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March 16, 2012
Public Watchdog Wants Mercury Removed From All Drugs and Vaccines

In an open letter that will surely turn heads at the World Health Organization and other public health agencies, the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD), and the United Methodist Women are seeking to stop the use of mercury in human drugs, especially vaccines.



Despite the fact that are now a plethora of scientific studies on the adverse effects of thimerosal, a known neurotoxin, the mercury-based preservative which is 49% mercury by weight, remains in vaccines for the United States and much of the world, While other safer and less toxic alternatives are being utilized, industry has been slow to eliminate Thimerosal from many vaccines, including the flu shot given to those most vulnerable to this toxin, children and pregnant women.

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Recently a huge focus of scientific debate revolves around how aluminum is increasing thimerosal's toxicity. An essay is titled "Aluminum in vaccination-associated cognitive decline, motor neuron disease, autism" prompted an insightful comment from Boyd E. Haley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of chemistry, wherein he reported that vaccine-levels of aluminum exacerbate the pathologic potential of vaccinal thimerosal:

Dr. Haley explained, "Note that aluminum alone does not cause the abnormal biochemistry and production of neurofibillary tangles as does mercury (and only mercury) due to the specific interaction of mercury at specific sulfhydryl sites in specific enzymes/proteins known to be affected dramatically in Alzheimer’s disease. However, in our studies on neurons in culture we found that aluminum at levels found in vaccines dramatically enhanced the toxicity of thimerosal and mercury cation thereby decreasing the level of mercury required to have the toxic effects."

Importantly, some vaccines including many flu shots still contain thimerosal, and many contain one or another of the aluminum compounds used as adjuvants. Thus we repeat: aluminum at levels present in vaccines increases the toxicity of thimerosal, which is ~49.6% ethylmercury by weight. Thus when an infant, toddler, or pregnant woman is injected with a vaccine or a combination of vaccines containing aluminum compounds and thimerosal, the likelihood of adverse effects is increased.

In 2009, the non-adjuvanted vaccine [ie: the H1N1 vaccine without the squalene-oil-water adjuvant)] in Canada contained 10 times the amount of Thimerosal as in the adjuvanted vaccine that was being distributed. It was administered to young childrena and and pregnant women.

A memo from Merck & Co. showed that, nearly a decade before the first public disclosure, senior executives were concerned that infants were getting an elevated dose of mercury in vaccinations containing a widely used sterilizing agent.

The March 1991 memo said that 6-month-old children who received their shots on schedule would get a mercury dose up to 87 times higher than guidelines for the maximum daily consumption of mercury from fish.

"When viewed in this way, the mercury load appears rather large," said the memo from Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, an internationally renowned vaccinologist. It was written to the president of Merck's vaccine division.

In ongoing negotiations, the World Health Organization and other global distributors of vaccines have defended the continuing use of mercury, especially in vaccines. They maintain that there is no evidence of harm from Thimerosal. Dr. Mark R. Geier, a CoMeD director, cautions, "Recent statements by those holding national and global responsibility for vaccine safety are difficult to reconcile with the known and published toxicity of Thimerosal." Eight decades of scientific literature have shown that Thimerosal poses a significant health risk and its manufacturers acknowledge it can cause mild to severe mental retardation in children.

The United Methodist Church passed the first global resolution "Protecting Children from Mercury-containing Drugs," and the United Methodist Women have actively advocated for a ban of mercury in medicine on moral and ethical grounds. As the Rev. Lisa K. Sykes, the author of the original draft of the United Methodist global resolution, asserts, "The United Methodist Women have historically advocated in the areas of education and health, both in this country and around the world. Undertaking the issue of mercury in vaccines and other drugs is just one expression of that commitment."

Despite the fact that all vaccines should be removed from the market, CoMed's efforts will surely set the tone for the termination of all vaccinations worldwide.

Dave Mihalovic is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in vaccine research, cancer prevention and a natural approach to treatment.

Sources:
mercury-freedrugs.org

bizjournals.com
toxcenter.de
whale.to


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