British Minister Misled Parliament Over US MMR Autism Case

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Dawn Primarolo MP for Bristol South since 1987

 

New Labour Health Minister, Dawn Primarolo MP recently misled the English Parliament in a formal  written Ministerial answer given in Parliament to a question from Conservative MP Mark Pritchard about vaccines causing autism. As we now have 1 in 38 British boys being diagnosed with an autistic condition and the problem is costing £28 billion pa, this is a serious matter: [Autism Rates Rocket - 1 in 38 British Boys - Cambridge Study ].

The case of an autistic boy Bailey Banks, as well as the cases of Hannah Poling and Benjamin Zeller number amongst 1322 cases which have been successful in the US Federal Court claiming that children have developed autism and/or suffered other brain damage as a result of the administration of vaccines, including the MMR:  MMR/Autism Cases Win In US Vaccine Court.

Ms Primarolo claimed Bailey Banks whose autism was caused by vaccines and won his case in the US Federal Court on that basis was not diagnosed with autism.  However, Bailey Bank’s diagnosis of “Pervasive Developmental Disorder” is US terminology under DSM IV for what is Autistic Spectrum Disorderunder the International Classification of Disease. [Banks v. HHS (Case 02-0738V, 2007 U.S. Claims LEXIS 254, July 20, 2007)].  Minister Primarolo is also reported to have been sending out the same incorrect information in  written replies to enquiries from British MPs made on behalf of constituents.

The written answer: MMR Vaccine appears in Hansard, the official record of proceedings in the English Parliament of 18 Mar 2009 : Column 1229W.  The full text of the exchange from Hansard:

MMR Vaccine

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the implications of the decision in the US case of Bailey Banks v. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for his Department’s policy on the MMR vaccine. [263933]

Dawn Primarolo: In 2007 the United States Court of Federal Claims made a ruling in favour of compensation to the father of Bailey Banks for his non-autistic developmental delay as a result of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) following receipt of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. ADEM is an extremely rare condition that has been reported after rabies, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, smallpox, MMR, Japanese B encephalitis, pertussis, influenza and hepatitis B vaccines. The Bailey Banks case has no implications for MMR vaccine policy.

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The Times, London reports Thousands of children revealed to be suffering from diabetes April 4, 2009, showing UK childhood diabetes rates are 15 times higher than previous figures. Childhood diabetes is listed as an adverse reaction to the US drug giant Merck’s MMR II and other vaccines and highlights the issue of risk of disease compared to risk of adverse reactions.

At what point and at what social and economic cost do we draw a line?  How many cases of autism, diabetes, asthma, allergy and all the rest do there have to be to make the risks of the vaccines worthwhile? The MMR II product information leaflet can be found here:  MMR II.  The list of potential adverse reactions is long – and added to the end of this article.   It includes:-

ADVERSE REACTIONS ………..
Endocrine System
Diabetes mellitus …………

So this again highlights child health safety issues and risk of disease compared to the risk of adverse reactions.

Diabetes Increase Caused by “Environmental Factors” and not by “genes”

Dr Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. the 16th and current Director of the US$30.5 billion budget National Institutes of Health [nominated by President Obama: NIH News Release 17th August 2009 ] stated in evidence to US House of Representatives Committee May 2006 when Director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute:

Recent increases in chronic diseases like diabetes, childhood asthma, obesity or autism cannot be due to major shifts in the human gene pool as those changes take much more time to occur. They must be due to changes in the environment, including diet and physical activity, which may produce disease in genetically predisposed persons.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. evidence to US House of Representatives Committee May 2006

And do vaccines cause autistic conditions?  If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News].  In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkission

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.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered after the Hannah  Poling story broke in the USA in February 2008 [see CHS article here].  Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day.  Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

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EXTRACT FROM MERCK’S MMR II PRODUCT INFORMATION LEAFLET

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The following adverse reactions are listed in decreasing order of severity, without regard to causality, within each body system category and have been reported during clinical trials, with use of the marketed vaccine, or with use of monovalent or bivalent vaccine containing measles, mumps, or rubella:

Body as a Whole

Panniculitis; atypical measles; fever; syncope; headache; dizziness; malaise; irritability.

Cardiovascular System

Vasculitis.

Digestive System

Pancreatitis; diarrhea; vomiting; parotitis; nausea.

Endocrine System

Diabetes mellitus.

Hemic and Lymphatic System

Thrombocytopenia (see WARNINGS, Thrombocytopenia); purpura; regional lymphadenopathy; leukocytosis.

Immune System

Anaphylaxis and anaphylactoid reactions have been reported as well as related phenomena such as angioneurotic edema (including peripheral or facial edema) and bronchial spasm in individuals with or without an allergic history.

Musculoskeletal System

Arthritis; arthralgia; myalgia.

Arthralgia and/or arthritis (usually transient and rarely chronic), and polyneuritis are features of infection with wild-type rubella and vary in frequency and severity with age and sex, being greatest in adult females and least in prepubertal children. This type of involvement as well as myalgia and paresthesia, have also been reported following administration of MERUVAX II.

Chronic arthritis has been associated with wild-type rubella infection and has been related to persistent virus and/or viral antigen isolated from body tissues. Only rarely have vaccine recipients developed chronic joint symptoms. Following vaccination in children, reactions in joints are uncommon and generally of brief duration. In women, incidence rates for arthritis and arthralgia are generally higher than those seen in children (children: 0-3%; women: 12-26%),17,52,53 and the reactions tend to be more marked and of longer duration. Symptoms may persist for a matter of months or on rare occasions for years. In adolescent girls, the reactions appear to be intermediate in incidence between those seen in children and in adult women. Even in women older than 35 years, these reactions are generally well tolerated and rarely interfere with normal activities.

Nervous System

Encephalitis; encephalopathy; measles inclusion body encephalitis (MIBE) (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE); Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS);  febrile convulsions; afebrile convulsions or seizures; ataxia; polyneuritis; polyneuropathy; ocular palsies;  paresthesia.

Experience from more than 80 million doses of all live measles vaccines given in the U.S. through  1975 indicates that significant central nervous system reactions such as encephalitis and  encephalopathy, occurring within 30 days after vaccination, have been temporally associated with  measles vaccine very rarely.   In no case has it been shown that reactions were actually caused by  vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has pointed out that “a certain number of cases  of encephalitis may be expected to occur in a large childhood population in a defined period of time even  when no vaccines are administered”. However, the data suggest the possibility that some of these cases live measles virus vaccine administration remains far less than that for encephalitis and encephalopathy  with wild-type measles (one per two thousand reported cases).

Post-marketing surveillance of the more than 200 million doses of M-M-R and M-M-R II that have  been distributed worldwide over 25 years (1971 to 1996) indicates that serious adverse events such as  encephalitis and encephalopathy continue to be rarely reported.17

There have been reports of subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE) in children who did not have  a history of infection with wild-type measles but did receive measles vaccine. Some of these cases may  have resulted from unrecognized measles in the first year of life or possibly from the measles vaccination.

Based on estimated nationwide measles vaccine distribution, the association of SSPE cases to measles  vaccination is about one case per million vaccine doses distributed. This is far less than the association  with infection with wild-type measles, 6-22 cases of SSPE per million cases of measles. The results of a  retrospective case-controlled study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  suggest that the overall effect of measles vaccine has been to protect against SSPE by preventing  measles with its inherent higher risk of SSPE.55

Cases of aseptic meningitis have been reported to VAERS following measles, mumps, and rubella  vaccination. Although a causal relationship between the Urabe strain of mumps vaccine and aseptic  meningitis has been shown, there is no evidence to link Jeryl Lynn™ mumps vaccine to aseptic  meningitis.

Respiratory System

Pneumonia, pneumonitis (see CONTRAINDICATIONS); sore throat; cough; rhinitis.

Skin

Stevens-Johnson syndrome; erythema multiforme; urticaria; rash; measles-like rash; pruritis.  Local reactions including burning/stinging at injection site; wheal and flare; redness (erythema);  swelling; induration; tenderness; vesiculation at injection site.

Special Senses — Ear

Nerve deafness; otitis media.

Special Senses — Eye

Retinitis; optic neuritis; papillitis; retrobulbar neuritis; conjunctivitis.

Urogenital System

Epididymitis, orchitis.

Other

Death from various, and in some cases unknown, causes has been reported rarely following  vaccination with measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines; however, a causal relationship has not been  established in healthy individuals (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). No deaths or permanent sequelae were  reported in a published post-marketing surveillance study in Finland involving 1.5 million children and  adults who were vaccinated with M-M-R II during 1982 to 1993.56

Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, health-care providers and manufacturers  are required to record and report certain suspected adverse events occurring within specific time periods  after vaccination. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has established  a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) which will accept all reports of suspected events.47

A VAERS report form as well as information regarding reporting requirements can be obtained by calling

VAERS 1-800-822-7967″

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After learning that “Autism Rates Rocket – 1 in 38 British Boys – Cambridge Study” we now find Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a key vaccine proponent admitted on Friday night’s US TV programme Larry King Live that the rate of autism in northeastern Ohio, the largest Amish community in the USA with low rates of vaccination, was 1 in 10,000. He should know, he said: “I’m their neurologist.” [See: Larry King Live – Breakthrough Coverage & More]

And do vaccines cause autistic conditions?  If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News].  In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkission

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.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered after the Hannah  Poling story broke in the USA in February 2008 [see CHS article here].  Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day.  Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

Dr. Max Wiznitzer of University Hospitals in Cleveland is an expert witness for the government against the families who file in the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. In the US Federal Court case of Ben Zeller of proven developmental delay caused by vaccines the Court commented on Dr Wiznitzer’s expert testimony defending the vaccines on behalf of the defendant US Department of Health and Human Services that Wiznitzer had no alternative explanation for Ben Zeller’s injuries beyond:-

Unconfirmed speculation by a few treating doctors, as with Dr. Wiznitzer’s hypothesization” http://www.uscfc.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/ABELL.ZELLER073008.pdf

Wiznitzer admits to Amish vaccination rates being around 50% but others have reported very much lower rates.

Dr Wiznitzer’s comment is recorded in this extract of CNN’s transcript of the programme [emphasis added]:-

KARTZINEL: I think they made some very good points, especially about doing studies with children who haven’t been vaccinated. When you look at smoking, for example, when you look at smokers and the rates of lung cancer, it didn’t become apparent until they compared that to non-smokers. Then the lung cancer rates were high.

We need to look at these diseases, whether it be childhood asthma or attention deficit order or autism, and look at them among those who were vaccinated and compare them to those who weren’t.

KING: Are you saying it will show that vaccinations played a part?

KARTZINEL: Absolutely.

KING: How will you respond to that, Dr. Wiznitzer?

