One very concerned Vermont Mom writes in response to recent health department claims that, “Vaccines are Unrelated to Autism”. Read more…
IN THE NEWS
Apr. 20, 2017 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Interview by Tucker Carlson
Vaccine Policy – Sharyl Atkisson reports: “Environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. briefed members of Congress on Capitol Hill, pushing them to investigate an untouchable subject: the safety of vaccines.” – Full Measure, February 19, 2017
Actor Robert De Niro Concerned With Dangers Of Mercury In Vaccines – CBS Pittsburgh, February 15, 2017
Drug companies donated millions to California lawmakers before vaccine debate (read more at: Sacramento Bee)
Dirty Little $ecrets: Following the Pharma Money Trail in Texas (read more here)
Drugmakers contribute campaign money to Vermont candidates (read more at: Assoc Press)
January 17, 2017: US Dept of Health and Human Services Announces Final Rule Making Changes to Vaccine Injury Table
“To gain entitlement to compensation under this program, a petitioner must establish that a vaccine-related injury or death has occurred, either by proving that a vaccine actually caused or significantly aggravated an injury (causation-in-fact) or by demonstrating the occurrence of what is referred to as a ‘‘Table Injury.’’ That is, a petitioner may show that the vaccine recipient suffered an injury of the type enumerated in the regulations at 42 CFR 100.3—the ‘‘Vaccine Injury Table’’— corresponding to the vaccination in question and that the onset of such injury took place within a time period also specified in the Table. If so, the injury is presumed to have been caused by the vaccination and the petitioner is entitled to compensation (assuming that other requirements are satisfied) unless the Respondent affirmatively shows that the injury was caused by some factor other than the vaccination (see 42 U.S.C. 300aa–11(c)(1)(C)(i), 300aa–13(a)(1)(B)), and 300aa–14(a)).“- Federal Register
9/24 Fearless Parent Radio ~Are Vaccines Safe? ~ Barbara Loe Fisher with Larry Palevsky, MD (LISTEN)
Environmental Health 2014: “Among the suspected toxins surveyed, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, aluminum adjuvants, and the herbicide glyphosate have increasing trends that correlate positively to the rise in autism.”
“Whilst being environmentally abundant, aluminum is not essential for life. On the contrary, aluminum is a widely recognized neurotoxin that inhibits more than 200 biologically important functions and causes various adverse effects in plants, animals, and humans.”
“Aluminium is widely used as an adjuvant in human vaccines, and children can often receive up to 3.75 mg of parenteral aluminium during the first six months of life. We show that intraperitoneal injection of aluminium adsorbed vaccines into mice causes a transient rise in brain tissue aluminium levels peaking around the second and third day after injection. This rise is not seen in the saline control group of animals or with vaccine not containing aluminium. It is likely that aluminium is transported to the brain by the iron-binding protein transferrin and enters the brain via specific transferrin receptors.”
Intestinal Absorption of Aluminum – see: http://ndt.oxfordjournals.org/content/17/suppl_2/13.full.pdf
“No known physiologic need exists for aluminum; however, because of its atomic size and electric charge (0.051 nm and 3+, respectively), it is sometimes a competitive inhibitor of several essential elements of similar characteristics, such as magnesium (0.066 nm, 2+), calcium (0.099 nm, 2+), and iron (0.064 nm, 3+). At physiological pH, aluminum forms a barely soluble Al(OH)3 that can be easily dissolved by minor changes in the acidity of the media.
