A Letter (AUTISM)
Date: May 19, 2005
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD
President, Institute of Medicine
500 Fifth Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Dear Doctor Fineberg:
I am writing you as a fellow physician to ask you to withdraw the conclusion you and your committee made in February 2004 that there is no connection between autism and childhood vaccines and all further research efforts should go in other directions. Eight years ago I would have agreed with you; now I believe wholeheartedly that you are holding a position that is no longer tenable by any scientific or humanitarian or truthful standards. This kind of faulty judgment stands to make the American people begin to lose faith in our governing health agencies. You, as the currently residing president, have the power to correct a terrible wrong and help reinstate this faith by looking at the present scientific evidence that cannot be denied and encourage even more research in this area. I beg you to have the courage and honesty to retract that conclusion which was not based on science but on epidemiological studies that were proven to be manipulated and diluted by those actually employed by the vaccine makers. These “researchers” finally managed to change and dilute their own original findings that there was indeed an obvious connection between vaccines and the autism epidemic that is now upon us.
We are living in an age where information is available to the masses. Hundreds of thousands of parents of stricken children have shared how certain they are that they had normal children until vaccines changed them. For those with immunologically genetic predispositions to be unable to excrete toxins as neurotypical children do (and this is a sizeable number of children, especially boys), receiving the mercury-laden hepatitis B vaccination at birth was a “neurofatal” blow. The mandate requiring this toxin-laden vaccine for every newborn, rather than just the relatively rare infant who had a mother with active hepatitis B (which could have been easily checked), was obviously a huge and blatant error in judgment. An error is one thing; the ensuing decade where literally hundreds of thousands of children became autistic while our governing health agencies led by IOM’s denial and avoidance of the truth is already a dark stain in the history of American medicine and will show its devastation for many decades.
These injured children’s families have films and testimonies from many observers that their child became lost to them following vaccines. The destruction inflicted by the newborn vaccines rendered many children unable to withstand the insult of triple live viruses in the form of the MMR, and many toddlers clearly succumbed to autism following the MMR. Repeatedly, laboratory examination of these stricken children reveals damage to their immune and gastrointestinal systems consonant with the damage known to be inflicted by exposure to toxic metals, including the thimerosal in vaccines. As a physician, I have evaluated many hundreds of autistic children with thorough laboratory examinations of their blood, urine, stool and hair. Most such children improve when toxic metals are removed. I can assure you that the disorders shown by these children compared to neurotypical children are caused by toxins.
It is difficult to believe that you have spent any time with the families and clinicians out there in the fields caring for these children and hearing their histories and seeing the incredible clinical and laboratory pictures they present. I must presume that you are accepting reports written and manipulated by persons hired by the very pharmaceutical companies who made millions off these neurotoxic vaccines which they created. You and they are in a position to admit the truth, and the literally billions of dollars pharmaceutical companies will spend to defend themselves or pay injured families could be used to set up badly needed clinics throughout the country where these stricken children could be treated. Your and their denial of thimerosal’s adverse effects is delaying this help. With proper biomedical evaluation and treatment, most of these children can be helped to lead better lives. It is criminal to be a force denying thimerosal’s increasingly documented effects and thus—by the IOM’s anti-science thimerosal decree (2004) the IOM’s stance is helping delay biomedical help for these metal-injured children.
The care of an autistic child’s medical and educational needs costs from 2-3 million dollars for their lifetime; the consequences of this upcoming burden on our families, communities, and nation are incomprehensible. The IOM’s untenable position supports individuals, including many physicians, who do choose to remain under the comfortable sway of the enormous power of the pharmaceutical companies who have gained so much from these mandated vaccine programs. I am asking you, Doctor Harvey Fineberg, to look into your soul, your heart, your compassion, and your honor as a physician to be truthful and “not harm.” TRUTH WILL WIN OUT; it is just a question of time. Will you be that rare person—like the FDA’s David Graham, M.D., who has the courage to bring it out sooner? I beg you to do so for the injured children, the heartbroken families, your own conscience, and our country.
Sincerely Yours, Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D.
Autism Evaluation and Treatment Specialist
Author, Children with Starving Brains, a Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Originator, Autism Research Institute’s Physician Autism Evaluation and Treatment Training Course
Grandmother, Autistic Child
Reprinted with permission by Jaquelyn McCandless, M.D.
This article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #07.
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