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Key realities about autism, vaccines, vaccine-injury compensation, Thimerosal, and autism-related research
This manuscript is now available at www.MedicalVeritas.com/vaccinemyth.pdf
Section I concerning Fundamental Autism Realities is shown below; additional
sections are provided in the full manuscript available at the above link.
Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D.
Key realities about autism, vaccines, vaccine-injury compensation,
Thimerosal, and autism-related research
Paul G. Kinga, PhD and Gary S. Goldmanb, PhD
aScience Advisor, CoMeD, Inc. bEditor-in-Chief,
Medical Veritas International Inc.
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The propaganda dispensed by Public health care and vaccine apologists
is, at best, a weak attempt to rationalize the healthcare establishment‚?Ts
positions using all the tools of doublespeak or, as George Orwell‚?Ts called
it in his book 1984, ‚?onewspeak‚?Ě, to: (a) mislead, (b) distort reality,
(c) pretend to communicate, (d) make the bad seem good, (e) avoid and/or
shift responsibility, (f) make the negative appear positive, (g) create a
false verbal map of the world, and (h) create dissonance between reality and
what their narrative said or did not say.
Such propaganda often relies on half-truths and/or superficially
logical, but foundationally flawed, phrasing. However, this propaganda is
fundamentally flawed and based on pseudo-science or non-reviewable
statistical studies of medical records, where, contrary to ethical science,
the study design, data selection/rejection criteria, exact approach used to
evaluate the data, and/or the original data itself are kept confidential
making independent evaluation/verification of the published findings
impossible. A review of the statements from an article in the November 1,
2007 issue of the Skeptical Inquirer that is entitled ‚?oVaccines and
Autism: Myths and Misconceptions‚?Ě by Steven Novella, MD (which was found
online at http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G1-170731919.html) triggered this
presentation of the factual realities that rebut the myths/misconceptions
presented in that article and/or in similar articles published and/or
underwritten by the purveyors of vaccines and vaccination recommendations.
Each myth/misconception is summarized in a short statement and then
addressed by presenting the factual reality and when appropriate, providing
peer-reviewed references that support this reality.
¬© Copyright 2008, Medical Veritas International, Inc. All rights
Keywords: autism, mercury poisoning, vaccines, myths and misconceptions
I. Fundamental Autism Realities
Autism myth #1: Autism is a disorder whose cause is unknown.
Reality: Autism is a disorder that is diagnosed by a defined set of
symptoms/behaviors (according to the DSM-IV or Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual 4th edition) that are known to have multiple causes, some of which
are known (e.g., Thalidomide, alcohol consumption, and synthetic retinoids
[synthetic Vitamin A derivatives] taken during pregnancy, and poisoning by
heavy metals such as lead and mercury [most recently, via Thimerosal]).
In general, there are two recognized types of autism: congenital and
regressive (or delayed-onset) autism. However, with the recommendations: a)
to inoculate pregnant women with a potential Rh-factor blood incompatibility
with a Thimerosal-preserved serum (a Rho(D) serum) at 28 weeks, during any
amniocentesis or spotting episode in the late 1980s to early 2000s) and
b), starting in 2002, to vaccinate pregnant
woman with influenza vaccines that are Thimerosal-preserved, it has
obviously become increasingly difficult to differentiate between these two
types of autism.
Autism myth #2: Those having a diagnosis of autism or a diagnosis of
mercury poisoning do not have the same symptoms.
Reality: The set of symptoms used to diagnose autism and other
neurodevelopmental disorders are the same as or highly similar to the
symptoms seen in individuals with sub-acute mercury poisoning.
In addition, other non-neurological symptoms (e.g, severe
gastrointestinal dysfunction, dystonia) are exhibited by those who have a
diagnosis of sub-acute (less than ultimately lethal) mercury poisoning
because Thimerosal is an all-systems poison (e.g., cardiovascular,
endocrine, dermal, etc.)
