In 2005, Salon published online an exclusive story by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that offered an explosive premise: that the mercury-based thimerosal compound present in vaccines until 2001 was dangerous, and that he was "convinced that the link between thimerosal and the epidemic of childhood neurological disorders is real."
The piece was co-published with Rolling Stone magazine -- they fact-checked it and published it in print; we posted it online. In the days after running "Deadly Immunity," we amended the story with five corrections (which can still be found logged here) that went far in undermining Kennedy's exposé. At the time, we felt that correcting the piece -- and keeping it on the site, in the spirit of transparency -- was the best way to operate. But subsequent critics, including most recently, Seth Mnookin in his book "The Panic Virus," further eroded any faith we had in the story's value. We've grown to believe the best reader service is to delete the piece entirely.
"I regret we didn't move on this more quickly, as evidence continued to emerge debunking the vaccines and autism link," says former Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh, now editor at large. "But continued revelations of the flaws and even fraud tainting the science behind the connection make taking down the story the right thing to do." The story's original URL now links to our autism topics page, which we believe now offers a strong record of clear thinking and skeptical coverage we're proud of -- including the critical pursuit of others who continue to propagate the debunked, and dangerous, autism-vaccine link.
My issues with immunizations isn't the thimerosal in vaccines but the number of vaccinations given to children at such a young age.
For instance, why are children given Hep B vaccinations when the most common cause of transmission is sexual contact, IV drug use and/or contaminated blood transfusions.When I was a child, most children were given vaccinations for about 16 conditions. Now that number is over 35. Many of the additional vaccinations are for non life threatening illnesses.
I still believe that too many vaccinations are given to children. What impact that has on them, I don't know. But my common sense tells me that your immune system is just like any muscle, you need to work it out for it to be effective later.
But hey I just watch what the health professionals do. Where the Lovely Mrs. Gekko works they've had mandatory flu shots, yet few people actually got them. This year, the hospital's internal health staff walked to each floor and gave a shot right then and there. If you had no documentation as to why you should be exempt, you either got the shot or were fired.
Now if people in the health world are resisting these things, why do we push them on children.
On another note. I wonder when we can expect the media to start retracting their bogus global warming stories when they find out the science is totally bogus?