MMR/Autism Cases Win In US Vaccine Court

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Robert F Kennedy Jnr writing in The Huffington Post reveals that 1322 hidden cases of vaccine caused brain damage including autism have been successful in the US Vaccine Court including MMR cases: ANOTHER AUTISM CASE WINS IN VACCINE COURT – By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. –  February 24, 2009.

That there were an unknown number of hidden cases and MMR cases was reported by ChildHealthSafety over a month ago here: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR]

Robert F Kennedy Jnr writing in The Huffington Post reports:-

…… an explosive investigation by CBS News has found that since 1988, the vaccine court has awarded money judgments, often in the millions of dollars, to thirteen hundred and twenty two families whose children suffered brain damage from vaccines. In many of these cases, the government paid out awards following a judicial finding that vaccine injury lead to the child’s autism spectrum disorder. In each of these cases, the plaintiffs’ attorneys made the same tactical decision made by Bailey Bank’s lawyer, electing to opt out of the highly charged Omnibus Autism Proceedings and argue their autism cases in the regular vaccine court. In many other successful cases, attorneys elected to steer clear of the hot button autism issue altogether and seek recovery instead for the underlying brain damage that caused their client’s autism.

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UK Government Hides Yet More MMR Documents

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In a bizarre twist unreported in the UK national media a British woman, Wendy Stephens, is being denied access by the UK Government to a confidential legal medical report written for her own daughter’s legal case in the British Courts. As the legal representative of her daughter in the litigation, it seems the report is technically hers and should be provided to her.

The Legal Services Commission holds the document and had previously released it for use by the General Medical Council in the proceedings against Dr Wakefield.  Having once waived legal privilege for the report for the GMC, there seems little legal justification for withholding it from a litigant in the MMR proceedings.

This case comes soon after ChildHealthSafety’s report on other documents withheld by the British Government: Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action.

Mrs Stephens is continuing the fight in the European Courts for the justice denied to her daughter in the UK. The story is reported today by just one regional UK newspaper.

North-east mum fights for MMR research – woman vows to have daughter’s case heard in european courts – By Leanna MacLarty – The Press and Journal.

The UK Government’s Legal Services Commission [LSC] admit the report relates to the applications for legal aid in the litigation, but claim it is confidential.

Mrs Stephens, a qualified nurse, claimed her daughter, Katie Stephen’s deafness was caused by the MMR vaccine.  This is a well-known complication of the Pluserix MMR vaccine which was supplied and manufactured by a GlaxoSmithKline company.  Other claims relating to deafness outside the UK have been upheld, including one recently in Spain.  Whilst her daughter’s claim is strong, the British LSC refused legal aid claiming the cost outweighed the benefit.  However, it is believed this legal rule is being applied incorrectly by the LSC as Katie Stephen’s case predates its introduction and it does not apply to her.

The UK’s Information Commissioner is not contesting Mrs Stephen’s appeal for the release of the report.

In the USA claims of autism [and other serious medical conditions] caused by vaccines have been upheld by the US Federal Court, as reported exclusively in the UK by ChildHealthSafety: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

The British Government’s involvement in and recklessness over the introduction of unsafe vaccines has been reported previously by ChildHealthSafety in addition to efforts to stop Freedom of Information disclosures proving this:-

British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child Health Safety

British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims

The British Government, Department of Health and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation could have substantial liabilities in negligence running into several billion pounds sterling should negligence claims ever have proceeded in the British Courts, as reported in a peer refereed medical paper published by the Journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons:

Questions on the Independence and Reliability of Cochrane Reviews With a Focus on Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccines

There is concern backed by documents now coming out in Freedom of Information disclosures regarding the British Government’s reckless approach to the health safety of British Children and its behind-the-scenes championing of the multi-billion pound sterling exporter and foreign exchange earner British pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline.  It seems the British health authorities are not alone in their overall approach, and the actions of the US Centers For Disease Control are an example,  as reported by ChildHealthSafety here:-

US Research Fraud, Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

That vaccination is a money issue is demonstrated by the wild exaggerations of risks to children from going unvaccinated: Risk to Children & Government Scaremongering.

The pharmaceutical industry’s old business model of patenting blockbuster drugs is known to be failing.  For the industry to survive as it currently exists new business models are sought.  The substantial increase in funding of the search for new vaccines and the targetting of the “teen market” with vaccines like Gardasil is well reported in the pharmaceutical industry trade press. The “paediatric market” is described as now saturated.

