What Do Vaccines Really Contain?

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Getting the disease for which you receive the vaccine, such as mumps, may actually be a blessing for the afflicted and bestow true immunity to the disease. This may account for some of the disease-preventing effects of vaccines that have been witnessed in a small number of vaccinated individuals. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the vaccinated population doesn’t fall sick. If it did, vaccination could actually have some value. However, if an adjuvant such as aluminum or squalene is added to the vaccine, which is now typical for most vaccines, it can cause your immune system to overreact to the introduction of the organism you are being vaccinated against.

On such occasions, the human body is helpless against the foreign material and is overwhelmed by the antigens and the resulting overreaction of the immune system. This often gives rise to debilitating symptoms (among the agents most often introduced through vaccines is thimerosal, which is linked to neurological damage in the brain), crippling side effects and even life-threatening conditions.

Despite documented evidence that links vaccination to disease and injury, modern medicine insists that vaccines are a type of ‘health insurance’. But just so you know your facts, here is a brief look at what these chemicals contain.

Antigen: At the crux of every vaccine is the disease-causing microorganism or pathogen against which immunity is sought to be induced.

Preservatives: Preservatives are used to increase the shelf-life of a vaccine by preventing bacteria and fungi from invading it. In the US, the FDA allows the use of three preservatives: phenol, 2-phenoxyethanol and thimerosal.

Adjuvants: Adjuvants enhance the body’s immune response immediately after the vaccine is introduced. Though highly dangerous and known to even cause cytokine storms that lead to swift death, pharma companies continue to use adjuvants as ‘boosters’ in their vaccines.

Another compelling reason for the use of adjuvants is that these chemicals, by turbo-charging vaccines, allow drug companies to use less of the antigen in each dose so that they can make more doses. Do the math: More doses means bigger profits.

Aluminum salts are the most widely used adjuvants employed by drug manufacturers. They include: aluminum phosphate, aluminum hydroxide, aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate and potassium aluminum sulfateor simply alum.

Till recently, aluminum salts were the only adjuvants vaccine-makers in the US were allowed to use. However, with the FDA toying with the idea of allowing squalene as an adjuvant, there is growing alarm that this chemical, which played havoc with US Gulf War veterans, may be licensed for mass use in the US.

Additives or Stabilizing Agents: Stabilizing agents protect vaccines from getting damaged or losing their efficacy under certain conditions such as freeze-drying and heat. They also prevent the antigen from sticking to the side of the vaccine vial, and the components of the vaccine from separating.

Common additives include sugars such as sucrose and lactose; amino acids such as glycine, monosodium glutamate; and proteins such as gelatin or human serum albumin.

Concerns regarding these additives center around the use of gelatin, human serum albumin and material derived from bovines, especially cows. While gelatin is suspected to precipitate hypersensitivity reactions, human serum albumin (derived from dead human fetuses) could introduce pathogens into the body.

Material taken from cattle came into focus with the outbreak of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy or ‘mad cow disease’ in England in the 1980s.

Residual Agents: Residual agents are used during the production process to inactivate the live pathogen and to culture the virus. They are eventually removed from the vaccine, or at least that is what vaccine-makers claim.

Residual agents include bovine serum (a popular agent used to grow the virus in cell cultures); formaldehyde (used as an inactivating agent); and antibiotics such as neomycin, streptomycin and polymyxin B to prevent bacterial contamination.

Animal Products: Animal products are most frequently used in vaccine production as the medium in which the virus is cultured and grown. They perform two essential functions: they provide nutrition to the pathogen and they provide cell lines that help it replicate to make the millions of doses that are then commercially sold.

Animals whose organs, tissues, blood and serum are commonly used to make vaccines are monkeys, cows, sheep, chickens, pigs and occasionally dogs and rabbits.

Human Products: Human fetal cells (human diploid cells) divide indefinitely and are used to make cell lines that make a virus replicate. For instance, the rubella virus is grown in human tissue culture as the virus is incapable of infecting animals.

After a virus is cultured, the pathogen is purified while removing it from the growth culture. However, traces of genetic material from the culture often remain in the vaccine.

