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Evidence of Harm: Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: A Medical Controversy by David Kirby

In the 1990s reported autism cases among American children began spiking, from about 1 in 10,000 in 1987 to a shocking 1 in 166 today. This trend coincided with the addition of several new shots to the nations already crowded vaccination schedule, grouped together and given soon after birth or in the early months of infancy. Most of these shots contained a little-known preservative called thimerosal, which includes a quantity of the toxin mercury.

Evidence of Harm explores the heated controversy over what many parents, physicians, public officials, and educators have called an epidemic of afflicted children. Following several families, David Kirby traces their struggle to understand how and why their once-healthy kids rapidly descended into silence or disturbed behavior, often accompanied by severe physical illness. Alarmed by the levels of mercury in the vaccine schedule, these families sought answers from their doctors, from science, from pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines, and finally from the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration-to no avail. But as they dug deeper, the families also found powerful allies in Congress and in the small community of physicians and researchers who believe that the rise of autism and other disorders is linked to toxic levels of mercury that accumulate in the systems of some children.

An important and troubling book, Evidence of Harm reveals both the public and unsung obstacles faced by desperate families who have been opposed by the combined power of the federal government, health agencies, and pharmaceutical giants. From closed meetings of the FDA, CDC, and drug companies, to the mysterious rider inserted into the 2002 Homeland Security Bill that would bar thimerosal litigation, to open hearings held by Congress, this book shows a medical establishment determined to deny evidence of harm that might be connected with thimerosal and mercury in vaccines. In the end, as research is beginning to demonstrate, the questions raised by these families have significant implications for all children, and for those entrusted to oversee our national health.
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The Autism - Vaccine Link Pt. 2 - The Ring Of Fire

Evidence of Harm. Mercury in Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: Medical Controversy

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In the s reported autism cases among American children began spiking, from about 1 in 10, in to a shocking 1 in today. This trend coincided with the addition of several new shots to the nation's already crowded vaccination schedule, grouped together and given soon after birth or in the early months of infancy. Most of these shots contained a little-known preservative called thimerosal, which includes a quantity of the toxin mercury. Evidence of Harm explores the heated controversy over what many parents, physicians, public officials, and educators have called an "epidemic" of afflicted children. Following several families, David Kirby traces their struggle to understand how and why their once-healthy kids rapidly descended into silence or disturbed behavior, often accompanied by severe physical illness. Alarmed by the levels of mercury in the vaccine schedule, these families sought answers from their doctors, from science, from pharmaceutical companies that manufacture vaccines, and finally from the Center for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration-to no avail. But as they dug deeper, the families also found powerful allies in Congress and in the small community of physicians and researchers who believe that the rise of autism and other disorders is linked to toxic levels of mercury that accumulate in the systems of some children.

David Kirby concerning “Evidence of Harm”. How I came to be involved in “ Evidence of Harm”. I was doing some research for freelance.
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The Autism - Vaccine Link Pt. 1 - The Ring Of Fire

Kirby has written for many national magazines, including Glamour , Redbook , Self and Mademoiselle. From to , Kirby was a foreign correspondent for UPI , and Newsday among others in Latin America , covering wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua , and he covered politics, corruption and natural disasters in Mexico. It was during this time that he was also a reporter for OutWeek. In , Kirby wrote a cover story for The Advocate , "Does coming out matter? Evidence of Harm explores the controversies surrounding thimerosal containing vaccines TCVs , and whether TCVs have contributed to the apparent increase of autism , ADHD , speech delay and other childhood disorders in the United States.

W hen Andrew Wakefield, the former Royal Free Hospital researcher who launched the scare about a link between the measles, mumps, and rubella MMR vaccine and autism in Britain, claimed that he had learnt everything he knew about autism from parents, this sounded merely disingenuous. In David Kirby's case, unfortunately, it appears to be true: he seems to take at face value every claim made by campaigning parents in the United States who believe that vaccines containing the mercury based preservative thiomersal caused their children to become autistic. But parents may not be reliable guides. In response to the numerous epidemiological studies in different countries that have failed to confirm any link between vaccines and autism, Kirby reports the increasingly forlorn attempts of campaigners to discredit these studies and their authors. Disillusioned with epidemiology, campaigners have turned to biochemistry; and Kirby follows them into the laboratories of a handful of researchers, some funded by parent led campaigns, who claim to have shown evidence of a link between vaccines and autism. This evidence was systematically examined—and rejected—by the authoritative US Institute of Medicine last year.

By David Kirby. Martin's Press. Back in November , when the journalist David Kirby started researching "Evidence of Harm," he couldn't have known how good his timing would be. His book on the contentious issue of whether mercury in vaccines led to an autism epidemic is appearing in the midst of what must be called an autism boom. In the past few months, this unexplained brain disorder -- which skews language and social skills, and can unloose fierce obsessions -- has hit a media trifecta.

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