Why I Refuse the HPV Vaccine

I am skeptical of any pharmaceutical product that is marketed so heavily, especially a product that has not undergone rigorous testing. In this post I will outline my reasoning for not getting the HPV vaccine myself and for recommending others not to get it for themselves or their daughters.

Out of the 40 strains of HPV, about 15 of them can cause cervical cancer. The HPV vaccinates against about 4 of those 15. HPV infection is often naturally cleared from the body within two years by more than 90 percent of those who become infected. Antibodies to the HPV, which caused the infection, remain in the body to help prevent future re-infection with that same HPV strain.

Since the introduction of the vaccine, thousands of reactions have been reported that include: sudden collapse with unconsciousness within 24 hours, seizures, muscle pain and weakness, disabling fatigue, Guillain Barre Syndrome (GBS), facial paralysis, brain inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, blood clots, optic neuritis, multiple sclerosis, strokes, heart and other serious health problems, including death.

As of December 2013, there have been a total of 29,918 reports made to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS – which is cosponsored by the CDC and FDA) associated with Gardasil or Cervarix vaccines, including 13 deaths. It has also been documented that women have suffered from primary ovarian failure as a result of the HPV vaccine, rendering the recipient of the vaccine infertile.

There is presently a major petition taking place in France as over 378,000 concerned citizens are speaking out against the HPV vaccine: “Many of us fear that our schools provide a screen to mass vaccinate children against HPV, without any real individual reflection or transparent information on the effectiveness and dangers this vaccine. Recall that the analysis of pharmacovigilance data has reported 26,675 serious side effects including 113 cases of multiple sclerosis in connection with these vaccines. Remember also that the only way shown to prevent cervical cancer from uterus is to make smears. If precancerous lesions are found, they can then be treated. The vaccine, it does not protect 100%, far from it. All medical sources agree on this point. It is very dangerous that vaccinated people go imagine the opposite. “

The Japanese Ministry of Health has withdrawn its recommendation of the HPV vaccine to girls and women, as a result of hundreds of complaints of adverse reactions following the vaccine.

There is a big case going on in the Supreme Court of India right now, regarding a controversial drug trial of the new Gardasil vaccine. Not only is it regarded an illegal drug trial, but many have suffered adverse reactions without compensation.

One of Merck’s own researchers has spoken out about the vaccine: “enough serious side effects have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent. Cervical cancer is usually entirely curable when detected early through normal Pap screenings.”

Not a Coincidence” is a campaign started by The Canary Party to address the medical community’s repeated excuse that the symptoms that many girls and women experience after vaccination are just coincidental.   Seizures, fainting, rashes, allergies, GI dysfunction, loss of speech, etc, etc all labeled a coincidence.  “It’s time to end the excuses and start to listen to the injured and the parents of the injured.  They deserve a forum to be heard, they deserve a voice, respect, attention, hearings and answers.  They need a medical discovery process that uses their symptoms and their progression of illness in the process of finding treatments.  All injured are worthy of being treated individually instead of disregarding their many medical maladies because of a vaccination program that is not allowed to be questioned.  It’s time for the government, the medical community and the media to start taking into account the too many that are affected.  Please take the time to hear from these beautiful, well-spoken girls and Moms tell their stories of injury after Gardasil.” There are multiple studies cited on this website.

A Danish documentary investigating the personal experiences of girls and women who have suffered adverse effects of the HPV vaccine has recently been released and it is a very eye-opening, insightful, raw watch that will hopefully open many eyes to the dangers of the vaccine and illustrate the lack of concern from North American health authorities. Scandinavian countries have some of the lowest vaccination rates in the world, while North America has the highest. They do not propagate the motives of companies who pursue a high bottom dollar!

Pharmaceutical companies have a stronghold in North American health care and politics. Merck has made billions of dollars from this vaccine and the “trust your doctor” adage is negated when we know that the majority of pharmaceutical marketing funding is allocated towards doctors and the prescription of their pharmaceuticals. The majority of studies outlining the safety of this vaccine are sponsored by pharmaceutical companies; it is no surprise that they tout the vaccine as “safe and effective”. Like many drugs that are marketed and touted as “safe and effective”, only to be retracted and taken off the market, I have no doubt that this will be one of them!

