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We cannot continue to live the lie that denies the death of the latest Gardasil girl

Chandler Marrs reports: Another Gardasil girl died last month. The author of Another Day, Another Death sends her condolences to the family of the dead girl whom she had not had the chance to meet. Sadly there are many Gardasil girls we will never get the opportunity to meet. Their young lives have been cut short by illness and death. This young girl is one of at least 324 young people who have died after receiving HPV vaccines such as Gardasil. I am deeply sorry to report that the total number of reported deaths and adverse events post vaccination is far from abating. The wonderful website SaneVax keeps a tally of the recorded adverse events and deaths affecting young people following HPV vaccination. In June 2017 as recorded in my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed the total number of deaths was 315, but the number of deaths has now reached at least 324. This is an increase of 9 deaths from the end of May until July 2017.

Bereaved families should not expect an apology from the vaccine industry – their profits continue to grow despite the more than 73,000 adverse events that have followed  vaccination against the human papilloma virus. It is seriously obscene that industry profits grow in the wake of escalating numbers of young teenagers damaged after getting a vaccination for a disease they were most unlikely to get. The industry reports that the end of this month Merck’s sales of  Gardasil and Gardasil 9 had climbed 19% to $469  million after strong sales in the Asia Pacific region and profitable sales in Brazil. We should also not expect to hear about the death of another Gardasil girl in our evening news bulletins. Seriously if it wasn’t for websites such as SaneVax and Hormones Matter we might still be in the dark about the shocking number of casualties following the receipt of a vaccine that was supposed to prevent cervical cancer but at best is protective against a few types of the human papilloma virus.

Where is the mainstream reporting? Aren’t the deaths and the prolonged injuries suffered by so many of our young worthy of their time, expertise and exposure? How can the ABC,  The Age, The Guardian and other news outlets that have long sought our trust and readership fail to bring us the news about these young people who are becoming ill, often remaining so for a very long time, with some even losing their lives after HPV vaccination. These are our young adults given these vaccines as part of the school vaccination program. But it is a program for which there is no informed consent. If there was informed consent then parents and their offspring would be aware that there is no epidemic of cervical cancer in western nations and that the vaccine has not been proven to prevent cervical cancer. Parents also need to know there have been thousands of adverse events following the vaccination and hundreds of deaths. This lack of informed consent is unethical and the media should be doing its job and alerting the community. The prolonged suffering of these young people affects the whole family – one parent will have to give up their employment and become a carer. The family will have to seek alternative health care which is expensive because the medical system usually has no answers to the conditions these girls and boys are suffering and most won’t even admit that it is a vaccine injury. Many of these ill teenagers are told they are making it all up; that they are hysterical and we have heard such dismissive nonsense before.

The job of the media is to inform the public, not protect corporate interests. However sadly this is not always how the system works. The ramifications of this fast-tracked and flawed vaccination program need to be examined. These young people will need treatment, a lot of them can no longer go to school. What is to become of them? Society should care deeply about this. And society needs to hear the truth.

As to the failings of our media, honorary professor in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong, Sharon Beder writes about the power of corporate advertising and its ability to influence and taper media content so as to attract a certain audience who will succumb to advertising, its considerable influence extending to the editing of content. And in the case of the ABC which is free from advertising there is still constraint especially when it comes to airing any information about any vaccine. The firm supportive position that our government and health authorities take on the issue is not open to debate.

Sharon Beder explains:
Journalists are free to write what they like if they produce well-written stories ‘free of any politically discordant tones’, that is, if what they write fits the ideology of those above them in the hierarchy. A story that supports the status quo is generally considered to be neutral and its objectivity is not questioned, while one that challenges the status
quo tends to be perceived as having a ‘point of view’ and therefore biased.

And if anyone is in doubt about what happens when mainstream dares to report on problems with health policies they have only to look at what happened when the ABC’s science program Catalyst and presenter Dr Maryanne Demasi investigated the science behind the claims that saturated fat causes heart disease by raising cholesterol and whether cholesterol – lowering drugs reduced the risk of heart disease. This was courageous reporting for over the last few decades we’ve been told that saturated is bad for our arteries and that cholesterol causes heart disease resulting in a multi-billion dollar drug and food industry. In the first episode Heart of the Matter, Demasi explored the origins of the belief that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease and why this is now being called the biggest myth in medical history. There was a predictable outcry over the program with representatives from The National Heart Foundation telling the ABC’s PM program that they were “shocked” that Catalyst had disregarded evidence about the effectiveness of cholesterol drugs and ABC’s Health Report presenter Dr Norman Swan claiming that “people will die as a result of the Catalyst program unless people understand at heart what the issues are.” What is at stake when one dares open this ‘can of worms’ is one’s career and after another attempt at informing the public this time on the dangers of Wi-Fi, Maryanne Demasi was sacked. Catalyst has also disappeared from our screens.

