CDC Forced to Release Documents Showing Knowledge That Vaccines Cause Autism

CDC Forced to Release Documents Showing Knowledge That Vaccines Cause Autism

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For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). After submitting more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (commonly referred to as FOIA) requests, Dr. Hooker has received abundant evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, that is still utilized flu shots that are administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

What is Thimerosal?
is a mercury-containing compound. It has been widely used as a preservative since the 1930’s in biological and drug products, as well as vaccines, to aide in preventing potentially life threatening contamination with microbes that may be harmful.

Thimerosal is a known human carcinogen, mutagen, teratogen and immune-system disruptor at levels below 1 part-per-million, and a compound to which some humans can have an anaphylactic shock reaction. It is also a recognized reproductive and fetal toxin with no established toxicologically safe level of exposure for humans.

In November, 1997, Congress passed the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA), requiring a comprehensive study of the use of thimerosal in childhood vaccines.

Public-health officials announced in July 1999 that thimerosal would be phased out of vaccines. The FDA, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and CDC maintained that the measure was a precautionary measure. It was requested that all vaccine manufacturers eliminate mercury use in vaccines. The requests had been and were denied by vaccine manufacturers and continued each thereafter. Per the FDA, they do not require publishing on the label ingredients that comprise less than 1% of a product to be revealed on the label, giving corporations the opportunity to use thimerosal in even more products without notice to the consumer.

Dr. Hooker Discloses Hidden CDC Documents Showing Thimerosal In Vaccines Increase Neurologic Disorders

Dr. Hooker, a PhD research scientist, has worked with two members of Congress to construct a letter to the CDC which recently resulted obtaining data from the CDC. This data allowed Dr. Hooker the insight to over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which had been analyzed by a CDC epidemiologist, Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”

Risk of Autism Elevated

When Dr. Verstraeten’s study results were initially reported outside the CDC in 2005, no evidence existed that anyone other than Dr. Verstraeten at the CDC had knowledge of the incredibly high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism through exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. It is now clear that evidence exists. A recently acquired abstract titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” (1999) required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which happens to be 50% mercury by weight, was utilized in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.

The CDC maintains the position that there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” which is contrary from the data in their own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database that shows a significantly high risk. A number of various public records support this, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s inability to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks have been exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect…” Furthermore, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Scientific Studies Reveal Toxic Effects of Thimerosal No Longer Disputed

Thimerosal-Derived Ethylmercury in vaccines is now thoroughly recognized as a mitochondrial toxin in human brain cells.

There are many scientific inquiries and studies regarding the adverse effects of thimerosal, including immune system irregularities and gastrointestinal abnormalities.

Thimerosal, is metabolized (converted) into the toxic and “harmful” methylmercury. The harmful methylmercury is then metabolized (converted) into the most damaging, long-term-toxic, “inorganic” mercury that is maintained in bodily tissue.

“Inorganic” mercury is the end product of mercury metabolism. Methylmercury subject groups confirm that the metabolic pathway for mercury in the human and animal body consists in the reduction/conversion of the harmful methylmercury into a more harmful “inorganic” mercury which is tissue-bound, and long-term-toxic. Hence, both the originating substance (methylmercury) and its conversion/reduction, inorganic mercury are found.

Based on Dr. Paul King’s published conclusions, the metabolic pathway for organic mercury involves the conversion of Ethylmercury (Thimerosal) into “methylmercury” and then the further reduction of “methylmercury” into inorganic mercury.

Congress Needs to Act

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource – children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years’ experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines. Dr. Hooker’s research is sponsored by the Focus Autism Foundation.

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