Science: Big Pharma’s Role in Iatrogenic Mitochondrial Diseases Caused by Vaccines and Prescription Drugs

DSC05711-BBy Catherine J. Frompovich

Perhaps my long-held postulate—if doctors read and took seriously the emerging science in peer review journals regarding vaccine chemicals and neurotoxins, in particular, and disregarded Big Pharma’s hype and perks, they would not vaccinate infants and toddlers, or anyone—has been vindicated by impeccable, validating, and published research science!

What are mitochondria, you may be wondering. They are the powerhouses and sources in each cell that provide life energy in the form of ATP—Adenosine Triphosphate—for biochemical processes in the body.

Mitochondria research published during 2008, 2009 and 2012 in three journals – the Journal of Neuroscience Research, Journal of Toxicology, and Molecular Nutrition and Food Research – report the specific roles that two neurotoxins: ethylmercury (49.6%) in Thimerosal and aluminum in adjuvants—plus numerous pharmaceutical drugs, and all vaccines in general, play—or, more accurately, induce iatrogenic mitochondrial diseases, i.e., diseases caused by doctors, their treatments or medications. That aspect of the medical profession, by itself, should leave all medical doctors liable and wide open to medical malpractice lawsuits filed by parents of vaccine-damaged children and spouses or caregivers of adults damaged by vaccines and/or prescription drugs.

How mitochondrial damage happens

According to published scientific research,

Mitochondrial dysfunction is increasingly implicated in the etiology of drug-induced toxicities, but mitochondrial toxicity testing is still not required by the US FDA for drug approval. Mitochondria can be damaged both directly and indirectly by medications. [1]

The FDA is in GRAVE default for not requiring mitochondrial toxicity testing, which also should be prosecutable legally, especially when vaccine damage cases are heard by the Vaccine Court. However, one vaccine-damaged complainant—nine-year-old Hannah Poling [12]—received US$1.5 million PLUS [2] from the Vaccine Court for mitochondrial damage implicated in the autism Hannah contracted after receiving 9 vaccinations. Did she and her family get that award because her father is a physician [3] and probably knows something verboten?

Damage to mitochondria is caused primarily by reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated by the mitochondria themselves. [1]

Research Findings

The researchers found literature that discussed mitochondrial damage and the roles that “medications, chemicals, pesticides, metals, drugs, vaccine ingredients and other mitochondrial poisons” [1] play in putting cells in human bodies at increased risks of permanent damage.

Ironically, the first mitochondrial dysfunction was described in the 1960s! Where have the CDC, FDA and Big Pharma been? And why have the CDC/FDA not mandated mitochondrial toxicity testing for vaccines and all pharmaceutical drugs during the ensuing years—since the 1960s? Is that scientific and professional malfeasance?

Do vaccine makers perform – and the FDA permit – a legal CYA when they publish in every vaccine package insert that the vaccine has not been tested for carcinogenicity, teratogenicity, and the ability to interfere with fertility or reproduction? That ‘legal’ wiggle-room wording seems somewhat seedy, if not fishy—like they know something they should do, but don’t, so that’s why they don’t do toxicity testing?

That wiggle-room wording alone, I contend, should be enforceable legal grounds for refusing any vaccine regardless of recommendations, mandates or pharma-media hype. No person should be mandated to put an untested chemical product, especially those containing neurotoxins, into their or their children’s bodies. To do so should be prosecutable as a crime against humanity, in my opinion, and in any free society where basic natural laws are regarded as sacred.

According to Dr Gary G Kohl’s [MD] paper [1], this is the listing of diseases associated with mitochondrial dysfunction as of 2007:

  • Diabetes
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Cancer including hepatitis-C virus-associated hepatocarcinogenesis
  • Alzheimer disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Aging and senescence
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH – late stage of nonalcoholic fatty infiltration of the liver)
  • Cardiovascular disease, including atherosclerosis
  • Sarcopenia (muscle-wasting disease, mainly of the elderly)
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Fatigue, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and myofascial pain

Have you noticed how many involve the central nervous system and the brain?

