The late, great Senator from New York, Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."
In that spirit I offer the following list of ingredients used in vaccines approved for use as compiled by the United States government and which can be found HERE.
My own opinion will follow the list, but for now I present the list with what I hope will be perceived as a few simple, objective observations and explanations.
Albumin from eggs, humans, and cows are used as a growth medium. Albumin refers generally to proteins with water solubility, normally found in blood or serum.
Aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, and aluminum potassium sulfate are all used as adjuvants to stimulate the immune system. Aluminum products found in commercial antiperspirants have been linked with breast cancer. A recent article published in the Journal of Inorganic Chemistry based on research from Keele University in England was trying to explain the “known, but unaccounted for, higher incidence of tumors in the upper outer quadrant of the breast.” They found that aluminum content was higher in the outer regions where there would be the highest density of antiperspirant. In discussing aluminum’s potential danger the report stated, “Aluminum is a metalloestrogen, it is genotoxic, is bound by DNA and has been shown to be carcinogenic. It is also a pro-oxidant and this unusual property might provide a mechanistic basis for any putative carcinogenicity. The confirmed presence of aluminum in breast tissue biopsies highlights its potential as a possible factor in the etiology of breast cancer.”
Amino acids are used as components of growth mediums.
Ammonium sulfate is used for protein fractionation. When not used in vaccines, it is commonly utilized as an agricultural fertilizer.
Amphotericin B is used as an antibacterial. This drug is often used intravenously for system-wide fungal infections.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used as an antioxidant. You can also get it in your morning orange juice.
Bacto-peptone is used as a component of a growth medium. It is derived from a papaic digest (enzymatic activity) of gelatin.
Beta-propiolactone is used as a viral inactivator. It is listed as an air contaminant under the Occupational and Safety Health Act, an extremely hazardous substance under the Superfund, and a hazardous air pollutant under the Clean Air Act.
Benzethonium chloride is used as a preservative. It is also used as a topical antimicrobial agent in cosmetics and personal care products like anti-itch ointments and anti-bacterial moist towelettes. It is toxic orally because it may cause failure in neuromuscular transmission as a result of pathological disturbances at the myoneural junction.
Bovine (cow) protein is used as a vaccine culture media.
Brilliant green is a dye used in vaccines. In addition to being used to dye silk and wood, it’s also effective against gram-positive microorganisms.
Calf skin is used as a vaccine culture media.
Chick kidney cells are used as a vaccine culture media.
Chicken embryos from fertilized eggs are used as a vaccine culture media.
Cohen-Wheeler, modified pertussis components are used as a vaccine culture media.
DNA is a manufacturing residue found in the vaccines.
Ethylenediamine-tetraacetic acid sodium (EDTA) is used as a preservative. Hey, isn’t that the chelating agent that when we use it is supposed to be so dangerous?
Egg protein is found as a manufacturing residue. (Aren’t some people allergic to eggs?)
Formaldehyde is used as an anti-microbial and preservative. I’m sure we all remember that wonderful chemical smell from biology when we did dissections.
Gelatin is used as a stabilizer in freeze-drying and as a solvent.
Gentamicin is used as an anti-bacterial. It works by binding the 30s subunit of the bacterial ribosome, interrupting protein synthesis.
Glutaraldehyde is used as a toxin detoxifier. It’s used for industrial water treatment and as a chemical preservative. However, it can be toxic, having the ability to cause severe eye, nose, throat and lung irritation, along with headaches, drowsiness and dizziness.
Glycerin is used as a solvent.
Glycine is used as a protein stabilizer.
Human diploid tissue culture, specifically WI-38, is used as a vaccine culture media. This cell line was developed in 1962 by the Wistar Institute in Sweden from the lung cells of an aborted female fetus. The parents were reported to be healthy.
Human diploid tissue culture, specifically MRC-5, is used as a vaccine culture media. This cell line was developed by the Medical Research Council of England from the lung tissue of a fourteen-week old male fetus, removed for psychiatric reasons from the mother in 1970.
Hydrochloric acid is used to adjust pH.
Lactose is used as a stabilied as a solvent. Many autistic and even otherwise healthy children have trouble with milk products.
Lathman medium derive from bovine casein (cow’s milk) is used as a vaccine culture media.
Linggoud-Fenton media containing bovine extract (cow parts) is used as a vaccine culture media.
Glycine is used as a protein stabilizer.
Hydrochloric acid is used to adjust pH.
Magnesium stearate is used as a lubricant for capsule filling.
Monkey kidney tissue culture, specifically from Vervet or African green monkeys, is used as a vaccine culture media.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is used as a stabilizer. Many Chinese restaurants advertise that their food is MSG-free. I wonder if that means it’s healthier?
Mouse brain is used as a vaccine culture media. I’ll bet you’d never have guessed that one.
Mouse serum protein is found as a manufacturing residue.
Mueller-Miller media is used as a vaccine culture media.
MRC-5 cellular protein is also found as a manufacturing residue. This protein is derived from the lung tissue of a male fetus which was aborted in England in 1970.
Neomycin is used as an anti-bacterial. It is also nephrotoxic and can cause kidney damage.
Phenol is used as a preservative and antibacterial. Phenols refer to any compound which contains a six-membered aromatic ring, bonded directly to a hydroxyl group.
