The Swedes are known for their cautious approach to public health. The Swedish authority that oversees the safety of drugs and vaccines, the Medical Products Agency (MPA), had set about upping its levels of surveillance for side effects to the highest levels when the HPV vaccine Gardasil was unleashed on adolescent girls in 2012. This degree of scrutiny was deemed the way to go given that GSK’s swine flu vaccine Pandemrix had previously been found to cause narcolepsy when used between 2009-10.

Emerging on Swedish radio news over recent days have been revelations by a Swedish MPA scientist, Rebecca Chandler, who had been charged with running studies to investigate the risk of one particular side effect, Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (PoTS). This is a life-altering and debilitating condition characterised by orthostatic intolerance (the development of symptoms when upright that are relieved by lying down).  Symptoms include headaches, fatigue, palpitations, sweating, nausea, fainting and dizziness and a greatly elevated heart rate when upright. A Danish study published earlier this year found that 60% of adolescent girls suffer from PoTS, the symptoms being initiated within hours of vaccination. The cluster of symptoms is increasingly being referred to among sufferers as Post-Gardasil Syndrome or PGS.

When news from Denmark revealed the extent of the PoTS cases linked temporally with Gardasil vaccination, the MPA decided—of all things—to terminate its trial. Rebecca Chandler, who was becoming increasingly convinced that PoTS was a significant side effect, objected. But the MPA wasn’t about to change its mind. Her sense of concern and disillusionment triggered her resignation from the MPA, and she has now blown the whistle on the events, despite this news not being broadcast through mainstream media channels (typical of attempted cover-ups of this type).

We were briefed about these unfolding events by our Swedish friends at Envirohealth Matters and felt compelled to get the story out. There’ll undoubtedly be more to report as news emerges in Sweden. And one wonders whose health the MPA is really protecting anyway…

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More on PoTS

Research is now suggesting that PoTS may be triggered by virus-like particles within the vaccine.

New reports from Denmark suggest that Sanofi Pasteur, the European manufacturer of Gardasil, have been caught understating the side effects of this vaccine to prevent it being linked to PoTS. Rather than looking at the whole range of symptoms of PoTS, the company’s data are based only on searches for ‘postural vertigo’ and ‘orthostatic intolerance’. These show up in only 26 of the 480,000 women vaccinated. Instead, many of the other symptoms such as dizziness and fainting should have been evaluated. These results are in stark contrasts with those published in Vaccine in May 2015 which showed 60% prevalence of PoTS. It really highlights the measures that vaccine manufacturers will go to to protect their profits.

Current investment in HPV vaccine research

In Canada, Professor Genevieve Rail from Concordia University is concluding a 4-year research grant ($270,000) to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the HPV vaccine. Her conclusion was it should not be recommended and she “called for a moratorium on its use”.

She said, “I’m sort of raising a red flag, out of respect for what I’ve found in my own study, and for the despair of parents who had totally perfect 12-year-olds who are now in their beds, too tired to go to school”. She added; “Yes, we’re going against the grain, and we are going against those who are believed, i.e. doctors and nurses and people in public health.”

Rail’s findings have been met with outrage from pro-vaccine quarters. “This is akin to funding research that purports to show tobacco smoking does not cause lung cancer,” charged Eduardo Franco.

A study published in 2014 in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention found that 27% of physicians in America were not recommending this vaccine to the key target group of 11 and 12-year-olds. Physician recommendations were also found to be the most important reason for parents choosing vaccination for their children.

To offset this, last month saw the Boston Medical Center receive an injection of $1.04 million to improve uptake rates of the HPV vaccines. This included education to physicians so they could engage parents in “motivational interviews” to get them onboard with HPV vaccination to achieve the target of an 80% HPV-vaccinated population. These funds are almost 4 times the amount that Professor Rail’s group at Concordia University was awarded.

With boys now as much the target as girls, the global market for these vaccines has doubled. In the EU, the new Gardasil 9 has now been approved for boys and girls aged upwards of 9. It targets ‘high-risk’ HPV types 16, 18, 31, 33, 45, 52 and 58, as well as the ‘low-risk’ types 6 and 11, known more commonly to cause genital warts. All are sexually transmitted. While convincing evidence of long-term efficacy of reducing cervical cancer rates is too early to call, the protective effects of the vaccine for boys are even more speculative.

A new therapeutic vaccine, GTL001, is currently going through Phase 1 trials and this focused on what we do if you do have the HPV strains 16 and 18. Currently there isn’t much in terms of treatment once these are detected. This can then be targeted at the people who need it rather than vaccinating the whole population, who don’t necessarily need it.

