Mercury in Vaccines.. Yes, it is still there..

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’91 Memo Warned of Mercury in Shots
February 08, 2005|Myron Levin | Times Staff Writer
A memo from Merck & Co. shows that, nearly a decade before the first public disclosure, senior executives were concerned that infants were getting an elevated dose of mercury in vaccinations containing a widely used sterilizing agent.

The March 1991 memo, obtained by The Times, said that 6-month-old children who received their shots on schedule would get a mercury dose up to 87 times higher than guidelines for the maximum daily consumption of mercury from fish.

“When viewed in this way, the mercury load appears rather large,” said the memo from Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, an internationally renowned vaccinologist. It was written to the president of Merck’s vaccine division.

The memo was prepared at a time when U.S. health authorities were aggressively expanding their immunization schedule by adding five new shots for children in their first six months. Many of these shots, as well as some previously included on the vaccine schedule, contained thimerosal, an antibacterial compound that is nearly 50% ethyl mercury, a neurotoxin.

Federal health officials disclosed for the first time in 1999 that many infants were being exposed to mercury above health guidelines through routine vaccinations. The announcement followed a review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that was described at the time as a first effort to assess the cumulative mercury dose.

But the Merck memo shows that at least one major manufacturer was aware of the concern much earlier.

“The key issue is whether thimerosal, in the amount given with the vaccine, does or does not constitute a safety hazard,” the memo said. “However, perception of hazard may be equally important.”

Merck officials would not discuss the contents of the memo, citing pending litigation.

Separately, the drug giant is trying to fend off a legal onslaught over Vioxx, the popular painkiller it introduced in 1999. The company, based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., faces hundreds of lawsuits claiming that the drug caused heart problems and that Merck concealed the risks. Merck, which in September pulled Vioxx off the market, has denied the allegations.

The legacy of thimerosal, meanwhile, also is causing problems for Merck and other drug companies.

More than 4,200 claims have been filed in a special federal tribunal, the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, by parents asserting that their children suffered autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders from mercury in vaccines. A handful of similar claims are awaiting trial in civil courts. The plaintiffs cite various scientific studies that they say prove the dangers of thimerosal, including at the levels found in vaccines.

Thimerosal has been largely removed from pediatric vaccines in recent years in what health officials have described as a precautionary measure. (This has been accomplished as drug makers have voluntarily switched from multi-dose vials of vaccine, which require a chemical preservative like thimerosal, to single-dose containers.)

In September, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed legislation prohibiting vaccines with more than trace amounts of thimerosal from being given to babies and pregnant women. Iowa has a similar ban.

For their part, Merck and other vaccine makers, along with many government health officials and scientists, say there is no credible evidence of harm from the amounts of mercury once widely present in kids’ shots. They cite a report in May by a committee of the national Institute of Medicine concluding that the evidence “favors rejection of a causal relationship” between vaccines and autism.

The seven-page Merck memo was provided to The Times by James A. Moody, a Washington lawyer who works with parent groups on vaccine safety issues. He said he obtained it from a whistle-blower whom he would not name.

The memo provides the “first hard evidence that the companies knew — or at least Merck knew — that the children were getting significantly more mercury” than the generally accepted dose, the lawyer said.

He also provided a copy to attorneys for Vera Easter, a Texas woman who blames thimerosal for the condition of her 7-year-old son, Jordan, who is autistic and mentally retarded. The Easter lawsuit is pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The defendants include Merck; rival vaccine makers GlaxoSmithKline, Aventis Pasteur Inc. and Wyeth; and thimerosal developer Eli Lilly & Co.

Easter’s lawyer, Andy Waters, described the memo as “incredibly damning and incredibly significant.” After receiving it in the fall, he confronted Merck lawyers about why he hadn’t seen it earlier.

In a letter to Waters in October, Merck attorneys said they had in fact made available 32 boxes of records, but that the copying service hired by the plaintiffs for some reason had failed to copy several of the boxes — including the one with the Hilleman memo.

“The memo,” said company spokeswoman Mary Elizabeth Blake, “was produced voluntarily by Merck in the ordinary course of discovery proceedings.”

Hilleman is a former senior vice president of Merck who developed numerous vaccines for the company. A 1999 profile in the Philadelphia Inquirer said that “it is no exaggeration to assert, as many scientists do, that Maurice Hilleman has saved more lives than any other living scientist.”

Hilleman, 85, currently director of the Merck Institute for Vaccinology, had officially retired and was a consultant to Merck when he wrote the ’91 memo. He declined to be interviewed.