More exclusive stories some British media editors are too cowed to publish are yet to come from ChildHealthSafety.

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Dr Andrew Wakefield Demolishes Ignorant US Vaccine Lobby

Response to Dr. Ari Brown and the Immunization Action Coalition

Andrew J. Wakefield, MB, BS, FRCS, FRCPath; Mark Blaxill, MBA; Boyd Haley, PhD; Anissa Ryland; Daniel Hollenbeck, BS; Jane Johnson; James Moody, JD; Carol Stott, PhD (398 KB)

See:  Press Release – For Immediate Release: – Feb 6, 2009

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The public relations arm of those who are supposed to be legally and ethically responsible for vaccine safety published “Clear Answers and Smart Advice About Your Baby’s Shots,” by Dr. Ari Brown.

Clear Answers” is anything but.  Is this dishonesty?  How can it be ignorance?  Aren’t these  people supposed to be “experts”? How comprehensively misleading and untrue is this? Are these people “pulling the wool” over your eyes? Decide for yourself.

Published today is a detailed response by Dr Andrew Wakefield and colleagues supported by 20 child health safety organisations. We publish edited extracts below.  You can read the full 16 page printed paper here.

Wakefield is the British medical doctor who put child health safety before his career and has been hounded by big money ever since.

In an interview with Richard Halvorsen for his book The Truth about Vaccines, one of the lead authors of the Cochrane Collaboration’s review of MMR vaccine safety said, The safety studies of MMR vaccine are crap. They’re the best crap we have but they’re still crap“.

Follow the money.

Brown is an official spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Brown’s “Clear Answers” is endorsed and published by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), a US organization funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the vaccine manufacturers.  Given this background, any reasonable person might expect a comprehensive, well researched, and persuasive overview.

Wakefield et al say:-

Informed consent is a crucial element of the foundation upon which ethical medical practice rests. Providing patients, parents, or guardians with an honest assessment of the risks and benefits of any medical procedure not only requires the healthcare provider to be, to the best of his or her ability, “informed” of all of the risks and benefits but also requires said provider to neutrally convey all of the risks and benefits to the patients, parents, or guardians.

Since the topic of vaccination is so important and because we have major concerns about the accuracy of much of what this document says, we are providing a point-by-point response.

Follow the money?  Are the 20 organisations which endorse Wakefield’s response concerned about your child’s health safety or about supporting big business and the pharmaceutical industry?

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Cryshame
Autism Action Network Medical Veritas
Age of Autism International Chiropractors Association
Autism File National Vaccine Information Center
Autism One National Autism Association
Autism Research Institute NoMercury
Autism Today SafeMinds
World Autism Association Schafer Report
Center for Autism and Related Disorders Unlocking Autism
Alan D. Clark, M.D. Memorial Research Foundation Autisme Montréal

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Here are some edited extracts of Dr Brown’s claims and of Wakefield’s response:-

BROWN: “I’ve heard autism is on the rise. Why?”

Brown’s  explanation: “Displacing one diagnosis for another: In previous generations, many children were diagnosed with …. some other …. disorder. Today many of these same kids are diagnosed with severe autism.”

But what Brown says is not supported by the scientific evidence.  It has been retracted, disavowed, or falsified in previous scientific studies. One study was so badly wrong they had to withdraw and state instead that “diagnostic substitution does not appear to account for the increased trend in autism prevalence“.

BROWN: “The definition of autism has changed over the years. …. By expanding the definition of autism, suddenly many more kids were declared autistic…”

Incorrect. …. autism diagnostic criteria were narrowed in 1994 ….. Despite this, the dramatic increase in numbers of children with both autism and non-autistic spectrum disorders has continued.

BROWN: “Unfortunately, many states don’t break out where kids are on the autism spectrum …. so it’s hard to get solid numbers.”

Incorrect. California’s autism numbers are provided by the Department of Developmental Services, based on DSM criteria. In order to be eligible …… a professional diagnosis is required. California data exclude those with Asperger’s … and all … non-autistic PDD diagnoses [16].

BROWN: “Better awareness, better and earlier diagnosis: More people ….are on the lookout for children with autism.”

Not in California. To reduce the number of new autism diagnoses, the state government in 2003 changed the eligibility criteria to exclude children who could tie their shoelaces. Despite this children with autism fail this ill-conceived test and continue to flood into the system in record numbers.

