Thimerosal Induces Autism-like Neurotoxicity

International Medical Council on Vaccination

Joseph Mercola, DO
August 6, 2009

A new scientific study proves that the mercury-based compound used as vaccine preservative — known as ‘thimerosal’ — induces neural damage similar to that seen in autism patients. According to the study, thimerosal-induced cellular damage caused concentration- and time-dependent mitochondrial damage, reduced oxidative-reduction activity, cellular degeneration, and cell death. Thimerosal at low concentrations induced significant cellular toxicity in human neuronal and fetal cells. Thimerosal was found to be significantly more toxic than the other metal compounds examined.

I’m always pleased to see another study confirming what vaccine-safety advocates have tried to get across for so long – that the mercury-based preservative thimerosal is seriously bad news and should never be injected. I don’t know how much proof will be required take to get the truth to finally get through, but a mountain of evidence is apparently still not enough for some nay-sayers.  This latest study confirms that damage does occur in human neuronal and fetal cells, even at low concentrations.

As you’ve likely heard by now, rates of autism in the U.S. have increased nearly 60-fold since the late 1970s, rising right along with the increasing number of vaccinations added to the childhood vaccination schedule.  This oftentimes debilitating neurological disorder now affects about one in 150 U.S. children, but an article in the Daily Mail two years ago reported the rate of autism in Great Britain could be as high as 1 in 58.

Although autism may be apparent soon after birth, most autistic children experience at least several months, or even a year or more of normal development — followed by regression, defined as loss of function or failure to progress.  Typically, by the age of three, at which time the child has received at least 24 of their scheduled vaccinations, symptoms of autism are fully apparent, affecting their communication and social skills, and impairing the child’s ability to play, speak and relate to the world.

The Genetic Catch-All

Many have tried to debunk the autism-vaccine link, oftentimes blaming the disorder on genetic factors, but the connection refuses to go away. And for valid reasons.  So far, scientists have been able to link genetic defects to a mere one percent of autism cases. Although the other 99 percent are still unaccounted for, conventional media rarely underscore this fact, focusing instead on the minority link to genetic predisposition.  For example, last year the U.S. government concluded that childhood vaccines contributed to symptoms of autism in 9-year-old Hannah Poling. According to U.S. Division of Vaccine Injury Compensation, the shots “significantly aggravated an underlying mitochondrial disorder” and resulted in a brain disorder “with features of autism spectrum disorder.”

Again, they finally conceded that those with genetic predispositions can develop autism when injected with thimerosal. But industry is still refusing to take any responsibility for having anything to do with the other 99 percent of autism cases, and our health officials are playing along, protecting the interests of industry, not that of your child. Bear in mind, mercury is not the one and only potential danger hiding in vaccines. Aluminum is yet another neurotoxic poison used as an immune-suppressing adjuvant. (For more on that, please see this previous article, which covers that issue in greater detail.) All this lopsided logic serves no one except Big Pharma, and their fingerprints are all over the so-called “evidence” proving that vaccines are safe.

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