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Why you can’t ‘detox’ from COVID-19 vaccines

More and more people are seeking information on how to “detoxify” themselves from the COVID-19 vaccine after receiving it, fearing it could have adverse effects. But is this ever safe or even possible?

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Can you really ‘detox’ the vaccine and is it safe to try? Image credit: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

Nearly 3 in 4 people in the United States have received a vaccine against COVID-19. More than 9 in 10 of those who said they plan to get vaccinated in early 2021 have taken at least one dose.

expressed concern in early summer about the low number of people receiving a vaccination against COVID-19 was relieved in August 2021 when the White House claimed a 70% increase in the daily average of the first dose of vaccinations compared to the previous month. Much of this uptake occurred in areas that previously had the lowest vaccination coverage.

While the White House pointed to the proliferation of vaccine mandates to boost uptake, September results from KFF’s COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, a study examining attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccines, considered fears for the Delta variant as behind the question. for the vaccine.

Whatever the motivation, the White House has continued to increase vaccination mandates in many settings.

Although the policy of the Biden administration has seen some setbacks, many companies in the US have already implemented it. About 1 in 4 employees say their employer required them to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 2021, which is a 16% increase since June, according to the KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor.

Against this political backdrop, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved vaccination for: children aged 5-11 in October and booster shots for all adults in Nov.

This means that many people who were previously hesitant to get the vaccine were under additional pressure to get the vaccine.

The KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor revealed that while 7 in 10 unvaccinated workers said they would leave their job if their employer asked them to be vaccinated, only 1 in 20 unvaccinated workers said they actually did,

“More than a third (37%) of unvaccinated workers (totalling 5% of adults) say they would leave their job if their employer required them to get a vaccine or get tested weekly, a proportion that rises to 7 in 10 unvaccinated workers (9% of all adults) if weekly testing is not an option,” their report also found.

Although vaccination coverage may be declining, vaccination continues. This suggests that some people who receive vaccines may not have planned it sooner.

A curious phenomenon that has emerged from this recent landscape is that some people have been looking for information on how to “detoxify” the vaccine after receiving it, especially if they didn’t want it in the first place.

A TikTok video claiming that people who had had the COVID-19 vaccine were required to take complex “detox” baths, including borax, made headlines in November. However, that video wasn’t the only example of emerging claims that people should detox from the vaccine to avoid unwanted side effects.

Suggestions for “detoxing” after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine ranged from borax baths to detox diets. Suggested detox diets include high-fat diets to “bind the toxins in the vaccines,” in addition to supplements, including zinc and vitamins C and D.

According to some media reports, some even suggested cupping the injection site to remove the vaccine.

More extreme claims suggest that people who have had the vaccine should take a prophylactic dose of ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine to counter what they believe the vaccine is negatively impacting on their immune system. The FDA does not authorize the use of ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine to fight COVID-19, but would rather give advice against the use ivermectin for this purpose.

While the emergence of this misinformation may seem baffling to some, Prof. Monica Gandhi, a professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco and an HIV physician, believes social media is partly to blame.

Speak with Medical news todayShe pointed out that there has always been misinformation about HIV from leading academics, and at one point, the President of South Africa, “but ultimately it didn’t have the reach you can have if you have social media platforms, with people with MD and PhD by their names who are allowed to say there that mRNA and proteins stay in your body, that it is toxic and that it kills other cells.”

She added that while there is a lot of anger in the US towards people who have not been vaccinated, she is only sad about the situation:

“If you’re very concerned about these vaccines, if you’ve been convinced by someone with a doctor behind their name that they’re dangerous, then you’re doing everything in your power, especially if there’s a mandate, to detox. or to get that protein or mRNA out of your body. I mean, you’re really worried. That’s what misinformation does; it really worries you.”

People who want to promote the message that vaccines can be harmful, be it false claims that the MMR can cause autism or that heavy metals used as preservatives in them are toxic to children, target parents and caregivers.

Now, more than half of parents in the US said they are concerned that their child may need to be vaccinated against COVID-19, even if they don’t want to, the Vaccine Monitor reported in October.

In California, where vaccine mandates are expected to come into full effect in July 2022, reports indicate parents are pressuring physicians to seek inappropriate medical exemptions, homeschool and move out of the state.

dr. David Shafran, chief of pediatrics at K Health in Cleveland, OH, has not had any parents come to ask him how to “detoxify” their children after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. He told MNT in an email:

“While I advocate for the COVID vaccine, I understand and have seen the discomfort mandates can create when people feel pushed into an intervention before they have completely wrapped their minds around it, especially when it comes to their children.”

“Maybe vaccinating before it’s fully ready leads to the compulsion to somehow mitigate the ‘undesirable’ intervention. But I want to reassure parents that the vaccine’s immune response is a protective one that cannot be reversed or reversed, so please avoid unproven and potentially harmful interventions.”

Much of the concern seems to center on the suggestion that mRNA vaccines are potentially harmful, and the fact that they are a new drug means we don’t fully understand their impact yet. But there’s little evidence to suggest they could be harmful, scientists say.

It was worth noting that the mRNA vaccines developed actually use a modified form of mRNA to reduce the risk of unwanted side effects, says professor of immunology at the University of Bern in Switzerland, Prof. Martin Bachmann.

lan interview, he explained to MNT that: “These are not normal RNA molecules; they are slightly modified. And the more you tweak them, I think the less toxic they’ll be, but then they can also be less effective at actually immunizing them, so I’m sure [pharmaceutical companies] found a compromise between safety and efficacy.”

“If the body doesn’t recognize it, it won’t be toxic,” he noted. “So if you’ve modified your RNA and the body doesn’t recognize the mRNA, you’re more likely to have essentially no side effects, except for the very rare ones. But if you completely modify the RNA, you probably won’t have an effective vaccine.”

dr. Shafran agreed, saying the COVID-19 vaccine is “irrevocable and that’s not a bad thing.”

He also explained:

“The mRNA vaccines induce an immune response in the form of antibodies that specifically target the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein that strongly protects against infection. Once these antibodies are formed, there is no going back; the immune system is ready to fight COVID forever and ever. We know that these antibodies have been circulating for at least 6-12 months, with longer immunity likely to be conferred even after ‘visible’ antibody counts have decreased.”

Claims that heavy metals in vaccines are “toxic” is a claim that people who oppose the use of vaccines made long before the development of the COVID-19 vaccines.

This is likely due to the fact that heavy metals have been ingredients in vaccines for decades, often as a adjuvant or present in preservatives. while there are historical concerns raised by the FDA On the use of thimerosal, a mercury-containing molecule, in vaccines for children, research has shown that there are no health risks. People have routinely been given vaccines containing these ingredients for decades.

According to a fact check by Reuters, thimerosal is not an ingredient in COVID-19 vaccines.

“Heavy metals are of course toxic, but that depends on the dose. But this is not a dose [in vaccines] that can be dangerous. Everything is dose dependent. Water is bad for you if you drown in a lake!” said Prof. Bachmann.

The amount in the vaccine is not dangerous, but COVID-19 is, he emphasized.

As Professor Gandhi points out, you only have to look at the volume of vaccines that have been delivered to realize that they are safe.

“There are now 7.4 billion doses of various vaccines with COVID delivered worldwide, many of which are mRNA vaccines. So you know, if there were a lot of side effects, we would have seen a lot of damage. But we don’t see that,’ she commented.

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