“The culmination of the research that examines the effects of Thimerosal in humans indicates that it is a poison at minute levels with a plethora of deleterious consequences, even at the levels currently administered in vaccines.”
There is so much nonsense being written about vaccines, that it is necessary for responsible people to refute the nonsense wherever they see it.
Stephen Korsman, a clinical virologist of Groote Schuur Hospital and the SA National Health Laboratory Service, has done just this for this article. My comments in square brackets:
"Disturbing. 1/7 authors had no [stated] conflict of interest. The conflict of interest listed by the others was involvement in previous litigation. Two of the authors are listed as being associated with CoMeD which promotes mercury-free drugs – surely that itself is a conflict of interest? A company opposed to mercury? They omit this affiliation from two authors – the first and last authors are affiliated to the “Institute of Chronic Illnesses, Inc” but in reality they are a father/son pair who run CoMeD with the other two. So 4/7 authors run CoMeD – http://mercury-freedrugs.org/contactus.html The “Institute for Chronic Illnesses, Inc” has the same physical address as CoMeD, so they’re probably the same people.
That indicates that this team has a significant agenda. That doesn’t, however, mean that they cannot write a decently researched review article on their pet subject. It just means their agenda may have introduced bias. And judging by their history in the medical field, that bias may very well be real here too.
Mark Geier has his medical licence revoked for treating autism with leuprorelin, which seems to be a gnrh analogue of sorts. They came up with this idea themselves. Some useful reading: http://www.harpocratesspeaks.com/2011/05/charges-levied-against-mark-and-david.html And there’s heaps more on Google about their history. And Wikipedia, the source of all truth – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Geier
Judging by what Google says about them, they look very much like Wakefield (the MMR-autism guy) and Duesberg (the HIV denialist guy who converted Mbeki). They could well be the few true believers amidst a large population of gullible fools, but I doubt it. Wikipedia can be wrong, but in this case it seems to be on the same side as credible scientists. Same for the Holocaust – there could very well be a huge conspiracy amongst historians to get us to believe a lie, but it probably did happen the way it’s laid out in history books.
Given the authors’ background and history of nonsense in this field, I’d believe the article only if I could get to the same conclusion by doing my own review, and I don’t think my competence would let me do that adequately, so I’d have to wait for scientists I trust (who, I admit, may be deluded idiots who reject the Geier family’s truth) to produce their own.
Lastly, the article says this was an “Invited critical review.” I.e. the journal knew who they were and asked them to write about it. Much like our medical students wanted to hear both sides of the lipid story. When they get the anti-vaccine lobby in to teach the medical students so they get to hear both sides of the vaccine story, I’ll have a fit.
The flu vaccine we’ve been given doesn’t seem to contain thiomersal, but the package insert says it may contain formaldehyde. [And so? All this means is that there may be minuscule traces of active HCHO, as it is SO reactive that it will have covalently bound -NH2 groups on the flu proteins and been rendered unreactive and harmless. And, as far as I know, NO modern vaccines contain thiomersal any more. Thanks Stephen!!].