BROWN: “…. autism is on the rise. Why? Because …… Today, kids are diagnosed as early as 18 months of age. This adds many more kids to the rolls …

Wrong.  Earlier diagnosis has no impact on the number in a group born in any particular year.  Children will eventually be diagnosed.  By the age of 10, children with autism would be diagnosed whether they were born in 1980 or 1990.  California data show autism numbers were greater by a factor of over sevenfold in 2000 compared with 1989.

A new study dispels the myth that the rise isn’t real and indicates “research should shift from genetics to the host of chemicals and infectious microbes in the environment that are likely at the root of changes in the neurodevelopment of California’s children” “It’s time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism in California,” said UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute researcher Irva Hertz-Picciotto, a professor of environmental and occupational health and epidemiology, and an internationally respected autism researcher.

BROWN: “recent legislation led to schools labeling more kids as autistic”

Brown is wrong. US law was amended in 1990 to require that autism be counted and reported separately because it was rising faster than all other covered disabilities. The change did not cause the epidemic; it was  because of it.

BROWN: “Unfortunately, there are very few incidence studies of autism.”

Wrong. Several incidence studies are available, and they show a rise.

BROWN: “Today …. parents are more willing to accept an ASD diagnosis. And the diagnosis now allows for special education services, which many parents realize can help their child.”

If the numbers have always been this high, where are all the autistic adults, whom some call the “Hidden Horde”.

BROWN: “These are possible explanations ….. but we don’t have all the answers yet. The bottom line: in the 1980’s, one in 10,000 kids were diagnosed with autism. Today, it’s one in 150. ”

In 2009 this “1 in 150″ number is likely to be considerably higher. Brown bases her statement on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) …. from six years ago on eight-year-old children  ….. on February 7, 2007 the CDC promised to publish an update.  Two years later and this data has not yet been published or released.

In 1992 there were 15,580 affected children recorded in the US public education system. 14  years later there were 224,594 children.  The autism pandemic is real.

BROWN: “Okay, so what causes autism? ….. We know genetics plays a role. Studying twins is an obvious way to detect genetic disorders.

Wrong.  This 31 year old unscientific proposition has been shown here on ChildHealthSafety to be bunk – “Autism Not Genetic – Says Expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen“.

BROWN: “…. it appears that autism is caused by several different genetic defects, although researchers haven’t quite figured out the puzzle yet.”

Haven’t quite,” unfortunately means “nowhere near.” While specific genetic deficiencies associated with autism are well documented, such deficiencies are rare and cannot explain more than a very small proportion of ASD cases. The genetics of autism has been studied extensively, at huge cost, for precious little return.

BROWN: “Abnormal brain growth”

Wrong. Abnormal brain growth is not a cause of autism.  Brown herself wrote in 2004, “One interesting study…tied autism to abnormal head growth in infants under a year of age. While this is not the cause of autism

BROWN: environmental exposure

US Government officials, including Dr. Tom Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health and Chair of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, and an emerging scientific consensus, agree that autism is caused by environmental triggers in children with undetermined genetic susceptibility.

There are known and widely accepted environmental causes of autism ranging from pre-birth exposure to thalidomide, the anti-seizure medication sodium valproate, and rubella virus (German measles)  Postnatal exposure to neurotoxins, and viral infections including rubella, measles and herpes viruses, cytomegalovirus and Epstein-Barr virus have been causally linked to autistic syndromes. Specifically, measles and measles-containing vaccines and vaccines “unspecified” have also been causally linked BY formal research to childhood developmental disorders, including ASD and developmental regression.

BROWN: “What about vaccines? the scientific evidence does not support this theory. Research during the past ten years has …. found conclusive evidence that vaccine exposure is NOT the turn-on switch for autism.”

Wrong.  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) hosted a two-day conference in April, 2007, “Autism and the Environment: Challenges and Opportunities for Research”. The workshop discussed environmental causes, including vaccines, and suggested a list of related research opportunities.

And here on ChildHealthSafety you can read of US Federal Court cases where it was decided that vaccines, including MMR, caused autism.  In one case says it all.  The Judgement records that the US Department of Health and Human Services had no alternative explanation beyond “Unconfirmed  speculation by a few treating doctors, as with Dr. Wiznitzer’s hypothesization“:

See: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

Dr. Neal Halsey, one of the architects of US vaccine policy—now seemingly awake—when asked by parent advocates at a public meeting why they would even give a newborn infant with no risk factors a vaccine for a disease predominantly of intravenous drug abusers and the sexually promiscuous (hepatitis B), answered “Because we can”.

