Experts say vaccine's benefits outweigh potential risk By RAQUEL RUTLEDGE Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, November 12, 2007 Straight to the Source
A record 130 million Americans are expected to get a flu shot this season in hopes of ducking the nasty virus, but as the needle pierces the skin more than 80% will also get what some say is a hefty and dangerous dose of mercury.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that almost everyone - including pregnant women - get the injection, despite written warnings from the vaccine manufacturers.
Citing an estimated 36,000 deaths a year from the flu and flu-related illness, the mainstream medical community, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Lung Association, says the benefits far exceed any risk from the shot.
In a typical year between 5% and 10% of the population will get the flu virus, resulting in roughly 200,000 hospitalizations, according to the CDC. The flu can be especially dangerous for very young children and people 65 and older. Elderly people account for about 90% of all flu-related deaths.
Simply stated: The flu shot saves lives, the CDC says.
Yet a growing number of doctors, scientists and citizen organizations, such as Safe Minds, the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs and Moms Against Mercury, say mercury in flu shots has not been proven to be safe and can be linked to neurological disorders and other serious problems. They push for mercury-free shots that are available in limited quantities but that few know about.
"Mercury causes tremendous damage to the brain," said Paul King, scientific adviser for the Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs.
Mercury is among the most toxic heavy metals and is known to poison the central nervous system, liver, gastrointestinal tract and other systems in the body.
About 80% of all flu shots distributed in the United States contain a mercury-based preservative called thimerosal. Thimerosal consists of 49.6% ethyl mercury, an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal that allows manufacturers to sell the vaccine in large, multi-dose containers without fear of contamination.
Presidential candidate Ron Paul introduced to Bill to allow the transport and interstate commerce of RAW MILK to Congress on November 5, 2007and Dennis Kucinich co sponsored.
California scientist, nutritionist and raw food expert Aajonus Vonderplanitz (author of We Want to Live), St. Louis, Missouri's Jeff Slay and Appleton, Wisconsin's Leslie Jacob spent two months in Washington last summer to talk to representatives about raw milk.
Public support in the form of phone calls and faxes helped the team to secure meetings. They visited 537 offices, saw three legislators, spoke to seventy-six legislative representatives and left behind copies of "The Report in Favor of Raw Milk" written by Dr. William Campbell Douglass, Jr. (author of The Milk Book: The Milk of Human Kindness Is Not Pasteurized)and Aajonus Vonderplanitz.
Of the seventy-six legislative representatives who listened to a pitch about raw milk, seventy-two of them thought raw milk carried disease. When the raw milk advocates left the meetings, all but four believed that raw milk is advantageous. In his report about their experience,
Aajonus explained that California's Diane Feinstein was the only legislator who was outright negative.
Representative Ron Paul's top assistant, Norman Singleton, agreed to submit a bill to Congress for raw milk. Aajonus wrote the bill, re-wrote it several times and Ron Paul wrote the final version (HR 4077) in mid-October.
The bill, that is designed to allow interstate transportation and commerce of raw milk, was introduced to Congress on November 5, 2007.
On November 15, 2007, Dennis Kucinich (Ohio ) and Peter Welch (Vermont) joined as cosponsors. Seventy more representatives said that if Aajonus and his team got someone to submit the bill, they would join as cosponsors.
Here is the "Constitutional Candidate's" speech:
Dr. Ron Paul:
Madam Speaker, I rise to introduce legislation that allows the transportation and sale in interstate commerce of unpasteurized milk and milk products, as long as the milk both originates from and is shipped to States that allow the sale of unpasteurized milk and milk products. This legislation removes an unconstitutional restraint on farmers who wish to sell unpasteurized milk and milk products, and people who wish to consume unpasteurized milk and milk products.
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Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Frias has announced that the cultivation of genetically modified crops will be prohibited on Venezuelan soil, possibly establishing the most sweeping restrictions on transgenic crops in the western hemisphere.
