While the United Nations (UN) actively questions the use of a vaccine preservative that contains the known neurotoxin mercury, the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs (CoMeD), a Maryland-based, non-profit organization, is urging the UN to ban it.
In mid-March, governments were asked to send the UN secretariat "information on mercury use in pharmaceuticals, especially vaccines." The request was made in preparation for the United Nations Environmental Programme's third intergovernmental negotiating committee (INC3) on mercury, which is scheduled for this fall. The purpose of the INC meetings is to develop a legally-binding, global mercury treaty by 2013.
CoMeD was pleased by this call for information because CoMeD provided scientific data about health hazards caused by mercury in vaccines to various international delegates at the second INC meeting in January in Chiba, Japan.
Since then, CoMeD has been publicizing the latest studies which continue to prove that the mercury in vaccines and dental amalgams, or "silver" fillings, is associated with neurological diseases such as autism in children and Alzheimer's disease in adults.
For example, a recent study from the University of Brazil suggests that although vaccines are necessary, the use of Thimerosal, a mercury-based compound used as a preservative in certain vaccines, should be reconsidered. The author of the study, Dr. José G. Dórea, specifically notes, "Thimerosal at concentrations relevant for infants' exposure (in vaccines) is toxic to cultured human-brain cells..."
Additionally, new articles published in Folia Neuropathologica, Middle East Current Psychiatry, the Journal of Immunotoxicology, the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, and the Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology confirm the toxicity of the dose of mercury in Thimerosal-preserved vaccines.