- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 4, 2003

Why the hatter was mad

Thank you for your article by Cheryl Wetzstein regarding thimerosal in childhood vaccines (“Mercury-laced vaccines a threat, child group says,” Nation, Monday).

As the mother of a vaccine-injured, mercury-poisoned child, I encourage you to do more research on the truth regarding vaccines and the epidemic of autism. You have the ability to help expose the truth behind what I and others see as a reprehensible cover-up by the government and the pharmaceutical industry.

WENDY FOURNIER

Portsmouth, R.I.

The hatter was mad because he made hat forms with mercury. Giving mercury to children is like falling into Wonderland and not being able to get out, ever.

Here is how my oldest daughter, Willa, responded to her mercury-laced vaccinations at age 4. She lay down on the floor and began to scream and didn’t stop for 14 hours. Then, when she stopped, she became unable to wear clothes (it was the middle of winter), had trouble walking in the morning (putting one foot in front of the other had to be the result of instructions rather than habit) and could no longer balance herself on one foot. She also completely forgot everything she had known about reading and writing.

Now, after years of occupational therapy and a very strict routine and diet, she is functioning almost normally. Almost.

So, a scientist who works for a pharmaceutical company sees no connection between mercury and autism-spectrum disorders and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes it without any comment on the obvious conflict of interest. Who ever said things make sense in Wonderland?

LAURIE ESSIG

Burlington, Vt.

Thank you for having the guts to run this article.

Tens of thousands (if not more) of parents and health care professionals know vaccines harmed their children. It’s no coincidence, no fantasy. Give these children a chelatingagentsuchasdimereaptosuccinic acid and they’ll excrete frightening levels of mercury and other toxins. See Bradstreet & Geier’s study from this past summer. Vaccines may be safe for some children but certainly not all.

It’s time to start figuring out how to prevent damage in the children who might be at risk. It’s time to make safe vaccines. Until that time, we need to give parents the option of doing what’s right for their children.

MELISSA MCNEESE

New York

Like thousands of other families, we had a normally developing male child until he was given his 15-month vaccine series. He lost his speech, he became sick all the time and he ignored everyone around him. Blood work revealed that he was carrying a heavy load of mercury.

Chelation helped him, but at the age of 11, he is still 1 years behind his peers in his speech, memory and learning. Reading comprehension is very difficult for him. His younger brother also was tested for metals, and again, mercury was too high. That brother has the same learning problems to a lesser degree.

We have seen too many similar situations with other families. We no longer vaccinate any of our children. Even a few months ago, when the pediatrician reminded us that our oldest child (who is normal) had not yet received his tetanus booster shot, we remarked that we were waiting for that vaccine to be thimerosal-free. The doctor insisted that it was. I asked to see the tetanus box and bottle. To the doctor’s shock, thimerosal was listed as an ingredient. Naturally, we didn’t have the booster shot administered. To all parents who might read this: Ask questions and don’t proceed unless you are totally satisfied with the information you receive.

Why is it illegal to dump any amount of mercury into the ground or water, yet it is considered fine to inject mercury into human bloodstreams? Let’s also remember the aluminum and formaldehyde that are common ingredients in vaccines. No wonder autism, attention deficit disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and other neurological maladies are commonplace today. The sad fact is that parents were not informed that “special” ingredients were present in the vaccines.

A cover-up by the pharmaceutical companies? Quite possibly. Congratulations to Rep. Dave Weldon, Florida Republican, for investigating this issue.

FELICIA CLEGG

Indialantic, Fla.

Wednesday-morning quarterbacking

I have never written a letter to an editor, or a newspaper for that matter, but this week has put me over the edge.

I have been a Washington Redskins fan for as long as I can remember. I am originally from Erie, Pa., and now live in Mansfield, Ohio. Although there were a lot of good times for the Redskins a decade or so ago, I have found myself having to defend them everytime football conversation breaks out.

I usually favor giving a new head coach at least three or four years to get things rolling in his direction, but after Sunday’s game with the Cowboys (“Beaten and bewildered,” Sports, Monday), I believe I would have fired Coach Steve Spurrier on the spot no matter what the contractual penalties might be. I wonder if he knows or even cares that his quarterback is hit almost every time he drops back to pass or that his team is the most penalized team in the NFL. The head coach may end up ruining a potentially promising career for Patrick Ramsey because Ramsey is either going to be crippled shortly or be so gun-shy that he may not be able to show his full potential.

There is enough talent on the Redskins to be a playoff team. What they are lacking is a leader to provide the motivation, direction and purpose to get them there.

WILLIAM LALLMAN

Mansfield, Ohio

Drain the swamps?

On Oct. 30, the Senate debated and voted 55-43 against the Lieberman-McCain proposal to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Washington Times reported this was the first vote in congressional history on a bill to cut emissions of greenhouse gases that occur both naturally and from human activities and include CO2 and methane (“Senate rejects bill to limit greenhouse-gas emissions,” Page 1, Friday).

Many environmental activists contend that CO2 is the prime culprit in global warming. However, a letter signed by 17,800 scientists contends “there is no convincing scientific evidence” that human activity is causing “catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

The focus on carbon-dioxide emissions, primarily from the burning of fossil fuels such as oil and coal, appears to be aimed at energy suppression; the economic shock waves from such a limitation would be disastrous to this nation’s economic recovery.

But what about methane? It’s a very powerful greenhouse gas, each molecule retaining 21 times more heat than a molecule of CO2. Methane emissions come from the decomposition of organic wastes in municipal solid-waste landfills, the raising of livestock and wetlands. “Swamp gas,” that unpleasant odor you smell around wetlands, is methane.

For years, federal and state governments have promoted programs to curb the loss of — and even restore — wetlands, which produce about 22 percent of all methane, both natural and man-made. They are the largest source of atmospheric methane. In a recent report to Congress, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said the United States has 105.5 million acres of wetlands.

It seems illogical to try to curb carbon-dioxide emissions with one government action while in the name of environmental protection we’re willing to promote the production of additional methane with governmental support. I’m not suggesting we should drain the swamps in the name of “junk science,” but piecemeal actions, such as legislating the reduction of CO2 emissions, would result in a flawed policy that hurts the environment, the economy and the American people.

Some risks are worth taking; the risk to our economy of unilaterally controlling CO2 emissions is not. By not ignoring the science, the Senate did the right thing in rejecting this bill.

DR. HAROLD M. KOENIG

President

Annapolis Center for Science-Based Public Policy

Annapolis

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