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Could Depression be an Unrecognized Side Effect of Vaccinations?
Vaccines have been linked to hundreds of diseases including autism. Now, thanks to emerging science, we can add depression to the laundry list of issues vaccines can contribute to causing.
According to the Depression Perception website, approximately 18.8 million adults in America aged 18 and older suffer from a depressive disorder.
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.
“Although depression may occur only one time during your life, usually people have multiple episodes of depression. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:
• Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
• Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
• Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
• Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
• Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
• Changes in appetite —often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that aren’t your responsibility
• Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
• Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
• Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.”
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. The Depression Perception website have stated that, approximately 2.5% of all US children suffer from depression and according to their statistics, childhood depression is on the increase.
“In 1997, suicide was the leading cause of death of 10 to 24-year-olds and in 2000 it was the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds. All too often suicide is the result of extended periods of depression.”
This has left many parents and professionals asking why so many children are becoming depressed.
Links Between Ritalin and Depression
Over the years, the number of children taking Ritalin to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) has increased. The website Fight for Kids estimates that more than 17 million children worldwide have been prescribed psychiatric drugs thought to be so dangerous that medicine regulatory agencies in Europe, Australia and the United States have issued warnings that many of these drugs, including Ritalin, can cause suicide and hostility in children and adolescents.
They stated that:
• “Of these 17 million, more than 10 million children are in the United States, being prescribed addictive stimulants, antidepressants and other psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs for educational and behavioral problems.
• Today, children 5 years old and younger are the fastest-growing segment of the non-adult population prescribed antidepressants in the U.S. Children as young as 4 have attempted suicide while influenced by such drugs and 5 year olds have committed suicide. Between 1995 and 1999, antidepressant use increased 580% in the under 6 population and 151% in the 7-12 age group. In 2004, the FDA ordered that a “black box” label be placed on antidepressants warning that they can cause suicide in children and adolescents.”
The film, for the first time ever, gave a rare glimpse into the seedy world of psychiatry, where psychiatrists can be seen falsely diagnosing children with mental health conditions in order to prescribe them with dangerous psychotropic drugs.
The CCHR stated that:
“Children are under assault, diagnosed with fraudulent mental disorders and forced onto dangerous and addictive psychotropic drugs. With prescription sales skyrocketing and government programs on the rise, the stimulant drug industry is big business, raking in over £33 million a year in the U.K.”
The film described case after case of parents’ tragic accounts of their children’s decline into depression after being described Ritalin for ADHD.
Sadly, over the years, the film has been heavily criticized for its links to scientology, however, whether you believe in scientology or not, the film is now recognized as the wake-up call that many parents need.
In 2011, The Daily Mail published the tragic story of Harry Hucknall, who, like many of the children featured in the CCHR film, committed suicide after being prescribed Ritalin for ADHD.
If ADHD Drugs Can Cause Depression, Why Can’t Vaccines?
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.
In the paper, she stated 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.”
She explained that many of the vaccinations that our children receive contain trace amounts of heavy metals such as thimerosal (mercury) and aluminum. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that these are added to the vaccinations as either adjuvants or preservatives. Adjuvants are added to the vaccine to help the vaccine to be more effective and preservatives are added to the vaccine to help the vaccine to remain unchanged.
However, in some recipients, these adjuvants and preservatives can cause serious adverse reactions.
In her paper, Dr. Brogan explained that:
“To increase the intensity and duration of the immune response, powerful xenobiotic and biological adjuvants are employed in the manufacture of vaccines, many of which hyperstimulate the Th2 response. In that way, vaccine adjuvants, as well as preservatives and live tissue ingredients, may provoke a cell-danger response that may persist in a significant subset of the population, leading to possible unremitting, and potentially unresolvable, inflammation and autoimmunity.”
Brogan believes that it is the cumulative effect that these heavy metals are having on the brain that is the problem and she stated that:
“…The cumulative burden of mercury exposure through the multiple recommended flu shots and tetanus and meningococcal vaccines, in addition to amalgams, fish, and air pollution, makes it difficult to generalize with regard to safety parameters. Encountered as elemental, inorganic, and organic substances, mercury can affect the immune system in different ways. Mercury, even at subtoxic levels, can induce an immune response, potentially through the formation of metal-protein complexes.”
