In April, the government of India called a halt to trials of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine. This came about because of a civil society-led investigation which highlighted serious ethical violations in at least one trial.
In India, civil society groups have long been voicing their concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of the two HPV vaccines, along with the aggressive promotion of the vaccines and the need to investigate reported deaths and adverse events post vaccination.
According to Economic and Political Weekly, the hiasdsadsadsadasdsadsainvestigation that led to the ban highlights how:
"... the promotional practices of drug companies, pressure from powerful international organizations, and the co-option of, and uncritical endorsement by India's medical associations are influencing the country's public health priorities."
In the US, only about one third of eligible young U.S. women complete a full course of the vaccine against the human papillomavirus. The older the woman, the less likely she is to have gotten even one of the three doses.
A study looked at almost 10,000 women between the ages of 9 and 26 eligible for HPV vaccination. Of these, only 39.1 percent received a single dose, 30.1 percent received two doses, and 30.8 percent completed the three dose regimen.
According to Yahoo News:
"Women between the ages of 18 to 26 were least likely to get even a single dose, which ... was probably due to the influence of parents on younger women, since parental consent is required for getting the vaccine under age 18."
This is all good news, considering the fact that the HPV vaccine may be one of the most dangerous and unnecessary vaccines on the market.
Millions of women in the U.S. were scared by Merck's powerful ad campaign into becoming "one less" victim to cervical cancer by getting vaccinated with Gardasil. But instead of saving women from cancer, the vaccine has turned an increasing number of formerly healthy girls into "one more" victim of vaccine abuse.
The reported death toll for the HPV vaccine now stands at 89, and the first male death has also been reported. A young boy died just eight days after being vaccinated with Gardasil.
As of November 3, 2010, there were also 20,575 adverse reactions, the Age of Autism reports, and 352 reports of abnormal pap smears post vaccination. Keep in mind however, that it has been estimated that only 1 to 10 percent of all vaccine adverse events are ever reported, which means there could actually be millions of vaccine injuries related to Gardasil, and perhaps thousands of deaths.
Shockingly, the vaccine is now also related to infant deaths.
Breastfed Infants Die after Mothers get HPV Vaccine
Yes, according to a November 1, 2010 PRLog press release:
"Information has been received from a physician for the pregnancy registry for GARDASIL, concerning a female who on September 1, 2010 was vaccinated with the first dose of GARDASIL intramuscularly while breastfeeding. Her baby was 40 days old. It was reported that the mother's and baby's health were good (well controlled).
On September 2, 2010, in the morning, the baby's condition was still good, but in the afternoon the condition suddenly dropped. The family immediately took the baby to hospital but it did not help since the baby died shortly after that. The cause of death was not reported…"
Two additional VAERS reports of infants dying in a similar fashion have been filed in the last 16 months.
"Where is government accountability and responsibility in allowing this uncontrolled medical experiment on adolescents and women of child-bearing age?" the press release states.
"How many lives will be destroyed before they realize the travesty that is unfolding as they stand by and say and do nothing – other than "monitor" the situation?"
Those are the same questions I ask myself each time I write on this topic…
Unethical Clinical Research Performed in India, Civil Society Group Claims
In March of this year, a team of women's rights activists visited one of the vaccination sites in the Khammam district of India. According to Economic & Political Weekly:
"A look at the findings of this visit… suggests that these projects – which were in fact research – violated existing ethical guidelines on clinical research, as well as child rights.
These violations include – but are not limited to – testing on vulnerable and marginalized groups (particularly pediatric populations), who are not likely to benefit from the results of the research, and without taking their proper informed consent or assent."
This seems to be more the rule than the exception when it comes to many pharmaceutical companies' drug studies overseas. India in particular has seen an upsurge of clinical pharmaceutical studies, and the questionable practices employed are becoming increasingly apparent.
According to an article published last June, "proposed new laws to prevent pharmaceutical companies from conducting clinical studies of medicines involving humans without obtaining permission from accredited ethical committees may soon come into force in India."
The article goes on to say that:
"Deaths during clinical trials are increasing in India in the recent years even as the country emerges to be one of the most sought-after destinations of human studies of experimental medicines.
According to the figures collated with available information collected, as many as 308 persons died in the year 2009 till the month of August, reports said."
The Indian government suspended Merck's Gardasil study in April, when they discovered that four of the young participants had died, and more than 120 girls suffered severe adverse reactions, including:
- stomach disorders
- early menarche
HPV Vaccine Doesn't Even Work as Advertised
The marketers of Merck's HPV vaccine Gardasil would like you to believe that getting your daughter vaccinated can save her from HPV related illnesses like cervical cancer and genital warts, but where is the good evidence to show that is true?
