EUROPEAN STUDY SHEDS LIGHT ON THE NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF VACCINES
For some reason I ended up a "member" of an online group of doctors, researchers, nutrition whizzes, heavy-hitter athletic trainers, a chiro or two, along with people from various other walks of life. The leader of this merry band (I'll call him "Eric") throws out a study, and whoever wants, comments. The whole thing works like an online message board. I'll give you an example of something I said about a recent analysis dealing with the side effects and ineffectiveness seen in so many probiotic studies.
Here's my two cents worth on the probiotic study XXXX,
I think that there is no doubt that probiotics can cause certain types of infections, mostly along the lines of dysbiosis. The reason is when you give someone a probiotic --- even a "high quality" probiotic (whatever that really means) with a significant number of strains of bacteria --- it falls far short of looking even remotely like one's microbiome. For instance, how can a probiotic with 1, 2, 3, 8, 12, or even 20 different strains of bacteria come close to approximating the normal ratios of the 300 - 600 strains of bacteria that the average person has? They can't. This is why even though probiotics are going to help lots of people, in more individuals than we probably care to admit, they have the potential to foul up the normal ratios of bacteria to each other, and actually cause problems in some individuals.
This is why FMT not only makes sense, but in my opinion from looking at an awful lot of peer-review on the subject, remains of the single hottest areas of study in the biomedical field (I am not talking about FMT for C. Diff infections here). The biggest thing is to have donors who are family members (preferably), healthy, not overweight, not depressed, no allergies / sensitivities, not taking any meds, etc, etc. The numbers of positive studies on FMT is overwhelming. I promise that if I were diagnosed with an autoimmune issue, FMT is the first thing I would be taking a long, hard look at.
Probiotics, GUT HEALTH, and Autoimmunity are certainly interesting topics, but after someone asked a question about rotovirus vaccines in this thread, I responded thusly.
Not that mine will be popular opinion on a board with I'm not sure how many MD's and researchers, but I feel that as a nation we have gone way overboard with vaccines (HERE) --- particularly these newer ones for things like hypertension, high cholesterol, and the like, that work by purposefully inducing autoimmune reactions that have at least thus far proven impossible to control (HERE). And while my brother (KSU / KU Med --- a few years later than Eric) would not agree with all my spouting, there are increasing numbers like him questioning the status quo (HERE).
As for rotovirus, if you lived in Ethiopia where two of my children were born, you might (might) consider vaccinating. Here in America; it's your choice (still, thank God) but with the CDC dishing out comforting advice like this ("Children, even those that are vaccinated, may get sick from rotavirus more than once. That is because neither natural infection with rotavirus nor rotavirus vaccination provides full protection from future infections."), I'm not sure why one would bother? And if your child gets roto, which he / she likely will, count it as a win according to the HYGIENE HYPOTHESIS.
My opinion is that today's absurd vaccine schedule is a significant part of why we are trading (mostly) self-limiting childhood diseases for chronic inflammatory degenerative diseases and autoimmunity that essentially lasts forever. No, I am not an "antivaxxer," but I am certainly a freedom of choice kind of guy on this and most other healthcare issues.
Because Eric loves a good hearty debate (not to mention he actually agreed with my position), he decided to follow this up by throwing out a study from the journal Progress in Health Sciences called Neurologic Adverse Events Following Vaccination that was authored by four doctors from the Department of Pediatric Rehabilitation at Poland's Medical University of Białystok (HERE is the study). After telling him I was going to tackle this study for my blog he replied, "you must really be stupid" as in I must really love heaping punishment and ridicule on myself. What can I say? As as a homeschool dad, a chiropractor, and a crazy CREATIONIST to boot, my skin has grown fairly thick.
The first thing I want everyone to understand is that the authors of today's study are not crazy "ANTIVAXXERS" like I have been labeled. In fact, they begin their study by saying, "postvaccinal complications among children can be observed in sporadic cases and that they are disproportionate to the benefits of vaccination in the elimination of dangerous diseases in childhood." After combing through dozens of studies on the topic (the bib contains 74), the authors came to some interesting conclusions that sort of made me wonder how they could defend their statement. But before we get to their conclusions, I'm going to show a few of the reasons these sorts of studies are rarely published in America.
