What the "Experts" are Not Telling You
About the Flu Vaccine

[portions updated October 2004]
Saturday, December 13, 2003

I am listening to Dr. George Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association. He is talking about the flu vaccine on C-Span.

Someone called in to ask about mercury in flu vaccines and he said that they had taken all of the thimerosal out of it.

I just heard Dr. Mark Geier on a Kansas radio station last week say that 99% of the flu vaccines still contain thimerosal, which is 49% mercury [as of 2003.]

[update 10/2004] A pediatric flu vaccine was introduced in 2004 which did not contain mercury, but there were not enough doses available. The mercury free version was only made by one company. For more information on which vaccines still contain mercury go to www.safeminds.org and click on Mercury Sources.

Another caller confronted Dr. Benjamin and told him that there still was mercury in vaccines and why didn't he as the director of the American Public Health Association know this? He replied that he would look into it and get back to her. Fat chance!

Another caller also stood up to Benjamin and stated that only one pediatric flu vaccine was mercury free. The rest of the flu vaccines still contained mercury and there was 25 micrograms of mercury in each vaccine. She asked, "Why is the Public Health Service advising pregnant women to take the flu vaccine when it still contains mercury?"

This caller said she was looking at the patient insert from the flu vaccine at that moment. Dr. Benjamin responded that he didn't have the flu vaccine insert and he would look into it.

Why are these "so called experts" recommending a product and they don't even know what is in it? Can we base our choices in our health care on their ignorant recommendations? It looks to me that Dr. Benjamin and others in positions of authority should "look into it" BEFORE they get on television and act like they are experts.

Yesterday I sent the following editorial to our local county newspaper, The Bedford Bulletin.

Flu Vaccines, Tuna, Silver Amalgam Dental Fillings and Mercury

What do flu vaccines, tuna fish, and "silver" amalgam dental fillings have in common with each other?

Mercury and mercury toxicity. They all contain mercury. Some people excrete mercury very poorly and may become poisoned by all these exposures to mercury.

The local and national television networks are finally telling pregnant women not to eat more than 12 ounces of tuna a week. Others are saying no amount of tuna is safe for a pregnant woman because of the possible brain damage to a developing fetus.

Recently WSET television out of Lynchburg reported that one shouldn't eat cat fish out of the Roanoke River more than once a month due to mercury in the catfish.

California has been warning consumers about mercury in large fish now for some time and has signs posted in grocery stores. California also has the "Watson Law" which requires dentists to post signs in their offices, "Warning on dental amalgams, used in many dental fillings, causes exposure to mercury, a chemical known to the state of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm." However, the Watson Law is not fully in force due to opposition from pro amalgam dental organizations.

But in our area, few are reporting that mercury is in dental fillings or flu vaccines. Dentists in Virginia are not required to tell patients that amalgam fillings contain 50% mercury. Patients are not even given a CHOICE in the materials to be used in their own mouths!

If a dentists does speak out against mercury containing dental fillings, they are disciplined by the Virginia Board of Dentistry. It is against the American Dental Association's "ethical rules" to tell patients that "silver" amalgam fillings are toxic.

In the "Virginia Department of Health recommends flu vaccination" article (Bedford Bulletin Nov. 26, 2003), the VDH is recommending flu vaccines for those 50 years or older, children 6-23 months, residents of nursing homes; people with chronic cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, including asthma; people with chronic metabolic diseases, kidney dysfunction, blood disorders or immune system problems; children and adolescents who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy; and women who are more than three months pregnant during the flu season.

What concerns me most is that pregnant women and the elderly are being exposed to a mercury containing vaccine. Dr. Mark Geier, a geneticist and president of the Genetic Centers of America, past professor at Johns Hopkins University Hospital, and a researcher at the NIH, recently reported that 99% of flu vaccines contain the preservative thimerosal. Thimerosal contains 49% ethyl mercury.

A Government Reform Committee has conducted multiple hearings on thimerosal in vaccines and mercury in dental fillings, and the medical profession has asked that all mercury be taken out of vaccines. But it is still in flu vaccines, among others.

A study conducted by Dr. Geier, which was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, concludes that there has been a documented increase in neurodevelopmental disorders following the use of vaccines containing thimerosal. According to Dr. Geier, "The amount of mercury in thimerosal in childhood vaccines far exceeds federal safety guidelines.Ē Continued Dr. Geier, "A causal relationship between childhood vaccines containing thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders and heart disease appears to be confirmed."

Some may say that the amount of mercury in flu vaccines is safe. Each flu vaccine contains 25 micrograms of mercury. The FDA and the EPA say the "safe" level of mercury is only 0.1 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day. Since each kilogram is equal to 2.2046 pounds, a person would have to weigh 555.15 pounds in order for the amount of mercury in the vaccine to be at a "safe" level according to EPA/ FDA guidelines.

