Moms Against Mercury Take on Autism Vaccine Ruling


You may be surprised to hear that Moms Against Mercury (MAM), the nonprofit group dedicated to raising awareness about the dangerous use of a mercury-based preservative in vaccines, agrees with the recent ruling by the federal government’s vaccine court that mercury in vaccines does not cause autism. That’s because, according to MAM, the mercury still found in vaccines and flu shots causes mercury poisoning, which results in brain damage that can appear like autism.

Perhaps this sounds like a game of semantics, but it is an effective one. Moms Against Mercury call the vaccine court’s ruling “a brilliant defense strategy,” a way for the government to avoid responsibility and thus having to compensate vaccine-injured children by cleverly classifying the injuries as autism. The real classification that should be given to the developmental problems suffered by vaccine-injured children is neurological damage caused by the toxin mercury.

Moms Against Mercury argues that expecting a government-run court to decide claims against a government-run vaccine program is “ludicrous.” Angela Medlin, co-founder of MAM, noted in a group statement that “Having a Health & Human Services sponsored court find no link will in no way convince parents that mercury-laced vaccines did not cause the medical diagnosis of mercury toxicity in their autistic children.”


Recent studies show that autism now affects 1 percent of children in the United States, a dramatic rise over the last decade. The Autism Society notes that 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder, and that autism is the fastest growing developmental disability, with a 10 to 17 percent annual growth rate. Annual costs are more than $60 billion.

In an extensive report entitled “Autism: A Unique Type of Mercury Poisoning,” the authors note that research shows that the “characteristics of autism and of mercury poisoning are strikingly similar. The parallels between the two diseases are so thorough as to suggest, based on total Hg [mercury] injected into US children, that many cases of autism are a form of mercury poisoning.”

The study goes on to say that children are exposed to mercury through vaccines, “most of which contain thimerosal, a preservative which is 49.6% ethylmercury by weight.” A typical child younger than age 2 receives an amount of mercury that “is known to exceed Federal safety standards,” and that is considered to be a low level, which means that only a small percentage of people who are exposed will show symptoms of toxicity. The report then states that children who develop mercury-related autism “are likely to have had a predisposition derived from genetic and non-genetic factors.”

Moms Against Mercury believe it is time to stop the debate on the root cause of autism and to “acknowledge the actual problem—the one that the government wishes would just go away—and that is the clear evidence of neurological damage caused by vaccines.”

Autism Society
Bernard et al. Autism: A Unique Type of Mercury Poisoning. 2000
Moms Against Mercury