The the non-profit advocacy group Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs, also known as CoMeD has been trying to raise awareness about the presence of mercury in vaccines, as well as urge lawmakers and other appropriate authorities to protect children by taking action against the continued use of mercury in vaccines and medicines. On its website, CoMeD states, "We recognize that organic mercury-based compounds are a proven neurotoxic risk to susceptible men, women, and children at levels below 1 part per billion (1 part in 1,000,000,000)," adding that, "We seek a world in which no mercury-based ingredient is knowingly added to any medicine, and the ingredients used in medicines have the lowest levels of mercury that the best practical technologies afford."
In 1999, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognized theneurotoxic effects of mercury exposure. They made recommendations that Thimerosal, the adjuvant preservative which is about 50 percent mercury, be completely removed from vaccines. The agency's public petition went unheard and the neurotoxin continues to be added to vaccines today. Dr. Paul G. King, Ph.D., a science adviser to CoMeD, says, "We have scientific studies clearly demonstrating that mercury causes neurological damage, and we have a cost-effective alternative that has already been used to replace Thimerosal as the preservative in vaccines."
CoMeD is making the effort to try and ban mercury from all vaccines and medicines worldwide. An issue that will be a topic of discussion at the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee is to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5). It is currently being held in Geneva, Switzerland and will end on January 18, 2013. If their efforts are a success, United Nations member nations would be restricted from using mercury in vaccines and medicines.
The son of Rev. Lisa K. Sykes, President of CoMeD, became permanently disabled when she received a mercury-based vaccine while still 28 weeks pregnant with him. She says, "No vaccine should be used as a delivery system for an undisclosed poison, for this is a denial of the right of informed consent and of the medical directive to do no harm." In a letter, Rev. Sykes wrote:
The discrepancy between the distribution of mercury-free vaccines to wealthy and predominantly Caucasian populations, while mercury-containing vaccines are distributed to poor and predominantly non-Caucasian groups is undeniable and immensely troubling,” adding that
“The double standard in vaccine safety which currently exists is unethical. The possibility that the United Nations, under the tutelage of the World Health Organization (WHO), would tolerate, or ignore, an obviously discriminatory policy based on income, nationality, and even race, is frightening.”
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