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    I used to believe that vaccines were safe.

    I used to believe that vaccines were effective.

    I used to believe that vaccines were responsible for the dramatic decrease in infectious diseases such as polio and smallpox.

    I no longer believe any of this.

    I now believe the exact opposite.

    I also believe that autism is a man-made disease which largely has been the result of vaccines given to children.

    Below is the evidence for why I believe this.

    I Do NOT Believe Vaccines are Safe and Effective

    I do NOT believe that vaccines are safe.

    I do NOT believe that vaccines are effective.

    I do NOT believe that vaccines were responsible for the huge decreases in death from infectious diseases.

    I now understand that the decrease in deaths from infectious diseases were mainly due to good hygiene and good food as explained by Boyd Haley, PhD, Suzanne Humphries, MD and others.

    In future articles, I will show you the graphs that others have shown that show this very clearly.

    The drug companies and the researchers paid by the drug companies have told us that vaccines are responsible for the decreases in deaths from these diseases, but this is simply not true.

    It’s just another lie from the drug companies and their paid researchers to get people to believe in vaccines so that they can make money.

    Vaccines Are Doing MUCH More Harm Than Good

    I now believe that vaccines are doing much more harm than good in the vast majority of people.

    Back in 2009, I had an epiphany and came to this same conclusion about all of the prescription drugs that people are being told to take for the rest of their lives, drugs that they are told to take every day which they are told will make them happier, healthier and live longer—drugs for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, sleep, bone-building and acid reflux.

    I realized that the current drug paradigm is wrong and that these drugs are doing much more harm than good in the vast majority of people given these drugs.

    This epiphany did not come to me overnight, but came to me over a period of 21 years (1988-2009) based on problems with various drugs that I learned about over that time and having watched my mother suffer tragically from the drugs that she was given.

    I now realize that the same thing is true for vaccines—that they are doing much more harm than good.

    Lectures by Boyd Haley, PhD, Sherri Tenpenny, DO, Suzanne Humphries, MD, Dr. Andrew Wakefield and others

    My eyes have been opened thanks to the numerous lectures by Boyd Haley, PhD, Sherri Tenpenny, DO, Suzanne Humphries, MD, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, and the many people featured in Gary Null’s documentary Silent Epidemic: The Untold Story of Vaccines.

    Dr. Wakefield was Right About the Link Between Autism and the MMR Vaccine; CDC Committed Fraud to Hide This Link

    Dr. Andrew Wakefield found a link between autism and the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine.

    He was made out to have committed fraud.

    He lost his job.

    He lost his medical license.

    But as it turns out, Dr. Wakefield was right.

    As it turns out, it was the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) who were the ones who committed fraud in order to try and hide this link between autism and the MMR vaccine.

    CDC epidemiologist, William Thompson, PhD, admitted to fraud in recorded phone conversations

    William Thompson, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist turned whistleblower, confessed this to Brian Hooker, PhD of the Focus Autism Foundation (which has been renamed “Focus For Health”) in a series of phone conversations which were secretly recorded by Brian Hooker.

    See the YouTube video of Brian Hooker talking about this and playing some of the recorded conversations here.

    A 2004 MMR study which claimed that there is no association between autism and the age of getting the MMR vaccine is discussed in great detail throughout the calls.

    Talking about this 2004 study, Thompson says,

    “I was complicit, and I went along with this, we did not report significant findings… I have great shame now when I meet families with kids with autism because I have been part of the problem.”

    “I don’t know why they still give it [flu shots with Thimerosal] to pregnant women—that’s the last person I would give mercury to . . . Thimerosal causes tics . . . do you think a pregnant mother would take a vaccine that they knew caused tics? . . . Absolutely not! I would never give my wife a vaccine that I thought caused tics.”

    — William Thompson, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, author of multiple studies used to claim Thimerosal is safe, confessed this to Brian Hooker, PhD in a recorded phone call, May 8, 2014

    Another quote by William Thompson was:

    “That’s the deal…, that’s what I keep seeing again and again and again… where these senior people [at the CDC] just do completely unethical, vile things and no one holds them accountable.”

    — William Thompson, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist, confessed this to Brian Hooker, PhD in a recorded phone call, June 12, 2014

    CDC knew about the MMR vaccine-autism connection as early as 2003, but covered it up

    Hooker told the press, “The CDC knew about the relationship between the age of first MMR vaccine and autism incidence in African-American boys as early as 2003, but chose to cover it up.”

    This was revealed in recorded phone conversations of William Thompson, PhD, a CDC epidemiologist turned whistleblower, who confessed to this, and who also admitted to this in a written statement which is posted here.

    Thompson admitted to committing fraud in order to hide the fact that they—the CDC—had found a relationship between the timing of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine and an increased risk of autism in black boys.

