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Proof That Thimerosal Induces Autism-Like Neurotoxicity

August 06, 2009 | 80,928 views
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vaccine, thimerosalA new scientific study proves that the mercury-based compound used as vaccine preservative -- known as ‘thimerosal’ -- induces neural damage similar to that seen in autism patients.

According to the study, thimerosal-induced cellular damage caused concentration- and time-dependent mitochondrial damage, reduced oxidative-reduction activity, cellular degeneration, and cell death. Thimerosal at low concentrations induced significant cellular toxicity in human neuronal and fetal cells.

Thimerosal was found to be significantly more toxic than the other metal compounds examined.

Protect Your Right to Informed Consent and Defend Vaccine Exemptions

With all the uncertainty surrounding the safety and efficacy of vaccines, it's critical to protect your right to make independent health choices and exercise voluntary informed consent to vaccination. It is urgent that everyone in America stand up and fight to protect and expand vaccine informed consent protections in state public health and employment laws. The best way to do this is to get personally involved with your state legislators and educating the leaders in your community.

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National vaccine policy recommendations are made at the federal level but vaccine laws are made at the state level. It is at the state level where your action to protect your vaccine choice rights can have the greatest impact. It is critical for EVERYONE to get involved now in standing up for the legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices in America because those choices are being threatened by lobbyists representing drug companies, medical trade associations, and public health officials, who are trying to persuade legislators to strip all vaccine exemptions from public health laws.

Signing up for NVIC's free Advocacy Portal at www.NVICAdvocacy.org gives you immediate, easy access to your own state legislators on your Smart Phone or computer so you can make your voice heard. You will be kept up-to-date on the latest state bills threatening your vaccine choice rights and get practical, useful information to help you become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your own community. Also, when national vaccine issues come up, you will have the up-to-date information and call to action items you need at your fingertips.

So please, as your first step, sign up for the NVIC Advocacy Portal.

Share Your Story with the Media and People You Know

If you or a family member has suffered a serious vaccine reaction, injury, or death, please talk about it. If we don't share information and experiences with one another, everybody feels alone and afraid to speak up. Write a letter to the editor if you have a different perspective on a vaccine story that appears in your local newspaper. Make a call in to a radio talk show that is only presenting one side of the vaccine story.

I must be frank with you; you have to be brave because you might be strongly criticized for daring to talk about the "other side" of the vaccine story. Be prepared for it and have the courage to not back down. Only by sharing our perspective and what we know to be true about vaccination will the public conversation about vaccination open up so people are not afraid to talk about it.

We cannot allow the drug companies and medical trade associations funded by drug companies or public health officials promoting forced use of a growing list of vaccines to dominate the conversation about vaccination. The vaccine injured cannot be swept under the carpet and treated like nothing more than "statistically acceptable collateral damage" of national one-size-fits-all mandatory vaccination policies that put way too many people at risk for injury and death. We shouldn't be treating people like guinea pigs instead of human beings.

Internet Resources Where You Can Learn More

I encourage you to visit the website of the non-profit charity, the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), at www.NVIC.org:

  • NVIC Memorial for Vaccine Victims: View descriptions and photos of children and adults, who have suffered vaccine reactions, injuries, and deaths. If you or your child experiences an adverse vaccine event, please consider posting and sharing your story here.
  • If You Vaccinate, Ask 8 Questions: Learn how to recognize vaccine reaction symptoms and prevent vaccine injuries.
  • Vaccine Freedom Wall: View or post descriptions of harassment and sanctions by doctors, employers, and school and health officials for making independent vaccine choices.

Connect with Your Doctor or Find a New One That Will Listen and Care

If your pediatrician or doctor refuses to provide medical care to you or your child unless you agree to get vaccines you don't want, I strongly encourage you to have the courage to find another doctor. Harassment, intimidation, and refusal of medical care is becoming the modus operandi of the medical establishment in an effort to stop the change in attitude of many parents about vaccinations after they become truly educated about health and vaccination.

However, there is hope.