WIZNITZER: Years ago, I thought about this idea among the Amish population here in northeast Ohio, to whom I am actually the neurologist. And I went to the public health nurses and said, tell me about their vaccination rates. And I was told that there is a very high rate of vaccination amongst the Amish population. Out of ten thousand of individuals in our population, we have one child with autism. I see all these children.

The fact is, we can’t basically use the argument. It’s much more complex than just vaccinated versus unvaccinated.

But the following extract by journalist and former senior UPI Editor Dan Olmsted disagrees:-

“Wang is the medical director, and a physician and researcher, at the DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children, created three years ago to treat the Amish in northeastern Ohio.

“I take care of all the children with special needs,” he said, putting him in a unique position to observe autism. “The one case Wang has identified is a 12-year-old boy.”

He said half the children in the area were vaccinated, half weren’t. That child, he said, was vaccinated, but let’s not split hairs here. Either vaccinated or unvaccinated, that’s a low rate — 1 in 5000. The question I didn’t think to ask at the time but will soon, is, exactly how were those half vaccinated? Flu shots for pregnant moms? Hep B at birth? Chickenpox and MMR on the same day at one year? Rotavirus, Hep B, Hep A, and on and on? Or did it look more like the less intense, less front-loaded schedule in place in the rest of the country back before the autism epidemic began? The kind Jenny and Jim and J.B. and Jerry (hey, the four J’s!) keep harking back to when the autism rate was, like, 1 in 10,000 and we still managed to stave off wholesale plagues.

Let’s even stipulate that the vaccine schedule for every single Amish child is now fully loaded and follows the CDC to a T. What is Wiznitzer’s point? That the Amish genes protect them? Well, good for them, then, let’s find out why. Or, that some kind of other environmental risk is absent? In that case, autism is a genetic vulnerability with an environmental trigger, and something about the Amish world is not triggering it, which puts us back about where I started four years ago. There would have been plenty of time to have the answer right now if Julie Gerberding weren’t still filibustering the question by talking about numerators, denominators and getting more research into the pipeline as fast as bureaucratically possible (meaning never, never, never).

Critics of the Amish Anomaly — like critics of the idea that vaccines might be implicated in autism — want to have it every which way.

For a closely related stories see:

Autism Not Genetic – Says Expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen

Autism Increase Environmental Not Genetic – Says New Director of USA’s $30.5 Billion Health Research Budget

For more read:

Olmsted on Autism: 1 in 10,000 Amish – April 04, 2009.

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Larry King Live, hisone-hour program called “The Debate Over Autism”

Watch the video http://tinyurl.com/dk5cxv.

Read the transcript http://tinyurl.com/cs62mb.

Entire show available on iTunes for free (go to Store, search Larry King, should be first podcast on list)

“The Debate Over Autism” featured, in three separate instalments:

  • Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey
  • Jenny and Jim plus Dr. Jerry Kartzinel and J.B. Handley and
  • Dr. Meg Fisher, Dr. Max Wiznitzer and Dr. Bernadine Healy.

Dr. Kartzinel is a pediatrician who has an autistic son.  His wife told him, “You broke them, now you fix them.”

J.B. Handley is founder of Generation Rescue www.generationrescue.org

Dr. Fisher is President elect of the NJ chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Dr. Wiznitzer is a pediatric neurologist from Children’s Hospital in Cleveland

Dr. Healy is former director of the NIH, health editor of USN&WR, member of the IOM

Related news:

Autism: 1 in 10,000 Amish http://tinyurl.com/dapbe8

Autism and Vaccines around the world http://tinyurl.com/dghx4v

A response to Peet’s “there is no association between autism and vaccines”  www.fourteenstudies.org

OTHER BREAKING NEWS

4/3: Drug firms told stop using some internet ads, no product names, side effects http://tinyurl.com/db7954 (NYT)

4/3: Our government seeks partnerships for vaccine development (more shots in our future!!) http://tinyurl.com/c2jldu

4/2: Letter from FDA scientists to Obama details corruption of the last several years (see attached PDF file)

4/2: New Theory of Autism Suggests Symptoms/Disorder May Be Reversible http://tinyurl.com/ck6tvf (Science Daily)

4/2: Autism Isn’t the Only Adverse Reaction, Our Son Cameron Passed Away http://tinyurl.com/ch36qy (blog)

4/2: It’s Flu Season in the Southern Hemisphere, Get Your Flu Shots http://tinyurl.com/dfuogf (Reuters)

4/2: Autism kit for parents (but how do we eliminate the need for the damn kits?) http://tinyurl.com/dd5aw8

4/2: Nancy “there is no controversy” Snyderman on Today, discloses niece has autism http://tinyurl.com/dayos5

4/2: “I was the queen of denial on autism” (Didi Conn, “Frenchie” on Grease) http://tinyurl.com/ccywv9 (CNN)

4/2: “Open Your Eyes To Autism” Rally in London http://tinyurl.com/cdpmst (Age of Autism)

4/1: Rocket fuel (perchlorate) in infant baby formula (plus melamine, what’s next?) http://tinyurl.com/deh7dy (EWG)

4/1: Peet vs. Peete on vaccines and autism http://eurweb.com/story/eur52073.cfm

3/24: My son’s deadly struggle with food allergies http://tinyurl.com/dhzcbq (CNN)

3/20: One in 60 UK children with autism (= 1 in 38 boys) http://tinyurl.com/djojed (UK Daily Mail Online)

MERCK LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN

It is NOT too late to write your letter!  Go to http://tinyurl.com/clctd3 for more information.  They are prioritizing the combo MMR vaccine to meet the public health and medical need of patients in the US and internationally.  Send more letters; tell Merck they are not meeting your family’s need.  If you have press connections, use the attached release as-is or modify to add your quotes and contact info for your local press.  You can also go to www.cogforlife.org and sign their petition.

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A new Cambridge University study’s figures show 1 in 38 British boys has an autistic condition.  Autistic spectrum conditions are already costing the UK £28 billion per annum:  “One child in 60 ‘suffers from a form of autism” By Sue Reid, Daily Mail, UK 20th March 2009.  The new study authors advise Government services planners to revise calculations of  child service provision on a rate of 1 in 60 British boys and girls, but 4 in 5 cases affect boys.

1 in 38 boys affected

ie. 4 boys in every 150 boys

Despite this health authorities worldwide refuse to carry out large-scale studies comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated children.  Such studies would determine finally the issue of the extent to which vaccination is implicated in causing the condition.

This demonstrates the pharmaceutical industry’s success expanding profits into vaccination over the past 20 years by encouraging a quasi religious belief that vaccines are vitally important.

But firstly, do vaccines cause autistic conditions?  If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News].  In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkission

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.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered after the Hannah  Poling story broke in the USA in February 2008 [see CHS article here].  Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day.  Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

A study of vaccinated and unvaccinated children by charity Generation Rescue reveals rates of autism in unvaccinated children are lower: Vaccinated vs. Unvaccinated.  Dr Mayor  Eisenstein of a Chicago USA family medical practice claims his practice has seen few or no autism cases amongst 35,000  unvaccinated child patients.  Autism amongst Amish families in the USA are reported to be very low, as are vaccination rates: Autism In Amish Children – 1 in 10,000.

If you are concerned, you must write to your political representative  and keep writing to demand the proper studies are carried out [See end for how to email].

It is important studies of vaccinated against unvaccinated children are carried out by truly independent unbiased objective researchers.  Too many currently involved are tainted by drug and health officials’ influence. Clinical studies are needed.  Studies currently relied on are epidemiological [statistical] studies which are easily manipulated [as used by the tobacco industry in 40's and 50's to prove smoking does not cause cancer].

The new figures also take no account of other neurological disorders like speech impediments, ADHD and tics, which have been associated in a study by the US Centers for Disease Control: CDC & Vaccine Caused Neurological Disorders.

Many individually brought cases  of vaccine causesd autism have been successful in the US Courts: AUTISM – US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments – It’s Not Just MMR

The study reveals that for every 3 known cases, there are a further two cases yet to be diagnosed:

The average age of diagnosis for childhood autism is around 3 to 4 years and for Aspergers’ Syndrome it is around 8 years, meaning half of all children affected under these ages are yet to be diagnosed.

The results were published at the International Meeting for Autism Research May 2008 and the IMFAR study has  already been cited in 5 formal journal papers and an autism textbook:

ESTIMATING AUTISM SPECTRUM PREVALENCE IN THE POPULATION: A SCHOOL BASED STUDY FROM THE UK

Conclusions: The prevalence estimate of known cases of ASC, using different methods of ascertainment converges around 1%. The ratio of known to unknown cases means that for every three known cases there are another two unknown cases. This has implications for planning diagnostic, social and health services.”

Contacting Your UK or US Political Representative

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

Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. If you do not write to your MP, and do not keep on writing them, then don’t complain when politicians  do nothing.  Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. It is their job to represent you.

Ask your MP to ask for proper clinical studies  comparing vaccinated to unvaccinated children and that these are by independent unbiased objective researchers.  Ask that the UK’s Secretary of State explain why the British Government allows officials of the UK’s Department of Health to cause the human rights of children to be violated.

To email your MP, all you need to know is your MP’s name.  MP’s email addresses are in the form:-

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UK Government Hands Drug Industry Control of Childhood Vaccination

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UK press reports today show UK’s New Labour Government appears to have placed control of UK vaccination  programmes from 1 April 2009 in practical effect into the hands of the drug industry and introduced what is potentially a compulsory vaccination law without Parliamentary debate under The Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009.

Jab makers linked to vaccine programme” – Sunday Express By Lucy Johnston HEALTH EDITOR

Scientists to be given power to decide on vaccinations” Sunday Telegraph – By Laura Donnelly, Health Correspondent 07 Mar 2009]

Giving the JCVI control over vaccination policy appears little different to giving control directly to the drug industry because of a closely similar approach and in some cases interests of one too many JCVI members. The JCVI is drawn from the British Medical professions and includes members with drug industry financial conflicts of interest [Declarations of Interests] and an historically poor record to the present day on vaccination and child health safety [revealed in Freedom of Information documentation - more below].

The new law, introduced in a manner which raises doubts as to its legal and constitutional validity, will mean that when the drug industry produces a vaccine for adults or children, the Secretary of State is obliged to implement whatever recommendation the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation makes.

This new law puts the unpaid JCVI members in a powerful financial position for the drug industry, with the power to decide adult and childhood vaccinations.  And if the JCVI decides unvaccinated children should not attend school, as is the position in the USA, that could see compulsory UK childhood vaccination by the “backdoor”.

Contradicting Department of Health claims the JCVI is independently appointed, the JCVI is appointed by an appointments commission under DoH control [more below].

