Oct 6 2009

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Vaccine?

With all the scare about vaccine safety, I find it very interesting that the these conclusions are based on an incorrect assumption: ethyl-mercury and methyl-mercury both affect the human body in the same way.

Thimersol is a preservative that has been used in vaccines since the 1930s to prevent bacterial contamination. Thimersol is broken down in the body to ethyl-mercury. Because methyl-mercury is a known neurotoxin, regulators used guidelines for safe levels of methyl-mercury to regulate the level of thimersol in vaccines, thereby reducing any risk from mercury exposure. Since 2001, childhood vaccines do not use thimersol as a preservative, the only exception being the inactivated flu vaccine.

Since 1999, various studies have shown that the by-product of thimersol, ethyl-mercury, is broken down and eliminated by the body much faster than methyl-mercury. This means that it is much less likely to accumulate and cause harm to the body.

There is inadequate scientific evidence to show that vaccines are linked to autism or other neurodisorders. Interestingly, since 2002 when thimersol was eliminated from childhood vaccines, the incidence of autism has not gone down.

The complications of the diseases are so much more devastating than the possible complications of the vaccines we use to prevent them. One such example is diphtheria, which was the leading cause of death among children 100 years ago. It is rarely seen now due to widespread vaccination.

This bacterial infection causes typical signs of sore throat, fever, swollen glands, and weakness, but the thing that makes it so dangerous is the thick gray membrane that forms on the back of a child’s throat, suffocating him to death.   A vaccine for diphtheria will cause pain at the injection site for a couple days and possibly a fever.  Which would you choose?

I’m so glad I don’t need to watch my kids suffer and die from diseases like my ancestors did. I don’t understand parents who are willing to take the risk that their children will catch the live bacteria or virus and have life-threatening, life-altering complications when the benefit of a vaccine is that it will save their lives and prevent those horrible outcomes.

See page 17 for info on the link between vaccines and autism in Pharmacy Today Immunization Update 2008

Oct 5 2009

Flu-bug, Where are You?

Have you ever wondered why there is a flu season that coincides with our winter months?  National Institutes of Health researchers have discovered that the flu virus’s outer membrane hardens to a rubbery-like substance in colder temperatures.  This allows the virus to survive longer outside the body and be passed from person to person much more easily.

One scientist, Joshua Zimmerberg, PhD likened it to an M&M that melts in your mouth, but not in your hands.  If the temperature is too warm outside, the virus dies quickly, but in the cold it can transfer from one person to the next very easily.  Once inside the body, the coating melts, and it can infect the host’s cells, making him sick.

U.S. Pharmacist May 2008, page 76