Jim Carrey is Beyond Ridiculous ... He Is Dangerous!
Actor and activist (arguably redundant) Jim Carrey’s tweets from the other day are both the most ridiculous, and simultaneously, the most dangerous statements of the week:
“California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,”
“They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol is no risk. Make sense?”
“I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!”
I encourage you to read the original tweets and the comments. Fortunately, Jim’s pleading and bleating isn’t sticking with everyone, but anytime a Hollyweird celebrity uses their megaphone to spew bad health advice, it is dangerous and can have very damaging results.
“Dr.” Carrey doesn’t have his facts straight. Mercury containing thimerosal was removed from the mandatory vaccine schedule in the US in 2002. It can now only be found in multi-dose flu vaccines (not single dose or live virus vaccines) which are voluntary. In the 13 years since thimerosal was removed the rate of increase of autism diagnoses has not change – removing thimerosal had zero effect on autism, killing any theory that the preservative had any role to play in autism in the first place.
Carrey also seems to unaware of the fact that the mercury in tuna is methyl mercury, which is much more toxic than the ethyl mercury in thimerosal (which, remember, is not in the vaccines anymore anyway). Children get exposed to more mercury in breast milk than in vaccines – but don’t worry, that tiny amount is not a health risk either. (Although it is recommended that pregnant and lactating women avoid food with mercury, such as fish, to minimize exposure.)
Honorable mention goes to actor and activists : Kirsty Alley who tweeted:
“Again…Im not ANTI vaccines but we MUST take responsibility 4 choosing which ones WE give OUR children & ourselves. They aren’t ALL harmless”
We do take responsibility, that’s why the risks and the benefits of vaccines are carefully studied. Any yes, you are anti-vaccine.