9 Reasons to Completely Ignore Joseph Mercola My Response

First I’ll give you the article link above. Read each section by number which is clearly underlined. Then read my comments which follow in a separate paragraph in italics. So for example, below I start with number one which is an excerpt from the article in Science Based Medicine, which is followed by my comments in italics.

A student of mine sent me this article and asked for my comments, initially it was intended for him but as I finished the article and read through all of the links that worked (many didn’t) I felt you (THE AUTHOR) needed to hear a few facts to broaden that myopic mind of yours.

1 The swine flu is simply another flu. It is not unusually deadly.

“Not unusually deadly.”  Oh good, then we can expect only ~36,000 people to die from it this year!  Why does that number not reassure me?

His reference doesn’t even talk about swine flu except in passing and it never addresses deaths only hospitalizations. Furthermore, the 36,000 is never mentioned in this link so I do not know what he’s referring to except to rehash the mantra that 36K die each year (without a reference).

Dr Russell Blaylock a published neurosurgeon, and world authority on excitotoxins, has several books published in addition to research papers. He doesn’t see facts through an agenda driven lens. In his Blaylock Wellness Report, the real death rates from the flu are more like 500-600 per year. Of them it’s almost always affecting the immunocompromised, or the very young and very old. Which is exactly what intellectually honest doctors know and understand already.

2. One could do an entire post on just this single misleading claim.  Oh wait, we have.  

The old 36K is there again without a reference (of course). Is this the same flu H1N1 “pandemic” threat that crashed and burned?

Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, the president of the Council of Europe’s Health Commission, was interviewed by L’Humanité about the links between Big Pharma, the World Health Organization (WHO), and governments. Dr. Wodarg discusses the fraud, the greed, and the risks placed on the populace in the travesty of the faked swine flu pandemic. I’m not going to dissect the entire interview for my comments. It will take too much of my time. Please go to: (http://www.gaia-health.com/articles101/000148-swine-flu-fraud-official-questioning-starts.shtml) for an interesting clinic on Big Pharma and the WHO’s collusion in crime.

3. Adjuvants are indeed added to some vaccines, and that’s a good thing.  But it isn’t needed in this one, so it’s not there.  I think someone both wise and handsome covered this somewhere on this blog before…  Aluminum and squalene-containing compounds are the adjuvants most commonly used, and both are safe.  However, thimerosal isn’t an adjuvant, it’s a preservative to prevent bacterial contamination of the vaccine and keep it safe.  And while we are on the topic of influenza vaccine and thimerosal, the single-dose syringes have no thimerosal.  Only the multi-dose vials contain any thimerosal, with each dose containing 25 micrograms of ethylmercury.  This 3.5 times less than what you would get from eating a single can of tuna (~87 mcg), is a form of mercury far more rapidly cleared than most environmental mercury exposures (methylmercury), and has been exonerated from suspicion as a cause of autism.

The short answer to the question do vaccines or specifically thimerosal containing vaccines cause ASD is yes and here’s the legal proof. In the post script by James Moody Esq., from the villified Dr Wakefield’s book he writes:

…by the US governments own admission in 1991 the US department of Health and Human Services began secretly settling and compensating cases of vaccine caused autism. Including the case of Hanna Poling one of the test cases in the Omnibus Autism Proceeding. There was also a settlement for MMR-caused autism in the 2002 Hiatt case for 5.1 million dollars and most recently the Baily Banks case. The precedent for admission is already here what remains to be resolved is the body count, appropriate treatments, and reform of the vaccine schedule to prevent autism and other vaccine caused chronic disorders.  

Just this year (2012) in Italy a landmark ruling in an Italian court has said Valentino Bocca’s autism was provoked by the MMR jab he had at aged nine months The judgment in a provincial Italian court challenges the settled view of the majority of the medical profession — and could have profound implications in Britain and across the world.

Valentino’s parents, Antonella, 44, and Maurizio, 43, have been awarded £140,000, to be paid by Italy’s Ministry of Health and they plan a civil action against the Italian government that may get them £800,000 more.[1]    

Then there’s the conclusions from Rep. Burton’s investigation into the CDC and FDA. This was instigated because his grandson Christian developed autism after receiving a series of vaccines.


Titled “Mercury in Medicine: Taking Unnecessary Risks,” is a clear indictment charging the CDC, FDA and HHS with scientific bias, prejudiced financial interests with vaccine makers, and administrative incompetence and indecision that puts Americans’ health at risk.[2] [emphasis mine]

Committee Finding 1: “Mercury is hazardous to humans. Its use in medicinal products is undesirable, unnecessary and should be minimized or eliminated entirely.”

