Whenever someone says something like this:
As an environmentalist, Kennedy should know that mercury is a natural part of the Earth’s crust.
I know that the person is a corporate apologist.
It doesn't matter what is in the earth's crust. It matters what is biologically available. Human beings have done a lot over the last few hundred years to massively increase the quantity of mercury which is biologically available. The only people I've ever heard pushing the "crust" argument are people who are covering up the massive increase in biologically available contaminants due to industrial activity/carelessness. Of course, we've seen in other places, that Offit definitely stands on the pro-corporate cover-up side. See, for example, his association with American Council on Science and Health http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...s-fundraising/
I chose Mother Jones since they have been fanatically pro-vaccine in recent years, so they should be an acceptable source.
The human body eliminates ethylmercury from vaccines far more efficiently than it eliminates naturally occurring methylmercury.
Claims that "the human body" is good at eliminating injected ethylmercury are based on a very small number of extremely funky studies. Since methylmercury isn't injected, the relevance of the comparison is a bit shaky.
Frankly, I'm always puzzled by the enthusiasm by parents for injecting babies with ANY form of mercury. In fact I doubt if many parents would be all that pleased, if someone explained what thimerosal is, what sort of studies had been done to demonstrate safety, and the reality that there are other, somewhat less toxic options.
, if a doctor walked into an appointment for a baby of yours and said: "we only have the mercury containing flu vaccine, ya want it?" Would you respond enthusiastically: "of course! I won't bother to call around and find a non-mercury version, too much trouble." If you and your baby were suddenly transported to a developing country and you were faced with your kid receiving multiple mercury containing vaccines, would you have even a twinge of concern?
I think it is horrendous that poor children in developing countries are receiving multiple vaccines containing thimerosal.