Friday, 28 September 2007

Journal Watch on limitations of Thimerosal Study in New England Journal

Thimerosal and Neurotoxicity
The effect of mercury exposure in children once again proves difficult to determine.
Considerable controversy surrounds the question of whether mercury preservatives in vaccines, such as thimerosal, are associated with impaired behaviors or cognition in children (see Journal Watch Psychiatry Aug 4 2004). These researchers examined 42 measures of neuropsychological and behavioral functioning in children aged 7 to 10 years from four HMOs. Using histories of vaccination, immunoglobulin experience, and other records, the researchers retrospectively calculated mercury exposure at three time points: neonatal (i.e., maternal), the first 28 days of life, and the first 7 months.
Children with low birth weight, meningitis, encephalitis, or other serious neurological diagnoses were excluded. The 1047 tested children represented only 30% of those eligible. Children of parents with the highest socioeconomic indicators had the highest exposure. Small yet significant negative and positive associations, some sex-specific, were identified between some individual neuropsychological tests and thimerosal exposure.
Comment: The authors, who expertly analyzed these data statistically, conclude that thimerosal does not produce meaningful clinical problems. However, the validity of this conclusion needs to be questioned because of possible confounding in the study sample. First, only 30% of cases were studied; how these cases may have differed from those who did not participate was not discussed. Second, the data were collected retrospectively. Third, the cases that were excluded — e.g., low-birth-weight babies — might be the ones most vulnerable to the effect of a neuroactive substance, but this issue was not addressed. Finally, the threshold dose for neurological impairment is unknown; therefore, to dismiss the vaccines given between ages 12 months and 7 years may be premature. Parents who ask about this issue still need to be informed of the complexities of studying this problem.
Barbara Geller, MD
Published in Journal Watch Psychiatry September 26, 2007
Thompson WW et al. Early thimerosal exposure and neuropsychological outcomes at 7 to 10 years. N Engl J Med 2007 Sep 27; 357:1281.
Original article (Subscription may be required)
Medline abstract (Free)

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Dangerousness of propaganda saying highly toxic Thimerosal is safe

Jenny McCarthy on Larry King - "best TV coverage on vaccines ever" says one mother of a vaccine damaged child

Dan Olmsted in Conference Call on Thimerosal study

Conflicts of interest in new CDC Thimerosal study

Dr. Thompson reports being a former employee of Merck; Dr. Marcy, receiving consulting fees from Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and MedImmune; Dr. Jackson, receiving grant support from Wyeth, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis, lecture fees from Sanofi Pasteur, and consulting fees from Wyeth and Abbott and serving as a consultant to the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee; Dr. Lieu, serving as a consultant to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; Dr. Black, receiving consulting fees from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Merck and grant support from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis, Merck, and Novartis; and Dr. Davis receiving consulting fees from Merck and grant support from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline. No other potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

Toxic metal exposure and breast cancer

As a breast cancer sufferer in 1997 facing the horror that black diagnosis brings to your own life and your family, any research which can throw a light onto its causes and treatment is welcomed by me.

I was diagnosed with what the oncologist called a fast growing Grade 3 breast cancer in January 1997 and went on to have surgery in February, started a daily radiotherapy routine shortly after, then had months of chemotherapy and Tamoxifen.

Knowing the history now of heavy metals in vaccines, particularly Thimerosal with its 49.6% Mercury since 1930, and my own reaction to that vaccine as a baby, I am not surprised I ended up with jaundice as a teenager and breast cancer in my forties.

New ways of looking at the epidemic of these conditions and others including disorders such as ADHD, Autism, Tics, speech and language impairments, allergies etc are urgently needed.

In an advanced world with the Pharmaceutical Industry earning billions we should not have epidemics of such problems. Something seems to be going very wrong.

Perhaps we could start by looking at conflicts of interest with Big Pharma crossing boundaries in Government departments and funding the big studies whilst ignoring the clinical facts of individual cases.

