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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announces the World Mercury Project’s $100,000 challenge

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announces the World Mercury Project’s $100,000 challenge

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announces the World Mercury Project’s $100,000 challenge with goal of stopping use of highly toxic mercury in vaccines.

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2017 – Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Chairman of the World Mercury Project (WMP), announced a $100,000 challenge today aimed at putting an end to including mercury, a neurotoxin that is 100 times more poisonous than lead, in vaccines administered in the U.S and globally.

Thimerosal, a mercury-containing preservative, is still in 48 million U.S. flu vaccines each year, tetanus toxoid, meningococcal vaccines and, in massive doses, in the pediatric vaccines given to 100 million children across the developing world. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) review published last month found that the ethylmercury in thimerosal is as profoundly neurotoxic as the heavily regulated methylmercury in fish.

“On one hand, the government is telling pregnant women which mercury-laced fish to avoid so that they don’t harm their fetuses, and on the other, the CDC supports injecting mercury-containing vaccines into pregnant women, infants and children,” said Kennedy, who spent decades litigating polluters who dumped mercury into water systems. “This defies all logic and common sense.”

Kennedy stressed that, contrary to countless claims that he is “anti-vaccine” and wishes to end the country’s vaccination program; nothing could be further from the truth. He vaccinated all of his children and just wants safe vaccines.

De Niro, the parent of a vaccine-injured son, who also spoke at the press conference, is a supporter of the WMP whose vision is a world where mercury is no longer a threat to the health of our planet and people. The group focuses on making sound science the driver of public policy.

Toward that end, Kennedy announced the “World Mercury Project Challenge” to American journalists and others “who have been assuring the public about the safety of mercury in vaccines.”

Kennedy explained that the WMP will pay $100,000 to the first journalist, or other individual, who can find a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that thimerosal is safe in the amounts contained in vaccines currently being administered to American children and pregnant women. Kennedy believes that even “a meager effort at homework” will expose that contention as unsupported by science. He says the science is unequivocal that mercury is a serious health hazard and exposure is linked to many different diseases and conditions (ADHD, Alzheimer’s, Acrodynia and Autism). Even studies listed by the CDC on its website, to exonerate thimerosal as an autism culprit, link thimerosal exposure to low IQ, diminished language and motor skills, and tics, a family of neurological disorders that includes Tourette Syndrome. A Yale University study published last week suggests a link between vaccines and tics, as well as anorexia and OCD.

And for those who say the science has been settled since Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s Lancet paper on the MMR vaccine and its role in causing autism was discredited, think again. The paper had nothing to do with thimerosal, which is not in the MMR vaccine.

In August 2014, CDC senior vaccine safety scientist Dr. William Thompson invoked federal whistleblower protection and confessed that CDC supervisors instructed  vaccine scientists to destroy data linking vaccines to autism.

In 2004, an FDA official acknowledged in testimony before a Congressional committee that no government or privately funded study has ever demonstrated thimerosal’s safety, and that still stands today.

“It’s our hope that this challenge will elevate this important debate beyond name-calling and prompt a genuine examination of the relevant science. The American public is entitled to an honest, probing and vigorous discussion about this critical public health issue – a debate based on facts, not rooted in fear, or on blind faith in regulators and the pharmaceutical industry,” wrote Kennedy in a letter addressed to America’s reporters, journalists, columnists, editors, network anchors, on-air doctors and news division producers that was handed out at the press conference.

Hon. Nicholas "Nico" LaHood of San Antonio also presented. Former CBS News veteran Sharyl Attkisson moderated.

The WMP also announced the launch of a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help support their educational efforts. Visit www.WORLDMERCURYPROJECT.org to learn more about the specifics of the challenge and its rules.

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Kennedy Jr. and his colleagues have clearly thought their strategy out carefully.  Rather than starting with a blanket condemnation of mercury or mercury-containing vaccinations, Kennedy has pushed the ball into the pro-vaccine camp, essentially forcing them to use science to defend their position that mercury containing vaccines are safe.  When they fail to come up with this science, which he knows is a fait accompli, he will have set the stage for introducing the scientific data demonstrating the harmfulness of injected mercury.  This will then lead inevitably to a call for either further research and/or a temporary ban on mercury containing vaccinations.  

Kennedy et al clearly understand the tremendous blowback they are likely to receive from the medical industrial complex from trying to introduce any science into the religion/mythology of vaccine safety and have tried to create an airtight case for removing mercury containing vaccines from the market.  It should be interesting to watch the vaccine industry and its medical lapdogs try to deny the evidence of harm and the lack of evidence of safety for mercury.  Most likely, they will try to say that whatever harm has been caused, it is more than outweighed by all the lives vaccines save.  Unfortunately, with no double-blind placebo controlled studies to support this contention, they will have to pin their hopes that the press can be fooled into trusting the epidemiologic data, which has been shown to be flawed by many reporters.  Who will win in the end, science and truth or mythology and willful self-deception?  In Trumpian times, all bets are off. 

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