But something has to give. We cannot continue to live the lie that denies the death of the latest Gardasil girl and those who no doubt will follow her.

 

 

 

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No Gardasil for UK boys

UK boys and their parents are able to breathe a sigh of relief after the decision has finally been made on whether to vaccinate boys against the human papilloma virus (HPV).  The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has been considering whether to include boys along with girls in the current vaccination program since 2014. There have been ongoing campaigns aimed at a ‘gender-neutral‘ approach to the vaccination, that would make sure that 400,000 school-age boys are able to access HPV vaccines. The committee made its recent decision based on their findings that it wouldn’t be cost-effective to vaccinate boys along with girls. Unlike the situation in the UK, in Australia there was no such deliberation and in 2013 we became the first country to extend our HPV vaccination program to boys. We cannot afford the luxury of relaxed breathing – in fact none of us can while the Gardasil vaccination program continues.

As I have written in Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed:

The roll-out of Gardasil was preceded by years of promotion by the manufacturer Merck (USA) and CSL Ltd, the New Zealand and Australian distributor culminating in a relentless propaganda campaign waged by both Australian and international mass media. Behind the Australian Gardasil campaign was the PR giant Edelman that worked with the Australian and New Zealand distributor CSL Biotherapies in promoting the vaccine to health professionals and the public. There were 974 pieces of media devoted to the campaign with over 40 hours of coverage available to the Australian audience of almost 24 million. The campaign engaged 21 women between the ages of 14–26 who were to be given the vaccination nationally. Gardasil was launched to the public on 28 August 2006 and Ian Frazer himself vaccinated the first woman at the Sydney launch.

In The Re-selling of Gardasil, blogger Lynn McTaggart has written: And now this vaccine with one of the worse track records in vaccine history, is being resold to boys. And when it comes to vaccines, where the US leads, the UK meekly follows. But this time UK has said no –  for the time being at least. But it may be pressured to change this decision for as we know in the lead up to the introduction of HPV vaccines for young girls the media message was intense and scarcely a day passed without a cervical cancer story. This time the pressure is on to vaccinate boys against HPV for cancers linked to oral sex. But are young girls and boys and their parents making an informed consent to the vaccination? Are they informed that there are over 73000 reported serious adverse health effects occurring after HPV vaccination. These include death, seizures, paralysis, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrhythmias, infertility, cervical cancer and in boys there are now reported cases of erectile dysfunction following HPV vaccination. This would no doubt be of concern to young pubescent boys.

This current wave of re-selling Gardasil is being aided by the mantra of gender equality. Boys need HPV vaccine, too, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC every year in the United States around 11,000 men get cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Scary reports of young men and throat cancer abound, but just as in the case of cervical cancer the human papilloma virus may well be present in many cancers but it may just be a passenger virus. According to the authors of ‘What if HPV does NOT cause cervical cancer?’ Norma Erickson and Peter Duesberg, the pieces of inactive HPV DNA that can be found in cervical cancers are from infections or warts that occurred 20-50 years before the cancer. There other factors at play. For example smoking and other environmental toxins may be the real causative factors. But once again the search for truth is forsaken when there is profit to be made.

As Lynn McTaggart concludes: We failed to lock up our daughters away from this terrible vaccine. But there’s still time to lock up our sons. Not in the United States,  Australia and New Zealand where the boys are already being vaccinated.

 

 

 

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HPV vaccines and autoimmunity

The author of On Vaccines, Adjuvants and Autoimmunity, Christina England fears that doctors have little idea who is likely to suffer a vaccine injury or even why they occur. Nor do they know what effect vaccines have on the immune system. It would seem fairly obvious that there must be a link for in the words of the World Health Organisation a vaccine stimulates the immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and ‘remember’.

The Australasian society of clinical immunology and allergy define autoimmune diseases as a broad range of related diseases in which a person’s immune system produces an inappropriate response against its own cells, tissues and/or organs, resulting in inflammation and damage. There are over eighty different autoimmune diseases with some affecting just one part of the body such as Type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, and others affecting multiple organs and tissues such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematous (SLE). The reports of adverse events seen in girls and boys after having been given Gardasil vaccination number well over 76000 and include all kinds of autoimmune diseases including Type 1 diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, lupus and gastrointestinal disorders.

