Gardasil Update

by Helen Lobato

News that the FDA knew as early as 2003 that Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) was not linked to cervical cancer is shocking. Mike Adams from News Target Cites numerous FDA documents and clinical studies to show that HPV vaccines are not only ineffective, they may actually be dangerous!

Is this scandalous revelation on the front page of all the newspapers and the first item on all news reports? How can the FDA, the US government agency that approves all drugs have given the go-ahead to the development and marketing of the vaccine Gardasil when it knew that HPV did not cause cervical cancer?

On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2007, the then federal Health Minister Tony Abbott announced to the Australian people that the much heralded Cervical Cancer Vaccination program was set to begin. Now many months later it is known that Gardasil, which is recommended for girls as young as 12 years old, is causing side effects ranging from seizures and numbness to dizzy spells, fainting and paralysis. More than 17 girls a week in Australia have experienced such reactions after receiving the vaccination, the Department of Health and Aging refuses to release their details.

By November 30, 2007, 496 adverse reaction reports were filed with the Therapeutic Goods Association of Australia. Of them, 468 had the cervical cancer vaccine as the sole suspected cause. In the United States up to 1,700 women have reported adverse reactions from Gardasil, including at least seven deaths.

Tragically more than 10 million doses of Gardasil have been distributed worldwide.

The adverse effects are shocking in themselves but especially when you consider that there is no need for this vaccine in the first place. HPV, the Human Papilloma Virus, is blamed for cervical cancer but this is a very common virus and can be found in about 80% of both men and women. Most of us have had, at one time or another, the HPV virus but most of us do not suffer or die from Cervical cancer. In fact, only one percent of women do develop cervical cancer with the year 2000 figures on the mortality rates for cervical cancer being 3.3 women per 100,000 population in the US and 4 women per 100,000 population in Australia. In Australia there are about 740 cases of cervical cancer each year and around 270 deaths from the disease. Mortality rates generally increase with age with the highest number of deaths occurring in the 75-79 age group. Less than 6 per cent of cervical cancer deaths occur in women under 35 years of age. The US national cancer institute says that direct causation has not been proven In a controlled study of age-matched women, 67% of those with cervical cancer and 43% of those without were found to be HPV-positive. These cancers are observed on average only 20-50 years after infection.

Other more credible risk factors for cervical cancer are smoking, malnutrition, a weak immune system, and the contraceptive pill. However lifestyle changes are not so easy to change and it is far more palatable and extremely more lucrative for vaccine manufacturers to sell the people another vaccine.

But where are the mainstream reporters and doctors and public health officials who should be bringing the FDA and the politicians to answer this miscarriage of science and medicine?