You might hear a doctor say that a seizure is normal. “Some kids just have seizures”. But technically, a seizure is abnormal electrical activity in the brain. It’s ANYTHING but normal.
Seizures, or epilepsy (which is diagnosed when two or more unprovoked seizures have occurred more than 24 hours apart) represent symptoms of an underlying disorder, rather than the disorder itself.
It’s a growing problem too, as more Americans have epilepsy than ever before. Over 3 million Americans currently have epilepsy, and just under 500,000 of those are children. From 2010 to 2015, a current epilepsy diagnosis in children increased 13%. Those with epilepsy are at an increased risk of early death, by as much as ten years earlier. There are about 600 cases of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) every year.
There is a documented connection between vaccination and seizures, that every parent should know about. Where there is risk, there must be choice–right?
What is a Seizure?
A seizure is a sudden, uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain. Inside the brain, during a seizure, too many neurons are firing at the same time and interrupt normal brain activity. Seizures can alter sense of awareness, sense of smell, and cause confusion.
You might picture someone’s eyes fluttering and limbs twitching, but there are over 30 different types of seizures, according to the CDC. Anything from a brief staring spell to total limb jerks could be a seizure, also sometimes called convulsions when involving all limbs.
According to Epilepsy Foundation:
“Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States after migraine, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. About one percent of Americans have some form of epilepsy, and nearly four percent (1 in 26) will develop epilepsy at some point in their lives. The number of Americans who have epilepsy is greater than the number who have multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy combined. One out of ten Americans will have at least one seizure at some point in their lives.”
Persons with a history of febrile seizures had a higher rate of epilepsy that lasted into adult life, according to Vestergaard.
What Causes Seizures?
Seizures can happen as a result of a stroke, a closed head injury, a brain tumor, an infection such as meningitis or AIDS, or another illness.
Seizures can also happen after vaccines.
A vaccine, or many vaccines which children typically receive in a single doctor visit, simulates natural infection by activating the immune system, by causing inflammation, by causing a fever, by damaging tissue and cells, by stimulating the nervous system. That’s the whole point.
Vaccines Increase Risk of Seizures
There is not much debate whether vaccines increase the risk for seizures. But there is debate over which type of seizures (febrile or afebrile), and whether there is any long-term damage caused by these seizures.
While many children who experience a post-vaccination seizure go on to meet all milestones and thrive, others don’t.
The case study “15-Year-Old Patient With Encephalopathy and Seizures After Vaccination” 2014 details the case of a baby girl who:
“At the age of 7 months, just 9 hours after her third DPT vaccination, she developed a fever of 40°C and experienced a generalized tonic-clonic seizure that stopped after 3 minutes and recurred shortly after, continuing for another hour, ending following diazepam treatment in the emergency room.”
At 15 years old, she was wheelchair bound, “exhibited severe ataxia of all limbs, moderate spasticity, and hyperreflexia. There was no language output, although she would still follow simple commands, and laugh or smile occasionally in the appropriate context. Brain MRI showed only diffuse atrophy and scattered white matter lesions.“
Another case, Angelica Black, (pictured above) was only 3-months-old in 2001, when she developed life-threatening seizures and brain damage just three days after getting several vaccinations. Her family was compensated in federal vaccine court.
This is what can happen after a vaccine. We currently have no way of determining who will experience a vaccine injury. But we do have science that has found an increase risk for seizures after vaccines:
“Receipt of DTP vaccine was associated with an increased risk of febrile seizures only on the day of vaccination (adjusted relative risk, 5.70; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.98 to 16.42).”
“Receipt of MMR vaccine was associated with an increased risk of febrile seizures 8 to 14 days after vaccination (relative risk, 2.83; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.44 to 5.55).”
Miller et al. (2007) found:
“An elevated relative incidence of convulsion was found in the 6- to 11-day period after receipt of Priorix (relative incidence = 6.26, 95% confidence interval: 3.85, 10.18)-consistent with the known effects of the measles component of MMR vaccine”
Klein et. al. (2010) found that:
“Seizure and fever significantly clustered 7 to 10 days after vaccination with all measles-containing vaccines but not after varicella vaccination alone. Seizure risk during days 7 to 10 was higher after MMRV than after MMR + varicella vaccination (relative risk: 1.98 [95% confidence interval: 1.43-2.73]).”
Duffy et. al (2016) found that:
“Only PCV 7-valent had an independent FS risk (incidence rate ratio [IRR], 1.98; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.00 to 3.91). IIV3 [trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine] had no independent risk (IRR, 0.46; 95% CI, 0.21 to 1.02), but risk was increased when IIV3 was given with either PCV (IRR, 3.50; 95% CI, 1.13 to 10.85) or a diphtheria-tetanus-acellular-pertussis (DTaP)-containing vaccine (IRR, 3.50; 95% CI, 1.52 to 8.07)”
Long History of Neurological Complications After Vaccination
Scientists and doctors have been aware that vaccines can cause seizures, paralysis, and brain inflammation and or deterioration for decades:
“Neurological Complication After Combined Diphtheria and Pertussis Immunization”, 1950 is a case report of a one-year-old girl who suffered from convulsions and paralysis of one side of the body the morning after an injection of alum-precipitated pertussis vaccine and diphtheria A.P.T.
“CONVULSIONS AND HEMIPLEGIA IN PERTUSSIS PROPHYLAXIS“, 1950 details the case reports of a 7-month-old girl and a 3-year-old girl who experienced convulsions immediately after injection of triple antigen (vintage name for DPT).
Predisposed to Seizures?
Seizures are more common in those with other neurological disorders. For example, epilepsy is prevalent in autism (25.5%), cerebral palsy (13%), Down syndrome (13.6%), and intellectual disability (25.5%). Some of these are directly related to brain injuries, brain lesions or brain abnormalities, some of which may be directly related to exposures to chemical toxins, like aluminum and glyphosate.
