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Fact #17 In 1982, an FDA scientific panel concluded that Thimerosal is not safe for topical use because of its potential for cell damage if applied to broken skin and its allergy potential.
From the law firm Waters & Kraus, LLP, Dallas, TX:
"On January 5, 1982, the Food and Drug Administration published its advance notice of proposed rule making regarding thimerosal. Their scientific panel's opinions and recommendations were the culmination of 5 years of research concerning the potential hazards and safety of thimerosal. The panel concluded that: At the cellular level, thimerosal has been found to be more toxic for human epithelial cells in vitro than mercuric chloride, mercuric nitrate, and merbromim (mercurochrome).The FDA specifically found that thimerosal was significantly more toxic for living tissue than it was for the bacteria it was supposed to kill: It was found to be 35.3 times more toxic for embryonic chick heart tissue than for staphylococcus areus.The FDA scientific panel's conclusions were clear and unequivocal, focusing on thimerosal's potential for cell damage and its significant toxicity: The Panel concludes that thimerosal is not safe for [over-the-counter] topical use because of its potential for cell damage if applied to broken skin and its allergy potential. It is worth noting that the FDA's conclusions were published in the Federal Register. Eli Lilly was specifically identified as a party of interest due to its involvement with thimerosal."
Fact #18 In 1998, The FDA banned the use of Thimerosal in OTC products
In April 1998, 16 years after expressing concern about Thimerosal, the FDA banned its use in topical (on the skin) over-the-counter products. No mention was made of the Thimerosal still present in vaccines administered to infants.
Fact #19  In the early 1990's, Thimerosal was banned from small animal vaccines because of its toxicity.
Writes journalist Evelyn Pringle:
"This is ironic in view of the fact that Thimerosal was removed from animal vaccines in the early 90s. Rita Shreffler, the mother of son diagnosed with a form of autism, told Mother Jones about the time she tried to explain that her son had been vaccinated with Thimerosal to Wayne Middleton, of Middleton Microbiological & Environmental Testing Laboratory, in 2001, 'When I explained that a vaccine preservative called Thimerosal had exposed babies to excessive levels of mercury, he said that couldn't be true because he used to work for a lab that made animal vaccines, and Thimerosal had been discontinued in vaccines for cattle back in the early 1990s. He was sure it wouldn't be allowed in children's vaccines,' Rita said."
Fact #20  When the amount of ethlymercury in the The Universal Immunization Recommendations of the Center For Disease Control was increased 246% in the early 1990s, no agency alerted parents or doctors to the change or the potential for increased risk.
There is no record of any warning ever being provided to parents. Doctors are under no obligation to mention that mercury is included in vaccines. Parents have never been advised that vaccines exceed EPA and FDA safe limits for mercury. The U.S. House of Representatives' Government Reform Committee concluded:
"Thimerosal used as a preservative in vaccines is likely related to the autism epidemic. This epidemic in all probability may have been prevented or curtailed had the FDA not been asleep at the switch regarding injected thimerosal and the sharp rise of infant exposure to this known neurotoxin. Our public health agencies' failure to act is indicative of institutional malfeasance for self-protection and misplaced protectionism of the pharmaceutical industry."
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