Censorship Down Under

The chances of having a public debate about Gardasil, the HPV vaccine are getting slimmer by the day.

Polly Tommey, the co-producer of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe an investigation into the Center of Disease Control’s (CDC) destruction of a study linking autism to the MMR vaccine was banned from Australia because officials felt she was a danger to “the health, safety or good order of the Australian community“. Tommey along with Dr Suzanne Humphries were part of a Vaxxed Down Under Tour organised by the Australian Vaccination-skeptics Network Inc (AVN) an organisation which takes a pro-choice position with regard to vaccination and other health decisions.

Speaking in New Zealand last week, Tommey told the press she would be appealing the Australian ban. She said: “I’m just a mother. They say the film, Vaxxed, is dangerous and anti-vaccine. They say I’m a danger but I’m travelling with a doctor and a scientist. The only thing Australia has done is make more people want to watch the film. The main thing is, I don’t understand why we aren’t just having a discussion about it.”

Polly’s last statement is so important. In Australia debate on any vaccine issue is not permitted. And this week was no exception. On August 10 the media reported that cervical cancer could be almost completely eliminated, research has found, thanks to a new vaccine. The news report referenced a study published in the International Journal of Cancer which found that the new HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 was protective against 93 % of cancers. The reporting continued throughout the evening with numerous health professionals and researchers preaching the merits of the latest HPV vaccine and urging young teenagers and even older women to get vaccinated so that they would not be a victim to cervical cancer.

But it is a very strange world we are in today. Infectious disease is definitely not allowed. Cervical  cancer is to be avoided at all costs and the costs are high as demonstrated by the huge numbers of young people who are ill after Gardasil vaccination and many who have also died. This new vaccine Gardasil 9, said to be preventative against 9 sub types of human papilloma virus is very problematic. Not that the members of the public would know from the one-sided reporting that ensued from the announcement last week. Gardasil 9 contains more than twice the amount of aluminium, a neurotoxin, used as an adjuvant to stimulate the production of antibodies, than the current vaccine. Gardasil 9 also contains more antigens (the HPV LI proteins) with the total number increasing from 120 mcgs to 270 mcgs. How will additional antigens and more aluminium affect the health of these young people who are now told they need this new vaccine? But listeners to talk back radio and readers of the press were not informed as to the risks rather they were assured by the authoritative voice of the lead author and Medical Director of the National HPV Vaccination Program Register, Associate Professor Julia Brotherton who said: “We can now prevent cancer. You can stop your kids getting infected with this cancer-causing virus. It’s staggering.”

Parents of teenage children need facts not empty promises. We do not know if Gardasil 9 can prevent cervical cancer. And the important point is that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines have never been tested against cervical cancer outcomes. It can take decades from HPV infection to the development of cancer so researchers used a surrogate endpoint to support the conclusion that HPV vaccines might be preventative. The suitable surrogate end-point chosen was cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 2/3 lesions, and adenocarcinoma in situ. This end-point was decided even though these precursor lesions are common in young women under 25 years and rarely progress to cancer. In sum, very few of these CIN 2 and 3 lesions in young women develop into cancer so it is difficult to support their use as end-points or markers. At the end of the month the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee PBAC will decide whether Gardasil 9 is listed on the Public Benefit Scheme, the PBS. If so it will replace Gardasil as the HPV vaccine to be given freely through the school vaccination program to teenage boys and girls.

But there will be no public debate on this move by the PBAC especially after the news today that the Australian Government has launched a $5.5 million immunisation education campaign to counter the views of the anti-vaccination lobby.  What is this all about? Australia has a 93% vaccination rate. Would the $30 billion vaccination industry have anything to do with it?  How do they sleep at night!

 

 

“We can now prevent cancer. You can stop your kids getting infected with this cancer-causing virus. It’s staggering,” says expert.

RE: Vaccine could almost eradicate cervical cancer, experts say

The lead author and Medical Director of the National HPV Vaccination Program Register, Associate Professor Julia Brotherton is quoted in the Herald Sun: “We can now prevent cancer. You can stop your kids getting infected with this cancer-causing virus. It’s staggering.”

Brotherton’s enthusiastic statement comes as The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) decides whether to replace the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil with the two-dose Gardasil 9 for early secondary students.

Wording is important. The PBAC lists Gardasil 9 as a vaccine for the prevention of HPV. It may well be that these vaccines do prevent HPV but the question is whether they will ever prevent a single case of cervical cancer, a very slow-growing cancer easily detected during Pap smear testing with the five year survival rate for women diagnosed being 72%. There is no epidemic of cervical cancer in Australia. In 2014, there were 223 Australian deaths due to the disease.