    Thompson’s statement starts off by saying,

    “My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where I have worked since 1998.

    “I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics.

    “The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism.

    A reanalysis of the CDC data which was done by Brian Hooker, PhD, who Thompson had confessed his fraud to, found that black males given the MMR vaccine before the age of 36 months (3 years) were 3.4 times more likely to get autism than those given the vaccine later.

    “The results show a strong relationship between child age at the administration of the first MMR and autism incidence exclusively for African American boys which could indicate a role of the vaccine in the etiology of autism within this population group. This particular analysis was not completed in the original Destefano et al. (CDC) study,” Hooker’s paper notes.

    Dr. Andrew Wakefield was right

    Dr. Andrew Wakefield was right about the MMR vaccine-autism link.

    He authored a paper in 1999 which put forth a hypothesis that there might be a link between the earlier age of vaccination and increased risk of autism.

    He was made out to be a fraud, lost his job and lost his medical license.

    But it turns out that Wakefield was right, and it was the CDC who were the ones who committed fraud.

    See the YouTube video posted here.

    Do I believe that it is ONLY the MMR vaccine that increases the risk of autism? NO!

    Do I believe that it is (was) only the MMR vaccine that increases the risk of autism?

    No, absolutely not!

    Thimerosal (mercury) and Aluminum in vaccines is toxic

    I believe that any vaccine containing Thimerosal (a preservative which contains mercury in the form of ethyl-mercury increases the risk of autism (and ADHD and asthma) based on lectures from Boyd Haley, PhD, retired Prof. of Chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

    Boyd Haley, PhD has been studying mercury toxicity since 1987

    Dr. Haley has been studying mercury toxicity for at least 29 years, since 1987.

    First case of autism diagnosed in 1940’s

    Dr. Haley also notes that the first case of autism was diagnosed in the 1940’s after they had started giving thimerosal-containing (mercury-containing) vaccines in the 1930’s.

    Some pro-vaccine people claim that autism has been around forever and that we are simply better at diagnosing it today, but this is utter nonsense.

    The first diagnosed case of autism in the 1940’s was described as something that had never been seen before.

    More on this later.

    Boyd Haley, PhD videos

    Videos of Dr. Haley talking about this are posted here and another one is posted here.

    Mercury more toxic to males than females; Autism occurs 4.5 times more often in males than females

    Autism occurs 4.5 times more often in boys than girls according to 2010 data from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as published on their website on March 27, 2014.

    The CDC article says:

    “The surveillance summary report, “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years – Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, 11 Sites, United States, 2010,” was published today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Researchers reviewed records from community sources that educate, diagnose, treat and/or provide services to children with developmental disabilities. The criteria used to diagnose ASDs [Autism Spectrum Disorders] and the methods used to collect data have not changed.

    “The data continue to show that ASD [Autism Spectrum Disorder] is almost five times more common among boys than girls: 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls. White children are more likely to be identified as having ASD than are black or Hispanic children.”

    [189 divided by 42 equals 4.5 times more autism in boys than girls according to data from the CDC.]

    Why would this be?

    Why would boys be 4.5 times more likely to have autism than girls?

    Here’s why.

    Estradiol Helps to Protect Females From Mercury Toxicity By Increasing Mercury Excretion

    Boyd Haley, PhD, retired Professor of Chemistry from the University of Kentucky, who has been researching mercury toxicity since 1987, has been giving lectures about this all around the world since 1991, and has been talking about the dangers of mercury from dental amalgams since 2000, notes that animal research shows that mercury is more toxic to males than females because estradiol (the primary female hormone which is higher in girls than boys as noted in the study published here) increases mercury excretion and helps to protect females against mercury toxicity.

    In a 2006 study by Janfaza and others from researchers at The University of California, San Diego, they note,
    “We confirm that estradiol [estrogen] levels are higher in girls than boys even before physical signs of puberty, and that estradiol increases throughout puberty in girls and boys.”

    Boyd Haley has noted that estradiol (estrogen) not only increases excretion of mercury, but also protects cells from mercury toxicity in laboratory experiments.

    A 2006 study by Oliveira, et al removed the ovaries of female rats, and then gave them mercury orally for 54 days.

    They found that injecting them with estradiol caused a “significant reduction in mercury content of the anterior pituitary gland and medial hypothalamus, suggesting a protective estrogenic effect.”

    Testosterone Increases Mercury Toxicity By Decreasing Mercury Excretion

    Testosterone is higher in boys than girls from the age of 0-5 months (75-400 ng/dL in boys aged 0-5 months versus 20-80 ng/dL in girls aged 0-5 months) as noted in an article from the Mayo Clinic, and then levels are similar in boys and girls from the age of 6 months to 9 years (both boys and girls having a range of 7-20 ng/dL).

