by Christina England, B.A. Hons
Health Impact News
October 9, 2016

On September 28, 2016 the Daily Mail Online reported that scientists in Reading had discovered a possible link between antiperspirants and breast cancer. To my knowledge, this is the first time that a report has mentioned that the use of these products containing aluminum in prepubescent and teenage children may not only be a risk for breast cancer, but also disrupts their hormonal development and is linked to other health problems.

According to the Daily Mail Online:

Philippa Darbre, senior cancer researcher at Reading University, says use of these products in prepubescent and teenage children should be ‘a cause for concern.’

Aluminium and zirconium may disrupt hormones – and unnecessary exposure to these at an important time in a child’s development could damage health in a way that we don’t yet know about. (emphasis added)

So, are her concerns something new?

In November 2013, Dr. Philippa D. Darbre was one of three scientists who wrote a report examining whether or not the exposure to high levels of aluminum could lead to breast cancer.

Whilst their paper, titled Sources of exposure, tissue measurements and mechanisms of toxicological actions on breast biology, did touch briefly on the subject of hormones, as the scientists wrote:

Lifestyle factors such as radiation exposure, alcohol and diet are components of risk but the main identified risk factors are hormonal and in particular linked to increased life-time exposure to oestrogen through physiological variations associated with early menarche, late menopause, late age of first pregnancy or lack of breast-feeding and through personal decisions to use oral contraceptives or hormone replacement therapy.

At no time did they mention that the unnecessary exposure to aluminium during puberty could lead to a disruption of hormones.

To find out more on the subject, we contacted Professor Christopher Exley, who was also involved in the 2013 study.

He told Health Impact News, that whilst he was unaware of the latest Daily Mail Online article, he was confident, that anything that Dr. Darbre had told the reporters, was accurate and could be relied on.

The Risks of Exposure to Aluminum in Vaccines During Puberty

If the unnecessary exposure to aluminium during puberty can disrupt hormonal development, as Dr. Darbre had suggested in her interview with the Daily Mail, then surely, injecting aluminium adjuvants directly into the body of a developing child is asking for trouble.

Over the years it has become a recognized fact that a growing number of childhood vaccinations contain the adjuvant aluminum.

According to Dr. Sears, the levels of aluminum included in childhood vaccinations are as follows:

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis): 170–625 mcg, depending on
  • Hepatitis A: 250 mcg
  • Hepatitis B: 250 mcg
  • Hib (for meningitis; PedVaxHib brand only): 225 mcg
  • HPV: 225 mcg
  • Pediarix (DTaP–hepatitis B–polio combination): 850 mcg
  • Pentacel (DTaP–Hib–polio combination): 330 mcg
  • Pneumococcus: 125 mcg (emphasis added)

In his report titled Is Aluminum The New Thimerosal? he explained that the aluminum is added to vaccinations to help them work more efficiently.

He explained that although this would not normally be a problem because aluminum is a naturally occurring element found everywhere in our environment, including our food, water, air and soil, he was concerned about the effects that aluminum is having on children’s health.

During his research, he came across a number of extremely worrying documents. However, few were as worrying as the one written by the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN). Describing the document in depth, Sears wrote:

The source of the daily limit of 4 to 5 mcg of aluminum per kilogram of body weight quoted by the ASPEN statement seems to be a study that compared the neurologic development of about 100 premature babies who were fed a standard IV solution that contained aluminum, with the development of 100 premature babies who were fed the same solution with almost all aluminum filtered out. The study was prompted by a number of established facts: that injected aluminum can build up to toxic levels in the bloodstream, bones, and brain; that preemies have decreased kidney function and thus a higher risk of toxicity; that an autopsy performed on one preemie whose sudden death was otherwise unexplained revealed high aluminum concentrations in the brain; and that aluminum toxicity can cause progressive dementia.