Dr Haley a professor of chemistry who studies mercury had this to say:

“You couldn’t even construct a study that shows thimerosal is safe,” says Haley, who heads the chemistry department at the University of Kentucky. “It’s just too darn toxic. If you inject thimerosal into an animal, its brain will sicken. If you apply it to living tissue, the cells die. If you put it in a petri dish, the culture dies. Knowing these things, it would be shocking if one could inject it into an infant without causing damage.”[3]

One of the committee’s conclusions after reviewing the scientific literature was that thimerosal (ethylmercury) which lacks the depth of scientific studies is equivalent in toxicity to methylmercury the highly toxic organic form of mercury found in fresh water fish and seafood, for which thousands of research studies have been done. Actually the committee got it wrong on this one. Recent studies now show that only 7% of methylmercury is converted to the more toxic ionic mercury whereas 34 % is converted with ethylmercury which makes it a much more dangerous form to be introduced into your system/brain.[4]

This is important to remember when you hear from the vaccine safety promoters that new studies have shown that ethylmercury (in thimerosal) disappears from the blood within several days. Actually, the mercury leaves the plasma and enters the brain, where it is de-ethylated and remains for a lifetime.[5]  


Null continues from his paper footnoted above: thimerosal is a compound made up of ethylmercury and thiosalicylic acid which apparently has never had proper human studies performed and so has never been proven safe to use.[6]

An even better way to introduce mercury into your system is through intramuscular injection bypassing the lungs or GI tract altogether. According to the Journal of Neurotoxicology anything over 10 micrograms is neurotoxic.[7] The WHO states that there is no safe level of toxicity.[8] The EPA’s limit to exposure is 0.1 micrograms per kilogram weight per day. By the time the baby has reached her first 6 months of life she will have received 187 micrograms cumulative total of ethylmercury from all vaccinations combined.[9] I believe sir you said that 25 micrograms was simply ducky. Well perhaps in your Box it is but it clearly is toxic, already exceeding the above agencies upper limits.

Committee Finding 2: “To date, studies conducted or funded by the CDC that purportedly dispute any correlation between autism and vaccine injury have been of poor design, under-powered, and fatally flawed. The CDC’s rush to support and promote such research is reflective of a philosophical conflict in looking fairly at emerging theories and clinical data related to adverse reactions from vaccinations.”[emphasis mine]

Committee Finding 3: “Manufacturers of vaccines and thimerosal have never conducted adequate testing on the safety of thimerosal. The FDA has never required manufacturers to conduct adequate safety testing on thimerosal and ethylmercury compounds.”

Congressman Dan Burton pointedly asked the head of the CDC, Dr. Julie Gerberding, how many studies confirmed the harmful effects of mercury. She replied that there were over two thousand.

Next he asked her how many studies showed thimerosal to be safe. She hesitated and then meekly mumbled: “None.”[10]

Richard Gale and Gary Null reported the CDC in June 2000 discovered “a statistically significant positive correlation between the cumulative exposure” of thimerosal and ASD symptoms. The CDC’s analysis of approximately 110,000 records of children with adverse reactions to vaccines, flying in the face of federal health officials’ previous claims about vaccine safety, led to a secretive meeting between top government health officials and vaccine industry representatives at the Simpsonwood Retreat Center near Atlanta.[emphasis mine]

In this meeting Dr Thomas Verstraeten used the data from the CDC’s database called the Vaccine Safety Datalink or VSD. This info is collected from HMO’s across the country. To avoid confusion there is also another database the CDC has called the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting database or VAERS. What Verstraeten discovered would have shocked the world had he not conspired to keep the information hidden. He found that children receiving vaccines containing thimerosal had a 248% increased risk for developing a neurodevelopmental disorder such as autism.[11][emphasis mine]

I can do this all day but I don’t have the time so I won’t report on the Simpsonwood corruption case where this damning data was in fact never published. So we, the American people, doctors included, think thimerosal is safe.


4. Though the causes of autism are incompletely understood, modern medicine is making continual progress.   Studies of twins with autism, along with an increasing number of implicated genes show that autism has a very strong though complicated genetic basis.  (THIS ARGUMENT HAS BEEN DEBUNKED MANY TIMES) Given autism’s heterogeneity, it is unlikely that a single cause will be found that explains all cases of autism, and it is possible that other factors beyond genetics may play some role.  Regardless of what etiologies are eventually found, some potential causes have been ruled out, including vaccines. (URL not found).