Dr Kohl also provides a list [1] of medications documented to induce mitochondrial damage:

  • Alcoholism medications Ex: Antabuse
  • Alzheimer’s dementia drugs Ex: Tacrine (Cognex), Galantamine
  • Analgesics (for pain) and anti-inflammatory drugs, Ex: Aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), indomethacin, Naproxen
  • Anesthetics Ex: lidocaine, propofol (also general anesthetics like halothane, isoflurane, sevoflurane)
  • Angina medications Ex: amiodarone
  • Antiarrhythmic (regulates heartbeat) Ex: amiodarone (also beta blockers)
  • Antibiotics Ex: tetracycline (also chloramphenicol, Cipro)
  • Antidepressants Ex: amitriptyline, citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac, Symbyax, Sarafem)
  • Antipsychotics Ex: chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, haloperidol, risperidone, quetiapine, clozapine, olanzapine
  • Anxiety medications Ex: (Every benzodiazepine), including alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (valium)
  • Barbiturates Ex: amobarbital, phenobarbital, pentobarbital, propofol, secobarbital
  • Cholesterol-lowering medications Ex: All statinsatorvastatin, fluvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin (Crestor), simvastatin, cholestyramine, clofibrate (Atromid-S)
  • Cancer (chemotherapy) medications Ex: Mitomycin C, profiromycin, adriamycin
  • Diabetes medications Ex: metformin, Glucophage, troglitazone, rosiglitazone, buformin
  • HIV/AIDS medications Ex: (AZT, zidovudine)
  • Epilepsy/Seizure medications Ex: valproic acid (Depakene, depakote, divalproex sodium)
  • Mood stabilizers Ex: lithium
  • Parkinson’s disease medications
  • Vaccine Ingredients Ex: Mercury, aluminum, ethylene glycol

[CJF emphasis added]

Thimerosal / Ethylmercury

Parents should note that mercury (Thimerosal, an Eli Lilly Company product [4], contains 49.6% ethylmercury); aluminum (Al) in any combination of four solutions (Al hydroxide, Al potassium sulfate, Al phosphate, Al hydroxyphosphate sulfate); and ethylene glycol (the primary ingredient in antifreeze! [5]) are in many of the vaccines given to infants and toddlers!

As an aside, here are some of the adverse health effects from ethylene glycol as cited on MedlinePlus [13]:

Nervous system
Slurred speech
Stupor (lack of alertness)
Unsteady walk

Parents, would you willingly give your child mercury, aluminum and antifreeze? Well, you very obligingly do when you take them for their “well baby” visit shots at 2, 4, and 6 months! Biochemically and scientifically, there are no safe doses of aluminum or any form of mercury—ethylmercury or methylmercury.

Mercury is the second-most-toxic-metal after plutonium! And ethylmercury is in all vaccines in what’s called trace amounts, even in Thimerosal-free vaccines! This is what the World Health Organization (WHO) has to say about Thimerosal (thiomersal):

Removal of thiomersal means that thiomersal was used during the production of vaccine and then removed at a later stage by a specific production step. This procedure also results in residual traces of thiomersal. [….]

Residual traces of thiomersal in vaccines may remain following a significant reduction in or _ removal of thiomersal from the product. Specifications for residual levels of thiomersal with an upper limit should be set. Validated assays should be established to substantiate these specifications. In some cases an amount of less than 1 microgram (per dose) is considered as a _ trace. [6] [CJF emphasis added]

So, there you have it confirmed—ethylmercury in vaccines as residual traces of Thimerosal.


If aluminum is eaten or swallowed, its absorption rate is about 0.5 percent, whereas when aluminum is injected into the bloodstream, which it is, the absorption rate is 100 percent! [1] Aluminum is a known environmental toxin. The reason fluoride originally was put into drinking water was so that the aluminum industry [7] could get rid of its aluminum waste products! Now it’s from the fertilizer industry too! People have been drinking fluoride compounds added to municipal water systems for decades; any wonder why there are so many dementia and bone diseases today? Fluoride is a protoplasmic poison! [23]

Now here’s something to know, I think: Where are the largest number of mitochondria found?

Answer: In the most metabolically active cells—bones, brain, heart and liver. According to the mandates from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. CDC/FDA recommended vaccination schedule for children [14] by the time the average American baby is only 18 months old, he or she will have received nearly 5,000 micrograms of aluminum, a mitochondrial toxin! [1] Isn’t that about the age and time when mitochondrial-associated diseases show up in vaccine-damaged children?

Will the CDC/FDA, when finally forced to admit mitochondrial disease like in the Hannah Poling case, claim it’s an inherited or genetic proclivity/disease thereby placing blame elsewhere and not where it ought to be placed morally and legally: “medications, chemicals, pesticides, metals, drugs, vaccine ingredients and other mitochondrial poisons.” [1]

Regarding specific mitochondria research

No. 1

Aluminum-induced Defective Mitochondrial Metabolism Perturbs Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Human Astrocytoma Cells By J. Lemire, R. Mailloux, S. Puiseux-Dao, and V. D. Appanna. Published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research 87:1474–1483 (2009)

The researchers said “we demonstrate the ability of Al [aluminum] to trigger mitochondrial dysfunction and ineffective adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production.” Furthermore, “these data reveal an intricate link between ATP metabolism and astrocytic dysfunction and provide molecular insights into the pathogenesis of Al-induced neurological diseases.”

