In the last few days I’ve seen two different studies that appear to further confirm the link between mercury and autism. One involved environmental mercury and the other was strictly thimerosal in vaccines. One was reported in the newsletter of one of the advocacy groups I subscribe to and the other I got from Kit, my librarian sister-in-law.
The first was reported in Health Sentinel online. It’s a new study by the Geiers, who have previously published studies surrounding this question and have been vilified for their efforts by the most obvious and hideous smear campaigns imaginable. Every time they publish results, the medical community spin machine goes into overdrive trying to discredit them with everything from “they’re not the right kind of scientists” to it wasn’t published in a “reputable” journal. Frankly, the fact that they’re attacked so unceasingly and vehemently lends them a certain credence, in my mind. Me thinks the medical establishment doth protest too much.
From the Health Sentinel report:
A study published in the spring edition of Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, examines the connection between vaccines that contain thimerosal and autism. The authors of the study are David A. Geier, B.A. and Mark R. Geier, M.D., Ph.D. According to the authors the study was thoroughly reviewed prior to publication. “Our manuscript underwent blinded peer-review by three different peer-reviewers including a bio-statistician/epidemiologist prior to its publication.”
Notice the attention paid to its peer-review prior to publication. That’s there to address the smear campaign from the get go. You won’t see that sort of mention from other published studies, because they’re not as likely to be attacked as anything the Geier’s publish.
The study itself confirms the same thing as their previous ones, which is that there is a strong link between the preservative thimerosal and the risk of autism. At this point it’s been pretty well documented a number of different ways, but the medical establishment refuses to accept this or any study that reaches such a conclusion, so much so that if you’re not paying attention to this as closely we are, since we have a vested interest in it, you could be forgiven for believing the opposite is true.
But read the whole thing, there’s some very interesting historical perspective given in the article and in particular, this little nugget:
A 1948 article in the journal Pediatrics opens with, “Inflammatory reactions involving various parts of the nervous system following injections or various sera or vaccines have long been known”. In that paper they discuss 15 instances in children at Boston Children’s Hospital that developed “acute cerebral symptoms within a period of hours after administration of pertussis vaccine.”
If you missed the significance of that, allow me to hit you over the head with it. In 1948, a leading pediatrics journal reported that doctors were already seeing a link between vaccines and developmental problems in children. That’s only eighteen years after thimerosal was first used in vaccines and less than ten since autism had been identified. But our medical establishment still insists no such link exists. The further along this path I go, the harder it is to place any faith whatsoever in anything doctors say. They’re just as human as you and I, and it appears in many cases they’re just as stubborn and ignorant, as well. If so many are so willing to lie and cover up responsibility for this travesty, how can I know when they are telling the truth? Are they even capable of it anymore or are their souls so rotted that they no longer can tell the difference?
The other study is from Texas, where they studied environmental mercury and also found a strong link between mercury and autism. In fact, they found it was 61% more likely that a child would become autistic for every half-ton of additional mercury released into the environment. Sheesh. That certainly supports the Bay Area problem, which has a higher incidence of autism than most of the rest of the country. The San Francisco Bay Area, not coincidentally, was once home to the world’s largest mercury mine and if you look at map of abandoned mercury mines, the area is literally thick with them.
Here’s the abstract from the Texas study:
Health & Place 12:2, 203-9 (2006)
Environmental mercury release, special education rates, and autism disorder: an ecological study of Texas.
Palmer, RF, Blanchard, S, Stein, Z, Mandell, D and Miller, C
University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Department of Family and Community Medicine, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
The association between environmentally released mercury, special education and autism rates in Texas was investigated using data from the Texas Education Department and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. A Poisson regression analysis adjusted for school district population size, economic and demographic factors was used. There was a significant increase in the rates of special education students and autism rates associated with increases in environmentally released mercury. On average, for each 1,000 lb of environmentally released mercury, there was a 43% increase in the rate of special education services and a 61% increase in the rate of autism. The association between environmentally released mercury and special education rates were fully mediated by increased autism rates. This ecological study suggests the need for further research regarding the association between environmentally released mercury and developmental disorders such as autism. These results have implications for policy planning and cost analysis.
If you want to read more about it, here is an article at Science Direct.