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GARDASIL RISKS RAISED FOR OLDER WOMEN AND EXPECTANT MOTHERS Print E-mail

Date: Friday, 14-Jan-2011 12:06:31

In the face of increasing reports of adverse events and death rates that are 400% higher than other vaccines, Merck continues to maintain that its controversial Gardasil vaccine is safe and continues to push for wider use. One group Merck would especially like to gain approval for is older women (currently, the vaccine is not approved for women over 27 years old). Despite Merck's claims to the contrary, studies have actually shown that Gardasil and its sister vaccine Cervarix (from GlaxoSmithKline) provide no protection for women already exposed to the HPV virus and in fact present highly elevated risks for already exposed women as well as for expectant mothers.

The more sexually active a woman is, the greater the chances she will become exposed to HPV viruses. Likewise, the older a woman is the more sexual encounters she will likely have had and thus the greater the risk of HPV exposure. Information provided for the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) in May 2006 revealed that when the vaccine is administered to a woman with a dormant or harmless form of HPV, the virus can become activated, increasing the likelihood of precancerous lesions developing by a staggering 44.6 percent.

Not one to let negative study results stand in the way of a highly profitable cash cow drug (see Vioxx), Merck decided that the groups in the study were "unbalanced" and played with the figures to eliminate women who were at higher risk to begin with. After the figure juggling the added risk was estimated to be only 11 percent.

Merck initially reported to the FDA that "it is not known whether Gardasil can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman" and continues to downplay risks for expectant mothers. However, studies have shown that pregnant women have a higher risk for adverse reactions, including miscarriages. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has reported 45 cases of spontaneous abortion, or miscarriage, following vaccination with Gardasil. At the time the vaccine was approved, five babies had been born with congenital birth defects after their mothers had been immunized with Gardasil, as opposed to a placebo group that had zero. Later reports put the number of birth defects in the vaccinated group closer to 40.

The risks to already exposed women and expectant mothers are magnified by the fact that there are no screenings recommended for existing HPV viruses or pregnancy – despite clear evidence of increased dangers and no protection. As the small print on the Cervarix product insert states: "Cervarix does not prevent HPV-related lesions in women infected with HPV 16 or HPV 18 at the time of vaccination and has not been shown to have a therapeutic effect."

As previously reported, Merck’s studies on Gardasil safety have been skewed from the outset due to using a “loaded” placebo. Instead of a normal saline solution, Merck removed only the HPV virus from their vaccine and thus used a placebo which contained such dangerous components as aluminum, polysorbate 80 and sodium borate.

See: http://www.tbyil.com/Gardasil_Deception.htm

Merck's promotion and defense of Gardasil are reminiscent of their previous blockbuster drug Vioxx. It took years and ultimately upwards of 60,000 deaths before Vioxx was finally pulled from the market. During the same time Merck was touting Vioxx's safety, it was also hiding and doctoring negative study results and paying doctors for signatures on papers ghost-written by Merck.

What you won’t see Merck reporting is the fact that nearly all cases of HPV are actually self-limiting. In other words, unless there is a weakened immune system, the body fixes HPV viruses all by itself.

See also:

"Merck Sponsored Study Returns Dubious Gardasil Autoimmune Safety Results"
http://www.tbyil.com/Merck_Gardasil_Study.htm

"What is Wrong with the Gardasil Girls? Amy's Story"
http://www.tbyil.com/Amys_Story.htm

"The journey of a Gardasil victim's mother from trusting vaccines to vaccine activist"
http://www.tbyil.com/Vaccine_Victim_Mom_Activist.htm

 

 
MANY "SCIENTIFIC STUDIES" ARE NONSENSE Print E-mail
(NaturalNews) Many "scientific" studies are literally nonsense. This is not a conspiracy theory. For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association [2005;294(2):218–28] published a paper showing that one-third of "highly cited original clinical research studies" were eventually contradicted by subsequent studies. The supposed effects of specific interventions either did not exist as the original studies concluded, or were exaggerated. It is not unusual for the "science" of today to degenerate into tomorrow's fiction.

