COVID Injection Questions Answered: Ingredients, Shedding and Side Effects

Answers to your top three questions

COVID Injection Questions Answered: Ingredients, Shedding and Side Effects

Many of you have reached out with questions about COVID injections, shedding, and safer options. We wanted to bring in an expert to better answer your questions. So, we asked Cilla Whatcott to offer guidance at our last SAFE HAVEN Fireside Chat. With over 260 registrants for that event, we realized just how important of a topic this is to you all!

This article offers highlights from our conversation with Cilla, so you can easily find and share this information. 

About Cilla Whatcott, Producer of the Real Immunity Documentary Series

Cilla Whatcott, HD RHom, CCH, PhD is a board-certified classical homeopath with a PhD in Homeopathy. Cilla is the producer and director of the Real Immunity documentary film series.  The documentary explores the intelligence of life and how we can access the resources we have to build authentic immunity. Since 2008, she has administered homeoprophylaxis to over 3,500 children and adults for influenza, childhood diseases, and tropical disease. 

Recently, she has been working to provide solutions and hope to those navigating the COVID pandemic and side effects from the injections.  You can learn more about her work at

Your Top Three COVID and Shedding Questions

1. The Big Three: What are the ingredients in the Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson injections?

Many of your questions asked about the side effects of the COVID injections.  Cilla answered these questions by reviewing core ingredients from each injection and their risk factors. Here are some of the basic facts about ingredients:

They all create spike proteins and two have mRNA

All three injection options list that their ingredients cause spike proteins.  Modern and Pfizer do this through the use of mRNA.

The CDC calls the injections “mRNA vaccines.”  This is their explanation: “mRNA vaccines give instructions for our cells to make a harmless piece of what is called the “spike protein” (emphasis theirs).  

The CDC continues with this statement: ” Once the instructions (mRNA) are inside the immune cells, the cells use them to make the protein piece. After the protein piece is made, the cell breaks down the instructions and gets rid of them.”

mRNA’s behavior in the body has led some scientists to classify these injections as “gene therapy“.  Gene therapy, in the context of an injection  of mRNA, does two basic things.  One, it relays genetic information to the body’s DNA.  Two, it selects amino acids to build new proteins.

Traditionally, vaccines introduce antigens of a germ or illness to the body.  This forces our system to create antibodies.  To quote the CDC: “To trigger an immune response, many vaccines put a weakened or inactivated germ into our bodies. Not mRNA vaccines. Instead, they teach our cells how to make a protein…”  

As the COVID injections use this new approach, the side effects and impact are largely unknown.

Moderna has SM-102

The Moderna injection includes SM-102 in the ingredients.  SM-102 is a lipid nanoparticle.  In plain English, lipid nanoparticles are very small particles like fats that make up part of your blood and body tissue.  The SM-102 lipid is “proprietary to Moderna“.

The product’s Safety Data Sheet (SDS) lists the lipid as suspended in chloroform.  Under “Hazards”, the SDS lists:

  • “Suspected of causing cancer.”
  • “Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child.”
  • “Causes damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys, the liver and the respiratory system through prolonged or repeated exposure.”

The product page states the product is “not for human or veterinary use” (emphasis theirs).  The company, Cayman Chemical, issued a statement on May 19, 2021 stating that their SM-102 is for research purposes only.

Johnson & Johnson has Polysorbate 80

Johnson & Johnson lists Polysorbate 80 in the ingredients for its COVID injection.  Polysorbate 80 is a surfactant used by various industries, including the food industry.  It helps prevent the separation of liquids.

Polysorbate 80 is not a new ingredient in vaccines.  The Weston A. Price Foundation explains the role it plays in an article on their website.  It states:

“In vaccines, polysorbate 80 helps disperse all the ingredients—including aluminum and mercury—evenly in the liquid.

The key danger of polysorbate 80 is that it assists in the delivery of compounds—including mercury and aluminum—across the blood-brain barrier (BBB).”

2. What are the potential side effects for all three injections?

A full list of potential side effects (subject to change) is in this presentation from the FDA.  It includes: 

  • Convulsions / seizures
  • Stroke
  • Narcolepsy and cataplexy
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Deaths
  • Pregnancy and birth outcomes
  • Non-anaphylactic allergic reactions
  • Disseminated intravascular coagulation
  • Venous thromboembolism
  • Arthritis and arthralgia/joint pain
  • Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Safe for Pregnant Women?

