Robert Kennedy Jr : Thimerosal, vaccination and political fireworks

From Wikipedia

From Wikipedia

Robert Kennedy Jr has once again inflamed the Thimerosal vaccination debate by threatening to publish his book “Thimerosal: Let the Science speak” which contains information he claims the CDC is hiding from the American public.

It’s not the first time Kennedy, an attorney for the natural defence council has made the claim, and been rebuffed. In an article with the Washington post his plea to Senate was once again denied as he explained that Thimerosal, a mercury based preservative which was used widely in childhood vaccines until 2001 was linked to a number of developmental disorders in youngsters, including autism.

Kennedy pleaded before Sen. Barbara Mikulski and  :

“We don’t want to publish this book. We are very pro-vaccine. Vaccines save lives. We don’t want to alarm the public by showing them the science. We have a publisher lined up, ready to publish it. But we said no.”

A father of six himself, he has widely advocated vaccinating children against measles, mumps and rubella, and has had all his children vaccinated, but his comments about the preservatives have added flame to an already inflammatory debate.

Kennedy, an environmental lawyer and a member of the influential Kennedy political family, has been an advocate on environmental issues for many years often criticizing governments for inadequate legislation.  He has emphasised that studies and research done into the vaccines are bias and sometimes construed, and has been outspoken in the approach and defiant resilience to the CDC handling of vaccination.

Author of the Washington post article, wrote:

ThimerosalBOOK1403910250“In 2005, he published an explosive story for Rolling Stone magazine and Salon called “Deadly Immunity.” Kennedy wrote that he had uncovered evidence showing “how government health agencies colluded with Big Pharma to hide the risks of thimerosal from the public.” At first, he was feted like a prizewinning muckraker. On “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart praised him. On MSNBC, Joe Scarborough fawned: “Let’s get you running for a public office.

Then came the backlash. Critics charged Kennedy with quoting material out of context. Rolling Stone had to make corrections. Enough doubts were raised that Salon eventually retracted the story. Unbowed, Kennedy stands by the piece and admits to only a few inconsequential errors.”

But Kennedy isn’t one to shy away from difficult debates, and although there are no signs of the aforementioned book as yet reaching the high street, here at ADN, we do wonder at what Kennedy has included as true “scientific evidence” in his manuscript.

 

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