You can read the rest of the document yourself to see Brown’s claims thoroughly demolished.  One part of the remainder stands out in particular regarding vaccine safety:-

BROWN “Before a vaccine is approved for use by the government, its safety is extensively studied. These studies look at how kids respond to the vaccine. And so-called ‘combo’ vaccines that incorporate several shots at once also consider the combined effect.”

The Cochrane Collaboration, an internationally respected body that provides independent scientific oversight. wrote, “The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre and postmarketing is largely inadequate“. But in an interview with Richard Halvorsen for his book The Truth about Vaccines, one of the lead authors of the Cochrane review left no doubt as to his true feelings when he said, The safety studies of MMR vaccine are crap. They’re the best crap we have but they’re still crap“.

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Notes on terminology:-

In the US the official diagnostic definition of what we call “Autism Spectrum Disorders” or ASD are  instead called “Pervasive Development Disorders” or PDD for short.  That is under the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edn)” or “DSM IV” for short.

“Autistic Spectrum Disorder” is the term applied internationally under the “ICD” or “International Classification of Disease”

Many refer to ASD and PDD as “autism” but “autism” is a subset of the spectrum and is often referred to also as “childhood autism”, “typical autism” and “Kanner autism”.  [The common behaviours like hand flapping, loss of eye contact and suchlike in young children are unmistakable, whereas other spectrum disorders like mild Aspergers Syndrome can be more difficult to diagnose.]

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CDC’s New Dodgy Thimo Study – Shows Vax’ed/Un-Vax’ed Research Now Urgent

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Evidence from the new Italian study of child disorders linked to vaccination provides strong evidence that independent impartial unbiased objective research is urgently needed comparing vaccinated against unvaccinated children ["Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing VaccinesTozzi et al, Pediatrics 123:2:475-482].

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US Research Fraud, Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

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Documents disclosed here under US Freedom of Information show the US Centers for Disease Control [CDC] spends US tax dollars in foreign countries on studies to claim the vaccination programmes they promote for US children are safe when they know the results of the studies will produce false and misleading negative results.

Just such a study recently published from Italy funded by the US CDC claims to show that the known neurotoxic mercury additive in vaccines, Thiomersal, is not harmful to children and the study has received wide-spread publicity ["Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing VaccinesTozzi et al, Pediatrics 123:2:475-482].

Mercury is toxic in parts per billion.What the US public were not told is that the study was certain to be unable to detect any effect.  The US CDC internal email exchange disclosed here [see more below] obtained under US Freedom of Information shows that to be able to detect any effect in children with the methods used, the dose applied by the age of 3 months had to be more than 50 millionths of a gramme of mercury and more than 100 millionths of a gramme by the age of 6 months.

Table 1 of the paper shows Italian children received by the age of 3 months two thirds of that minimum amount; no more 37.5 millionths of a gramme.  By 4 months they had only three quarters of that minimum: 75 millionths of a gramme and the maximum by six months was 100 millionths of a gramme, not enough to hit or exceed the threshold needed.

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The 2001 exchange of emails was between Dr Thomas Verstraeten and Dr Robert Chen of the US CDC and Dr Elizabeth Miller of the UK’s Public Health Laboratory Service.  This also shows a dose of 75 microgrammes of mercury by the age of four months was insufficient to detect an effect.  Chen and Miller were at the time looking into a possible study of British children.  Italian infants were in the same category as British infants, receiving 75 microgrammes by the age of 4 months.

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Do not be deceived into thinking there are no problems with the lower levels of mercury.  Studies like this Italian one and previous  internal studies by the US CDC are unable to measure the effects at lower levels.  It is an issue of precision – not absence of effect.

There were many other deficiencies in the Italian study.  The Journal, Pediatrics has today published a letter entitled “This study is misleading and was not scientifically worth doing” [John Stone, Pediatrics Online, 27 Jan 2009].

Notably, the study only included healthy children in the original vaccine trial so those most at risk were excluded.  The authors also missed out large numbers of other children most likely to be at risk. And as an example of how unrepresentative of the Italian child population this study was, 70% of the Italian parents  had College Degrees.

Children excluded from the study included:

  • an unknown number of underweight children who are likely to be more susceptible to injury
    • the body burden of mercury would be proportionately higher
    • underweight children are likely to include premature infants – [whose effective age is less and who are underdeveloped by the time they are vaccinated compared to full-term infants]
  • all unwell children at time of vaccination (susceptible group)
  • over 30% of children dropped out of the study and the authors acknowledged these may have included those injured, the parents not participating “because their children had cognitive developmental problems
  • there was no proper control group to make a comparison
    • the authors compared children who had mercury containing vaccines not against children who had no vaccines or no mercury but against children who had different vaccines with less mercury
Only one case of autism was identified from medical records out 1,704 (an order of magnitude lower than the UK and the US) which also casts doubts on the value of the study.

