The Elder Law Forum

The Elder Law Forum By Michael Myers Grandparents and the �Thimerosal Generation�

This is a �Grandparent Alert!� � directed at those with grandchildren born between 1989 and 2003.

Children born during that 14-year period are referred to as the �Thimerosal Generation� because they received vaccines containing heavy doses of thimerosal, a preservative in childhood vaccines now overwhelmingly linked to speech delays, attention-deficit disorder, hyperactivity and autism. It contains ethylmercury, a potent neurotoxin.

Since 1991, when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration recommended that three additional vaccines laced with the preservative be given to extremely young infants � in one case within hours of birth � the estimated number of cases of autism has increased fifteenfold, from one in every 2,500 children to one in 166 children.

More than 500,000 children in the United States now suffer from autism, and pediatricians diagnose more than 40,000 new cases every year. The disease was unknown until 1943, when it was identified and diagnosed among 11 children born in the months after thimerosal was first added to baby vaccines in 1931.

As a nurse told Congress: �The elementary grades are overwhelmed with children who have symptoms of neurological or immune-system damage. Vaccines are supposed to be making us healthier; however, in 25 years of nursing I have never seen so many damaged, sick kids. Something very, very wrong is happening to our children.�

Before 1989, American preschoolers received only three vaccinations � for polio, dipththeria-tetanus-pertussis and measles-mumps-rubella. A decade later children were receiving 22 immunizations by the time they reached first grade.

Russia, Denmark, Austria, Japan, Great Britain and all the Scandinavian countries have banned thimerosal. Meanwhile in the United States, the CDC and NIH are funding studies to rebut those linking mercury with neurological disorders and congressional leaders like Bill Frist are attaching riders to Iraq defense bills that would immunize the pharmaceutical industry from liability.

Grandparents should be mindful of a quote by Safe Minds Vice President Mark Flaxill: �The damage caused by vaccine exposure is massive. It�s bigger than asbestos, bigger than tobacco, bigger than anything you�ve ever seen.�

(Pro bono legal advice and information is available to persons 55 and older through the USD Senior Legal Helpline, 1-800-747-1895; mmyers@usd.edu)

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