The Committee on Government Reform,
chaired by Congressman Dan Burton, held a "Full
Committee Hearing on 'Vaccines and the Autism Epidemic: Reviewing the
Federal Government's Track Record and Charting a Course For the
Future'" on Tuesday, December 10, 2002.
It was an extraordinary event, with
testimony from the following experts: David S.
MD, Professor of Neurological Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine,
Houston, Texas; Mark Geier
MD, PhD, Genetic Consultants of Maryland, Bethesda, Maryland; and
MD, MPH, FRCPC, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology, McGill University,
Montreal, Canada; Karen Midthun
, MD, Director, Office of
Vaccines Research and Review, Food and Drug Administration, Rockville,
Maryland; Stephen Foote
, PhD, Director, Division of
Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science, National Institutes of
Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland; and Christopher Portier
PhD, Director, Environmental Toxicology Program, National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
Among the evidence brought to bear by
the Committee was a video
from The University of Calgary which showed how even small amounts of
mercury cause neuron degeneration in the brain, and another which
illustrated the painfully distressing behavior of an autistic
child. Included in the testimony of the first three experts was
convincing evidence that autism might well be caused by vaccines, and
why the studies which allege to vindicate the vaccines do no such thing.
Burton closed with a powerfully moving letter
he had just received from Ray Gallup, former president of the Autism
Autoimmunity Project and father of a now grown autistic child,
explaining that he could not attend the hearing because he and his
family were "under siege"; that this was their "lot in life for trusting the medical profession that vaccines
No one with an open mind could have
seen that hearing and left believing autism cannot be related to
vaccines. No one.
No one who saw that hearing can
honestly believe that there is no evidence that thimerosal could cause
autism. No one.
No one who has a heart can continue to
ignore these children, these families. No one.
If you haven't done so already, run,
don't walk to view that hearing (using this link:
). Make or buy
a copy if you can and share it with everyone you know. It is that
"Eternal vigilance is
the price of liberty." - Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), paraphrasing
John Philpot Curran (1808)