The memo was sent to Dr. Gordon Douglas, then head of Merck’s vaccine division and now a consultant for the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health. Douglas also declined to comment.

The memo stated that regulators in several countries had raised concerns about thimerosal, including in Sweden, where the chemical was being removed from vaccines.

“The public awareness has been raised by the sequential wave of experiences in Sweden including mercury exposure from additives, fish, contaminated air, bird deaths from eating mercury-treated seed grains, dental amalgam leakage, mercury allergy, etc.,” the memo said.

It noted that Sweden had set a daily maximum allowance of mercury from fish of 30 micrograms for a 160-pound adult, roughly the same guideline used by the FDA. Adjusting for the body weight of infants, Hilleman calculated that babies who received their shots on schedule could get 87 times the mercury allowance.

The Swedish and FDA guidelines work out to about four-tenths of a microgram of mercury per kilogram of body weight. A stricter standard of one-tenth of a microgram per kilogram has been adopted by the Environmental Protection Agency and endorsed by the National Research Council.

These standards are based on methyl mercury, the type found in fish and airborne emissions from power plants. Though toxic, the ethyl mercury in thimerosal may be less hazardous than methyl mercury, some scientists say, because it is more quickly purged from the body.

“It appears essentially impossible, based on current information, to ascertain whether thimerosal in vaccines constitutes or does not constitute a significant addition to the normal daily input of mercury from diverse sources,” the memo said.

“It is reasonable to conclude” that it should be eliminated where possible, he said, “especially where use in infants and young children is anticipated.”

In the U.S., however, thimerosal continued to be added throughout the ’90s to a number of widely used pediatric vaccines for hepatitis B, bacterial meningitis, diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus.

It was added to multi-dose vials of vaccine to prevent contamination from repeated insertion of needles to extract the medicine. It was not needed in single-dose vials, but most doctors and clinics preferred to order vaccine in multi-dose containers because of the lower cost and easier storage.

The Hilleman memo said that unlike regulators in Sweden and some other countries, “the U.S. Food and Drug Administration … does not have this concern for thimerosal.”

A turning point came in 1997 when Congress passed a bill ordering an FDA review of mercury ingredients in food and drugs.

Completed in 1999, the review revealed the high level of mercury exposure from pediatric vaccines and raised a furor. In e-mails later released at a congressional hearing, an FDA official said health authorities could be criticized for “being ‘asleep at the switch’ for decades by allowing a potentially hazardous compound to remain in many childhood vaccines, and not forcing manufacturers to exclude it from new products.”

It would not have taken “rocket science” to add up the amount of exposure as the prescribed number of shots was increasing, one of the e-mails said.

While asserting that there was no proof of harm, the U.S. Public Health Service in July 1999 called on manufacturers to go mercury-free by switching to single-dose vials. Soon after, Merck introduced a mercury-free version of its hepatitis B vaccine, replacing the only thimerosal-containing vaccine it was still marketing at the time, a company spokesman said.

By 2002, thimerosal had been eliminated or reduced to trace levels in nearly all childhood vaccines. One exception is the pediatric flu vaccine made by Aventis and still sold mainly in multi-dose vials.

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Johnson and Johnson fined for fraud with Risperdal! Story copied below in case link stops working.