    Testosterone not only reduces excretion of mercury, but also increases the toxicity of mercury to neurons in cell cultures according to Boyd Haley, PhD.

    Haley notes that when male and female rats are given mercury, all the males will be dead before the females show signs of toxicity.

    Again, the reason for this is that estradiol, which is higher in girls than boys, helps to protect females against mercury toxicity, and testosterone, which is higher in boys than girls from the age of 0-5 months, increases mercury toxicity according to Boyd Haley.

    This explains why autism is 4.5 times more common in boys than girls.

    Autistic Boys Were Exposed to Higher Levels of Testosterone in the Womb Finds 2014 Study

    A 2014 study from Denmark has also found that, “Boys diagnosed with autism and related disorders had, on average, raised levels of testosterone, cortisol and other hormones in the womb, according to analyses of amniotic fluid that was stored after their mothers had medical tests during pregnancy,” notes an article published in The Guardian about this study.

    Mercury In Vaccines Introduced in 1931

    “Thimerosal is a preservative that has been used in some vaccines since the 1930’s [1931 to be precise], when it was first introduced by Eli Lilly Company,” notes the FDA’s website.

    “It is 49.6% mercury by weight and is metabolized or degraded into ethylmercury and thiosalicylate.”

    The First Person Diagnosed with Autism in the US and the First Person Diagnosed in Austria Were Both Born in 1933 After Mercury-Containing Vaccines Were Introduced in 1931

    In an article by Dan Olmsted published on April 29, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Donald T. and Fritz V.,” he notes that the first person diagnosed with autism in the US was born in 1933 after mercury-containing vaccines were introduced in 1931.

    Olmsted also points out that the first person diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a milder form of autism, in Austria, a half a world away, was also born in 1933.

    Imagine that.

    He notes that the psychiatrist who diagnosed the first case described it as something that had never been seen before.

    In other words, the idea that autism has been around forever and people are simply better at diagnosing it today, as many pro-vaccine people like to claim such as Paul Offit, MD, is complete and utter nonsense.

    Omsted wrote:

    They were born within four months of each other, Fritz V. in June of 1933 and Donald T. that September. Fritz was born in Austria, Donald in Mississippi, but they had a surprising amount in common. Unfortunately.

    When Donald was taken by his beleaguered parents to Johns Hopkins University in 1938, he acted like no 5-year-old that famed child psychiatrist Leo Kanner had ever seen.

    “He learned my name,” Kanner recounted decades later, “but he would never see me if he met me because he would never look up enough and had enough eye contact to recognize faces. ... Also, while he spoke, it was not for communication, and if in order to satisfy his needs some communication was needed, he would not be able to distinguish between ‘I’ and ‘you,’ rather echoing religiously some of the things that he was interested in.

    “For instance, if he wanted his milk, he remembered constantly that his mother always asked him, ‘Donnie, do you want your milk?’ And his way of asking for milk was ‘Donnie, do you want your milk?’ Well, this was only a part of some of his peculiar behavior.”


    Fritz made an equally vivid impression on Hans Asperger, the pediatrician who first saw him in 1939 at age 6 in Vienna.

    Asperger described him as “a highly unusual boy who shows a very severe impairment in social integration. ... His gaze was strikingly odd. It was generally directed into the void.”

    In school, “He quickly became aggressive and lashed out with anything he could get hold of (once with a hammer). ... Because of his totally uninhibited behavior, his schooling failed on the first day. ... Another strange phenomenon in this boy was the occurrence of certain stereotypic movements and habits.”

    As with Donald, “The content of his speech was completely different from what one would expect of a normal child,” Asperger said of Fritz.

    “Only rarely was what he said in answer to a question.”

    Weird, but he started speaking at 10 months and soon “talked like an adult.”

    Donald T. and Fritz V.—their last names were never given—have endured in medical literature because they are firsts.

    Donald was the first to confront Kanner with the behaviors that he later named “autism.”

    Fritz was the first case study of what came to be known as Asperger’s Disorder.

    Both conditions are now classed in the official U.S. guide to mental problems as Pervasive Developmental Disorders, and are also called Autism Spectrum Disorders.


    Most experts think the disorders are related, with autism the severe manifestation; Asperger’s is sometimes referred to as “autism lite” or “a dash of autism” and is differentiated by a lack of delay in language development.

    Kanner’s study of Donald and 10 other children was titled “Autistic Disturbances of Affective Contact,” and was published in the journal “Nervous Child” in 1943.

    Asperger called his study of Fritz and three other children “‘Autistic Psychopathy’ in Childhood;” it was published in the “Archiv fur Psychiatrie und Nervenkrankheiten” in 1944.

