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Depression is on the rise around the world and, according to one author, the World Health Organization (WHO) has stated that approximately 300 million people worldwide suffer from this debilitating disorder
Author, Amy Morin, LCSW, wrote in her article, Depression Statistics Everyone Should Know, that in the United States alone, 16.2 million adults have experienced a major depressive episode in the past year.
Morin stated that:
- 10.3 million U.S. adults experienced an episode that resulted in severe impairment in the past year.
- Nearly 50 percent of all people diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
- It’s estimated that 15 percent of the adult population will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.”
What is Depression?
People who are depressed can suffer from a variety of symptoms, many of which are fairly mild and self-limiting; however, in some cases, depression can be very serious and lead to lifelong medication and lengthy periods of hospitalization.
According to the article written by Morin:
“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) defines a major depressive episode as at least two weeks of a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in almost all activities, as well as at least five other symptoms, such as:
- Sleep issues on an almost daily basis (either difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much)
- Changes in appetite and weight (change of more than 5 percent body weight in a month) or a decrease or increase in appetite nearly every day
- Decreased energy or fatigue almost every day
- Difficulty concentrating, making decisions, and thinking clearly
- Psychomotor agitation or retardation that is observable by others (slow physical movements or unintentional or purposeless motions)
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide, a suicide attempt, or a specific plan for suicide.”
In general, although depression is a disorder that is usually associated with adults, a growing number of children are also being diagnosed with this debilitating disorder. On their website, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America have stated that as many as 2 to 3 percent of children ages 6 to 12 and 6 to 8 percent of teens may have serious depression, and an estimated 2.8 million adolescents (ages 12 to 17) in the United States had suffered at least one major depressive episode in 2014. They stated:
“Furthermore, about 80 percent of kids with an anxiety disorder and 60 percent with depression are not getting treatment.”
If these figures are correct, and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise, why are so many adults and children suffering from this debilitating disorder?
One Professional Believes She Knows the Answer
In 2015, psychiatrist Kelly Brogan, M.D., published a ground-breaking paper tilted Psychobiology of Vaccination Effects: Bidirectional Relevance of Depression. Her paper explored whether or not depression could be a possible side effect of vaccinations. The paper is summarized in the following abstract:
“Emerging research on inflammation-mediated processes that underpin depressive syndromes reveals a possible link warranting greater exploration. Because of its often insidious onset and varied presentation, depression as a sequelae of pharmaceutical interventions can be difficult to assess. This review explores the available literature considering the relevance of pre-existing depression to vaccination response as well as the association of vaccination with adverse psychiatric events/depression and the mechanistic plausibility of that association.”
She wrote that:
“Referred to as sickness syndrome, models of inflammatory depression are characterized by symptoms that are designed to reallocate energy resources for recovery. Those symptoms include loss of appetite, lack of social interest, irritability, slowed thinking, low libido, increased sleep, anhedonia, and lethargy. Depression was likely an adaptive response in human history of acute infectious stressors but has been rendered disabling in a landscape of a chronic, unrelenting assault on response systems.”
Dr. Brogan’s paper was thought-provoking and once again raised the question as to whether or not vaccinations are causing serious neurological disorders in our children.
Professionals Worldwide Blame Aluminum for Our Children’s Poor Health
Her paper outlined the strong possibility that the aluminum adjuvant that is currently being used in at least 18 childhood vaccinations may be responsible for the increase in long-term brain inflammation, neurological complications and autoimmunity. She stated that:
“One of the most relevant aluminum-containing vaccines is Gardasil, responsible for more than 34000 reported adverse events,and now Gardasil 9, which contains twice the aluminum dose (ie, now with 500 μg per 3 recommended doses).”
Brogan is not alone in her concerns. A recent paper written by Giannotta and Giannotta raised similar concerns. In their paper titled Vaccines and Neuroinflammation, they outlined that, in recent years, the number of vaccinations injected into infants has increased, and that many doses are administered to babies during their first year of life, when the immune system and the central nervous system have yet to complete their development. They stated that:
“Since the peripheral cytokines, produced after the injection of the vaccines, are able to reach the central nervous system, we hypothesize that these cytokines can have effects on the microglia (macrophages of the central nervous system), and that these effects can be facilitated by repeated vaccinations to infants during the first year of life. In this paper, we studied the molecular biology of vaccines and present the putative mechanisms that link the injection of vaccines to neuroinflammation, which can occur as the effect of microglial activation and its subsequent pro-inflammatory orientation.”
