Friday, July 23, 2010

Get the Record Straight on Thimerosal!

Parents want to know: Do vaccines still contain Thimerosal?

If you read anything here today, make it this concise historical timeline:

*UPDATE 1/23/14*
Safeminds has issued a statement on a study about ethylmercury (Thimerosal) and resulting neurological impairment. You can read Safemind's statement here and you can read the actual study here. As Safeminds points out: 

In the paper the authors found an elevated relative risk (RR) for the following disorders: Autism 7.6, nonorganic sleep disorders 5.0 and speech disorders 2.1.  In a court of law, a relative risk of 2.0 typically implies cause and effect."
First, what is Thimerosal? Thimerosal was created/discovered in 1927 by Eli Lilly and "grandfathered" in under the FDA guidelines, meaning it has never been proven safe. It was pioneered as the answer to all problems for vaccine companies since it functioned as a great preservative AND as an adjuvant. It is 49.6% ethyl mercury by weight.

This is the Material Safety Data Sheet for Thimerosal. You will thoroughly enjoy learning that Thimerosal is categorized as hazardous waste and hazmat suits and respiratory protection must be worn when cleaning it up:

In fact, H1N1 vaccines have to be disposed of through a special service:

What is an adjuvant? The CDC says:
"A vaccine adjuvant is a substance that is added to the vaccine to increase the body's immune response to the vaccine."

This is basically going to be a toxic substance because the vaccine companies need to force the body to react to the virus and create antibodies. This raises the efficacy of inactivated vaccines. When you receive an intramuscular injection of a vaccine, the body detects the adjuvant, such as aluminum, and reacts to it strongly. Scientists hope that at the same time, the body will detect the viral particles and create antibodies to them.

The Modernization Act passed by the FDA in 1997 mandated that Thimerosal be removed from all vaccines by the year 2001. This is, incidentally, the information that blows away the “autism increased after Thimerosal was removed myth.” Although the act was passed in 1997, vaccines containing high amounts of Thimerosal were used up to 2001 (and perhaps longer than that by individual doctors), and as you will see, it's still present in varying, unregulated amounts in several childhood vaccines. And this doesn't even touch upon other mercury-containing products in our environment and medical industry, such as feeding tubes.

But, since Thimerosal had a secondary purpose of preserving the inactivated vaccines and since the companies still use the same contaminated factories, they have to continue to manufacture vaccines using Thimerosal on the production line. Meaning, the factories are not contained, sterile environments so they use it during the manufacturing process and then attempt to remove most of it at the end of production.

Several vaccines list "trace amounts of Thimerosal" in their ingredient list and some even give small estimates such as “3mcg.” Since it is not intended to be an actual ingredient, the FDA does not require vaccine companies to test for the amount in each batch or to declare exactly how much is in it.

The word “trace” as a definition in America can be used for up to .5mcg. Coincidentally, .5mcg of Thimerosal is the EPA limit for toxic exposure. Keep in mind two things. 1) that children receive more than one vaccine at a time and 2) that intramuscular injection of ETHYL mercury has never been proven safe in a double blind, placebo controlled study. So even the standard safety limit here is an estimate. The EPA limit and any mercury studies are based on inGESTion of METHYL mercury.

Live vaccines such as the MMR and Varicella vaccines do not and never did contain Thimerosal as they do not need a preservative. Many people have told me that their doctors said things such as, “Oh the MMR doesn’t have Thimerosal in it anymore” and it’s quite ridiculous to hear. Either the doctor is absurdly stupid or for some reason lying…I guess trying to make the MMR sound less dangerous? At any rate, it is inaccurate and misleading.

Here is a timeline of Thimerosal in America:

Some flu vaccines contain Thimerosal as an actual adjuvant. The ones that do contain Thimerosal as an adjuvant have a typical adult dosage of 24.5/26mcg per vaccine. Here is the Fluzone H1N1 vaccine insert so you can see for yourself:

See for yourself which vaccines still contain detectable amounts of Thimerosal. Here is the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s ingredient list of licensed vaccines in America:

Curious about all those other ingredients? You should be! Vaccines in America contain a host of toxic chemicals, animal parts, human cells and common allergens. Click on this site to find a neatly organized list of manufacturer inserts. Yes, these are the actual product inserts distributed by the vaccine companies. Scroll through them to find a complete list of ingredients, contraindications, adverse effects and more!

