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This is a much better post on the topic of vaccine safety from someone more well versed than I am. 
Vaccine Information Megapost Please review these resources on vaccination. Also very important, consider that when people started crying foul about… - Cliff Bramlett - Google+
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Yesss! This!
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And the scientists are the ones being dishonest? Riiiiight.
A report on Galveston Bay mentioned sea level rise, and the state's environmental agency apparently doesn't like references to climate change.
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Re-posting this from another conversation so that it can be linked to directly (as requested by +Greg S.)

Recently I was reading a discussion about the safety of vaccines, and someone essentially asked what the levels of toxic compounds found in vaccines is vs. the levels found in a typical urban environment. This was my (slightly edited) response:

This isn't that hard to get a general idea of just as a thought experiment. What's the average volume of a vaccine? Not very large. How much  mercury is there in the environment, considering we burn coal like it's going out of style? Rather a lot. If you really want, we can look up specifics, and finding quality information is the primary function of my job, so here we go.

Per the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/appdx-full-d.pdf) it looks like most vaccines are a total volume of 0.5ml, with the Rotovirus vaccine being abnormally large at 2.0ml, possibly because it is taken orally (http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_rota.asp). Now, we know some of that is attenuated or dead viral or bacterial matter, some of it is water, etc. Some of this volume, depending on the vaccine, is formaldehyde or mercury or something of potential concern, or so we might believe based on current popular knowledge. Several milliliters of mostly mercury would be scary, sure, but we know it's not that much. Still, if you want more specifics, we can find that too. 

For one, we see that mercury containing compounds are no longer in use except in multi-dose flu vaccines since 2001, and even before then it wasn't straight up elemental mercury, or methyl mercury, the stuff you ingest when you eat certain kind s of seafood, but more on that later (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Concerns/Thimerosal/thimerosal_faqs.html). Currently, one's exposure to mercury is typically going to be infinity percent higher from, e.g. breathing the air or touching the soil anywhere on earth than it is from vaccines. Even from those that did/do contain it, the volumes were/are tiny, around 25µg per dose (http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/SafetyAvailability/VaccineSafety/UCM096228#t1).

I could link information on each potentially harmful ingredient, but mercury is the only one that bio-accumulates Your body can process formaldehyde in relatively short order, and in fact produces more of it than is found in these vaccines (http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/ScienceResearch/ucm349473.htm), so it is far less concerning, and the volumes are similarly minuscule. 

As for how much one is exposed to in  typical urban environment, that depends on a lot of factors. For mercury, it's mostly how much seafood you eat (http://www.epa.gov/mercury/about.htm). However, mercury is all over the place, in more or less tiny amounts, so some exposure is inevitable. Since it is entirely possible to avoid all mercury from vaccines without skipping any of the recommended vaccines, and with barely any effort, it is likely that one's environmental exposure, being more than 0, will be far higher than the 0 they got from vaccines. Formaldehyde is a great deal more common, being produced by many organisms and found in many products, especially particle board (http://www.epa.gov/airtoxics/hlthef/formalde.html) but, as noted, it is easier for your body to handle it. From this source, note that "The Reference Dose (RfD) for formaldehyde is 0.2 milligrams per kilogram body weight per day (mg/kg/d)". One is not likely to absorb that much from any source. Further, as they note, the most common source is from the gas being released by building and furniture materials, and then breathing the air in an enclosed space containing or built out of, you know, lumber. So it is extremely likely that a baby living in a house will get a lot more formaldehyde from breathing the indoor air than he or she will from any and all shots, and nowhere near 0.2 miligrams per kg of body weight, even considering the low body weight of the average infant. 

I don't have time to do this for EVERY potentially harmful component of vaccines, but honestly those are the two most notable ones, really the only things of any concern at all. The other ingredients can be found as listed by vaccine here: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/downloads/appendices/B/excipient-table-2.pdf and you can look for whichever of those sound scary if you like. Furthermore, with the tiny dose size and the majority of that being water and in some cases sucrose, it is extremely unlikely that anyone would get more exposure of any of this from a shot than from doing nearly anything else.
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+Michael Rainey That is an excellent point! Thanks :)
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As an American, and for what it's worth, the "USA #1 GRAAAA GUNS!" people make me cringe too. I wish more of us had the humility you describe as being integral to British patriotism. I like (many, certainly not all) things about my country, being from my country, and living here. I feel lucky to have been born here, certainly, but I don't get the hyperbolic bragging. At all. 

On an unrelated note, I also love tea. Or maybe it is related...maybe what the USA needs is more tea drinkers?
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I'm really enjoying "Tropes vs. Women in Videogames" and I can't wait for the next one to come out. That said, I wondered if you'd ever do more of your TV/pop-culture based videos too. For example, I just started watching Supernatural on Netflix, and while I enjoy it quite a bit, I can't help but be bothered by the use of Sam's mother AND girlfriend being non-characters who serve no purpose other than to motivate Sam to go (violently) fight evil by dying horribly. I get that it's the whole epic hero call to adventure thing, so when he refuses the call something terrible must happen to force his hand, but it could have gone any number of ways other than that. I'm hoping it gets better later. 
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It wasn't so much the having horrible things happen to them, as the having mysterious abilities. I'm specifically thinking of the wise old native american man who just knows that Dean is lying immediately (I'd object to the indian burial ground as source of evil more, but I felt like they did an adequate job of explaining why, even if that whole episode wasn't terribly strong to begin with) and then the fortune telling black lady who really can tell fortunes. These traits aren't bad, but they are abnormal and thus reinforce the idea that members of those ethnic groups are fundamentally different from "us". 

However, the very next episode starts with a down to earth african american cop who isn't even the one who dies first (or at all) so it's not all like that.

As for horrible things happening to people, I'm pretty well prepared for that. I've heard people describe it as the X-Files/Buffy and well...horrible things, happening to people I like. Only time will tell if I think it goes too far.
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OK, why do all my posts append "Web Rep" and "Overall Rating" to themselves without my asking, and how do I make that stop? It's really irritating me, so I can only imagine how people who's threads I comment on feel.



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