WHY: Screening America’s children for mental illness?

Mercury in the childhood required vaccines is damaging
an entire generation.

An Executive Summary

Contact: Eileen Dannemann, Director National Coalition of Organized Women ncowmail@aol.com

Co-sponsor H.R. 181, parental consent for mental screening

 The United States is in the middle of one of the most devastating epidemics in its history.  According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Health and Human Services (HSS), 1 in 166 children have autism and 1 in 6 children have neurodevelopmental or behavior disorder.  Seventeen percent (17%) of children entering the public school system today in the United States have autism, autism spectrum diagnosis, ADD, or ADHD...that is approaching one-fifth (1/5) of an entire generation.


In earlier centuries mercury was used in making hats.  Hat makers became “crazy” after handling mercury, hence the term “mad as a hatter”. Not unlike the practice of shock treatments, Mercury (thimerasol) in vaccines is an antiquated and barbaric technology, solely based on one faulty U.S. clinical trial in 1929. It is used to sterilize and preserve vaccine product.  As a troublesome environmental toxin, the U.S. public is warned not to eat fish contaminated with mercury, yet parents are asked to stand by while their children are injected, by health professionals, directly into the arms, with this very same deadly neurotoxin.

Extent of Epidemic: 

 If this unsustainable rate of neurodevelopmental disorders continues the United States could have 50 million citizens with brain damage within a single generation. This level of damage represents a threat to the very existence of the United States as the world’s leading nation. Conservative estimates for life time care for individuals damaged by vaccines containing mercury is in excess of twenty trillion dollars. 

 United States Childhood Vaccine Protocol

It has become apparent from recently emerging epidemiological,  clinical, animal model, and molecular evidence that mercury (thimerosal) in the required childhood vaccine protocol in use in the United States from 1990-2000 is responsible.

Thimerosal-containing vaccines that were/are administered in the U.S. have been shown to kill or significantly adversely eSffect neuronal growth and development. 

(see: http://www.virtustate.com/stories/storyReader$1352 5 minute VIDE0: Rapid Degeneration of neurons in the presence of Mercury)

Independent investigators from many of the nation’s leading academic and research institutions including Johns Hopkins, Columbia, MIT, Univ. of Kentucky, Baylor, Univ. of California, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Nebraska, Univ. of Calgary, etc., have shown an irrefutable link between mercury (thimerasol) and the current epidemic.

Denial by United States Authorities

Epidemiological studies: In contrast to several peer reviewed independent studies, the CDC purports that their epidemiological studies (the statistical study of large databases) fail to show a statistical association between mercury in vaccines and the epidemic.

Clinical studies:

The CDC has done no clinical studies.  However, independent researchers, worldwide, have published a large body of peer reviewed clinical literature showing mercury in vaccines as the causative factor in this epidemic. These studies are also confirmed by animal models, tissue culture, case reports, laboratory analysis, and other studies.

It is worthy to note while there are no studies documenting the safety of mercury, a search of the medical literature reveals hundreds of peer review articles documenting the harmful effects of mercury in vaccines in humans, animals tissue culture, etc

U.S. Government Malfeasance and Cover-up

In reality there is no “scientific” dispute concerning the fact that mercury in childhood vaccines has caused and continues to cause the current epidemic in the United States.  Rather, what is going on is an attempt by United States government officials to cover-up their responsibility in rendering an entire generation of children dysfunctional.  In order to protect themselves from blame the CDC relentlessly continues to justify (in the face of overwhelming international and national scientific evidence to the contrary) the use of mercury under the guise of “protecting the national and international vaccine programs”.  However, what is actually happening is that the continued cover-up of the iatrogenic nature and CDC complicity therein, has resulted in a loss of public trust and is, in fact, endangering the entire vaccine program. And furthermore, the CDC receives a royalty on every shared vaccine patent. 

A three year investigation by the Human Rights and Wellness Subcommittee of the Government Reform Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives (see attached) has found that mercury (thimerasol) in childhood vaccines did cause and is causing the autism and neurodevelopmental disorder epidemic and that the CDC and FDA is guilty of institutional malfeasance: “Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic.  This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding the lack of safety data regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this neurotoxin.  Our public health agencies’ failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self-protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry”.

