Easy to learn breathing technique: A life saver

It was encouraging to read Heart’s Gas Boost  by Lucie van den Berg in the Herald Sun October 16, 2017. Survivors of cardiac arrest are to take part in a ‘world -first’ trial where they will have their blood levels of carbon dioxide increased in an attempt to lessen damage to the brain.  The increased levels of the gas achieved by the use of a ventilator will result in greater perfusion of the brain minimising the risk of  neurological damage after the cardiac event. This occurs because a higher level of CO2 contributes to a greater unloading of oxygen in the form of oxyhaemoglobin to the tissues. This mode of action is known as the Bohr effect referring to the observation that increases in the carbon dioxide partial pressure of blood or decreases in blood pH result in a lower affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen. Thus more oxygen is made available to body organs and tissues, in this instance, the brain.

An understanding of this process forms the very basis of the Buteyko Breathing Method developed by Professor Konstantin Buteyko in Russia back in 1952. In his chapter on Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, in everything you need to know to take control of your asthma: asthma-free naturally author Patrick McKeown describes the doctor as a ‘simple yet extraordinary man (who) devoted his life to studying the human organism and made one of the most profound discoveries in the history of medicine.’ Buteyko was suffering from hypertension and wondered if his habit of over breathing might be the cause of his intractable condition. He began experimenting on himself, reducing his inhalations and found that his headaches and the pain in his kidney ceased. A research of the available studies at the time confirmed his discovery that deep breathing and the exhalation of too much carbon dioxide decreased the amount of oxygen going to vital organs.

The Buteyko Institute Method is scientifically based on the standard medical principles of respiration, the normalisation of breathing, and the Bohr Effect. The Buteyko exercises train people to breathe through their noses, reduce their breathing to normal levels, keep their mouths closed and thus retain a higher proportion of the CO2 produced by the body. This results in immediate improvement in asthma, sleep apnoea, snoring, emphysema, COAD, COPD, sinusitis, hay fever, rhinitis, blocked nose, allergies, bronchitis, bronchiectasis, panic and anxiety conditions, and many other respiratory problems.

The news of this world-first trial to reduce brain damage after cardiac arrest is heartening. It can also be seen as an endorsement of the Buteyko method of breathing and its ability to improve the health of sufferers of many common conditions.

I have been learning the Buteyko method of breathing for the last three months and would attest to its value in increasing my quality of life. After five years of insomnia and plenty of money spent on the latest sleep cure including around $2000 for a mandibular splint I finally sleep through the night. A sleep study had revealed that I had sleep apnoea, only mild, but my lived experience was awful all the same. Each night as bedtime neared I would switch off the wi-fi, turn off the TV, read a book and later dim the lights hoping that such sleep hygiene measures would result in the release of melatonin and ensure a good night’s rest. To no avail, I could not stop the cycle of poor sleep accompanied by frequent, sudden snorting and the sleep anxiety and daily tiredness that followed.

Neither my  GP nor my sleep physician suggested that I try a natural therapy called Buteyko. In my desperate research to help my condition I came across the Buteyko breathing method which claimed to be the answer to sleep apnoea, snoring, asthma, nasal problems and anxiety.  After reading many articles and books on the method I tried to teach myself but had little success. That was until I enrolled in a course run by Paul O’Connell, Breathing Course Conductor & Practitioner Trainer. The Buteyko Institute Method is taught by practitioners registered with the Buteyko Institute of Breathing & Health (BIBH). The course consists of 5 sessions of 90 minutes duration run over consecutive days. The lectures are accompanied by breathing reconditioning where the emphasis to breathe only through the nose is stressed along with the importance of a reduction in the minute volume of air inhaled thus increasing the level of CO2 in the lungs thereby improving the oxygen uptake in the cells and tissues of the body.
Buteyko has been taught in Australia for over 20 years where it was first used successfully for asthma but is now also being taught for relief of sleep apnoea. Results of a 2012 survey of Buteyko Institute Practitioners suggests that this method of breathing retraining might prove to be an alternative method of treating sleep apnoea to the CPAP machine and that further studies are needed. The survey  found that:

Over 95% of clients with sleep apnoea had improved sleep and approximately 8o% of clients had been able to cease use of their CPAP machine or oral appliances. 

This in encouraging as is the use of this method for retraining the breathing of asthmatics. The results of the first clinical trial in Australia held in Brisbane into the effects of the Buteyko Method of Breathing for  asthmatics showed that those taking part were able to reduce their bronchodilator medication by 96%, their steroid medication by 49%, and their asthma symptoms by 71%.

