Autism Parents take on AAP in DC - October 7-8
by Evelyn Pringle
During the same time frame that the number of the mercury-based
thimerosal-containing vaccines nearly tripled on the childhood immunization
schedule, a corresponding epidemic of autism erupted. The increasingly
common disorder is now forcing public schools to build more special
education classrooms and scramble to train specialists to accommodate the
needs of autistic children who are enrolling in the nation's already
overwhelmed public school system in record numbers.
Because some vaccines must be given more than once, a child can get as many
as 23 shots by age 2, according to the March 7, 2004 LA Times. In fact, a
child might receive as many as six shots during a single doctor's visit, the
So what does this mean?
It means that a person born in the 1950s or 60s got a total of 3 vaccines in
childhood over a period of years, and only received 25 micrograms of mercury
in each shot spread out over time and if no autism developed, the person's
body was apparently able to rid itself of the mercury.
In contrast, an infant in 1990s got a dose of 150 micrograms of mercury in
one shot during one doctor's visit. If the infant's body was not able to rid
itself of that mercury, with each additional vaccination, more and more
mercury accumulated in the body and the
child developed autism, or some less extreme disorder or developmental
A person really does not have to be a rocket scientist to understand this
Although it took years to gain access to the government records needed to
confirm this theory, famed researchers Dr Mark Geier and David Geier, were
finally able to obtain access to the CDC's Vaccine Safety Datalink, to
conduct an independent study on the link between thimerosal and autism.
Their study revealed that the risk of autism in children increased
significantly with each additional 25 micrograms of mercury the child
received. "When they finally calculated the relative risk for autism at each
exposure level, the Geiers were shocked to find that children who received
three mercury-containing DTaP shots had an increased risk of autism nearly
27 times that of children who got three preservative-free vaccines,"
according to David Kirby, in the book, "Evidence of Harm."
Think about that for a minute. The children who received thimerosal, were 27
times more likely to develop autism than children who received no
thimerosal. Coincidence? 27 times? I think not. There are now hundreds of
studies that have identified thimerosal as the culprit responsible for the
autism epidemic. Do a google search by typing in "thimerosal" "autism"
"studies" and see what you come up with.
The mercury-based preservative is still used during the manufacturing
process of vaccines and trace amounts have been found in those products. A
full dose of thimerosal is still added to flu vaccines recommended for use
in pregnant women and 6-month-old babies.
On October 7 and 8, parents of autistic children from over the country will
be in Washington DC to rally support with lawmakers for a complete ban on
mercury in vaccines and to make their voices heard at the American Academy
of Pediatrics National Convention.
Back in July 2001, the American Academy of Pediatric's policy statement on
mercury exposure was: "Mercury in all of its forms is toxic to the fetus and
children, and efforts should be made to reduce exposure to the extent
possible to pregnant women and children as well as the general population."
PEDIATRICS Vol. 108 No 1 July 2001, pp 197-205.
However, the organization has apparently had a change of heart because in
2005, in attempt to thwart the passage of legislation in New York and other
states, that would ban thimerosal from all vaccines given to pregnant women
and children, the AAP sent out letters to state law makers with comments
similar to the following: "Passing such legislation sends the wrong message
to New York parents and pregnant women, and in fact all New Yorkers, The
legislation makes the legislature appear to be complicit in 'Junk
The next question is logically why would they do this? Why would they deny
the undeniable? By now there are a number of reasons. First off, many
members of this group are financially indebted to the pharmaceutical
industry. Some own stock in a company or share patents in a vaccine. Some
were paid to develop the vaccines and some were paid to conduct clinical
trials on vaccines. And some were even financially rewarded over the years
if the number of vaccines administered in their office increased.
Others don't want the public to get it because they know they will face not
only outrage, but huge law suits for their involvement in developing or
approving the mercury-laced vaccines to begin with. APP members wear all
kinds of hats. For instance, some are also
members of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises
the CDC on whether a vaccine is safe enough to be added to the immunization
The results of an investigation of this committee conducted by United Press
International, published on July 21, 203, revealed that at the June 2002
committee meeting, the last meeting for which minutes are available, four of
the 11 members acknowledged conflicts
with Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Bayer and Aventis Pasteur. Two
of the four did research or vaccine trials for manufacturers. One of the
four was a co-holder of a vaccine patent as well as a consultant to Merck.
Junk Science huh? You decide.
Below are the latest state by state statistics on the autism epidemic. I
encourage anyone who is still doubting the vaccine- thimerosal-autism
connection, to scroll down and check out the numbers for your state.
After that, I challenge readers to try to come up with an alternative theory
to justify this epidemic, other than the official government mantra that
these autistic kids have been out there all the long but they simply were
not diagnosed correctly.
