Last night on CNN, Anderson Cooper became a vaccine-expert. Well… he tried, anyway.
Watch the video, courtesy of CNN:
I know. Painful to watch.
Dear Anderson Cooper: I have a few tips for you…
First, if you want to argue like an expert, learn how to pronounce Thi-mer-o-sal. Actually, I understand why it’s so confusing to someone whose status as a vaccine-expert is only a few hours old. There are two different spellings: Thimerosal is the spelling and pronunciation generally used in the United States. Thiomersal is the alternate spelling, which is generally used in the United Kingdom and other areas of the world. Since you are (generally) in the United States, you should probably go with Thimerosal, since more of your audience will understand what you’re talking about, and fewer U.S. viewers will be familiar with the alternate pronunciation. One more time: Thigh-MARE-uh-saul.
Second, and this is REALLY important… memorize this… there has never been any Thimerosal in the MMR vaccine. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If a vaccine contains a “live attenuated virus” it cannot contain Thimerosal because the mercury would kill the virus. Adenovirus, herpes zoster (shingles), influenza (FluMist), MMR, MMRV, rotavirus, typhoid, varicella (chickenpox vaccine), smallpox, and yellow fever vaccines do not now and have never contained Thimerosal. (source)
Third, you really should research and know your facts about Thimerosal. I can help you with that…
Thimerosal is 49.5% ethylmercury. All forms of mercury are toxic. I know you are a television personality, and not a chemist, so here’s a good thing to do when you aren’t sure about the toxicology of any particular substance: Get the MSDS – Material Safety Data Sheet for that substance. Here is the one for Thimerosal.
Two terms we need to define: The first is “Mutagenic.”
The second term we need to define is “mammalian somatic cells.” From Science Daily:
A somatic cell is generally taken to mean any cell forming the body of an organism.
Somatic cells, by definition, are not germline cells.
In mammals, germline cells are the sperm and ova (also known as “gametes”) which fuse during fertilization to produce a cell called a zygote, from which the entire mammalian embryo develops.
Every other cell type in the mammalian body, apart from the sperm and ova, the cells from which they are made (gametocytes) and undifferentiated stem cells, is a somatic cell; internal organs skin, bones, blood and connective tissue are all made up of somatic cells.
More from the MSDS for Thimerosal:
I know those visuals are difficult to read. Let me help with that:
Special Remarks on other Toxic Effects on Humans:
Acute Potential Health Effects: Skin: Causes skin irritation. Eyes: Causes eye irritation. May cause chemical conjunctivitis. Inhalation: Causes respiratory tract irritation. May cause allergic respiratory tract irritation. Exposures to high concentrations may produce unconsciousness with cyanosis (a blush discoloration of the skin due to deficient oxygenation of the blood) and cold extremities and may also affect the cardiovascular system (rapid pulse). Acute exposure to high concentrations of mercury vapors may also cause kidney damage and affect behavior/central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and autonomic nervous system, and liver and cause gastrointestinal effects (nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting). Ingestion: Harmful if swallowed. May cause gastrointestinall tract irritation with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, headache. Exposure to high concentrations may affect respiration and cardiovascular system which may produce unconsciousness with cyanosis, cold extremities and rapid pulse. May also cause central nervous system effects and/or neurological effects, and may affect the urinary system (kidneys), and liver. Chronic Potential Health Effects: Skin: Prolonged or repeated skin contact may cause skin sensitization, an allergic reaction. Inhalation and Ingestion: Repeated or prolonged exposure may cause kidney damage, and may affect the liver, and bone marrow. Chronic exposure to mercury vapors: behavioral/central nervous system and peripheral nervous system (depression, irritability, nervousness, weakness, ataxia, fatigue, tremor, jerky gait, limb spasms, personality changes), metabolism (anorexia, weight loss) and cause gastrointestinal disturbances which is collectively referred to as “aesthenic-vegetative syndrome.” Chronic ingestion may cause accumulation of mercury in body tissues and may result in salicylism which is characterized by nausea, vomiting, gastric ulcers, and hemorrhagic strokes.
Thimerosal is a Mercury compound. It is on the Prop. 65 list as a Mercury compound. Under Prop. 65, Mercury and Mercury compounds are listed as “Chemicals known to the State of California to Cause Reproductive Toxicity.”
Are you still with me, Anderson?