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Evidence from the new Italian study of child disorders linked to vaccination provides strong evidence that independent impartial unbiased objective research is urgently needed comparing vaccinated against unvaccinated children

["Neuropsychological Performance 10 Years After Immunization in Infancy With Thimerosal-Containing VaccinesTozzi et al, Pediatrics 123:2:475-482].

Why Is This Important?

Despite the US CDC expecting

  • no positive results
  • the blunt and imprecise nature of the study
  • its numerous defects

there were positive results.

Why Are “Only Two” Cases So Significant?

The study used tests and methods which are “blunt instruments”,  unlikely to distinguish anything other than large differences between the children studied.  The number of children was also small 1403, indicating the study was also under-powered.  30% of those most likely to have been affected had dropped out between the first study 10 years ago and the present one. so if there was any difference in the groups, this study started off by looking for “a needle in a haystack”.  In other words, the study would only be likely to distinguish only a very small proportion of “normal” from “abnormal”. Many kinds of differences like a drop in IQ of 5 to 25 points, or a fall in linguistic ability just less than a speech impediment would be unlikely to be revealed.

So if with such an imprecise study there are any positive results any statistically significant association would demand further enquiry.“Significantly associated” means that statistically the results  could not be dismissed as just within the expected error of the study.

Why Is Vax’ed vs Un-Vax’ed Research So Important?

The most likely means of standing any chance of detecting differences would be a very large study of vaccinated children compared to unvaccinated.  More sophisticated tests and assessments would be appropriate – not imprecise tests – “finger-tapping” tests or “Boston Naming”.

In addition, comparing vaccinated with vaccinated made it harder still to distinguish differences.  Children studied had been vaccinated and compared to some shall we say “a little bit less vaccinated than others”.  This meant that it was likely children with impaired ability were being compared with children with slightly less impaired ability.  This would narrow the size of any differences in impairment between the groups studied and made the whole exercise more imprecise still.

Is there Evidence of “Author Bias”?

The Italian authors state “only two” of the outcomes were “significantly associated”.  Why important? It shows author bias – coupled with the so far undisclosed financial conflicts of interests. “Only two” is like saying you are “only a little bit pregnant”.  It is more significant as the study was to be expected to produce no positive results of any kind, as ChildHealthSafety reported on 28th January.

Details of the main Italian author, Tozzi’s so far undeclared financial conflicts of interest have not been published by the US Journal Pediatics, although recently submitted by UK vaccine and health safety advocate, John Stone.

Fooling Third World Governments

The British study the US CDC was involved with with Dr Elizabeth Miller went ahead and also claimed to find no problems.  It was used to reassure third world governments that mercury in vaccines was safe.  It claimed the UK level of mercury was the same as the amount of thimerosal used by developing countries that follow the World Health Organisation’s expanded immunization schedule.  It was not.  Disclosed here is information under UK Freedom of Information showing the WHO schedule exposes the less well fed and more susceptible third world infants to 187.5µg of mercury  but by 14 weeks, not 6 months.  Third world children are at a much higher risk than US children ever were.
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The US Centers For Disease Control and Drug Companies

This is not the first time the US CDC has been mired in controversy over mercury in vaccines. On 7-8 June 2000, a confidential private meeting without public scrutiny took place between vaccine manufacturers’ representatives, 51 US scientists, and a representative of the World Health Organization.  This was to discuss a study by US Centers for Disease Control expert Dr Thomas Verstraeten of increasing doses of Thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders in children.  Verstraeten used US Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) data, an official US governmental data bank on the children from US health maintenance organizations (HMOs).

Verstraeten’s study showed a dose-response relationship between Thimerosal in vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders in children that held up to rigorous statistical analyses.  This means Verstraeten’s study showed a causal association between the amount of Thimerosal in vaccines a child received and the extent to which the child developed the symptoms of impaired brain development .  These ranged from tics, speech impairment to symptoms of and full autism. The discussions can be read in the transcript of the Simpsonwood Conference obtained by US organisaton SafeMinds under Freedom of Information.

