You've probably seen those preternaturally cheerful ads for Walgreens with the voiceover by John Corbett about living at the corner of happy and healthy, gosh darn it, just by getting all your family health needs met there.
It being flu shot season and all, the ads have now adopted a religious fervor about getting flu shots for you and your family -- yes you, pregnant mom, and you, six-month old, and you, geriatric granddad.
Not content with shooting up with vaccine mercury all those who venture onto the premises, the company has added missionary zeal to its religious fervor. Walgreens wants you to know it has partnered with something called Shot at Life to protect children worldwide by "providing life-saving vaccines where they are needed most." Why, just by getting your flu shot at Walgreens you'll be joining with fellow sposors the United Nations, Bill and Melinda Gates and GAVI to spread these shots far and wide.
According to the company, "Now through October 14th, when you get a flu shot or any other immunization at Walgreens or Healthcare Clinic, we'll help provide a life-saving vaccine through the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life Campaign. Together, we can supply up to three million vaccines to children who need it most. Simply come in, get a shot and give a shot."
My Rx -- simply don't come in to Walgreens for a flu shot or otherwise. Because if you do you'll be helping one way or the other to shoot up some of those 84 million kids around the world who get injected every year with thimerosal, the ethylmercury vaccine preservative that's also in most of those flu shots.
Shoot me, but I happen to believe there is strong evidence that mercury triggered the autism epidemic and helps keep it rolling merrily along. Underneath all this healthy and happy talk lies the rabid insistence by public health authorities at the CDC, the AAP and WHO that ethylmercury should never be taken out of infant vaccines! And that those of you who disagree are hysterical quack science deniers looking for sometime to blame for your child's being genetically differently-abled because in point of fact you're a little bit unusual your own weird self.
So why give Walgreens your business? Much better to give them THE business. Of course every other chain druggist, grocery and big box retailer also wants to shoot you up with mercury, and you can't avoid them all (although you can certainly avoid mercury-containing flu shots). But like the UAW picking one automaker as it's strike target for contract negotiations, why not start with Walgreens?
As we conclude in the video on our home page, "How Mercury Triggered the Age of Autism," "and whatever you do, don't get a shot containing the ethylmercury preservative thimerosal." Invoking another spiritual and public health principle, we should do what we can to make sure no one else does, either.
So no more Walgreens for me until they move off the corner of disability and denial.
Dan Olmsted is Editor of Age of Autism.