Those against vaccinations often point out that the injections contain more than just the virus to be prevented. They claim that some of these additives could be harmful. The pro-vaccination side views such claims as fear-mongering, much ado about nothing. Those who see vaccinations as life-saving will minimize these concerns as being without evidence.
It is strikingly easy to find out what actually is being injected into kids (and adults getting boosters). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists all vaccine ingredients for anyone to read. However, it is one thing to see the list of ingredients, and quite another to know what each one is and its impact on our health.
Here's the CDC's list of ingredients in the MMR-II vaccine, the one most widely given to infants in the US:
Medium 199, Minimum Essential Medium, phosphate, recombinant human albumin, neomycin, sorbitol, hydrolyzed gelatin, chick embryo cell culture, WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts
So what are these things, and what effect might they have on our bodies?
Medium 199 - This is a vitamin/mineral/amino acid mixture typically used for growing cells in a lab. This is likely benign.
Minimum Essential Medium - This, too, is a nutrient base used to grow cells in labs. It is mostly benign, except that it contains phenol red. This coloring has estrogenic activity, and stimulates the growth of estrogen-positive breast cancer cells. Regarding its effect on these breast cancer cells:
At the concentrations present in tissue culture media, phenol red causes partial estrogenic stimulation, increasing cell number to 200% and progesterone receptor content to 300% of that found for cells grown in phenol red-free media, thereby reducing the degree to which exogenous estrogen is able to stimulate responses.
Phosphate - The list doesn't state what type of phoshate salt is used. Typically it is aluminum phosphate, but sometimes a sodium or dicalcium phosphate. If aluminum, phosphate there are profound health implications of having this injected into the blood. All phosphates injected are potentially allergenic.
Recombinant human albumin - This is a human protein that has been coaxed out of yeast so that high volumes can be produced.
Neomycin - An antibiotic that has toxicity in the ear, with permanent impairment to both hearing and balance being a well-established toxic effect. As a website dedicated to hearing and balance problems states bluntly:
Neomycin is very toxic to the hearing part of the inner ear.
Sorbitol - According to the FDA, each dose of the vaccine contains 14.5mg of sorbitol, which is used as a stabilizer. Toxicities? Life-threatening allergic reactions to intravenously infused sorbitol have been reported in patients with fructose intolerance. Are children screened for fructose intolerance prior to injecting this into their blood?
Hydrolyzed gelatin - Again, 14.5mg of this gelatin are put in each vaccine dose. Toxic? Allergic reactions happen, which can also be life threatening if not treated immediately.
Chick embryo cell culture - This is a fluid produced by the embryonic cells of a chick. At 10-12 days after fertilization, a hole is cut into the egg, the embryo is removed, chopped up, digested with an enzyme, then the liquid is filtered and used to grow cells. What kind of cells are being grown? Lung fibroblasts.
WI-38 human diploid lung fibroblasts - Individuals who are both pro-life and pro-vaccination might want to skip this bit of information. WI-38 are lung cells derived from a 3-month old female fetus. These immortal cells are infected with the measles virus, and the virus replicates continuously and just keeps pouring out of the cells. This is the source of the virus put into vaccines and injected.
There is a less-commonly used measles vaccine, called Proquad, which includes MMR plus the vaccine against yet another non-lethal illness, chickenpox. Its ingredient list contains much of the same, but adds in monosodium glutamate (MSG), a common food additive now linked to everything from headaches to muscle tightness and more.
Do these ingredients have any negative impact on the health of those receiving vaccinations? Unfortunately, we can't say. While acute toxicities of some ingredients are documented, no one has studied the longer-term impact of injecting these substances directly into the blood. Plausible mechanisms exist for how they might contribute to systemic immune imbalances and even autoimmune diseases.
Exposure to multiple viruses in one injection can very possibly have its own negative health consequences. Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein certainly believes so. He is no flake, being a past winner of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship. Dr. Root-Bernstein points out that, in nature, we are not exposed to multiple infectious agents at once, but that they happen in sequence. Multiple concurrent exposures could "trick" our immune systems, leading to much greater risk of autoimmunity as a result.
"With the rapid increase in autoimmune diseases, it clearly suggests that environmental factors are at play due to the significant increase in these diseases. Genes do not change in such a short period of time."
Is exposure to multiple infectious agents via vaccinations related to the rising tide of autoimmune disease we see over the past several decades? No one can say, citing more than circumstantial evidence, that they do. At the same time, no one can say that they don't.