Sunday, June 26, 2005

RFK Jr on vaccines

John sends this NY Times article on childhood vaccines and autism. I've been critisizing vaccine policy for years, including the policy that allowed thimerosal (mercury) in vaccines, but now some leftist kooks have gotten on board.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote on this subject in Salon and Rolling Stone, and Salon had to issue this correction:
The article also misstated the level of ethylmercury received by infants injected with all their shots by the age of six months. It was 187 micrograms -- an amount 40 percent, not 187 times, greater than the EPA's limit for daily exposure to methylmercury.
Science reporter Fumento reports in the WSJ that Kennedy got is worse 4 days later:
But Mr. Kennedy isn't to be relied upon for facts. He told Mr. Scarborough in a June 21 interview: "We are injecting our children with 400 times the amount of mercury that FDA or EPA considers safe."
See also Skeptico. I guess we shouldn't trust any figures from Kennedy.

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