extent that the same process of tubulin disruption occurs in the brains of humans, Depakote would be expected to replicate the ototoxic and neurotoxic features of vincristine—a tubulin inhibiting chemical which fights caner by impeding cytoskeletal development, and by arresting mitosis in rapidly dividing cells.

    Fourth, like many other anticonvulsants, Depakote can exert disruptive effects upon a complex metabolic pathway known as the “one carbon transfer pool.” By reducing the levels of folate and/or B6 (pyridoxine), Depakote can impair the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and proteins, and disrupt the integrity of myelin. Like methotrexate (a folate antimetabolite which is believed by some researchers to be the primary cuase of chemotherapy-related white matter disease), Depakote can lead to excessive levels of homocysteine. Ultimately, it is this elevation of homocysteine which has been linked epidemiologically and experimentally to numerous pathologies, including vascular damage and stroke, psychosis, seizures, dementia and neurodegenerative changes (as seen in Parkinson’s and Alzhiemer’s disease). ‘

  • PBCLiberal,
    Most injected flu vaccines still have 50 mcg of thimerosal per dose, or 25 mcg of ethylmercury. It is just a word game to say mercury is not in any pediatric vaccine. Before 2004, the flu vaccine was contraindicated for pregnant women and not recommended for most children, as the flu is so rarely dangerous in that age group. Since the flu vaccine’s main target group is adults, it is not considered a pediatric vaccine, and so it was not required that the mercury be removed from it. Single-dose flu vaccines are available, they cost a little more, but do not contain more than trace amounts of mercury (which are still above the “safe” level for drinking water. Flumist does not have mercury, as it is a live vaccine, which may cause and transmit flu. Children whose parents are stupid enough to comply with the recommended schedule, and who are stupid enough not to specify the mercury-free option, may still get 25 mcg of mercury twice in their first year, and once a year after that, and it may all accumulate in their brain.

  • CIA Parker: We removed mercury from pediatric vaccines and then didn’t shoot children with any flu vaccine for three years and it appears (though technically the similar study results aren’t in) that autism rates increased even faster.

    So running around trying to find the “exceptions” — ie the old vaccine on the shelves when most hospitals and clinics don’t have much of a stockpile, and the flu vaccines given to pregnant mothers and the subsequent slow increase in flu vaccine — some of it now single-shot doses–when pediatric age groups were slowly returned to the recommended lists over 7 years can’t erase the big takeaway here.

    We removed nearly all of the mercury that the mercury causation advocates were saying were responsible for this increase because there was SO MUCH being given. Autism incidence didn’t even slow down.

  • PBCliberal– You’ve skewed the information on this throughout. Especially since this comment thread is to an article discussing attacks on consumer activists through front groups with financial stakes in a certain view of vaccines and autism, it may be time to stop pretending you’re a neutral party who doesn’t also have financial stakes in a particular perspective since you produce a radio show which features only the pharmaceutical industry’s preferred view of autism, including a central host who prescribes both vaccines and drugs, does presentations defending both, etc. Your “product” is the industrial view of autism.

    When it was suggested that you might not be an “honest broker” you were not being asked if you were an autism parent, which you are not. You do, in fact, have a lucrative “dog in the fight.” At least I expect you thought it would be lucrative. You challenged readers to decide what your stakes were– which are evident from the blog linked to your name.

    You wrote: ‘Whether I’m an honest broker or not is something for neither you nor I to decide. That’s the role of the readers. I don’t know the answers to these questions so I have nothing to duck. If you think I’ve not addressed something, please bring it. Chances are, I won’t know the answer, but unlike the partisans, I’ll say so honestly, because I don’t have a dog in this fight beyond that I’d like an honest debate because so much is riding on it. ”

    Indeed.

    That station has never hosted a differing perspective as far as I can see, though I’d say it’s generally mild as far as pharma rhetoric– only a few interviews/plugs for Skeptic-affiliated and Gates’ trained vaccine industry defender Seth Mnookin, only a dozen or so attacks on Jenny McCarthy and only mentioning the term “anti-vaccine” in every article in which the topic of vaccines arises with no other term offered as an identifier for consumer advocates.

    If you feel that you’re offering merely a “personal opinion” separate from your financial interests in a particular view, then why not be direct about who you are and what those stakes are if it’s for “readers to decide”? Informed consent and all that.

