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5 Scary Chemicals in Vaccines

(WellnessNova.com) - Vaccines and other forms of inoculation are a wonderful discovery by man. The idea is to introduce a small amount of the virus into the body to strengthen the immune response against that particular virus. The practice originates as far back as the year 1000 AD. The Chinese inoculated people using methods that are too disgusting for most people these days. Smallpox scabs were ground into a powder and blown up the nose, or the substance from a smallpox lesion were scratched into a healthy person’s skin.

The ancient Chinese probably have agreed that the methods were pretty disgusting. However disgusting, a smallpox infection promised a far worse fate. Fluid-filled lesions developed all over the body including inside the throat, mouth, and nose. Thirty percent of cases resulted in death, while others caused blindness or disability. You can see why people agreed to inhale scabs or almost anything to avoid contracting this disease.

Modern vaccines evolved over the past few hundred years through the work of Louis Pasteur, Max Theiler, and other scientists. Pasteur developed vaccines against cholera, rabies, and anthrax. Theiler received a Nobel Prize in 1951 for his development of a vaccine for Yellow Fever. As of 2016, no one else has ever received the prize for the development of a vaccine.

In 1796, Edward Jenner confirmed his theory that smallpox and cowpox are related infections. He inoculated an 8-year old boy with the substance from a cowpox lesion on a milkmaid. Months later, he exposed the boy to smallpox and he did not contract the disease. Jenner concluded that inoculation with the cowpox virus gave immunity from smallpox.

These days, people get a simple shot or series of shots to keep some diseases at bay. A syringe full of medicine is much easier to deal with than snorting powdered scabs. But what if that syringe is full of more than just medicine?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released a list of common substances found in vaccines. The chemicals and other additives can be toxic to humans. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defended the addition of these scary chemicals as harmless in the quantities present in U.S. vaccines. However, babies and children are often given multiple vaccines a time; the cumulative totals add up to much more dangerous amounts.

Plus, do you want to inject your newborn with any amount of poison?

Modern vaccines contain substances like aluminum, antibiotics, and thimerosal (a compound that contains mercury). They are added to increase shelf life, eliminate contamination in multiple-use bottles of vaccine, or boost the vaccine’s effectiveness. These reasons sound important at first blush; you don’t want expired or contaminated vaccines being injected into your child and you don’t want an ineffective vaccine.

But at closer examination you can see that these chemical additives are almost exclusively for doctor convenience. Doctors can store vaccines away from light or heat to keep them from changing over time. Drug manufacturers can shorten freshness periods so they don’t have to add those substances to vaccines to keep them fresh. They could make all vaccines single-use so they don’t have to worry about contamination from multiple uses.

These are very simple (probably overly simple) ways to solve the problems that drug manufacturers and doctors may face with vaccines. There are other ways to deal with these problems without adding dangerous stuff to vaccines. Until the drug manufacturers make “green vaccines,” these are some of the chemicals and other scary substances you will find in your vaccines:

1. Aluminum

The CDC says aluminum is “added as [an] adjuvant to help the vaccine stimulate a better response. Adjuvants help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.”

Aluminum is known to cause neurological and kidney damage. The FDA mandates that the maximum “safe” amount of aluminum injected is 25 micrograms per liter per day and drug products with higher amounts must contain a warning label. Vaccines are not required to follow this mandate, or label their product as containing high amounts of aluminum. Some vaccines given to children and babies contain 250 to 850 micrograms per liter, and on some visits to the doctor, they are given up to 8 shots in one day.

Aluminum toxicity may also have an effect on the bones. Osteomalacia, or softening of the bones, is caused by excess aluminum in the body blocking the bone’s ability to absorb calcium. However, several other types of bone-related problems can result from aluminum toxicity, like pain in the muscles because the bones cannot support the weight of the body. Bone formation and mineralization are also inhibited by aluminum toxicity, which is especially scary in children and babies.

Since aluminum is stored in the bones, every exposure adds to the amount already in the body. Bones are weakened and more susceptible to fractures.

Essential minerals, like magnesium and iron, are not absorbed properly when aluminum is overly abundant in the body. The atoms are all similarly sized so they compete for absorption.

Aluminum is the most abundant mineral in the Earth’s crust. It can be found in plants, animals, and drinking water. You ingest aluminum in food every day. The difference between aluminum in your food and aluminum in vaccines is digestion.

When aluminum is ingested in food or water, it travels through the digestive system, is absorbed by the intestines, and then eliminated by urination. When it’s delivered by vaccine, it doesn’t go through the intestines and is retained. Only 40 percent of aluminum is retained in adults, but up to 75 percent can be retained in babies. Babies who’ll get multiple vaccines containing aluminum.

A Medscape article written by several doctors explains what happens when aluminum is retained:

“If a significant aluminum load exceeds the body’s excretory capacity, [or does not travel through the excretory system like a vaccine] the excess is deposited in various tissues, including bone, brain, liver, heart, spleen, and muscle. This accumulation causes morbidity and mortality through various mechanisms.”

2. Antibiotics

The CDC says that antibiotics are, “added to some vaccines to prevent the growth of germs (bacteria) during production and storage of the vaccine.”

