Vaccines: Letter to Health Minister - 2

Dr Anbumani Ramadoss,
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare,
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare,
New Delhi.
Dt: 07.04.06
Respected Sir,
I have been studying the subject of vaccinations very closely since many years. I seek your clarification over ethylmercury, a component of Thimerosal, that is used in all vaccines that are given to children in India. Mercury is the most dangerous neurotoxin known to mankind. Also it is being felt that the mass vaccination procedures need a safety belt. As per recent research people with eczema and psoriasis should not take vaccines for eruptive diseases like small pox and measles. Experts also say that sick and malnourished children, immunodeficient persons, and children with low body mass index should not be subjected to vaccinations.
Mercury, a component of the vaccine additive Thimerosal, is not the only harmful ingredient in vaccines. Aluminium hydroxide is another heavy metal that causes harm and also boosts the damage causing ability of ethylmercury. Vaccines also contain a slew of carcinogens like ethanol, glycol, formaldehyde and glutamic acid. The risk from contaminated serum in vaccines from cows, horses, pigs, monkeys and aborted human fetuses, is also very great. It is openly acknowledged that vaccines have changed the genetic makeup of humans through genetic contamination.
It is a fallacy to assume that vaccines have caused a fall in epidemic diseases. Better hygiene has led to that. Also vaccines have been introduced when the epidemics were already on a downward trend.
It is also a fact that vaccines containing live viruses have caused the very disease in victims which they were expected to prevent. According to medical experts, the battery of viruses introduced into the body via vaccines can interact with the viruses already present to create unknown dangers. They also warn against the use of genetically modified viruses in vaccines as the study of genetics is still in its infancy and side effects can be devastating.
The vaccination industry does not bother about the lives of people. It perpetuates the vaccine myth to preserve its own existence and boost profits. The industry spends millions of dollars in lobbying every year. It has on its list of shareholders the most powerful politicians of the world.
The arguement that mercury in vaccines is within the safe limits is a farce. By the time 24 vaccine shots are injected to a child, the level of mercury in the unfortunate toddlers blood is 48 to 120 times higher than normal. This mercury lodges itself in the fat cells of the brain to cause irreversible damage. This has been proved by a recent study on mice by the scientists of a Californian medical institute.
The vaccine industry is now scared at the apparition of having to face innumberable law suits as vaccine damage is pegged at $ 20.00 lacs per victim by legal experts. Considering that there is an upward of one million vaccine injured children in the US, It is no wonder that the industry improperly induced an American politician to seek immunity from law suits.
The CDC has been aware of the dangers of vaccinations since 1938 as uncovered by the concerned parents of vaccine damaged American children. Thimerosal was introduced as a decontaminant in vaccines in 1930. Vaccine injury, due to other causes, has been a subject for discussion among scientists since 1909. 
Recently the senior editor of the UPI dubbed the vaccination process as the "recruitment tactics" of the drug industry as vaccines cause diseases that the drug makers profit from by the sale of their medicines. Besides autism, vaccines may be behind attention deficit disorders, increased stress levels, meningitis, encephalitis, neuromuscular ailments, irritable bowel, diabetes, arthritis, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, and even AIDS. It is not unknown that the Simian Virus SV 40, as well as SV 20, was introduced into humans via the polio vaccine. These are not figments of the imagination but the statements of vaccine experts who are associated with the process of vaccine making.
The entire vaccine process is untestedVaccines are tested for only 48 hours though it is widely known that vaccine effects can occur after weeks, months or even years.Autism, for example, occurs after three years. There has been no effort to test the combined effect of the various metal, chemical and serum contents. Even ethylmercury is untested, we can know of its dangers only from methylmercury, its close cousin, which is a highly dangerous neurotoxin. Each component is a potential danger, the combined effect may be worse as they interact among themselves in unknown ways.
The effects of vaccines on the weak, the pregnant, the undernourished and the sick has NEVER BEEN STUDIED.The effects of multiple vaccinations has also never been studied. The effects of vaccination stays for life and also passes into the next generation, an aspect that too has never been studied. As we vaccinate each subsequent generation we add to the vaccine dyscrasia. This is the "foolproof" science that we all talk about. Here the consideration is not science but "economics".
As per the homeopaths, raw and unprocessed mercury has the capability of affecting people at the emotional level and boost criminal tendencies besides inducing people to lead degenerate lives. That it causes severe emotional flare ups has been observed in autistic children. Homeopaths have also warned against the dangers of injecting human and animal serum directly into the bloodstream. They say it causes an effect very similar to suppressed veneral diseases. 
There is another aspect that needs to be looked into, what if certain childhood diseases are a result of the body's effort to eliminate the toxins of the growing process? Are we not doing a great disservice by not allowing the body to grow naturally? And what about vaccine induced diseases for which we may be injecting more vaccines? According to the CDC, meningitis and encephalitis are two vaccine induced conditions that merit vaccine injury compensation.
