With Governor Rick Perry of Texas tossing his hat in the ring for the upcoming presidential frenzy, er, I mean campaign, everyone seems to be talking about his salad days with making Gardasil a mandatory vaccine for young Texas girls. He has made a big public apology, and now it seems that everyone is all abuzz regarding whether or not to trust him after such a ‘mistake’.
Personally, I don’t really have much to say about Perry. But I have a LOT to say about Gardisil. I wrote a post (Not My Daughter!) about this poison four years ago, right after Perry made his ‘mistake’. My opinion has not changed since then, and after having done some cursory research this morning on the subject, I am only more convinced that Gardisil is a bad idea. And I am not alone.
Just some brief thoughts/facts/points:
India has halted the use of the Gardasil vaccine after four deaths. Apparently, in a country with such dire poverty where people dying in the streets is not uncommon, they still value life more than we do, here in the United States, where:
“Concerns have surrounded the use of Gardasil in the US for years, with more than 18,000 adverse events and 72 Gardasil related deaths in having been reported in the US since the vaccine’s release in this country in 2006.”
The National Vaccine Information Center has some pretty chilling information, as well:
In the third article, written by government health officials, it was revealed that 1 in every 1,855 Gardasil shots is followed by a bad health outcome report to the government’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System.
These bad health outcomes reported after Gardasil shots include lots of girls suddenly passing out and having seizures within minutes or hours of getting vaccinated and suffering head injuries and broken bones when they hit the floor. In fact, there is a larger than expected rate of girls passing out after getting Gardasil vaccine.
And, if you still need even more information:
In our country, we make a big pretense of being all about health. Everyone is under pressure to “Go Green!”, and cigarette smoking has almost been obliterated. Yet, we cannot turn on our television without being bombarded by ads for prescription drugs. (Oh, how I do miss the Marlboro Man!!)
It doesn’t make any sense, ya’ll!! How in the world can we say we care so much about our health, and then willingly pay thousands of dollars to systematically pump dangerous chemicals into our little girls??
I’m going to make one last-ditch plug here for abstinence. (Because I am Catholic, and I must.) Abstinence would solve the problem. And really, would it be such a bad idea for us to teach our children that it’s okay to wait until marriage to have sex? Especially since, in the past 30 years or so, it has become so blindingly obvious that sexual promiscuity can kill? Instead, we’d rather take the coward’s route and just hand them a pill, or a condom. And then, because deep down, we all know that these methods are nothing more than flimsy bandaids, we back it up with nice little vaccinations that could potentially be even more deadly.
Do not fall for the lie that Gardasil is actually a good idea. It’s not. And, as stated in my previous post on this topic:
In fact, even the types of HPV billed “high risk” rarely actually result in cancer; the immune system generally removes the virus before it causes problems. Also, in the rare instances where it does occur, cervical cancer usually takes five to ten years to develop. Prior to cancer, HPV causes the growth of tell-tale abnormal cells, which can be detected by a Pap smear. Upon detection, the disease can be easily cured by minor surgery to remove the abnormal cells. Therefore, a woman who gets regular Pap smears every one to three years is almost 100% protected from cervical cancer—with no need for an expensive, potentially problematic, under tested vaccine. Cervical cancer accounts for only about one percent of all cancer deaths in US women.
So, don’t drink the Kool-Aide! With just a minute amount of digging, you can unearth all sorts of dirt about Gardasil, and Merck.