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Thimerasol: 

Overlooked danger, simple greed or just a poorly disguised way of population reduction?

With the uncovering of the dangers of thimerosal, one can't help but wonder whether the continued use of thimerosal in drugs, despite the knowledge of its dangers, which was being kept secret for some 70 years by its developers, is based on sheer greed, or if indeed it is just one part of an overall picture that many wish to turn a blind eye because it is so overwhelming, so unbelievable, that life is easier without knowing the whole story. In the years of researching vaccines and their dangers and safety I met many children or parents of children who were perfectly fine before a vaccination and then started to regress in their development shortly after a vaccination. But I also met many who appeared to have no effects whatsoever. Fair enough, the actual long time side-effects are still not known, since no relevant independent studies exist that might draw a conclusion between allergies and other diseases that have been rapidly rising for the past 50 or so years. But then, why do such studies not exist? All the studies that have 'proven' that there is no link or lacked the proof that there is a link between thimerosal and autism, allergies and several other diseases, have exclusively been financed with funds from the pharmaceutical giants. 

Something I have noticed is that those children who suffer severe side effects (including death) appeared to follow a difficult pregnancy or  were premature, or not breastfed. This conclusion is entirely based on my observations from talking with parents. It appears that more children die of SIDS or shaken baby syndrome following the DTP vaccine. The DTP contains both thimerosal and aluminium phosphate. In 1972 the British Medical Journal reported a case of skin burns resulting from the chemical interaction of thimerosal and aluminium. "Mercury is known to act as a catalyst and to cause aluminium to oxidize rapidly, with the production of heat." " The manufacturers who supply us with thimerosal have been informed." The ingredients for the DTP vaccines today are aluminum phosphate, formaldehyde, ammonium sulfate, washed sheep red blood cells, glycerol, sodium chloride, and thimerosal, grown on porcine pancreatic hydrolysate of casein. Why did the manufacturers not study the findings that were published in the British Medical Journal?

Thimerosal contains four main ingredients: ethyl mercuric chloridge, thiosalicylic acid, sodium hydroxide and ethanol of which approximately 50% is mercury in weight.  Mercury is known to cause neurotoxic reactions in humans. Although the amount of mercury in thimerosal is very low, infants and young children have much lower tolerance of mercury levels for neurological disorders to develop than adults. After vaccination, hypersensitivity has been noted, but no other harmful effects have been reported. However, overdoses of thimerosal containing products have resulted in toxicity.

Although the the Public Health Service (including the FDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics issued two Joint Statements, urging vaccine manufacturers to reduce or eliminate thimerosal in vaccines as soon as possible (CDC 1999) and (CDC 2000), to this day, many vaccines still contain thimerosal (see tables below).

 

The following vaccines still contain thimerasol:

*Vaccines for Children are in Bold

VACCINE TYPE

BRAND NAME (MANUFACTURER)

 

CONTAIN THIMEROSAL

DO NOT CONTAIN THIMEROSAL

DTaP

Certiva (NAV)
Acel Imune (W-L)
Tripedia (PMC)

Infanrix (SKB)

DTwP (whole-cell pertussis)

Tri-Immunol (W-L)
Generic (several manufacturers)

 

DTwP-Hib combination

All brands

 

DT, Pediatric

Generic (all manufacturers)

 

Hepatitis B

Engerix (SKB)

Recombivax (Merck)

 

Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b conjugate)

HibTiter (W-L) multiple-dose vial

HibTiter (W-L) single dose vial

Liquid PedvaxHIB (Merck)

ActHIB (PMC)

Influenza

All brands

 

IPV

 

IPOL (PMC)

Japanese Encephalitis

JE-Vax (PMC)

 

Meningococcal

Menomune A,C,Y,W-135 (PMC)

 

MMR

 

Merck

OPV

 

Orimune (W-L)

Pneumococcal

Pnu-Immune (W-L)

Pneumovax (Merck)

Rabies

Generic (Michigan, SKB)

Rabavert (Chiron)

Imovax--Human Diploid Cell (PMC)

Rotavirus

 

Rotashield (W-L)

Td, Adult

Generic (all manufacturers)

 

Varicella

 

