Minnesota Bans Carcinogenic Formaldehyde in Children’s Products – Except in Vaccines
You know that the big pharmaceutical companies are to no good when a known chemical toxin is banned from children’s products, but is allowed in vaccines. Formaldehyde has been known to cause cancer, but it is just now being banned from use in children’s products. Though while it’s good that formaldehyde is on its way out, the carcinogen is still allowed in vaccinations, continuing to pose a health threat to children and others being directly exposed to the chemical.
At first blush this seems to be a remarkable step for lawmakers to take. Disallowing a toxic substance from both baby products and clothing, the new law seems quite prescient, especially considering all the new research that has been coming forward from various doctors about the dangers of formaldehyde and vaccines. The shocking truth is that a pharmaceutical loophole was written right into the bill. It exempts vaccines from taking part in the ban in a section entitled ‘[325F.174] Definitions.’
“Children’s product” means a product primarily designed or intended by a manufacturer to be physically applied to or introduced into a child’s body, including any article used as a component of such a product and excluding a food, beverage, dietary supplement, pharmaceutical product or biologic, children’s toys that are covered by the ASTM International F963 standard for Toy Safety, or a medical device as defined in the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, United States Code, title 21, section 321(h), as amended through February 15, 2013.”
Taking a look at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia website, let’s see the formaldehyde content of vaccines licensed for use in the United States (quantity per dose converted from mg to mcg):
Trade Name / Quantity (per dose)
- Td / DT: ≤ 20 mcg – 100 mcg
- Daptacel: ≤ 100 mcg
- Infanrix: ≤ 100 mcg
- Tripedia: ≤ 100 mcg
- Pediarix: ≤ 100 mcg
- Havrix: ≤ 50 mcg (pediatric)
- Vaqta: 4 mcg (pediatric)
- Twinrix: ≤ 100 mcg
- Comvax: < 0.4 mcg
- IPOL: ≤20 mcg
- JE-Vax: < 200 mcg
- ADACEL: < 5 mcg
- Boostrix: < 100 mcg
- Fluarix: ≤ 5 mcg
- FluLaval: < 25 mcg
- Fluzone – intradermal: < 20 mcg
This chemical is known to have egregious effects on the nervous system, and is easily absorbed through the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, affecting the nasal mucos, liver, and erythrocytes of all living things. While the FDA says “the amount of formaldehyde present in some infant vaccines is so small compared to the concentration that occurs naturally in the body that it does not pose a safety concern,” the EPA goes on saying “formaldehyde can damage cells by binding to DNA and thereby forming formaldehyde-DNA adducts; this process may interfere with accurate DNA replication and lead to mutations and cancerous tumors”.
While Minnesota has done a good deed by removing formaldehyde from baby products, it seems the state is continuing to allow Big Pharma to expose children up into the elderly to carcinogenic substances through vaccines.
Christina Sarich is a humanitarian and freelance writer helping you to Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.