Mercury in Vaccines a Brainless Idea From the Very Beginning

Almost from the inception of vaccination programs, manufacturers added a mercury preservative called thimerosal to vaccines. The practice continued until recently, and was stopped only because of the outcry from thousands of concerned parents and numerous experts in the field. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Practice did not warn parents or pediatricians that the mercury was dangerous until they were forced to. That mercury was toxic to cells had been known for over sixty years, but manufacturers apparently were more worried about lawsuits stemming from bacterial contamination of vaccines than they were about the toxic effects of mercury in children. After all, mercury was a very effective antibacterial.

In 1999 studies began to surface showing that multi-dose vial vaccines, such as the MMR and hepatitis B vaccines, contained enough thimerosal to expose vaccinated children to 62.5 ug of mercury per visit to the pediatrician. This is one hundred times the dose considered safe by the Federal Environmental Protection Guidelines for infants! Worse yet, some infants will receive doses even higher; because thimerosal tends to settle in the vial. If it is not shaken up before being drawn, the first dose will contain low concentrations of mercury and the last dose will contain enormously high concentrations. If your baby is the unlucky one that gets the last dose, serious brain injury can result.

One problem in treating children, as well as adults, is that often we find either low or even undetectable levels of mercury on provocative testing of their urine, giving a false impression that the brain is free of mercury. I must admit that I fell into this trap early on. This may be because mercury in the nervous system is so difficult to remove that very little is chelated during a single test period. This would explain why autistic children improve with chelation even when their urine mercury levels are low. Hair mercury is also a poor measure of brain mercury levels: in such cases, one must go by clinical responses.

Studies of autistic children have frequently shown very high levels of mercury, with no other source but vaccines found for the exposure. These levels are equal to those seen in adults during toxic industrial exposures. Several autism clinics have found dramatic improvements in the behavior and social interactions in children from whom the mercury was chelated. Results depended on how soon the mercury was removed following exposure, but permanent damage can be caused if the metal is not chelated soon enough. Still, even in cases of severe damage, because of the infant brain's tremendous reparative ability, improvements are possible.

The problem of autism involves numerous body systems including the gastrointestinal, immune and nervous systems; as a result we see numerous infections and magnified effects of malnutrition. Intrepid workers in the shadows, that is outside the medial establishment, have worked many miracles with these children using a multidisciplinary scientific approach completely ignored by the orthodoxy. Some children have even experienced a return to complete physiological normalcy.

The only reason we even know about the mercury in vaccines and their devastating effects is the dedication of a handful of intrepid investigators who went public with what they had discovered. We can also thank the Internet for dissemination of this information to millions of concerned parents. Otherwise it would have remained buried in some obscure journal or newsletter. It is obvious that the major media would never have bothered to inform us of this very real danger.

Because of public outcry and congressional hearings stemming from it, the lethargic American Academy of Pediatric and American Academy of Family Practice finally came out in favor of removing mercury from vaccines. Incredibly, their proposed response for parents is beyond belief. Rather than calling for an all-out immediate ban on thimerosal-containing vaccines, they suggested that parents continue to have their children vaccinated with mercury-contaminated vaccines until new stocks of uncontaminated vaccine could be made available. Here are two doctors' unions that had to be beat over the head with an overwhelming amount of data that mercury-contaminated vaccines were harming children far worse than the actual diseases against which the vaccine was intended to protect them, only to have them suggest that parents continue to harm their children just to satisfy their vaccination obsession.

Are you surprised to discover that recent investigations have found that several doctor-members of vaccine boards were either receiving grants from vaccine manufacturers or held stock in the companies? They were willing to sacrifice the health of millions of children just to fill their pockets with cash. These people should be looking through bars, not serving on boards.

Why Removing Mercury Will Not Completely Solve the Problem

Many parents are convinced that removal of the mercury will correct the problem of vaccinations. Unfortunately, while it may help, it will not solve the problem. This is because much of the effect of today's vaccination policy is based on the idea that we can eliminate virtually every known infectious disease in the world if we can just force children to get enough vaccines.

Today, children are given as many as twenty-two doses of ten different vaccines by two years of age. Many of these inoculations are given at one time in the pediatrician's office. Some mothers have told me their child received as many as nine shots in one visit. This is incredible. I cannot conceive of how a trained physician can believe that subjecting a child's immune system to nine doses of microbial organism, enhanced with powerful immune adjuvants, would be safe. Only an idiot could believe such a thing.

The immune system at birth is still incompetent. This is why the baby depends on colostrum—loaded with immune components specifically designed to protect the baby during this critical gap in immunity—from the mother's milk for immune protection. Now here come the brilliant vaccination police insisting that newborns receive an inoculation against hepatitis B.

Keep in mind that many mothers today do not breast feed their babies, so that their babies continue to be immune deficient. Add to that the fact that their children are being forced to receive a powerful vaccine when their immune systems are not only immature, but also terribly dysfunctional. These vaccine programs are led by "evidence-based" doctors serving on vaccine boards in the Public Health Department. Where is their evidence that such a practice is safe? There is plenty of experimental, and even clinical, evidence that it is not safe, combined with growing evidence that thousands of babies have been irreparably harmed.