The reality of the preceding has been repeatedly established and
discussed by Dr. King who presents comparative listings of and references
for the similarity between the symptoms of autism and related
neurodevelopmental disorders and those of sub-acute mercury poisoning.
To aid the reader, a portion of the information provided in Dr.
King‚?Ts reference is presented in Table I below.
Table I: Summary Comparison of ‚?oTraits‚?Ě
of Autism and Mercury Poisoning
Where differences in typical language exist, ‚?oAutism/ASD‚?Ě is designated
by ‚?o(ASD)‚?Ě; ‚?oMercury Poisoning‚?Ě by ‚?o(HgP‚?Ě)
Social deficits, social withdrawal, shyness.
Repetitive, preservative, stereotypic behaviors; obsessive-compulsive
Depression/depressive traits, mood swings, flat affect; impaired face
Anxiety; schizoid tendencies; irrational fears.
Irritability, aggression, temper tantrums.
Lacks eye contact; impaired visual fixation (HgP). Problems in joint
Speech and Language Deficits
Loss of speech, delayed language, failure to develop speech.
Dysarthria; articulation problems.
Speech comprehension deficits.
Verbalizing and word retrieval problems (HgP). Echolalia, word use and
pragmatic errors (ASD).
Abnormal sensation in mouth and extremities.
Sound sensitivity; mild to profound hearing loss.
Abnormal touch sensations; touch aversion.
Over-sensitivity to light; blurred vision.
Flapping, myoclonal jerks, choreiform movements, circling, rocking, toe
walking, unusual postures.
Deficits in eye-hand coordination; limb apraxia; intention tremors (HgP).
Problems with intentional movement or imitation (ASD).
Abnormal gait and posture, clumsiness and incoordination; difficulties
sitting, lying, crawling, and walking; problem on one side of body.
Borderline intelligence, mental retardation - some cases reversible.
Poor concentration, attention, response inhibition (HgP). Shifting attention
Uneven performance on IQ subtests; verbal IQ higher than performance IQ.
Poor short-term, verbal, and auditory memory.
Poor visual and perceptual motor skills; impairment in simple reaction time
(HgP). Lower performance on timed tests (ASD).
Deficits in understanding abstract ideas & symbolism; degeneration of higher
mental powers (HgP). Sequencing, planning & organizing (ASD); difficulty
carrying out complex commands.
Self-injurious behavior, e.g. head banging.
Agitation, unprovoked crying, grimacing, staring spells.
Hyper- or hypotonia; abnormal reflexes; decreased muscle strength,
especially upper body; incontinence; problems chewing, swallowing.
Rashes, dermatitis, eczema, itching.
Diarrhea; abdominal pain/discomfort, constipation, "colitis.‚?Ě
Anorexia; nausea (HgP)/vomiting (ASD); poor appetite (HgP). Restricted diet
Lesions of ileum and colon; increased gut permeability.
Autism myth #3: Evidence is accumulating that autism is largely a genetic
disorder (Szatmari 2008).
Reality: Despite the large-scale genetic studies to pinpoint the
‚?oautism‚?Ě genes, to date, only a small percentage of those with a
diagnosis of autism have been found to have any identified genetic
abnormalities (e.g., Fragile X, downs syndrome, Tay Sachs).
Even children with, for example, Fragile X, where some are diagnosed
with an autism spectrum disorder, many do not have this diagnosis.
Additionally, those with ties to public health and the pharmaceutical
industry know that a growing body of scientific fact has established and
supports the reality that vaccines and/or the mercury in some of them can
and do, in many instances, cause the neurodevelopmental harm that generates
the set of symptoms used to diagnose autism. To date, even the largest
studies have failed to find any definitive genetic pattern that is always
associated with autism.
Furthermore, public health officials and vaccine apologists ignore the
genetic reality that Thimerosal is a proven teratogen and mutagen that, for
decades, has been known to induce genetic harm.
