Why Should You be Concerned about Aluminum?

Why should I be concerned about aluminum? That’s the question many parents ask themselves in the face of conflicting information presented by various health organizations. Is there really reason to be concerned about aluminum?

Discerning an accurate answer to this question can be difficult when information is condensed, distorted, or suppressed. Parents want to make the best choices for themselves and their children, but doing so in today’s world of misinformation can be exceptionally difficult. The facts are there, but they’re not always accessible or apparent.

That’s why organizations like the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute continue to raise awareness of the actual facts about aluminum, facts that research from leading scientists confirms.

Here’s the real story on aluminum.

What We Know

Aluminum is an element that is toxic to the human body. The FDA has acknowledged aluminum as toxin, stating that aluminum is a “toxin for the human nervous system, immune system, and genetic system.” Our exposure to aluminum often occurs in relatively small amounts via ingestion or injection. In small amounts, aluminum typically will not cause an adverse health event. However, the problem in today’s “Age of Aluminum” is that we’re increasing the “small amounts” of aluminum we ingest or inject. An increasing number of foods, common household products, and vaccines contain aluminum, which means that our aluminum body burden is higher than ever before. Given aluminum’s highly useful properties—it’s used to dry, color, emulsify, stimulate immune responses, and prevent the function of sweat glands—it’s not surprising that companies have found continued reason for its inclusion in the products we use each and every day.

However, over 150 research papers have shown that aluminum increases an individual’s risk for the following:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteomalacia
  • Arthritis
  • Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • …more

For a full list of conditions caused by aluminum toxicity, click here.

Aluminum is also used as an adjuvant in vaccines as a way to increase the immune system’s response and therefore increase a vaccine’s effectiveness. The CDC states that its current allowance for aluminum adjuvants does not pose a risk to human health; however, children that follow the CDC’s recommended vaccine administration schedule can receive aluminum in amounts that exceed the FDA’s recommendation for exposure.

For example, an infant that receives the Hepatitis B, Diphtheria Pertussis and Tetanus, Pneumococcal, and Haemophilus influenza type B (HIB) at a single visit in single or combination vaccines could receive between 770 and 1,225 micrograms of aluminum, exceeding the FDA’s recommended amount.

Research by Dr. Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw has revealed that the more vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants children receive, the greater their risk for developing autism. In fact, autism rates increased significantly over the course of a 17-year period in countries that administered the highest number of aluminum adjuvant vaccines. Autistic children have also been shown to maintain higher levels of aluminum in their hair, blood, and urine than control groups. The relationship between aluminum adjuvants and autism also meets 8 out of the 9 conditions of Hill’s Criteria, the standard for determining a causal factor and a disease. No other hypothesis has yet to be such a probable explanation for the cause of autism.

Aluminum ultimately presents a host of risk factors that are reason for serious public concern, and the aforementioned covers just a small portion of the facts, statistics, and studies that demonstrate how aluminum poses a threat to human health. For more information about the dangers of aluminum, please visit the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute online.

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The True Cost of Vaccines

New reports find that the cost of healthcare has reached a ten-year high. Thus, if it seems as though your medical expenses were steadily climbing higher, you aren’t alone. Yet, the cost of healthcare isn’t always just about dollars and cents. Though something like an annual physical exam does have a very concrete cost, some healthcare we receive can have additional, unintended costs, too.

Vaccines are one such way in which we might be paying more than the dollar amount we write on a check. A single dose can cost upwards of $150 dollars (keep in mind that the CDC vaccination schedule recommends nearly 50 vaccine doses before a child reaches the age of 6), but perhaps more concerning is the growing body of research that suggests recipients of these vaccines might be paying in terms of their own health and wellness, too.

Countless studies have identified a causal relationship between vaccine ingredients like aluminum and Thimerosal, and an individual’s increased risk for neurodevelopmental and autoimmune disorders. Vaccines that contain these known toxins prove to be the leading explanation for why rates of autoimmunity and autism have skyrocketed over the course of the last two decades. As autoimmunity and autism have become more prevalent, the CDC has increased its recommended vaccine schedule to include an increasing number of vaccines. These parallel trends, in conjunction with papers like those published by Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw that demonstrate the specific ways in which toxic vaccine ingredients can produce symptoms often shown by individuals with autoimmune disorders, is highly compelling.

What’s preventing parents from recognizing the true potential costs of these vaccines? Lack of easily accessible information. For example, the Gardasil vaccine—which contains high concentrations of aluminum adjuvants—has been widely touted in marketing campaigns and by health organizations as a wise precautionary measure to protect against HPV. However, consumers are not informed that this vaccine includes aluminum adjuvants, nor are they made clearly aware that the vaccine protects against just four or nine strains of HPV, though there are over one hundred different strains in existence. The new Gardasil 9 contains twice the level of aluminum adjuvant as the original version. Is this ingredient change being disclosed to parents as they consider the risk of this vaccine?

The same can be said of influenza vaccines, many of which today still contain Thimerosal, a mercury-containing ingredient used as a preservative for increased cost-effectiveness. At the advent of each flu season, like Gardasil these flu vaccines are marketed as a responsible, ethical option for ensuring good health. Yet, little discussion centers on the inclusion of Thimerosal and its ensuing risks, the CDC’s acknowledgment that flu vaccines can cause Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or the fact that because of their rapid development, these vaccines cannot be tested in long-term clinical trials. Even more compelling evidence out of Hong Kong, from the only true inert placebo trial on the safety and efficacy of the flu vaccine, was that those who were vaccinated had 5.5 times more respiratory illness than those who received a placebo. Is this the first human evidence demonstrating that vaccines have the potential to increase rather than decrease the rate of illness? Are these costs being identified and measured?

