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The Aluminum Threat: An Interview With Chris Shaw
By Anne Dachel
In 2008, well-known pediatrician, Robert Sears had a story published in Mothering Magazine titled, Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal? Sears had become concerned about the level of aluminum (Al) children were being exposed to in the ever-expanding vaccination schedule. Al, another known neurotoxin, is used in vaccines because it makes the vaccines work better. Sears went on a search for the science to prove that exposing infants and small children to more and more Al in wasn't harmful. The Mothering article made it clear that just as the mercury containing preservative thimerosal was allowed in vaccines without any official safety testing, the same is true for the use of aluminum. Here's how Sears described the main point of his article: "No one has measured the levels of aluminum absorption by the bloodstream when it is injected into the skin and muscle of infants, or the levels of excretion from the body via urination. All of the FDA and AAP documents that I've read state that aluminum might be a problem, but that they haven't studied it yet, so we should limit the amount of aluminum included in injectable solutions. But, again, no one is talking about the levels of aluminum in vaccines."
It's amazing that four years later, more people aren't questioning what Al is doing to our children. Officials like to pretend that the only vaccine ingredient anyone is worried about is mercury and they eagerly tell us that it was removed from all vaccines in the childhood schedule ten years ago (except of course the flu vaccine, recommended for pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy and for babies as young as six months).
Actually Al is coming into its own in the vaccine safety debate thanks to research by Chris Shaw, PhD, at the University of British Columbia. Shaw has stunning credentials that make it clear he is overwhelmingly qualified to study this topic. He's a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the UBC and he holds cross appointments with the Department of Experimental Medicine and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. He is the author of more than 100 peer reviewed articles as well as numerous book chapters and special reviews and has edited four books on neuroscience themes. He has done extensive work on the link between Al and ALS, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's. Now he's also addressing how exposure to Al could be linked to the autism epidemic.
In August, 2011, the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry published a study by Lucija Tomljenovic, and Chris Shaw and the title asked the question that demands an answer, Do aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising prevalence of autism?
The research took a close look at the amount of Al kids are getting and at what age. Several statements are hard to forget:"To the best of our knowledge, these results are the first to show that Al, a highly neurotoxic metal and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant, may be a significant contributing factor to the rising prevalence of ASD in the Western world."
." The researchers went on to say, "It is also of note that the FDA requires limits on Al in parenteral feeding solutions and requires warning labels about potential Al hazards while setting no safety limits or issuing warnings for Al in vaccines."
Tomljenovic and Shaw note the correlation between more and more vaccines with Al and the epidemic increase in autism and while this doesn't prove causation, it should at the very least send experts scrambling to look at the possible connection. There's no dismissing this information on Al. Lots of questions need to be asked and answered. I was able to interview Dr. Shaw about his research and even people with no medical/scientific background, like myself, can see we have a serious problem here.