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From: JOHN on 18 May 2007 10:32
Thimerosal (Mercury) Exposure during Pregnancy Linked to Autistic Disorders
Press Release Contact:
For Immediate Release CoMeD Director [Rev. Sykes (Richmond,
May 18, 2007 CoMeD Sci. Advisor [Dr. King
(Lake Hiawatha, NJ) 973-997-1321]
WASHINGTON, DC - In the May 2007 issue of the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and
ge), the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal
Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania and Perinatal Societies, and
the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians, a new study, "A
Prospective Study of Thimerosal-Containing Rho(D)-Immune Globulin
Administration as a Risk Factor for Autistic Disorders," was published by
Dr. Mark R. Geier (President, the Genetic Centers of America) and David A.
Geier (Vice-President, the Institute of Chronic Illnesses). This new study
shows that administration of Thimerosal-preserved Rho(D)-immune g lobulin
preparations during pregnancy significantly increases the risk for
offspring developing autistic disorders. This finding is consistent with
previously published research by Dr. Amy Holmes, Mark Blaxill, and Dr. Boyd
Haley in the International Journal of Toxicology (2003), and refutes the
recent study funded by Johnson & Johnson (a maker of Rho(D)-immune
globulins) that failed to find an association between Thimerosal-preserved
Rho(D)-immune globulins and autistic disorders.
Since the late 1980s, Rho(D)-immune globulin preparations have been
routinely administered to Rh-negative women in the US during pregnancy at
28 weeks gestation, a prenatal period corresponding to damage occurring in
the fetal brain, that has been associated with autistic disorders.
Unfortunately, until 2001, some formulations of Rho(D)-immune globulins
manufactured for the US market contained Thimerosal, a mercury-containing
compound (49.6% mercury by weight). As a result, administration of
Thimerosal-preserved Rho(D)-immune globulins exposed Rh-negative pregnant
women to bolus doses of mercury ranging from 10.5 t o greater than 30
micrograms mercury per administration at critical prenatal developmental
periods. In some cases, Rh-negative women received several Rho(D)-immune
globulins during their pregnancy. In addition, if the fetus was
Rh-positive, the mother was administered another Rho(D)-immune globulin
after birth. When that infant was breastfed, then, that infant would
receive another significant mercury exposure.
In this new study, the researchers examined a total of 53 non-Jewish
Caucasian patients with a diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD),
born from 1987 through 2001, who prospectively presented to the Genetic
Centers of America for outpatient genetic/developmental evaluations from
June 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006. Imaging and laboratory testing were
conducted to rule-out other causal factors for their ASDs. As race-matched
controls, the frequency of Rh-negativity was determined from 926 non-Jewish
Caucasian pregnant women who presented for outpatient prenatal genetics
care to the Genetic Centers of America between 1980 and 1989. Children with
a diagnosis of an ASD were more than twice as likely to have an Rh-negative
mo ther than the controls. Each ASD patient with an Rh-negative mother was
administered a Thimerosal-preserved Rho(D)-immune globulin during her
pregnancy. These researchers concluded that their results provide insights
into the causal role prenatal mercury exposure may play in some children
diagnosed with autistic disorders.
Note: For those who wishing to confirm, whether or not, their child is
mercury poisoned, they may want to have a urine porphyrin profile analysis
(UPAA) test done. For more information, visit the Coalition for
Mercury-free Drugs (CoMeD)'s web site:
http://www.nccn.net/~wwithin/A Prospective Study of Rho Immune Globulin as
a Risk Factor for Autism1.pdf
From: JOHN on 18 May 2007 14:00
"Robert Watson" <kidsdoc2000(a)hotmail.com> wrote in message
> This is garbage.
> Basically, it is an ad to have a useless lab test (UPAA).
> If you ever get a half a brain, you should be able to figure it out.
oh yeah, of course, how naive of me
you only need 2 brain cells to see vaccine mercury is the main cause of
maybe you have too many
talking of useless tests, this is how you quacks make out mercury doesn't
cause autism http://www.whale.to/vaccine/wagnitz.html
From: finfife on 21 May 2007 13:15
Okay. I read it. Excerpt:
"... research has shown that autistic kids do not excrete mercury
efficiently. The hair would not contain any measurable amounts of
I've seen that study. And it puzzles me how SafeMinds has
enthusiastically seized upon it in light of their own past
assertions. After all, it was HIGH levels of mercury in the hair of
an autistic child that launched what became SafeMinds in the first
Check this out:
That's SafeMinds president Lyn Redwood testifying before Congress in
2000 about how HIGH levels of mercury in her son's hair proved that
mercury causes autism.
"Heavy metal analysis detected 4.8 parts per million mercury in his
hair, the allowable levels being less than 1 part per million...
Since my son has never eaten fish nor seafood nor had dental amalgams,
I had no other identifiable source for his mercury levels outside of
the thimerosal exposure from his vaccines and my RhoGAM injections."
That is, far from being inefficient hair excretors, it appears from
her own testimony that her autistic son's hair follicles were champion
Cut to 2004. Here she is again testifying before Congress in 2004,
this time claiming that LOW levels of mercury in the hair of autistics
is proof that mercury causes autism.
Okay. So which is it? Can our autistic kids excrete mercury, or
can't they? And what does it prove if they can or can't?
I asked David Kirby this question at local forum where he was flogging
his book (Evidence of Harm). He couldn't explain it. All he could do
was lamely restate the obvious and scientifically meaningless
observation that "some autistic kids have high levels, and some have
Uh huh. And he might just as well have added "... and some have
normal levels". Like my autistic son.
Prediction: a study will find that distribution of hair mercury levels
in autistic kids matches the distribution in other kids, and SafeMinds
will come up with a theory about how THAT proves mercury causes
Not only is SafeMinds selective about which facts it accepts, it
actively discards inconvenient facts that it previously accepted --
even facts that the organization was built on in the first place --
not because those facts themselves are incorrect, but simply because
those facts contradict their latest theory.
That's bad science. But it evidently takes more the 2 brain cells to
From: Peter Bowditch on 22 May 2007 00:06
"JOHN" <john(a)btinternet.com> wrote:
>"Robert Watson" <kidsdoc2000(a)hotmail.com> wrote in message
>> This is garbage.
>> Basically, it is an ad to have a useless lab test (UPAA).
>> If you ever get a half a brain, you should be able to figure it out.
>oh yeah, of course, how naive of me
>you only need 2 brain cells to see vaccine mercury is the main cause of
Not according to Dr Wakefield. Have you told him he is wrong?
>maybe you have too many
>talking of useless tests, this is how you quacks make out mercury doesn't
>cause autism http://www.whale.to/vaccine/wagnitz.html
Peter Bowditch aa #2243
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From: JOHN on 23 May 2007 11:58
<finfife(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> That's SafeMinds president Lyn Redwood testifying before Congress in
> 2000 about how HIGH levels of mercury in her son's hair proved that
> mercury causes autism.
> Cut to 2004. Here she is again testifying before Congress in 2004,
> this time claiming that LOW levels of mercury in the hair of autistics
> is proof that mercury causes autism.
Assuming you are right.
So what? Does that mean mercury is safe and doesn't cause autism?