“Data from the present study support the prediction that, although little accumulation of Hg in the blood occurs over time with repeated vaccinations, accumulation of Hg in the brain of infants will occur. …Absolute inorganic Hg concentrations in the brains of the thimerosal-exposed monkeys were approximately twice that of the MeHg monkeys.
Evidence exists that shows that ethylmercury can act as a mitochondrial toxin in brain astrocytes Thimerosal has also been found to promote overflow of the excitotoxic chemical, glutamate, in the prefrontal cortex causing “behavioral, neurochemical, and neuropathological abnormalities”and “lasting neurobehavioral impairments and neurochemical alterations in the brain”in animal studies. Longitudinal human studies have demonstrated developmental impairment from ethylmercury exposure.”
Notably, the toxicological assessment of injected quantities has never been examined, but due to the absence of liver-based detoxification mechanisms and the gut barrier, direct injection of heavy metals can be presumed to have a significantly greater potential toxicity compared with oral delivery.”
“As mercury was phased out of most vaccines 10 years ago as a precautionary step, aluminum replaced it as a primary vaccine adjuvant, and it is now present in 18 vaccines in the current pediatric schedule—hepatitis B (HepB); diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP); hepatitis A (HepA); haemophilus influenza type B (Hib); and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). A recent study stated, “Aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation, and associated neurological complications, and thus, may have profound and widespread, adverse health consequences.””
“Vaccine adjuvants and vaccines may induce autoimmune and inflammatory manifestations in susceptible individuals. To date most human vaccine trials utilize aluminum (Al) adjuvants as placebos despite much evidence showing that Al in vaccine-relevant exposures can be toxic to humans and animals. We sought to evaluate the effects of Al adjuvant and the HPV vaccine Gardasil versus the true placebo on behavioral and inflammatory parameters in female mice.”
After vaccination, the team examined the mice for the following behaviors:
“The behavior of mice was evaluated at three and 6 months’ post-immunization for:
(1) locomotor function and depression by the forced swimming test (FST)
(2) locomotor and explorative activity by the staircase test and
(3) cognitive functions by the novel object recognition test.”
They discovered that:
“The present results show alteration of behavioral responses and neuro-inflammatory changes in mice as a result of Al and Gardasil vaccine injection in exposure doses which are equivalent to those in vaccinated human subjects. In particular, mice injected with Al and Gardasil spent significantly more time floating in the FST test (measure indicative either of locomotor dysfunction or depressive behavior), compared to control animals (Fig. 1a, b). In contrast, no significant differences were observed in the number of stairs climbed in the staircase test which is a measure of locomotor activity.” (Own emphasis added)
The scientists concluded that in regards to the FST test, the results were unlikely to be due to locomotor dysfunction, but rather due to depression.
If their study is correct, then it would support the findings of Dr. Brogan who concluded that:
“Scientists must acknowledge the limitations of the scientific premise of vaccination and developments in immunology and personalized medicine and concede that vaccines can cause injury and death in an unpredictable manner. Every medical intervention should be evaluated in the context of an individual patient’s belief system around health and in consideration of personal health conditions, including any history of immunecompromise, HPA axis dysfunction, dysbiosis, and familial mitochondropathy. Only then can clinicians begin to practice evidence-based rather than eminence – based medicine, with true informed consent leading a patient and parent-empowered paradigm.”
This is absolutely correct; however, it appears that in some cases, the scientists who are acknowledging the limitations of vaccination are being prevented from publishing their findings due to the unscrupulous behavior of certain individuals.
Paper Withdrawn from Major Journal
According to the The Vaccine Reaction website, the study that was written by Dr. Inbar and his team was unexpectedly withdrawn from the Vaccine journal and replaced with the following statement:
“This article has been withdrawn at the request of the Editor-in-Chief due to serious concerns regarding the scientific soundness of the article. Review by the Editor-in-Chief and evaluation by outside experts, confirmed that the methodology is seriously flawed, and the claims that the article makes are unjustified. As an international peer-reviewed journal we believe it is our duty to withdraw the article from further circulation, and to notify the community of this issue.”