Phenol red, or phenolsulfonphthalein, is used as a dye and pH indicator. It is also a weak estrogen mimic and can enhance the growth in culture of cells that express the estrogen receptor.
2-Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative. It has the ability to inhibit phagocyte activity, meaning it is toxic to all cells. It can cause systemic poisoning, headaches, shock, weakness, convulsions, kidney damage, cardiac failure, and death.
Phosphate buffers such as disodium, monosodium, potassium sodium, and sodium dihydrogen phosphate are used to adjust pH.
Polydimethylsilozone is used as an anti-foaming agent.
Polyethylene glycol p-isooctylphenyl ether (Triton X-100) is used for viral inactivation. (I wonder what else it might inactivate?)
Polymyxin B is used as an anti-bacterial. It binds to the cell membrane and alters its structure, making it more permeable. The resulting water uptake leads to cell death. Side effects include neurotoxicity and acute renal tubular necrosis.
Polyoxyethylene 9-10 nonyl phenol (Triton N-101, octoxynol 9) is used for viral inactivation.
Polysorbate 20 is used as a surfactant. It is used as a wetting ingredient in flavored mouth drops helping to provide the spreading feeling of the other ingredients like SD alcohol and mint flavor. The World Health Organization has suggested acceptable daily intake limits of 0-25 mg of polyoxyethylene sorbitan esters per kg body weight
Polyscorbate 80 is used as a surfactant. This chemical is often used in ice cream to prevent milk proteins from completely coating the fat droplets. This allows them to join together in chains and nets, to hold air in the mixture, and provide a firmer texture, holding its shape as the ice cream melts.
Potassium glutamate is used as a stabilizer.
Rhesus monkey fetal lung tissue culture is used as a vaccine culture media. At least we’re more closely related to monkeys than mice!
Sodium acetate is used to adjust pH. Sodium acetate is the chemical that gives salt and vinegar chips their flavor.
Sodium borate is used to adjust pH. This substance is toxic to all cells, and has a slow excretion rate through the kidneys. Kidney toxicity is the greatest, with liver fatty degeneration, cerebral edema, and gastroenteritis. Boric acid solutions used as an eye wash or on abraded skin are known to be especially toxic to infants, especially after repeated use because of its slow elimination rate. Sodium borate is banned in the United States in food products.
Sodium chloride is used to adjust tonicity. Also known as common table salt.
Sodium hydroxide is used to adjust pH. Solid sodium hydroxide or solutions containing high concentrations of sodium hydroxide may cause chemical burns, permanent injury or scarring, and blindness.
Sorbitol is used as a stabilizer and solvent. Ingesting large amounts of sorbitol can lead to some abdominal pain, gas, and mild to severe diarrhea. Sorbitol can also aggravate irritable bowel syndrome. Even in the absence of dietary sorbitol, cells also produce sorbitol naturally. When too much sorbitol is produced inside cells, it can cause damage. Diabetic retinopathy and neuropathy may be related to excess sorbitol in the cells of the eyes and nerves. The source of this sorbitol in diabetics is excess glucose, which goes through the polyol pathway.
Soy peptone broth is used as a vaccine culture media.
Stainer-Scholte is used as a vaccine culture media.
Streptomycin is used as an anti-bacterial. Streptomycin stops bacterial growth by damaging cell membranes and inhibiting protein synthesis. Specifically, it binds to the 16S rRNA of the bacterial ribosome, interfering with the binding of formyl-methionyl-tRNA to the 30S subunit. This prevents initiation of protein synthesis. Humans have structurally different ribosomes from bacteria, thereby allowing the selectivity of this antibiotic for bacteria. Streptomycin cannot be given orally, but must be administered by regular intramuscular injection. An adverse effect of this medicine is oto-toxicity. It can result in permanent hearing loss.
Sucrose is used as a stabilizer. Over-consumption of sucrose has been linked with some adverse health effects. The most common is dental caries or tooth decay, in which oral bacteria convert sugars (including sucrose) from food into acids that attack tooth enamel. When a large amount of foods that contain a high percentage of sucrose is consumed, beneficial nutrients can be displaced from the diet, which can contribute to an increased risk for chronic disease. It has been suggested that sucrose-containing drinks may be linked to the development of obesity and insulin resistance.
Thimerosal (mercury) is used as a preservative. We know the controversy this chemical has caused.
Unspecified vitamins are used as a component of a growth medium for the vaccines.
Yeast proteins are used as a component of growth mediums.
Okay, there’s no Z, but the list above contains just abut every other letter in the alphabet. Personally, I was exhausted by the time I got to thimerosal. But now you have a little more complete information about what’s in commercial vaccines, aside from the mercury and viruses.
I found forty-two different ingredients in the vaccines which cause me concern, especially when one is listed as an air contaminant under the Occupational and Safety Health Act (beta-propiolactone), causes “pathological disturbances at the myoneural junction (benzethonium chloride), or in the case of streptomycin which can cause hearing loss, cannot be administered orally.
In deference to Senator Moynihan I understand this is my opinion. What’s yours?
Kent Heckenlively has worked as an attorney, television producer, and is now a beloved science teacher.