Even if your child has a genetic predisposition for epilepsy like SCN1A mutation they are much more likely to experience their onset of epilepsy within 24 hours of a recent vaccine. So whether vaccines cause, or merely trigger epilepsy, vaccines represent a major contributor to the expression of epilepsy, or for the brain injury required to trigger epilepsy.
Several studies have identified that the C677T variant in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme has been shown to be a genetic risk factor for seizures or epilepsy. This same MTHFR mutation, as well as A1298C, both increase the risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is estimated that up one in five people on the Autism spectrum have epilepsy.
This 2008 study found an increased risk for adverse reactions for adults with MTHFR mutations following smallpox vaccination. It would be wise to test infants and children for MTHFR mutations instead of administering vaccines blindly, as if we are all the same.
Aluminum and Seizures
Aluminum is a common ingredient in vaccines, used in salt form for immune adjuvant activity. Aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate and amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate are examples of what would be used in many vaccines. Aluminum is also present in infant formula, more so in soy formulas, is in our regular drinking water, leaches from our cookware, is in baking powder and pre-packaged foods, and over the counter medications.
For example, the cheese in a serving of frozen pizzas had up to 14 mg of Al, a single serving packets of non-dairy creamer had approximately 50-600 mg Al kg, baking powder, some pancake/waffle mixes and frozen products, and ready-to-eat pancakes provided the most Al of the foods tested; up to 180 mg/serving.
What Foods Contain Added Aluminum?
Kellogg’s Eggo frozen waffles
Bisquick Original Pancake & Baking mix
Betty Crocker cake mixes
DiGiorno’s frozen pizzas
Duncan Hines cake Mixes
Ghirardelli’s cake mixes
Little Debbie products
Marie Callender’s frozen dinners
The list goes on. You can search by ingredient on Environment Working Group.
Ingestion and injection of aluminum are both not good. Both routes have the capability to affect body burden. Additionally, fluoride, which is present in our drinking water, bottled water, dental products, processed foods (prepared with water or treated with fluoridated pesticide), cookware like Teflon, antibiotics, medications, also increases the uptake of aluminum.
There is much debate about the differences between aluminum injection and ingestion, and some will say erroneously, that injected aluminum adjuvants are quickly excreted. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Actually it would make a very bad adjuvant to be quickly excreted. It’s meant to linger and cause an immune response.
So taking into account all the various ways aluminum can get into the body in the modern day, maybe we should ask ourselves if we are getting too much? Seeings how as of a century ago, we would have been getting ZERO aluminum inside us (since we didn’t even have a method to extract aluminum on a mass scale until the tail end of the 19th century).
Those with Down’s Syndrome also have higher amounts of aluminum. This study, the “Gastrointestinal absorption of aluminum is increased in down’s syndrome” found aluminum absorption was four times great in Down’s Syndrome than controls. Interestingly, those with Down’s Syndrome are more likely to have seizures, and to develop Alzheimer’s Disease by the age of 40.
Children diagnosed with Aluminum Encephalopathy Syndrome are more likely to have seizures and motor disturbances, and have higher concentrations of brain aluminum.
Epilepsy was induced in the guinea pig by injection of metallic aluminum powder into the cerebral cortex and was used as a model of posttraumatic epilepsy.
“The finding that epileptogenesis is blocked by two procedures that inhibit scar formation but show no evidence of a direct anticonvulsant effect, suggests that scar formation is a significant factor in epileptogenesis induced by metallic aluminum.”
Higher concentrations of aluminum in blood was found in relation to recent onset epilepsy:
The concentration of 38 trace and bulk elements in the serum from 19 patients with recent onset of epilepsy and 20 age- and sex-matched controls was estimated by neutron activation analysis or inductively coupled plasma source by mass spectrometry. The concentrations of aluminium, strontium and zinc were significantly higher and the concentrations of cobalt and manganese were significantly lower than controls. Low concentrations of manganese and high concentrations of zinc in epilepsy have been previously reported but the abnormalities of aluminium, cobalt and strontium are new findings. The possible significance of these results in the pathogenesis of epilepsy is discussed.
Brain lesions containing aluminum were a common feature in Alzheimer’s cases:
A distinguishing feature was that all brains of the cognitively deteriorated rats, and none of controls, had at least one substantial hippocampal lesion that consisted of aluminum-rich microtubule-depleted pyramidal cells with shriveled processes, and loss of synapse density.
Get Rid of the Aluminum
If you haven’t already, ditch the cookware, the baking powder, don’t eat crappy frozen food or use cake mixes that contain aluminum. Also get rid of fluoride, and glyphosate. It pays to go organic and non-GMO.
I can’t technically tell you not to vaccinate, but I can tell you to do your research. Start a gentle detox. Silica-rich water like Fiji water has been shown to reduce aluminum body burden and increase urinary excretion.
- Seizure Risk with Vaccination
- MTHFR Gene C677T Polymorphism in Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Effects of vaccination on onset and outcome of Dravet syndrome: a retrospective study.
- Vaccination Triggers, Rather Than Causes, Seizures
- Neurological complications of pertussis inoculation
- Measles virus is found in boy’s brain after MMR
- Aberrations in folate metabolic pathway and altered susceptibility to autism.
- Cerebrospinal fluid acid-base status and lactate and pyruvate concentrations after convulsions of varied duration and aetiology in children.
- Interactive effects of fluoride and aluminum uptake and accumulation in bones of rabbits administered both agents in their drinking water
- “15-Year-Old Patient With Encephalopathy and Seizures After Vaccination”
- “Brain lesions comprised of aluminum-rich cells that lack microtubules may be associated with the cognitive deficit of Alzheimer’s disease”