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Thimerosal  What is Thimerosal?
Thimerosal  Why is Thimerosal Controversial?
Thimerosal  What is Mercury Poisoning?
Thimerosal  What are different types of Autism?
Thimerosal  What is a Vaccine and what are the side effects?
Thimerosal  Which Vaccines Contain Thimerosal?
Thimerosal  What Are My Legal Rights?
Thimerosal  Has There Been a Cover-Up?
 



What is Thimerosal?
Thimerosal is an organic compound that contains mercury, or an ‘organomercurial’ and can cause Mercury poisoning. It has been used since the 1930s as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines intended for children and adults, to aid in the prevention of potentially life threatening microbe contamination. The compound was first introduced by the Eli Lilly Company and is 49.6% mercury by weight. In the human body it metabolizes into ethylmercury and thiosalicylate. Mercury poisoning is believed to be a cause of certain types of autism.


 

Why is Thimerosal Controversial?
Quite simply, because it contains mercury, one of the most toxic compounds found in our environment. The harmful effects of mercury have been linked to many different diseases, with autism from Mercury poisoning being just one. Learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, lupus, arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and bipolar disorder are also potential issues that those with high levels of mercury in their system can develop. While the harmful effects to adults are limited when it comes to the amount of mercury found in a vaccine containing Thimerosal, in children, and especially an unborn fetus, the toxins can be devastating to long term development, as well as affecting the kidney and the nervous system. 



What is Mercury Poisoning?
Mercury is generally a substance you’d like to keep out of your system. In fact, mercury is the second most toxic element on earth, next to plutonium! The amount of mercury that you’d generally find in one mercury thermometer is generally accepted as potent enough to pollute a small lake. When inhaled, eaten, or placed on the skin, mercury can be very damaging. Even a low concentration that might initially appear to have no effect can work its way through your system and develop later, or become more noticeable with continued exposure.

 

Mercury poisoning can result in a loss of feeling or a burning sensation in arms and legs Mercury poisoning can also result in psychological effects, paralysis, congenital malformations, kidney toxicity, and loss of memory, vision and hearing. In extreme cases, death may occur. In the womb, it takes a lot less mercury to be damaging than it would to harm an adult. Prenatal toxicity can leave a child seemingly normal at birth, but later develop delays in the ability to walk and/or talk. Because of the long latent period for observable effects, the need for treatment may be recognized too late.



 



What are different types of Autism?
 

A neurological disorder that usually appears within the first couple years of a child’s life, autism is a disorder where the individual shows impaired sensory, neurological, motor, and behavioral functions. In the last thirty years, autism has become the third most common child development disorder in the United States, rising from an incidence of one child in 2000 in 1970, to one child in 250 some thirty years later.

Symptoms of these types of autism include:

  • Speech Issues: No speech; non-speech sounds; delayed speech; echolalia (mimicking words without any understanding of meaning); pronoun confusion; frustration with lack of speech.

  • Interaction Issues: Lack of peer interaction; lack of eye contact; seemingly unaware of other people; treating people as objects; parallel play rather than interactive; lack of imaginative play.

  • Behavioral Issues: Not interested in being picked up/cuddled; preoccupied by hand movement; flapping hands (especially when excited or over stimulated); spinning; balancing; tiptoe walking; aggressiveness towards others; lack of interest in "normal" toys (often preferring kitchen tools); obsessive toward patterns; repetition in behavior (performing the same act over and over again, such as rewinding one section of a movie on the VCR to watch many times); lining things up; self injury; needing to live with a routine that does not change.

  • Sensory Issues: Dislike of certain sounds, textures and/or tastes; dislike of being touched; very passive or very active behavior; nervousness; unaware of various physical stimuli such as pain; covering ears at loud noises; "blanking out" in active environments; often seem to be uncomfortable in extreme temperatures.

  • Splinter Skills: Drawing; musical; math; calendars; memory; computers; mechanical ability such as complex video/audio equipment.

  • Biological Markers: In some types of autism, MRI scans sometimes are abnormal; serotonin levels may be raised; bowel problems; some children are afflicted with seizures; sleep disturbances (not requiring as much as other children of the same age); often unusually attractive children with large eyes.


 

What is a Vaccine?
A vaccine is generally a preparation containing the weakened or killed microorganisms that actually cause a particular disease. When these are introduced into the system, either through injections or an oral dose, the body kicks the immune system into action and produces the necessary defenses against that disease. Because the introduced microorganisms are weaker, they’re easily dealt with while leaving the body fully prepared should any fresh outbreak of non-weakened microorganisms enter the body.