The Measly Measles

I’ve been getting more and more subscribers to my blog so am feeling the pressure to write another post! These posts do take a lot of time as I am meticulous in backing up what I say with legitimate sources. I hope that it helps someone, somewhere!

Before I get into specifics with the measles, I want to point out the inadequate reporting of the measles outbreaks in the media. Many headlines for these outbreaks include the terms “unvaccinated” or “anti-vaccine movement”, indirectly or often blatantly placing blame for these outbreaks on the unvaccinated. What they choose not to tell us, however, is that the majority of those involved in said outbreaks are already vaccinated. The recent outbreak in New York, for example, 18 of the 20 people infected with the measles virus were already vaccinated. You don’t have to be too keen to gather that this may be more of a poor reflection on the efficacy of the measles vaccine than it is of the unvaccinated.

The Measles: Defined

According to the World Health Organization, “Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, which affects mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10–12 days after infection, include high fever, runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. Several days later, a rash develops, starting on the face and upper neck and gradually spreading downwards.

There is no specific treatment for measles and most people recover within 2–3 weeks. However, particularly in malnourished children and people with reduced immunity, measles can cause serious complications, including blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhoea, ear infection and pneumonia. Measles can be prevented by immunization.”

Measles can be and is deadly in malnourished populations. However in the US, the last (single) death as a result of the measles occurred in 2003. The incidence of measles deaths dramatically decreased before the introduction of the vaccine in the 1960s, as hygiene, nutrition, and the practice of medicine improved. Despite what many think and what the media has portrayed as of late, vaccination rates in the US and Canada for the measles have not changed since the 1990s, and there are cases of measles reported every year, so the measles are not making a comeback, they have never gone away!

The MMR Vaccine

The ingredients of the MMR vaccine, in addition to the measles, mumps, and rubella viruses, include sodium chloride, hydrolyzed gelatin, recombinant human albumin (from aborted fetuses), fetal bovine serum (the blood plasma of a cow fetus), and neomycin (an antibiotic). The MMRV vaccine, which also includes the Varicella virus, includes many more ingredients.

Listed in the manufacturer’s package insert for the MMR vaccine are precautions and warning for consumers, including that “M-M-R II has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential, or potential to impair fertility”.

Listed adverse reactions include: Diabetes Mellitus, Thrombocytopenia, Arthritis, Encephalitis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), afebrile convulsions or seizures, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM). Pneumonia, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, Nerve deafness, plus many more. Doctors and the media like to tell us that these adverse reactions are very rare and they never happen, and they are nothing to fear. This is simply not true. Adverse reaction can and do happen.

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is co-funded by the CDC and FDA, has received as of July 9, 2012, 6,058 serious adverse events reports since 1990. As of March 1, 2012, there have been 898 claims filed in the federal Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) for injuries and deaths following MMR vaccination, including 56 deaths and 842 serious injuries. Billions of dollars have been awarded to families who have suffered vaccine injuries.

Risk versus Benefit

If the MMR vaccine carried no risk, I do not doubt that many skeptical parents would not hesitate to vaccinate their children. However, it does carry risk and potential harm, and still does not guarantee that the recipient of the vaccine will be protected from disease. The chances of the measles doing permanent damage to a healthy child seem much lower than the potential damage that the MMR or MMRV vaccines can do. This is the conclusion that I have reached along with many other parents who are opting out of this vaccine. If a parent chooses to vaccinate for the measles then they have reached a different conclusion. Both choices deserve respect and the major onslaught in the media lately is unnecessary and damaging as it sets parents against each other based on their informed decisions.

