Todd W., running for a good cause

26 Apr

Todd W. of Harpocrates Speaks is a frequent author of articles and commenter in online discussions involving questions of vaccines and vaccines and autism.

In his article, Help Me, Interwebz! You’re My Only Hope!, he tells us that he is participating in a run to raise money for medical research. In specific, he’s helping to raise money for a new type of vaccine adjuvant:

The VIC is researching the use of a laser as a vaccine adjuvant. Basically, adjuvants allow vaccines to use fewer antigens by increasing the body’s immune response. In the U.S., we use aluminum salts (e.g., aluminum hydroxide, aluminum phosphate, and aluminum potassium sulfate) as adjuvants. Because there are some individuals who question the safety of these adjuvants (largely based on false information), the laser adjuvant may induce a similar boosted immune response without the concerns associated with aluminum. It also has the potential to reduce even the current minor side effects associated with aluminum adjuvants, like local soreness and swelling. The VIC researchers have completed animal studies and are ready to move on to human trials. Although the initial research focuses on influenza and hepatitis B vaccines, there is potential for this technology to be applied to a much wider range of vaccines. In the end, this could hopefully make for more effective and safer vaccines, as well as improve overall immunization rates among those worried about ingredients like aluminum.

Todd W. has details on how to contribute in his article, but if you want the short version:

You can be a part of this innovative research by supporting my flight through the zombie-infested wilderness of Amesbury by going to this page and making a donation. If you would rather make a gift by mail, make your check payable to:

Massachusetts General Hospital
Development Office
165 Cambridge Street, Suite 600
Boston, MA 02114

Make sure to put “Todd’s Zombie Run” in the memo line or in a note with your donation. All gifts will go to support these two projects and are 100% tax deductible.

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2 Responses to “Todd W., running for a good cause”

  1. Todd W. April 27, 2012 at 12:04 #

    Thanks for helping to spread the word about my efforts, Sullivan. Very excited about it!

  2. Julian Frost July 20, 2012 at 13:57 #

    Spammer above

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