Also, I wonder why you guys dismiss these studies that show no link to mercury-containing vaccines and autism?
1. Thomas Verstraeten, Robert L. Davis, Frank DeStefano, Tracy A. Lieu, Philip H. Rhodes, Steven B. Black, Henry Shinefield, and Robert T. Chen, “Safety of Thimerosal-Containing Vaccines: A Two-Phased Study of Computerized Health Maintenance Organization Databases,” Pediatrics, 112:1039-1048, 2003
This study found that for all levels of thimerosal exposure, the risk of autism was the same.
2. Cristofer S. Price,William W. Thompson, Barbara Goodson, Eric S. Weintraub, Lisa A. Croen, Virginia L. Hinrichsen, Michael Marcy, Anne Robertson, Eileen Eriksen, Edwin Lewis, Pilar Bernal, David Shay, Robert L. Davis, Frank DeStefano, “Prenatal and Infant Exposure to Thimerosal From Vaccines and Immunoglobulins and Risk of Autism,” Pediatrics 126:656-664, 2010
This study found that the level of thimerosal exposure was not related to whether or not the child was autistic.
3. William W. Thompson, Cristofer Price, Barbara Goodson, David K. Shay, Patti Benson, Virginia L. Hinrichsen, Edwin Lewis, Eileen Eriksen, Paula Ray, S. Michael Marcy, John Dunn, Lisa A. Jackson, Tracy A. Lieu, Steve Black, Gerrie Stewart, Eric S. Weintraub, Robert L. Davis, and Frank DeStefano, "Early Thimerosal Exposure and Neuropsychological Outcomes at 7 to 10 Years," NEJM, 357:1281-1292, 2007
This study assessed on 42 neurological outcomes. Thimerosal exposure produced a weak benefit in 12 assessments, a weak negative effect in 8 assessments, and had no effect on 22. One of the original members of the team, Sallie Bernard of SAFEMINDS (an anti-vaccination group), stayed with the study until its results were determined. Then she dropped, because she didn't like the outcome.
Before you raise the typical conspiracy theory that these researchers are shills for the Almighty Pharma Companies, please note that Frank DeStefano, Tracy A. Lieu, Steven B. Black, and Robert T. Chen appear in one or more of the studies posted above. They were all on the paper that caused the old rotavirus vaccine to be pulled from the market, which cost the Almighty Pharma Companies millions of dollars:
Kramarz P, France EK, Destefano F, Black SB, Shinefield H, Ward JI, Chang EJ, Chen RT, Shatin D, Hill J, Lieu T, and Ogren JM., "Population-based study of rotavirus vaccination and intussusception," Pediatr Infect Dis J. 20(4):410-6, 2001.
Clearly they are not shills for Almighty Pharma, since they ended up costing them a lot of money back in 2000.