Final Thoughts

An argument that I often hear is that one doesn’t want to be responsible for passing disease onto the vulnerable such as infants too young to be vaccinated or pregnant women. First of all, I have no interest in potentially sacrificing the health of my child for “the greater good“. Also, the antibodies in vaccines only last from 7-10 years, so the majority of adults are unvaccinated. Herd immunity is nearly impossible, unless every single person has their antibody titres checked and receive boosters throughout their lives. Even then, vaccinated individuals still become infected. If one is informed about the risks and benefits of both the measles and the MMR(v) vaccine they are able to make an informed decision. To become convinced that either side are making a doomed decision based on what the media tells us is just plain dumb.

There is so much to cover when talking about vaccines, but I have tried to give the simple and sweet in this post. Mumps and Rubella are even milder childhood illnesses that I will discuss in a future post.

More information on the measles and the vaccine can be found here

Still fear the measles? Read this

What’s the Big Deal About Chicken Pox?

My last blog post, a rebuttal to the ‘Growing Up Unvaccinated’ article that was making it’s rounds, has been viewed almost 11,000 times! The views on that post has trumped any of my other posts and no doubt any of my future posts. I think that this blog will be making some changes, since people obviously are more interested in the topic of vaccines than healthy orange coconut pancakes! I promised to elaborate on individual vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases so here I am, a little late but I am a woman of my word.

I am going to start with the Varicella, or chicken pox, vaccine. Mostly because it’s an easy one as it is new and we all have memories of what the chicken pox actually is. When I first heard that a chicken pox vaccine was on the market I thought that it was an absolutely ludicrous idea and that no one would actually buy into it. We all had the chicken pox as kids, it was almost a rite of passage. Some kids had it worse but generally everyone got it, missed a week of school, and were fine. So the question is, why was the chicken pox all of a sudden a risky childhood illness that required a vaccination? Unlike the whooping cough and tuberculosis that killed thousands of children per year, the chicken pox is very much a harmless illness in comparison. Granted, it can be quite a harrowing experience if contracted after childhood, but this could be an appropriate situation for the use of a vaccine.

The recommendations for the chicken pox vaccine are based on a study that actively looked for serious complications of chickenpox in all children admitted to hospitals in the UK and Ireland over a 13-month period. The researchers found 112 children who had serious complications of chickenpox, most often a secondary infection treatable with antibiotics. Six deaths were reported. Excluding one baby that died in the womb, four had a chronic health problem, such as HIV or cerebral palsy. Only one previously healthy child died, out of a total population of over 10 million. Chickenpox causes serious complications in less than 1 in 10,000 children (Dr. Richard Halvorsen). The above study concluded that “Most complications, excluding deaths, occur in otherwise healthy children and thus would be preventable only through a universal childhood immunisation programme.” How the researchers came to this conclusion, which is not in line with it’s data, perplexes me.

The same virus that causes chicken pox remains dormant in the human body until it presents as shingles, whether the virus is introduced via the chicken pox or the chicken pox vaccine. Before the introduction of the chicken pox vaccine, 95% of the population experienced chicken pox, usually benign and in childhood. Long-term immunity from Shingles, a painful skin rash that lasts a lifetime, was possible through the immunologic boosters from younger generations shedding the chicken pox virus. The introduction of the chicken pox vaccine has greatly compromised this long-term immunity as the vaccine only provides 70-90% protection. A protection of which the duration is unknown due to the absence of any long term studies. Shingles “carries 20 times more risk of death and 10–15 times more risk of hospitalization compared to chickenpox in children” (Dr. Jane Seward).

 

Rising Rates of Shingles

“HZ”: Shingles
“Licensure”: Introduction of Varicella/Chicken Pox vaccine

 

The increased rates of shingles as well as the side effects of the chicken pox vaccine have more than offset the supposed benefits of the decrease in the rates of chicken pox. Because of the inefficacy of the chicken pox vaccine, the US and Canadian vaccination program now requires a booster vaccine for both children and adults, which is still less effective than the natural immunity that existed prior to the introduction of the chicken pox vaccine. So rather than eliminating the chicken pox in children and warding off shingles later in life (as the pharmaceutical companies had previously promised) the routine vaccination for the chicken pox has proven very costly and has created continual cycles of treatment and disease (Study of these findings here).