    Kanner described autism’s defining features as “extreme aloneness and a desire for the preservation of sameness.”

    “The children seemed to live in a static world in which they could not seem to tolerate any kind of change introduced by anybody but themselves,” Kanner said in a 1972 speech, “and even that didn’t occur very often.”

    “The autist is only himself,” Asperger wrote, “and is not an active member of a greater organism which he is influenced by and which he influences constantly.”

    Kanner and Asperger did not collaborate on their studies.

    Nor did either predict the deluge that would follow: In the United States, a reasonable estimate is 30 or 40 children out of every 10,000 are diagnosed with autism, and another 30 or 40 are diagnosed with other Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including Asperger’s.

    This leads to a simple but significant question: Was it coincidence the first few cases of these strikingly similar disorders were identified at the same time, by the same term, in children born the same decade, by doctors thousands of miles apart?

    Or, is it a clue to when and where autism started—and why?

    The question reflects a huge, and hugely important, debate. If autistic children always existed in the same percentages but just were not formally classified until the 1940s, that would suggest better diagnosis, not a troubling increase in the number of autistic children.

    If, however, autism had a clear beginning in the fairly recent past (a past so recent that Fritz and Donald could both be alive today at age 71), then the issue is very different.

    That would suggest something new caused those first autism and Asperger’s cases in the early 1930s; something caused them to increase, and something is still causing them today.


    Asperger’s Study was not Translated into English Until 1994, but The Account of Fritz V. Is Strikingly Similar to Classic Autism

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    For example, Asperger’s study was not translated into English until 1994—a half-century later—and still is not easily available.

    Actually reading Asperger’s account of Fritz V. makes you realize the severity of his disorder and its similarity to classical autism.

    “The reader of Asperger’s first paper cannot fail to be impressed by the close similarities to Kanner’s case descriptions and the relatively few differences,” wrote British psychiatrist Lorna Wing in the 1994 anthology “Autism and Asperger Syndrome,” which includes the first English translation.

    Translator Uta Frith noted, “By a remarkable coincidence, Asperger and Kanner independently described exactly the same type of disturbed child to whom nobody had paid much attention before and both used the label autistic.”

    Both said autistic children were impossible to miss.

    “Once one has properly diagnosed an autistic individual one can spot such children instantly,” Asperger said.

    “It is a unique syndrome,” Kanner said, “and almost photographically not identical, but similar.”

    Kanner was clear he never saw an autistic child until he met Donald T. in 1938—17 years after he got his medical degree in Berlin, on his way to becoming one of the world’s leading psychiatrists, to whom the toughest cases were often referred “all the way to the great Hopkins,” as he jokingly put it.

    A Condition Different Than Anything Reported So Far

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    In fact, his landmark 1943 paper begins, “Since 1938, there have come to our attention a number of children whose condition differs so markedly and uniquely from anything reported so far, that each case merits—and, I hope, will eventually receive—a detailed consideration of its fascinating peculiarities.”

    Markedly, uniquely different: The great psychiatrist at the great Hopkins was convinced he was seeing something new.

    Researcher Finds Genetically Susceptible Mice Injected with Mercury Developed Profound Brain Problems, Developing Repetitive Behaviors, Withdrawing From Their Surroundings, Resisting Change Just Like Autistic Children

    CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reported the following in a story on June 22, 2004:

    Because Alex Donnelly is autistic, he can’t communicate normally or lead a normal life.

    His father claims Alex wasn’t autistic - until he got certain vaccinations containing a mercury preservative.

    As kids got more and more vaccines over the years, more mercury came with them - in amounts way over safety limits. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has long claimed it’s not the cause of autism or related disorders, and mercury is still in flu shots recommended for babies this fall, reports CBS News Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.

    A half dozen childhood vaccines still have mercury, but the shots most kids get have little to none, so flu shots this fall are the biggest outstanding issue.

    Does the amount in a flu shot matter? The theory is yes. In genetically susceptible children, even small amounts of mercury can damage the brain and the mercury buildup is cumulative in those children who lack the ability to shed it.

    The flu shot is particularly important because babies will get it twice the first year and then continue getting it once a year thereafter. There are 25 micrograms of mercury in a single flu shot. Compare that to the current safe levels of mercury most kids get in their cumulative vaccinations in 2004 which is something like .4 micrograms all together over several years.

    Nobody makes the claim that all ADD and autism cases are caused by the mercury in vaccines. But many researchers believe it plays a large role in our epidemic of the 1990’s.

    Mice Injected with Mercury Developed Profound Brain Problems

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    But now, a landmark study by Dr. Mady Hornig, from the Mailman School Of Public Health, Columbia University, is adding to the mercury worries, as Attkisson finds out.