Vaccine studies are often funded by vaccine manufacturers. The lead authors of important studies that will be used to validate the safety or efficacy of a vaccine are often beholden to the manufacturer in some way. They may own stock in the company or are paid by the manufacturer to travel around the country promoting their vaccines. Lead authors may receive consultation fees, grants or other benefits from the drug maker. Although many people consider this unethical or corrupt, in the world of immunizations this is an acceptable practice, condoned by the CDC and FDA.

Sometimes study conclusions contradict core data in the study. It is not uncommon to read the abstract or summary of a major paper touting a vaccine's apparent safety or benefits, only to find that upon examining the actual paper, including important details, the vaccine is shown to be dangerous and may have poor efficacy as well. For example, a landmark study published in Pediatrics [2003;112:1039-48] found that cumulative exposure to thimerosal-containing vaccines "resulted in a significant positive association with tics" and "increased risks of language delay."

In other words, babies that received two or more vaccines containing mercury showed signs of neurological damage. This crucial information can be found in the body of the study. However, the authors concluded that "No consistent significant associations were found between thimerosal-containing vaccines and neurodevelopmental outcomes." Sadly, the media is reluctant to publish anything that challenges the sacrosanct vaccine program. Newspaper articles about vaccines, and reviews of vaccine studies that are published, merely mimic the original spurious conclusions.

Often, important information is missing from a study. For example, the New England Journal of Medicine [2007;356:1915-27] published a paper on the HPV vaccine. It concluded that the vaccine "was highly effective" even though data in the study showed that vaccine efficacy was just 17% against high-grade cervical lesions. However, truly vital information that would help families to make informed vaccine decisions was never mentioned in the paper.

A secret FDA study [VRBPAC Meeting: May 18, 2006] had already found that the HPV vaccine may "enhance cervical disease" in girls who are sexually active prior to vaccination. In other words, the vaccine seems to work best in virgins and may actually increase a young woman's chance of developing cervical cancer if she was previously exposed through sexual intercourse to HPV strains included in the vaccine.

In some instances, study results may be preordained. For example, when the vaccine-autism link became a public concern, vaccine proponents hastened to produce authentic-appearing studies that contradicted genuine data. Years ago, tobacco companies used this very same ploy. They financed numerous bogus studies ostensibly "proving" that cigarettes didn't cause cancer. The real studies got lost in the muddle. Sadly, it's all too easy to obfuscate truth and deceive the public.
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ABORTION STILLBIRTH FROM GARDASIL FAR EXCEED ALL OTHER VACCINES Print E-mail

Pregnancy%20Awareness%20Ribbon January 24, 2011 - According to a National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC – http://nvic.org) MedAlerts blog entry written in November 2010, the incidents of abortion and still birth events from the HPV4 vaccine, Gardasil supersedes the same event from all other vaccinations.
The research and post was written by Steven M. Rubin, Ph.D., a computer scientist who maintains the online searchable VAERS database, MedAlerts. He has managed this database voluntarily and independent of his official work since 2003 and has worked with the NVIC since 2005. 1.

In his blog entry on MedAlerts, Dr. Rubin states that “It has been suggested that the H1N1 Flu vaccine causes miscarriages. This month, I want to see if the claim is supported by VAERS data.” 2.

Dr. Rubin explains how it is determined whether a VAERS event resulted in a miscarriage. “VAERS uses the MedDRA symptom classification, which organizes all known symptoms at five levels of detail. At the second level of detail is an entry “Abortions and stillbirth” which has under it “Abortion related conditions and complications”, “Abortions spontaneous”, “Stillbirth and foetal death” and “Abortions not specified as induced or spontaneous”. Each of these is further refined into specific symptoms. So it seems that this second-level term (or as it is known in MedDRA, the High-Level Group Term or HLGT) is a valid way to identify miscarriages.”
Abortion stillbirths
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He surmised the data would “surely favor vaccines that have been given for 21 years over those that have been recently introduced, because such vaccines will have been given much more, and so will have produced many more symptoms. In other words, this graph should de-emphasize the H1N1 Flu vaccine, which has existed for just one year. We should see relatively few H1N1-related miscarriage events compared with the “Seasonal” Flu vaccine which has been administered to many more patients.

However, the VAERS data proved him wrong. Dr. Rubin acknowledges the “results are shocking. First of all, the H1N1 Flu vaccine has appeared in miscarriage events more often than almost any other vaccine.

And then he states:
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DR SHERRI TENPENNY WARNS PARENTS ABOUT SAFETY OF VACCINES Print E-mail
NaturalNews) Are vaccines really safe and effective? More and more credentialed health professionals are beginning to question that assumption, and what they're finding out about the lack of real science behind the assumed safety and efficacy of vaccines is actually quite shocking.

Today, Dr Sherri Tenpenny speaks out in an interview with the Health Ranger, posted on NaturalNews.TV: http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=4CD1F...

In that interview, Dr Tenpenny says,

"It seems as though the pharmaceutical industry looks at children as nothing more than a repository of their products, whatever those products are... whether they are a vaccine, an artificial coloring from the food industry, something in a pill such as a medication, and we see these kids, they're not healthy, they're pale, they just don't look healthy. And then the pharmaceutical industry paints these happy pictures that we have to keep vaccinating these kids to keep them healthy. And the pediatricians say because these kids are sick, we need to vaccinate them more!"

Dr Tenpenny also calls out the huge conflicts of interest across the vaccine industry and pushers of vaccination policies, saying:

"The money isn't really to be made in the vaccine industry. The money is made by Big Pharma with all of the drugs that are given to treat and address all the illnesses that are subsequent to the side effects of the vaccines."

"If we could cut vaccination by 90 percent and get everybody's vitamin D levels up between 60 and 80 [ng / dl], we wouldn't have this health care problem that we have to tax everybody to death to try to take care of people. People would be healthy."

About the underlying assumption that vaccines are a valid approach to health, Dr Tenpenny questions that, too, saying:

"True health cannot come from a needle. Injecting people with something to try to keep them well is a 200 year mistake."

Speaking on the executives of the vaccine companies who have knowingly released contaminated vaccines that harmed and killed innocent children, Dr Tenpenny says, "Some of them will go to jail. Because I'm sure that some of them know absolutely what's going on." She goes on to compare the behavior of the vaccine companies to ENRON.

HERE'S WHAT ELSE YOU'LL LEARN IN DR SHERRI TENPENNY'S INTERVIEW

• Why parents are waking up to the truth about vaccine dangers.

• Why vaccines are related to our epidemic of asthma and allergies.

• Why "vaccines are the backbone of the entire pharmaceutical industry" because they create lifelong disease requiring expensive medical treatments.

• How vaccines are made with 63 different chemicals that may pose a grave risk of harm to human health.

• Why there's no profit to be made in keeping people healthy, leading to the drug companies actually working to keep people stuck in a cycle of degenerative disease.

• Why infection and temporary illness is actually an important part of boosting long-term immunity and health.

• Why psychiatric drugs can cause young males to grow "man boobs."

• Why there have never been any legitimate randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies on vaccines.

Hear the full interview at:
http://naturalnews.tv/v.asp?v=4CD1F...

Learn more about Dr Sherri Tenpenny at her clinic's website:
http://tenpennyimc.com

 
QUESTIONS ALL PARENTS SHOULD ASK ABOUT VACCINES Print E-mail

Ever wonder why doctors can’t find the cause for many diseases? It’s because they are conditioned to ignore the relationship between illness and vaccines. These are some of the diseases that have documented associations with vaccines:

  • Allergies and eczema
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Acid reflux requiring an infant to take proton pump inhibitors, which have many side    effects
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes (infant and childhood)
  • Kidney disease
  • Miscarriages
  • Long list of neurological and autoimmune diseases
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS)
  • And many, many more

These are some known vaccine side effects, documented in medical literature and/or in package inserts:

  • Arthritis, bleeding disorders, blood clots, heart attacks, sepsis
  • Ear infections
  • Fainting (with reports of broken bones)
  • Kidney failure requiring dialysis
  • Seizures/epilepsy
  • Severe allergic reactions, such as hives and anaphylaxis
  • Sudden death
  • Many common diagnoses given for hospital admissions.
 
