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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Jersey 101.5 FM - Vaccine Questions for Our New Governor

New Jersey 101.5.  Governor Christie will be on Wednesday night. If you click on the photo of Christie you can submit your questions to be asked during the call. Please submit questions about vaccines and make sure our message gets on the show. If each one of the loop members ask a question, 101.5 will be overwhelmed by the response. 

Some question ideas if you need them:

  • Why are H1N1 vaccines being offered and pushed on pregnant women when the vaccine has not been tested during pregnancy? This vaccine is a pregnancy category C pharmaceutical and is not tested for safety for the developing fetus. 
  • Why do we mandate flu shots for babies and preschoolers that contain mercury? 
  • How can our state mandate a vaccine schedule that has never been tested for safety? 
  • What is our state doing about the growing number of autistic kids that need schooling and how much is that going to cost taxpayers? 
  • Why do we continue to spend money on flu vaccines that have not been proven effective or safe?
  • How will you make good on your campaign promise to support vaccination choice?
  • What is the action plan for preventing autism in New Jersey?

Thanks for all your help in getting the Governor's attention.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Feb. 22 @ 7pm Brick Special Ed PTA presents an intro to Parenting For Wellness: A Health Empowerment Series by Louise Kuo Habakus

Brick Township Special Education PTA presents an introduction to Parenting For Wellness: A Health Empowerment Series
Louise Kuo Habakus, MA, HHP

Monday, February 22, 2010
7:00-9:30 pm
Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium
105 Hendrickson Avenue, Brick, NJ

Please join us for an informative and timely look at nutritional and perspectives on parenting and family wellness. We'll discuss the "New Normal" of children's health, and how to take back parenting and make our life health choices. Bring your questions about cold and flu season, including prevention, vaccines and immune system support. Life Health Choices is dedicated to building community and creating change through informed choices affecting our lives and our health.

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Free admission & light refreshments

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

AP IMPACT: Toxic metal in kids' jewelry from China - Yahoo! News

LOS ANGELES – Barred from using lead in children's jewelry because of its toxicity, some Chinese manufacturers have been substituting the more dangerous heavy metal cadmium in sparkling charm bracelets and shiny pendants being sold throughout the United States, an Associated Press investigation shows.

The most contaminated piece analyzed in lab testing performed for the AP contained a startling 91 percent cadmium by weight. The cadmium content of other contaminated trinkets, all purchased at national and regional chains or franchises, tested at 89 percent, 86 percent and 84 percent by weight. The testing also showed that some items easily shed the heavy metal, raising additional concerns about the levels of exposure to children.

Cadmium is a known carcinogen. Like lead, it can hinder brain development in the very young, according to recent research.

Children don't have to swallow an item to be exposed — they can get persistent, low-level doses by regularly sucking or biting jewelry with a high cadmium content.

To gauge cadmium's prevalence in children's jewelry, the AP organized lab testing of 103 items bought in New York, Ohio, Texas and California. All but one were purchased in November or December.

The results: 12 percent of the pieces of jewelry contained at least 10 percent cadmium.

Some of the most troubling test results were for bracelet charms sold at Walmart, at the jewelry chain Claire's and at a dollar store. High amounts of cadmium also were detected in "The Princess and The Frog" movie-themed pendants.

"There's nothing positive that you can say about this metal. It's a poison," said Bruce A. Fowler, a cadmium specialist and toxicologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the CDC's priority list of 275 most hazardous substances in the environment, cadmium ranks No. 7.

Jewelry industry veterans in China say cadmium has been used in domestic products there for years. Zinc, the metal most cited as a replacement for lead in imported jewelry being sold in the United States, is a much safer and nontoxic alternative. But the jewelry tests conducted for AP, along with test findings showing a growing presence of cadmium in other children's products, demonstrate that the safety threat from cadmium is being exported.

A patchwork of federal consumer protection regulations does nothing to keep these nuggets of cadmium from U.S. store shelves. If the products were painted toys, they would face a recall. If they were industrial garbage, they could qualify as hazardous waste. But since there are no cadmium restrictions on jewelry, such items are sold legally.

While the agency in charge of regulating children's products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, has cracked down on the dangers posed by lead and products known to have killed children, such as cribs, it has never recalled an item for cadmium — even though it has received scattered complaints based on private test results for at least the past two years.