The apparent rise in autism prevalence is largely explained by a broadening in diagnostic criteria and increased recognition and diagnosis. (THIS ARGUMENT HAS ALSO BEEN COMPLETELY DEBUNKED) This explanation is further supported by studies like the one just published in the UK (AGAIN NO LINK FOUND) demonstrating equal numbers of autistic people in all age groups.

OK, now my response:

The Compelling Link Between Autism and the Vaccination Program[12] 

There are over one million children and even adults with autism and the numbers continue to grow. This is a medial disaster of monumental proportions.  

The link to the vaccine program is scientifically and logically compelling but these same medical elitists refuse to listen. Like smoking and lung cancer, we have enough proof today to call a halt to the present excessive vaccine program and ban any level of mercury in vaccines.  

In 1983, before the autism epidemic began, children received 10 vaccinations before attending school and the autism incidence was 1 in 10,000. Today they are receiving 24 vaccines before 1 year and 36 by the time they attend school and the autism rate is now 1 in 150 births. [Actually 1 in about 90 is the latest I have read]. 

Medical “experts” have provided no other explanation for this dramatic and sudden rise in autism cases, despite a draconian effort to find one.  

They attempted to say it was genetic, but geneticists were quick to respond that genetic disorders do not suddenly increase in such astronomical proportions. They then said it was because of better diagnosis, despite the fact that the diagnosis is obvious in virtually every case and that the criteria officially accepted for diagnosis has become more restrictive not less.  

When trapped by a lack of evidence, defenders of a nefarious position resort to their old standby –the epidemiological study. Statisticians will tell you that the least reliable type of study is an epidemiological study because it is easy to manipulate the data so that the study tells you anything you wish it to.  

Every defense offered by vaccine defenders is based on such studies and never the actual science. Then they announce that the issue is settled and no further studies need be done. After the media has been informed that the issue has been settled, those who continue to present the evidence are considered kooks and the great unwashed ignorant.  

Epidemiology by the way is what got us hoodwinked into the entire cholesterol con job which is possibly the second greatest health debacle in medical history.

5. As far as the Amish are concerned, they do vaccinate, and they do have children with autism.

I really love this “science based” rhetoric because, while blowing a hole in his foot with his own comments, he makes my point for me. I’ll thank you in advance for this. Your argument is that the Amish do indeed vaccinate and therefore they do indeed have autism. I couldn’t have said it better case closed! And yes, Olmstead did visit the clinic he claims to have visited in his paper. The best example he provides and that I am also aware of is the pediatric clinic “Home First” in Illinois owned by Dr. Mayor Eisenstein. They have 40k children, none vaccinated, not one case of autism. Based on a 1/100 incidence of autism he should have 400 cases and ten times that many with ASD. The new incidence, as of 2014, is now about 1/50, so the number should be double the 400 stated above. Yet, golly gee, we still don’t have any cases. Can anyone from industry actually challenge this without looking foolish? Answer: no.

5. …“Strong.”  I do not think that word means what you think it means.  While it is true that deficiency in Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and selenium can make you more susceptible to infection, (unlikely in a developed country, but possible).

NEARLY ALL AMERICANS STUDIED HAVE HYPOVITAMINOSIS D-A LEVEL UNDER 30-The Life Extension Foundation did their annual blood test sale where over 7,000 people had their vitamin D3 levels checked and nearly 2/3’s of these health-minded folks had a Serum Vit D3 level under 30 which could only be far worse in our average sun fearing populations.

6. …there appears to be no benefit

In this abstract the researchers supplemented with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3. It is no surprise to anyone who has more than a brainstem to think with that supplementing an already deficient patient with an inadequate dose of Vit D3 will, of course, make no difference. The study proves nothing as usual. Incidentally, you will see that most scientists that study vitamins always under dose and/or use an impotent form of a vitamin like using alpha tocopherol for treating heart disease, which is worthless.

…in further supplementation in the general population. Furthermore, we have reason to suspect that blanket recommendations of the use of antioxidants like Vitamins C and D and selenium may cause an increase in mortality.

Based on the scientists from the orthomolecular medicine website the studies compiled are often poor studies using the wrong doses (often way too low)  and forms of vitamins. Often times it seems as if the study was deliberately designed to fail. If you follow the money this may be true.

…Public health officials do make recommendations other than vaccines and anti-virals to avoid contracting influenza.  You can find them right here.