As with any new skill, breathing retraining requires practice and an overall vigilance of how you are breathing throughout the day. If done properly this reduced breathing will also be how you breathe when  asleep. This was exciting news to me. How I longed for sleep as I remembered it before it was disturbed by who knows, but probably a very disturbing life event.

Paul O’Connell, Director of Buteyko Health & Breathing explained that the course involved learning to reduce our intake of air and that we only need about 4-5 litres of air a minute but a lot of us are inclined to be far more greedy and inhale a hearty 14 litres. Surprisingly snoring is thought to be the body’s mechanism to have us slow our breathing and retain some valuable carbon dioxide. The physiology is really interesting and if this fairly simple adjustment to one’s life can restore health, well that is fantastic news.

Our breathing practice consisted of inhaling through our nose and holding our breath until we felt the first signs of being uncomfortable – of air hunger. I remember my first attempt at this and my result was a very poor 23 seconds. This measurement is called the Control Pause and represents the level of CO2 in the lungs. Over the 5 day course this improved to where I could hold my breath reasonably comfortably for 46 seconds and am pleased to say that I have continued my practice and my controls have improved to over 100 seconds and up to 2 minutes along with improvements in my sleep and general feeling of wellbeing.

There are many  benefits to our health from experiencing higher levels of CO2. As you learn to breathe smaller volumes of air that result in higher level of carbon dioxide there is an increase in body temperature and in saliva levels. Both are signs that the circulation is improving along with a boost to the parasympathetic nervous system resulting in a feeling of calmness and well being.

In his book Breathless Sleep…no more, former sleep apnoea sufferer Paul Rodriguez discusses the importance of awareness in our ability to breathe well:

Awareness, or mindfulness, of our breathing is essential. Recognising how every day emotional and stressful states affect the volume and rate of breathing is essential to achieving a state of relaxation.

Other important principles of the Buteyko Institute Method may involve changes to diet and being aware that eating too much causes us to deepen our breathing. The best way to encourage healing is to avoid processed foods and concentrate on fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts if possible. Other lifestyles changes include sleeping on your left side if you can and always with your mouth closed which can be facilitated by lightly taping your mouth. And of course the importance of exercise and how this helps build up our levels of carbon dioxide contributing to the feeling of contentment.

I look forward to going to bed now confident that my sleep will not be punctuated by frequents awakenings and adrenaline surges. Apart from wanting a good night’s sleep, sleep apnoea is associated with hypertension, vascular and cardiovascular disease so it is best to find a cure and a natural one at that.

It is such a simple way to treat sleep apnoea but one largely ignored by medical practitioners. This is despite some very positive media stories such as the 2005 A Current Affair which aired a story concerning the case studies of sleep apnoea sufferers being taught by Paul O’Connell in Melbourne who were successfully able to give up their CPAP machines after retraining their breathing using the Buteyko Method. But it is no surprise that medical research remains fixated on high-tech solutions  – there is much money to be made by selling mandibular splints and CPAP machines. Maybe Buteyko owes its neglect to its simplicity for it is hard to believe at first that this method will work. We are so accustomed to the  technological quick fixes.

No this is not a treatment your average general practitioner or sleep physician is likely to recommend and especially now that the Australian government is scrapping rebates for natural therapies. Therapies which include the Alexander technique, aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, herbalism, homoeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi, and yoga will no longer attract a rebate which although small was a sign that the community was recognising the health benefits of alternative therapies.

On October 13 the Australian Government announced its reforms to the private health insurance system which included dropping the rebates for various natural modalities.  These non medical treatments are  popular with around 14 million Australians using complementary therapies with private health insurance covering an average rebate of $30 per session.  The scrapping of the rebates followed the review of the Australian Government Rebate on Natural Therapies for Private Health Insurance. The purpose of the Review was to make sure that the therapies were ‘underpinned by a credible evidence base that demonstrates their clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness and safety and quality.’

The 2015 review found that for Alexander technique, Buteyko, massage therapy, tai chi, and yoga there was evidence, which was graded as low to moderate quality, that these natural therapies may improve certain health outcomes for a limited number of clinical conditions. However, in most cases the quality of the overall body of evidence was not sufficient to enable definite conclusions to be drawn about the clinical effectiveness of the therapies.