This judgment has been confirmed by an independent investigation by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and by an investigation conducted by the Inspector General’s Office in the Department of HHS.  There is also an FDA internal investigation and an investigation by the Criminal Investigation branch of the FDA regarding these matters.

Alternatives:  Why the Use of Mercury (thimerasol) in Vaccines?

Historically, mercury (thimerasol) has been used in the vaccine production process to allow vaccines to be made in non-sterile environments, as a preservative and to increase shelf life.  With modern day science, much safer preservatives and sterilizing agents are available such as 2-phenoxyethanol which has already replaced the mercury in many vaccines.  Additionally, preservative-free vaccines can be made if the vaccines are packaged in single dose vials.

These alternatives to mercury (thimerasol) are initially more costly but in the long run are more cost effective.  The alternative preservative in and of itself is no more costly than mercury. The additional costs takes into account the costs of switching to a newer and better technology.

The International and national removal of mercury from vaccines

Recently, the British Government announced the removal of mercury (thimerosal) from their routine childhood vaccines effective the end of September 2004. (BBC Press Release, 7 August 2004: “Vaccine scrapped over autism fear. A vaccine containing mercury given to babies when they are eight weeks old is to be scrapped amid fears of a link with autism. The move follows recent research in America that suggests a connection between mercury used to preserve whooping cough vaccine, and autism.” Health Minister John Hutton confirmed the changes stating, ‘Childhood immunization has been extremely effective in protecting children from serious-life threatening diseases, We are continually looking at ways to improve this program as new, more effective products become available.)”

Vaccines can be made without Thimerasol (mercury) if the FDA and CDC demand it.  However, they have not.

Many individual states have either banned (Iowa), or are in the process of banning mercury (thimerosal).  California, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, are amongst the states that have or are now in the process of initiating legislation to ban mercury from required childhood vaccines.  In addition there is a bipartisan bill in the US House of Representatives (Weldon/Maloney bill) to ban mercury in vaccines nationally.

WHO Campaign To Keep Mercury in Vaccines

Unfortunately, mercury (thimerosal) continues to remain in many vaccines in the U.S. including the influenza vaccine which has been added to the routine childhood immunization schedule. The WHO has a policy of strongly supporting the continued use of mercury (thimerasol) in U.S. vaccines because they feel that U.S. use increases the “acceptability” of vaccines in third world. The WHO continues to support the use of mercury (thimerasol) in developing countries because of cost considerations and perceived problems with lack of refrigeration and sterility concerns despite the availability of superior alternatives which may cost slightly more in the short term but which will prove to be humane and cost effective in the long term.

Public Awareness Campaigns

For more than 15 years parents of autistic and ADD children have correlated their children’s condition with vaccines containing mercury and have brought this to the awareness of various authorities and scientists.  Since mercury bio-accumulates in the body, it sometimes only takes “one more” shot to push the child over the edge.  It is reported that children who were once vital and normal wake up the next morning after having been injected with vaccines containing mercury (thimerasol) no longer able to talk or function. It is a lifelong disability.

There are rational groups of concerned parents that are now suggesting that parents refuse to vaccinate their children until they can be assured that mercury is completely removed from all vaccines and that those who acted irresponsibly have been removed from positions of authority so that trust in government and vaccine protocol can be restored.


In conclusion the use of mercury (thimerasol) in vaccines nationally and internationally has disabled more people than WW I and WW II combined.  It is an atrocity of epidemic proportions perpetuated through deliberate intention and manipulated data by U.S. Agency administrators and drug companies who are fearful of the liabilities and the criminal charges that inevitably await them. 

This epidemic can be contained by the total, complete and immediate withdrawal to zero trace amounts of mercury in vaccines. 