Humm I looked for those other recommendations on your link and there are none. This author thinks we are really stupid and that we won’t check his links and footnotes.

…The problem (from Mercola’s point of view) is that they only endorse effective interventions based on proper evidence.  When there is limited plausibility for an intervention to work, little evidence in favor of it, and significant evidence suggesting futility or even harm from its use as is the case with these supplements,

Actually there are several good quality studies that show that the use of supplements, vitamins and minerals has caused no deaths at all and very little morbidity. In other words there is no blowback from taking supplements. Let’s compare that to medications and hospital/physician error which accounts for anywhere from 250,000 to about 1 million deaths per year (Death By Medicine Gary Null).

If you intend to be evidence based then evidence base YOUR material for crap sake. My book, hopefully to be published soon, on vaccines has 222 references and 115 pages.

If your intent was to insult Mercola you didn’t do a very good job at it. In fact, after reading your blog I’d say my confidence in your ability to critically think and read is poor at best. Furthermore, your footnoted references if you can access them, often have nothing to do with your claims.

Perhaps the reason why you have so many sick and dying unit players is because your overall health and wellness strategy i.e., the things you need to do (in the off season) to generate a robust immune system in these kids is poor.

I’ll finish with one more.

7. This season has already been an unpleasant one in my pediatric ICU.  During what is traditionally the slowest part of the year, we are running at near our capacity of 26 beds.  The fraction of our patients who are in the ICU with 2009 H1N1 has steadily increased since the school year began, from roughly 5-10% of our census being flu positive over the summer (which is odd in itself), to now between 30-50%.  The need for prolonged mechanical ventilation is common in these patients, we have needed to place three children on a heart-lung bypass machine (ECMO), and tragically we have had deaths.

Although this is tragic I notice you don’t list how many of your ICU patient’s were previously vaccinated before getting the flu. My guess is that the majority of them were but he would be an idiot to tell us that so he doesn’t. If that’s the case then why not look for another way to keep these poor kids healthy because your strategy isn’t working. Perhaps it’s because you need to learn what WELLNESS means and how you need to practice preventive medicine rather than interventive medicine. You don’t have a clue how? That’s because you’re a doc in the box who, by design, will not and cannot learn or try anything that isn’t already approved by your thought leaders in bed with industry, who only use Pills and Procedures. Or following another “how to” article from one of the bought and paid for medical journals, also known as junk science: if you do not understand this please read former editor in chief for the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr Marcia Angell’s book “The Truth About Drug Companies.”

Therefore you and most regular physicians will always have to have a chemical/synthetic, pills & procedures based approach. I don’t think this is always the best way to handle disease.


[2] Richard Gale & Gary Null Federal Health Agencies Continue to Deceive Americans. Congressional Report on Vaccine Mercury-Autism Link Ignored for Six Years. 2009 (original: House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness report, “Mercury in Medicine: Taking Unnecessary Risks,” published May 2003.

[3] Robert F Kennedy Jr. Deadly Immunity. Rolling Stone June 20, 2005 p. 4

[4]  Russell Blaylock The Case for a Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders. P. 18

[5] Russell Blaylock The Case for a Link to Autism Spectrum Disorders. P. 18

[6] (Burton D, “Mercury in Medicine – Taking Unnecessary Risks,” Subcommittee On Human

Rights and Wellness Committee on Government Reform, US House of Representatives, May2003) (http://www.scribd.com/doc/70895111/Vaccine-Conspiracy-The-CDC-Caught-Lying-Again-by-Gary-Null-Ph-D-Jeremy-Stillman-and-Nancy-Ashley) 05/17/2012


[7] Russell Blaylock MD. The Truth Behind The Vaccine Cover up. p. 10

[8] Russell Blaylock MD. The Truth Behind The Vaccine Cover up. p. 10

[10] Russell Blaylock The Blaylock Wellness Report May 2005 p. 4

[11] Russell Blaylock MD. The Blaylock Wellness Report May 2005. P. 4


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Dr. Christopher Rasmussen (aka Reality Renegade) is the author of his upcoming book, "InflaNATION: Industrial Diners & A Doc In The Box." By deliberately avoiding harmful industrial foods and the Commercial Sick Care System with its Pills and Procedures paradigm, Dr Rasmussen cured himself of a deadly disease-which became the reason for writing this book. In the book, he provides the facts you must know and the solutions to regain your health, maintain wellness, and outlive your parents' generation in an extraordinarily toxic world.

