"The fantasy that there are shortcuts that come in syringes or bottles remains, for now just that: a fantasy." --Peter B. Bach, MD(1)
On June 8, 2006, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new cervical cancer vaccine, called Gardasil, manufactured by Merck [the company that also made the pain-killer Vioxx that was removed from the market due to the potential doubling of heart attacks and strokes]. Girls 11-26 were targeted for a three-shot regimen, given over six months. The cost is about $400. This vaccine is also approved for girls as young as nine years old. By February of 2007, "at least 20 states [were] considering making its use mandatory for schoolgirls."(2)
Serious side effects from Gardasil were already being reported within the first year. "Between June 8, 2006, and Dec. 31, 2008, 11,916 adverse reactions to the vaccine and the death[s] of 32 young women and girls" were reported.(3) By the Summer of 2009, vaccine-related injuries had climbed to 15,000. On March 30 of this year, the reported unexplained deaths following Gardasil injections had increased to 49.(4) More information is available at the National Vaccine Information Center: www.nivc.org
In February 2009, Spain recalled "76,000 doses of Gardasil Following Seizures in Two Young Girls."(5) At the time, Erin Brockovich noted that in the US: "We've had more than two girls [became] sick, and to my knowledge NO doses of the vaccine were ever recalled here. The issue is that two girls got sick and Spain responded immediately. Think of the human cost of rushing to market."(6)
In that regard, Dr. Mercola has written: "Merck has convinced millions of girls [and their parents] to get vaccinated with Gardasil by instilling in them a fear of the sexually transmitted diseaseHPV [and] this fear mongering is only revealing a select assortment of facts. Merck would like you to hear that 6 million women contract HPV annually but they do not tell you that most of these cases are harmless. Your body can clear up HPV on its own, and does so more than 90 percent of the time."(7)
There has been no long-term research done for this vaccine. An article in the "New England Journal of Medicine" has urged "caution."(8) The author of this article, Dr. Haug, has written: "there has been [financial?] pressure on policy makers worldwide to introduce the HPV vaccine in national or statewide vaccination programs. How can policy makers make rational choices about the introduction of medical interventions that might do good in the future, but for which evidence is insufficient, especially since we will not know for many years whether the intervention will work or in the worst case do harm?"(9)
This HPV vaccine is supposed to target two strains of an oncogenic [cancer producing], sexually transmitted virus known as Human Papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine does not provide any protection for anyone who already has HPV. The speed with which this vaccine was rushed to market, without adequate independent research, is similar to last year's incredible fast-tracking of the poorly tested (and some of it untested) and dangerous H1N1 flu vaccines. After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a spurious Level 6 "pandemic" on June 11, 2009, the US government was already mandating that all Americans over the age of six months be vaccinated.
There were no long-term, independent safety trial studies done for any of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccines. Several hospital researchers involved in the Summer 2009 trials commented on the big "rush" to get these vaccines out. Some of that short-term testing did not even use the same vaccines that were going to be mandated later in the Fall. How then could accurate results be compared with different vaccine ingredients? WHO wasn't even tracking the actual number of confirmed laboratory H1N1 cases.(10) Precaution was not part of vaccine manufacture or governmental plans.
In an article written by Michel Chossudovsky last year, he noted: "There was no uniform system for collecting data on suspected swine flu [H1N1] victims in the US, which led to confusion in the absence of accurate statistics. The CDC [Centers for Disease Control] acknowledge that the figures being collected on 'confirmed and probable cases' in the US contained not separation between 'confirmed' and 'probable.'
In fact, only a small percentage of the reported cases were 'confirmed' by laboratory tests. This faulty data and much more like it from around the globe was given to the WHO, who in turn used the numbers to justify a pandemic. Sadly, the CDC is not protecting humanity because it is too busy expanding the bottom line of the pharmaceutical industry."(11)
This article, subsequently, was hailed by Project Censored as one of its top stories for 2009.
In the event of injuries and/or deaths resulting from these H1N1 vaccines, the US government indemnified the pharmaceutical companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Baxter, and Novartis. Deaths and injuries did occur. In one instance of which I know personally: the one-year-old grandson of a friend was taken by his mother for his "one-year-old check-up" to his pediatrician. Without the mother's permission, a staff nurse took the child out his mother's arms, and was given a H1N1 vaccine shot. The nurse told the mother: "Oh, it's no big deal." The child died three days later. The family remains devastated. To this date, the mother has not had any legal recourse.
It appears that the priority was corporate greed. Following the money trail, who profited? Billions of dollars were involved: GSK received $250-million to supply the US with "pandemic products"; Novartis received $346-million for antigen and $348-million for adjuvant (plus orders from 30 other countries). The total for US vaccine orders amounted to $7 billion. From where did this money come, given that the US is actually bankrupt? Further, in a post-script to the 2009 H1N1 scare, the millions of doses of unused vaccines will now be added to this year's flu vaccines.