In the land of the vaccines, the USA, there is a Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System database which is maintained to know of vaccine dangers. The vaccine industry pays upwards of $80 million every year as vaccine injury compensation from a fund set up by the US government. The CDC also warns parents of vaccine allergies on its website. Seven states in the US have banned the use of mercury containing Thimerosal in vaccines and 20 other states have legislation lined up for the same. Old stock of these banned vaccines still continue to be shipped to third world countries like India as per American anti-vaccine activists. It is very difficult for the third world countries to do away with the mercury as large multi-use vials are used here for multiple use and there is a great risk of contamination from repeated injections into the vials for repeated extraction. The mercury is used in liberal doses as a decontaminant.
In India the public is blissfully unaware of the dangers involved. Vaccine injuries, even if reported, are denied vehemently let alone compensated. This is just not done in a democracy. When we are forcibly injected something we should have the right to know both of its composition and the dangers. The government should make public this information as well as study the various implications of the vaccination process as detailed above. Vaccine camps are no parties where parents should be invited to in a festive spirit so that poisons can be injected into their children without their knowledge.
Sir, I believe you are not entirely ignorant of what I have expressed in my letter to you. No one is.It seems everyone knows the dangerous implications of the vaccination system except the hapless people on whom the vaccines are forcibly injected. I have met many Health Officials who have preferred to remain silent against my arguements. They say that they are helpless against government orders and that the government is helpless against the WHO guidelines. It is also well known that certain very powerful political powers wish to utilise the vaccination procedure to foster bio terrorism and forcible population control.
I would request you to kindly look into this very grave issue, ascertain the facts, and try to find a way to introduce preventive measures which are humane and sensible. Diseases can be very well prevented by better hygiene and nutrition and also by the use of the homeopathic vegge vaccines. Such alternatives need to be urgently looked into. Modern medicine is purely profit oriented and will not mend its murderous ways to benefit humanity.
I have been intending to write to you on this matter for a long time. Today I came across an article in an American newspaper, copy enclosed, which speaks of public anger and American Congress diaspproval of the vaccination procedure and highlights the callous and criminal negligence of the CDC. I could contain myself no longer.
Please do as you deem fit. The future of India's health will depend upon your decision.
Respectfully yours,
Jagannath Chatterjee,
Health Reform Activist.
encl: Article in AJC.
CC: Director, Central Council for Research in Homoeopathy,
       Director, Department of AYUSH,
       Director, Consumer Education and Research Centre,
       Dr Leo Rebello, Director, Natural Health Centre, Mumbai,
       PS to Health & Family Welfare Minister.
Subsequently forwarded to the following eminent personalities by Dr Leo Rebello:
      Hon'ble President of India,
      Respected Prime Minister,
      Madam Sonia Gandhi,
      Sri Sharad Pawar,
      Sri Oscar Fernandes
      TV and print media.
Controversy over autism eats at credibility of CDCAlison Young - Staff
Thursday, April 6, 2006
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, rarely the subject of public controversy, is facing an emerging credibility crisis on the emotional issue of whether old-style vaccines containing a mercury preservative caused autism in thousands of children.
The agency is being accused of cover-ups and scientific manipulations by vocal advocates of autism awareness. It also is facing questions from some high-profile members of Congress.
As the debate and controversy increasingly find their way into pediatricians' offices, average parents of healthy children are questioning whether vaccines are safe, sometimes even refusing inoculations.
The CDC and other public health officials insist such questions lack a basis in fact or science. Their greatest concern is that the broadening debate holds the potential to put a new generation of children at certain risk of deadly diseases if confidence in the safety of vaccines is lost and they don't receive recommended shots.
"I think it's huge," said Dr. Julia McMillan, a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee that makes vaccine recommendations. "There's no pediatrician in practice that doesn't confront this on a weekly basis: families who are questioning the need for --- and in some cases refusing --- vaccines for their children."
But the academy and the CDC are in agreement. They say there is no evidence to support a connection between autism and the mercury-based preservative thimero-sal, which they stress is no longer used in most pediatric vaccines.
"We simply don't know what the cause of autism is," Dr. Robert Davis, the CDC's director of immunization safety, said Wednesday. Nonetheless, the CDC is at the center of criticism.
A full-page ad scheduled to run in today's editions of USA Today, the nation's largest circulation newspaper, accuses the CDC of "causing an epidemic of autism" by recommending that children receive a series of vaccines that until 2001 contained thimerosal.
The ad, placed by various advocacy groups, quotes environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. as saying: "It's time for the CDC to come clean with the American public."
But what stings public health advocates more is a letter sent Feb. 22 by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) and seven other members of Congress. The bipartisan group asks that the CDC not take the lead on a new study examining the vaccine-autism issue.