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 replacing the current 3 dose Gardasil vaccine. Parents who are considering whether HPV vaccines are right for their children need to be informed that the new vaccine Gardasil 9 contains more than twice the amount of aluminium, a neurotoxin, used as an adjuvant to stimulate the production of antibodies, than the current vaccine. Gardasil 9 also contains more antigens (the HPV LI proteins) with the total number increasing from 120 mcgs to 270 mcgs. How will additional antigens and more aluminium affect the health of these young people who are now told they need this new vaccine?

Parents of teenage children need facts not empty promises. We do not know if Gardasil 9 can prevent cervical cancer. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccines have never been tested against cervical cancer outcomes. It can take decades from HPV infection to the development of cancer so researchers used a surrogate endpoint to support the conclusion that HPV vaccines might be preventative. The suitable surrogate end-point chosen was cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 2/3 lesions, and adenocarcinoma in situ. This end-point was decided even though these precursor lesions are common in young women under 25 years and rarely progress to cancer. In sum, very few of these CIN 2 and 3 lesions in young women develop into cancer so it is difficult to support their use as end-points or markers.

What this means is that all over the world millions of girls and now boys are injected with a vaccine which has only been measured against a surrogate endpoint — precursor lesions — that most often do not lead to cervical cancer. While the efficacy of the vaccines is unknown what we do know is that according to Vigibase, the World Health Organisation’s database there are now over 73,000 recorded adverse events after HPV vaccination. There have also been at least 324 deaths following Gardasil.

Parents need the facts in order to make an informed choice whether Gardasil or Gardasil 9 is right for their child.

See: Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed by Helen Lobato

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Can we talk about this?

Current thinking is that the human papilloma virus (HPV) causes cervical cancer and that all girls and boys in early high school need to be given HPV vaccines. In my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed I trace the early history of cervical cancer from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. I have found and documented the numerous theories about the cause(s) of cervical cancer which have come and gone over the decades. I have read and written about how in the early years of the nineteenth century physicians claimed that sex was involved for it was observed that the disease was found in larger numbers among poorer, city women than amongst women in long term and stable relationships and in women who were living in rural areas. It was also thought that the disease was very rare in nuns until further research showed that religious sisters were subject to the disease too, and that, contrary to prevailing opinion, women in long-term relationships also developed cervical cancer. It was suggested that in the case of cancer of the uterus that the trauma of childbirth itself could be a risk factor. Such speculation might explain why there was more cervical cancer among women of low socioeconomic status than among women of means. Poorer women tended to have more children, lived harsher lives and possibly received less medical care, as well as missing out on much-needed rest and recovery time after the birth of their children.

I believe these early researchers were on the right track when they suspected that social circumstances such as poverty and inequality were in some way implicated in the disease process. British psychologist, author and researcher Susan Quilliam documented these lifestyle factors that might increase the chance of becoming ill with cervical cancer in her 1989 book Positive Smear. Written just before the idea that the human papillomavirus might be involved, she stressed the importance of a balanced diet and claimed that deficiencies in vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid were common in women with cervical precancerous cells. Quilliam strongly emphasised the importance of a healthy environment, good hygiene and excellent nutrition as prerequisites for good health and resistance to disease. When discussing the causes of cervical cancer, she doesn’t shy away from a conversation about the contraceptive pill and how it has a negative effect on natural immunity as well as a propensity to lessen the body’s ability to use folic acid.

Today such environmental and socioeconomic factors relevant to the causation of cervical cancer are rarely considered. Instead the human papilloma virus is said to cause cervical cancer, no questions asked or answered.  Why, when and how this has happened is crucial to the story of Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed.

 

Gardasil Girls

Laura is one of the Irish ‘Gardasil Girls’. She was a normal active teenager and an“asset in the classroom,” said her mother. After her first Gardasil shot, Laura became unwell and required her mother to pick her up from school. When she complained of dizziness, headache and nausea, she was told this was normal. Her condition worsened after her second vaccination to such an extent that she soon was unable to attend school. According to her doctors, she was suffering chronic fatigue syndrome but whatever the experts chose to call these debilitating conditions, the girls and their families are united in their conviction that they became ill after their HPV vaccinations ( TV3 Ireland, 2016, in Lobato 2017)

