Mercury, Immunizations, Coal ~ Mad As A Hatter

By Major Van Harl USAF Ret

Major Van Harl USAF Ret
Major Van Harl USAF Ret

Wisconsin –-(  Saturn is a funny looking sport utility vehicle, Pluto is a cartoon character but Mercury is no joke.

Read the book entitled Coal: A Human History ( ). It lays out the history of coal and how those black rocks made the United States an industrial super power. The steel mills of Pittsburg, the coast to coast interlocking train systems and our fossil fuel electricity generation plants, were to make America a manufacturing giant, all running on coal.

With all the great things that coal has brought us, it has also unfortunately been one of the biggest spreaders of mercury into our environment. Mercury is a cumulative poison (second only to plutonium in toxicity) which means it builds up in living tissue and tends to stay there. Unbeknownst to most people, they are putting small amounts of potentially harmful substances (mercury and many others) into their body on a regular bases.

The problem is mercury does not pass out of the body very easily in a healthy person and if you have problems getting rid of heavy metals in your body the poison of mercury just keeps building.

The expression “Mad as a Hatter” is not referring to an Alice in Wonderland character; it is referring to an early industrial occupation disease. The felt hat makers of the early 1800s would brush a solution of a mercury compound onto the beaver fur they used to make the felt. All through the hat making process the hat maker was constantly coming in contact with mercury through touch and breathing in the fumes. And of course the mercury just kept building up in his body. The “hatter” displayed symptoms of trembling, which became know as the “hatters shakes.” He would have co-ordination problems, slurred speech, depression, anxiety, and memory loss, all leading to major personality changes.

He was not mad he was being systematically poisoned into physical breakdown.

One of the other major health problems with mercury is it has been used in the medical vaccination process in the United States since the early 1930s. Mercury was added to the vaccines and every time you received an inoculation you were having that dangerous, toxic substance place directly into your body. If your body was functioning correctly and you did not get to much mercury at any given time, you would eventually process most of it out of your system. It has been suggested that autism in children is caused by all the mercury in childhood vaccinations (

Many of the symptoms of mercury poison and autism are very similar.

I want to state right up front I am a big proponent of vaccinations. With all the world traveling I did in the military I am most assuredly confident that all the shots I took over the years protected my health.

But, if the mercury issue in vaccinations is correct then I can assume my body works well at getting the unwanted heavy metals out of my system. So, I am the lucky one. There is too much information available advising me that mercury and autism are strongly connected.

The flip side of that issue is the pharmaceutical industry and our government is working so hard to tell the world there is no connection ( Why has mercury been taken out of vaccines only as of recently, they did it for animal medication back in 1992?

Coal Power
Coal Power

Perhaps you have heard the negative press that China gets in reference to all the coal fired power plants it keeps building and of course the increase of mercury in the air all this electricity generating will produce. India has an even greater need for coal generated electricity; they just have a coal producing system living in the stone-age.

Because of political corruption, worker’s unions that refuse to change and the failure to modernize coal producing India is starving for fossil fuel.

In the not so distant future the “light bulb” will go on in India and modern and massive extraction of coal will start in that country. India wants to bring reliable electricity to its manufacturing industry and I guess it general population. When this happens India’s coal usage and mercury infused smoke will dramatically upstage China as the great coal polluter of the world.

I am not anti-coal. The world has to use it for energy. Everyone wants a perfect child when a baby is born and we look for answers and sometimes people to blame when there are serious problems. Wherever the mercury comes from, immunizations, coal burning or making hats, it harms.

The process must be improved because the world will never stop burning “things” for light and heat.

Major Van Harl USAF Ret.
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About Major Van Harl USAF Ret.:Major Van E. Harl USAF Ret., a career Police Officer in the U.S. Air Force was born in Burlington, Iowa, USA, in 1955. He was the Deputy Chief of police at two Air Force Bases and the Commander of Law Enforcement Operations at another. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Infantry School.  A retired Colorado Ranger and currently is an Auxiliary Police Officer with the Cudahy PD in Milwaukee County, WI.  His efforts now are directed at church campus safely and security training.  He believes “evil hates organization.”  [email protected]

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Philip J. Goscienski, M.D.

Dear Major Harl, Thank you for your comments on mercury and especially, for your military service. I am a retired Navy Captain and a pediatric infectious diseases specialist. Mercury is indeed a dangerous substance but please note that the form used in vaccines is not methyl mercury but ethyl mercury, which is metabolized quite differently. Also, please do some research on autism — more than 14 studies have shown that there is NO link between vaccines and autism and the physician who initiated the scare has lost his medical license, his original publication in Lancet has been retracted by that… Read more »


First and most importantly you’ve not mentioned the improvements in filtering for coal fired power plants. If secondary importance, this site has strayed far afield when we start discussing topics other than RKBA.