My intuition tells me that organic mercury compounds are absolutely toxic. Unimaginably, fundamentally, extremely and uncompromisingly toxic.
I know that is not true for all doses.
Thiomersal is the organomercury compound that was used in vaccines as preservative. It's use has been controversial outside of the scientific community.
I am not asking whether the use in vaccines is dangerous, to be clear:
The use of mercury as Thiomersal in vaccines it is not dangerous.
That is well-established beyond reasonable doubt. Far beyond.
My intuition tells me that any organomercury compound it so mind-blowingly toxic that I feel cognitive dissonance if I try to accept that, at some dose, it's not.
I'm totally aware that toxicity depends on dose, that the compound is toxic at higher doses, and the dose used is just low enough that it is not toxic.
But the dose used is still antiseptic and antifungal, and having anything in my body that contains mercury and carbon in a dose high enough to kill a form of life feels just not right.
I would not worry at all to get vaccinated with a vaccine containing Thiomersal, and if a physician would ask me whether I prefer a vaccine with or without it, I would answer "Whatever you think is best."
But still, on the abstract level, the feeling of "That can't be right" to have an organomercury compound in my body it pretty strong.
I know it is not dangerous, but:
How is that even possible?