Three years later Dr Thomas Verstraeten, MD, MSc  [now working for GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals, Belgium] published a different paper in the journal Pediatrics: ["Safety of thimerosal-containing vaccines: a two-phased study of computerized health maintenance organization databases".  Verstraeten T, Davis RL, DeStefano F, et al.  Pediatrics.2003; 112 :1039 –1048].   The new paper included another set of data from a third HMO, reorganised the criteria for inclusion of children and restructured the patient groupings, and  a less than statistically significant link was demonstrated. It was heavily criticised by campaigners and concerned experts. Verstraeten published a vigorous letter in his defence in which he rejected any suggestion of impropriety: ["Thimerosal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and GlaxoSmithKline"]: PEDIATRICS Vol. 113 No. 4 April 2004, pp. 932.

What can be said about this?  When Verstraeten was a public official working for the US CDC there was a serious problem.  When Verstraeten was working for GlaxoSmithKline there was no problem.

Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Autism – A serious problem being ignored

19 Children A Day – 4 in 5 is a Boy

Autism in Britian outstrips all other major disorders affecting British children combined and is substantially more serious than measles.  Every day 19 British children develop autism spectrum disorders:

  • this will be 600,000 British children and adults in the future (birth rate approx 600,000 p.a.)
  • and horrific prospects for expectant parents
    • 1 in every 54 boys will be on the Autistic Spectrum
    • autism affects 4 times as many boys
    • so 1 in 215 girls are affected as well

[* 19 a day and 1 in 54 come from: Baird et Al Prevalence of disorders of the autism spectrum in a population cohort of children in South Thames: the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP); Lancet 2006;368:210 –15.  This research revealed 1 in 86 British children are being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders (116.1 in 10,000).

4/5   x   116.1/5000 =  1 in 54 (4/5ths of the 116.1 are boys and approx 5000 of the 10,000 children affected will be boys)]

Measles Comparison

See here how the risk to children in Western economies from measles is now insignificant for the vast majority MEASLES MORTALITY UK & USA.

Mercury in British Vaccines, Autism and Your Child’s Allergies

In addition to the new MMR vaccine, in 1990 infants were also “hit” with the “accelerated” DTP vaccine schedule – receiving three DTP shots – one each at 2, 3 and 4 months.  Prior to this the intervals were 3, 5 and 9 to 12 months of age. The DTP vaccine contained a highly neurotoxic ingredient.  The ingredient was an organo-mercury excipient called “Thiomersal” ["Thimerosal" in the USA].   Thiomersal is toxic in parts per billion – in extremely small dilutions. The vaccine was The Wellcome Foundation’s Trivax AD DTP vaccine. The Wellcome Foundation is now GlaxoSmithKline. Thiomersal was first introduced by pharmaceutical company Merck in the 1930s and was not clinically trialled for safety in use in vaccines.

Research shows that children with autism appear to have deficient mechanisms for expelling toxins like mercury and it accumulates in the body.

Revealed by ChildHealthSafety exclusively worldwide for the first time [22/Jan/09] information obtained under  the UK’s Freedom of Information confirms the British MHRA [Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency] has no data on how much Thiomersal was in Trivax AD DTP vaccine. Although the British DoH [Department of Health] claimed publicly to have known, that claim therefore appears incorrect.

Video: University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine – How Mercury Causes Brain Neuron Degeneration

Your Child’s Allergies and Vaccines

Thiomersal is also known to induce allergy. Many children, in particular those with regressive autism, have serious problems with allergies.  Some have exceptionally high levels of IgE, [the allergic antibody immunoglobulin E].

Since the introduction of the accelerated DTP vaccination schedule in 1990 the prevalence of life-threatening food allergies in British children has also increased exponentially “Time trends in allergic disorders in the UK” R Gupta, A Sheikh, D P Strachan, H R Anderson, Thorax 2006;000:1–6.  Big rise in patients with deadly allergies – Jamie Doward, The Observer 16 Apr 2006.  Number of children treated for nut allergies soars Daniel Foggo, The Sunday Times April 2, 2006.

The date of the rise can be tracked back to 1990 using publicly available data. This increase has occurred in parallel with significant increases in other disorders like autism, asthma and childhood diabetes.

Thiomersal is a well recognised cause of allergies: [The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products - Medicines Evaluation Unit - Safety Working Party Assessment of the Toxicity of Thiomersal in Relation to Its Use in Medicinal Product SCPMP/SWP/I898/1998 - 8 September 1998].

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And again revealed exclusively worldwide by ChildHealthSafety [22/Jan/09] is the recent British 2006-7 Parliamentary session House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Report “Allergy” [6th Report of Sesssion] makes no mention whatsoever of Thiomersal in vaccines being a potential and possibly most likely cause of the exponential rise in childhood allergies which has occurred since 1990 in the UK.

