Is Livestock Production Industry Keeping Mercury In Vaccinations?
Posted Oct 01 2012 12:00am
By Eric Uram
The latest twist in the vaccine issue now comes from efforts
to "feed the planet." Not to get too far into the weeds on the
connections, but currently, the pressure to maintain the approvals for using
thimerosal is now also coming from pharmaceutical companies and their clients
in the livestock production industry.
In my ongoing efforts to end thimerosal use at the
international level in a treaty being negotiated on mercury, I find pressure
coming into the negotiations to keep thimerosal approved for use in human
vaccines originating from pressure to maintain its use in animal vaccines. The upshot in this comes from the requirement
that in order to legally use thimerosal in animal vaccines, it has to be considered
safe for humans as well.  If taken out of human vaccines, this action would
support the arguments against safety in humans.
So, in the penultimate session, the International Federation
for Animal Health  ,
USDA and FDA along with other livestock production industry proponents marched
in saying they need thimerosal vaccines to keep both food safe and costs down.  That ending the billions of doses of
thimerosal-preserved vaccines administered to animals in the USA (and even more
globally) every year would cause the producers an excessive cost for doing the
business of providing cheap, abundant food for everyone.
In another twist, it appears pressure is mounting to reduce
the number of approved preservatives in vaccines. In a recent EMEA session, the European
Medical Association recommended removal of 2 phenoxy-ethanol from approvals for
use. This leaves industry with few
choices for vaccine preservative, and only one widely approved one - thimerosal. So the connection comes full circle here to
the pharmaceutical and chemical industries and their efforts to continue to
sell poison in the name of health and prosperity.
I guess it’s time we wake up to the reality that every one
of these separate battles taking place is really the same war. One for finding solutions that don’t hurt
ourselves or our kids, or require our handing over hard-earned money to pay for
solutions offered in the name of “improving everyone’s lives.”
Eric Uram currently serves as the Executive Director for
SafeMinds. A father, husband and weekend warrior, for almost 30 years
I’ve worked from another perspective – by seeking to protect ourselves, our
families and our future from excessive toxic pollution. I now focus on
the issues related to human environmental exposures to persistent pollutants
that can trigger ASD as the ED for SafeMinds.