QUOTES FROM STUDIES ON ALUMINUM ADJUVANTS
The authors talk at length about the fact that newborns have undeveloped immune systems, and even though they do not mention it here, it is critical that you understand that 80% of one's immune system cells is found in the Gut (HERE) --- the reason that so many vaccine reactions are, among other things, associated with poor gut health. The authors go on to say of these infants and babies immune systems....
"Vaccination against certain microorganisms administered shortly after birth does not lead to long-lasting immunity. It should be emphasized that the immune system reaches full immunoregulatory and defensive maturity at about 3 years of age. It is well established that early-life, immune responses are weaker and of shorter duration than elicited in immunologically mature hosts. Consequently, vaccine efficacy in early infancy (particularly in the first 6 months of age) is limited. Thus, in order to provoke and sustain an adequate immune response in a neonate, strong immune adjuvants and repeated closely spaced booster doses are needed."
Not only are the numerous "repeated" shots problematic, but once you understand how adjuvants work and what they are specifically designed to do, best guess is that you'll be more than a little pissed when you realize just how much of this stuff has been pumped through your family's collective systems. Plainly stated, an adjuvant is a helper or facilitator. In the world of vaccines, an adjuvant is defined by our government as, "a substance that is added to a vaccine to increase the body's immune response to the vaccine. Vaccines containing adjuvants are tested for safety in clinical trials before they are licensed for use in the United States, and they are continuously monitored by CDC and FDA." It's important to note that phrases like "increasing the body's immune response," means, among other things, dramatically increasing the amount of INFLAMMATION present in the body. The problem is, as seen in my 65 year old patient, inflammation can be difficult enough to control in adults, let alone little ones.
What is the number one most common adjuvant present in virtually all vaccines? Can anyone say ALUMINUM? Aluminum is a wonderfully versatile metal as far as industry is concerned, but unfortunately, has proven to be hell on nervous systems --- especially developing nervous systems. In the definitions section of this paper, the authors say of aluminum adjuvants..... "Adjuvants: the aim of which is to enhance the immunogenicity of the vaccine --- aluminum hydroxide or aluminum phosphate are the most commonly used." I am going to leave you some quotes concerning aluminum that I pulled from sources that you may or may not feel are reputable. Note that the first two quotes are from our "trust us" government; the first from the FDA and the second from the CDC. BTW, if this bores you, just skip to the next section (by its very nature, some of it is a bit more technical than I like to put on my blog). They go from most recent to oldest (1911).
"Because the public has expressed concerns that aluminum in vaccines might pose a risk to infants, FDA performed an updated analysis of the safety of aluminum adjuvants. Aluminum is incorporated into some vaccines as an adjuvant. The purpose of formulating vaccines with adjuvants is to increase the immune response to the antigen (the component of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system to make antibodies). Benefits of aluminum-containing vaccines administered during the first year of life outweigh any theoretical concerns about the potential effect of aluminum on infants. A previous study done by others also concluded that the risk to infants of aluminum in vaccines is not significant. Vaccines containing an aluminum adjuvant have a demonstrated safety profile of over six decades of use and have only uncommonly been associated with severe local reactions." From the FDA's website (Study Reports Aluminum in Vaccines Poses Extremely Low Risk to Infants). BTW, local reactions are a far different animal than are systemic neurological reactions. Oh, and I am certainly glad that the results of these other studies are only "theoretical".
"Treated animals did have significant increases of aluminum in the liver, serum, bile, kidneys, lungs, and spleen. Throughout the 128 day study, the liver of exposed rabbits had over 80% of the total body burden of aluminum. Persistence of aluminum in the various tissues, organs, and fluids varied. Estimated half-times of aluminum were 113, 74, 44, and 42 days in the spleen, liver, lungs, and serum, respectively. The half-life of aluminum in the brain of rats receiving an intravenous dose of aluminum citrate was approximately 150 days. Following intramuscular administration of aluminum hydroxide or aluminum phosphate vaccine adjuvants in rabbits, increased levels of aluminum were found in the kidney, spleen, liver, heart, lymph nodes, and brain." Cherry-picked from the CDC's 357 page treatise on Aluminum called Toxiclogical Profile of Aluminum. There was surprisingly little information one way or another on vaccines (about four pages total)
A collaboration of a dozen researchers in Canada, the UK, and France, published a study in this past January's issue of Toxicology (Non-Linear Dose-Response of Aluminum Hydroxide Adjuvant Particles: Selective Low Dose Neurotoxicity) showing that when it comes to aluminum and neurological damage, it doesn't take much of the former. "Aluminium (Al) oxyhydroxide (Alhydrogel®), the main adjuvant licensed for human and animal vaccines. Concerns about its safety emerged following recognition of its unexpectedly long-lasting biopersistence within immune cells in some individuals, and reports of chronic fatigue syndrome, cognitive dysfunction, myalgia, dysautonomia and autoimmune/inflammatory features temporally linked to multiple alminum-containing vaccine administrations. We conclude that Alhydrogel® injected at low dose in mouse muscle may selectively induce long-term aluminum cerebral accumulation and neurotoxic effects. To explain this unexpected result, an avenue that could be explored in the future relates to the adjuvant size since the injected suspensions corresponding to the lowest dose, but not to the highest doses, exclusively contained small agglomerates in the bacteria-size range known to favour capture and, presumably, transportation by monocyte-lineage cells [immune system cells]. In any event, the view that Alhydrogel® neurotoxicity obeys "the dose makes the poison" rule of classical chemical toxicity appears overly simplistic." There was a similar study in Medical Hypothesis by some of these same authors published back in 2009 (HERE).
"Aluminum oxyhydroxide (Alhydrogel(®)) is a nano-crystalline compound forming aggregates that has been introduced in vaccine for its immunologic adjuvant effect in 1926. It is the most commonly used adjuvant in human and veterinary vaccines but mechanisms by which it stimulates immune responses remain ill-defined. Although generally well tolerated on the short term, it has been suspected to occasionally cause delayed neurologic problems in susceptible individuals. In particular, the long-term persistence of aluminic granuloma also termed macrophagic myofasciitis is associated with chronic arthromyalgias and fatigue and cognitive dysfunction. Safety concerns largely depend on the long biopersistence time inherent to this adjuvant, which may be related to its quick withdrawal from the interstitial fluid by avid cellular uptake; and the capacity of adjuvant particles to migrate and slowly accumulate in lymphoid organs and the brain, a phenomenon documented in animal models and resulting from MCP1/CCL2-dependant translocation of adjuvant-loaded monocyte-lineage cells (Trojan horse phenomenon). These novel insights strongly suggest that serious re-evaluation of long-term aluminum adjuvant phamacokinetics and safety should be carried out." From a study published in last June's (2016) issue of Morphologie (Aluminum Adjuvants of Vaccines Injected Into the Muscle: Normal Fate, Pathology and Associated Disease).