But all is not lost. There are financial reasons for the Austin hospital trial into the effects of increasing the CO2 levels of cardiac arrest patients. It costs $120,000 to care for a patient who is admitted to intensive care post cardiac arrest. So the hope is that the trial will result in a better outcome for the patient and the health budget. Would it be too much to ask that similar sensible rearrangements might be made to other conditions that cost the public purse far too much, such as subsidised medications for asthma?

But I live in a dream world. It must be the effects of higher levels of CO2.

 

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A comprehensive evaluation of the overall impact of aluminum on human health is overdue

A decade since the launch of the vaccine a book questions the claim it prevents cancer,’ wrote Carolyn Moynihan as she began her review of my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed published in August in MercatorNet. Her review was fair with her concluding paragraph:
Lobato concludes her book with an appeal to the media to do their job and give the public the fuller story about the HPV vaccine. You may not agree with her version of the story at all points, but she has shown Big Media some of the things they could be airing in the interests of informed debate.
A month later MercatorNet has published another piece presenting ‘expert’ evidence given by Professor Silvia Carlos an expert on infectious diseases in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Navarre, Spain. One of the issues that they discuss with Professor Silvia Carlos concerns the safety of aluminium in the HPV vaccine. It is vital that we understand this issue as Gardasil contains 225 micrograms of amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate per dose. The purpose and mechanism of the aluminium as an adjuvent is explained by Exley, C., Siesjö, P. & Eriksson as owing to the homogeneity and generally weak immunogenicity of recombinant antigens, the inclusion of adjuvants is often necessary for the induction of robust immune responses and effective immunisation. In other words the human papilloma virus-like particles made by DNA recombination technology are not strong enough to bring about an immune response so aluminium which enhances the body’s immune response is added.
Silvia Carlos claims that the amount of aluminium in the vaccines is low and quotes the CDC, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention which says that aluminium has been safely used in vaccines for over 70 years.
However Canadian researchers Lucija Tomljenovic and Christopher Shaw state in their paper Aluminium Adjuvants: Are they safe?  
Despite almost 90 years of widespread use of aluminum adjuvants, medical science’s understanding about their mechanisms of action is still remarkably poor. They state that:

Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin. Experimental research clearly shows that aluminium adjuvants have a potential to induce serious immunological disorders in humans. In addition: the use of adjuvants in human vaccinations has been linked to adverse effects often classified under Autoimmune (or autoinflammatory) syndrome induced by adjuvants . Combined with the relatively low cost of hydrated colloidal aluminium salts and their ease of inclusion as effective adjuvants within clinically approved vaccine formulations, the continued use of ABA (aluminium based adjuvants) in human vaccinations is likely to continue. Aluminum adjuvants are also used in vaccines such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria-tetanus-containing vaccines, and Haemophilus influenzae type b and pneumococcal vaccines.

Canadian researchers Tomljenovic and Shaw state that unlike dietary aluminium which usually is rapidly cleared from the body, aluminium that is used in vaccines such as Gardasil ‘is designed to provide a long-lasting cellular exposure’. They explain that while the aluminium that is contained in vaccine facilitates an immune response against antigens it can make its way into the central nervous system. ‘It is not really a matter of much debate that aluminium in various forms can be neurotoxic.’

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 latest HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 contains 500 micrograms of (AAHS) which is given as two or three shots.

The safety of our teenagers is at stake. They are being injected all over the world with Gardasil which has 225 micrograms per dose and in Australia next year will be given Gardasil 9 containing 500 micrograms per dose. Tomljenovic and Shaw call for a comprehensive evaluation of the overall impact of aluminum on human health which they stress is overdue. In the meantime the HPV vaccination programs should be ceased. There is zero scientific evidence that HPV vaccines have been proven to prevent a single case of cervical cancer in any country (Dr Sin Hang Lee).

 

 

 

Why are we replacing the Pap smear with a test for HPV?

Why are we replacing the successful Pap smear program with an HPV test when we don’t know if HPV is the cause of cervical cancer?

Joan Shenton, is a British broadcaster and producer of Sacrificial Virgins:  Not for the greater good.  In Part One of the series, Shenton interviews molecular biologist Professor Peter Duesberg who is also the author of What if HPV does NOT cause cervical cancer?  and asks him whether there is a causal relationship between the human papilloma virus and and cervical cancer. “Absolutely not”, he replied, adding that if HPV is there at all then it is what is known as a passenger virus. “It does nothing…these are fossils of HPV which are still in some cells. They are from an infection decades prior to the cancer.” This is damning and we must ask what on earth we are doing vaccinating girls and boys all over the world with a vaccine protective against a harmless wart virus. But the vaccine is not harmless. On the contrary there are more adverse events following its administration than for all other vaccines.

