Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Squalene - the hidden history
In the USA, squalene is not approved as an adjuvant in vaccines and the authorities have denied that any squalene was used in the Anthrax vaccines given to the soldiers who later developed Gulf War Syndrome.
Yet, the vaccine now being injected into the high risk groups in Sweden (including pregnant women and children) contains this adjuvant. So here we assume that it is safe enough to be injected into young or unborn children whereas it is banned from use in the USA even in healthy adults.
In Sweden, not nearly enough media attention has been given to this issue, and whenever squalene is mentioned, it is argued that it is perfectly safe because squalene occurs naturally in the human body. Of course, this makes little sense. An oil adjuvant injected together with foreign material into the body is not the same thing as an oil that is ingested. If it was so safe it should have been approved in the USA a long time ago because experiments have been conducted involving squalene and similar adjuvants in vaccines for many many years...the problem of course is that they haven't been very successful in accomplishing what they claim to accomplish.
I came across this frightening excerpt from a book called Vaccine A.
Today, only one adjuvant—an aluminum salt called alum—is licensed for human use. All the oil adjuvants are so noxious that their use is restricted to experiments with animals, and even then, governments have written strict regulations to govern how they are used. The classic oil adjuvant, called Freund's Complete Adjuvant, is considered too inhumane to even inject into animals. It does a terrific job of stimulating the immune system, though. Unfortunately, Freund's Complete Adjuvant can cause permanent organ damage and incurable disease. As early as the 1930s, these oil additives were notorious for inducing illness. By the 1950s, scientists knew these illnesses were specifically autoimmune. Today that is their chief use in research—inducing disease instead of preventing it. Scientists studying autoimmune disease cannot wait around for its spontaneous appearance in a lab animal; they inject it with Freund's Complete Adjuvant to reproduce autoimmunity on demand. Oil adjuvants made with squalene equally effective at this job, and regrettably according to Dutch scientists, equally inhumane. , ,
Autoimmune diseases are chronic and progressively debilitating ailments; some, like multiple sclerosis and lupus, can be fatal. They occur when the immune system loses its ability to distinguish what is "self" from what is foreign. Under normal circumstances, your immune system ignores the constituents of your own body; immunologists call this "tolerance." But if tolerance is broken, the immune system turns relentlessly self-destructive, attacking the body it is supposed to defend.
Adjuvants can break tolerance. In 1956, Dr. Jules Freund, the Hungarian born scientist who gave his name to the adjuvant he created, warned that animals injected with Freund's developed terrible conditions: allergic aspermatogenesis (stoppage of sperm production), experimental allergic encephalomyelitis (the animal version of multiple sclerosis) and allergic neuritis (inflammation of nerves that can lead to paralysis), allergic uveitis (an inflammation in the eye that can cause blindness). There was no reversing any of these conditions.
Scientists are still unsure why oil adjuvants do this. One theory is that oils have the ability to hyperactivate the immune system. "The cause is probably that when injecting these molecules, you create a chaos in the immune system," says Dr. Johnny C. Lorentzen, and immunologist with the Karolinska Institute, which awards the annual Nobel Prize for Medicine. He says these oils induce "an extremely powerful response," so powerful, in fact, that the immune system goes haywire and starts attacking things it would otherwise leave alone. Another possibility, which has not been explored very much, is that this harmful phenomenon actually has something to do with one of the greatest distinguishing characteristics of the immune system—its specificity. Over eons in time, this extraordinarily elegant and powerful system has evolved to respond very precisely to what it deems potentially harmful to the body. Our bodies contain all sorts of oily molecules. It could be that when an oil is injected, the immune system actually responds to it with a high degree of precision - just as it responds to everything else - but because the adjuvant resembles too closely those oils found in the body, the immune system begins attacking those too. In immunology this is called a "cross reaction." Neither proposition - chaos or specificity - has been proven so far. But however oils do their damage, it is well known that they do. (Excerpt from Vaccine A)
This should certainly make us question the safety of the vaccine from GSK. Especially after hearing the news that German politicians were offered better vaccine. (Spiegel online)
The vaccine is safe enough for the commoners but not for more important people?