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Coffeepot.Mercury[1] By Jim Thompson

Q & A - How About a Half Cup of Mercury Hazardous Waste?

How much mercury is in the flu shot when it has Thimerosal as a preservative?

There are 25 micrograms of mercury in each flu shot that uses Thimerosal as a preservative (1).  And a half cup of water (4 ounces) with that much mercury has 0.2114 parts per million mercury and is considered a hazardous waste by the USEPA (2).

Why is there a concern about mercury?

Mercury is a known neurotoxin (4). 

How much mercury is in the blood after receiving a flu shot with Thimerosal? 

The mercury blood level in human newborns has been measured at a peak levels with an average of 5 nanograms per milliliter (5 parts per billion) (5).

How much mercury ends up in the brain?

The mercury level in the human infant brain after receiving a shot with Thimerosal is unknown.   However tests have been performed on infant monkeys.  Burbacher et al (5) gave infant monkeys shots with Thimerosal--with the same mercury weight per body weight, on average, as received by human infants.  This study reported that “The inorganic form of Hg was readily measurable in the brain of the thimerosal-exposed infants. The average concentration of inorganic Hg did not change across the 28 days of washout and was approximately 16 nanograms per milliliter (16 parts per billion).” 

How long does inorganic mercury stay in the brain?

The average mercury half-life in the human infant brain is unknown.  So that means that mercury ACCUMULATES in the brain.  Burbacher et al found in infant monkeys that “The half-life of inorganic Hg is too long (greater than 120 days) to be accurately estimated from the present data.” 

How much of the flu shot vaccine supply has this amount of mercury from Thimerosal?

Based on the projected supply of flu shots available, around 56 percent of the 2009-2010 flu vaccine supply contains Thimerosal (6) .

Can I or my child get the flu shot without mercury?

Yes, but you have to ask.  You should insist on reading the “vaccine package insert” BEFORE getting the flu shot—in order to verify that it is Thimerosal free.  Not all clinics carry the Thimerosal free vaccines.


Jim Thompson is a registered professional engineer.  He and his wife Susan live and work in rural South Dakota.  Their first granddaughter, Taylor Haug, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, epilepsy, verbal apraxia, motor disorder, and sensory integration disorder. Her loving memory has influenced his family’s decision to help protect children from vaccine injuries.


Jeff C.


I followed your link; the very first sentence contained the phrase, "when a remarkably incompetent researcher named Andrew Wakefield published a trial lawyer-funded “study” in the Lancet..."

Don't bother wasting bandwidth with ad hominem-laced propaganda and straw men. We aren't mouth-breathing troglodytes; we are educated, we have studied the issues extensively, and we know the facts. If you truly wish to argue the merits/shortcomings of a legitimate study, then link the study (or the abstract at least) and make your points. You might not win any converts, but at least you won't be dismissed as a troll.


Why hasn't anyone commented about this new study that shows a non-existent (possibly negative) link between the MMR virus and autism. I'm pretty sure these vaccines were given prior to any reductions in thimerosal.



Dr. Proffit says you cannot be a mercury/ Thimerosal expert just because you can read things on the internet and have the capacity to do high school chemistry calculations.

Mr. T

We went to Kroger, Walgreens, and CVS and ask about flu shots with Thimerosal. The RN's and pharmacist stated that the give Thimerosal containing flu shots to pregnant women all the time. All of them told us that the Thimerosal free would have to be special ordered. Thimerosal is the big bad bear in the woods. All of our government agencies continue to lie about it and the poisoning continues. People are going to wake up and demand this poison be permantly removed.


news flash 2010: us federal court of claims ruling in O.A.P.= IN FAVOR OF RESPONDANT= they will say -"its the wrong kind of mercury,it was not enough to harm" you watch-


Lets not forget that OUR government was going to allow the adjuvant SQUALENE to be used in the H1N1 vacs also. Squalene has been directly linked to OUR gulf war vets autoimmune disease know as the GULF WAR SYNDROME and also linked to the GUILLIAN-BARRE SYNDROME. THIMEROSAL was federally banned in 1998 and squalene (mf59)was banned in october 2004 by a federal judge. It was Ms. Kathleen Sebelius that allowed the F.D.A. to release both of these adjuvants and allow their use in the H1N1 vaccinations. It was also she who helped usher through federal legislation that prevent anyone from suing the federal government and the drug (vaccine) manufacturers for any side affect they might incur from from a drug (vaccination).....this includes DEATH !

