Autism and Thimerosal: A New Study That Disproves the Link
For those of you following my Autism posts, you know that I have been rather critical of the theory supporting thimerosal as a cause of autism (since I found the brain development theory to be more accurate and supported by actual research). Â A recent study completed from Italy now puts what I think should be the final nail in the coffin of Thimerosal as the autism smoking gun. Â The study ran through over 1,000 randomly selected infants that received two different doses of thimerosal-preserved shots for whooping cough, and then evaluated the children 10 years later. Â The study saw no real changes in childhood development. Â In fact there was just one child that developed autism, and that one child was in the low dose group. Â For those who are still clinging to the theory that thimerosal and the ethyl mercury that it metabolizes into is a cause of autism, keep in mind that more mercury is present naturally in a mother's breast milk than in the many shots a child may get at once. Â There are other potential causes, both genetic and environmental, that provide a better avenue of effort. Â As a parent, I would think this would be significant enough to dispel any qualms of getting your children vaccinated. Â Please don't threaten your children's lives with preventable diseases just because of a myth. Â Get your children vaccinated for their safety. Â Small pox, polio, and all the others are killers, as well as being ultimately debilitating for the child that contracts them.