Gardasil: Big Pharma Killing Us Softly

Gardasil has been a big money maker for Merck Pharmaceuticals

With complete disregard for the welfare and safety of the people who take their products, the pharmaceutical industry has made a habit of putting profits above all else.  Despite a track record of bringing us drugs that kill and maim, such as Vioxx, AZT, Fen Phen, and Thalidomide, there is never an apology, never a commitment to improve, never even an acknowledgement that they have done anything wrong.  Now, as if we have learned nothing from history, the drama is unfolding yet again, this time with Gardasil.

Gardasil, the human papillomavirus vaccine produced by Merck, was brought to market in 2006 with great fanfare, widely proclaimed as the first ever anti-cancer vaccine.  Merck created a market for Gardasil out of thin air with deceptive and dishonest advertising,[1] and thereby planted fear in the mind of consumers:  fear of an enormous, yet unknown health crisis, an invisible time bomb waiting to explode and harm women everywhere.  When criticized for their aggressive marketing, Merck countered that they were performing a public service by raising awareness about the human papillomavirus and weren’t selling anything.[2]   Really?

This lie became public as Merck was caught lobbying the 50 states for mandatory Gardasil vaccination before it had even secured FDA approval![3] The fact is that there was never a need for Gardasil in the first place:  regular Pap testing had already lowered the incidence of cervical cancer by 80% in the US to a few thousand cases a year and the vast majority of all HPV infections resolve of their own accord.[4]

But by lining the coffers of such groups as Women in Government (WIG), and, of course,  the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Merck was able to influence legislation such that almost immediately after the vaccine was approved, it was part of the vaccine schedule recommended for all girls.[5] If it hadn’t been for Governor Rick Perry’s blunder of trying to mandate Gardasil for school attendance in Texas in the face of huge conflict of interest and a $50 million contribution to his presidential campaign, Gardasil might have gone even further.[6]

There is something deeply wrong with a giant pharmaceutical company spending hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate women and influence legislation in order to generate a revenue stream of billions of dollars a year for themselves at the expense of a gullible public.  Because what is wrong with Gardasil isn’t just that it is unnecessary.  Gardasil is possibly the most dangerous vaccine on the market with the potential to injure, maim, or even kill the children who receive it.

The program of coercion to vaccinate every 11 to 26 year-old girl with Gardasil is relentless.  This vaccine is given not just in doctor’s offices, where doctors have been known to “fire” non-compliant patients, but in schools and colleges, where the pressure on girls and their parents to conform can be extreme.  These institutions all have quotas — sometimes including financial rewards — and they are anxious to prove high rates of compliance.[7]

But there is no informed consent prior to vaccination, so most of these girls and their parents have no idea what they are risking by agreeing to vaccination with Gardasil.  While Merck, the FDA, the CDC and the medical establishment all deny that there have been serious, life-altering adverse events associated with Gardasil, the fact is that compared with the mandated vaccines which are given with greater frequency, Gardasil still has the most adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) of any vaccine.  And since reporting of adverse events is not mandatory in the US (although outbreaks of so-called vaccine-preventable illness are), it is likely that only 10% even get reported![8]

But what of the victims of Merck’s war on cervical cancer?  Alexis Wolf was a normal seventh grader in 2007.  She had Type I diabetes, but had successfully learned how to give herself insulin shots and eventually graduated to an insulin pump, which she also mastered easily.  Alexis made the honor roll for the first time that year, and was rewarded with a trip to Germany over the summer to visit her grandparents.  Her endocrinologist believed that the diabetes was under control and felt that Alexis would be perfectly capable of making the trip on her own and managing her diabetes herself.   To make sure everything was in order prior to travel, Alexis’ doctor recommended that she receive her first Gardasil vaccine.

The trip went well, but Alexis seemed different to her mother when she returned, perhaps a bit distant.  Alexis received her second Gardasil vaccine after coming home, and shortly thereafter her personality changed entirely.   For a relatively shy girl, Alexis immediately became very gregarious, hugging everyone all the time.  But she also became agitated, troubled, and started having difficulty keeping food down.   It reached the point where she threw up a number of times a day, which is especially dangerous for a diabetic.  There began a series of appointments with many, many doctors:  the GP, the endocrinologist, the cardiologist, the gastroenterologist, and numerous different diagnostic tests.  But nothing they did or recommended seemed to help.  Alexis was struggling to get through her days, usually carrying a bucket with her at all times just in case.  She had terrible insomnia, was eating excessively, and was falling further and further behind in school.

In January 2008, Alexis received her third Gardasil shot – within 2 weeks she was in the hospital.  Her behavior had worsened to the point where she was considered bipolar and she was put on a series of antipsychotic medications.  Her mother didn’t believe that this was a psychological problem.  She knew that something else had to be wrong, knew that there had to be some medical explanation for what was going on.

