As a father of young twin boys, and with the shared responsibility with my wife for making the right decisions for the health of our boys, I remain interested in news about vaccines.
One of my favorite blogs at present is that of the Angry Toxicologist. A recent post regarding Vaccines and Autism clearly triggered some interesting responses..read the comments. This one is on the hot button of Vaccines and Autism and the fact that almost 5000 families will make the case in court that vaccines caused their children to develop autism. There are at least two camps and fuzziness in between. The Angry Toxicologist offers his view and the National Autism Association offers theirs.
A search on Google regarding Thimerosal and Autism gives 355,000 hits. There are thousands of other opinions.
My view, while vaccinating our children, was simple. Why not source vaccines without Thimerosal. Also, why assault babies with the MMR vaccine (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) …simply source each vaccine separately and spread out the time for introduction of the individual viruses. We have a “patient-friendly” pediatrician who listened to our request and HELPED us source the individual components. He could NOT source them himself. Rules…
Yes, it cost us more money, more time, more travel, more trouble. But isn’t it the right thing to do? I have since informed friends of what we did and they have taken the request to their pediatricians only to hear that MMR cannot be split, that their children MUST have MMR by law and that there are advantages to the MMR cocktail. I can only see cost advantages … are their others? Okay…other than the fast it was “…introduced to induce immunity less painfully than three separate injections at the same time, and sooner and more efficiently than at three separate encounters”. Ask the question how the potential health hazards balance against your one year old crying for a few minutes.
I am sensitive to the impact of vaccines for personal reasons. I lost 40% of my retina to a vaccine almost a decade ago…I believe.
I received a cocktail vaccine to visit Brazil. Within 48 hours I had a severe temperature spike and within two weeks was struggling to see and spent three months with a retinal specialist who “celebrated” this fairly uncommon disease called Acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy. When this disease occurred they did not know the cause…but it left me with the “eyes of a 70 year old”. Nowadays, with the power of the web you can search “AMPPE Vaccine” and find hits including “Acute posterior multifocal placoid pigment epitheliopathy after hepatitis B vaccine“. While a single publication, a small amount of data and my eye state aren’t evidence of what caused my problem multiple other conversations say that there is more evidence amassing. I’ll keep watching…with “70 year old eyes”. By the way, what really annoys me is the $1100 bill the local expert hit me with when I moved to North Carolina to “inform me” that there was no improvement. Ahem…I’m looking out of my eyes…do you think I know?
Okay…while I am ranting…for those of you interested in Vaccines and Viruses I recommend the book “The Virus and the Vaccine: The True Story of a Cancer-Causing Monkey Virus, Contaminated Polio Vaccine, and the Millions of Americans Exposed“. The basic premise of the book is : “Jonas Salk’s polio vaccine has taken on legendary quality as a medical miracle, for it largely eradicated one of the most feared diseases of the twentieth century. But the story of the vaccine has a dark side, one that has never been fully told before. In one of modern medicineâ€™s biggest blunders, between 1954 and 1963, 98 million Americans received polio vaccinations widely contaminated with a carcinogenic monkey virus, known as simian virus 40, or SV40. A concerted government effort downplayed the incident, and it was generally accepted that although oncogenic to laboratory animals, SV40 was harmless to humans.”
Ok…now to thimerosal and ChemSpider…what is the structure of that stuff?
Wikipedia presents the structure of thimerosal in the form shown below.
ChemSpider offers two representations as shown below when searched on the trivial name of Thimerosal.
It is a sodium salt as defined by Wikipedia and in many of the synonyms. The question for the readers therefore is whether to add the Wikipedia representation to ChemSpider or not?