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Mercury In You

April 19, 2009

I was six when the thermometer fell from my hand. It shattered on the bathroom floor and little silver balls went rolling everywhere. They were liquid and I wanted to grab one, luckily for me my mother was there, and swiftly pulled me out of the bathroom. She then told me that those liquid silver balls are mercury, and instructed that I was never to touch mercury, or it could kill me! Needless to say, it made an impression. Now, for our safety, they put alcohol that is dyed red in thermometers, but you would be surprised of the things that still contain mercury, including things we ingest. According to the Washington Post, mercury was found in almost half of the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) products on the market. ChemRisk, a scientific consulting firm was used by the Corn Refiners Association (CRA) to examine the studies, and found that the amount of mercury was very small, and posed no danger to consumers. The question still remains, “How does the mercury get in there to begin with?”The CRA also produced laughable commercials, claiming that HFCS was not bad for you.

Mercury is mostly found in electronics, and high end testing equipment. For the most part, mercury has been removed from everything people commonly use, like florescent light bulbs, dental fillings, most cosmetics, and medicinal uses. Labeled as highly toxic, government and corporations have elected to substitute mercury in most products.

Today it seems that government and some corporations have done a 180 on their viewpoint of mercury. They are actually saying that mercury is good for you and your children. It is in the food we eat, some fish, most flu shots, and many children’s vaccines. The Journal of Pediatrics reported two studies showing that the mercury found in children’s immunization shots, known as thimerosal, actually helps children’s behavior, and mental performance, as reported in this news cast.

Many parents of children with autism have associated thimerosal with their children’s autism, claiming that their children were not born autistic, but became autistic after receiving vaccines that contained thimerosal. Although, a U.S. court rejected the vaccine connection to autism recently, parents like actress Jenny McCarthy of GerationRescue.org stand firmly in their belief, and still warn parents of the believed danger of mercury in vaccines. Recently on Larry King Live, Jenny McCarthy, boyfriend Jim Carry, and founder of Generation Rescue, JB Handly, claimed that the court case only talked about the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella) and not the fact that children are receiving so many vaccines in a short amount of time. These vaccinations combined together create a toxic environment in a small child’s body. Children receive many more immunization shots today than just 10 years ago. In 1983 the CDC Mandatory Vaccine Schedule called for 10 vaccinations for children by age 6. By 2007 that number had jumped to 36 vaccinations. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that six vaccinations age given at only two months, another six at four months, seven at six months, and nine more at twelve months. These vaccines are most commonly given in the same doctor visit, rather than spreading them out over days, or weeks to let each one be processes by the infants body. Looking at the rate of autism on this timeline also makes parents suspicious, in 1983 the rate of autism was approximately 1/2500 born with the disorder. Today that number has skyrocketed to 1/150. However, some medical professionals claim that there has been no rise in autism, and that only the rate of diagnosis has risen, due to a widening of the autism spectrum. JB Handly disagreed on Larry King’s show, claiming, “There isn’t a teacher or doctor in the country that doesn’t think the autism rate hasn’t increased.” This is an interesting point, because many teachers who have taught at elementary school level for the past 15 to 20 years agree, according to the BBC. It was once very rare to see a child with moderate to severe autism, and now classrooms are faced with these students regularly.

The question arises, if mercury is so well known as being highly toxic, then why even mess with using it as a preservative in vaccines at all? Can’t it be substituted with a preservative that is safe? Although mercury has been removed from most of the MMR vaccinations, the influenza vaccine has had the mercury level increased, in some cases up to 500%! It might just be a question of money; mercury could be the cheapest preservative. Pharmaceutical companies have been known to make bad decisions in order to save a buck. In the mid-1980s Bayer sold millions of dollars of an AIDS infected blood-clotting medicine, Factor VIII in Asia and Latin America. No one was ever prosecuted for the crime against humanity. Bayer did not escape being sued and has paid about $600 million dollars in lawsuits, according to the New York Times. The infected medicine killed over a thousand hemophiliacs, many of which were children. Bayer knew of the infected medication but claims that they did nothing wrong, because the FDA only doesn’t allow them to sell the drug in the U.S., but is okay with them selling it in the rest of the world.

According to Wikipedia, mercury is highly reactive toxic agent that damages the kidneys, endocrine system, and central nervous system. Symptoms of mercury poisoning are so wide, it is hard to diagnose. From burning, itching, pain, swelling, dead skin, sweating, and high blood pressure, to brain damage and death! Many have stopped using products that contain mercury in hopes that companies and government will be more responsible at protecting people from mercury. If enough people did refuse these products, then companies would be forced to find better solutions.

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