Before you even think about buying that line take a little trip down to the
nearest public school and drop in on the special education classrooms and
have a look at the behaviors of an autistic child and see whether you
believe hundreds of thousands of these kids could have been out here and we
just never noticed.
People don't see these children because aside from going to school, parents
seldom take them out in public because of the problem of trying to control
them outside of the routine environment of their home.
After checking out the statistic below, get your check book out and accept
the fact that your local taxes are going to skyrocket to cover the expense
of the special ed schooling for these kids, and don't lose sight of the fact
that there's plenty more where these came from.
Mark my word, this is going to be the biggest man-made medical catastrophe
in the history of this country, and probably the world. If we don't find a
cure, we're talking $$ trillions for life-time care.
And if the Bush administration, and its puppets in Congress, succeed in
granting immunity against lawsuits to their largest campaign contributors,
also known as the pharmaceutical industry, get ready to pick up the tab for
the whole damn mess. The numbers below are taken from official statistics
produced by the Department of Education, on the number of children aged 6-21
with autism currently being schooled in special education classes under the
Individuals With Disabilities Discrimination Act.
The statistics compare the increase in cases of autism over the 12-year
period between 1992-93 and 2003-04: State 1992-1993 2003-2004
Alabama 68 1,319 1,840
Alaska 8 291 3,538
Arizona 199 2,131 971
Arkansas 30 1,040 3,367
California 1,605 19,034 1,086
Colorado 14 879 6,179
Connecticut 164 2,041 1,145
Delaware 15 387 2,480
Florida 582 5,915 916
Georgia 262 3,956 1,410
Hawaii 52 618 1,088
Idaho 39 571 1,364
Illinois 5 6,005 120,000
Indiana 273 4,755 1,642
Iowa 67 1,224 1,727
Kansas 74 993 1,242
Kentucky 38 1,358 3,474
Louisiana 409 1,640 301
Maine 37 815 2,103
Maryland 28 3,536 12,529
Massachusetts 493 4,007 719
Michigan 288 6,341 2,102
Minnesota 296 5,076 1,615
Mississippi 0 622 -
Missouri 336 2,664 693
Montana 20 247 1,135
Nebraska 4 557 13,825
Nevada 5 891 17,720
New Hampshire 0 585 -
New Jersey 446 4,933 1,006
New Mexico 16 359 2,144
New York 1,648 9,486 476
North Carolina 786 4,074 418
North Dakota 9 220 2,344
Ohio 22 5,146 23,291
Oklahoma 31 959 2,994
Oregon 37 3,759 10,059
Pennsylvania 346 5,805 1,578
Puerto Rico 266 666 2,404
Rhode Island 19 568 2,889
South Carolina 141 1,303 824
South Dakota 36 328 811
Tennessee 304 1,659 446
Texas 1,444 10,354 617
Utah 105 1,030 881
Vermont 6 280 4,567
Virginia 539 3,533 555
Washington 476 2,824 493
West Virginia 101 507 402
Wisconsin 18 3,259 18,006
Wyoming 15 162 980
Total 12,222 140,920 + 1,055 overall
Note: Where increases are from a very low base figure, these have been
expressed as "almost infinite".
(Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for Independent Media TV and an investigative
journalist focused on corruption in government)
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chemical that has been used as a preservative and injected into animals in
This is the chemical that has been used as a preservative and injected into
children in their vaccines. It is also commonly found in flu vaccines that
many seniors and other member of the general population receive as well.
EXCERPT: (Please go to the link and read the full article)
There is no conclusive scientific evidence yet, but many parents are
convinced that the presence of mercury in vaccines administered to infants
is responsible for their children’s autism. Mercury acts as a poison in the
human body. The controversy over mercury content in vaccines first arose in
the West 25 years ago. Multi-dose vaccines contain Thimerosal — a potent
neurotoxin with 50 percent mercury content used to stem fungi and bacterial
growth in vaccines. These multi-dose vaccines are still being administered
in India. Multi-dose vaccine vials are 10 times cheaper than single-dose
vials — which do not contain any mercury — and hence preferred by the
international agencies for vaccination programmes in developing countries.
The possible link between mercury in vaccines and the unprecedented growth
in the number of autism cases among children in the West caused great
concern among parents there. This led to a ban on such vaccines in many
developed countries. But millions of children in India every year are still
indiscriminately administered these vaccines.
Vaccine manufacturers in developed countries make mercury-free vaccines for
the domestic market, but the same companies supply vaccines with thimerosal
to developing countries.
In India most vaccines which used in the universal immunisation programme
contain mercury. Mercury is present in DPT, Hepatitis B, Haemophililus
influenza and combination of vaccines to the extent of 25-50 micro grams per
0.5 ml paediatric dose.
A child who has undergone a full vaccine schedule in India receives a total
of about 375 to 450 micrograms of Thimerosal. This is 50,000 times more than
the limit prescribed in drinking water by WHO.
