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Thimerosal is a mercury-containing organic compound (an organomercurial). Since the 1930s, it has been widely used as a preservative in a number of biological and drug products, including many vaccines, to help prevent potentially life threatening contamination with harmful microbes.
So why is it bad for bugs for not for us?
Thiomersal's safety for its intended uses first came under question in the 1970s, when case reports demonstrated potential for neurotoxicity when given in large volumes as a topical antiseptic
There are many different studies that link mercury to various debilitating diseases. the chief of yhese being alhzeimers diseae
Late onset Alzheimer's disease occurs over the age of 65 and is the most common form of Alzheimer's disease, accounting for over 99 per cent of cases
Senile plaques can be found in human and animal* brains (e.g. mammals and birds). From an age of 60 years (10%) to an age of 80 years (60%) the proportion of people with plaques increases approximately linearly