Anti-Vaccine-Safety Junk Science – Criticised in English Parliament

Here is another example of the junk science government officials and others cite to claim vaccines are safe for children.

In a debate in 2003 in the English House of Lords about ADHD and autism, the infamous 2002 Pichichero paper which claimed mercury in children’s vaccines is safe was specifically referred to and was criticised as wholly inadequate “science”.

The Lancet medical journal published Pichichero paper claimed:

INTERPRETATION: Administration of vaccines containing thiomersal does not seem to raise blood concentrations of mercury above safe values in infants. Ethylmercury seems to be eliminated from blood rapidly via the stools after parenteral administration of thiomersal in vaccines.

“Mercury  Concentrations and Metabolism in Infants Receiving Vaccines Containing Thimerosal: A Descriptive Study” Pichichero ME, Cernichiari E, Lopreiato J, Treanor J The Lancet, November 30, 2002, Vol. 360:1737-1741

The department [of Health] ought to be aware that Dr Pichichero, who, in any case, is an immunologist not a toxicologist, sampled the blood of only 33 children—too small a sample to catch a statistically significant number of children who would be allergic or hypersensitive. Furthermore, the issue is not whether undischarged mercury would be present in the blood but whether it would be retained in the brain. Dr Pichichero failed to check that. He also failed to carry out faecal tests, which is how most mercury would be discharged.

The full English House of Lords debate can be read online in Hansard, the official source of proceedings in the English Parliament: Attention Deficit Disorders HL Deb 05 February 2003 vol 644 cc299-322 299

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