After weeks and months in and out of different hospitals with no improvement and her condition growing more desperate, Alexis at long last was seen by a doctor who recognized that she was having seizures – something all the previous doctors had overlooked.  This led to more tests – EEGs, MRI imaging, and spinal taps — and finally a conclusion that seemed to make sense:  encephalitis, traumatic brain injury, and seizure disorder.  But why?  Alexis’ mother had an additional conclusion which was so crystal clear in hindsight – her daughter was normal before she received the Gardasil vaccine and had worsened with each one.  The Gardasil vaccine had left Alexis with brain damage.

We spoke with Tracy Wolf, Alexis’ mother, about their ordeal.  While maintaining a cheerful optimism, Tracy admitted that she could never have foreseen how their lives would change completely.  After Alexis’ seizure disorder was identified and she was put on anti-seizure medication, her physical symptoms improved to a certain extent, but she was completely altered.  Alexis has deteriorated from being a normal child to one who is only functioning at a fourth grade level.  Forced to enter Special Education instead of rejoining her previous class, Alexis became enormously frustrated and school became an ordeal for everyone.

Since Alexis turned 18, Tracy finally gave up and pulled her out of school, realizing that it really could not offer Alexis anything but misery.  The stress on their family has been enormous.  The pressure caused the Wolf’s marriage to dissolve, and Tracy is now raising both their daughters by herself, with their father living in a different state.  Alexis needs almost constant supervision, and Tracy can only leave her alone for short periods of time.  They have applied for special services that could possibly be helpful, but the waiting list is long.  Alexis doesn’t understand why things are so different, why her little sister is learning to drive but she can’t.[9]

Unlike with other types of injuries, a vaccine victim cannot simply sue the company responsible for the problem.  Since 1986, all cases of vaccine injury must be brought to the Office of Special Master at the US Court of Federal Claims, commonly called the vaccine court.  This court was established to create a non-adversarial situation in which children injured by vaccines could receive compensation.  But the Department of Health and Human Services has completely distorted the intent of this legislation, and turned it into a highly adversarial proceeding.  Injuries listed on a table are supposed to be automatically compensated, but they have removed a lot of injuries from the table over the years, and have listed new vaccines, such as Gardasil, with no specific injuries attributable to the vaccine. So the burden is on the victim to prove causation because there is no presumption of any injury.

In conversation with William Ronan, a lawyer retained by Alexis’ family, he shared that his law firm currently is handling 12 – 15 Gardasil cases that are being evaluated and another 6 cases already filed in the vaccine court.  Interestingly, out of all the types of Gardasil-related injuries, the cases Ronan represents all fall into two main categories:  autoimmune and neurological.  When the injuries are neurological, doctors frequently can’t put their finger on what is wrong, and end up sending the girls to a psychiatrist.

Ronan maintains that it is impossible for all of these girls suddenly to have developed mental problems or simply to be imagining that they have been harmed since receiving the Gardasil vaccine.  While not anti-vaccine himself, he has seen too many girls have serious adverse reactions to Gardasil.   He runs a two-person law firm in Kansas City, and without advertising, has received at least 20 to 30 calls regarding Gardasil injuries.  Ronan believes his experience is just the tip of the iceberg — anyone actually advertising legal services for Gardasil victims would be inundated with a huge number of cases.

The work is slow-going.  Evidence of harm caused by vaccines is crucial, but there aren’t a lot of published medical studies about safety to back up this claim.  Those that exist are funded by the manufacturer and tend to be overly favorable.   Possibly the strongest argument against Merck, according to Ronan, is their failure to warn girls of the risk involved when getting the Gardasil vaccine. Merck clearly knew that this drug could cause neurological dysfunction, yet did not adequately address this in the product insert.  Also, it is well known that girls who already have an HPV infection are more likely to be harmed by the vaccine, but the manufacture does not make this clear and does not recommend testing.  Ronan summed up his view of vaccinating young girls with Gardasil:

“The real issue is:  what is the benefit of this vaccine?  Do the benefits outweigh the risks?  There is a risk of a seizure disorder or an autoimmune disorder versus the benefit that it might reduce cervical cancer.  But Gardasil doesn’t eliminate the need for regular Pap testing, which is already safe, and there isn’t good evidence that it prevents cervical cancer.  In evaluating risk and benefit, when all the facts are known it becomes a pretty easy decision – the vaccine is more dangerous than any benefit.  Unfortunately, medical professionals tend to read and listen to information provided by the manufacturers, which doesn’t adequately present the risks involved, so they actually aren’t sufficiently informed to advise their patients.”