Like Brogan’s research, the Giannotti paper also highlighted the possibility that the aluminum adjuvant that is currently being used in childhood vaccinations could be responsible for harming our children. They stated that:
“Unfortunately, many studies published on the hypothetical safety of aluminum injected with vaccines are not conclusive, and there are not randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the safety of aluminum injected with vaccines. No significant change in levels of urinary or serum aluminum were seen after vaccination of preterm infants with vaccines containing a total of 1200 µg of aluminum . Also this study confirms that the aluminum injected with the vaccines is not found in the serum of the vaccinated subjects, but does not show that the vaccine aluminum is safe. Mateusz et al.  have shown that infant blood-aluminum and hair-aluminum varied considerably but did not correlate with their immunization history. The aluminum injected with the vaccines cannot correlate with that of the blood and/or hair because it is not found free in the blood, as repeatedly said.”
They continued that:
“As shown by the data presented in Table 1, the amount of aluminum injected in the first year of life, for Italian infants, is 2.52 times greater, compared to the maximum amount absorbed at one year from the diet. However, most aluminium that enters the blood is excreted in urine within a few days or weeks and the gastrointestinal tract provides an effective barrier to aluminium uptake, while the aluminum administered with the vaccines is internalized by the cells of the monocyte/macrophage lineage, and for this reason it is intracellular and cannot be eliminated by the kidney.”
Like the Brogan paper, their paper also raised concerns regarding the HPV vaccination, Gardasil. They stated that:
“HPV vaccines are neither safe nor effective as claimed by so much scientific literature. These vaccines are anti-virus vaccines, but they are not anti-tumor vaccines.”
This is a strong statement; however, they appeared to have the evidence to back up their claims. They stated that:
“… The new Cochrane Review on the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer prevention in girls and women, included studies that were not truly randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies (RCTs) because in several papers they labelled aluminium salts as a placebo. As previously reported, aluminium regulates 312 genes and for this reason it is not a placebo. This can be considered a scientific oxymoron.”
“Giannotta hypothesized that several vaccine AEs may be determined by the excessive production of proinflammatory cytokines, determined by the injection of these vaccines. He hypothesized that these post-vaccination reactions fall into the ASIA syndrome, but represent a sub-group of clinical syndromes determined by the excessive expression and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines. To elaborate this hypothesis, he started from two considerations: 1- all the girls affected by important adverse reactions, all around the world, experience an almost identical neurological symptomatology after the injection of the vaccines; 2 - if these AEs are attributable to vaccines it is necessary to understand how the vaccines is able to produce symptoms, essentially neurological in nature.”
They highlighted that there was evidence to suggest that HPV vaccinations were responsible for the following adverse reactions:
“In 2013, a number of safety signals arose for HPV vaccines: CRPS in Japan, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) in Denmark, and long-lasting fatigue in the Netherlands [30-32]. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) reported a review of the safety concerns of POTS and CRPS in November 2015. The conclusion was that the current evidence does not suggest a causal association between HPV vaccines and POTS or CRPS. Anyway, high levels of circulating plasma cytokine/chemokines were observed in post-vaccination time with HPV vaccines.”
As you can see, the team identified several recognized adverse reactions that have been associated with a range of vaccinations, including the HPV vaccine, and they hypothesized that there was a link between vaccinations and neuroinflammation. They explained that, depending on the age of the child and the type of vaccine that was administered, neuroinflammation may produce adverse reactions, such as those following the HPV vaccination. They wrote that:
“Several post-mortem studies have confirmed the activation of microglia and neuroinflammation. A recent study shows the presence of aluminium in brain tissue in ASD. Besides, aluminium was also found in microglia cells. Aluminium from vaccines is redistributed to numerous organs including brain, where it accumulates. Each vaccine adds to this tissue different level of aluminium. Aluminum, like mercury, activates microglia leading to chronic brain inflammation and neurotoxicity.”