Since I have been mercury poisoned from my dental fillings for over two years now, I surely do not want any more mercury in my body from flu vaccines or from eating large fish. I will eat healthy, and take good quality vitamins to build up my immune system, and avoid the mercury containing vaccinations.

For information about mercury toxicity from dental fillings, and referrals to dentists and doctors who understand this health problem, please see my website at www.mercurypoisoned.com.

Marie Gray Flowers

Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome

108 Farmer Lane
Vinton, VA 24179

I also put at the bottom of my letter the following:

I am located in Bedford County. If you need the research to back up my editorial, I can lend you official copies of the Vaccine hearings from the Government Printing Office. I also have transcripts of a VA dentist who was disciplined by the Board of Dentistry for speaking out against mercury in dental fillings and testimony before Congressional hearings on how dentists are "gagged."

The Bedford Bulletin published my article in the December 24, 2003 edition. They left out the next to the last paragraph about my being mercury poisoned. I am thankful that the paper at least published the rest of the article.

For more information on flu vaccines go to the website of Dr. Mercola at www.mercola.com and do a search for flu vaccines. Another site that tells about how the media is helping to induce hysteria concerning the flu and profits for the drug companies go to http://www.whale.to/vaccine/flu2.html.[updated October 2004]

[updated October 2004] Go to www.nomercury.org and read what Congressman Dave Weldon, MD, from Florida had to say about the cover up of the IOM and the CDC of the dangers of mercury in vaccines. Weldon spoke before an Autism Conference and told how the CDC director, Dr. Julie Gerberding, just rushed the IOM report to the news media stating that there was no science to prove a connection between autism and mercury in vaccines. Weldon had begged her not to release a report prematurely, but to let the research bring forth the science. Weldon said at the Autism Conference, "It appears to me not only as a Member of Congress but also as a physician that some officials within the CDCís NIP may be more interested in a public relations campaign than getting to the truth about thimerosal."

At the latest hearing in October of 2004, Gerberding says that mercury can't be taken out of all the flu vaccines before 2008!

Read what the Holistic Pediatric Association has to say about giving children flu vaccines containing mercury.

For more ignorance from a health official that was written in the News-Record from Gillette, Wyoming, read the article published on December 12, 2003, by Jeremy Murphy entitled "No end in sight"-----

Nursing director Nola Wallace, who has been a public health officer for 30 years stated the following:

"Even though the public health officials had a record number of vaccines this season, the majority of county residents didn't get vaccinated.

Rumors about mercury in the vaccine and the vaccine causing the flu are a couple of reasons why people don't get vaccinated, Wallace said.

The substance in the vaccine that gets confused for mercury is called Thermosal (sic), which acts as a preservative.

'Although it can be related to mercury, it is not actually mercury,' she added. 'There is just a minimal amount in the vaccine, so it wouldn't cause any harm.'

The myth about the flu vaccine causing the flu is also invalid, Wallace said."

http://www.gillettenewsrecord.com/articles/2003/12/12/news/ news1.txt

Click here for the entire article. Evidentally Wallace needs to learn of the recommended limit of 0.1 micrograms of mercury by the EPA and FDA.

That is the kind of information the public gets from doctors, nurses, and government health officials. A nurse from the nursing home where the DAMS coordinator Linda Cifelli has her mother in Williamsburg told Linda that mercury doesn't hurt everybody! Linda was trying to explain why her mother was NOT to receive a flu vaccine. Of course they looked at Linda like she was from outer space.

The Harmful Effects of the Flu Shot Have Been Documented
by Bernard Windham, President of DAMS

Besides the fact that flu shots are known to not be very effective at preventing flu1, flu shots contain mercury and have been documented to have significant adverse health effects.2

There are very few if any long term studies of what effect the flu vaccine has on your health. One such study has revealed the following. According to Hugh Fudenberg, MD, one of the world's leading immunogeneticist and one of the most quoted biologist of our times (nearly 850 papers in peer review journals), if an individual has had five consecutive flu shots between 1970 and 1980 (the years studied), his/her chances of developing Alzheimer's Disease is ten times higher than if they had one, two or no shots.

Dr. Fudenberg was asked why this was so and he said it was due to the mercury and aluminum that is in every flu shot (and most childhood shots). The gradual mercury and aluminum build-up in the brain causes cognitive dysfunction.2 [This would be similar for other neurological conditions caused by mercury: ALS, MS, Parkinson's, autism, etc. 3,4

It is possible to protect yourself from getting the flu, reducing effects if you get it, and help to build health by detoxifying the immune system and doing things to strengthen the immune system.

1. Flu Shots: Do they really work?, Severyn, R.Ph., Ph.D., Kristine M., Vaccine News.
2. Recorded from Dr. Fudenberg's speech at the NVIC International Vaccine Conference, Arlington, VA, September, 1997. Quoted with permission.
3. www.whale.to/v/quotes3.html
4. www.home.earthlink.net/~berniew1/kidshg.html
(note: Fudenberg treats mercury toxicity conditions like autism and is well known.)
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© 2003 by Marie Flowers.