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, (NVICP) has awarded more than $1.2 billion in damages to children and adults injured by vaccines.

Autism is associated with vaccines.

Autism was rare until the mass vaccination programs were accelerated in 1991, with the introduction of the hepatitis B vaccine and the HiB (meningitis) vaccine. Tens of thousands of parents will attest that autism appeared in their children very soon after they were given these, and other, vaccines.
 
Study the information on the website www.fourteenstudies.org. You will find the studies denying the association between autism and vaccines to be highly questionable.

Drug companies, insurance companies and the medical system get rich when you get sick.

Vaccines do not give life-long immunity, which means booster shots are recommended.
 
Each booster shot increases the risk of more side effects.
 
Vaccine side effects can make you sick for the rest of your life. Conveniently, there are many drugs to treat the side effects caused by vaccines.
 
In the U.S., neither drug companies nor doctors can be sued when something bad happens from a vaccination. Both are protected by the 1986 National Child Vaccine Injury Act. This law, signed into effect by then-president Ronald Reagan decreed: "No vaccine manufacturer shall be liable in a civil action for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death." (Public Law 99-660)

Many doctors and health-care practitioners do not get vaccinated and do not vaccinate their children. Why not?

  • They know vaccines are not proven to be safe or effective.
  • They know vaccines contain dangerous substances.
  • They know vaccines cause serious health problems.
  • They have treated patients with serious side effects from vaccines.

The only people who benefit from being healthy are you and those you care about.

Drug companies have infiltrated and seized control over the entire healthcare system, including medical schools, medical journals, hospitals, clinics and the local pharmacy. A doctor’s very livelihood thus depends on blind faith, without questioning any aspect of any vaccination. Even when obvious evidence of vaccine damage occurs right before a doctor’s eyes, s/he is usually unwilling to consider a vaccine as the cause. Though uncorrupt science and medicine support rejection of vaccines, doing so can be considered professional career suicide. The signatories to this document boldly risk this end for the safety of you and your child. 

Hospitals benefit financially from hospitalizations and tests.

Drug companies make billions of dollars from vaccines.

Drug companies make tens of billions of dollars from drugs given to treat side effects and life-time illnesses caused by vaccines. 

Vaccines are the backbone of the medical system. Without vaccines, healthcare costs would go down because we would have a healthier overall society. We have exchanged chicken pox for autism, flu for asthma, ear infections for diabetes. The list goes on and on. In the zeal to eliminate a short list of relatively benign microbes, we have traded temporary illnesses for pervasive, life-long diseases, disorders, dysfunctions and disabilities.

How many vaccines are there?

If U.S. children receive all doses of all vaccines, they are injected with up to 35 shots that contain 113 different kinds of disease particles, 59 different chemicals, four types of animal cells/DNA, human DNA from aborted fetal tissue and human albumin. 

If you think you don’t have to worry about vaccines because your children are older, think again. There are at least 20 more vaccines currently in the development pipeline for release in the next few years, mostly targeting adolescents and adults.

Some Vaccine Ingredients: How is it possible that vaccines will not be harmful to your health?

  • Stray viruses and bacteria from the animal cell cultures that vaccines are made in.
  • Mercury, a well-documented neurotoxin, is still in the multi-dose flu vaccines throughout the world. Trace amounts remain in several other vaccines.
  • Aluminum, a poison that can cause bone, bone marrow and brain degeneration.
  • Animal cells from monkeys, dog kidneys, chickens, cows, and humans.
  • Formaldehyde (embalming fluid), a known carcinogen.
  • Polysorbate 80, known to cause infertility in female mice and testicular atrophy in male mice.
  • Gelatin, from pigs and cows, known to cause anaphylactic reactions, is found in large quantities in the MMR, chickenpox and shingles vaccines.
  • Monosodium glutamate (MSG) in inhaled flu vaccines, is known to cause metabolic disturbances (e.g. diabetes), seizures and other neurologic disorders.

Conflicts of Interest

The same people who make rules and recommendations about vaccination profit from vaccine sales. For example, Dr. Julie Gerberding, who was in charge of the CDC for eight years, is now the President of Merck Vaccines. Dr. Paul Offit, a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice(ACIP), developed and patented his own vaccine. 