The vaccine package insert for the chicken pox vaccine lists encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, Guillian-Barre syndrome, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and Bell’s palsy as reported adverse events of the chicken pox vaccine. The package insert also lists the vaccine ingredients; potassium chloride, monosodium L-glutamate, hydrolyzed gelatin, potassium phosphate monobasic, and fetal bovine serum. Scientists do not fully know what happens with these ingredients when they are injected into the human body; where they go, what the body does with it, or what effect they may have. These are chemicals and cow fetus products and we have no idea what they do to us, yet we inject them into ourselves and our children.

In light of recent studies, it is clear that the introduction of the chicken pox vaccine has done nothing for the betterment of the human population. If anything it has greatly increased the problem of shingles, which outcomes are much worse than the chicken pox for those who suffer from it. It has also greatly increased the income of employees and shareholders of pharmaceutical companies. Since auto immune disorders are on the rise, and considering that scientists are unsure of how exactly vaccine ingredients effect the immune system, adding a vaccine with no notable benefit to the schedule cannot be a good idea.

When considering vaccines for my own children, the chicken pox vaccine was an automatic “no”. My hope is that the government will clue in to detrimental effects this vaccine is having and take it off of the children’s vaccine schedule. Some other developed countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland and Ireland are more careful in their vaccine selection and administration, and of course the chicken pox vaccine is not on their list.

Growing Up Unvaccinated: A Rebuttal

There are many holes in “Growing Up Unvaccinated“, including how she includes HPV and chicken pox in her repertoire of vaccine-preventable diseases, when those vaccines were not available. Also, an infection of the HPV virus cannot be “removed”. She claims that her mother was a hippy herbalist type, if she was then she wouldn’t put her daughter on antibiotics every year and she would know how to properly use echinacea. She just conveniently contracted all those vaccine-preventable illnesses known to man in childhood? Voices for Vaccines is affiliated with a Dr. Paul Offit who has one hand in Big Pharma’s pocket and who infamous for saying that an infant could safely receive 10,000 vaccines. I could pick on this blog post until the cows come home, but let’s not waste any more time shall we. (For a great deconstruction of the article, see here!)

This blog post has been shared over 375,000 times on Facebook. I have seen it shared by educated, professional parents and healthcare workers alike. It is a purely anecdotal, subjective write up of one person’s stance on vaccines. She knows so many vaccinated, healthy people, and we just have to trust her on that. Well there are plenty of unvaccinated, very healthy people. There are also many vaccinated, unhealthy people. I could boast about how my own partially unvaccinated children are perfectly healthy and how a myriad of vaccines as a teen caused my severe allergies, but I wouldn’t do that, because that is unreliable information.

Instead, let’s look at the reasons why some parents choose not to vaccinate, delay vaccinations, or opt out of select vaccinations. The main reason is because Jenny McCarthy told us not to. Yeah, right. For starters, it is the inherent risk in vaccines. Billions of dollars have been awarded to families who have suffered vaccine injuries. It is often these parents, whose children will suffer lifelong debilitating diseases, that begin to research vaccines and choose to no longer vaccinate their present and subsequent children. I can only imagine how painful it is for these parents to see such offensive vaccine propaganda. Every vaccine package insert lists the potential side effects and ingredients, next time you see your doctor just ask to see one, chances are that your doctor hasn’t read it either. Such side effects include Encephalitis, SIDS, Autism, Guillain Barre Syndrome, and even death. Ingredients can include Aluminum, Mercury, and Formaldehyde, none of which belong injected into the human body.

