CDC Caught Hiding Data Showing Mercury in Vaccines Linked to Autism


February 9, 2015

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In a press release issued recently, one that almost no mainstream media sources have bothered to report, it was announced that Dr. Brian Hooker had finally received documents from the CDC through a Freedom of Information Act that revealed the CDC had access to data linking Thimerosal in vaccines to autism, non-organic sleep disorders, and speech disorders.

Two members of Congress helped Dr. Hooker draft his letter to the CDC, after having spent nearly 10 years submitting over 100 Freedom of Information Acts to no avail.

This information, so far, has been completely blacked out of the mainstream media.

This information is very damaging to the CDC, which has stated for years that there are no studies linking the mercury of Thimerosal in vaccines to autism. You can watch for yourself in the video below the most recent testimony given by the CDC in the November 2012 Congressional Hearing on Autism, where they claim there are no studies linking Thimerosal to autism. Thimerosal is still used today in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants.

Watch more video highlights of this Congressional hearing on Autism here. Outside of C-SPAN, it was mostly ignored in the mainstream media back in November of 2012.

The mainstream media’s official position regarding vaccines and autism has been that it has been “proven that there is no link”, and Dr. Andrew Wakefield is used as the standard scapegoat being presented as a “disgraced doctor” who supposedly got caught fabricating his study. Of course, Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s study has been replicated in at least 28 other studies, and no case has ever been won against Dr. Wakefield in a court of law. Litigation is still pending, and one of the doctors who was a co-author in the study has been completely exonerated in the U.K.

Yet, the man who supposedly conducted studies for the CDC proving that vaccines do not cause autism, is a wanted criminal for stealing millions of dollars from the CDC, and is still on the run from the law. But that story is seldom, if ever, reported in the mainstream media. (See: CDC Vaccine Link to Autism Scandal: The Wrong Man was Condemned)

To understand the autism-vaccine debate one must look outside of the heavily Big Pharma funded mainstream media, such as this report by Emmy Award winning journalist Ben Swann:

The Canary Party has also produced an excellent video, narrated by Rob Schnieder:

Vaccine Industry Watchdog Obtains CDC Documents That Show Statistically Significant Risks of Autism Associated with Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal

Biochemist Brian Hooker, scientific advisor to A Shot of Truth, reveals CDC knew of risks for over a decade.

by A Shot of Truth


For nearly ten years, Brian Hooker has been requesting documents that are kept under tight wraps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His more than 100 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests have resulted in copious evidence that the vaccine preservative Thimerosal, which is still used in the flu shot that is administered to pregnant women and infants, can cause autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Dr. Hooker, a PhD scientist, worked with two members of Congress to craft the letter to the CDC that recently resulted in his obtaining long-awaited data from the CDC, the significance of which is historic. According to Hooker, the data on over 400,000 infants born between 1991 and 1997, which was analyzed by CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten, MD, “proves unequivocally that in 2000, CDC officials were informed internally of the very high risk of autism, non-organic sleep disorder and speech disorder associated with Thimerosal exposure.”

When the results of the Verstraeten study were first reported outside the CDC in 2005, there was no evidence that anyone but Dr. Verstraeten within the CDC had known of the very high 7.6-fold elevated relative risk of autism from exposure to Thimerosal during infancy. But now, clear evidence exists. A newly-acquired abstract from 1999 titled, “Increased risk of developmental neurologic impairment after high exposure to Thimerosal containing vaccine in first month of life” required the approval of top CDC officials prior to its presentation at the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference. Thimerosal, which is 50% mercury by weight, was used in most childhood vaccines and in the RhoGAM® shot for pregnant women prior to the early 2000s.

The CDC maintains there is “no relationship between Thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism rates in children,” even though the data from the CDC’s own Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) database shows a very high risk. There are a number of public records to back this up, including this Congressional Record from May 1, 2003. The CDC’s refusal to acknowledge thimerosal’s risks is exemplified by a leaked statement from Dr. Marie McCormick, chair of the CDC/NIH-sponsored Immunization Safety Review at IOM. Regarding vaccination, she said in 2001, “…we are not ever going to come down that it [autism] is a true side effect….” Also of note, the former director of the CDC, which purchases $4 billion worth of vaccines annually, is now president of Merck’s vaccine division.

Dr. Hooker’s fervent hope for the future: “We must ensure that this and other evidence of CDC malfeasance are presented to Congress and the public as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence. Children’s futures are at stake.” A divide within the autism community has led to some activists demanding that compensation to those with vaccine-injury claims be the top priority before Congress. Dr. Hooker maintains that prevention, “protecting our most precious resource – children’s minds,” must come first. “Our elected officials must be informed about government corruption that keeps doctors and patients in the dark about vaccine risks.”