Johnson&Johnson fined $2.2 billion for faulty drug claims,
kickbacks
Updated Tue 5 Nov 2013, 12:19am
Global healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has agreed to pay more than $US2.2 billion to settle allegations of fraudulently
marketing drugs and paying kickbacks to promote their sales.
In one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in US history, J&J’s criminal and civil fine covers allegations the company marketed
schizophrenia drug Risperdal and other prescription drugs for uses not approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), the Justice Department said.
The settlement further covers kickbacks allegedly paid to physicians and pharmacies for prescribing and promoting those drugs by J&J.
The actions resulted in millions of dollars in benefits paid by Medicaid, the government health­insurance program for low­income and
disabled people, causing losses to both the federal and state governments.
“This global settlement resolves multiple investigations involving the antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega ­ as well as the heart drug
Natrecor and other Johnson & Johnson products,” attorney­general Eric Holder said in a statement.
“The settlement also addresses allegations of conduct that recklessly put at risk the health of some of the most vulnerable members of our
society ­ including young children, the elderly, and the disabled.”
Under federal law, pharmaceutical companies only are allowed to market drugs for purposes approved by the FDA.
J&J is to pay $US485 million in criminal fines and forfeiture and a total of $US1.72 billion in civil settlements with the federal government
and the states.
J&J unit Janssen Pharmaceuticals pleaded guilty to the criminal charge of interstate promotion of Risperdal for unapproved treatment of
elderly dementia patients and will pay a total of $US400 million, including a criminal fine of $US334 million and forfeiture of $US66 million.
Janssen’s guilty plea requires approval by the US district court.
Settlement over antipsychotic drug
Settlement over antipsychotic drug
In separately filed civil complaints, the government alleged that J&J and Janssen promoted Risperdal and Invega, a newer antipsychotic
drug, to doctors ­ and to nursing homes ­ as a way to control behavioural disturbances in elderly dementia patients, children, and the
mentally disabled.
Janssen knew that Risperdal posed serious health risks for the elderly, including an increased risk of strokes, and for children, including
the risk of elevated levels of prolactin, a hormone that can stimulate breast development and milk production, according to the complaints.
The civil settlement also resolves allegations that J&J and Janssen paid kickbacks to Omnicare, the nation’s largest pharmacy specializing
in dispensing drugs to nursing home patients.
In 2009, Omnicare paid $US98 million to resolve its civil liability for claims that it accepted kickbacks from J&J and Janssen.
In addition, the civil settlement announced Monday resolved allegations that J&J and another subsidiary, Scios, caused false claims to be
submitted to federal healthcare programs for the heart failure drug Natrecor.
Scios allegedly marketed the drug for off­label uses. Intended for patients with severe heart failure, it was given to patients with less
severe heart issues over weeks and months.
As part of the global settlement, J&J must undertake a major overhaul of its pharmaceutical business over five years supervised by the
Health and Human Services inspector general.
AFP
Topics: corruption, fraud­and­corporate­crime, health, company­news, business­economics­and­finance, courts­and­trials, law­crime­and­justice,
united­states
First posted Mon 4 Nov 2013, 6:36pm

Paxil by GSK caused suicides in trial..

“The cross examination of John Kraus continued yesterday and saw plaintiff attorney, Brent Wisner, (Baum Hedlund) highlight the deaths that occurred during GSK’s clinical trials of Paxil. For the benefit of the readers, and those who have been following this trial, I feel it is worthy of going through the individuals, if only to show them a mark of respect. Kraus maintains that these ‘subjects’ may have died as a result of their ‘underlying illness.’
The jury heard about the following suicides during Paxil clinical trials. All the subjects were taking Paxil at the time of their death.
Female, 56 – Suicide.
Unknown gender – 50 – Suicide by hanging.
Female, 42 – Suicide by overdose of doxepin.
Female, 18 – Suicide.
Female, 58 – Suicide by hanging.
Male, 24 – Unknown if it was suicide – Patient was hit by a train and killed
Male, 34 – Suicide
Female, 48 – Suicide
Female, 46 – Suicide by hanging.
Male, 54 – Suicide, jumped under a train.
Female, 67 – Suicide – on the fourth day of the study she threw herself out of a window.
Female, 32 – Suffocation due to vomiting.
Female, 33 – Suicide, jumped from 4th floor balcony.
Male, 65 – Suicide by an unknown method.
Male, 23 – Suicide.
Female, 31 – Suicide.
Unknown gender , 86 – Suicide by hanging.
Male, 46 – Suicide/Homicide – on December 14, 1998, the patient went to the home he shared with his estranged wife and shot her, he then turned the gun on himself.
Male, 40 – Suicide.
Male, 35 – Suicide (Shot himself)
Male, 19 – Suicide (Shot himself)
Female, 58 – Suicide by hanging.
My condolences to all their families.
There were also 40 suicide attempts during the Paxil clinical trials. Kraus was asked whether he ever sat down with any of those who tried to kill themselves while taking Paxil to ask them what they actually personally experienced?
Kraus answered, “No.”
On the deaths, Kraus was asked whether or not the majority were over the age of 30. He answered that “80% of them” (were over the age of 30)
Brent Wisner then looked at the judge, “No further questions, Your Honor.” He said.”

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Dig For the Details #2 Pls start here an open letter to Journalists.

For sometime now, main stream journalists have sidelined their honest investigative reporting and have been turning out CRAP journalistic pieces. Yes, we said it CRAP. No longer do they truly give time to what’s really happening but what they report on is what the sponsors of their organization want them to report on. Who are their sponsors?Just look at the commercials. So this letter is for them.

Dear Journalists, To avert us from noticing your sponsors and their lobbyists working to pass laws in governments, to erode our individual rights as well as to determine our medical care, we are aware that pharma has bought your employers and steered many of your colleagues to fabricate stories. To read your pieces is stomach turning, educationally mind numbing, and insulting. You chose your career to report, to be that part of society that tells other humans like you about the corruption that will hurt us all in one way or another. We at The Busy Mama Connect are calling you to put down your pieces of propaganda that you are trying to present as real reporting and really report.

