As many of you may or may not know, my wife runs a company that sells non-toxic and environmentally friendly products. It is because of this, that I have been inundated with facts and rumors regarding the environment, as well as, the toxicity of everyday products such as shampoos, lotions, all purpose cleaners, etc.
Today, during my usual, let me take a break from work, (the type of break I am taking right now to write this Blog), and do a little Facebooking (no it is not a word, but it should be), I came across a post from a friend who felt the need to announce that she had just received the H1N1 Flu Shot. This simple post created a debate on whether or not the H1N1 vaccine was harmful. The first post came from a pretentious girl who in her bitchiest voice (that is the way I read it), stated the following “Dude, do you know what’s in that nasty shot? One that comes to mind: thimerasol (mercury based preservative) which is very toxic and has been linked to cardiovascular disease, autism, seizures, mental retardation, hyperactivity, dyslexia and more.”
As someone who is extremely conscious of the toxicity of the products I use, and how harmful most products are, I am confident that the levels of Thimerasol used for a flu vaccine will not harm you. In fact, many have been trying to prove that the levels used will cause all of the diseases mentioned, and nobody has been able to conclusively do so. Furthermore, the nasal sprays do not contain it, nor do the single dose vials.
Things are going way to far when you cannot get the preventive medications recommended by your doctor. There are actually people out there who do not vaccinate their kids because they are convinced the vaccinations are harmful. Of course, these people should be put in jail for child abuse, but that is another topic.
In today’s society, we are starting to learn that many of the products we use are harmful to us. We know that most shampoos and conditioners contain toxic ingredients, as well as lotions, cleaning supplies, detergents, etc. As a lover of food, I have learned a great deal about the harmful chemicals found in processed foods, meat and dairy products. It is because of this recent education that I have started eating more natural products and organic meats and vegetables. The thing we cannot do is take these healthy truths about many of the types of products mentioned, and decide that anything that is not 100% good for you will kill you.
The truth is, in small enough doses, a little mercury won’t kill you, nor will the harmful chemicals found in many of the products previously mentioned. If we had to take the flu shot everyday, then I might worry, but I am not going to ignore my doctor’s wishes because some lunatic thinks anything that does not grow out of the ground is bad for you.
Whether you are talking about food, medication, or alcohol, too much can hurt, but a little may make you feel pretty damn good.