  • I was a radio newsman in Los Angeles in the 1970s. I did a podcast a few years ago that centered on the media. I sometimes write a blog that talks about politics and the media. I don’t produce a radio show.

    As I’ve said all along, this debate is about everything but the science. The “vaccine sales advocates” talk about what tinfoil hat wearers the “vaccine safety advocates” are. The “safety” advocates talk about how financially connected the “sales” advocates are.

    Fact is, neither item makes any difference to the underlying truth and falsity of the science, and when the advocates on either side start losing credibility, that’s the argument they go to. You’ve now done that with me.

    Anybody interested in looking into this issue will see how little we know about any of this, and how much of this debate is carried on over issues that are not one bit material to the facts, which suddenly become very important when the facts don’t paint the picture the “advocates” want.

  • Your Linkedin account does say you were in radio in CA. If it’s not you, you should really tell Jerry Trowbridge to stop hacking your blog and posting his letters from representatives.

    The radio show– which you say didn’t launch last year and which you say don’t produce– seems to be currently up and running.

    Adapting Noam Chomsky’s “column inch” method of determining a media source’s position, The Autism Channel does not appear to be “fair and balanced” on the question of autism except in the Fox News sense of the term. On the Media, the parent station, seems to be affiliated with NPR which is sponsored by the pharmaceutical industry and Bill Gates. To quote Upton Sinclair, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”

    You would clearly be in violation of your mission statement if you came down on any side on the air, so it seems you have a practiced “fair and balanced” rhetoric, saying that you’re neutral yet dismissing all existing science showing any correlation between autism and vaccines as unilaterally “bad.” You seem to manage that tactic on this thread with a sort of Groundhog Day strategy– by focusing only on territory you’re somewhat familiar with, albeit only from one perspective– mercury– and ignoring any response to your claims that does not mesh with your originally stated view, which you always return to.

    Your mission statement: “We strive to be agnostic about treatment options, support, advocacy organizations, and causation theories. We seek to give our audience a wide range of choices so they can make an informed decision that is as unique as their individual situation.”

    Yet the central host of the show, a pediatrician, who’s affiliated with a hospital system that has a sizable grant from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, promotes vaccines as well as psychiatric medications in publications on the web, appears to have the issue all sewn up. She has a video on the web entitled, “What You Need to Know About Autism,” in which she states that autism has a “genetic foundation”:

    “So we have this underlying genetic basis and then there may be things that impact that. There may be ‘triggers.’ And we don’t fully know yet what all those triggers are, but we’ve studied some of them, and one of the areas that we’ve studied closely is vaccines. And to date there’s really no doubt that there is no relationship between vaccines and autism. And there have been numerous studies that have shown this over the years– very large studies– in Denmark, in Finland, some in the United States. People are really looking at the correlation and it’s just not being borne out. So despite a lot of the…tsk… controversy in the media, despite a lot of the popular press, and what a lot of popular celebrities are promoting about autism and vaccination, we’re really not seeing the correlation…”

    Your mission statement should have been true. The question has not been properly asked nor properly answered. That’s all the consumer advocates have been saying. That and the fact that the media in the US and regulators are captured by industry, and that the industry which produces vaccines for US consumers is pit of corruption. But no one even attempts to argue against this fact anymore: they merely assume that the same lawyers and executives who sell us Vioxx, Zyprexa and Avandia, etc., suddenly transform into saints when they cross the hall to their companies’ vaccine divisions.

  • I am involved with a streaming video channel about autism. I am one of many people with different views, and it is not my right to use their name and their authority to post my personal views. So the views here are mine.

    I am, however, proud of our objectivity and commitment to airing a wide range of opinions, which of course include traditional medical views of causation. On The Media, the radio show, has nothing to do with The Autism Channel, You are right, that radio program, which is a news commentary show, takes the position that responsible journalism should only present one side of the story. As a commentary show, that is their right.

    If you read the transcript of their coverage of us: http://www.onthemedia.org/2013/jan/25/autism-channel/transcript/ you will see that they tried very hard to impeach us for taking the position that all sides should be presented, and that I was the person interviewed who told them that we intended to be objective, which they did not like one bit:

    —————from the official show transcript

    JERRY TROWBRIDGE: We do, but we’re really not in a great position to challenge them, as long as we don’t really know what causes autism.