The approach of several JCVI members and other health officials has been shown to be inappropriate and over-zealous, as demonstrated in UK legal proceedings seeking to have children vaccinated against parents’ wishes and when not in the children’s and family’s best interests  [more below].

GPs, practice and clinic nurses could be in a difficult position ethically and legally in their relationships with parents and particularly in relation to those vaccinations currently recommended by the JCVI which are recognised not to be clinically necessary, whilst exposing young children to risks of adverse vaccine reactions which are also not being properly monitored by health officials. Mumps, rubella, chickenpox, ‘flu and Hepatitis B vaccines are examples of vaccinations recognised not to be clinically necessary for children whilst being recommended or under consideration for recommendation by the JCVI.

No Debate Over Backdoor Law

The Health Protection (Vaccination) Regulations 2009 have been introduced without debate against the backdrop of what appears a covert media vaccination strategy [more below]. These new regulations became law by being “laid before Parliament”, which normally means being placed in the library in the English Parliament for 20 days with no objection being raised  within that time – none appears to have been.

Paragraph 2 places an

Obligation on the Secretary of State to ensure implementation of JCVI recommendations so far as is reasonably practicable”

No Jab No School

Whilst the Government may initially deny this law introduces compulsory vaccination, this new law could pave the way for withholding schooling and nursery education for unvaccinated children should the JCVI make such a recommendation.   That is the position  recently mooted by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour [more below].

When Mary Creagh MP floated compulsory vaccination last year the current BMA chairman, Dr Hamish Meldrum described Mary Creagh’s proposals as ‘Stalinist’ and said forcing parents to have their children innoculated was “morally and ethically dubious”: No jabs, no school says Labour MP .

A Political Issue

The UK’s New Labour Government denies parents choice.  Single vaccines  are denied to children of worried parents whom New Labour have failed for 11 years to convince of the safety of multiple vaccines, have allowed vaccination rates to fall and then claim children will die if not vaccinated. That does not appear responsible government.

Official Conservative Party policy is to offer the choice.

No Need for New Law

If the Government denies this new law is a way of introducing compulory vaccination there is and was no need for such a new law.  The Secretary of State was already implementing the recommendations of The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.  The JCVI was formerly an advisory body.

Cost Not Safety Is Overriding Concern

Under the new law the Secretary of State can only object to a JCVI recommendation if it is insufficiently backed by evidence of cost-effectiveness.  There is no requirement to ensure the vaccinations are safe or to object to or reverse a JCVI recommendation on safety grounds.  Freedom of Information documents show that in 1991 the known dangerous Pluserix MMR was withdrawn from supply by the supplier, a GlaxoSmithKline company and the vaccine was not proposed to be withdrawn by the JCVI, Medicines Control Agency, health officials or Government.  The Medicines Act licence was continued instead and supply of the proven dangerous vaccine was thereby allowed to be continued to the third world [British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child Health Safety].

No Public Scrutiny

The JCVI will dictate vaccination policy.  This takes away from Parliament democratic control over vaccination health policy. The Secretary of State is answerable to Parliament. It is since 1987 official Conservative policy to offer parents choice but the “vaccination right” is not a right to single vaccines but only to MMR, as dictated by the JCVI.

The JCVI is answerable to no one.  And in contrast:-

  • is unelected,
  • meets in private,
  • takes decisions without public consultation or prior debate
  • with no public scrutiny [save now for minutes published under FOI, but sometime after the event]
  • is unpaid but has questionable links to the drug industry [Declarations of Interests]
  • is comprised of voices uncritical of any aspect of vaccination safety

    • and that was more than evident from the behaviour of the three JCVI experts involved in the Dr Jayne Donegan GMC case, and which saw a comprehensive exoneration of Dr Donegan’s advice on vaccination
  • has no independent public or elected representatives
  • has an historically abysmal record on safety to the extent of recklessness [including to the present day]
  • it habitually decides matters on papers presented for the first time at meetings without prior consideration by members
  • there is no requirement for the members to have qualifications in the formal professional assessment of adverse vaccine reactions, but they are frequently called upon to decide such matters

JCVI Historic Recklessness for Child Health Safety

The JCVI has a legal obligation under English and EU law to apply the precautionary principle in its deliberations. An account of how the JCVI has historically brought about widespread national harm to British children from a reckless approach to child health safety can be seen here: British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child Health Safety

The latest information shows nothing has changed.

There is a considerable and growing body of research either showing how vaccinations are causally involved in or implicated as the only realistic causal explanation for the pandemic increases in autism, asthma, allergies, diabetes and many other new emerging conditions in modern western economies.  Here are examples in relation to autism and allergies: Explaining Vaccines Autism & Mitochondrial Disorder, Mercury in British Vaccines, Autism and Your Child’s Allergies.

Despite data and evidence of such a kind, the 17 June 2008 JCVI meeting decided that all children will be vaccinated regardless of risk – with the JCVI claiming “UK data provide no evidence that vaccination is harmful to children with mitochondrial disorders“: minutes 17 June 2008, and as amended: Draft minutes for main JCVI meeting 15 October 2008:

How should a responsible body of experts respond when presented with the information coming from the USA, politically, in the media, in new research and with cases like Hannah Poling in the US Federal Court? And how did they respond?:-

  • it was dealt with under Item 15 “Any Other Business”
  • the JCVI dismisses the case of Hannah Poling and all else,
  • they propose to vaccinate all children at risk of developing mitochondrial dysfunction like Hannah Poling as a result of vaccination:-
    • [recent research shows the at risk group is large -  a minimum of 7 percent  of  currently autistic children and as high as 70 percent can have developed mitochondrial dysfunction.  This puts between  between 1 in 70 and 1 in 800 British Children at risk according to the current UK rate of autism of 1 in 58, as revealed by Cambridge University research presented at IMFAR, May 2008].
  • have no plans to take any action of any kind to protect British children or to make any kind of investigation or to recommend any other action

This is not responsible and especially when compared to what responsible action would and should look like.

JCVI Zealotic Approach

The present practice under the JCVI’s recommendations is to vaccinate in a “one size fits all” approach, even if that means putting those at risk in harm’s way.

The court case of A & D v B & E [2003] EWHC 1376 (Fam) (13 June 2003) about forced state vaccination of two children against their mothers’ wishes and the subsequent GMC proceedings against Dr Jayne Donegan show that some JCVI members who have given evidence in legal proceedings on vaccination issues are prepared to give incorrect evidence to have children vaccinated when not in the best interests of the child or the family.

The Donegan GMC case shows that despite the correct evidence being in favour of not needing to vaccinate in individual cases, some JVCI members are prepared to give their expert opinions in legal proceedings to the contrary.

The outcome of the GMC case against Dr Jayne Donegan demonstrated that the court case of A & D v B & E was incorrectly decided and as a result of inappropriate evidence from JCVI “experts”.

The result of the A & D v B & E was the JCVI position overriding the ethical and appropriate clinical approach in individual cases and parents’ concern for what is best for the child.  The latter is despite parents’ legal obligations for their children under the Children Act 1989.

Potentially Difficult Position for Family Doctors and Other Health Professionals

Family doctors, practice and clinic nurses could be put in a difficult position ethically, which also has legal implications:-

  • it is unethical and potentially a criminal matter to administer a vaccine without fully informed consent, including on adverse reactions
    • Providing treatment to a patient that is not clinically needed and misleading patients as to the clinical need for a treatment so as to vitiate their consent can mean the administration of the treatment is a criminal offence:  Appleton v Garrett (1995) 34 BMLR 23.
  • fully informed consent is not obtained 99.9% of the time
    • in practical terms it cannot be provided because data on adverse reactions is not being properly collected or at all
    • much of the information provided by the NHS and Department of Health is misleading and incorrect if followed by health professionals

DoH Scaremongering Over Clinically Unnecessary Vaccines for Children

The Department of Health’s approach to vaccination is to adopt a scaremongering approach, which is not justified on up-to-date statistics nor on risk-vs-risk comparisons of vaccination adverse effects to disease [See more below - "The Push for Vaccination Is Commercially Driven"]

  • the BMA, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and JCVI are on record stating:Since mumps and its complications are very rarely serious there is little indication for the routine use of mumps vaccine“:  British National Formulary (‘BNF’) 1985 and 1986
  • rubella vaccination is unnecessary for boys and is only relevant for teenage girls and women of childbearing age to protect the unborn child in the first three months of pregnancy from a risk of an average of 50  cases p.a. of congenital rubella syndrome, of which approximately 10% [ie. 5 cases] may have serious outcomes
  • The JCVI proposal to vaccinate infants against ‘flu could now be pushed through even though it was opposed previously because it was not to protect children but old people and also because vaccine expert Dr Tom Jefferson went public on the flu vaccine not working and putting  children and adults at risk of adverse reactions for nothing:-
  • The JCVI are again proposing chickenpox vaccine for all infants even though clinically unnecessary and greater health problems could be caused as a resultChildren need chickenpox jab, say doctors – By Rebecca Smith, Medical Editor Telegraph 8 Nov 2007
  • The proposals for Hepatitis B vaccination for infants make no sense when at-risk groups are intravenous drug abusers and those who practice unsafe sex, not infants and when the vaccine has a very poor safety profile, including criminal proceedings in France into the withdrawn introduction of universal hepatitis vaccination which saw the first cases of childhood multiple sclerosis in France:-

Covert Government Media Campaign

The Government is currently engaged in what the British public may see as a covert media campaign to promote vaccination with this new law as the backdrop.  An announcement in Parliament referred to a media PR campaign to start in late February 2009 to support the MMR in the UK – see this link Measles in Hansard [official record of proceedings in the English Parliament] of the 3rd February 2009.  The announcement does not appear linked to the introduction of the new law.

There  are two items in Hansard: one on measles and one on MMR;

Measles
A public relations campaign is planned to start in late February to support the MMR vaccination.”

We also underlined our commitment to immunisation by stating that immunisation is a ‘right’ in the NHS constitution.

MMR Vaccine
PCTs must set targets to improve vaccination uptake and agree these with their strategic health authorities (SHAs). The SHAs, with the help of the Department, monitor the PCTs against these targets.

BBC & Medical Establishment Involvement

Following the Parliamentary announcement, BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour broadcast a programme with Professor Hugh Pennington and a US representative discussing compulsory vaccination and comparing the position in the USA.  No one was invited to put any contrary position for balance.  Listen online:-

Should measles vaccination be compulsory? 18 Feb 2009  Listen to this item
Could a “no jab, no school” rule be the solution to increasing infection rates?

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The Push for Vaccination Is Commercially Driven

Historic official statistics show that the need for control of disease across social populations has never been lower:  Vaccines Did Not Save Us – 2 Centuries of Official Statistics.