    Hornig injected a strain of mice with genetic tissues similar to those found in children with mercury-laden vaccines equivalent to what kids got in the 1990’s. The mice developed profound brain problems.

    So what types of behavior did Hornig see in the mice, and how does that compare with what we call autism? Dr. Hornig answers, “All sorts of strange behaviors that were repetitive in nature, where animals would just keep repeating the same behavior in a very stereotyped fashion.”

    It wasn’t just repetition—the mice withdrew from their surroundings like autistic children. They resisted change and developed brain abnormalities affecting emotion and thinking, also like autistic children.

    Alex’s father, Jim Donnelly, says it only confirms what he’s believed all along: most kids aren’t harmed by mercury in vaccines; they shed it naturally, but some retain it, and it poisons their brains.

    Alex, An Autistic Child, Found to Have Mercury Levels 20X Above EPA Safety Limits

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    Says Donnelly, “When (Alex’s) testing came back, he had mercury levels that were 20 times the EPA safety margin residing in his body. It was unbelievable.”

    Other scientists and the CDC dispute such a link. But if it’s true, hundreds of thousands of American kids could be living with the fallout. And the results could be devastating to vaccine makers and federal health officials who have steadfastly defended the use of mercury, a potent neurotoxin, in childhood vaccines.

    Watch The Video of the Researcher Talking About Mice Injected With Mercury Developing Autistic-Like Behaviors

    You can watch Mady Hornig, MD, the researcher who did the study on mice who were injected with mercury who developed autistic-like behaviors, here.

    Autism in Un-Vaccinated Populations such as the Amish is RARE

    In an article published on April 18, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: The Amish anomaly,” Dan Olmsted, a reporter for United Press International, went to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, USA where there are 22,000 Amish people, who are rarely vaccinated due to religious beliefs, to see how many autistic children he could find.

    (Dan Olmsted currently owns and edits the Age of Autism website, which he describes as the “Daily Web Newspaper of the Autism Epidemic”.)

    Olmsted wrote:

    Where are the autistic Amish?

    Here in Lancaster County, heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, there should be well over 100 with some form of the disorder.

    I have come here to find them, but so far my mission has failed, and the very few I have identified raise some very interesting questions about some widely held views on autism.”

    The mainstream scientific consensus says autism is a complex genetic disorder, one that has been around for millennia at roughly the same prevalence.

    That prevalence is now considered to be 1 in every 166 children born in the United States [as of 2005. However, as of 2014, the prevalence of autism is estimated to be one in 45 or 2.24% ].

    Applying that model to Lancaster County, there ought to be 130 Amish men, women and children here with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Well over 100, in rough terms.”

    Typically, half would harbor milder variants such as Asperger’s Disorder or the catch-all Pervasive Development Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified—PDD-NOS for short. So let’s drop those from our calculation, even though “mild” is a relative term when it comes to autism.
    “That means upwards of 50 Amish people of all ages should be living in Lancaster County with full-syndrome autism, the ‘classic autism’ first described in 1943 by child psychiatrist Leo Kanner at Johns Hopkins University. The full-syndrome disorder is hard to miss, characterized by ‘markedly abnormal or impaired development in social interaction and communication and a markedly restricted repertoire of activities and interests,’ according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,”.

    Why bother looking for them among the Amish? Because they could hold clues to the cause of autism.

    The first half-dozen articles in this ongoing series on the roots and rise of autism examined the initial studies and early accounts of the disorder, first identified by Kanner among 11 U.S. children born starting in 1931.

    Kanner wrote that his 1938 encounter with a child from Mississippi, identified as Donald T., “made me aware of a behavior pattern not known to me or anyone else theretofore.” Kanner literally wrote the book on “Child Psychiatry,” published in 1934.

    If Kanner was correct—if autism was new and increasingly prevalent—something must have happened in the 1930s to trigger those first autistic cases. Genetic disorders do not begin suddenly or increase dramatically in prevalence in a short period of time.

    That is why it is worth looking for autistic Amish—to test reasoning against reality. Largely cut off for hundreds of years from American culture and scientific progress, the Amish might have had less exposure to some new factor triggering autism in the rest of population.

    Surprising, but no one seems to have looked.”

    So far, from sources inside and outside the Amish community, I have identified three Amish residents of Lancaster County who apparently have full-syndrome autism, all of them children.

    A local woman told me there is one classroom with about 30 ‘special-needs’ Amish children. In that classroom, there is one autistic Amish child. Another autistic Amish child does not go to school. The third is that woman’s pre-school-age daughter. If there were more, she said, she would know it.