You have spent months on behalf of your sponsors slinging dirt on President Trump , who stands in pharma’s way because he promised to appeal Obama care aka. (Cha Ching) The Affordable Care act, to lower drug costs (Cha Ching) , and to investigate the vaccines and the schedule of them given to children (Ching Ching Ching Ching) . All of this translates to loss of their money but more importantly the loss of power and if it starts here, it will spread.

Be bold and return to what made you go into journalism. We realize that it is not that easy and that you count on your salaries but if you don’t change how many of you are reporting, well there won’t be a profession to go to. More of your viewership are going out and doing the reporting that we expected from you and they are providing links to their stories to fact check ourselves.

This is just an opinion piece from the The Busy Mama Connect.

Dig For the Details #1

When journalism is trying to make you act impulsively, dig for the details. Read and research for yourself. .

What we are talking a lot about right now at The Busy Mama Connect is not only what pharma is up to and the funding of eroding our individual rights to determine our medical care but also the journalists that help them by only putting out pieces to mislead and inflame those that read their pieces.

Most recently with the Portland Killer and Trump pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord. With the Portland Killer, journalists quickly reported that the Portland Killer was a Trump Supporter -not true. Far from true, he was a Sanders and Stein reporter as this American citizen, who has called the media out on misleading statements.

Chicken Pox Vaccine causes Shingles Outbreak

Study suggests chicken pox vaccine responsible for triggering nationwide shingles epidemic

by: Jonathan Benson

For the past several years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been actively promoting the shingles vaccine as the solution to what some experts say is a building shingles epidemic. But a new study published in the German medical journal Der Hautarzt, or “The Dermatologist” in English, has revealed that the childhood vaccine for chicken pox, a common viral disease related to shingles, may actually be directly responsible for triggering this epidemic.

Also known clinically as varicella-zoster virus (VZV), chicken pox is a relatively mild form of herpes virus that typically manifests itself during the early childhood years. Nearly all children who develop the condition at a young age, in fact, never develop it again, and are also usually imparted with lifelong immunity to both VZV and its relative, herpes zoster, a more severe form of the disease commonly referred to as shingles.

According to the new study; however, getting vaccinated with the chicken pox vaccine, which first became commercially available in the U.S. back in 1995, could damage this natural immune cycle. Based on the available data, getting vaccinated for chicken pox may end up blocking the mechanisms the body uses to develop its own natural immunity to both chicken pox and shingles, causing much worse infection later on down the road.

A five-year-old girl, it turns out, was found recently to have developed severe symptoms of shingles not long after being vaccinated for chicken pox. Researchers from Helios Klinikum in Germany conducted a direct immunofluorescence assay on the child to look for evidence of the vaccine strain in the infection, and found that the vaccine strain had, indeed, caused the child to become infected with the much more severe shingles virus.

“This case demonstrates that a negative VZV direct immunofluorescence assay does not exclude an infection with the vaccine strain,” wrote the authors in their study abstract, which you can view here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23358727

Chicken pox vaccine prevents body from developing its own natural immunity to shingles

Adults, and particularly those who have not yet had the chicken pox, are said to be most prone to developing shingles, which is why the CDC and others are urging individuals over age 50 to get a shingles vaccine. But what this bloated bureaucracy is failing to disclose publicly is the fact that the sudden uptick in shingles cases is directly associated with the advent of the chicken pox vaccine.

People who were vaccinated for chicken pox as children beginning in the 1990s are now eclipsing into adulthood. Many of these children have never had the chicken pox, which means their bodies have never had the chance to develop natural immunity to both future infection with chicken pox and shingles. As a result, this chicken pox-vaccinated generation is not only seeing an increase in shingles infections rates, but is also shedding the virus onto others.

Back in 2005, Dr. Gary S. Goldman, Ph.D., the formed Editor-in-Chief of the charity Medical Veritas, published a study in the International Journal of Toxicology showing that even if the chicken pox vaccine did eradicate chicken pox as claimed, it would induce a much more severe shingles epidemic that would gradually build in intensity for up to 50 years. It now appears as though Dr. Goldman’s findings were, indeed, correct.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23358727

http://healthimpactnews.com/

http://www.news-medical.net/news/2005/09/01/12896.aspxChicken-pox-vaccine-associated-with-shingles-epidemic

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038997_chicken_pox_vaccine_shingles_epidemic.html#ixzz2KNZN3KkO

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