Monday, May 5, 2008

Where's the TOXIC MERCURY today?


Efforts on the political level to remove mercury from flu vaccinations for children are apparently again going by the wayside. Even though the US Senate and House of Representatives have passed a measure to remove this substance from vaccines, President Bush says the Bill removing it will receive his veto.

The item in question is the mercury-based preservative known as Thimerosal. This is drawing concern from groups involved in the protection of children who point to growing evidence that this element is a leading cause of autism and other severe neurological problems.

The flu vaccination continues to be manufactured with mercury and is recommended for all pregnant women, infants and children despite warnings dating back to 2001. At that time the Institute of Medicine recommended against exposing these same sensitive groups to vaccines containing Thimerosal.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, one in every six women of childbearing age in the United States already has blood levels of mercury high enough to cause neurological damage to their unborn children due to environmental factors alone.

The child protection group known as SafeMinds and members of the Autism community are outraged by the President’s announced intention to veto the bill, calling his decision both “irresponsible and dangerous.” (The Coalition for SafeMinds is a nonprofit group working to investigate and raise awareness of risks to infants and children from mercury injections.)

“Injecting even more mercury into the bodies of pregnant women, infants and children when it is not a necessary component of vaccines is just bad medicine,” said Lyn Redwood, president of SafeMinds. Redwood is the parent of a mercury-injected child.
“It defies logic that a flu vaccine must be disposed of as hazardous waste if it is not used, but somehow injecting the same mercury-containing vaccine into a baby is safe.”