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Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?

In the article "Is Aluminum the New Thimerosal?," the author, Robert W. Sears indicates that parents should take the toxicity of aluminum into consideration when faced with the decision of vaccinating their children.

To increase the functionality of vaccines, a naturally occurring element, aluminum, is added. Aluminum is found in food, water, air and soil. This article suggests that most people do not think about the toxic effects that aluminum has on the human body, as it is non-toxic if ingested through the digestive tract. Studies have shown that aluminum can reach toxic levels when taken into the body through parenteral administration for an extended period of time. Toxic symptoms may surface in patients receiving parenteral therapy due to the high level of aluminum that is added to many drugs that are often used in these treatments.

Patients with weakened kidney function and premature babies should not receive more than 4 to 5 mcg per one kilogram of body weight daily.

Exceeding this amount can result in central nervous system and bone toxicity. The effects of aluminum on the neurologic development of premature babies were performed on 100 neonates. The results were as follows: dosages that contained 500 mcg of aluminum over a 10 day period (about 50 mcg per day) inflicted impaired neurologic and mental development on babies of 18 months in age; dosages that contained 10 mcg daily (4 to 5 mcg per kg of body weight) were safe.

Treatments such as IV feeding solutions and Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) are required by the FDA to have no more than 25 micrograms of aluminum per liter of solution. There is only information available on the regulations around parenteral administration of

aluminum and no mention of the amount...