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ENERGY POLICY Enough hot air about carbon dioxide; let's talk LPG

CANBERRA OBSERVED Federal election: the media have done our duty at the polls for us

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS Archbishop Wilson free, but trial was no witchhunt

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LIFE ISSUES The unvarnished truth about surrogacy

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SOCIETY Dover Beach: a mordant post-Christmas reflection

IRELAND TODAY Celtic Tiger changed out of all recognition

MUSIC One note does not a monotone make

CINEMA Aquaman: High fantasy in ocean depths

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News Weekly, January 26, 2019

GARDASIL: Fast-Tracked and Flawed

by Helen Lobato

Spinifex Press, North Geelong
Paperback: 138 pages
Price: AUD$19.95

Reviewed by Jacqueline Gwynne

The book Gardasil: Fast Tracked and Flawed by Helen Lobato was launched earlier this year by Spinifex Press. Lobato comes from a background in critical-care nursing and presented a radio program on health at a Melbourne community radio station. She began her research on cervical cancer and available treatments after being diagnosed with cervical dysplasia, the pre-cursor to cervical cancer, in 1985.

The incidence of cervical cancer was on the decline even before pap-smear screening started in 1991. Cervical cancer is not common in developed countries like Australia and one must question why it requires a vaccine at all. The book and this review are by no means polemics against vaccines as such: everyone is aware of the good they have done in the cases of polio and tuberculosis, to name just two diseases that have been made history through vaccination. But the risks of this one against the dubious benefits must be assessed.

In the late 1990s the Australian and international mainstream media launched an HPV and cervical cancer campaign. The drug companies instigated a media campaign based on fear, not facts, to an unsuspecting public that had probably never heard of HPV.

Preceding the launch of the Gardasil vaccine program in 2007, Professor Ian Frazer and colleague Dr Jian Zhou were attributed as the sole developers of the vaccine heralded to prevent cervical cancer. The University of Rochester is one of four institutes claiming responsibility for the vaccine, including the U.S. National Cancer Institute. Professor Frazer became a national hero in 2006, being awarded Australian of the Year for his work on the vaccine. The following year the Gardasil vaccine program was rolled out in Australia.

The fast-tracking of drugs is supposed to be reserved for an unmet need in the community but Gardasil was tested on an oblivious 30,000 young Indian girls in 2009 supported by money from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Parents were made aware of their daughter’s involvement in the clinical trial only after the death, serious illness or disability suffered after receiving Gardasil.

India is a popular testing ground for drug companies who take advantage of the large population, unregulated industries and populations of poor, uneducated people.

Parents have the right to be informed of medical interventions on their children and the real risks of HPV, cervical cancer and possible adverse reactions to vaccines. Parents must be educated on the facts: in this case, that there has been no scientific evidence that the common HPV virus causes cervical cancer at all.

Dr Diane Harper is a former researcher of HPV for Merck and dedicated nearly two decades of her life to the project. Dr Harper claims that there is no scientific proof that Gardasil has prevented even one case of cervical cancer.

Australia has one of the lowest rates of cervical cancer in the world. High standards of diet, lifestyle and pap smears have significantly reduced these rates. Pap smears and people improving their diets, however, is not making profits for the drug companies, for which it is estimated that they will make a global profit of $61 billion in 2020.

When the many thousands of adverse reactions recorded by organisations including the World Health Organisation seem to outnumber the actual cases of cervical cancer, you have to wonder why Gardasil is being pushed onto Australian children.

Cervical cancer is most commonly diagnosed in women over the age of 65. Gardasil is issued to 11 and 12-year-old children. The vaccine only lasts up to five years. This vaccine program is at best useless.

We have the right as consumers to be informed about what we are putting into our bodies and to be given the facts about HPV, cervical cancer and the Gardasil vaccine. Parents must be informed of the links to infertility, early menopause and a long list of auto-immune disorders, brain damage, illness and physical disabilities linked to the vaccine via metal poisoning and adverse reactions to toxic ingredients including Sodium Borate and Polysorbate 80, which is used to kill cockroaches.

There are doctors around the world speaking out about Gardasil and its risks, including Dr Deidre Little in NSW. These doctors are being ignored and silenced by the media.

Dr Little treated a teenage girl who suffered premature menopause after receiving Gardasil. She says: “I personally do not think there is enough information in the government handouts for any parent to give a valid informed consent regarding Gardasil.”

If drug companies, the government, doctors, schools and the media won’t inform the community about the facts, then we must educate ourselves. If your children or those you know are approaching the age of receiving Gardasil, have a read of Gardasil: Fast Tracked and Flawed. There are also available online many resources, including documentaries relating to the issue.

 

Editor’s note

Some correspondents have suggested that News Weekly, by highlighting the problems with Gardasil, may be misinforming readers and collaborating, albeit inadvertently, with anti-vaccination propagandists.

I refer concerned readers to a pair of earlier articles on the topic in News Weekly last year, where it is made clear that vaccination is not in question, but this particular one only. I am most happy to have answers to the questions raised in those articles. So far, none has been brought to my attention. I am keen to hear from anyone who can do so as I too am concerned that our readers receive the truth of the matter.

The articles in question, written by Dr Deirdre Little, appeared in the July 15 and July 29, 2017, editions of News Weekly. An earlier article along similar lines by Lucy Sullivan appeared in the October 25, 2014, edition.

Peter Kelleher, Editor


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