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  1. “Your argument is that the Amish do indeed vaccinate and therefore they do indeed have autism. I couldn’t have said it better case closed! Olmstead did visit the clinic he says so in his paper.”

    Olmstead never visited the Clinic for Special Children in Lancaster, PA. He only tried to contact them after his story ran. The clinic has held monthly vaccination clinics since the early 1990s. So if idiopathic autism is rare among the Amish, as Olmstead wrote, then he utterly failed to identify autism, idiopathic or otherwise, among the Lancaster Amish. I find it utterly astonishing that anti-vaccine activists cite Olmstead’s article as evidence of anything other than lackadaisical journalism.

    • Christopher Rasmussen MD, MS (aka "Reality Renegade") says:

      Who am I speaking to? I agree, you are right Olmstead apparently did not visit the clinic. It was the HomeFirst Clinic in Illinois that he visited. I will assume you a minion of the Commercial Sick Care System (CSCS) so I doubt if any discussion could ever transpire where you might actually incorporate (learn) something that grates against your steadfast knowledge base as it is hard for me to do as well. Let’s call generalized grating discomfort cognitive dissonance.

      Having said that, what are you going to say to me about the HomeFirst pediatric clinic in Chicago? As you might recall they have about 40,000 kids of which almost none of them have been vaccinated. The prevalence of autism should predict about 400 cases yet lo and behold there are no cases. Not one. The most glaring difference is that they do not vaccinate and of the smattering few who did get a vaccine it was only a small percentage of the entire portfolio of childhood vaccines (read less adjuvant, less antigen, less thimerosal). Let’s just dispense with the Amish. I never really thought they were a good argument for anything. Is there another reason that could explain this enormous difference in the rates of autism in this humble Midwestern clinic?

      Let’s also talk about that term anti-vaccine activists which already is inflammatory because it presupposes that anyone who doesn’t wish to be vaccinated is some sort of a nut. Similar to the argument ending “conspiracy nut.” I’m sure there is a good reason why you decided to use that particular term.

      I’ll tell you honestly that when I started researching my chapter on vaccines I was on the fence. I did not have a strong feeling one way or the other. I never had an axe to grind, nobody I know was injured by one. I must have spent at least 150 hours or perhaps twice that researching vaccine material. It rather quickly became obvious to me that there were many unanswered questions along with many blanket statements from officials that had little or no backing behind them.

      Always, always and always again I found that those who could benefit from the current status quo vaccine programs universally felt that vaccines NEVER do anything wrong. Furthermore, vaccine research when performed by the large pharmacy houses almost always looked good. You already know this to be true because it has been studied by numerous researchers and I quote many in the book. It is not limited to vaccine research. It applies across the board for all medicines. We even have a name for it-junk science.

      Vaccines and the vaccine programs struck me as being very similar to a few other pharmacology programs like the guidelines for statins with their quest to statinize the entire US population and the ever increasing patient populations as candidates for antidepressants and antipsychotics. In my book I make it very clear that if you want to know the story as told by the status quo simply go anywhere within the mainstream press for that information-that’s the easy part. We hear it all the time and can scarcely get away from it. For example, how every year this season’s flu will be worse so be sure to BUY your vaccines ASAP, be sure to check your cholesterol, don’t eat fat, egg yolks are now worse than cigarettes, NutraSweet is harmless and sugar free! etc.

      If on the other hand, you feel that there is more to learn regarding a subject and drug that involves your health then you can read my book. I would say that 2/3 of all my sourced material is right out of PubMed or a similar source. So it is with that in mind that it is I who is astonished that you or a vaccinologist or a pro-vaccine advocate can just sit there and roll up his or her sleeve and say “fire away I trust the mega-wealthy CEO’s of all pharmacy houses, the ultra-connected opportunists within our vaulted medical societies and government institutions and anyone else that profits from co-opted medicine.” There is no such thing as corruption all humans are gentle, loving, creatures who want to help you.

      I mean really who sounds nuttier? The guy (me) who seeks the whole truth or you who seems satisfied that someone else is giving you the facts. That’s intellectually lazy and maybe that’s OK if you keep an open mind and at least read what others have gathered and spent the hours discovering. As I always say and will continue to say: “There are the facts that everyone knows and then THERE ARE THE REAL FACTS.”

      It is with the utmost respect to you that I ask that you read my book when it comes out, especially the chapter on vaccines-with an open mind-and then tell me what you think.

      Thanks much

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