The financial markets have long been aware that the pharmaceutical industry “blockbuster” patented drug business model has been failing. The drug industry has been adopting other business models since the 1980s and:-

  • with vaccines they see the same business model as Bill Gates – everyone must have Windows software on their computer – everyone must be vax’ed
  • over the past 20 years and more they have built up a network of influence with government, with health official and the medical professions
  • they have promulgated the belief that vaccines are magic bullets and must not be criticised in any way by anyone
  • adverse vaccine reactions appear taboo, are rarely discussed, little researched or reported
  • have brought about the situation where the medical evidence base of published journals can no longer be trusted as reliable: [Doctors Without Borders Why you can't trust medical journals anymore April 2004 Shannon Brownlee, Washington Monthly]
  • covert lobbying organisations are working without the public or journalists realising: [LobbyWatch]

We vaccinate children against diseases like mumps when the British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain’s position on this was [their joint publication the British National Formulary]:-

“Since mumps and its complications are very rarely serious there is little indication for the routine use of mumps vaccine”:  British National Formulary (‘BNF’) 1985 and 1986

The JCVI’s official position on this was also the same pre-MMR according to JCVI minutes obtained under Freedom of Information.

The medical ethics and legality of vaccination in such circumstances are therefore questionable, albeit financially lucrative for the pharmaceutical industry.

At the same time, monitoring of vaccination risks is at best inadequate and in reality practically non-existent.  If a child suffers a serious adverse reaction, the child and parents are “dumped” by the Government and UK National Health Service: British Government & Establishment’s Efforts to Deny Compensation to MMR Vaccine Child Victims.

“Independent” JCVI – Under Department of Health Control

The following are mutually contradictory official statements showing what the DoH says is not true regarding JCVI “independence”.

The JCVI is appointed by the Appointments Commission and is independent of the department.” [Hansard - Health: Vaccines]

The Commission was established in 2001, and is based in Leeds. We are governed by a board of directors which is directly accountable to the Department of Health.” [Appointments Commission]

The Sunday Times And Glaxo

MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline has appointed to its Board the head of News International James Murdoch.  Murdoch is also boss of The Sunday Times, London, England publisher of  stories by freelance journalist Brian Deer to discredit research into the link between MMR vaccine and autism in the US and UK [James Murdoch joins Glaxo board - Andrew Jack and Ben Fenton Financial Times 2 February 2009].

Murdoch will serve as a member of GSK’s corporate responsibility committee, where he will help to review “external issues that might have the potential for serious impact upon the group’s business and reputation“:[James Murdoch takes GlaxoSmithKline role – Chris Tryhorn The Guardian Monday 2 February 2009.

Some wags have now dubbed the newspaper “The Sunday Glaxo”.

A British Parliamentary Health Select Committtee Report found that the drug industry spends “considerable resources” on building relationships with journalists to counter concerns regarding drug safety and to undermine critical voices and that the drug industry considers this “entirely legitimate”:-

The use of PR to counter negative publicity

221. Public relations is particularly important during times of bad publicity, especially when the safety of brands is called into question. Considerable resources are invested into building long-term, sustainable relationships with stakeholders and ‘key opinion leaders’ and journalists. These relationships are used to promote the use of certain brands and counter concerns relating to safety. Efforts to undermine critical voices in particular were identified, under terms of “issues management”. In later evidence, in response to the ISM’s memorandum, Pfizer stated that PR is entirely legitimate and can “help to educate and inform”.  According to the PMCPA, PR activities may include “placing articles in the lay press, TV documentaries, soap operas etc”.186 The following example of a project worksheet shows the marketing campaign process and the targeting of consumers and the press.

The Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry House of Commons Health Committee Fourth Report of Session 2004–05

James Murdoch took up his appointment alongside Sir Crispin Davis the CEO of The Lancet medical journal’s owners.  Sir Crispin is brother of Judge Nigel Davis whose English High Court judgement in February 2004 saw the end of  British children’s MMR vaccine injury claims [MMR Judge Faces Probe Over Brother's Links to Vaccine Firm - Evening Standard, London 9 May 2007].

The outcome of an investigation by the Office for Judicial Complaints  found no impropriety and resulted in no action taken regarding the relationship between Judge Davis and his brother Crispin Davis’ GlaxoSmithKline board position.  A statement issued on Judge Davis’ behalf to The Telegraph newspaper legal correspondent, Joshua Rosenberg stated that “the possibility of any conflict of interest had not occurred to him“. Sir Crispin Davis received a knighthood in June 2004.

Recent statements by UK Sunday Times’ journalist Brian Deer shows he helped the US Department of Justice present the US Court of Federal Claims on a number of occasions with last-minute documents to defeat the prospects  for the US children’s claims [Full quote below]. The production of last-minute evidence is a litigation tactic which can prejudice the Court’s view and can leave an opponent with little time to counter it. The Federal Court has previously upheld claims of US children developing autistic symptoms from vaccines including the MMR vaccine: [AUTISM - US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments - It’s Not Just MMR]

The DoJ was sending out just before the recent US Court decisions the article in The Sunday Times of London by journalist Brian Deer, attacking the basis for the US children’s claims and published the Sunday before the Court decisions.

These events are closely similar to the UK in 2004. Just before a crucial English Court decision throwing out UK children’s legal aid funding for claims for the same injuries the same journalist published similar articles again in The Sunday Times London unusually again substantially based on the journalist’s own unqualified medical opinions.  It was later discovered the Judge in the UK case was the brother of director Crispin Davis of MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

No other journalist has been writing the same kinds of stories.

The prospects  for the US children were also already harmed by the journalist’s reports published internationally since 2003 in  the UK Sunday Times which have hindered research into the children’s injuries and are believed to have had a deterrent effect on other experts coming forward.

UK journalist and political commentator Melanie Phillips wrote [Monday, 16th February 2009 [ A deer in the headlights The Spectator]:-

Last week there was a big vaccine damage judgement in the US – the ‘Cedillo’ case – in which the court said the Wakefield theory about MMR was out to lunch in la-la land.

If his [Deer's] boast is true, it would seem that the US court — whose ruling looks pretty thin to me — arrived at its conclusion based on Deer’s allegations. In other words, two major quasi-legal hearings relating to Andrew Wakefield’s theory, one of which is being reported by Deer, have depended significantly or wholly upon a journalist’s own allegations.

This is what Deer posted on the Left Brain Right Brain website in the wake of that case:

“….. I’m also very proud that ….. the US government sought my help in mounting its case in Cedillo, copiously borrowing pages of evidence from my website and displaying some in court. I was surprised by this…….. on a number of occasions I would come home, find an email from the department of justice asking me for a document, and see that the next day it was being run in court. …….. I recall supplying a key document on the O’Leary lab business, which the DoJ didn’t seem to know about just weeks before the hearing”

Freelance journalist Brian Deer confirmed the “Data Fixing” article was based solely on his own opinions stating in a blog on which he has routinely posted [Brian Deer on February 20th, 2009 22:15:38]:-

I wouldn’t want folk to lose sight of my landmark report of the weekend before last: I believe the first time ever that a journalist has gone behind the words on the page of a medical research paper, and compared its claims with original case data.

The issues go much wider than just MMR: with my findings raising the question of why we give such weight to what we read in the journals.

The work of journalists is always eventually open the scrutiny [sic]. ….. if what I published was untrue, I would get caught out eventually. ……

I was told by a very senior medical journal editor the other day that a guy at the New York Times has for years been trying to accomplish something similar with other papers, but, to my knowledge, I’m the first ever to do it.

Perhaps this is immodest of me, but I’m very proud of this accomplishment, which will always be a highlight of my professional career.

The Sunday Times journalist then goes on to confirm he will be using confidential medical details from children’s records to publish more reports:-

I’ve got some great tables comparing the Lancet paper with the children’s actual histories and diagnoses. Eventually I will publish them

The companion article to the “Data Fixing” story was amended online [18 Feb] with a statement “This article is the subject of a legal complaint” [Hidden records show MMR truth Brian Deer, The Sunday Times - February 8, 2009] – since removed.

ChildHealthSafety comments:-

Whilst Mr James Murdoch is not reported to have involvement in editorial decisions at The Sunday Times, the recent appointment to the MMR vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline’s Board may give rise to public concern over the close links between key players in MMR litigation in the US and UK and the support at The Sunday Times for the campaigning activities of journalist Brian Deer.  Similarly, there is no suggestion of any direct, indirect or other impropriety arising from the  relationships noted in this article, the public is entitled to ask questions such as “what medical journal editor, newspaper editor or journalist is going to write unfavourable stories about GlaxoSmithKline and  not write favourable stories when his boss in on Glaxo’s board.  How will the existence of such relationships influence the thinking and actions of subordinates and others without being asked? How can this be healthy and in the public interest?

Unconstitutional and Illegal

The use of the system of delegated legislation [to introduce the new regulations by Statutory Instrument] appears unconstitutional. If the Secretary of State is obliged to do what the JCVI mandate, that is a significant legal change. It appears contrary to the legal principle of “delegatus non potest delegare” which means  a public official like a Secretary of State, delegated to exercise the power of Parliament and the State cannot delegate the exercise of that power to another.

However, this new law appears to go one stage further and makes the Secretary of State subordinate to an external body. That body, the JCVI, also seems to be an unelected unnaccountable body.  Constitutionally, this also appears contrary to  principles of democratic government. The JCVI was itself previously subordinate to the Secretary of State.

The JCVI  has up to now been a “voluntary” advisory body, and whose members historically were unpaid save for expenses.  It has been the subject of criticism for the links of its members to the pharmaceutical industry [Declarations of Interests].  It also has a poor track record on vaccine safety over the last 20 years and more to the extent of being reckless as to child health safety in the United Kingdom, as revealed by numerous documents released under Freedom of Information, including documents relating to the present day [see more below].

The key issue according to a recent House of Lords decision is whether Parliament has “retained ultimate authority and control and so remained responsible in law for the exercise of those powers“: Al-Jedda, R (on the application of ) v Secretary of State for Defence [2007] UKHL 58 (12 December 2007) But in this case Parliament has not retained control.  The only way to retain authority and control is to revoke the regulations – but that would acknowledge authority and control had been ceded by the Secretary of State under the regulations.

About The JCVI

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI, the Committee) a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB). It is a statutory expert Standing Advisory Committee established in England and Wales under the NHS and the NHS (Standing Advisory Committee) Order 1981 as the Standing Advisory Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. The Committee statutory basis in Scotland or Northern Ireland but, nonetheless, fulfils role and has the same responsibilities in those countries as in England and Wales.