There is no definitive explanation for why children's jewelry manufacturers, virtually all from China in the items tested, are turning to cadmium. But a reasonable double whammy looms: Cadmium prices have plummeted as factories grasp for substitutes now that lead is heavily regulated under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

That law set a new, stringent standard for lead in children's products: Only the very smallest amount is permissible — no more than 0.03 percent of the total content. The statute has led manufacturers to drastically reduce lead in toys and jewelry.

The law also contained the first explicit regulation of cadmium, though the standards are significantly less strict than lead and apply only to painted toys, not jewelry.

To determine how much cadmium a child could be exposed to, items are bathed in a solution that mimics stomach acid to see how much of the toxin would leach out after being swallowed.

The jewelry testing for AP was conducted by chemistry professor Jeff Weidenhamer of Ashland University in Ohio, who over the past few years has provided the CPSC with results showing high lead content in products that were later recalled. His lab work for AP assessed how much cadmium was in each item. Overall, 12 of the 103 items each contained at least 10 percent cadmium. Two others contained lower amounts, while the other 89 were clean.

Ten of the items with the highest cadmium content were then run through the stomach acid test to see how much would escape. Although that test is used only in regulation of toys, AP used it to see what hazard an item could pose because unlike the regulations, a child's body doesn't distinguish between cadmium leached from jewelry and cadmium leached from a toy.

"Clearly it seems like for a metal as toxic as cadmium, somebody ought to be watching out to make sure there aren't high levels in items that could end up in the hands of kids," said Weidenhamer.

On Sunday, CPSC spokesman Scott Wolfson said the agency would study Weidenhamer's results and attempt to buy the products with high cadmium content to "take appropriate action as quickly as possible."

Wolfson added: "Just because we haven't done a recall to this point doesn't mean we wouldn't do a recall in 2010."

Weidenhamer's test results include:

• Three flip flop bracelet charms sold at Walmart contained between 84 and 86 percent cadmium. The charms fared the worst of any item on the stomach acid test; one shed more cadmium in 24 hours than what World Health Organization guidelines deem a safe exposure over 60 weeks for a 33-pound child.

The charms were purchased for testing in August 2008. The company that imported them, Florida-based Sulyn Industries, stopped selling the item to Wal-Mart Corp. in November 2008, the firm's president said. Wal-Mart would not comment on whether the charms are still on store shelves, or how many have been sold.

Sulyn's president, Harry Dickens, said the charms were subjected to testing standards imposed by both Wal-Mart and federal regulation — but were not tested for cadmium.

In separate written statements, Dickens and Wal-Mart said they consider safety a very high priority. "We consistently seek to sell only those products that meet safety and regulatory standards," Wal-Mart said. "Currently there is no required cadmium standard for children's jewelry."

As was the case with every importer or retailer that responded to AP's request for comment on the tests, neither Sulyn nor Wal-Mart would address whether the results concerned them or if the products should be recalled.

Four charms from two "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" bracelets sold at a Dollar N More store in Rochester, N.Y., were measured at between 82 and 91 percent cadmium. The charms also fared poorly on the stomach acid test. Two other charms from the same bracelets were subjected to a leaching test which recreates how much cadmium would be released in a landfill and ultimately contaminate groundwater. Based on those results, if the charms were waste from manufacturing, they would have had to be specially handled and disposed of under U.S. environmental law. The company that imported the Rudolph charms, Buy-Rite Designs, Inc. of Freehold, N.J., has gone out of business.

• Two charms on a "Best Friends" bracelet bought at Claire's, a jewelry chain with nearly 3,000 stores in North America and Europe, consisted of 89 and 91 percent cadmium. The charms also leached alarming amounts in the simulated stomach test. Informed of the results, Claire's issued a statement pointing out that children's jewelry is not required to pass a cadmium leaching test.

"Claire's has its products tested by independent accredited third-party laboratories approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in compliance with the commission's standards, and has passing test results for the bracelet using these standards," the statement said. Those standards scrutinize lead content, not cadmium.

• Pendants from four "The Princess and The Frog" necklaces bought at Walmart ranged between 25 and 35 percent cadmium, though none failed the stomach acid test nor the landfill leaching test. The Walt Disney Co., which produced the popular animated movie, said in a statement that test results provided by the manufacturer, Rhode Island-based FAF Inc., showed the item complied with all applicable safety standards.