According to an article written in Trinity News, the rate of HPV vaccination in Irish schools has dropped by 10% over the past year. When you read that there is believed to be more than 800 cases of adverse events suffered by Irish girls following the Gardasil vaccination it is a wonder that the rates  haven’t fallen further. The author of Numbers of Irish students opting for the HPV Vaccine drops considerably Caoimhe Gordon sets out to explore why this is happening. Gordon quotes Professor Kingston Mills of the Experimental Immunology department at Trinity who points the finger at the internet and social media and urges “parents to focus on the scientific evidence and not “hearsay” that can be found online.” The news that the rate of immunisation in Ireland has tumbled to 70% has experts concerned that the “universal acceptance of the vaccine” in no longer guaranteed. Gordon blames the anti-vaccination campaigns which are run by the group REGRET (Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Trauma) which is made up of parents of the Irish girls who have become ill. Their daughters are sick and many struggle to get out of bed and complain of headaches and joint pain and extreme tiredness.

Around 300 Irish women are diagnosed with cervical cancer annually and the death toll is around 90 so it is safe to say there is no cervical cancer epidemic in Ireland. But now we have huge numbers – around 800 young girls who from all accounts were active and healthy before they had their Gardasil shots and are now very ill. The parents are fighting hard to get help for their daughters. Like so many other sick girls and now boys around the world they are not receiving effective medical treatment. They are often not able to go to school due to their devastating health conditions.

Irish philanthropist Jonathan Irwin has joined the struggle to achieve justice for Gardasil Girls. Irwin who is the founder of Jack & Jill charity for sick children, explains how the Gardasil HPV vaccine has injured his daughter Molly who remains ill. Irwin regards the vaccine as a “disaster” and “useless.”He has stepped down from his position as CEO to care for his daughter who is bedridden, following what he says was a severe reaction to the Gardasil vaccine. He says this vaccine should never have been included in the national program. One solicitor he knows has 75 cases which will be taken to the courts. Irwin doesn’t rule out using the courts himself in an attempt to get justice for his daughter and the other ‘Gardasil Girls’. “My teenage girl has lost her teenage life,” says Irwin.  Irwin also wants a review of the vaccine. He insists that if he had known about the side effects he wouldn’t have allowed his daughter to be given Gardasil. He urges parents to read the vaccine leaflet which lists the side effects in black and white. The fact that the severe side effects of this vaccine are listed on the prescriber information found on the manufacturer Merck’s website is an important point because it means that the makers of this vaccine knew the real problems with this vaccine but went ahead and marketed this so-called cervical cancer vaccine. This is outrageous!

Jeffrey Jaxen is a researcher and journalist who says that the interesting thing about the case of the girls who have been damaged after Gardasil, is that unlike babies who can’t speak and say that they were feeling great before they had a vaccine, the Gardasil Girls can speak and are doing so. He says that each culture is handling this disaster differently and a lot of how they do this has to do with how they handled revolt in the past – “the memory of each culture’s revolting spirit”. He gives the example of the Irish mothers who are “fiery” and about whom he says “are kicking some major butt.” In Ireland these activist mothers have got the issue on the mainstream and are keeping it there (The Truth about Vaccines, 2017).

I am pleased that there are now many people who are waking up to the huge error that is this vaccine, one that has not been shown to prevent a single case of cervical cancer. I have spoken to many young women about how they have been damaged after Gardasil, just another one yesterday told me about how the vaccine nearly killed her. She had spent too many years and far too much money on finding a cure for her vaccine injury. I have also met and spoken to a young passionate man whose New Zealand cousin died after receiving Gardasil. His activism had become even stronger for his sister was now having severe menstrual problems after her course of the HPV vaccine.

Paediatrician and author Dr Paul Thomas calls Gardasil his least favourite vaccine. One reason is because the placebo that was used was aluminium when a placebo should be an inert normal saline solution. By using aluminium as a placebo the vaccine appears less dangerous. He states that the research into the vaccine was stopped early and the vaccine fast-tracked after researchers found some decrease in the cases of cervical dysplasia. His assessment of the new Gardasil 9 was even more telling. “There will be more deaths from that vaccine than there ever will be cases of cervical cancer ” (The Truth About Vaccines, 2017).

Cervical cancer is not a communicable disease. There is no need for this vaccine. Cases of cervical cancer have declined especially in western nations where living conditions are good and Pap smear testing is encouraged. As to our next move Jeffrey Jaxen says encouragingly that he is witnessing ‘Medical Disobedience’ in regard to the mandating of vaccines. He says that he has spoken to doctors who have told him that in their rooms they have more oranges with vaccines in them than have the children.  This is so encouraging. May the revolution continue.