Shocked by the journal’s decision, The Vaccine Reaction asked one of the papers authors, Professor Christopher Shaw, to comment on the journal’s unexpected decision to withdraw their paper.
Professor Shaw told reporters that:
“It was peer reviewed, it was accepted with revisions, and it was posted to the website, so all of a sudden we’re not quite sure why they have decided to go back and look at it again.”
The Vaccine Reaction continued:
“According to an article by theNational Post, the study’s lead author, internationally known immunologist Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD of Tel-Aviv University in Israel, has accused Dr. Poland of allowing a conflict of interest with Gardasil manufacturer Merck & Co. to influence his decision to remove the paper fromVaccine.”
And concluded their scathing report of the journal’s decision by explaining that:
“Dr. Poland has chaired a Safety Evaluation Committee for vaccine trials conducted by Merck Research Laboratories. He has provided consulting services on vaccine development to Merck and several other pharmaceutical companies, includingCSL Biotherapies, Avianax, Sanofi Pasteur, Dynavax, Novartis Vaccines and Therapeutics, PAXVAX, and Emergent Biosolutions.”
In other words, by removing this important paper from the Vaccine journal, Dr. Poland has demonstrated that he is more concerned about protecting his financial assets than protecting the health and safety of our children.
GreenMedInfo asked another author of the withdrawn paper, Dr. Lucija Tomlejenovic, if she would also like to comment on the journal’s decision.
Dr. Tomlejenovic, stated:
“The paper initially underwent a standard review process in the Vaccine, being handled by the Associate Editor Daniel Altman. All initial comments raised by the reviewers were addressed appropriately to the reviewers’ satisfaction after which the article was accepted. Then, for unknown reasons, the manuscript was temporarily removed, underwent another round of reviews upon the request of the Editor in Chief Dr Gregory Poland, after which it was rejected without any specific commentary other that it was “seriously flawed”.
“Dr. Poland is the chairman of a safety evaluation committee for investigational vaccine trials being conducted by Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Poland offers consultative advice on new vaccine development to Merck & Co., Inc., Avianax, Theraclone Sciences (formally Spaltudaq Corporation), MedImmune LLC, Liquidia Technologies, Inc., Emergent BioSolutions, Novavax, Dynavax, EMD Serono, Inc., Novartis Vaccines and Therapeutics and PAXVAX.”
What is further notable is that by retracting the article, Elsevier broke its own policy because manuscripts can only be retracted in case of some serious research misconduct, plagiarism, deliberate fraud and alike, as it is stated on their website.
In other words, “seriously flawed” is not a reason to retract or withdraw an article, especially if this is done without even informing the authors. The way we found out about the whole thing is that someone emailed us in March saying the article had been removed. Then we wrote to Vaccine asking for an explanation.
Only after continuous insisting on our side, did Vaccine provide us with a list of comments by the 2nd group of reviewers. No we were not given the chance to respond, this is why we revised the article according to their comments (some were indeed in place and we did our best to address them, other comments could not be addressed without doing additional laboratory work and it is our long-term plan to put all outstanding issues at rest) and resubmitted it to Immunologic Research where it was accepted and is now published.
And concluded by adding:
Finally, the retraction of the paper by Vaccine reflects an unusually unorthodox and unprofessional conduct from the journal and seems to be part of a pharmaceutical industry push back to any critique of the Gardasil vaccine. The Editor in Chief, Dr. Poland, is heavily conflicted via his funding and contacts with Merck, the manufacturer of Gardasil. To simply retract a paper which reports a result that one does not like makes a complete mockery out of the whole review process.”
GreenMedInfo believes that she absolutely correct and would like to thank Dr. Tomlejenovic for her honesty.