Referring to an organization that has seen its share of controversy this past year, Dr. Hooker remarked, “It is unfortunate that SafeMinds issued a press release on my information, is accepting credit for my work and has not supported a worldwide ban on Thimerosal.”

Brian Hooker, PhD, PE, has 15 years experience in the field of bioengineering and is an associate professor at Simpson University where he specializes in biology and chemistry. His over 50 science and engineering papers have been published in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Hooker has a son, aged 16, who developed normally but then regressed into autism after receiving Thimerosal-containing vaccines.

Dr. Brian Hooker’s investigative research is sponsored by the Focus Autism Foundation.

The Focus Autism Foundation is dedicated to providing information to the public that exposes the cause or causes of the autism epidemic and the rise of chronic illnesses – focusing specifically on the role of vaccinations. To learn more, visit

A Shot of Truth is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and educational website sponsored by Focus Autism. AutismOne is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and supports advocacy efforts for children and families touched by an autism diagnosis. To learn more, visit

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4 Comments on CDC Caught Hiding Data Showing Mercury in Vaccines Linked to Autism

  1. Katherine: I’m sorry you didn’t understand the flow of logic in my posts. Makes sense to me. I am a scientist by trade, and that’s just how my thoughts flow. Apologies for not being more articulate.

    My post explains that there indeed is a “safe” level of mercury. The human body is resilient, but only up to a certain point. Thus, the reason for the saying “everything in moderation”.

    Indeed, this toxicity has been known for centuries.. but the distinct level of tolerance by the human body has been determined until this last century.

    Trying to undermine the IOM reference by pointing out some potential conflicts of interest in their staff is admirable, but it doesn’t undermine their expertise. Many of the members were involved in the development of vaccines & have impressive resumes, and therefore have the technical know-how to understand the overall effects of the elements in vaccines.

    So, please take off your tinfoil hat for a second and do your own research. Please think for yourself instead of spouting buzzwords like “Big Pharma” and reading obviously-biased “news” sources like The Liberty Beacon. The whole nonsense of vaccines causing autism compelled me to read it and respond accordingly.

    Hopefully I can stamp out some paranoid ignorance by doing so.

  2. What a non sequitor THAT was. There is no safe level of mercury. It is a toxin at any level. It is not entitled to be defended as i it were a person – innocent until proven guilty. Its toxicity has been known for centuries. People reading this should know that the International Institute of Medicine is well-known to be a Big Pharma front group. So why would we believe anything they said? These are the same “doctors” who have been repeatedly exposed and prosecuted for getting paid for the use of their names on medical journal articles written by Big Pharma marketers. For those interested in finding out more about Big Pharma’s crime techniques start by googling the Texas Medical Algorithm Project.

  3. thimerosal contains 50% of ethylmercury. FDA/EPA guidelines for methylmercury exposure is 0.1 micrograms per kilogram or 0.05 micrograms per pound of body weight (
    methylmercury has been found to be much more toxic than ethylmercury.
    The amount of thimerosal in DTaP shots is less than 3 micrograms -> 1.5 micrograms of ethylmercury.
    The amount of thimerosal in the full-dose flu shots is 25 micrograms -> 12.5 micrograms of ethylmercury.

    You are at the METHYLmercury exposure limit for the DTaP shot if you are at or less than 30 lbs.
    You are at the METHYLmercury exposure limit for the full-dose flu shot if you are at or less than 250 lbs.

    ETHYLmercury is approximately 5 times less toxic than METHYLmercury. (…/Pub…/ImmunizationSafety/Lucier.ashx)

    Extrapolating this would by a factor of five means that a full dose of DTaP shot would be a 6 lb or less person’s daily limit for mercury exposure (without side effects)

    and a full dose of the flu shot would be a 50 lb or less person’s daily limit for mercury exposure (without side effects)

    Infants are known to be less effective in expelling mercury from their bodies. so this linear relationship is not accurate for small children.

    The international Institute of Medicine convened a committee (the Immunization Safety Review Committee) that eventually came to this conclusion “The committee concluded that this body of evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, and that hypotheses generated to date concerning a biological mechanism for such causality are theoretical only. Further, the committee stated that the benefits of vaccination are proven and the hypothesis of susceptible populations is presently speculative, and that widespread rejection of vaccines would lead to increases in incidences of serious infectious diseases like measles, whooping cough and Hib bacterial meningitis. ”

    In conclusion, the exposure to mercury as found in vaccines is not linked to autism. (Though HIGH exposure to mercury could lead to developmental and nervous system disorders, or death of it’s really high)

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