Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative is used in 48 million U.S. flu vaccines yearly, in tetanus toxoid and meningococcal vaccines. Thimerosal is also used in the pediatric vaccines given to 100 million children across the developing world. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) review published last month found that the ethylmercury in thimerosal is as neurotoxic as methylmercury is in fish. Methylmercury is heavily regulated in fish but as yet not in vaccines.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. launched the World Mercury Project Challenge (PRNewswire) on February 15th 2017 by adressing American journalists and others “who have been assuring the public about the safety of mercury in vaccines.” He explained that the WMP will pay $100,000 to the first person who finds a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women.
WMP is offering this challenge in an effort to expose and stop risk of using highly toxic mercury in vaccines. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is 100 times more poisonous than lead and is administered, in vaccines in the U.S and globally.
“On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don’t harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children,” said Kennedy, Chairman of the World Mercury Project (WMP) who has spent decades in litigation of polluters who dumped mercury into water systems.
Actor Robert De Niro also spoke at the press conference. As a parent of a vaccine-injured son he strongly supports WMP vision of a world where mercury is no longer a threat to the health of our planet and people. The group focuses on making sound science the driver of public policy.
Kennedy believes this will expose that contention is unsupported by science and he claims that science is unequivocal in that mercury is a serious health hazard and exposure is linked to many different diseases and conditions (ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Acrodynia and Autism).
CDC actually lists studies on its website, to exonerate thimerosal as an autism culprit, link thimerosal exposure to low IQ, diminished language and motor skills, and tics, a family of neurological disorders that includes Tourette Syndrome. A Yale University study published last week suggests a link between vaccines and tics, as well as anorexia and OCD.
Kennedy wrote a letter that was handed out at the press conference that former CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson moderated. The letter was adressed to America’s reporters, journatlists, columnists, editors, network anchors, on-air doctors and news division producers. It stated “It’s our hope that this challenge will elevate this important debate beyond name-calling and prompt a genuine examination of the relevant science. The American public is entitled to an honest, probing and vigorous discussion about this critical public health issue – a debate based on facts, not rooted in fear, or on blind faith in regulators and the pharmaceutical industry.”
In August 2014, CDC senior vaccine safety scientist Dr. William Thompson invoked federal whistleblower protection and confessed that CDC supervisors instructed vaccine scientists to destroy data linking vaccines to autism.
In 2004, an FDA official acknowledged in testimony before a Congressional committee that no government or privately funded study has ever demonstrated thimerosal’s safety, and that still stands today.