A Beginner’s Guide to Vaccine Research. (Part 1)

I’m about to bestow unto you what so many pre-internet parents of decades past wish they had had access to before making the decision to vaccinate their kids. Even now, with all the information at our fingertips, it can be quite the daunting task to find good, credible sources that aren’t riddled with scare tactics and propaganda. You get that on either side of the vaccine debate, but I’m going to do my best not to bog you down with all that bullshit.

As you may or may not know, I do not vaccinate my kids. With that said, I’m a huge supporter of all parents, no matter what path they choose in life. I’m really not a fan of the whole “Mommy Wars” thing. We should all try to educate, but also respect. We all have the same goal: to do what’s best for our kids. The reason I don’t vaccinate my kids (well, there’s lots of reasons) but the MAIN reason I don’t vax them, is because my husband and his mother both have vaccine injuries, and that tends to run in families. Both of them were injured later in life by a single vaccine (flu shot for my MIL, Hep B for my husband) which caused them to develop an autoimmune disease. When you think of autoimmune disease, you may think MS, Parkinson and the like, but what a lot of people don’t know is that autoimmune disease is much more common than that. Conditions like asthma, allergies, eczema, chronic sinusitis and food allergies are all autoimmune diseases, and they are all on the rise. People who have a history of these conditions are at a much higher risk of having an adverse event after vaccination. See Predicting Post-Vaccination Autoimmunity: Who Might Be At Risk?

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25277820

With that said, the first step that every parent should take when considering whether or not to vaccinate, is to read the package inserts. These are the product inserts that contain the information for each vaccine. This is not the same thing as the sheet of paper that the doctor gives you. All of the inserts are pretty similar, so I suggest choosing a minimum of four vaccines from the current schedule and reading them all the way through, making sure to read the ingredients, the contraindications and the adverse events. Be sure not to miss the rare adverse events listed towards the bottom.

http://www.immunize.org/packageinserts/

Here is a side-by-side list of the vaccines with their ingredients and side effects for easy reading.

http://www.generationrescue.org/resources/vaccination/vaccine-ingredients-and-side-effects/

Now review the current vaccine schedule, each disease that we vaccinate for in the US, and the symptoms and complications for each disease.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf

Now let us discuss. You may have noticed a lot of really toxic and off-putting ingredients in the package inserts. Things like Aluminum, Mercury (thimerosal), formaldehyde, neomycin, monosodium glutamate (MSG),  MRC-5 DNA and cellular protein (aborted human fetal lung fibroblast cells), just to name a few. Let’s discuss each one a little further.

Aluminum– Aluminum is put into vaccines as an adjuvant. An adjuvant is an ingredient of a vaccine that helps create a stronger immune response in the patient’s body. It’s job is to rile up the immune system. Aluminum is a heavy metal that, in high enough quantities, can cause serious health problems. Here is what MedScape had to say:

“All metals can cause disease through excess. In addition, essential metals can affect the human body in the case of deficiency or imbalance. Malabsorption through diarrheal states can result in essential metal and trace element deficiencies. Toxic effects are dependent upon the amount of metal ingested, entry rate, tissue distribution, concentration achieved, and excretion rate. Mechanisms of toxicity include inhibition of enzyme activity and protein synthesis, alterations in nucleic acid function, and changes in cell membrane permeability.

“Approximately 95% of an aluminum load becomes bound to transferrin and albumin intravascularly and is then eliminated renally. In healthy subjects, only 0.3% of orally administered aluminum is absorbed via the GI tract, and the kidneys effectively eliminate aluminum from the human body. Only when the GI barrier is bypassed, such as by intravenous infusion or in the presence of advanced renal dysfunction, does aluminum have the potential to accumulate. As an example, with intravenously infused aluminum, 40% is retained in adults and up to 75% is retained in neonates.”

The signs and symptoms of aluminum toxicity are usually nonspecific. Typical presentations may include proximal muscle weakness, bone pain, multiple nonhealing fractures, acute or subacute alteration in mental status, and premature osteoporosis. These patients almost always have some degree of renal disease. Most patients are on hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis.

The CDC says “Aluminum salts, such as aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, and aluminum potassium sulfate have been used safely in vaccines for more than 70 years. Aluminum salts were initially used in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s with diphtheria and tetanus vaccines after it was found that this addition strengthened the body’s immune response to these vaccines.”