The Committee has no executive function. Its role is purely to provide quality and considered advice and recommendations to the Secretaries on matters set out in its terms of reference. This includes giving advice recommendations on matters relating to communicable diseases, preventable and  potentially preventable through immunisation, and also on any specific special matters that the Secretaries of State may from time to time request. formulating its advice and recommendations, the Committee must take account the need for and impact of vaccines, the quality of vaccines and safety and the strategies to ensure that the greatest benefit to the public can be obtained from the most appropriate use of vaccines.  Members expected to make a full and considered contribution to this work: Appointments Commission – Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation – Information pack for applicants

Cambridge University Autism Expert Highlights Flaw In Reports of New Autism Paper

A new paper on the causes of autism announced today is seemingly being misreported in a Science Daily news release originating from Eurekalert: Gene Variant Associated With Both Autism And Gastrointestinal Dysfunction - ScienceDaily (Mar. 2, 2009).

Cambridge University Autism expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen is already on record explaining why autism has an environmental and not solely genetic cause:-

Autism Not Genetic – Says Expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen

The authors of a new paper just published in the journal Pediatrics are being reported as suggesting that autism and gastrointestinal disorders occur together solely as a result of an individual’s genetic make-up. However, this is contrary to the results and work of the lead author of the paper, Dr Pat Levitt of the University of Southern California.

A presentation of work by Dr. Levitt during the Autism and the Environment Workshop conducted by the US Institutes of Medicine in April 2007 is worthy of review.  On page 31 of the report of those proceedings Dr. Levitt states that the variant of MET, SP1, associated with ASD, is affected in its expression by environmental toxins.

Dr Levitt has researched the relationship between MET genetic polymorphism and autism. The MET polymorphism occurs in almost 50% of the population. It is clear factors other than genetics play an important, even dominant, role in determining which children have GI problems that are associated with the MET polymorphism.

So, contrary to the news releases that the MET gene finding shows that the correlation between ASD and GI disease is purely genetic, the work on MET variants and autism shows just the opposite, that susceptibility factors such as the common variants of the MET gene, make individuals more susceptible to environmental toxins.

The new paper is Distinct Genetic Risk Based on Association of MET in Families With Co-occurring Autism and Gastrointestinal Conditions. Pediatrics, 10.1542/peds.2008-0819, Daniel B. Campbell, Timothy M. Buie, Harland Winter, Margaret Bauman, James S. Sutcliffe, James M. Perrin, Pat Levitt.

Eurekalert is a service provided free to journalists by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has no independent external unbiased and objective control or scrutiny over the information published by the Eurekalert service to the media.   Funders of AAAS and Eurekalert include GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co Inc, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research and Development, Pfizer Inc and Roche Pharmaceuticals.

Dr. Pat Levitt is quoted in a 2006 press release from Vanderbilt University reporting the same research [emphasis added]:

In the current study, Levitt and colleagues analyzed the MET gene in more than 700 families who had at least one child with autism. They found that children with autism commonly had a specific change in the sequence of the promoter region of the gene, the part of the gene that regulates the amount of MET protein produced.”

‘This variant is in the part of the gene that controls how much of the gene gets expressed…kind of like ‘volume control’ on a stereo,’ Levitt says.

People with two copies of this variant were 2.27 times as likely to have autism as the general population. Individuals with only one copy were also at higher risk (1.67 times) than those without the variant.

“This is a relatively common variant, seen in about 47 percent of the population,” Levitt says. “So why doesn’t everybody have autism?”

That speaks to environmental and other genetic contributions, Levitt says.

“Genes create a vulnerability that then gets coupled with some environmental disturbance — but right now, we don’t have any idea what those factors might be.”

For a useful discussion of the topic, see the comments on this blog:-

http://autism.about.com/b/2009/03/02/new-study-links-genetics-autism-and-gi-issues.htm#comment-1

Can you ever cure autism? This mum believes her sons have recovered

It is devastating for parents to be told that their child has autism. But for Nina Ltief it signalled the start of a battle to help her twin sons recover. Controversially, it’s a battle she believes she’s won… but is this a condition that can really be overcome?

Christian and Eli Lteif with mum Nina (Pic:DM/Rowan Griffiths)

Just two years ago, Nina Ltief was considering putting her autistic twin sons into residential care. Their behaviour was so exhausting she could no longer cope.

The boys slept around three hours a night, could hardly talk and spent their time breaking their toys or banging them…….

Read on here:-

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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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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["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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Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action

CDC Fraud Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

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

Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. If you do not write to your MP, and do not keep on writing them, then don’t complain when politicians  do nothing.  Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. It is their job to represent you.

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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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!

If you do not write to your MP, and do not keep on writing them, then don’t complain when politicians  do nothing.  Write to your Member of Parliament with the link to this page. It is their job to represent you.

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.

To email your MP, all you need to know is your MP’s name.  MP’s email addresses are in the form:-

surname.initial@parliament.uk.

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

 

 

US Research Fraud, Tax Dollars And Italian Vaccine Mercury Study

Worldwide Exclusive   -

[With thanks to the UK's John Stone for his assistance]

[STOP PRESS:  See Yellow Highlight Section Below 4/Feb/09]

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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.

Stop Press

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 “Only Two” Cases Are 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 relatively small 1403, 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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Autism Not Genetic – Says Expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen

British autism expert Professor Simon Baron Cohen of Cambridge University does not agree with the USA’s vaccination advocate and rotavirus vaccine patent holder Dr Paul Offit MD that autism is a genetic condition.  Here you can see the evidence shows autism is not “genetic”; that Offit is wrong and that Professor Baron Cohen is only partly right.

We demonstrate here that we can consign over 30 years of unscientific medical, psychiatric and psychological papers to the garbage. This brings a scientific approach to the issue since  the erroneous  genetic myth was first propounded with the publication of Professor Michael Rutter’s paper Infantile autism: A genetic study of 21 twin pairs. J. Child Psychol. Psychiat. 18, 297-321 (1977).

And do vaccines cause autistic conditions?  If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of May 5th 2008 email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News].  In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkission

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.

Despite all the lies and deceit by health official worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered after the Hannah  Poling story broke in the USA in February 2008 [see CHS article here].  Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day.  Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

Professor Baron Cohen says:-

We know that autism is not 100% genetic in origin, since in the case of identical twins (who share 100% of their genes), there are instances of one twin having autism and the other not having it. In fact, the likelihood of the co-twin also having autism where one of them has it (in monozygotic (MZ) pairs) is about 60%. This means that there must be some non-genetic (i.e., environmental) factors that are part of the cause of autism.”  [SOURCE: Professor Baron Cohen's reply to critics of a mooted abortion test for autism reported in the UK's Guardian Newspaper :- Professor Baron Cohen/Stone Correspondence Re: The Guardian New research brings autism screening closer to reality 12/Jan/09]

In other words, it is the 40% of identical twins where only one develops symptoms of autism which tells us autism is not “genetic“.   In those cases it must have an environmental [external] cause.

Professor Baron Cohen errs in assuming the 60% of both twins developing autism is evidence autism is ever a genetically “caused” condition.  It is not such evidence. The correct medical terminology is whether a condition has an “internal” cause or an “external” one.

Because the twins are genetically identical all we can say for those who both develop autism is their bodies have responded identically to the same set of conditions whether “internal” or “external”. It tells us nothing about whether the cause is internal or external [environmental].  It is neither scientific nor logical to assume the “cause” is internal or external [environmental].  It is  wrong to do so and a logical fallacy.

Where both identical twins develop autism, it is more likely than not they have had the same exposure to the same environmental cause.  That is more likely than not to happen [60% of the time it seems].  For example, both twins are more likely than not to have their vaccinations at the same time and all other circumstances in their lives at that time are more likely than not to be identical for both.

All human medical conditions whether “internal” or “external” are genetic. Some of us are more susceptible to’ flu than others and some never suffer from it.  So it is also logically inappropriate to discuss causes of conditions in terms of being “genetic” because all human conditions are genetic whether the cause is “internal” or “external”.  This also demonstrates why it is not wise to rely on medical doctors’ attempts to be scientific.  The majority have no formal scientific training or qualifications and frequently make errors of the fundamental kind illustrated here.

We only become ill or develop any condition because we are genetic.   Everthing else breaks down.  Computers, cars, washing machines and refrigerators breakdown whether for an “internal” cause or an “external” one – they do not and cannot get ‘flu, measles or autism because they are not genetic.  If we were not genetic we would not get sick [but we might rust a bit from time-to-time].

There appears to be no scientific evidence autism is any more “genetic” than ‘flu. Feel free to submit a comment if you disagree.

To establish with scientific evidence that any condition has a solely genetic [internal] cause any more than any other illness or disorder requires evidence showing that in some cases there are no possible environmental causes.

The environmental causes have to be eliminated by the collection of evidence in a scientific manner.  This has not been done, as the reliance on the twin studies demonstrates.

What we can conclude is that autism is an environmentally [externally] caused condition, with some more susceptible than others, like most other human medical conditions.

What has gone before is non science is because:

  • identical twin studies show autism has an environmental [external] cause
  • to demonstrate autism has an [internal] ie. solely genetic cause, it is necessary to show autism occurs where no environmental causes apply
  • that has never been done
  • and that is likely because, as the evidence shows, autism is caused by environmental factors, just like most other human medical conditions

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Ask your MP to ask the UK’s Secretary of State to  fund independent unbiased objective research studies comparing autism, asthma, allergies and diabetes rates in large populations of vaccinated and unvaccinated children and clinical studies.

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Secret British MMR Vaccine Files Forced Open By Legal Action

Read here what will be discovered and more.

[Another World Exclusive Below Purple [ 22/Jan/2009]
[World Exclusive - 17 Jan red below - New revelations - 15 Jan  blue]
[Later Updates in Green including January 2010]

This is the story the UK media have steadfastly not been publishing and of the contrasting unprecedented new developments in the US politically and in the US Federal Court.

The UK’s Daily Mail newspaper reported [13/Jan/09] the British government was refusing the public release under the UK’s Freedom Of Information laws of confidential files on a proven dangerous MMR [measles, mumps and rubella] vaccine.  A recent legal case has forced the files open: [Confidential MMR vaccine files should be opened in the public interest, watchdog rules - The Daily Mail - Jenny Hope - 13th January 2009]

The British government has prevented its child citizens being compensated and treated. Money and politics override child health safety. 20 years on children continue to be injured. Starting in 1986 Canada, to 1988 Japan and the UK to the present this previously unpublished account is definitive carefully researched and accessible.

The problem is not just autism and not just the MMR vaccine [see USA developments and Federal Court decisions below]. What else are we not being told?