American Association for Health Freedom http://www.apma.net/

Anthrax Vaccine Organization http://www.anthraxvaccine.org/

Autism One Homepage http://www.autismone.org/homepage.cfm

Autism Research Institute (ARI) http://www.autism.com/ari/

Autism Society of America http://www.autismsociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=homepage

California Dept of Developmental Services – Autism http://www.dds.ca.gov/autism/autism_main.cfm

Consumers for Dental Choice http://www.toxicteeth.org/

Cure Autism Now (CAN) http://www.canfoundation.org/

Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome http://www.amalgam.org/

Dream Big http://www.dream-big.us/pages/1/index.htm

FDA’s CBER Page On Thimerosal In Vaccines http://www.fda.gov/cber/vaccine/thimerosal.htm

FDA’s CBER Page On Mercury In Plasma-Derived Products http://www.fda.gov/cber/blood/mercplasma.htm

FDA’s CBER Page On Mercury In Drugs & Biologics http://www.fda.gov/cder/fdama/mercury300.htm

Fight Autism Now http://www.fightautismnow.com/

International Medical Veritas Association (IMVA) http://www.imva.info/index.html

Iowa Health Freedom Coaltion http://www.iowahealthfreedom.org/

Medical News Today http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD) www.MercuryFreeDrugs.com

Moms Against Mercury http://momsagainstmercury.com/

National Autism Association http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/

National Vaccine Information Center http://www.nvic.org/

No Mercury http://nomercury.org/

Parents Requesting Open Vaccine Education http://www.vaccineinfo.net/index.shtml

Progressive Convergence www.ProgressiveConvergence.com

SafeMinds http://www.safeminds.org/

Schafer Autism Report http://home.sprynet.com/~schafer/

The Alliance for Human Research Protection http://www.ahrp.org/

The Autism Autoimmunity Project (TAAP) http://www.taap.info/

U.S. Office of the Special Counsel http://www.osc.gov/

Vaccination Liberation’s ‘Vaccine Truth' Site http://www.vaclib.org/links/vaxlinks.htm

Vaccination Liberation’s Home Site http://www.vaclib.org/

Vaccinations and sids http://www.vaccinationsandsids.com

Vaccination News http://www.vaccinationnews.com/

Vaccine Risk Awareness Network – Canadian Org www.vran.org

Voices for Safety International (VOSI) http://www.voicesofsafety.com/


Government Participants

Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Federal Drug Administration (FDA)
Institute of Medicine (IOM)
Health and Human Services (HHS)
Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
FDA Criminal Investigation Unit
U.S. Congress
Iowa State Legislature
California, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska,
Minnesota, New York State Legislatures
World Health Organization (WHO)

Science and Research Participants

Dr. James Adams, Chairman of the Dept. of Materials and Engineering,

Arizona State University

Dr. Ruma Banerjee, University of Nebraska

Dr. David Baskin, Dept. of Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology,

Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. John Bernard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Dr. Richard Deth, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences,

Northeastern University

Dr. Mark Geier, The Genetic Centers of America*

David Geier, Medcon, Inc.*

Dr. Sudhar Gupta, Chief Basic and Clinical Immunology, Dept. of Medicine

University of California, Irvine

Dr. Boyd Haley, Chairman, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Kentucky

Dr. Mady Hornig, Columbia University

Dr. Joel Mason, Tufts University

Dr. Jill James, University of Arkansas

Dr. Walter Spitzer, Dept. of Epidemiology, Mc Gill University

Dr. S. Sukumar, Johns Hopkins University


*Dr. Mark and David Geier has offered to act as spokesmen for this research group and will make themselves available for any questions regarding scientific research on Mercury in vaccines:  301 989-0548  mgeier@comcast.net


Scientists and Researchers continued

Dr. Robert Chen, CDC

Dr. Robert Davis, University of Washington

Dr. Thomas Verstraeten, Aventis Pasteur

Dr. Frank De Stefano, CDC

Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Vaccine program of England

Dr. John Brenier, CDC

Dr. Ben Schwartz, CDC

Dr. Philip Rhodes, CDC

Dr. Paul Offit, Children’s Hospital, Philadelphia

Dr. Marie Mc Cormick, IOM, Harvard University

Dr. Michael Marcy, Kaiser, Southern California

Dr. Miles Braun, FDA

Dr. Robert Wise, FDA

Dr. Robert Ball, FDA

Dr. John Clements, WHO

Dr. Steve Cochi, CDC

Dr. William Egan, FDA

Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC Director



Dr. Jeff Bradstreet

Dr. Jerry Kartzinel

Dr. Mary Megson

Dr. Stephanie Cave

Dr. Amy Holmes

Dr. Marvin Boris


Vaccine charts for mercury:  http://web.wxyz.com/investigations/thimerosal_charts.html


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