The HPV Vaccine
Posted by Gail | Filed under The Word is Full of Interesting Things
I remember when Alex was about 15 or 16 it was strongly recommended that she get the then-new Gardasil vaccine which was purported to reduce the chance of cervical cancer. The vaccine was being given to girls as young as nine.
Then the lead developer of HPV Vaccines took to warning parents and young girls not to take the vaccines that are being flogged hard as “necessary.”
Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™. She is the latest in a long string of experts pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines. Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Conference on Vaccination. Her speech, which was originally intended to promote the benefits of the vaccines, took a 180-degree turn when she chose instead to clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines so she “could sleep at night”.
“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States. In fact, 70% of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years. Harper also mentioned the safety angle. All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.
So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil™, and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions. 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines. The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation.
About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life. Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98% of cases it clears itself. But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.’”
Although these two vaccines are marketed as protection against cervical cancer, studies have proven “there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless. In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer. From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite.”
As the world’s pharmaceutical giants continue to be driven less by moral accountability and more by profit and shareholder-driven bottom lines, we are going to see more and more products such as this vaccine which are marketed as “essential to one’s survival.” While some vaccines are indeed essential, such as vaccines for polio and measles, the HPV vaccine is a new beast entirely.
While Dr. Harper has subsequently said that the brouhaha was a fabrication and that she never said the vaccine was dangerous, and a number of news outlets subsequently retracted the story, when you look back over years of stories where she’s quoted, it’s hard to believe she didn’t think there was some danger.
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Addendum: This blog seems to be causing quite a stir. It was not intended as an anti-vaccine blog… I do not subscribe to the “all vaccines are bad” theory. However, I have done a lot of reading on this particular vaccine and chose to share what I found. So, some additional gas for your blaze peeps:
1. Director General of the French Agency for Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS) found the sponsor of several Gardasil ads to be in direct violation of the French public health code. FRANCE ended up banning the advertising.
2. Despite all claims stating Gardasil contained ‘no viral DNA’ Dr. Sin Hang Lee, of Milford Hospital and Milford Molecular Laboratory discovered there were indeed fragments of HPV-11, HPV-16 and HPV-18 L1 DNA firmly attached to Merck’s proprietary aluminum adjuvant in 100% of the samples he tested
3. Professor Martina Doren, with the Clinical Research Center of Women’s Health at Charite-Universita tsmedizin in Berlin wrote: “For approximately two years now, cervical cancer has been “converted” from an oncological disease to an infectious disease, which is said to be preventable by and large by two vaccines licensed in many countries. However, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines differ from existing others, as the former target a condition which only in a minute fraction of infections will lead to serious consequences, but after a long(er) latency period. Furthermore, it should be kept in mind that in clinical trials, the quadrivalent vaccine was tested in fewer than 1200 girls 16 years and younger.”
As to this being beyond my expertise, I am a mother with a daughter who was offered this vaccine, and did my due diligence before I hopped on the bandwagon. I am sharing what I learned. So much publicity goes into the selling of this vaccine. (Just like all those brochures for Group RESPs that show up in doctors’ offices!) Sadly, very little that we should be aware of is being brought to light on the downsides. This was my kick at the cat.