Aluminum and Vaccine Ingredients: What Do We Know? What Don’t We Know? - A Little Science Review

Author // Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD, FAAP

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Children are born with an immune system with 3 major components: a cell-mediated immune system (Th1 cells—T-helper 1), a humoral immune system (Th2 cells—T-helper 2), and a regulator immunesystem (Th3 cells—T-helper 3). These 3 arms are immature when babies are born, and begin to mature as children are exposed to their environments through their nervous systems, skin, airways, and intestines. Antibiotics, poor nutrition, stress, exposure to heavy metals and other environmental toxins, and the use of vaccines may interfere with the proper maturation of these 3arms of the immune system. In theory, if the Th system is allowed to mature, and is not interfered with, children will develop a mature, balanced Th1, Th2, and Th3 immune system by age 3 years.

Th1 and Th2 cells develop to protect children from the outside world, producing inflammation and anti-inflammatory responses to foreign particles from the natural environment. Th3 immune cells develop to keep the Th1 and Th2 arms of the immune system in check so the body only produces the amount of inflammation and anti-inflammation that is needed to protect itself from substances in the natural environment.

When Th2 cells are activated properly, either directly via the natural environment or through a direct signal from the Th1 system, the B-cell arm of the immune system is then stimulated, leading to the production of the desired protective antibodies.

The hallmark of a healthy, mature immune system in children is demonstrated by an equal and balanced Th1, Th2, and Th3 immune response to the natural environment. Th1, Th2, and Th3 do not work independently, and require a very important synergistic relationship to function properly in our bodies. As soon as one or more of these three arms begins to over- or under-work in relation to the other, chronic illness begins to express itself.

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Aluminum is placed in the vaccines to selectively target the upregulation of the humoral arm (Th2 cells) of children’s immune systems to drive the production of antibodies. The medical community leads us to believe that this production of antibodies is what imparts for children a protection against vaccine-preventable illnesses. Yet, this outcome may come at a cost.

There are multiple articles in the medical literature demonstrating how chronic illnesses like allergies, asthma, eczema, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, ADD/ADHD and autism all exhibit a skewed production and over-activity of the Th2 arm of the immune system.

Similarly, chronic illnesses like juvenile diabetes mellitus and rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, uveits, inflammatory bowel disease, and autism all exhibit skewed production and over-activity of the Th1 arm of the immune system.

While aluminum in the vaccines specifically targets the over-activation of Th2 to encourage the body to produce antibodies, any direct or indirect effect of aluminum on the health or maturation of the Th1 or Th3 system is unknown. Yet, in many of these Th2-dominated chronic illnesses, Th1 and Th3 have also been shown to exhibit an impaired immune response to the environment.

Any direct or indirect effect on the health or maturation of the Th1, Th2, and Th3 arms of children’s immune systems from any of the injected vaccine ingredients, either due to their individual action or combined interaction, is unknown as well.

The important synergistic, balanced activity of Th1, Th2, and Th3, in response to the environment is dysfunctional and impaired in all chronic illnesses. Children are not necessarily born with this dysfunction or impairment, although they may inherit the susceptibility from their parents. How then, do children develop the expression of these Th1, Th2, Th3 impairments, into what we describe as chronic illness?

What is clear is aluminum pushes the Th2 immune system to over perform, and multiple chronic illnesses in children show immune systems where the Th2 immune response over performs, while Th1 and Th3 responses are also impaired. Is there a connection? By having this type of effect on the Th2 system, is aluminum in any way contributing to the development of these chronic illnesses in children; especially in those children from families with a genetic history of the above mentioned chronic illnesses?