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What Is in a Flu Shot?

By Louise Valentine
Epoch Times New York Staff
Nov 14, 2005

MENACING MERCURY: In hospitals, the old glass thermometers containing mercury cannot be used, because if they are broken, a hazardous materials team has to be called in to clean it up. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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Fear of disease, wanting to "do all we can" and trying to accommodate to the system are factors driving most people into introducing foreign substances called vaccines into their bodies and those of their children. Trusting authorities to have our best interests at heart, or not wanting to offend our caregivers, we do not examine the ingredients closely, that is, read the ingredients on the vaccine package insert.

Fortunately, there are sources out there that will tell us what to look out for. This year's Physicians' Desk Reference lists several toxic non-vaccine ingredients: thimerosal (50 percent ethyl mercury), aluminum, formaldehyde and ethylene glycol (antifreeze). The ethyl mercury is more toxic than the methyl mercury found in fish because it crosses the blood-brain barrier faster, according to Dr. Thomas Burbacher, a researcher at the University of Washington. Once in the brain, it changes to inorganic mercury, an even more toxic form.

Just how toxic is thimerosal? The concentration of thimerosal listed on the package insert is 1: 10,000. This is equivalent to 100,000 parts per billion (ppb). Thimerosal is 50 percent mercury putting the concentration of mercury at 50,000 ppb.

Michael Wagnitz, Senior chemist at the University of Wisconsin explained that liquid waste is considered hazardous waste at 200 ppb of mercury and water is considered contaminated at 2 ppb. He asks if it is really safe to inject babies and pregnant women with a solution containing 50,000 ppb of mercury?

For a little extra money, a flu vaccine is available without thimerosal. What about the other toxic ingredients? They will probably remain as preservatives. The antifreeze might come in handy here in upstate New York or Canada this winter.

Aluminum has been found in the brains of Alzheimer victims: www.bellaonline.com/articles/art7739.asp.

Formaldehyde is carcinogenic: www.anatechltdusa.com/MSDS_pdf/ZFIX.pdf

Source: From a letter to the Times Reporter
By Anne McElroy Dachel
Media Relations Coordinator
National Autism Association
Chippewa Falls, WI www.nationalautismassociation.org

In response to: www.timesreporter.com/left.php?ID=47515

Also see:

http://www.safeminds.org/, http://www.nomercury.org