News and Updates

SafeMinds Responds to IOM Report

The January 16, 2013 Institute of Medicine report, The Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies, repeats the IOM pattern of failing to call for the appropriate scientific research to be conducted on vaccine-induced autism. Read more.


SafeMinds Executive Director attends INC-5 Meeting in Geneva Switzerland

Read Eric's opening statement and follow his reports during the meeting at


SafeMinds's responds to the World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics’ support for continued use of mercury in vaccines.

[Madison, WI - January 7, 2013] - In an unprecedented reversal of efforts for decreasing known toxic exposures to children, the World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued statements opposing any limitations on the use of the mercury preservative Thimerosal® in infant and childhood vaccines. These organizations, while supporting the elimination of all other potential mercury exposures, oppose language limiting mercury in medicine in the negotiations for an international mercury treaty, despite delegates’ desire to include it. As a result, WHO and AAP are not only signaling tacit approval to industry for continued use of Thimerosal, but also development of new mercury-containing pharmaceutical products and the reintroduction of mercury into medications where its use had previously been eliminated.  Read more.

Stunned by Opinions Endorsing Mercury in Childhood Vaccines, SafeMinds Renews Call for Phase Out

Opinions recently published in Pediatrics advance a callous approach to the health of the world’s children. The authors rationalize using a handful of studies they hope will counter well-justified science about exposure to mercury and its known links to brain damage.

The causal link between brain damage and mercury – mercury in any form, especially the organic forms including ethylmercury found in the vaccine preservative thimerosal – has been well-established. Hundreds of articles on studies have been published over the past 75 years by the world’s most respected scientists – whose only association is a shared goal of the scientific search for truth.   Read more.

Download science summary highlighting studies that support removal of thimerosal

Deirdre Imus Blonde on Blonde:  Will the Nation Address Mental Health Along with Gun Control?

SafeMinds honorary board member Deirdre Imus discusses the shooting in Connecticut and the need for people to be bettered education on autism and asperger's.  Click here and scroll down to the video segment.

Read SafeMinds Board Member Katie Weisman's piece on the shootings.

Congressional Autism Hearing Held on November 29, 2012

On Thursday, November 29th at 2:00 pm, The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing regarding the federal response to autism over the past decade. EBCALA, SafeMinds and many individual parents worked hard to make this happen. Watch hearings and find out more here.

Popular children's lunch contains hidden danger

The Coalition for SafeMinds joined major national groups including the Mercury Policy Project, Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Center for Science in the Public Interest to compose and release the report Tuna Surprise. This report relates strongly to the basis for the thimerosal argument - that the true threat from mercury is exposures that spike above safe levels and pose a risk to the neurological health of our children. These are the same children who are assumed to be "small adults" in the eyes of the risk managers in our federal health and environmental agencies. These are the same exposure spikes that are usually averaged over weeks or months by those same risk managers.

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SafeMinds Holds IACC Accountable

Four SafeMinds supporters went to Washington last week to provide Public Comment to the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee. Click here to view videos. SafeMinds Board Member and Founder Lyn Redwood is a member of the IACC. You can read her public comments here. Click here to view the full-text of SafeMinds' written public comment. It includes more details on recent studies linking autism and mercury. Read more.

Awareness Isn't Enough - We Need Action
Today the Centers for Disease Control issued the long-awaited autism prevalence numbers for children born in 2000 - 1 in 88 children.  VIEW CDC PRESS RELEASE
These are real kids, not numbers. They deserve better.  Please read this document and share it. 

SafeMinds Board Member Scott Laster on Public Affairs on Peach

Scott Laster, a SafeMinds' Board Member debated vaccine safety on Public Affairs on Peach, a Sunday morning production of CBS Atlanta News. Click here to watch.

Changes in DSM-5 Autism Definition Could Negatively Impact Millions
Autism organizations concerned that autism diagnostic changes will jeopardize services, impair tracking, and disrupt research around the globe.

Click here to read full releaseClick here to read concerns and questionsCompare the old and new ASD criteria. Update 2/22/12  Read questions and responses from SafeMinds discussion with Sue Swedo who is the chair of the DSM-5 work group on Neurodevelopmental Disorders (including autism).

SafeMinds Launches Mercury-Free Pregnancy Campaign and Cautions that CDC and Others are Failing to Protect Infants
In a letter dated December 5, 2011, the CDC and 11 national organizations encouraged health professionals to advise their pregnant patients to get vaccinated against influenza during any trimester. However, they neglected, once again, to recommend readily available mercury-free vaccines or even to alert doctors that the majority of influenza vaccines still contain mercury. Read full release.

Report on 2011 Neurotoxicology Conference 

From SafeMinds Board Chair Sallie Bernard

The annual Neurotoxicology Conference took place in Research Triangle, NC on October 30-November 2. The conference title was “Environmentally Triggered Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Focus on Endocrine Disruption and Sex Differences in Autism, ADHD, and Schizophrenia.” Read more.

SafeMinds Applauds Proposed Global Treaty Ban on Mercury in Vaccines
No amount of mercury is insignificant when directly injected into the body of an infant, young child or pregnant woman.  Read full release. 

New IOM Report on Vaccine Adverse Effects Shows Alarming Lack of Good Science.  SafeMinds notes: Parents should still be concerned.

