Over a decade ago, following a sharp rise in developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD, the mercury-containing preservative Thimerosal was widely believed to have been eliminated from vaccine supplies in the US and abroad. However, dangerous quantities of Thimerosal continue to be used, posing a significant threat to public health and leading to a crisis of faith in vaccine safety.
In this groundbreaking book, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Dr. Mark Hyman examine the research literature on Thimerosal and make a very clear statement about its potentially dangerous effects. In the past, the CDC, FDA, NIH, and AAP, as well as the US Congress, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the US Department of Agriculture, the European Medicines Agency, and the California Environmental Protection Agency have expressed concerns over the use of Thimerosal in vaccines. But despite the many voices calling for action, the media and policy makers have repeatedly failed to adequately address the issue.
Now, with Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak, the goals are to educate parents, doctors, and health policy makers; to eliminate this toxic chemical from the world’s vaccine supplies; to move toward safer alternatives; and to maintain or increase vaccination rates critical to the United States and developing nations. With safer options available, parents shouldn’t have to worry about the devastating effects of vaccinating their children.
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About the Author
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., JD, LLM, is senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, chief prosecuting attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, and president of Waterkeeper Alliance. He was named one of Time magazine’s “Heroes for the Planet” for his success in helping restore the Hudson River, and he continues to fight for environmental issues across the Americas. He is the bestselling author of Crimes Against Nature.
Mark Hyman, MD,(Preface) is chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine. In addition to being a practicing family physician, he has worked with the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, and many other organizations on global health issues. He is the author of several New York Times bestsellers, including The Blood Sugar Solution and Ultrametabolism.
Martha R. Herbert, PhD, MD, (Introduction) is an assistant professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, a pediatric neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and an affiliate of the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging.
Congressman Bill Posey, (Foreword) has fought to make government more accountable and transparent. Prior to Congress, Posey served for sixteen years in the Florida legislature where he led successful efforts to reform Florida’s insurance and elections laws. He is a realtor by profession and an author. Bill and his wife Katie live in Rockledge, Florida.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introducton xxi
Executive Summary xxv
Part 1 Thimerosal's Dangers to Human Health and the Brain 1
Chapter 1 A Brief History of Thimerosal and the Dangers of Mercury 3
Chapter 2 The Increase in Thimerosal-Containing Children's Vaccines Coincided with a Rise in Neurodevelopmental Disorders 14
Chapter 3 Despite Reductions in Thimerosal in US Childhood Vaccines, Potential Exposure Remains High 31
Chapter 4 The Comparable Dangers of Ethylmercury and Methylmercury 45
Chapter 5 A Wide Range of Animal Studies Show Thimerosal's Toxicity 63
Chapter 6 Mounting Evidence of Thimerosal's Danger in Human Studies 69
Chapter 7 Findings of Epidemiological Studies: Links between Thimerosal and Neurological Damage 76
Chapter 8 Scientific Calls for a Ban on Thimerosal 87
Chapter 9 Official Reports against Thimerosal by Public Health and Other Agencies 96
Part 2 The Unnecessary Use of Thimerosal 105
Chapter 10 The Ineffectiveness of Thimerosal as a Germicide 107
Chapter 11 Amplification of Thimerosal Toxicity by Aluminum in Vaccines 111
Chapter 12 Safer and Cost-Effective Alternatives to Thimerosal 116
Part 3 Review of the Problematic Epidemiological Studies Relied on By the Institute Of Medicine 123
Chapter 13 The Verstraeten Study: Links between Thimerosal and Neurological Damage 125
Chapter 14 The CDC's and the Institute of Medicine's Response to Verstraeten's Findings 131
Chapter 15 The CDC's and Institute of Medicine's Reliance on Flawed European Studies 141
Chapter 16 The Final, Published Verstraeten Study 152
Chapter 17 The Institute of Medicine 2004 Report and Response 162
Conclusions and Recommendations 170
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I was a little skeptical that this book would be able to encompass enough of the research to show how toxic thimerosal is. I was wrong. The book shows studies, research, pharmaceutical emails and government correspondence to show the reader why this topic has been so hot. I was impressed with chapter 3 especially, devoted to laying out the facts on why childen are still at risk here, in the states and elsewhere, especially as we enter the flu shot time of year. A big thank you to Mr. Kennedy, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Herbert for their contributions in educating anyone who would like to know about this mercury-containing preservative and its effect on the body and brain. With increasing neuroimmune, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases, it is so helpful to have all of this research in a concise collection.
Valuable tool for obtaining a fairly comprehensive understanding of one (there are others) very concerning aspect of the vaccination program.
Is excited to see why Bromire is getting messages from the king. Please continue!!!!
At the age of 68 the most startling fact for me is just how many vaccines children are given currently. With still more vaccines now in the approval process, now is the right time to evaluate the cost-benefit of banning Thimerosol.
This book so clearly delineates where we've missed the mark in evaluating vaccine science and regulatory oversight. More importantly, it focuses attention on formulating the proper questions for investigation, and what is prudent to do now.