Madame Senator Schaefer and Honorable Senate:

I. Introduction

I want to thank you for tackling this issue and especially for asking me to be part of this very important Study Commission. Unfortunately I have bronchitis and will not be able to attend the commission tomorrow. However, I will spend the next few hours working on a written testimony which if possible I would like you to include this in the Congressional Record. Georgia appreciates your concern for those that are the least protected and most vulnerable among the population, namely our children.

I would have loved to attend this Study Commission as I believe I have one of the most unique perspectives on this issue as I have been researching and reporting on it for years. Most only have a small part of the larger picture and therefore do not understand the full implications of President Bush's New Freedom Initiative, which could unnecessarily threaten the lives of millions of innocent Americans and put at risk families who will not be willing to allow the 'forced drugging' of their children.

II. Necessary Background Information

To really grasp the scope of this issue, one must first understand the roots and causes of Autistic Spectrum Disorders and how it pertains to this plan. Unless one understand this most important aspect of this discussion, one will not realize the full extent of the autism epidemic in America. In 1990, the recorded rate of autism in America was 1 in 10,000. Today the Centers for Disease Control report that number stands at 1 in 150. I wrote a letter to the entire Georgia Congress several years ago warning legislatures as to possibility that a vaccine preservative called thimerosol was responsible for the rise in autism rates in the United States.

Excerpt from my article "Vaccine Preservative Thimerosal And The Destruction Of An Entire Generation Of Kids"

Since the 1930s, Thimerosal had been added to vaccines as a preservative to boost drug company profits, allowing vaccine makers to package multi-use dosages in bulk instead of individual doses. The thimerosal preservative prevents bacteria from growing within the vaccine when the needle is dipped in and out of the vial to draw another shot. The FDA estimates that it's use in more than 30 licensed vaccines and biologics even though there have been publications in the most respected journals of medicine since the beginning of its introduction as a preservative on the market; warning about the dangers of mercurial based agents as preservatives to make vaccines multi-usable.

"Internal documents reveal that Eli Lilly, which first developed thimerosal, knew from the start that its product could cause damage -- and even death -- in both animals and humans. In 1930, the company tested thimerosal by administering it to twenty-two patients with terminal meningitis, all of whom died within weeks of being injected -- a fact Lilly didn't bother to report in its study declaring thimerosal safe. In 1935, researchers at another vaccine manufacturer, Pittman-Moore, warned Lilly that its claims about thimerosal's safety "did not check with ours." Half the dogs Pittman injected with thimerosal-based vaccines became sick, leading researchers there to declare the preservative "unsatisfactory as a serum intended for use on dogs."

In 1997, with the passing of the FDA Modernization Act, all products containing mercury were to be tested for adverse effects to people and environment. Soon thereafter the FDA ordered Thimerosal removed from over-the-counter products. "Once the amount of Thimerosal in vaccines was finally measured in 1999, the FDA discovered that children were receiving more than 100 times the EPA's safe limit for mercury by 18 months of age and yet officials allowed the preservative to remain in vaccines. To this very day flu vaccines given to pregnant women and 6 month old babies contain a full dose of Thimerosal." - Evelyn Pringle

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control convened a top-secret meeting of 52 health officials, government scientists, and representatives of major vaccine manufacturers, not to decide how to go public with the information and create a contingency plan to help those affected by the criminal negligence of the vaccination companies; but instead spent the 2 day conference deciding how to spin the negative results of studies implicating autism with the increase in thimerosal containing vaccines required by the immunization schedule for newborns, infants, and children. The epidemic grew quietly from the early 1930's until autism became regularly visible - a part of the fabric of America. The number of vaccines added to the 'required' immunization schedule rose dramatically for children, from 1 (small pox) in 1948, to 21 doses from 9 different vaccines in 1991, to 33 or 34 doses of nine or ten different vaccines in 1998. We are told that nobody had considered what the accumulation of thimerosal from all 'required' vaccines would do to the developing minds of children receiving all these 'necessary' shots. However, we know from Eli Lilly's own 1930's internal documents that thimerosol has never and will never be safe.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote, "I devoted time to study this issue because I believe that this is a moral crisis that must be addressed. If, as the evidence suggests, our public-health authorities knowingly allowed the pharmaceutical industry to poison an entire generation of American children, their actions arguably constitute one of the biggest scandals in the annals of American medicine."

