According to a Reuter’s article, “Aluminum, Silica in Water Affect Alzheimer’s Risk” (March 4, 2009), “aluminum concentrations in drinking water may have an effect on cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.” The report was released by Dr. Virginie Rondeau and her associates at the Institute National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale in Bordeaux and can be found in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (HERE)
The French investigators reported that “daily aluminum intake of at least 0.1 milligram was associated with greater cognitive decline.” (Author’s note – 0.1 milligrams is equal to 100 micrograms [mcg]) The current listing of the amount of aluminum in vaccines are as follows: DTaP – from 170 mcg to 625 mcg, depending on manufacturer, Hepatitis A – 250 mcg, Hepatitis B – 250 mcg, HiB – 225 mcg, HPV – 225 mcg, Pediarix – 850 mcg, Pentacel – 330 mcg, and Pneumococcus – 125 mcg.
As noted in the article “Is Aluminum the new Thimerosal?” by Dr. Robert Sears, and appearing in the January/February issue of Mothering magazine, “In other words, a newborn who gets a Hepatitis B injection on day one of life would receive 250 mcg of aluminum. This would be repeated at one month with the next Hep B shot. When, at two months, a baby gets its first big round of shots, the total dose of aluminum could vary from 295 mcg (if a non-aluminum HIB and the lowest-aluminum brand of DTaP are used) to a whopping 1225 mcg (if the Hep B vaccine is given along with the brands with the highest aluminum contents). These doses are repeated at four and six months. With most subsequent rounds of shots, a child would continue to get some aluminum throughout the first two years. But the FDA recommends that premature babies, and anyone with impaired kidney function, receive no more than 10 to 25 mcg of injected aluminum at any one time.” (HERE)
As the parent of a child with autism and seizures I can only note that in one heavy metals test my daughter excreted more than 80 times the normal amount of aluminum. On average she's excreted somewhere between 8 to 13 times the normal amount of aluminum, and seems to slowly be getting better. I’ve written before about how autism is likely a combination of infections and toxins, and I’ve long suspected that aluminum plays an as yet undefined role in her problems.
There’s also a considerable amount of controversy on the damage a toxin can have whether it’s ingested by mouth, or through injection. Injection means it gets into the blood fairly quickly, and since the blood-brain barrier doesn’t close until well after birth, this aluminum may be able to settle directly to the brain.
While my daughter has had problems from a young age, it’s just as heart-breaking when a previously healthy girl is suddenly struck down. We are hearing more of these stories following vaccinations with Gardasil, and it’s probably not surprising considering that the shot has 225 mcg of aluminum. One must also consider the body weight of these adolescent girls when they get their shots and we have another example of baffling medical symptoms.
One of the few bright spots of the French study was the finding that high intake of silica seemed to either reduce “the oral absorption of aluminum on increases the excretion of this metal.” Those following DAN protocols will recognize the similar role played by chelation treatments.
Adults with Alzheimer’s disease, children with autism and seizures, and adolescent girls with baffling medical symptoms, may all be linked by aluminum. As the French investigators concluded, “Further studies are needed to settle the debate over the link between aluminum or silica in drinking water and neurologic disorders and cognitive impairment.”
I think that’s a conclusion with which even Inspector Clouseau would agree.
Kent Heckenlively is Legal Editor of Age of Autism