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
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.