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Kennedy Challenges Journalists to Balanced Discussion About Vaccine Safety

On February 15, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. — chairman of The World Mercury Project, founded in November, 2016 — held a press conference at The National Press Club in Washington D.C., calling for an open and honest discussion about vaccine safety. Actor Robert De Niro, whose son has autism, was also in attendance.

During that press conference, Kennedy challenged journalists to do their job rather than simply regurgitate vaccine industry propaganda.

He also offered $100,000 to anyone who can find a published study indexed in PubMed proving mercury levels in vaccines are harmless for infants and developing fetuses at the levels given. As reported by Epoch Times:1

"Kennedy … said he's spent years watching the press repeat what public health officials say without critically questioning or citing primary sources and thus the press has failed as watchdog for the vaccine industry.

'We are going to offer a $100,000 reward, it's called The 100K Challenge, to any journalist or anybody else who can point to a single existing study that says that it is safe to inject mercury into babies and pregnant women at the levels that we are currently injecting them with the flu vaccine' …"

Vaccine Shills Coming Out of the Woodwork

Ironically, articles arbitrarily defending the mercury preservative thimerosal2 in vaccines are being published without producing much, if anything, in terms of evidence that it is safe to inject children and pregnant women with mercury in any amount. Take Kate Feldman's piece in the New York Daily News:3

"Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. are looking for proof that vaccines are safe, despite overwhelming evidence that vaccines are safe. An FDA study in 1999 found that thimerosal … posed no harm except for hypersensitivity.

The CDC also provided research that shows no link between thimerosal and autism."

Aside from not providing a single reference or link to the CDC studies in question so that interested parties might follow up on them, Feldman fails in her journalistic duty by not addressing a single argument brought forth by the other side — and there are many to choose from.

This is typical of mainstream media, carelessly defending the safety of vaccines without addressing the evidence that has been accumulating for a long time suggesting otherwise. This includes:

• Whistleblowers who claim scientific fraud was committed to reach a conclusion about vaccine safety. For example, in 2014, William Thompson, a senior CDC scientist, confessed he conspired with colleagues to cover up links found between MMR vaccine and autism among African American boys.

According to Thompson, they eliminated the incriminating data in order to vanish the link. According to investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, the CDC has blocked Thompson from testifying in a medical malpractice case brought on behalf of a teenage boy who allegedly developed autism following vaccination.

Kennedy is one of the legal representatives in this case. The father is now suing the CDC in an attempt to force the agency to allow Thompson to testify.4

Kennedy and others have also brought forth evidence showing data manipulation was used to reach a desired conclusion of safety (see more below).

• The U.S. government has sealed vaccine injury compensation case results where autism was in fact linked to brain inflammation, vaccine-induced fever and immune stimulation.5

• The fact that the FDA set the limit on the amount of aluminum allowed in vaccines (as an adjuvant) based NOT on safety studies but rather on the amount required to boost vaccine effectiveness — or the fact that many vaccine safety studies use improper placebos, meaning placebos that may be toxic rather than inert, thereby hiding or minimizing the adverse effects of the vaccine.

Aluminum as an adjuvant has in fact never been tested for safety. It was and still is ASSUMED to be safe, although there's plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise.

Biochemist Lucija Tomljenovic, Ph.D., has published a number of papers6,7,8,9,10 that suggest aluminum-containing vaccines may be causing harm.

• Statistical correlations showing that countries where children get the largest number of vaccinations have higher autism rates compared to countries that do not vaccinate children with as many vaccines.

Tomljenovic discusses these findings in my 2015 interview with her. In the U.S., there's also a significant correlation over the last three decades between the number of vaccines and autism rates.

• Brand new research published on January 19, 2017, concluding there's "a significant relationship" between mercury exposure from thimerosal-containing vaccines and the subsequent risk of emotional disturbance,11 based on data obtained from the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database.

• As noted by Attkisson, Dr. Frank DeStefano, director of the CDC Immunization Safety Office has verbally acknowledged that vaccines "might" trigger autism, albeit "rarely,"12 adding, "It's hard to predict who those children might be."

This is an important admission that strikes at the heart of the matter and reveals a significant problem.

By not having any reliable way to screen children for risk factors that might predispose them to vaccine damage, and removing personal choice to boot, children are quite literally sacrificed "for the greater good."

But ask any parent of a vaccine damaged child whether it's a price worth paying when it's YOUR child, and you'll get a whole other perspective.

Thimerosal Safety and Vaccine Safety Are Not the Same Things

While Kennedy appears primarily focused on the potential role of thimerosal in causing vaccine damage, researchers have presented a number of other potential mechanisms of vaccine harm, including the long acknowledged ability of vaccines to cause brain inflammation (encephalitis/encephalopathy), the toxic effects of aluminum adjuvants and other toxic vaccine ingredients, and the hazards of immune overstimulation by virtually any means.

For example, pertussis toxin13 and live measles virus,14 can cause brain inflammation and permanent brain damage — regardless of thimerosal.

As noted by Tomljenovic, it's important to realize that autism is not just a brain disorder; it's also an immune system disorder. She calls it an immune system brain disorder, as the two systems are connected. In my 2015 interview with her, she said:

"You cannot influence the immune system at the periphery without changing something in the brain. Most of us know that from experience, because when you get the flu, your brain doesn't function very well … It's a neuroendocrine axis — basically, the immune system at the periphery and the central nervous system talk to each other.

If you increase an immune response artificially at the periphery, you are going to mess up the brain. They've done that artificially using what they call viral and bacterial mimics. I thought, 'Oh, that [is] like antigens in vaccines,' because that's exactly what's being used. Commonly in this type of research strong adjuvants are added to exaggerate the immune response ...

There is a huge body of research that shows if you overstimulate the immune system at the periphery, especially in the critical stage of early development, you are going to influence the brain in a negative way, and by doing so, you can create irreversible damage. This is research that is rarely discussed, because it really shows that there is reason to question the safety of the burden of vaccines given to infants."