Mercury Poisoning from Vaccines known as early as April 1930

Eli Lilly - Mercury Poisoning from Vaccines
known as early as April 1930 to be dangerous

Update on Mercury Poisoning from Vaccine

       The Dallas-based law firm of Waters & Kraus announced today that
it has received documents as a result of the discovery process in the
case of Counter v. Eli Lilly & Company, et al, currently pending in
Brazoria County, Texas that come from the archives of Eli Lilly & Company.

       The documents clearly demonstrate that Lilly's thimerosal
product, the mercury-based vaccine preservative implicated in a number
of recent law suits as causing neurological injury to infants, was
known as early as April 1930 to be dangerous.

       In its apparent eagerness to promote and market the product, in
September, 1930, Eli Lilly secretly sponsored a "human toxicity" study
on patients already known to be dying of meningococcal meningitis.
Senior partner Andrew Waters stated that, "Lilly then cited this study
repeatedly for decades as proof that thimerosal was of low toxicity
and harmless to humans.

       They never revealed to the scientific community or the public
the highly questionable nature of the original research."

       While Eli Lilly made every effort to corrupt the medical and
scientific literature, the process of arranging to publish the results
of its questionable secret study, other researchers have provided
Lilly with numerous articles since the 1930's indicating concerns
about thimerosal and its potential hazard to humans who might be
exposed or injected with the substance.

       The evidence clearly demonstrates that Eli Lilly was advised
repeatedly that their conclusions of low toxicity were not warranted
and that they failed to pass the information on to appropriate federal
and public health authorities. The following time line illustrates
some, but by no means all, of the documentary evidence on this point
from Lilly's internal files:

       1947 Article received by Lilly: "No eruptions or reactions have
been observed or reported to merthiolate internally, but it may be
dangerous to inject a serum containing merthiolate into a patient
sensitive to merthiolate."

       1948 Article received by Lilly: "Merthiolate is such a commonly
used preservative for biologicals, plasma, cartilage, etc., that it
would seem important to determine whether harm would result following
its subcutaneous or intravenous injection in skin sensitive individuals."

       1950 New York Academy of Science article, "Mercurials as
Antiseptics:" "It (merthiolate) is toxic when injected parenterally
and therefore cannot be used in chemotherapy."

       1963 Article received by Lilly: "There is another point of
practical significance: does the parenteral injection of
merthiolate-containing fluids cause disturbances in
merthiolate-sensitive patients?" "It is known that persons that are
contact sensitive to a drug may tolerate the same medications
internally, but it seems advisable to use a preservative other than
merthiolate for injections in merthiolate-sensitive people."

       8/17/67 Medical/Science department requests that the claim
"non-toxic" on thimerosal labels be deleted in next printing run.

       8/29/67 Draft label changed to "non-irritating to body tissues,"
nontoxic omitted.

       1972 British Medical Journal reports case of skin burns
resulting from the chemical interaction of thimerosal and aluminum.
"Mercury is known to act as a catalyst and to cause aluminum to
oxidize rapidly, with the production of heat." "The manufacturers who
supply us with thimerosal have been informed." [Thimerosal is being
used in vaccines which also contain aluminum].

       1972 Article received by Lilly: Merthiolate in vaccines caused
six deaths - "The symptoms and clinical course of the six patients
suggest subacute mercury poisoning."

       4/27/76 Lilly responds to Rexall Drug Company's efforts to place
the following warning on Merthiolate product: "Frequent or prolonged
use or application to large areas may cause mercury poisoning." Lilly
objects to this proposed warning, stating:

       "We object to the connection of our trademark with the
unjustified alarm and concern on the part of the user which the
statement is likely to cause. . We are not aware of any instance of
'mercury poisoning' after decades of marketing this product. This is
because the mercury in the product is organically bound ethylmercury
as a completely nontoxic nature, not methylmercury."

       1/5/82 FDA's advance notice of proposed rule making regarding

       "At the cellular level, thimerosal has been found to be more
toxic for human epithelial cells in vitro than mercuric chloride,
mercuric nitrate, and merbromim (mercurichrom)." "It was found to be
35.3 times more toxic for embryonic chick heart tissue than for
staphylococcus areus." 1950 study showed that thimerosal was no better
than water in protecting mice from potential fatal streptococcal

       "The Panel concludes that thimerosal is not safe for OTC topical
use because of its potential for cell damage if applied to broken skin
and its allergy potential. It is not effective as a topical
antimicrobial because its bacteriastatic action can be reversed."

       4/7/83 Additional language added to some Lilly labels: "As with
any drug, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a
health professional before using this product."

       1991 Lilly ceases manufacture/sale of thimerosal. Licensing
agreements demonstrate continued profits from the product until at
least 2010.

       12/8/99 Lilly MSDS regarding thimerosal:

       "Primary Physical & Reproduction Effects: Nervous System and
Reproduction Effects"

       "Effects of exposure include fetal changes.

       "Mercury poisoning may occur."

       "Exposure in children may cause mild to severe mental

       "Hypersensitivity to mercury is a medical condition aggravated
by exposure."

       CERCLA Hazardous substance - toxic waste disposal.

       Waters & Kraus is litigating a growing number of individual
cases across the country involving infants that sustained serious
neurological injuries from the thimerosal contained in their pediatric
vaccines. Waters & Kraus is leading the following coalition of firms
in bringing these cases to trial.

       Additional inquiries should be addressed to Melissa Miles at
Waters & Kraus (Dallas), (214) 357-6244 or miles@...

       Potential claimants should call Claire Bothwell at Waters &
Kraus (California), (562) 436-8833 or bothwell@...

       March 17, 2002


       Dr. Mercola's Comment:

       Even minute amounts of mercury can cause nerve damage that is
related to Alzheimers' disease, so it is truly amazing that modern
medicine continues to push mercury-containing vaccines.

       If you know anyone who has been damaged by vaccines you might
want to forward them this information.

       Mercury is also a common environmental contaminant, often coming
from power plants and incinerators.