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July 14, 2005


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He did make a common mistake... he wrote: "The fact is that this meeting occurred in 2000. By 1999, thimerosal was no longer used in MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines in the United States. And since then several studies have been published that demonstrate Kennedy doesn't know what he's talking about."

I could not find a link to email him that the MMR has NEVER had thimerosal. The MMR was in issue in the UK (because of Wakefield) and the thimerosal an issue in the USA. So people tend to get them confused.

You can usually pinpoint when someone does not know fully what is the issue when they say "the thimerosal in the MMR vaccine is..."

HN makes a good point. MMR is a live vaccine, and thimerosal kills the virus.

Otherwise, nice article. Thanks for the link.

Here's how to contact Bob Carroll:


Done, thanks.

And the minor error has been corrected (and I suspect more than one person pointed it out).

This shows that skeptics are NOT close-minded. When they are given good evidence, they will change their minds.

Easy way to avoid the battle of experts that you describe - A judge can use FRE 706 and have an impartial expert or if necessary, a panel of experts, appointed. The problem is that judges don't like giving away any of their authority and thus, this rule is rarely used.


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