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

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Irish parents of ‘Gardasil Girls’ labelled “emotional terrorists”

Irish parents and girls who have become seriously unwell after their HPV vaccine shots are involved in a fierce battle with their government. Last week the HSE, the Irish Health  Service labelled girls with chronic health problems following their vaccination “emotional terrorists”.

Irish philanthropist Jonathan Irwin in a letter to Tony O’ Brien of the HSE points out that he is one of the “emotional terrorists” for as a parent of a sick daughter he has dared to question the side effects of the Gardasil vaccine. He writes:
I am not anti-vaccine. The HSE should be embracing parents with issues like us, listening to us and learning from our experience. Not embarrassing us and making us out to be the enemy. Please stop this verbal bull-dozing and wake up and listen to these very real problems. We don’t have to be doctors to ask questions. And a health system that doesn’t ask questions or admit that there might be problems is rotten. I expect more compassion from the leader of our health service. Shame on you.

There has been some support for the parents of Irish teenage girls who have developed serious health problems after Gardasil coming from independent TD Mattie McGrath who wants the Head of the HSE fired – over what he calls a vicious and unwarranted attack on parents and also from Sinn Féin health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly who said that medical authorities need to listen to those with concerns. “I have met people who believe – and they wholeheartedly believe – that their daughters have been impacted adversely by the HPV vaccine,” she said.

This battle must be seen in the context of the falling HPV vaccination rate in Ireland which has plummeted from 90% to 50% last year. The Irish media calls the support group Regret a “group aggressively campaigning against the HPV vaccination.” However Regret, short for Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma was set up by parents of Irish teenage girls who  are certain that their children’s ill-health commenced after HPV vaccination.

While the media does the government’s bidding it neglects to tell the real stories of what is happening to Irish girls. It also fails to report the stories of teachers who are witnessing what is happening on vaccination days.

One young female teacher said she would rather go off sick when the girls are being given the HPV vaccine than witness what she has seen in her school over the last 3 years. She said she saw a number of girls lying on the floor like zombies. She was horrified that another senior member of staff said to her, ” you seen nothing, forget about it. ”

Another female teacher said that there is no way that her daughter who will be starting post primary school in few years time will be getting what she described as that horrible vaccine. She said that this must not and could not be right and wondered what was going to be long-term outcome with this girls health.

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 – more than 400 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.

But inspite of the paucity of reason for HPV vaccination along with the thousands of sick girls and boys who became so after HPV vaccination the HSE has launched an intensified HPV vaccine PR campaign. The message is clear:
Vaccinating our girls is the best way of protecting them from this cancer in later life. Get informed. Get vaccinated.

The propaganda continues: I have been told that Australia is regarded in Ireland as the perfect example of how beneficial Gardasil is – the story goes that it has virtually wiped out cervical cancer. This is blatantly untrue. HPV vaccines are only 11 years old. Cervical cancer takes decades to develop. It is far too early to tell if there will ever be a case of cervical cancer prevented by this vaccine. So far there is no scientific proof that HPV vaccines have ever prevented a single case of cervical cancer anywhere in the world. The Australian government’s own website lists an estimated 912 new cases of cervical cancer this year with 254 deaths. Cervical cancer continues to affect Australian women. But HPV vaccination is not warranted. There are other ways to prevent cervical cancer without risking the health of our future generations with experimental vaccination.

See: Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

 

What causes cervical cancer?

 

There are many unanswered questions regarding the current dogma that HPV causes cervical cancer. For example:

Why is it that only one in 10,000 HPV infected women go on to develop cervical cancer and why does this cancer only develop decades after HPV infection?

The human papilloma virus was not always considered the cause of cervical cancer. Christine Kent author of Saving the Whole Woman has pointed out that there is a lack of glycogen in the squamous mucosa of the cervix and vagina in women with cervical cancer. Glycogen is a stored form of glucose which is necessary for the health of these reproductive tissues. Other researchers have looked into dietary reasons that may contribute to cervical cancer such as Susan Quilliam who in her book Positive Smear noted nutritional deficiencies such as a lack of vitamin C, beta carotene and folic acid. Carolyn DeMarco also mentions the role of folic acid describing it as an important cofactor needed by the enzymes that make DNA and one that is often deficient in pill users, that can protect against precancerous changes in the cervix. Demarco adds that low levels of beta-carotene have been associated with cervical dysplasia along with inadequate vitamin B6 and selenium. Carolyn Demarco and Susan Quilliam both discuss the role that prolonged use of the contraceptive pill has on the incidence of cervical cancer. A 1988 update of a study that had been going on in Britain for the last 20 years links the pill with cervical cancer. The incidence of cervical cancer in women who had taken the pill for more than ten years was four times greater than for women who had not. The overall incidence of cancer of the cervix was increased in women who had used the pill.

Then there is the role that smoking plays in the development of the disease with it being a major risk factor and said to account for a two-to four-fold increased incidence of cervical cancer. Reading from the QuitNow website :

Smoking is a cause of cancer of the cervix. Tobacco specific carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) have been found in the cervical mucus of smokers. Smokers and former smokers risk of developing cancer of the cervix is about double that of never smokers.The level of risk remains after taking into account other risk factors for cervical cancer including infection with the human papilloma virus (HPV), a likely factor in most cases. Your risk of developing cervical cancer increases the longer you smoke and the more cigarettes you smoke. Women who smoke are around twice as likely to develop cervical cancer than non- smokers and research has shown that toxins from first-hand and second-hand smoking can be found in cervical tissue. Smoking has been implicated in the causation of cervical cancer since the 1970s.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers the following tips for preventing cervical cancer: Don’t smoke, have regular Pap smears, eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables, use a condom and be monogamous. Seems very sensible to me.  And why don’t we hear this sensible advice rather than the baseless message that HPV vaccines are needed to save your daughter from the ravages of cervical cancer. And look where this advice has got the young teens of the world with over 73000 adverse events post vaccination and hundreds of deaths. This is a disease for which HPV vaccination is not warranted. First attend to these lifestyle causes would be a good way to go.

Read more: Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

 

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!

 

 

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

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