One of the more popular articles I’ve posted this year dealt with the incidence of autism among the Amish living in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. That is, the lack of it… Based on national averages, there should’ve been as many as 200 children with autism living in that community. Instead, only three children were found to have autism and two of them had been vaccinated.

It didn’t take the United Press International reporter (who has been writing a series of pieces on this unusual occurrence) very long at all to figure out the connection we’ve known for a while about the toxic effect vaccines laced with thimerosal can have on children.

Even more alarming, the reporter discovered a handful of other cases of autism among unvaccinated Amish children living in three states (Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas) who were being treated by a Virginia doctor. The common thread in four of them: Very high mercury levels due to exposure to pollution coming from coal-fired power plants. And, Pennsylvania has four of the nation’s 10 dirtiest power plants, according to the Pittsburgh Post.

Other interesting factoids I thought you’d want to know about:

  • The first American was diagnosed with autism in 1931, the same year thimerosal was first used in a vaccine.
  • Autism diagnoses exploded in the 1990s, the same decade children got an increasing number of thimerosal-containing vaccines.
  • Although many of the so-called experts believe the link between thimerosal and autism is a dangerous one, Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, says she has an open mind about that possibility.

If you’re still researching mercury’s toxic effect on children, you’ve certainly come to the right place. A good place to start is an extensive piece I posted earlier this spring on how mercury can ruin your family’s life and your own.

Washington Times May 20, 2005