On the other hand, WHO is promoting the Hepatitis B vaccine in India, which
has high levels of mercury. India is still waiting for a study that would
establish the link between mercury-laden vaccines and autism, despite the
fact that the toxicity of mercury is a well-known and established fact. Till
such time as a definite link is established Indian children just might
unknowingly be risking autism every time they are vaccinated.
Vaccination procedures are a politically motivated non-science, whose
practitioners are only interested in injecting multitudes of vaccines
without much interest or care as to their effects. Data collection on
reactions to vaccines is only paid lip service, and the obvious
ineffectiveness of vaccines to prevent diseases is glossed over. The fact
that natural infectious diseases have beneficial effect on the maturation
and development of the immune system is ignored or deliberately suppressed.
Consequently, parents of small children and any potential recipients of
vaccines and any orthodox medications should be wary of any member of the
medical establishment extolling the non-existent virtues of vaccination.
- Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: 5/30/03 ]
Study: Mercury levels too high
By JEFF NESMITH
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mercury emissions in Georgia
by facility, county & pounds measured
1. Scherer Steam Electric Generating Plant, Monroe, 1,054
2. Bowen Steam Electric Generating Plant, Bartow, 808
3. Olin Corp. (chemicals), Richmond, 719
4. Wansley Steam Electric Generating Plant, Heard, 485
5. Branch Steam Electric Generating Plant, Putnam, 453
6. Yates Steam Electric Generating Plant, Coweta, 384
7. Hammond Steam Electric Generating Plant, Floyd, 180
8. PQ Corp. (chemicals), Richmond, 155
9. McDonough/Atkinson Steam Electric Generating Plant, Cobb, 90
10. Quebecor World (USA) Inc.(printing), Columbia, 79
Source: EPA's 2000 Toxics Release Inventory
All power plants are owned by Georgia Power Co., a Southern Co. subsidiary.
• More science news
WASHINGTON -- Mercury in the rainwater of several Southeastern and Gulf
Coast states exceeds the safe level for lake water, as established by the
Environmental Protection Agency, by as much as 96 times, an environmental
group reported Thursday.
The National Wildlife Federation said EPA sampling stations in Georgia and
seven other Southern states showed mercury levels that would make fish toxic
to humans who ate them. Mercury found in contaminated fish destroys nerve
cells and easily crosses the placenta into unborn babies, researchers say.
The National Academy of Sciences has warned that consumption of contaminated
fish by pregnant women can lead to children with learning disabilities.
The National Wildlife Federation, the largest environmental organization in
the United States, called on the EPA to crack down on the sources of mercury
in the atmosphere, especially coal-burning electric power plants.
The EPA does not set safety limits for mercury in rainwater, but it does for
lakes and streams. Rain samples collected in the Okefenokee National
Wildlife Refuge in South Georgia had concentrations as high as 275 parts per
trillion -- 78 times higher than the safe level for lake water, the report
said. More than 93 percent of the Okefenokee samples collected between 1998
and 2002 exceeded the safe lake level, the federation reported.
One sampling site in Louisiana showed levels 96 times the safe level.
An author of the National Wildlife Federation report acknowledged in an
interview that not all of the mercury that contaminates rainwater finds its
way into rivers or lakes. Much is left behind in soil as rainwater runoff
makes its way into the nearest stream, said Felice Stadler, a mercury
specialist with the organization.
Even so, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division has identified 2,247
miles of river and 26,051 acres of lakes that are so contaminated with
mercury that people should restrict the quantity of fish they consume from
those waters. Lake Lanier, Lake Allatoona and parts of the Chattahoochee
River are on the warning list.
"Sixty percent of all the mercury that deposits into lakes and streams comes
from domestic sources, and coal-fired power plants are the largest source,"
The federation argued that the EPA should adopt rules that could cut power
plant emissions by as much as 90 percent. It also urged the EPA to set
tighter rules for other industries and to ban mercury in some industrial and
A spokesman for a group of power companies said the federation's
recommendations would be "counterproductive." Scott Segal, director of the
Electric Reliability Coordinating Council, said the report calls for
"old-fashioned litigious regulatory approaches."
He said that President Bush's proposed Clean Air Act amendment, called the
Clear Skies Initiative, would result in greater efficiency and therefore
less pollution. The amendment would allow companies to buy and sell the
rights to pollute, as long as national limits were not exceeded. It calls
for an eventual 70 percent reduction in mercury pollution.
In its report, the Wildlife Federation said the EPA could accomplish quicker
and more stringent reductions under current law than under the Bush
proposal. Through 2017, five times as much mercury would be emitted under
the Bush plan, it said.
Dan Reidinger, a spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, trade
association of the nation's electric industry, said power companies "have
committed to reducing mercury pollution substantially." However, he said,
the 90 percent reduction that the Wildlife Federation endorses "would raise
electricity costs without providing any measurable health benefit."