    CHRIS NEARY: But you know it’s not that.

    JERRY TROWBRIDGE: Do we? No. Bad science doesn’t prove anything. We have a lot of other people out there that are maybe not in the scientific mainstream but are licensed doctors that believe that vaccines are somehow involved in the process.

    ——————

    Again, it is the right of the reader to determine if I am an honest broker here. Apparently you didn’t look into the issue far enough to realize I was not involved with the radio show, and in fact was countering their position and standing up for your right to be heard.

  • “JERRY TROWBRIDGE: Do we? No. Bad science doesn’t prove anything. We have a lot of other people out there that are maybe not in the scientific mainstream but are licensed doctors that believe that vaccines are somehow involved in the process”

    Okay, so what’s your purpose doling out tin-foil hat stereo-types here? Sounds like rent-a-mouth to me.

  • How do I stop getting more of this conversation? This is just so boring. Don’t you realize that only the same persons are having fun in this? Everybody dropped out. John, I admire your patience but it is a waste of time.

  • Mind you, Marianne there are different issues behind boredom. It is is certainly a troll technique to make something so boring that people just switch off, on the other you sometimes have to work through a lot of tedium to get anywhere. But in this case the original subject was a rather un-spontaneous hate campaign against celebrity Jenny McCarthy, and it seems to me Jerry doesn’t care too much about any of this – he could say one thing one day and something else another – he is just a professional journalist trying to deflect attention IMHO.

  • PBCLiberal,
    The flu vaccine has never been defined as a pediatric vaccine, since it is more highly marketed to adults than to children. Nevertheless, it was put on the childhood recommended schedule in 2004 to be given twice by one year old and once a year after that (four times in the H1N1 year). There have never been three years in which it was not given to any children. Most of the injected flu vaccines still have the full amount of mercury.
    It is disingenuous to say that since most mercury was removed from vaccines ten years ago, that autism rates are still going up. You are discounting the effects of vaccine encephalitis, which can do brain damage of many kinds, including autism. My daughter was given the hep-B vax at midnight at lhe hospital where she was born, at less than one day old, without permission and even though I had told her pediatrician I absolutely didn’t want her to get it. She reacted with four days and nights of endless screaming, vaccine-induced encephalitis, fairly common after that vaccine and many other vaccines. It damaged her brain, particularly the language center of her brain. That vaccine, given May 5, 2000, a year after Congress had said it was a dangerous vaccine and should never be given with mercury, nevertheless contained mercury, and she showed symptoms of mercury toxicity from that time on. She was diagnosed with autism at 20 months.

    Mercury did (and does) cause a lot of autism, bowel disease, MS, Alzheimer’s, and the like. Vaccine encephalitis causes a lot of brain damage, including autism, whether or not the vaccine contained mercury. At least two major reasons vaccines cause autism. Still waiting for word on aluminum, known to be a potent neurotoxin. Why do you act as though you have completely exonerated vaccines as causing autism?

  • PCBLiberal,

    There are several major causes of autism, and you have not even exonerated one of them. The flu vaccine has never been considered a “pediatric” vaccine, even though since 2004 it has been on the recommended list of childhood vaccines, and most injected flu vaccines still have 25 mcg of mercury per dose. It would be up to the individual states to prohibit giving the mercury-containing ones to children. I know that my state has not done so, and that it is a mandatory shot in New Jersey, at least. Since the shot is a little cheaper than the single-dose, mercury-free version, people unintelligent enough to get the shot for themselves or their children are often unaware that the shot they’re gettting has mercury, are possibly as misinformed as you and believe that mercury is now out of all shots, that it was always harmless anyway (!), and that since it’s cheaper they’ll get that one.
    Aluminum is still in the killed-virus vaccines, and is known to be a potent neurotoxin. Could it be causing autism as well? Stay tuned…
    In addition to toxic vaccine ingredients, the real kicker is that all vaccines often cause encephalitis, which particularly damages the language and social centers of the brain. Vaccines have to produce inflammation to force the immune system to produce antibodies: there is no way to make sure that the brain is not included in this inflammatory process, and the same genetic factors which cause many to store vaccine mercury and aluminum permanently in the brain, appear to cause many to react to vaccines with inflammation that is more severe and damaging than others. Since it is the immune reaction that is the cause of the damage, tinkering with the vaccines will do nothing to prevent this reaction. My daughter both reacted to the hep-B vax at birth, given without permission, with encephalitic screaming for four days and nights, AND with symptoms of mercury toxicity, a year after Congress found that the hep-B vax was very dangerous and should NEVER be given with mercury. But the medical providers decided that, rather than waste all those passably-good, mercury-containing vaccines, they’d just use them up first. Too bad for my daughter, diagnosed with autism at 20 months, of course vaccine profits matter more than children’s lives.

