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When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we, in essence, accept that the state owns our bodies.--U.S. Representative Ron Paul, MD
If your state government determines that a vaccine is not safe because it contains mercury, it has the power to create a law that will prevent its use. But if the current pending U.S. Senate Bill 3 passes, that right will disappear. Other rights, such as informed consent, benefits for veterans, and the right to sue pharmaceutical companies for appropriate amounts are being reduced or eliminated.
Imagine the impact it would have on your family's life if the pharmaceutical industry knew it was immune from significant lawsuits, and therefore cut corners on the safety of its products. It is one thing to sue over frivolous issues or where, despite the best human effort and technical know-how, the results weren't ideal. It is another to sue over real damages due to neglect and greed. Even that right is to be denied.
This bill, called the "Protecting America in the War on Terror Act of 2005"  contains a section that will essentially remove any existing and future state regulations of vaccine ingredients. This section, section 126 , is on the surface an attempt to ensure standardization of vaccines in the event of a bio-terrorist attack, but underneath promises added profits for the pharmaceutical and mercury-related industries, and the potential of debilitating and possibly life-threatening consequences for our children.
Organizations such as NoMercury.org , Mercola.com  and Body Ecology  have been on the front line educating the public about the hazards of mercury preservatives in vaccines. Notable effects are the appearance of autism, ADD and language disorders within days or weeks after receiving a vaccination. The industries producing mercury products and byproducts are in favor of the type of legislation covered in the bill , because preparation of safe vaccines without mercury and clean up of the waste products is quite expensive.
Body Ecology believes that vaccines for infants and children, however well meaning, can damage their young developing immune systems. Adding a proven neurotoxin such as mercury only magnifies the potential damage. You can no longer find a doctor who questions the hazards to the developing fetus when the mother eats fish contaminated with mercury, yet some would defend vaccines with mercury-laden preservatives added that are then injected directly into the child's system. Body Ecology's stance is simple: it is not enough to prove that something is not harmful; if it is not a normal part of our personal biology, it must be proven safe. Vaccines, especially those with mercury, have not passed this test.
The most immediate action you can take is to contact your representatives. The easiest way is to go to the NoMercury.org site at http://www.nomercury.org/ and utilize their "Write Your Legislators" and "Write To Congress" links on the right of their page.
Don Rechtman, CBE
March 1, 2005
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