Thursday, September 18, 2008

Thimerosal's Useful Idiots

As Gomer Pyle, USMC used to say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise."

So is it really a surprise that the National Institute of Mental Health called off a mercury chelation study - or the Associated Press called chelation therapy a fringe movement ideal? Not really. (Who are they associated with, BTW?)

Said Ellen Silbergeld of Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health, "It is to be hoped that the NIMH will continue its commitment to research into preventable risks for autism spectrum disorders." Of the dropped chelation study she said, "This was a wise and careful decision."

But isn't Silbergeld really calling mercury poisoning American children with Thimerosal-laced vaccines an unpreventable risk for autism spectrum disorders? Read it again. It sure sounds like it.

Just another case of a government-linked researcher saying one thing publicly to protect the vaccine program, and doing something entirely different privately? That's a bit harder to tell.


Care to read some of
Silbergeld's own research review narrative?

"Concerns over the immunotoxic manifestations of Hg exposures have been most recently raised in connection with use of Hg in dental amalgams and the use of ethyl Hg (thimerosal) as a preservative in some vaccines...it is clear that both dental amalgams and thimerosal containing vaccines can result in increased levels of Hg in exposed persons."

That's interesting because the recent concerns were actually the mercury content of vaccines injected into infants and toddlers seems to have proliferated with the increased number of vaccine doses called for by public health authorities, and that jibed with the rise of a formerly 1 in 10,000-rare neurological disorder called Autism. Immunotoxic manifestations?


"...thimerosal (an organomercurial used as a preservative in pharmaceuticals) induces a range of neurotoxic sequelae, including changes in behavior, hippocampal morphology, and neurochemistry, which were not seen in other mouse strains or in this strain in the absence of Hg exposure."

Sure that's only in mice, but the evidence of Thimerosal's damage is apparent in so many children that it makes removing it more risky and
dangerous than directly injecting it into infants and toddlers?

"...the immunotoxic effects of Hg compounds have been reported for inorganic Hg as well as several organic species of Hg, including ethylmercury, which is still utilized in some vaccine preparations"

If all mercury compounds were the same, they'd all have the same. Ethylmercury is organic mercury. Once it crosses the blood-brain barrier it converts to inorganic mecurial mercury. Research has indicated that methylmercury (tuna mercury) and ethylmercury (vaccine mercury) do not react the same.

"There was a much higher proportion of inorganic Hg in the brain of thimerosal monkeys than in the brains of MeHg monkeys (up to 71% vs. 10%). Absolute inorganic Hg concentrations in the brains of the thimerosal-exposed monkeys were approximately twice that of the MeHg monkeys. Interestingly, the inorganic fraction in the kidneys of the same cohort of monkeys was also significantly higher after im thimerosal than after oral MeHg exposure (0.71 ± 0.04 vs. 0.40 ± 0.03). This suggests that the dealkylation of ethylmercury is much more extensive than that of MeHg." Thomas M. Burbacher, et al. 2005

It is not a good plan to insist that they have the same neurotoxicity.

Not only are we methodically told by Thimerosal's useful idiots there is no known cause of Autism, but some of them willingly trash the product in order to steer Autism research into their dust bowl domain of nothingness.

Silbergeld is a university professor trained in environmental health engineering, health policy and management.

I didn't know
the Cuyahoga is still burning, but I'll bet she knows a lot more about Thimerosal than she lets on, too.

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