    No UN-Vaccinnated Amish With Autism Says Amish Woman

    In another article by Dan Olmsted that was published on April 19, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Julia”, Olmsted quoted an Amish woman saying that among Amish families who don’t vaccinate their children, she has never met a family with an autistic child.

    Olmsted wrote:

    Whatever the case, Stacey-jean [Stacey-jean Inion, an Amish-Mennonite woman] thinks the autistic Amish are nowhere to be found.

    It is so much more rare among our people,” she said. “My husband just said last week that so far we’ve never met a family that lives a healthy lifestyle and does not vaccinate their children that has an autistic child. We haven’t come across one yet.”

    Family Doctor in Amish Country Says He Never Saw Autism Among Amish; His Colleagues Agreed That Autism is Very Rare Among the Amish

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on May 10, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Witness,” he says,

    When I called Noonan [Frank Noonan, a family doctor in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania where 22,000 Amish people live] three weeks ago, he seemed surprised by my question about Amish autism but agreed to think about it, check around and tell me what he found.

    At lunch, Noonan said he hesitated to offer an opinion when I first called because it had never occurred to him.

    “But now, he said, he realized something.

    “I have not seen autism with the Amish,” Noonan told me. “And I say that having seen a ton of Amish patients. I may be able to think in all those years of maybe one case of (Amish) autism I’ve had.”

    “I’ve checked with some of my colleagues,” he added, “and they all tell me it’s very, very sporadic that we’ll see a case of autism among the Amish.”

    From 2000 to 2003, Noonan also saw patients at the Wellness Center, which is operated by the Amish and Mennonites. About 90 percent of those patients are Amish, Noonan said, and he saw thousands of them. But still he saw no autism.

    “Absolutely none, in the almost three years I was there. We would have seen it. It’s not something they would hide. They’re not like that.”

    Noonan said he sees “a fair amount of mental retardation among the Amish.” A significant percentage of people with autism have mental retardation as well as severe speech and hearing problems. Wouldn’t they show up on the radar of those who track and treat such issues?

    And wouldn’t autistic Amish see Noonan for the same inevitable illnesses and injuries that bring the rest of their family to him?

    I tried various ways to find gaps in Noonan’s account. Perhaps autistic Amish children were seeing pediatricians or specialists as opposed to family doctors ...

    “The Amish don’t go to specialists like we do,” he responded. “The Amish go to family docs for all their pediatric care. So at least in Lancaster County, where I practice, almost all pediatrics among the Amish is done by family docs.”

    “You’ll find all the other stuff, but we don’t find the autism,” Noonan said. “We’re right in the heart of Amish country and seeing none. And that’s just the way it is.”

    In my last column, I said this interview was a tipping point between absence-of-evidence (not finding many autistic Amish) and evidence-of-absence (finding there might not be many).

    The case is still open, but does anyone disagree that Dr. Noonan makes a compelling witness?

    Book ‘Evidence of Harm’ Provides Evidence That Mercury-Containing Vaccines Cause Autism

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on May 17, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: Mercury ascending,” he says,

    ... the new 441-page book by David Kirby called “Evidence of Harm,” a compelling portrayal of parents and scientists who have pushed the vaccines-autism theory. They contend that a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal, in an increasing number of vaccinations, triggered an autism epidemic in the 1990s.

    Thimerosal was phased out of U.S. childhood vaccines beginning in 1999.

    One memorable vignette in Kirby’s book is a meeting between several of those advocates and Dr. Julie Gerberding, who had been director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention less than two years.

    Last May 12, a week before the IOM report, Gerberding flew in from Atlanta to meet them—at her request—in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Rep. Dave Weldon, R-Fla., a medical doctor who is a persistent critic of thimerosal and the CDC’s handling of the issue, also was present.

    Taking turns, the parents and scientists methodically laid out their case.

    Susceptible Mice Develop Autistic-Like Behaviors After Being Injected With Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines

    Olmsted continues by saying:

    Mady Hornig of Columbia University described how mice with an autoimmune genetic predisposition develop autistic-like behaviors after being injected with thimerosal-containing vaccines.

    “Hornig played the videos for Gerberding, who suddenly appeared stunned,” Kirby recounts in his book. “She brought her hands to her face in disbelief.

    “Dave Weldon had a similar reaction. He stopped Hornig in the middle of her ghastly presentation. ‘Wait a minute,’ he said. ‘Am I to understand you correctly? You injected these mice with the same amount of mercury, relatively speaking, that infants receive in vaccines, and you saw these kinds of mutilatory behaviors? You saw this mouse eat through the cranium of his cellmate?

    ‘Yes,’ she replied calmly.”

    The Institute of Medicine saw the same presentation before issuing its report but rejected it as unconvincing.

    You can watch the video of Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News talking about the number of Swine Flu cases having been dramatically overestimated by the CDC here.