I know this is difficult. I also know you may not believe the MSDS. You did seem very sure of your position that Ethylmercury is completely safe to inject into fetuses, infants and children. And… to be fair, the MSDS doesn’t give us any information on injecting Thimerosal into babies and kids; it just says adults working with it should wear hazmat suits to prevent them from ingesting, inhaling, or getting it on their skin.
So… what other information do we have that might be helpful? Oh!!! I know!!!!
How about this Power-Point Presentation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) website?
Now that we’ve cleared THAT up…
If you’re going to sound like an expert, you need to learn the difference between methods of delivery (it’s taught in pharmacology 101). In a nutshell, there are differences in how the body reacts to medications and toxins, depending on how those medications and toxins are introduced to the body. Something that goes through the gastrointestinal tract after being taken orally produces a different response in the body than something that is injected either subcutaneously, intramuscularly, or into a vein. Things can also be introduced vaginally or rectally, in the form of suppositories. Each of these methods of delivery results in a different potency for drugs, and in the case of toxins (including ethyl-mercury and other toxins in vaccines: aluminum, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, etc…), varying degrees of toxicity. As an example, we can think about the drug oxycodone.
Oxycodone has been under fire from many sides for its potential for abuse, due to the drug’s ability to manage chronic pain in a time-release formula to provide patients with proper pain management. Unfortunately, this formulation has increased the allure of oxy as one could achieve a better high by crushing and snorting or injecting the drug directly into the body. In 2013, the FDA approved an “abuse-deterring” reformulation of the original drug that contains physical and chemical properties that do not allow for the same effects if the drug is crushed. This was enacted to reduce the risks for overdose and death associated with crushing Oxy and snorting or injecting it. (source)
So… as the above quote indicates, Oxycodone is a good drug for people who use it for pain management, but when crushed and snorted (through the nose) or injected (into the blood stream), it causes a different effect in the body and increases the risk of death.
Are there other things to which this principle applies? What about alcohol? Have you heard about Vodka Tampons and Butt-Chugging? These are just two of the methods used by some people to increase the potency of alcohol… VERY DANGEROUS, and at times producing alcohol intoxication and death, according to news reports.
“Quicker high, they think it’s going to last longer, it’s more intense,” said Dr. Dan Quan from Maricopa Medical Center.
“There’s been documented cases of people going to the hospital with alcohol poisoning just from utilizing it that way,” Thomas said.
Thomas spends his days patrolling the halls of a Valley high school. He’s heard first hand how kids are getting tipsy.
“What we’re hearing about is teenagers utilizing tampons, soak them in vodka first before using them,” Thomas said.
“It gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream. There’s no barrier, there’s no stomach acid to prevent it,” Thomas said.
“I would expect it to absorb pretty quickly as well, because it’s a very vascular structure,” Quan told CBS 5.
“This is definitely not just girls,” Thomas said. “Guys will also use it and they’ll insert it into their rectums.” (source)
I’m so glad we can put that myth to rest. From now on, let’s have no more talk comparing levels of mercury, aluminum, or formaldehyde in breast milk, okay? It just REALLY makes you look foolish and uninformed. I know Dr. Offit does it on the CHOP website, but this is one of those (many) cases where you just shouldn’t repeat what he says. I think we might need to see his college transcript to see if he passed pharmacology 101. Sometimes I just want to shake that goofy guy and ask him, “Just how stupid do you think parents are, Paul?”
If there are any doubts remaining about this, I will invite you to join me in a little experiment, Anderson. Let’s have some cocktails. Tonight we’ll go out and shoot Tequila. We’ll keep track of how many shots we do, and we’ll monitor our vital signs and behavioral changes with each shot. Tomorrow night we’ll get together and I’ll monitor your vital signs and behavioral changes as you inject the same number of shots of Tequila. Or if you choose, you can use the Tequila Tampon or Butt-Chugging method.
Now… let’s talk about that research you kept talking about. You know… the ones that show “no connection between thimerosal and autism?”
Let me introduce you to Poul Thorsen.
Dr. Thorsen was involved in 21 of 24 studies conducted to “prove” the safety of Thimerosal. I don’t know about you, but I have a bit of trouble trusting him when it comes to the safety of what’s being injected into our children.
Oh, and Anderson, I’m so glad you brought up that 2010 study in the journal Pediatrics – we’ll be hearing about that one when Dr. William Thompson (one of the authors of that study) testifies before Congress about the fraud – you know… when he and his co-authors eliminated data and broke the study protocol to hide the 236% increased risk of autism from the MMR vaccine?
Yeah, well… that 2010 study you talk about? Same bunch. Same methods. They got rid of the kids with the biggest evidence of mercury toxicity. Click this link to read my brief analysis of that study when it first came out.
