PORTLAND, Oregon — I have no financial reason to write this article. I’m just a dad. My son was injured by a vaccine, so I’ve spent more than ten years becoming an expert on a topic I never planned to know much about. My only audience for this article is other parents.
The HPV vaccine (of which Gardasil is one brand name) is being aggressively pushed on teenage girls and boys here in the U.S. In fact, there are many state legislators who are trying to make HPV Vaccines mandatory for children to attend school, a push that was recently successful in Rhode Island:
RI requires all 7th grade students to be vaccinated for HPV
“Despite a challenge from opponents earlier this year, it’s mandatory in the state of Rhode Island for all incoming seventh grade students to receive the HPV vaccine.”
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Despite a challenge from opponents earlier this year, it’s mandatory in the state of Rhode…wpri.com
Meanwhile, most Americans are in the dark that a brushfire is burning in countries all over the world, including Japan (where HPV vaccine uptake rates are down to 1%), Denmark (near 10%), Columbia (near 5%), Ireland, Sweden, Spain, New Zealand, France, Canada, and India where the startling rate of vaccine injury and questionable risk-benefit is fueling repeated national controversies.
Why does Gardasil matter so much in the U.S.? Here’s an article from Bloomberg Business from 2 months ago that might give you a clue:
Merck Beats Estimates as Sales of Gardasil Vaccine Surge
“Merck & Co.’s third-quarter profit topped analysts’ estimates, helped by better-than-expected sales of the vaccine Gardasil…”
(Want to guess where most of the sales of Gardasil are coming from? That’s right: the United States.)
This article will contain very little of my own opinions, because there’s so much news out there about the HPV vaccine scandal, even as the U.S. media remains silent. If any American journalists want to cover this story, they can look at the cautionary tale of Katie Couric from back in 2013:
Gardasil and the Public Flogging of Katie Couric
Katie’s unforgiveable transgression? On her afternoon talk show, she gave two mothers, who had witnessed their daughters’ health suddenly deteriorate after Gardasil shots, an opportunity to speak about what happened.7, 8
She gave an international HPV infection expert,9 who participated in Gardasil vaccine clinical trial research, an opportunity to comment about the effectiveness of Gardasil vaccine and the need for all girls — whether they get vaccinated or not — to get regular pap screening.10
She gave a pediatrician an opportunity to encourage parents to vaccinate their 11-year-old boys and girls because “HPV vaccine does not seem to be any risker than any of the other vaccines we routinely use;”11, 12 and Katie gave a mother and her daughter an opportunity to enthusiastically endorse the vaccine.13
Katie Couric presented information and a range of perspectives about a current topic being discussed by millions of parents and young women in homes and doctors’ offices across the country. She did it because she is an intellectually honest journalist, a compassionate mother, and a cancerprevention pioneer.
Fourteen years ago, Katie Couric almost singlehandedly put a human face on the importance of colonoscopy screening, especially for those at high risk when she publicly witnessed about the tragedy of losing her husband and the father of her children to colon cancer.14 After a long and successful career in broadcast journalism, in 2006 she became the first woman to anchor the evening news on a major US TV network.15
Take a minute and watch the program that Katie Couric aired for yourself. One of the things that you will see, aside from a mom grieving over the death of her daughter due to the vaccine, is Dr. Dianne Harper, the lead researcher from Merck’s vaccine trials of Gardasil, speaking out against the vaccine. This is not the first time Dr. Harper has spoken out against HPV/Gardasil, as this article explains on CBS News back in 2009:
Gardasil Researcher Speaks Out
“Dr. Diane Harper says young girls and their parents should receive more complete warnings before receiving the vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. Dr. Harper helped design and carry out the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies to get Gardasil approved, and authored many of the published, scholarly papers about it. She has been a paid speaker and consultant to Merck. It’s highly unusual for a researcher to publicly criticize a medicine or vaccine she helped get approved.”
