Note: Anyone, from political activists, to celebs to "Real" Housewives to actual housewives who question vaccine ingredients and/or safety is shunted into the "anti-vaccine fringe category." In 2014 there's more "fringe" (those who study and learn and report) than rug, as Americans question vaccine safety like any other product, thus the desperate push to denigrate, disassemble and deny by pharMedia.
By Anne Dachel
July 21, Jeffrey Kluger--TIME: RFK Jr. Joins the Anti-Vaccine Fringe "Most fundamentally, Kennedy does not get chemistry. Thimerosal is an ethylmercury product. Mercury in general may be a neurotoxin, but it's in its methylmercury form that it does its damage-and only in particular concentrations. The quantity of ethylmercury that was once in vaccines was so small that it was actually within acceptable limits for the more toxic, methyl form-but it wasn't even in that methyl form to begin with."
TIME actually went further than the others in slamming Kennedy's thesis with Kluger's defense of methlymercury, along with the ethymercury used in vaccines. He wasn't afraid to say thimerosal is mercury. He just doesn't see a problem with it.
I would like to ask all the reporters writing on this subject, not just Kluger, Sanders, Salzberg, and Helmuth, do you know anything about the history of thimerosal?
The truth is, officials don't want to research just how dangerous thimerosal is when injected into children and mothers-to-be. Ten years ago, on June 4, 2004, acting director of the FDA, William Egan, was called to testify before the House Committee on Government Reform about thimerosal.
U.S. Rep. Dan Burton: "Mr. Egan, has thimerosal ever been tested by our health agencies?"
William Egan: "Its been only those early tests that you know of that were done by Lilly."
Burton: "That was done in 1929....
"And lets just follow up on that. In 1929, they tested this on 27 people that were dying of meningitis . And all of those people died of meningitis. And so they said, there was no correlation between their deaths, and the mercury in the vaccines. That is the only test that has ever been done on Thimerosal, that I know of. Can you think of any other?"
Egan: "No, in people, no. Except for accidental exposures over the."
Burton: "So we have mercury that has been put into people's bodies in the form of this preservative ,and has been since the thirties, and it has never been tested by our health agencies. And yet, you folks come here , and you testify that there is no 'conclusive evidence,' conclusive evidence, and the IOM says 'they favor,' - get this - they don't say they are sure, they say they favor rejection of a causal relationship between mercury and autism and other neurological disorders. Mr. Egan, can you tell me right now that that amount of mercury injected into a baby will not hurt it?"
Egan: "It's.. You know, it's, it's , it's impossible to make those categorical statements that one hundred percent .."
That is the inescapable truth about the safety of thimerosal.
It's hard to understand reporters who are so willing to risk their reputations by ardently defending the use of toxic mercury in vaccines when the science simply isn't there. Mercury has been used in vaccines for eighty-five years without ever being tested by the government for its toxic effects. Steven Salzberg's may cite "study after study" as proof that thimerosal is safe, but the truth is these studies are merely easily flawed and manipulated population studies--the weakest kind of science. The fact that our health officials keep doing them and yet they never settle the question, should tell reporters something.
In the real world, over the last two decades, children were exposed to greater and greater amounts of a toxic, untested vaccine additive and at the same time we've seen an explosion in neurologically disabled children. The response of health officials has been to pretend that all the kids who can't speak, can't learn, and can't behave are all the result of better diagnosing. Kids have always been like this, we just didn't call it autism.
It becomes more and more difficult to accept the official claims about mercury in vaccines or read about it in the news.
I talked to Dr. Boyd Haley recently about the response to Kennedy's book. Haley is the former chairman of the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky and a recognized authority in mercury toxicity and he's one of the experts Kennedy consulted and he's very outspoken about the dangers of thimerosal and the link to autism.
In 2010, Dr. Haley talked with Robert Kennedy on his show, "Ring of Fire," about the safety of thimerosal.
In my conversation with Haley, he was clear, "Kennedy's opinion is based on published science."
"Those who are fighting Kennedy are all people who would lose a lot if he's proven right."
Haley called the claims of health officials regarding the safety of thimerosal, "fraudulent--the worst possible statistical tricks." Furthermore, "this organized media response against Kennedy shows how right he is.'
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism and author of The Big Autism Cover-Up: How and Why the Media Is Lying to the American Public, which goes on sale this Fall from Skyhorse Publishing.