2006-10-26 00:00:00

Government Rejects Thimersol Restrictions

Very few issues in healthcare have created as much controversy as the mercury compounds contained in vaccines.? Large studies have been done on both sides that completely contradict each other.? The public has been left without a definitive answer regarding the safety of vaccines.

A group called the Coalition for Mercury-free Drugs petitioned the Food and Drug Administration in 2004 seeking the restrictions on thimerosal, citing concerns that the preservative is linked to autism. In a reply dated Sept. 26 but made public only Tuesday, the FDA rejected the petition.

Thimerosal, about 50 percent mercury by weight, has been used since the 1930s to kill microbes in vaccines. There have been suspicions that thimerosal causes autism. However, studies that tracked thousands of children consistently have found no association between the brain disorder and the mercury-based preservative. Critics contend the studies are flawed.

Vaccines have been credited with the eradication of numerous illnesses since their introduction.? In discussing the efficacy of these vaccines it is also important to notice the disappearance of these diseases in countries that did not have access to vaccines.? Furthermore, according to government statistics diseases like polo were on the decline long before the introduction of the polio vaccination.

In weighing the option to use vaccinations, it is important to be diligent in your research.? Make sure you know who is providing the “facts” and do they have an ulterior motive.? There are a lot of book on the subject and I would recommend compiling as much information as you can regarding this issue.

Full Story: CNN.com

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