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Professor Chris ExleyChris is a Professor in Bioinorganic Chemistry at Keele University and an Honorary Professor, for UHI Millennium Institute.
He has spent most of his career studying aluminum and its relation to life on Earth. He has authored countless studies and articles which have been featured in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
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Q: Why is aluminum used in vaccine production and why should we be concerned about it in our vaccines?
A: Aluminum salts are the most widely used adjuvants in vaccines. Not all vaccines require an adjuvant but most do and most use an aluminum adjuvant. You can read all about how aluminum adjuvants are used and their potential toxicity in primary research papers all of which are accessible through a number of posts on my medical blog (https://www.hippocraticpost.com/?s=Exley). You can also find much of this information in videos that are available though my website (https://www.keele.ac.uk/aluminium/) and my You Tube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOOw6gA6dPM8K_fj5L9ydrQ).
Q: Do you feel that aluminum in vaccines has played an integral part in the epidemic of chronic illness that the U.S. is currently experiencing? Please explain.
A: There is no question that a small proportion of vaccine recipients react adversely immediately following vaccination. The proportion of recipients doing so may be as frequent as 2.5% as is estimated by Merck for the Gardasil vaccine. These adverse events are almost certainly due to aluminum adjuvants, perhaps in combination with other vaccine excipients. The concern is that for some individuals, aluminum adjuvants are a significant source of brain aluminum, the aluminum being delivered to the brain in inflammatory cells as part of probably ‘normal’ signaling events.
This is clearly a cause for concern as aluminum is a potent neurotoxin and we therefore need future research to identify, if possible, individuals who may be predisposed to such potential neurotoxicity.
Q: Are there ways to mitigate the effects of aluminum toxicity?
A: We have shown that silicon is the natural antagonist to aluminum toxicity in all living things including humans. Regular drinking of a silicon-rich mineral water helps the body to eliminate aluminum and so helps to protect against the toxicity of aluminum. You can read all about this on posts on my blog as well as listening to videos available through my website. There is also a Fact Sheet on silicon which I have sent to the hosts of this website so that they can make it available to you. I drink a silicon-rich mineral water every day and you should too.
Ashley Everly, ToxicologistAshley is a toxicologist, blogger, mother and activist who has spent years learning, and writing about vaccines.
Since receiving her Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California at Davis, she has been passionate about self-education and increasing awareness of harmful substances in the environment. After having children, her focus has turned to natural health and wellness, vaccines, and health freedom.
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Q: As a mother and toxicologist, how has your knowledge and perception of vaccines changed throughout the years?
A: Prior to having children I had hardly given vaccines a second thought. My understanding was that they were effective and routine – everyone got them, period. Once I was pregnant, and began to look into the subject further, I was shocked to read some of the ingredients. I had no idea that monkey kidney cells, aborted fetal cells, and aluminum (among other chemical and biological substances) were used in vaccine production. I was wary and chose to delay and selectively vaccinate my first child based on the fact that I was breastfeeding and had planned to be a stay at home mom. When my son began to show signs of neurological damage and developmental delays, I started to question vaccine safety and do more digging. I feel that my education and experience in scientific research helped tremendously with scouring the literature for studies on vaccine ingredients, adverse events, and vaccine-associated infectious diseases. Eventually, what I found was far too convincing for me to continue vaccinating my children, at all. Today, I do what I can to educate others on this subject, because parents deserve to be fully informed before they vaccinate.
Q: Was there a defining piece of information, book or study, that changed your views on vaccination?
A: It took me 3-4 years of intense research, 2+ hours on an almost daily basis, before my views on vaccination fully changed – before I became 100% comfortable with my personal decision to not vaccinate. I did not take this lightly! A few defining points though were (1) when I found out that DNA from aborted fetuses ends up in vaccines, (2) when I discovered that no safe limit of injecting aluminum had ever been determined, (3) the thousands of stories of vaccine injury or death that I kept coming across, (4) realizing how intense the propaganda surrounding vaccines truly is, (5) how mortality from vaccine “preventable” diseases had already declined prior to the introduction of vaccines in the 60s. There are truly just too many points to include!
Q: With all of your current insight about vaccines, would you vaccinate your child according to the CDC schedule? If so, would you make any modifications?
