- LONDON (ANI) -- A new
study has found that children who received vaccine shots containing a
preservative called thimerosal, which is almost 50 per cent mercury,
were more than twice at the risk to develop autism than those who did
- Mercury, which is known to be neurotoxic, is being
phased out in America and Europe after scientists in the United States
found its amount in vaccines exceeded federal safety limits.
- The study showed an increased relative risk of
autism of 2.48 for children who have received 75 micrograms of
mercury, the amount in the British schedule, according to a report in
- The new research by Dr Mark Geier, a physician with
a PhD in genetics, and David Geier, a graduate student at the National
Institutes of Health, who are both consultants in genetics based in
Bethesada, Maryland, has been published in the Journal of American
Physicians and Surgeons.
- The incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders and
heart disease following the administration of Diphtheria, Tetanus and
Pertussis (DTP) vaccines containing mercury compared with non-mercury
vaccines was based on nationwide data in the United States.
- The researchers claim they have produced "the first
epidemiological evidence showing a direct association between
thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and neurodevelopmental
- According to reports, the preservative, which is
called thiomersal in Britain, is used in some vaccines to prevent
bacterial infection. Mercury is not present in the triple measles,
mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR).
- In the United States there has been an increase in
the number of vaccines containing mercury given to children since the
1980s. There has also been a dramatic increase in the number of
children diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders
such as attention deficit disorder.
- Several researchers have claimed this rise in autism
is linked to mercury-containing vaccines.
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