Becky H-A

You appear to be either misinformed or uninformed about your preservative facts. Fluzone, Fluvirin, Novartis H1N1 monovalent, etc... the multidose form of these are 5 ml preps, with 0.5ml per dose (10 per vial). The mercury content is 24.5 to 25 mcg (depending on shot) PER DOSE (i.e. per 0.5ml), not per vial. The multidose form of Fluzone is recommended for children 6 months and up. This is what my 3yr 2mo old language delayed son was given at a belated 3 year old well child visit. His rapid and severe regression was first documented by his preschool teacher the day after the shot when he looked through her for the first time and was unaware of his surroundings, and by us when we noted he stopped singing, using names or requesting, and started doing strange behaviors (which, being unfamiliar to autism at the time, we did not realize were the beginning of autistic behaviors). Nearly 3 years later we still struggle to regain the level of speaking and other skills he had at 3 when he was assessed by specialists for his language delay but he is way ahead of his 3.5 year old wordless zombie state. I wish I could believe in your fairy tale assumption that pediatricians are knowlegeable enough about neurotoxin risk to disregard package insert recommendations-but I know better.

Autism Grandma

The Vaccine Industry, CDC, AMA, and FDA continually defends mercury in vaccines as "safe":

"It's not that bad, really. What's a little mercury in your shot anyway? Ignore these inconvenient facts: A typical flu vaccine shot solution is 50,000 parts per billion of mercury. The EPA classifies any substance with more than 200 parts per billion as hazardous waste. (The EPA limit in drinking water is 2 parts per billion.) Thus, the mercury density in a vaccine is 25,000% higher than the level required to be considered hazardous waste. This is injected directly into the bloodstream of infants, children, expectant mothers and senior citizens. What could possibly be dangerous about that?"

Re: Joshua DeWald post:
"Additionally, Thimerosal-containing flu shots are not given to young children.

It is untrue to say you have to ask specially for your infant/young child to get Thimerosal free version. In fact, I highly doubt you could even convince a clinic to give your infant or small child a flu vaccine containing Thimerosal."

OH REALLY? My grandson received 2 flu shots with mercury, and he now has autism. His aluminum levels are off the charts, and there is a LOT of scientific evidence demonstrating the neurotoxicity of both mercury and aluminum.

Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?
By Robert W. Sears M.D.
Issue 146, January/February 2008

What has always struck me as particularly insane about Mercury, is that 200 years ago Mercury was recognized as a potent neurotoxin when it was documented that people working in the hat making industry were falling victim to the mercury used in this process. Those Victorian people had nothing compared to what we have today in the realm of science, and yet they could obviously SEE WHAT WAS HAPPENING. Just as today we can SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING with our children falling off the cliff into autism as a direct result of vaccines.

The Mad Hatter Syndrome: mercury and biological toxicity
Friday, January 06, 2006 by: Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D., citizen journalist


Joshua DeWald-- not sure where you get your information but I suppose you're simply repeating something you read on a blog without actually going to manufacturer's or government sites. The CDC website itself does not support what you're saying:

A child as young as six months can get a full mercury dose in a two shot series depending on brand of seasonal flu shot. Oddly enough, some brands of shots are not available to children under four but this does not depend on mercury content. One brand of seasonal flu shot with full mercury is approved for infants six months and older. This has caused confusion, with some people reporting that children under four (or sometimes it's reported for children under two) "can't receive shots with mercury". This is totally untrue and parents are being falsely assured, resulting in some parents not requesting "mercury-free" because they didn't think they needed to.

As far as the "mercury free" version of the seasonal flu shot, only some contain "none", some contain "trace" and are not actually mercury free. Though, if you request "mercury free" for yourself or your infant, you may still get the version with "trace" (<1 mcg-- an amount not substantiated by independent evaluation). Furthermore, some official sites report that seasonal flu vaccines contain "25 mcg or thimerosal" and others report that they can contain "25 mcg of *mercury*", leaving more confusion of the actual mercury content of the "full mercury shots" approved for infants and children:

Here is says 25 mcg *mercury*:

As for the H1N1 flu shots, mercury content depends on brand: the prefilled, single dose shots can contain either zero or "trace" amounts of mercury (what constitutes "trace", again, has never been independently evaluated). The multi-dose vials of h1n1 flu vaccine contain 25 mcg of mercury (not just thimerosal-- mercury) per dose:

A large percentage of the current supply of single-dose H1N1 flu shots were recalled and are not available.

Finally, pregnant women are recommended to get flu shots (seasonal and H1N1) without official preference for "full mercury" or "lower mercury" or "none". Because of the timing of potential exposure to the mercury in these shots (fetus), the risk of injury may even be greater than during the period when children were receiving around 200 mcg by age 2.