An official at FAF's headquarters did not respond to multiple requests for comment when informed of Weidenhamer's results; a woman at the company's office in southern China who would not give her name said FAF products "might naturally contain some very small amounts of cadmium. We measure it in parts per million because the content is so small, for instance one part per million." However, the tests conducted for AP showed the pendants contained between 246,000 and 346,000 parts per million of cadmium.

"It comes down to the following: Cadmium causes cancer. How much cadmium do you want your child eating?" said Michael R. Harbut, a doctor who has treated adult victims of cadmium poisoning and is director of the environmental cancer program at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit. "In my view, the answer should be none."

Xu Hongli, a cadmium specialist with the Beijing office of Asian Metal Ltd., a market research and consultancy firm, said test results showing high cadmium levels in some Chinese-made metal jewelry did not surprise her. Using cadmium alloys has been "a relatively common practice" among manufacturers in the eastern cities of Yiwu and Qingdao and the southern province of Sichuan, Xu said.

"Some of their products contain 90 percent cadmium or higher," she acknowledged. "Usually, though, they are more careful with export products."

She said she thought that manufacturers were becoming aware of cadmium's dangers, and are using it less, "But it will still take a while for them to completely shift away from using it."

The CPSC has received dozens of incident reports of cadmium in products over the past few years, said Gib Mullan, the agency's director of compliance and field operations. Though the CPSC has authority to go after a product deemed a public danger under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act — the law used in lead-related recalls several years ago — there have been no enforcement actions.

"We are a small agency so we can't do everything we think would be a good idea. We have to try to pick our spots," Mullan said. At most, the agency can investigate 10 percent of the tens of thousands of reports filed by the public each year, he said.

With the help of an outside firm, the CPSC has started a scientific literature review of cadmium and other heavy metals, including how the substances fare in leaching tests, according to spokesman Wolfson. "If there has a been a shift in manufacturing to the use of cadmium, CPSC will take appropriate action."

Meanwhile, the CPSC's Mullan cites "a trend upward" in cadmium reports the agency has received — and private-sector testing AP reviewed shows cadmium is showing up more frequently.

Two outfits that analyze more than a thousand children's products each year checked their data at AP's request. Both said their findings of cadmium above 300 parts per million in an item — the current federal limit for lead — increased from about 0.5 percent of tests in 2007 to about 2.2 percent of tests in 2009. Those tests were conducted using a technology called XRF, a handheld gun that bounces X-rays off an item to estimate how much lead, cadmium or other elements it contains. While the results are not as exact as lab testing, the CPSC regularly uses XRF in its product screening.

Much of the increase found by the Michigan-based"> came in toys with polyvinyl chloride plastic, according to Jeff Gearhart, the group's research director. Both lead and cadmium can be used to fortify PVC against the sun's rays. Data collected by a Washington-based company called Essco Safety Check led its president, Seth Goldberg, to suspect that substitution of cadmium for lead partly explains the increase he's seen.

Lawyers representing the Toy Industry Association of America and the Fashion Jewelry Trade Association said their products are safe and insist cadmium is not widely used.

Sheila A. Millar, a lawyer representing the Fashion Jewelry Trade Association, said jewelry makers often opt for zinc these days. "While FJTA can only speak to the experience of its members," Millar wrote in an e-mail, "widespread substitution of cadmium is not something they see."


The AP National Investigative Team can be reached at investigate(at)">


Associated Press writers Alexa Olesen in Beijing and Shaya Tayefe Mohajer in Los Angeles, and Associated Press researchers Xi Yue in Beijing and Julie Reed in Charlotte, N.C., contributed to this report.

(This version CORRECTS the amount of lead standard to 0.03 percent.)

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Important Notice for All Visitors and Families: H1N1 Visitors’ Restrictions No Longer in Effect, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ, 08903

Important Notice for All Visitors and Families: H1N1 Visitors’ Restrictions No Longer in Effect

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Due to a decrease in the number of H1N1 influenza cases reported in our community, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has lifted all temporary visitors’ restrictions, effective January 7, 2010.