The Same B.S. provided in every single story!
Before we dive in to all the adverse publicity, I want to make one point: every single defender of the HPV vaccine makes the same simple argument:
All these injuries are just a coincidence!
You can decide if you believe them or not. Perhaps the most well-known defender of vaccine safety, Dr. Paul Offit, makes a typical case for the HPV vaccine in this video, even referring to the HPV vaccine as “beautiful.” Beautiful?
(Author’s note: Dr. Offit is a multi-millionaire due to the sale of a vaccine he co-invented for Rotavirus, see more about him here.)
An International Brushfire
There are so many stories around the world about protests and controversy surrounding the HPV vaccine, it’s hard to keep up, so I will just go country by country, in no particular order, and I hope every parent can do their own research and decide if getting the HPV vaccine provides a reasonable risk-reward for their daughter or son.
Excerpt: “Controversy over human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination in Japan has led to much confusion among healthcare professionals and parents, with the result that vaccination rates have plummeted, from around 70% to only 1%.
The situation in Japan is summarized by Ryo Konno, MD, of Jichi Medical University, Saitama Medical Center, Japan, speaking in a Lancet Oncology podcast that accompanied an article reviewing breast and cervical cancer screening.
Dr Konno explains that the Japanese government withdrew its recommendation for the HPV vaccine in 2013, after highly publicized cases of alleged adverse events in girls who had been vaccinated. He also says that the side effects are “a psychosomatic reaction” and that the whole controversy was started by an anti-HPV vaccination group.”
or this one from The Japan Times, July 2016:
Sixty-three women and girls who reported side effects from cervical cancer vaccines sued the government and drugmakers on Wednesday as a sharp divide remained over the risks the medicine poses.
The plaintiffs, ranging in age from 15 to 22, filed suits in district courts in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka, demanding compensation of at least ¥15 million each.
The plaintiffs say they experienced a wide range of health problems including headaches, fatigue and mobility impairment after receiving the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines between 2010 and 2013.
The plaintiffs also are demanding the state set up a nationwide network of specialists to help them with their symptoms. They want it to subsidize research for finding a cure and to support victims as they seek to continue their educations and search for jobs.
The drugmakers involved are GlaxoSmithKline PLC and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., who make the HPV vaccines Cervarix and Gardasil, respectively.
“This lawsuit aims to bring the victims back to health and ensure a secure life for them, by clarifying the legal responsibility of the defendants,” Masumi Minaguchi, a lawyer representing the women, told a news conference in Tokyo. “We want to prevent any recurrence of drug-induced illness.”
More plaintiffs are expected to join the suit and the amount of claims could rise, the lawyers’ group said. It said 180 families so far have asked for consultations.
TV2 Denmark Documentary on HPV Vaccine Shows Lives of Young Women Ruined
Excerpt: TV2 Denmark has done something no mainstream media network in the United States will dare to do: look into the controversial HPV vaccine that many have claimed has ruined the lives of so many young women, and publish an investigative report.
In December of 2013 Katie Couric did a show on the HPV Gardasil Vaccine where she dared to interview the mother of a young woman who died shortly after receiving the vaccine. Couric’s program was hardly pro-vaccine, as she gave both sides of the controversy, with a huge emphasis on the pharmaceutical side claiming the vaccine was safe, but she was viciously attacked by the mainstream media anyway and forced to apologize for even asking questions about the possible risks of the HPV vaccine.
With such censorship so obvious in the U.S. mainstream media, it is refreshing to see the Danish media make this documentary available with English subtitles for the rest of the world to watch. Families and doctors are interviewed, and the tough questions are not censored. Similar to the U.S., these vaccine-damaged girls can find no help from their government since the vaccine injuries are vigorously denied by their government, leaving them and their parents feeling “betrayed.”
