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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Response To "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines"

One Scientist's Response To "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines" Posted by Dr. Molly O'Shea on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 7:12 AM at: askthepediatrician 

[NOTE: Comments also submitted on 18 Dec 2009 to "" but not published.]

In your recent article, "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines", why did you apparently feel compelled to lie about the on-going presence of Thimerosal at preservative levels in vaccines given to children?

Especially, why lie about the influenza vaccines recommended to be given to children 6 months and older since 2002 -- and currently annually to children until they turn 18, when the influenza vaccines (both seasonal and, in 2009, A-H1N1), are such that most doses (>75%) of the inactivated vaccines contain a preservative level of Thimerosal (49.55-wt% mercury) and a 0.5-mL dose is only safe (if you think the EPA's reference dose [RfD; 0.1 microgram of mercury per kilogram of weight per day] for ingested mercury is an adequate safety level for
INJECTED mercury [which it is NOT]) when the "child" getting the 25-microgram dose of mercury from Thimerosal in the 0.5-mL vaccine dose weighs at least 250 kilograms (551+ pounds)?

How is a mercury dose that exceeds the EPA RfD mercury amount by a factor of 125 (for the 0.25-mL vaccine dose) and 250 (for the 0.5-mL dose) "minuscule" when the "child" who get the 0.25-mL dose typically weigh less than 18 kg and the "child" who gets the 0.5-mL dose typically weighs less than 70 kg?

How can Thimerosal used as a preservative be safe when the toxicity studies required by law (21 CFR 610.15(a)) since the late 1960s have NOT been conducted (as the FDA and the vaccine makers have repeatedly admitted or failed to refute)?

How is a dose of mercury that exceeds the putative "safe level" (the putative no observed adverse-effect level [NOAEL]) for injected Thimerosal-related mercury (based on a chronic toxicity study in rats that is cited and recognized by the FDA) of < 0.0042 micrograms of mercury /kilogram of weight per day for developing humans by more than a factor of 2900 for a 0.25-mL dose or more than a factor of 5900 for a 0.5-mL dose EITHER SAFE or MINUSCULE?

Since Thimerosal has NOT been removed from all doses of all of the vaccines administered to pregnant women and developing children, isn't your assertion, "the rates of autism have actually continued to increase despite the removal of thimerasol from vaccines", a KNOWING FALSEHOOD?

Since when can population studies be used to prove whether or not an ingredient in a vaccine is toxicologically safe?

When you can provide:
1. A list of ALL FDA-licensed vaccines that can be routinely given to pregnant women and children at any age and that list contains NO vaccine -- NOT one -- that contains ANY level of Thimerosal, and
2. The published toxicity studies that prove that, with at least a 100-fold safety margin, it is safe to expose a developing fetus weighing < 100 g to 50 micrograms of Thimerosal OR a 3-kg 6-month old to 25 micrograms of Thimerosal from a seasonal flu shot and 25 micrograms of Thimerosal from a "swine flu" shot on the same day, then, we can talk about the removal of Thimerosal from vaccines and the safety of Thimerosal in vaccines.

Until then, it should be obvious to all that you are lying about the removal of Thimerosal from vaccines and about the unproven safety of INJECTED Thimerosal at the levels found in Thimerosal-preserved vaccine doses of inactivated-virus flu vaccines recommended by the CDC to be administered to pregnant women and/ or to children 6 months to 18 years of age.

Should any want factual information about Thimerosal in vaccines or Thimerosal's putative mercury toxicity when injected or related subjects, then they should read the applicable documents posted on:

Moreover, if you or anyone wants to know about the in-use effectiveness of most of the current vaccines recommended for mass vaccination in the United States and rational vaccination schedules, the draft reviews of the report produced by the State of Florida Department of Health that are also posted on the cited web site should provide a good starting point.

As to the other issues, I see no need to address them because your posting's title, "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines", should only have ACCURATELY addressed Thimerosal, the mercury preservative in yesterday's and TODAY'S influenza (and a few other) vaccines that are FDA-approved and recommended by the CDC to be administered to children and/or pregnant women.

Hopefully, after reading this response and checking the facts, you will, at a minimum, know: Thimerosal has NOT been removed from vaccines administered to pregnant women and children as well as adults of all ages.


Paul G. King, PhD

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