This presents a real and ever-present danger. If the host animal or human being is infected, secondary pathogens are likely to be passed on during vaccination.

This is exactly what happened when the polio vaccine, grown in monkey kidney cells, were later found to be contaminated with the Simian Vacuolating Virus 40 or SV40.

Having looked at the broad categories of components in vaccines, here is a list of some toxic agents (with documented side effects) used in their production.

Acetone: Nail polish remover

Oil Adjuvants: A neurotoxin linked to Alzheimer’s disease and seizures. It can also precipitate arthritis

Formaldehyde: A carcinogenic agent used as an embalming fluid

Ethylene Glycol: Antifreeze widely used in car engines

Triton X100: A detergent

Glycerin: Candamage internal organs such as the lungs, liver and kidneys and gastrointestinal tract

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): According to the FDA, MSG Symptom Complex or MSG side effects can result in numbness, burning sensation, tingling, facial pressure or tightness, chest pain, headache, nausea, rapid heartbeat, drowsiness, weakness, and difficulty in breathing for asthmatics. More specifically, studies have shown that MSG can cause arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, slow heartbeat, angina, extreme rise or drop in blood pressure, swelling, diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, stomach cramps, rectal bleeding, bloating, flu-like achiness, joint pain, stiffness, depression, mood swings, rage reactions, migraine headache, dizziness, light-headedness, loss of balance, disorientation, mental confusion, anxiety, panic attacks, hyperactivity, behavioral problems in children, attention deficit disorders, lethargy, sleepiness, insomnia, numbness or paralysis, seizures, sciatica, slurred speech, chills and shakes, shuddering, blurred vision, difficulty focusing, pressure around eyes, asthma, shortness of breath, chest pain, tightness in the chest, runny nose, sneezing, frequent bladder pain, swelling of the prostate, swelling of the vagina, vaginal spotting, frequent urination, nocturia, hives (may be both internal and external), rash, mouth lesions, temporary tightness or partial paralysis, numbness or tingling of the skin, flushing, extreme dryness of the mouth, face swelling, tongue swelling, bags under eyes

Phenol or Carbolic Acid: A lethal toxin used in household and industrial products as a disinfectant as well as a dye

Thimerosal (derivative of mercury): A toxic heavy metal used as a preservative. Closely linked to autism, autoimmune diseases and other neuro-developmental disorders

Aluminum: A metallic element which, besides damaging the brain in children, can also predispose adults to neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™): An emulsifier that can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. In addition, according to a Slovakian study on rats published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 1993, Tween80 can lead to infertility. Tween80 accelerated the rats’ maturation, prolonged the estrous cycle, decreased the weight of the uterus and ovaries, and caused damage to the lining of the uterus indicative of chronic estrogenic stimulation.

All this makes me wonder why so many millions of people started to get afflicted with the diseases that are listed as side effects of these toxins after mass vaccinations were introduced into modern societies. Most of these diseases were nearly unheard of before the vaccine-mania began.

Vaccines: Are They Still Relevant?

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It is widely believed that vaccination is the most successful medical breakthrough in the history of medicine and public health though there is another group of people who feel otherwise. It can not be claimed that every vaccine is without a fault. Some vaccines have saved lives whereas some have taken lives.


The term “vaccine” is taken from “vacca,” a word in Latin meaning “cow.” The reason for this unique name comes from the following historical incident. Edward Jenner, a physician by profession noticed a unique phenomenon that the milkmaids who had contracted cowpox were later immune to smallpox. In 1796, to put his observation into test, he took some infected cowpox matter and exposed an otherwise healthy boy through a cut in his arm. The boy then caught cowpox. After he recovered from this simulated disease, he then exposed him to smallpox via an injection, but the boy remained healthy. He invented the first vaccine which was named after cows.