According to the CDC, the average U.S. 10-doctor pediatric group has over $100,000 of vaccine inventory in their office to sell. These doctors make money from office visits and from giving your children vaccines, and also from follow up office visits for assessing reactions.

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LEAD DEVELOPER OF GARDASIL TELLS THE TRUTH ABOUT THIS VACCINE Print E-mail

February 14, 2011

BY MARIAN GREENE  "TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL"

 http://truthaboutgardasil.org/


“A pap smear never harmed anyone," says Dr. Diane Harper, lead developer of Gardasil®, the HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals. In this segment we delve deeper into that and other statements made by Dr. Harper. She also was involved heavily in the development of Cervarix®, the HPV Vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. In this segment some interesting comments pertain to both HPV vaccines.

In our first segment, Harper made some startling clarifications about the use of Gardasil® in boys and men, and how, "Unfortunately, the FDA has given Merck a blanket approval to use Gardasil® in males 9-26." She further admitted neither Gardasil® nor Cervarix® would cure or treat a current diagnosis of HPV, but that some have hypothesized that these vaccinated people instead may "react poorly" to these vaccines.

 

When asked to clarify her statement about pap smears, she stated, “The best way to prevent cervical cancer is with routine Pap screening starting at age 21 years. Vaccination cannot prevent as many cervical cancers as can Pap screening. Pap screening with vaccination does NOT lower your chances of cervical cancer - Pap screening and vaccination lowers your chances of an abnormal Pap test. Gardasil® is associated with GBS [Guillian-Barre Syndrome] that has resulted in deaths. Pap screening using a speculum and taking cells from the cervix is not a procedure that results in death.” She further tells us, "Gardasil® can be offered along with Cervarix® as an option to prevent abnormal Pap test results in those women who can make an informed decision about how much they value this benefit compared to the rare risk of GBS. If a woman has no access to Pap screening, receiving HPV vaccines may help reduce cervical cancer IF the vaccines last long enough. At this time, Gardasil® is proven to last for at least 5 years, and Cervarix® for at least 8.5 years. Health policy analyses show that there will be no reduction in cervical cancer unless the vaccine lasts at least 15 years."


In our time with Dr. Harper, we learned that she feels that those who participate in male with male sex may have some protection against anal cancer. However, she also states that in order for Gardasil® or Cervarix ® to truly make a difference, they must be effective for at least 15 years. At this time, neither HPV vaccine fits this description. She also admits there is the connection of serious side effects and deaths with these vaccines. In fact, we asked Harper if she had a statement she would like to make to those who have suffered side effects. She replied, “Please push for full disclosure in consent forms so that parents and potential vaccinated persons can weigh the benefits and risks of the HPV vaccination from their own perspective. Having federal funding to researchers to aid in setting up full disclosure consent forms will help the process of decision making."

We then asked about the possible side effects that can be caused by Gardasil®, and her response was, “The side effects are many; most require only time to reverse. For the severe autoimmune demyelinating diseases, working with a neurologist is often helpful.” However, when we asked her how much time she thought it would take for these side effects to wear off, as some of those affected are approaching three and four years of being injured, Harper stated, “I do not know of a time frame in which the side effects will wear off.”

 

This interview has raised some serious questions. If the HPV vaccines need to be last a minimum of fifteen years in order to be effective and lower the incidence of cervical cancer in women, why are they being so heavily marketed when the developer states Gardasil® lasts five years and Cervarix® lasts just over eight?

In our next segment, Dr.Harper will go into detail about the use of placebos in the HPV vaccines, and if there was one used in the HPV vaccine trials.

 

 
HARPER DISCLOSES DANGERS/LIMITATIONS OF GARDASIL Print E-mail
 

 February 7, 2011

 BY MARIAN GREENE  "TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL"

http://truthaboutgardasil.org/

Truth About Gardasil was recently given the opportunity to ask Dr. Diane Harper some questions about the HPV vaccines, she helped create. Below you will find the first and second installments of our three part series.

 

When even one of the developers of a vaccine recognizes and discloses its dangers and limitations, shouldn't the FDA and CDC listen?