If I could go back and fully vaccinate my children, my son might not be alive today. He received a small number of vaccines, spread out and delayed, and he was still injured and deals with chronic health issues. My daughter would have likely had severe reactions. Thankfully, she did not receive vaccines (to my knowledge), and has been pretty healthy since we came home from the hospital with her when after was born. I did not find out until after my son was injured by vaccines, that he has a severe genetic mutation that makes him susceptible to vaccine injury. Ten percent of the population has this genetic defect… No. I would not vaccinate my children at all and wish I could undo the damage that has been done to my son.
Q: How can we start to heal our children from the toxicants in vaccines?
A: My son has made enormous strides in his health because we focused on helping his body detox and heal. Proper nutrition via a high fruit, whole food, plant based diet, has worked wonders for him. He no longer has eczema, tics, chronic stomach pain, developmental delays, sensory processing disorder, and more. He used to be disinterested in others and not respond emotionally to nearly anything. After we changed his diet – first cutting out dairy, gluten, soy, eggs (and all animal products except for wild caught salmon & sardines a few times per month), processed sugar, processed food and food additives… he was like a new kid in 6 months. Since then, there have been health issues here and there that have come up, but we have always been able to address it via diet & nutrition. Food is truly medicine, and I am so thankful.
Stephanie SeneffStephanie Seneff is a Senior Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.
In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has published over two dozen papers in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern-day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.
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Q: What is glyphosate and why should we be concerned that it has been found in our vaccines?
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the pervasive herbicide Roundup. It has been found as a contaminant in many common foods that children love. The toxicologist Anthony Samsel and the activist Zen Honeycutt (of Moms Across America) both independently found glyphosate as a contaminant in multiple vaccines. There was a consistent pattern of live virus vaccines (such as the flu vaccine, Varicella (for chicken pox) and the MMR vaccine) being contaminated, whereas the vaccines that are based on antigen + aluminum (such as DTaP and Hep-B) tested negative. MMR consistently had by far the highest amount compared to any other vaccine. It is probably getting into the vaccines because it is present in the nutrients that are supplied to the viral cultures during the manufacturing process. This includes egg, gelatin and fetal bovine serum.
We have been misled to believe that glyphosate is essentially harmless to humans, and that is a big reason why it is the herbicide of choice, both for food crops and in people’s yards and gardens. However, there is a long list of neurological, autoimmune and oncological diseases whose prevalence is rising dramatically in the population, exactly in step with the dramatic rise in the use of glyphosate on core crops. While correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causation, I have researched glyphosate extensively, and I have come to believe that it has an insidious cumulative mechanism of toxicity that relates to its function as an amino acid analogue of the coding amino acid glycine. Its damaging effects build up over time so it’s not so easy to notice that various health problems can be traced back to chronic glyphosate exposure.
Q: Do you feel that glyphosate and vaccines have played an integral part in theepidemic of autism that the U.S. is currently experiencing? Please explain.
A: Yes! I believe that vaccines and glyphosate are synergistically toxic. Even if the vaccine that was administered did not contain glyphosate, glyphosate’s presence in the body would make the vaccine significantly more toxic than it would otherwise be. Of course, a vaccine that is contaminated with glyphosate is much more dangerous, because the glyphosate will likely enhance the immune response to the antigen, resulting in an over-enthusiastic antibody response. Glyphosate has been shown to cause a leaky gut barrier, and typically this leads to a leaky brain barrier. This means that both the glyphosate and the aluminum, mercury, antigen, glutamate, etc., in vaccines have easier access to the brain, causing neuronal damage.
Multiple studies by Prof. Singh et al. at the University of Utah dating back to the 1990’s have shown that autistic children often have a much higher antibody response to the measles virus in MMR than control children, and that they also have antibodies to the measles antigen in the brain. In most cases, these antibodies also attack the myelin sheath in the nerve fibers, due to a process called molecular mimicry. I believe this is a big contributor to the extreme response that is seen in some children to the vaccine, which then leads to the development of regressive autism in the months that follow.
Q: How can we help heal and protect our children from glyphosate and vaccines?
A: This is an excellent question and I wish I could give a definitive answer. I think the most important thing is to avoid further exposure to glyphosate as much as possible. This means switching to a 100% certified organic diet and stopping any use of glyphosate on the lawn. You can have your water supply tested for glyphosate contamination, and a reverse osmosis filter is the only type of filter I am aware of that successfully removes it. Unfortunately, this also removes all of the minerals in the water, so it is best to add these back in to the drinking water.