How vaccines work

Vaccines are used to expose the immune system to harmful antigens and teach the body how to fight back. After fighting off the vaccine, the body retains a lasting memory of how to fight off that particular type of attack. The process of vaccination administers a weakened or dead pathogen into the bloodstream. Once the antigens are identified, the B-cells or lymphocytes in our body go to work. It is these cells that are responsible for fighting disease-causing pathogens. Once the B-cells are stimulated into activity, the immune system develops proteins that circulate in the blood. These proteins are called antibodies. This helps the body in learning about the agent in advance and preparing to defend itself.

When the body is invaded by that particular pathogen after the vaccination, the immune system is in a better state to face it head on. The vaccine provides just enough of these antigens for the body to recognize them and complete the immune response process. When the actual disease infects a person, the antibodies multiply many times until the disease is fully controlled. The body preserves these antibodies for future to fight off the disease when exposed to. Unfortunately, antibodies are disease-specific, so antibodies acquired for a specific antigen will be useless if faced with other diseases.

There are two main groups of vaccines: live-attenuated vaccines and inactivated vaccines.

Live-attenuated means alive, but very weak. These vaccines are made when the virus is weakened in a laboratory process to such a level that they reproduce only about 20 times in the body. In inactivated vaccines the bacteria is completely killed using a chemical called formaldehyde. The strength of these vaccines are comparatively weak, so the immunity wears off over time.

How vaccines are administered

Most vaccines are administered in the form of a hypodermic injection and some are liquids that are consumed by mouth. However, some vaccines are inhaled as aerosols or powders. The majority of vaccines contain viruses or bacteria that have been weakened or killed. Others contain inactivated antigens. In their altered states, vaccine pathogens are typically safe and unable to cause disease.

Are vaccines still relevant?

Vaccines help a living body to prepare in advance for fighting with potentially deadly diseases. Essentially, a particular vaccine gives the body a preview of a bacterium, virus, or toxin, unique to that disease. A lot of young parents are worried about giving their babies so many shots, thinking that these will overwhelm the immune system of the baby. We may argue that vaccines aren’t necessary anymore because all the diseases are gone anyway. According to the CDC, if we stopped vaccinating, many diseases that are now unknown would come back with a vengeance. It may look that a vaccine can give the disease it’s supposed to prevent, but the reactions are very minor and much better than coming down with a full-blown killer disease.

Interview With HIV Vaccine Trial Participant

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Chris Swanson is one of the first participants in the latest HIV vaccine trial. He spoke with me about his experiences with HIV, his experiences with the trial, and why he chose to participate.

This is David Nalos, Social Media Specialist at the HIV Research Section at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and I wanna welcome you to the first Trials and Vials Podcast. The HIV Research Section is a leader in HIV Prevention Research working with Bay Area communities to discover effective prevention strategies that will reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS globally. Today we’re talking to Chris Swanson, one of the first participants in the latest HIV vaccine trial.

How are you Chris?

Chris: I’m doing very very well, thank you.

David: So let’s talk HIV. Now, HIV, as you know, has been around for almost 30 years now and for almost as long we’ve been trying to find a vaccine to end the epidemic. So tell me why did you decide to join the trial and why now. Why is now the right time?

Chris: You know, like five, six years ago, I didn’t have any connection to the disease really. Now it’s completely in my community, it’s engrained and, it’s in my personal life, and in relationships, and in friends and I mean I had a friend pass away on Friday from the disease…

David: Wow

Chris:…and my last relationship was a magnet relationship, you know, I was negative and he was positive and that’s why it was a big proponent for me to be a part of the study. What really resonated was that it was time, I had the sense of feeling that it was just… it was time. I mean when you’re 20 and you’re kind of figuring out who you are and coming out and kind of all over (laugh), it’s really not something you think about. And then like I said when everything has kind of over the last couple of years really hit home and hearing the information it was just like okay, it’s time. It’s definitely time to kind of grow up and time to give back.

David: You were talking a little bit about how it’s in your community, umm, you said it’s around you and people are talking about it. But a lot of the research talks about the complacency that a lot of the younger generation has around HIV. And you are… 20 years old?

Chris: 25

David: 25 years old. People who are in your age group, do you find that that complacency is there?