  • Sorry, please take down one of these. It looked as though the first one were not going to post, so I rewrote it. Didn’t mean to be redundant. Thanks!

  • Guy Chapman,
    How curious that autism only started to be traceable back to birth after the hep-B vax for newborns started to be given in 1991 to all newborns in the US the very day they were born! My daughter reacted obviously to it with four days and nights of endless screaming, vaccine-induced encephalitis, and was later diagnosed with autism.

  • @cia parker: To my knowledge, autism is not traceable back to birth. I have seen no studies showing even a solid correlation between autism diagnosis and .

    There are a disturbing number of case reports that correlate autism onset with, not vaccines, but vaccine REACTION, specifically seizure reaction and encephalopathy.

  • Dr. Mom,
    You are right, babies are not born with it, unless maybe they react to a vaccine their mothers get while they’re pregnant. Aren’t vaccine reactions and vaccines an inseparable package? If you didn’t get the vaccine, you wouldn’t react to it. Not everyone reacts to vaccines as drastically as some: the biggest factor is individual genetic and epigenetic factors that cause some people’s immune systems to react violently to the weird antigenic assault of vaccines. And you’re right, the vaccine encephalitis from this reaction can cause autism, ADHD, seizure disorders, and behavioral and learning disorders, all from the vaccine brain damage. The vaccines often skew to a Th-2 autoimmune reaction as well, I don’t think anyone disputes that, meaning asthma, allergies, bowel disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, etc. etc. are usually caused by vaccines. I’m reading a great book now, Heather Fraser’s The Peanut Allergy Epidemic, in which she describes peanut allergies becoming three times more common in the US in just three years, 1993-1996, the very time frame of the beginning of the vaccine epidemic and the autism epidemic. So all the many deaths from asthma and allergies, especially peanut allergies, must be laid at the door of vaccines as well. When I first read HIlary Butler and Wendy Lydall, I thought they went too far, being completely against vaccines, but I think at this point I agree with them. I know neither I nor my daughter will ever take another one. As Heather Fraser says, we’ve reached the crossover point at which vaccine damage is much greater now than disease damage, at which point parents would be wise to refuse vaccination.

  • John, you can hardly fail to be aware that your views are not supported by more than a very tiny minority of the relevant professional community (and actually in practice by pretty much none of them).

    That’s not because there is some kind of massive sinister leak-free conspiracy, it’s because they all draw the same conclusion from the data. No doctor denies that vaccines can cause adverse events, no reasonably informed person believes that everything in VAERS is such an event, and the consensus view is that the harms are tiny compared with the documented harms caused by vaccine-preventable disease.

    Vaccines do not cause autism. That is known to a very high degree of confidence by now. They do occasionally cause reactions, and there is a compensation scheme which pays out if any likelihood exists that the vaccine caused the harm, the link does not have to be proven to a particularly high standard (and that’s by design).

    Between a quarter and a half a billion people died in the first three quarters of the twentieth century, from smallpox. Immunisation was the major force in reducing this to zero. Polio is close to being eradicated. Other diseases are not amenable to eradicaiton in this way so immunisation will be necessary for the foreseeable future,

    Antivaxers talk down the benefits (some are even germ theory denialists so don’t even admit the benefits exist), talk up the risks, pretend links that don’t exist, and so on. They have done this since immunisation was invented and no doubt they always will. The rationale changes but the bogeyman never does.

  • What a creepy argument.

