The transsubstantiation of thimerosal: the threat of Echinacea and Elderberry

Teresa Binstock
Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy
November 17, 2009

Prelude: Nothing in this essay is intended to provide medical advice. Indeed, the purpose here is to report two findings that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals and to place those findings in their societal context. One article is free online; the other isn't.

Thimerosal is present in many influenza vaccines and in many H1N1 vaccines. Although the ethylmercury in vaccinal thimerosal enters the brain of primates (1) and is associated with autism and with the need for special education services (2-3), many spokespersons for vaccine orthodoxy proclaim thimerosal injections to be harmless (eg, 4).

As a result of findings linking thimerosal with autism (eg, 2), some parents turn away from vaccines that may contain thimerosal. Such individuals may not appreciate the role of transsubstantiation (5), whereby (regarding thimerosal) injected ethylmercury is converted into a harmless substance via a physician's or nurse's handling of the fully loaded vaccine-injection device.

Be that as it may, two findings regarding H1N1 merit attention amid encouragement to be injected with thimerosal. First, Roschek and colleagues reported that " Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro" (6). Second and more recently, Pleschka et al offered: "Human H1N1-type IV..., as well as swine origin IV (S-OIV, H1N1), were all inactivated in cell culture assays by the EF preparation at concentrations ranging from the recommended dose for oral consumption to several orders of magnitude lower." (7)

Ponderable points:
a) Far be it from me to suggest that the physician- and nurse-induced transsubstantiation of mercury into something harmless does not occur (despite ethylmercury's entry into the brain, persistence therein, and association with autism).
b) Despite increasing evidence of thimerosal's adverse effects, the CDC and FDA want Americans to accept influenza- and H1N1-vaccinations and, while so doing, to accept the injecting of mythically transsubstantiated ethylmercury.
c) The CDC and FDA would prefer that we ignore findings regarding Elderberry and Echinacea.
d) The lucrativity of media-hyped pandemics helps us place into perspective lamentations rooted in hope that science someday will trump the orthodoxy of vaccinationism (eg, 8-10, see also 11-13).


1. Comparison of blood and brain mercury levels in infant monkeys exposed to methylmercury or vaccines containing thimerosal
Burbacher TM et al. Environ Health Perspect. 2005 Aug;113(8):1015-21.

2. Hepatitis B vaccination of male neonates and autism
[conference abstract as published]
CM Gallagher, MS Goodman, Graduate Program in Public
Health, Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY
Annals of Epidemiology, p659
Vol. 19, No. 9 Abstracts (ACE) September 2009: 651–680.

3. Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1-9 years
 Gallagher C, Goodman M. Toxicol Environ Chem 2008 90(5):997-1008.
{free online}

4. Did NIAID's Anthony Fauci commit fraud or did US News & World Report misquote Dr. Fauci?
Teresa Binstock, Aug 29, 2009

5. Transsubstantiation

6. Elderberry flavonoids bind to and prevent H1N1 infection in vitro
Roschek B Jr, Fink RC, McMichael MD, Li D, Alberte RS.
Phytochemistry. 2009 Jul;70(10):1255-61.

A ionization technique in mass spectrometry called Direct Analysis in Real Time Mass Spectrometry (DART TOF-MS) coupled with a Direct Binding Assay was used to identify and characterize anti-viral components of an elderberry fruit (Sambucus nigra L.) extract without either derivatization or separation by standard chromatographic techniques. The elderberry extract inhibited Human Influenza A (H1N1) infection in vitro with an IC(50) value of 252+/-34 microg/mL. The Direct Binding Assay established that flavonoids from the elderberry extract bind to H1N1 virions and, when bound, block the ability of the viruses to infect host cells. Two compounds were identified, 5,7,3',4'-tetra-O-methylquercetin (1) and 5,7-dihydroxy-4-oxo-2-(3,4,5-trihydroxyphenyl)chroman-3-yl-3,4,5-trihydroxycyclohexanecarboxylate (2), as H1N1-bound chemical species. Compound 1 and dihydromyricetin (3), the corresponding 3-hydroxyflavonone of 2, were synthesized and shown to inhibit H1N1 infection in vitro by binding to H1N1 virions, blocking host cell entry and/or recognition. Compound 1 gave an IC(50) of 0.13 microg/mL (0.36 microM) for H1N1 infection inhibition, while dihydromyricetin (3) achieved an IC(50) of 2.8 microg/mL (8.7 microM). The H1N1 inhibition activities of the elderberry flavonoids compare favorably to the known anti-influenza activities of Oseltamivir (Tamiflu; 0.32 microM) and Amantadine (27 microM).

7. Anti-viral properties and mode of action of standardized Echinacea purpurea extract against highly pathogenic avian Influenza virus (H5N1, H7N7) and swine-origin H1N1 (S-OIV)
Pleschka S, Stein M, Schoop R, Hudson JB
Virology Journal 2009, 6:197 (13 November 2009)
Provisional PDF

8.  Expert Pediatrician Exposes Vaccine Myths

9. Mercola

10. Mercola

11. Federal Health Agencies Continue to Deceive Americans on a Vaccine-Autism Link: Congressional Report Ignored for Six Years
Richard Gale and Gary Null, Ph.D
Progressive Radio Network, November 12, 2009

12. How Wired Magazine’s Amy Wallace Endangers Our Kids
J.B. Handley,

13. Drug Giant Merck – “Destroy” Critical Doctors “Where They Live”

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