@ Joshua -

Here's what the package insert for the H1N1 vaccine says:

"Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine is supplied as a 0.5 mL preservative-free, single-dose, pre-filled syringe (packaged without needles) and as a 5 mL multi-dose vial containing ten 0.5 mL doses, with thimerosal, a mercury derivative, added as a preservative; each 0.5 mL dose contains 24.5 mcg of mercury."

THAT'S 24.5 mcg PER DOSE.

It's on the package insert, for crying out loud. Oh, but I bet I would have to BEG my Walgreen's flu shot clinic NOT to give this to my child, right? What planet are you on?

I just love this vaccine. More from the insert itself,

"8.4 Pediatric Use
Neither Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine nor AFLURIA has been evaluated in children. Safety and effectiveness in the pediatric population have not been established.

8.1 Pregnancy
Pregnancy Category C: Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine or AFLURIA. It is also not known whether these vaccines can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent Vaccine should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed"

But line up your babies and pregnant women!

Cathy R.

Joshua - what makes you doubt you could find a clinic or doctor give a small child and thimersol flu shot? Why do you think small children do not receive thimersol perserved flu shots? We checked the insert of the flu shot about to be administered to my three year old last fall. Doc said thimersol free. I requested the insert. After reading it - it was clear that thimersol was an ingrediant. I know, I know - this is antedotal evidence therefore not reliable...sigh. I had no intention of giving my daughter that shot, only had every intention of showing our pediatrician that he was giving inaccurate information to his patients. So if my pediatrician does not realize what he is administering in his own office, why should I have more faith in the local pharmacies flu clinic? Pre filled sryinges make it unlikely that you will even find someone who can produce the insert for the vial from which the sryinge was filled.

Which brings me to this - the reason that they were dragging their feet to remove thimersol from infant/child vaccines to begin with - if they are vehement about the exposure of small children to thimersol NOW why was it OK when my son receive a huge dose of it on the first day of his life, the 4 week of his life, the 7 week of his life, at his first series of flu shot at 6 months old, 18 months old, etc., etc.? They say it was done to boost our faith in the vaccine program "see, you have nothing to fear now - just don't look to closely at the current ingrediants)".


From the CDC

There is no convincing evidence of harm caused by the small amount of thimerosal in vaccines, except for minor effects like swelling and redness at the injection site due to sensitivity to thimerosal. Most importantly, since 1999, newly formulated thimerosal preservative-free childhood vaccines (Hepatitis B, Hib, and DTaP) have been licensed. With the newly formulated childhood vaccines, ***the maximum total exposure during the first six months of life will now be less than three micrograms of mercury.**** Based on guidelines established by the FDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), no child will receive excessive mercury from childhood vaccines regardless of whether or not their flu shot contains thimerosal as a preservative.

Doctor says flu shot has 25,000 times the EPA levels.

Joshua DeWald

The 25 mcg vial is 5 doses (not 1). Additionally, Thimerosal-containing flu shots are not given to young children.

It is untrue to say you have to ask specially for your infant/young child to get Thimerosal free version. In fact, I highly doubt you could even convince a clinic to give your infant or small child a flu vaccine containing Thimerosal.

Based on those crucial inaccuracies, one has to question the veracity of the rest of your "facts"


Thank you for putting the information together in one straightforward format. I've read many of these facts before but it never fails to chill me.

Mercury as a simultaneous neurotoxin + mitochondrial toxin + immune modulator-- which could potentially amplify the effects of live virus exposure-- is not off the list of suspected central culprits.

María Luján

There is a recent manuscript- in Medical Hypothesis- about LH and mercury
Med Hypotheses. 2009 Nov 12.
Luteinizing hormone provides a causal mechanism for mercury associated disease.
Laks DR.
Mental Retardation Research Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 635 Charles E. Young Dr. South, Neuroscience Research Building, Room 379 (lab), Los Angeles, CA 90095-7332, USA.

Previous studies have demonstrated that the pituitary is a main target for inorganic mercury (I-Hg) deposition and accumulation within the brain. My recent study of the US population (1999-2006) has uncovered a significant, inverse relationship between chronic mercury exposure and levels of luteinizing hormone (LH). This association with LH signifies more than its presumed role as bioindicator for pituitary neurosecretion and function. LH is the only hormone with a rare and well characterized, high affinity binding site for mercury. On its catalytic beta subunit, LH has the structure to preferentially bind inorganic mercury almost irreversibly, and, by that manner, accumulate the neurotoxic element. Thus, it is likely that LH is an early and significant target of chronic mercury exposure. Moreover, due to the role of LH in immune-modulation and neurogenesis, I present LH as a central candidate to elucidate a causal mechanism for chronic mercury exposure and associated disease.

and from the same author an analysis of Chronic mercury exposure
Biometals. 2009 Aug 21. Assessment of chronic mercury exposure within the U.S. population, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999-2006.
Laks DR.