Sat 13 Mar 2004printer friendly email articleBritain - where medics
still inject mercury into babies
WHILE Britain has spent years worrying about links between autism and the
MMR jab, a far more serious threat has been gathering - involving one of
the oldest and most lethal poisons on earth: mercury.
It is a proven neurotoxin, so strong that the contents of a thermometer
could pollute a small lake, yet Britain’s NHS is still using it in a
cheap triple DTP jab. The defence is not that mercury makes the vaccine
work better - the ingredient is used simply as a preservative, to give it
a longer shelf life. UK officials say there is "no evidence" that mercury
is linked to autism, and there is no cause to remove it from routine
But Britain is now understood to be the only developed country in the
world to take this view. From Japan to the United States, mercury has
been withdrawn from the child vaccination schedule precisely on the
ground that doubts exist about its safety.
The debate is not about whether the vaccines should be administered:
mercury-free jabs are available on the NHS - and, in Scotland, to anyone
who demands them. Nor is it a scientific argument restricted to the
domain of experts: parents’ groups consistently argue that it does not
require a PhD in chemistry to establish that mercury should not be
injected into the body of a eight-week-old baby.
It is instead an argument about whether parents should be told what is in
the vaccine - and whether they should be given the power to decide which
vaccination is best for their child.
The NHS uses a DTwP vaccine bought from a company called Aventis. Unless
parents say otherwise, this is the vaccine which will be issued. It
protects against diphtheria, tetanus and whole-cell pertussis (whooping
cough). The wP means a whole dose of dead pertussis toxin, in a small
enough dose for the infant’s immune system to learn about the disease,
and how to protect against it. Mercury is a proven toxin so strong that
the contents of a thermometer could pollute a small lake
As a preservative, DTwP uses thimerosal - sometimes spelt thiomersal -
which is 49.6 per cent ethyl mercury. Each injection contains 25
micrograms of mercury - which means 75 micrograms over the three-jab
course in the first 16 weeks of the baby’s life.
The mercury-free alternative, also ordered by the NHS, is called Infanrix,
produced by GlaxoSmithKline. The diphtheria and tetanus components are
the same - the difference is that it does not use whole-cell pertussis.
This is a crucial distinction.
In the 1970s, research was published suggesting that the whole-cell
pertussis was linked to neurological disorders. This led to a worldwide
scare and parents left infants unvaccinated, rather than risk the jab.
Medical authorities the world over had outbreaks of whooping cough on
their hands. The decision was taken to produce a new type of vaccine
which allayed parents’ concerns.
Scientists’ response was to use only the components of the pertussis
vaccine which were absolutely necessary to provide immunisation. The
result was acellular pertussis - DTaP.
Infanrix is part of the new generation of DTP jabs. Its components -
pertussis toxin, filamentous haemagglutinins and pertactin - are purified
and detoxified then included in the jab.
This process is naturally more expensive than just including whole cells
of the pertussis bacillus. So Infanrix costs about twice as much as DTwP
- which has made it prohibitively expensive to the third world
vaccination programmes carried out by the World Health Organisation.
Infanrix is by no means the only DTaP on the market. There are scores of
products made by various manufacturers - each competing with the others
on effectiveness ratings and how few side effects are produced.
There is far less competition making DTwP jab - which is regarded in the
richest countries as old technology whose time has passed. Also, there is
no medical need to use mercury as a preservative when the new DTaP
vaccines have none.
This is perhaps why the DTwP does not have a brand name. It is not, by
and large, something any parent would request over DTaP - even though
statistics comparing the two are hard to extract from the UK health
All vaccines are tested against each other, in studies normally involving
tens of thousands of children. In each test which has ever been
performed, Infanrix - and every DTaP vaccine - has been given a far
superior "safety profile" than DTwP.
This has nothing to do with mercury. The problem is the so-called "junk
cells" which exist in the whole-cell pertussis vaccine, but have been
taken out of the DTaP jab. They are found to trigger a range of
unpleasant and unnecessary side effects in infants. This is an argument
about whether a child’s parents should be told what is in the vaccine
Even in the hotly-contested world of vaccine wars, it is now beyond
dispute that infants injected with DTwP are far more likely to suffer
fever, convulsions or show protracted crying that could last for up to
two days. All of these are triggered by the "junk cells".
Data filed in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm shows that the
figures vary - some say that babies are three times as likely to suffer
convulsions after the DTwP jab, some say 1.8 times more likely. But none
dispute the trouble caused by junk cells.
Britain’s defence - behind the use of mercury, as well as junk cells - is
that the DTwP vaccine works better against whooping cough. The Department
of Health argues that a child given DTaP is "twice as likely" to contract
But no studies quoted by the government directly compare the two vaccines
which Britain is actually using. In any case, one study - conducted a
decade ago - showed the likelihood of whooping cough was one in a
thousand with DTwP and two in a thousand with DTaP. These are the odds.