There are more than 100 viral strains of HPV. Of these, about 30-40 are sexually transmitted and 15 strains are associated with cervical cancer. Several HPV strains are also associated with skin infections that cause genital warts or common warts on your hands and feet.
But Gardasil contains only four of these HPV strains, so if you contract one of the 96+ types that aren't included, you're out of luck. And, if you've already been exposed to one of the four types of virus in the vaccine, it doesn't work against those either.
Therefore, even if you accept the risks and get vaccinated, your chances of getting some form of HPV are still very high.
But even then there's actually very little cause for alarm because, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, "In 90 percent of cases, your body's immune system clears the HPV infection naturally within two years."
This is true whether the infection is the type that can cause warts or cancer.
Personally, I don't see how the mediocre-at-best benefits of Gardasil could possibly outweigh its risks.
How Does HPV Vaccine Cause Injury and Death?
All vaccines, like all pharmaceutical products, have risks and can cause reactions that can lead to permanent health problems or even death. HPV vaccine is no different. Ever since the vaccine was fast tracked by the FDA and licensed in 2006, there have been many reports of Gardasil-related injuries and deaths.
The symptoms and causes of death after Gardasil vaccination include:
- blood clots
- acute respiratory failure
- cardiac arrest
- "sudden death" due to "unknown causes" shortly after receiving the vaccine
According to the National Cancer Institute, an estimated 4,210 women will die from cervical cancer in the U.S. this year. Many of these mostly older women will have had high risk factors for developing a chronic HPV infection that leads to cervical cancer, such as lack of regular pap screening tests that could have promptly identified pre-cancer signs and led to life saving treatment. In fact, other high risk factors for chronic HPV infection that is associated with development of cervical cancer also include smoking; co-infection with HIV and chlamydia; and long term oral contraceptive use.
Cervical cancer CAN be prevented without vaccination and yet it looks like we may have already lost 89 healthy children and young women to HPV vaccination in the effort to spare them from the possibility of developing cervical cancer later in life.
Surely I'm not the only one who sees that as morally reprehensible!
Can Gardasil Increase Your Chances of Cervical Cancer ?
Yes, according to information Merck presented to the FDA prior to approval, if you have already been exposed to HPV 16 or 18 before getting a Gadasil shot, then Gardasil may increase your risk of developing precancerous lesions and cancer by nearly 45 percent!
None of this is advertised by Merck or public health officials, and the FDA has not recommended screening for HPV prior to vaccination. The FDA did not even demand that a warning be included in the package insert.
This is yet another potential hazard that no one is talking about, let alone making parents fully aware of before vaccinating their daughters (and sons).
Cervical Cancer Virtually 100 Percent Avoidable
Cervical cancer is well documented to be caused by an infection acquired through sexual contact. So it is virtually 100% behaviorally avoidable. According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, the use of condoms reduces the incidence of HPV by 70 percent, offering FAR better protection than Gardasil.
According to the CDC, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. The majority of people, who are sexually active, have had contact with HPV viruses. More than 6 million women contract HPV infection annually, yet, as I already mentioned, more than 90 percent of these women will naturally clear the virus from their body without any residual health effects. And if girls and women get regular pap screening tests, which identify pre-cancerous lesions early, they can greatly reduce their chances of eventually being one of the estimated 4,200 American women to die from cervical cancer.
Because if you are healthy, your immune system is usually strong enough to clear up this kind of infection on its own, and does so in more than 90 percent of all cases.
Rather than subjecting your daughter or son to this unnecessary and potentially dangerous vaccine, you may want to nip the problem in the bud before it starts.
- Recognize that cervical cancer (or any cancer) is not caused by a "vaccine deficiency."
- Talk to your kids about HPV. This infection is sexually transmitted, so it is 100 percent preventable through lifestyle choices.
- Keep your immune system strong. A healthy immune system is better able to handle a heavier emotional and physical stress load. I've written many times on how to supercharge your immune system as an alternative to vaccinations, but I can't stress it enough: Proper diet, exercise, good hygiene, staying well rested, and hand-washing are excellent ways to begin the road to a long, healthy life, no matter what your age.
I also advocate getting plenty of the most natural health-booster of all, something that's free from Mother Nature – sunshine. Or, when you can't be out in the sun, supplements of Vitamin D, and particularly Vitamin D3, can keep your immune levels up.