|METHODISTS AGAINST MERCURY IN MEDICINE|
On Wed., April 30 2008 the United Methodist Church passed a resolution at its 2008 General Conference against mercury in medicine. This is a historic resolution as the United Methodist Church has become the first faith community to officially oppose the use of mercury, in any form, including Thimerosal, in medicines, especially vaccines.
Since 2005, several United Methodist Annual Conferences and its Women's Division, an organization of nearly 1 million women globally, passed a resolution entitled, "Protecting Children from Mercury-containing Drugs." The importance of this issue was further affirmed by the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, which speaks authoritatively for the denomination's 11.5 million members worldwide.
This resolution can as a challenge to the current acceptance of mercury in medicine by the U.S. Government, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the vaccine manufacturers.
The resolution seeks a ban of mercury-containing drugs, the immediate prioritization of mercury-free vaccines and other drugs for vulnerable children and pregnant women, and informed consent whenever mercury is administered as part of a pharmaceutical product.
In addition, the resolution calls for United Methodist clinics, hospitals, and missions around the world to state a preference for mercury-free vaccines and other medicines. This is substantial as most of the Thimerosal-containing vaccines sent to the developing world still contain unreduced levels of mercury, as do most flu shots, and some other vaccines and drugs in the United States.
Reverend Lisa K. Sykes, mother of a mercury-toxic child and a United Methodist clergywoman declared: "This is the start of a Second Great Temperance Movement. More than a hundred years ago, our church fought widespread alcohol intoxication. With this resolution, we begin to fight widespread and, until now, unrecognized mercury intoxication from unsafe mercury-containing medicines."
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