David Geier, one of the scientists who produced a recent report
suggesting a link between thimerosal and autism, said that debate has
moved on since 1994 and the UK no longer needs reports.
"Look at the United States. Look at Japan. They have both been using DTaP
for years - and do we see any outbreak of whooping cough there? It now
doesn’t matter what a few studies found - we can look at entire
Published April 1, 2004
Clean up vaccines, mercury foes urge
State Senate considers bill calling for nation's first ban on
Roy Holand Sponsor of bill to ban mercury as a preservative in vaccines
By Kathleen O'Dell
Jefferson City — Parents and physicians asked Missouri senators on
Wednesday to make history with the country's first ban on a mercury-based
preservative in childhood vaccines. Five people testified before the
Senate Committee on Aging, Families, Mental & Public Health on behalf of
Springfield Rep. Roy Holand's bill calling for the ban. It would not
become law until January 2006 to give vaccine makers time to retool.
Public health officials and the Missouri Nurses Association endorsed the
bill after it was changed to allow the state to give vaccine doses with
the preservative if a disease outbreak is pending and thimerosal-free
vaccine doses are unavailable. Mercury is a known neurotoxin, and
national medical groups and scientists say the mercury-based thimerosal,
a preservative still used in some vaccines, is linked to
neurodevelopmental disorders — including the one of six children
diagnosed with such disorders. While many children expel the mercury
through wastes, it accumulates over time in others and affects brain
development, researchers say. Other national scientific groups refute the
studies' conclusion that there is a link. But they also say that
thimerosal should be phased out of vaccines given to children.
"This is the biggest story of the 21st century," said Dr. Alan Clark of
Carthage, who with his wife, Lujene, are vehemently for the ban. Their
8-year-old son, Devon, is autistic. Clark, former president of the Greene
County Medical Society, said the society is planning a July symposium in
Springfield because physician members want to learn the science behind
the thimerosal controversy. Lujene Clark said Iowa and Nebraska are
considering a similar bill, and officials in other states have told her,
"'We're watching what you're doing. If you get it through, you'll give us
the courage to tackle it next,'" she said. Holand's bill calls for
telling parents before the vaccine is given if a particular vial contains
thimerosal. That raises concerns among some. Two physicians
testified in opposition, saying they agree mercury doesn't belong in
vaccines, but they're concerned that raising the issue will scare parents
out of immunizing their children. The result will be a resurgence of
childhood illnesses and more childhood deaths from influenza, said Dr.
Robert Harris, a Columbia pediatrician also with the Department of
Infectious Diseases at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.
About 135 Missouri children died last year from flu complications. Harris
said he thinks autism naturally shows up after age 18 months,
coincidentally when children have gotten most of their vaccines. Sen.
Patrick Dougherty, D-St. Louis, referred to one of about a dozen letters
he said he has received opposing the bill, citing studies that refute the
link between thimerosal and autistic behaviors. Holand, who is also a
physician, told committee members that half the vaccine makers have
already stopped adding thimerosal to vaccine. They did so at the 1999
recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Public
Health Service. "If half can do it, surely the other half can," Holand
said. Studies show switching to a more acceptable preservative would add
about $1 to the cost of a dose of vaccine. But thimerosal still exists in
the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis and the influenza vaccine in multidose
vials. He said there were 3.5 million doses of non-thimerosal vaccine
last year, and he's heard 30 million will be available next year. "We are
here as pro-immunization advocates," said Holand. They want to make sure
the vaccine supply is safe for the children getting it. The Clarks said
they returned this week from four days in Washington, D.C., discussing
the issue with national leaders.
"No science, no link" was a common response, said Alan Clark, "but they
have not looked at all 5,000 (scientific) articles that clearly identify
thimerosal as the cause. Without a doubt, this is a critical issue for
children." One senator raised the issue of a 2001 government-endorsed
study concluding there was no causal relationship between thimerosal and
autism. Alan Clark quickly referred to a 2003 study by the same groups.
The final report is due in May, he said, "But I listened to all eight
hours of testimony, and I saw nothing to convince me otherwise." Clark
added, "Washington is looking closely at Missouri. They're impressed with
what we're doing here. We have the chance now to make children safe from
The Clarks testified not only as advocates but as parents of an autistic
child whose costs for special health care and education this year alone
will total $50,000. The rise in numbers of children with autism disorders
also place a financial burden on public schools and state budgets, Lujene
Clark said. Lujene Clark said Devon received 12.5 micrograms of mercury
in a vaccine as an 8-pound newborn — "That's 34 times the limit allowed
by the EPA." He got more mercury in subsequent vaccines between 2 and 18
months old, at which point they noticed developmental changes, she said.