Chris: Very much so. I can recall when I was in my last relationship that he had a friend call him and tell him that he was positive. And I just remember the kind of calming down of it’s not a death sentence, it’s not the end of the world. And having a lot of friends in the older demographic who were those activists and who were those people who were extremely involved who saw people die within a very, very short amount of time; having them talk to my age group really kind of resonated with me.

But then with my friends recently, very close friends coming and finally admitting, you know, I’ve known for a year but I’m finally comfortable to talk about it, and it really being the sense of okay well I’m not gonna die tomorrow; the kind of feeling that it’s manageable. Which I would tend to agree with that it isn’t a death sentence but I think that that also can put a spin on it not having such the influence that it is a problem. It’s a disease that can take lives and does.

David: It’s a real double-edged sword.

Chris: Completely.

David: What did you know about HIV vaccines before actually you were in an HIV vaccine trial?

Chris: Nothing. I really… I really hadn’t done a lot of research. I mean personally I was, for the last three years, caught up with school and work and internship and things and so I really didn’t get to get as involved as I would have liked to. And so one of my personal goals was as soon as I had that time, it was a goal of mine to get involved and it just so happened that within like a month of graduation I heard about the study and that’s when I contacted and really got involved and really kind of put the ball in motion, I guess.

David: What were you expecting before you actually came in for your first visit?

Chris: That’s a good question. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect. I think I’d played over like 8000 scenarios in my head, but that was before I really had the information that they give you because the first enrollment sessions you really are taken through Power Points and really kind of umpteenth signatures to make sure you understand everything.

So there’s never a feeling that I didn’t get an answer or I was left with a sense of uncertainty. It was always, “Do you have any questions,” you know, “Is there anything else we can explain to you,” or “Do you understand this?” So that you really feel that you’re being valued and it’s not just like, “Okay, you’re just, you know, a rat in a cage” kind of thing. It’s a very honest, personable, experience. My expectations going into it were… I don’t think I really had any. I honestly did not know what to expect because I had never participated in a study before.

And I remember when I started the study a couple people were a little bit weary towards my involvement in it. It was funny I remember having brunch with a friend and he was mentioning, he’s like, “Well it’s an HIV vaccine like the flu vaccine, like they’re gonna give it to you.” And really having to educate them on what was happening, how it was being done, what was being utilized, and the fact that you can’t, I mean it’s all synthetic. You’re not going to be injected by The Department of Public Health with HIV to see what happens. I mean it… that’s just a reality, that’s not happening. But really getting that stigma out of people’s head because they’re worried and I think the vaccine, that word, I think throws people.

Just cause you hear the word vaccine it doesn’t mean you’re getting it. It’s been engrained in people’s heads about the flu vaccine, and about, well “we’re giving you a little bit of it,” when that’s really not the case. And, I mean, when I called and talked to the people here at the Department of Public Health… that was all I needed. Feeling just completely comfortable, completely accepted, my fears were addressed, everything was kind of put to rest, so to speak, and I was made to feel really comfortable and informed of what I was doing. Any expectations just turned into this positive light so, it’s been good.

David: So did you have that fear that everyone talks to you about about being injected with the HIV virus. Did that ever…

Chris: Yes!

David: Yeah? Ok! (Laughs)

Chris: (Laughs) I remember sitting with Haley, sitting there and being like, “Okay, so you swear there’s like no way.” She’s like, “Okay, we’ll go through it again.” And I was like, “Alright, just so we’re on the same page.” But, yeah, I mean as much as people have become complacent with it. When you bring it up in a serious note, especially with younger people, it still can kind of hit. My first reaction when I got in was I was nervous. I had an extreme fear. I was like, “Okay, so, I’m gonna get HIV from this.”

Then I thought there’s no way that, you know, The Department of Public Health for San Francisco is really gonna be allowed to just be like, “Here you go,” nor would they even consider doing something like that. So, yeah, it was definitely a fear of mine but, like I said, those fears were definitely set aside.

David: So what are the visits actually like?

Chris: (Laughs) It’s like therapy. Cause it’s funny cause you come in… the process, obviously, you check your physical health to make sure you’re able to be vaccinated. They have to order the vaccine, and then in that time that you have to wait for it to be delivered from the pharmacy, that’s why I tell everyone it’s like therapy.