The use of Thiomersal in other pharmaceuticals [eg. contact len cleaning fluid] has been strictly controlled in Europe: CPMP Position Paper on Thiomersal – Implementation of the Warning Statement Relating to Sensitisation. The European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products London, 21 October 1999 CPMP/2612/99]

Thiomersal contains 50% by weight of mercury.  There is no safe limit – only a “permitted daily/weekly tolerable” limit.  This is measured in parts per million per kilogramme of body weight.  Those limits apply when ingested in food]. This neurotoxic organo-mercury compound was injected directly into infants’ bodies at a time their bodies and nervous systems were developing the most rapidly at any time in their lives. The amount of thiomersal claimed to be in Trivax AD DTP vaccine was 50 millionths of a gramme injected directly into the body.

A 4 kilo weight 2 month old baby would have received in one injection 63 times higher than the permitted tolerable daily intake in food set by the US Environmental protection Agency and the UK’s Committee on Toxicity.

To protect infants the PTWI set by the UK Committee on Toxicity for intake of mercury compounds in food for women who are pregnant, or who may become pregnant within the following year, or for breast-feeding mothers is one tenth of a millionth of gramme per kilogramme of body weight per day – for a 9 stone woman [57 kg] that is 5.7 millionths of a gram per day.

Calculation of an infant’s daily and overall body burden of toxic mercury must also include the burden from environmental pollution.  [Sources include mercury in the air from power station emissions and in fish as a result of oceanic pollution by anti-fouling applied to ships' hulls.  Mercury is liquid at room temperature and evaporates forming a toxic vapour in the air].

Also revealed worldwide by ChildHealthSafety [22/Jan/09] is that the British Government also had no data on Thiomersal content of many other vaccines around that time and some had more than claimed by the British government was in DTP.  Examples are Duncan Flockhart’s DTP vaccine – 130 millionths of a gramme  thiomersal per millilitre and Lister Institute Pertussis vaccine – 120 mcg/ml Thiomersal.  Accordingly, this brings into question how much was in Trivax AD DTP vaccine.

The British Government also hid this lack of knowledge from Parliament.  A further revelation made exclusively worldwide by ChildHealthSafety [22/Jan/09] is that British Health Minister Hazel Blears MP misled the English Parliament in 2001 when she said in a Parliamentary answer that “All childhood vaccines licensed since 1986 which have ever contained thiomersal as an excipient are listed in the table” [to the answer]. [House of Commons Hansard Written Answers for 3 Jul 2001 (pt 19)]. The table contained no such details and listed only those vaccines granted a licence in the UK since 1993.

Julie Kirkbride MP had asked for the “vaccines …. licensed since 1986 which contain thiomersal“.

If you are asked have you been licensed to drive your car since 2006, you will answer “yes” even if you have held a licence since 1980.  Blears’ answer was in fact the answer to the question of the “vaccines granted a licence since 1986 which contain Thiomersal”.

But, it seems mercury is not the only problem [See US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments - It’s Not Just MMR - here Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action].

In Whom Can You Trust

The British Government

The British Government claims Thiomersal was phased out of its childhood vaccines in October 2004 [but vaccine stocks may have taken longer to run down and how safe is what has replaced it?].

A previously confidential 1991 internal Merck memorandum published by the USA’s  Los Angeles Times shows the UK authorities had then known about the problem and were privately expressing concern to the vaccine manufacturer about the presence of mercury in vaccines.  This was along with Sweden, Japan and Switzerland: [‘91 Memo Warned of Mercury in Shots - By Myron Levin - LA Times - February 08, 2005].

So why did they take 13 years to do something about it and why did they and do they continue to tell the British public there is and was no problem when they knew there was and is?  And as vaccines also alter the functioning of the immune system, the removal of Thiomersal may well not be the only factor affecting the increases in autism, asthma, allergies and childhood diabetes.  [see more below - US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments].

Independent Medical Professional Organisations

The US Institutes of Medicine published a report in 2001 on whether MMR caused autism [Immunization Safety Review - Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism].

The IOM committee held closed meetings to discuss the report’s content and before considering the evidence.  A transcript of a meeting on 12th January 2001 was disclosed in Court proceedings [US District Court of Texas, Eastern District; Case #5:03-CV-141].