    We are not actually debating here whether my views are popular. Vaccines don’t of course cause autism except where they do and what is absolutely essential for people of a certain distressing mentality is to run hate campaigns against people like Jenny McCarthy who point it out. I guess a lot of Germans once agreed with Hitler: that didn’t make Hitler write. Of course, you can dragoon everyone into line but that does not alter either the legal record or the actual ambiguity of the science – it’s just medical-bureaucratic fascism, and it covers over a whole chasm of the messy reality.

  • Sorry “didn’t make Hitler right”

  • @Guy Chapman: Just wondering why you feel you can talk for the entire medical community? (“[Mr. Stone’s] views are not supported by more than a very tiny minority of the relevant professional community (and actually in practice by pretty much none of them”).You’re certainly not speaking for myself and my colleagues. Many of us view vaccines with far more suspicion than we publicly let on.

    Also wondering why you are speaking for the entire scientific community? (“Vaccines do not cause autism. That is known to a very high degree of confidence by now. “) That’s not known to ANY degree of confidence. The best we get from the available studies is, “we don’t know.”

    If the best argument to “the studies say we don’t know, so it’s still a possibility” is to scream “VACCINES DON’T CAUSE AUTISM! EVERYBODY SAYS SO!” that’s not going to convince anyone of anything.

  • @cia parker: interesting. Do you have links to studies? I’m on my lunch break, and would appreciate the time-saver. Thanks!

  • Guy,
    The smallpox vaccine was very dangerous, often causing withered limbs, gangrene, TB, syphilis, leprosy, cancer at the vaccination site, and just plain death. Riots of hundreds of thousands in many European cities protesting the mandatory vaccination laws. Huge epidemics in many European cities and villages with hundeds of thousands dying of smallpox, 98-99% of whom had received the smallpox vaccination, many of them multiple times. Dr. Avery, who saw my daughter when she had chickenpox, said he had been relieved to see the end of the smallpox vaccine as he had seen so many vaccine injuries caused by it. But, again, BP has had its way with the hype campaign, so few realize how dangerous and ineffective the smallpox vaccine was.
    Rates of polio had already plummeted before the vaccine campaigns started, and polio disappeared in countries that didn’t have much vaccination as well as in those which mandated it. In 2011, 47,500 children in India were paralyzed by a polio-like illness AFTER getting the polio vaccine. Most children who get polio have received the vaccine several times, yet still get polio and are sometimes paralyzed by it. Only less than 1% of those who contract polio are paralyzed by it: 90% achieve immunity through sub-clinical exposure, and 10% experience flu-like symptoms from which they recover. There is more to learn about polio and its vaccines than is usually provided.
    My daughter reacted to the hep-B vax at birth with vaccine encephalitis. She got the DTaP at 2, 4, and 6 months, but caught pertussis anyway at 8 months, because the vaccine just isn’t very effective. When she got the booster at 18 months, it wiped out her only two words, and she was diagnosed with autism two months later. Hundreds of thousands of parents in the US are sharing similar stories of how they saw their child react to vaccines with autism (other neurological damage or autoimmune disease). Hundreds of scientific studies have proven the many ways in which vaccines do their damage. BP is working very hard to conceal the evidence and prevent research from being done, and since it holds the purse strings, its efforts are largely successful. But they won’t be forever: too many millions of children (and adults) have been killed or permanently damaged by vaccines for this charade to go on forever. The relevant professional community with vaccine-damaged children is speaking up, and will prevail over the professional community with all its vested interests in the pharma status quo.

