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What did they know and When did they know it? Mercury, Vaccines and Autism

What did they know and When did they know it? Mercury, Vaccines and Autism

KP Stoller, MD

Source: Bolenreport

A decade before the US Public Health Service (PHS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) made a joint public statement vowing to remove the mercury preservative Thimerosal from vaccines (circa 1999), I was trying to find the science behind the recommendation to give newborns the Hep B vaccine (more about that later).

The interesting thing about that unprecedented declaration by the PHS and the AAP was that there was no public pressure to make that announcement.

There were no protests, letter writing campaigns, distraught mothers of autistic children camping out at AAP headquarters….so, what precipitated this announcement, as shown below, From Pediatrics Sep 1999:

Strangely enough, the AAP walked back that declaration in 2012 and not only reversed its position but defended the use of Thimerosal in vaccines.

Actually, the only thing the AAP ever did (publicly) after the 1999 declaration was protest the pilot of a TV series called Eli Stone when Eli, a lawyer, accused a drug company CEO of knowingly using a mercury laden preservative in vaccines even tho they were aware it was hurting children.

But what precipitated that USPHS/AAP joint statement in 1999 in the first place?

In all likelihood it was the 1997 report to Congress by the EPA on mercury that indicated we had a real big problem with mercury exposure in the United States.

And in the same year the FDA released their Modernization Act leaving little doubt that there would be a push to remove mercury from medicine.

There must of been some sort of panic at the AAP and the PHS. Panic about the anticipated panic the public might have about the mercury in vaccines and that panic could jeopardize the whole national vaccine program if the public lost trust in it.

However there was no panic from the public, no cries of rage and no protests. Quietly, the CDC set one of its epidemiologists working on a project to determine if there was actually a problem with all the thimerosal (mercury) they were injecting into babies and children. That epidemiologist was Thomas Verstraeten, who would present his analysis at the secret, and illegally held meeting, called Simpsonwood in June of 2000. Why was this an illegal meeting?


A government agency cannot invite members of industry (vaccine manufacturers) to a closed meeting – this must be an open meeting – open to the public and Simpsonwood was not.

The transcript of this meeting was only obtained through an FOIA request and it is a bit daunting to read but the Put Children First website has the transcript and a nice review of the highlights from the meeting.

Simpsonwood revealed that all relevant parties, except the public, knew that there was a significant correlation between the use of mercury in vaccines and neurobehavioral disorders including autism. And their main concern was to keep this information out of the hands of lawyers and the public.

Most people would be shocked to find out just how rogue the CDC has become given the power and authority they wield

I don’t mean to understate the problem here, but this is criminal activity. So, what the CDC did next was have Verstraeten dilute, dumb down and extinguish any statistical significance in his findings and it took about 5 attempts to do this using statistical tricks and chicanery. This is what eventually got published and cited by the CDC as proof thimerosal is a wonderful harmless preservative. In fact one study they gin’ed up showed getting vaccines with thimerosal protected children from autism.

One could postulate that the Simpsonwood meeting was intended to demonstrate to all the vaccine manufacturers how much they screwed up using thimerosal as a preservative, but not to encourage its removal as one might assume – no, it was almost as if the CDC threw this out to vaccine manufacturers with the intent of extracting favors if the CDC covered this up for the vaccine manufacturers. I have no proof of this but one has to wonder what motivated the cover-up and continued advocacy for thimerosal by the CDC.

So much tax payer money was lavished on corrupt academics who wrote methodologically flawed papers exonerating thimerosal as being a problem for children. Propaganda spewed from the CDC, and its front groups, that the mercury in vaccines was a good mercury, because it was not methyl-mercury (the most widely studied organic mercury). Thimerosal was ethyl-mercury after all not methyl mercury. Of course, if you know anything about biochemistry, the additional methyl group (ethyl means there are two methyl groups connected to the mercury not one) makes the mercury even more dangerous, more poisonous and more biologically active than just plain old methyl-mercury.

Don’t cry for me CDC

Which brings us back to why there was no public outcry about mercury in vaccines, or why the USHS/AAP joint statement about the need to remove thimerosal from vaccine didn’t seem to even stir the public’s concern about what its presence might have been doing to children in the preceding years.

The public – and I will include physicians in with the public here, never knew what was in vaccines. They don’t get true “informed consent” when vaccines are given to their children.

Physicians receive no training on how vaccines work, what the components of vaccines are, or how they work. So in a sense, the PHS/AAP were messaging a population about something that wasn’t even on their conscious radar.

I cornered the New Mexico Secretary of Health a decade ago at a town hall meeting (she is now a member of Congress) and asked her if she would look into only ordering mercury free flu vaccine for the state. Her response was that she had received no complaints from any mothers about there being mercury in the flu vaccines being given to their children. My response to her was “that was because mothers didn’t know it was in the flu vaccine.”

The Trick…

As the mercury levels were brought down in some vaccines, it became increasingly important to the CDC to make sure it was reintroduced using other means lest it be discovered that by lowering mercury exposure neuro-behavioral problems would also decline as well. So, the push was on to give pregnant mothers the flu vaccine even though that would cause increase fetal death. It was a sacrifice the CDC was willing to have the public make to, in part, hide the secret that mercury in vaccines was, and still is, causing neurological damage to children all over the world.

You can read my article: Autism as a Minamata disease variant: analysis of a pernicious legacy for further analysis of this topic and the below documentary is very revealing as well. I will continue with what I discovered about the Hep B vaccine in another blog post….. stand by….


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