Aluminum and Vaccine Ingredients: What Do We Know? What Don’t We Know? - Page 3

Author // Lawrence B. Palevsky, MD, FAAP

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Does aluminum also affect the Th1 immune response, unbeknownst to scientists, clinicians, and parents? Does aluminum play a role in impairing the overall synergistic, balanced activity of Th1, Th2, and Th3, which is a requirement for a healthy immune system response to the natural environment? There is no scientific evidence to clarify our understanding one way or the other, but the evidence may be right in front of us to draw conclusions.

Aluminum forces the undeveloped and immature immune system of infants and children to produce greater amounts of humoral immune cells (Th2) and antibodies, before the immune system has a chance to adapt to the world in which they’ve barely had a chance to live in. Under these circumstances, the activity of aluminum appears to play a vital role in disrupting the maturation of the immune system in infants and children through its effects on Th2 and therefore, on Th1 and Th3.

What effect this has on overall health in the short or long term is unknown, but this model appears to help us understand how we may be contributing to the development of chronic illness in infants and children with the use of aluminum in vaccines. We also have little understanding of what might happen to the overall health of their immune system if parents wait until later in life to expose them to vaccines containing aluminum, or if they’re exposed in smaller doses, one at a time.

How much of a role does injected aluminum play, either acting alone, or in conjunction with other vaccine ingredients and environmental toxins, in the selection and subsequent development of chronic illnesses, in a susceptible population of children, through the disruption of Th1, Th2, Th3? There is no scientific evidence to answer this question because no one has investigated this issue. We have no scientific studies in infants, children, or adults to help us understand the nature of the progression of Th1, Th2, and Th3 immune responses to any of the injected materials in vaccines.

You cannot research questions that people don’t believe are worth asking, or are afraid of the answers that might be revealed if the proper studies were done.

It is unfortunate that we continue to drag out this dialogue by singling out each individual vaccine ingredient as a detriment to the health of our children. First thimerosal needed to be removed, despite contentions from the medical community that there were any real medical reasons to do so, and now aluminum. According to Environmental Defense (formerly known as the Environmental Defense Fund), all the vaccine ingredients are poisonous, carcinogenic, or potentially harmful to the skin and gastrointestinal, pulmonary, immune, and neurological systems in our bodies.

What about formaldehyde? Are we going to wait until another brave physician or scientist writes about the damaging effects of injected vaccine-containing formaldehyde on our children’s brains before we are called to demand that formaldehyde be removed? Or about the problems associated with having Polysorbate-80 in the vaccines?

Polysorbate-80 is used in pharmacology to assist in the delivery of certain drugs or chemotherapeutic agents across the bloodbrain- barrier. What viral, bacterial, yeast, heavy metal, or other vaccine-containing ingredients need to pass into the brains of our children? Do they belong in the brain? Is that part of the needed immune response to protect our children from disease? Do vaccine materials pass across the blood-brain barrier with the help of Polysorbate-80? If so, are there complications from being in the brains of our children? Is this another connection to help us get an understanding of why 1 in 150 children have autism, or 1 in 6 children has developmental and learning disabilities?

If we’re going to do justice to the topic of vaccine ingredients, we need to look at the potential harm of all the vaccine ingredients at once, and examine their individual effects on our children’s immune and nervous systems. Then, we can examine the interactive effects of the vaccine ingredients on human tissue, and evaluate the potential for harm, as Dr. Haley has already successfully done.

How many more children need to be potentially harmed before we invoke the precautionary principle and the Hippocratic Oath—First, do no harm? If there’s no adequate science, and we have positive evidence of toxicity from aluminum, injected alone or in conjunction with other ingredients, and we have a potential model to understand why certain chronic conditions may be developing in a susceptible population of children, then injecting aluminum-containing vaccines into anyone should stop right now until we have the proper scientific proof we need to say otherwise. We need the same scientific proof of safety for all vaccine ingredients and their interactions, and we need parents, scientists, and practitioners to stand up and demand nothing less before we make matters worse.

Pathways Issue 21 CoverThis article appeared in Pathways to Family Wellness magazine, Issue #21.

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