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Michael Pichichero's Reasoning on Mercury for Global Treaty

Posted Jan 01 2013 12:00am

Pichichero 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.” 

In addition he alludes to his remote presentation to the United Nations Negotiating Committee Meeting on April 3-4, 2012 which was made for “their consideration and vote” regarding the continuation of mercury in vaccines used worldwide.   And it was in that same time frame that the World Health Organization's (WHO's) Strategic Advisory Committee (SAGE) in Geneva recommended that “Thimerosal, a preservative used to prevent contamination in multidose vaccine vials, be exempted from a pending international treaty aimed at reducing global health hazards by limiting exposure to mercury.”  (See WHO Weekly Epidemiological Record ).

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? 

To answer that one cannot rely solely on human studies reporting reduced mercury content in blood and hair.  It is also important to recognize the fact that an animal study clearly shows that Thimerosal vaccine preservative injections result in inorganic mercury levels in brain tissue in infant monkeys at higher levels and longer time frames than from exposure to mercury in fish.  

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 cellsAnimal 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 infants.”

In addition to Dr. Dorea’s review there is a list of 69 studies given on Safeminds.org that support the ban of mercury from vaccines.  (See “ Summary of Supportive Science Regarding Thimerosal Removal ”).

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. 



Taylor 11 25 2004 c Jim 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.

Posted by Age of Autism at January 29, 2013 at 5:46 AM in Current Affairs , Science , Vaccine Safety Permalink

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