There has been a lot of attention in the news about CNN and accusations of Fake News. These talking points reviewed below were derived from a recently published article by CNN titled Thimerosal: Everything You Need To Know About This Vaccine Preservative published February 15, 2017.  Thimerosal is mercury. The same kind of mercury we get warned about when they tell us to limit the amount of fish we eat because of mercury poisoning. Injecting mercury directly into the bloodstream of an infant is exponentially worse than eating it–at least when you eat it you give the digestive system a chance to destroy or modify some of it before it enters the bloodstream!

These talking points are a good example of false information. The World Mercury Project (WMP) responded to each of the CNN/CDC talking points with correct information. This problem is not unique to CNN. All of the news organizations get the majority of their funding to run their operations from pharmaceutical advertising dollars. So, here are three examples of CNN statements rebutted by The WMP.

Are flu vaccinations safe?

CNN Statement: Hundreds of studies have shown that it is extremely safe for humans. Several comprehensive reviews have shown there is no evidence of harm caused by low doses. (This links to the CDC website, but there is no data to support this claim on the site.) In animals, some studies have shown central nervous problems, coma and death, although the same has not been found in humans.

WMP Fact:  There are several reports of deaths in the medical literature from exposure to thimerosal.   In April of 2001 thimerosal was nominated by the FDA to be reviewed by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) due to the lack of toxicity and safety data. In the nomination, several cases of acute mercury poisoning from thimerosal-containing products were documented. These reports included the exposure to thimerosal from immune globulin (Matheson 1980) hepatitis B immune globulin (Lowell 1996), thimerosal ear irrigations in a children with tympanostomy tubes (Royhans 1994), thimerosal treatment of omphaloceles in infants (Fagan 1977), and a suicide attempt with thimerosal (Pfab 1996). These studies reported local necrosis, acute hemolysis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, acute renal tubular necrosis, and central nervous system injury including obtundation, coma, and death resulting from the exposures.

Are there any side effects with the flu vaccination?

CNN Statement: The most common side effect is a mild rash or redness at the injection site. There may also be a little swelling. All of these symptoms disappear quickly. On rare occasions, some people have had allergic reactions to the preservative.

WMP Fact:  What CNN fails to acknowledge are the thousands of families who have reported developmental regression of their children after exposure to thimerosal containing vaccines. One such case was actually covered by CNN in 2007 when a child who received multiple thimerosal-containing vaccines regressed developmentally within 48 hours after receiving the vaccines and was later diagnosed with autism.

Do children get vaccines with thimerosal?

CNN Statement: All routinely recommended vaccines for children in the US are available in a thimerosal-free formulation or contain only a trace amount.

WMP Fact:  Flu vaccines are universally recommended for infants and children. Approximately 1/3 of all flu vaccines contain thimerosal.  According to the CDC, 48 million doses of flu vaccine manufactured this year contained thimerosal.  A trace amount is defined as being 1 microgram (mcg) or less.  Flu vaccines contain 25 mcg of mercury. According to EPA mercury exposure guidelines of 0.1 mcg per kilogram of body weight, a baby would need to weigh 550 lbs to be able to safely process the amount of mercury in a thimerosal containing flu vaccine. State and Federal guidelines require that any product that contains more than 0.2 milligrams per liter (200 PPB) of mercury must be disposed of as a hazardous waste. All flu vaccines preserved with mercury that are not used must be disposed of as hazardous waste because they contain 50,000 PPB mercury.

Can you imagine? 50,000 PPB of mercury is so toxic it must be disposed of as hazardous waste but we inject our children and pregnant moms with it? If people understood this, who would do it? But the unsuspecting public is never informed. This is just wrong. The safest option for protecting ourselves and our children from the flu or anything else that may invade the body is a strong immune system. When our bodies get sick they build their own natural antibodies. This process is far stronger, longer lasting and mother’s are able to pass it to their nursing children–something not possible with foreign vaccination immunity. There are good reasons for the body to get sick periodically. The body strengthens its defensive army each time and is more prepared for the next invader. If we always stop this natural process, we expose ourselves to more serious situations down the road. (That’s another article for another time!) It is imperative we supplement good nutrition since it is gravely lacking in our diets even in our whole, real food.

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