All visitors should continue to take the following steps to prevent the spread of influenza like illness:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Avoid contact with ill persons.
  • If you are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms we strongly suggest you delay your visit.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Today, 6 Jan 2010, 2:00 EST Web Radio - Eileen Dannemann, Paul G. King PhD & Dr. Mark R. Geier on H1N1 as an abortifacient

Today, Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010, 2:00-4:00 EST Web Radio:

Eileen Dannemann, Dr. Paul G. King and Dr. Mark Geier on A-H1N1 vaccines as abortifacients

Eileen Dannemann, Dr. Paul G. KIng and Dr. Mark Geier with Dr. A True Ott Radio broadcast on Republic Broadcasting with Dr. A.True Ott.

Today, Wednesday, January 6th at 2:00-4:00 EST

Topic of Conversation: A-H1N1 as an abortifacient drug/vaccine.

Miscarriages due to both the seasonal flu shot and the A-H1N1 vaccines. How National Coalition of Organized Women is collecting of data, tissue samples from fetuses, blood samples from the mother to prove vaccine cause of fetal death. With Eileen Dannemann, Director of National Coalition of Organized Women will be:

Dr. Paul G. King, Science and legislative adviser of CoMeD and National Coalition of Organized Women and director of Genetic Consultants of N.J., founder of FAME Systems --
consulting in the area of pharmacuetics and regulatory compliance. Website: (information about vaccines).

Dr. Mark Geier, MD PhD in genetics; board certified in genetics and epidemiology; researcher at the National Instiute of Health and professor at John Hopkins has over 100 peer reviewed publications and has been a consultant to the US Congress and a lead witness in vaccine litigation; president of Genetic Consultants in Maryland and has approximately 1000 children he is treating on the Autism spectrum with a patent pending on an new treatment to help these vaccine injured children.


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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Jan 12 @ 7pm Learn about how diet and nutrition contribute to health, focus, and well being. Attend Kids, Diet and Nutrition Presentation in Hackettstown, NJ

The Long Hill Parents and Professionals for Exceptional Children
(LHPPEC) is happy to present:

Kids, Diet, and Nutrition
Is your child's brain getting what it needs?

Learn about how diet and nutrition contribute to health, focus, and well being.

An informational presentation by Elaine Hardy, MS, RN, APN, C
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and
owner Holistic Family Healthcare in Hackettstown, NJ

Elaine Hardy, MS, RN, APN, C
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
Holistic Family Healthcare, PC
319 Airport Road
Hackettstown, NJ  07840
908.850.0888 Phone
908.850.1005  Fax

Gillette School 7:00pm Tuesday January 12th, 2010
(snow date January 19)
All members of the community are invited.

If possible, please RSVP to: Aviva Gans - agans(@)

Long Hill Parents and Professionals for Exceptional Children


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Response To "The Worst Ideas of the Decade Vaccine scares"

Dear Clive Thompson,

Attached is my formal response to your "The Worst Ideas of the Decade Vaccine scares" editorial that was posted in the on-line Washington Post on Dec 21, 2009 at:

Hopefully, after reading this response and checking the facts, you will, at a minimum, have a better understanding of the other major factors that led to the reduction in both the incidence of, and the mortality from, the childhood and other diseases for which there is currently a CDC-recommended U.S. vaccination program.


Paul G. King, PhD

PS: Please remember that I am an advocate for safe and effective vaccines, provided safety and, for preventive vaccines, long-term effectiveness are proven, and support truly cost-effective mass vaccination programs, provided the assessments include all of the costs of the harm that a given recommended vaccination program does cause to some who are vaccinated under that program and are NOT controlled by those in industry or the government who promote a given mass vaccination program or all mass vaccination programs.

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Mercer County Holistic Moms Meeting - Vaccinations and Immunity 01/05

Vaccinations and Immunity

Tuesday, January 5, 7:00PM

Mercer County Library

2751 US Hwy 1

Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

The number of vaccines recommended for young children is increasing and vaccinations for adolescents and adults are also an issue. What do you need to know? What are the risks you need to consider? How can you deal with potential exposure to disease?

Patricia Chichon, RN (Herbalist, Homeopath and Nutritional Consultant) will speak about the general issues regarding communicable diseases as well as the risks and benefits of vaccinations.

Please join us for this important meeting!

For more info and to RSVP:

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Reply to: Why do media report 'the other side' of scientific fact?

