By Lora O’Brien
I vividly remember being vaccinated as a kid. First, the letter would be sent home with the impending date, and when the day came, there would be a mass of nervous energy round the whole school. I mean, what kid wanted to be jabbed with a needle? Children were passing out with nerves, and if someone had asked me what the injection was for, I wouldn’t have been able to tell them. We were told we needed to have it, and so no one objected.
Fast forward a generous handful of years, and the world I live in at the age of 27 is slightly different. With increasing numbers of people doubting the safety of the MMR vaccine for children, many parents are now questioning whether it’s a great idea to send their children off for vaccines without doing research beforehand. So it came as rather a shock to me when I heard the human papilloma virus (HPV) shot is being given to children as young as eleven, despite the growing dangers of the HPV vaccine. In fact, two states in America have already made it mandatory that children are given the shot, also known by its brand name, Gardasil, and it’s been hailed as an ‘incredible medical breakthrough’ despite those dangers. Well, you know what? I’m calling BS on the whole damn thing, and with good reason.
What is HPV?
Let’s start at the beginning: what is HPV anyway? Whilst there’s a great deal of scaremongering going on when it comes to this infection, the fact is that many of us will get it in our lifetime, and in 90% of all cases, it will be benign and clear up on its own. In fact, the vast amount of women harbor HPV for around two years before it clears up.
But of course, if you’re engaging in risky, unsafe sexual behaviour, then you’re automatically put at a greater risk of contracting HPV (ever wondered why condoms were invented?) and the more sexual partners you have, the higher the risks, but that’s pretty obvious, right? We all know the implications that can come from unprotected sex. And you know what they say – For everyone person you sleep with, you’re sleeping with every person they’ve ever slept with, too – so condoms should become a habit for anyone who’s sexually active and wishes to avoid disease (and pregnancy).
HPV is still the most common STD. It can be detected through a PAP smear or gynecological exam, and if left untreated, there is a small possibility that it can indeed turn cancerous. HPV may appear as flesh-coloured warts, either raised or flat, and can be hard to detect as they blend with the skin and are often hidden inside of either the vagina or the anus. They’re considered to be low risk, but if you do notice that you have warts around or inside your genitalia, then you should book a visit to the doctor asap to get them removed, via laser, cryotherapy or another relatively painless method.
But is it a good idea to get a vaccination to prevent HPV?
Let’s check some facts
Here are some more pretty scary facts about the HPV jab:
- The vaccine provides no protection for anyone who has already been exposed to HPV (so pretty much anyone having sex) and could increase the risk of cancer for those who have.
- It does not prevent cancer and there is zero proof that it does. What it does do is prevent an infection that could potentially cause cell abnormalities that could cause cancer, if not detected early.
- Even some of the medical researchers who worked to create Gardasil have spoken out against its lack of safety and benefits.
It can do more damage than good
Trust in the HPV vaccines is extremely low due to pressing concerns about safety and effectiveness, and guess what? A lot of doctors actually agree. The American College of Pediatricians has officially sounded the alarm about Gardasil and how it is triggering premature ovarian failure (infertility) in young girls at an alarming rate, but it has also been known to cause: facial palsy, autoimmune disease, diabetes, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) that exceeds any other vaccine, and even death.
Maybe the most vociferous opposition to the HPV vaccine comes from Japan, where a huge class action lawsuit is in process with dozens of families who are suing the vaccine manufacturers for the debilitating health effects suffered by their daughters. At least the Japanese government suspended the HPV vaccine in 2013 in response to numerous cases of serious adverse events.
On the other hand, in the United States, citizens are barred from suing vaccine manufacturers per the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986. The only way to get compensation for vaccine injuries in the USA is from the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVCP). The stark reality is that vaccine injured kids are rarely compensated, however. Two out of every three applicants are denied recompense. Those fortunate enough to receive compensation must wait years or even a decade or more! Despite the few parents of vaccine injured children receiving any compensation whatsoever, the NVCP paid out over $3 billion dollars in claims through 2010.
Several European countries like Denmark and Ireland are pushing governments to stop the vaccinations after it was discovered that it causes serious, long term health problems – there’s even a support group in Ireland for women who have suffered serious health issues after having the vaccine.
But in the UK and USA, uptake is still high, mainly thanks to a huge marketing campaign and pro-Gardasil propaganda disseminated at Planned Parenthood, in schools and in the mainstream media like Teen Vogue, a publication that is seriously pushing the drug.
Instead of withdrawing HPV vaccines from the market or attempting to reformulate them to make them safer, those sneaky, Big Pharma vaccine manufacturers have chosen a stealth route to get parents to comply.
A study by one Denver clinic has demonstrated how easy it is to fool concerned parents into consent for their adolescent children to receive Gardasil or Cervarix (another name for the vaccine) by bundling the HPV vaccine into a single jab with other childhood and flu vaccines. In such circumstances, the opt out rate declines to only 10% for both boys and girls for the first dose. This compares to a national opt-out rate of 43% for girls and 65% for boys when HPV is a standalone vaccine given separately. See here for more details.
Using the bundling (a.k.a. ‘the sneak it through without telling anyone’) approach, 66% of girls and 53% of boys received all three doses compared with a national average of 38% and 14%.
Clearly, this is far from ethical. Parents – be on guard for Gardasil!
Who gains? Big Pharma, and ONLY Big Pharma
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, there are more than 120 strains of HPV. Approximately 15 strains are linked to cervical and other cancers–anal and oropharyngeal (cancer of the tonsils and area under the tongue)–and approximately 12 cause genital warts. The best way to avoid ALL of those nasties, as well as virtually every single other sexually transmitted disease AND pregnancy? It’s pretty simple, really – use a condom! They’re safe, cheap and easy to use.
People are going to argue that ‘kids won’t use condoms’ and in some cases that may be true. But if we spent as much time, money and energy promoting condoms to prevent disease as Big Pharma does promoting their vaccinations, it would work – just look at how cases of HIV were literally decimated in the 1990s-2000s after strong awareness campaigns were launched. A condom promotional campaign, alongside an awareness drive regarding PAP smears, could do wonders to stop cervical cancer.
So why are magazines like Teen Vogue, schools, Planned Parenthood and other institutes of influence promoting the HPV vaccine instead? The short answer: money. It is highly likely that all of them are receiving some form of funding and/or ‘education’ from Big Pharma, namely Merk, the manufacturer of Gardasil.
Knowledge is power, my friends. If you, a friend, or a relative is planning to get the HPV jab, or if they’re children are being encouraged to do so, please tell them to do plenty of research before blindly trusting that a vaccine is safe. The reality is that HPV is only passed on through sexual intercourse, and can easily prevented with condoms. HPV cells that are pre-cancerous can be removed painlessly if caught early via a regular PAP smear. Why risk your health when common sense and regular self-care can just as easily prevent cervical cancer? This is what we should be teaching our kids!
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