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. Redwood and several others, including Sallie Bernard, Heidi Rogers, and Scott and Laura Bono, found an organization to study the connection between mercury poisoning and autism: SafeMinds. I feel armed with a lot of new knowledge! 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. Cumulative thimerosal exposure by age 2 years was calculated for the 1987-1998 birth cohorts. Most of these shots contained the preservative thimerosal, which includes a quantity of the toxin mercury. Why is it that the best minds in American has made no progress in finding the cause of, and a cure for, autism? There are an increasing amount of intelligent people: scientists, researchers, doctors, parents, who think vaccination safety should be addressed more fully and I agree.
He discussed the link between autism and the accumulation of mercury in the brain. Indeed, this is the very same database in which David Kirby predicted that there should be a noticeable decrease in new diagnoses of autism if the thimerosal hypothesis is true and then later when it became apparent that there has been no decrease. The poignant personal accounts of the families of autistic children are heart-wrenching. One was that it resulted in a temporary shortage of childhood vaccines. Our little baby will definitely be following a late, drawn out schedule for vaccines and not receiving six or more at one time. Regarding the question of vaccines and autism, for ethical reasons we cannot do a double-blind, randomized, control trial of vaccines with and without thimerosal.
The poignant personal accounts of the families of autistic children are heart-wrenching. In July 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U. They made quite a splash then, and still do to a lesser extent even today. Mercury poisoning causes ataxia and dysarthria, visual field disturbances, and peripheral neuropathy. But the clinical features of these conditions are quite distinct.
I've always considered myself pro-vaccine. Pervasive Developmental Disorders in Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Prevalence and Links With Immunizations. But, I had to delve deeper than the sporadic articles I've read on the safety of vaccines, so I made myself open this book. While telling the story from the parents' point of view, he meticulously presents both sides of the vaccine debate. 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.
The author traces the struggle of several families to understand how and why their once-healthy kids rapidly descended into silence or disturbed behavior, often accompanied by severe physical illness. If the syndrome has become epidemic, is some environmental factor partly to blame? Some people will find the chemistry terms too technical, but just skim over those parts and the overlying story will carry you away. 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. Indeed, showing the skill of some bloggers to analyze the same data, the money figure in the paper Figure 3 looks almost exactly the same as the , a continually increasing curve since 1995. I couldn't imagine myself enjoying anything so sciency. In fact many have been changed or discontinued because they were in fact not safe. 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.
Mercury poisoning causes ataxia and dysarthria, visual field disturbances, and peripheral neuropathy. All are of unproven efficacy, and many are dangerous. I couldn't put it down, read all night and finished in the morning. Although it had been percolating under the radar of most parents and scientists for several years before, this belief invaded the national zeitgeist in a big way in 2005, beginning with the publication of a book by journalist David Kirby entitled. The jury is still out for me regarding a connection between autism and thimerosal.
Because they have not dealt honestly, they will reap a harvest of distrust in the public, which may lead to the demise of their whole vaccination program. David Kirby is a masterful journalist, explaining the controversies surrounding thimerosal a mercury derived preservative in childhood vaccinations through the eyes of parents who believe their children were harmed by vaccines. Evidence of harm: mercury in vaccines and the autism epidemic: a medical controversy User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict The first serious journalistic account of a highly controversial topic, Kirby's book addresses the front-page question: has a mercury-containing preservative called thimerosal, commonly used in. Kirby creates warm portraits of parents trying desperately to find treatments for their damaged children while, at the same time, carrying on a war with both big government and big business. Is thimerosal toxic to human cells? Also, I can only imagine a few people I know who would be interested in a 500-page medical-legal-political tirade like this one. I'm horrified at t An eye opening and disturbing account. The last lots of childhood vaccines with thimerosal had expiration dates in 2002.
More investigation is always required to determine if an apparent correlation is or is not due to causation. At a succession of hearings, the so-called Mercury Moms presented their research on acrodynia and thimerosal, and a neurologist described his research showing that tiny amounts of thimerosal triggered brain-cell death. Yet this year's coverage has had a particular note of urgency. Why so much autism now?. Most of these shots contained a little-known preservative called thimerosal, which includes a quantity of the toxin mercury.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc. It's worth quoting from the end of the introduction: The jury is still out on thimerosal, but deliberations are well under way. 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. We are continually improving the quality of our text archives. The book follows the struggles of Lyn Redwood, a young R.