In my article, I had included a section from a press release, published on the Keele University website, that stated:
“In a project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Dwoskin Foundation, the group at Keele investigated the relationship between the physicochemical properties of aluminium adjuvants and the immune response. Specifically, they show that the reaction of the aluminium adjuvant at the injection site will determine its subsequent fate and therefore its activity both at the injection site and away from the injection site.
One form of aluminium adjuvant which is used in clinically-approved vaccines is an aluminium hydroxyphosphate salt and is more toxic at the injection site than the second form of aluminium adjuvant commonly used in clinically-approved vaccines which is an aluminium oxyhydroxide salt. However, the latter is more easily loaded into immune reactive cells with the possibility to be transported throughout the body. It is suggested by the Keele research that this loading of aluminium into viable cells offers a mechanism whereby significant amounts of aluminium, a known neurotoxin, might be translocated throughout the body and even across the blood brain barrier and into the central nervous system.
Professor Exley adds that there are no clinically-approved aluminium adjuvants only clinically approved vaccines which use aluminium adjuvants. This makes it imperative that all vaccine trials which use aluminium salts as adjuvants must not use the aluminium adjuvant as the control or placebo. This has been common practice for many years and has resulted in many vaccine-related adverse events due in part or in entirety to aluminium adjuvants being unaccounted for in vaccine safety trials.”
However, it appears, that since writing my article, Keele University has ‘censored’, their original press release and replaced it with the following:
“The majority of vaccinations use an adjuvant to boost their effectiveness and in most cases the adjuvant is an aluminium salt.
The simplest explanation of how an aluminium adjuvant works is that its injection into the muscle or under the skin produces toxicity.
In most recipients of a vaccine this toxicity is seen as mild inflammation or reddening and swelling of tissue at the injection site. However, in a small minority of individuals the consequences of this toxicity are more severe and can lead to serious adverse events including autoimmune disease and brain encephalopathies.
Research at Keele University led by Professor Christopher Exley aims to understand the toxicity of aluminium adjuvants in vaccinations and their latest findings are now published in Nature’s ‘Scientific Reports’
In a project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Dwoskin Foundation the group at Keele investigated the relationship between the physicochemical properties of aluminium adjuvants and the immune response. Specifically they show that the reaction of the aluminium adjuvant at the injection site will determine its subsequent fate and therefore its activity both at the injection site and away from the injection site. One form of aluminium adjuvant which is used in clinically-approved vaccines is an aluminium hydroxyphosphate salt and is more toxic at the injection site than the second form of aluminium adjuvant commonly used in clinically-approved vaccines which is an aluminium oxyhydroxide salt. However, the latter is more easily loaded into immune reactive cells with the possibility to be transported throughout the body. It is suggested by the Keele research that this loading of aluminium into viable cells offers a mechanism whereby significant amounts of aluminium, a known neurotoxin, might be translocated throughout the body and even across the blood brain barrier and into the central nervous system.
For further information contact Professor Chris Exley (email@example.com), The Birchall Centre, Lennard-Jones Laboratories, Keele University, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK.
The staff at GreenMedInfo, would be interested to know why, vitally important information about the dangers of aluminium adjuvants, is being censored. What exactly, are they trying to hide?
For more information on the critical effects that aluminum can have on our bodies, please read the countless studies published by the Dwoskin Family Foundation’s website.
Christina was born and educated in London, U.K. After taking an A Level in Psychology and a BTEC in Learning Support, Ms. England spent many years researching vaccines and adverse reactions. She gained a Higher National Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies and in 2016 she gained a BA Hons degree in Literature & Humanities. She currently writes for VacTruth, Health Impact News, GreenMedInfo, The Liberty Beacon, Vaccine Impact and Medical Kidnap on immunisation safety and efficacy. She has co-authored the book, Shaken Baby Syndrome or Vaccine Induced Encephalitis – Are Parents Being Falsely Accused? with Dr. Harold Buttram and Vaccination Policy and the UK Government: The Untold Truth with Lucija Tomljenovic PhD, which are sold on Amazon. Websites: Profitable Harm, Carers Against Medical Injustice
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