Sunday, January 20, 2013

Why don't they want to find a new and better vaccine preservative?

The Geneva Mercury-Treaty has been signed by 140 nations. There is apparently substantial agreement among those countries that mercury is very toxic, and the San Francisco Chronicle reports that "the World Health Organization has said there are no safe limits for the consumption of mercury and its compounds, which can also cause brain and kidney damage, memory loss and language impairment." That this agreement is a good start goes without saying; what irks me, though, is the fact that certain exceptions were granted particularly the exception that keeps mercury in vaccines.

I understand that certain countries lobbied for this exception. They did not address the reason, and they did not address the need to find a better preservative. Why not? Wouldn't it make sense to find a better preservative?

Here's the thing. Mercury is really poisonous. But the mercury in vaccines has never been tested for safety. That largely untested material used to be called Merthiolate (now Thimerosal). In the days when Merthiolate was invented mercury still had the status of medicine--it was used against syphilis, worms, teething pain, joint pains and many other "cures." Mercury was used for constipation, as a diuretic, for head lice. It was and still is used as a tooth filling material. Mercury was a cure-all. So in 1929 Eli Lilly started using the patented Merthiolate as an antibiotic, and in the '30s  it was, among other things, used as a preservative in vaccines. And ever since then Merthiolate has had a protected spot in the hearts of vaccine manufacturers and promoters in spite of the fact that nobody had a clue how it worked and whether its use caused more deaths and injuries than if it had not been used.

The fact that mercury killed many that it was supposed to cure was swept under the rug. It was then, and it is now, very convenient to keep mercury in vaccines as an allowable substance. After all the grandfathered-in material does not have to be safety-tested.

The preserving substance was renamed in the '70s from Merthiolate to Thimerosal to keep the general population from being made aware of the fact that the topical tincture of Merthiolate had to be withdrawn because it killed a number of newborn infants. But connecting those dots is "too difficult?" for the powers that be. And now we have scads of parents refusing to get their children vaccinated. Many vaccines still contain mercury. I am not asking why this is the case. I am instead appalled that this is acceptable. I know what I know, and I don't like it. A great opportunity to change that was missed.

Maybe all that mercury has already affected too many of the powers that be. It has addled their brains and they can't find their way back to reason. Is the sentence "Quem Mercurius perdere vult dementat prius" really still as true as it was in Roman times? I am afraid so. And it's such a shame.