Independent and long-term research MUST be part of any planned and truly safe vaccine program. Thirty years ago, most Americans only had three or four vaccinations. Today, the average teen-ager already has had more than 40 vaccinations. With poorly tested vaccines (often with dangerous ingredients), how has this compromised the immune systems of a generation of children? Since the Salk polio vaccine was developed 55 years ago (and even before then), there were serious concerns about the safety of vaccinating an entire country's population. Precaution would have eliminated possibly hundreds of thousands of cases of cancer that were later linked to the Salk polio vaccine. Long-term research has confirmed the link between the use of African green monkey virus, used in the Salk polio vaccine, and increased cancers. This virus is transmitted from one species to another: monkey to human. Unconscionably, this same African green monkey virus was used again last year in some of the H1N1 vaccines.(12)
The following is a list of some of the vaccine ingredients in Gardasil: * Polysorbate 80 (also known as Tween-80): It is also used in some brands of ibuprofen concentrated oral suspensions and as an emulsifier in cosmetics. It is known to cause infertility/sterility, grand mal convulsions, spontaneous abortions, and life-threatening anaphylactic shock.
* Amorphous aluminum hydroxiphosphate sulfate: This is an adjuvant. These are included in all vaccines to make dispersal faster and easier in the body (but not more safely). It affects the "action of the drug's active ingredient." It also then requires less adjuvant, so the product can then be expanded to cover many more vaccinations with less vaccine. This also means a faster production of vaccines, and more money for the drug companies with less production output of vaccine. Dr. Mercola calls this a "turbo charge" to the body's immune system. It can "induce both behavioral and motor deficits and the loss of motor neurons [and can cause] neuronal apoptosis [cell death] in the primary motor cortex."(13) Adjuvants are linked to Gulf War Syndrome.
Aluminum (part of the composition of this adjuvant) is also known to cause cognitive dysfunction and brain damage. It is found in many products we use daily [from deodorants to baking soda]; and it is linked [along with mercury] to the staggering increases of dementia. Nano-fiber-coated aluminum is also one of the ingredients used in the illegal aerosolized toxic Chemtrails that have been sprayed on us overhead, for the past decade.(14) This is being done to people in all NATO nations, on a daily basis, without their permission. The US Air Force already acknowledges using it. Chemtrails are part of more than 60 Clandestine Weather Modification Programs being used without any public discussion. There has been no research on the interaction of chronic daily aluminum poisoning to the human body (to which we are all now exposed because of Chemtrails) and its interaction with the toxicity of aluminum adjuvants and other widely used aluminum products.
* Sodium borate: Insecticide. Poison. This is the main ingredient in boric acid, used as a roach killer. Repeated use causes poisoning. Side effects of sodium borate toxicity include: blue-green vomiting, diarrhea, skin rashes, blisters, drowsiness, fever, low blood pressure, decreased urine output, coma, convulsions, and twitching of muscles in face, arms, legs, and feet.
* Sodium chloride: refined table salt. Salt is a naturally occurring complex mineral that balances the water inside and outside our cells. Refined salt, sodium chloride, is chemically treated and contains many other hidden chemicals that destroy natural salt's healing abilities. The body can get most of its daily requirement by eating a well-balanced, organic diet eliminating processed foods (that have added chemicals). A good source is untreated, natural seal salt.
* L-histidine: This is an essential amino acid (from which histamine is derived). It is a vital necessity for tissue growth and repair, and also the development of red blood cells. It is one of the building blocks of protein for our bodies. Histidine comes from vegetable and animal proteins (wheat germ, cheese, poultry, and pork). Adults produce enough of it; children usually don't produce enough of it.
* Water: Merck does not list what kind. Fluoridated? Chlorinated? Both are toxic and destroy the immune system. Regular "tap" water from public supply water systems are usually filled with numerous toxic chemicals.
According to the public interest group Judicial Watch, between May 2009 and September 2010, there were "records of 3,589 adverse reactions to Gardasil," including "213 cases resulting in permanent disability, and 16 new deaths (including four suicides)." This report also includes permanent disability from Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS).(15) GBS is an inflammatory brain disorder that is already known to be associated with last year's hyped H1N1 flu vaccines put on the market worldwide without adequate clinical trial tests. However, on July 26, 2009, the UK's Health Protection Agency sent a secret letter to 600 senior neurologists to be alert for an increase in [the] brain disorder, Guillain Barre Syndrome."(16) GBS also was linked to the dangerous side effects of the 1976 swine flu outbreak; and more than 80,000 people were [then] affected by this condition, that, in essence, could be called 'flu vaccine syndrome.'"(17)
Tom Finton, president of Judicial Watch, is on record as saying: "To say Gardasil has a suspect safety record is a big understatement. These reports are troubling and show that the FDA and other public health authorities may be asleep at the switch. In the meantime, the public relations push for Gardasil by Merck and politicians on Capitol Hill continues. No one should require this vaccine for young children."(18)
A second HPV vaccine, Cervarix, is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. It has been licensed in the UK, Australia, and the European Union. In the US, it was approved by the FDA on October 16, 2009. According to London's The Guardian, "Britain is the only country to have opted to use Cervarix, rather than a rival brandGardasil." The Guardian reported one death, in this same article, of a 14 year-old girl who died shortly after receiving this vaccine injection.(19)
Cervarix is given in three doses over a six-month period. The adjuvant, ASO4 is one of the ingredients. This is the company's propriety squalene adjuvant. Squalene is a natural oil found in sharks [mostly in their livers] and humans. The American Journal of Pathology (2000) reported that rats injected with squalene triggered "chronic, immune mediated joint-specific inflammation." i.e., rheumatoid arthritis. How will this vaccine affect people who already have any immune inflammation; or, will it cause untold new cases (lupus or chronic fatigue)? Squalene adjuvant is linked to the thousands of military who have contracted Gulf War Syndrome and have suffered irreparable auto-immune damage, including lupis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, and ADD.(20)
Cervarix side effects include: headache, pain and swelling at injection site; fever; diarrhea; itching and skin rashes; joint pain; nausea and vomiting; dizziness; respiratory tract infection.(21)
As practiced today, Western medicine is based on pharmaceutical solutions, due to its enormous corporate ties. These ties also include organizations (public and private) and agencies (such as World Health Organization, Food and Drug Administration, and Environmental Protection Agency) that once were supposed to protect public health; but now, behind closed doors and secret meetings, they do the bidding of the corporations. There is very little independent research being conducted, while most research is funded by the drug companies. They have a vested interest in not reporting adverse reactions. Citizens do not fit into any of this, except as consumers.
