By Anne Dachel
Because this book is about the cause of autism, it’s also about the controversy. You can’t have one without the other. We’ve had two decades of denials about autism along with a façade of vaccine safety studies. No one knows anything for sure---except that the federally approved, mandated, and vigorously promoted vaccine schedule isn’t related to the explosion in autism. They continue to pretend that it’s all about the science, seemingly oblivious to the overriding influence of the pharmaceutical industry and the desperate need for deniability for those charged with oversight.
The Ollers give us all the appalling details-- things like: the Eli Lilly Rider in the Homeland Security Act, the Merck Memo, the Simpsonwood Conference, and the Institute of Medicine Report. Some may label the authors as conspiracy mongers, but examining the government’s actions, intent on keeping information from the public, reveals nothing but the lowest form of underhanded corruption.
All one has to do is read what was said by top health officials meeting at
Simpsonwood, a secluded conference and retreat center in Norcross GA in June 2000 to understand that self-protection is a powerful motive behind what the government does.
(Obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.)
Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, a CDC employee who later went to work for GlaxoSmithKline in Belgium, revealed that his research showed the direct correlation between the increase in mercury-containing vaccines and the dramatic rise in autism. The response from officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made it clear—the public was not to hear about this.
Dr. Roger Bernier, the Associate Director for Science at the CDC National Immunization Program (NIP):
“[L]et me just reemphasize, if I could, the importance of trying to protect the information that we have been talking about. . . . We have asked you to keep this information confidential. We do have a plan for discussing these data at the upcoming meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP] on June 21 and June 22.”
Dr. Robert Chen, Chief of Vaccine Safety and Development at the CDC:
"We have been privileged so far that given the sensitivity of information, we have been able to manage to keep it out of, let's say, less responsible hands."
Dr. John Clements of the World Health Organization was also at Simpsonwood. He had this to say about Verstraeten’s study:
“[T]his study should not have been done at all, because the outcome of it could have, to some extent, been predicted [i.e., there was plenty of evidence already known from the toxicology research] and we have all reached this point now where we are left hanging, even though I hear the majority of the consultants say to the Board that they are not convinced there is a causality direct link between thimerosal and various neurological outcomes. . . . How we handle it from here is extremely problematic. . . . there is now the point at which the research results have to be handled, and even if this committee decides that there is no association and that information gets out, the work has been done; and through Freedom of Information, that will be taken by others and will be used in other ways beyond the control of this group. And I am very concerned about that as I suspect it is already too late . . .” (p. 248)
“My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year, and for many years to come, and that will have to be with thimerosal-containing vaccines. (Simpsonwood Conference, 2000, p. 248)”
These remarks, made behind closed doors, are included in the Ollers’ book and they should never be forgotten.
The government has endless research to back their safety claims but none of it’s really independent. Officials have a hard job that will only get more difficult. As the Ollers’ book tells us, “All the organizations involved in promoting the use of mercury containing products (FDA, CDC, AAP, and ADA) locked arms and began the common refrain that there is higher exposure to mercury in fish sandwiches than in medical procedures.”
AUTISM has pages listing the scientific sources on autism, vaccines, and treatments. This is the same research that the government has refused to recognize.