Whether one agrees or disagrees with Kennedy's allegations, at least now this issue is in the forefront of American consciousness and with a whole generation of children and their families negatively impacted, this issue won't just disappear as I am sure some big money interests would hope it would. How do we know that this purported meeting took place? SafeMinds.org, an advocacy group of parents who believe that their autistic children were damaged by thimerosal, used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain records showing that as early as December 1999 the Centers for Disease Control knew that the amount of mercury contained as standard for vaccines given in the first three months of life would dramatically increase the risk of autism in children who received those vaccinations.

An FDA study found that vaccines administered over the past decade have tripled the dose of mercury that infants got in their first few months of life and as many as 40 million American children may have been exposed to mercury in excess of Environmental Protection Agency guidelines. The CDC and the FDA had recommended in 1991 that three additional vaccines laced with thimerosal be given to extremely young infants; the estimated number of cases of autism then increased fifteenfold, from 1 in every 2,500 children to 1 in every 166 children. On February 15, 2005, the GAO, released a Report titled, "Special Education Children With Autism," that revealed the number of children ages 6 through 21 diagnosed with autism receiving special education services has increased more than 500% over the past 10 years.

In an interview with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC, Kennedy, Jr. answered when asked - "Why are they sitting back - if our children are being poisoned, if the science is there. Why are they sitting back and letting our children be poisoned? Kennedy: Because the same regulatory bureaucrats that green-lighted Thimerosal originally are now trying to cover their tracks. We now have the transcripts of the secret meeting that they did in Simpsonwood, Georgia, in the year 2000. And it's the most horrifying thing that you can read, Joe. There are scientists there from the government who are saying - who are reading the reports and saying, this is undeniable. There's no way we can ever deny this. I am not going to give this to my children, but now let's hide this from the American people. And it's that clear. And this is what I write about. It's this language that I write about in the "Rolling Stone" and the "Salon" piece that is so shocking, where we have the guys who are supposed to be protecting Americans` health who are actually conspiring to keep this stuff in the vaccines."

Once I discovered the truth behind this issue, I quickly forwarded this article to every member of the US and Georgia congress. The transcripts from Simpsonwood attained through FOIA by SafeMinds.org proves without doubt that the CDC also knew that thimerosol was and is responsible for the rapid increase in autism and Asperger's syndrome related disorders such as ADD/ADHD, etc. I use the CDC's own transcripts to prove that yes, thimerosol had destroyed the lives of upwards of 40 million children in America alone born between 1991-1998 though autistic like symptoms had been showing up in children since the onset of required immunizations.

III. The Cover-up Ensues:

CDC Knew of Potential Link between Vaccines, Autism By Melissa Ross - The growing controversy over thimerosal has contributed to its removal from many childhood vaccines, beginning in the late 1990's. But it is still present in some vaccinations, including virtually all flu shots. It is also present in the stockpiled vaccines and will be still given to patients for years to come. The CDC had convened a secret meeting here in Simpsonwood, Georgia to discuss this issue with the leading scientist around the country, but instead of coming clean and telling parents the truth about the thimerosol/autism link, they suppressed the information and even went further to cover-up the link by funding bogus studies which concluded no correlation.

Controversy over autism eats at credibility of CDC
Alison Young - Staff AJC
Thursday, April 6, 2006

Transcripts of the Simpsonwood conference available at safeminds.org showed attendees, many of which were heads of pediatric hospitals, more interested with protecting the pharmaceutical companies' profit, than with preserving and serving the public health. They discussed ways to "handle" future lawsuits, and of how to keep this away from the public. Those that had assembled were not allowed to speak about thimerosal outside of those gathered and were reminded that "there would be no making photocopies of documents, no taking papers with them when they left." In that secret meeting, Tom Verstraeten, a CDC epidemiologist who analyzed the agency's massive database of over 100,000 children's medical information, declared to the 52 gathered that thimerosal appeared to be the culprit for a dramatic increase in autism, attention-deficit disorder, and other speech and behavioral problems.

