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Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 4:10am
AmberC.'s picture
Joined: 10/21/2013 - 15:35

Hmm, you've certainly been very lucky to have an allergist who avoids the skin prick test, this is very unusual. Most allergists deny the risks associated with this test--even if your child passes out after a test or needs oxygen (signs of anaphylaxis). My understanding is that some vegetable oils could be highly refined peanut oil, especially since it is "generally recognized as safe": see even here as it is identified as a vegetable oil, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut_oil. Nonetheless, with so many points in the manufacturing of vaccines and different suppliers, it would be easy for some form of peanuts/nuts to be hitchhiking into the sauce (especially if you add in lack of liability). Also, it seems to be that labeling is still somewhat random, even a trip to Trader Joe's recently illustrated this--some labels are very clear, some are not. I mean, really, that's the challenge of living with food allergies (aside from them being life-threatening). But let's be honest, with the incredible sales of epinepherine injectors, what manufacturer really wants to make injections as safe as possible? Thank you for your comments. Soybean oil is also known to be cross-reactive with peanut.

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:55am
pxleal's picture
Joined: 01/20/2011 - 13:20

Here is irrefutable proof that Peanut Oil has been used in vaccines and some have achieved licensing and undergone extensive human trials, as I have cited below. This is no mystery, we know Adjuvant 65 was used. The question is why do all citations end after 1960s? Did the FDA mandate pharmaceuticals to stop publishing complete ingredients? Have you ever read package inserts for vaccines and been annoyed to find a vague reference to "other media and buffers" on the list without detailed names? Read for yourselves:
From New York Times, Sep 19, 1964:
"WASHINGTON, Sept. 18—A pharmaceutical manufacturer has developed a vaccine that it predicts will considerably lengthen immunity from influ­enza and other virus infections, thereby requiring fewer “shots.”
The key ingredient, called Adjuvant 65, which contains peanut oil, was patented this week for Merck & Co., Inc., by Dr. Allen F. Woodhour and Dr. Thomas B. Stim. They, discov­ered it in the company's re­search laboratory at West Point, Pa.
Present procedure, according to Merck, is to give annual in­jections of killed influenza vi­rus, which are expected to af­ford protection for a year. The hope is that the new vaccine will extend the immunity to at least two years and be more effective during that period.
The current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine re­ports favorably on studies in which 880 persons received killed influenza virus in Adju­vant 65.
Still Under Study
The new vaccine is still under study and is not yet licensed for general use.
Adjuvant slowly releases an­tigens, the active ingredients of vaccines, which stimulate the creation of antibodies in the human system over an extended period, Merck said.
Adjuvant is an emulsion of refined. peanut oil in water to which are added an emulsifier and a stabilizer.
As the company explains it, the antigens are contained in small particles of water, which are surrounded by the oil. When injected into the body, the emul­sion is distributed along the muscle fibers. The antigens are released as the peanut oil is absorbed by the body's tissues.
The research on Adjuvant covered six years and represen­ted the collaboration of several departments of the Merck Institute for Therapeutic Research and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Dr. Woodhour is assistant di­rector of the department of vi­rus diseases in the Merck labo­ratories. Dr. Stim is now a re­search associate at Yale Univer sity. Their patent is No. 3,149,036."
From New York Times, Nov 11, 1966:
"Peanut Oil Additive is Found to Improve Flu Shot's Potency."
NYT May 13, 1964:
"SUBSTANCE SPURS VACCINE'S EFFECTS; New Compound Is Reported to Enhance the Value of Influenza Inoculations TESTED ON VOLUNTEERS Ingredient Said to Increase the Length of Immunity to as Much as a Year."
(This refers to Adjuvant 65, which is Peanut Oil)
NYT Sep 19, 1964:
"PEANUT OIL USED IN A NEW VACCINE; Product Patented for Merck Said to Extend Immunity VARIETY OF IDEAS IN NEW PATENTS"

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:43am
pxleal's picture
Joined: 01/20/2011 - 13:20