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Response To "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines"

One Scientist's Response To "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines" Posted by Dr. Molly O'Shea on Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 7:12 AM at: askthepediatrician 

[NOTE: Comments also submitted on 18 Dec 2009 to "" but not published.]

In your recent article, "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines", why did you apparently feel compelled to lie about the on-going presence of Thimerosal at preservative levels in vaccines given to children?

Especially, why lie about the influenza vaccines recommended to be given to children 6 months and older since 2002 -- and currently annually to children until they turn 18, when the influenza vaccines (both seasonal and, in 2009, A-H1N1), are such that most doses (>75%) of the inactivated vaccines contain a preservative level of Thimerosal (49.55-wt% mercury) and a 0.5-mL dose is only safe (if you think the EPA's reference dose [RfD; 0.1 microgram of mercury per kilogram of weight per day] for ingested mercury is an adequate safety level for
INJECTED mercury [which it is NOT]) when the "child" getting the 25-microgram dose of mercury from Thimerosal in the 0.5-mL vaccine dose weighs at least 250 kilograms (551+ pounds)?

How is a mercury dose that exceeds the EPA RfD mercury amount by a factor of 125 (for the 0.25-mL vaccine dose) and 250 (for the 0.5-mL dose) "minuscule" when the "child" who get the 0.25-mL dose typically weigh less than 18 kg and the "child" who gets the 0.5-mL dose typically weighs less than 70 kg?

How can Thimerosal used as a preservative be safe when the toxicity studies required by law (21 CFR 610.15(a)) since the late 1960s have NOT been conducted (as the FDA and the vaccine makers have repeatedly admitted or failed to refute)?

How is a dose of mercury that exceeds the putative "safe level" (the putative no observed adverse-effect level [NOAEL]) for injected Thimerosal-related mercury (based on a chronic toxicity study in rats that is cited and recognized by the FDA) of < 0.0042 micrograms of mercury /kilogram of weight per day for developing humans by more than a factor of 2900 for a 0.25-mL dose or more than a factor of 5900 for a 0.5-mL dose EITHER SAFE or MINUSCULE?

Since Thimerosal has NOT been removed from all doses of all of the vaccines administered to pregnant women and developing children, isn't your assertion, "the rates of autism have actually continued to increase despite the removal of thimerasol from vaccines", a KNOWING FALSEHOOD?

Since when can population studies be used to prove whether or not an ingredient in a vaccine is toxicologically safe?

When you can provide:
1. A list of ALL FDA-licensed vaccines that can be routinely given to pregnant women and children at any age and that list contains NO vaccine -- NOT one -- that contains ANY level of Thimerosal, and
2. The published toxicity studies that prove that, with at least a 100-fold safety margin, it is safe to expose a developing fetus weighing < 100 g to 50 micrograms of Thimerosal OR a 3-kg 6-month old to 25 micrograms of Thimerosal from a seasonal flu shot and 25 micrograms of Thimerosal from a "swine flu" shot on the same day, then, we can talk about the removal of Thimerosal from vaccines and the safety of Thimerosal in vaccines.

Until then, it should be obvious to all that you are lying about the removal of Thimerosal from vaccines and about the unproven safety of INJECTED Thimerosal at the levels found in Thimerosal-preserved vaccine doses of inactivated-virus flu vaccines recommended by the CDC to be administered to pregnant women and/ or to children 6 months to 18 years of age.

Should any want factual information about Thimerosal in vaccines or Thimerosal's putative mercury toxicity when injected or related subjects, then they should read the applicable documents posted on:

Moreover, if you or anyone wants to know about the in-use effectiveness of most of the current vaccines recommended for mass vaccination in the United States and rational vaccination schedules, the draft reviews of the report produced by the State of Florida Department of Health that are also posted on the cited web site should provide a good starting point.

As to the other issues, I see no need to address them because your posting's title, "The facts on mercury, preservative in vaccines", should only have ACCURATELY addressed Thimerosal, the mercury preservative in yesterday's and TODAY'S influenza (and a few other) vaccines that are FDA-approved and recommended by the CDC to be administered to children and/or pregnant women.

Hopefully, after reading this response and checking the facts, you will, at a minimum, know: Thimerosal has NOT been removed from vaccines administered to pregnant women and children as well as adults of all ages.


Paul G. King, PhD

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