  • Dr. Mom,
    I recommend that you get Dr. Mayer Eisenstein’s Make an Informed Vaccine Decision. He has a chapter on each vaccine, a separate chapter on autism, and each chapter discusses the most common adverse reactions to the vaccine, citing many studies proving the damage. Each chapter has a list of true VAERS reports with their numbers so anyone can confirm them, with the age of the child, vaccine received, and the reaction. Every vaccine has caused many horrible deaths and many more cases of permanent injury. Any book by Neil Z. Miller is excellent, tiny print, and hundreds of pages of nonstop discussion of serious side effects caused by each vaccine, with over a hundred pages at the end of several thousand scientific studies on many different kinds of vaccine damage. Peer-reviewed, some in well-known journals like the NEJM or the Lancet, many from smaller specialist journals. Since you are interested in the topic, I hope you will get some of these books: you will be so shocked at the official denial of the millions of vaccine-damaged lives being denied. Vaccine Epidemic is super, just published two years ago, a lot of really interesting detailed articles by different writers. Dr. Halvorsen’s The Truth About Vaccines is really interesting and detailed, a British take on the issue. Both of HIlary Butler’s books are fully documented and excellent (Just a Little Prick and From One Prick to Another). Wendy Lydall’s Raising a Vaccine-Free Child has a lot of documentation on older issues, like the smallpox vaccine, the riots, the deaths, and so on. Jamie Murphy’s book, twenty years old but with a lot of interesting info on the DPT, diphtheria, and measles vaccines. Dr. Randall Neustaedter’s The Vaccine Guide is ten years old, but really good on the vaccines he covers. Dr. Wakefield’s Callous Disregard is wonderful, and once you read the story of the vaccine-damaged families, including the Lancet Twelve, and the dishonesty of the British government, you will be appalled at his being hounded and torn to pieces as he has been. Look at the Age of Autism’s coverage of the lawsuit last year, google it with High Court Judge Sir John Mitting. Look at J.B.Handley’s articles: google them with ageofautism.com/jb_handley to get them all in one place, he’s really funny and a real pit bull for our side. Judy Converse’s When Your Doctor is Wrong: Autism and the Hep-B Vaccine: the same thing happened to her as to me, her son reacted to the hep-B vax at birth, also given without permission, with encephalitis, bowel disease, and autism. She testified before Congress in May 1999, along with Michael Belkin (the Refusers.com), whose baby daughter was killed by the vaccine, and school nurse Patti White. The hearing found that the hep-B vax was very dangerous, should never be given with mercury, so they gave it to my baby a year later, without asking, and with mercury.Look at Dr. Sears’ The Vaccine Book, for his research: only 360 children a year were being diagnosed with hep-B before the universal newborn campaign started in 1991, but vaccine researchers said it was really 30,000 a year, with no basis in fact, just to sell the vaccine. Also look at his research on how dangerous the aluminum used as an adjuvant is. And Heather Fraser’s The Peanut Allergy Epidemic. I’m sorry, this is a flood of references. Maybe just start with Eisenstein, Miller, and Vaccine Epidemic. There is ZERO doubt that vaccines cause autism, other neurological injuries, and all kinds of autoimmune disease. If you want citations of specific studies, please tell me for what condition and/or what vaccine, and I’ll give you some, but there are so many that I’d like you just to see the many pages of nothing but studies cited in each of the books I have mentioned, to get a feel for the criminality of what we are witnessing.

  • For me this goes back 13/14 years when I was trying to raise the issue what on the ground was indisputably a seven fold rise in autism between secondary and primary education locally. From my snail’s eye view locally there was no question that this had happened. And what happened was that I found was that government bureaucrats and our National Autistic Society were denying the absolute obvious (the emperor had no clothes), but also they kept on going on about the evil Dr Wakefield and I hadn’t even mentioned him – I wasn’t even a convert. And this has gone on at every stage: a project to deny that autism is rising, that vaccines were not implicated, and that there were no GI ramifications. But none of it works: in virtually every case the studies are transparently flawed and there other studies which say other things, and even court decisions which refute the claim that vaccines don’t cause autism. For me it is no shame to be in a minority: it is shame to take part in a lie.

