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Mercury-Containing Medicines: Harmful to Children

Flu VaccineSeveral recent studies have linked mercury to serious harm in children.

Dr. Joachim Mutter, author of one of the newest mercury studies, found evidence confirming that mercury in vaccines and other medical products could trigger autism. Another recent study observed that organic mercury is added to vaccines without sufficient safety testing, and warned that the use of mercury-containing Thimerosal is "potentially damaging the health of children."

According to PR Newswire:

"[The] rationale for the removal of mercury from medicine and dentistry is clear. ... [T]he medical community needs to adapt to what we now know is best for our children's health."

One study (Mutter) noted:

"Prenatal exposure to maternal amalgam, maternal Thimerosal and postnatal sources (mercury from vaccines for the child) together with genetic susceptibility may trigger autism."

Swine flu vaccines contain Polysorbate 80, an agent linked with infertility in mice, which may extend to infertility in humans. There are 3,587 reports from women who lost their babies very shortly after getting the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, causing many to question the safety of this vaccine.

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

This "news" isn't new—anyone who has taken a careful look at the scientific literature and epidemiological reports already knows mercury is harmful to pregnant women and children. But the more studies we have, the better—so I say, keep them coming! Who knows what critical mass is needed to eventually create a loud enough cry for change?

Every new piece of scientific evidence raises the chances that the U.S. government will finally have to enact legislation to protect your children from the toxic agents in vaccines.

In addition to its presence in vaccines and dental amalgams, mercury is also found in other pharmaceutical drugs, fish and seafood, high-fructose corn syrup, and many processed foods, including certain brands of jelly, ketchup, Coca Cola, and even Pop Tarts!

These latest studies are clearly a warning for us to clean up our toxic world.

Mercury in Dentistry Needs to Be Abolished NOW

Mercury and thimerosal need to be completely removed from the medical and dental industry. We are making progress, but not quickly enough. There needs to be zero tolerance for this potent neurotoxin as there is no safe level of exposure to mercury.

A massive grassroots campaign against the use of mercury in dental fillings, led by consumer protection attorney and activist Charlie Brown, has resulted in the FDA's agreement to re-examine its pro-mercury fillings position.

Dental amalgams are the largest source of the mercury found in the human body, contributing about 2 to 3 times as much mercury as all dietary and environmental sources combined. Your children don't need mercury in their food, their mouths, OR their vaccines.

Vaccines' Unsavory Assortment of Toxins

Thimerosal is a highly toxic and poisonous ethyl mercury agent that is used as a preservative in ALL injected flu vaccines. (Inhaled flu vaccines do not contain thimerosal.)

The mercury in thimerosal is 50 times more toxic than regular mercury. Thimerosal accumulates in the tissues and organs of your body, including your brain, which is why it is neurotoxic and parents and doctors maintain that it is a major factor in childhood autism.

In the U.S., most childhood vaccines are now thimerosal-free. But some vaccines still contain mercury, including:

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

You can find a complete list of mercury content in U.S.-licensed vaccines here. You can also calculate the amount of mercury in shots your doctor recommends with the Vaccine Ingredient Calculator 

But thimerosal isn't the only dangerous ingredient in vaccines. They can also contain the following:

Formaldehyde, a known cancer-causing agent Phenol (carbolic acid)
Neomycin and streptomycin (antibiotics) Resin and gelatin, known to cause allergic reactions
Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™), which can cause anaphylactic reactions, and may cause miscarriage and infertility (see the next section for details) Triton X100 (detergent)

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 very tricky terrain.

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

I believe it's clear that these studies, taken as a whole, are like smoke signals, indicating 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 physiological reaction.

Infertility and Miscarriages from H1N1 Vaccine

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 six months of age throughout childhood and until the las year of life.

Studies have shown that the H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, is no more serious than most strains of seasonal flu. In fact, it's usually milder.

Yet, millions of doses of H1N1 vaccine were given to panic-stricken adults and children. The swine flu "pandemic panic" may go down in history as one of the most massive cover-ups in American history.