At least 15 percent of young doctors recently polled admit that they're starting to adopt a more individualized approach to vaccinations in direct response to the vaccine safety concerns of parents. It is good news that there is a growing number of smart young doctors, who prefer to work as partners with parents in making personalized vaccine decisions for children, including delaying vaccinations or giving children fewer vaccines on the same day or continuing to provide medical care for those families, who decline use of one or more vaccines.

So take the time to locate a doctor, who treats you with compassion and respect and is willing to work with you to do what is right for your child.


Dr. Mercola's Comments:

I’m always pleased to see another study confirming what vaccine-safety advocates have tried to get across for so long—that the mercury-based preservative thimerosal is seriously bad news and should never be injected. I don’t know how much proof will be required take to get the truth to finally get through, but a mountain of evidence is apparently still not enough for some nay-sayers.

This latest study confirms that damage does occur in human neuronal and fetal cells, even at low concentrations.

As you’ve likely heard by now, rates of autism in the U.S. have increased nearly 60-fold since the late 1970s, rising right along with the increasing number of vaccinations added to the childhood vaccination schedule.

This oftentimes debilitating neurological disorder now affects about one in 150 U.S. children, but an article in the Daily Mail two years ago reported the rate of autism in Great Britain could be as high as 1 in 58.

Although autism may be apparent soon after birth, most autistic children experience at least several months, or even a year or more of normal development -- followed by regression, defined as loss of function or failure to progress.

Typically, by the age of three, at which time the child has received at least 24 of their scheduled vaccinations, symptoms of autism are fully apparent, affecting their communication and social skills, and impairing the child's ability to play, speak and relate to the world.

The Genetic Catch-All

Many have tried to debunk the autism-vaccine link, oftentimes blaming the disorder on genetic factors, but the connection refuses to go away. And for valid reasons.

So far, scientists have been able to link genetic defects to a mere one percent of autism cases. Although the other 99 percent are still unaccounted for, conventional media rarely underscore this fact, focusing instead on the minority link to genetic predisposition.

For example, last year the U.S. government concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to symptoms of autism in 9-year-old Hannah Poling. According to U.S. Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, the shots "significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder" and resulted in a brain disorder "with features of autism spectrum disorder."

Again, they finally conceded that those with genetic predispositions can develop autism when injected with thimerosal. But industry is still refusing to take any responsibility for having anything to do with the other 99 percent of autism cases, and our health officials are playing along, protecting the interests of industry, not that of your child.

And bear in mind, mercury is not the one and only potential danger hiding in vaccines. Aluminum is yet another neurotoxic poison used as an immune-suppressing adjuvant. (For more on that, please see this previous article, which covers that issue in greater detail.)

All this lopsided logic serves no one except Big Pharma, and their fingerprints are all over the so-called “evidence” proving that vaccines are safe.

The Cover-Up of Thimerosal Dangers

Four years ago, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote a must-read Rolling Stone article exposing the truth about the drug industry's greed, and the secret gathering where a plan was hatched to cover up the dangers of thimerosal.

According to Kennedy’s account, in June of 2000, a group of top government scientists and health officials -- including high-level officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the top vaccine specialists from the World Health Organization (WHO), and representatives from every major vaccine manufacturer -- secretly gathered to discuss the use of thimerosal in childhood vaccines.

Data indicated that the toxic heavy metal appeared to be responsible for a drastic increase in autism and other neurological disorders among children.

However, rather than taking every precaution to protect public health, they spent the majority of the next two days plotting how to protect the industry’s bottom line by getting rid of the troubling data.

The CDC played their part in the cover-up by:

  • Paying the Institutes of Medicine to produce a new study that would debunk the link between thimerosal and brain disorders
  • Withholding unflattering findings by claiming the original data had been "lost" and could not be replicated
  • Handing its massive database of vaccine records over to a private company, effectively pronouncing it off-limits to researchers and preventing dissemination of the data through the Freedom of Information Act

Although thimerosal was eventually removed from the majority of childhood vaccines in 2001, it’s still used in some multi-dose vials, and is present in nearly all seasonal flu vaccines.

And, thimerosal-containing vaccines already produced were not recalled, so children most likely continued to receive the tainted vaccines until stocks were depleted.

So, What Do We Know About Thimerosal?

