Natural Health News thanks our colleague, Tim Bolen, for this insightful article about Thimerisol. Bolen notes that back in the 1930s the risk of this mercury (Hg) compound was of real concern.
Mercury is a deadly toxin - in any form. Deadly to any living entity. The product Thimerosal (Merthiolate) is a mercury-containing pharmaceutical compound that is 49.55% mercury. It was developed in 1927. More, unlike other forms of mercury, Thimerosal, is both water and fat soluble - meaning that it immediately penetrates into every part of the human body, and attaches itself wherever it wants. When it is injected, as in vaccines, the human body's natural defense mechanisms that would work to catch and expel INGESTED forms of mercury, are completely bypassed allowing Thimerasol to quickly bind itself in places in the body we definitely DO NOT want it - like the brain.
Thimerosal has been marketed as an antimicrobial agent in a range of products, including topical antiseptic solutions and antiseptic ointments for treating cuts. It was in nasal sprays, eye solutions, vaginal spermicides, and diaper rash treatments. Perhaps most importantly it is used, even now, as a preservative in vaccines and other injectable biological products, including Rho(D)-immune globulin preparations.
Despite evidence, dating to the early 1930s, indicating Thimerosal to be potentially hazardous to humans and ineffective as an antimicrobial agent it is still being used.
Crazy as it sounds, Thimerosal was not scrutinized as part of U.S. pharmaceutical products until the 1980s, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finally recognized its demonstrated ineffectiveness and toxicity in topical pharmaceutical products, and began to eliminate it from these. In 1998, finally, the US FDA took topically used (applied to the skin) Thimerosal products off of the market - as being too dangerous.
Insane as it sounds, the US FDA didn't seem to have a problem with that same mercury being INJECTED directly into the human body - especially into our children. Worse, Thimerosal continues to be administered, as part of mandated immunizations and other pharmaceutical products, in the United States, and globally.
Just to bring things up to date - let's look at the most recent Australian study on the relationship between Autism and mercury: Continue reading...