TV2 Denmark has done something no mainstream media network in the United States will dare to do: look into the…healthimpactnews.com
Watch the incredible 38-minute documentary that aired in Denmark, it has English subtitles:
Irish parents are stopping their children from getting a cervical cancer vaccine — but why? (April 2016)
Excerpt: Late last year, various media outlets (including this publication) highlighted the cases of over 130 girls and their families who claimed that their daughters had become ill after having received the vaccine.
The parents and their daughters, many of whom are members of an advocacy group named REGRET (Reactions and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma), also had their efforts to find out what was the cause of their daughters’ illnesses chronicled in a documentary entitledCervical Cancer Vaccine: Is it Safe?, which aired on Tv3 on 14 December.
Public health professionals are blaming recent negative media coverage for the drop in uptake.www.thejournal.ie
Check out the video produced by the parent led activist group in Ireland: called REGRET:
Excerpt: Her name is María Paula Mejía. She is a college student. Since receiving three doses of Gardasil her health has deteriorated considerably. She now suffers from constant pain throughout her body, muscle weakness, and bleeding from the nose and gums. She has so much pain in her left knee and ankle that she must walk with a cane, and cannot continue her college education. Paula is one of the first in Colombia to report a serious new medical conditions occurring after the use of Gardasil.
Lloyd Phillips, an American researcher of infectious diseases and genetics, has studied the adverse effects of Gardasil for five years. His work has revealed how Gardasil works differently in different people. He has documented related and biologically plausible mechanisms of action which could cause the many serious and life-threatening side effects which are being reported by girls and young women around the world after receiving the HPV vaccine.
In Colombia we have a potential crisis of major proportions resulting from the use of Gardasil because it is “free and compulsory” by “Law of the Republic”. It is assumed that this HPV vaccine is effective when used to combat cervical cancer, which can be caused by human papilloma virus. However, this vaccine has been hotly debated internationally for allegedly being dangerous and ineffective. It is currently being administered in Colombia without obtaining informed consent from young girls and their parents as to the potential and unknown risks of use.
María Paula Mejía, one of Colombia’s first Gardasil victims? Her name is María Paula Mejía. She is a college student…www.counterpunch.org
Mystery illness plagues girls in Colombia
El Carmen de Bolivar (Colombia) (AFP) — A mystery illness is plaguing girls in this town in northern Colombia, and locals say a vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus, or HPV, is to blame.
First their hands and feet feel cold. Then they go pale and cannot move. Some convulse and fall to the floor.
In El Carmen de Bolivar, near the port of Cartagena, dozens of teenagers have experienced similar symptoms. Some have even lost consciousness.
“They vaccinated me in May and I started fainting in August. My legs became heavy and I couldn’t feel my hands anymore. When I woke up, I was in the hospital,” recalled 15-year-old Eva Mercado.
She passed out seven times in a month.
For most of the families affected in this town of 67,000, there is no doubt about what is causing the problem.
They place the blame squarely on a vaccination campaign against HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, which can trigger cervical cancer.
The city’s modest Nuestra Senora del Carmen hospital has been overwhelmed by a surge of unconscious teenage girls being wheeled through its doors.
Panicked fathers bring their daughters to the facility aboard their motorcycles, using the town’s dirt roads.
Doctors search, in vain, for possible cases of hypoglycemia or drug abuse.
According to hospital official Augusto Agamez, about 370 minors have checked into the facility. There was also one boy among them.
“There is no diagnosis or specific treatment,” Agamez told AFP, stressing that the hospital was also helping families cope with the unknown illness.
Excerpt: Emerging on Swedish radio news over recent days have been revelations by a Swedish MPA scientist, Rebecca Chandler, who had been charged with running studies to investigate the risk of one particular side effect, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS). This is a life-altering and debilitating condition characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are relieved by lying down). Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, palpitations, sweating, nausea, fainting and dizziness and a greatly elevated heart rate when upright. A Danish study published earlier this year found that 60% of adolescent girls suffer from PoTS, the symptoms being initiated within hours of vaccination. The cluster of symptoms is increasingly being referred to among sufferers as Post-Gardasil Syndrome or PGS.