References:
Gordon Caoimhe (2017) ‘Numbers of Irish students opting for the HPV Vaccine drops considerably’. Trinity News. http://trinitynews.ie/numbers-of-irish-students-opting-for-the-hpv-vaccine-drops-considerably/
Lobato, Helen (2017) Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed. Melbourne. Spinifex Press. http://www.spinifexpress.com.au/Bookstore/book/id=294/
TV3 Ireland (2016) ‘Gardasil Girls in Ireland’. The Vaccine Reaction. January 10; http://www.thevaccinereaction.org/2016/01/gardasil-girls-in-irelandtv3-hpv-documentary/
The Truth about Vaccines. (2017) https://go2.thetruthaboutvaccines.com/docuseries/order/
The Thinking Mom’s Revolution (2017) Irish Philanthropist Jonathan Irwin Vows to Stand Up For Gardasil-Injured Girls. http://thinkingmomsrevolution..com/irish-philanthropist-jonathan-irwin-vows-stand-gardasil-injured-girls/

 

Melbourne Launch of Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed by Helen Lobato

To be launched by women’s health researcher Dr Renate Klein

When: Friday June 9

Time: 5 pm for 5.30 pm

Where: Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre, 251 Faraday St, Carlton, Vic 3053

RSVP: Monday June 5 women@spinifexpress.com.au

 

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination.

Gardasil was fast-tracked through the FDA, a process usually reserved for life threatening diseases to fill an unmet and urgent medical need. Improved living conditions had already reduced the incidence of cervical cancer significantly in Western countries. So why is the HPV vaccine so heavily promoted in Australia, a country with one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world?

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed documents the early history of cervical cancer and tracks its progression from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. It includes the stories of vaccinated girls and boys who remain ill after receiving a vaccine purported to prevent a disease they were most unlikely to get. It records the voices of dissenters and resisters who call for an inquiry into HPV vaccines approved for use after a relentless propaganda campaign promoting a vaccine against a virus that many had never heard of.

This in-depth investigation exposes cracks in the pharmaceutical industry and highlights the problems that arise when government regulators and corporate interests are prioritized ahead of patient safety, independent science and common sense.

 

Gardasil 9

An application has been made by Seqirus Australia to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee to list Gardasil 9 on the 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 the human papilloma virus HPV. This listing if approved will replace the current 3-dose schedule of Gardasil, the 4-valent HPV vaccine. The committee whose role it is to recommend new medicines for listing on the PBS is due to meet again in July 2017.

Gardasil 9 which was approved for use in Australia by the TGA last year is said to be protective against nine HPV types: 6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52, and 58. On the Gardasil 9 page of Merck’s website, the slogan: Your Child Could Be One Less At Risk For Certain HPV-Related Cancers And Diseases is prominently placed beside several happy, sporty children. Below is the directive to caring parents which reads ‘Help Protect Them With The HPV  Vaccine’. However if this vaccine is anything like its predecessor the 4-valent Gardasil, it is likely to be anything but protective. Currently there are tens of thousands of young girls who have become very ill after having their Gardasil shots. Sanevax records the numbers of young people injured and those who have died after HPV vaccinations. These are figures from the United States recording system VAERS and currently the numbers of adverse events are over 50,000 along with 317 deaths. These numbers are mainly from the USA and some parts of Europe and so these totals are far from accurate. Gardasil is authorised for use in 130 countries and 205 million doses have been administered. One would hope that this carnage could not continue and that the HPV vaccinations programs put on hold but instead there is another vaccine in the mix. Far from being protective this new HPV vaccine contains even more aluminium than the current HPV vaccine Gardasil which contains 225 micrograms.  One shot of Gardasil 9 has 500 mcg of this neurotoxin. Girls and boys will receive two shots of this new HPV vaccine bringing the total amount of aluminium injected into young bodies up to 1000mcg.

In FDA approved Gardasil 9: Malfeasance or Stupidity?, Norma Erickson has examined the Gardasil 9 package insert where she found that the rate of serious adverse events in  the trials of Gardasil 9 was 2.3-2.5%. Doesn’t sound bad but it really is because it means that for every 100,000 people who are given Gardasil 9 there will be 2300 serious adverse events and yet the cervical cancer rate in the US is around 7 women per 100,000. Talk about insanity!

And that’s not all she found when she examined the insert package. During the trials 2.4% of the recipients developed an autoimmune disorder which means that 2400 people could now be suffering from new diseases just because they had this new Gardasil injection. There was also bad news for women who became pregnant during the trials in that 14.1% suffered adverse outcomes. Erickson notes that those who were in the 4-valent Gardasil trials suffered similar and even higher rates of adverse outcomes of 17%. In all  313 women either lost their babies to spontaneous abortion or late fetal death or gave birth to children with congenital anomalies.