Despite all the lies and deceit by health officials worldwide, the question “do vaccines cause autism” was answered when the Hannah  Poling story broke in the USA [see CHS article here].  Hannah developed an autistic condition after 9 vaccines administered the same day.  Under the media spotlight numerous US health officials and agencies conceded on broadcast US nationwide TV news from CBS and CNN. Full details with links to the original sources can be found in this CHS article: Vaccination Causes Autism – Say US Government & Merck’s Director of Vaccines. [Blue Text added 10 April 2011]

In the US Federal Court children have been compensated after findings they developed autism and other injuries. If you read nothing else we strongly recommend you read this: PDF Download – Text of email from US HRSA to Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News].  In it the US Health Resources Services Administration [HRSA] state to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkission

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.

Contents

British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child Health Safety

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

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

Vaccine Risks Outweigh Risk of Disease

Vaccines, Autism and Your Child’s Allergies

In Whom Can You Trust?

What You Can Do – [click for action you can take]

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British Government’s Reckless Disregard for Child HealthSafety

The UK’s Department of Health and others appear to have been reckless as to the safety of British children over the manner in which Glaxo company, Smith Kline & French Laboratories Ltd’s Pluserix MMR vaccine was introduced and used on British Children in 1988

  • the problems with Pluserix MMR were known to the supplier, Glaxo company Smith Kline & French Laboratories Ltd from the experience of its introduction to Canada, in 1986, where Pluserix was marketed under the name “Trivirix”
  • Trivirix (Pluserix) was withdrawn from use in Canada in 1988 because it was dangerous, causing high levels of adverse reactions in children
  • the high levels of British adverse reactions to the vaccine were apparent and known about at British Ministerial level in 1990, as shown by ministerial correspondence
  • Pluserix/Trivirx are the identical vaccine manufactured in the identical Smith Kline factory in Belgium and with the exact same component parts and constituents
  • despite the Canadian position and contemporaneously with the final withdrawal of Pluserix/Trivirix in Canada the UK signed the contract to purchase Pluserix MMR from Glaxo company, Smith Kline & French Laboratories Limited in July 1988, even though it was known by then to be too dangerous for use on our children
  • SK&F was provided with a blanket indemnity in that contract by the NHS Procurement Directorate
  • the contract was signed up by the backdoor through the North East Thames Regional Health Authority as agent for the NHS Procurement Directorate rather than being a contract directly entered into with the NHS Procurement Directorate which negotiated the contract or the NHS Executive of the time
  • there was no Parliamentary scrutiny of this and it seems to have been effected in a manner Ministerially deniable
  • similar problems were experienced in Japan with the Japanese MMR vaccine which, in common with Pluserxi/Trivirix, contained the Urabe strain of mumps virus
  • the Japanese MMR was also withdrawn by 1992 on safety grounds having caused high levels of adverse reactions
  • the British government continued the licence for Pluserix MMR after 1992, which enabled it to be supplied overseas
  • even today, because it is cheaper than safer alternatives, organisations like UNICEF continue supplying urabe strain containing MMR vaccine to the more adverse reaction vulnerable and less well nourished third world children
  • since 1998, statistical papers claiming no evidence of an association between the MMR vaccine and autism have been published in a blaze of publicity, but when all the noise has died down, on subsequent careful examination, each one has been found to be flawed. These are the same kinds of statistical studies [epidemiology] used by the tobacco industry in the 1940’s and 50’s to claim smoking did not cause lung cancer
  • other than the Royal Free’s paper, no clinical studies of the MMR child litigants were undertaken or published
  • after being put under financial pressure by the British Government, in 2005 the Oxford based Cochrane Collaboration published a systematic review of all prior papers and its authors claimed to conclude the MMR vaccine was safe:-
    • it was shown the authors had violated the standards of evidence-based medicine [ref] and
    • their conclusions were not supported by the body of the review [ref]
    • and it later was discovered that the British Department of Health had increased the funding for Cochrane’s Oxford administration by £1 million per annum and extended the contracts of its British groups

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

Legal Aid funded claims by children started as early as 1991 and well before Dr Andrew Wakefield warned the British public about the vaccine.  His efforts were met with the full force of the British establishment to discredit him and proceedings before the General Medical Council resumed only yesterday, which have been going on for three years.

The main false accusation levelled in February 2004 was that Wakefield made his disclosures in a medical paper published in The Lancet medical journal because he wanted to make money being an expert witness in Court.  But few people know the following [and there is naturally full documentation on this].

Crispin Davis, the Chief Executive of Reed-Elsevier, the owners of “The Lancet”, had a few months earlier in the July [2003] been brought onto the Board of Directors of MMR litigation Defendants’ parent company GlaxoSmithKline.

[Global publishing giant Reed-Elsevier owns 2,460 scientific journals, including the magazine New Scientist and earns substantial funds from the drug industry in advertising revenue.  Corruption in medical publishing is rife.  Elsevier was paid by drug  giant Merck to publish a fake medical journal with articles favourable to Merck’s drugs: [Merck published fake journal - Bob Grant - The Scientist - 30th April 2009].  Drug maker Wyeth flooded medical journals with some 40 ghostwritten articles penned by prominent physicians who sold their name for cash, in an all-out effort to offset the scientific evidence linking its female hormone replacement drug, Prempro, to breast cancer: [Judge orders Wyeth papers unsealed– Associated Press – July 25, 2009].  Reed-Elsevier’s former chairman, Jan Hommen, attended the secretive annual Bilderberg conference in 2007 and 2010.  Bilderberg was described to senior British politician Lord Ashdown as ‘fifty people who run the world and twenty hangers on’: The Ashdown Diaries – Volume One 1988-1997; Penguin – 2000 – ISBN 0 14 029775 8 – pp.42-44]  [Blue text added 29 May 2011]].

Brian Deer, a freelance journalist was commissioned by The Sunday Times two months later in September 2003 to write the stories attacking Wakefield.

This was about two weeks before the Legal Services Commission final decision was due on withdrawal of Legal Aid from the MMR children’s UK litigation and which did withdraw legal aid.

The person who commissioned Deer was Paul Nuki, Sunday Times’ sometime Head of Newsroom investigations and “Focus” editor.  Paul Nuki is son of Professor George Nuki. Professor George Nuki in 1987 sat on the Committee on Safety of Medicines when the CSM was considering Glaxo company Smith Kline & French Laboratories’ Pluserix MMR vaccine for safety approval.  The CSM approved Pluserix MMR but it caused very high levels of adverse reactions and was withdrawn by the manufacturers on very little notice in late 1992 leaving the Department of Health in an embarrassing position.

Large numbers of British children were injured and legal aid claims had already started from as early as 1991, five years before Wakefield became involved and contrary to The Sunday Times’claims that this was all a scam set up by Wakefield and solicitor Richard Barr.

Sitting on the CSM with Professor George Nuki was Professor Sir Roy Meadow and Professor Sir David Hull.  Professor Sir Roy Meadow is now notorious for his evidence falsely condemning mothers around the world for killing their children. This includes the Sally Clark case where vaccines are directly implicated in the cause of death, as revealed by Neville Hodgkinson in The Spectator, (What killed Sally Clark’s child? | The Spectator 16 May 2007 ) but which were specifically discounted by Professor Meadow in his evidence, despite sitting on the joint CSM/JCVI vaccine safety sub-committee with the UK Department of Health’s Head of Immunisation Professor David Salisbury and others to approve the MMR vaccine.

It was Professor Sir David Hull in 1998 who, as chairman of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, started the attacks on Wakefield’s work.  The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advises the Department of Health on vaccination issues and the childhood vaccination programme.  As Chairman of the JCVI, Professor Sir David Hull could have taken action to deal with the issues over the MMR and protect British children.  Despite his attacks on Wakefield’s work, alleging unethical research on children for no clinical benefit, two years later in 2000, it was Professor Sir David Hull who rewrote the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health ethical guidelines to permit research on children where there was no clinical benefit (albeit in The Royal Free’s case all the investigations were clinically justified).

The Sunday Times’ freelancer was assisted in his efforts with free advice and assistance from the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry funded and controlled company Medico Legal Investigations Limited.  Medico Legal Investigations Limited speciality was in getting medical doctors on charges before the General Medical Council. So we know that before a single word was published by The Sunday Times, it was already being planned with the involvement of interested parties that Wakefield and colleagues were to be taken before the GMC.

Another free of charge helper to Sunday Times’ journalist Deer was Glaxo Wellcome funded Fellow and active British Medical Association member, Dr Evan Harris MP.Harris has advised and assisted Deer up to the present, including attending the Wakefield GMC hearings with Deer.

The Sunday Times’ freelance journalist was also assisted by The Royal Free’s Strategic Health Authority which in early 2004 passed Deer confidential documents ‘in the spirit of openness’.  These included documents relating to the confidential medical treatment of the MMR child litigants. The SHA at first denied providing documents until it was pointed out the fact was disclosed by Dr Evan Harris MP, in Parliament on 15th March 2004.

In 2003 and later the freelance journalist was also being given illegally unofficial access [by a currently unconfirmed source] to confidential internal Royal Free documents.  Deer had also by 2003 been provided illegally [by another currently unconfirmed source] with copies of documents from the British MMR litigation including detailed medical notes and histories and expert reports [text added 24/Jan/2010].

On Saturday 21 February 2004, Lancet Editor Richard Horton pre-empted the Sunday Times’ stories. Horton was reported in The Times claiming he would not have published the MMR part of The Royal Free’s Lancet paper had Wakefield’s paid involvement in the MMR litigation been disclosed.  The Sunday Times had waited until Sunday 22 February 2004, 5 days before judgment in the MMR child litigants’ High Court challenge to the withdrawal of legal aid, to publish its stories attacking Wakefield.  Prime Minister Blair was reported in the press on the issue as was Health Secretary Reid.

As Dr Horton records in his book ["MMR Science and Fiction: Exploring the Vaccine Crisis,"], he was the next day exchanging notes over dinner and liqueurs with a member of the UK’s medical regulatory body, The General Medical Council on possible bases for GMC proceedings against Andrew Wakefield: ["The confusion": Richard Horton - a remarkably frank passage' John Stone BMJ 2 November 2004].  Despite being consulted on the charges to be brought Horton was also later to be called as a witness for the GMC prosecution. [Added 25/1/2010]

After years out of government it was politically important to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair’s New Labour government to have become and to remain electable to  demonstrate it’s new credentials as friendly to UK business and commercial interests and “pro science”.  The British drug company and vaccine manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline was also significant economically achieving annual worldwide drug sales by 2005 of £18.5 billion.  Over one third of sales was for vaccines [£1.4 billion] and respiratory drugs [£5 billion] for treating asthma a chronic allergy condition which vaccines play a large part in causing [see further below on Vaccines, Autism and Your Child’s Allergies].  [Added 24/1/2010]

That MMR is solely a political and money issue was given away by journalist Jeremy Laurance’s The Independent’s story of 24th February 2004.  Laurance reported there was “delight” in Whitehall as “Ministers temper their triumphalism” and that “joy” was “unconfined at the discrediting of Andrew Wakefield“.  ["Ministers temper their triumphalism but delight spreads at Whitehall" The Independent - Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor Tuesday, 24 February 2004 ].

