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:

The percentage of vaccine injury victims to suffer from fainting after receiving the Gardasil vaccine is as much as 13%, as reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS.

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.

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.” (Thomas Jefferson)

A February 3, 2007 article in the Washington Post reports:

“The National Vaccine Information Center yesterday warned state officials to investigate the safety of a breakthrough cancer vaccine as Texas became the first state to make the vaccine mandatory for school-age girls.”

How proud the governor of Texas must be!  To be the first to enact a mass poisoning of little girls throughout his state!  The commercials for this vaccine show all these women proudly holing up their index finger and proclaiming “One less.”  “One less”???  One less what? One less little girl who will have a chance of a normal life, a normal birth, a normal baby?  The CDC assures us that the adverse effects are not bad enough to warrant them putting any sort of ban on this drug.  Well, that’s reassuring – not!

Already cases are being reported of side-effects that range from unconsciousness to seizures!  And they are recommending this for 6th grade girls! Actually, recommending is too gentle a term.  They are forcing this on these little girls!

Yes, HPV is a bad thing.  But this vaccination, Gardasil, has not been tested long enough, and there is no concrete evidence that it will work, or that it is harmless.  How do we know what this will do to their young reproductive organs?  How do we know how it will affect their children, or possibly even their grandchildren?  The truth is, we do NOT know.

Apparently Merck feels confident that most of these young girls will become sexually active (or, God forbid, are already sexually active) and therefore need to be protected against themselves.

Yes, I know that the potential is there.  It’s always there.  But it’s a known risk, unlike vaccinations that compromise immune systems.  We’ve already seen widespread evidence that vaccinations can cause serious problems, such as autism.  (And if you don’t believe it, read the fine print on those little sheets they hand you when you take your child in to be immunized.)  But that doesn’t matter to the Big Money Makers at Merck.  As long as they can find a way to get their product out there, then they’re happy.  For now.  What’s next?  I shudder to consider.

Enough of my soapboxing.  Here is a news bulletin that was posted on Mother Magazine’s Website:

A Shot in the Dark
Sick of the aggressive, targeted marketing onslaught of often inappropriate goods and services aimed at pre-teens? One of the latest “products” directed at young girls might make them sick too—literally. Merck’s new vaccine Gardasil, which the CDC has just recommended for all 11 and 12 year old girls, has not been adequately or appropriately assessed for risks, according to vaccine safety advocates.

The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) maintains that Merck’s clinical trials did not prove that the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, touted as preventing cervical cancer and genital warts, is safe to give to pre-adolescents. “There is too little long term safety and efficacy data, especially in young girls, and too little labeling information on contraindications,” said NVIC president Barbara Loe Fisher.

According to NVIC’s June 27 press release, in Gardasil’s clinical trials, the FDA allowed Merck to use a potentially reactive aluminum containing placebo as a control for most participants, rather than a non-reactive saline solution placebo.1 A reactive placebo can artificially increase the appearance of safety of an experimental drug or vaccine in a clinical trial. Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum and, although aluminum adjuvants have been used in vaccines for decades, they were never tested for safety in clinical trials. Merck and the FDA did not disclose how much aluminum was in the placebo. 2

Animal and human studies have shown that aluminum can cause nerve cell death 3 and that vaccine aluminum adjuvants can allow aluminum to enter the brain,4 5as well as cause inflammation at the injection site leading to chronic joint and muscle pain and fatigue.6 7 Nearly 90 percent of Gardasil recipients and 85 percent of aluminum placebo recipients followed-up for safety reported one or more adverse events within 15 days of vaccination, particularly at the injection site.8 Pain and swelling at injection site occurred in approximately 83 percent of Gardasil and 73 percent of aluminum placebo recipients. About 60 percent of those who got Gardasil or the aluminum placebo had systemic adverse events including headache, fever, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and myalgia.9 10 Gardasil recipients had more serious adverse events such as headache, gastroenteritis, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, asthma, bronchospasm and arthritis.

Gardasil is the first childhood vaccine to exclusively target girls. The HPV vaccine is also the first to be credited with preventing cancer, a claim hyped in Merck’s multi-channel marketing campaign “Tell Someone.” 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.

Health and Human Services is expected to approve the CDC recommendation—meaning Gardasil will be routinely administered to all 11 and 12 year old girls. The vaccine has also received CDC approval for sale and marketing to girls and women ages nine to 26. At $120 a pop, the three required doses of Gardasil will earn Merck $360 per consumer. With over 35 million US girls and women between the ages of 9 and 26, recommended administration of Gardasil could mean over 12 billion dollars for the drug company. Merck is currently fighting more than 11,500 lawsuits related to another of their drugs, Vioxx, which is also plagued by controversy surrounding false data on its safety.

Sources:

http://www.gardasil.com/

http://www.merck.com/

http://www.metrokc.gov/health/apu/std/hpv.htm#whatis

http://www.909shot.com/PressReleases/pr62706gardasil.htm

I think that pretty much covers it.  I’m not just paranoid.  There is serious reason to take issue with this vaccine.  Never mind that it can do way more damage than good. Never mind that this vaccine is being manufactured and promoted by a company with a history of lies.  How about the fact that yet again, the government has found a way to take more control over our children?  Or that they assume that all these little girls will be sexually active, and immoral?  What about Parental Rights?

Children of God for Life has an entire website devoted to links on the topic. Gardasil – Get the Facts.  I have to agree wholeheartedly. Yes, I know that raising your children to remain pure until marriage is not a guarantee that they will abstain from all sexual activity until the honeymoon.  That doesn’t make this vaccine or any mandate  thereof, acceptable.  Parents must be the ultimate decision-makers for their children’s wellbeing.  NOT the state.

Oh, that’s right, I forgot.  Hilary Clinton explained to us that “It takes a village to raise a child.”  Well, I didn’t see any village raising her daughter!  And they’re sure as heck not going to touch mine.

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