No. 2

Thimerosal-Derived Ethylmercury Is a Mitochondrial Toxin in Human Astrocytes By M. A. Sharpe, A. D. Livingston, and D. S. Baskin. Published online 6/28/2012 in the Journal of Toxicology,

Those researchers indicated “We have investigated the toxicology of Thimerosal in normal human astrocytes, paying particular attention to mitochondrial function and the generation of specific oxidants. We find that ethylmercury not only inhibits mitochondrial respiration leading to a drop in the steady state membrane potential, but also concurrent with these phenomena increases the formation of superoxide, hydrogen peroxide, and Fenton/Haber-Weiss generated hydroxyl radical,” [an important aspect of free radical chemistry which, in the body, contributes to disease.]

Additionally, they say, “Thimerosal is a preservative that is widely used in medical products, including as a preservative in vaccines, immunoglobulin preparations, skin test antigens, antivenins, ophthalmic and nasal products, and tattoo inks, and is composed of 49.6 percent ethylmercury by weight. The widespread use of Thimerosal exposes many to its potential toxic effects, especially in utero [fetus] and in neonates [newborns]. We report the results of a series of experiments using cultured normal human astrocytes (NHA) exposed to Thimerosal to study the compound’s effect on astrocyte mitochondria.”

They also noted that “The brain utilizes 20% of the oxygen consumed by the body but constitutes only 2% of the body’s mass.” So you can readily understand how any neurotoxin—especially ethylmercury and aluminum—affects the brain because of the brain’s demand for nutrients. Recall Dr Kohl’s list of mitochondria-associated diseases.

No. 3

Medication-induced Mitochondrial Damage and Disease By John Neustadt and Steve R. Pieczeni. Published in Molecular Nutrition and Food Research. 2008, 52, pp 780 – 788

Those researchers state, “Damage to mitochondria is now understood to play a role in the pathogenesis of a wide range of seemingly unrelated disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar disease, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, migraine headaches, strokes, neuropathic pain, Parkinson’s disease, ataxia, transient ischemic attack, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetes, hepatitis C, and primary biliary cirrhosis.”

“Medications have now emerged as a major cause of mitochondrial damage, which may explain many adverse effects.” “All classes of psychotropic drugs have been documented to damage mitochondria, as have statin medications, analgesics such as acetaminophen, and many others. [….] This article reviews our basic understanding of how mitochondria function and how medications damage mitochondria to create their occasionally fatal adverse effects.”

My Conclusions

The all-important take-away from Dr Kohl’s paper [1] is that “Vitamins, minerals, and other metabolites act as necessary cofactors for the synthesis and function of mitochondrial enzymes and other compounds that support mitochondrial function, and diets deficient in micronutrients can accelerate mitochondrial decay and contribute to neurodegeneration.”

The above statement accentuates what medical doctors, who treat autistic children using nutritional therapies and detoxification protocols, prove: mitochondrial damage can be reversed once the body is devoid of toxins and chemicals, and given the proper protocol based in optimum nutrition without more toxic drugs prescribed and administered that induce more mitochondrial damage. You can’t poison a body into wellness, I contend.

Add to the above, the fact that vaccines are not working as hyped by CDC/FDA/Big Pharma! California is realizing that in an extremely embarrassing way, especially since the state legislature passed a mandatory school attendance/vaccination law in 2015. Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center published their findings about the Tdap vaccine and the lead researcher had to admit, “I think we were hoping the Tdap booster would counteract what happened in 2010. Unfortunately, it didn’t.” [8] Ouch!

According to the Los Angeles Times article [8]

In the 1990s, children in the United States began receiving the current acellular vaccine because the whole cell vaccine caused side effects such as fever. [….]

Experts say they’re unlikely to switch back to the whole cell vaccine because it sometimes _ caused convulsions and severe fevers, which could be especially dangerous for babies who _ receive their first dose when they’re as young as 2 months. [CJF emphasis added]

Hopefully, Kaiser Permanente’s researchers will read this article, consider and then study the research about mitochondrial damage from neurotoxins in vaccines. Furthermore, maybe they ought to consider that in Tdap Boostrix® “Each 0.5-mL dose contains aluminum hydroxide as adjuvant (not more than 0.39 mg 383 aluminum by assay), 4.5 mg of sodium chloride, ≤100 mcg of residual formaldehyde, and 384 ≤100 mcg of polysorbate 80 (Tween 80). [9] and that in Tdap Adacel® “Each 0.5 mL dose contains… Other ingredients per 0.5 mL dose include 1.5 mg aluminum phosphate (0.33 mg aluminum) as the adjuvant, ≤5 mcg residual formaldehyde, <50 ng residual glutaraldehyde and 3.3 mg (0.6% v/v) 2-phenoxyethanol (not as a preservative).” [10] [CJF emphasis added]

