Mercury-Autism Link Called “Not So Crackpot” by The New York Times in 2002

In a 2002 NYT article by journalist, author and vaccine historian Arthur Allen, Dr. Neal Halsey, Director For The Institute of Vaccine Safety, lost confidence in his previous position that ingredients in vaccines did not cause brain damage (autism.)

This article was published 14 years ago. (I am only addressing this moment in time, here.)

Here’s my question: How did the thought leaders, the propagandists, eliminate all this sober middle ground, in subsequent years, and collapse all objection to any and all vaccines, into a stigmatized, totally illegitimate position, when as recently as 2002 the NYT was running article like this?

How did they make the search for truth so detestable in the zeitgeist?

The extreme bullying by trolls, “science” bloggers, attack journalists, and some celebrities, is a recent phenomenon. Post Brian Deer, would be one way to put it.

It’s illuminating to see what professionals were thinking and saying before the violence was formalized:

“Halsey, 57, has green eyes, a white beard that makes him look like a ship’s captain and an air of careful authority. As chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on infectious diseases from 1995 through June 1999, he often appeared in the media administering calm reassurance. ”Many of the allegations against vaccines,” Halsey said in one interview, ”are based on unproven hypotheses and causal associations with little evidence.”

And then suddenly in June 1999, during a visit to the Food and Drug Administration, a squall appeared on the horizon of Halsey’s confidence. Halsey attended a meeting to discuss thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative that at the time was being used in several vaccines — including the hepatitis B shot that Halsey had fought so hard to have administered to American babies. By the time the dust kicked up in that meeting had settled, Halsey would be forced to reckon with the hypothesis that thimerosal had damaged the brains of immunized infants and may have contributed to the unexplained explosion in the number of cases of autism being diagnosed in children.

That Halsey was willing even to entertain this possibility enraged some of his fellow vaccinologists, who couldn’t fathom how a doctor who had spent so much energy dismantling the arguments of people who attacked vaccines could now be changing sides. But to Halsey’s mind, his actions were perfectly consistent: he was simply working from the data. And the numbers deeply troubled him. ”From the beginning, I saw thimerosal as something different,” he says. ”It was the first strong evidence of a causal association with neurological impairment. I was very concerned.” ”

 

Allen, Arthur, “The Not So Crackpot Autism Theory.” NYT Magazine, Nov. 2002

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/11/10/magazine/the-not-so-crackpot-autism-theory.html?pagewanted=1

Comments

  1. John says:

    Back in 1987 a professor once asked his MedChem class: what sane mind would inject a known bio-accumulating neurotoxin (Thimerosal – contains ~52% by molecular weight Hg) into babies? especially with all the past evidencce of harm. ie; pinks disease.

  2. David Crowe says:

    It was only early in 2015 when the Toronto Star published a piece on girls who’d suddenly become disabled after an HPV shot. They went out of their way to deny that they were drawing a causal relationship (although vaccine proponents never seem to be able to provide an alternative explanation). But even so when the measles epidemic happened, the newspaper was savagely attacked, and they cravenly withdrew the article. Another victory for the censors.

    • Stephen Ericson says:

      Isn’t it funny when someone appears to have been vaccine damaged, that’s to say that post vaccine there’s this sudden onset of symptoms, and the ‘science bloggers’ that Celia cites above suddenly assert ‘Correlation does not imply causation’, frequently peppering that rare insight with remarks like ‘they should really teach that one in school…’

      And yet when some measles ‘outbreak’ occurs, the same logic can’t be applied, even when the vast majority of those who contracted it did have the vaccine? If the numbers alone were taken into account, it would seem that the vaccine made things worse.

    • Anonymous says:

      Indeed Mister Crowe, i too recall those incidents of disability initially reported as occurring soon after injection with the HPV vaccine but with no causal link or alternative explanation. Was that a trial or initial release of the vaccine now promoted by one of the best/worst examples of manipulative propaganda ever featuring televised children guilt-tripping parents for denying them this supposed life saving injection?
      Wondering why paralysis is not announced as possible adverse reaction. Wasn’t that one of them?
      It is a sick, sad and cruel paradox that glaring evidence of potential harm caused by treatment is overlooked as acceptable collateral damage while as is the case with the failed HIV theory we are expected to accept failure of every prediction, expectation, threat and promise made since 1984 as evidence of successful control and containment of the contagion.
      Why and how has HPV infected so many while HIV so few?
      Why are the only ones dying of “AIDS” thirty years into a non-spreading “epidemic” those who know their viral status and follow prescribed treatment?
      Every post of the writing and work of Celia Farber is another defeat of censorship.

    • Anonymous says:

      Indeed Mister Crowe i too recall those incidents of disability initially reported as occurring soon after injection with the HPV vaccine but with no causal link or alternative explanation. Was that a trial or initial release of the vaccine now promoted by one of the best/worst examples of manipulative propaganda ever featuring televised children guilt-tripping parents for denying them this supposed life saving injection?
      Wondering why paralysis is not announced as possible adverse reaction. Wasn’t that one of them?
      It is a sick, sad and cruel paradox that glaring evidence of potential harm caused by treatment is overlooked as acceptable collateral damage while as is the case with the failed HIV theory we are expected to accept failure of every prediction, expectation, threat and promise made since 1984 as evidence of successful control and containment of the contagion.
      Why and how has HPV infected so many while HIV so few?
      Every post of writing and work by Celia Farber is another defeat of censorship.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Nearly thirty years ago a brave young research journalist named Celia Farber published outstanding, ground breaking, controversial articles reporting failure of the proposed but never proven theory that a newly “discovered” viral agent was the cause of apparently sexually transmitted epidemic immune failure devastating the homosexual male community and further detailing toxicity of the prescribed medicinal treatment.
    Thirty years later the proposed HIV/AIDS theory has failed every prediction, promise, expectation and threat of explosion into and decimation of the general heterosexual population, vaccine and curative treatment. Seems the only people dying of this epidemic are those who know their viral status and follow prescribed treatment.

    Meanwhile the HPV virus…

    Just sayin.
    Celia Farber seems to be the only one reporting Truth

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