Thimerosal and Autism Update
Approximately 5,000 Americans have sued the government due to claims that vaccines causing Thimerosal have caused autism in their children. Thimerosal is a chemical that has been used in vaccines for over 8 decades and has been the topic of controversy for years. Thimerosal contains mercury, which is the second most toxic substance in the world. Due to its adverse effects, Thimerosal was banned from OTC medications ten years ago in 1998, and in 1999 was withdrawn from vaccines due to allegations of causing autism.
Though studies claim there is no link between Thimerosal and autism, evidence seems to indicate otherwise. As the number of vaccinations has increased since the 1980′s so have the number of instances of autism in children to a staggering 1 in 250.
The figures that indicate the link between the chemical and autism have led to a number of lawsuits. Claims have been made against the company that makes Thimerosal, and now families of autistic children are suing the government.
Lawyers for the families will try to prove that vaccines containing Thimerosal deposit mercury in the brain and this excites brain cells that stay activated trying to fight the intrusion. In some children, there is enough mercury to set off a neuroinflammatory pattern that can lead to autism.