Is there more aluminum in breastmilk than in vaccines? Is there a difference between ingestion of aluminum, and injection?
I recently attended an event for new mothers and mothers to-be. Representatives from the state immunization program were there at a table, giving out information. When speaking with other attendees, I found that these representatives were telling people that aluminum in vaccines is safe because a child receives more aluminum in breastmilk than in vaccines.
I went to their table to ask them about this specific claim. They could not give me details but told me to go to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) website, which provides a more detailed explanation on why aluminum in vaccines is “safe”.
Aluminum in vaccines is “safe” because, in the first six months of your child’s life, they will receive 4mg of aluminum in vaccines, but 10mg of aluminum through breastmilk. (On another page of the CHOP website, it says 7mg aluminum is in breastmilk, but I’ll use 10mg because it’s the higher number.)
Why this claim of safety is FALSE:
Breastmilk is ingested. Anything and everything ingested is subject to the gastrointestinal tract before it is absorbed into the bloodstream and ends up in other vital organs and tissues. The GI tract is an excellent barrier (when healthy) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) states that only 0.1-0.4% of aluminum ingested is actually absorbed.
Therefore, up to 99.9% of aluminum is not absorbed when ingested (through breastmilk or food), and is eliminated/removed from the body before it ever reaches the bloodstream.
Some math (using 10mg aluminum in breastmilk, and 0.4% for absorption rate):
(10mg aluminum) x (0.004 absorption rate) = 0.04mg
Conversion from mg to mcg = 40mcg total absorbed aluminum.
In contrast of course, most vaccines are injected.
The contents of an injected vaccine are not subject to the gastrointestinal tract. Aluminum, along with other ingredients, are injected intramuscularly in order to intentionally bypass the natural barriers of the body (skin, mucus membranes, etc. which exist to help to prevent absorption). Blood flows to and from our muscles, so the contents of a vaccine can enter the bloodstream rapidly. Therefore, absorption of aluminum via vaccine is 100%.
Now we can make an accurate comparison between absorbed aluminum via breastmilk vs vaccines, in the first 6 months of life:
Breastmilk: 40mcg (0.04mg) | Vaccines: 4000mcg (4mg)
Aluminum in vaccines is “safe” because it is quickly eliminated from the blood once injected.
Why this claim of safety is FALSE:
First, elimination from the blood does not equal elimination from the body. Depending on the individual, blood levels may drop as the aluminum becomes deposited in organs and tissues, or aluminum may get trapped at the injection site. Second, there is evidence from in vivo scientific research that once aluminum is injected via vaccine, it is not quickly eliminated from the blood. One study sought to measure the amount of aluminum eliminated from the body 28 days after injection. Urine and blood samples were taken daily. After 28 days, only 6% of the total aluminum injected had been eliminated. Blood levels demonstrated the persistence of aluminum as well.
“The blood concentration of aluminum was fairly steady from days 2 to 28 indicating a relatively constant absorption rate…”
According to what was found, up to 94% of the aluminum injected remains in the body (tissues, organs, and bloodstream), even 28 days post-vaccination. The study concluded at 28 days, so there’s no way to know how much longer it might persist in the blood, however studies have found that in rare cases, aluminum injected via vaccine can remain at the injection site for ten years.
Aluminum in vaccines is “safe” for healthy individuals.
Why this claim is FALSE:
NO SAFE LIMIT of injection for aluminum has ever been scientifically determined.
The claim that the amount of aluminum in vaccines is safe, based on a flawed comparison to the amount of aluminum in breastmilk, is not science. It’s a trick.
Part of this trick is allowing you to make the assumption that the amount of aluminum in breastmilk is safe and non-toxic. This is untrue. Any amount of biologically active aluminum that reaches the bloodstream can cause adverse effects. The degree and location of that effect will vary depending on the individual, however, it is known that chronic, low level exposure to aluminum accelerates brain aging and neurodegeneration.
The risk of injury from aluminum-containing vaccines is significant for adults as well as infants and children. Previously healthy adults are developing autoimmune diseases as their immune systems begin to attack the persistent aluminum which remains deposited in muscle tissue and slowly translocates to other organs and the brain. Unfortunately, it’s nearly impossible to know if you will be affected by a recent vaccination you received, as symptoms from vaccine-induced autoimmune disease may take months or years to manifest.
For more information, please listen to this presentation by aluminum toxicology expert, Dr. Exley, and watch the documentary, Injecting Aluminum.
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Infants’ exposure to aluminum from vaccines and breast milk during the first 6 months.
In vivo absorption of aluminium-containing vaccine adjuvants using 26Al.
This is a really fine article – relevant and succinct, yet thorough. The simple fact is that breast milk has always had some aluminum, because aluminum is apparently the most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, therefore is present in soil, therefore in plants, and therefore in animals. All mammals, including we homo sapiens, from time immemorial have had to adjust to accommodate the tiny bit that remains from breast milk. Your article rightly points out the humongous difference between that residual amount and the percentage of aluminum remaining after injection.
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This is excellent. You covered the main points just as Shawn said, thoroughly and succinctly. And it’s very easy for the non-scientist to understand the sleight of hand that CHOP (Dr. Paul Offit’s stomping ground) and the CDC are trying to pull.
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[…] – Aluminum. Only potential safe injectable limit is referenced by the FDA at 4-5mcg/kg/day. For the average 2 month old, this calculates to 25mcg/day. Levels of aluminum in most vaccines far exceed this level. E.g. The Pediarix vaccine contains 850mcg aluminum. Aluminum causes neurological damage and is implicated in the pathogenesis of autism, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autoimmune disorders, seizure disorder, and mitochondrial dysfunction. Watch “Injecting Aluminum“, a documentary on the health effects of aluminum-containing vaccines. Injected aluminum is far more toxic and damaging, than when ingested. […]
[…] *Note: If you want to argue that the consumption of food and breastmilk contaminated with aluminum is a greater concern than aluminum in vaccines, please read the following article and understand that toxicity depends on route of exposure (ingestion, inhalation, dermal, or injection): Why You Cannot Compare the Amount of Aluminum in Breastmilk to Vaccines. […]
I have questions about formula as well. As great as it would be for everyone to breastfeed, that is not the case. Do you have a comparison to different kinds of formula so those who don’t breastfeed can be informed.
I don’t have the comparison handy. However, while formula contains more aluminum than breastmilk, it is still much less than what an infant would receive via vaccines.
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