Please sign our petition to request Kaiser Permanente Release Publicly Funded Research Data on Infants and Mercury
Kaiser Permanente used public funding to collect data and conduct a study on infants and mercury exposure. In their study, which had serious methodological flaws, they purportedly found that mercury exposure is safe for infants.
Mercury Free Baby has requested the data from Kaiser Permanente, but even after repeated requests and even though the study was funded by tax payer dollars, they refuse to release the data for other researchers to check the results.
Infants are exposed to mercury from several sources, such as their mother’s mercury fillings, flu shots containing mercury, ingesting mercury-containing fish, and from inhaling coal power plant emissions. Approximately 630,000 infants are born every year with high levels of mercury in their blood. Numerous studies show that mercury has detrimental effects on child development.
Kaiser Permanente has a conflict of interest on this matter because they promote a policy that exposes pregnant women to mercury (thimerosal) through flu shots given during pregnancy and so they have a vested interest in finding mercury exposure in infants to be safe. The Kaiser Permanente study which purports that mercury exposure is safe for infants has the potential to influence public policy and that would be bad for our children.
Please sign our petition requesting that Kaiser Permanente release this data to the researchers at Mercury Free Baby. Our children deserve another set of eyes on this very important data.
This petition will be delivered to:
Tracy A. Lieu, MD, MPH, Director, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA, USA