Thimerosal is a preservative, developed in the 1930s, used to prevent fungi and bacterial growth in vaccines. It contains ethylmercury, a neurotoxin. Eli Lilly knew it was poisonous in 1930 when they invented it. The FDA knew it since at least 1982, when it banned it from over-the-counter products, and in 1991, it considered banning it from animal vaccines.
Yes, animals deserve more safety than children.
Does it seem odd to you that there seems to have been a rapid increase in diagnoses of ADD/ADHD in the last fifteen years? Many of us have been writing that off as doctors catering to drug companies that suck up to them by prescribing antidepressants, or increasingly overextended schools looking for chemical solutions to discipline problems. On the other hand, in 1991, the CDC and FDA recommended young infants receive three additional immunizations (Hep B, DPT, haemophilus influenzae B,) all of which are usually preserved with thimerosal. That same year they considered the animal vaccine ban?
From 1989 to 1999, the number of immunizations received by preschoolers increased from three to twenty-two. Children in the most formative years of brain development were subject to a massive increase in exposure to a neurotoxin.
Autism was unheard of before the 1930s. Well, you might say that psychology had not yet advanced to the point it could identify that, and any autists were just written off as mentally retarded. But it should still strike you as odd that the rate of autism jumps from 1 case per 2500 kids to 1:166 in 1991. A reporter from UPI studied the Amish in Pennsylvania this April, who do not immunize young children. He found exactly four autists: one child exposed to mercury from a power plant, and three who had, for one reason or another, been vaccinated. This is well below the 130 he expected if there is no link between thimerosal and autism, and at the same time, all four cases are connected to mercury poisoning.
China saw a jump in their autism rate in 1999. The same year they opened their doors to US-made vaccines.
Now, I should be fair. I called out Bill Frist because he's a prick. He's repeatedly written legislation to shield drug makers from thimerosal lawsuits. But protecting drug companies is not a partisan thing--The CDC ran a study that identified the link between thimerosal and brain disorders, and met with 52 pharmaceutical reps in near-secrecy to cover it up in 2000 at the end of the Clinton Administration.
Fortunately, Iowa and California (effective July '06) have banned thimerosal in vaccines. 32 other states are considering it, including Illinois.