Meanwhile its down to every individual to do their homework and make their own decisions about what they want to do with their own bodies.

Wednesday, 26 September 2007

US CDC Thimerosal study report by David Kirby - "possible adverse association between neonatal exposure to mercury and language development."

Read David Kirby - Evidence of Harm - on this study and his conference call to the CDC today.

Despite the various flaws of the epidemiological study, which we are now becoming so used to in this extraordinary field, they are at least honest enough to admit to the adverse reactions.

300 per cent rise in Allergies in last 20 years - House of Lords UK report

USA TODAY Generation Rescue AD - Less autism ADHD and Asthma in Unvaccinated kids

It has taken the parents of children in America to run the survey and then place an ADVERT in USA Today to get this crucailly important message out.

Why was the survey/study not done by the CDC? Why is it not done by the Department of Health in the UK? By WHO?

Why, when the survey was done, and the expected results found, would the media not pick up on it?

How bad does the epidemic of neurodevelopmental conditions and allergies have to get before the obvious issue is raised?

Not doing the obvious survey and media failure to not even publish the result when it is done,
does rather speak volumes.

Congratulations Generation Rescue. You are living up to your name.

Anne Dachel and Dr Boyd Haley on Channel 13 - on how Thimerosal in vaccines can lead to autism

Channel 13 write up:

"When Ann Dachel of Eau Claire brought her son John in for a routine vaccination, she never expected his behavior was about to change."He didn't pick up on things around the time that he was 18 months to two-years-old, he wasn't speaking, he stopped babbling, I never would have connected that to vaccinations," Dachel said.But, after some research on her own, she soon did, discovering what she calls a clear connection between the increasing autism rate and rising exposure to vaccines with toxic substances like aluminum, MSG, formaldehyde and mercury."Our kids in the 1990's were getting just enormous load of mercury in their vaccines and that's when autism really exploded," she said.Ann's theory has some backing in the academic research world.

Dr. Boyd Haley, a leading University of Kentucky Researcher on the topic says thimerosal, a vaccine preservative with nearly 50 percent mercury has contributed to epidemic levels of autism in the US."Thimerosal is one of the most neuro-toxic compounds that's available or that we could even reasonably be exposed to, so common sense says you would look at that first and you would look at that very, very hard," Haley said.But, he says CDC research has been limited to population studies in Europe, areas he says don't have the high rate of vaccination we have here.He also says the CDC mandated the vaccine program in 1988 without any safety testing. However, according to a statement by the CDC scientific evidence does not support the idea that vaccine causes autism."The amount of mercury they are injecting into these babies on the day of birth would be safe by EPA standards eating fish, if the baby weighed 275 pounds," Haley said.

Dr. Haley says infants can't excrete mercury and though mercury isn't always found in the urine, hair or blood of children with autism, Arizona State Researchers have found considerably more mercury in their baby teeth than those without.Eau Claire Health Department Director Richard Thoune believes the benefits of vaccines, outweigh the risks.However, Dr. Haley says because of it's toxicity, the FDA took thimerosal off the market as a topical application in 1978, but it is still found in flu vaccine."

Thursday, 20 September 2007

Bolen Report - A new public health crisis - an epidemic of autism

Another new report - remember, you can't have a genetic epidemic, this has to be environmental.

The Autism Epidemic - finally the media starts to get it

Despite every effort by Governments to limit diagnoses of autism and dictate to Government professionals to 'not label' , like the efforts of the boy with his finger in the dyke, none of this has worked and we are now drowning in the tidal wave.

The number of children with autism has sky rocketed and even if Governments don't care about the suffering of the children and their families, they usually do care about money.

This tidal wave will bankrupt us all.

Finally it looks as if this message at least is getting out and as there are some responsible Media out there, the story is leaking out, at last.

The Government and Autism - NBC29 on the Autism Omnibus Hearings