Originally Posted by prosciencemum
What I've read about it says the FDA actually think it is safe, but they advise removing it so that parents won't use it as an excuse not to vaccinate against serious diseases. The fact that it's still used in multi-vial doses where it's necessary as a preservative might suggest it is safe.
You have to believe in a mass conspiracy involving thousands of Doctors and health professionals if you think that thimerosal is seriously dangerous. I refuse to believe that. I'm sure there are some bas doctors, but I think the vast majority are trying to do the best for their patients.
I do not believe there is a mass conspiracy and tons of bad evil drs and health pros out there.
I DO believe they DO NOT know certain things.
Go read simpsonwood transcript sometime when you get the chance. It is 50-60 experts in all sorts of related fields sitting there scratching their heads, admitting no one knows much about safety of ethylmercury (they DO know more about methyl, that's why EPA got alarmed when ethylmercury exposure would surpass methyl guidelines), and then totally believing the data shown to them showing a positive correlation between thimerosal exposure and certain disorders. Whether or not that is true or not... reading these people believing it *could* be is enough to tell me they don't know what the true safety is.
Oh yeah, and then quite a few express concerns about aluminum salts, since we don't really know much about that either. (although data and slides of original study ref'd in simpsonwood transcripts were lost, head researchers went to work for pharma company, and the study could not be repeated, the transcript only became available b/c of freedom of information act... see how transparent this is? No wonder some people buy the conspiracy theory)
The point is, they DO NOT know. Some think it's safe because they've been using it for decades and most people don't automatically drop dead after vaccination. I find it really disturbing that anyone can expect a population to follow any mandated health procedure, when really, honestly, truly, the recommending body does NOT know the safety or long-term consequences.
I do not have a medical degree, but really, my commonsense would tell me that injecting newborn, young babies and children, and/or fetal exposure to many toxic substances, repeatedly, could possibly have some bad side effects for some individuals. I don't think vax are the only factor in autism or other learning/neuro issues, but I find it disgusting that they are usually totally discounted in effort to protect vaccination program and anyone bringing up the issue is maligned.
Proscience, if you were truly pro science, you would be asking for more science, not just assuming it is ok because they do it. That is blind faith. How many times in the past have medicines or procedures been used before it is known how bad they are? Just because they were approved or used obviously does not make them safe.
Thim. in the multi-vial flu vax is not *necessary,* they do have an alternative. It is just cheaper.
Edited by slmommy - 4/19/12 at 7:33am