C. John Clements
Centre for International Health
The Macfarlane Burnet Institute for
Medical Research & Public Health Ltd.
GPO Box 2284, Commercial Road
Your editorial, "Vaccine preservatives: what is the big deal?" in Indian J Med Res 124, July 2006, reflects the utter callousness and total disregard for the safety of children in Third World countries that the vaccine industry and their lobbyists are guilty of. What makes you think that the children of these countries should be subjected to shots containing mercury when the developed countries are pushing towards mercury free vaccines?
In comparing ethylmercury to methylmercury and bringing to fore its easy expulsion, which incidentally remains a debatable issue, you have committed a grave mistake. Not all children are capable of easy expulsion in the method you describe. There have already been studies that show children with low levels of glutathione have difficulty in expelling mercury of any type. Low weight children, malnourished children, children of parents with autoimmune disorders, children with skin diseases like eczema and psoriasis, children with predisposition to coughs and colds, do have low levels of glutathione.
Vaccines are calpable of damage, and not just for the vaccine preservative Thiomersal. By trying to draw attention only to the preservative you have drawn some very wrong conclusions. You have deflected attention from the fact that nutrition, hygiene, sanitation, environmental cleanup, education, poverty eradication is far more important then poisoning children repeatedly over a long period with the toxic dump containing live, attenuated, genetically modified viruses, heavy metals, neurotoxins, carcinogens, immunosuppressants, antibiotics and contaminated animal/human products.
By forcing governments of Third World countries to spend scarce resources on the debatable procedure called vaccines you are effectively drawing funds away from the very vital issues enumerated in my previous paragraph.
The very fact that today we have over 40,00,000 autistic children today in India, 1 in 200, up from the 1 in 500 reported last year should open the eyes of lobbyists like you. What is causing this sharp increase? What is more favorable, diseases like autism, ADHD, PDD, and other autoimmune disorders like diabetes, Parkinsons, Alzheimers and cancer or entirely treatable and curable acute illnesses that may even be crucial for strengthening immunity as the body adapts itself to the environment?
When dealing with pregnant mothers and infants the key word should be EXTREME CAUTION. But the medical community and lobbyists like you are resorting to gay abandon in poisoning the children of the world. Posterity, I am afraid, will judge your ilk very severely.
I demand you immediately retract your irresponsible statements and publish an apology. Moreover the health of the population depends as much on the preferences of the subjects than on the whims and fancies of people who have since moved away from the noble ideals they are expected to adhere to.
Vaccine Damage Victim,
Health Reform Activist.