djwitz40 wrote:1) It is a "best guess" as to which strains will be most effective.
Yes. This is because they have to predict which strains will be prevalent in the coming flu season in order to produce a vaccine. It is hard to predict the future.
djwitz40 wrote:2) Although ethyl mercury is less toxic than methyl, there is a BIG difference from injecting it into your body versus ingesting it (as in methyl mercury from tuna, you only absorb a percentage).
What about, say, putting it directly into your eyes? Eye drops have a similar dosage of thiomersal. No one with contact lenses is keeling over from mercury poisoning.
djwitz40 wrote:Same goes for aluminum. The flu shot exceeds workplace standards for exposure to aluminum when inhaled, let alone injected.
The OSHA standard you're referring to is to prevent damage to your lungs from inhaling ultrafine shards of metal in dust. It has nothing to do with a risk of poisoning.
djwitz40 wrote:3) Aluminum is used as an adjuvant
--it provokes a chronic unrelenting immune response designed to increase antibody production against the injected antigens. This allows greater immune response for less injected antigens (read: can make more vaccines with less virus--monetary motivation).[/quote]
Actually, adjuvants are used because scientists figured out when they stopped using them, the vaccines were not as effective. The "monetary motivation" is making sure the product works.
djwitz40 wrote:4) Aluminum in flu vaccines has been linked to Alzheimer's due to neurotoxic effects and is found in high concentrations in the temporal lobe of deceased Alzheimer's patients. Some estimates are that 3-5 consecutive years of use can increase risk of Alzheimer's up to 8x.
This...this is just a flat out lie. The "link" between aluminum and Alzheimer's has been disproven since the '70s.
djwitz40 wrote:5) Most "flu related" deaths are actually due to pneumonia and other "complications." The "CDC estimated that only 8.5% of all pneumonia and influenza deaths and only 2.1% of all respiratory and circulatory deaths were influenza-related."
So? Why take a chance on being one of the 1.5%?
djwitz40 wrote:And yes, I am a doctor.