Friday, February 29, 2008

Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court

Boy, THIS has sure been flying under the radar. David Kirby is the author of the most excellent book, Evidence of Harm--read it if you want to know more about thimerosal (a.k.a. mercury) in vaccines.

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Government Concedes Vaccine-Autism Case in Federal Court - Now What?
By David Kirby
Posted February 25, 2008 | 12:42 PM (EST)




After years of insisting there is no evidence to link vaccines with the onset of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the US government has quietly conceded a vaccine-autism case in the Court of Federal Claims.

The unprecedented concession was filed on November 9, and sealed to protect the plaintiff's identify. It was obtained through individuals unrelated to the case.
The claim, one of 4,900 autism cases currently pending in Federal "Vaccine Court," was conceded by US Assistant Attorney General Peter Keisler and other Justice Department officials, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services, the "defendant" in all Vaccine Court cases.
The child's claim against the government -- that mercury-containing vaccines were the cause of her autism -- was supposed to be one of three "test cases" for the thimerosal-autism theory currently under consideration by a three-member panel of Special Masters, the presiding justices in Federal Claims Court.

Keisler wrote that medical personnel at the HHS Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation (DVIC) had reviewed the case and "concluded that compensation is appropriate."

The doctors conceded that the child was healthy and developing normally until her 18-month well-baby visit, when she received vaccinations against nine different diseases all at once (two contained thimerosal).

Days later, the girl began spiraling downward into a cascade of illnesses and setbacks that, within months, presented as symptoms of autism, including: No response to verbal direction; loss of language skills; no eye contact; loss of "relatedness;" insomnia; incessant screaming; arching; and "watching the florescent lights repeatedly during examination."

Seven months after vaccination, the patient was diagnosed by Dr. Andrew Zimmerman, a leading neurologist at the Kennedy Krieger Children's Hospital Neurology Clinic, with "regressive encephalopathy (brain disease) with features consistent with autistic spectrum disorder, following normal development." The girl also met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) official criteria for autism.

In its written concession, the government said the child had a pre-existing mitochondrial disorder that was "aggravated" by her shots, and which ultimately resulted in an ASD diagnosis.

"The vaccinations received on July 19, 2000, significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder," the concession says, "which predisposed her to deficits in cellular energy metabolism, and manifested as a regressive encephalopathy with features of ASD."

To read the rest of Mr. Kirby's piece and to post your comments, please visit
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-kirby/government-concedes-vacci_b_88323.html.

5 comments:

Kim said...

did you see McCain is piping in on this too?
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/02/john-mccain-ent.html

Green Fertility Marie said...

Hi Kim!

No, I didn't. This is really interesting. I do know HILLARY is the most pro-vaccinate-everyone-up-the-wazoo of the crowd. I think she gets a lot of $ from big pharma.

cheers,
marie

Anonymous said...

hi.. my sn (who is going to be 6 in june) was diagnosed with aspergers and adhd, and also possible anxiety disorder. they tell me it may be hereditary, yet thier is no evidence of this in our familys. could this be from his shots?(besides the adhd) is thier ealy any solid proof, or is this all hear-say? this is a major thing to accuse with no evidence to back this up. i stand beside several other mothers in my questioning.

Green Fertility Marie said...

The original data from the Vaccine Adverse Events database suggested approximately double the risk of getting some form of autism from vaccines. The guy who did this study locked up the data and now lives in Belgium and works for a pharma company.

I don't think we'll ever have "proof" beyond a reasonable doubt, but intelligent people are questioning if vaccines are such a good idea for EVERYONE and in such huge amts.

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