Unfortunately, this can sometimes lead to adverse reactions, either through side effects, irritation or lesser symptoms of the disease the patient is being vaccinated against. These sometimes include:

  • mild fever

  • faint rash

  • localized pain at the site of the injection

  • joint pain

  • head cold and runny nose

  • cough and puffy eyes

  • irritability

  • irritation and swelling at the site of the injection

  • general ill feeling

  • nausea

 


 

Which Vaccines Contain Thimerosal?
The U.S. Public Health Service and the American Academy of Pediatrics have provided a list of vaccines that contain thimerosal, to which we’ve added several products the USPHS and AAP left off:

  • DtaP – Acel-Imune Lederle Laboratories

  • DtwP-Hib – Acel-Imune Lederle Laboratories

  • HibTITER multidose – Acel-Imune Lederle Laboratories

  • Pnu-Imune 23 – Acel-Imune Lederle Laboratories

  • Tripedia – Pasteur Merieux Connaught

  • TriHIBit – Pasteur Merieux Connaught

  • ProHIBit4 – Pasteur Merieux Connaught

  • Hep-B-Gammagee - GlaxoWellcome

  • Hyper-Tet – GlaxoWellcome

  • Certiva – North American

  • Engerix-B - SmithKline Beecham

  • Recombivax HB – Merck, GlaxoWellcome

  • Rabies Vaccine Adsorbed – Bioport Corporation

  • Menomune A, C, AC and A/C/Y/W – 135 CLI

  • DTwP – All brands

  • DT – All brands

  • Td – All brands

  • TT – All brands

  • Influenza – All brands

  • Various tetanus and diphtheria toxoids

There are also many non-vaccine products that contain thimerosal. According to the GlaxoWellcome corporation, that list includes, among others:

 

Antibiotics for the Eye
Cortisporin® Ophthalmic Suspension
Neosporin® Ophthalmic Solution
 

Nasal Preparations
Nasal Moist® AF
Neo-Synephrine® Pediatric Formula, Mild Formula, Regular Strength, and Extra Strength Nasal Spray

 

Ear Preparations
Coly-mycin® S Otic
Cortisporin® Otic Suspension
Pediotic® Suspension
 

Cosmetics
L'Oreal® Miracle Wear Mascara
Stagelight® Mascara


 



What Are My Legal Rights?
For detailed information on that, you really should talk to one of our lawyers. There are many lawsuits being filed to bring the companies that used thimerosal-vaccines to justice, and if your child displays symptoms of mercury poisoning and has been vaccinated with any of the drugs listed above, you could have a case.

As far back as September 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics directed physicians to warn parents about the risks that come with using thimerosal-containing vaccinations, and to make alternatives to thimerosal available wherever possible. Sadly, the message doesn’t seem to have got out there, as thimerosal-laced vaccines continue to be stocked on shelves.

If you would like to speak to one of our representatives, or would like more information regarding your legal rights in this situation, please contact us.

 



Has There Been A Cover-Up?
Well, let’s just say that certain parties have been much less than forthcoming about information on the topic. Much like the cigarette situation where Big Tobacco held back on providing evidence of nicotine toxicity over the past several decades, drug companies could have provided more information, done a lot more study and answered a lot more of the questions that parents have been asking of late. Clearly when the risks associated with mercury-based preservatives in children’s vaccines cause many government departments and health organizations to warn against it, there’s a case to answer.

Where questions of ethics truly raise their head is when looking at the extremely controversial Homeland Security Bill, which protects the drug companies from being held liable for their wrongdoing. Why a law relating to vaccines was added to a bill that has nothing to do with health is anyone’s guess, though it must be said – who would have voted against the Homeland Security Bill after the events of 9/11/2001, regardless of what surprises were snuck into it via the backdoor?

If the bill is left in place, any legal action against thimerosal would be under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), a government fund created in 1986 essentially to deal with far less damaging vaccine reactions than autism. Not only does the NVICP protect vaccine producers from paying large punitive awards decided by juries in state civil courts (of the size presently being paid by Big Tobacco), but the claim must also be filed within three years of a child's first symptoms. Added to that, it also limits pay-outs to a maximum of $250,000, irrespective of the scope of damage to your child. When it takes around four years to reach a decision through NVICP, clearly there are parties determined to make it anything but easy for a claimant to win a case against the drug companies.

But the wheels keep turning… change is in the wind. If you want to be a part of that change, contact us.


 
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