Saturday, August 16, 2014

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promotes a dangerous and unscientific position on thimerosal

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is putting out a book called, “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak: The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury – a Known Neurotoxin – from Vaccines.” In the United States, where we’ve started to see a re-emergence of diseases once thought to be eradicated because of vaccines, the ludicrous assertion of thimerosal’s toxicity has the potential to be extremely dangerous, not because of its nefarious attack which is so clearly specious, but to further confuse and frighten parents about vaccine safety in general.

Kennedy, in his book, states that “dangerous quantities of Thimerosal continue to be used [in vaccines], posing a significant threat to public health and leading to a crisis of faith in vaccine safety.” However, ACSH trustee, Dr. Paul Offit, says, “This hypothesis … about thimerosal was raised 15 years ago and answered 5 years ago — it’s done. It’t matter what Bobby Kennedy, Jr. does — the only thing is what the data show. The question is, are the levels [of mercury] contained in vaccines shown to be harmful? And the answer is no. Thimerosal is ethyl mercury, not environmental mercury, and it’s excreted from the body far more quickly … Breast milk contains far higher [mercury] levels than you would ever get from vaccines.”….To Read More….

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