Devon was diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder in
first grade, but after a flu vaccine a year later his symptoms worsened
and he was diagnosed with an autism disorder. Nixa resident Rita
Shreffler, who has two autistic children, also testified." This is a
common-sense issue," she said. "Mercury has no place in vaccines."
Contact Kathleen O'Dell at kodell@News-Leader.com.
• Details about autism conference in Chicago. 6A
Children got adult mercury dose
Pediatrician's assertions don't match
family's experiences or research into thimerosal.
I'm sure the pharmaceutical industry will be relieved by Dr.
Frederic Hamburg's comments on the mysterious nature of autism
("True cause of autism unknown, likely not thimerosal," April 18
Vaccine makers have a vested interest in perpetuating the myth
that autism is a vague, mysterious disorder.
As the parent of two children who were born completely normal
but later regressed after being injected with amounts of mercury
greatly in excess of federal guidelines for adult mercury
exposure, I find it absurd and insulting to be asked to accept
that overexposure to mercury, followed by symptoms of mercury
toxicity, followed by lab tests confirming elevated levels of
mercury in my children is "coincidence."
As an example of the gross overexposure that became routine
among children born in the early 1990s when the amount of mercury
injected into infants tripled, my son received two
mercury-containing vaccines, the Hib and the DTP, at the age of 2
months. The total amount of mercury received that day was 50
mcgs, or what the EPA would consider safe for a 1,107-pound
adult. My son weighed 11.5 pounds.
Dr. Hamburg asserts that ethyl mercury found in thimerosal is
somehow safer than methyl mercury, but emerging scientific data
indicates otherwise. A recent Japanese study (Ueha-Ishibashi, et
al. Effect of thimerosal, a preservative in vaccines, on
intracellular Ca2+ concentration of rat cerebellar neurons.
Toxicology. 2004 Jan 15; 195(1): 77-84.) concluded that ethyl
mercury is at least as damaging to brain cells as methyl mercury.
Because the amount of ethyl mercury used in the study was half
that of the methyl, it may possibly be twice as toxic.
I wonder if Dr. Hamburg and other pediatricians in the area
who continue to claim no relationship between overexposure to
mercury though vaccines and rising numbers of children with
neurological disorders would be willing to expose themselves to
similar amounts of mercury that the children of the '90s received
To duplicate my son's office visit described above, just one
of many during which mercury vaccines were given, we need to
adjust for weight. An average sized male pediatrician weighing
180 pounds would need to be injected with 788.8 mcgs ethyl
mercury in just one sitting to achieve the same level of
exposure. Of course, similar exposures would need to follow at
regular intervals to re-create the routine pediatric vaccine
In an age of increasing government-issued warnings regarding
neurological damage from eating fish, the American public has,
incredibly, been conned into accepting the direct injection of
mercury as safe. A growing number of parents and scientists
around the country are reclaiming their common sense in
recognizing that infants and toddlers should not be injected with
a known neurotoxin.
Rita Shreffler, Nixa, is an advocate for the removal of
mercury-based preservatives from children's vaccinations.
Please go to this website.
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ETHYL (SODIUM O-
MERCAPTOBENZOATO)MERCURY * MERCURATE(1-),
-O,S)-, SODIUM SALT * MERCUROTHIOLATE *
MERCAPTOBENZOATE-S)-, SODIUM SALT * MERFAMIN
* MERTHIOLATE *
MERTHIOLATE SODIUM * MERTORGAN * MERZONIN *
MERZONIN SODIUM * SET *
SODIUM ETHYLMERCURIC THIOSALICYLATE * SODIUM
BENZOATE * SODIUM ETHYLMERCURITHIOSALICYLATE
* SODIUM MERTHIOLATE *
THIMEROSAL * THIMEROSALATE * THIOMERSAL *
SECTION 3. - - - - - - - - - - HAZARDS
IDENTIFICATION - - - - - - - - -
LABEL PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS
HIGHLY TOXIC (USA)
VERY TOXIC (EU)
VERY TOXIC BY INHALATION, IN CONTACT WITH SKIN AND IF SWALLOWED.
DANGER OF CUMULATIVE EFFECTS.
MAY CAUSE SENSITIZATION BY INHALATION AND
IRRITATING TO EYES, RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND SKIN.
KEEP AWAY FROM FOOD, DRINK AND ANIMAL
AFTER CONTACT WITH SKIN, WASH IMMEDIATELY WITH PLENTY OF WATER.
IN CASE OF CONTACT WITH EYES, RINSE IMMEDIATELY WITH PLENTY OF
WATER AND SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE.
WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT OR IF YOU FEEL UNWELL,
SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE
IMMEDIATELY (SHOW THE LABEL WHERE POSSIBLE).
