Could Depression be an Unrecognized Side Effect of Vaccinations?
Vaccines have been linked to hundreds of diseases including autism. Now, thanks to emerging science, we can add depression to the laundry list of issues vaccines can contribute to causing.
According to the Depression Perception website, approximately 18.8 million adults in America aged 18 and older suffer from a depressive disorder.
People who are depressed can suffer from a variety of symptoms, many of which are fairly mild and self-limiting, however, in some cases, depression can be very serious and lead to lifelong medication and lengthy periods of hospitalization.
What are the Symptoms of Depression?
The Mayo Clinic website states that:
“Although depression may occur only one time during your life, usually people have multiple episodes of depression. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:
• Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
• Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
• Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
• Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
• Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
• Changes in appetite — often reduced appetite and weight loss, but increased cravings for food and weight gain in some people
• Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
• Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
• Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or blaming yourself for things that aren’t your responsibility
• Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
• Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
• Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches.”
In general, although depression is a disorder that is usually associated with adults, a growing number of children are also being diagnosed with this debilitating disorder. The Depression Perception website have stated that, approximately 2.5% of all US children suffer from depression and according to their statistics, childhood depression is on the increase.
“In 1997, suicide was the leading cause of death of 10 to 24-year-olds and in 2000 it was the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds. All too often suicide is the result of extended periods of depression.”
This has left many parents and professionals asking why so many children are becoming depressed.
Links Between Ritalin and Depression
Over the years, the number of children taking Ritalin to help reduce the symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) has increased. The website Fight for Kids estimates that more than 17 million children worldwide have been prescribed psychiatric drugs thought to be so dangerous that medicine regulatory agencies in Europe, Australia and the United States have issued warnings that many of these drugs, including Ritalin, can cause suicide and hostility in children and adolescents.
They stated that:
• “Of these 17 million, more than 10 million children are in the United States, being prescribed addictive stimulants, antidepressants and other psychotropic (mind-altering) drugs for educational and behavioral problems.
• Today, children 5 years old and younger are the fastest-growing segment of the non-adult population prescribed antidepressants in the U.S. Children as young as 4 have attempted suicide while influenced by such drugs and 5 year olds have committed suicide. Between 1995 and 1999, antidepressant use increased 580% in the under 6 population and 151% in the 7-12 age group. In 2004, the FDA ordered that a “black box” label be placed on antidepressants warning that they can cause suicide in children and adolescents.”
This information was backed up in 2006, when The Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) released the shocking, award-winning film Psychiatry: An Industry of Death.
The film, for the first time ever, gave a rare glimpse into the seedy world of psychiatry, where psychiatrists can be seen falsely diagnosing children with mental health conditions in order to prescribe them with dangerous psychotropic drugs.
The CCHR stated that:
“Children are under assault, diagnosed with fraudulent mental disorders and forced onto dangerous and addictive psychotropic drugs. With prescription sales skyrocketing and government programs on the rise, the stimulant drug industry is big business, raking in over £33 million a year in the U.K.”
The film described case after case of parents’ tragic accounts of their children’s decline into depression after being described Ritalin for ADHD.
Sadly, over the years, the film has been heavily criticized for its links to scientology, however, whether you believe in scientology or not, the film is now recognized as the wake-up call that many parents need.
In 2011, The Daily Mail published the tragic story of Harry Hucknall, who, like many of the children featured in the CCHR film, committed suicide after being prescribed Ritalin for ADHD.
If ADHD Drugs Can Cause Depression, Why Can’t Vaccines?
In 2015, psychiatrist Kelly Brogan M.D., published a groundbreaking paper tilted Psychobiology of Vaccination Effects: Bidirectional Relevance of Depression. Her paper explored whether or not depression could be a possible side-effect of vaccinations. The paper is summarized in the following abstract:
Emerging research on inflammation-mediated processes that underpin depressive syndromes reveals a possible link warranting greater exploration. Because of its often insidious onset and varied presentation, depression as a sequelae of pharmaceutical interventions can be difficult to assess. This review explores the available literature considering the relevance of pre-existing depression to vaccination response as well as the association of vaccination with adverse psychiatric events/depression and the mechanistic plausibility of that association.
In the paper, she stated that:
Referred to as sickness syndrome, models of inflammatory depression are characterized by symptoms that are designed to reallocate energy resources for recovery. Those symptoms include loss of appetite, lack of social interest, irritability, slowed thinking, low libido, increased sleep, anhedonia, and lethargy. Depression was likely an adaptive response in human history of acute infectious stressors but has been rendered disabling in a landscape of a chronic, unrelenting assault on response systems.”