From the 1960s to 1991, cervical cancer screening was available to women in Australia on an opportunistic basis in that the test was done on the request of the doctor or the woman herself. Then, in 1991, an organised program was set up which in 1995 became the National Cervical Screening Program. Since the Australian National Cervical Screening Program began in 1991, the number of deaths from the disease have halved (Cancer Council Australia, 2017).

In December 2017 the successful two-yearly pap tests for women aged between 18 and 69 will be replaced by a five-yearly HPV test for 25 to 74-year-olds. An  ABC online article explains that HPV screening looks for DNA from the human papillomavirus virus strains that cause the vast majority of cervical cancers. (Or so they say). The mainstream media was all over this new test yesterday. Why? Because according to Karen Canfell, director of the Cancer Research Division at the Cancer Council NSW, HPV screening for cervical cancer had been extensively studied and modelled, and shown to be better than Pap smears and liquid-based cytology. And the end of the year when this new program commences is fast approaching. It is time for promotion. And the media follows suite. They do not ask how these changes might adversely affect women or some women. They do not ask if there might be a problem with over treatment.

I suggest that these changes to the national cervical screening program are highly problematic. Firstly because the test is predicated on the basis that HPV causes cervical cancer. But we do not know that. We are told that cervical cancer is caused by HPV but even if the common human papilloma virus is found in tumour cells it may just be a harmless passenger. The real causes of cervical cancer are most likely socioeconomic and environmental factors such as poverty, nutritional deficiences, smoking, multiparity, prolonged contraceptive use and ageing. This test is for HPV not for cervical cancer. HPV is a very common virus so much so that most of us have had this at some stage in our lives. HPV is likely to be found in cervical cells but as Professor Duesberg has explained if the virus is detected it is a fossil, left over from earlier infection.

Pap smear testing has often been seen as excessive and resulting in cases of over-screening and treatment but this new test amounts to much more of the same. If the HPV test finds that a woman has HPV type 16 or 18, she will be given a colposcopy to look for any pre-cancerous cervical lesions. And if the HPV test finds any of the other high risk strains of HPV, then a Pap test will be ordered to ascertain if a colposcopy is required (Sifferlin, 2014). All of this of course will result in more colposcopies, and a lot of unnecessary worry for women who return a positive HPV test. And a great business opportunity for those in the sickness industry. This includes the vaccine industry – for this is sure to mean more women lining up for HPV vaccines and more adverse events resulting in more sick girls and boys who then need expensive medical care if they are to recover their former health. This policy is disastrous as is the HPV vaccination program which vaccinates teenagers all over the world with a vaccine that at best is preventative against a few strains of the human papilloma virus but does not protect them against cancer. How could it – it is a vaccine against a wart virus, that is all.

With these changes to the screening program there is particular concern for women who test negative for HPV but who have cervical cancer. HPV-negative tumours are present in many types of cervical cancers. Zhao MD and his colleagues report that large-scale studies reveal the existence of HPV-negative cervical cancers present in almost all types of cervical cancers (Zhao MD et al., 2014). According to Bosch et al. (2002), there has been little investigation of older women with cervical cancer, but it is likely that the HPV-negative cancers can be found in this group of women.These HPV-negative women will not have their disease found as early as they would have with a routine Pap smear.  There has been little investigation of older women with cervical cancer but it is likely that the HPV negative cancers can be found in this group of women.

With the arrival of videos such as Sacrificial Virgins:  Not for the greater good  and books such as Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed the HPV causes cervical cancer is being exposed as the shocking sham it is. The vaccination program needs to stop until there is proof that HPV causes cancer and so far there is none. And the mainstream media need to up their game. After all this is what they are being paid for.

 

 

We are losing what it is to be human

When my daughter Tamara was born I was fortunate to have a sensible down to earth mother who encouraged me to breast feed. This was 1971 when it was becoming fashionable for young women to ditch the breast and take up formula feeding. I happily followed mum’s advice and never regretted it for a moment. Breast feeding is natural and of course really convenient and more importantly a perfect feed for baby. Not just nutritionally but replete with immunity. This brings me to the subject of herd immunity – natural herd immunity. We hear our so-called health experts speak of the need for herd immunity in the context of vaccines. But herd immunity is not obtainable from vaccines. Vaccine-acquired protection from childhood infections does not last whereas the natural infection with its fever and rashes extends immunity and is reinforced by others when they come down with the illness.

Herd immunity is gained in the following way. As a child before the age of vaccines it was common to have infections such as measles mumps, rubella, and chicken pox. A few days off kindergarten or school and then you were well again. We never heard of children having complications from the natural infection. When babies are breast fed this natural immunity is passed on and is protective of  baby in the early months of life. Then when our children have measles, mumps, rubella and chicken pox the adult immunity to these illnesses is reinforced – this I think of as herd immunity. Take the case of chicken pox, a mild infection. Before the current age of vaccines chicken pox immunity among adults was regularly reinforced by the young around them who had the natural disease. In this way elderly people, often susceptible to shingles were protected from the painful and debilitating disease. This naturally acquired immunity is disappearing now that children are vaccinated for these mild childhood infections and everything else – even against influenza. Nature has it right. Breast is best, and a dose of a mild infectious disease makes us stronger.

Fear is a great motivator and our media at the behest of health departments and the pharmaceutical industry have exploited the fear of disease to such an extent that most of society think that vaccines will prevent childhood disease and the rare death. Before the age of vaccines there were around 10 cases of death from measles in Australia and these sadly occurred in areas of poverty and disadvantage. Infectious disease deaths fell before widespread vaccination. Factors that resulted in reduced deaths were improved nutrition, sanitation and hygiene.

Similarly when we turn to the issue of cervical cancer and prior to the 2006 release of Gardasil, the media message was intense and scarcely a day passed without a horrifying cervical cancer story accompanied by the promotion of an auspicious, imminent vaccine. This message reached 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. Poverty and environmental factors such as smoking, poor diets and even natural ageing were displaced as causation in favour of the human papilloma virus or wart virus. The outcome of this propaganda has led to over 70,000 adverse events and 314 deaths in young girls and boys after HPV vaccination.

We need to turn this around. There are many awful things happening in the world today but this one could be stopped tomorrow if there was a will. In the words of Dr Sherri Tenpenny: “True health cannot come from a needle. Injecting people with something to try to keep them well is a 200 year mistake.”

 

 

 

 


Press release in response to media reports about the new Gardasil 9 vaccine

Re: ‘New, improved Gardasil 9 fights 90% of cervical cancers, beats genital warts too’ (The Age, September 6, 2017).

“A new version of the Gardasil vaccine has been developed and, according to Professor Suzanne Garland, ‘the eradication of cervical cancer is now firmly within our sights.’ Garland is the lead Australian author of a global trial published in The Lancet and funded by the drug’s manufacturer Merck which came to the conclusion that the new HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 could prevent 90 per cent of cervical cancers worldwide.

However, parents of teenage children need facts not empty promises. We do not know if Gardasil 9 or its predecessor Gardasil can prevent cervical cancer. To date Gardasil has not been shown to prevent a single case of 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.

Wording is important. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (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.

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.

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) has recommended that Gardasil 9 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?

It is incredible that the obvious conflict of interest, with the manufacturer funding studies into its own product, seems to have been entirely ignored in the hype surrounding the Gardasil 9 vaccine.

What Merck has done is fund a study into its own product. Buoyed by the claims of the study’s author, even though they are purely speculative, Merck will now endeavour to ensure that every Australian teenager is administered with Gardasil 9, by accessing the limited resources of the public health purse.

What a lucrative profit-making exercise: fund studies into your own products, talk up the results, and thanks to the newspapers of Australia and their blinkered journalism, sit back and watch the money roll in.”

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

Helen Lobato 7 September 2017

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

 

 

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Class action against Merck Sharp & Dohme

On a positive note if there is one in this Gardasil story is the news that a class action against the manufacturers of Gardasil began on August 4, 2017 on behalf of 700 Columbian women who in March 2014 were admitted to the hospital suffering new medical conditions after the administration of Gardasil. The Reconstruando Esperanza Association consists of the alleged victims of Gardasil, which is suing  Merck Sharp & Dohme for “the damages caused to the life and health” of hundreds of women and girls.

Some background to this case:

In August 2014, The South China Post  reported: Hundreds of girls in Colombian town sick after taking Gardasil vaccine. While the parents of the girls suspected adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine, there were others such as the National Ministry of Health who called this a case of mass hysteria and even suggested the idea that their illnesses might be as a result of illicit drug use or overuse of the ouija board.

Jeffrey Jaxen reports on the testimonies given by the girls:

Maria Paula Salamanca, was given an injection of Gardasil on May 27, 2013.