Okay… hang in there, Anderson. I know this is a lot of information, but the good thing is, it will be here and you can come back to it.
No matter how many times you say there is no “thermiSAL” in childhood vaccines anymore, you can’t make it true.
Thimerosal (50 mcg) is still present in multi-dose flu shots given to pregnant women (at an even more critical period of fetal neurological development), and to infants and children.
the meningococcal vaccine given to children age two years and older contains the same amount of thimerosal (50 mcg.) as the multi-dose flu shots. Click this link and go to section 11, on page 17 of the Menomune manufacturer’s insert.
Thimerosal has also not been removed from many other childhood vaccinations; it’s still there. The FDA changed the rules so vaccine manufacturers do not have to include thimerosal on the label as an ingredient unless it is used as a preservative. According to the FDA, if Thimerosal is used in the manufacturing process but it is not used as a preservative, the vaccine can be labeled “Thimerosal-free” when that is not the case. You can read more about this semantic trickery and what it really means for infants and children here. The point is, several vaccines given to infants and children still contain Thimerosal, including the DTaP vaccine, DT vaccine, Hib (ACTHib, TriHIBit) and Meningococcal vaccine. Click this link and scroll down in the CDC’s Vaccine Excipients List until you get to Thimerosal. (On your way to “Thimerosal,” you might want to also notice all the other toxic ingredients and the vaccines that contain them.)
So many things to learn, AC…
How to play nice and demonstrate respect and compassion for parents and grandparents whose children have been severely injured or killed by vaccines is another lesson for another day. Actually, that might take a lot longer and quite frankly, I know my limitations. Let’s just say your treatment of Congressman Burton last night was atrocious. You didn’t come off like an intelligent young man (Congressman Burton’s words; he does have quite a lot of class and tact), you came off like an arrogant ass who didn’t know what you were talking about. I may have too much faith in the American public, but from what I saw, you weren’t believable at all. You were just a playground bully, picking on a grandfather who has had the courage to stand up for what is right, even when it was not the popular or politically-saavy thing to do. If we could just clone Dan Burton, this nation’s children might actually have a chance.
If you aren’t familiar with Dan Burton and his commitment to vaccine-safety, please take the time to watch this video:
There is ONE thing I would like to emphasize, with regard to Congressman Burton’s points last night. Congressman Burton places a lot of emphasis on the problems with mercury in vaccines; he does not talk about the problems with aluminum, or synergistic toxicity, or recombinant DNA from aborted fetal tissue, or issues related to contamination and quality control. That’s understandable. At the time when his grandson was severely vaccine-injured, and subsequently regressed into “autism,” vaccines given to infants and children did contain a lot more mercury than they do now – at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe. The proof is not available to us, so we have to take the vaccine manufacturers’ word for it.
I would like to see the quality control mechanisms in place for vaccines that are made outside the United States. I would also like to know exactly where the MMR vaccines and the Varicella vaccines are made. According to this site, a lot of the vaccines injected into America’s children are made in places like Belgium, France, and Germany. What’s missing from the list is any reference to where the MMR vaccine is made. Can we get that information, please? A blanket assurance of “trust us,” just really isn’t good enough. Parents need access to the information about where vaccines are made, by whom, in what countries, with what quality control measures. That’s not too much to ask, particularly since you and the other media folks and politicians are working so hard to mandate 100% compliance with the use of vaccines, and threatening to remove our civil right to refrain from injecting them into our children. And… especially since the government protects vaccine makers from any liability. Doesn’t that remove any incentive for them to make a safer product?
Before you go spouting insults and calling me a “conspiracy theorist,” I would like to offer the following, as an incentive to investigate this issue further. That is what you do, right, Anderson?
In 2004 and 2005, long after vaccine manufacturers supposedly removed Thimerosal from childhood vaccines, an independent organization called H.A.P.I. (Health Advocacy in the Public Interest) wanted to find out if the manufacturers were telling the truth. H.A.P.I. obtained a few sample vaccines and had them sent to two different labs for independent analysis. The following chart is one of the reports they received:
According to the manufacturer’s insert for Engerix-B vaccine (for Hepatitis B, given to infants on the first day of life and twice more before six months of age), there shouldn’t be any mercury in the vaccine, but it’s there. There definitely shouldn’t be any cadmium, tin, tungsten, lead, or copper. Where did they come from? How big is this problem? What do you think, Anderson? Is that something worth investigating?