the ability of aluminum to displace iron from its protective proteins, we may
not only see a dramatic increase in breast cancer, but also other iron-related
diseases, such as liver degeneration, neurodegenerative disease, diabetes, heart
failure and atherosclerosis.13 No one is addressing this very real
Vaccines are the Alarming Hidden Cause of Breast Cancer
L. Blaylock, M.D.
Mercola | March 18 2011
- Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer death in women
worldwide and breast cancer rates are increasing rapidly.
- A compelling number of studies, though not all, have shown that free
iron concentrations in breast tissue, especially the ductal tissue, is
playing a major role in stimulating cancer development and eventual
progression to aggressive, deadly cancers.1,2
Cancers are Very Dependent on Iron
- Iron is needed for DNA replication in rapidly dividing cells.3
- A recent report from the Department of Biomolecular Sciences in Urbino
Italy, found that fluid taken from the nipple of cancer patients contained
significantly higher levels of aluminum than did nipple fluid taken from
women without breast cancerapproximately twice as much aluminum.4
- A number of studies have found that extracting nipple fluid by a breast
pump (in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women) is a simple way to
study the microenvironment of the ductal tissue, the site of development of
most breast cancers.5
- Examining this ductal fluid is an excellent way to measure such things
as iron levels, ferritin (an iron-binding protein), CRP (a measure of breast
inflammation) and aluminum.
- The researchers also found that women with breast cancer had much higher
levels of ferritin, an iron transport protein, in their breast fluid, which
was 5X higher in women with breast cancer.6
- This observation has been confirmed in other studies.
- In previous studies researchers found that one's intake of iron did not
necessarily correlate with risk of breast cancer, but rather the release of
iron from its protective proteins, such as ferritin and transferrin was
- This distinction is very important and explains why some studies found
no link between iron intake in the diet and breast cancer incidence.8
Free Iron Can Be Very Dangerous
- Over 90% of iron absorbed from your diet is normally bound to these
protective proteins. Recent studies have shown that some things we do can
cause too much of the iron to be released into surrounding tissues, and if
this iron exists as free iron, it can trigger intense inflammation, free
radical generation and lipid peroxidation.
- Bound iron is relatively harmless.
- So, what can cause these protective proteins to release their iron?
- One factor is an excessive alcohol intake. Studies by Lee et al have
shown that women who drink greater than 20 grams of alcohol a day
significantly increase the free iron in their breast tissue and have a
higher incidence of invasive breast cancerthe most deadly form.9
- It has also been shown that excessive estrogen can displace iron from
its protective proteins, thus increasing free iron levels and associated
breast cancer risk. 10 This helps explain the link between high estrogen
levels and breast cancer.
- Of more importance than the total intake of iron is where the iron ends
up that is absorbed from your food.
- As stated, most of it is bound to protective proteins, such as
transferrin in the blood and ferritin within cells. If you have a lot of
extra space within these proteins for binding iron, then a high dietary iron
intake would be less harmful.
- Previously it was thought that a spillover of free iron occurred only
when the protective proteins (tranferrin and ferritin) were fully saturated,
as we see with the condition hemochromatosis.
How Aluminum and Alcohol Worsen Iron Toxicity
- We now know that both aluminum and alcohol can displace the iron from
its protective proteins, raising the level of harmful free iron, even when
these protective proteins are not fully saturated with iron.9
- If this occurs within the breast, as this study demonstrates, free iron
levels in the breast ductal tissue can become dangerously high and over time
induce malignant tumor formation.
- The question to be asked is--where did the aluminum come from?
- The authors of the paper suggested underarm antiperspirants as a
possibility. But, there is another source that is becoming increasingly a
problem and that is from vaccine adjuvants.
Vaccines are a Major Source of Aluminum for Many
- Many inactivated vaccines contain aluminum salts to boost the immune
reaction. Studies have shown that this aluminum is slowly dispersed all over
the body and may be concentrated in breast ducts.11
- The amount of aluminum in vaccines is tremendous, especially in such
vaccines as the anthrax vaccine, hepatitis vaccine and tetanus vaccine.
- Since many American children are being exposed to multiple doses of
aluminum containing vaccines by the time they are 6 years old, one would
expect very high exposures to injected aluminum.
- A recent study by Lucija Tomljenovik and Chris Shaw found that a newborn
receives a dose of aluminum that exceeds FDA safety limits (5mg/kg/day) for
injected aluminum by 20-fold, and at 6 months of age a dose that was 50-fold
higher than FDA safety limits.12
- Aluminum at this young age will accumulate in various tissues and with
new vaccine recommendations, children and young adults may be exposed to
many more aluminum containing vaccines every year throughout life.
- With the ability of aluminum to displace iron from its protective
proteins, we may not only see a dramatic increase in breast cancer, but also
other iron-related diseases, such as liver degeneration, neurodegenerative
disease, diabetes, heart failure and atherosclerosis.13 No one is addressing
this very real danger.
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- 2 Cade J et al. Case-control study of breast cancer in southeast
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in nipple aspirate fluids from healthy women and breast cancer-affected
patients. J Appl Toxicol 2011; Feb 21,(ahead of print)
- 5 Mannello F et al. Iron-binding proteins and C-reactive protein in
nipple aspirate fluids: role of iron-0driven inflammation in breast
microenvironment. Am J Transl Res 2011;3: 100-113.
- 6 Mannello et al and Shpyleva SI et al. Role of ferritin alterations in
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- 7 Lithgow D et al. C-reactive protein in nipple aspirate fluid: relation
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- 8 Kabat GC et al. Dietary iron and heme iron intake and risk of breast
cancer: a prospective cohort study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2007;
- 9 Lee DH et al. Dietary iron intake and breast cancer: The Iowa Women's
Health Study. Proc Am Assoc Cancer Res 2004; 45: A2319.
- 10 Wyllie S, Liehr JG. Release of iron from ferritin storage by redox
cycling of stilbene and steroid estrogen metabolites: a mechanism of
induction of free radical damage by estrogen. Arch Biochem Biophys 1997;
- 11 Flarend et al. In vivo absorption of aluminum-containing vaccine
adjuvants using Al-26. Vaccine 1997 15, 1314-1318.
- 12 Tomljenovic L and Shaw C. 2011 in press.
- 13 Weinberg ED. Iron toxicity. Ox Med Cell Longevity 2009; 2: 107-109.