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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. (Download link above)
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.
ENZI SAYS INVESTIGATION DOES NOT SUPPORT ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT IN AUTISM RESEARCH
Washington, D.C. – Following an eighteen-month investigation requested byparents of children with autism, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY), Ranking Member ofthe Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, today said that allegations of misconduct in connection with the findings by public health authorities that thimerosal, a preservative once used in vaccines, does not cause autism cannot beconfirmed.
“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,” Enziadded.
“But for the most part, the allegations brought to the HELP Committee’s attention cannot be confirmed.”
The Committee’s investigators concluded that allegations that autismresearchers were clouded by conflicts of interest, that the CDC interfered in vaccine studies, and that public health agencies covered up evidence linking vaccines to autism,could not be substantiated.
“Our investigation shows that public health officials conducted thorough, science based studies on autism and vaccines,” Enzi said. Enzi’s comments came as the Committee released the Executive Summary of thereport, “Thimerosal and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Alleged Misconduct byGovernment Agencies and Private Entities.”
“While I recognize there are active scientific debates regarding a possibleconnection between thimerosal in childhood vaccines and autism, Congress is not in aposition to substitute its judgment for that of scientists,” Enzi said.
“Therefore, myinvestigation focused not on the possible link between thimerosal and autism, but on theallegations of misconduct by government officials and private entities in connection withthe thimerosal controversy.”
Beginning in 2005, the HELP Committee, then under Enzi’s Chairmanship, conducted an 18-month investigation into allegations of misconduct on the part ofindividuals and US government officials related to the use of the preservative thimerosal in childhood vaccines and its possible contribution to an increase in rates of autism.
Over the course of the investigation, Enzi’s staff interviewed more than 80 individuals andexamined tens of thousands of pages of documents. His staff spoke with a number ofparents of children with autism about their concerns and their experiences, as well asindividuals from the scientific community.
Last year, Congress passed into law the Combating Autism Act, P.L. 109-416. .The act , which passed both the Senate and House unanimously, authorizes $945 million dollars over five years for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help combat autism through research, screening, intervention and education. It will expandresearch at National Institutes of Health (NIH) with regard to the possible causes andpotential interventions for people living with autism, increase autism awareness through Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and coordinate health, education, anddisability programs for persons diagnosed with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
“We are taking steps to help ensure that there are effective programs in place tomeet the diverse needs of persons with autism and their families, and that these programs work in close coordination with one another,” Enzi said.
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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.