CDC's "Mea Culpa" Aluminum Study Finds 19%-26% Increase in Risk of Persistent Asthma per 1000 mg Injected Vaccine-Derived Aluminum
“Among children with eczema, vaccine-associated aluminum was positively associated with persistent asthma (aHR 1.26 per 1 mg increase in aluminum)”
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Raise your hand if you’re a parent and you have noticed that your child with eczema seems at risk of autoimmune conditions, including autoimmune diseases of the airways like persistent asthma when exposed to vaccines.
I’m not quite sure how this happened, but CDC’s Frank DeStefano and colleagues have made a correct inference on vaccine safety. Maybe Frank is close to retirement and has some things to get off his chest.
DeStefano (senior author on the infamous “DeStefano et al.” study; the man who presented false information to the Institutes of Medicine on the risk of autism from on-time measles, mumps, and rubella vaccination; and (believe it or not) one of two scientists responsible for the fake study that allegedly found no problem for US soldiers associated with exposure to Agent Orange; DeStefano, who also was the former supervisor of Dr. William Thompson, who was put on leave so DeStefano could present false information to the Institutes of Medicine; the same DeStefano that lied to reporter Sharyl Attkisson that a consensus existed among the authors of the DeStefano study -- THAT Frank DeStefano) - and colleagues, using data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, somehow found an increased risk of persistent asthma among children with eczema.
The risk was associated with vaccine-associated aluminum dose - and the increased risk was HUGE. “aHz of 1.26 per 1 mg increase in aluminum” means a 26% increase in the risk of asthma per 1,000 mcg aluminum-containing vaccine received. Children on the CDC’s schedule receive 5,640 mcg of aluminum by age 13, so children with eczema have a 78% increase in their risk of developing asthma by age 13 compared to kids who receive no aluminum-containing vaccines.
Kids without eczema had a 19% increase in asthma risk per 1 mg increase in vaccine-sourced aluminum; by age 13, they have a 57% increased risk of asthma compared to kids who receive no aluminum-containing vaccines.
As shocking as they are, the results are hardly a surprise to parents of children who have developed eczema first, then asthma. Nor are they a surprise to anyone following IPAK research or my writings: I have reported many times that animal studies induce asthma on a routine basis using aluminum hydroxide, and IPAK has shown that vaccine doses of aluminum in the ACIP-recommended vaccine schedule are given at toxic levels to all children under the age of 1 yr and that all children on the CDC’s schedule are in aluminum toxicity 100% of their first 365 days of life.
So Now We'll See Randomized Clinical Trials? No.
APNews broke the news on this study in a very strange way. The title alone is odd “Study tries…” They could not even get a full sentence out about the study before astroturfing it using non-sequitur points and misleading illogic:
“A new federally funded study has found a possible link, but experts say the research has important shortcomings and is not a reason to change current vaccine recommendations. The study doesn’t claim aluminum causes the breathing condition, and officials say more work is needed to try to confirm any connection, which hadn’t been seen in earlier research. Even if a link were ever found, the life-saving benefits of the vaccines are still likely to outweigh the asthma risk, said Dr. Matthew Daley, the study’s lead author. But it’s possible that if the results are confirmed, it could prompt new work to redesign vaccines, he added.
“Dr. Paul Offit, of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, worried that the flawed study will needlessly scare some families away from proven vaccines.”
“Making an extraordinary claim requires extraordinary evidence,” Offit said. This study does not offer that kind of evidence, he said.
The authors called for more study. Paul Offit calls for extraordinary evidence, knowing full well that gold-standard, randomized double-blinded saline-placebo controlled studies (RCTs) will never be done.
Science denier Paul Offit calls for "Extraordinary Evidence", meaning RCTs. Paul Offit is being a hypocrite: he once wrote in a book that aluminum must be a nutrient because prematurely born infants have higher body burdens of aluminum than full-term infants, so there must be something about fetal nutrition we don’t understand, failing to see the obvious causal link between premature birth and high body burden of aluminum.
APNews continued: “(Offit) and other outside experts noted that Daley and his colleagues were unable to account for the effects of some potentially important ways children are exposed to aluminum — such as in the air or through their diet.”
The study only looked at vaccine-derived aluminum and found an association - and that was enough for a massive increase in the risk of persistent asthma. If there is also aluminum in the diet, given that the increased risk is already known, reason would dictate that we should be more concerned about vaccine-derived aluminum, not less.
The AP article continues:
“They also noted the findings include hard-to-explain inconsistencies, like why, in one subset of thousands of fully vaccinated kids, more aluminum exposure didn’t seem to result in a higher asthma risk.”
The study appears to have paid attention to contributions by myself of others who have pointed out repeatedly that aluminum can cause Th2-skewing (ideally, we might want a Th1-Th2 balance):
“It is theoretically possible that exposure to aluminum through vaccination could produce an immune profile biased toward Th2 and away from T helper 1 cell (Th1) immune responses. This hypothesis is a speculative one because it is based on limited data from animal studies and has not to our knowledge been investigated in humans. A Th2-biased immune response could, again in theory, increase risk of allergic diseases such as asthma, while decreasing risk of autoimmune diseases, such as type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM), which are thought to be Th1-mediated. In a recent study, also conducted in the VSD using similar methods, we found a small but statistically significant reduction in T1DM incidence among children exposed to higher levels of vaccine-associated aluminum. It is notable that the direction of effect (ie, reduced incidence of T1DM) was in the direction hypothesized based on the current understanding of T helper cell response to aluminum adjuvants.”
They have the immunologic effect right, but they have the knowledge status wrong. It’s not theoretical. See this book that describes the knowledge of this effect in human patients.
The APNews article pointed out that “Overall, kids who got 3 milligrams or more of vaccine-related aluminum had at least a 36% higher risk of developing persistent asthma than kids who got less than 3”.
Note that 3,000 mcg of aluminum represents approximately 1/2 of the doses of aluminum-containing vaccines recommended by the CDC by age 12; since the link is likely causal, this means that cessation of the use of aluminum-containing vaccines can reduce the risk of persistent asthma. We found increased risk of asthma that required medical care in older kids who continued to vaccinate compared to those who stopped vaccinating.
“Offit said (of the Destefano (sic) study the study’s limitations meant that the work has ‘added nothing to our understanding of vaccines and asthma.’”
That’s an amazing bit of science denialism by Offit, who misleads the public continuously with tropes like “aluminum is the 3rd most common element in the Earth’s crust” (um, yes, bonded to silica as bauxite, unavailable to any living organism, and not available anywhere until the latter half of the 19th C), and “you get more aluminum from food and water and anything made with water than you’d ever get from a vaccine” (this we showed to be incorrect once absorption rates are considered).
Offit ignores massive amounts of peer-reviewed research in his assessment of aluminum toxicity. My Intro to Biology students search Pubmed for studies of aluminum toxicity, but, apparently, Offit can’t find the link. So long ago now, I provided him with a reading list:
Read the study for yourself:
APNew Article: Study tries to see if child vaccines and asthma are linked.