Mental Retardation Research Center, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 635 Charles E. Young Dr. South, Neuroscience Research Bldg., Room 379 (lab), Los Angeles, CA, 90095-7332, USA,
The purpose of this study was to assess chronic mercury exposure within the US population. Time trends were analyzed for blood inorganic mercury (I-Hg) levels in 6,174 women, ages 18-49, in the NHANES, 1999-2006 data sets. Multivariate logistic regression distinguished a significant, direct correlation within the US population between I-Hg detection and years since the start of the survey (OR = 1.49, P < 0.001). Within this population, I-Hg detection rose sharply from 2% in 1999-2000 to 30% in 2005-2006. In addition, the population averaged mean I-Hg concentration rose significantly over that same period from 0.33 to 0.39 mu/L (Anova, P < 0.001). In a separate analysis, multivariate logistic regression indicated that I-Hg detection was significantly associated with age (OR = 1.02, P < 0.001). Furthermore, multivariate logistic regression revealed significant associations of both I-Hg detection and mean concentration with biomarkers for the main targets of mercury deposition and effect: the liver, immune system, and pituitary. This study provides compelling evidence that I-Hg deposition within the human body is a cumulative process, increasing with age and in the population over time, since 1999, as a result of chronic mercury exposure. Furthermore, our results indicate that I-Hg deposition is associated with the significant biological markers for main targets of exposure, deposition, and effect. Accumulation of focal I-Hg deposits within the human body due to chronic mercury exposure provides a mechanism which suggests a time dependent rise in the population risks for associated disease.

With the known problems in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in autism, it seems a potentially fruitful avenue of research. I wonder about impact of environment on pituitary from birth to first 3years old and epigenetic mechanisms of adverse reactions to xenobiotics.


God bless you and be with you Thompsons. And thnk you!!

Eileen Nicole Simon

I looked at the paper by Burbacher et al. and noticed that they measured mercury in homogenates of brain. The auditory system of the brain has been found most susceptible to damage by mercury, lead, and insults like asphyxia at birth (1-4).

The auditory system is essential for language development. I notice Burbacher is also co-author on a paper on asphyxia produced by umbilical cord clamping (5). That paper fails to present the finding of auditory system damage by asphyxia at birth (3, 4).

Current perinatal medicine inflicts too many insults on babies.

1. Oyanagi K et al. The auditory system in methyl mercurial intoxication. Acta Neuropathol. 1989;77:561.

2. Bertoni JM, Sprenkle PM. Lead acutely reduces glucose utilization in the rat brain especially in higher auditory centers. Neurotoxicology. 1988; 9:235.

3. Windle WF. Brain damage by asphyxia at birth. Sci Am. 1969; 221:76.

4. Myers RE. Two patterns of perinatal brain damage. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1972; 112:246.

5. Juul SE et al. Prenatal cord clamping in newborn Macaca nemestrina, model of perinatal asphyxia. Dev Neurosci. 2007; 29:311.


Oedipaa. Ethyl and methyl mercury are both short chain alkyl (organic) mercury compounds. The ethyl and methyl portion of the molecule provide a vehicle for carrying mercury into the brain (like dissolves like). Once in the brain, the more unstable covalent bond of ethyl-mercuy breaks and rapidly converts to divalent mercury(Hg++). Methyl mercury is more stable and recycles throughout the body as the original molecule. Divalent mercury, trapped in the brain, is the main culprit. Ethyl mercury leaves more of this compared to methyl mercury.


With I believe 800,000 doses of the "Thimerosal free" H1N1 vaccines recalled,

and I believe 5 million doses of the "Thimerosal free flu mist" shots recalled,

the CDC once again hopes to trash another group of toddlers with Thimerosal.

A year from now, as the H1N1/seasonal flu shot Autistic toddlers are counted, the CDC will be stating how many mercury free shots they shipped.

They will forget/ omit that they recalled most of it, and then still be confused how anyone could ever suspect mercury as a problem....

Look for the after Christmas the "flu is rampant again" hype to start very soon.


Question.. Where do I get the stats for how much mercury was pumped into kids before they supposedly removed thirmerosal from the vaccines.