Government Investigation Finds Autism Vaccine Related

IV: Real Treatment instead of Forced Drugging:

I won't spend a lot of time trying to convince you of this reality. If you go to: http://endeavorfreedom.org/Autism.htm you will find links to over 50 different items which conclude as I did several years ago. Also note that family members of many children with autism have been successful in detoxing their children from the thimerosol by using a technique called chelation therapy used by doctors during the 60's to remove lead from the body. Generation Rescue has already reversed autistic symptoms from their children by using oral chelators or a noninvasive skin crème that draws out mercury from the pores of the body. This technique is the only technique which has garnered any kind of measurable success in the lives of these children, however their parents are treating them for mercury poisoning and not autism or Asperger's spectrum disorders; which again proves that the autism was caused by the mercury preservative thimerosol administered through the childhood vaccination program.

o Journal: Autism rates are declining after mercury removal from vaccines o UPI Reports Chelation Therapy is Making Kids Better o Wall Street Journal Reports on chelation therapy for autism o Contra Costa Times: Parents Put Faith in Autism Regimen o Des Moines Register: Debated Autism Therapy Gives Hope to Parents o NY Times writer new book exposes CDC, FDA cover-up of autism epidemicProf. Boyd Haley explains mercury-autism link to Kentucky Assembly

What is EDTA chelation therapy?

Dr. Rashid Buttar has produced a creme for Heavy-Metal Detoxification

o Dr. Rashid Buttar tells Congress autism is mercury poisoning, offers treatment protocol

His Site

V. New Studies:

Now that several years have passed, many studies have come out from all over the world linking thimerosol and autism. I will provide a few links below so that you can verify the connection for yourself and see that indeed there is something deeply disturbing about this.

Internal Eli Lilly Documents on Thimerosol Danger
Study: Autism Decline Tied to Removal of Mercury from Vaccines
New Study Shows Vaccines Linked to Neurological Disorders
Secret Report Reveals 18 Child Deaths Following Vaccinations
New York Times: The Not-So-Crackpot Autism Theory
Vaccine Dangers
Are Vaccines Causing More Disease Than They Are Curing?
The National Vaccine Information Center
Autism - Mercury Poisoning In U.S. Children... a National Tragedy

VI. The Real Situation in America:

The real situation in America as it stands, is that over 40 million American children have extreme mercury poisoning and are not getting the help they need. Families, school systems, and governments will not be able to provide the help they need especially if our state follows the Texas Medication Algorithm Project recommended by the Bush administration as that model does nothing to assist families and children, but does everything for the bottom line of drug companies. Any bit of research into who funded the model for the 'New Freedom Initiative' produces undeniable links between big-pharma and this program to do mental health screening on the millions of children tainted with mercury poisoning or those who have a natural inclination to misbehave.

Excerpt: Bush to Impose Psychiatric Regime

The Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP) was developed with 1.7 million $ of initial financing from pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson, provided indirectly through a connected Foundation, and subsequent direct cash funneled through subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutica. It was developed and implemented in the Lone Star State's hospitals, prisons, the Juvenile Justice system and the Foster Care system during George W. Bush's watch as governor. Bush used the "extended mental health care" scheme as a point in his 2000 presidential campaign. Before leaving for the White House, he recommended a 67 million $ spending increase to pay for additional medications for the Texas Prison and Mental Health Systems.

TMAP, the Texas project, was also exported to other states, including Pennsylvania, where an investigation into what is called PENNMAP there, uncovered improper pharmaceutical pressures and financial enticements in connection with the program. The investigator, Allen Jones, was told by superiors to shut up and look the other way. When Jones refused, he was unceremoniously removed from his job and prohibited to talk to the press. Jones has stood up to the pressure and has filed a civil suit to obtain protection under the "whistleblower" statutes. He continued his investigation as a private citizen and has produced a well documented report, which is available for download as a PDF file.

The TMAP medication guide was developed, starting in 1995, in a rather singular way. Instead of reviewing studies that show the relative efficacy of medications, an "expert opinion consensus" was developed, but both the experts and the survey questions were chosen by the pharmaceutical sponsors of the program which included Janssen Pharmaceutica, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Novartis, Janssen-Ortho-McNeil, GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott, Bristol Myers Squibb, Wyeth-Ayerst and Forrest Laboratories. The subsequent evaluation of the experts' opinions came to recommend several drugs, including Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroqual, Geodone, Depakote, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Wellbutron, Zyban, Remeron, Serzone, Effexor, Buspar, Adderall and Prozac, manufactured by - who would have thought so - the same companies that sponsored and controlled the development of the Texas guide. As the guide was adopted, doctors working with state health systems had to prescribe these drugs or face disciplinary action.