This was bizarre if the issue was just which measles vaccine might be given to children.  There was an acceptable, cheaper and more effective measles vaccine.   This was hardly stuff for Prime Minister Blair to involve himself in but even he jumped in with both feet.

However, in the light of the British government’s financial indemnity to Glaxo, the potential damage to billion pound sterling Glaxo’s financial interests from a scandal over the vaccine and the British government’s liability in negligence to large numbers of children, it starts to make sense.  This also puts into clearer perspective why the choice of which measles vaccine children received became a major political issue.  It had and has nothing to do with protecting your children from disease or child health safety. [blue text 15/Jan/09]

Legal aid was withdrawn on 27th February 2004 in a secret judgment by High Court Judge Nigel Davis.  The reasons remain unpublished today.  Evidence given in open court at a different hearing included the allegation from a parent that an official admitted to her that legal aid was withdrawn after government pressure.

It was discovered in 2007 that Judge Sir Nigel Davis is the brother of Lancet owner’s CEO and main Glaxo board member Sir Crispin Davis.  When challenged a statement was issued on Judge Davis’ behalf to The Telegraph newspaper’s legal correspondent Joshua Rosenberg and stated “The possibility of any conflict of interest arising from his brother’s position did not occur to him.

The outcome of an investigation by the Office for Judicial Complaints  found no impropriety and resulted in no action taken regarding the relationship between Judge Davis and his brother Crispin Davis’ GlaxoSmithKline board position.

On 15th March 2004 Dr Evan Harris launched an unprecedented and defamatory Parliamentary attack on Wakefield and his Royal Free colleagues and to which not one of Harris’ Liberal Democrat colleagues contributed.  This was based on material in documents Sunday Times’ freelancer Deer had obtained and passed to Harris. Harris used the opportunity to raise the allegations The Sunday Times chose not to publish after being dismissed by Lancet Editor Dr Richard Horton.  This occurred following a meeting at The Lancet’s offices on 18 February 2004 at which Harris was present with Brian Deer and attended by Andrew Wakefield, John Walker-Smith and Simon Murch.  Horton wrote of this in his book “The tension had been heightened…. by the shadowy presence of Evan Harris, a Liberal-Democrat Member of Parliament” and “Evan Harris, the MP who had mysteriously joined Brian Deer at the Lancet’s offices …” [Richard Horton,'MMR: Science and Fiction - Exploring the Vaccine Crisis' Granta Books 2004, pps 3 & 7] [added 25/1/2010].

Harris later attended with Deer at the subsequent GMC hearings [added 27/Jan/2010].

Crispin Davis was awarded a knighthood June 2004.

Sunday Times’ freelance journalist Brian Deer confirmed numerous times on his website [later removed as reported in The Spectator online by journalist Melanie Phillips] that it was he who had made the submissions to the GMC which led to the present GMC proceedings against Wakefield. Wakefield’s lawyers had reported in November 2004 that Deer had made a statutory complaint to the GMC and freelancer Deer reported in the Sunday Times in December 2004 that the General Medical Council was investigating the complaints against Wakefield.  In 2004 The Sunday Times journalist wrote three letters of complaint to the GMC: 25 February, 12 March and 1 July 2004 [added 24/Jan/2010].

Professor Denis McDevitt was due in July 2007 to chair the unprecedented British General Medical Council hearing of the case of Doctors Wakefield, Murch and Professor Walker-Smith.  McDevitt and the GMC failed to declare McDevitt’s personal involvement in approving the dangerous Pluserix MMR vaccine in 1988.  He only stood down after Jamie Doward of the Observer, Martyn Halle, freelance journalist for the Sunday Express, Andy Wilks of the Mail on Sunday, Jenny Hope of the Daily Mail and Heather Mills of Private Eye challenged the GMC over the matter. ["MMR Conflict of Interest Zone" Private Eye - June 2007]

A British Medical Journal post suggests more troubling conflicts of interest of the current panel Chairman Dr Surendra Kumar. Kumar sits on two committees of the authority which licences the MMR vaccine (MHRA), the Independent Review Panel for Advertising and the Independent Review Panel for Borderline Products. Dr Kumar is also a shareholder in MMR defendants GlaxoSmithKline. “Re: Financial conflicts – shock horror” John Stone – British Medical Journal – 2 October 2008″ [Blue text 15/Jan/09]

Contrary to Lancet Editor Dr Richard Horton’s evidence to the GMC that he did not know of Wakefield’s paid involvement in the MMR litigation, Horton had detailed correspondence in 1997 disclosing that involvement  The correspondence was with Richard Barr, the solicitor who was working on the MMR litigation with Wakefield to help all those seriously injured British children.  This correspondence was considerably in advance of Horton’s February 1998 publication in The Lancet of the Royal Free’s paper containing the interpretation that MMR vaccine is associated with autism cases involving inflammatory bowel disease.

Notwithstanding this, the alleged non disclosure of the legal aid funding to Lancet Editor, Dr Richard Horton and the publication of the 1998 Royal Free paper was the nub of Deer’s The Sunday Times’ February 2004 attacks on Wakefield where it was claimed:-

The investigation has found that when [Wakefield] warned parents to avoid MMR, and published research claiming a link with autism, he did not  disclose he was being funded through solicitors seeking evidence to use against vaccine manufacturers.

Now we know from this that Horton’s claims do not stand up and with them, those of The Sunday Times fall as well.  But of course, not a word in the UK media.

Another key allegation in The Sunday Times’ journalist’s complaints to the GMC was that The Royal Free’s treatment of seriously ill autistic children with serious bowel disorder reported in the 1998 Lancet paper was simply research carried out without ethical approval.  But the journalist was referring to the wrong ethical approval granted in December 1996 reference 172-96 when the applicable ethical approval was granted in 1995 reference 162-95.  Ethics approval 162-95 was produced by Professor Walker-Smith’s defence team lawyers in the GMC. The production of this evidence contradicted numerous  of the GMC’s allegations of  professional misconduct against the doctors.  In the 90 pages of GMC charges there are 113 references to 172-96.[added 25/Jan/2010].

It seems had it not been for the complaints by The Sunday Times’ freelance journalist or the claims of Lancet Editor Dr Richard Horton, there may never have been any GMC case brought: ["Wakefield unlikely to be charged over MMR scare" - By Jeremy Laurance, Health Editor Sunday, 29 February 2004]. [added 25/Jan/2010].

Horton has not returned to the GMC Wakefield hearing this week [13/Jan/09] to clarify his evidence and face cross-examination.  It seems only his statement will be read out.

As for the Legal Aid money, for months in 1996 the Royal Free Medical School prevaricated  accepting it because “Clearly, this  could lead to a case against the Government for damages.” wrote Dean Zuckerman privately to the British Medical Association Secretary on 11th October 1996.

What no one knows and disclosed here publicly exclusively worldwide for the first time is that when The Sunday Times published its allegations against Wakefield in 2004 their journalist already had the documents showing Wakefield – a man accused of doing what he did for the money – was fed up with this and had arranged in May 1997 for all the legal aid monies to be sent back and that he had intended to raise the money himself for the injured children [see copy Freedom of Information memo below - added 17/Jan/09].

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It was the Royal Free which instead then reversed its position, decided to accept the money and arranged in July 1997 for it to be paid to special trustees.  Wakefield was never going to and never did receive a cent.

Wakefield’s Recent Summary of Sunday Times’ freelance journalist’s Complaints to GMC

Writing recently in the Autism File magazine [July 2009] Andrew Wakefield summarised the position regarding the allegations in The Sunday Times’ journalist’s complaints to the General Medical Council:-

Myths: The Lancet paper

  • was funded by the Legal Aid Board (LAB)

False – Not one penny of LAB money was spent on The Lancet paper. An LAB grant was provided for a separate viral detection study. This study, completed in 1999, does disclose the source of funding. The Lancet paper had been submitted for publication before the LAB grant was even available to be spent.

  • my involvement as a medical expert was kept ‘secret’

False – At least one year before publication, my senior co-authors, the Head of Department and the Dean of the Medical School7, and the CEO of the hospital were informed by me. This fact was also reported in the national press months prior to publication.

  • children were ‘sourced’ by lawyers to sue vaccine manufacturers

False – Children were referred, evaluated, and investigated on the basis of their clinical symptoms alone, following referral from the child’s physician.

  • children were litigants

False – At the time of their referral to the Royal Free – the time material to their inclusion in The Lancet paper – none of the children were litigants .

  • I had an undisclosed conflict of interest

False – The Lancet’s disclosure policy at that time was followed to the letter. Documentary evidence confirms that the editorial staff of The Lancet were fully aware that I was working as an expert on MMR litigation well in advance of the paper’s publication.

  • did not have Ethics Committee (EC) approval

False – The research element of the paper that required such an approval – detailed systematic analysis of children’s intestinal biopsies – was covered by the necessary EC approval.

  • I ‘fixed’ data and misreported clinical findings

False – There is absolutely no basis in fact for this claim and it has been exposed as false.

  • findings have not been independently replicated

False – The key findings of LNH and colitis in ASD children have been independently confirmed in 5 different countries.

  • has been retracted by most of the authors

False – 11 of 13 authors issued a retraction of an interpretation [that MMR vaccine causes autism]. This interpretation is not provided in the paper. While it remains a possibility, a possibility cannot be retracted.

  • the work is discredited

False – Those attemping to discredit the work have relied upon the myths above. The findings described in the paper are novel and important.

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

[Blue added 15/Jan/09]

In February 2008, award winning best selling author David Kirby broke the story of the case of Hannah Poling and how the US Department of Health and Human Services secretly conceded [ie. there was no need for a hearing] in a US Federal Court case that Hannah’s symptoms of autism were caused by the nine vaccines [ie. not just MMR] which she received in one day [The Vaccine-Autism Court Document Every American Should Read - David Kirby - Huffington Post - February 26, 2008].

The official HHS position is that they conceded [whether frankly or spin] that vaccines caused Hannah’s autistic symptoms by exacerbating an underlying mitochondrial disorder. The case put the issue high up the US political agenda and continues to receive coast-to-coast media coverage in the USA [but almost total silence in the UK]. CNN lists the autism issue in its top ten US health stories of 2008:-

#2 – Autism  – “Debate over the causes of autism continued to rage after a court decided to compensate a family whose daughter developed the disorder after receiving childhood vaccinations” – Autism in CNN’s 2008 top ten US health stories

But Hannah’s case is not isolated and her “underlying” mitochondrial dysfunction appears not to be as rare as the US HHS would like us to think [Explaining Vaccines Autism & Mitochondrial Disorder].  And other cases have been made public [see below for details of another three involving MMR - but we do not know how many cases have been settled quietly, as Hannah's case was before it became coast-to-coast news in the USA throughout 2008].