SECTION 4. - - - - - - - - - - FIRST-AID
MEASURES- - - - - - - - - - -
IN CASE OF CONTACT, IMMEDIATELY FLUSH EYES OR
SKIN WITH COPIOUS
AMOUNTS OF WATER FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES
WHILE REMOVING CONTAMINATED
CLOTHING AND SHOES.
IF INHALED, REMOVE TO FRESH AIR. IF NOT
BREATHING GIVE ARTIFICIAL
RESPIRATION. IF BREATHING IS DIFFICULT, GIVE OXYGEN.
IF SWALLOWED, WASH OUT MOUTH WITH WATER PROVIDED PERSON IS
CALL A PHYSICIAN IMMEDIATELY. WASH CONTAMINATED CLOTHING BEFORE
SECTION 5. - - - - - - - - - FIRE FIGHTING
MEASURES - - - - - - - - - -
CARBON DIOXIDE, DRY CHEMICAL POWDER OR
SPECIAL FIREFIGHTING PROCEDURES
WEAR SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS AND
PROTECTIVE CLOTHING TO
PREVENT CONTACT WITH SKIN AND EYES.
UNUSUAL FIRE AND EXPLOSIONS HAZARDS
EMITS TOXIC FUMES UNDER FIRE CONDITIONS.
THIS MATERIAL, LIKE MOST MATERIALS IN POWDER
FORM, IS CAPABLE OF
CREATING A DUST EXPLOSION.
SECTION 6. - - - - - - - - ACCIDENTAL RELEASE
MEASURES- - - - - - - - -
WEAR SELF-CONTAINED BREATHING APPARATUS,
RUBBER BOOTS AND HEAVY
SWEEP UP, PLACE IN A BAG AND HOLD FOR WASTE
AVOID RAISING DUST.
VENTILATE AREA AND WASH SPILL SITE AFTER
MATERIAL PICKUP IS COMPLETE.
SECTION 7. - - - - - - - - - - HANDLING AND
STORAGE- - - - - - - - - - -
REFER TO SECTION 8.
SECTION 8. - - - - - - EXPOSURE CONTROLS/PERSONAL
PROTECTION- - - - - -
WEAR APPROPRIATE NIOSH/MSHA-APPROVED
GLOVES, SAFETY GOGGLES, OTHER PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.
SAFETY SHOWER AND EYE BATH.
USE ONLY IN A CHEMICAL FUME HOOD.
DO NOT BREATHE DUST.
DO NOT GET IN EYES, ON SKIN, ON CLOTHING.
AVOID PROLONGED OR REPEATED EXPOSURE.
WASH THOROUGHLY AFTER HANDLING.
KEEP TIGHTLY CLOSED.
STORE IN A COOL DRY PLACE.
SECTION 9. - - - - - - - PHYSICAL AND CHEMICAL
PROPERTIES - - - - - - -
APPEARANCE AND ODOR
MELTING POINT: 232 C TO 233 C (DEC)
SECTION 10. - - - - - - - - -STABILITY AND
REACTIVITY - - - - - - - - -
STRONG OXIDIZING AGENTS
MAY DISCOLOR ON EXPOSURE TO LIGHT.
HAZARDOUS COMBUSTION OR DECOMPOSITION PRODUCTS
TOXIC FUMES OF:
CARBON MONOXIDE, CARBON DIOXIDE
SECTION 11. - - - - - - - - - TOXICOLOGICAL
INFORMATION - - - - - - - -
MAY BE FATAL IF INHALED, SWALLOWED, OR
ABSORBED THROUGH SKIN.
CAUSES EYE AND SKIN IRRITATION.
MATERIAL IS IRRITATING TO MUCOUS MEMBRANES AND UPPER RESPIRATORY
MAY CAUSE ALLERGIC REACTION.
POSSIBLE ALLERGIC REACTION TO DUST IF INHALED, INGESTED OR IN
WITH THE SKIN. HYPERSENSITIVITY REACTIONS MANIFESTED BY ERYTHEMA,
PAPULAR OR VESICULAR ERUPTIONS OCCUROCCASIONALLY.
ALLERGIC CONJUNCTIVITIS HAS BEEN REPORTED.
TO THE BEST OF OUR KNOWLEDGE, THE CHEMICAL, PHYSICAL, AND
TOXICOLOGICAL PROPERTIES HAVE NOT BEEN THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED.
