Michael Pichichero's Reasoning on Mercury for Global Treaty
Posted Jan 01 2013 12:00am
By Jim Thompson
Dr. Michael Pichichero is an
industry scientist and he endorses a mercury-based compound called Thimerosal
as a “safe” and “effective” preservative in vaccines worldwide.
In a recently published
report “Perspective – Report to WHO: No New Concerns About Thimerosal” he acknowledges
that his “institution has received research grants from GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi
Pasteur, Pfizer, Novartis, and Crucell for new vaccine and product development.” Also he states in his report that “The
evidence suggests the 2008 endorsement of the use of thimerosal as a safe and
effective preservative in vaccines for children worldwide should remain.”
Now it is possible that this
industry scientist’s reasoning is based on an unfounded presumption that
mercury leaves the brain faster than mercury from fish. He states “[a] total of five studies of blood
and hair mercury in children have now been published, and all show that the
foundational presumption of similar pharmacokinetics between methylmercury and
ethylmercury was incorrect.” But do these
studies really indicate what happens in a child’s brain?
So why is it important that this
study reports that higher levels of the neurotoxin mercury remain in animal
brain tissue from exposures to the vaccine preservative Thimerosal than from
exposure to mercury in fish? Well look
at what a non-industry scientist says about animal studies regarding the threat
of the neurotoxin mercury in Thimerosal.
Dr. Jose G. Dorea, after a
review of 30 studies concluded that “In
vitro and animal studies have shown consistently that low dose of Thimerosal
(or ethylmercury) is active against brain cells. Animal
studies with Thimerosal at concentrations used in vaccines have demonstrated
toxicity compatible with low-dose Hg exposure.Thus, from observed changes in animal behavior it is reasonable to
expect biological consequences in terms of neurodevelopment in susceptible
So it may be that this
scientific data, reporting higher levels of mercury in the brain tissue of
infant monkeys from Thimerosal exposure than from mercury in fish, may have
been ignored when the ill-advised decision was made to endorse the continued injection
of mercury preserved vaccines into children and pregnant women worldwide.
But still, scientists know that mercury is toxic to
brain cells in both animals and humans. Please
write your elected members of congress and tell
them to legislate a ban on the use, import, and export of mercury in vaccines.
Thompson is a registered professional engineer.
He and his wife Susan live and work in rural South Dakota. Their first granddaughter was diagnosed with
autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, verbal apraxia, motor disorder, and sensory
integration disorder. Her loving memory has influenced his family’s decision to
help protect children from vaccine injuries.