There are only a few bacteria that can fully metabolize glyphosate, due to its difficult C-P bond. One of these is acetobacter, and it is present in fermented foods such as sauerkraut and apple cider vinegar. My personal favorite is Braggs organic apple cider vinegar. Kim chi and kombucha also have this bacterium. Studies on cows that were sick due to glyphosate exposure showed that bentonite clay, sauerkraut juice, and fulvic and humic acid (organic matter from the soil) were useful to reduce their glyphosate load and also improve their health. Probiotic supplements may be useful to help correct the imbalance in the gut microbiome that glyphosate causes. Foods that are rich in minerals are also important, because glyphosate chelates minerals, making them unavailable to the body.
My research indicates that glyphosate severely disrupts the supply of sulfate to the body, and I believe that this is a key driver behind many modern diseases. I recommend eating a diet that is high in sulfur-containing foods such as onions, garlic, cruciferous vegetables, grass-fed beef, cheese, eggs and seafood. I also recommend getting out in the sunlight frequently without sunscreen and without sunglasses. According to my research, sunlight stimulates the synthesis of sulfate in the skin.
Q: With your current insight about vaccines, would you vaccinate your child according to the CDC schedule? If so, would you make any modifications?
A: The CDC schedule has gotten out of control in recent decades. When my children were young, there were only a few required vaccines, and MMR was not one of them, fortunately. I would frankly be terrified to give my child the MMR vaccine today, knowing what I know about it. It is difficult for me to understand why regulators believe that Hep-B at birth is a good idea. It hits the newborn child with a high dose of aluminum at a time when the immune system is not yet even working. A study based in Africa found that infants who received the DPT vaccine compared to those who didn’t had a much higher mortality rate. They died from other causes, but I believe the reason was that the vaccine weakened their innate immunity. DPT has been replaced with DTaP (acellular) in the US due to concerns about the toxicity of the DPT vaccine. But DTaP contains aluminum which is a known neurotoxin. I am extremely concerned about the HPV (Gardasil) vaccine and I would strongly advise against getting this vaccine. It has high amounts of a particularly toxic form of aluminum. It supposedly protects from cervical cancer, but this has never been shown to be true. I have studied Gardasil adverse reactions in the VAERS database and it is associated with severe reactions that can lead to lifetime disability or even death. It has also been linked to infertility. I have never received a flu vaccine and I don’t plan to ever say ‘yes’ to the flu vaccine.
Tetyana Obukhanych PhDDr. Tetyana is an immunologist, educator and author.
Her book, Vaccine Illusion breaks down the science of immunology and vaccines and her class with Building Bridges for Children’s Health (BBCH) is a wealth of information on disease prevention, vaccination and immunology.
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Q: Is there any vaccine you personally regret getting and why?
A: In retrospect, the one vaccine that I regret getting for myself was the Hepatitis B vaccine, which I got in my 20s during my graduate school immunology training. I was contemplating doing a rotation in a lab that was working with blood samples from HIV+ patients, who are considered high risk for other blood-borne viruses, including Hepatitis B. I ended up not doing a rotation in that lab. However, without much thought, I went ahead and got that vaccine anyway, because I didn’t think it could hurt to get it.
Later on, as I started researching what’s in all of the vaccines that are given to our babies, I realized that the Hep B vaccine is produced in yeast. It’s a yeast-recombinant vaccine, and in addition to Hep B antigens, it contains yeast proteins as well. It’s the same yeast species as baker’s/brewer’s yeast, which is used in bread-making, wine-making, as nutritional yeast, etc. This benign yeast (not to be confused with candida) could also be present in some people as part of their gut microbiome. But what happens if you make your immune system reactive toward this yeast by immunizing yourself with its components? I never made a connection between the bouts of gut pain that I started experiencing in graduate school and beyond and the Hep B vaccine that I received. Once I suspected the connection, I confirmed it by excluding any source of yeast in my diet for a while—and I had a relief from gut pain. I then re-introduced yeast, and in 3 days my gut pain was back. The delay told me that this was immune-mediated, as immunologic memory usually takes several days to get reactivated.
