Friday, April 29, 2016

Aluminum Adjuvants In Vaccines: How Do They Work?

Have you ever gotten a vaccination? If so, do you remember being told what the ingredients were or what side effects could possible occur? In many cases, the answer to that is probably no because some doctors tell patients very little about the vaccine as they may not know what could happen post administration. At any rate, vaccines contain an adjuvant, which is used to act as a stimulant and one of the most common adjuvant is the chemical compound aluminum. Aluminum adjuvants have been used in a wide variety of vaccines for decades, however, aluminum is a non-essential metal when it comes to human function and it is a known neurotoxin.

Despite the facts revolving around the toxicity of aluminum, it often is understated and outright ignored by agencies and organizations that are responsible for protecting public health. That's why the Dwoskin Family Foundation for Vaccine Support is on a mission to raise awareness of the dangers associated with aluminum adjuvants. It's very apparent that the amount of information the public has about vaccine ingredients is limited, which is why learning about it extremely valuable for the safety of patients.

With that said, Dr. Christopher Exley, a funded CMSRI researcher, published an article to bring attention to aluminum adjuvants. In his article, "The Immunobiology of Aluminum Adjuvants: How Do They Really Work," he points out "the many ways that aluminum chemistry contributes to the wide and versatile armory of its adjuvants, such that future research might be guided towards a fuller understanding of their role in human vaccinations." Essentially, the apparent use of aluminum adjuvants has not undergone intense clinical evaluation and continued use of the ingredient may pose significant health risks. This means the understanding of aluminum adjuvants neurotoxicity is the key issue because numerous studies and reports have identified many adverse reactions associated with the ingredient.

Addressing the concerns of sparse research pertaining to the safety of aluminum adjuvants is alarming but current efforts to raise awareness of its potential health risks may help guide chemical engineers and clinicians to revise the ingredients in manufactured vaccines.