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The HPV Vaccine Scandal

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“I predict that Gardasil will become the greatest medical scandal of all times,” said Dr. Bernard Dalbergue, who worked for the drug company Merck, in the April 2014 issue of the French magazine Principes de Santé (Health Principles).

“At some point in time, the evidence will add up to prove that this vaccine has absolutely no effect on cervical cancer and that all the very many adverse effects which destroy lives and even kill, serve no other purpose than to generate profit for the manufacturers,” Dr. Dalbergue continued. “There is far too much financial interest for these medicines to be withdrawn.”

Gardasil, is one of the HPV vaccines like Silgard, Gardasil 9 and Cervarix, which is promoted as a means to prevent cervical cancer. In the US, each HPV vaccine dose can cost about $140. This cost does not include the cost of giving the shots or the doctor’s charge, so all three shots could cost about $500.

This week, at the request of officials in Denmark, the European Medicines Agency announced a review of the HPV vaccine, focusing on reports of two conditions, complex regional pain syndrome and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, associated with the vaccine.

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a condition affecting a person’s limbs. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) involves the heart rate increasing abnormally after sitting or standing up. Symptoms include fainting, dizziness, inability to concentrate and fatigue. The condition can be long-term or even permanent.

A recent report on these two syndromes, CRPS and POTS, occurring after HPV vaccination was published in the July issue of Clinical Rheumatology.

“The symptoms more often reported are chronic pain with paresthesias, headaches, fatigue, and orthostatic intolerance,” writes Manuel Martínez-Lavín, MD, from the Rheumatology Department, Instituto Nacional de Cardiología Ignacio Chávez in Mexico City, Mexico. “Adverse reactions appear to be more frequent after HPV vaccination when compared to other types of immunizations. Different isolated cases and small series have described the development of [CRPS], [POTS], and fibromyalgia after HPV vaccination.”

Earlier this year, the Danish Medical Journal published a systematic review of 53 patients with symptoms of orthostatic intolerance and generalized dysautonomia as a suspected adverse effect of vaccination with Gardasil.

“All patients had symptoms consistent with pronounced autonomic dysfunction including different degrees of orthostatic intolerance, severe non-migraine-like headache, excessive fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, gastrointestinal discomfort and widespread pain of a neuropathic character,” reported Louise Brinth and colleagues, from the Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark.

“Our findings do not confirm or dismiss a causal link to the HPV vaccine,” the authors emphasized, “but they do suggest that further research is urgently warranted in order to clarify the pathophysiology of the symptoms experienced, to evaluate the possible link to the vaccine and to establish targeted treatment options for the affected patients.”

Writing in the January 2014 issue of the European Journal of Neurology (2014;21:135-139), Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, a neurologist at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, described six patients who developed new-onset POTS from 6 days to 2 months after HPV vaccination.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all American children who are 11 or 12 should get the vaccine. Virginia and the District of Columbia require the vaccine for girls entering the sixth grade,

A study published in the journal Pediatrics on the subject found that many parents in the United States felt the vaccine was “not needed or necessary” and 16% had safety concerns.

In 2011 (the most recent year numbers are available) 12,109 women in the United States were diagnosed with cervical cancer, and 4,092 women died from cervical cancer. As of 2010 there were around 157 million women in the U.S.

Two Japanese reports were published last year. Kinoshita reported on “peripheral sympathetic nerve dysfunction in adolescent Japanese girls following immunization with the human papillomavirus vaccine” in an article that detailed 44 cases (Intern Med. 2014;53:2185-2200).

Nishioka reported on clinical features and preliminary diagnostic criteria of human papillomavirus vaccination associated with neuroimmunopathic syndrome ( Int J Rheum Dis. 2014;17(Suppl 2):6-29).

In June 2013, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare withdrew its recommendation for HPV vaccination in girls.

According to the Japanese health ministry, a total of 2,475 cases involving complications have been reported through the end of March 2014, of which 617 were judged to be serious.

Japanese parents began calling the country’s health minister and furnishing videos in which girls who had received the HPV vaccine suffered from walking disturbances, body tics and seizures, Judicial Watch reported. In other cases many girls injected with the vaccine fell to the floor, injuring their head or face and some fracturing their jaw or teeth.

About 8,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year in Japan, with 2,500 dying from it. The female population of Japan is about 65 million.

Since 2007 Judicial Watch has been investigating the Gardasil scandal and exposed droves of government records documenting thousands of adverse reactions associated with the vaccine, including paralysis, convulsions, blindness and dozens of deaths. Based on the records it published a special report in 2008 detailing Gardasil’s approval process, side effects, safety concerns and marketing practices.

Judicial Watch obtained records from the Department of Health and Human Services revealing that its National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has awarded nearly $6 million to dozens of victims in claims made against the HPV vaccine it is pushing on children.

In the U.S., France, Spain and Denmark, more than 250 court cases are being mounted over HPV vaccinations.

In March 2015, Denmark’s national television station TV2 aired a documentary on HPV vaccines entitled, “The Vaccinated Girls – Sick and Betrayed.” It focused on the condition of three girls suffering from serious new medical conditions after being vaccinated against HPV with Gardasil.

Two Danish doctors from Frederiksberg Hospital said they have never seen anything similar to this during their entire careers. Both doctors said they had sent correspondence to the Danish Health and Medicines Authority a total of four times during the last year to warn them of possible adverse events after HPV injections.

Dr. Louise Brinth of Frederiksberg Hospital examined around 80 girls whom she suspects may be suffering adverse effects of HPV vaccinations. “They are all dizzy, they pass out, and so the vast majority of them severe headache – often chronic headaches. They have abdominal pain and nausea. They have weird muscle movements, they cannot control.”

In France three doctors urged the National Assembly to delist vaccinations for HPV and to suspend the European approval for Gardasil because they doubted the vaccine’s safety and efficacy.

One of the doctors, Swiss obstetrician-gynecologist Jean-Pierre Spinosa, co-authored the book, “The Sting – Why Do We Vaccinate Girls Against Cancer of the Cervix?” According to Spinosa, the vaccine’s makers have never proven that it “protects” against cervical cancer.

In India, judges at the nation’s Supreme Court have demanded answers after children reportedly died during a controversial cervical cancer vaccine trial. Young tribal girls received shots in 2009 of Merck’s Gardasil vaccine and Cervarix, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline.

The Indian court heard a challenge by campaigners who claim the study – funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – failed to obtain the informed consent of the children or their parents. They say that a “study” carried out for the foundation by a US organization was in fact an illegal drugs trial.

In January, the Daily Mail reported that Indian children as young as nine suffered side-effects after being used as unwitting human guinea pigs for the new drug Gardasil 9. Several children used in those trials claimed to have suffered problems including weight loss, fatigue, dizziness and menstrual problems. They and their parents maintained that they did not give their informed consent and that that they were not aware that they were taking part in the trial of an untested drug.

According to a report in The Times of India many girls started falling ill and by 2010 five of them died. Two more deaths were reported from Vadodara, Gujarat, where an estimated 14,000 children studying in schools meant for tribal children were also vaccinated with another brand of HPV vaccine.

An American NGO — Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) — had carried out the studies, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).

“BMGF are pushing the (vaccine) agenda with governments around the world, including India,” said Ritu Priya Mehrotra, professor of Social Medicine and Community Health and School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. The community health activist said the biotechnology industry was pushing more and more vaccines into India and that the health ministry was not ensuring that adequate testing was done before recommending their use in government programs.

India has a population of around 365 million women above 15 years of age. About 132,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed annually, and there are 74,000 deaths annually.

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