We’ve all heard the most common talking points of pharma-sponsored vaccine propaganda in the mainstream media, but sometimes it’s hard to conjure up the right response when the same unfounded soundbites come at you in real life.
Save this blog. And the next three parts. I’ve got your answers for you.
#1 When they say, “Scientific studies have proven that vaccines don’t cause autism!”
Then you say, “Despite what you’ve heard in the media, only one shot and one ingredient have ever been studied for their role in causing autism, and both studies are national embarrassments.”
In the following two CDC (Centers for Disease Control) studies, just one shot– out of the ten single and combination shots on the infant vaccination schedule– and one ingredient– out of more than three dozen– have ever been studied in relation to autism. And both studies reek of scientific fraud.
The MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) study
Dr. William Thompson, a scientist on the CDC’s 2004 MMR-doesn’t-cause-autism study, was granted whistleblower protection by President Obama in 2014. Why would a scientist need that protection? Because recordings were released of him admitting that their study originally showed that the MMR does cause autism –most notably a 240% increase in African American boys– and that his co-authors at the CDC conspired to hide that finding.
Other studies that claim to prove the MMR’s innocence are based on this fraudulent study, or they are retroactive cohort studies (not case controlled like the CDC’s MMR study) which are rife with selection bias, unexplained parameters, and creative definitions of what it means to be “unvaccinated.” There is an often-cited 2015 “MMR doesn’t cause autism” retroactive cohort study of over 95,000 kids that Dr. Paul Thomas does an excellent job of dissecting if you’d like to learn more.
The mercury study
Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, the lead author of the CDC’s 2003 mercury-doesn’t-cause-autism study, sounded the alarm in a November 1999 memo to his co-authors when he found that exposure to mercury-based thimerosal preservative in the first month of life was causing a 7.6x increase in autism prevalence. Two weeks later he sent another email about his reanalysis of mercury causing neurological conditions with the subject line, “It just won’t go away.”
Thimerosal was used in the Hep B vaccines and DTaP vaccines up until 2003, and is continued to be used in flu shots today. But, according to the World Mercury Project, Verstraeten was pushed aside while others reworked his study to bury the damaging discovery. Verstraeten then resigned from the CDC, returned to his homeland, and took a job with GlaxoSmithKline before his CDC study was even published, which Congress found to be a violation of ethics. The nail in the coffin came during a 2004 Institute of Medicine Review of that study, when the CDC’s presentation slides revealed that they had “lost” the study’s raw data sets used from the Vaccine Safety Datalink. Voila! No one will ever be able check their findings. (Note: these CDC slides are now removed from the IOM website, too, but you can read more about them here.)
Just to be on the safe side, in 2002, literally in the middle of the night, House Majority Leader Dick Armey inserted a provision into the Homeland Security Act that blocks lawsuits against Eli Lilly for the damage done to children by their product: thimerosal. This Lilly Rider was quietly repealed in June 2009.
Does this sound like a comprehensive investigation into vaccination causing autism?
#2 When they say, “But today’s vaccines have less antigens than vaccines from decades ago, so they’re safer now.”
Then you say, “Who said that vaccines had too many antigens? That’s a straw man argument. We’ve been told hundreds of times that infants have the capacity to respond to an enormous number of antigens. Vaccine antigens were reduced to maximize manufacturer profits, not to improve safety.”
When parents say that today’s schedule is “too many too soon,” they mean too many vaccines, not too many antigens. There is a lot more to a vaccine vial than antigens. Heck, the hep B vaccine only has one little antigen. I still don’t want it injected into my kid.
Disease antigens are expensive to produce and vaccine makers want to minimize expenses. Decades ago, only the DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine used aluminum adjuvant. But today, vaccines for seven diseases on the bloated schedule have powerful neurotoxic aluminum adjuvants that cause a little bit of antigen to elicit a huge immune response.
I’ll sit here and wait while you research the safety of aluminum. It has no known use to the human body, it causes an IgE response and increases allergies, it’s a highly reactive and damaging neurotoxin, and rather than being excreted by the body, it accumulates in the brain.
Vaccines are no safer for it. Here is a fantastic easy-to-read brochure on aluminum’s role in immune activation, which causes autism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, and other disorders.
#3 When they say, “Mercury was taken out of vaccines in 2001 and autism rates rose anyway!”
Then you say, “That’s because the flu shot was exempt from the mercury ban, and the mercury-preserved flu vaccine was added to the childhood schedule in 2002— one year before the last of the banned vaccines expired. Plus, 2003 was the beginning of the massive campaign to vaccinate pregnant women for influenza. Obviously, the source of mercury exposure has been swapped.”
If you’re getting an annual flu shot for your kids or yourself, know that four of the flu vaccines currently on the market are still preserved with 25 micrograms of ethyl mercury per dose.
Does that amount of mercury seem insignificant to you? 25 micrograms of mercury has a liquid volume of 1.8 microliters. That’s a setting on a handheld micropippete— a small droplet, but far from being invisible. Are you comfortable with that drop, knowing that mercury is one of the five most poisonous substances on Earth? And speaking of comfort, how many “trace amounts” of a lethal substance sit well with you? Because mercury is still used in the manufacturing process for many vaccines, and shots that have less than a third of a microgram of mercury left in them are allowed to be called “preservative free.” This doesn’t mean they’re really free of mercury, of course. It’s just an arbitrary label.
A sub thread of this argument is that while “methyl mercury” (found in fish) is highly toxic and certainly to blame for autism, “ethyl mercury” (found in vaccines) is absolutely harmless because it’s not found in the blood shortly after vaccination. However, there is an evidenced-based discussion over on World Mercury Project shows that ethyl mercury isn’t found in blood only because it has migrated to organs. How does that make it safe?
#4 When they say, “Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license for committing fraud on the autism-MMR study!”
Then you say, “Did you read his medical board’s decision? Because fraudulent work was never an allegation against Dr. Wakefield.”
You can read the entire verdict of the General Medical Council, and search for the word “fraud.” You won’t find it.
Dr. Wakefield lost his medical license due to an ethical violation of drawing blood from typical children outside of a medical setting to use in his work. He also had a perceived conflict of interest from working as an expert witness in vaccine injury cases. Once he lost his license, the Lancet medical journal retracted his work. This happened after he became controversial when Brian Deer– a freelance journalist suspected of being a hired gun– launched a witch hunt against him in British media.
Separately from the medical journal that published and retracted his work, it was the editor of an entirely different journal who slandered Wakefield by claiming that the freelance journalist had shown his work to be an “elaborate fraud.”
As a side note, Dr. Wakefield’s 1998 paper wasn’t a study about the MMR causing autism. It was a case series of 12 autistic children who had a novel bowel disease that Dr. Wakefield was associating with autism. It was these children’s mothers who said their symptoms began after receiving the MMR.
In 2014, numerous studies began to confirm what Wakefield discovered in 1998: bowel disease is in fact rampant in autistic kids. The Harvard Review of Psychiatry wrote about it, quickly followed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases journal. This wasted time in treating the medical symptoms of autism is a travesty, but Wakefield’s 1998 case series is continuously validated today.
For the hyperlink impaired:
http://vaccinesafetycommission.org/pdfs/48-2000-Proceedings-Mercury.pdf (obtained by Brian Hooker through the Freedom of Information Act)