By naturopath Margaret Jasinska
There is good evidence that some toxic metals can trigger autoimmune disease, particularly aluminium, mercury, lead and gold. Exposure to toxic levels of these metals is very common in today’s world and they come from a variety of sources.
Aluminium is a known neurotoxin that has long been implicated as a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease. Just recently it is being linked to the development of autism. Aluminium is added to almost all vaccines and this represents the most significant source of aluminium exposure in children. Aluminium is added to vaccines because it behaves as an adjuvant (substance that elicits a strong immune response). In genetically susceptible individuals, this can trigger the development of an autoimmune disease.
Aluminium is also present in the following:
- Some deodorants and anti-perspirants
- Some cosmetics, moisturisers and toiletries
- Aluminium foil and cooking utensils
- Soft drink cans
- Some antacids contain aluminium
As mentioned, the greatest source of aluminium exposure for most people is through vaccines. According to world renowned immunologist and editor of the Journal of Autoimmunity Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld, by the age of 5, if a child is given every vaccination in the current schedule, he/she will be exposed to nearly 15 times more aluminium than the FDA considers to be safe.
It’s quite ironic to be giving vaccinations to a child to theoretically protect their health, while at the same time exposing them to exceedingly high levels of toxic substances.
The following passage is an excerpt from a research paper published in the journal Lupus. The paper is titled “Mechanisms of aluminum adjuvant toxicity and autoimmunity in pediatric populations”:
“Immune challenges during early development, including those vaccine-induced, can lead to permanent detrimental alterations of the brain and immune function. Experimental evidence also shows that simultaneous administration of as little as two to three immune adjuvants can overcome genetic resistance to autoimmunity.
In some developed countries, by the time children are 4 to 6 years old, they will have received a total of 126 antigenic compounds along with high amounts of aluminum (Al) adjuvants through routine vaccinations.
According to the US Food and Drug Administration, safety assessments for vaccines have often not included appropriate toxicity studies because vaccines have not been viewed as inherently toxic. Taken together, these observations raise plausible concerns about the overall safety of current childhood vaccination programs.
When assessing adjuvant toxicity in children, several key points ought to be considered:
(i) infants and children should not be viewed as “small adults” with regard to toxicological risk as their unique physiology makes them much more vulnerable to toxic insults;
(ii) in adult humans Al vaccine adjuvants have been linked to a variety of serious autoimmune and inflammatory conditions (i.e., “Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants”), yet children are regularly exposed to much higher amounts of Al from vaccines than adults;
(iii) it is often assumed that peripheral immune responses do not affect brain function.
However, it is now clearly established that there is a bidirectional neuro-immune cross-talk that plays crucial roles in immuno-regulation as well as brain function. In turn, perturbations of the neuro-immune axis have been demonstrated in many autoimmune diseases encompassed in “ASIA” and are thought to be driven by a hyperactive immune response; and
(iv) the same components of the neuro-immune axis that play key roles in brain development and immune function are heavily targeted by Al adjuvants.
In summary, research evidence shows that increasing concerns about current vaccination practices may indeed be warranted. Because children may be most at risk of vaccine-induced complications, a rigorous evaluation of the vaccine-related adverse health impacts in the pediatric population is urgently needed.” Lupus. 2012 Feb;21(2):223-30.
Vaccination is an extremely broad and complex issue. We merely want to point out that there’s a strong relationship between the aluminium in vaccinations and the onset of autoimmune disease.
If you have children and you or their father have autoimmune disease, you may wish to delay and stagger the vaccinations they are given, in order to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals that may harm their immune system at such a critical time in their development.
For more information see our book Healing Autoimmune Disease: A plan to help your immune system and reduce inflammation.