Truth About Gardasil recently had the opportunity to discuss Gardasil®, the HPV vaccine manufactured by Merck Pharmaceuticals, with one of its lead developers, Dr. Diane Harper. In this first installment of our interview, Dr.Harper sets the record straight on several questions surrounding this supposed "miracle vaccine".

 

Harper, a Medical Doctor who is internationally known as a clinician and researcher, also earned a Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH). She is probably most well known for her role in the development of Gardasil® and in the readying of this vaccine for its public release. She helped in every phase from recruiting trial participants to providing medical care during the trial to collecting specimens and interpretation of the final data.


There has been much controversy and debate about Gardasil® from its very beginning. Questions have been raised not only about its safety, but also the advertisements and marketing plan by Merck. Gardasil® started out being marketed to young women ages 9 to 26, as cervical cancer prevention in the "One Less" campaign. According to neontommy.com, Merck won awards for this by "creating a market out of thin air". Since then, the FDA has granted approval to not only market it to boys of the same age range, but has given permission to add anal cancer to the list of diseases that Gardasil® can prevent. . See Gardasil's Marketing Raises Ethical Issues Blog

Harper says, “It has been a plan for Merck from the beginning". When we asked her about this she stated, “Unfortunately, the FDA has given Merck a blanket approval to use Gardasil® in males and females 9-26 years old without making it clear to parents or males/females that the only data for male cancer preventions is in MSM (gay men) NOT in heterosexual men". She goes on to say, "For men who have sex with men, there is a benefit to using Gardasil in the prevention of anal intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2 and 3. However, in the case of heterosexual men, this was never tested, and there is no penile cancer prevention seen in heterosexual men".

Harper also tells us that for people who have a current diagnosis of HPV , "Neither Gardasil® nor Cervarix® will cure or treat the current HPV, so there is no reason to vaccinate for current disease. A previous diagnosis of HPV does not preclude the use of one of the vaccines - data show similar efficacies in those with past HPV as those who are HPV naive. The reasons for adverse reactions are not clear. There is a remote immune hypothesis that someone with a large HPV infection may react poorly to a HPV vaccine, but this is hypothetical and theoretical".

 

When we asked Harper about these adverse reactions, and if there was a chance specifically of developing auto-immune conditions, she said, "After getting Gardasil®, yes". The question about whether people with an auto- immune condition were excluded from the trials, Harper stated , "Getting an autoimmune disease from a vaccine is very different than having an autoimmune disease first and then being vaccinated. Gardasil®/Merck is now undertaking trials to vaccinate women with auto immune diseases".

We questioned her further about the risks versus benefits of the HPV vaccines, and how long these "benefits" would last, as well as her infamous statement, "A pap smear never harmed anyone". The answers to those questions and many more will appear in the next segment on our conversation with Dr. Diane Harper.



 
DR HARPER TELLS TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL - PART III Print E-mail

23 February 2011

BY MARIAN GREENE  "TRUTH ABOUT GARDASIL"

http://truthaboutgardasil.org/

 In this final segment of our three part series with Dr.Diane Harper, lead developer of Gardasil®, we will continue to uncover more shocking information about this HPV vaccine. We have already learned some startling facts about what many were expecting to be a "miracle" vaccine.

Dr.Harper has told those of us at Truth About Gardasil, that she feels the FDA was too lenient with the approval of this vaccine, giving Merck, "a blanket approval" for those in the 9 - 26 years of age group. She stated in order for either Gardasil® or Cervarix® to truly be effective against cervical cancer, the vaccines would need to last at least fifteen years, instead of the five years and eight years, respectively. We also got verification from Dr.Harper that Gardasil® is indeed causing some of those vaccinated to develop auto-immune health diseases.