She explained that many of the vaccinations that our children receive contain trace amounts of heavy metals such as thimerosal (mercury) and aluminum. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that these are added to the vaccinations as either adjuvants or preservatives. Adjuvants are added to the vaccine to help the vaccine to be more effective and preservatives are added to the vaccine to help the vaccine to remain unchanged.
However, in some recipients, these adjuvants and preservatives can cause serious adverse reactions.
In her paper, Dr. Brogan explained that:
“To increase the intensity and duration of the immune response, powerful xenobiotic and biological adjuvants are employed in the manufacture of vaccines, many of which hyperstimulate the Th2 response. In that way, vaccine adjuvants, as well as preservatives and live tissue ingredients, may provoke a cell-danger response that may persist in a significant subset of the population, leading to possible unremitting, and potentially unresolvable, inflammation and autoimmunity.”
Brogan believes that it is the cumulative effect that these heavy metals are having on the brain that is the problem and she stated that:
“… The cumulative burden of mercury exposure through the multiple recommended flu shots and tetanus and meningococcal vaccines, in addition to amalgams, fish, and air pollution, makes it difficult to generalize with regard to safety parameters. Encountered as elemental, inorganic, and organic substances, mercury can affect the immune system in different ways. Mercury, even at subtoxic levels, can induce an immune response, potentially through the formation of metal-protein complexes.”
“Data from the present study support the prediction that, although little accumulation of Hg in the blood occurs over time with repeated vaccinations, accumulation of Hg in the brain of infants will occur. … Absolute inorganic Hg concentrations in the brains of the thimerosal-exposed monkeys were approximately twice that of the MeHg monkeys.
Evidence exists that shows that ethylmercury can act as a mitochondrial toxin in brain astrocytes Thimerosal has also been found to promote overflow of the excitotoxic chemical, glutamate, in the prefrontal cortex causing “behavioral, neurochemical, and neuropathological abnormalities” and “lasting neurobehavioral impairments and neurochemical alterations in the brain” in animal studies. Longitudinal human studies have demonstrated developmental impairment from ethylmercury exposure.”
Notably, the toxicological assessment of injected quantities has never been examined, but due to the absence of liver-based detoxification mechanisms and the gut barrier, direct injection of heavy metals can be presumed to have a significantly greater potential toxicity compared with oral delivery.”
“As mercury was phased out of most vaccines 10 years ago as a precautionary step, aluminum replaced it as a primary vaccine adjuvant, and it is now present in 18 vaccines in the current pediatric schedule—hepatitis B (HepB); diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP); hepatitis A (HepA); haemophilus influenza type B (Hib); and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). A recent study stated, “Aluminum in adjuvant form carries a risk for autoimmunity, long-term brain inflammation, and associated neurological complications, and thus, may have profound and widespread, adverse health consequences.””
Brogan categorically believes that the reason the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, is causing so many adverse reactions is due to the vaccination’s aluminum content. In particular, she is concerned with the latest Gardasil vaccine to hit the market, Gardasil 9, which, according to her, contains 500 μg per 3 recommended doses. See The FDA Approves a New HPV Vaccine Containing Over Twice as Much Aluminum As its Predecessor for further information.
Brogan’s Suspicions Could Be Correct
In 2016, Dr. Rotem Inbar and his team of seven leading scientists, including professor and neurologist Christopher Shaw of the University of British Columbia, published a paper titled Behavioral abnormalities in female mice following administration of aluminum adjuvants and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil.
The team stated that:
“Vaccine adjuvants and vaccines may induce autoimmune and inflammatory manifestations in susceptible individuals. To date most human vaccine trials utilize aluminum (Al) adjuvants as placebos despite much evidence showing that Al in vaccine-relevant exposures can be toxic to humans and animals. We sought to evaluate the effects of Al adjuvant and the HPV vaccine Gardasil versus the true placebo on behavioral and inflammatory parameters in female mice.”
After vaccination, the team examined the mice for the following behaviors:
“The behavior of mice was evaluated at three and 6 months’ post-immunization for:
(1) locomotor function and depression by the forced swimming test (FST)
(2) locomotor and explorative activity by the staircase test and
(3) cognitive functions by the novel object recognition test.”
They discovered that: