Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Day 400 - Vaccines & Thimerosal

“Vaccines are medications that are designed to stimulate the body's immune system to generate a response that will protect the individual from disease by the pathogen in question. The first vaccination was performed in 1796 by the British physician Edward Jenner who had noticed that dairy maids who had had cowpox infection (Vacca = cow in Latin) did not succumb to the deadly smallpox infection that was claiming many lives at the time. To test his theory, Jenner infected his gardener's son, James Phipps, with cowpox and then weeks later attempted to infect him with the deadly smallpox. Happily, James survived the experience and was protected from infection and thus the practice of vaccination was born.

The body's immune system is comprised of two arms - antibody-mediated immunity and cell-mediated immunity. All vaccines developed in the last 50 years probably protect by stimulating a potent antibody response. However, for pathogens that live within cells of the body, where antibodies can't reach, it is likely that cell-mediated immunity is required for protection. Examples of such pathogens include malaria, TB and HIV. Each of these is a huge global health problem claiming millions of lives each year for which there is no effective vaccine.

Thimerosal, a preservative used in vaccines, contains 49.6 percent mercury by weight and is metabolized or degraded into ethylmercury and thiosalicylate. Mercury, or more precisely, ethylmercury, is the principle agent that kills contaminants. Studies indicate that mercury tends to accumulate in the brains of primates and other animals after they are injected with vaccines.

Mercury poisoning has been linked to cardiovascular disease, autism, seizures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia and many other nervous system conditions. That's why the FDA rigorously limits exposure to mercury in foods and drugs. Some common sources of mercury include dental amalgam fillings, various vaccines and certain fish contaminated by polluted ocean waters.”*


Having written a post about heavy metal toxicity and having read more about the relation between mercury and vaccines, I thought I’d share some thoughts with you.

I remember talking to some friends a few months ago when swine flu seemed to be the next epidemic that would wipe out half the world’s population (ah, the media!). I remember saying that I would never dream of taking a swine flu vaccine not only because of the amount of poisonous metals (namely thimerosal) contained in the vaccine itself, but also because the vaccine had never been tested before, and thus the long term effects are unknown.

A few weeks before having that conversation, I had watched a video (you can click on it above) on the 1976 swine flu propaganda. The outbreak was a strain of H1N1 influenza virus and prompted vast mass immunization in the United States, mainly due to the advertising campaigns broadcast on television which propelled most Americans to immediately get a vaccine. As you will be able to see in the video above, the consequences were disastrous.

I find this whole topic fascinating, in particular as no one is ever warned of the possible side effects of having a vaccine. How many of you are ever warned of any possible dangers following your vaccinations? The only thing I have ever been in told is that I may feel a bit dizzy and weak afterwards, but that’s about it. We’re not warned of the possible long term effects these injections may have on us.

As I was doing some research online, I came across a site which explained that a study conducted in 1999 revealed that some infants, due to a genetic or developmental factor, lack the ability to eliminate mercury. Trace amounts of mercury in these infants, when accumulated over several vaccines, could pose a severe health risk.

Because of this some countries (including the UK) have banned the use of thimerosal in some - but not all - vaccines. According to an article I stumbled across on the BBC webpage, only hepatitis B and influenza in the UK programme now contain thimerosal.*

More and more scientists have found links between thimerosal and neurological damage, including higher incidence of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) antibodies in autistic children. Surely the link between those developing autism post vaccines is no coincidence? Needless to say, there are plenty of doctors, including the spokeswoman for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, who believe that “There is strong evidence to show that thimerosal in vaccines does not cause neurodevelopmental problems." There seems to be plenty of evidence that points to the contrary...

Could my headache be linked to metals that my body is finding hard to eliminate? Possibly.


  1. There are places in the US where you can get toxic metals supposedly "chelated" out of your body. Also, many people have their mercury amalgum fillings replaced with other substances. Not sure if it helps, but the people who have it done say it does.

  2. http://amalgamillness.com/AboutTheAuthor.html

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  4. Just to pass on information, the study done vaccinations and the onset of autism has been proven false. The researcher basically made up the whole thing.
    Also, one child with autism died during chelation therapy, so this is not something to be taken lightly and should only be used on someone who truly has heavy metal poisoning. As someone who has worked with children with autism for 30 years, I always feel the need to set the record straight on some of the myths and misunderstandings of autism.
    As someone who suffers from chronic migraines and other head and neck pain--thank you all the information you have collected and posted. I have learned about some alternative treatments that I would like to try. Living with chronic pain takes over you whole life at times and you have described this very well. Thank you.

  5. There are a big number of scientific studies linking authism with thimerosal PERIOD. I reached this page looking for vaccine info, i had 17 amalgams with mercury for 20 years, i was real sick, and quelation works great for me...

    I had fog in my brain, difficulty to think clearly, lack of concentration, depression, lack of creativity and even having any conversation was a hassle, boring and tedious thing to do, mercury is the precursor of autism; and farmaceuticals and dentists should be charged for crimes against humanity, 1 autist every 77 persons in UK, 1 in 100 in US, this is outregious and mainstream media sucks.

  6. There is literally not a single peer reviewed study that conclusively links autism and vaccines. The original article by Wakefield was discredited for flawed methodology and for being funded by a company that wanted to sue the vaccine manufacturers. Feel free to try to prove me wrong.

    You do, however, consume more mercury in one can of tuna fish than you do in all your vaccines combines. Fact.

    Whatever you do for your health, just don't do it in the name of bad science.