When news from Denmark revealed the extent of the PoTS cases linked temporally with Gardasil vaccination, the MPA decided — of all things — to terminate its trial. Rebecca Chandler, who was becoming increasingly convinced that PoTS was a significant side effect, objected. But the MPA wasn’t about to change its mind. Her sense of concern and disillusionment triggered her resignation from the MPA, and she has now blown the whistle on the events, despite this news not being broadcast through mainstream media channels (typical of attempted cover-ups of this type).
6. New Zealand
Cause or coincidence? (November 2015)
The vaccination to help prevent cervical cancer has been on offer here since 2008 and more than 200,000 New Zealand girls have had it. The scientists say it’s safe, but some girls and their families have serious doubts. They want to know whether Gardasil is to blame for what’s happened to them. In two cases, that was sudden, unexplained death. In others, crippling illness.
Watch the video for the full 3D report.
Gardasil Vaccine: Spain Joins Growing List of Countries to File Criminal Complaints (Dec 2016)
“The complaint states that Merck Laboratories failed to use an inert placebo during clinical trials, thereby manipulating data and marketing Gardasil under false pretences. Despite complaints of several young women with similar new medical conditions after Gardasil injections, the Spanish health authorities ignored calls for a moratorium on the use of Gardasil until the safety issues were resolved.”
Spain now joins a growing list of countries where criminal lawsuits have been filed against manufacturers of the HPV…healthimpactnews.com
HPV Vaccine Trials in India: Is Merck above the law?
As a result of continued investigations regarding clinical trials involving HPV vaccines in India, more allegations of unethical conduct have been lodged against Merck. These allegations pertain to Merck’s recent trials of the new V503 HPV vaccine, a proposed nine valent HPV vaccine. A complete report of the investigation results written by Dr. Anand Rai, Kelly O’Connor, Amoli Tuli, and Anisha Bhattacharya is now a matter of public record.
The additional allegations of multiple ethics violations were added to a currently ongoing Supreme Court Case via an affidavit added as an addendum to the brief previously prepared regarding the ’demonstration projects’ conducted by a U.S NGO PATH in India beginning in 2009. The deaths of subjects during the ’demonstration projects’ resulted in a government-ordered enquiry and suspension of all HPV vaccine trials in India pending further investigation. This suspension was effective as of April 2010 and is still in effect.
Ultimately, the suspension and subsequent investigations allowed advocates in India to take their case all the way to the Supreme Court. The petition for the case was formally admitted by the judges on January 7, 2013. By September 2013, the court had issued notices to all participants involved while the Indian Parliament issued a scathing comment condemning all organizations involved in the so-called ’demonstration projects’ calling them a case of child abuse expressly carried out to create a market for the two companies — Merck and GlaxoSmithKline.
According to new allegations, Merck ignored the suspension of HPV-related clinical trials and continued with a phase III trial of the yet-to-be-approved investigational HPV vaccine called V503, which theoretically adds protection against 5 types of HPV to the ones already included in their current HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
By Norma Erickson 3 July 2014: As a result of continued investigations regarding clinical trials involving HPV vaccines…sanevax.org
More from India:
Indian Parliament Comes Down Hard on Cervical Cancer Trial
“It is shocking to see how an American organization used surreptitious methods to establish itself in India,” he charges. “This is an obvious case where Indians were being used as guinea pigs,” contends Samiran Nundy, a gastrointestinal expert at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi and editor emeritus of the National Medical Journal of India.
‘The methodology is seriously flawed’: Canadian study questioning safety of HPV vaccine retracted
“A controversial paper from a University of British Columbia scientist that questioned the safety of a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has been retracted.”