"Currently, ethylmercury and adjuvant-Aluminum are the dominating interventional exposures encountered by fetuses, newborns, and infants due to immunization with Thimerosal-containing vaccines. Immunological and neurobehavioral effects of Thimerosal-ethyl mercury and Aluminum-adjuvants are not extraordinary; rather, these effects are easily detected in high and low income countries....." From a Brazilian study (Exposure to Mercury and Aluminum in Early Life: Developmental Vulnerability as a Modifying Factor in Neurologic and Immunologic Effects) published in the January 2015 issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
"Concerns linked to the use of aluminum particles emerged following recognition of their causative role in the so-called macrophagic myofasciitis lesion detected in patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome. We previously showed that poorly biodegradable aluminum-coated particles injected into muscle are promptly phagocytosed in muscle and the draining lymph nodes, and can disseminate within phagocytic cells throughout the body and slowly accumulate in brain. This strongly suggests that long-term adjuvant biopersistence within phagocytic cells is a prerequisite for slow brain translocation and delayed neurotoxicity." The findings of five French researchers from the Faculté de Médecine Sciences and Technologie (Biopersistence and Brain Translocation of Aluminum Adjuvants of Vaccines) published in the February 2015 issue of Frontiers in Neurology
From a 2014 issue of Immunotherapy (Are There Negative CNS Impacts of Aluminum Adjuvants Used in Vaccines and Immunotherapy?) "In spite of a common view that aluminum salts are inert and therefore harmless as vaccine adjuvants or in immunotherapy, the reality is quite different. In the following article we briefly review the literature on aluminum neurotoxicity and the use of aluminum salts as vaccine adjuvants and consider not only direct toxic actions on the nervous system, but also the potential impact for triggering autoimmunity. Autoimmune and inflammatory responses affecting the CNS appear to underlie some forms of neurological disease, including developmental disorders. Aluminum has been demonstrated to impact the CNS at every level, including by changing gene expression. These outcomes should raise concerns about the increasing use of aluminum salts as vaccine adjuvants and for the application as more general immune stimulants."
Biomed Research International published an Italian study done at Milan's Università degli Studi in 2014 called Aluminium Involvement in Neurotoxicity. "One of the most commonly toxic metals studied, aluminum, is implicated in many diseases. Aluminum toxicity is caused by disruption of homeostasis of metals such as magnesium, calcium, and iron: in fact, aluminum mimics these metals in their biological functions and triggers many biochemical alterations. In particular, aluminum both exerts direct genotoxicity in primary human neural cells and induces neurodegeneration, through an increase in iron accumulation and oxygen reactive species (ROS) production." For those who were not aware, ROS are the same thing as OXIDATIVE DAMAGE & FREE RADICALS.
"Aluminum exposures during neonatal and pediatric parenteral nutrition (PN) can impair bone mineralization and delay neurological development. Adverse effects to vaccines with aluminum adjuvants have occurred; however, recent controlled trials found that the immunologic response to certain vaccines with aluminum adjuvants was no greater, and in some cases less than, that after identical vaccination without aluminum adjuvants. The scientific literature on the adverse health effects of aluminum is extensive." From the October 2014 issue of Critical Reviews in Toxicology (Systematic Review of Potential Health Risks Posed by Pharmaceutical, Occupational and Consumer Exposures to Metallic and Nanoscale Aluminum, Aluminum Oxides, Aluminum Hydroxide and its Soluble Salts)
"We have examined the neurotoxicity of aluminum in humans and animals under various conditions. The literature demonstrates clearly negative impacts of aluminum on the nervous system across the age span. In young children, a highly significant correlation exists between the number of pediatric aluminum-adjuvanted vaccines administered and the rate of autism spectrum disorders. Many of the features of aluminum-induced neurotoxicity may arise, in part, from autoimmune reactions, as part of the ASIA syndrome [Autoimmune/Inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants]" From the abstract of a 2013 edition of the journal Immunology Research / Etiology Pathogenesis of Autoimmunity (Aluminum in the Central Nervous System (CNS): Toxicity in Humans and Animals, Vaccine Adjuvants, and Autoimmunity)
"Our results provide strong evidence supporting a link between autism and the aluminum in vaccines. A literature review showing toxicity of aluminum in human physiology offers further support. Mentions of autism in VAERS increased steadily at the end of the last century, during a period when mercury was being phased out, while aluminum adjuvant burden was being increased." From another of Dr. Seneff's studies at M.I.T. (Review Empirical Data Confirm Autism Symptoms Related to Aluminum and Acetaminophen Exposure) published in a 2012 issue of MDPI Entropy
"Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science's understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. Experimental research clearly shows that aluminum adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In particular, aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation and associated neurological complications and may thus have profound and widespread adverse health consequences. In our opinion, the possibility that vaccine benefits may have been overrated and the risk of potential adverse effects underestimated...." From a 2011 copy of Current Medicinal Chemistry (Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants: Are They Safe?)
