Slide from Dr. Humphries lecture. Source: Dr. Paul Offit’s website, Children’s Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, Vaccine Education Center, April 2013. Is Dr. Offit correct?

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Dr. Suzanne Humphries has made available to the public her lecture on neonatal immunity presented in New Zealand in May of 2014. It is a segment of a larger lecture series covering what she calls the “three year pregnancy” which covers gestation and the first 2 years of extra-uterine life. (Full lecture series here.)

In the lecture that can be viewed in the video below, Dr. Humphries begins by discussing the impact of injecting animal DNA, matter, and cells via vaccines.


Dr. Humphries: Vaccines contain substrates from all of these animals (including fetal human tissue), and this fact is not even controversial.

The long-term effects of injecting animal and human DNA material into children via vaccines have not been studied, particularly in combination with so many vaccines in the childhood vaccination schedule today, which has greatly increased over the past several years.

Aluminum and Pregnancy

Dr. Humphries starts the section on aluminum and pregnancy with a quote from Dr. Paul Offit’s website, Children’s Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, Vaccine Education Center, April 2013:

“Aluminum is considered to be an essential metal with quantities fluctuating naturally during normal cellular activity. It is found in all tissues and is also believed to play an important role in the development of a healthy fetus.”

Dr. Humphries states that when this statement was published on Dr. Offit’s website, a website specifically setup to “educate” professionals and others regarding vaccines, she sent a copy of this statement to “one of  the world’s most knowledgeable aluminum experts” who is usually very diplomatic and polite, and he replied with a very “unflattering statement” about Dr. Offit’s comment regarding aluminum.

Dr. Humphries then asks how someone supposedly as intelligent and educated as Dr. Offit could make such a statement, particularly after reading very well-known research and statements regarding aluminum, such as this one by Dr. Kawahara:


Link between Aluminum and the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease: The Integration of the Aluminum and Amyloid Cascade Hypotheses – Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2011; 2011: 276393.

Dr. Kawahara’s research on aluminum and its neurotoxic effect is discussed by Dr. Humphries, in regards to pregnancy. Dr. Kawahara’s article is supported with 176 references in the medical literature: aluminum is a death factor for cells.

It should be noted that Dr. Offit holds a patent on one of the vaccines in the childhood vaccine schedule, and earns royalties from the sale of that vaccine.


Link between Aluminum and the Pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease: The Integration of the Aluminum and Amyloid Cascade Hypotheses – Int J Alzheimers Dis. 2011; 2011: 276393.

Aluminum Damages Cells

Next, Dr. Humphries discusses the oxidative damage done to cell by aluminum, highlighting the research of Dr. Verstraeten.


Myelin is a preferential target of aluminum-mediated oxidative damage. Verstraeten SV – Arch Biochem Biophys. 1997 Aug 15

Injecting versus Ingesting Aluminum

The difference between ingesting aluminum versus having it injected via a needle containing vaccines is elaborated on by Dr. Humphries. One of the common arguments proposed by pro-vaccine advocates is that we are already exposed to toxic elements like aluminum or mercury which are prevalent in our environment and in our foods at much higher levels than what are contained in vaccines. But there is a huge difference between oral ingestion of aluminum, and injecting it directly into the body.


Mechanism of immunopotentiation and safety of aluminum adjuvants. Hogenesch – Front Immunol. 2013 Jan 10;3:406.

Dr. Humphries explains that when you eat aluminum, you absorb between 0.2% and 1.5%. If you have healthy normal-functioning kidneys, it will be excreted (Dr. Humphries is a nephrologist.)

When you inject aluminum intramuscular, however, you absorb 100% of it.

Aluminum is presumed to be safe, according to Dr. Humphries, simply because it has been in our food and in vaccines for so many years. However, it has never been tested against a placebo to be safe. She shows the cumulative effects of aluminum from vaccines in the first 18 months of a child’s life, beginning at birth:


Aluminum and Kidney Function

One thing that is never considered when discussing aluminum ingestion, whether oral or intramuscular, is the kidney function of the individual. As a practicing nephrologist (kidney doctor), Dr. Humphries states that when giving kidney dialysis, everything is done to be sure that aluminum is not entering into the kidneys because the harmful effects of aluminum on those with kidney related illness is very well known.

Besides those with damaged kidneys, infants also have low kidney function early in life:


Expressing glomerular filtration rate in children. Heilbron – Pediatr Nephrol. 1991 Jan;5(1):5-11.

Aluminum as a Neurotoxin Affecting the Brain

A recent study conducted in 2013 concluded:

Alum has high neurotoxic potential, and planning administration of continuously escalating doses of this poorly biodegradable adjuvant in the population should be carefully evaluated by regulatory agencies since the compound may be insidiously unsafe. It is likely that good tolerance to alum may be challenged by a variety of factors including overimmunization, Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) immaturity, individual susceptibility factors, and aging that may be associated with both subtle BBB alterations and a progressive increase of CCL2 production.

Source: Slow CCL2-dependent translocation of biopersistent particles from muscle to brainKhan – BMC Med. 2013; 11: 99

There are hundreds of other studies showing the toxicity of aluminum, and Dr. Humphries summarized just a few of those:

More Properties of Aluminum toxicity

Why Isn’t Toxic Aluminum Replaced as an Adjuvant in Vaccines?

Next, Dr. Humphries addresses the most obvious question that must be asked regarding the presence of a known toxin like aluminum in vaccines: Why isn’t it replaced with something less toxic or non-toxic?

As she investigated the answer to this question, she believes she found it in a 2004 study published in The Lancet. The study made this rather puzzling statement:

“Despite a lack of good-quality evidence we do not recommend that any further research on this topic is undertaken.”


This study, funded by the World Health Organization, stated the reason:


Adverse events after immunisation with aluminium-containing DTP vaccines: systematic review of the evidence. Dr Tom Jefferson – The Lancet Volume 4, No. 2, p84–90, February 2004

Aluminum Containing Vaccines the CDC Wants Pregnant Women to Receive

So with this background on why vaccine companies continue to use aluminum in vaccines, and why governments allow it, here are the aluminum-containing vaccines that the CDC recommends for pregnant women:


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Dissolving Illusions: Disease, Vaccines, and The Forgotten History
by Dr. Suzanne Humphries and Roman Bystrianyk


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