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New Study Demonstrates Significant Harm From Just ONE Mercury-Containing Vaccine

vaccine, swine flu vaccine, flu vaccine, mercury, thimerosalA new study found that primates that received just ONE vaccination containing thimerosal, the mercury-preservative found in many vaccines including the new swine flu shot, had significant neurological impairment when compared with those who received a saline solution injection or no injection at all.

Although the paper is carefully worded and the results reported modestly, these findings are certain to receive intense scrutiny. The vast majority of American infants born during the 1990’s received a vaccine formulation similar to the one the thirteen vaccinated primates received.

Thimerosal-containing vaccines are still routinely administered to newborn infants in developing countries such as Brazil, and most influenza vaccines contain thimerosal and are routinely administered to pregnant women and infants.

The finding that early exposure to potentially toxic vaccine formulations can cause significant neurodevelopmental delays in primates has explosive implications for vaccine safety management.

But while Americans are still debating whether to roll up their sleeves for a swine flu shot, companies have already figured it out: vaccines are good for business.

Drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. These inoculations are part of a much wider and rapidly growing $20 billion global vaccine market.

"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says, noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

As always with pandemic flus, taxpayers are footing the $1.5 billion check for the 250 million swine flu vaccines that the government has ordered so far and will be distributing free to doctors, pharmacies and schools. In addition, Congress has set aside more than $10 billion this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

Drugmakers benefit most from the revenues from flu sales, with Sanofi-Pasteur, Glaxo Smith Kline and Novartis cornering most of the market.

But some say it's not just drugmakers who stand to benefit. Doctors collect copayments for special office visits to inject shots, and there have been assertions that these doctors actually profit handsomely from these vaccinations.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Last week I wrote about the Washington Department of Health’s (DOH) decision to suspend the rule limiting the amount of thimerosal in vaccines that can be administered to pregnant women and infants under the age of three. Thimerosal is the highly toxic and poisonous ethyl mercury agent that is used as a preservative in most flu vaccines.

With all the evidence stacked against this mercury-containing vaccine preservative, this decision is downright foolhardy.

The study above is just one of several studies published this year, suggesting that injecting mercury into children can have far-reaching health ramifications, contrary to everything your government health officials are saying.

For example, the Seattle Times quoted Washington’s Secretary of Health, Mary Selecky, as saying that “the preservative, thimerosal, has never been linked to any health problems.”

The article goes on to state that a “vocal minority” believes the compound could be linked to autism. Nowhere do they mention the fact that there is in fact abundant scientific evidence to come to that conclusion.

The Tricky Terrain of Vaccines

No doubt this study will be closely scrutinized and no effort spared to try to dismiss it as its findings are quite significant. If there are neurological effects after just one dose of mercury-containing vaccine, what might the ramifications be when you inject multiple vaccines within a short amount of time?

In the US, most childhood vaccines are now thimerosal-free. Vaccines that still contain mercury include:

  • All DTwP products (Diphtheria, Tetanus & whole cell Pertussis)
  • DT (Diphtheria & Tetanus) multi-dose vials
  • All Tetanus Toxoid vaccines
  • Meningococcal multi-dose vials
  • All multi-dose vials of seasonal- and swine flu vaccine, typically recommended for adults and children over the age of three.

For a list of mercury content in US licensed vaccines, please see this link.

The vaccine-safety community fought long and hard to get thimerosal removed from childhood vaccines, and now, just a few short years later, we’re looking at government recommendations that include multiple injections of mercury-containing flu vaccines year in and year out from early toddlerhood…

We’ve also discovered that thimerosal is not the only dangerous ingredient in vaccines.

Some include highly toxic aluminum-derivatives that may be even worse than mercury, and a number of other adjuvants have been shown to be highly problematic.

Unfortunately, there are so many vaccines, and so many ingredients, and a variety of brands with their own patented and therefore largely secret formulations – it makes for a very tricky terrain.

