In 2002, the US Department of Health asked vaccine manufacturers
to remove thimerosal from the vaccines used in its mass vaccination
programme. In 2004, the UK Department of Health announced that
all of its vaccination programme vaccines, including its new five-in-one
Pediacel jab* would shortly be thimerosal-free, but campaigning
organisation Health Advocacy in the Public Interest discovered
that, in the US at least, thimerosal-free did not mean mercury-free,
the point of the exercise.
Mercury specialist Professor Boyd Haley quickly discovered
why. To save costs, the vaccine manufacturers had continued
to use thimerosal when manufacturing the vaccines, then tried
to filter it out afterwards. Sadly, filtering out the thimerosal
did not remove all the mercury it contained because mercury
binds persistently to proteins in the vaccine. Independent analyses
also discovered that all four vaccines tested contained aluminium
compounds,** which increase the toxicity of mercury still further
and have been implicated in brain cell death in people with
Alzheimer’s disease. The UK Department of Health accepts
that its new five-in-one jab will still contain aluminium compounds
as well as formaldehyde (which was banned from children’s
mattresses to reduce cot death).
Ed.- Although all the principal US health authorities agreed
that thimerosal should be removed from all vaccines to be used
on US children, they decided not to recommend its removal from
vaccines destined for use in less industrially developed countries.
Apparently, the powers that be decided that the increased need
for preservatives in vaccines due to worse hygiene and hotter
climates outweighed the risk posed by the mercury thimerosal
contains. The World Health Organisation representative present
at the meeting at which the decision was made raised no objection.
Magda Taylor, founder of the vaccination awareness organisation
The Informed Parent, pointed out that malnourished children
will be even more susceptible to mercury. She wondered whether
mass vaccination and thimerosal had already weakened their immune
systems further, and been a major factor in the 1300 children
dying of AIDS every day in Africa.
* against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus
influenza type B (Hib) and polio
** aluminium hydroxide and aluminium phosphate
 Russell Blaycock MD. Nexus Magazine
(11448) Informed Parent
Mercury and autism
A previously unreleased confidential report from the US Centers
for Disease Control stated that an exposure to more than 62.5
micrograms of mercury within the first three months of life more
than doubled a child’s risk of developing autism. The US
legal firm Waters & Kraus, who are representing many families
in a class action, indicated that in many of the cases the firm
evaluated, the affected child had received more than 62.5 micrograms
of mercury through paediatric vaccines in the first three months
of life. A public version of the report suggested that its findings
were inconclusive on the issue of whether the mercury-based vaccine
preservative thimerosal has contributed to the US’s epidemic
of regressive autism and other neurological disorders in small
Ed.- In 2000, Sally Bernard and colleagues linked the mercury
based preservative thimerosal (ethyl mercury thiosalicylic acid)
to both autism and to related syndromes such as attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Thimerosal is used widely as a preservative in vaccines, antitoxins,
tuberculin tests and desensitisation solutions. It is also found
in soap-free cleansers, nose, eye, and ear drops, eye ointments,
topical medications, antiseptic sprays, cosmetics (including
makeup removers, eye moisturisers, and mascaras) and cleaning
fluids for contact lenses. UK regulators have recommended phasing
out its use in vaccines.
For further information write to Sally Bernard, Safe Minds,
14 Commerce Drive, PH Cranford, NJ 07016, USA
Jane Jones. National Pure Water Association
Jabs, myelin and autism
40% of the 200 cases of claimed vaccination damage referred to
the legal firm Dawbarns are for children who now have autism.
Dawbarns' researchers found that many of the children's present
levels of autism were far higher than could be explained by genetic
predisposition. Cases of autism have increased considerably since
1988, the date when MMR was first introduced.
In most of the cases referred to Dawbarns, the children
concerned showed no indication of autism before having an
MMR jab. This challenged the ‘Coincidence Hypothesis'
(autism is often finally diagnosed at two years old, the
age many children are given their first MMR jab). Cases
after a period of normal development are very rare.
Children becoming autistic following an MMR jab have high
levels of antibodies to myelin basic protein, the white,
fatty substance that covers certain nerve fibres. Myelin
protein is also found in the chick embryos in which the
vaccine is cultured
The production of antibodies against traces of myelin in
the vaccine can set up an allergic response against the
body's own myelin. Without the myelin sheath neural networks
cannot develop properly and existing nerves will not work
correctly resulting in regression of development.
Under a similar mechanism babies exposed to high levels
of rubella (German measles) antibody in the womb may inherit
these antibodies and be sensitised to a rubella vaccine.
The rubella antigen in the vaccine may combine with the
babies existing antibodies, triggering an allergic response
against their own brain components, causing damage to the
Richard Barr and Kirsten Lamb
International Vaccination Newsletter