Senate HELP Committee Releases Thimerosal Report
On Friday, September 28, the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP Committee) released a report from Ranking Member Senator Michael B. Enzi (R-WY), entitled Thimerosal and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Alleged Misconduct by Government Agencies and Private Entities.
These findings are the result of an 18-month investigation into allegations of misconduct on the part of individuals and U.S. government officials related to the use of the preservative thimerosal in childhood vaccines and its possible contribution to an increase in rates of autism. While the report does not render an opinion on the safety of thimerosal in vaccines, it assesses allegations of misconduct by government officials and private entities in connection with the thimerosal controversy.
The Committee addressed a total of seven allegations brought to its attention by family members of children with autism, as well as by medical researchers active in the autism community. Of the allegations made, two were substantiated, one was partially substantiated, and four were not substantiated by the evidence gathered. Senator Enzi is closing this investigation, while continuing to monitor developments on this issue.
Read the complete report (PDF). (Web archive has only an image of report cover)
Health officials cleared of vaccine misconduct
By Will Dunham
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal health officials did not interfere with key reviews of vaccine safety or cover up an alleged link between a mercury-based vaccine preservative and autism, a congressional report issued on Friday concluded.
The report, the product of an 18-month investigation by the staff of Wyoming Republican Sen. Mike Enzi, was prompted by allegations by activists and experts who think thimerosal, the preservative, can raise the risk of autism in children.
“Our investigation shows that public health officials conducted thorough, science-based studies on autism and vaccines,” Enzi, the top Republican on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, said in a statement.
The report said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not interfere with reviews of vaccine safety by the Institute of Medicine, which provides advice to U.S. policymakers, and did not cover up alleged findings linking thimerosal to autism.
The investigators said they found shortcomings in the way the institute screened potential members of a panel looking at the issue for conflicts of interest, but said there was no evidence the panel’s work was compromised by this.
An Institute of Medicine report in May 2004 said a thorough review of clinical and epidemiological studies found that neither thimerosal nor the widely used measles-mumps-rubella vaccine were associated with autism.
Enzi said that the investigation does not offer an opinion one way or the other on the safety of thimerosal.
ALLEGATIONS ‘CANNOT BE CONFIRMED’ – ENZI
“With up to 1 in 166 children being diagnosed with autism in the United States, it is vital that we improve our understanding of the causes, symptoms, interventions, and supports and services available for individuals with autism spectrum disorder,” Enzi added.
“But for the most part, the allegations brought to the HELP Committee’s attention cannot be confirmed,” Enzi said.
Thimerosal has been used as a preservative in vaccines for decades. The CDC has maintained that thimerosal is safe, but convinced manufacturers to take it out of all childhood vaccines except for flu shots.
Some autism activists have linked cases of autism to vaccines, citing thimerosal as a potential cause of the condition, which can cause symptoms ranging from poor social skills to profound disability and retardation.
The report faulted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for inappropriately using Environmental Protection Agency mercury guidelines in evaluating the safety of mercury in vaccines. And it found that thimerosal remains in childhood vaccines shipped to developing countries.
“CDC places highest priority on vaccine safety and the integrity and credibility of its vaccine safety research,” CDC spokesman Curtis Allen said by e-mail.
“This report is the result of an exhaustive, careful and independent review of CDC’s actions. We are gratified this report reaffirms CDC’s efforts have been scientifically based and in the best interest of children.”
The activist group SafeMinds, which voices concern about thimerosal and autism, said the investigation left several key questions unanswered, adding, “The report supported our concern that FDA failed in its statutory obligation to demonstrate that mercury used in vaccines was safe.”
Warning: This is quackery. “Natural” and other products and pseudoscience practices promoted for ‘healing, recovery, cure’ have harmed and even killed Autistics worldwide.
Now these extremist fringe groups have expanded to gaslight the public on COVID-19 ‘cures, healing, recovery” and many other arenas.
The Autistic Community is very familiar with quack cults like this … we’ve been battling the same group who has had many identifying names like: Mercury Mob/Mafia, Antivaxxers, BleachCult, and many more. These folks and organizations also battle Autistics over our civil and human rights. The names change, but the people, for the most part, remain the same.
Fact: Autistics are not vaccine-injured and Vaccines do not cause autism.
PSA: Don’t Drink Bleach.
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.