You also have differences between the vaccines released in Europe, versus those released in the US.

It’s virtually impossible to take into account every single one of these factors when writing on the topic of vaccines, which will naturally be used as ammunition by those who refuse to see the forest for the trees.

I mention that to remind you all to not dismiss the main point off-hand, if you find what appears to be an error or omission here or elsewhere.

That said, I believe it’s clear that these studies, taken as a whole, are like smoke signals, indicating that there are significant health dangers linked to excessive vaccinations, even though science still may have a ways to go to pin down the exact mechanisms for each and every chemical and biological reaction.

Problems with Vaccine Foreign Proteins

I met Dr. Shiv Chopra earlier this month in Washington DC at the International Vaccine Conference and he presented the following additional perspective and concerns regarding the actual injection of the vaccine.

Anyone who understands the basics of biology will know that all vaccines by their very definition are antigens and every antigen by definition must be a foreign protein.

Interestingly you will never find anywhere in nature where foreign proteins are allowed to directly enter your blood stream whole and intact. They are always first digested in your intestinal system and broken down into its constituent amino acids, dipeptides and tripeptides.

Any interference or tempering with these laws of existence, such as injecting foreign proteins, has great potential to bring calamity to your health and cause auto-immune diseases like autism.. This is precisely what may be happening with our massive reliance on vaccine injections.

Neurological Harm from just ONE Dose of Thimerosal-Laced Vaccine

The study above, which was carefully designed and tightly controlled to prevent bias from entering into the assessments, found that primates that received just ONE dose of hepatitis B vaccine containing thimerosal (adjusted for weight to simulate amount given to infants) suffered significant developmental delays.

The vaccinated monkeys took more than twice as long as unexposed controls to acquire three standardized skills typically used to measure infant brain development.

As well-designed as the study is, the authors are still careful and conservative in their conclusions, stating that there are still open questions. For example, they state that:

“Our study design does not enable us to determine whether it is the vaccine per se, the exposure to thimerosal, or a combination of both that is causing the observed effects. “

I’m sure they’re not willing to jump to conclusions about thimerosal, but their statement does not offer any comfort if you’re looking for an indication that the HBV vaccine, with or without thimerosal, is SAFE.

Because if it’s not due to thimerosal but the HBV vaccine itself, then we need to seriously reconsider injecting even thimerosal-free hepatitis vaccines – and possibly reconsider injecting other viral concoctions, with or without thimerosal, as well.

Whichever way you slice it, it’s bad news for the vaccine industry.

Factors that appeared to influence the neurological effects included birth weight and gestational age, which is an indication that vaccinating premature and/or low birth weight infants creates especially high risk.

Interestingly, these results fit like a proverbial hand in glove with other recent statistics from the National Health Information Survey (NHIS), which found that U.S. male neonates vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine had a 3-fold greater risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

(Their survey spanned a timeframe when the HBV vaccine administered DID include thimerosal.)

Why Hasn’t the CDC Discovered the Same Links?

The Age of Autism asks a very good question: If this finding is so clear, why has the CDC’s vaccine safety apparatus not found the same thing?

According to Age of Autism:

“The answer, of course, is that they have.

In their very first examination of the risk of thimerosal exposure in infants, the single most startling finding was this: infants who received the largest exposure of thimerosal in the first month of life showed the highest risk of autism and several other NDDs.

Buried deep in a pile of statistical tables that SafeMinds received under FOIA was a risk analysis conducted by CDC analyst Thomas Verstraeten, showing statistically significant risk multiples for the most exposed infants.

These ranged from 5 times the risk of unexposed infants in the case of sleep disorders to 11.5 times for autism.

What happened to the CDC findings that are now forcing us to rediscover the risk of thimerosal-containing birth doses of HBV in monkeys?

