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Yes, Silence.........

I am referring to Corzine's silence about the vaccine/autism issue.  It has nothing to do with any other issues within the autism community, but with this in particular.  

The studies which tend to be the ones you call "inconclusive" are the ones that are funded by the government agencies whose employess have a direct tie to pharmaceutical companies through consulting jobs, financial interests, research funding provided by pharma to the CDC, etc. and also by doctors that hold patents to vaccines currently in production (think Paul Offit of CHOP).
The government also relies on epidemiological studies from other countries to try and prove their is no risk from thimerosal.  These studies involve major flaws in their research methods.  Almost like theyre TRYING to prove a pre-determined conclusion.

The studies which have conclusively shown a link between thimerosal and autism have been done by reputable scientists from respected institutes of higher learning such as Mady Hornig of Columbia Universityand Boyd Haley of the University of Kentucky.  Dr Mark Geier, a former employee of the NIH, is also another scientist whom has shown a connection betwen thimerosal and autism.  Another study which recently came out which proved a link between the preservative and autism was done by Thomas Burbacher.  He showed that the theory about ethlymercury( organic mercury in vaccines) being more benign than methylmercury(the inorganic mercury in fish), is false.  That ethylmercury was in fact MORE dangerous to the nervous system because of how it converts to inorganic mercury when it crosses the blood brain barrier and how it stays in the tissue longer than methylmercury.

My point is, with all the valid science, and despite being provided with information on the link back in February from parents like myself at an event hosted by the Lakewood Blue Claws and being asked to issue some sort of position statement, he remains silent.

Again, I ask why?

Ellen Sweeney
mom to Nicholas, age 8; Autism, Mercury Toxicity
Parents for Autism Autoimmune and Vaccine Education
The Autism Autoimmunity Project-NJ Chapter President
Unlocking Autism Representative, NJ
"Giving Mercury to Children on Purpose is STUPID"

by esweeney22 on August 11 at 2:08 AM EST


pet issue syndrome

One of my good friends has a child with autism, and she tells me that these studies are not reliable.

by Working Bee on August 11 at 3:05 AM EST
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Your friend is right and you misunderstood

The studies have proved nothing.  The same studies that the public health community has been using to show that mercury is not linked to autism are flawed.  

Name a study and I can point to a critical flaw in its design.  One major one changed the population so that it included children at an age when autism is often not yet diagnosed.  Another had a sample size that was insufficient to spot small SUBGROUPS which may have had higher rates of autism because it would not have had statistical significance.  And so on.  

The public health community has been so quick to shoot down unbiased discussion because they are afraid.  Any hint of a crack in the wall of solidarity on vaccines by public health could lead to more parents choosing not to vaccinate.

A basic solution would have been to remove thimerosol more quickly and remove it completely from all vaccinations.  But that would have been conceding even a little to safety-conscious parents and risked a few children getting vaccinated later.  So the public health community rolled over and let every last vial of pediatric thimerosol-containing vaccine be used up on our kids.

Now public health is stonewalling about removing mercury from all flu vaccinations.  Other states are already passing legislation to do this (New York etc).

When will they ever learn; when will they ever learn?

by Laura123 on August 11 at 4:13 PM EST
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