This segment is devoted to the use of placebos during the vaccine trails of the HPV vaccines, and whether or not a true placebo was used. If you remember from your high school science class, in order to have a true experiment, you should have the substance you are studying and a benign substance, usually saline. It has been brought to the attention to those of us at Truth About Gardasil that saline was not the only placebo in this case, nor was it used in the entire vaccine trial process. In fact, the main "placebo" was an aluminum adjuvant. This same adjuvant is also used in the actual vaccine. We asked Dr.Harper about the use of saline, and if there was a full report somewhere comparing an injection of Gardasil® to an injection of saline. She says there is no such comparison. When asked if this was common practice in vaccine trials and if she were aware of this in any other trials, she stated, “Meaning vaccines for mumps, and pneumonia, and haemophilus? No." As it turns out, saline was used only in certain areas, and was compared to the aluminum adjuvant “placebo”, as well as Gardasil® .

 
THE GARDASIL PROMOTIONAL CAMPAIGN Print E-mail

 A Critique Of The Promotional Campaign 

 For Gardasil – HPV Vaccine

 By Judy Wilyman 

PhD Candidate Murdoch University

 Dr. Diane Harper is a researcher who was involved in the safety and efficacy trials for the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine – Gardasil®. This drug is observed to prevent infection from 2 strains of HPV virus (16 and 18) and it has been promoted to the public as being preventative against cervical cancer. The clinical trials for this drug were funded by the pharmaceutical company Merck and many of the researchers were employed by Merck (1). On the 19th August Dr. Harper spoke out about the concerns she has regarding the safety of this drug and its ability to prevent cervical cancer. She is to be commended for doing this and her comments have been presented in a CBS media release titled Gardasil® Vaccine causes More Deaths and Damage than the disease itself (2). As a parent and a researcher, I have been compelled to write the following article about Dr. Harper’s comments because it is apparent that the public has been misinformed about this drug.

Dr Diane Harper, a lead researcher in the development of the humanpapilloma virus vaccine

In the interview Dr. Harper gave to CBS she stated that she believes "the public should receive more complete warnings before receiving the vaccine". This is incorrectly stating the problem. Instead of ‘more complete warnings’ I believe it is extremely important that parents are given accurate information on Gardasil®. This drug has been promoted as a cervical cancer drug when in fact it has only been observed to prevent HPV infection (1).

Health authorities have claimed that this vaccine will be effective for 5 years. Considering this vaccine was tested for only 4 years in women 16 – 26 years of age, I think it is important that parents are informed how this information was generated. Parents would also like to know what ‘protection’ for 5 years actually means. Given that we have evidence it will protect against infection from HPV strains 16 and 18 but we have no evidence that it is the determining factor needed for carcinomas to form (3) (4). So it may prevent some cervical cancer (remembering that HPV does not cause cervical cancer on its own – another co-factor is required) assuming these 2 strains (16 and 18) are a determining factor in cancer development and assuming there is no infection from one of the other 12 HPV viruses known to be associated with cervical cancer development in humans (3) (4).

The US CDC claims the vaccine is ‘safe and effective’ but where is the supportive data for this statement? Vaccine safety and efficacy studies for Gardasil® were funded by Merck and other pharmaceutical companies. As producers of the vaccine they have a serious conflict of interest. Consequently the public is entitled to demand accountability and rigour in the presentation of immunisation policies. Particularly since Merck’s chief executive officer was quoted in 2006 claiming ‘Gardasil® was the pharmaceutical brand of the year for building a market out of thin air’ (5).

This media hype is also supported by the fact that cervical cancer is not a significant problem in all countries. Yet it was portrayed to women as the "second most life-threatening cancer among women worldwide (3). In developed nations where Pap Smear Screening Programs have been implemented cervical cancer is a very low risk to women (3). It is almost 100% curable when it is detected early (6) and in Australia it is listed as the 18th most common cancer in women (5).

In addition, it remains unproven that HPV infection is the determining factor in carcinoma development given that the majority of women are infected with HPV but the majority of women do not get cervical cancer (3) (4). Pfister (1990) confirms this by stating "vaccination is not yet justified as there is no formal proof for HPV causing cancer" (8) He continues by saying that "although the latter is certainly true, the best way to prove a necessary role of HPV in genital cancer development would be prevention by vaccination". This is particularly interesting as he finishes by saying "extensive research is needed before a vaccine will be available". Yet Haverkos is still stating in 2005 that many scientists admit they still do not know what the cofactor is that is necessary to turn HPV infection into a carcinoma (3).

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