Thursday, February 08, 2007

It's enough to make you sick

Remember a couple of years back, a provision protecting Eli Lilly from potential damages in a class action suit resulting from its manufacture of thirmesol (a vaccine preservative) was mysteriously inserted in the 2002 Eli Lilly (Homeland) Security Bill?

Did you hear today that the autism rate in the U.S. is now 1 in 150? Do you know the connection?

The National Autism Agency reports that there is a causal link between mercury (in thirmesol) exposure and autism, and that because the HHS wasn't aggressive enough in removing thirmesol, children are exposed to more thimerosal today than ever before.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr wrote in Salon in 2005 that in a June 2000 meeting of every major vaccine manufacturer, the CDC and FDA , evidence showed that "since 1991, when the CDC and the FDA had recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants -- in one case, within hours of birth -- the estimated number of cases of autism had increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children."

Someone in the family values party slipped this lovely provision into a national security bill, and we never found out who that was. Though Dick Armey took responsibility for writing the provision, no one took responsibility for including it in the bill. White House budget director Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., a former Lilly executive, has denied any part. So has Bill Frist, the original author of the bill.

Anyone out there know how to get Henry Waxman's attention!


At 9:24 PM, Blogger Paddy said...

Yeah, and that director of OMB is now my governor. Wonder what kind of hell he has in store for Hoosier kids?

Not just R's though Mike- Bayh & his wife are ass deep in Lilly also.

At 9:50 PM, Blogger GottaLaff said...

This really makes me sick. It's needless and utterly inhumane.

There really ought to be some way of preventing little gems like this from slipping into bills.

Mike, thanks for posting about this. News like this can't possibly compete with the Diapernaut or Anna Nicole's death.

I mean, this is about the health of our children, so obviously it takes a back seat to big, important stories.

At 10:08 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

Yes. Cliff.... some of us know.

Thanks for putting the word out.

It's good to see you being a good father. REALLY.

At 10:09 PM, Blogger Fernando said...

Damn. I mean Mike.... does Cliff know about this?

This subject is a given for modern parents.

At 10:53 PM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

This is the kind of crap that scares me as a parent. Our own government would allow us to be sickened to protect campaign contributions.

Yeah, we don't need public financing.

At 12:42 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Wow...thanks for this post, Mike. My son is 16 and is on the autism spectrum. There were times when I suspected that vaccines had something to do with it, but it was just a gut feeling.

At 2:35 AM, Blogger Kewalo said...

Whenever I think that anyone would dream of putting mercury into a child I shudder. Years ago (like 40 or so) Japan had a dreadful environmental spill of mercury. Life magazine did a spread on it and I've never been able to get a picture of a mother and daughter out of my mind. I recently went looking for it and found it.

I can't believe that anyone could be so stupid.

At 6:38 AM, Blogger Mike O'Leary said...

everyone, thanks for your feedback. Not only is it sickening our kids here, but also millions overseas, usually those without the means to do anything about it.

You have a point, Paddy. There are Dems beholden to Lilly. But, I have to believe it was a Republican who slipped this into the security bill, and it was Reps who were in charge and never did anything about it. At least a couple of Dems tried.

Cliff makes an excellent point (surprise). Wouldn't the public be better off financing campaigns than having to deal with consequences like these....

and kewalo, that photo was nightmarish!

At 10:09 AM, Blogger dbt said...

'm not a big fan of mercury or thimoseral, but keep in mind that the only study to show a link has been shown to have been a complete fabrication.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger dbt said...

Please also consider the evidence here as well.

At 10:47 AM, Blogger sue said...

Evidence -- unfortunately, the studies will always favor those who fund them. Any comparisons of autism rates among those who aren't vaccinated compared with those who are? I didn't think so.

Medical science does a lot of good, but without evaluation that isn't tainted by industry we'll never get a true picture of its weaknesses.

At 11:12 AM, Blogger addy said...

Not to help raise this discussion to shitstorm level or anything but dbt's links should be read. There is not solid evidence to assume that vaccinations are causing this problem. As an aunt with an autistic nephew I would like to know what caused his problem, but jumping to conclusions is not sound nor helpful. Read the links.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Cliff Schecter said...

Still, look at all the available evidence and tell me you trust the Bush Administration or Republicans in general on this?

Because condoms don't prevent disease and global warming is a myth. And the Earth is 5,000 years old.