I am currently on a baker’s yeast-free diet, but I went one step further in remediating my mis-primed immune system after I found a published medical case series from Israel of 8 children who were cured from severe reactivity to food proteins by consuming camel milk. I looked up immunologic publications on camel milk and found a study, where camel milk was reported to reset the Th1/Th2 balance in the immune system. With baker’s yeast out and camel milk in my diet, previously frequent bouts of gut pain are no longer part of my life. But if I didn’t do my research into how the Hep B vaccine is produced and what it contains, I would have no clue to where even start addressing my gut pain.
Q: Are you concerned that this vaccine is given to all babies on day one?
A: I think it is a folly to be using yeast-recombinant vaccines, such as recombinant Hep B, in bread-consuming populations. It’s one massive experiment. With this vaccine being given to all babies, whether or not they are born to Hep B+ mothers, and priming their immune systems to react to baker’s yeast, there’s a lot to be concerned about when they get started on solids later on in life. Babies can’t talk to describe their gut pain, they will be irritable, it will affect their mood and behavior. Parents often notice that a gluten-free, casein-free diet improves their children’s health and behavior. And gluten and baker’s yeast often go together in bread products.
Q: And how is casein implicated?
A: I looked up casein as well. Casein, which comes from cow’s milk, is present as a contaminant in vaccines like DTaP/Tdap, because it is used during vaccine production process. The CDC lists excipients for each vaccine but claims that those used in vaccine manufacturing process are later removed. However, I found a study that tested DTaP/Tdap vaccines for the presence of casein, and it was there—in all batches tested. Apparently, it’s not completely removed. So, to the extent of their contamination with casein, some vaccines may prime the immune system to react to casein. In essence, the use of these vaccines on a massive scale may have made the staple foods, such as bread and dairy, unsuitable for human consumption.
Dr. Kendra BeckerDr. Kendra Becker is an integrated physician practicing in for over 10 years; She is Connecticut’s “4A Specialist” (asthma, autism, allergies, atopy/eczema). She holds an ND degree and MS, APRN.
She is board certified in both areas. Her specialties include MTHFR, fertility and treatment of “the 4As” (asthma, autism, allergies, atopy/eczema). Dr. Becker focuses on primarily treating the pediatric population and their parents.
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Q: What is MTHFR and how can it be problematic with vaccination?
A: MTHFR mutations are atypical expressions or changes in gene structure/mutation, of the MTHFR gene. This gene is found on chromosome 1 and is passed by both parents (if they have the copies to donate). 60% of the population carries this mutation. MTHFR mutations can cause a disruption of the MTHFR enzyme’s normal function which includes breaking down homocysteine, manufacturing of glutathione, neurotransmitters, immune cells and how the body can detox toxins. The mutations can be “heterozygous” meaning they occur only on one strand or “allele” of the chromosome, or they can be “homozygous”, occurring on both alleles. the more copies of the mutation that an individual expresses the more problematic this mutation can be. If an individual cannot eliminate toxins effectively inflammation can occur and therefore set off a cascade of events to cause huge imbalances in the brain, gut and immune system. The most common MTHFR gene mutations are found at position 677 and/or position 1298 on the MTHFR gene.
Q: Why is methylation important?
A: The methylation cycle is important because it takes the nutrients from our food (and supplements) and utilizes them to make the energy our bodies need to work optimally. It also supports the manufacturing of healthy cells and neurotransmitters. Methylation is a key component in the removal of toxins and foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses. When methylation is optimal, the body is full of energy. When it is poor or impaired, your body will feel fatigued, depressed, irritable, susceptible to infections, and achy. Proper methylation is important for mitochondrial function and energy production. Low mitochondrial function and low methylation can lead to low energy, low thyroid function, decreased memory, and Lyme disease to name a few. It is common for individuals with MTHFR mutations to struggle with vaccinations due to all the points mentioned above. If the body has an inability to detox, make and manufacturer neurotransmitters properly or properly balance the immune system there could be a very high risk for a vaccine reaction. There is a delicate balance to methylation and all pieces must be working properly for the optimal result. The proper outcome would be production of glutathione, a major antioxidant and protector of cells.
Q: What are some tips to stay healthy if we have a MTHFR mutation?
- Avoid taking folic acid
- Avoid over the counter antacids which can block essential B Vitamin absorption
- Check homocysteine, b12 and folate levels and treat if needed
- Avoid eating processed foods, many of which have added synthetic folic acid.
- Be sure you choose a WHOLE foods diet that eliminates any and all processed food
- Remove exposure to heavy metals from your environment
- Check with a qualified MTHFR educated provider to be sure your supplements are right for you.
