Originally Posted by littlest birds
I rarely think in terms of conspiracy, but I wouldn't be all that surprised if some studies had already been done of the data and the patterns reflected badly on vaccination.
Ok, I will throw some "conspiracy" stuff out there... I'm not going to defend it. You guys can take it or leave it. Honestly, you can look at this whole thing and aftermath and it will further whichever position you already hold I believe.
Vaccine Safety Datalink is a project collecting data on millions of people and thousands of children since 1990.
After EPA expressed concerns over ethylmercury exceeding methyl guidelines, and other issues with mercury in pharmaceuticals, they used this data to look at ethylmercury exposure. It was presented at conference in Simpsonwood, GA and yes, it is what Kennedy wrote about, but his article had many problems, including asserting that rota vax had mercury, which is simply not true.
meeting was held to discuss a study done by Dr. Thomas Verstraeten and his co-workers using Vaccine Safety Datalink data as a project collaboration between the CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP) and four HMOs. The study examined the records of 110,000 children.
Although this conference is apparently concerned with the effects of mercury in the form of thimerosal on infant brain development, participants seemed to have limited knowledge about mercury. None of the well known experts were invited, such as Dr. Ascher from Bowman Grey School of Medicine or Dr. Boyd Haley, who has done extensive work on the toxic effects of low concentrations on the CNS.
The conference followed a study that showed that mercury in vaccines may have caused neurodevelopment problems.
This link has important quotes/summary of the transcript:
The whole transcript is very long, and only made available because of freedom of information act: http://www.safeminds.org/government-affairs/foia/Simpsonwood_Transcript.pdf
Their first analysis (and from all indications the most accurate of their efforts) obtained by SafeMinds under the Freedom of Information Act must have been, as documented in the Simpsonwood transcript, terribly disturbing to them. It showed a 2.48% increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders in children who had received the mercury laced vaccines (see graph 3 at the top of page 15 of the above report).
Please go look at graph 3 http://www.safeminds.org/government-affairs/foia/ThimerosalVSDstudy001.pdf it is concerning Thimerosal exposure and autism.
As far as I understand it, data was lost, presentation from this meeting unavailable, further study could not repeat results, and head researcher went to work for vax company. Thomas Verstreaten -
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/112/5/1039.full, and in regards to this:
"written by the Centers for Disease Control, the federal agency in charge of the vaccine program. The lead author, Thomas Verstraeten, left to take a job with Glaxo SmithKline — a vaccine manufacturer — after the study was written and before it was published. The U.S. Congress later cited this as an ethical violation."
Also, as far as I understand from reading the transcript, the thimerosal/neuro associations also held true when applied to antigens or aluminum, as those things coincided with the thimerosal levels of those vaccines, so no, it is not as simple as we have taken out thimerosal, and also this info stresses the age/development of children receiving thimerosal, which now, many babies are in utero via flu vax.
Anyway, I'm not going to defend these things. You can read them or not. All these sites are biased. The original transcript is unaltered pdf.
You can also argue this is all bs as the findings were not repeated.
Someone mentioned tics earlier, as far as I recall, the positive association between tics and speech disorders and thimerosal exposure was very significant according to Verstraeten at the Simpsonwood Conference.
I really hesitate to put these things here, but you can take it or leave it.
The one thing I took from it mostly, was a bunch of experts pretty much sitting around and admitting "we" know VERY little about true safety of adjuvants.
VSD is collecting tons of data, and it includes partially/delayed/unvaxed kids. These were the results from the first go of looking at thimerosal exposure.
ETA: Here is a searchable Simpsonwood Transcript: http://pt.scribd.com/doc/2887572/Simpsonwood-Transcript20Searchable
Edited by slmommy - 4/27/12 at 8:29am