Remember how I said Thimerosal was replaced with Aluminum? Check out this study completed in November 2009 that found “Aluminum hydroxide injections lead to motor deficits and motor neuron degeneration:”

So the next time your doctor says Thimerosal was removed (by the Modernization Act of 1997) remind him that it was “almost, kinda” removed. And while you’re at it, ask your child’s pediatrician if he will lick .5mcg of Thimerosal off a plate in front of you. I’d love to hear his or her response.

In his book, Evidence of Harm, research-journalist David Kirby talks about ethylmercury/thimerosal and the autism/vaccine controversy:

"Thimerosal is a water soluble, cream-colored, crystalline powder that is 49.6 percent mercury by weight. It was invented in the 1920s under the direction of Eli Lily, an Indianapolis chemist whose grandfather founded the pharmaceutical company that today is one of the worlds largest drugmakers Lilly gave the solution the brand name Merthiolate and quickly discovered a burgeoning market for the new product. One of its many uses was as a preservative for the growing number of vaccines under development in the first half of the century. For decades thimerosal was widely marketed as safe and effective. However the preservative had been ‘grandfathered’ onto the approved list of medical additives by the FDA, which was formed after thimerosal was invented. The product never underwent any of the rigorous safety trials now required for FDA approval.

Most thimerosal-containing vaccines are made with 0.01 percent mercury But no one had ever bothered to add up the total sum of mercury, by weight, being injected into American infants until the job was handed into the FDAs Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

There was one major complication to this task. Nearly all the studies of mercury toxicity in humans had been exposure to methylmercury, the form that is typically found in fish. Thimerosal is made with ethylmercury, a close cousin. . Both are “organic” mercury compounds; that is, they are both easily absorbed by lipids or fatty membranes. Inorganic mercury is water-soluble and more likely to be trapped by the kidneys and filtered out of the body through urination.

Organic compounds are a more dangerous form of mercury, which is considered to be the second most toxic substance on earth, after plutonium. Mercury is a recognized neurotoxin that can destroy cells in key centers of the brain and nervous system. It is especially hazardous to fetuses and small infants whose vital organs are still developing. Mercury is known to halt cell division and migration within the forming brain, and has been known to bind to the DNA, interrupting chromosomal reproduction and blocking several essential proteins.

The main chemical difference between ethylmercury and methylmercury is that the ethyl form contains an extra carbon compound on its molecule, making it larger. Some scientists contend that the extra carbon compound make it less likely to cross the blood-brain barrier. Methylmercury has been shown to remain in the blood longer than ethylmercury (a half-life of fifty days versus seven days for ethylmercury) and appears to accumulate more readily in the body. Despite these differences, FDA researchers assumed that the two forms of mercury were equal in toxicity.

Human exposure to high levels of methylmercury had been studied in places where large-scale mercury pollution had turned up in fish (such as Japan in the 1950s) or where seed grain treated with Mercury fungicide had been mistakenly consumed by people (as in several outbreaks in Iraq, most recently 1971-1972). Many children born to mothers who ate the contaminated fish or grain showed signs of developmental impairment, ranging from severe neurological disorders in the worst exposures, to problems with language, memory, or attention in milder cases.

Because mercury is excreted in part through the hair, researchers examined hair samples from mothers of the affected children. These levels were then used by three separate government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the FDA, and the CDCs Agency for Toxic substances and disease registry (ATSDR), to calculate what they considered to be the maximum daily “safe” level of exposure.

At the EPA, the researchers looked only at the Iraqi study, and selected lowest hair mercury level at which damage was found. They extrapolated that figure to calculate the corresponding daily exposure from food, and determined it to be 1.0 microgram (a microgram is one-millionth of a gram) of mercury per kilogram of bodyweight a kilo equals 2.2 pounds.

But the EPA took things a step further. In order to build in “a significant margin of safety” investigators divided the 1.0 microgram figure by ten. The maximum daily exposure was thus lowered to a conservative level of 0.1 micrograms per kilogram. The other agencies were less cautious. The ATSDR calculated the safety limit to be 0.3 micrograms er kilogram per day, and the FDA officials set the limit at 0.4 micrograms per kilogram per day.

When the FDA researchers finally did their math and converted the amount of ethylmercury in vaccines from volume percentages to actual weight, they found that most American children were being exposed to levels in excess of federal limits, especially when calculated in single-day “bolus” doses. For example, a two-month old weighing 5 kilograms could have been exposed to 62.5 micrograms of mercury in a single day. This would have been 125 times more than the ATSDR limit 91.5 micrograms per day), and 31 times more than the FDA limit (2.0 micrograms per day)."
– from Evidence of Harm by David Kirby. pages 48-49 – published 2005.

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