Government Concludes Vaccines Caused Autism

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

This announcement was made on my daughters’ first Leap Year birthday, she is four years old but we were very excited to celebrate her first ‘real’ birthday this year with all of her preschool friends.  My daughter is not vaccinated.  Neither is my son.  Plenty of you here at Docudharma know this, from another diary on the subject I wrote not too long ago.

From Medical News Today

It was announced that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program ruled in favor of a child who regressed into autism as a result of vaccinations, several of which contained the mercury-based preservative thimerosal.

This is indeed a major decision…

The National Autism Association (NAA) sees the ruling as confirmation of what so many parents have been saying for years. “This case echoes the stories of thousands of children across the country. With almost 5,000 similar cases pending in vaccine court, we are confident that this is just the first of many that will confirm what we have believed for so long, vaccines can and do cause children to regress into autism,” says Wendy Fournier, parent and president of NAA. “We call on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to acknowledge that the current vaccine schedule is not safe for every child and as with the administration of any medicine, individual risks and susceptibilities must be considered for each patient.”

David Kirby, author of “Evidence of Harm,Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy” was interviewed yesterday by Don Imus, here is that interview…(total time appox. 15 min.)

Part One

Part Two

OK, I don’t know what’s up the ‘oh-so PINK’ boarders, I’m more of a purple person but YouTube seems to be undergoing some maintenance right now….


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    • KrisC on March 6, 2008 at 6:26 am

    Hannah's First Birthday


  1. She’s adorable! & extra special to be a leap year baby.    

    Kudos to you Kris. This is an important story.

  2. that this is the exact opposite story coming out of every talking head on the corporate airwaves.

    Happy Birthday Hannah!

  3. Will it get any ( MSN) press at all, I wonder?

    Really…this is heartbreaking.

    So many parents have felt this to be true, for so long…and children continued to be given these compounds…

    Thank you so much for this information.

    I will be following the story.

  4. What about all the fully vaccinated children who did not develop autism?

    I’m very sorry that beautiful Hannah has it, but I’ll wait for a consensus from medical science before I’m convinced.

  5. Here’s from a scientist’s review of the journalism:

    To make a long story short, the child was diagnosed with an “encephalopathy progressed to persistent loss of previously acquired language, eye contact, and relatedness.” Ultimately, a metabolic disorder, specifically a mitochondrial disorder was suspected, and ultimately confirmed through genetic testing, which showed “a mitochondrial DNA (“mtDNA”) point mutation analysis revealed a single nucleotide change in the 16S ribosomal RNA gene (T2387C).” As part of her course, the child also developed a seizure disorder.

    Ultimately, the government concession read:

       In sum, DVIC has concluded that the facts of this case meet the statutory criteria for demonstrating that the vaccinations CHILD received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder, which predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism, and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of autism spectrum disorder. Therefore, respondent recommends that compensation be awarded to petitioners in accordance with 42 U.S.C. § 300aa-11(c)(1)(C)(ii).

    In other words, Kirby’s wrong when he implies that the government conceded that vaccines cause autism, and the ever-excitable Kent Heckenlively is totally wrong when he out and out says it. All the government conceded was that it is more likely than not (remember the “50% and a feather” rule) that vaccines aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder (almost certainly genetic) that manifested itself as a regressive encephalopathy that had features of ASD. Also remember the purpose of the VICP. It is not to determine whether or not vaccines cause autism; it is to compensate families whose children were injured by vaccines, regardless of what the specific injury is.

    Much more here, especially if you follow the links. And this essay specifically discusses the current near-absence of thimerosol (the mercury compound) in childrens vaccines, and the concomitant rise of autism diagnoses.  If mercury toxicity is in any way related to autism or autism-like conditions (and there’s no evidence for that), it’s coming from some other source.

    Here’s a recent report of a study looking at whether there’s some connection between a maternal immune system and autism — that is, whether there’s some sort of pre-natal cause. My private theory is that the rise in autism is somewhat connected to a rise in environmental pollutants, possibly in previous generations — but it’d be hard to collect that evidence.  

    But the article that set you off is a case of bad science journalism. I’m sorry to see this on the front page.

  6. ditto for the typical jury;  consider the Scopes trial for a well known example.

    There’s considerable controversy over this, one of the main sources of studies supporting the connect, the research of Mark Geier, is considered flawed with Geier doing things worthy of global warming denies – not presenting data and methods, misuse and misrepresentation of statistics, and other questionable actions.

    There are a number of non-US studies that do not support the connection:


    I find it bemusing to hear so many on the Left echoing conservative rants on topics such as this one and fluoridation, rants that in some cases I’v read in 3 or 4 decades old John Birch publications.

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