Given the preceding realities, it may be that many of the genetic
anomalies appearing today may be the result of generations of the apparently
knowing mercury poisoning of babies - first by Calomel (in the late 1880s to
the early 1940s inn the U.S. and until the mid-1950s in Australia) and, more
recently (from the 1930s onward), by Thimerosal in vaccines as well as by
Thimerosal and other mercury compounds (e.g., phenyl mer*curic salts) in
Research scientists (not ‚?oMercury alarmists‚?Ě) know:
¬∑ The scientifically sound studies support the ‚?oThimerosal in
vaccines causes autism‚?Ě hypothesis and
¬∑ The ‚?onegative evidence‚?Ě of which vaccine apologists speak is
derived from provably less-than-sound, improperly manipulated and/or
intentionally misdesigned studies.
Autism myth #4: The families that have children who regressed into autism
have always been anti-vaccine.
Reality: Often these families who have become resistant to the states‚?T
recommended vaccinations and/or the CDC‚?Ts recommended vaccination
schedules have adhered to the recommended childhood immunization schedule
and only began to oppose the current vaccination program after they or their
children have actually experienced a serious adverse reaction.
Thus, most of the families who have children who have regressed into
autism have not always been anti-vaccine and, in some cases, still support
the giving of some vaccines to children.
Autism myth #5: The autism ‚?oepidemic‚?Ě does not represent a true increase
in the disorder, but rather is an artifact of expanding the diagnosis (now
referred to as autism spectrum disorder, ASD) and increased surveillance
Reality: Since the 1990s, the number of children enrolled in special
education classes has vastly increased for children in the autism spectrum.
Thus, it is clear that most of the increase is real and not related to
‚?oexpanding the diagnosis‚?Ě or ‚?oincreased surveillance.‚?Ě See, for
example: California Department of Health and Human Services, Department of
Developmental Services, ‚?oAUTISTIC SPECTRUM DISORDERS Changes In The
California Caseload An Update: 1999 through 2002,‚?Ě Sacramento, CA (April
Autism myth #6: The science involving vaccines and autism is complex, making
it difficult for the average person to sift through all the misdirection and
Reality: Ask the ‚?oaverage person‚?Ě the fundamental question: ‚?oDo you
think that injecting soluble organic mercury into babies mercury poisons
them?‚?Ě - most, pause for a moment, and then answer, ‚?oYes!‚?Ě ‚?oYes, I
do‚?Ě or ‚?oYes, of course.‚?Ě
Since Thimerosal-derived mercury poisoning has been proven for many
children with an autism diagnosis who have been tested for mercury
poisoning, there is no longer any need for the ‚?oaverage person to sift
through all the misdirection and misinformation‚?Ě that has been and is
still being put out by those with an overriding interest in maintaining the
The ever-increasing evidence shows that Thimerosal is a major causal
factor for childhood behavioral and developmental disorders, including ADHD
and the autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).
Autism myth #7: Currently, the evidence leads to the firm conclusion that
vaccines do not cause autism.
Reality: The proofs of causation given in this manuscript, and in particular
Section II. Vaccines, IV. Thimerosal, and V. Wakefield/Geier‚?Ts Research,
and the government‚?Ts concession in Hannah Poling v. Sec. HHS (case #:
02-1466V) discussed in Section III. NVICP, should provide the reader with
scientifically sound evidence leading to the firm conclusion that‚?Ě
Thimerosal-containing vaccines are a major causal factor in autism.
Thimerosal in vaccines has been, and still is, a major causal factor that
underlies most diagnoses of an autism spectrum disorder as well as many
other developmental and childhood disorders, In addition, there is evidence
that MMR vaccine is a causal factor in some cases where a child is
subsequently diagnosed with regressive autism.
Thus, the reality is that, when administered to developing children,
vaccines can and do ‚?ocause autism.‚?Ě
 April 2007 (PowerPoint Presentation) by Dr. Larry Needham, Chief,
Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch, National Center for Environmental
Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ‚?oExposure (To
Stressors) and Autism Spectrum Disorders‚?Ě to the Institute of Medicine of
the US National Academy of Sciences.
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