Though full details of the administration's policy on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are still forthcoming, the statement by President Hugo Chavez will lead to the cancellation of a contract that Venezuela had negotiated with the US-based Monsanto Corporation.
Before a recent international gathering of supporters in Caracas, Chavez admonished GM crops as contrary to interests and needs of the nation's farmers and farmworkers.
He then zeroed in on Monsanto's plans to plant up to 500,000 acres of transgenic soybeans in Venezuela.
"I ordered an end to the project," said Chavez, upon learning that GM crops were involved. "This project is terminated." (SOURCE: Venezuelanalysis. com)
The band, which toured earlier this fall with Hatebreed, brings its razor sharp guitar-and-drum-blasted message to the huddled hardcore masses on a headlining tour that rolls into HYAMP, 2001R 7th Ave., at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with tour mates This is Hell (from Long Island), The Distance (Connecticut), Modern Life is War (Iowa) and With Honor (Connecticut).
In a day when some punk rock bands will sugar-water life down to get their CDs on the top shelf at Wal-Mart, the NYC-based hardcore punk band Most Precious Blood's lyrics and music gut open life -- real, raw, heavy and hard.
On its latest Trustkill Records CD "Merciless," the five-piece band puts this modern-day mess of a material life under the knife, cutting stripes on everything commercialism in the punk scene and religion fueling war to animal rights and veganism.
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Seen and heard on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball as well as on the pages of Alternative Press and Revolver Magazine, Most Precious Blood has stirred up a lot of noise with its last two albums and their covers, including the 2003 "Our Lady of Annihilation" CD, which depicts a Madonna with a bomb strapped to her chest in the band's protest of people anywhere killing in the name of religion.
That CD was partly inspired by 9/11, as the New York-based band was trying to digest the madness surrounding them (including guitarist Rachel's stint as a med school student assisting the NYC coroner at the World Trade Center).
On "Merciless," the band again blasts a shocker with a graphic, a staged photo of a young man laying dead with mail and dishes piled up. This time, shouting out about the inhumanity of the times: a man dying and nobody caring or stopping their consuming to care.
But it's not shock for shock's sake. There's meat, so to speak, in the words behind the images.
"If you're making things safe and predictable, you're a crappy artist and not being true to the craft," said vocalist and lyricist Rob Fusco, who joined the band of Justin Brannan and Rachel (both on guitars) and Matt Miller (bassist) in 2003. "Think about what we are playing. It's real aggressive and no-holds-barred. Why want to make something safe and gentle when the music is not that, and the music is a reflection of the world that surrounds us, and it is not a pretty face? Why put something pretty on the cover?"
Formed in the summer of 2000 and on Trustkill Records since 2001, Most Precious Blood draws on the intensity and rage of such New York-based hardcore bands as Agnostic Front (which played HYAMP this past year).
The band, which will tour Europe with Turmoil in 2006, is heavily involved with animal rights as outspoken advocates of a vegetarian diet as well as a cruelty-free lifestyle.
On the new CD, the band splays open its vegan beliefs on "Diet for a New America," as well as on comedic snippets between the songs, including a prank call to KFC in which one of the members confuses a worker by ordering "vegan chicken."
"I think a lot of bands now have the form to say things, but don't have anything to say," Fusco said by phone in the van, rolling somewhere outside of Houston. "We're just fortunate in that we have gotten to this level so far, which affords us some unique opportunity to express ourselves as we see fit. That is one of the quintessential ideas of punk rock and hardcore. We are trying to stay honest about that."
One thing Fusco is honest about is showing some sincere props for the band's drummer Colin Kercz, who played on "Merciless" and who has just notched a year with the band -- a small miracle since the band has racked up nearly a dozen drummers.
"He is in it for the long haul," Fusco said. "Our last drummer showed up for the tour with a bag of facepaint, two pornos and a ham sandwich. No toothbrush, no nothing, just wearing pajama bottoms."
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