A mercury-containing preservative rarely used in the United States should not be banned as an ingredient in vaccines, U.S. pediatricians said Monday, in a move that may be controversial.
In its statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) endorsed calls from a World Health Organization (WHO) committee that the preservative, thimerosal, should not be considered a hazardous source of mercury that could be banned by the United Nations.
The AAP in 1999 asked for its removal from vaccines in the United States because of a concern that youngsters receiving multiple shots containing thimerosal might get too much mercury – and develop autism or other neurodevelopmental problems, despite the lack of hard evidence at the time.
“It was absolutely a matter of precaution because of the absence of more information,” said Dr. Louis Cooper, from Columbia University in New York, who was on the organization’s board of directors at the time.
“Subsequently an awful lot of effort has been put into trying to sort out whether thimerosal causes any harm to kids, and the bottom line is basically, it doesn’t look as if it does,” he said. …
Rarely used? Flu vaccines are given every year, and multidose vials still have mercury.
In a study done in 2004, 100% (75) of late-onset autistic children had an antioxidant deficiency which made them vulnerable to heavy metal exposure. None of the “normal” kids (75) had this trait, which can be easily screened for. Still medicine insists on exposing all kids to yearly doses of mercury.
Something tells me these “experts” don’t expose their own kids to these shots.