- Consider gentle detox modes such as an infrared sauna, magnesium salt baths, skin brushing, and sweating to help the body eliminate toxicity
If your child carries any of the MTHFR genetic variations, they arre more vulnerable to the effects of environmental toxins as their ability to detoxify is impaired. This is especially problematic if underlying genetic defects can be triggered by environmental exposures.
Dr. Kelly BroganDr. Kelly Brogan is a holistic women’s health psychiatrist.
She has authored numerous books including the NY Times best-selling, A Mind of Your Own. She is board certified in psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and integrative holistic medicine, and is specialized in a root-cause resolution approach to psychiatric syndromes and symptoms.
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Q: How can we safeguard our children’s brain health during this toxic-age?
A: There were many months of my life as a mother that I cried myself to sleep, incredulous that I had brought two children onto this polluted and ever more toxic planet. I felt hopeless that regulators, governmental officials, and industry bigwigs seemed to be either pretending to be asleep or otherwise impossible to arouse out of a profit-induced somnolence. But then something shifted for me. I began to see how my despair and rage were a part of the same energy I was fighting, and I knew that, as a mother, I had to hold the heart of this human experience, for my children. I had to empower myself and take care of myself in order to ignite a light that would guide them through this darkness. Because fear makes the sickness. And so this is why when I insist on filtered water, organic gluten-free food, no tech, and meditation before bed, it now comes from a place of sharing the love and sense of safety that these practices can amplify. And as I hold these boundaries fiercely, I also know that the primary gift I provide my children goes beyond safety…it is to teach them how to simply feel and to develop their internal emotional terrain, because brain health is more than intelligence and cognition, it is the clear and strong container for all of the mystery that is the felt human experience.
Dr. Karen MoriartyDr. Karen Moriarty has been in practice since 1984 and has helped countless families heal and take back their health with chiropractic care.
She is a member of the Massachusetts Alliance for Chiropractic Philosophy and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
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Q: Over the span of your career in chiropractic care, have you witnessed an increase of chronic illness in children and do you feel that vaccines could be a potential factor for said increase?
A: There is no doubt in my mind that the number of children struggling with Autism, Asperger’s and learning disabilities has dramatically increased since I entered practice almost 36 years ago. When I looked at the list of ingredients that are in the vaccines, read the scientific studies that show how harmful many of these are to the brain and nervous system and heard the consistent reporting of parents that the health of their perfectly normal child was dramatically altered immediately following a vaccine it was compelling to connect these two dots. I am also seeing an increase in children who are frequently sick or have asthma and allergies – all indications of a weak immune system. Could vaccines contribute to this? Absolutely! The research also shows that children with any of the above-mentioned conditions tend to have a significantly diminished probiotic count, excessive yeast and a leaky gut.
Q: How can chiropractic care help our children heal from vaccine injury?
A: A powerful way to improve cognitive and emotional presentation is through the proprioceptive neurons that track along the spine. Chiropractors with specialized pediatric training know how to de-stress and balance the nervous system by aligning the spine which encourages much healthier brain function. Part of our analysis process is to determine exactly how a child should have their spine adjusted in order to correct their individual brain imbalance.
We are also a great resource for other specialists that can contribute to vaccine recovery.
Q: Would you vaccinate your child according to the CDC schedule? If so, would you make any modification.
A: I chose to not vaccinate my children at all and my eldest daughter has followed suit with my two grandchildren. I am deeply grateful that I had done my research when I was pregnant with my first child and was able to make a truly informed decision. I am not afraid of any childhood illness as I am of a generation that had them all and survived really well and now have natural immunity for life! What I was afraid of was the risk of causing permanent neurological damage by injecting vaccine toxins into my children. I made sure my children ate a nutrient dense, clean, organic diet, were provided with chiropractic care and took high quality supplements, which worked together to give them a powerful immune system. My children and grandchildren are rarely ill.
As a health care provider, I encourage parents who are considering the CDC schedule to evaluate the safer delayed schedule and I provide them with information on Dr. Bob Sears, Dr. Paul Thomas and Dr. Mercola’s recommendations so they make a truly informed decision. Sadly, most pediatricians are not ensuring that parents are aware of the potential risks of vaccination, nor their options regarding schedule, natural immunity or obtaining titers.