Thimerosal (TMS), which is used in vaccines as a preservative, is 49.6 percent ethylmercury (eHg). It is already an established fact that exposure to mercury can cause immune, sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral dysfunctions -- all similar to traits defining, or associated with autism.

The study above just puts yet another nail in the coffin.

Because of the ever increasing number of required childhood vaccines, thimerosal has become a major source of mercury in children. Within the first two years of life, a child may already have received a quantity of mercury that clearly exceeds safety guidelines.

Genetic predisposition and a number of other environmental factors, such as exposure to other toxins, and diet, are likely major contributing factors that determine whether a child will be able to manage the toxic insult, or develop a neurological disorder like autism.

Other Issues Compounding the Dangers of Thimerosal

The timing of vaccines is also an important factor. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, multiple vaccines given close together over-stimulate your brain's immune system and, via the mechanism of "bystander injury," destroy brain cells.

He wrote an excellent, in-depth paper on this issue.

If you have not already read it, I highly recommend you give it a moment of your time as it is incredibly informative. In it he presents compelling evidence of the link between excessive vaccinations and neurodevelopmental disorders.

Your immune system is very complex. Naturally, the immune system of a baby is not the same as that of an adult, as it is not yet fully formed. Both animal and human studies have confirmed that immune reactions to vaccinations differ at different ages.

The rate of maturation of the immune system also differs considerably among babies and children, and when combined with variables such as other toxic exposures and diet, there’s no way of foretelling what effect a toxin like thimerosal will cause in ALL children.

For example, fluoroaluminum formed in fluoridated drinking water also interferes with immune function and can significantly compound the damage incurred from mercury, as can many insecticides and herbicides used around your home.

As for diet, there’s substantial evidence that omega-6 oils are powerful pro-inflammatories and cause immune suppression when consumed in large amounts. These oils include corn, safflower, sunflower, canola, peanut and soybean oils.

If you or your child eat a standard American diet, you’re consuming about 50 times more omega-6 fats than you need for health.

So it stands to reason that the average child is exposed to a number of substances both in their food and environment that can alter their immunity, hence making them more susceptible to vaccine complications.

Unfortunately, the standard childhood vaccination schedule ignores all these variables.

How Many Vaccinations are Too Many?

There seems to be no maximum number of vaccines that a child can be exposed to in sight. Think about it: in 1983, before the autism epidemic began, children received 10 vaccinations before attending school. Today they receive 24 vaccines before the age of 1, and 36 by the time they attend school. And that’s not including the recommended seasonal flu shot each year.

Like smoking and lung cancer, there’s enough proof today to call a complete halt to the present excessive vaccine program and ban any level of mercury in vaccines.

But just like the case of Big Tobacco, Big Pharma refuses to do what’s right and protect you and your children from unnecessary harm.

More Recent Evidence

There’s yet another recent study confirming the link between low-level mercury poisoning in children and diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Published in the Journal of Neurological Sciences in September 2008, the study was the first prospective, blinded cohort study to examine children diagnosed with an ASD using urinary porphyrin profile analysis (UPPA) to assess the physiological effects of mercury toxicity. They also used glutathione analysis to assess the children’s susceptibility to mercury poisoning.

Children with severe ASDs had significantly higher levels of mercury intoxication in comparison to participants with mild ASDs.

It was also established that glutathione, a key biochemical in your body’s mercury detoxification pathway, was significantly lower in patients diagnosed with an ASD in comparison with the control group.

I’d like to point out, though, that although this study shows a relationship between lower glutathione levels and greater severity of autism, mercury is not the only toxin that can affect glutathione levels. There’s a plethora of toxins in your daily environment that contribute to your toxic load, so any number of toxins may be contributing to the problem.

Additional Resources

As always, I want to remind and encourage you to continue to educate yourself and your family on the issues surrounding vaccinations of all kinds. There are so many problems; no one article can possibly cover them all.

For example, if you missed my special report on squalene – yet another dangerous vaccine ingredient – please read it now. You can also search my site as I’ve written countless articles on all aspects of the vaccine issue.

I also recommend you familiarize yourself with the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) web site. As a leader for vaccine safety, the NVIC offers information on everything from laws to informed consent to late-breaking vaccine news.





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