According to this Pub Med article “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. There is also a concerning scarcity of data on toxicology and pharmacokinetics of these compounds. In spite of this, the notion that aluminum in vaccines is safe appears to be widely accepted. Experimental research, however, clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects underestimated, has not been rigorously evaluated in the medical and scientific community. We hope that the present paper will provide a framework for a much needed and long overdue assessment of this highly contentious medical issue.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21568886

According to the FDA  “Aluminum may reach toxic levels with prolonged parenteral (injected) administration if kidney function is impaired. Premature neonates are particularly at risk because their kidneys are immature, and they require large amounts of calcium and phosphorous solutions, which contain aluminum. Research indicates that patients with impaired kidney function, including premature neonates, who receive parenteral levels of aluminum at greater than 4 to 5mcg/kg/day accumulate aluminum at levels associated with central nervous system and bone toxicity. Tissue loading may occur at even lower rates of administration.”

http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/appletter/2004/19626scs019ltr.pdf

Basically, The CDC says it’s perfectly safe, but cites no safety studies, and the FDA says that a healthy 8lb newborn baby shouldn’t receive anymore than 4-5mcg/kg/day, which equals 18.16mcg in one day. On the first day of life, newborn babies are given the Hep B vaccine (the one that injured my husband when he was 14). According to RXlist.com, the Hep B vaccine contains 25mg of aluminum, which is equal to 250mcg. I’m not sure how this is legal, but that is definitely a toxic dose. Referring back to the vaccine schedule, the Hep B vaccine is given on the first day of life, at 2 months and again at 6 months. At their 6 month appointment, they may also be given shots for Rotavirus, DTaP (which is a three in one shot for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), Hib, PCV, IPV and a flu shot. Of these shots, the DTap, the Hib and PCV may also contain aluminum. Here is Dr. Paul Thomas on this subject:

Mercury (thimerosal)– Thimerosal, which is approximately 50% mercury by weight, has been one of the most widely used preservatives in vaccines. It is metabolized or degraded to ethylmercury and thiosalicylate. Ethylmercury is an organomercurial that should be distinguished from methylmercury, a related substance that has been the focus of considerable study. You may have heard that mercury has been removed from vaccines. And this may or may not be the truth. Like so many things that the CDC says, this is at best a half-truth. One thing is for sure, the flu shot still contains 25mcg of ethylmercury. As well as any multi-dose vaccine vials, to prevent contamination. Thimerosal’s main use is as an antiseptic and antifungal agent. Here are a few short video clips from the documentary Trace Amounts regarding mercury.

People are being told that mercury was “phased out” to err on the side of caution. This is not true. Several years back, there was the Simpsonwood Hearing, which was a secret gathering of CDC officials, scientists and vaccine manufacturers to discuss the possible link between mercury and autism. The transcripts are available online, but it is very lengthy. I will link it anyways. During this hearing, they discussed the available science regarding ethylmercury (the type in vaccines) and discovered that there were almost no safety studies done. A lot of standards for ethylmercury are based on studies done on methylmercury, which is quite different. The conclusions that they drew were that there was a sizable gap in safety studies, but based on the standards of methylmercury, children at that time were receiving over 400 times the safe limits of mercury all together. Then, a large portion of this hearing was dedicated to how they would be able to keep this information from the American public. One of the attendees of the hearing was even quoted in the transcripts as saying “I won’t be getting my grandson vaccinated until this is all worked out.” Here is RFK Jr. speaking about it (skip ahead one minute).

Here is RFK Jr’s summary of the hearing.

http://www.robertfkennedyjr.com/articles/2005_june_16.html

Here are the transcripts from that hearing.

http://www.safeminds.org/government-affairs/foia/Simpsonwood_Overview.pdf

Formaldehyde– According to the FDA “Formaldehyde has a long history of safe use in the manufacture of certain viral and bacterial vaccines. It is used to inactivate viruses so that they don’t cause disease (e.g., polio virus used to make polio vaccine) and to detoxify bacterial toxins, such as the toxin used to make diphtheria vaccine. Formaldehyde is diluted during the vaccine manufacturing process, but residual quantities of formaldehyde may be found in some current vaccines. The amount of formaldehyde present in some vaccines is so small compared to the concentration that occurs naturally in the body that it does not pose a safety concern.” With that said, Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. And while a pear may contain more formaldehyde than a vaccine, keep in mind that there is a huge difference in injecting a toxin and ingesting a toxin. When you ingest something, it has to go through your mucosal immune system. From there, it is passed through your digestive tract, where it is filtered by you liver and kidneys. When a toxin is injected, it completely bypasses all of your body’s natural filtration. When you inject heavy metals, they tend to accumulate in the nervous system and brain.

Neomycin– According to Medscape “Neomycin is an antibiotic that interferes with bacterial protein synthesis by binding primarily to the 30S subunit of bacterial ribosomes. Many vaccines contain trace amounts of neomycin to prevent bacterial contamination during the manufacturing process.

According to the NACDG, neomycin is the third most prevalent allergen that often manifests as a delayed-type contact dermatitis.