Here are some quotes from the transcript:-

  • [the Centers for Disease Control] “wants us to declare, well, these things are pretty safe on a population basis.” [p33]
  • We said this before you got here, and I think we said this yesterday, the point of no return, the line we will not cross in public policy is to pull the vaccine, change the schedule. We could say it is time to revisit this, but we would never recommend that level.   Even recommending research is recommendations for policy.  We wouldn’t say compensate, we wouldn’t say pull the vaccine, we wouldn’t say stop the program.” [p74]
  • we are not ever going to come down that it is a true side effect,” [p97]
  • Chances are, when all is said and done, we are still going to be in this category. It is just a general feeling that we probably still are not going to be able to make a statement,” [p123]

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Notes on terminology:-

In the US the official diagnostic definition of what we call “Autism Spectrum Disorders” or ASD are  instead called “Pervasive Development Disorders” or PDD for short.  That is under the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th edn)” or “DSM IV” for short.

“Autistic Spectrum Disorder” is the term applied internationally under the “ICD” or “International Classification of Disease”

Many refer to ASD and PDD as “autism” but “autism” is a subset of the spectrum and is often referred to also as “childhood autism”, “typical autism” and “Kanner autism”.  [The common behaviours like hand flapping, loss of eye contact and suchlike in young children are unmistakable, whereas other spectrum disorders like mild Aspergers Syndrome can be more difficult to diagnose.]

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UK’s GMC, Dr Jayne Donegan’s Story, Vaccines & MMR

Junk Science? Junk Justice? Or Corruption In Medicine?

Here is the shocking story of how Dr Jayne Donegan was victimised by but won against the UK  General Medical Council and members of the UKs Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation and all for giving accurate and truthful evidence in Court about vaccines and their hazards:-

Read Dr Donegan’s own account “My Experience with the General Medical Council

  • how some members of the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation are so zealotic and unethical they are prepared to:
    • give inappropriate and misleading evidence on vaccines to the English Court;

    • this was just to ensure two little girls were vaccinated against the children’s and mothers wishes; and,
    • when that was not in the children’s best interests;
  • how the GMC prosecutor’s expert witness, Dr David Elliman, was prepared to twist the facts and give inappropriate and misleading evidence against Dr Donegan.  Dr Elliman:-
     

    • is a consultant paediatrician of Great Ormond St Childrens’ Hospital London, lifelong vaccination proponent, and sometime UK HPA spokesman on vaccination issues;

    • admitted under cross-examination that his expert evidence against Dr Donegan was “quibbling”;

    • spent 5 months preparing his expert evidence submitted to the General Medical Council hearing for the purpose of getting an honest doctor, Dr Donegan, struck off the medical register, when she had acted properly and appropriately at all times;

    • is the pediatric consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital leading the clinical team responsible for Children’s Services and for the care of “Baby P” [Peter Connelly,]  born March 2006 and who was killed on 3rd August 2007, by his mother’s boyfriend.  Baby P was abused between November 2006 and August 3 2007.   Baby P died 4 days before the GMC hearing in which Elliman was to be the expert witness against Dr Donegan was to commence;

    • considered that concerns of Consultants in his unit over potential risks to patients and thus patient safety, through issues of increased waiting times, through excessive workload, lack of follow-up appointments and the unavailability of notes did not affect patient safety. The official NHS London report into the matter concludes simply “that is a conclusion with which we would not agree”: Report on an investigation into allegations made by Dr Kim Holt, Consultant Community Paediatrician David Widdowson Nadia Persaud Bevan Brittan LLP December 2009.
  • how Dr Donegan was wholly exonerated in intensive three week legal proceeding before the UK’s General Medical Council
  • how Dr Donegan’s evidence was proven validly based on sound medical and scientific literature after detailed consideration of eight technical expert reports and nearly 400 technical and medical papers and references


Here are the Transcripts of the hearings:-

Day 1.pdf,         Day 2.pdf,        Day 3.pdf,        Day 4.pdf,       Day 5.pdf,

Day 6.pdf,         Day 7.pdf,        Day 8.pdf,        Day 9.pdf,       Day 10.pdf,

Day 11.pdf,       Day 12.pdf,      Day 13.pdf

 

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UK’s GMC, Dr Jayne Donegan’s Story, Vaccines & MMR

UK Residents – Write To Your Politicians –  Do It Now!

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Ask your MP to ask the UK’s Secretary of State to explain why the British Government allows officials of the UK’s Department of Health to cause the human rights of children to be violated.

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Copyright ChildHealthSafety 2009 – The authors hereby assert their moral rights.  All rights reserved.

 

 

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