This is, of course, correct, as aluminum was found in brain tissue of autistic individuals who had died with autism by a team of scientists in the UK.
Aluminum Found in Brain Tissue of Individuals with Autism
Recent research undertaken by Professor Christopher Exley and his team from Keele University in Staffordshire leaves parents with little doubt that aluminum plays a crucial part in impairing the brain tissue of individuals with autism.
For the very first time, Exley and his team had the unique opportunity to examine the brain tissue of individuals who had died with a diagnosis of autism. What they discovered was truly shocking. Their study determined that the brain tissue of individuals who had died with a diagnosis of autism contained the highest levels of aluminum of any other brain tissue that had been examined by the team.
In a video released on November 29, 2017, Exley explained his findings. He stated that:
“We were able to do two things, we were able to measure how much aluminum was in the brain in individuals who had died with autism, and we also able to look at the aluminum in the tissue using a microscopy technique called fluorescence. The amount of aluminum in the brain tissue was, I would say extraordinarily high.” (own emphasis)
The results of their study shocked the team because, over the years, they had examined the brain tissue of well over one hundred individuals and, according to Exley, the brain tissue of the individuals who had died with a diagnosis of autism contained the highest levels of aluminum that the team had ever seen.
Exley explained that the only brains that he had seen containing similar amounts of aluminum were the brains of the patients who had died with a diagnosis of familial Alzheimer’s disease.
He stated that:
“In this relatively young group of people, some thirteen, fourteen, fifteen years of age, we saw more aluminum than we had seen in other circumstance.”
Exley’s statement is truly shocking, especially when you consider that he and his team had previously been examining the brain tissue of more senior patients who had died of Alzheimer’s disease. You would expect to find that individuals who died in their seventies and eighties would have a far greater concentration of aluminum in the brain than those who had died at the tender age of thirteen.
Exley continued by revealing that:
“Perhaps equally important if not more important were the microscopy studies. Microscopy studies enabled us to identify where the aluminum was in the brain tissue. When we looked at the brains of people with a diagnosis of autism, we found something completely different, something we have never seen before, as yet in any other set of human brains. We found that the majority of aluminum was actually inside the cells, ‘intracellular.’”
He explained that these cells were carrying with them a cargo of aluminum from the body into the brain. He stated that:
“We also saw evidence that cells in the lymph and in the blood were passing into the brain, so they were carrying with them a cargo of aluminum from the body into the brain. This is the first time in any brain tissue that we have seen, so this is a stand out and as yet unique observation in autism.”
We Are Being Bombarded with Aluminum Every Day
As many of us are aware, we are living in what Exley calls “the age of aluminum.” The human body is being bombarded with aluminum in everyday products. For example, many of our foods, vaccinations, medications, baby products, cosmetics, cleaning products and even soft furnishings contain aluminum, and it appears that we are powerless to prevent the ever-increasing onslaught.
However, despite the fact that aluminum is known to be a toxic substance and, according to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, a potential health hazard, aluminum has been named as the second most used metal in the world after steel, largely due to its versatility.
Exley Now Concerned About the Aluminum Content in Vaccines
Before embarking on this study, Exley had believed that there was no safe alternative to aluminum as an adjuvant in vaccinations. However, since studying the aluminum/autism link he has had a change of heart.
He explained that:
“Because I have seen the same cells from the ones seen at the injection site carrying a cargo of aluminum into the brain tissue of individuals who have died of autism, I would now say we have to think very carefully about who receives a vaccine which includes an aluminum adjuvant.
We have to think carefully, is this vaccine a lifesaving vaccine or not? If it isn’t, don’t have it with an aluminum adjuvant.”
Exley’s peer-reviewed study on aluminum discovered in brain tissue of autism patients was funded in part by the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI), an organization whose members have believed for many years that aluminum has been the cause of neurological disorders.
If all of these professionals are correct, and there is no evidence to suggest otherwise, then perhaps it is time for our government to think seriously about whether or not it is safe to continue using aluminum as an adjuvant in vaccinations.