  • Dr. Mom,
    I’m embarrassed to say that I forgot to mention two of the most important books: The Age of Autism, absolutely fascinating in its accounts of how mercury used as medicine and in industrial pollution down the centuries caused horrible side effects and deaths by the hundreds of thousands (like GPI, general paresis of the insane, paralysis and dementia caused by years of use of mercury to treat syphilis, I think it will utlimately be found that Alzheimer’s is the same condition, caused by years of taking mercury-containing vaccines like the flu vaccine). The chapter about Freud and hysteria was hilarious: many of his patients in whom he diagnosed weird, inappropriate sexual desires were really suffering from mercury poisoning (trust me, it’s substantiated). And, of course, its proof that mercury in vaccines and fungicides caused the first cases of autism in the 1930s. And many studies cited proving that mercury in vaccines is stored in the brain (Noble and also Burbacher, both 2005), and the mechanisms by which it can cause autism. Also Evidence of Harm, also hilarious or heartbreaking, depending on how you look at it: government tampering with Brick Township autism statistics to hide its meteoric rise after the vaccine epidemic started in 1990, major government tampering on many levels to hide and deny the tens of thousands of autism cases caused by mercury in vaccines.
    You could spend weeks scrolling back on the websites Age of Autism and The Refusers: hundreds of fascinating articles with links to studies.Vaxtruth on how undangerous measles was: http://vaxtruth.org/2012/01/putting-measles-into-perspective/
    Vaxtruth in a sarcastic article about how vaccines don’t cause autism (when they really do): http://vaxtruth.org/2011/08/vaccines-do-not-cause-autism/
    My favorite article by Handley (and that is a really tough choice, he has so many great ones): http://www.ageofautism.com/2009/09/autism-not-really-on-the-rise-967-impossible.html
    This is a link to the last of Kate Tietje’s series on vaccines on Modern Alternative Mama, there were twelve articles on the diseases and the vaccines, all very good:
    http://www.modernalternativemama.com/blog/2012/05/23/vaccine-series-wrap-up/
    This is my email address if you want it: ciaparker2@gmail.com

  • PBCLiberal,
    I’ve looked it up. Since 2004, it has been recommended by the AAP that all children (and pregnant women) get the flu vaccine every year (twice in the first year, four times in the H1N1 year 2009. The multidose vials of flu vaccine still have mercury: the single dose vials don’t, but are a little more expensive. The live Flumist vaccine (inhaled) does not have mercury, but may cause problems because the virus is live. Seven years ago, Fluzone was the only one approved for use in infants six months and older. Fluvirin is approved for those over four, Fluarix and FluLaval for those over 18. There are four brands of killed-virus vaccine: Fluarix (10-dose vial has 25 mcg mercury per dose), Fluzone comes in multi dose and single dose versions, the multidose has 25 mcg of mercury per dose. FluLaval has 25 mcg mercury per dose. Fluvirin has only trace amounts of mercury (but still more than the safe level in drinking water). Dr. Sears says that if you let your baby get the Fluzone vaccine to make sure that he gets the one from a single-dose vial, since the multidose vial still contains the full 25 mcg per dose of mercury (more if the nurse doesn’t shake it up and there’s a lot pooled at the bottom, as is common, since all nurses “know” that a little mercury never hurt anyone).

  • CORRECTED

    For me this goes back 13/14 years when I was trying to raise the issue of what on the ground was indisputably a seven fold rise in autism between secondary and primary education locally. From my snail’s eye view locally there was no question that this had happened. And what happened was that I found that government bureaucrats and our National Autistic Society were denying the absolutely obvious (the emperor had no clothes), but also they kept on going on about the evil Dr Wakefield and I hadn’t even mentioned him – I wasn’t even a convert. And this has gone on at every stage: a project to deny that autism is rising, that vaccines were not implicated, and that there were no GI ramifications. But none of it works: in virtually every case the studies are transparently flawed and there are other studies which say other things, and even court decisions which refute the claim that vaccines don’t cause autism. For me it is no shame to be in a minority: it is shame to take part in a lie.

  • Dr. Mom,
    I’m embarrassed to say that I forgot to mention two of the most important books: The Age of Autism, absolutely fascinating in its accounts of how mercury used as medicine and in industrial pollution down the centuries caused horrible side effects and deaths by the hundreds of thousands (like GPI, general paresis of the insane, paralysis and dementia caused by years of use of mercury to treat syphilis, I think it will utlimately be found that Alzheimer’s is the same condition, caused by years of taking mercury-containing vaccines like the flu vaccine). The chapter about Freud and hysteria was hilarious: many of his patients in whom he diagnosed weird, inappropriate sexual desires were really suffering from mercury poisoning (trust me, it’s substantiated). And, of course, its proof that mercury in vaccines and fungicides caused the first cases of autism in the 1930s. And many studies cited proving that mercury in vaccines is stored in the brain (Noble and also Burbacher, both 2005), and the mechanisms by which it can cause autism. Also Evidence of Harm, also hilarious or heartbreaking, depending on how you look at it: government tampering with Brick Township autism statistics to hide its meteoric rise after the vaccine epidemic started in 1990, major government tampering on many levels to hide and deny the tens of thousands of autism cases caused by mercury in vaccines.

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