What can we do?

Japan, a country that is often ahead of the game in this area, withdrew its general recommendation for the HPV vaccine in 2013 due to the concerns over the adverse reactions. They have places where those affected by vaccine related conditions can go and where the medical professionals have been educated on how to deal with them. Guidelines include asking about “all the symptoms with details, including the quality of pain, location of the pain, the severity of the pain, fatigue, motor dysfunction, memory, and recognition. At the same time, taking care of their mental health is also important.” This is such a contrast to “motivational interviewing” the parents to get their consent or being met with ridicule in the UK and some other EU countries.

It is also crucial that adolescents, supported by their parents or families, be given the chance to opt out should the children choose to abstain from sexual activity during the early years of adolescence. This may be through choice, out of concern over the risks of vaccination on one hand, or sexually transmitted diseases including HPV on the other. There may also be other cultural or religious reasons, and these should be respected.

A survey by Cancer Research UK showed that around 20% of the target population are likely to opt out. Among the reasons given were:

  • “Because I am not sexually active and will not be until I get married.”
  • “My Mum didn’t think it was necessary for me to have the vaccine since I won’t be sleeping around.”

Sexual education should include details of the risks associated with HPV as well as vaccination. Those who are not sexually active should not be pressurised to be vaccinated. For every year children don’t expose themselves to the risks associated with vaccination, there is an additional year that the immune system can develop increased resilience through natural immunity, itself responsive to a healthy diet and lifestyle, as well as natural exposure to pathogens.

The following factors have been shown to cause increased risk of HPV infection:

  • Early age at first sexual partner
  • Multiple partners
  • Smoking
  • Hormonal contraceptive use
  • Inconsistent condom use

In addition, to minimizing risk of HPV infection, it is also important to:

  • Have regular cervical screening
  • Modulate your immune system through a healthy diet and lifestyle as well as managing stress effectively

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Vaccine manufacturers need to be made accountable for the adverse reactions, especially where efforts have been made to cover them up. Bureaucrats who act as accessories to such cover-ups, or who are complacent about acting on known adverse events, should equally be accountable. The medical profession needs to support and understand more about vaccine-damage, and ignoring it is a form of medical negligence that should be jumped on by licensing authorities. Presently, we’re a long way from seeing action of this type, as so much of the establishment is firmly behind the principle of vaccination. Cervarix, the second common brand of HPV vaccine, aims to be pushed hard as a single shot vaccine to overcome lower than expected take-up of Gardasil’s 3-dose schedule.

This all leaves parents and children who wish to decline the vaccine with the responsibility of understanding their right of refusal in countries where vaccines have yet to be made mandatory. In this light, we strongly advocate you understand and support the right for informed consent in relation to vaccination, a platform being pushed by the European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance.

If you or somebody in your family has suffered adverse effects to vaccines, we encourage you join a support group and help get your voice on the matter heard. Among these are:


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Comments

  1. I am assuming you have read the allegations of Dr Lee ?

    Manipulation of Data and Science regards HPV vaccine safety

    Gardasil Awareness New Zealand (GANZ) is delighted with the news that Dr Sin Hang Lee has filed an Open Letter to the Director General of WHO (World Health Organisation) Dr Margaret Chan charging various individuals and organisations with manipulation of data and science regarding HPV vaccine safety.

    To read the full release, Dr Lee’s allegations and see supporting documentation, head HERE:

    http://www.ga-nz.com/#!BREAKING-NEWS-–-Charges-of-Manipulation-of-Data-and-Science-regards-HPV-vaccine-safety/ducqc/5699a2740cf210383195968b

  2. My daughter got the gardasil vaccine and since 2014 she is I’ll. Symptoms: severe headaches, dizzy spells, blurred vision, chronic fatigue, confused, memory loss, weakness in limbs, joint pain, food intolerance, stretch marks, to name a few.! This is daily,24/7… but no diagnoses… had all tests done but all are clear. It’s unfair that the full information was not given for this vaccine. My daughter is a different girl. She can’t handle the pain and no painkillers or medication helps. I hope someone is held accountable but in this era it will probably never happen

    1. Dear Frances

      Please look at this medical condition Dysautonomia – see link – http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/76785.php

      What is Dysautonomia? What causes Dysautonomia?
      Many of your daughter’s symptoms are on the list of symptoms at the end of this article. A tilt table test would identify if your daughter has PoTS – postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. worth pursuing.