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By pushing vaccines CDC/FDA, Big Pharma and the medical profession undoubtedly create more health problems for children, especially an impaired immune system. [11] Statistically, more young children have chronic diseases [15] than previously, and yet no one thinks that’s abnormal. Of course not, when an apparent agenda is to market and mandate 300 more vaccines [16] in the coming couple of years, including vaccines that contain nanoparticles we don’t know very much about how they will react in body chemistry and effect DNA/RNA. Will that mean that you and your kids will have to get a vaccine a day or show up once a week to get 6 or 7 vaccines at a time? Is that what you want going into your body with more and more neurotoxins and horrendous chemicals, foreign DNA, mycoplasmas [17], etc.?

CDC/FDA you’re not performing your legal mission statement to protect public health, if you don’t demand testing for mycoplasmas in vaccines! Where’s congressional oversight? Probably in Pharma lobbyists’ back pockets? [24]

Isn’t it about time the healthcare consumer in the USA wakes up and demands proper healthcare especially regarding suppressed and fraudulent vaccine information?

Where does the Zika virus fit into all of this?

Brazil is a country that uses toxic agricultural sprays [19] like water! Furthermore, pregnant women are given vaccines [20], especially the Tdap, during pregnancy—something that would never have been done before. When I studied nutrition and medical science, a pregnant woman was told not even to take an aspirin! We see what happens to children whose mothers are drug addicts, drink alcohol, [21] etc. during pregnancy – “Growth factors (i.e., birthweight, length, head circumference) were also assessed”. Aren’t agricultural sprays and vaccines made from chemicals?

Moreover, microcephaly is not new to Brazil! So why all the hype now, especially from Dr. Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization, who also was “quick on the trigger” to declare a world-wide swine flu pandemic in 2009 that never panned out! [22] Is the fear factor for control involved?


Brazilian paediatric cardiologist Dr Sandra Mattos revealed some astonishing information regarding Zika [18] wherein she states:

Independent of what criteria we used, we had between 2–8 per cent of babies that would fall into the criteria of microcephaly,

According to Mattos’s information, that figure represented between 2,000 and 4,000 babies born in the Brazilian state of Paraiba each year or about 1,000 times more than her team expected! The unusual part about the outbreak according to Dr Mattos is that microcephaly was not coupled with the risk of heart defects in those same babies! Furthermore, she says, “That’s what’s really unusual about this outbreak. Most of the microcephaly cases that are being reported now are primarily very severe microcephaly without anything else.”

Some suggestions I have for Dr Mattos and Brazilian health officials are:

  1. Check the vaccinations status during pregnancy for mothers of children born with microcephaly for possible association or causation, keeping in mind vaccines and pharmaceuticals impact mitochondrial diseases.
  2. Investigate the chemicals being sprayed to deal with those genetically-engineered mosquitoes released to combat dengue fever.
  3. Implement remedial protocols to deal with toxic chemical sprays for agriculture, vermin and mosquito control.

According to the February 8, 2016 Norman Swan article,

If it is Zika virus, it has been in Brazil for a lot longer than people have thought, but that does not explain why after 50 years Zika has only now been linked to microcephaly.

That prompts me to ask, “What’s their agenda and why? Plus, why have they been so stridently aggressive about pushing toxic vaccines into pregnant women, newborn-day-old babies, 2-4-6 month old infants, toddlers, teens and adults?” What is their agenda and why? Are Transhumanism or Artificial Intelligence on their DNA/RNA programming schedule?


Dr. Gary G Kohls, MD, paper
[6] Pp. 97-98
[9] Pg. 9
[10] Pg. 3


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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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3 Comments on "Science: Big Pharma’s Role in Iatrogenic Mitochondrial Diseases Caused by Vaccines and Prescription Drugs"

  1. Beats me why any Mom would get an invitro vaccine.
    The lies by big pharma drug pushers are so horrific that they are the pandemic.

    Moms – please stop vaccinating.!
    the human race got along with out them for thousands of years.
    At least one of my grands have had no vaccines and is never sick.

    Stop big pharma by looking into minerals, herbs, vitamins and organics.
    Don’t fall for the crap that the MSM pushes – it’s all about qui bono (cui bono) – in other words who profits.
    The reason there are so many diseases might be because of vaccines – which Catherine has pointed out so strategically and eloquently.
    TY Catherine for all you and others that are trying more holistic and naturalist methods.

  2. Soft-kill continues unabated…..

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