Ronan’s own daughter had to fight off an aggressive attempt by her doctor to get the Gardasil vaccine, so he understands the pressure that girls are under to just go along instead of asking questions.[10]

We interviewed Dr. Meryl Nass, board certified internal medicine practitioner and vaccine specialist, who agrees that Gardasil was rushed to market without adequate safety testing.  Three years after approval for girls, the company likewise received approval to vaccinate boys age 9 and above with no new studies and very little data to justify this action.  Regarding Gardasil’s adverse effects, Dr. Nass said,

“Children don’t usually die suddenly when they are healthy but there are certainly lots of teenage girls who have died relatively suddenly after Gardasil or developed severe neurologic reactions.  Therefore, if you are going to try to balance safety and efficacy when you prescribe something like a vaccine, you have to know how effective it’s going to be.  Does this really prevent cervical cancer in young women?  And does it prevent it in women who have already been exposed to these viruses?  … So I don’t know how other doctors prescribe something like Gardasil … Basically, they make an assumption that since the FDA has licensed it … the manufacturer would only market something that’s safe, doctors go ahead and prescribe.  And what they may not be aware of is that it is extremely hard to link a side effect to a vaccine, for many reasons.  Getting a judgment against a manufacturer is very difficult and it has become more difficult due to some recent litigation that reduced manufacturer liability for vaccines in general.”[11]

Gardasil’s doctrine is already so entrenched after only six years that it is a formidable task to challenge the official story that this vaccine is safe and effective, because the truth is too unsettling.  The remarkable claims of Gardasil’s benefits to women in the war on cancer are full of holes and not supported by the science, even that science funded by Merck itself.  It is important to deconstruct the falsehoods and half-truths that masquerade as facts about Gardasil.

  • THERE IS NO HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS HEALTH CRISIS.

Cervical cancer in the United States has been at record lows for the past two decades.  Currently only an estimated 3,600 women die of cervical cancer each year.  The spectacular success in lowering the death rate from cervical cancer can be attributed to annual Pap screening – between 1955 and 1992 deaths from cervical cancer declined 74% and continue to decline annually by 4%. [12]  Part of the success of Pap screening lies in the fact that cervical cancer, unlike most other cancers, is very slow growing.  With screening, there is ample opportunity to catch and successfully treat cervical cancer before it gets out of hand.  It would be unlikely, then, for any further treatment to improve upon this already very low rate of cervical cancer death.

  • HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS INFECTION DOES NOT USUALLY LEAD TO CANCER

It is estimated that virtually all women in the US experience a series of human papillomavirus infections throughout their lifetimes.  What the makers of Gardasil try to hide is the well-documented fact that 90% of all HPV infections go away of their own accord within two years without causing any disease and with no treatment or intervention of any kind.[13]

  • GARDASIL DOES NOT PREVENT CANCER

The end point of all the efficacy studies for Gardasil was not, in fact, prevention of cancer.  Researchers couldn’t actually assess the development of cervical cancer following the vaccine because this process normally takes 20 to 40 years and their studies stopped after just five.  So instead, Merck’s scientists decided that the presence of atypical cervical cells was a valid “surrogate end point,” or substitute for cancer.  They used this hypothesis despite the fact that there is no evidence that the types of cervical lesions they chose as their end point would eventually lead to cancer.[14] Merck has never acknowledged that their entire premise for the efficacy of Gardasil rests on pure speculation.  In fact, many if not most atypical cervical cells resolve on their own without intervention.[15]

  • GARDASIL IS NOT 98% EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING HIGH-GRADE CERVICAL LESIONS.

Results of Merck’s efficacy study published in a 2007 article in the New England Journal of Medicine claim that Gardasil is 98% effective at preventing high-grade cervical lesions.  But the article itself reveals that Merck manipulated the data by excluding women and girls who did not follow the exact protocol.  When all women in the study were considered, vaccine efficacy dropped to 44%.  But even these numbers only actually reflect cervical lesions associated with HPV 16 and 18.  When Merck looked at Gardasil’s ability to prevent all cervical lesions, Gardasil was only17% effective![16]  And again, their definition of “effective” rests solely on the unfounded assumption that certain types of cervical lesions turn into cancer.

More damning is Merck’s own acknowledgement that in their controlled studies, a percentage of girls actually developed serious cervical lesions following Gardasil.  The vaccine seemed to cause the most lesions in girls with pre-existing HPV 16 or 18 infections, but also in girls who had no pre-existing HPV infections.[17] At the very least, screening girls for HPV 16 or 18 infections would give HPV-positive girls the chance to avoid developing cervical lesions by declining the vaccine. Yet not only does Merck not recommend testing for HPV prior to vaccination with Gardasil, they have actually discouraged this practice, presumably so as not to draw attention to the danger.[18]   Anything to maintain the fantasy that this is a safe and effective vaccine.

  • GARDASIL DOES NOT PREVENT HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS

Gardasil is designed to prevent only 4 HPV strains:  16 and 18, which can cause cervical cancer, and 6 and 11, which can cause genital warts.  However, there are 150 other types of HPVs, at least 15 of which can cause cancer, and Gardasil provides no protection against these other strains.[19][20]  Does Merck’s so-called consumer education ever mention any of this?  Of course not.  Why would you have your daughter vaccinated if you knew the protection was so limited?

  • VACCINATING PREPUBESCENT GIRLS WITH GARDASIL WILL NOT PROTECT THEM AGAINST HPV OR CERVICAL CANCER.

Despite the sanctimonious advertising which suggests that both mothers and daughters can empower themselves through Gardasil, Merck’s own studies show that the vaccine is only effective for 5 years.[21]  So if your 11 year-old daughter gets the Gardasil vaccine, it will have stopped working by the time she is 16.  But since Merck doesn’t give out this information voluntarily, these girls and their mothers will be in the dark.

