An adjuvant, as described earlier, is a substance that helps and enhances the pharmacological effect of a drug or increases the ability of an antigen to stimulate the immune system. It is given because the vaccine contents alone do not stimulate a significant response on their own. In defence of the adjuvant, the pharmaceutical industries say that it is added so that they need less of the vaccine antigen, (the bacteria, virus or toxin in its changed form).
However, considering the toxicity of the adjuvant, why would you rather add adjuvant and not a little more vaccine antigen, given that the antigen i.e. the changed bacteria, virus or toxin is supposed to be rendered safe? Is it that the vaccine contents are simply not recognised as an apparent threat to the body and therefore the question is; does the immune response to the vaccine really mimic the real disease situation sufficiently well enough to confer the much desired life-long immunity to the actual illness?
The adjuvant would be an obvious cause for concern, yet seems to go un-noticed as far as the possibility of creating adverse events from the vaccine. The most common adjuvant is aluminium, which is a known neurotoxin; there are dozens of studies that have implicated aluminium in the development of nervous system and brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- The mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of the neurotoxicity associated with aluminium are numerous. (CNS Drugs. 2001; 15(9):691-9).
- Dr. Hugh Fundenburg, a biologist with nearly 850 papers in peer review journals, presented data at the 1997 International Vaccine Conference which shows that a person who takes 5 or more annual flu vaccine shots has increased the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease by a factor of 10 over the person who has had 2 or fewer flu shots. When asked why, Dr. Fundenburg stated it is due to the mercury and aluminium build-up that are in many flu shots and in many other childhood vaccines. The gradual mercury and aluminium build-up in the brain causes eventual cognitive dysfunction.
- We know that traces of aluminium in the feed of preterm infants is associated with impaired neurological development, (N England J Med. 1997 Oct 9;337(15):1090-1) and yet children can often receive up to 3.75 mg of aluminium from vaccines during the first six months of life. (Pharmacol Toxicol 1992 Apr;70(4):278-80)
- Indeed even at the injection site of aluminium containing vaccines, reports since 1996 show that the pathological changes (disease changes of the skin and flesh) are greater than previously recognised (J Clinical Pathology (1996 Oct) 49(10):844-7).
- As reported earlier Dr Weil on the expert panel reviewing a study of the relationship of polyvalent vaccines and the increase in neurological disease stated:
In relationship to aluminium, (an additive in many vaccines), being a nephrologist for a long time, the potential for aluminium and central nervous system toxicity was established by dialysis data. To think there isn’t some possible problem here is unreal.
Speaking of her autistic patients, Dr Stephanie Cave one time research specialist now a medical doctor in Louisiana:
You would be amazed at the devastation in their chemistries when you get down to the cellular level.” She also said, “I think in later years we are going to look back at aluminium the way we are looking at mercury now.
So what are the agreed safe levels of aluminium?
Until recently there were no upper safety levels set for environmental exposure, but the European Food Safety Association has newly recommended an upper level in dietary intake of 1mg per kg of body weight per week (22 May 2008). Acknowledging that 99.9% to 99.7% will be excreted through the gut and never enter the blood and internal systems of the body, but this absorption level can increase by as much as ten fold if other factors are present in the diet that aid assimilation.
Therefore the recommendation allows that a possible 3% of the upper safety limit could be absorbed into the body. A 6 month old child, maximum body weight 10 kg, would therefore have an upper safety limit of 3% of 10 mg aluminium per week having access to the internal body which is a weekly maximum of 0.3mg yet a single injection can contain 2.5 times that at 0.85mg, with a child receiving that in one day.
Are these levels in vaccines safe?
It seems that the upper limits recommended for vaccines have been guessed and assigned by…we don’t know who… as revealed by the transcripts from the National Vaccine Program Office Workshop on Aluminium in Vaccines, May 2000.
Dr. Gerber, National Institute of Health in fact asks the question:
… the standard of 0.85 milligrams of aluminium per dose set forth in the Code of Federal Regulations, can you tell us where that came from and how that was determined?
Dr. Baylor appears qualified to answer that question, he is: Acting Deputy Director of the Office Of Vaccine Research and Review, and Associate Director for Regulatory Policy at the Centre for Biological Evaluation of Research at FDA… however his answer is somewhat revealing:
Unfortunately, I could not. I mean, we have been trying to figure that out. We have been trying to figure that out as far as going back in the historical records and determining how they came up with that and going back to the preamble to the regulation. We just have been unsuccessful with that but we are still trying to figure that out.
So we are injecting neurotoxins into our children and adults, and the vaccine community does not know what levels are safe, but do in fact appear to be guessing at doses…this of course isn’t science. As Dr. Martin Myers, Director of the National Vaccine Program Office, Department of Health and Human Services recognises and states in the same meeting:
Perhaps the most important thing that I took away from the last meeting was that those of us who deal with vaccines have really very little applicable background with metals and toxicological research.
Scientists get scared
Neuroscientist Chris Shaw and a four scientist team from the University of British Columbia and Louisiana State University, conducted studies to test the possible impact of vaccines in the emergence of Gulf War Syndrome. Because Gulf War Syndrome looks a lot like; Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer’s, the neuroscientists had a chance to isolate a possible cause. All deployed troops were vaccinated with an aluminium hydroxide compound. Vaccinated troops who were not deployed to the Gulf developed similar symptoms at a similar rate, i.e. illness developed whether they went to the Gulf or not, therefore causation had to be due to a procedure they were all subjected to in their home country and not an issue in the Gulf itself.
The following comments were obtained by Pieta Woolley of Georgia Straight, Canada and published on 23-Mar-2006.
Shaw is most surprised that the research for his paper hadn’t been done before. After 20 weeks studying vaccinated mice, the team found statistically significant increases in anxiety (38 percent); memory deficits (41 times the errors as in the sample group); and an allergic skin reaction (20 percent). Tissue samples after the mice were “sacrificed” showed neurological cells were dying. Inside the mice’s brains, in a part that controls movement, 35 percent of the cells were destroying themselves.
For 80 years, doctors have injected patients with aluminium hydroxide, an adjuvant that stimulates immune response. This is suspicious, either this [link] is known by industry and it was never made public, or industry was never made to do these studies by Health Canada. I’m not sure which is scarier.
No one in my lab wants to get vaccinated,” he said. “This totally creeped us out. We weren’t out there to poke holes in vaccines. But all of a sudden, oh my God-we’ve got neuron death
Shaw warns that “whether the risk of protection from a dreaded disease outweighs the risk of toxicity is a question that demands our urgent attention…I don’t think the safety of vaccines is demarcated. How does a parent make a decision based on what’s available? You can’t make an intelligent decision…Conservatively, if one percent of vaccinated humans develop ALS from vaccine adjuvants, it would still constitute a health emergency.””
It’s possible that there are 10,000 studies that show aluminium hydroxide is safe for injections. But he hasn’t been able to find any that look beyond the first few weeks of injection. If anyone has a study that shows something different, he said, please “put it on the table. That’s how you do science.”
Neuroscience research is difficult, Shaw said, because symptoms can take years to manifest, so it’s hard to prove what caused the symptoms.
To me, that calls for better testing, not blind faith.
This is certainly not the image of our knowledgeable vaccine promoters publicized by drug companies and health authorities; there is of course a huge divide between science, vaccine research and the public portrayal of vaccines.