Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Robert De Niro, Robert Kennedy Launch Campaign Against Big Pharma

Melissa Porter | 17 February, 2017, 01:50

Robert De Niro and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. held a joint press conference on Wednesday, and they offered $100,000 to anyone who can provide proof that vaccines are safe-despite scientific evidence that says just that.

Throughout the press conference, the pair peddled numerous discredited claims about the safety of vaccines, suggesting they cause autism and that journalists and the government have always been lying about their safety, leading to an "autism epidemic".

Kennedy has repeatedly expressed concerns that vaccines cause autism, which science has shown is not the case. He also recently said that Trump has requested he chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity after the pair met in January. The Trump team pushed back a bit on that claim, but, seriously, what was Trump doing wasting his time with Kennedy? They clarified that the president was instead looking at "the possibility of forming a committee on autism" but that no decisions had been made at that point.

Trump said "I'm not going to back down", Kennedy continued.

Routine vaccines for kids are now mercury-free.

Kennedy heads the World Mercury Project. There is no evidence to support this view. Admittedly, few of those studies were done with kids, because most of the mercury toxicity research has been done on methylmercury, not the relatively less toxic ethylmercury that thimerosal breaks down into.

Kennedy's article at Salon was retracted, after the online magazine had to run a series of corrections that contradicted numerous piece's claims. According to the Huffington Post, thimerosal hasn't been used in children's vaccinations since 2001, except for the inactivated flu-vaccine.

Kennedy also stated that he is not anti-vaccine but opposes the use of mercury in them. What's more, thimerosal was never used in the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine that some vaccine skeptics claim causes autism.

Vox quoted Peter Hotez, a pediatrician and vaccine researcher at Baylor College of Medicine, as saying: "There is no link between thimerosal - mercury that was previously found in vaccines - and autism". Even studies listed by the CDC on its website, to exonerate thimerosal as an autism culprit, link thimerosal exposure to low IQ, diminished language and motor skills, and tics, a family of neurological disorders that includes Tourette Syndrome.

After boldly speaking out against the Trump administration in recent months, Robert De Niro has found a new subject to lend his voice to: the safety of vaccines.