I am not saying that you may be right or wrong. Just that I don't trust a word that comes out of the mouths of our current Bush dominated government.

At 11:35 AM, Blogger addy said...

Oh, you won't get an argument from me there, and the Lily issue does concern. However, as to the issue as to what causes these cases of autism, there are strong reasons to doubt the vaccination cause. Again, read the links. They are to a site that has done more than it's share to debunk ID nonsense and promote rational discussion of what are important science issue to many of us lefties.

At 11:56 AM, Blogger Robert P said...

I hope you'll jump on board when the Fully Funding the IDEA Act comes up for discussion this year. I've gotten two NC Democrats to agree to cosponsor it, which makes pretty much all of them on board.

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Kimmitt said...

Sad truth is, the fact that Publicans are moving to protect Eli Lilly gives more credence to the otherwise unsupported link between vaccines and autism.

At 2:11 PM, Blogger Mike O'Leary said...

If Lilly is innocent in all this, then why the needed protection? is it for fear of bad publicity (which they're getting anyway)?

I'm not a big believer in conspiracy theories, but

it was a very strange confluence of events that produced that provision and now for the pharmaceuticals to be doing away with thimoseral.....

At 2:21 PM, Blogger addy said...

Sad truth is, the fact that Publicans are moving to protect Eli Lilly gives more credence to the otherwise unsupported link between vaccines and autism.

Sure our gut feeling would tell us that. But we have to separate out what seems to be a natural match and what is really scientifically viable. Again, not trying to stir the pot, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Mike O'Leary said...

a cigar.........hmmmm.........yes, yes....the news broke at the tail end of the Clinton administration. Clinton, cigars - I knew Lewinsky was involved!

At 4:40 PM, Blogger Len D'Amico said...


I am a Republican and the father of a ten year old autistic boy. Why is the title of your post "Republicans Like Autism" and "Yeah, they really do"?

At 5:41 PM, Blogger addy said...

a cigar.........hmmmm.........yes, yes....the news broke at the tail end of the Clinton administration. Clinton, cigars - I knew Lewinsky was involved!

I'll see your Clinton cabal theory and raise it to Roswell Alien autopsy. You can't tell me they didn't let loose some serious bugs in the air!

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Jason said...

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At 12:22 AM, Blogger Jason said...

Thanks so much for reporting this. I've known about this for years, now. For most of the early years of this knowledge coming to light, the gov refused to acknowledge any link between mercury and autism whatsoever. Little by little, the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, and it looks like this is clearly what is causing it.

This link is one of the more interesting pieces of evidence:

Not only do the Amish not have any sort of elevated level of autism to speak of, but when they do, it is in the presence of environmentally elevated levels of mercury.

The same holds true for other communities that as a whole do not get vaccinations for their young children. The various groups of the Rainbow Family, and other groups or people that either purposefully, or incidentally do not vaccinate young children are not showing these dramatic increases in autism.

This extraordinary piece of evidence, in my mind, is the smoking gun. Why are communities that do not, as a religious choice, economic necessity, or that simply pay such things no heed, not showing such increases in autism, while the communities that pump their little babies full of cocktails of diseases before their immune system is fully developed? Couple that with the huge wave of parents who exclusively bottle feed their children with (nutritionally insufficient) formula rather than the immune-system-building breast feeding (or the weaning of babies long before the recommended 1-year minimum span of breast feeding), and you can see another catalyst for disaster that exacerbates the situation.

This is an important issue that needs to be discussed, and brought to the fore of the public's mind.

At 12:24 AM, Blogger BensDad said...

I think it's a lousy idea to write immunity for big companies into bills, but aside from the dsigusting practice of big companies getting whatever they want in congress, there is nothing to be upset with here.

Contrary to your post, there is no thimerosal in routine childhood vaccines since 2001 (table 1 in the link you provided). Despite that, Autism rates have continued to rise. Furthermore, several large, well designed studies have shown no link between thimerosal and autism.

The Geiers, who are cited in that link as well, are dishonest quacks of the worst kind.


At 12:30 AM, Blogger BensDad said...

oops. Links didn't seem to work. here they are split on two lines, join them both to get the full address.

At 3:12 PM, Blogger concerned heart said...

Sorry to say that an important factor in autism risk in non-familial cases is the age of the father at the child's conception.
Advancing average paternal age has skyrocked since 1980. One can decide to stop fathering babies before 35 and to encourage young men in their 20s to bank their sperm.


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