Additives are added to stabilise vaccines in adverse conditions (temperature extremes of heat and freeze drying) and to prevent the vaccine components adhering to the side of the vial.

  • Gelatin from cattle or pigs has been added to vaccines as a stabiliser and may trigger allergic reactions. Researchers have found that most events of anaphylaxis (acute, life threatening allergic reaction that requires adrenalin to be given) might be caused by the gelatin in vaccines.61
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG), also from cattle or pigs, is a neurotoxin being investigated for its role in birth defects and also as a trigger for allergic reactions. Associated with brain lesions and seizures it crosses the blood-brain barrier and placenta and may be labeled as glutamic acid or glutamate.62
  • Polysorbate 80/Sorbitol – Oral exposure can cause allergic reactions, rash, dizziness, trouble breathing, diarrhea and stomach cramps. It is known to cause cancer in animals.
  • Borax (Ant-Rid) is added as a pH stabilizer and is a Schedule 5 poison that can impair fertility and harm an unborn child. There have been widespread reports of such adverse events following the introduction of Gardasil HPV 
  • Borax exposure (other than by vaccination which has not been studied) is associated with kidney toxicity, gastrointestinal problems, cerebral oedema (swelling), toxic effects on human reproduction, the central nervous system (CNS), liver and skin conditions and seizures.
  • Calcium carbonate (chalk) – Oral exposure is reported to cause allergy, hives, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, constipation, decreased appetite and increased urination.
  • Xanthan Gum is fermented glucose or sucrose; it increases viscosity and is added as a binder. It is associated with allergy (asthma, hives), intestinal gripes and diarrhea, high blood pressure and migraine headaches. Produced in corn it may lead to corn allergy reactions.
  • Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle Medium – High in glucose it supports virus cultures and is associated with erythema (redness), oedema, nausea, vomiting and headaches. There is no data on whether it is carcinogenic or mutagenic. It is in oral rotavirus vaccine along with xanthan gum and chalk.

61 Sakaguchi, Inouye, Vacine 2000 Apr3;18(19):2055-2058
62 Jack Samuels, The Danger of MSG and How it is Hidden in Vaccines, 6/12/2007

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