The authors of a study called Vaccines, adjuvants and autoimmunity have found that Vaccines and autoimmunity are linked fields. They report that: Vaccines are able to elicit the immune system towards an autoimmune reaction. It is vital that we understand the part that vaccines such as Gardasil play in the development of  autoimmune diseases for they are increasing all over the globe and currently affect one in five Americans. In the study the immunologists have reviewed cases of ‘vaccine-induced immunity’ explaining the process as Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants. Adjuvants are added to vaccines in order to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies but in some people they cause immune reactions and symptoms that manifest as autoimmune disease. The heavy metal aluminium is used as an adjuvent in Gardasil. Two hundred and twenty-five micrograms of amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate (AAHS) are added to each of the three shots of the vaccine. The latest HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 contains 500 micrograms of (AAHS) which is given as two or three shots. Amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate has been found to produce more antibodies and a prolonged antibody level.

And there’s more to be learnt about the development of autoimmunity.  Norma Erickson explains the process of molecular mimicry as it applies to Gardasil in a presentation Humphries/Erickson – What Biologically Plausible Mechanisms of Action are Health Agencies Ignoring? We all have proteins in our bodies and within these proteins there are 82 peptides. One of the antigens in Gardasil is the HPV 16 LI protein which almost identically matches 34 of these peptides. The importance of this information is that as Erickson explains: ‘It is extremely possible that when you develop an antibody to the HPV 16 protein you are also developing an antibody reaction to your own system in multiple locations. The number of viral matches and locations makes the occurrence of autoimmune cross reactions in the human body following HPV 16 vaccination almost unavoidable’.

We live in a toxic world, one in which HPV vaccines are given to young people some who may already be dealing with compromised immune systems. The vaccine continues to be given despite the thousands of reports of ill health occurring in many young girls and boys who have had this vaccine. Medwatch Japan reports that Gardasil has 26 times the amount of adverse events than occur after the influenza shot. The story of Gardasil begins with the history of cervical cancer which is explored in Gardasil: Fast – Tracked and Flawed. Cervical cancer rose from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. Gardasil was fast-tracked through the FDA, a process usually reserved for life threatening diseases to fill an unmet and urgent medical need. There was no unmet need for Pap smear programs and improved living conditions in developed nations had already reduced cervical cancer incidence and mortality markedly.

Opposition to this vaccination program continues to grow and hopefully it is only a matter of time before the health authorities put a stop to it.

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Where’s the debate?

What health official in their right mind is willing to anticipate 2,300 serious adverse events to try and prevent 7.9 cases of cervical cancer? asked Norma Erickson, in her article FDA approved Gardasil 9: Malfeasance or Stupidity?

Serious adverse events  are defined as death, life-threatening events, hospitalization, disability or permanent damage. According to information on the Gardasil 9 package insert, for every 100,000 people using Gardasil 9 there would be 2,300 serious adverse events. This is a huge risk to take for a disease that affects 6-8/100,000 women in Australia, or 7.9/100,000 in the United States.

Gardasil 9, said to be protective against infection with HPV types 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58 was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2014. It was approved without the usual review process that is usually undertaken by the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee. In the clinical trials funded by the manufacturer Merck, a placebo was not used but instead trial participants received either Gardasil 9 or the quadrivalent Gardasil. The package insert reveals that in the case of the quadrivalent HPV vaccine, the original Gardasil, for every 100,000 people receiving the vaccination there would be 2500 serious adverse events – more than is expected for the new Gardasil 9. As we now know thousands of girls and boys are becoming very unwell after their HPV vaccinations. We are seeing this right across the globe after 10-11 years of HPV vaccination. According to Vigibase, the World Health Organisation’s database there are now over 73,000 recorded adverse events after HPV vaccination. And this figure is regarded as not accurate for so many events are not recorded. The correct figure is estimated to be closer to double that number.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) will shortly decide whether Gardasil 9 is to be listed on the Australian National Immunisation Program as a 2 dose schedule for females and males aged 12 -13 years as part of a school age program for the prevention of HPV. This will replace the current 3 dose schedule of the 4 valent HPV, Gardasil vaccine. This is not a good move for Gardasil 9 contains more than twice the amount of aluminium, a neurotoxin, used as an adjuvant to stimulate the production of antibodies. The current HPV vaccine Gardasil has 225 micrograms of aluminium per dose whereas each dose of Gardasil 9 contains 500mcgs. Gardasil 9 also contains more antigens (the HPV LI proteins) with the total number increasing from 120 mcgs to 270 mcgs. Do we know the effect of these changes? How will increased antigens and more aluminium affect the bodies of these young people who are told that they need this vaccination for a disease they are most unlikely to ever get.

Wording is important. The PBAC listing information uses the phrase for the preventi0n of HPV. It may well be the case that these  vaccines do prevent HPV but the question is whether they will ever prevent a single case of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus, one that is even found in newborns. It is also a virus which is naturally dealt with by the body’s immune system within 2 years. Cervical cancer is a very slow-growing cancer. It is detected during Pap smear testing. There are around 900 cases of the disease in Australia each year and the death rate is around 200.

Surely the public should be given this information? Doctors must understand the risks and explain these to the recipients as part of the process of informed consent. The ill-health and death ensuing from HPV vaccination is likely to worsen with the listing of Gardasil 9 on the National Immunisation Program. Such bad news should form part of our public debate but it isn’t.

See: Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

 

 

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An experiment on her generation

The fact that her generation was part of an experiment was not lost on the astute radio presenter. An experiment that involved vaccinating all 12-13 year olds against the Human Papilloma Virus purported to cause cervical cancer. Marie was one of three young people, presenting Your Planet Needs You on 94.1FM, the Voice of the Inner East. The program boasts a demographic of late teens to young adults. This is also the cohort encouraged to take up the Gardasil vaccine offer. Marie and her co-presenters Sonja and Hadyn introduced me as their special guest inviting me to speak about my new book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed.

They were well informed which is just as well for many of their generation are now experiencing chronic ill health after HPV vaccination. According to vigibase, the World Health Organisation’s database of adverse events the total is now over 73,000. The Australian National HPV Vaccination Program began in 2007 offering Gardasil to girls aged 12 -13 years. In 2013 the program was extended to boys. Figures from 2014–15 reveal that nearly 79% of Australian girls aged 15 and 67% of boys were fully immunised against HPV.

My radio interview began with a primer on the human papilloma virus or HPV. This is as it should be for HPV is at the heart of this matter with its connection to cervical cancer poorly understood. HPV is an extremely common sexually transmitted infection with around 80 % of the population having the infection at some stage of their lives. Furthermore 90% of these infections are gone within 2 years. There are over 100 types of human papilloma viruses with Gardasil protective against types 6,11,16 and 18. It’s important to note that prior to the latter part of the 20th century cervical cancer was a disease believed to be associated with social conditions and natural ageing. Why and how HPV is thought to cause cervical cancer is crucial to Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed.

Regrettably there wasn’t enough time to tell the story of the relentless marketing campaign that preceded the approval of Gardasil. Then our TV screens were replete with stories of cervical cancer (a disease with an annual death toll of around 200 in Australia), hardly an epidemic, reaching an uninformed public most of whom had never heard of this virus but were now anxiously waiting for a vaccine to become available as quickly as possible.

I was pleased that the team asked me about informed consent- I have included a section in my book concerning the issue. We tend to forget that vaccination is a medical intervention and that we have a fundamental right to know and understand the benefits and the risks of the particular procedure– in this case a vaccination. But how should informed consent be given? Obviously parental consent forms are a good place to start, they should be informative but they are not.

If these forms constituted informed consent then parents of young teens would know there is no scientific evidence that Gardasil has ever prevented a single case of cervical cancer. This HPV vaccine is protective against 4 types of the human papilloma virus, two of which are said to be associated with cervical cancer and the other two cause genital warts. The vaccine only lasts for five years so by the time the boy or girl is likely to be sexually active any protective effect of the vaccine will have worn off. Cervical cancer can take decades to develop so why vaccinate 12 year-old girls?

In order to pass as informed consent the vaccine information must explain the risks of this vaccine. The current consent form given to Victorian school children to take home states that the vaccine ‘is safe and well tolerated’. But a cursory read of the manufacturer Merck’s prescribing information reveals that in the trials they failed to use an inert placebo but used one containing aluminium. This way the vaccine appears safer than if the placebo was saline. Furthermore aluminium, a neurotoxin is added to the vaccine to produce a stronger immune response. Scrolling down the prescribing information one can see the long list of serious adverse effects of the vaccine including life changing neurological disorders, blood and lymphatic diseases, pancreatitis, arthritis, pulmonary embolism and death.

Marie asked me to talk more about the flawed science that I discovered in my research. I explained that the HPV vaccines had not been tested for cervical cancer outcomes. This was not possible for cervical cancer takes decades to develop so a surrogate endpoint was chosen. The surrogate endpoints chosen were pre-cancerous lesions which are very common in the age range of the women tested and rarely lead to cancer. This makes it extremely difficult to support their use as end-points or markers for cervical cancer. As Marie took this statement in, her jaw literally dropped. I can only wonder what the radio audience made of this shocking revelation. The fact that this vaccine is given to girls and boys all over the world purported to lower their risk of cervical cancer by protecting them against the human papilloma virus yet it has not been tested against cervical cancer outcomes is damning and should form part of informed consent.

Lucky for Marie she wasn’t given Gardasil.  Her mother didn’t think she needed it and declined her consent. Some people are doing their research.

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