New must-see film explores harms of aluminum in vaccines and potential cures
A new film, “Under the Skin: What Does Aluminum Do in Vaccines?” explores how the aluminum in the Gardasil vaccine can cause serious autoimmune diseases in girls and young women who receive it. Directed by Austrian science writer and filmmaker Bert Ehgartner, this film is both revealing and deeply disturbing. It is available now exclusively on EpochTV.
What is Gardasil?
First approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, Gardasil has been heavily touted and aggressively marketed as a vaccine to end cervical cancer. It was designed to protect against the human papilloma virus (HPV).
HPV refers to a group of over 200 related viruses. They are transmitted from man to man through anal, oral and vaginal sex. Some strains of HPV are “low risk”, causing genital warts but are not associated with cancer.
Other strains are associated with several types of cancer, including throat cancer, penile cancer, vaginal cancers, and cervical cancer. Gardasil was originally designed to protect against just four sexually transmitted strains of HPV.
In 2016, the FDA approved Gardasil 9, a broader vaccine to protect against five additional strains of HPV, for both men and women. In 2018, its approved use was expanded to include people aged 9 to 45.
In America, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a two-dose series of this vaccine starting at age 11, given six to 12 months apart, and a three-dose series given to people who get the first dose when they are 15 years or older, as well as for immunocompromised people.
The Gardasil Girls
“Under the Skin” tells the story of several young women, particularly two in Denmark, who suffered debilitating health problems after receiving the Gardasil vaccine.
Both Kesia Lyng and Sesilje Petersen participated in the manufacturer’s vaccine trials in Denmark. They first thought that participating in a vaccine trial “sounded really awesome,” as Lyng said. They were randomly assigned to one of two groups, a test group and a control group who would receive a saline placebo.
The vaccine, they were told, had “already been thoroughly tested for safety”.
Yet it wasn’t long before the two young women began to exhibit disturbing symptoms, including overwhelming fatigue, chronic pain, fainting spells and heart rhythm disturbances.
In a particularly touching story, Paula Aldea received the vaccine as a teenager. Shortly after, she called her father and told him she was at the bus stop and she couldn’t feel her legs anymore. Her condition progressed rapidly: within three hours, she was unable to move her legs at all.
These serious and debilitating conditions are of particular concern because they most often affect young people who are not only healthy to begin with, but also active. As Dr Chris Exley, a professor at Keele University, said in the film, “I don’t think it’s okay to have collateral damage in a vaccination program.”
When young Japanese women began reporting similar side effects from the HPV vaccine, the program was halted. In 2013, Japan stopped recommending routine vaccination with Gardasil.
At the same time, the symptoms experienced by these young women in Denmark have been ruled out by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a regulatory agency whose mission is to “foster scientific excellence in the assessment and the supervision of medicinal products, for the benefit of public and animal health in the European Union.
The EMA maintained that their symptoms “can in no way be linked to the vaccination”. And several EMA-linked spokespersons unequivocally reject any safety concerns regarding Gardasil. Instead, they argue that debilitating health issues are psychological in origin.
Danish doctor finds evidence of harm
A Danish doctor, Dr. Jesper Mehlsen – who is one of the most sympathetic, eloquent and knowledgeable people in the film – uncovers compelling evidence of harm.
He counters that the government spokespersons who dismiss his patients’ symptoms are epidemiologists who study spreadsheets and have little or no clinical experience. In fact, says Mehlsen, none of those defending Gardasil’s safety record have ever seen a single patient.
Mehlsen specializes in disturbances of the autonomic nervous system, the part of your body that controls automatic functions like your heartbeat and breathing. He noticed an increase in the number of young people with debilitating and inexplicable diseases after vaccination with Gardasil. Some had been 50 or more doctor visits before finding their way to him.
By testing his patients’ autonomic nervous system – something totally beyond our conscious power to control – Mehlsen confirmed that they were, indeed, extremely ill.
Mehlsen speculated that something in the vaccine caused the production of autoantibodies capable of attacking the central nervous system.
He was then able to identify three particularly problematic antibodies that can attack the autonomic nervous system.
Both Lyng and Petersen tested positive for all three.
