The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the U.S. Public Health Service recommended, in 1999, that thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, be removed from U.S. children's vaccines.
However, state chapters of AAP have been actively trying to stop state legislation intended to implement the thimerosal ban, even though almost all vaccines can be made in a thimerosal-free or reduced-thimerosal variety.
Currently, California, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, New York, and Washington ban thimerosal in vaccines. In Illinois, however, the state AAP made an exemption for flu vaccinations, claiming concern that there could be a potential shortage of a thimersal-free formulation.
The Illinois Department of Public Health did not notify doctors about this change in vaccine law, and documents showed that the agency mandated vaccines that contained mercury to be used for 18 months after the law's deadline.
The papers, which were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, also showed the agency had "documented" a shortage of a vaccine when a surplus actually existed.
In the UK and Scandinavia, all vaccines intended for children are thimerosal-free.
OK folks, let's get one thing straight before we go any further. No expert will disagree that mercury is a toxic poison and has no known use in humans. It causes irreversible brain injury and exposure should be avoided at all times.
That is why you should not have "silver" fillings, which are more precisely called mercury fillings because more than half the content is mercury. The filling is so toxic that if your U.S. dentist drills it out of your mouth they are required by law to put it in a toxic waste container.
Some genius must have felt that as long as it remains in your mouth it isn't toxic, but some magical transformation occurs once it is removed from a human mouth that somehow requires toxic handling.
Let's not fool ourselves folks. There is some seriously delusional logic here.
But that seems to pale in comparison to the morally reprehensible behavior exhibited by the American Academy of Pediatrics for opposing state legislatures from banning the use of mercury-contaminated vaccines.
This is particularly odd because seven years ago, this group, along with the U.S. Public Health Service, recommended the actual removal of mercury from vaccines. But because this was only a recommendation, the FDA never forced drug companies to remove the toxic poison to comply with this recommendation.
In essence, they were saying if you get around to it, this would be nice to do, but no rush or hurry. You can bet your bottom dollar that if this were a supplement company stating that a harmless vitamin might reduce the risk of heart disease, the DA would come banging on their door, confiscate all their products and stick them with stiff fines and penalties.
Does this make any sense at all?
I have some thoughts on this but will let you ponder on this one for awhile so you can draw your own conclusions.
I am grateful to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. They are the only professional medical society that I am a member of. I would highly encourage any physician or medical student to consider joining them and supporting their efforts at preserving the ever decreasing amounts of freedom we have in this country.