US AUTISM AND ASPERGER ASSOC. NAMES NEW CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER
THE HARVARD GANG

UN WANTS MERCURY OUT. EXCEPT WHEN IT WANTS IT IN.

Un By Dan Olmsted

Could anything be more self-evidently nutty than the fact that a UN panel is calling for the urgent phase-out of mercury usage around the globe -- even as the UN's World Health Organization is injecting its most toxic formulation into hundreds of millions of kids? THIS STORY from AFP, "UN demands deal to phase-out use of mercury," begins: "The United Nations Monday urged governments to reach a deal on phasing-out the use of mercury, a toxic pollutant harmful to human health and the environment."

But, er, what about the rising use of deadly ethyl mercury (known in polite circles as thimerosal) in vaccines given to kids in developing countries under the auspices of WHO?

I've quoted many times from the Simpsonwood transcript, in which Dr. John Clements of the World Health Organization says, "My mandate as I sit here in this group is to make sure at the end of the day that 100,000,000 are immunized with DTP, Hepatitis B and if possible Hib, this year, next year, and for many years to come, and that will have to be with thimerosal-containing vaccines, unless a miracle occurs and an alternative is found quickly and is tried and is found to be safe."

Now comes United Nations Environmental Program Director Achim Steiner, who says: "The fact remains that a comprehensive and decisive response to the global challenge of mercury is not in place and this needs to be urgently addressed."

Yes, a global action plan is not in place because YOU -- YOU, the UN -- keep injecting it straight into infants. This is what we're up against, dear Age of Autism readers. It's going to be a long haul.

Comments

Deborah

Hey, have you guys heard about this?
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?Db=pubmed&Cmd=ShowDetailView&TermToSearch=1 8006963&ordinalpos=1&itool=EntrezSystem2.PEntrez.P ubmed.Pubmed_ResultsPanel.Pubmed_RVDocSum

1: J Child Neurol. 2007 Nov;22(11):1308-1311.

Blood Levels of Mercury Are Related to Diagnosis of Autism: A Reanalysis of an Important Data Set.
Desoto MC, Hitlan RT.

Department of Psychology, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. cathy.desoto@uni.edu.

The question of what is leading to the apparent increase in autism is of great importance. Like the link between aspirin and heart attack, even a small effect can have major health implications. If there is any link between autism and mercury, it is absolutely crucial that the first reports of the question are not falsely stating that no link occurs. We have reanalyzed the data set originally reported by Ip et al. in 2004 and have found that the original p value was in error and that a significant relation does exist between the blood levels of mercury and diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder. Moreover, the hair sample analysis results offer some support for the idea that persons with autism may be less efficient and more variable at eliminating mercury from the blood.
PMID: 18006963 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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