An Open Letter to President Barack Obama



“The amount of mercury in one shot is very small, but scientists don't know how long it stays in a child's brain or whether it can accumulate over time.”
~ Dr. Tom Burbacher, Professor at the University of Washington (Source: US News)


 The Signing Statement
 

 We, the undersigned, are very concerned about the increasing  scientific evidence showing a positive association between  environmental factors, such as mercury and pesticide  exposure, and neuroimmune illnesses, most notably autism.

 We believe that the many neurotoxins we are exposed to  threaten the viability of human life on Earth and that affected  children are the 'canaries in the coal mine.' Many illnesses,  including breast cancer, prostate cancer, Parkinson's disease,  and Alzheimer's have their origins in the rising levels of  pernicious chemicals we come in contact with including, but  not limited to, the contents of vaccines.

 The precautionary principle calls for a zero tolerance on the  use of mercury and a moratorium on organochlorine  pesticides. In truth, the toxic synergy of the many chemicals  humans are exposed to is under-appreciated and makes their  removal from the environment a priority well beyond the  precautionary principle.

 Approximately 4.5 billion pounds of pesticides are applied  each year in the USA. When Rachel Carson wrote Silent  Spring in the early 1960's, only 400 million pounds of  pesticides were used annually. Today, almost 1 out of 3  American children suffer from at least one chronic illness, and  12 million have some form of developmental disorder. The  U.S. has the 4th highest incidence of childhood cancer in the  world. Since the 1970's, there has been a 50% increase in  childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia and a 35% increase in  brain cancer. This new pediatric morbidity & mortality is not  due to better diagnosis.

 Little doubt remains that the trillions of pounds of hazardous  pollutants that have been poured into the environment are  responsible for much of the illness and death suffered by  America's children. We can no longer justify inaction on the  part of our government.

 We call upon our new President to set a new policy course is Olymp trade safe  with concrete goals for the immediate reduction in exposures  to known neurotoxins and carcinogens, the rapid cessation of  the use of mercury in medicine, and for setting a global agenda  to phase out mercury pollution in any form. At the same time,  we need a global consensus that will put a moratorium on the  use of dangerous pesticides and herbicides except in the most  extreme circumstances.

 We also recognize that the governance of medicine and  science has been overly affected by corrupt corporate  influences void of humanitarian concerns and focused solely  on financial gain.* Therefore, it will not be a trivial task to  effect change in the cavalier way we treat the environment,
  but  the future of human life on this planet hangs in the  balance.  The decisions we make to rectify this environmental  disaster must be done while there is still time.
 

Help Us Achieve Our Goal

 

 

These and Other Related Articles Available in the Info Section

> Mitochondrial Disease in Autism Spectrum Disorder Patients: A Cohort Analysis

> Blood Levels of Mercury Are Related to Diagnosis of Autism: A Reanalysis of an Important Data Set

> Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals


 

> Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Blood Mercury Level: a Case-Control Study in Chinese Children

> Mercury and autism: Accelerating Evidence?

> Autism Risk Linked To Distance From Power Plants, Other Mercury-releasing Sources

> Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1–9 years

> Oxidative Stress in Autism: Elevated Cerebellar 3-nitrotyrosine Level

> Case Series of Children with Apparent Mercury Toxic Encephalopathies Manifesting with Clinical Symptoms of Regressive Autistic Disorders

 

*For example, a recent Thimerosal study, "Weight of Evidence Against Thimerosal Causing Neuropsychological Deficits" was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. The inviestigotors listed no conflict of interest, but the facts do not bear this out:

Dr. Thompson - lead investigator and former Mercke employee.
Dr. Marcy consultant for Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and MedImmune.
Dr. Jackson grant recipient from Wyeth, Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis. Paid lecturer for Sanofi Pasteur and consultfor m Wyeth and Abbott. Currently, he is a consultant to the FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
Dr. Lieu is a consultant to the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
Dr. Black receives consultant for MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, and Merck, and grant recipient from MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis, Merck, and Novartis.
Dr. Davis - consultant for Merck and grant recipient from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.

The article in question states, "No other potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported." So, the authors misrepresented themselves to the journal as an independent study.

This supposed independent study reports that any child with a preexisting neurological condition, like autism, was eliminated. In other words, they eliminated the very population most at risk from exposure to Thimerosal. Any child who developed certain neurological conditions was excluded. These conditions included encephalitis and meningitis.

Children were eliminated for many reasons. One group excluded was children whose birth weight was under 2,500 grams, about 5.5 pounds. How many babies were eliminated for being underweight is not stated. Babies of this weight are hardly rare and they are not excluded from vaccinations.

The tobacco industry's old playbook is very easy to follow: manipulation of "scientific" literature and pay-(off) junk scientists to create enough reasonable doubt to allow the marketing of known poisons. Legislators who receive large contributions from pharma will be reluctant to interfere.

For the facts, read the article "A Pediatrician resigns from the AAP" in the Info section of this website.

 

 

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