RTECS #: OV8400000
EYE-RBT 8 UG MLD
IAL-CHD LDLO:60 MG/KG/4W-I
ORL-RAT LD50:75 MG/KG
SCU-RAT LD50:98 MG/KG
UNR-RAT LD50:40 MG/KG
ORL-MUS LD50:91 MG/KG
IPR-MUS LD50:54 MG/KG
SCU-MUS LD50:66 MG/KG
IVN-MUS LD50:45 MG/KG
TARGET ORGAN DATA
LUNGS, THORAX OR RESPIRATION (OTHER CHANGES) GASTROINTESTINAL
(NAUSEA OR VOMITING) KIDNEY, URETER, BLADDER (CHANGES IN TUBULES)
EFFECTS ON FERTILITY (POST-IMPLANTATION (MORTALITY) EFFECTS ON
EFFECTS ON EMBRYO OR FETUS (FETAL DEATH) TUMORIGENIC EFFECTS
(UTERINE TUMORS) NUTRITIONAL AND GROSS METABOLIC (CHANGES IN:
TUMORIGENIC (NEOPLASTIC BY RTECS CRITERIA)
TUMORIGENIC (TUMORS AT SITE OF APPLICATION)
ONLY SELECTED REGISTRY OF TOXIC EFFECTS OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES
(RTECS) DATA IS PRESENTED HERE. SEE ACTUAL ENTRY IN RTECS FOR
SECTION 12. - - - - - - - - - ECOLOGICAL
INFORMATION - - - - - - - - - -
DATA NOT YET AVAILABLE.
SECTION 13. - - - - - - - - - DISPOSAL
CONSIDERATIONS - - - - - - - - -
CONTACT A LICENSED PROFESSIONAL WASTE
DISPOSAL SERVICE TO DISPOSE OF
OBSERVE ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL
SECTION 14. - - - - - - - - - - TRANSPORT
INFORMATION - - - - - - - - -
CONTACT SIGMA CHEMICAL COMPANY FOR
SECTION 15. - - - - - - - - - REGULATORY
INFORMATION - - - - - - - - - -
VERY TOXIC BY INHALATION, IN CONTACT WITH SKIN AND IF SWALLOWED.
DANGER OF CUMULATIVE EFFECTS.
KEEP AWAY FROM FOOD, DRINK AND ANIMAL FEEDINGSTUFFS.
AFTER CONTACT WITH SKIN, WASH IMMEDIATELY WITH PLENTY OF WATER.
WEAR SUITABLE PROTECTIVE CLOTHING.
IN CASE OF ACCIDENT OR IF YOU FEEL UNWELL, SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE
IMMEDIATELY (SHOW THE LABEL WHERE POSSIBLE).
REVIEWS, STANDARDS, AND REGULATIONS
ACGIH TLV-TWA 0.1 MG(HG)/M3 (SKIN)
MSHA STANDARD-AIR:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3
OSHA PEL (GEN INDU):8H TWA 0.01 MG(HG)/M3
OSHA PEL (CONSTRUC):8H TWA 0.01 MG(HG)/M3
OSHA PEL (SHIPYARD):8H TWA 0.01 MG(HG)/M3
OSHA PEL (FED CONT):8H TWA 0.01 MG(HG)/M3
OEL-AUSTRALIA:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3;SKIN JAN
OEL-BELGIUM:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3;SKIN JAN 1993
OEL-DENMARK: TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3, SKIN,
OEL-FINLAND:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-JAPAN: OEL 0.05 MG(HG)/M3, JAN1999
OEL-GERMANY:TWA 0.01 PPM (0.1 MG(HG)/M3) JAN
OEL-HUNGARY:TWA 0.02 MG(HG)/M3;STEL 0.04
MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-JAPAN:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-POLAND: MAC(TWA) 0.05 MG(HG)/M3,
MAC(STEL) 0.15 MG(HG)/M3, JAN1999
OEL-THE NETHERLANDS:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3;STEL
0.15 MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-THE PHILIPPINES:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3 JAN
OEL-RUSSIA:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3;STEL 0.01
MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-SWEDEN:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-THAILAND:STEL 0.05 MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL-UNITED KINGDOM:TWA 0.05 MG(HG)/M3;STEL
0.15 MG(HG)/M3 JAN 1993
OEL IN BULGARIA, COLOMBIA, JORDAN, KOREA
CHECK ACGIH TLV
OEL IN NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, VIETNAM CHECK
NIOSH REL TO MERCURY, ARYL AND
INORGANIC-AIR:CL 0.1 MG/M3 (SK)
NIOSH* DHHS #92-100,1992
NOHS 1974: HZD 84569; NIS 83; TNF 5617; NOS
30; TNE 242717
NOES 1983: HZD 84569; NIS 32; TNF 3695; NOS
41; TNE 152997; TFE 114190
EPA GENETOX PROGRAM 1988, POSITIVE: S
CEREVISIAE GENE CONVERSION
EPA TSCA SECTION 8(B) CHEMICAL INVENTORY
EPA TSCA TEST SUBMISSION (TSCATS) DATA BASE,
THIS PRODUCT IS SUBJECT TO SARA SECTION 313
REPORTING REQUIREMENTS -
SECTION 16. - - - - - - - - - - OTHER
INFORMATION- - - - - - - - - - - -
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