VIII. They Know The Drugs Don't Work

In his whistleblower report, Jones not only traces the funding and the influence of the pharmaceutical companies involved in producing and "selling" the Texas Algorithm to other states, but also shows that - according to independent research not financed by the pharma giants - the drugs recommended are neither more effective nor safer than the cheaper ones used before. If anything, their side effects are more serious and of course they are patented and rake in an incredible return for the companies involved - according to one estimate US medicare spends as much as 3.7 billion dollars for the treatment of schizophrenia alone.
Peter J. Weiden MD, one of the participants in the "Expert Consensus" process said in an article published in the Journal of Practice in Psychiatry and Behavioral Health in January 1999, three years after the experience:

"The most important weakness of the EC Guidelines is that the recommendations are based on opinions, not data. History shows that experts' opinions about "best" treatments have frequently been disproved, and there is no assurance that what the experts recommend is actually the best treatment. One danger here is that clinicians or administrators may misinterpret "current consensus" as truth. Another limitation involves the development of the survey itself. Treatment options are limited to those items appearing on the questions, and it was not possible to cover all situations. Another problem is potential bias from funding sources. The 1996 Guidelines were funded by Janssen (makers of Risperidone [Risperdal]) and most of the guidelines' authors have received support from the pharmaceutical industry. This potential conflict of interest may create credibility problems, especially concerning any recommendations supporting the use of atypical antipsychotics."

IX: NFI Will Bankrupt the State

Not only will treating these kids with psychotropic drugs not be beneficial to them, it will bankrupt State Medicaid as they try to pay for all of the drugs that will be disposed to treat these children under this program. Excerpt: Nancy San Martin reported on 9 February 2001 in the Dallas Morning News - By early 2001, TMAP and TCMAP had all but bankrupted the Texas Medicaid program and the budgets of the state's mental health and prison systems.

"Texas now spends more money on medication to treat mental illness for low-income residents than on any other type of prescription drug." "Prescription drugs are the fastest growing expense within the health care system. And the cost for mental disorder treatments is rising faster than any type of prescription drug.""The costs of treating schizophrenia, bipolar conditions and depression have surpassed expenditures for medications to treat physical ailments, such as bacterial infections, high blood pressure, respiratory problems and even chronic disorders, notably diabetes.""According to a report on the state's Medicaid Vendor Drug Program, mental health drugs made up the largest category of expenditures among the top 200 drugs in 1999. They accounted for nearly $148 million. Those costs have more than doubled since 1996." "This week, health officials asked for at least $657 million more to help cover Medicaid costs."

X: Why Reward the Same Companies Responsible for this Unbelievable Tragedy

Often the very same companies that destroyed these 40 million children, are also the ones who will reap the benefits of prescribing psychotropic drugs to the children harmed by their vaccines. The 'New Freedom Initiative' will profit big-pharma in a huge way especially if they can get each one of these kids to be prescribed even 1 of their medications daily for as long as they may live on these very dangerous drugs. So it's like they are being rewarded to destroy our children, rather than be held accountable. Instead, these companies will reap the benefits of prescribing drugs to well over 40 million American children displaying any signs of autistic spectrum disorders or even simple restless behavior.

XI. Dangers of NFI and Psychiatric Drug Inducements

In the states which have already implemented the 'New Freedom Initiative' children are being drugged against their wishes and even the wishes of their parents. Parents are even being threatened with charges of neglect and losing the custody of their children for not wanting their children forcefully drugged. There are many stories of children going off the deep end and doing all kinds of uncanny and bizarre behaviors while being under the influence of the very drugs recommended by the New Freedom Initiative. In some cases as in the case of Shania Dunkel it can lead to death.

I won't spend much time relating to you the dangers of the psychiatry drug regiment recommended by the NFI, however here is a direct quote from Lilly to Add Suicide warning to Strattara, " One by one, psychiatry's magic bullets--the new generation of antidepressants and antipsychotics--are being unmasked for presenting both unfavorable risk/benefit and unfavorable cost/ benefit ratios for patients and the public purse. The pharmaceutical influence on doctors' prescribing is harming patients and impeding rational public health spending policy: Bloomberg News reports that in the wake of the CATIE study in which the four most prescribed, most expensive antipsychotic drugs were compared to an old cheap drug, failed to demonstrate a clinical difference, the US Medicaid program is considering reducing the $5.5 billion it misspends annually for these aggressively marketed, high priced drugs."

