Finally, after looking at tissues and viruses harvested from aborted babies, other bizarre human and animal parts, and potentially toxic levels of aluminum, the series on vaccine ingredients is drawing to a close. This last post deals with some of the shocking chemicals left over in various vaccines after the manufacturing process.
DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis): all three brands contain 100 micrograms of formaldehyde. The Tripedia brand contains approximately 0.3 micrograms of mercury and the Infranrix brand 100 micrograms of polysorbate 80.
Hepatits B: the Recombivax brand contains "a residual amount" of formaldehyde, to quote Dr. Sears' The Vaccine Book.
Rotavirus: The RotaTeq brand contains polysorbate 80.
Polio: the final version of the Polio vaccine solution is 0.02 percent formaldehyde and 0.5 percent 2-phenoxyethanol.
Varicella (Chicken Pox): the Varicella vaccine contains 500 micrograms MSG and "trace amounts" of something called EDTA.
Hepatitis A: the Vaqta brand contains formaldehyde while the Havrix brand is 0.5 percent 2-phenoxyethanol and contains 23 micrograms of polysorbate 20.
Flu: the various brands of the flu vaccine contain all kinds of things like octoxynol, polysorbate 80, mercury, and formaldehyde.
HPV (Human Papillomavirus): the Gardasil brand contains 50 micrograms of polysorbate 80.
While it's true the amounts of these chemicals we're talking about here are unimaginably small. Nevertheless, shouldn't it make sense to at least do some research into whether or not chemicals like mercury and formaldehyde might do some damage, even if its not that much? This is what Dr. Sears has to say on formaldehyde in particular:
"The Environmental Protectional Agency, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and other agencies all list formaldehyde as a carcinogen and state that it can cause kidney damage and genetic damage. Most of the research on formaldehyde, however, deals with inhaled levels of the chemical. I could not find information on injected formaldehyde. Fortunately, the amount in each vaccine is minuscule," (209).
Basically, the consensus is that the amounts of these chemicals being used are so small that they're probably completely harmless. It seems to me there's an awful lot being wagered on that word "probably." Sure it's expensive, but we're talking about the health of every person.
What if they're wrong and the mercury in some flu vaccines isn't harmless? What if it causes some kind of chronic brain damage that takes 20 or 30 years to show up? What if we listened to the CDC and, not just 43 percent of the American population got a flu shot, but 100? Over a period of 20 or 30 years? Is it really too much to ask to, you know, do a study or two?
The bottom line for our family, I suppose, is to steer clear of these chemical ingredients in vaccines as much as possible. Prefer brands which contain no chemicals. Weigh the benefits against the risks for each particular immunization. Refuse combination vaccines and spread out the immunizations we do decide to give our children to, at least, limit their exposure to these chemicals in higher concentrations.
You know, the more I learn about medicine and the healthcare system in this country, the more I'm convinced that it's a very, very dangerous prospect to stay uninformed. I mean, nothing against doctors personally, but it's entirely too easy to put entirely too much faith in a system which does err. I don't blame the doctors. I blame us. Take charge of your own healthcare. We may have to see a doctor because he's a trained "expert," but, when it comes down to it, it's still a service industry, and we're still the customers.
You probably wouldn't buy a new car or house because an "expert" told you it was a good buy without doing your own research. Why would you follow the advice of a doctor or government agency without checking their work?