Cures, though very important, are only one part of the answers we urgently need. We also need doctors who are well informed, better educated about environmental links to illness and disease, and actually read and research drug ingredients before prescribing pharmaceuticals to uniformed patients who rely on and trust their doctors. We no longer can take for granted that doctors are either well informed about the enormous environmental links to illnesses, or that they have the sorely needed medical and environmental training with which they can make correct diagnoses. This is especially true now, with illnesses being manufactured in bioweapons labs or geo-engineered toxic chemicals being sprayed from planes and let lose on unsuspecting citizens.
The major issues rarely addressed, but essential to our well being and safety, are PREVENTION and PRECAUTION.(22) We also need to hold the polluters accountable. Over the last 10 years, more than 30 years of US environmental laws have been gutted, while corporations are getting huge tax breaks. This has made it increasingly easy for corporations to poison our air, soil, and water. The staggering rates of cancers (even for small children), auto-immune, cardiac and pulmonary diseases, and now often multiple illnesses affect millions of people.
With more than 100,000 chemicals on the market, mostly untested for human safety, and a horrific legacy of invisible but highly dangerous environmental hazards surrounding our every move, corporate accountability is way overdue. This no longer is an issue to be resolved by Congress or any other governmental agency [often with no legal or Constitutional authority, where officials have been appointed to their positions, not voted into office].
With a constant revolving door between industry and government jobs, plus corporate legal "personhood," there is no longer protection for citizens. The criminality of the Gulf of Mexico oil catastrophe is just the latest heart-breaking crisis showing the power corporations have to destroy an entire ecosystem (human and all other living creatures) without any accountability.
We need massive and peaceful grassroots movements to make our planet our only home habitable and safe for all living creatures. The seminal works of Rachel Carson (written almost 50 years ago) and Dr. Theo Colburn et al.'s book, on hormone disruption, "Our Stolen Future," are ignored. Not by us; but by the corporate, multi-national juggernaut.
Without really safe and precautionary corporate practices, our collective health will keep on deteriorating, while out-of-control corporate greed and profits continue unabated. Our well being and safety are not part of any corporate ethos. We are all expendable for the corporate bottom line: profit. For the third quarter of 2010, Forbes magazine reported that Merck, one of the world's largest drug companies, "posted a net income of $342 million."(23) There was no mention in this article of any possible deaths and/or injuries from their Gardasil vaccine.
A recent online article suggested that this HPV Gardasil vaccine might prevent 13,000 American women from getting cervical cancer. (In the UK, the figure is about 1,000.) The article made no mention of any dangerous side effects or deaths.(24)
In my own 15 years of independent research for my book, "The Uterine Crisis," there are numerous references cited regarding the extreme dangers (including a long history of our being used as uninformed, experimental lab subjects) posed by the relationships among the pharmaceutical corporations, governmental agencies, and medicine.
Parental rights are very important. The Precautionary Principle, rarely mentioned in any US media or put into corporate practice, is vital with untested and/or poorly tested vaccines with toxic ingredients. The Pap Smear and other tests are available to screen for cervical cancer. In a 2009 article, epidemiologist and physician, Dr. Peter B. Bach, wrote: "[t]he Pap Smear, which has been around for more than 70 years, is a better prevention approach that Gardasil will ever be.
Because of it, cervical caner death rates in the US fell by 74% between 1955 and 1992, and continue to fall by about 4% each year."(25) But the larger issues are never addressed. This would put the pharmaceutical corporations and many university research programs out of business.
It is, therefore, of the utmost importance that patients (i.e., today's medical consumers) become well educated and informed before they proceed with any vaccinations, injections, surgery, or other medical procedures. We can no longer continue on automatic pilot with crucial medical decisions left to doctors and other medical professionals who are uninformed. Caveat emptor.
Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri
Educator and environmental writer, Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri is the
author of the highly acclaimed book, "The Uterine Crisis."
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