Will Gardasil 9 be listed on the PBS after July this year? Or will the PBAC whose job it is to recommend medicines for listing disapprove Seqirus’s request as occurred in November 2006 when CSL applied for the listing of  the 4-valent Gardasil? On that occasion the decision not to recommend Gardasil was overturned when Prime Minister John Howard stepped in and promised the public that the vaccine would be approved. In the interests of our children and grandchildren we can hope that Gardasil 9 is not listed on the PBS and if it is we will have to be even more vocal in our opposition to this unnecessary vaccination program that has so far failed to prevent one case of cervical cancer.

 

 

 

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

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Forthcoming June Release

In Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed  Helen Lobato argues that we do not know whether HPV vaccines will decrease the incidence of cervical cancer. What is emerging, however, is evidence of their harmful effects. In 2006, the experimental HPV vaccination program began and there have been at least 315 associated deaths and more than 50,000 adverse events following HPV vaccination.

Gardasil was fast-tracked through the FDA, a process usually reserved for life threatening diseases to fill an unmet and urgent medical need. Improved living conditions had already reduced the incidence of cervical cancer significantly in Western countries. So why is the HPV vaccine so heavily promoted in Australia, a country with one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world?

Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed documents the early history of cervical cancer and tracks its progression from a disease of obscurity to one of mainstream prominence. It includes the stories of vaccinated girls and boys who remain ill after receiving a vaccine purported to prevent a disease they were most unlikely to get. It records the voices of dissenters and resisters who call for an inquiry into HPV vaccines approved for use after a relentless propaganda campaign promoting a vaccine against a virus that many had never heard of.

This in-depth investigation exposes cracks in the pharmaceutical industry and highlights the problems that arise when government regulators and corporate interests are prioritized ahead of patient safety, independent science and common sense.

To order: women@spinifexpress.com.au

What’s wrong with the new HPV test?

d61b1d866e5f08185db93c1037f4bca6From 2017 testing for the presence of human papilloma virus (HPV) will replace Pap smear testing and the age at which women are advised to start screening will be raised to 25. At present women over the age of 18 are advised to get a pap smear every two years to screen for cervical cancer. (more…)

Free speech – not on vaccination it seems!

A SOCIAL media campaign is in progress to stop an American anti-vaccination campaigner running a series of lectures in Australia in March. Following on from the success of a campaign which resulted in the cancellation of the misogynist Julien Blanc’s visa, pro-vaccination activists are calling on the immigration department to have Dr Sherri Tenpenny’s visa cancelled because she speaks about the harms associated with vaccines.

Screen shot 2015-01-11 at 11.44.26 AMDr Sherri Tenpenny has planned to deliver six seminars around Australia in March and to be joined by Norma Erickson who runs Sanevax an organisation which promotes only Safe, Affordable, Necessary & Effective vaccines and vaccination practices through education and information. A homoeopathic practitioner from Victoria, Isaac Golden, who promotes the use of natural medicines to prevent disease is also scheduled to speak at the seminars. Unfortunately the seminars are now in jeopardy as most of the venues where her presentations were to be held have cancelled.

Tenpenny, who runs an alternative medicines clinic in Ohio, has written a book called Saying No To Vaccines and regularly lectures on the dangers of immunisation. Tenpenny says that she wrote her book because parents needed a tool that did their homework for them. She says that the evidence is there to support their decision to not vaccinate; you just have to do a little work to find it. ‘Everyone seems to be so afraid of “bugs” and their potential ability to make us sick. But the reality is that we swim in “bugs” every day and we are not dropping over like flies.. The only “bugs” we seem to obsess over are associated with vaccines. Only two generations ago, measles, mumps and chickenpox were normal experiences of childhood. Why we have complete fear of these infections is media and money driven and unfounded.’

And the Australian mainstream media perpetuates this fear and supports the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the vaccines when it fails to support Dr Tenpenny’s tour.  Her ideas are so sensible:

If the focus of Public Health was on sleep, exercise, clean water and safe, non-GMO food, we would have a healthy society without vaccines but we would not have billion dollar industries employing millions of people to keep us “healthy.” The fact is, we are a very UNhealthy society with vaccines, so the Public health and argument that we must vaccinate ‘for greater good’ is a failure.

Our hospitals are full of unhealthy adults and children despite all the vaccines, antibiotics and other medical interventions. Many people are living longer yet more debilitated lives, needing expensive medical management. Sherri Tenpenny and her fellow speakers just might be able to teach us how to live healthier lives and they should be given their right to speak.

 

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