A controversial paper from a University of British Columbia scientist that questioned the safety of a human…news.nationalpost.com
The paper that created all the controversy was republished, and can now be read here:
Behavioral abnormalities in female mice following administration of aluminum adjuvants and the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine Gardasil
“It appears that Gardasil via its Al [aluminum] adjuvant and HPV antigens has the ability to trigger neuroinflammation and autoimmune reactions, further leading to behavioral changes.”
10. Finally, the U.S.
There hasn’t been ZERO publicity about HPV vaccine injury, it’s just been a near blackout since Katie Couric’s show in 2013. Here’s some older news:
Washington Examiner: Time for the truth about Gardasil (2010):
Cervical cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all cancer deaths, so it was somewhat surprising when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval of Gardasil, a Merck vaccine targeting the human papilloma virus that causes the disease, in 2006.
As of Jan. 31, 2010, 49 unexplained deaths following Gardasil injections have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. By contrast, 52 deaths are attributed to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, which triggered a $2 billion recall.
No recall for Gardasil, which is required for sixth-grade girls in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and many other states. Parents can opt out, but few know the true risks.
That was the certainly the case for Mary Davison of Frederick, Md., whose three daughters had the second of a three-shot vaccination regimen in January 2008. Her two younger girls had no reactions, but 20-year-old Mary Katherine felt sick and dizzy.
Cervical cancer accounts for less than 1 percent of all cancer deaths, so it was somewhat surprising when the U.S. Food…www.washingtonexaminer.com
And, the American College of Pediatricians issued this unprecedented warning in January 2016:
New Concerns about the Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
The American College of Pediatricians (The College) is committed to the health and well-being of children, including prevention of disease by vaccines. It has recently come to the attention of the College that one of the recommended vaccines could possibly be associated with the very rare but serious condition of premature ovarian failure (POF), also known as premature menopause. There have been two case report series (3 cases each) published since 2013 in which post-menarcheal adolescent girls developed laboratory documented POF within weeks to several years of receiving Gardasil, a four-strain human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV4).1,2 Adverse events that occur after vaccines are frequently not caused by the vaccine and there has not been a noticeable rise in POF cases in the last 9 years since HPV4 vaccine has been widely used.
Nevertheless there are legitimate concerns that should be addressed: (1) long-term ovarian function was not assessed in either the original rat safety studies3,4 or in the human vaccine trials, (2) most primary care physicians are probably unaware of a possible association between HPV4 and POF and may not consider reporting POF cases or prolonged amenorrhea (missing menstrual periods) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), (3) potential mechanisms of action have been postulated based on autoimmune associations with the aluminum adjuvant used1 and previously documented ovarian toxicity in rats from another component, polysorbate 80,2 and (4) since licensure of Gardasil® in 2006, there have been about 213 VAERS reports (per the publicly available CDC WONDER VAERS database) involving amenorrhea, POF or premature menopause, 88% of which have been associated with Gardasil.5 The two- strain HPV2, CervarixTM, was licensed late in 2009 and accounts for 4.7 % of VAERS amenorrhea reports since 2006, and 8.5% of those reports from February 2010 through May 2015. This compares to the pre-HPV vaccine period from 1990 to 2006 during which no cases of POF or premature menopause and 32 cases of amenorrhea were reported to VAERS.
Parents, I could keep going. It’s up to each of you to decide what is best for your child. I hope this article gives you a launching point to do your own research. U.S. media? You’re letting us all down! It seems you have accepted the bribe from your most influential sponsors over the health and safety of our kids.
J.B. Handley is the father of a child with Autism. He and his wife co-founded Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy’s autism charity. He spent his career in the private equity industry and received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University. He is also the author of “The Only Vaccine Guide a New Parent Will Ever Need” , “An Angry Father’s Guide to Vaccine-Autism Science”, and “7 reasons CDC employees should be “crying in the hallways”
Mr. Handley has started a podcast called “How to End the Autism Epidemic” — you might enjoy his first five interviews: