Anti-vaxxers can’t do math

October 25, 2011

A posting at a “newspaper” (I use the term loosely here) called the Canadian entitled ” America’s Toxic Flu shots: 250 times EPA mercury limit” has been getting a bit of attention (and ridicule) lately. The same article appears to be posted at another site under the name “Flu Shots Contain More than 250 Times the EPA’s Safety Limit for Mercury“, both by someone called¬†Anthony Gucciardi. The article is riddled with factual errors, and actually identifies well-known quack Russel Blaylock as a “leading neurologist”. But without even going into all the factual errors, which have been pointed out elsewhere (such as here), the article has fundamental math errors that¬† make it even more laughable.

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The many faces of mercury

March 24, 2011

This is the third in a series of posts about mercury (see also Part 1 on measuring mercury exposure and Part 2 on sources of mercury exposure).

It’s easy to think of mercury as a single substance. However, there are several different forms of mercury, which exhibit very different behaviour in the environment and in the human body. Today I’m going to briefly introduce some of the different mercury compounds, where they come from and what happens to them; future posts in this series will focus on the effects of some of the key mercury compounds.

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