Merck

Hepatitis B Immune Globulin (HBIG)

All manufacturers except Bayer

BayHepB (Bayer)

Immune Globulin (IG)

All manufacturers except Bayer

BayGam (Bayer)

Tetanus Immune Globulin (TIG)

Generic (Massachusetts)

BayTet (Bayer)

Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin (VZIG)

Generic

 

Diphtheria toxoid (single antigen)

Generic (all manufacturers)

 

Pertussis vaccine (whole cell, single-antigen)

Generic (all manufacturers)

 

Tetanus toxoid (single antigen)

Generic (all manufacturers)

 


U.S. Public Health Service
American Academy of Pediatrics
July 10, 1999

Source: http://www.injury-lawyer-network.com/autvaccines.htm

From the FDA website: 

Thimerosal Content in Some Currently Manufactured U.S. Licensed Vaccines

Vaccine

Trade Name

Manufacturer

Thimerosal Concentration1

Mercury

Anthrax

Anthrax vaccine

BioPort Corporation

0

0

DTaP

Tripedia2

Aventis Pasteur

<0.0002%

<0.5g/dose

Infanrix

GlaxoSmithKline

0

0

DT

All Products

 

0.01%

25g/dose

Td

All Products

 

0.01%

25g/dose

TT

All Products

 

0.01%

25g/dose

Hib

ActHIB/OmniHIB3

Aventis Pasteur

0

0

HibTITER (Single dose)

Wyeth-Lederle

0

0

PedvaxHIB liquid

Merck

0

0

Hib/HepB

COMVAX4

Merck

0

0

Hepatitis B5

Engerix-B

GlaxoSmithKline

<0.0002%

<0.5g/dose

Recombivax HB

Merck

0

0

Hepatitis A

Havrix

GlaxoSmithKline

0

0

Vaqta

Merck

0

0

IPV

IPOL

Aventis Pasteur

0

0

Poliovax

Aventis Pasteur

0

0

Influenza6

All

Aventis Pasteur, Evans, Wyeth-Lederle

0.01%

25 g/0.5 mL dose
(12.5 g/0.25 mL dose)

Japanese Encephalitis7

JE-VAX

BIKEN

0.007%

35 g/1.0mL dose
(17.5 g/0.5 mL dose

Lyme

LYMErix

GlaxoSmithKline

0

0

MMR

MMR-II

Merck

0

0

Meningococcal

Menomune A, C, AC and A/C/Y/W-135

Aventis Pasteur

0.01%

25 g/dose

Pneumococcal

Prevnar (Pneumo Conjugate)

Lederle Laboratories

0

0

Pneumovax 23

Merck

0

0

Pnu-Imune 23

Wyeth-Lederle

0.01%

25 g/dose

Rabies

IMOVAX

Aventis Pasteur

0

0

Rabavert

Chiron

0

0

Typhoid Fever

Typhim Vi

Aventis Pasteur

0

0

Typhoid Ty21a

Swiss Serum and Vaccine Institute

0

0

Varicella

Varivax

Merck

0

0

Yellow Fever

Y-F-Vax

Aventis Pasteur

0

0

Table Footnotes

 

  1. Thimerosal is 50% mercury (Hg) by weight. A 0.01% solution (1 part per 10,000) of thimerosal contains 50 g of Hg per 1 ml dose or 25 g of Hg per 0.5 ml dose.
  2. Aventis Pasteurs Tripedia may be used to reconstitute ActHib to form TriHIBit. TriHIBit is indicated for use in children 15 to 18 months of age.
  3. OmniHIB is manufactured by Aventis Pasteur but distributed by GlaxoSmithKline.
  4. COMVAX is not licensed for use under 6 weeks of age because of decreased response to the Hib component.
  5. Mercks Hepatitis B vaccine for adults still contains thimerosal as a preservative.
  6. Children under 3 years of age receive a half-dose of vaccine, i.e., 0.25 mL (12.5 g mercury/dose.)
  7. JE-VAX is manufactured by BIKEN and distributed by Aventis Pasteur. Children 1 to 3 years of age receive a half-dose of vaccine, i.e., 0.5 mL (17.5 g mercury/dose).

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