Guest Post: Whyser
Let’s dig into the myths about aluminum injection vs. ingestion. I’m sure you’ve heard some. Here’s one:
Our favorite guy, Paul Offit, made this comment here:
“While infants receive about 4.4 milligrams* of aluminum in the first six months of life from vaccines, they receive more than that in their diet. Breast-fed infants ingest about 7 milligrams, formula-fed infants ingest about 38 milligrams, and infants who are fed soy formula ingest almost 117 milligrams of aluminum during the first six months of life.”
The above statement is the most disingenuous comparison I’ve seen, where you equate oral exposure to injected exposure. The gastrointestinal absorption of aluminum is 0.3%. So if you were to take that into account, then bioavailable aluminum from:
breastmilk = 0.021mg
formula = 0.114mg
soy formula = 0.351mg
vaccines = 4.4mg
Clearly, aluminum from vaccines contribute much more than any of those types of oral exposure.
In regards to toxicology, we only have information for Al3+ (because it’s for oral exposure), where the ATSDR has established MRL of 1mg/kg/day.
So it would *seem* that we are well under the risk level when it comes to vaccines, but that’s only if you are assuming that we are dealing with aluminum ions, which is not the case with vaccines, because the form of aluminum we are dealing with is in particulate form, not ionic form.