Clearly, something other than thimerosal is to blame for this troubling trend.
This was enough for all the major medical and health associations to announce that thimerosal had no connection to autism.
One of the ingredients in thimerosal is mercury, a known toxin.
Today, with no thimerosal used in vaccines, the autism rate is over five cases per 1,000 children.
thimerosal was dropped as a preservative in MMR vaccines in 1999, but since then autism rates have skyrocketed.
In fact, several of the studies found that children who received vaccines with thimerosal were less likely to develop autism.
thimerosal thi·mer·o·sal (thī-měr'ə-sāl')
A cream-colored crystalline powder used as a local antiseptic for abrasions and minor cuts.