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I’m twisting my head in confusion over Eric Anderson’s Oct. 29 letter, “Safe mercury levels in vaccine.” Anderson cites the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but this is the same FDA that approved Tamiflu, and people in Japan know what happened to a few children who took Tamiflu: They killed themselves.

So there may very well be a large kernel of truth in David Williams’ Oct. 25 letter (“Forgoing the new flu vaccination”). I find it ironic that governments, hospitals and clinics in both the United States and Japan are spending millions of dollars and yen to acquire the H1N1 vaccine, yet across the Sea of Japan, South Korea seems to have found a cheaper way to prevent the new flu: kimchi. Not even a trace of mercury in this.

t. mamoru hanami