  • GARDASIL VACCINATION DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE NEED FOR ANNUAL PAP SCREENING

In portraying Gardasil as a treatment that will prevent 98% of cervical cancer, the strong implication is that vaccinated girls will no longer be at risk of cervical cancer at all.  As we have already seen in Finland, this can lead to the false assumption that there is no longer a need for annual Pap testing.  When women in Finland stopped getting Pap screens, cervical cancer increased to 4 times the incidence in only 5 years![22]  This complacency about risk, started and fostered by Gardasil advertising, is also likely to lead to an actual increase in cervical cancer in the US as more females receive the vaccine and stop taking actions that have been proven to be protective.

  • THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT GARDASIL IS EFFECTIVE IN BOYS AT PREVENTING GENITAL WARTS AND ANAL CANCER.

Merck’s study of HPV vaccine efficacy in males published in the New England Journal of Medicine states that Gardasil is 89% effective against genital warts and 75% effective against anal cancer.  Given the fact that there are approximately 300 annual deaths from of anal/rectal cancer among men in the United States, one wonders how Merck was able to prove such a huge reduction in such a rare problem. As with the female group, external lesions substituted for actual cancer with no proof that lesions of that type actually lead to cancer at all.  Yet, Merck’s statistics regarding their cancer substitute penile/perianal/perineal intraepithelial neoplasia (PIN) listed in their appendix to the article show that in men who did not have HPV prior to vaccination, both the vaccinated group and the placebo group had the same number of these types of lesions, making the observed efficacy of Gardasil minus 98%!    And for HPV strain 18-related genital lesions, there were actually more lesions in the vaccinated group than the placebo group. So as in the previous study, Merck’s impressive numbers for the efficacy of Gardasil in men can only be attained by excluding one-quarter of the study participants.  When everyone is included and all outcomes are assessed, the efficacy drops to zero![23]

  • GARDASIL IS NOT SAFE

Most significantly, Gardasil has been associated with an unacceptable number of serious, life-altering adverse events following vaccination.  According to World Health Organization data, the rate of serious adverse reactions reported to the VAERS system is 2.5 times higher than the current age-standardized death rate from cervical cancer. VAERS data show that Gardasil has been associated with 24,184 adverse effects since its debut in June of 2006, including seizures, anaphylaxis, paralysis, transverse myelitis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (uncontrollable movement of the eyes back and forth and jerking movements of the extremities), brachial neuritis, loss of vision, postural tachycardia syndrome, facial palsy, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, chronic fatigue syndrome, blindness, pancreatitis, speech problems, short term memory loss, miscarriage, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disorders, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, abnormal Pap smears and even cervical cancer.[24][25][26] Yes, you read that correctly – VAERS reports 41 cases of cervical cancer following vaccination with Gardasil!

Also, while Merck has not made pregnancy a contraindication for Gardasil vaccination, recent data released by VAERS reveal that Gardasil is by far the most dangerous vaccine to receive while pregnant, having caused more than 1300 adverse reactions in its five year existence compared to the next most dangerous vaccine frequently given to pregnant women, the flu vaccine, which has caused 200 adverse events over the past 20 years.  Gardasil vaccination while pregnant has also been associated both with frequent miscarriage and a high rate of birth defects.[27] But most tragically, as of November 2011, 4 more deaths have been added to the Gardasil toll, bringing the tally to 108 deaths due to the Gardasil vaccine! [28]

A vaccine against human papillomavirus was completely superfluous to women’s health from its inception.  As if the unreasonable risk associated with this vaccine weren’t enough, Gardasil is also the most expensive recommended vaccine on the market at $120 – $150 per injection and three required doses.  If this vaccine becomes mandated for school attendance, how are poor people and the uninsured to come up with the money?  And as funding for government programs dries up, does it make any sense to take limited state health care dollars to vaccinate Medicaid-eligible girls with Gardasil instead of using the money for something that actually might be of benefit?

Since the ACIP arm of the FDA already approved Gardasil in 2007 for inclusion in the Vaccination for Children (VFC) program, which provides free immunizations to about 40-45% of children in the US due to their low income status, Merck’s syphoning off  of money from other health concerns is poised to become a reality.   Vaccination of every 11 and 12 year old girl in the US with three doses of Gardasil in order to attend school would cost $1.5 billion.  To vaccinate these girls for a lifetime, once word gets out that the vaccine is only effective for five years, would cost $7.7 billion.[29]  Will there be any money left over for anything else, like Pap screening for poor women?  Does this really seem like a good use of limited resources?  Only to Merck and its well-compensated allies.

India banned the HPV vaccine a year ago due to vaccine-related deaths.[30] France no longer permits advertising for Gardasil or Cervarix.[31]  So why hasn’t the FDA, the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, or Merck itself responded to the VAERS reports that Gardasil is not a safe vaccine?  The argument, which is the same defense used by all the drug companies and government agencies against any adverse reaction to any vaccine, is that since the VAERS system uses voluntary, passive reporting, it does not prove that a sudden health problem – or even death — occurring after vaccination was in fact caused by the vaccine.