The answer is simple. The CDC team simply censored the data. Infants with the highest levels of thimerosal exposure--those who had received both the HBV and hepatitis B immune globulins--were simply removed from the study sample.” [Emphasis mine]

So according to the CDC’s own research data, the risk of autism from thimerosal-containing vaccines is even far greater than any independent studies have yet to come up with!

Mark Blaxill (the Editor-at-Large for Age of Autism and a Director of Safeminds) summarized the data obtained from the CDC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which you can find at this link.

He notes that:

“The elevated risk of autism for the highest exposure levels at one month [of age] ranged from 7.6 to 11.4 times the zero exposure level.

This increased risk level corresponds to the tenfold increase in autism rates seen since vaccine mercury exposures increase, starting in 1990.”

More Smoke Signals…

Last week I published a list of studies that show thimerosal indeed has a very real, detrimental impact on your health, and that mercury toxicity is a reality in those suffering from the type of neurological damage seen in autistic children. If you missed it, you can find it here.

Here are just a handful of them that were published this year:

  1. Cell Biology and Toxicology April 9, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print] -- Exerpt: “In conclusion, MT-1 and MT-3 mRNAs but not MT-2 mRNA are easily expressed in the cerebellum rather than in the cerebrum by the injection of low-dose thimerosal. It is thought that the cerebellum is a sensitive organ against thimerosal.

    As a result of the present findings, in combination with the brain pathology observed in patients diagnosed with autism, the present study helps to support the possible biological plausibility for how low-dose exposure to mercury from thimerosal-containing vaccines may be associated with autism.

  2. Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry June 4, 2009; 91(4): 735-749 – Study found that thimerosal-induced cellular damage caused concentration- and time-dependent mitochondrial damage, reduced oxidative-reduction activity, cellular degeneration, and cell death.

    Thimerosal at low concentrations induced significant cellular toxicity in human neuronal and fetal cells. Thimerosal was found to be significantly more toxic than the other metal compounds examined.

  3. Annals of Epidemiology September 2009: 19(9);659 -- Male infants who received thimerosal-containing hepatitis-B vaccinations had a three-fold risk of developing autism.
  4. Brain Research September 9, 2009 [Epub Ahead of Print] -- Study concluded that injecting thimerosal into suckling infant rats, and adult rats, impairs sensitivity to pain, apparently due to activation the endogenous opioid system.
  5. Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry September-October 2008: 90(5);997-1008 -- Male infants who received thimerosal-containing hepatitis-B vaccinations were nine times as likely to be receiving special education services.

Educational Resources

Big Pharma knows vaccines are good for business. But they can't prove they're good for your health.

So far, drug companies have sold $1.5 billion worth of swine flu shots, in addition to the $1 billion for seasonal flu they booked earlier this year. The vaccine market as a whole is right now a respectable $20 billion global market. ABC News writes:

"The vaccine market is booming," says Bruce Carlson, spokesperson at market research firm Kalorama, which publishes an annual survey of the vaccine industry. "It's an enormous growth area for pharmaceuticals at a time when other areas are not doing so well," he says, noting that the pipeline for more traditional blockbuster drugs such as Lipitor and Nexium has thinned.

It wasn't enough to bail out banks and automakers. Now they're throwing your money at the pharmaceutical industry too, for you and I are footing the $1.5 billion bill for these 250 million swine flu vaccines that the US government has ordered so far and will be distributing for free. And Congress will spend another $10 billion of our money this year to research flu viruses, monitor H1N1's progress and educate the public about prevention.

Educating yourself is no longer an option. It's essential if you want to stay healthy. and are great resources as they provide copies of full studies going back many years, so you can review the evidence for yourself. contains an impressive collection of evidence against thimerosal.

If you’re willing to dig, you can also go to and search their medical database for other studies.

I also strongly recommend joining NVIC, one of our premiere vaccine-safety watchdogs here in the U.S. Their site is packed with vital information about vaccines, their side effects, and vaccine-safety measures that you can take to protect yourself and your children.