The proponents of mass inoculation of the population from the scourge of hepatitis B are mostly academic immunologists, pediatricians, and family practice professors. Why is no one listening to neuroscientists and neurologists, particularly when there is abundant medical and scientific literature on the harmful effects to the brain of overstimulating the immune system?

The brain's immune system depends largely on specialized cells called microglia. These cells are scattered throughout the brain, lying in wait for an attack. When stimulated by a foreign substance—and some local substances—the microglia are activated, secreting numerous chemicals and gearing up for a full-fledged immune attack. While normally fixed in the brain among other types of cells they can move about like amoebae when activated, spreading microbe-killing secretions anywhere they are needed.

Like other immune cells, microglia kill microorganisms by secreting free radicals. If the immune system is able to quickly subdue the invaders, the attack ends rapidly and the free radicals are either neutralized or carried off in the spinal fluid or blood stream. It is vital that such attacks in the nervous system are short-lived, since the released free radicals can severely damage the delicate cells and processes close by.

Recent evidence indicates that activated microglial cells can release large amounts of two nasty chemicals—quinolinic acid and glutamate, both excitotoxins. When these excitotoxins are allowed to build up, they begin to destroy synaptic connections, cause dendrites to dwindle, and eventually, they will kill numerous neurons. In other words, they produce widespread brain injury. With microglial activation, quinolinic acid secretion has been seen to increase as much as one-hundred-fold. Remember also that mercury activates microglia and blocks glutamate clearance.

While most of what I described above occurs within the brain itself, it is known that stimulation of the body's general immune system—as occurs with vaccinations—also can activate the brain's immune system.

Prolonged immune reactions, the most destructive type of attack, can be precipitated by the use of live virus vaccines, such as the MMR. It is known that the measles virus often suppresses the immune system, much like the HIV virus or HHV-6 virus. When I say "suppressed," I should make clear that not all of the immune system is suppressed; the component that kills viruses is suppressed, but the system that causes misdirected immune attack, called autoimmunity, is overactive.

When children are vaccinated using combined vaccines, such as DPaT and MMR, they are more likely to suffer immune suppression. This allows the measles virus to survive and inhabit the cells lining the gastrointestinal tract and even the nervous system. Now acting like a stealth virus, the measles organism can survive for a lifetime. Because the immune system continues to try unsuccessfully to rid the body and brain of the virus, much damage is done, it's a smoldering attack that never ends. Because of this process, the measles virus is suspected as a possible cause of multiple sclerosis and ALS, among many other diseases.

Based on scientific knowledge concerning the effects of overstimulation of the immune system, it is my belief that the biggest problem with today's immunization programs is that too many vaccines are being given too close together. I often tell parents that giving six vaccines at one sitting is like a child contracting six different diseases at the same time. As far as the immune system is concerned, that is exactly what has happened. How many of us would want to get measles, mumps, diphtheria, pertussis, and hepatitis all at the same time?

Lest you be skeptical, we do in fact have a shining example of just such an event occurring in adults as a result of the government's brilliant inoculation program perpetrated on soldiers serving in the Gulf War. These soldiers were required to take seventeen different vaccines over a short period of time, a massive assault on the immune system. As with the children and babies, many became ill and suffered debilitating disorders, many of which were neurological.

The Department of Defense recently admitted that there was a 200 percent increase in the incidence of ALS in Gulf War veterans. Knowing the connection between thimerosal neurotoxicity and microglial overactivation, one is not surprised to see such a result stemming from such an insane policy. There is also a possibility that the vaccines were contaminated with mycoplasmic organisms and possibly other viruses: we know that viruses and mycoplasma damage the nervous system by an excitotoxic mechanism.

In all these cases, the children, as well as the adults, are not only getting the viruses and bacteria as foreign antigens, they are also exposed to extremely powerful additives called immune adjuvants, chemicals designed to make the immune system react even more intensely than normal and assure a higher percentage of successful immunizations. Adjuvants include aluminum salts, which can also damage the brain. You see, one of the problems with any vaccination program is that a certain percentage of people will not be successfully immunized. In order to force a reaction, manufacturers add numerous adjuvants to vaccines.

Unfortunately, this means that the child who would react without the additive will over-react and be more likely to suffer vaccine-related damage. The genetically immune-impaired child, on the other hand, will be at even greater risk, because the portion of his or her immune system responsible for autoimmunity will also be overstimulated. As more and more vaccines are added, a greater number of adverse effects, especially those related to the nervous system, will occur. To convince those in positions of power that they are harming millions of children is nearly impossible. The only thing that will stop this insanity is an outcry from millions of parents and concerned scientists. If this doesn't work then lawyers must be called upon to do what they do best—force irresponsible people to act in the best interests of others.

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