02 Apr

FDA admits in court case that vaccines still contain mercury

Sunday, April 01, 2012 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

It is a common myth today that the vaccines administered to children no longer
contain the toxic additive thimerosal, a mercury-based preservative linked to
causing permanent neurological damage. But a recent federal case involving the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that, contrary to
this widely-held belief, thimerosal is actually still present in many batch
vaccines, including in the annual influenza vaccine that is now administered to
children as young as six months old.Filed by a citizen-backed coalition
advocating vaccine safety, the lawsuit against the FDA alleged that the agency’s
continued endorsement and approval of thimerosal as a vaccine additive is a
serious public health threat, especially since safer alternatives already exist
and are widely used voluntarily by many vaccine manufacturers. But Judge Brett
Kavanaugh, siding with antiquated pseudoscience, decided that thimerosal is not
a health threat, and that those who wish to avoid it can simply choose
thimerosal-free alternatives.Ignoring the evidence of thimerosal’s
dangers brought before him on behalf of the millions of children across the
country who continue to be injected with this mercury-based additive, Judge
Kavanaugh declared that the plaintiffs, which include groups like the
Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CMFD), did not have proper standing to
file the lawsuit. And in the process, both he and the FDA inadvertently admitted
that thimerosal is still present in many childhood vaccines, which counters
popular claims to the contrary.

FDA admits on its website that thimerosal is still in vaccines

The fact
that Judge Kavanaugh refused to hear the case is tragic in and of itself, as
thimerosal, which is composed of 50 percent mercury, has been proven to cause
serious health damage. But what may be even worse is the fact that many people
falsely believe that thimerosal is not even included in vaccines anymore, which
is leading them to blindly allow them to be administered to their children. And
the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the FDA
have continued to provide dubious and misleading information on the subject,
which the mainstream media has been complicit in spreading over the
years.But the FDA explains, in no uncertain terms, directly on its
website that thimerosal is still added to certain vaccines. For this reason
alone, it is crucial that parents who choose to vaccinate their children ask for
an ingredients list for each and every vaccine before allowing them to be
administered to their children.”While the use of mercury-containing
preservatives has declined in recent years with the development of new products
formulated with alternative or no preservatives, thimerosal has been used in
some immune globulin preparations, anti-venins, skin test antigens, and
ophthalmic and nasal products, in addition to certain vaccines,” writes the FDA
on its Thimerosal in Vaccines page (

Don’t believe the lie: Thimerosal is eventually converted by the body into
highly-toxic inorganic mercury

Another myth often spread by thimerosal
advocates claims that the ethylmercury compounds that compose roughly 50 percent
of the preservative are not actually harmful because they are different from the
type found in a can of tuna. But a comprehensive review conducted by Dr. Paul G.
King has proven otherwise, showing that ethylmercury is first metabolized by the
body into toxic methylmercury, which is then metabolized into inorganic mercury
( methylmercury and
inorganic mercury are listed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) as toxic substances responsible for causing neurological problems, brain
disorders, nervous system illnesses, gastrointestinal problems, kidney failure,
respiratory illness, and death (

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