"If the federal government is going to have a study whose results will be broadly accepted, such a study cannot be led by the CDC," the group wrote Dr. David Schwartz, new director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health, will convene a panel in May to discuss how to analyze a key CDC database to determine whether autism rates have dropped since thimerosal was removed from vaccines.
The letter was also signed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.), Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y,) and Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.).
Agency officials said Wednesday they are proud of the CDC's work on thimerosal safety issues and that they have looked hard to find a link as well as to find any other cause of autism.
"It was an unfortunate choice of language," Davis said of the Lieberman letter. "They and everyone else are certainly entitled to their opinion. We stand by all the research we have done."
Public health officials who work with the CDC are more blunt.
"I think it's shocking," said Dr. Martin Myers, executive director of the National Network for Immunization Information and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas medical branch in Galveston.
"The loss of public trust in one of the most extraordinary institutions in the world. I'm not quite sure how that has occurred, but it has, and that's one of the unfortunate consequences," Myers said.
The controversy, which erupted as a rally was scheduled on Capitol Hill today in conjunction with National Autism Month, is gaining political traction. It is moving well beyond an initial core of autism activists, the CDC amd public health and congressional officials all agree.
There are many parents of autistic children who believe, as do most pediatricians and scientists, that there is no scientific evidence that thimerosal caused autism and other neurological disorders. That issue was settled for most in a widely publicized 2004 report by an expert panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine.
But the report has been the subject of controversy and intense scrutiny since it was published.
Parents of many autistic children insist that thimerosal caused the disorder, because it appeared around the time their children received vaccinations. Their advocates also point to what they say is intriguing new research in animal models indicating that some individuals may be more sensitive to thimerosal than others. Martin Cowen, whose family lives in Jonesboro, is one such parent.
Cowen is convinced thimerosal-containing vaccines caused his son Lindsey's autism. Lindsey, who turned 8 last week, does not speak, has not been toilet trained and cannot be allowed outdoors without being restrained for fear he'll run into traffic, his father said.
Cowen is highly skeptical of the CDC, a position shared by a cohort of parents and advocates across the country.
"An enormous effort is being made to deny the connection," he said of the CDC. "What do I think their motive is? They are very interested in having the herd vaccinated. . . . They don't think of people as people suffering individually. It's the greatest good for the greatest number."
The National Immunization Program, run by the CDC, coordinates immunization activities across the country. Increasing the rate of immunization against disease is a cornerstone of public health.
At the same time, the CDC also is charged with monitoring vaccine safety. It's an inherent conflict of interest, said Weldon, a doctor before he was elected to Congress.
"They really do have a credibility problem," said Weldon, who serves on the committee that decides the CDC's budget. "Part of the credibility problem is it's asking them to investigate a problem that they may have created."
Weldon became involved in the thimerosal issue seven years ago. "Honestly, at first I was very dubious," he said. "As I looked at it more and more, I began to feel there is some validity to this."
Weldon said the recent interest by Lieberman and others on Capitol Hill is a sign the issue is gaining currency. Lieberman was unavailable for comment.
The controversy and public debate is likely to be further fueled by the full-page ad being paid for by a coalition of the autism activist groups led by Generation Rescue. The ad promotes a sophisticated Web site, www.PutChildren, which includes links to CDC documents, e-mails and transcripts the groups say support their contention of an agency cover-up.
CDC spokesman Glen Nowak said many of the documents on the site have been in the public domain for years, and are presented out of context and in ways that may "look quite ominous" when they're not.
"It's a very challenging issue," he said. The CDC is bracing for a spike in calls today from parents with questions and is increasing staffing at its public help line, 1-800-232-4636.
This advertisement, scheduled to run in today's USA Today newspaper, complains that the CDC has covered up the connection between childhood vaccines and autism.

> A neurological disorder that causes problems with communication skills and the ability to have normal social interactions. Autism and related autism spectrum disorders (ASD) cover a range of symptoms that can vary from mild to severe.
> The cause is unknown, affecting more boys than girls.
> There is no count of how many people have autism in the United States. Estimates range from 1 in 500 to 1 in 166 children who have autism or an autism spectrum disorder, roughly 24,000 children each year.
> A preservative widely used to prevent bacterial growth in vaccines until the late 1990s. It contains mercury.
> Mercury, at high levels, is known to damage the nervous system. But its effect at low levels is unclear.
> In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the U.S. Public Health Service and the American Academy of Family Physicians issued a joint statement concluding that while there was no evidence of harm from the use of thimerosal in vaccines, it should be removed from pediatric vaccines as a precaution.
> Except for some influenza vaccines, thimerosal has been removed from most vaccines routinely given to children age 6 and younger.
Sources: CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program, and the Autism Society of America.