vax fax

And it came to pass last Friday, that there went out a decree from President Schlissel that all of U of M faculty shall be vaxed.  By start of classes August 30th.  Regardless of what, where, or how they taught.  Or even if they taught.  My dear wife, who must get one more term under her belt to retire with benefits after 22 years of service, is dead set against getting the jab.  Not only does she wish to avoid the many often horrid complications of the vax, she realizes that the immune response raised by exposure to Wuhan spike protein does not protect very well against the new multiply mutated strains.  Furthermore, she is deathly allergic to most everything.  When she finally sought attention for her multiple allergies some years ago, she had an anaphylactic reaction to her first set of skin tests.  Had the reaction not occurred right in the allergist’s office where they were equipped and trained to handle such a situation, her outcome could have been much worse than just the staff calling me to come pick her up as she was too shaken to drive home.  Hence, she will be applying for exemption from the “vaccination” on medical grounds.  She will also be applying for exemption on religious grounds.  All three US COVID “vaccines” utilize cell lines from aborted babies at some stage in their development and manufacture (1).  We are both strongly opposed to abortion in all forms, and find the use of aborted tissue for research and pharmaceutical purposes especially heinous.

But the latter exemption is a personal matter.  A life-threatening allergic reaction is not.  But Der Schliz is being a stickler, hewing to CDC guidelines (2) and exempting only those who have shown a reaction to some component of the vaccine.  So if you’ve taken a jab and gotten myocarditis or a blood clot or whatever, no more for you!  Gee, thanks.  But might there be a way to determine in advance if you might be allergic?  It turns out there is.  First step is to know what’s in these things.  I’ve explained about the PEG encapsulated RNA and the adenovirus with the spike protein code spliced in (, but what else is in the stuff?  Since you asked:

Table.  Chemical components of U.S. COVID-19 vaccines (adapted from (3))

Pfizer-BioNTechModernaJohnson & Johnson Janssen
  RNA (for spike protein, synthesized)  RNA  (for spike protein, synthesized)  DNA (adenovirus 26; contains inserted strand coding for mRNA of spike protein)  
((4-hydroxybutyl)azanediyl) bis(hexane-6,1-diyl)bis1,2-dimyristoyl-rac-glycero3-methoxypolyethylene glycol-2000 [PEG2000-DMG](none)
(2-hexyldecanoate), 2 [(polyethylene glycol)-2000]-N,N-ditetradecylacetamideSM-102 (synthetic amino lipid which is used in combination with other lipids to form lipid nanoparticles.) C44H87NO5 
1,2-distearoyl-snglycero-3- phosphocholine [DSPC]1,2-distearoyl-snglycero-3-phosphocholine [DSPC] 
(none)acetic acidcitric acid monohydrate
acid stabilizersacid stabilizersacid stabilizers
(none)tromethamine & tromethamine hydrochloride(none)
potassium chloridesodium acetatetrisodium citrate dihydrate
monobasic potassium phosphate  
sodium chloride  
dibasic sodium phosphate dihydrate  
sucrosesucrose2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HBCD)
  polysorbate-80, sodium chloride
other ingredientsother ingredientsother ingredients

The lipids (except cholesterol) are all jazzed up versions of polyethylene glycol (PEG) derived from the chemical in anti-freeze and used to make the nanoparticles that carry the RNA into cells.  The J&J “vaccine” uses a modified adenovirus, one of the many common cold viruses, which is already equipped to penetrate human cells.

It turns out that most people who have had allergic reactions to any of the COVID “vaccines” were reacting either to PEG , polysorbate, or trolamine (tromethamine).  Trolamine is also a component of some arthritis rubs, like Aspercreme (trolamine salicylate).  It turns out you can get tested to determine of you’re allergic to any of these chemicals, a simple patch test for trolamine (4) and a skin prick test for PEG and polysorbate (5).

So if you find yourself under an edict similar to ours here at the U, have allergies, and are looking for a way out, I recommend seeking out an allergist who will do these skin tests.  Not all allergists are equipped to do them.  My wife’s allergist, in private practice, said she did not have the tests and referred us to U of M allergy.  So our fingers are crossed.  There are many other reasons not to get the jab, but I’ll save those for another post.

As we used to say back in the Nixon years “Fight the power!”.


1.         Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  COVID-19 vaccines and fetal cells.  April 21, 2021.

2.         CDC.  COVID vaccines for people with allergies.  March 25, 2021.

3.         From Ravell JC.  A simple breakdown of the ingredients in the COVID vaccines.  Hackensack Meridian Health.  Health U.  eNewsletter.  January 11, 2021.

4.         Chemotechnique Diagnostics.  Dormer Laboratories Inc.  Triethanolamine patient information sheet.

5.         Pitlick MM, Sitek AN, Kinate SA, Joshi AY, Park MA.  Polyethylene glycol and polysorbate skin testing in the evaluation of coronavirus disease 2019 vaccine reactions: Early report.  Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2021 Jun;126(6):735-738. doi: 10.1016/j.anai.2021.03.012. Epub 2021 Mar 26.

Published by rike52

I retired from the Rheumatology division of Michigan Medicine end of June '19 after 36 years there. Upon hitting Ann Arbor for the second time (I went to school here) it took me almost 8 months to meet Kathy, 17 months to buy her a house (on Harbal, where we still live), and 37 months to marry her. Kids never came, but we've been blessed with a crowd of colleagues, friends, neighbors and family that continues to grow. Lots of them are going to show up in this log eventually. Stay tuned.

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