Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Of Thimerosal and Autism

It was known for quite a long time that mercury and its compounds causes neurological damage to the human body when taken internally. Yet we use a compound of mercury to preserve vaccines to be given to kids, is this just an unfortunate oversight?

By: Vanessa Uy

Our present pluralistic society – for all intents and purposes – is knowledge and information based. Unfortunately kids afflicted with autism are unjustly barred from participation. Forever imprisoned in a fantasy world that’s far removed from existing reality, thus denying them from enjoying the fruits of contemporary society. Sadder still, their autism might had been prevented if the clear and present danger posed by thimerosal was recognized and acted upon.

For sometime now, the dangers posed by mercury poisoning was portrayed in children’s literature. Remember the “Mad Hatter” character in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”? The Mad Hatter’s moniker is taken from the Victorian-era England expression “mad as a hatter” describing furriers / hat makers suffering from mercury poisoning due to chemical compounds of mercury being used in the fur industry.

Even Isaac Newton suffered from mercury poisoning induced dementia during his latter years. This was due to his secretive interest of an esoteric mystical Medieval Jewish practice of Cabbalah – together with Medieval Alchemy – allows anyone to turn base metals into gold. The bad news is there are “rituals” which the practitioner exposes himself or herself with toxic levels of mercury vapor. Is this the primary reason why modern practitioners of Cabbalah speak with an annoyingly fake British accent, especially aging celebrities?

Even though the use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative has been discontinued since 1999, older lots are still being stocked on the clinic shelves. The furor over thimerosal and its link to the increased incidence of autism in kids has been dismissed as groundless by most of the medical community, even though the community-at-large has been aware of the dangers of mercury poisoning for some time now. The medical community say that the amount of thimerosal being used as a preservative in vaccines are way below toxic levels, never mind causing neurological damage. But nevertheless, the medical community and drug companies choose to discontinue the use of thimerosal as a vaccine preservative due to “political pressure” rather than genuine results from scientific research that point to the relationship between autism and the mercury-based vaccine preservative thimerosal.

Even at present, there are quite a number of concerned parents who opt not to inoculate their kids due to the autism-causing vaccine preservative thimerosal. That’s politics overriding reason in action for you. If these people continue to delude themselves with an unfounded paranoia, may I suggest using chelating agents like British Anti-Lewisite or other emergency treatment reserved only to infantrymen exposed to a chemical weapon attack? Let’s hope their kid’s liver and kidneys are strong enough to endure medical regimens like BAL.

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