Press Kit – Facts for Media
Members of the press who want to interview Mr. Kennedy and/or need more information on the World Mercury Project (WMP) are invited to contact:
Lyn Redwood, Executive Director | Lyn.Redwood@worldmercuryproject.org
Laura Bono, Media Director | Laura.Bono@WorldMercuryProject.org
Led by Chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr,the mission of the World Mercury Project (WMP) is to raise public awareness of the sources and dangers of mercury, help those who have been personally affected by mercury exposure, and push for the safe and responsible removal of mercury in all consumer products and industrial processes.
The science is unequivocal. Mercury is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth and is bioaccumulating. It is a serious health hazard. Mercury exposure can cause acute and chronic intoxication at low levels of exposure and adverse effects during any period of development. Mercury is neuro-, nephro-, and immunotoxic and is linked to many difference diseases and conditions. (Autism, ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Acrodynia)
Mercury is particularly poisonous to children because of its adverse effects on the neurological system. The development of the child in utero and early in life is at particular risk. In the U.S., 1 in 6 women of childbearing age already has blood mercury levels that exceed those considered safe by the EPA for a developing baby. And, despite news to the contrary, mercury and other dangerous toxins are still being injected into pregnant women, infants and children. Thimerosal, the mercury-containing preservative, is still in 48 million US flu vaccines each year, tetanus toxoid, meningococcal vaccines and, in massive doses, in the pediatric vaccines give to 100 million children across the developing world. Allowing it in over 100 common pharmaceutical products and up to 25 mcg. in flu vaccines is a draconian policy that should stop immediately. By informing the public, the press can provide an invaluable service to US health and mankind.
Dr. William Thompson, a senior CDC vaccine research scientist came forward as a whistleblower in this letter written by his attorney. His comments were captured in this video. Thompson
co-authored three of the five studies used in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP) to deny a link between vaccines and autism. He claims that the CDC’s autism- vaccine link studies are fraudulent. And despite Thompson wanting to testify, his boss, CDC Director Thomas Frieden has denied a subpoena for his testimony. Thompson’s claims support the evidence that there are at least 83 known cases of vaccine-induced autism have been compensated by the NVICP. As the influenza vaccine market reached $6 billion this year and the yearly vaccine market is $32.2 billion, without any liability to manufacturers, it is easy to see why vaccine manufacturers and the CDC, as a patent holder, would be protective of the profits.
The transcripts from Simpsonwood Conference Center, obtained by FOIA, allow us a sneak peek of the discussions that took place in June 2000 when the CDC, vaccine manufacturers and other stakeholders analyzed CDC research that showed a statistically significant risk between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, (a risk similar to that of cigarette smoking and lung
PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH IN REPUTABLE JOURNALS:
The World Mercury Project has compiled over 80 peer-reviewed, research papers so far linking mercury to autism. Mercury has also been linked to a myriad of illnesses/chronic conditions including ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and more.
HELPFUL RESOURCES FOR JOURNALISTS
Our website is full of the latest science and government reports on mercury in medicine and conflicts of interests in vaccine policy making. World Mercury Project also has published articles and videos on the subject which then hyperlink to even more information. We invite you to peruse the site and call if you need more information. Here are other helpful resources about mercury’s effects from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
INTERVIEWS WITH INFLUENTIAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS
Bernadine Healy, NIH Director, CBS News said that the “question [about vaccines-autism link] has not been answered;” Julie Gerberding, CDC Director, CNN with Sanjay Gupta admitted that a subset of children are at risk of a vaccine-autism link; and Congressional testimony
by Dr. William Egan, Acting Director of the FDA Office of Vaccine Research and Review Center acknowledging that no government or privately funded study has ever demonstrated thimerosal’s safety.
UNIQUE CHALLENGE TO THE MEDIA AND AMERICAN PEOPLE
For more than 10 years, the CDC has fiercely defended the government/industry orthodoxy that mercury-based vaccines are safe. This has been repeatedly reported in the media. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Robert DeNiro believe that even a meager effort at homework will expose that contention as unsupported by science.
Some believe that even allowing debate about vaccine safety and CDC corruption will cause the public to stop vaccinating. But, studies show that the gravest impediment to broad vaccine coverage is public mistrust of government regulators. Therefore, to maximize vaccine acceptance, we need robust science, a transparent regulatory agency with unblemished integrity and the safest vaccines possible. Guaranteeing these objectives will require aggressive and persistent vigilance on the part of journalists and media.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Robert DeNiro invite journalists to take their unique challenge by producing scientific proof of thimerosal safety, or start digging deeper into the facts. The fact that no major news organization has ever seriously investigated CDC Vaccine Researcher and Whistleblower, Dr. William Thompson’s shocking charges that the CDC Autism-Vaccine studies are fraudulent is concerning.
The American people expect their media to be a robust and fearless forum for honest debate — even about the most difficult and controversial issues. They deserve a perpetually inquisitive press with the courage to inform the public and speak truth to power. Most importantly, our children deserve a vaccine program that is as safe as possible. More about this very unique challenge and its complete set of rules can be found on the World Mercury Project website.
FOR MORE MERCURY FACTS YOU CAN USE
Are you looking for parents, researchers, doctors or other experts to interview about mercury in the environment, medicines, vaccines and industrial processes? Contact us for information.