From the December 2007 Idaho Observer:

Aluminum-hydroxide in vaccines causes serious health problems

By Tenna Merchent

There are three basic aluminum salts used in vaccines: aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate and potassium-aluminum sulfate, or alum. The three forms are not interchangeable as they each have their own chemical properties.

A new disease has been identified, first in France, called macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF). The condition manifests with spread out muscle pain and chronic fatigue. One third of the patients develop an autoimmune disease, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrigís disease). Even if they donít have an obvious autoimmune disease, most of them are part of a subgroup called HLADRB1*01 that puts them at risk of developing polymyalgia rheumatica and rheumatoid arthritis.1

Doctors have identified that the aluminum-hydroxide in the vaccines stays at the site of the injection for years. The whole time it is there, it is stimulating an immune response. Which is exactly why the vaccine makers include it in the vaccine, so that the immune system will react more strongly to the virus or toxoid. But switching the immune system on without turning it off is not good for the body. This appears to be what causes the chronic fatigue seen in MMF.2

In studies they were able to reproduce the MMF lesions in rats, and concluded that they were caused by the aluminum-hydroxide in the vaccines, and the ongoing local immune reaction.3 The vaccines in question for this particular study were hepatitis B, hepatitis A and tetanus.

The reason MMF was first discovered in France is because when they do a muscle biopsy, they do it on the deltoid muscle of the arm, where the vaccines are injected. In the United States, biopsies are done on the calf.

In another study of 92 MMF patients, eight had a demyelinating central nervous system disorder. The myelin sheath is the protective covering that surrounds and insulates nerves. When myelin is damaged, the nerves eventually become damaged, leading to disrupted transmission of signals within the nervous system.4 The MS diagnosis was definite in five out of seven cases, and probable in two out of seven.5 Based on the association with MMF and MS disorders they suggested that deltoid muscle biopsies be done in cases of MS to look for MMF.

MMF has now been identified in children, and was characterized by motor delay, hypotonia (diminished muscle tone), and failure to thrive. They concluded that MMF should be considered in the evaluation of children with failure to thrive, diminished muscle tone, and muscle weakness.6

Many believe the anthrax vaccine is the cause of Gulf War illness (GWI). ALS and other neurological disorders are associated with some cases of GWI. There was a study done that looked at the effect aluminum-hydroxide and squalene had on GWI, both being adjuvants in the anthrax vaccine. Adjuvants are agents that increase a specific immune response to an antigen.

They injected young male mice with either aluminum hydroxide or squalene, or a combination of aluminum-hydroxide and squalene. They performed motor and cognitive-behavioral tests on the mice when they were alive, and after sacrifice they examined central nervous system tissues for evidence of inflammation and cell death.

The mice that received the aluminum showed motor deficits that were seen by decreased strength. The also found apoptotic neurons, which means suicidal neurons, or neurons that are destroying themselves (225%), and neuron loss (35%) in the lumbar spinal cord.7

Aluminum hydroxide is an adjuvant used in the following vaccines: DTaP, BioThrax, DPT, Engerix-B, Gardasil, Havrix, LYMErix, Prevnar, Rabies Vaccine Adsorbed, Recombivax, and Tripedia.

So what can we conclude from all of this? Science has proven that the following conditions may all be caused by the aluminum-hydroxide in vaccines: Chronic fatigue, Multiple sclerosis , Lou Gehrigís disease, Demyelinating central nervous system disorders, Plymyalgia rheumatica and rheumatoid arthritis, Motor delay, Hypotonia or diminished muscle tone, Failure to thrive, Apoptic neurons, which are self-destructing neurons in the lumbar spinal cord, Neuron loss in the lumbar spinal cord.

Iíve known for over four years now that aluminum was bad for the body, but as usual, I just didnít know how bad it is. However, there is plenty of scientific evidence, hidden in plain sight, proving the pervasiveness and toxic nature of aluminum in our world today. ~

Tenna Merchent, M.H., is the author of Heís Not Autistic ButÖ How We Pulled Our Son From the Mouth of the Abyss. She is a student of Trinity College of Natural Health and has nearly completed her degree in Naturopathy. Her book is available from Vaccination Liberation for $20 (includes S&H.) Merchantís footnotes for this article are available in the online version of this article at



1 Gherardi RK, "Lesson from macrophagic myofasciitis: towards definition of a vaccine adjuvant-related syndrome," Rev Neurol (Paris). 2003 Feb; 159 (2): 162-4.

2 Ibid.

3 Authier FJ et al, "Central nervous system disease in patients with macrophagic myofasciitis," Brain. 2001 Sep;124 (Pt 9): 1821-31.

4 Melissa Stoppler, M.D., Barbra K. Hecht, Ph.D., "New Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Suspended,",,

5 Gherardi RK et al, "Macrophagic myofasciitis lesions assess long-term persistence of vaccine-derived aluminum hydroxide in muscle," Brain. 2001 Sep;124 (Pt 9): 1821-31.

6 Gruis KL, Teener JW, Blaivas M., "Pediatric macrophagic myofasciitis associated with motor delay," Clin Neuropathol. 2006 Jul-Aug; 25(4):172-9.

7 Michael S., Petrik, "Aluminum Adjuvant Linked to Gulf War Illness Induces Motor Neuron Death in Mice," NeuroMolecular Medicine, February 2007, Volume 9, Issue 1, pps 83-100.