Approximately 95% of an aluminum load becomes bound to transferrin and albumin intravascularly and is then eliminated renally. In healthy subjects, only 0.3% of orally administered aluminum is absorbed via the GI tract and the kidneys effectively eliminate aluminum from the human body. It is only when the GI barrier is bypassed, such as intravenous infusion or in the presence of advanced renal dysfunction, that aluminum has the potential to accumulate. As an example, with intravenously infused aluminum, 40% is retained in adults and up to 75% is retained in neonates.” – http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/165315-overview
Study from Canada in April 2013 Cell Biology & Toxicology: How aluminum, an intracellular ROS generator promotes hepatic and neurological diseases: the metabolic tale http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10565-013-9239-0
“Metal pollutants are a global health risk due to their ability to contribute to a variety of diseases. Aluminum (Al), a ubiquitous environmental contaminant is implicated in anemia, osteomalacia, hepatic disorder, and neurological disorder. In this review, we outline how this intracellular generator of reactive oxygen species (ROS) triggers a metabolic shift towards lipogenesis in astrocytes and hepatocytes. This Al-evoked phenomenon is coupled to diminished mitochondrial activity, anerobiosis, and the channeling of α-ketoacids towards anti-oxidant defense. The resulting metabolic reconfiguration leads to fat accumulation and a reduction in ATP synthesis, characteristics that are common to numerous medical disorders. Hence, the ability of Al toxicity to create an oxidative environment promotes dysfunctional metabolic processes in astrocytes and hepatocytes. These molecular events triggered by Al-induced ROS production are the potential mediators of brain and liver disorders.”
According to the CDC, aluminum gels or salts of aluminum are added as adjuvants to “help promote an earlier, more potent response, and more persistent immune response to the vaccine.” CDC then links us to a “What you Need to Know” document from the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia which aims to assure the reader that aluminum is perfectly safe, comparable even to breastfeeding your baby.
These claims of perfect safety are at odds with current research on the subject.
Firstly, aluminum is a known neurotoxin. In 2011, Masahiro Kawahara and Midori Kato-Negishi wrote in the International Journal of Neurotoxicology that,
“…it is widely accepted that Al is a recognized neurotoxin, and that it could cause cognitive deficiency and dementia when it enters the brain and may have various adverse effects on CNS. In general, the absorption of metals by the gastrointestinal tract is widely variable and is influenced by various factors including an individual difference, age, pH, stomach contents . Recent studies using mass spectrometry of 26Al have demonstrated that small, but a considerable amount of Al crosses the blood brain barrier, enters into the brain, and accumulates in a semipermanent manner [174, 175]. Therefore, Al can cause severe health problems in particular populations, including infants, elderly people, and patients with impaired renal functions, and unnecessary exposure to Al should be avoided for such patients .Now, newly published research by Keele Conference scientists shows that aluminum adjuvant in vaccines transfers to the brain. Intramuscular injection of alum-containing vaccine was associated with the appearance of aluminum deposits in distant organs, such as spleen and brain where they were still detected one year after injection.” (page 14)
Secondly, recent research suggests that aluminum is linked to neurotoxicity and even dementia (Immunologic Research, online April 23, 2013). Aluminum is found in higher concentrations in the brains of Alzheimers patients (Journal of Alzheimers Disease, online, Jan. 1, 2013). There is growing concern that aluminum is involved in the development of Alzheimer’s (Clinical Biochemistry, Jan. 2013).
Today a bill, “To Encourage Transparency in Disclosing of the Ingredients in Vaccinations for Children” passed the Maine House and will move to the Senate (tomorrow, May 30, 2013). This bill requires healthcare workers to disclose ingredients in vaccines to parents and to remind parents of their right to refuse vaccination.
This is a model bill for Vermont if ever I saw one. There is nothing quite like the sinking feeling that a mother or father may have after consenting to baby’s “routine immunizations,” only to then experience an adverse reaction and to later learn what was in those shots. We all have to make informed choices and do what we feel is best for our kids – but no doubt it is better to have all the facts up front.
Please read the bill here and consider sharing with your Senator(s) and Representative(s).
Also of interest:
May 19, 2013: A Wisconsin bill would ban mandatory flu shots; Legislation was drafted after several hospital workers and health care contractors complained they were fired after refusing to be vaccinated. Read more here.
May 20, 2013: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that patients filing vaccine injury lawsuits can still get attorneys’ fees if the case is, “brought in good faith and (for which) there was a reasonable basis.” AP coverage here; Full SCOTUS ruling is available here, and the Amicus Curiae brief (including our coalition), is available, here.
~ Jennifer Stella, Vermont Coalition for Vaccine Choice