Although flu shots are promoted as safe, that’s not true, says holistic family physician Dr. David Brownstein. Flu shots contain several suspect ingredients, including the carcinogen formaldehyde, and many contain mercury in the form of thimerosal.
“Mercury is one of the most poisonous substances known to mankind,” Dr. Brownstein tells Newsmax Health. “It is a potent neurotoxin and is associated with a host of neurological and immune system problems. Mercury should never be injected into any living human being.”
A study published by the National Institutes of Health stated: “Mercury is a highly toxic element; there is no known safe level of exposure. Ideally, neither children nor adults should have any mercury in their bodies because it provides no physiological benefit.” Yet, the FDA allows it to be put in flu shots given to pregnant women, children, and the elderly – all known to be most at risk for neurological damage, says Dr. Brownstein, editor of the newsletter Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health,
Thimerosal, a preservative found in many flu shots, is 50 percent mercury. It’s different, and much more harmful, than the type of mercury found in fish. While the FDA warns against eating more than two servings of fish weekly because of the danger of mercury, it allows this more toxic form to be added to flu shots (and other vaccines). The only reason thimerosal is added is as a preservative in multi-dose vials.
Known as ethylmercury, this type of mercury in flu shots depresses the immune system and damages the brain. Much of ethylmercury is converted in the body to a form of mercury that accumulates in the brain with every annual flu shot and is very difficult to remove. Ethylmercury is much more harmful than methylmercury, the form of mercury found in fish, and is much more likely to stay in the brain.
For years, thimerosal has been associated with an increase in autism, but one of the most troubling connections is with Alzheimer’s. “There’s no doubt that the flu vaccine can lead to Alzheimer’s, because many flu shots are preserved with mercury and it’s a known brain toxin,” says Dr. Brownstein. “You give enough brain toxins and people are going to develop memory issues.”
One report by world-renowned immunogeneticist Dr. Hugh Fudenberg found that people 55 years of age and older who got a flu vaccine for five years straight increased their risk of Alzheimer’s by 10 times. Another connection between flu shots and Alzheimer’s was made by Dr. Boyd Haley of the University of Kentucky. He wrote: “Seven of the characteristic markers that we look for to distinguish Alzheimer’s disease can be produced in normal brain tissues, or cultures of neurons, by the addition of extremely low levels of mercury.”
Still, the American Academy of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends flu shots for pregnant women calling it “essential.”
“The flu vaccine has not been properly studied in pregnant women,” says Dr. Brownstein. “In fact, in the package insert for the FluLaval quadrivalent vaccine it states, ‘There are .no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women and FluLaval quadrivalent should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.’”
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Much of the flu vaccine available contains the second deadliest element on Earth–MERCURY. The mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, was invented by the drug company, Eli Lilly, in 1930. They tested it on 22 patients already dying of meningitis. All the participants were dead of meningitis by the end of the “study,” but Eli Lilly declared thimerosal was safe. After the creation of the FDA, thimerosal use was grandfathered in, meaning THIMEROSAL WAS NEVER TESTED OR APPROVED BY THE FDA, YET ITS USE IN VACCINES WAS ALLOWED.