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Additives in Our Vaccines?

There's so much controversy surrounding vaccines. I've read that they can cause autism and neurological problems. In California and some other states, you can get an exemption or vaccination waiver at schools if you are philosphically opposed to immunizing your child. But at my daughter's summer sleepaway camp they have a mandatory rule that every child must be vaccinated. For 2009, the count was 15. Next year, more will be added. New Jersey now has mandatory vaccination laws for all children. From what I'm reading, there is a push to have mandatory vaccinations for everyone in the US.

This makes me nervous.

So I started researching what goes in vaccines and discovered they are filled with additives. I went onto the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) website and found their 2009 Factsheet called Additives in Vaccines.

Here's a partial list of the additives being used:

- Aluminum gels or salts of aluminum, which are added as something called adjuvants, which helps the vaccine stimulate a better response. Now, research shows that aluminum is implicated in Alzheimer's disease and people are encouraged not to use aluminum cookware.

-Antibiotics, which are added to prevent the growth of bacteria during production and storage of the vaccine. Aren't we now trying to stay away from meat and poultry containing antibiotics because we as a nation are becoming resistant to antibiotics when we might actually need them?

-Formaldehyde, used to kill unwanted viruses and bacteria that might contaminate the vaccine during production. Here again, in my book "Super Natural Home," I write about the dangers of using personal care products that contain formaldehyde because it is suspected of causing cancer in humans.

-Monosodium glutamate or MSG, which is used as a stabilizer to help the vaccine remain unchanged when it is exposed to heat, light, acidity, or humidity. Again I point out in my book that Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, calls MSG an excitotoxin in our brains and should be avoided.

-Thimerosal which 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. Here again, haven't we been warned about the toxic effect of mercury in our bodies?

Here is the link to a 1979 CBS "60 Minutes" episode about the 1976 swine flu pandemic in the US and the fact that 4,000 people developed neurological damage as a result of getting vaccines. It is now being released publicly on the internet for the first time, after 20 years. http://loveforlife.com.au/node/6636

At the International Conference of the American Thoracic Society in San Diego recently, researchers presented a study showing that the flu vaccine - which has been a "must have" for children with chronic illnesses - isn't effective in preventing flu-related hospitalizations in kids, especially ones with asthma.

The results showed that kids who had received the flu vaccine had three times the risk of hospitalization, compared to kids who didn't get the flu vaccine. For kids with asthma, there was even a higher risk of hospitalization when they got the flu shot.
So this raises a red flag for me against vaccinating kids for the flu, especially those with asthma.

I'd love to hear from you. What are your thoughts?

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As with anything else in

As with anything else in life, there are always tradeoffs.

In preparation for my 6th trip to the Thailand/Burma border, I have just gone through another round of inspections, injections, selections and hopefully no rejections. :)

I have several friends over there who are in the "Malaria of the Month" club, and frankly I'm GLAD I have all these needle pricks and pills. (My malaria pills have dire warnings about potential homocidal thoughts and such as a result of their use. So far I haven't gone postal because of my Malaria pills, but I imagine a tiny percentage of "patients" do ((Frankly, I think getting malaria would make ME a lot more likely to become homicidal! )) ).

Anyway....I don't think a lot of Americans remember what it was like when Polio and Smallpox ravaged the nation every year. I think I'd still prefer to take my chances with a few vaccines. I guess it's all a matter of perspective.

Eric the poked and prodded