DR. WEEKS’ COMMENT: here is an article re the relationship of aluminum and various neurodegenerative diseases: MS, Alzheimer’s etc. These are complex issues and need to be better understood. For now, ask your doctor to assess your heavy metal status and if your aluminum is high, take steps to reduce it.
Research by Dr. Chris Shaw at University of British Columbia (Vancouver) was designed to study a possible link between aluminum hydroxide, used as an adjuvant and preservative in some vaccines, and neurodegenerative symptoms such as Parkinson’s, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer’s dementia.
Dr.Shaw says he is surprised that the research hadn’t been done before. For 80 years, doctors have injected patients with aluminum hydroxide, a preservative to prevent infection of the vaccine, an as an adjuvant that stimulates immune response.
Similar adjuvants are used in hepatitis A and B, and the Pentacel vaccine, which targets diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and a type of meningitis.
Shaw and his four-scientist team from UBC and Louisiana State University injected mice with the anthrax vaccine developed for the first Gulf War. Because Gulf War Syndrome looks a lot like ALS, Shaw explained, the neuroscientists had a chance to isolate a possible cause. All deployed troops were vaccinated with an aluminum hydroxide compound. Vaccinated troops who were not deployed to the Gulf developed similar symptoms at a similar rate, according to Shaw.
After 20 weeks studying the mice, the team found statistically significant increases in anxiety (38 percent); memory deficits (41 times the errors as in the sample group); and an allergic skin reaction (20 percent). Tissue samples after the mice were “sacrificed” showed neurological cells were dying. Inside the mice’s brains, in a part that controls movement, 35 percent of the cells were destroying themselves.
RAK: While the foregoing unpublished study is not specific for demyelination, it does show neurodegeneration and symptoms that overlap Multiple sclerosis and dementia.