As a quick example, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During 2011, a provisional total of 222 measles cases were reported from 31 states.70 (32%) measles patients who were hospitalized, 17 (24%) had diarrhea, 15 (21%) were dehydrated, and 12 (17%) had pneumonia. No cases of encephalitis and no deaths were reported”. Conversely, the vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS), which is co sponsored by the FDA and the CDC reported that there have been 698 FDA Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) reports related to MMR, MMRV (MMR plus varicella) and measles vaccines in 2011 ­including 4 deaths and 280 emergency room visits. 698 VAERS reports are almost six times more than the number of measles cases. Keep in mind that former FDA Commissioner David Kessler wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association that “only about 1% of serious adverse events are reported to the FDA.” Not surprisingly I hope, I would rather my children get the measles and receive natural immunity than to receive the vaccine. A healthy, previously breastfed, well nourished child will not suffer from the actual measles. It was the chicken pox of our grandparents era.

But, vaccines almost eradicated all of these illnesses, and people like me are bringing them back! Right? Not. Deaths from these illnesses were well on their way to eradication before the advent of vaccines, as illustrated in the below graph. Nutrition and hygiene also greatly contributed to this. The concept of herd immunity is nil, since the majority of the adult population is not vaccinated. Our childhood vaccinations only last for an average of 7 years (it varies from vaccine to vaccine and individual to individual), so all of our childhood vaccinations (which were less than half of what kids get today, I should point out) are no longer effective. How could the herd, the entire population, be immune? It’s not. Unless every single citizen had boosters throughout their life, which we certainly do not, herd immunity does not exist. Media propaganda has pointed fingers at the unvaccinated for recent whooping cough outbreaks, but it actually has a lot more to do with the inefficacy of the vaccine than it does the unvaccinated.

Growing Up Unvaccinated: A Rebuttal

An unofficial survey comparing unvaccinated children to vaccinated children shows that vaccinated children are 2 to 5 times more likely to suffer from diseases such as asthma, allergies, and eczema than unvaccinated children. I wish there was scholarly research comparing these two groups, but unfortunately there isn’t. Considering that the majority of scholarly research is funded by billion dollar pharmaceutical companies, it’s understandable that they would not be willing to fund research that could potentially undermine their prerogative.

The author of the above blog post says that “I was so freaking crunchy that I literally crumbled. It was only when I took control of those paranoid thoughts and fears about the world around me and became an objective critical thinker that I got well.” To be in agreement that those who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children are paranoid and not objective critical thinkers is just downright insulting. We have often done hours upon hours of research and reading on the subject in order to make an informed decision on the matter. To essentially call us liars and propaganda whores is just cheap and low. I am not judging you for your parenting decisions, so please do not judge mine. We are all parents of beautiful children, we need to be kind to each other. I am not trying to convince you to not vaccinate, I am simply asking for mutual respect. As parents, as individuals. Please do not insult our intelligence, both yours and mine, by sharing such unfounded, silly hogwash. Read vaccine package inserts so you can make an informed decision and have some understanding and grace for where non-vaccinating parents are coming from.

Off I go to have my aura read, join my fellow non-vaccinators to examine crop circles, and consult my tarot cards to see what my next blog post should be about. Stay tuned for an in-depth examination of each of the present vaccinations and the diseases they are meant to prevent.

Stay healthy and kind!

Laura

 

A compilation of PubMed research articles can be found here

Thoughts on vaccines by a mother pediatrician 

A great parent-to-parent resource about vaccines

Got Coconut Oil?

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You are most likely aware that coconut oil is good for you and that it has many health benefits. A spoonful of coconut oil a day can stave off infections, lower risk of heart disease, work wonders for hair, skin, and nails, improve digestion, and boost brain function. Those are just a few of the many benefits of coconut oil!

I am not a fan of the taste of coconut oil. I substitute vegetable oils and sometimes butter in cooking and baking with coconut oil, but I am not keen to spread it on toast or crackers, or melt it in a hot drink! I do want to reap the benefits of coconut oil so I came up with a way to get those benefits and mask the taste!

What I do:

Combine 1 C of coconut oil, 1/4 C natural peanut butter, and 50g of dark chocolate in a small saucepan. Slowly heat on low until ingredients are all melted. Pour into molds, refridegerate, and voila! Pop one in daily for a chocolate fix and some coconut oil goodness!

Further reading on Coconut Oil:

12 Facts about Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits

More Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Benefits of Coconut oil on Alzheimer patients