There is little reason to believe that high sensitization rates to neomycin are attributable to vaccines. To date, no cases of local or generalized eczematous reactions to neomycin-containing vaccines have been reported. One case of anaphylaxis has been attributed to neomycin in a vaccine although the causal relationship is uncertain.”

According to the package insert for oral Neomycin “Patients with a history of hypersensitivity or serious toxic reaction to other aminoglycosides may have a cross-sensitivity to neomycin.”

“Additional manifestations of neurotoxicity may include numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching and convulsions.

“The risk of hearing loss continues after drug withdrawal.

“Aminoglycosides can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Aminoglycoside antibiotics cross the placenta and there have been several reports of total irreversible bilateral congenital deafness in children whose mothers received streptomycin during pregnancy. Although serious side effects to fetus or newborn have not been reported in the treatment of pregnant women with other aminoglycosides, the potential for harm exists. Animal reproduction studies of neomycin have not been conducted. If neomycin is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to the fetus.”

“Neomycin is quickly and almost totally absorbed from body surfaces (except the urinary bladder) after local irrigation and when applied topically in association with surgical procedures. Delayed-onset irreversible deafness, renal failure and death due to neuromuscular blockade (regardless of the status of renal function) have been reported following irrigation of both small and large surgical fields with minute quantities of neomycin.”

“Before administering the drug, patients or members of their families should be informed of possible toxic effects on the eighth nerve. The possibility of acute toxicity increases in premature infants and neonates.”

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=777dbfab-f83e-4738-ae1e-78619a9f82a7

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)– MSG is used as a stabilizer in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity. According to this Pubmed study, “Higher amounts of individual MSG consumption are associated with the risk of having the metabolic syndrome and being overweight independent of other major determinants.”

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22681873

MSG is what’s known as an excitotoxin. Excitotoxins are a class of chemicals (usually amino acids) that overstimulate neuron receptors. Neuron receptors allow brain cells to communicate with each other, but when they’re exposed to excitotoxins, they fire impulses at such a rapid rate that they become exhausted. More about excitotoxins here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7854587

WI-38 and MRC-5 DNA and cellular protein (aborted human fetal lung fibroblast cells)– According to catholiceducation.org “In the United States, 10 different vaccines for chicken pox, hepatitis A, polio, rabies, and rubella are cultured on aborted tissue from two fetal cell lines known as WI-38 and MRC-5. These vaccines are Varivax (chicken pox), Havrix (hep-A), Vaqta (hep-A), Twinrix (hep-A/hep-B), Poliovax (polio), Imovax (rabies), Meruvax II (rubella), MR-VAX (measles/rubella), Biavax II (mumps/rubella), and MMR II (measles/mumps/rubella). Alternative, pro-life vaccines are available in this country for all but the chicken pox, hepatitis A, and rubella inoculations.

“The WI-38 ‘human-diploid’ cell culture was developed in July 1962 from a ‘therapeutically aborted’ three-month-old girl. ‘WI’ is an acronym used by the Wistar Institute, an aggressive proponent of embryonic stem cell research. The August 1969 issue of the American Journal of Diseases of Children explains WI-38 was taken from a voluntary abortion performed in Sweden: ‘This fetus was chosen by Dr. Sven Gard, specifically for this purpose [use as a vaccine culture]. Both parents are known, and unfortunately for the story, they are married to each other, still alive and well, and living in Stockholm, presumably. The abortion was done because they felt they had too many children.’

“MRC-5 is derived from the lung tissue of a 14-week-old baby boy. MRC stands for Medical Research Council, a research center funded by British taxpayers. According to Coriell Cell Repositories, “The MRC-5 cell line was developed in September 1966 from lung tissue taken from a 14-week fetus aborted for psychiatric reasons from a 27-year-old physically healthy woman.”

“Development of the rubella vaccine actually involved not one, but 28 abortions. Twenty-seven abortions were performed to isolate the virus and one abortion (WI-38) to culture the vaccine. The vaccine’s strain is called RA 27/3 (R=Rubella, A=Abortus, 27=27th fetus tested, 3=3rd tissue explanted). Rubella, or “German measles,” is usually a harmless childhood disease. Ironically, rubella is most dangerous for preborn infants, who have a 20 to 25 percent chance of contracting congenital rubella syndrome if their mothers catch rubella during the first trimester. Scientists at the Wistar Institute took advantage of the 1964-65 rubella epidemic to legally acquire fetal tissue from at least 27 so-called therapeutic abortions conducted on women at risk for rubella. Since the live virus was not detected until the 27th abortion, the preceding 26 abortions were apparently performed on perfectly healthy babies. By contrast, Japanese researchers obtained a live virus by swabbing the throat of an infected child.”