The lack of studies on pregnant women led the injection companies to say they could not recommend the injection for women who are or could be pregnant.  Pfizer’s Risk Statement said the company could not recommend it due to insufficient data.  

Moderna’s Safety Information states: 

“Available data on Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine administered to pregnant women are insufficient to inform vaccine-associated risks in pregnancy. Data are not available to assess the effects of Moderna COVID‑19 Vaccine on the breastfed infant or on milk production/excretion.” 

Johnson & Johnson states the following about their clinical trials:

“Study participants of childbearing potential were screened for pregnancy prior to vaccination. Participants were excluded if they were pregnant or planned to become pregnant within 3 months of vaccine administration. The study is collecting outcomes for all reported pregnancies in study participants.”  

The CDC states in their FAQ section that pregnant women can receive the injection. 

3. Is there Shedding or Transmission?

One of the most common concerns brought to us by our community regards the news about shedding.  “Shedding,” in this instance, refers to the dispersal of spike proteins from those who received the COVID injection.  Some believe the proteins can affect those who come into contact with them.

Shedding is not a new concept either.  Referred to as “viral shedding“, it can happen after receiving an injection of a live virus.  But, as this is a new type of injection, some think the side effects experienced by those in contact with a vaccinated person could be the result of transmission, rather than shedding.

Transmission could occur through the spread of pheromones, by bioenergetic means, or by skin to skin contact.  It is important to stress that these are all theories.  Nothing is known about how this works yet, as it is too soon to conduct a proper study of the effects.  It is also unknown how long a vaccinated person could be causing transmission.

Claimed Side-Effects from Transmission in Women

It is too soon after the administration of the COVID injections for studies to prove anything about transmission.  Some women believe they are experiencing moderate to severe effects from transmission. The following side effects are self-reported by women.  Since coming into contact with a vaccinated person or group, some share they are experiencing:

  • irregular periods, sometimes with heavy clotting or very heavy bleeding
  • bleeding gums and nose bleeds, especially when menstruating
  • miscarriage
  • migraines and headaches
  • flu-like symptoms

Take Back Your Health™ can only share these comments and cannot speak to their validity.

Many Unknowns

As much as we wish we could provide the answers, there are still too many unknowns to state anything for certain.  There are also many differing opinions that continue to change as more information develops. 

Building Immunity is Always a Good Idea

No matter what health issue may be circulating, building our immunity is always the best way to take care of our health.  Cilla has recommended certain homeopathic remedies  to help us support our immunity and protect us from some of the potential toxins in our environment.  General detoxification strategies like good sleep, reducing stress, eating organic and using whole food based antioxidant rich supplements is always a good idea to support your best health. 

To learn more about Cilla’s homeopathic recommendations, please join her email list and consider scheduling a consultation with her. You can learn more on her site here:  You can  join her email list for a wealth of resources and weekly updates:

Final Thoughts and Relationships

A final question we received from our community was about how to navigate our relationships during these times.  Our next SAFE HAVEN Fireside Chat will be a deep dive into this with one of our Take Back Your Health™ experts who can speak to this topic with personal experience.   

More information is coming soon, you can learn more and submit your questions here:

Other topics Cilla covered in our conversation include:

  • Past versions of COVID 
  • Those at greatest risk for COVID
  • Other ingredients in the injections
  • More theories about gene therapy and mRNA
  • The COVID testing statistics
  • How to test for COVID antibodies
  • COVID vaccines and schools
  • HIPPA rights and myths
  • Travel and COVID injections and testing

Don’t Miss Part II!

Cilla Whatcott has agreed to join us for Part II of this discussion!  We are honored to have the opportunity to hear her perspective on these topics after more time has passed and more information has become available.

For the chance to sign up for this free LIVE event, join our email list at!

We hope this helps you on your journey to take back your health, and that you will share this article with others looking for answers and information.



We want to remind you that Take Back Your Health™ is not a medical authority!  We create spaces for our communities to share health concerns and find resources to aid their health journeys.  In the SAFE HAVEN Fireside Chat series, we invite experts to share about their areas of research or experience.  

We encourage you to consult with these experts or other professionals before applying the advice to your situation.  Additionally, links throughout this article intend to define difficult concepts. They are not explicitly recommended sources for information.

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