    Note in the video that when the CDC realized that the were completely and totally wrong about the Swine Flu epidemic, rather than admitting that they were wrong, they simply told states to stop counting the number of cases of Swine Flu and claimed the reason for this was that they had already established that there was an epidemic of Swine Flu cases and so there was no longer a reason to count them!

    Imagine that.

    It was just another big fat lie from the CDC.

    Why should I believe anything that the CDC says about vaccines at this point?

    I don’t.

    I don’t believe anything that the CDC says about vaccines.

    They have proven to be completely unreliable and cannot be trusted.

    First Child Diagnosed with Autism Born in 1933, the Same Year Thimerosal was First Used in a Vaccine

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on May 20, 2005 titled The Age of Autism: Mercury and the Amish, he continued with the story saying,

    The cases of autism among the Amish that I’ve identified over the past several weeks appear to have at least one link—a link made of mercury.

    That’s not something I expected to encounter. I had been looking for an unvaccinated population to test the controversial idea that vaccines, and in particular the mercury-based preservative called thimerosal, could be behind the apparent rise in autism cases over the past decade.

    The concept: If the Amish have little or no autism, it might point a finger at something to which they have not been exposed.

    Most of the medical establishment, it must be stated upfront, considers the idea that thimerosal could have played a role in the rise of autism disproven and dangerous.

    As noted in the last column, however, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says she has “an open mind” about that possibility.

    So do I, having come across correlations that made me want to look more closely at thimerosal.

    For instance, the first child diagnosed with autism in the United States was born in 1931, the same year thimerosal was first used in a vaccine.

    [Correction: The first child diagnosed with autism was born in 1933 rather than 1931.]

    And autism diagnoses exploded in the 1990s, the same decade children got an increasing number of thimerosal-containing vaccines (it was phased out starting in 1999). Tantalizing, but proof of nothing.

    So I turned to the 22,000 Amish in Lancaster County, Pa. I didn’t expect to find many, if any, vaccinated Amish: they have a religious exemption from the otherwise mandatory U.S. vaccination schedule.

    When German measles broke out among Amish in Pennsylvania in 1991, the CDC reported that just one of 51 pregnant women they studied had ever been vaccinated against it.

    To cut to the chase, what I’ve found to date is very little evidence of autism among the Amish in Lancaster County, far below the 1 in 166 rate of Autism Spectrum Disorders the CDC cites for children born in the United States today.

    I don’t discount the idea that they might be more difficult to find or diagnose, and I’m still looking.

    3 or 4 Autistic Amish Children Found;
    2 Had Been Vaccinated

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    I did find three or possibly four children with autism and, weirdly, a possible link to vaccinations.

    One was a child adopted from China, where she got all her vaccinations before being vaccinated all over again when she got to the states.

    Her Amish-Mennonite mother said she believes that vaccine load caused her autism.

    The mother told me about another child who had what she described as an immediate vaccine reaction that left her autistic at age 15 months.

    That mother said a minority of younger Amish have begun getting their children vaccinated, though a local doctor who has treated thousands of Amish said the rate is still less than 1 percent.

    6 Amish Children with Autism Found Who had Not Been Vaccinated; But 4 of the 6 had Elevated Mercury Levels

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    The pattern I was noticing then took an interesting twist. From a doctor’s posting on an alternative health Web site, I learned about several cases of autism among Amish children who had not, in fact, been vaccinated.

    I called that doctor, Lawrence Leichtman, at his office in Virginia Beach, Va. A pediatrician and geneticist who has been widely published in medical journals, he told me he was treating six unvaccinated Amish children and adolescents—three from Pennsylvania, including one from Lancaster County; two from Ohio, and one from Texas.

    That seemed to render any relationship between autism and mercury exposure in the Amish less likely. But, not after what Leichtman said next.

    “By the way,” he volunteered, “four of these six kids all have elevated mercury. The only two that don’t, one of them is from Texas and one is from Iowa. But all of the people in Pennsylvania and one of the people in Iowa have elevated mercury.”

    Given what I had already come across in Lancaster County, I wanted to hear more about that.

    Were the mercury levels significantly higher? I asked. ‘Oh yes,’ he responded.

    What did he think was going on?

    “The people in Pennsylvania, I’ve actually tracked back on them,” Leichtman said. “There’s definitely a plume from one of the coal-fired power plants [which release mercury into the environment] that just goes right over them. And the one in Iowa, it’s a little less obvious because actually he’s in the Amana Colonies, but I have seen reports of the area around Amana having elevated levels of mercury in the environment.”

    Mercury is a Byproduct of Coal Combustion

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    As it happens, the Pittsburgh Post reported last week that Pennsylvania has four of the nation’s 10 “dirtiest power plants.

