Monday, January 07, 2008

Thimerosal does NOT cause autism

A definite study puts the total kibosh on the old autism conspiracy-theorist canard.
The findings came from a look at children diagnosed with autism in California from 1995 to 2007. It found that the number of autism cases continued to rise through that period even though the preservative thimerosal — nearly half of which is made of ethylmercury — was removed from most vaccines in 2001.

The data “do not show any recent decrease in autism in California despite the exclusion of more than trace levels of thimerosal from nearly all childhood vaccines (and) do not support the hypothesis that that exposure (to it) during childhood is a primary cause of autism,” the study concluded.

Unfortunately, that won’t stop most conspiracy-theorists from beguiling deceiving parents of autistic children, if not about thimerosal, then about something else.

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