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Is the HPV vaccine a scam?

December 04, 2013 4 min read

Dr. Diane Harper was the lead researcher in the development of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™.  She is now the latest in a long string of experts who are pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines.  Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Converence on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia.  Her speech, which was originally intended to promote the benefits of the vaccines, took a 180-degree turn when she chose instead to clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines so she “could sleep at night”. The following is an excerpt from a story by Sarah Cain: “Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States.  In fact, 70% of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years.  Harper also mentioned the safety angle.  All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.  So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil™ alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions.  At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines.  The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation.  Parents are usually not made aware of these risks.  Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night.  ’About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life,’ Harper says.  ’Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself.  But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.’”  Although these two vaccines are marketed as protection against cervical cancer, this claim is purely hypothetical.  Studies have proven “there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless.  In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer.  From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite.”     All of the above has been found on numerous news sites and apparently isn't a new claim. As a young female, I myself have contemplated getting the Gardasil vaccine and have yet to find ANYTHING to truly help my decision. So after coming across this...and seeing it as a bit "out there", I did a bit more digging. Dr. Ben Goldacre of Bad Science reached out to Harper directly:  
“I will explain Harper's position in her own words,” he writes. “They are unambiguous: ‘I did not say that Cervarix was as deadly as cervical cancer. I did not say that Cervarix could be riskier or more deadly than cervical cancer. I did not say that Cervarix was controversial, I stated that Cervarix is not a 'controversial drug'. I did not 'hit out' – I was contacted by the press for facts. And this was not an exclusive interview.” Harper did not "develop Cervarix" but she did work on some important trials of Gardasil and also Cervarix. "Gardasil is not a 'sister vaccine' as the Express said, it is a different compound. I do not know of the side effects of Cervarix as it is not available in the US.’ “She did not say that Cervarix was being overmarketed. ‘I did say that Merck was egregiously overmarketing Gardasil in the US – but Gardasil and Cervarix are not the same vaccines’…She also suspects from modelling data that for the specific and restricted group of women who are punctilious about attending every single one of their cervical cancer screening appointments, vaccination may have little impact on their risk of death from cancer; but even they will benefit from the reduction in reproductive problems caused by treating pre-cancerous changes in cervical cells. ‘I fully support the HPV vaccines," she says. "I believe that in general they are safe in most women. I told the Express all of this.’”  
Dr. Goldacre is not new to speaking out against misinformation: Okay so why are we talking about this? When misinformation starts to spread in regards to a persons character or relationship status (aka: rumors), the damage is mostly emotional. When misinformation spreads in regards to nutrition and fitness, there can definitely be dangerous physical effects (when taken to extremes), but most often it will simply be ineffective efforts. But when we're talking about being medicated and our physical health, misinformation can be incredibly dangerous, and even deadly. The most dangerous part is that nowadays, it can be incredibly difficult to get "true" information. Because what is that? Does the HPV vaccine a) work    b) pose a danger to those who use it     c) If the side effects can be dangerous, are they more or less dangerous than the effects of the disease we are immunizing against. The honest answer: Who knows. Medicine is evolving and changing at such a rapid rate that we are constantly flooded with new studies and information, addendum and adaptations to old information, new studies conflicting old studies and so on and so on. So who do you listen to? Your doctor? I know I'm not the only one who has left my doctor's office on more than one occasion - feeling left in the dark. So in the age of information when we can go online and endlessly Google our symptoms until we're absolutely certain that the doorknobs in our house will kill us, what's the solution? How can we stay healthy and, furthermore, get healthy again when we're ill, if everyone is saying something different?  

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