    Mercury is a byproduct of coal combustion.

    Leichtman also believes that northern states “get most of the prevailing wind that comes across the Pacific. You get that trans-Pacific flow which is all Chinese mercury. We’re getting a load of Chinese mercury, as far as I can tell.”

    The Two People Olmsted Talked To Who Knew Anything About Autism Among the Amish Brought Up Mercury Exposure

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    Leichtman’s comments meant that the two people I talked to, who knew anything about autism among the Amish, independently brought up mercury exposure—in vaccines and in the environment—as the cause of most of the cases.

    Autism Among the Amish Has NEVER Been Studied

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    “That’s a link others have made, although not to the Amish, whose autism prevalence has apparently never been studied:

    • “We believe that thimerosal and environmental mercury—which are worldwide pollutants—are behind the surge” in autism in the 1990s, wrote Sallie Bernard in 2002. She is a founder of the group Safe Minds, which wants mercury out of all medical products. Bernard co-authored a controversial 1999 study about thimerosal, “Autism: A novel form of mercury poisoning.”

    • “In the end it is mercury in the brain that causes such problems, and that mercury can come from several sources,” said Boyd Haley, chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky and another maverick on thimerosal. “Therefore, a logical approach is to think that all mercury exposures are additive, even if some may be more causative than others.”

    Haley cited a recent Texas study, first reported by United Press International in March, that found an association between autism rates and exposure to industrial mercury emissions in Texas counties.

    One county with high autism but low exposure to mercury emissions turned out on closer inspection to be the site of a huge abandoned mercury mine, the researchers found.

    Leichtman believes the damage to children is being done by environmental mercury, not the mercury in vaccines (my own research makes me think that if it’s either, it’s both). He said he can detect elevated mercury levels in about half his 500 autism patients.

    “Environmental mercury is horrible,” he said, “and I think that’s where it’s coming from. To me, people with autism are the canaries in the coal mine. A lot of them are reflecting the damage from all of that.”

    Leichtman, like a number of other doctors, is trying to flush mercury out of autistic children through a process called chelation (key-LAY-shun).

    Chelation as a treatment for autism is unproven and controversial (what about autism is not unproven and controversial?), and it carries a risk of serious side effects. Chelation has been used for 40 years in cases of heavy metal toxicity, including lead poisoning.

    But does it help children with autism?

    “The people in Pennsylvania wouldn’t take chelation,” Leichtman said, and noted the Amish aversion to medical procedures and drugs. “One in Iowa did. He certainly did better.”

    Note: There is a better way to get mercury out of the body than chelation. See the bottom of Part 3 of this article.

    Only One (1) in 15,000 Amish Have Autism (Compare to 333 per 15,000—1 in 45—in the US Population as of 2015)

    In another article written by Dan Olmsted published on June 8, 2005 titled “The Age of Autism: One in 15,000 Amish,” he says,

    The autism rate for U.S. children is 1 in 166, according to the federal government. The autism rate for the Amish around Middlefield, Ohio, is 1 in 15,000, according to Dr. Heng Wang.

    [Note: As of 2015, the rate of autism in the US is 1 in 45 which is 333 per 15,000.]

    He means that literally: Of 15,000 Amish who live near Middlefield, Wang is aware of just one who has autism. If that figure is anywhere near correct, the autism rate in that community is astonishingly low.

    Wang is the medical director, and a physician and researcher, at the DDC Clinic for Special Needs Children, created three years ago to treat the Amish in northeastern Ohio.

    The One Case of Autism that Dr. Wang is Aware of is of a 12-year-old Boy Who Was Vaccinated

    Olmsted continues by saying,

    “I take care of all the children with special needs,” he said, putting him in a unique position to observe autism.

    The one case Wang has identified is a 12-year-old boy.

    Wang said the Amish boy’s autism is of “unknown etiology,” meaning the cause is undetermined. In response to a question, he checked the medical chart and said the boy had received routine childhood immunizations.

    This article continues in Part 2.


    Hooker BS. Measles-mumps-rubella vaccination timing and autism among young African American boys: a reanalysis of CDC data. Transl Neurodegener, 2014; 3: 16.

    The paper is posted here.

    Author’s Contact Info

    Brian S. Hooker, PhD
    Simpson University
    2211 College View Dr
    Redding, CA 96003
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    Statement of William W. Thompson, Ph.D., Regarding the 2004 Article Examining the Possibility of a Relationship Between MMR Vaccine and Autism. August 27, 2014. http://morganverkamp.com/statement-of-william-w-thompson-ph-d-regarding-the-2004-article-examining-the-possibility-of-a-relationship-between-mmr-vaccine-and-autism/


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