An Assessment Of The Impact Of Thimerosal On Childhood Neurodevelopmental Disorders
The prevalence of autism in the US has risen from 1 in approximately 2500 in the mid-1980s to 1 in approximately 300 children in the mid-1990s. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether mercury from thimerosal in childhood vaccines contributed to neurodevelopmental disorders.
Neurodevelopmental disorder dose-response curves for increasing mercury
doses of thimerosal in childhood vaccines were determined based upon
examination of the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS)
database and the 2001 US’ Department of Education Report. The instantaneous dosage of mercury children received in comparison to the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA)’s maximum permissible dose for the oral ingestion of methylmercury was also determined.
The dose-response curves showed increases in odds ratios of
neurodevelopmental disorders from both the VAERS and US Department of
Education data closely linearly correlated with increasing doses of mercury from thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines and that for overall odds ratios statistical significance was achieved. Similar slopes and linear regression coefficients for autism odds ratios in VAERS and the US Department of Education data help to mutually validate each other.
Controls employed in the VAERS and US Department of Education data
showed minimal biases. The evidence presented here shows that the
occurrence of neurodevelopmental disorders following thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines does not appear to be coincidental.
PMID: 14534046 [PubMed – in process]