The only causal relationships acceptable to the powers that be are those that result from scientific studies.  But these are often unacceptable to the rest of us since the majority are funded by the pharmaceutical companies themselves.  So the fix is in.   What can any injured child or concerned parent do in the face of this hard line – should they be required to set up their own scientific study?  Obviously, neither Merck nor our own government are willing to spend money to prove that Gardasil is in fact dangerous – it is much simpler and infinitely more lucrative to just ignore the allegations and try to portray the victims as conspiratorial whiners.

Instead we get studies published in peer-reviewed journals such as, “HPV Immunization in Adolescent and Young Adults: a Cohort Study to Illustrate What Events Might be Mistaken for Adverse Reactions,”[32] from a lead author who received funding from Sanofi Pasteur (which partners with Merck for vaccines outside of the US) and GlaxoSmithKline (makers of the HPV vaccine Cervarix), while the other two authors received support from both Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.  Sounds like objective science, right?  Remember, Merck is the same company that intentionally kept the cardiac risks associated with Vioxx secret while aggressively advertising the product directly to consumers. The same company that so effectively fabricated a supposedly peer-reviewed journal to support Vioxx that even doctors couldn’t tell it wasn’t real – The Australasian Journal of Bone and Joint Medicine.[33] Merck let 60,000 Americans die from Vioxx-related heart attacks before finally pulling the drug from the market when they could no longer deny the truth, and cold-bloodedly set aside $1.6 billion with the intention of fighting every claim for damages.

The CDC and the FDA maintain that Gardasil is an important cervical cancer prevention tool that could protect the health of millions of women.  But the facts show that the opposite is true:  in fact, Gardasil vaccination is not justified by the health care benefits – which are highly questionable and largely fraudulent – nor is it even economically feasible.  Yet the lure of the money appears irresistible and seems to be clouding the thinking of everyone in a position to say no to the creeping, relentless advance of Gardasil.  It is up to us, the victims, the parents, and the concerned friends and neighbors.  We have to get the message out to as many people as we can and flood our legislators with notice that this vaccine is dangerous, should not be given to anyone, and at the very least cannot be mandated for school attendance.

Tracy Wolf carries enormous guilt, blaming herself for ever agreeing to let Alexis get the Gardasil vaccine.  She believed she was doing the right thing, doing what Alexis’ doctors had recommended.  Too late, she realized that the doctors really didn’t know any more about this vaccine than she did.  Tracy is now an advocate for informed consent.  She tries to share her story with anyone who will listen to prevent this type of injury from happening to anyone else’s daughter.  To all parents being asked to vaccinate their daughters – or even sons – with Gardasil, Tracy has this to say:  “Please do your homework.  Please educate yourself about the risks of this vaccine.  The risk of cervical cancer is so low and the success of regular Pap testing has been so great that there really is no need for this vaccine at all.  There is no going back once your child has brain damage.”

 

 

 

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  • Leslie Carol Botha

    Vaccinating girls at the most fragile time of their lives – menarche (time of first menstruation) – is dangerous PERIOD.  Vaccinating women during the premenstrual phase is dangerous PERIOD.
    Menstrual cycle evaluation must be taken into consideration in any and all medical practices on women.

    That being said – vaccinating anyone at all  is old science.
    Thank you for the well-researched article. 

  • http://twitter.com/VaccineRisks Vaccine Risks

    An excellent article which should be widely spread.
    Polysorbate renders the blood-brain barrier more porous and facilitates passage of neurotoxic aluminium, sodium borate and other toxic substances through the blood-brain barrier into the brain tissue.http://www.vaccinationcouncil.org/2009/06/10/aluminum-and-vaccine-ingredients-what-do-we-know-what-don’t-we-know/
    Many girls who suffer from injuries after Gardasil exhibit symptoms of brain damage.
    There have been few if any autopsies which include thorough investigation of brain tissue of girls who have died after Gardasil.
    In this article (from September 2011), the table illustrates several symptoms which are related to brain damage.http://sanevax.org/bioethicists-not-so-ethical-when-it-comes-to-gardasil-injuries
    VAERS AnalysisHPV, HPV2, HPV4 –
    U.S. & ForeignHPV4
    U.S. OnlyAcute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM)217Encephalitis5327Demyelination6028Psychotic Disorder145Abnormal Behaviour4941Cognitive Disorder2219Mental Status Changes4138Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging Brain Abnormal13295Speech Disorder9067Myelitis Transverse3021Facial Palsy138105The article “Gardasil: Big Pharma Killing us Softly” advises “Please do your homework.  Please educate yourself about the risks of this vaccine”. This advice is imperative. Incredibly, the manufacturer Merck and other promoters appear to have very little knowledge about Gardasil. Here is a list of 27 relevant and unanswered questions – the list is not even complete.
     http://vactruth.com/2011/11/04/27-dirty-little-vaccine-secrets/  
     
     

     
     

  • Catherine J Frompovich

    Drs. Null and Ashley,
    Thank you so very much for this comprehensive overview of the sad HPV issue, and Gardasil in particular. Your article is a seminal piece that should be mandatory reading for every MD, health agency personnel, and, in particular, the folks at HHS, CDC, and the FDA.