The nurse practitioners here I… I think are phenomenal. They have a way of… they’ve been so genuine. I mean aside from being phenomenal at what they do. I mean just on a personal level, I mean, I told them I can’t thank them enough because they make you feel at home when you’re here and you really get to talk and they just have a way of bringing things out about you and getting you to just… not necessarily divulge information but they just make you feel so comfortable that you can actually talk and have an outlet to really express these things; especially when it has to do with HIV or the reasons why you’re doing the study.

So, you know, you come in here and in that time you get to kind of vent a little bit. And it’s… I mean, you know, it’s checking vitals and it’s things like that and then it becomes your responsibility in taking part after words to really kind of monitor for three or five days; kinda checking the injection site or any possible side effects or symptoms and temperature. It’s not super time intensive, I think, on our part as the participant but I think the information that’s being taken and the scientific research that’s coming out of it is immeasurable. I mean, I think it’s invaluable.

David: Have you had any side effects?

Chris: No, which has been great… I mean my arm hurts sometimes a little bit. I mean I’d never had a Bioinjector before. I didn’t even know what it was.

David: Can you tell people a little bit about what that is?

Chris: It’s… everyone’s like, “What is that?” Umm, so a normal vaccination obviously would come with like a needle. But it’s needle-less. It’s essentially high pressured air that punctures less than a pinhole of your skin to inject the vaccine. And it’s… it’s almost just like a weird pressure for a minute and that’s it. The only side effects that I’ve ever experienced as a part of the study was my arm was sore for like a day or two that was it.

I mean I haven’t experienced anything that would cause me to lead to concern and be like, “Okay, well maybe I shouldn’t be doing this.” But it’s been a very, a very good experience.

David: And have you told your friends, family, that you’re in this trial? And what have their reactions been?

Chris: It’s all over Facebook! (Laughs)

David: It’s… (laughs) What have their reactions been?

Chris: Umm, at first, like I said, almost everybody has been a bit weary just because of vaccines and they think, you know, really taking that time and them understanding why I’m doing it, what it’s for, has helped them I think realize that it’s… you know, aside from the scientific aspect and really what’s going on… my emotional input into the situation and being a part of the study has helped them come to terms with something they may have been a bit weary about just on the surface.

David: Mmmhmm.

Chris: Not really knowing much about it, just hearing they’re like, “Ehhh,” you know, a little stand offish but really, I think, investing the time to take five minutes and just really explain what it’s about, why I’m doing it, why the others, you know, who are a part of the study are really involved. Cause everybody has a unique story and everyone has a unique point of view as to why they’re doing it, what it means to them.

I’m not shy about it I’ll post it on Facebook for everyone, you know, it’s the next injection, you know, and the response is phenomenal. Cause I get a lot of positive “congratulations,” “thank you for doing something.” I think sometimes a lot of people don’t feel that they can do anything. I didn’t think that I could really do anything in the beginning and then when I found out about this vaccine study I realized that I really almost effortlessly lend myself to do something about it. I mean in all honesty it’s been a very enlightening experience. It’s something I would do again if there was another opportunity down the road to participate in another study. I think it’s great.

David: How has your sexual behaviors, your sexual practices, how has all of that changed since you participated. If it has?

Chris: Very much so. I mean… I say very much so and it’s really kind of helped me come to terms with my own questions that I might have. Things that I might not have really fully understood until I got the information that you guys provide here. So it’s helped, I think, more solidify who I identify as in the community, just overall the way I choose to live my life. It’s definitely helped kind of solidify that. Just with the information and everything that’s provided it’s phenomenal.

Essentially, it’s always been about safe behavior but I think everyone, I mean, I don’t think everyone’s safe all the time as they should be. Especially with such a sex positive community, when you’re out having fun or doing what not you may not know. People may not always feel comfortable to divulge that information and really taking ownership to protect yourself and get tested and if you’re sexually active, taking responsibility and ownership of that I think is extremely important. It’s something that I’ve been very proud to have been doing and practicing for years.