Antibiotics are not inherently dangerous, they are prescribed by doctors to cure most bacterial infections. Routine use and overuse leads to antibiotic resistance. When antibiotics are administered routinely (not to treat a particular infection), bacteria are not killed. They might be a little “bruised,” so they change and develop different “armor” so that antibiotic can’t hurt them again.

This leads to “superbugs,” germs that are resistant to several types of antibiotics. The problem doesn’t end with the person given the routine dose, it affects every human on Earth. Superbugs can be passed just like any other bacterial sickness; if you get infected it might take doctors a lot longer to find an antibiotic that works against your infection.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls antibiotic resistance the greatest health crisis facing humans today. People are getting infections that cannot be cured by any existing drugs and they are dying. Antibiotics added to vaccines are contributing to this problem.

3. Formaldehyde

The CDC says formaldehyde is used to, “inactivate bacterial products for toxoid vaccines, (these are vaccines that use an inactive bacterial toxin to produce immunity.) It is also used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production.”

Formaldehyde is a chemical used to preserve dead bodies!

In response to the question, “Does formaldehyde cause cancer?” the website Cancer.org says, “[Formaldehyde] has been linked to some types of cancer in humans, but the effect of exposure to small amounts is less clear.” However, several health agencies have stated that formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. The National Cancer Institute goes a step further and warns that formaldehyde may cause leukemia.

The CDC says that most of the formaldehyde is removed from the vaccine before it is injected into your baby. But no healthy child should be injected with any amount of a known carcinogen.

Several other drugs and interventions were once treated as “safe” by government agencies, but hundreds of drugs are recalled every year. Another scary fact is that recalls of drugs are not initiated by the FDA; it is up to the drug manufacturer to tell them why the drug is defective. A company that sells prescription drugs or vaccines may not be very quick to pull a vaccine used by every baby from the marketplace. Especially if there is not solid evidence that the amount of the chemical will make you sick.

4. Monosodium glutamate (MSG)

The CDC says MSG is, “used as [a] stabilizer in a few vaccines to help the vaccine remain unchanged when the vaccine is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity.”

MSG is a neurotoxin; it kills brain cells. MSG is also known to be an endocrine disruptor. An endocrine disruptor is a toxin the interferes with your body’s hormones. In a newborn baby, the long-term ramifications of hormone disruption could be disastrous.  

In the short-term, MSG may cause headaches, skin rashes, heart palpitations, and several other negative side-effects.

According to the FDA, MSG is “generally regarded as safe” and it is used regularly as a food additive to enhance flavor. However, the FDA does require MSG to be listed when it is used an ingredient in foods.

Again, it seems like drug manufacturers could remedy this problem of drugs “changing” by using refrigeration or non-toxic chemicals. The addition of this harmful neurotoxin seems like it is meant for the convenience of doctors rather than the health of your baby.

5. Thimerosal

The CDC says that thimerosal “is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.”

Mercury? The same mercury that is in thermometers? The same mercury that your parents warned you about as a child? “If that thermometer ever breaks do NOT touch the mercury!”

Yes, the same stuff is in your child’s vaccine. A large portion of thimerosal was removed from the required childhood vaccines in 2004, but it is still used in flu vaccines. Two parts per billion (ppb) is the limit for mercury in drinking water; adult flu vaccines contain 50,000 ppb. Flu shots for infants still contain 25,000 ppb, but the flu vaccine is not required.

Multiple needle sticks into the same bottle create the possibility of contamination. A single-use vaccine would eliminate the need for an additive meant to prevent contamination.

Both the CDC and the FDA claim that all of these additives in small amounts are safe, but parents continue to blame vaccines for changes in their children. Studies have shown that autism or other developmental problems are not caused by individual chemicals in vaccines, but how are scientists to know how every single chemical effects every single child?

After Jenner’s successful experiment in 1796, vaccines became more widespread. Resistance to the practice began almost immediately. People objected on the basis of religion, skepticism, and some people just didn’t want to be told what to do. Babies’ forearms were abraded and a small amount of fluid from a smallpox blister was rubbed in; parents did not like this procedure.

Today, the objection is rooted in fears about children becoming irreversibly damaged from exposure to chemicals. But today there are laws in every state that mandate children receive certain vaccines. There are some exemptions available that require extensive proof and are difficult to obtain.

If you don’t have medical or religious objections to vaccinating your children, it is highly recommended that you get them the required vaccines. Vaccination of the public has led to complete or near eradication of several life-threatening diseases.

The main purpose of vaccines is to protect a single person from contracting a disease. However, mass vaccination helps to protect the entire population from the disease. When the majority of a population is vaccinated, germs have no host to live in and they gradually die off. Unvaccinated children are at risk for diseases that you may have only read about.

What is a parent to do? Some doctors recommend an alternative vaccination schedule. Vaccines are begun at a later age and less shots are given at one time to let the baby’s system detoxify between shots. Since spreading out vaccines leave your baby at risk for infections longer, give your baby probiotics to help healthy gut bacteria fight off germs.

If possible, breastfeed your baby for a minimum of 4 months. Breastfeeding provides antibodies, white blood cells, and other substances that are immune factors. Feed your child a healthy diet full of fruits and vegetables. Healthy foods and vitamin supplements strengthen your child’s immune system while junk foods and sugar weaken it.

Before embarking on an alternative vaccine schedule, consult your doctor or naturopath to ensure that your baby is healthy enough to spread out vaccines.

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