Robert Kennedy Jr. Speaks Out on Vaccines
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Tuesday, August 05, 2014 12:03 PM

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is putting out a book on the dangers of thimerosal in vaccines.  The book, "Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak: The Evidence Supporting the Immediate Removal of Mercury -- a Known Neurotoxin -- from Vaccines," has just been published.

A description of the book notes "over a decade ago, following a sharp rise in developmental disorders such as autism and [attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder], the mercury-containing preservative Thimerosal was widely believed to have been eliminated from vaccine supplies in the United States and abroad. However, dangerous quantities of Thimerosal continue to be used, posing a significant threat to public health and leading to a crisis of faith in vaccine safety."

The description ends by saying that removing thimerosal "should increase vaccination rates by restoring the trust of concerned parents in the vaccine program -- a program that is so vitally important to public health."

The anti-thimerosal crusade of Kennedy -- the son of the late U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy –  "has consumed him for a decade, even as friends and associates have told him repeatedly that it's a lost cause."

Kennedy pointed out that he is in favor of vaccination and is only publishing the book to put pressure on government officials to remove the thimerosal.  


Kennedy said that he is not the reason that some parents are refusing to vaccinate their children. "The people reducing vaccine coverage are those putting unnecessary neurotoxin into our vaccines. Vaccine coverage is reduced because people don't trust vaccine regulators. They don't trust that they are telling them the truth."

Kennedy disputes the idea that the Thimerosal issue has been "decided,"  noting that a team of researchers he worked with spent 2 1/2 years scouring the medical literature for every peer-reviewed study ever done on thimerosal safety. "They found 500 peer-reviewed studies that had 1,400 references that addressed directly the issue of thimerosal safety, and there was no single publication that said thimerosal was safe."  He added that five studies -- done under the auspices of either the CDC or the vaccine industry -- were epidemiological studies that did not find a signal for neurotoxicity. However, "those studies had big holes in them," he said.

Kennedy, for his part, said he is willing to be persuaded otherwise. "This isn't an issue I want to be involved in," he said. "I just want somebody to read the science and tell me where I got it wrong. I would love to see a credible study ... because I could drop this issue and apologize to CDC and HHS and walk away."