Robert F. Kennedy Jr:
Frank Bruni’s angry tirade against me in his Sunday New York Times column took me by surprise. Last February, we’d had a brief, friendly and mutually respectful telephone conversation.
He had written an article about vaccine safety at the end of January, and I asked if he would allow me to show him some of the recent scientific studies linking thimerosal to a range of brain injuries. I also wanted to show him the transcripts of statements by CDC whistleblower Dr. William Thompson discussing the troubling disarray and deception within CDC’s vaccine program.
He erroneously suggests that mercury has been removed from all pediatric vaccines. In fact there are massive doses of mercury in some meningitis vaccines – now mandated for all schoolchildren in New York – and in vaccines given to pregnant women, infants and annually to public school kids. To the ingredients of those vaccines, pharmaceutical companies have recently added aluminum adjuvants that act synergistically to dramatically amplify the neurotoxicity of the remaining mercury.
The most recent science shows that ethylmercury is twice as persistent in the brain (Burbacher et al. 2004) and 50 times as toxic as methylmercury in fish (Guzzi et al. 2010).
Bruni acknowledges that he relies on CDC’s version of what the science says rather than reading science himself. Four scathing federal studies by Congress, the U.S. Senate, the HHS inspector general and the HHS Office of Research Integrity paint CDC’s vaccine division a cesspool of corruption due to scandalous conflicts with the $30 billion vaccine industry. In August, CDC’s senior vaccine scientist, Dr. William Thompson, invoked federal whistleblower protection, confessing that CDC supervisors systematically require vaccine division scientists to bury data linking vaccines to autism and other neurologic harms.
In our book, a review of the published science, Dr. Martha Herbert, Dr. Mark Hyman and I identified hundreds of peer reviewed studies by leading government and university scientists showing that thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is a devastating neurologic toxin linked to neurological disorders now epidemic in American children, including ADD, ADHD, low IQ, speech development delays and tics.
Frank Bruni and other American journalists need to start reading the science themselves and stop allowing compromised government bureaucrats tell them what the science supposedly says.