Gardasil, Still a Dumb Idea

Yeah, Dr. Fuhrman isn’t a big fan of Gardasil. Here’s what he had to say on the topic of mandatory HPV vaccinations:
Remember this is not about arguing about the effectiveness or value of vaccines, just whether we should mandate medical care and take another freedom away from Americans. We no longer have the freedom to take or not take medications. Sounds like the Taliban to me.
Not only do mandatory vaccinations seem very un-American, but, Gardasil is hardly the saving grace Merck’s marketing team paints it to be. More from Dr. Fuhrman:
Gardasil, the new Merck HPV vaccine, protects against 4 types of HPV and these four types were only found in 3.4 percent.
  1. 44 percent of women studied aged 20 – 24 had infections with HPV.
  2. The virus disappears and does not cause a problem in 90 percent of infected women.
  3. 100 strains exist, the vaccine protects against only 4, but they include the two strains associated with seventy percent of cervical cancers 16 and 18.
  4. The vaccine has not been studied for long-term effectiveness and the protection may wear off in 5 – 7 years.
  5. Conclusion, most HPV infections and about 50 percent of HPV related cancers will not likely be helped by the vaccine because its effectiveness will likely wane with time, other strains can also cause disease.
Get ready. It gets worse. The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) recently issued a report linking Gardasil to Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS). More from Medical News Today:
The National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) today issued a new report on HPV vaccine (Gardasil(R)) safety analyzing adverse event reports to the federal Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The analysis gives evidence for a reported association in VAERS between Gardasil and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), with a statistically significant increased risk of GBS and other serious adverse event reports when Gardasil is co-administered with other vaccines, especially meningococcal vaccine (Menactra(R))…

…GBS is a disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system, and can cause total paralysis. "Our analysis of Gardasil reports to VAERS indicates there was a two to 12 times greater likelihood that serious adverse events, such as GBS, were reported when Gardasil was given in combination with Menactra rather than given alone," said Vicky Debold, PhD, RN, NVIC director of patient safety. "Accepted scientific standards indicate that these findings are statistically significant and cannot be dismissed as coincidence. In particular, the available VAERS data show there was a more than 1,000 percent increased risk of GBS reports following Gardasil administration when Menactra was given at the same time."
No worries. I’m sure Merck will come out with flowery commercials that’ll soothe everyone’s nerves.
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Sara - September 3, 2007 9:21 PM

I gotta say, if there weren't the listed problems with Gardasil specifically, then getting girls vaccinated should still be the #1 priority. There is nothing like having formerly healthy friends in their 20s paying out a lot of cash to get parts of their cervixes lasered off because they got HPV and now have precancerous growth. A workable vaccine to protect women from these viruses is undoubtedly valuable to those of us in danger.

Kirsten - September 4, 2007 11:51 AM

Thank goodness there is another "cure"--preventative nutritional excellence! It is all the more important for us to ensure that our children eat nutrient-dense foods and are exposed to as few environmental toxins as possible to avoid these and other cancers. Thanks to Dr. F. for laying out the data to support our health and that of our families!

Lem - September 9, 2007 12:36 PM

Finally, someone has summarized the data regarding the ineffectiveness of this drug. I think the drug companies need to recover their costs/expenses, so they are asking our youth to foot the bill. I am sure their data would look more promising in Bangkok - they wouldn't need to skew the numbers there. I wonder how many of these young girls will develop arthritis if they did not take this vaccine? How many if they DO take this vaccine?

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