Vaccines Containing Aluminum
Increase Thimerosal's Toxicity
Boyd E. Haley, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of chemistry and
has published important studies about mercury. One of his team's
finding documented that a major phenomenon in Alzheimer's-like
pathologies could be induced by physiologically occurring levels
A recent essay is titled "Aluminum in vaccination-associated
cognitive decline, motor neuron disease, autism". That essay
prompted an insightful comment from Dr. Haley, wherein he reports
that vaccine-levels of aluminum exacerbate the pathologic potential
of vaccinal thimerosal:
Dr. Haley explained, "Note that aluminum alone does not
cause the abnormal biochemistry and production of neurofibillary
tangles as does mercury (and only mercury) due to the specific
interaction of mercury at specific sulfhydryl sites in specific
enzymes/proteins known to be affected dramatically in Alzheimers
disease. However, in our studies on neurons in culture we found
that aluminum at levels found in vaccines dramatically enhanced
the toxicity of thimerosal and mercury cation thereby decreasing
the level of mercury required to have the toxic effects."
Importantly, some vaccines including many flu shots still contain
thimerosal, and many contain one or another of the aluminum compounds
used as adjuvants. Thus we repeat: aluminum at levels present
in vaccines increases the toxicity of thimerosal, which is ~49.6%
ethylmercury by weight. Thus when an infant, toddler, or pregnant
woman is injected with a vaccine or a combination of vaccines
containing aluminum compounds and thimerosal, the likelihood of
adverse effects is increased.
Perhaps we should ask, Why care?
Many media reports assure us that no evidence links thimerosal
with neurologic harm. For instance, Melissa Healy of the Los Angeles
Times expresses a popular notion by writing, "Many argue
that environmental exposures -- in particular, to preservatives
used in certain vaccines -- are a key factor in the development
of autism. But a wide range of comprehensive investigations has
failed to find such a link." Unfortunately, Melissa Healy's
glib statement is misleading.
However, at least three major studies have found thimerosal injections
to be associated with developmental disabilities including autism.
Two researchers at Stony Brook medical school found that male
infants injected with thimerosal via hepatitis B vaccinations
(a) were nine times as likely to be enrolled in special education
services, and (b) were three times as likely to have autism --
when compared with male infants who had not been so vaccinated.
Importantly, these findings are consistent with the original CDC
study (Verstraeten et al 1999) wherein early live thimerosal injections
were associated with autism, PDD, language problems, sleep disorders,
Furthermore, other peer-reviewed studies have documented some
of the mechanisms by which aluminum and mercury induce pathologies
seen as neurodeneneration.
Noteworthy: in a recently published study, researchers dared
mention that "The demonstrated neurotoxicity of aluminum
hydroxide and its relative ubiquity as an adjuvant suggest that
greater scrutiny by the scientific community is warranted."
Similarly, "Although Thimerosal has been recently removed
from most children's vaccines, it is still present in flu vaccines
given to pregnant women, the elderly, and to children in developing
Why do most vaccinologists and many health officials proclaim
the safety of vaccines containing aluminum compounds and/or thimerosal?
Why do reporters such as Melissa Healy and spokespersons for the
CDC and FDA turn our attention away from peer-reviewed studies
demonstrating adverse effects from aluminum and thimerosal?
Why must myriad children and their families live with adverse
effects of vaccinations whose ingredients cause neurodegeneration
and developmental disabilities?
Reference Sources: www.generationrescue.org
October 6, 2009