Lancet recommends caution for H1N1 vaccinations; ajduvants merit concern

Teresa Binstock
Researcher in Developmental & Behavioral Neuroanatomy
August 09, 2009

Once again, a specter of flu haunts the media. Messages are conflicted. News media repeatedly mention that the H1N1 flu is generally mild, even as we are told to fear the H1N1 swine flu.

Irony abounds. Often, flu vaccines in prior flu seasons have been found to be ineffective because that season's vaccine strain was not identical to the wild-type strain that became widespread, yet recent media reports tell us that an H1N1 vaccine will be effective even if H1N1 mutates into a different strain.

The Lancet - a peer-reviewed medical journal - recently editorialized on behalf of caution in regard to fast-tracking mass vaccinations (1). After free registration, the essay can be viewed online. Oddly, The Lancet editorial mentions vaccine adjuvants but does not dwell upon their documented side-effects. Indeed, several vaccine ingredients merit concern, including mercury, aluminum, live viruses, and squalene.

For instance, despite assurances that thimerosal injections do no harm, an increasing body of peer-reviewed evidence describes adverse effects of vaccinal thimerosal (eg, 2). Aluminum is associated with neurodegeneration (eg, 3), and the adjuvant squalene is associated with arthritic pathologies and with Gulf War Syndrome (4-6).

Questions need be answered. Why is there a mass vaccination program with vaccines untested for safety when H1N1 swine flu cases are generally mild? Why a massive anti-H1N1 vaccination program when the rapidly developed H1N1 vaccine may not be effective against a mutated strain, when various H1N1 vaccine ingredients have a record of toxicity and adverse effects?

I am saddened by a possibility: Is the creating of chronic pathologies by means of vaccination an unstated intention of pharmaceutical companies and their eager servants in the FDA and CDC? Alternatively, has vaccinology become dominated by True Believers who shun findings of adverse effects?

Conclusion & recommendation: This brief essay calls attention to ironies in the so-called "H1N1 pandemic" and amid hoopla urging mass vaccination without real testing for safety.  Via several online essays (4-5) and a well written, thoroughly citationed book (4b), individuals who may be subjected to untested vaccines are encouraged to read more about squalene and other adjuvants which hyper-stimulate immunity and have a track record of adverse effects.


1. Supply and safety issues surrounding an H1N1 vaccine
Lancet. 2009 Aug 1;374(9687):358.

2. Hepatitis B triple series vaccine and developmental disability in US children aged 1-9 years
Carolyn Gallagher ; Melody Goodman
Stony Brook University Medical Center
Toxicol Environ Chem 2008 90(5):997-1008.
{free online}

This study investigated the association between vaccination with the Hepatitis B triple series vaccine prior to 2000 and developmental disability in children aged 1-9 years (n = 1824), proxied by parental report that their child receives early intervention or special education services (EIS). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2000 data were analyzed and adjusted for survey design by Taylor Linearization using SAS version 9.1 software, with SAS callable SUDAAN version 9.0.1. The odds of receiving EIS were approximately nine times as great for vaccinated boys (n = 46) as for unvaccinated boys (n = 7), after adjustment for confounders. This study found statistically significant evidence to suggest that boys in United States who were vaccinated with the triple series Hepatitis B vaccine, during the time period in which vaccines were manufactured with thimerosal, were more susceptible to developmental disability than were unvaccinated boys.

3.  Effects of aluminum on the nervous system and its possible link with neurodegenerative diseases
Kawahara M.
J Alzheimers Dis. 2005 Nov;8(2):171-82.

Aluminum is environmentally abundant, but not an essential element. Aluminum has been associated with several neurodegenerative diseases, such as dialysis encephalopathy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Parkinsonism dementia in the Kii peninsula and Guam, and in particular, Alzheimer's disease. Although this association remains controversial, there is increasing evidence which suggests the implication of metal homeostasis in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. Aluminum, zinc, copper, and iron cause the conformational changes of Alzheimer's amyloid-beta protein. Al causes the accumulation of tau protein and amyloid-beta protein in experimental animals. Aluminum induces neuronal apoptosis in vivo as well as in vitro. Furthermore, a relationship between aluminum and the iron-homeostasis or calcium-homeostasis has been suggested. Based on these findings, the characteristics of aluminum neurotoxicity are reviewed, and the potential link between aluminum and neurodegenerative diseases is reconsidered.

4. Excellent source materials:

4a. Squalene: The Swine Flu Vaccine’s Dirty Little Secret Exposed
by Joseph Mercola, D.O.

4b. Extensive documentation about squalene's adverse effects in:
Vaccine A: The Covert Government Experiment That's Killing Our Soldiers--And Why GI's Are Only The First Victims
Gary Matsumoto; 2004, Basic Books.

Bookfinder for used copies of Vaccine A:



5a. Adverse effects of adjuvants in vacines
by Viera Scheibner, Ph.D.

5b. Adjuvant Index

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