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OSC Orders Congress to Investigate HHS, CDC and FDA Wrongdoing Regarding Mercury in Children's Vaccines, Says NAA


OSC Orders Congress to Investigate HHS, CDC and FDA Wrongdoing Regarding Mercury in Children's Vaccines, Says National Autism Association

Source: PR Newswire


WASHINGTON, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- National Autism Association announced
today that Scott Bloch, Office of Special Counsel (OSC), is calling for
further investigation into the link between neurological disorders and
Thimerosal, a mercury preservative found in childhood vaccines. In an OSC
press release, Bloch states that the allegations of wrongdoing towards Health
and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), " ... raise serious continuing concerns about the
administration of the nation's vaccine program ... "

Bloch also stated, " ... it appears there may be sufficient evidence to
find a substantial likelihood of a substantial and specific danger to public
health caused by the use of Thimerosal/mercury in vaccines because of its
inherent toxicity."

Specifically, the OSC has asked Sen. Judd Gregg and Cong. Joe Barton,
Committee Chairmen with HHS Oversight, to investigate these allegations:

* Ethylmercury Thimerosal is still present in childhood vaccines and flu
shots, contrary to statements made by government health agencies;

* The heightened concern that CDC datasets from the Vaccine Safety
Datalink (VSD) once showing a relationship between Thimerosal and
neurological disorders may have been destroyed and independent
researchers have been arbitrarily denied access to CDC vaccine

* The CDC and the FDA colluded with pharmaceutical companies at a June
2000 meeting to prevent the release of a VSD study showing a link
between Thimerosal exposure and neurological disorders including
Autism, ADD/ADHD, Stuttering, Tics and Speech and Language Delays. The
study's author, Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, and other CDC employees
published a different version in the Nov. 2003 issue of Pediatrics,
showing no link.

* That increasing clinical evidence showing a connection is being ignored
by government health agencies.

The OSC's order for Congress to investigate wrongdoing underscores the
inadequacy of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) May 18th report stating "no
link" between autism and Thimerosal. The IOM meeting was sponsored by the CDC,
and the IOM panel used epidemiological studies, including the highly
questioned CDC's Verstraeten Study mentioned above, to reach their conclusion
while ignoring clinical and biological evidence showing a connection.

Contact: Lori McIlwain, (919) 468-6455
Laura Bono, (919) 403-9443

SOURCE National Autism Association
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