María Luján

From thimerosal, the final species is inorganic mercury, no Ethyl mercury. Even more, this finding has not been properly reported when talking about thimerosal.
Hg+2 (inorganic) is not the same than methyl mercury (MeHg+) than ethyl mercury (EtHg+). The impact of the altered metabolism of injected thimerosal in susceptible children ( genetic , epigenetic or environmentally caused) has not been studied properly.

"The autoimmunogen effect of EtHg might therefore be entirely due to Hg(2+) formed from EtHg in the body. The effect of organic and inorganic Hg species on T-helper type 1 and type 2 cells during induction of AFA was assessed as the presence and titre of AFA of the IgG1 and IgG2a isotype, respectively. EtHg induced a persistent Th1-skewed response irrespectively of the dose and time used. A low daily dose of HgCl(2) (1.5-3 mg/L) caused a Th1-skewed AFA response, while a moderate dose (8 mg/L) after 2 weeks resulted in a balanced or even Th2-skewed response. Higher daily doses of HgCl(2) (25 mg/L) caused a balanced Th2-Th1 response already from onset. In conclusion, while metabolically formed Hg(2+) might be the main AFA-inducing factor also after treatment with EtHg, the quality of the Hg-induced AFA response is modified by the species of Hg as well as the dose" from Havarinasab al (Toxicology. 2007 )

J Appl Toxicol. 2006 Nov-Dec;26(6):536-9.

Comparison of organic and inorganic mercury distribution in suckling rat.
Orct T, Blanusa M, Lazarus M, Varnai VM, Kostial K.

Mineral Metabolism Unit, Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health, Zagreb, Croatia.

"Thiomersal is used as a preservative in vaccines given to small children. The metabolic product of thiomersal is ethylmercury and its distribution and kinetics are still not known, especially at this early age. The purpose of this study was to compare the body distribution of two forms of mercury: organic (thiomersal) and inorganic (mercury(2+) chloride) in very young, suckling rats. Mercury was applied subcutaneously three times during the suckling period on days 7, 9 and 11 of pups age, imitating the vaccination of infants. A single dose of mercury was equimolar in both exposed groups, i.e. 0.81 micromol Hg kg(-1). At 14 days of age the animals were killed and the total mercury analysed in blood and organs (kidney, liver and brain). The analytical method applied was total decomposition, amalgamation, atomic absorption spectrometry. The results showed that the level of mercury was higher in the liver and kidney of the inorganic mercury group than in the thiomersal exposed group.

However, the brain and blood concentrations of mercury were higher in the thiomersal exposed group.

These results need to be clarified by additional data on the kinetic pathways of ethylmercury compared with inorganic mercury."

"However, in contrast to MeHg, thimerosal treatment leads in genetically susceptible mice to a second phase with strong immunostimulation and autoimmunity, which is T-cell dependent, H-2 linked and may at least partly be due to the inorganic mercury derived from the metabolism of ethyl mercury." from Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2005 Apr 15;204(2):109-21.
Immunosuppressive and autoimmune effects of thimerosal in mice.Havarinasab S, Häggqvist B, Björn E, Pollard KM, Hultman P.

Oedipaa Maas

Why did you post information about how long inorganic (methyl) mercury stays in the system when the flu shot contains an organic (ethyl) compound? They aren't the same thing.

Cherry Sperlin Misra

Mr. Thompson, Thankyou very much for this piece. This kind of paper is very useful to me , because I give out papers to doctors and parents very frequently. You never know when a particular manner of expressing something can be meaningful to someone. I believe that one of the problems we have with convincing people about mercury is that it is something very difficult to "see". It was not possible for me to speak with conviction to people about mercury in vaccines until the 6-7 Hib and Hep B doses were added to the Indian Pediatric schedule and three years later I began to see the crop of affected kids in my school. I really had not expected to see a statistical increase before my very eyes, but I did see it and it has not stopped since 2003. Since then I have "seen" mercury in various other ways.
We need to be reminded also, that we should not expect too much of doctors. They too are just humans with our own human sensory limitations. One day I was standing in the park with my daughter, a pediatrician and neonatologist and saw her peering very intently at an autistic boy. I realized that in working mostly as a neo she had perhaps not seen an autistic child. How do you convince someone like that about mercury?

Holly M.

Which way does the decimal go to convert parts per million to parts per billion? Are we looking at 211.4 parts per billion as being hazardous waste; therefore, 16 parts per billion of mercury from one flu shot is in the brain. And because it doesn't go away roughly 15 flu shots and your brain is technically hazardous waste.

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