    The neurological problems occurring from Gardasil need to be addressed, especially since some of the HPV vaccines can contain as much as 225 mcg of Aluminum, a known neurotoxin.  Multiply that amount of Aluminum by 3 doses of HPV vaccine, and what do you get?  Neurotoxicity manifesting as seizures and other neurological/CNS problems.

    Recently the New York State Health Dept. diagnosed twelve young girls with “Mass Hysteria” after their plights were revealed on national morning TV and others like me, who wrote an article about them.  See my article at http://www.personalliberty.com/alternative-medicine/ny-state-health-department-whats-going-on/.  Two days later there was the “Mass Hysteria” diagnosis.

    What really needs to be done, I think and recommend, is that a survey be taken of the twelve young women and their parents with the candid question asked: Did your daughter receive an HPV or Gardasil/Cervarix vaccine and how many shots?  I can bet you dollars to donuts most, if not all, probably did receive such a vaccine and their “Mass Hysteria” reactions are adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine.  This insanity in the name of medical science has to stop, I truly believe.

    Again, thank you for such a powerful overview of the problem(s).

  • http://twitter.com/VaccineRisks Vaccine Risks

    CAN GARDASIL ACTUALLY CAUSE CANCER?
    This is undoubtedly a special question considering that Gardasil is promoted as a vaccine which is intended to ultimately prevent cancer.

    However, the question is both relevant and justifiable because a credible and satisfactory answer has not been presented.

    SANE Vax Inc. contracted with an independent lab to test for contamination and found aluminium adjuvant bound HPV recombinant DNA (rDNA) in 13 vaccine vials.  The Gardasil vials with different lot numbers were from New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Poland, France and three states in the U.S.  100% of the samples tested positive for the presence of the genetically modified HPV DNA.

    Dr. Sin Hang Lee, a pathologist at the Milford Hospital pathology laboratory well-known for using cutting-edge DNA sequencing for molecular diagnoses, was initially contracted to examine a single sample of Gardasil for possible contamination. This sample tested positive for recombinant HPV-11 and HPV-18 residues, both of which were firmly attached to the aluminum adjuvant.

    ALUMINIUM BOUND RECOMBINANT DNA MAY CAUSE CANCER
    Dr Lee stated: “Based on medical literature and some of the FDA/Merck’s own publications, adventitious DNA in an injectable protein-based vaccine may increase the risk of autoimmune disorders and gene mutation which may lead to malignancies”.

    GARDASIL HAS NOT BEEN TESTED FOR CARCINOGENICITY
    Information in the package insert states that the vaccine has not been tested for carcinogenicity. (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence).

    REPLACEMENT MAY CAUSE DEVELOPMENT OF CANCER
    In addition, there is the extremely relevant issue of replacement, where strains which have been removed are always replaced by new ones.

    It is not known to anyone, including the manufacturer, whether the new virus strains are more carcinogenic than the original ones which have been removed.

    In other words it cannot possibly be guaranteed that Gardasil does not increase the risk of cancer before at least the following three issues have been seriously addressed:

    – Presence of recombinant DNA (rDNA)
    – Lack of carcinogenicity testing of the vaccine
    – Replacement

    It may be most inappropriate and have deeply tragic consequences if Gardasil, which is sometimes incorrectly termed a “cancer vaccine” is shown to actually increase the risk of cancer.

  • http://twitter.com/VaccineRisks Vaccine Risks

    Rick Perry has connections with Gradalis Inc. Move the letters around and it becomes Gardasil.
    Considering the thousands of girls who suffer ill health after Gardasil but are not believed, we take the liberty of joining in the letter game to reveal the truth about Gardasil:
    A girl who gets G-A-R-D-A-S-I- L gets all mixed up and becomes …..
     A- SAD- GIRL !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lowell-Hubbs/1285214003 Lowell Hubbs

    And what about the issue of the use of no true placebo in the Gardasil clinical trials. Why would they and why would they be allowed to use an aluminum containing placebo? There has been some reference as well to that a 2nd placebo was used contained the carrier solution. When you look through any information on vaccine clinical trials, should it make a person wonder why the adverse effects results are so similar for both vaccine and the placebo group? Why even have a typical clinical trial, if all your actually measuring is what level of antibody titers were attained and for how long? 

    There are so many serious issues with this vaccine, and yet the believed highly educated in immunology Gardasil promoters are yet still standing there with the same old message and statement, “it is safe, effective, and very necessary” This situation is clear evidence that nothing would be enough. And the only hope and the only thing they understand is lawsuits they will never have to worry about. What they will need to worry about is if this ever gets class action status in the federal court, and the media takes notice. Unless they find or have a way to black that information out too.

    What is really beyond bogus is that they have even claimed HPV causes anal cancer and applied to the FDA for Gardasil’s classification in regard to that prevention.