If Peanut Oil/Adjuvant 65 was so wonderful and so successful at creating longer immunity, why would they stop using it?
I have not found any reference in the literature to any mandate that peanut oil or adjuvant 65 had to be banned from use in vaccines.
As a matter of fact, all mention of Adjuvant 65 stops after 1960s. It was buried under the rug.
Those of us who are unlucky to get allergy to peanut oil are just collateral damage. The FDA only thinks about the tens of lives they save at our expense.
I am pro-vaccines and continue to immunize my family. I am also pro-SAFE and ALLERGEN-free vaccines. Peanut is one of the most allergenic proteins known to man. Why do we have to use it in vaccines? We have the best scientists and we cannot find a better, safer alternative for an adjuvant to use instead?
As an aside, IF, indeed Adjuvant 65 is no longer used in vaccines, there are still other ingredients that ARE used in vaccines today which are derived from peanut, legumes and treenuts such as Squalene and Nitroglycerine. What if those compounds contain traces of peanut or treenuts? Last, highly refined pesnut oil is not mandated to be listed on any item by FDA since it has GRAS status, Generally Recognized as Safe. I have read articles on MEDLINE that peanut protein was detected in highly-refined peanut oil. This means the FDA does not require companies to list highly refined oils as ingredients, yet we know that these oil are not completely allergen-free.

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:47am
AmberC.'s picture
Joined: 10/21/2013 - 15:35

We really need a study where all injections are tested for the presence of peanut/tree nut. We know, for sure, that dairy, egg, gelatin, soya are in there. We also know that aluminum can combine with any kitchen food to create a food allergy. What vinucube states above is telling, the FDA is not following its own policies. Have you seen Bought yet? Your petition was good and people need to go see their senators and show them how the FDA is not following their own policies. But you're right, our children are just collateral damage--but very, very profitable collateral damage. Think of all the products out there supporting the food allergy machine. Where is the incentive to shut down the machine? Have you heard anything back regarding your petition (I believe you got the petition going?).

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 10:56am
pxleal's picture
Joined: 01/20/2011 - 13:20

My petition is closed since it expired after a year.
I did try to get in touch with a lab to test vaccines and lab did not want to take on the task. Taboo subject?

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:06am
AmberC.'s picture
Joined: 10/21/2013 - 15:35

You had a good amount of signatures on your petition--how many did you need to get anything done? There must be some scientists out there somewhere who could take this on. Thank you for getting that petition going, that was excellent. As Yael said above, perhaps you could try again and plaster it all over forums? Do you have the energy for it?

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:09am
AmberC.'s picture
Joined: 10/21/2013 - 15:35

Are you aware of any official studies that have been done testing all childhood injections for the presence of peanut/tree nut? It would be great if a scientist/lab could take on a basic test like that. Of course, it might not change anything, if the FDA is allowing egg/milk/soya, etc. in there. . .

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:33am
pxleal's picture
Joined: 01/20/2011 - 13:20

I don't think there was a specific goal for an amount of signatures. I have seen petitions that get thousands of signatures, and I would think those are more likely to get noticed. A few hundred signatures I garnered by raw grass-roots efforts only since I did not pay to promote it further. Perhaps if donors were willing to promote it, I would consider Starting another petition. I don't think the same petition can be reopened.
I lost some faith in the scientific community after contacting a vaccine adjuvant expert who was initially open to discussing my questions about his articles. He later declined to answer my calls or emails when he learned the specifics about my questions regarding peanut in vaccines.

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:37am
happyeater's picture
Joined: 02/19/2010 - 11:21

I am just going to address the original post. First of all, just because your son got a vaccination around the time he developed allergic-type reaction does not mean that the vaccination caused the reaction. Association does not mean causation. Look at all the people who takes antibiotics for a cold (which is a viral infection…not killed by antibiotics) and get better! The antibiotics don't make the cold go away: the cold goes away on its own.
Second, speaking as an internal medicine physician, it does not sound like your son's symptoms are caused by a peanut allergy because he is having symptoms very frequently in many situations. Peanut protein is not so ubiquitous that it can cause anaphylaxis in all those situations you describe. He could be allergic to another chemical or maybe he has another disorder that is causing his symptoms, like chronic urticaria. An allergist can help you sort this all out, along with good information from you and your son about what brings on his symptoms.
Third, I want to make sure you know the acute treatment for an allergic reaction to peanuts is NOT prednisone: it is epinephrine. If he has an anaphylactic reaction, he needs epinephrine and transportation to the nearest ER.

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2014 - 11:39am
vinucube's picture
Joined: 10/12/2014 - 11:21

No, I am not aware of such testing.


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