More information on the religious implications of aborted fetal cells here:

http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/science/ethical-issues/immunity-from-evil-vaccines-derived-from-abortion.html

http://www.cogforlife.org/catholicguide.pdf

Feeling overwhelmed yet? Me too. Unfortunately, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Since we are on the topic of ingredients, we should also probably cover food allergies. According to the website smartvax.com, the words “allergy” and “anaphylaxis” were created to describe vaccine injury.

“The terms ‘allergy’ and ‘anaphylaxis’ were created following a strange illness that affected up to 50% of vaccinated children at the close of the 1800s.  This illness was simply called ‘serum sickness’ and followed the first mass administration of diphtheria anti-toxin sera.  Austrian pediatrician Clemens von Pirquet studied the illness at length and observed that the symptoms of this sickness resembled those in people who were hypersensitive to pollens and bee stings.  To better describe this ‘altered reactivity’ to the sera he created the Latin derived word allergy in 1906.

“In 1901, another doctor Charles Richet had stumbled on the same phenomenon during attempts to vaccinate dogs to a jellyfish poison.  He began by injecting dogs with trace amounts of the poison to create a level of tolerance to it.  However, when he injected the animals a second time, he provoked a violent reaction that quickly killed the dogs.  For this reaction he used a Latin term ana-phylaxis or anti-protection, because the outcome was the opposite of the protection that the vaccine was supposed to provide.

“Richet experimented further.  He quickly discovered that any protein including those from foods injected into the bloodstream results in sensitization and anaphylaxis on subsequent exposure to the food. Richet injected minute quantities of milk and meat proteins into cats, rabbits and horses and showed that anaphylaxis is a universal immune system defense.

“Prior to the advent of vaccination, mass allergy such as serum sickness was unknown.  At the dawn of the 20th century, doctors identified the problem of allergy as an outcome of mass vaccination – on which government relied.  The dilemma of serum-induced allergy was summarized by allergist Warren Vaughan in 1941:

“‘Serum disease, as this is called, is a man-made malady.  If we had no curative serums and if there were no such thing as a hypodermic syringe with which to introduce the material under the skin, there would be no serum disease.  Instead multitudes would still be dying from diphtheria and lockjaw … Thus, we find ourselves in somewhat of a dilemma, faced with the necessity for choosing the lesser of two potential evils.’    Warren Vaughan, Strange Malady (1941)

“As vaccine ingredients became better refined to reduce the sensitizing proteins, prevalence of serum sickness decreased.  With the 20th century expansion of vaccination programs and schedules to include food proteins and adjuvants, however, other unforeseen problems arose to take its place.  One of these was a rise in food allergy.” More info on the origins of allergy and anaphylaxis here:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1750523/pdf/bullnyacadmed00288-0071.pdf

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14989211

For more info on food allergies read:

http://www.thedoctorwithin.com/allergies/vaccines-and-the-peanut-allergy-epidemic/

In this document from The World Health Organization, they discuss the potential for an adjuvant to cause hypersensitivity to its own ingredients (oil and water emulsion adjuvants commonly use peanut oil [i.e. peanut allergy]) or hypersensitivity to ones own tissues (i.e. Autoimmunity). (See sections 2.1.2, 7.1 and 7.2)

http://whqlibdoc.who.int/trs/WHO_TRS_595.pdf

This concludes Part 1 of your vaccine research. Thank you for reading and learning! In the next installment, we will discuss, among other things, the controversial American vaccine schedule.

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3 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to Vaccine Research. (Part 1)

  1. One milligram equals one-thousand micrograms. Therefore, twenty-five (25) milligrams equals twenty-five thousand (25,000) micrograms, not 250. So it’s even worse, WAY worse than you thought!

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  2. I appreciate your concern for your children but what you’ve done here is pull together a lot of different information from anti-vaccine sites all of which has previously been discredited. If you wish to do some balanced research then can I respectfully suggest that you also look at some of the following:
    http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/
    https://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/
    http://www.scibabe.com/
    http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/
    All of these blogs are written by people with scientific and/or medical backgrounds and all have written extensively about the vaccine debate. Best wishes.

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    • I am very familiar with each of those sites you have mentioned, and I liken them to nothing more than glorified gossip columns. It bothers me that they have the word “science” in the name of their website, yet the content of their page is seriously lacking in scientific data. They spend the majority of their articles personally attacking those with differing views, and the rest of the article is spent arguing semantics or minute details. This is a classic diversion tactic used to distract the reader from the actual data. I try to avoid opinion pieces (which is what they are, since they rarely contain any real scientific data) and focus on what the actual science proves. I stand by my sources, most of them are online medical journals or quotes from medical doctors who have devoted their time to the topic of vaccine safety. Thank you for reading!

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