    GARDASIL
     
    (Human Papillomavirus [Types 6, 11, 16, 18] 
    Recombinant Vaccine)

    Supplemental Biologics Licensing 
    Application for Use in 
    Anal Cancer Prevention

    Presented to VRBPAC on 
    17-November-2010

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/BloodVaccinesandOtherBiologics/VaccinesandRelatedBiologicalProductsAdvisoryCommittee/UCM231522.pdf

    VRBPAC Background Document
    Gardasil™ HPV Quadrivalent Vaccine 
    May 18, 2006 VRBPAC Meeting 
    http://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/06/briefing/2006-4222B3.pdf

    Gardasil FDA Preaproval Document
    Presented to VRBPAC on  
    18-May-2006 
    http://www.judicialwatch.org/documents/2009/2006-4222B1.pdf

    Gardasil, (the ingredients)
    http://www.novaccine.com/specific-vaccines/vaccine.asp?v_id=19 

    And if THIS is true right here; what you see in the pictures and the explanation, as Dr. Andrew Moulden put forth; is it serious YET?

    Ischemic strokes, Gardasil

    09 Andrew Moulden En 07 de 11
    http://youtu.be/8hUOVChsJ9w

    They can not say there is not any proof of the harm in the scientific references , because there is.

    HPV Vaccine – Autoimmunity Science
    http://www.vacfacts.info/HPV-Autoimmunity_Science.html

    http://www.vacfacts.info/More__Gardasil_Truth.html 

    The Great HPV Vaccine Hoax Exposed
    http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_HPV_Vaccine_0.html

    Gardasil HPV Vaccine Hoax Exposed
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK97CHQZhq0

    CDC Takes Closer Look at Gardasil and Paralysis, (another
    expose of complete denial and whitewash, nothing would be enough).

    http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/on-women/2009/03/20/cdc-takes-closer-look-at-gardasil-and-paralysisLouis Pasteur vs. Antoine Bechamp: Know the True Causes of Diseasehttp://www.naturalnews.com/030384_Louis_Pasteur_disease.html

    A said rare form of HPV, (the tree man), and thus do we really want to cause a mutation of this virus? Or to cause other strains to become more virulent? 
    http://www.geekologie.com/2008/04/tree_man_of_java_looks_like_a.php

  • Patrons99

    Is Gardasil an “imposter pharmaceutical”?

    http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/dancing-apocalypso-with-microbial.html
    http://www.activistpost.com/2012/01/soros-mouthpiece-calls-on-google-to.html
    http://vactruth.com/2011/12/27/method-to-vaccine-madness/
    http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1620576/pg1

    “Stanford scholar wants search engines to flag global warming, vaccine
    skepticism as thought crimes.”

    “Gerstein made an alarming prediction during his presentation, stating that “we
    expect a pandemic by the end of 2013.” One must wonder how Gerstein could
    possibly pinpoint a timeline for a pandemic, which is generally seen to be the
    result of unpredictable microscopic events. Unless, perhaps, he has a hand in
    creating one.”

    “The triage plans delineate that some people, such as the elderly and those
    with cognitive disabilities, would of necessity be denied medical care in the
    event of scarce resources. The Associated Press subsequently picked up on the
    Chest reports, in a widely published article entitled “Triage plan details
    whom to let die during a pandemic.”

  • Mangus Mason

    This is a very good article and backed up with your resources. Thank you. 

  • Laraine Abbey

    The irony of this HPV vaccine, is that a nutrient–– folic acid–– destroys the human papilloma virus. I read about the folic acid/HPV connection and so when three women in my orthomolecular nutrition practice were positive for HPV with stage 4 dysplasia, I knew just what to do.  These ladies were being cut with cone biopsies and facing fearful futures.

    I recommended mega-dose treatment with folic acid 20 milligrams (NOT micrograms) twice daily in concert with a broad-based mega potency vitamin-mineral supplement for three months.  To my, and their delight, at the end of the three months the PAP smears in all three woman were completely normal!  All were followed for many years and continued to have normal PAP tests. 

    This took place in the days before fortification of foods with folic acid to prevent spina bifida. Now that we fortify foods with folic acid, I would bet that in the future there will be far fewer cases of HPV and thus fewer cases of cervical cancer.  Sadly, vaccinologists will probably credit Gardasi and Cervarix with the reduction of cases, which I believe will have been another great result of a nutrition intervention.

  • Insightful

    I really liked your article, it does highlight the dangers and controversies associated with drug and vaccine launches very well.  We all know that money and power corrupt and that there are extreme pressures brought to bare on Medical Directors in the Pharma and Diagnostics arenas.  Also Medical Directors are significantly outnumbered by business people and “scientists”, who have a fascination for the details without considering the big picture.  By the time problems become evident in clinical trial, the investments are so huge that it is almost impossible to stop as a Medical Director employed by pharma.
    Medical Directors come under pressure from business “executives” who are ruthless and greedy.  The same “super hero” CEO types that destroyed the economy in general.   

  • laevern

     all   hpv vaccines   and gardasil

    the testing was not finished

    that is how a bad pharmacy drug is pulled off the market

    they look at the testing

    sueing for side effects???

