Chandler Marrs reports: Another Gardasil girl died last month. The author of Another Day, Another Death sends her condolences to the family of the dead girl whom she had not had the chance to meet. Sadly there are many Gardasil girls we will never get the opportunity to meet. Their young lives have been cut short by illness and death. This young girl is one of at least 324 young people who have died after receiving HPV vaccines such as Gardasil. I am deeply sorry to report that the total number of reported deaths and adverse events post vaccination is far from abating. The wonderful website SaneVax keeps a tally of the recorded adverse events and deaths affecting young people following HPV vaccination. In June 2017 as recorded in my book Gardasil: Fast-Tracked and Flawed the total number of deaths was 315, but the number of deaths has now reached at least 324. This is an increase of 9 deaths from the end of May until July 2017.
Bereaved families should not expect an apology from the vaccine industry – their profits continue to grow despite the more than 73,000 adverse events that have followed vaccination against the human papilloma virus. It is seriously obscene that industry profits grow in the wake of escalating numbers of young teenagers damaged after getting a vaccination for a disease they were most unlikely to get. The industry reports that the end of this month Merck’s sales of Gardasil and Gardasil 9 had climbed 19% to $469 million after strong sales in the Asia Pacific region and profitable sales in Brazil. We should also not expect to hear about the death of another Gardasil girl in our evening news bulletins. Seriously if it wasn’t for websites such as SaneVax and Hormones Matter we might still be in the dark about the shocking number of casualties following the receipt of a vaccine that was supposed to prevent cervical cancer but at best is protective against a few types of the human papilloma virus.
Where is the mainstream reporting? Aren’t the deaths and the prolonged injuries suffered by so many of our young worthy of their time, expertise and exposure? How can the ABC, The Age, The Guardian and other news outlets that have long sought our trust and readership fail to bring us the news about these young people who are becoming ill, often remaining so for a very long time, with some even losing their lives after HPV vaccination. These are our young adults given these vaccines as part of the school vaccination program. But it is a program for which there is no informed consent. If there was informed consent then parents and their offspring would be aware that there is no epidemic of cervical cancer in western nations and that the vaccine has not been proven to prevent cervical cancer. Parents also need to know there have been thousands of adverse events following the vaccination and hundreds of deaths. This lack of informed consent is unethical and the media should be doing its job and alerting the community. The prolonged suffering of these young people affects the whole family – one parent will have to give up their employment and become a carer. The family will have to seek alternative health care which is expensive because the medical system usually has no answers to the conditions these girls and boys are suffering and most won’t even admit that it is a vaccine injury. Many of these ill teenagers are told they are making it all up; that they are hysterical and we have heard such dismissive nonsense before.
The job of the media is to inform the public, not protect corporate interests. However sadly this is not always how the system works. The ramifications of this fast-tracked and flawed vaccination program need to be examined. These young people will need treatment, a lot of them can no longer go to school. What is to become of them? Society should care deeply about this. And society needs to hear the truth.
As to the failings of our media, honorary professor in the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry at the University of Wollongong, Sharon Beder writes about the power of corporate advertising and its ability to influence and taper media content so as to attract a certain audience who will succumb to advertising, its considerable influence extending to the editing of content. And in the case of the ABC which is free from advertising there is still constraint especially when it comes to airing any information about any vaccine. The firm supportive position that our government and health authorities take on the issue is not open to debate.
Sharon Beder explains:
Journalists are free to write what they like if they produce well-written stories ‘free of any politically discordant tones’, that is, if what they write fits the ideology of those above them in the hierarchy. A story that supports the status quo is generally considered to be neutral and its objectivity is not questioned, while one that challenges the status
quo tends to be perceived as having a ‘point of view’ and therefore biased.
And if anyone is in doubt about what happens when mainstream dares to report on problems with health policies they have only to look at what happened when the ABC’s science program Catalyst and presenter Dr Maryanne Demasi investigated the science behind the claims that saturated fat causes heart disease by raising cholesterol and whether cholesterol – lowering drugs reduced the risk of heart disease. This was courageous reporting for over the last few decades we’ve been told that saturated is bad for our arteries and that cholesterol causes heart disease resulting in a multi-billion dollar drug and food industry. In the first episode Heart of the Matter, Demasi explored the origins of the belief that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease and why this is now being called the biggest myth in medical history. There was a predictable outcry over the program with representatives from The National Heart Foundation telling the ABC’s PM program that they were “shocked” that Catalyst had disregarded evidence about the effectiveness of cholesterol drugs and ABC’s Health Report presenter Dr Norman Swan claiming that “people will die as a result of the Catalyst program unless people understand at heart what the issues are.” What is at stake when one dares open this ‘can of worms’ is one’s career and after another attempt at informing the public this time on the dangers of Wi-Fi, Maryanne Demasi was sacked. Catalyst has also disappeared from our screens.
But something has to give. We cannot continue to live the lie that denies the death of the latest Gardasil girl and those who no doubt will follow her.