All 11- and 12-year-old girls should receive a new vaccine to prevent infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), the most common cause of cervical cancer, according to the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
The recommendation is geared to reach girls before they begin sexual activity, as HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. However, the vaccine -- Gardasil, made by Merck -- is also advised for females aged 13-26.
The Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil in June 2006. It is licensed for females aged 9-26 and is given in three doses over six months, at a cost of $120 per dose.
Critics have raised concerns that states might require the HPV vaccine for school admission, a move that would make "state officials, not parents," in charge of the sexual health of U.S. children. No states are considering making the vaccine a school requirement at this time.
Over 6 million Americans are infected with HPV each year. Most infections clear up on their own, but certain types of HPV can cause cancer.
Yes, you read it correctly. This vaccine will cost as much as 10 times more than other vaccines. Nearly $400 for the three-dose series.
The panel's vote all but commits the federal government to buy vaccines for as many as 7 million girls at a total price that could exceed $2 billion. Yes folks, $2 billion for an absolutely unnecessary and worthless vaccine.
Let me be more precise, worthless for consumers who will receive it but not so worthless for Merck who will make billions from this vaccine. They have successfully manipulated the government again to transfer even more billions to their pockets.
I haven't had a chance to research it, but my strong guess is that this advisory panel is loaded with physicians connected to Merck and is rampant with conflict of interest just as others have been in the past.
Merck needs this vaccine, as they are losing billions on Vioxx and billions more on Fosamax for all the lawsuits those drugs generated.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could just get a shot, or in the future just eat a plant that is reengineered to contain a vaccine, that would rid of us cancer? Of course it would.
Unfortunately, that is not the way our bodies were designed. Cancer prevention is not as simplistic as taking a vaccination. Maintaining a high level of immune integrity is the key, and this is done through the basics of emotional balancing, optimized nutrition, avoidance of toxins, proper sleep, exercise and hydration.
This research is clearly another deceptive ploy by Merck to generate revenue for their vaccine division in exchange for the delusional hope that a vaccine will reduce the risk of cancer.
Cervical Cancer Virtually 100% Avoidable
Cervical cancer is well documented to be caused by an infection acquired through sexual contact. So it is behaviorally avoidable. Many conservatives oppose making this vaccine mandatory, citing fears that it could send a subtle message condoning sexual activity before marriage.
Also, a New England Journal of Medicine study found the use of condoms reduces the incidence of HPV by 70 percent. By comparison, Gardasil counteracts four varieties of HPV that cause 70 percent of the cases of cervical cancer and 90 percent of genital warts.
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Cervical Cancer Review
Cervical cancer, arising in the lining of the cervix, affects about 9,700 women in the United <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">States</st1:country-region> each year. About 3,700 die. Worldwide, a half million get the disease and 233,000 die.
Back in the 1970s, herpes simplex virus (HSV) was proposed as the sexually transmitted cause of cervical cancer, based mostly on population studies that showed a correlation of the disease with HSV DNA. That approach shifted to HPV in the 1980s, and over the years population studies set the pace for the now well-accepted view that cervical cancer is strongly related to the transmission of HPV.
This is a group of more than 100 viruses, about 30 of which are said to be linked to cervical cancer. Of these 30 or so, HPV-16 is said to be found in 50 percent of cervical cancers. HPV-18 accounts for another 20 percent.
In addition to the population studies that link HPV to cervical cancer, there is, for example, research showing that HPV viral DNA can be found integrated in the genetic structure of cervical cancers.
Back in 1992, however, a question was raised about the dominant and increasingly entrenched theory that HPV causes cervical cancer. It came from Peter Duesberg and Jody Schwartz, molecular biologists at the <st1:placetype w:st="on">University of <st1:placename w:st="on">California at <st1:city w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Berkeley.
Among the various issues they raised about the acceptance of HPV as the cause of cervical cancer was their fundamental concern that there was a lack of consistent HPV DNA sequences and consistent HPV gene expression in tumors that were HPV-positive. They instead suggested that "rare spontaneous or chemically induced chromosome abnormalities which are consistently observed in both HPV and HSV DNA-negative and positive cervical cancers induce cervical cancer."
In short, Duesberg and Schwartz were pointing to the possibility that "carcinogens may be primary inducers of abnormal cell proliferation rather than HPV or HSV." And here's the key point: "Since proliferating cells [cancer cells dividing wildly] would be more susceptible to infection than resting cells, the viruses would just be indicators rather than causes of abnormal proliferation."
The concept they raised back in 1992 is still relevant today, only science has gone on to assume that causation of cervical cancer has been well established.
Even the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says that "direct" causation has not been demonstrated; however, the NCI and just about everyone else works with the principle that it has been established. Lip service is paid to other possible factors that may be involved in cervical cancer such as environmental conditions, including smoking. Even dietary factors -- particularly low levels of vitamin A and folate -- have been suggested as associated with a risk for cervical cancer.
But once a vaccine to prevent HPV infection is raised as a weapon to prevent cervical cancer, then it's pretty clear that the medical establishment has gone all the way in accepting a theory.