What is Gardasil?
Gardasil is manufactured by Merck Inc., and is being promoted all over the globe as a cervical cancer vaccine. According to official product information, “Gardasil is the only cervical cancer vaccine that helps protect against four types of human papillomavirus (HPV): two types that cause 70 percent of cervical cancer cases, and two more types that cause 90 percent of genital warts cases.” The manufacturer states that Gardasil is for girls and young women ages 9 to 26.
Cervarix is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, and also marketed as a vaccine against certain types of cancer-causing human paillomavrius. Cervarix is not currently available in the United States, but is approved for use in Australia, the Phillipines and in Europe. In Europe, Cervarix is in the national program of vaccination for teen and pre-teen girls. Just recently, this drug was approved for use in the U.S. by the FDA.
There are several groups that endorse the use of Gardasil, such as American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
So Gardasil and Cervarix are perfectly safe, right? A miracle vaccine, with very few side effects?
On the Merck website, the side effects are listed as pain, swelling, itching, bruising and redness at the injection site; headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and fainting. Sometimes fainting is accompanied by falling with injury, as well as shaking or stiffening and other seizure-like activity. The product information also says that patients who are severely allergic to yeast should not take Gardasil. Sounds relatively harmless, right? Let’s go a little deeper.
Since the drug’s introduction in 2006, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has received more than 18,000 reports of adverse side effects related to Gardasil. These reports include serious adverse effects including Guilliane Barre, lupus, seizures, paralysis, blood clots, brain inflammation, severe fatigue and weakness, heart problems, shortness of breath, chest pains and many more.
At last count, there have been at least 73 reported deaths as a result of Gardasil use, this does not include spontaneous abortions. Cervarix has been responsible for more than 9,000 cases of serious, adverse reactions and at least 3 deaths since this vaccine has been in use. One of the worst cases involved 14-year-old Natalie Morton, who collapsed and died in school in England just one hour after receiving the vaccine. (Her death was later attributed to a brain tumor, but if this were true, why were there no symptoms prior to her receiving the vaccine?)
I’m sure many people reading this will say ” Every vaccine has it’s risks”, to be followed by the statement, “Well surely the benefits outweigh the chance of any adverse side effects”. Let’s see what Dr.Diane Harper, lead researcher in the development of two human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines and director of the Gynecologic Cancer Prevention Research Group at the University of Missouri, told an audience of medical professionals on October 25, 2009.
And remember, this is coming from a developer of the Gardasil vaccine! She says, “Gardasil is largely unnecessary, and that it has never been fully tested on females under the age of 15. This, despite strong marketing efforts to make the drug mandatory for girls, and product literature and advertising that state the product can be used by girls as young as age 9.
Dr. Harper’s remarks were made to an audience at the 4th International Public Conference on Vaccination. During this talk, she said 70 percent of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment within a year, and that within two years that number climbs to 90 percent. Of the remaining 10 percent, she said, only half will develop into cervical cancer, resulting in “little need for the vaccine.” She also said incidences of cervical cancer are steadily decreasing with conventional treatments and preventative measures.
Add this to the fact that Merck’s own website says this vaccine is not intended to take the place of regular check ups and pap smears. Then why take the chance and let your daughter be injected with Gardasil? This vaccine that contains chemicals such as an aluminum adjuvant – that has been linked to the Gulf War Syndrome, also contains polysorbate 80 – shown to cause infertility in rats, as well as sodium borate – a common roach killer that has been attributed to causing unconsciousness, seizures and death — this chemical is said to be carcinogenic and known to cause cancer.
Also according to Merck’s website 60% of the American population has HPV. They fail to mention that HPV is a medical term used for many different warts, 99% which are harmless: Planters warts, Flat warts, etc. Gardasil is intended to protect againist FOUR types of HPV. But there are over 120 different strains of HPV.
–Over 100 of these strains cause harmless warts (you’ve had them as a child, probably) that cause warts on the hands/feet. They do no harm. Over 30 of these strains remain invisible and disappear by themselves.
–10 strains are caught ONLY through sexual contact. Most of these go away by themselves. They do not cause cancer.
–10 strains cause warts on the genitalia. Caught by sexual contact. They do not cause cancer.
–4 strains are only caught by sexual contact and can lead to cervical cancer. However, you have a 92% chance of surviving cervical cancer after being diagnosed with these strains. Less than .8% of the population carries one of these strains.
After looking at all of the information on Gardasil, it appears there are more questions than answers.
This is a very good Australian TV story about Gardasil
Please click on the picture above, and then click on the video indicated.
“A Shot in the Dark”
Here’s a link to the package insert that comes with each vial of gardasil.