US Autism prevalence was put on the US presidential political agenda by all US presidential candidates in 2008:-

Obama Climbs On The Vaccine Bandwagon” – April 22, 2008 – David Kirby, Huffington Post]

You do not want to bring your children into the world where we go on with the number of children who are born with autism tripling every 20 years, and nobody knows why,Bill Clinton said.

In addition to the Hannah Poling case, the US Court also ruled last year in favour of a little boy Benjamin Zeller, deciding that as a result of the MMR vaccination received on 17 November 2004, Benjamin, suffered persistent, intractable seizures, encephalopathy, and developmental delay [US Court Rules In Favour Of Family In MMR Vaccine Case Ben Zeller J].

  • the judgement states 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
  • the standard of proof being applied in this US Court is identical to that in the English Court.
  • just like the English Court, these cases are decided by judge alone sitting without a jury [and that means better decisions on fact and evidence - no decisions from jury sympathy for the claimant]

In Banks v. HHS (Case 02-0738V, 2007 U.S. Claims LEXIS 254, July 20, 2007) MMR vaccine administered in March 2000 and the child was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder [ie. Autistic Spectrum Disorder] secondary to acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM).  There have also been other reported cases.  Michelle Cedillo’s case was one of the first three test cases.  Michelle’s was a test case of whether Thiomersal and/or MMR vaccines were the cause of her autism and panapoly of other disorders. 

The three test cases were unsucessful with judgements given in early 2009.  Michelle Cedillo’s MMR case is under appeal.  Just as The Sunday Times Journalist Brian Deer published stories in the UK immediately before the English Court judgment by Judge Davis  [brother of Glaxo Director and Lancet CEO Crispin Davis]  Deer published again, visiting the USA the week of the US Court decision.  He had been also selectively passing documents about the UK litigation to the attorneys for the US defendant the Department of Health and Human Services. [Amended red 18/Jan/10].

The high and rising prevalence of autism brings into stark question the risk-vs-risk ratio of disease-vs-vaccines.  In a recent authoritative peer refereed study [January 7, 2009] researchers at the UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute has found that the seven-to-eight-fold increase in the number of children born with autism in California  since 1990 cannot be explained by either changes in how the condition is diagnosed or counted — and the trend shows no sign of abating: [Press release "UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute study shows California's autism increase not due to better counting, diagnosis"  - full text of study found here - "The Rise in Autism and the Role of Age at Diagnosis" Epidemiology 20:1 January 2009].  This authoritative new US study shows:-

  • the substantial increase in autism is real and
  • must be caused by environmental factors and cannot be genetic
  • cannot be explained away as better diagnosis and greater awareness

New figures from the US show a doubling of autism in 5 years [ie. 2002-6 - see Table 1].  This represents US government tax dollars paid out.

TABLE 1 – USA SOCIAL SECURITY AUTISM FIGURES 2002-6

SSI RECIPIENTS
COUNTS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
RECEIVING BENEFITS
FOR AUTISTIC & OTHER PERVASIVE DEVELOPMENT DISORDERS
AS OF DECEMBER IN 2002 – 2006
As Of December In Year Children 21 and under Adults 1/ All Recipients
2002 38,324 7,360 45,684
2003 44,076 9,282 53,358
2004 51,581 11,450 63,031
2005 59,479 13,647 73,126
2006 68,050 16,190 84,240
1/ INCLUDES PERSONS AGE 65 AND OVER WITH CLAIM TYPE = DISABILITY.

The US Inter-Agency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) has voted to recommend earmarking millions of dollars in research funds from the Combating Autism Act of 2006 to study the possible role of vaccines in the causation of autism – ["Top Federal Autism Panel Votes For Millions in Vaccine Research" - David Kirby – The Huffington Post - January 5, 2009].

Further recent news from the USA indicates US President Barak Obama is serious on the vaccines-to-autism  issue ["TV's Gupta Chosen for US Surgeon General" - By Ceci Connolly and Howard Kurtz - Washington Post Staff Writers  - Wednesday, January 7, 2009].

This CNN interview by Dr Gupta openly discusses vaccines causing autism – if this was BBC Panorama everyone would be shocked – CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Dr. Jon Poling.

And in another interview, Gupta interviews the Director of the US Centers for Diseases Control on the same issues: CDC Chief Admits that Vaccines Trigger Autism

And what is the British Department of Health doing about this?  It seems nothing whatsoever, even though at the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee 17th June 2008 MPs and Peers heard Cambridge autism expert Professor Simon Baron-Cohen concede to a questioner that more research into the vaccine/autism connection is needed and that a recent study indicates autism costs the UK £28 Billion pa.  The £28 billion figure includes hidden costs, like costs of people taken out of the economy, whether those affected or their carers.  [LSE “Economic Consequences of Autism in the UK” – Study by team led by Professor Martin Knapp [Executive Summary] [NB. The main defect in the research is the assumption there are 433,000 are adults (aged 18 and over) who have autistic spectrum disorders.  We have the research to show there are approximately 107,000 children but there is not such a number of adults, the 433,000 being a projection based on the numbers of children.]

Here are some of the politics and cronyism of Labour’s approach to burying the autism problem. Surprisingly, we do not have any official “body count” of autistic children and adults. All we have is the “first ever” prevalence study commissioned by the DoH in 2008 [announced by Ivan Lewis] but seemingly involving “Tony’s Cronies”.  “Department of Health announces adult autism strategy” – Thursday, 8-May-2008.

The study is to find all the adult autistics who should exist [to prove autism has always been this high] and is not due to report until this year. Minister Tessa Jowell’s first husband and New Labour stalwart, Roger Jowell’s old company, NatCen is involved.  NatCen (The National Centre for Social Research) is billed as a “not-for-profit” company and works almost exclusively for government and governmental organisations. : ["University of Leicester to lead audit of adults with autism" Eurekalert - 9-May-2008].

To prove autism has always been this high the authors must find approximately 400,000 adult autistics in the UK and their assumed approx 400,000 carers. But there cannot be that many.  Office for National Statistics figures show the total number of adults caring for a dependent adult or relative in September 2001 for any reason was 326,000: [Data source: "Census figures Table 1-7 "The economically inactive who look after the family or home"]

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.

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Vaccines, Autism and Your Child’s Allergies

[New Exclusive Worldwide Revelations 22/Jan/2009]

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 here exclusively worldwide for the first time, information obtained under  the UK’s Freedom of Information law 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

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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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Thiomersal is not the only component of vaccines which causes allergy. Adjuvants are an ingredient in almost all vaccines and cause allergy. US biotech company BioSante’s CEO, Steve Simes said on the launch of their new adjuvant:-

The problem with most adjuvants is that they can cause allergies,” said Simes. “Ours might not be as potent as others, but it is safer.”

Last Update: 3:45 PM ET Apr 24, 2006

[Text added 24/Jan/2010]

And again revealed here exclusively worldwide for the first time 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 ofany vaccine or of Thiomersal in vaccines or as being a cause of the exponential rise in childhood allergies which has occurred since 1990 in the UK [Amended 18/Jan/10].

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 here worldwide for the first time under Freedom of Information 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 here exclusively worldwide for the first time is that British Health Minister Hazel Blears MP misled the English Parliament in 2001 when she said in a Parliamentary answer thatAll 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 above - US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments - It’s Not Just MMR].

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In Whom Can You Trust – [Added 24/Jan/09]

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 above - US Court Decisions and Other Recent Developments].

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The US Centers For Disease Control and Drug Companies

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.

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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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Recent US Data Shows Autism In Children Vastly Higher Than in Adults

There seems to be nothing like the numbers of adult autistics compared to children in the USA – see the graphs below.

In 2005, even with claimed  “better diagnosing and greater awareness” comparative numbers [ie. not total figures for the USA]:-

  • 5800 children age 3 to 5 – [ie. only a 3 year age gap]
  • 275 adults aged 52 to 61 – [ie. over 10 year age gap]
  • 63 adults aged 62 to 99 – [ie. over 38 year age gap]

If children older than 3-5 were included so that the age ranges were comparable with the adults, the increases would be greater still.

Children  Aged 3 – 5

Graph 1

Autistic children aged 3 to 5 in CDDS Data for period 1992 – 2005

ADULTS

If autism had always been at the levels seen in children, you would expect the numbers in adults to climb to similar levels as in children or even faster if no one was looking at anyone of these older ages much before 1992.  But the figures are much lower for adults.

Graph 2

Autistic Adults aged 52 – 61 in CDDS Data for period 1992 – 2005

Graph 3

Autistic Adults aged 62-99 in CDDS Data for period 1992 – 2005

Is Obama US Surgeon General Nominee Earnest Over Vaccines Causing Autism

Dr Sanjay Gupta has just been nominated as US Surgeon General by President Obama. Gupta has been open about the problem of vaccines causing autism. So Obama seems to mean business on this issue.

TV’s Gupta Chosen for US Surgeon General – By Ceci Connolly and Howard Kurtz – Washington Post Staff Writers  – Wednesday, January 7, 2009;
Pick for Surgeon General Brings Communication Skill

When Dr Gupta interviewed Hannah Poling’s father Dr John Poling MD he openly discusses the problem of vaccines causing autism to US children:-

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviews Dr. Jon Poling


And he was similarly open when interviewing Dr Julie Gerberding the Director of the US Centers for Diseases Control on the same issues:-


So what does this all mean?  We will have to wait and see.

Gupta’s credentials in other areas are open to question, such as his drug industry potential conflicts of interests over SSRI (antidepressants) and his enthusiasm for Gardasil vaccine.

Vaccination-Induced Autism, The Debate That Won’t Go Away

Some parts of the British media are finally responding to growing evidence of vaccination caused autism; but why do so few British reporters appear to be in the know, has the profession reached an all time low?

Autism, now believed to afflict more than 1 in 100 UK children, ought to be story of the day when breaking news occurs; a nation’s children at risk, not least a nation’s future. So where are all the journalists?

Are Doherty, Jardine, Beck and Phillips the only British journalists and are their publications the only ones who recognise the implications of these recent developments?

MMR The Debate That Won’t Go Away – Cassandra Jardine & Sally Beck – The Daily Telegraph – 26 May 2008

Autism-link writer in talk to MPs – May 25 2008 by Phil Doherty, Sunday Sun

The debate that won’t go away – Melanie Phillips Monday, 26th May 2008 – The Spectator

Jury still out on MMR jab – Sunday Sun May 25 2008 Sunday Sun

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