October 26, 2003
New medical findings indicate many children have a genetic ability to excrete the toxic mercury present as a preservative in many childhood shots -- more and more of which are recommended, each year.
But children who become autistic -- or who show lesser signs of heavy metal poisoning, such as attention deficit disorder -- "are the ones that cannot detoxify," according to Laura Bono of North Carolina, the housewife and mom who founded the Right to Fight Mercury Damage Campaign.
The Bono family pediatrician had noted in his charts that by age 16 months "Jackson has 25 words, making good progress," Laura Bono says. "And then it starts to regress within days after the shot, and within two years he's gone. A child who never needed antibiotics, never threw up, suddenly after August 1990 he's having all these weird rashes, it was a mercury rash. ...
"But there was nothing in the literature that autism was anything but mental. It was 1995 before this went from being (categorized as) a mental to a medical/metabolic problem, that they have all sorts of immune deficiencies, we kept saying, `But he's so allergic to everything ... '
The good news in finding the apparent cause of autism, of course, is that if the ailment is caused by the presence of toxic mercury, some partial reversal may be achieved if the mercury can be removed.
"Some of them were able to detoxify, and some not," Laura Bono says. "It's not black and white. How many have attention deficit disorder or other problems, where autism is just those syndromes to the tenth power? We see so many allergies in society now, and these things all link back to problems with the immune system, so it can be hypothesized that these children ended up with autism, but there are other spectrum disorders and (their rates) are also exploding, children who are just partially neurologically affected -- either they got less thimerosal or they were able to detoxify it better. ...
"My son is 14, and we've been chelating for three years, and the more we get out the more my son comes back. Dr. Stephanie Cave in Baton Rouge, Louisiana," (author of "What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Vaccination") "has been doing this the longest, and she says, 'If I can get them from the time they're five, I can turn them around, they're nothing like they were if we can catch them early.' ...
"Go watch (Rep.) Dan Burton's hearings. He went crazy over this. He said, `You know this is a horrible thing that you're putting in vaccines,' and they won't tell him how many doses were delivered by January 2001 that are still out there that could have an expiration date as late as May 2004. ..."
"(Dr. and U.S. Sen.) Bill Frist argues, 'These poor vaccine manufacturers, they're going to be bankrupted.' Yet, you know what? Vaccines have to be making a lot of money; there are over 400 new vaccines in the pipeline. ... Let's say we do bankrupt them. There are so many others ready to step in. If Firestone Tires goes bankrupt they reorganize and they learn their lessons. ...
"The government paid people $50,000 apiece who were debilitated by the swine flu vaccine, thousands of them. It wasn't the pharmaceutical firms that paid, it was the taxpayers. So where's the financial incentive to improve the vaccines? ...
"It is going to cost the taxpayers so much money what they have done, the mass poisoning of thousands of children with this thimerosal."
Replies Eli Lilly spokesman Ed Sagebiel: "We recognize autism is a devastating disease, but the trial lawyers are not going to find the possible cure for autism. ... (We need to) continue to let the science guide this, rather than the trial attorneys. In the current debate around thimerosal and autism, the scientific evidence just does not show a relationship between the two.
"A study at the University of Rochester School of Medicine found ethyl mercury has a half life in the blood of seven days, versus methyl mercury which has a half life of 45 days. This would suggest that ethyl mercury does not persist in the body ...
"You have the National Institutes of Health, you have the Academy of Pediatrics, if you go to the Centers for Disease Control Web site you'll find their statement as well; you just cannot find any scientifically credible organization confirming that type of link," the Eli Lilly spokesman concludes.
In 1990, the recorded rate of autism in America was 1 in 10,000. Today the Centers for Disease Control report that number stands at 1 in 150. This dramatic rise in autism rates correlates with the increase in mercury-exposure through vaccines given to children in the late 1980s and through the 1990s -- especially after a vaccine against hepatitis B was added to the standard formulations, Laura Bono says.
Vin Suprynowicz is assistant editorial page editor of the Review-Journal and author of the books "Send in the Waco Killers" and "The Ballad of Carl Drega."
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