    VIOXX was pulled of the market ,, the side effects agreed with the testing   MSDS sheet
    and the american heart association made VIOXX be pulled off the market
    with the testing

    so………MERCK can go on as they were currently dissagreeing with people and their side effects??????????????????/

    so this terrrible drug will never pulled off the market

    Merck goes on  no  Gardasil does not do that

  • laevern

     all   hpv vaccines   and gardasil

    the testing was not finished

    that is how a bad pharmacy drug is pulled off the market

    they look at the testing

    sueing for side effects???

    VIOXX was pulled of the market ,, the side effects agreed with the testing   MSDS sheet
    and the american heart association made VIOXX be pulled off the market
    with the testing

    so………MERCK can go on as they were currently dissagreeing with people and their side effects??????????????????/

    so this terrrible drug will never pulled off the market

    Merck goes on  no  Gardasil does not do that

  • Dr Ruiz-Paedae

    It is heart breaking to see how BIG PHARMA can get away with murder. It’s up to us to spread the word. Thank you for such a wonderful and well researched paper

  • http://treatanxiety.co/ Ken Dray

    Thank you for a well researched and argued article. Very worrying. This information should be widely disseminated. 
    http://treatanxiety.co
    I will bookmark this page and inform all my friends and contacts on facebook etc.
     

  • Josef Boberg

    The coin vaccinations have a terrible back – as I see it.

  • Jasmine Canice Palmer

    I am suffering from the Gardasil  vaccine and i would like information, legal and medical.
    i suffer from seizures, memory loss, poor vision, depresion, nerve problems and pains in my arms and legs.
    thank you.
    Jasmine

  • Nix Greyson

    If you’ve ever had reoccurring cases of genital warts caused by HPV given to you by a cheating spouse, you’d appreciate this vaccincation and want your daughter to have it.  I’m just sayin…

  • Laraine Abbey

     There is research showing that mega-dose folic acid destroys the HPV virus.  Three woman in my practice reverted to normal PAP tests after stage 3 dysplasia by using mega-dose multivitamins along with 20 milligrams. of folic acid twice a day for three months.  No side effects.  Discuss with your doctor and get a serum B-12 tested before you start to be sure that is normal as folic acid works with it. Then Google search for 5-Methytetrahydrolfolate or get prescription for it made up by a compounding pharmacy. 

  • Laraine Abbey

    Great article! Congrats on really nailing the “powers-that-be”.

  • Joanne

    Your references are from blogs, magazines, and ither non-credible websites. Please try using medical journals which are peer reviewed and based on evidence before trying to scare people out of a vaccine that is doung good.

  • Max

    As well as the references being non-reliable, the author also fails to tell you that the types that Gardasil provides protection against are the most common types, which cause most HPV-related health issues. The rest of the 146 types of HPV are outrageously less prevalent.

    Further, the HPV vaccine doesn’t claim to vaccinate against cancer. It vaccinates against HPV, which leads to cancer. Therefore, the HPV vaccine protects you from cancer by protecting you from the thing that causes cancer.

    Get vaccinated. Upwards of 70% of all people who are sexually active will contract HPV over the course of their lives unless we increase the number of people protected against it in the first place. Maybe it’s not a crisis, but it’s a disease we can prevent. 

    Chicken pox also wasn’t a crisis. I had chicken pox, and now I’m fine, but you bet I’d choose to have been vaccinated from it if the vaccine had been around when I was little. The same goes for HPV.

  • Norelle_59

    No it is not doing good!  You need to get your facts straight.  One of my daughters developed an autoimmune disease and the other one only had one injection – had a severe anaphylactic reaction so therefore had no more.  It doesn’t even prevent cancer!!

  • Isaiah Gabriel Henry

    Hello, please help me find a charity or church organization that supports poor Africans without the use of vaccinations or drugs. How can I get in contact with some of the very poor families in Africa?

    Also, the CAPTCHA image for email contact is not loading.

    Thanks,
    Isaiah Gabriel Henry

    Email: utalking2me@gmail.com
    Phone: 845-480-0500

  • http://www.facebook.com/banjo.brothers.5 Banjo Brothers

    if you refuse to vaccinate your child, and your child carries say, whooping cough, and gives it to my child, and my child dies, i will strangle your child in front of you. just saying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/banjo.brothers.5 Banjo Brothers

    what a ho

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    wanna buy some dr goodes dickhead?

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    sounds like wankers doom, loser

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    dr goodes will cure it. wanna buy some?

  • gmo2ashes

    We live in a war zone and it’s obvious to those who are deeply aware that Americans are under a chemical attack by an enemy within.

    Deadly vaccines, water fluoridation, GMOs and their pesticides and herbicides, plus chemtrails in our skies are all covert military weapons used to weaken, maim and kill the people while the country’s wealth is plundered.

  • Jimbo

    i dont understand USA and why they are always hurting their own ppl for money… they are their own terrorist. 9/11, food, medicine… everything…
    i guess that’s the sacrifice…