By Anne Dachel
In all the news reports from around the country about Gardasil, I couldn't find a single reference to the aluminum in this vaccine. All the pleasant sounding commentators who reassured us that it hasn't been proven that the HPV vaccine caused healthy teenage girls to suddenly develop things like paralysis never mentioned it. They had quotes from the CDC/FDA/Merck saying things like, "Based on the facts that we've received, the information does not suggest that this event was causally associated with vaccination."
On July 3, U.S. News and World Report published the article, Is HPV Vaccine to Blame for a Teen's Paralysis? (HERE) by Deborah Kotz, one of their senior editors. The story was about a 13 year old girl in Utah who received Gardasil and within a month developed a degenerative muscular disease that has, after a year, left her paralyzed. A spokesperson for Merck, the drug company that makes Gardasil, sees no connection.
For years, the media, the medical community, and health officials have told us the same thing about autism and the mercury in vaccines, the second deadliest element on Earth and a known neurotoxin. I suppose if toxic mercury is safe, aluminum--another neurotoxin-- in vaccines must be too.
However, in a piece for Mothering Magazine, Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?, (HERE)
author Robert W. Sears, M.D. tells us he's not convinced about the safety of aluminum use. The main reason he's doubtful is because he can't find the any research on aluminum in vaccines.
Doctor Sears writes, "As a medical doctor, my first instinct was to worry that these aluminum levels far exceed what may be safe for babies. My second instinct was to assume that the issue had been properly researched, and that studies had been done on healthy infants to determine their ability to rapidly excrete aluminum. My third instinct was to search for these studies. So far, I have found none."
In A Shot in the Dark Kimber Pasquali wrote, "Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum and, although aluminum adjuvants have been used in vaccines for decades, they were never tested for safety in clinical trials."
CNN reported about nearly 8,000 adverse reactions that have been filed about Gardasil. (HERE)
It's clear that when the issue is the aluminum content, the manufacturer, the FDA, the CDC all have a lot of explaining to do.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.