Here are 4 of many websites which follow stories of people exhibiting insane behavior while on these drugs:

The Creation Of Senseless Violence, Psychiatric Drugs, And Kids Who Kill
Antidepressant-Induced Suicidality and Violence: More About Deception Than Science
FDA Alert On Violence- and Suicide-Inducing Stimulants
Psychiatry and the Creation of Senseless Violence

XII. Just Compensation

These children and families will never be compensated for the struggle they have already endured and will never get the justice they deserve unless vaccine manufacturers are held accountable for the damage they have done, support will be sought out from government agencies who cannot possibly fund the scope of need necessary for these children. How can anyone even begin to place a price tag on the amount of suffering these children and their families have already had to endure. What kind of lawsuit could begin to compensate for the destruction of over 40 million American children and their families. Many families have had multiple children born between the years of 91-98, all with severe autism. How can society begin to repay these parents back for all that they have gone through?

Another startling trend that has been coming to the forefront of American media, is the fact that parents are taking it upon themselves to end the lives of the autistic children they have rather than deal with the daily regiment of caring for their children. What is more startling is evidence that the media sides with these parents and appeals for sympathy for them rather than treat the cases of murder of autistics as regular murders. This has also lead to an increase in the accounts of these children being starved/dehydrated to death and with the blessing of some of these parents. These children will be vulnerable to all kinds of neglect and abuse unless something is done to provide families with knowledge of chelation and the link between thimerosol and autism.

Another set of data verifying this link is the Amish people of Pennsylvania who do not allow their children to be vaccinated. After an exhaustive and lengthy search, Olmstead writes, "June 14, Washington, D.C. (UPI) - Readers of this column have reacted strongly to our series of reports on autism among the Amish. So far, we have found only a handful of cases of autism and have quoted some experts who think it is nearly nonexistent in this group." The Amish of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, refuse to immunize their infants. Olmsted calculated that there should be 130 autistics among the Amish. He found four - one exposed to high levels of mercury from a power plant and the three other had received their vaccines before they were adopted into Amish families.

I know I will not be able to go into great detail on all of the revelations I bring before you know as there is so much contained within this piece of testimony. I would like to challenge each legislature to doubt all that I bring before you. I would ask that rather than just shrug off what I say in this account that you do the research yourself and look into the things I have brought here before you. Georgia has elected you to office because you are the best and the brightest among us. Therefore it is your duty as an elected official to look into what I say as knowing this information will lead you to do what is best for the children, people, and families of our great state.

XIII. Alternatives to NFI - Ban Thimerosol!!!

Rather than implement the New Freedom Initiative as recommended by the Bush administration. I would ask you to work with the likes of Put Children First.org who upon finding out that thimerosol is the true culprit of autism in America, has campaigned to ban thimerosol in this Nation. They have been successful in 6 states so far, please consider making Georgia the 7th state to protect children from the dangers of mercury poisoning and ban thimerosol produced vaccines in this state. It is possible for vaccine manufacturers to produce all vaccines without thimerosol, however it would cost them much more as the thimerosol allows vaccine vials to multi-usable though vaccines with thimerosol are entirely not safe. To truly help families and children here in the State, Congress could mandate a study which looks into the plausibility of treating autism through inexpensive natural means like oral or skin chelators that have been proven affective for heavy metal toxicity for years and then make these available through state Medicaid services rather than expensive psychotropic drugs which do nothing to help these children and only further risk their lives and the unity of their families. The results from GenerationRescue.org are profound and easily convincing. The true great hope for children and families touched by autism lies not in the New Freedom Initiative but in bringing forth knowledge that autism is nothing more than mercury poisoning and that mercury poisoning is treatable. It may not bring all children back fully and may not work on some, but for those it does help, that help can be tremendous.

If the state does plan to implement the NFI, please place safeguards into the policy which protects parents from being charged with neglect and being stripped of their custody. As with vaccinations there should be religious or moral exemptions which protect the children and their families instead of the drug companies who are responsible for the situation being as it is already. If I can be of further assistance, I would be glad to address you on these issues and answer any questions you may have. All of this information is available at my website: EndeavorFreedom.org.

Thank You and Bless You in Your Work,

Zen Garcia