I think it’s essential and I think you have one life to live, so to speak, and you really need to kind of take care of yourself and take care of those that are around you because if you are participating in a lot of sexual behavior it’s just the responsible thing to do. And it’s respectful of not only your own body but those who you choose to share it with. I think that’s really important.

David: So what would you like to tell others who might be thinking about joining?

Chris: To call. To just inquire. I would tell people who may not consider it to not assume things ’till you really have the information. I know it’s hard. Take time, just make a phone call, it’s fifteen minutes. You can get some information and you can decide if it’s for you and if it’s not for you. I think people who are considering joining should just inquire. Just do it because you have absolutely nothing to lose.

If anything you’ll maybe even join, hopefully, and provide a vast amount of information towards this research and towards this study. Just don’t be fearful. There really isn’t anything to be afraid of. I say that now being someone in the study and someone who did have fear in the beginning. I think it’s only natural to have that fear. So I think realizing that you can acknowledge that fear and still inquire just to get more information does no one any harm. It’s just a phone call. So do it.

9 Ways to Limit Adverse Reactions From Vaccines

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If you decided to still vaccinate after doing extensive research on the pro’s and con’s of immunizations then there are still ways that you can limit and or avoid adverse reactions. As parents we all want the very best for our children’s welfare. Sometimes there may not be a surefire answer and that is why I have devised a checklist for vaccinating parents to avoid serious consequences.

  • Wait until child is at least 1-2 years old before ANY vaccines.- This is to allow the child’s immune system to fully develop and avoid suppressing it with toxins and virus’ that vaccines contain.
  • Do an allergy test for all ingredients- Most doctors will be willing to do an allergy test on vaccine ingredients as to avoid a lawsuit from an adverse reaction.
  • Only do necessary vaccinations- not all vaccines are necessary. Some vaccines, such as the rubella or varicella (chickenpox) just to name a few, treat very mind illness that the child would only contract once without complications or long-term effects. In this case the toxins in the vaccine pose a greater health threat.
  • Do vaccine at appropriate times- There are certain immunizations, hepatitis B vaccine to name one, that the medical field will try to administer multiple doses to the child before they are of a sexually active age or their immune system being fully developed. This virus for example is contracted by shared needles, like with illicit drugs, through contaminated blood or as an STD.
  • Opt for mercury free vaccines- Thimerosal (a mercury based preservative) is an ingredient in many different vaccines. Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on earth and can be lethal in small doses. Vaccines do have very little mercury that could be called “safe” but this is per vaccination. Mercury builds up in our systems. If a child takes all their vaccinations then by the time he or she is 2 years old that would be about 30 vaccines, 74 vaccinations by the time the child hits preschool age. That is a lot of mercury building up and in such a little body. We ingest mercury and other toxins in so many other ways as it is, ask for thimerosal free vaccines every time. If your child takes any vaccines it could be a good idea to do a periodical heavy metals cleans to help limit accumulation.
  • Pay extra for the single dose/serving vaccines- choosing vaccines that are single-serving (one person vaccination) instead of a multi-dose (multi patient use) vaccine lowers risk for contamination and the addition of toxic preservatives.
  • Learn the risks for each vaccine and the virus- It is extremely helpful to learn the risks to contract a virus, versus the risks that of an allergic reaction. Nature is very well equipped with natural medicinals and just about every virus has a plan B or a homeopathic remedy without all the toxins and side effects.
  • Research brand names- many vaccines are too new to learn much about the health risks and or have already undergone many lawsuits from adverse reactions. A few of which are the HPV vaccine “gardisil” and the H1N1 flu vaccine. The risks far outweigh the benefits of the immunizations and should probably be avoided all together.
  • Take immune system boosts- Taking herbs and minerals that boost the immune system according to naturopathy, homeopathy and aromatherapy research is a great way to give our bodies a natural head start to build antigens against the virus’ introduced into our systems through vaccines, making them more efficient and effective. Immune systems boosts can also be just as efficient in systems that decide to forgo vaccinations all together.