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Vaccines, Pharmaceutical Companies and the CDC

Vaccines, Pharmaceutical Companies and the CDC February 19, 2009

It bothers me a lot when big companies put out obvious spin and lies to dupe people into buying and trusting their products. What bothers me even more is when branches of the government that ‘watch over’ big companies are just as guilty of spin and misinformation. Here’s a video about Gardasil, the vaccine being pushed on young girls with the (mostly*) bogus claim that it ‘prevents cervical cancer’:

First the obvious misinformation:

Watch it again if you need to. One minute in we find the FDA report on Gardasil listing the horrendous side-effects along with 18 deaths. Go again to the end of the video, around 1:40, Merck and their pals at the CDC have found “No link to any deaths” and that it was “safer than most vaccines” (which may say as much for ‘other vaccines’).

Failing to see the link to 18 deaths in the FDA report is a case of willful ignorance at its worst. Apparently Merck and the CDC couldn’t find the link to the FDA. But, of course, what would a drug company and the Center for Disease Control have to do with the Food and Drug Administration, anyway?

It is too common that misinformation and lies by American big companies and sectors of our government are accepted by an often equally willfully ignorant populous (“they said it was good for me…”). I suppose this is what makes people in other countries worry about us Americans sometimes (note: Spain recently withdrew the vaccine due to illnesses it caused).

Beyond the FDA, Dr. Mercola reported last year that “The federal government’s Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System has received over 9,700 reports of problems since the vaccine’s introduction in 2006. These problems just keep growing and include paralysis, seizures and miscarriage, along with 20 deaths that may be linked to the vaccine!”

Mercola goes on to debunk some of the claims made by Merck:

There are more than 100 types of human papillomaviruses. Of them, only 10-30 can cause cervical cancer. The rest can lead to skin infections that cause genital warts or common warts on your hands and feet.

Although these are very common viruses, and an estimated 25 million Americans have HPV infections, there’s actually little cause for alarm because, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, “In 90 percent of cases, your body’s immune system clears the HPV infection naturally within two years.”

By again looking at the FDA report on Gardasil (something that, again, Merck and the CDC seem to have a hard time finding), we find that Gardasil only prevents “Cervical Cancer, vulvar cancer and vaginal cancer caused by HPV types 16 and 18” along with some of the effects of two other forms of HPV. That’s a total of four forms out of more than 100. So, while HPV is a common STD, Gardasil can only treat aspects of a couple forms of the virus AND in 90% of cases the virus is completely eliminated by our immune system. And if Gardasil prevents cancer caused only by HPV types 16 and 18, what about the other 8-28 types of the virus that can lead to cancer?

Hopefully the scare (and miracle-solution) tactics lose their force as more people are educated about this. Again, from the FDA report, we find that there are 6,000,000 new cases of HPV each year in the U.S. (and remember, most forms of the virus are not linked to cervical cancer and are not prevented by Gardasil), and about 10,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. That’s 10,000 out of 3,000,000 women. So, even if you get HPV, your risk of developing cervical cancer is still less than one half of 1%. Stack that up against the odds of adverse effects or death caused by the vaccine and I think most people will wisely avoid it.

Again, 90% cases of HPV are cleared up by your own immune system, something that Merck and the CDC shamefully fail to tell people when they promote this drug. Instead, their scare scenario is:

  1. Half of Americans have or will get HPV (failing to say 90% of cases need no treatment)
  2. HPV causes cancer (failing to say only 10-30 types out of more than 100)
  3. Gardasil prevents HPV-caused cancer (failing to say it works on only 2 types)
  4. Get Gardasil!

It’s a scenario so filled with holes and lies that it is a shame that it ever reached the public. Now Merck is making an estimated $1 Billion per year selling the vaccine that it doesn’t know causes wart outbreaks, seizures, paralysis, blood clots and death. Funny how things work sometimes.

As Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a public interest group responsible for investigating and prosecuting government corruption, says:

“It looks as if an unproven vaccine with dangerous side effects is being pushed as a miracle drug.”

And that’s the power of fear. See the NVIC for more information.

Ok, off the soapbox for the day and on to thesis work. May all beings be happy and free from the suffering caused by ignorance and big companies and bad government…

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