Another important study by Dr. Mark Geier, MD and Dr. David Geier titled “A longitudinal cohort study of the relationship between Thimerosal-containing hepatitis B vaccination and specific delays in development in the United States: Assessment of attributable risk and lifetime care costs” provides evidence of increased lifetime care costs to those who were exposed to thimerosal containing Hepatitis B vaccines that may exceed $1 trillion. That figure represents costs for harm caused by one vaccine. What would be found if the entire schedule was examined using these more rigorous analytical methods?

Organizations like the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute believe that raising public awareness about the true cost of vaccines will be the only way that attitudes about vaccine safety will change. Until we stop thinking about healthcare exclusively in terms of dollars and cents, and instead take a closer look at the real potential for adverse health effects, many more may continue to pay a price.

 

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Questioning Mandated Hepatitis B Vaccination

While vaccines play an important role in protecting our population from serious contagious diseases, this doesn’t mean that as a society, we shouldn’t be closely examining why and how some vaccines are mandated. As the body of scientific evidence on vaccine risk factors for serious neurodevelopmental and autoimmune disorders grows, it’s time to take a more measured and critical look at instances in which vaccines pose more risk than benefit.

The need for more critical evaluation of vaccines is particularly evident in the case of the Hepatitis B vaccine, which is now administered to infant children in the U.S. While none would argue that Hepatitis B isn’t a serious disease—it can have severe side effects—this doesn’t mean that mandated vaccination is the best way to decrease its prevalence.

Consider the fact that, unlike many other contagious diseases, Hepatitis B can only be transmitted via blood to blood contact.  This means that only through things like sharing contaminated needles, intercourse, working with contaminated meats, or through birth can Hepatitis B be transmitted. This alone significantly reduces the risk of widespread contagion, and considering that 99% of all expectant mothers are screened for Hepatitis B before giving birth, we know that any child at risk of receiving the disease from their mother could receive proper treatment at birth.

So what about the overwhelming majority of infants who won’t engage in any of the activities that put individuals at risk for catching Hepatitis B, or whose mothers have not tested positive for the disease? Does it still make sense to administer a Hepatitis B vaccine in infancy?

Additionally, the Hepatitis B vaccine currently administered to infants was previously only recommended to adults who were at a high risk for contracting the disease. However, because a large percentage of these high-risk individuals elected not to receive the vaccine, the government adopted an alternative approach to managing Hepatitis B: universal administration. Thanks to the choices of a minority of high-risk individuals, now all children born in the U.S. must receive a vaccine at a time in which their immune systems are still fragile.

The administration of the Hepatitis B vaccine, or any vaccine for that matter, during infancy is also problematic given that adverse effects are extremely challenging to detect. Infants can’t advocate for themselves, and parents would be highly challenged to determine differences in behavior and cognitive ability at this stage of infancy.

Until more concrete scientific evidence proves that vaccines do not put individuals at risk for neurodevelopmental or autoimmune diseases—though organizations like the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute have substantial concrete evidence that proves the opposite—we should think twice before mandating infant vaccination.

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At a Glance: Autoimmunity in America

What exactly is autoimmunity? While millions around the country suffer from this chronic condition, there is still much to be known about its causes, manifestations, and cures.  In simplistic terms, autoimmunity describes a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks and damages its own cells and tissue. There are currently 80 different types of autoimmune diseases, including arthritis, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and allergies. As we recognize March as Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, we note that today in the United States, approximately 1 in 5 people suffer from autoimmunity. Let’s take a look at some additional key facts.

  • Medical News Today reports that the prevalence of autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes, lupus, and celiac disease, is dramatically increasing. For example, from 2001 to 2009, the incidence of type 1 diabetes increased by 23% in the United States.  Unlike type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes occurs when an immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. To get another sense of the significance of autoimmunity in the United States, 50 million Americans live with an autoimmune disease, while 9 million are affected by cancer and 22 million are affected by heart disease.
  • Autoimmune diseases are chronic, which means that autoimmune individuals suffer from the symptoms of their disease throughout their lives. While some medications are used to alleviate the symptoms of these diseases, most treatments are basic, such as altering diet, resting more often, and decreasing stress. To date, there is no official cure for any autoimmune disease.  Additionally, the type of comprehensive, in-depth research needed to determine the cause of these diseases has been somewhat sporadic and lacking. The AARDA notes that the Institute of Medicine finds the United States conducts less research on autoimmune diseases than many other countries.
  • Previous studies of autoimmunity suggest that both genetics and environmental factors may be causes of autoimmune diseases. However, prominent researchers and organizations, like Dr. Frederick Miller of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences and the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, see environmental factors as the logical, primary explanation for the significant increase in cases. Of the four major autoimmune etiology theories—bacteria/viruses, drugs, chemical irritants, and environmental irritants—three of the four are solely environmental factors.
  • According to the AARDA, autoimmunity is the second leading cause of chronic illness in the United States, but less than 3 percent of the National Institute of Health’s research budget goes towards supporting basic autoimmune research. However, the launch of 92 biotechnology companies dedicated to autoimmune research within the last decade is promising, as are the continued efforts of privately-funded organizations that support autoimmune research efforts.

Though autoimmune research is in its earlier stages, many efforts are being made around the world to combat these debilitating, sometimes deadly, diseases. To learn more about autoimmunity and further research efforts, Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld and Dr. Ricard Cervera have recently announced the creation of the Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvant registry, which will collect reports from physicians around the world on patients who suffer from adjuvant-induced autoimmunity. The registry is intended to compare clinical manifestations, identify common causes, and determine the effectiveness of treatments.

Learn more about autoimmunity and chronic illness by visiting the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute online today.

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