The H1N1 vaccine has been connected with numerous health problems, including:

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome (CBS)
  • Thrombocytopenia (inadequate platelets in your blood)
  • Bell's palsy (a neuroimmune reaction involving facial paralysis)

And it appears it may also be linked to a high rate of miscarriage and infertility that may be in part due to an ingredient called polysorbate 80. Both H1N1 vaccines, Fluarix and Novartis' Agriflu, contain this agent.

Polysorbate 80, also known as Tween 80, is a detergent (surfactant) used to deliver certain drugs or chemical agents across the blood-brain barrier.

You can also find this ingredient in any vaccine using the adjuvant MF59, which contains both polysorbate 80 and squalene, which is yet another hazardous ingredient. Squalene is an adjuvant used in vaccines marketed in Europe and other countries, but squalene has not yet been approved by the FDA as an ingredient for vaccines distributed in the U.S.

A Slovakian study, done in 1993, was a very damning study against polysorbate 80.

Researchers injected female rats with Tween 80 on days four through seven after birth. They discovered that Tween 80 accelerated the rats' maturation, prolonged the estrous cycle, decreased the weight of the uterus and ovaries, and caused damage to the lining of the uterus indicative of chronic estrogenic stimulation.

The rats' ovaries were also damaged, with degenerative follicles and no corpora lutea (a mass of progesterone-secreting endocrine tissue that forms immediately after ovulation).

Such severe ovarian damage can lead to infertility.

Polysorbate 80 has also been found to cause severe anaphylactic shock (see this 2005 study) and may exert cancer-promoting effects on cellular metabolism (1965 study).

Injecting Foreign Proteins into Your Body is Bound to Create Problems

Dr. Shiv Chopra presented the following additional perspective and concerns regarding the actual injection of the vaccine.

ALL vaccines, by their very definition, are antigens. Antigens are substances that, when introduced into your body, trigger the production of an antibody by your immune system. In other words, your body views antigens as harmful invaders and sends out the troops to fight them.

Every antigen, by definition, must be a protein your body views as foreign.

In nature, foreign proteins are NEVER allowed to directly enter your blood stream, whole and intact. They are always first broken down by your digestive tract into their constituent amino acids, which are familiar to your body.

Any tampering with these biological laws, such as injecting foreign proteins through a needle, holds great potential for causing autoimmune diseases, like autism, because it interferes with your natural immunological function.

This is precisely what may be happening with our massive injection of vaccines into children, while their fragile immune systems are still developing.

And there is evidence that just ONE dose of thimerosal-laced vaccine can cause neurological harm!

A 2009 study showed that monkeys receiving just one dose of hepatitis B vaccine (which contains thimerosal) suffered significant developmental delays, even though the vaccine was adjusted for body weight to simulate the amount given to human infants. Although, it wasn't clear if the damage resulted from the thimerosal, or from the vaccine itself.

Either way, it was bad news for the monkeys and has dire implications for human children. The vaccinated primates took more than twice as long as unexposed controls to acquire three standardized skills typically used to measure infant brain development.

The bottom line is, the drug industry knows vaccines are good for business. But they can't prove they're good for your health. Educating yourself is no longer an option. It's essential if you want to stay healthy.

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Additional Resources to Help You Build Your Knowledge Base

  • Here is complete list of studies confirming thimerosal as a health hazard.
  • For the latest news about what's happing in vaccines, visit my Vaccine News page.
  • GenerationRescue.org and Fourteenstudies.org are great resources as they provide copies of full studies going back many years, so you can review the evidence for yourself. Fourteenstudies.org contains an impressive collection of evidence against thimerosal.
  • If you're willing to dig, you can dive into www.pubmed.com and search their medical database for information.
  • Finally, Consumers for Dental Choice is a great source of information about the dangers of mercury-based dental amalgams, as well as a place to get the latest updates on what's happening in "Battle Mercury."