A year prior to that, in 2012, Salamanca was a world-class skater winning a silver metal for Colombia in the annual 100K New York Marathon. After the HPV shot, she began to pass out and have migraines that she, her coaches and her family all attributed to fatigue.

Juliana Vega, now 19 years old, was given the HPV shot at school in 2014 yet was never warned about the risks. Fifteen days later she began fainting, and started losing her hair and vision. Vega testified stating:

I had to suspend my plans for college. I was extremely athletic before, now I can’t run — my legs won’t let me. I have no wheelchair and if I awake with no mobility in my legs, I have to stay in bed.

Some practical support for the girls has come from a powerful figure in Columbian politics. Inspector General Alejandro Ordoñez insisted that the girls were given top treatment and asked that the National Institute of Health issue scientific studies of HPV suggesting vaccine safety. Meanwhile the Health department held an inquiry into the outbreak of new medical conditions arising after the second dose of Gardasil and concluded that the girls symptoms were not due to Gardasil rather they were due to episodes of psychogenic cause, due to the minor’s fear of being sick, augmented by the media attention on the events and lack of an identified cause.

It is no wonder the Columbian girls and their families have taken to the courts. Good luck to the 700 young women as they seek justice through the courts for the damages caused to the life and health.

Patrice’s message to other mothers is clearly: ‘Don’t do it.’

This harrowing story told by Patrice about the death of her daughter Gabby was recorded by the Vaxxed team while they toured Australia this week. This is the first death in Australia in relation to Gardasil that I have heard of, but of course it is unlikely to be the only Australian death that has occurred in a girl or boy following HPV vaccination. The Database of Adverse Events Notifications (DAEN) found on the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website, lists there have been around 4000 adverse events recorded but they list no deaths. But few people are aware of where or how to record their adverse events so the real extent of events following vaccination are likely to be much worse and may include deaths. The recording system VAERS covering USA and some European countries reports that there have been 324 deaths following Gardasil vaccination. Patrice’s daughter Gabby who died several years ago wanted to have the vaccine. Gabby was a normal healthy young girl and she and her friends were very aware of the media hype that preceded the rollout of Gardasil including TV ads urging girls to be ‘one less’ to die from cervical cancer. Gabby’s mother Patrice had a gut instinct that the vaccine wasn’t needed and told her daughter about her concerns regarding its safety but to no avail. After her first Gardasil vaccine Gabby complained of a headache that didn’t go away followed by pain in the right side of her abdomen three weeks after the shot. This was found on ultrasound to be coming from a tumour on her right ovary. Gabby was diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer. She was given chemotherapy and died an ‘excruciatingly painful death’. Patrice’s message to other mothers is clearly: ‘Don’t do it.’

Multiple sclerosis or vaccine injured?

The average age for a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis is 30, but in recent years the number of younger women diagnosed with the disease in Australia has risen dramatically. It used to affect men and women equally but now women are three times more likely to be affected. I recently heard of a young woman who was relieved when she was diagnosed with MS because no-one had been able to tell her why she was unwell. Her symptoms began when she was 13 and consisted of headaches, sensory deficit affecting her leg, and fatigue resulting in her missing a lot of school.

I wondered as I heard her story if rather than MS she was suffering a vaccine injury.  Neurological dysfunction is one of the very common adverse events of the Gardasil vaccine. Her symptoms started at 13, the age Gardasil is given to young teens as part of the school vaccination program. It makes me wonder just how many girls and boys are diagnosed with MS and other neurological conditions and autoimmune diseases rather than with a vaccine injury. Naomi Snell, a 28-year-old Melbourne woman suffered autoimmune and neurological problems following her Gardasil vaccination and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis initially but was later found to be suffering a neurological response to the vaccine. Similarly 26-year-old Kristin Clulow from NSW was given the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis after her health began to unravel after her second shot of Gardasil with the prescribed treatment methylprednisolone, commonly given to sufferers of this debilitating neurological disease. Kristin was eventually given the diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, an immune-mediated inflammatory demyelinating condition that predominately affects the white matter of the brain and spinal cord.

Laura, one of the Irish ‘Gardasil Girls’ was told she was suffering chronic fatigue syndrome after her condition worsened to such an extent she could no longer go to school. But whatever the health system chose to call the debilitating conditions, she and the other affected girls and their families are united in their conviction that they became ill after their HPV vaccinations. Many of these girls and now boys who are unwell after their HPV vaccinations are forced to seek medical help, they need answers. But instead they are given a medical diagnosis that seems to fit while the cause remains hidden.

See: Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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/

 

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