The problem with HPV
By the time the vaccine was approved, virtually every sexually active adult had been exposed to HPV at some point in their lives. However, more than 90% of women eliminate it from the body within two years without any intervention.
Additionally, cervical cancers typically grow slowly over decades; this cancer is highly detectable (via pap smears) and also highly treatable. Simple lifestyle changes (such as not smoking and using condoms) can also significantly reduce your risk.
Cervical cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, but black women are the most likely to die from it. However, Gardasil 9 does not cover the most common type of HPV found in cervical cancers in black women: genotype 35.
The problem with HPV vaccines
For a vaccine to be effective, the body must recognize the components of the vaccine as foreign and mount an immune response against them.
For this reason, adjuvants are sometimes used in vaccines. These adjuvants are substances that stimulate a stronger response to the vaccine antigen.
In the United States, some form of aluminum is typically used in inactivated vaccines, most commonly aluminum hydroxide and aluminum phosphate.
As the film shows, these aluminum salts have been used for almost a hundred years in vaccines. They are generally considered safe. However, no safety studies have been carried out using modern scientific methods.
There is no interest from industry or government agencies in studying the safety of aluminum, despite a growing body of scientific research showing that aluminum is neurotoxic and cytotoxic (damaging cells).
Some research indicates that aluminum can be engulfed by white blood cells called macrophages and transported to vulnerable areas of the body.
There, macrophages can dump their aluminum and damage already vulnerable tissue.
Immune Overstimulation Courtesy of Aluminum
Aluminum has no known function in the body and is known to be toxic to human cells.
So when a vaccine containing aluminum is injected into the body, damaged cells send out a danger signal, calling inflammatory cells to the injection site.
As the film explores, “fierce battles take place”. This battle can lead to immune recognition of the vaccine antigen and the production of protective antibodies. This works well for many people, but no two people have the same immune response.
And therein lies the problem. While a weakened immune system may require exposure to aluminum to produce any type of response, a robust immune system may be overstimulated by the addition of aluminum.
Interestingly, as Ehgartner explores in the film, most common chronic illnesses are characterized by over-activation of the immune system. This is especially true of autoimmune diseases where the body begins to produce autoantibodies, antibodies that target cells in the human body.
Aluminum in Gardasil
The company that makes Gardasil, Merck, uses a new adjuvant in its HPV vaccine: amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate, or AAHS.
This adjuvant has also never been tested for safety.
Enrica Alteri, who worked for the EMA for eight years, insisted that it would only be “scientifically justified to investigate” individual components of vaccines if the component was capable of causing harm.
But, as the film shows, there are excellent reasons to suspect this new aluminium-based adjuvant of causing harm.
When Merck’s safety testing opened, Kesia Lyng was told she was part of the test group that received the Gardasil vaccine.
Petersen, however, was part of the control group.
How is it possible ? Further investigation revealed that this control group did not receive an inert saline placebo. Instead, Merck gave the control group injections of its aluminum compound without the antigen.
Petersen already knew she was sensitive to aluminum in deodorants. If she had been told that she would be injected with aluminum, she would not have participated.
Lyng is exhausted all the time. She can’t work and she barely has enough energy to get through the day. Ten years later, she told Ehgartner that participating in vaccine trials was a mistake.
“I think it’s the worst decision I’ve ever made in my life,” she said.
Bert Ehgartner made this film to start a conversation about vaccines and vaccine safety. “Vaccinations are the holy grail of science,” he told us, “and no one is allowed to discuss it.” He is on a mission to change that.
At 59, Ehgartner, who lives in Austria, has worked as a science writer and filmmaker for nearly 30 years. “I want to open the discussion. I want to encourage scientists to ask questions, to do studies and to think about the answers,” he explained.
Safer HPV vaccines, cures for side effects are possible
As Dr. Christopher Exley explained in the film, although aluminum has been used in medicine for decades, we don’t have a full understanding of how it works. Further research on aluminum could help scientists develop aluminum-containing vaccines that are both safer and more effective.
Dr. Jesper Mehlsen, who discovered the problematic antibodies in Lyng and Petersen’s blood, is trying to find ways to neutralize these harmful antibodies. Although retired, Mehlsen remains determined to find a way to reverse the adverse effects that these patients have suffered from for years.
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