MERCURY IN VACCINES AND THE AUTISM EPIDEMIC: A MEDICAL CONTROVERSY



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PRAISE FOR
"EVIDENCE OF HARM"

“Kirby follows the tug of war between government health agencies and the parents and their supporters. Kirby does an admirable job of clarifying most of the scientific background (but) doesn't offer his own verdict on the debate --  although he makes the unassailable point that American health agencies lagged in calculating the amount of mercury being injected into babies.” – The New York Times & The International Herald Tribune

“Kirby's portrayal manages to make his protagonists seem far from crazy. They have been derided as dangerous anti-vaccination zealots, but Kirby sets their focus on the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal against ‘modern science's near-religious faith in all things genetic.’ The battle rages on, and while Evidence of Harm offers no prospect of a truce, it does provide crystal clarity on an often misunderstood side of the argument.” – The Washington Post

 

Evidence of Harm is a gripping investigation. Much like the 9/11 commission's report, it is an alarming page-turner. Keep your eye on California, where autism cases are closely tracked. If autism-related diagnoses decline over the next year or two following the introduction of thimerosal-free vaccines, the finding will further fuel this simmering controversy.” -- Newsday


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ELIZABETH BIRT - IN MEMORIAM

Elizabeth Birt, one of the leading figures in Evidence of Harm and a tireless fighter for autistic children, was tragically taken from us in December, 2005. Please visit the National Autism Association's Special Dedication: CLICK HERE
 

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EOH A NY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK AWARD FINALIST

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was a finalist for the 2006 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for excellence in Journalism. More info: HERE

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Avoiding hyperbole while writing about a possible medical catastrophe is no easy task, but David Kirby has created a fine balance of investigative and personal detail in Evidence of Harm. Combining stories from the parents of autistic children with reports, speeches and studies from researchers, pediatricians and government officials, he creates a picture that is as terrifying as anything dreamed up by Hitchcock.  The book is never dull--there is a continual urgency in the material that resists pedantry. However undecided the experts, readers will likely land firmly in one angry camp or the other. -- Amazon.com

“Perhaps, as evidence accumulates, the thimerosal theory may be validated. Perhaps not. Inquiry into the etiology and treatment of autism continues, though the seeming finality of the IOM report may stifle important research into environmental causes. Kirby’s book, as biased as it is, prompts us to dig deeper into this vital issue. One can only hope that medical and lay readers alike will react to the book responsibly, with both skepticism and an open mind.” -- The Lancet

“Kirby delivers a well-written story that weaves in startling facts and takes you on a roller-coaster ride into the homes of families devastated by autism. It tells tales of government bureaucracy and political cronyism that, if true, are appalling. It took me several weeks to read Evidence of Harm. Maybe it was the detail-filled narrative from the parents' point of view that made me put the book down every so often and walk away. I shared their pain, their anger, their feeling of helplessness.” -- Bloomberg News
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ALAN CLARK - IN MEMORIAM

Dr. Alan Clark, a founder of No Mercury, an anti-thimerosal activist and the husband of Lujene Clark, passed away this February after a valiant battle with lung cancer. He will be deeply missed. Please visit the tribute to Dr. Clark at the website of A-CHAMP: CLICK HERE

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EVIDENCE OF HARM

Journalist David Kirby explores the chilling possibility that a vaccine additive may be fueling an apparent epidemic of autism, ADD, speech delay and other disorders in America’s children.

In the 1990’s, reported autism cases among American children began spiking, from about 1 in 10,000 in 1987 to a shocking 1 in 166 today.  In this period, new shots containing a mercury-based preservative called Thimerosal were added to the nation’s already crowded vaccination schedule. At the same time, some parents noticed that their healthy children were descending into silent, disturbed, and physically ill behavior after receiving vaccinations.  In 1999, the FDA announced that children were being exposed to mercury at very young ages at levels far exceeding federal regulations, but the public health establishment failed to take parental concerns about the impact seriously.

Evidence of Harm explores both sides of this controversy, which has pitted families and their allies against the federal government, public health agencies, and powerful pharmaceutical giants.  It examines:
  • Story of Thimerosal: a mercury-based additive approved by the FDA in the 1930’s as a vaccine preservative and never subsequently tested by the Agency
  • Increase in reported autism cases and apparent parallel to the increase in number and frequency of Thimerosal-containing vaccinations
  • Private meeting at which FDA, CDC, medical and pharmaceutical company representatives discussed data on neurological childhood disorders related to mercury in vaccines
  • Mysterious rider to the 2002 Homeland Security bill which would free drug companies of liability in lawsuits regarding Thimerosal
  • State and federal lawsuits filed by families against the drug makers seeking compensation for the lifelong care of their ill children
  • New biological research indicating a link between Thimerosal exposure and neurological disorders

This disturbing, important book examines both the personal stories of families and the unfolding political drama in the courts and halls of Congress.

DAVID KIRBY has been a professional journalist for 15 years. He has contributed to The New York Times and several national magazines, writing about many subjects including health, technology and politics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

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Evidence of Harm - St. Martin’s Press, April 2005, $26.95 Hardcover, ISBN: 0-312-32544-0
Press Contact: Elizabeth Coxe, Publicist : 646-307-5563 -OR-  elizabeth.coxe@stmartins.com

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