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Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Here we go again:
Experimental and Investigational, Non- Evidenced Based Medicine-Again!
It has become obvious that parents need to be the watchdog for their own families' health care. Numerous products created by the pharmaceutical machine pass into the medical "health system" are accepted as safe and then years later we see the effects of these trials on our health and well-being. The new HPV vaccine and its hasty marketing is just another new drug that warrants caution.
Controversial New Bill Would Require All Girls Under 13 to Receive Cervical Cancer Vaccination.
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President of the National Vaccine Information Center, Barbara Loe Fisher has this to say:
State legislators in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Michigan, West Virginia, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kentucky, New Hampshire, California and other states have simultaneously introduced bills to require pre-adolescent girls to be injected with three doses of HPV vaccine to prevent a sexually transmitted infection that has no symptoms and is naturally cleared from the body by most women. In a small number of sexually active girls and women, who do not get regular pap smears, HPV infection becomes persistent and develops into cervical cancer.
Drug company lobbyists have joined with federal and state public health officials to persuade legislators to pass laws barring girls from attending elementary school unless they get the HPV vaccine. Some of the proposed state mandates would allow parents to exercise philosophical, conscientious or religious belief exemptions and others would not.
In the U.S., there has been a 74 percent decline in cervical cancer cases since 1955 because of routine pap smears. The approximately 3500 annual cervical cancer deaths in women over 40 represents about 1 percent of all cancer deaths in American women. However, in Asia, Africa and in other underdeveloped countries, where pap smears are not routine, HPV is associated with much more cervical cancer.
If most states adopt the HPV vaccine "no shots, no school" mandate, it will mean that girls as young as nine will be forced to take a vaccine for a disease that, unlike polio or measles, cannot be transmitted in the school setting. The mandate will raise the numbers of doses of vaccine the CDC directs American girls to get by adolescence to 56 doses of 17 vaccines. There are no studies evaluating the long term safety of this policy within a genetically diverse population.
The National Vaccine Information Center issued a press release on June 27, 2006 questioning the methodology of clinical trials used by Merck to prove the HPV vaccine, Gardasil, safe to give to girls as young as nine (www.nvic.org). The FDA allowed Merck to use a potentially reactive aluminum containing placebo and more than 85 percent of both Gardasil and placebo recipients in the trial reported one or more adverse events within 15 days of vaccination, including headache, fever, reactive and rheumatoid arthritis, myalgia, asthma, and other health problems. Fewer than 1200 girls under age 16 received Gardasil in the trials and were only followed up for 18 months. It is not known how long immunity will last.
More from the NVIC Hotline here:
"Legislation mandating the HPV vaccine for pre-adolescent schoolgirls is pending in the District, Maryland and Virginia. Those who advocate it are quick to note that parents can opt out of the program. But few can say exactly how many bureaucratic hoops a parent will have to jump through to do that. Besides, why should the onus be on the parents to figure out how not to be in a government-mandated program? In New Hampshire, parents opt in -- and the burden is on the government to show how the vaccine can benefit their children....So are New Hampshire residents somehow smarter and better able to develop effective public health programs? Are they more concerned about their children than the rest of us? Hardly. What they have that we do not is the right attitude. They take their state motto seriously: "Live Free or Die," while too many of us are content to live and die as slaves." - Courtland Milloy, Washington Post
"Medical ethics require that patients have autonomy in their medical decisions, with informed consent. They have a right to know what they have, what the prognosis is, what the proposed treatment is, what the alternatives are, and what the possible side effects are prior to any treatment. Indeed, a patient has a right to say no, even if by refusing treatment they might die. I as a medical professional cannot overrule their decisions. Here we are talking about forcing a person to undergo mandatory drug therapy (vaccination), when they have no disease, under the presumption that they might get a disease based on future poor behavior. This is medically unethical.....Questions remain. As the [HPV] vaccine may not be effective in the long term, will booster shots at $120 be required? What type of world is it when a large company basically can forcibly take money from our pockets?" - Joseph Desoto, Ph.D., Charleston Daily Mail
Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary:Congratulations to two brave Americans, who have spoken up publicly for the informed consent ethic, which includes the right of parents to make informed, voluntary vaccination choices for their children. Each undoubtedly knew how much criticism and pressure might come as a consequence, but must have chosen to speak out, nevertheless, as a matter of conscience. They and all those who stand up for truth and freedom, despite the personal or professional risk, are following in the footsteps of those who came to America to escape persecution for their beliefs and fought to create a democracy that protects minorities from exploitation by the powerful.
As we are all witnessing, proposed HPV vaccine mandates are rolling through many state legislatures at warp speed. State and federal health officials (who are supposed to be legally prohibited from playing politics) and drug company lobbyists are in state Capitols pressuring politicians to make every little girl in America get injected with three doses of HPV vaccine before becoming sexually active or be denied the right to attend school. They are voting to mandate a vaccine for a disease which cannot be transmitted in school and which will cost the parents, the states and the nation billions to prevent a cancer, which can be almost 100 percent prevented through either abstinence, condom use or annual pap smears.
Citizens in every state, who want to be free to make vaccine choices in the future, should pick up the phone, get to a fax machine, send an email or get in the car and go visit their state representatives and senators and make their voices heard. There is only one mechanism in a democracy for getting vaccine laws passed, which support the right to voluntary, informed consent: vote for politicians who will vote for freedom or vote them out in the next election.
No forced vaccination. Not in America.
Visit the NVIC here: http://www.909shot.com/
Proposed Childhood Cervical Cancer Vaccine Mandate: Bad Policy, Questionable Science
By Dawn Richardson and Rebecca Rex
Two concerning bills filed in the Texas Legislature this session propose requiring the vaccination of 6th grade girls against the sexually transmitted virus HPV as a condition of attending school. Infection with the HPV virus is one of several risk factors associated with the development of cervical cancer. Not only is a mandate bad policy, the science is questionable.
While nobody would deny that cancer is a horrible disease, we have to be careful to not let the marketing of the fear of cancer by drug companies push us into blind acceptance without pulling back the covers and taking a closer look at the facts.
First of all, there is no proof that the HPV vaccine will prevent cervical cancer. 90% of women who contract the HPV virus clear it on their own. For these women, the vaccine offers NO benefit and only exposes them to risks. The incubation period for the virus is 20 years and the average age of women diagnosed with cervical cancer is 50 years old, but the vaccine was only tested for 4 years in 16-26 year olds. Considering that the vaccine manufacturer admits the duration of immunity from the vaccine is unknown, no claims to proof of cervical cancer prevention should be made. Read the complete article here, on page 3: http://www.texaseagle.org/torch/NewTorch/2-2007Torch.pdf
To read more on the "experimental and investigational" nature of modern medicine, visit: http://www.icpa4kids.org/wellness/0011.htm and http://www.icpa4kids.org/wellness/0012.htm
Our next issue of Pathways: Issue #13 will have another great article on Vaccines. Coming from an immunological point of view, this article will offer parents the physiological science to make decisions from. Issue #13 will be mailed March 21, 2007 You can subscribe to Pathways here: http://www.icpa4kids.org/research/participate.htm
Jeanne Ohm DC
ICPA, Executive Coordinator
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