[vaccine LIES!] thimerosal, was eliminated from flu vaccines after 1999,(CDC spokesperson)

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    john Guest

    >From Teresa Binstock

    This woman, Rhonda Smith, should be fired! This is negligent, inaccurate
    information.....

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    Don't panic about flu, some advise
    PREVENTION: Common sense goes a long way toward maintaining a strong immune
    system.
    10:29 PM PST on Monday, December 22, 2003
    By JANET ZIMMERMAN / The Press-Enterprise


    Nate Coffin is sick of the fear and paranoia surrounding this year's flu
    vaccine.

    The Redlands chiropractor said there's plenty that people can do to protect
    themselves against the virus. It includes taking care of their bodies and
    keeping a positive attitude.

    Coffin wants people to quit worrying if they don't get the shot, which is
    in short supply. Dire warnings of a severe flu season have created public
    hysteria, said the chiropractor, whose patients have begun showing up at
    his office wearing masks.
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    Boost your immune system, Nate Coffin advises.


    Health officials say the primary strain of flu this year is different than
    the virus strains in the vaccine, though the viruses share some
    characteristics and the shot may provide 50 percent protection. The flu
    season arrived earlier this year, and children are being especially hard hit.

    "It creates this fear and uncertainty of, 'If I don't get the flu shot, my
    kids are going to die,'" Coffin said.

    People should worry less about the virus and more about their immunity, he
    adds.

    "You're probably carrying a lot of these viruses and bacteria around
    anyway. If your immune system is weak, it will hit you," Coffin said. "If
    your immune system is intact and strong, it probably won't."

    The chiropractor said he has never gotten the flu shot and never had the
    flu. He also did not get the vaccine for his 4-year-old son and
    23-month-old daughter.

    To ward off the flu, Coffin urges exercise, adequate rest and a diet low in
    sugar and carbohydrates. He also recommends chiropractic adjustments - for
    babies and children, too - to maintain the integrity of the nervous system,
    which is tied to the immune system. And don't forget the power of the
    mind-body connection, he said.

    "If this thing is going around, the paranoia multiplies and builds on
    itself," said Coffin, who takes a daily dose of cod liver oil. "Fear is a
    horrible way to motivate people."

    Dr. Eric Frykman, San Bernardino County's chief of disease control and
    prevention, agrees that a healthy lifestyle is good for general well-being.
    But the vaccine is the best protection from the flu, he said.

    "The benefit from a vaccine is that it can help your body build immunities
    before that organism ever gets in your body," Frykman said. He cites the
    number of deaths from diseases such as measles and diphtheria, which
    dropped dramatically after immunizations were introduced.

    Coffin adheres to the advice of Joseph Mercola, an osteopathic physician,
    author of "The No-Grain Diet" and the force behind www.mercola.com, a Web
    site on natural health.

    Mercola said the flu vaccine is ineffective because most Americans' immune
    systems are impaired by diets rich in sugars, grains and processed and fast
    foods.

    "Putting so much faith and credence in a single vaccine against the flu is
    like fireproofing one door in your house when the rest of your home is
    saturated in gasoline," Mercola writes.

    "A vaccine won't save you from the flu ... because your underlying defenses
    - your immunity - are seriously dysfunctional, and there are far too many
    potential 'invaders' to ward off via the artificial means of vaccination."

    Mercola also said the vaccine is inherently bad because it contains
    aluminum, phenol and mercury. But a Food and Drug Administration
    spokeswoman said the vaccine does not contain aluminum or phenol.

    Most of the mercury-containing preservative, thimerosal, was eliminated
    from flu vaccines after 1999, though some manufacturers use it in trace
    amounts, said Rhonda Smith, spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control
    (CDC).

    "There's no evidence it causes problems in children or adults, other than
    mild swelling at the injection site," she said.

    Mercola is concerned that the CDC has broadened its recommendations for who
    should be immunized. In addition to people older than 65 and those with
    chronic diseases that weaken immunity, healthy children ages 6 months to 23
    months and pregnant women who will be in their second or third trimester
    during flu season should be vaccinated, according to government guidelines.

    Besides vaccination, the CDC recommends avoiding close contact with sick
    people, covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or
    sneeze, washing your hands frequently and not touching your eyes, nose and
    mouth.
     
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