Merck and Thiomersal

Unbelievable Merck's Coverups Sends Them Into the Spotlight Again


A memo from Merck & Co. showed that, nearly a decade before the first public disclosure, senior executives were concerned that infants were getting an elevated dose of mercury in vaccinations containing a widely used sterilizing agent.


Around the same time this memo was being prepared, U.S. authorities were also aggressively pursuing the expansion of their vaccination schedule to include an additional five shots for children in their first six months. The danger that these shots pose lies in its deadly ingredient: thimerosal, an antibacterial compound that is composed of nearly 50 percent ethyl mercury, a neurotoxin.


What the Memo Said


The memo, which was written back in 1991, disclosed that 6-month-old children who received their shots on schedule would be receiving a mercury dose nearly 87 times higher than guidelines for the maximum daily consumption of mercury from fish. In addition, it included the following recommendation: whenever possible, particularly among use in infants and young children, vaccines with mercury should be eliminated.


The memo also stated that unlike regulators in Sweden and some other countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not share the same concern regarding thimerosal.


Merck Tries to Keep its Head Above Vioxx Lawsuits and Vaccine Claims



The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has received over 4,200 vaccine-related complaints by parents reporting their children experienced side effects such as autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders from the mercury in vaccines.


Meanwhile, Merck has been faced with fighting off legal battles over Vioxx, the popular painkiller that has caused hundreds of lawsuits after being linked to cardiac problems and Merck covering up the risks.


Undisclosed company documents show that the drug maker was in the process of beginning a major cardiovascular study of the drug in 2002, and suddenly dropped the project just before it was set to start. The trial was scheduled to produce data by March 2004 but may have provided answers about Vioxx's risks even earlier if patients had shown ill effects.


It was not until September 2004 that Merck put a stop to a separate study when patients in that trial experienced heart attacks and strokes at twice the rate of those receiving a placebo. At the same time, Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market.


Small Steps Made to Address the Mercury in Vaccines


In recent years thimerosal had been taken out of pediatric vaccines in what health officials described as a precautionary measure but it still remains in most doses of the flu vaccine.


Also, government officials like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger became proactive in the vaccine dilemma in September when he signed legislation that banned vaccines containing more than traces of thimerosal from being given to both babies and pregnant woman.


Los Angeles Times February 8, 2005


New York Times February 8, 2005





Dr. Mercola's Comment:


Merck seems to be digging themselves into a deeper hole with every new coverup that is exposed.


First, it was the recall of Vioxx. Then, it was a scathing expose about alleged coverups that served to minimize concerns about the now-banned drug's toxicity. Now a Merck memo written in 1991 surfaces in which senior executives expressed concerns babies were receiving elevated amounts of mercury from vaccines.


It is reprehensible behavior that any company would put their profits ahead of the health and safety of children. I believe in the principle that one eventually reaps what they sow and my guess is that is a big part of the reason we are seeing the destruction of Merck today. Within one year they will have lost $50 billion dollars. However, even losing $50 billion dollars doesn't begin to compensate for the damage they have done to so many families. Thimerosol has been directly implicated in contributing to thousands of autistic children.


Worse still, due to assorted problems including mislabeling -- even after the EPA first mandated the removal of thimerosal in 1999 -- mercury's toxic presence is still being felt today. Even package inserts, which are required to detail exactly what is in a vaccine, may not even be accurate. This means your physician may not even be aware thimerosal is in the vaccine.


I've run many articles about the perils of vaccines -- specifically the presence of thimerosal. You can also review the article written by board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Russell Blaylock, in this newsletter detailing a scandal surrounding the safety of mercury contained in dental amalgams.


If, for whatever reason, you aren't fully convinced of the value and safety in avoiding vaccines, before making a decision on vaccinating your children I strongly urge you to do your family a major favor by reviewing the many side effects and risks involved in being subjected to this potentially life-threatening preservative.


Making the effort could mean all the difference between life and death.


An essential resource to aid you in learning more about this vitally important vaccine issue, including how to protect your children, is Vaccines: What CDC Documents and Science Reveal, a two-hour video by world-renowned vaccine expert Dr. Sherri Tenpenny. The video is the culmination of Dr. Tenpenny's three-year investigation into the true story behind vaccines. The facts on several crucial areas are covered including:


How vaccines can cause illnesses including autoimmune diseases, allergies, ear infections, and more

The very real link between vaccines and developmental learning and behavioral disorders in children

How vaccines have never been proven safe

The ingredients and contaminants in vaccines and why they're detrimental to your health

How vaccine studies are seriously flawed

If you are a parent, a medical practitioner, or otherwise interested in how to exercise your freedom of choice to bypass vaccines, please also consider Dr. Tenpenny's insightful cassette tape, The Dangers of Vaccines, and How You Can Legally Avoid Them, which is a 90-minute teleconference interview I conducted with her.


Related Articles:


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Flu Vaccines for Children Still Contain Mercury


Vaccines May Fuel Autism Epidemic


Mercury, Vaccines and Medicine


How the Mercury in Vaccines Can Kill Your Baby


Mercury is Still in Vaccines


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