A Closer Look at the Rise of Chronic Illness

Much attention has been garnered over the causal relationship between vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and Asperger’s syndrome, and for good reason. However, vaccines are also believed to play a significant causal role in many other chronic illnesses that have become more prevalent in recent decades.

In the last half century, the percentage of children with chronic illnesses like type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, celiac disease, food allergies, and metabolic syndrome has skyrocketed. So dramatic is this increase, that the situation can now be considered an epidemic. Celiac disease, for example, is now four times more common than it was fifty years ago, while food allergies increased by 50 percent just between the years 1997 and 2011. Interestingly, chronic illness has become more prevalent since the introduction of and increases in routine vaccination.

So just why do we look to vaccines as a likely cause of chronic illness and disability? Findings from recent research, including Dr. J Barthelow Classen’s 2014 paper, “Vaccine-Induced Immune Overload and the Epidemic of Chronic Autoimmune Childhood Disease” provide us with some important insight.

As Classen notes, all of the chronic conditions that have risen over the last half century are dependent on functions of the body’s immune system, a system vaccines attempt to directly modify through the introduction of bacteria and viruses. A vaccine’s objective is to alter the immune system so that it can better recognize and fight a future illness. This alone doesn’t seem particularly threatening, but questionable vaccine ingredients and administration schedules do make vaccines cause for concern.

As of 1999, the childhood vaccination schedule was adjusted to include 80 additional vaccines (via multivalent strains); this means that young children are now exposed to dozens and dozens of vaccine strains that go about modifying the body’s immune system. These vaccines must also offer at least 90 percent of recipients immunity to ensure a vaccine’s commercial success. However, to guarantee that this level of immunity is reached, vaccines are designed to activate the weakest immune systems in a population; this means that those with strong immune systems receive doses that actually over stimulate their systems. An over-stimulated immune system is one that’s more prone to inflammation, allergies, and chronic illness. Further, because vaccines are highly standardized (children don’t receive vaccines that are customized to their individual makeup), there’s currently not a way to prevent this immune overload from occurring. Note too, that the agents in vaccines used to activate the immune system—aluminum, mercury, and formaldehyde, among others—are all neurotoxins.

There are additional indicators of a causal link between vaccines and chronic illness. A large clinical study of the Haemophilus vaccine found the vaccine to be a major causal factor of type 1 diabetes; comparatively, studies also found that when this vaccine administration was discontinued, rates of type 1 diabetes decreased. Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes have also been associated with vaccine administration, and are interestingly increasing in prevalence even as obesity rates plateau. Research has furthered demonstrated that vaccines can make recipients more sensitive to environmental exposures, which helps explain the increase in allergies. Additionally, a number of vaccines were proven (by the CDC, no less), to increase a recipient’s risk of asthma.

It’s true that there are alternate hypotheses that attempt to explain the rise of chronic illness, including hypotheses about excessive hygiene and poor diet, but none accurately address all of the aspects of this increase the way vaccines have been able to.

Ultimately, as those like Dr. Classen and the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute argue, there remains a need for even more clinical studies into the effects of vaccines to ensure that its link to chronic illness not only becomes more widely-known, but incites the change needed to halt the chronic illness epidemic.


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The Link Between Aluminum and Alzheimer’s Disease

Research has shown that aluminum is in fact a neurotoxin. With chronic exposure, it is increasingly demonstrated to be a contributing factor when it comes to the onset of neurological diseases like dementia, autism, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and many other illnesses. However, establishing a preponderance of scientific evidence is a continual challenge due to persistent denial and disregard of the science by those opposing aluminum safety research. While the issue of adverse reactions caused by aluminum exposure is not new, a recent study from Keele University in the United Kingdom provides “unequivocal data” that chronic exposure to aluminum can lead to Aluminum induced Alzheimer’s disease with fatal implications.

The case involves a 66-year old man who suffered from an aggressive early development of Alzheimer’s disease after he spent eight years working with constant exposure to aluminum dust. The man later died due to the onset of Alzheimer’s and failing health. Researchers studying his case made a discovery concerning the significant aluminum content found in his brain and the resulting condition of his brain tissue. Strong evidence suggests that the olfactory system played a prominent role in aluminum accumulation in the lungs and brain.

There may be multiple contributing factors to Alzheimer’s disease, and all are yet to be specifically determined, but some scientists believe environmental factors play a significant causal role. If inhalation of dust from an occupational exposure is considered an environmental exposure, this case would provide an example of this theory. This case study follows other cases which have already been published where aluminum exposure through ingestion and injection demonstrated cause and effect. These cases include accidental aluminum contamination of water supplies and dialysis fluids. Research methods used in this case study enabled a careful analysis of the location, distribution and quantity of aluminum throughout this man’s brain. Combined with the knowledge about his health history, route and timing of exposure, this study provides the virtual certainty researchers have been seeking. As many sources of aluminum are insidious and occur over decades rather than years, establishing the cause and effect relationship has been elusive.

Additionally, researchers from around the world have been drawing correlations between aluminum and other chronic illnesses. A charitable organization that has identified this area of research as a priority is Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute. CMSRI funded researchers have studied aluminum as it pertains to the adverse health of children and adults who have received vaccines containing aluminum adjuvants. Some of these adverse reactions include secondary amenorrhea, primary ovarian failure, a variety of autoimmune diseases and even death.

Despite numerous scientific reports, studies and cases, authorities are just beginning to initiate serious inquiries into the safety of aluminum adjuvants. The inevitable conclusion that is hoped for is that more stringent safety requirements will be adopted and alternative adjuvants for use in vaccines will result. As parental awareness of the effects of aluminum toxicity on the developing brain and the immune system increases with each study that emerges, the potential for informed decision-making when it comes to vaccines may help play a role in improving safety. The more we know about aluminum, the better we can defend ourselves from hidden exposures and prevent chronic illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.

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