The Institute of Medicine's Panel on Adverse Effects of Vaccines issued a report today on the evidence and causality of vaccine harms. Despite a glowing press release, the report does little to allay public concerns over adverse effects of vaccines and suggests that we urgently need more science on vaccine adverse effects.  Read full release.

Familial Susceptibility to Mercury Is a Risk Factor for Autism. New research shows six-fold risk of ASD in grandchildren of acrodynia survivors

SafeMinds calls on the pharmaceutical industry to remove mercury from all products, including vaccines. Read full release.


SafeMinds Welcomes New Executive Director (7/14/11)
It is hard to imagine it has been 10 years since we first alerted the FDA about harm to our children that resulted from exposure to mercury in vaccines and pharmaceutical products. Since early 2000 SafeMinds has worked diligently to raise awareness in an effort to reduce unnecessary exposure to mercury and at the same time funded over 1 million dollars in mercury related research in hopes of finding effective ways to help those harmed. As we move into the next decade we realize that there is still much work that needs to be done to fulfill our mission of protecting future generations from harm and to restore health to those already injured, both within the U.S. and globally. Read More.

SmartVax: A Website to change the Discourse on Vaccines (7/12/11)
A portion of SafeMinds' focus is on the role that vaccines may play in environmentally-induced autism, and SafeMinds members have participated in various governmental vaccine-policy and autism research committees to encourage research in this area. During these efforts it has become increasingly frustrating that public health officials discourage the smart science necessary to determine the mechanisms of vaccine-injury, and often provide incomplete information on vaccine risks and benefits to the public. Read more. Visit SmartVax website.

New Research Suggests Stronger Environmental Link to Autism. (7/11/11)
SafeMinds applauds the findings of the study looking at genetic and environmental factors for autism by sixteen California researchers just published in the American Medical Association's journal Archives of General Psychiatry. The researchers, including many gene scientists, found that environmental exposures play a significant role in triggering Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Download full release.

83 Cases of Autism Associated with Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensated in Federal Vaccine Court (5/10/11)
Government program has been quietly paying awards to vaccine-injured children with autism for two decades but continues to deny vaccine-autism link. SafeMinds calls for immediate Congressional investigations. Read more.

Daughter of Journalist Robert MacNeil States that Son Regressed Into Autism After Vaccines (4/19/11)
SafeMinds and Alison MacNeil call for immediate, properly-designed and independently-conducted vaccine safety studies in an effort to identify infants at risk for vaccine injury.  Read full release.

Thorsen Indicted (4/14/11)
Poul Thorsen, the principal coordinator of multiple studies funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to deny a vaccine/autism link was indicted on April 13th on 13 counts of fraud and 9 counts of money laundering. The charges relate to funding for work he conducted for the CDC, which claimed to disprove associations between the mercury-based vaccine preservative, thimerosal, and increased rates of autism. Read full release.

Supreme Court Ruling Completely Shields Pharmaceutical Companies from Vaccine Safety Liability. (2/23/11)

SafeMinds Asks Congress to Revisit Vaccine Safety.  Read moreWatch video of press conference.

Autism Advocacy Organizations and Parent Groups Support Dr. Andrew Wakefield Urging Both Scientists and Journalists to Do More Thorough Research Into Vaccines and Autism (1/12/10)
Last week, an article in the British

SafeMinds Executive Director Lyn Redwood on FOX News (12/4/10)

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Pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears Discusses Vaccine Dose Safety on Fox & Friends (10/3/10)

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Fox asks: "Autism Correlation Coverup? Vaccine claims rarely compensated by gov't" (9/26/10)

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SafeMinds provide statement to Colorado Public Utilities Commission Hearing (9/23/10)
Coal-burning power plants are the largest human-caused source of mercury emissions to the air in the United States. Read SafeMinds statement from the September 23, 2010 hearing. View SafeMinds energy policy

Federal Vaccine Court Orders U.S. Government Pay an Estimated $20 Million for Lifetime Care to Child With Autism Just as New Book Exploring the Link Between Mercury-Containing Vaccines and Autism Is Released (9/14/10)

SafeMinds says the new book to be published September 14th, The Age of Autism: Mercury, Medicine and a Man-made Epidemic, provides compelling evidence that mercury in vaccines and other products has caused an epidemic of autism and other neurological disorders. Click here to read full release.

SafeMinds Requests Senate Hearings (9/7/10)

On September 7, 2010 SafeMinds sent a request for Senate Hearings looking into the use of mercury in vaccines. SafeMinds eagerly waits a response from Senator Klobuchar and the Senate Health Committee. Read letter.

SafeMinds Speaks Up at EPA Hearing on Coal Power Plant Waste (9/2/10)

SafeMinds presents statement at EPA hearing on coal power plant waste. Regulate fly ash as hazardous waste - don't dump it in our communities.  Read SafeMinds statement from meetingRead our media statement.

Vaccine Safety and the Ten Year Anniversary of a Broken Promise by Lyn Redwood (7/18/10)
It was ten years ago today, on July 18, 2000, that Sallie Bernard, Albert Enayati, Liz Birt and I sat huddled together in the back room between Congressman Dan Burton’s office and the Government Reform Committee hearing room making last minute edits to our testimony. Read more.

New Autism Consortium Study Proves (Again) that Inherited Genes Don't Cause Autism by Mark Blaxill

The Autism Genome Project Consortium (AGPC) deserves credit for at least one thing. They know how to make a public relations mountain out of a scientific molehill.  Read more.