"Possible causes of Gulf War Syndrome include several of the adjuvants in the anthrax vaccine and others. The most likely culprit appears to be aluminum hydroxide. In an initial series of experiments, we examined the potential toxicity of aluminum hydroxide in mice injected subcutaneously in two equivalent-to-human doses. After sacrifice, spinal cord and motor cortex samples were examined by immunohistochemistry. Aluminum-treated mice showed significantly increased apoptosis of motor neurons and increases in reactive astrocytes and microglial proliferation within the spinal cord and cortex." From the November 2009 issue of the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (Aluminum Hydroxide Injections Lead to Motor Deficits and Motor Neuron Degeneration). By the way, astrocytes and microglial cells are GLIAL CELLS that are caused by neuroinflammation and strongly associated with chronic pain.
"Associated with some cases of Gulf War Illness are increased incidences of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other neurological disorders. Whereas many environmental factors have been linked to GWI, the role of the anthrax vaccine has come under increasing scrutiny. Among the vaccine's potentially toxic components are the adjuvants aluminum hydroxide and squalene. Significant cognitive deficits were observed in the combined aluminum and squalene group compared with the controls. Aluminum-treated groups also showed significant motor neuron loss (35%) and increased numbers of astrocytes (350%) in the lumbar spinal cord." From a 2007 study (Aluminum Adjuvant Linked to Gulf War Illness Induces Motor Neuron Death in Mice) in Neuromolecular Medicine
Writing in a 2005 issue of the Internet Journal of Toxicology, Dr. Prasunpriya Nayak, Assistant Professor for the Department of Physiology at NRI Medical College & General Hospital in India stated, "Extensive researches on every aspect of aluminum toxicity for the last 35 years proved that the metal should not be taken as safe. In spite of persistent arguments, it is well accepted that aluminum is a potent neurotoxicant. The risk is more at the perinatal age, because of more vulnerability of neuronal tissues...and it is well accepted that it is capable of inducing neurobehavioral deficit even without altering the morphology. Elevated aluminum exposure level at this vulnerable age might produce a lifelong toxicological consequence."
I couldn't help but include this for the folks who think that BABY FORMULA --- particularly the stuff with SOY --- is OK. "Some infant formulas may contain relatively high concentrations of aluminum. The reported concentrations of aluminum in soy formulas and premature infant formulas are higher than those in other infant formulas." From the issue of Pediatrics that came out the month I was married, March 1996 (Aluminum Toxicity in Infants and Children)
"Injection of aluminum adsorbed vaccines into mice causes a transient rise in brain tissue aluminum levels peaking around the second and third day after injection. This rise is not seen in the control group of animals or with vaccine not containing aluminum. It is likely that aluminum is transported to the brain by the iron-binding protein transferrin...." From the April 1992 issue of Toxicology and Pharmacology (Aluminium-Adjuvanted Vaccines Transiently Increase Aluminium Levels in Murine Brain Tissue)
"These studies have convinced me that the use in food of aluminum or any other aluminum compound is a dangerous practice. That the aluminum ion is very toxic is well known. That aluminized food yields soluble aluminum compounds to gastric juice (and stomach contents) has been demonstrated. That such soluble aluminum is in part absorbed and carried to all parts of the body by the blood can no longer be doubted. That the organism can ‘tolerate’ such treatment without suffering harmful consequences has not been shown. It is believed that the facts in this paper will give emphasis to my conviction that aluminum should be excluded from food." From a 1911 issue of JAMA (Some Objections to the Use of Alum Baking Powder). Check that out folks --- 1911. Do you realize how long ago that was? It was six years prior to America's entrance into WWI as well as the year that John Browning introduced the sidearm that is more popular today than it was back then --- the "1911" in .45
BACK TO THE VACCINATION-INDUCED
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).