      Can I ask please where are you from? If UK please get in touch with me, check my name on facebook.
      So sorry your daughter has had a bad reaction to the Gardasil vaccine.

  3. I truly believe my daughter developed POTS after receiving the HPV vaccine. She is 20 years old. She was diagnosed at 17, after 2 years of trying to figure out why she was fainting, suffering from migraines and bed ridden. She missed the last 2 years of high school due to her condition. She will never get that time back. So unfair. Elkhorn,WI USA

  4. In 2006, my daughter was 16 & Guardasil was forced on her by our pediatric nurse. “To be one less” who gets cervical cancer. Our 16 year old fainted in a Target Store for the first time. We took ger to a heart specialist who said that she’s one of those people who if standing too long with locked knees will faint. None of us suspected the shot or even discussed her having had it. Coincidentally, they did sonogram of her heart & found her to have Aortic Insufficiency, which he said had nothing to do with her fainting. They did a tilt table test & sent her home with a heart monitor to look for tachycardia because she explained her symptoms, which we now know to be POTS symptoms. She randomly fainted for years. Last year, the same heart doctor said she doesn’t have Aortic Insufficiency anymore. She suffers from insomnia, racing heartbeat & she has to lay down immediately, flat on the floor if she stands or arises from bed too quickly. These symptoms are accompanied by sweating, racing heart, pale face & panic for her. She also mentions a squeezing of her heart, like someone is poking their finger into it. Shes almost 27. She suffered with stomach problems & has been treated for stomach ulcers following endocopies a few years ago. She watches her diet, became vegetarian & excercises regularly. She has never been officially diagnosed with POTS, but intends to see a qualified physician in her city very soon. The fainting spells seemed to have lessened over the years, but while home caring for her sick grandmother, she got out of bed quickly & had to lay down on the floor & suffered from the all too familiar event, which she seemed to have become accustomed too. Her 77 year old grandma was shocked & very concerned. She said, who is taking care of who here? My other daughter suffers different symptoms following Guardasil to which she feels are linked to the shot. She suffers weakness in her arms & hands, drops things constantly & had an episode of garbled, nonsense speech (she tried speaking & the words wouldn’t form properly–just like the reporter on live tv in the US that this happened to) & feeling faint & had to put head between legs on many occasion when she felt the strange episode come upon her. She is 2 years younger than her sister & got the shots in 2008.

  5. I am curious if POTS is actually what happens when the word “syncope” is used to describe the vaccine reaction from Menactra. My son fainted 10 minutes AFTER that shot – I always wondered what actually caused it – thinking it was a neurological event – but could it have been his heart? No doctor reported it – no one concerned. Doctors are told to think these actions are common instead of thinking with their intuition and training that the responses is NOT right!

  6. If the U.S. Gov holds a patent for the technology used for the HPV vaccine, and makes royalties off of the Gardasil vaccine, how then can the government mandate the use of this vaccine? Isn’t this a big conflict of interest?? Especially a very controversial vaccine that has many countries questioning the safety and withdrawing their recommendations for it.

    From the National Archives and Records Administration Office of Government Information Services:

    “This responds to your request for assistance, which the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) received on November 5, 2010, regarding your interest in obtaining information about royalties the National Institutes of Health (NIH) receives from the sales of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines.
    After carefully reviewing the correspondence you submitted to OGIS with your request for assistance, it appears that NIH’s finding that information regarding royalties is protected from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is proper. Specifically, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in 2002 that information regarding NIH revenues from royalties based on NIH inventions and concerning the percentage of sales that NIH receives as royalties is exempt from disclosure under two exemptions to FOIA. (Public Citizen Health Research Group v. National Institutes of Health and Johnson & Johnson , 209 F. Supp. 2d 37 (D.D.C. 2002))”

    NIH Technology Licensed to Merck for HPV Vaccine

    “A new cancer vaccine developed by Merck makes use of a novel disease prevention strategy to protect against cervical cancer. The vaccine is based on research conducted at the NIH.”..http://www.ott.nih.gov/nih-technology-licensed-merck-hpv-vaccine

    Self-assembling recombinant hpv16 papillomavirus capsid proteins
    EP 1538209 A3

    Patent;

    Applicant THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, as represented by THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    https://www.google.com/patents/EP1538209A3?cl=en&hl=en&dq=ininventor:%22Douglas+R.+Lowy#legal-events

    Dna-protein vaccination protocols
    WO 2011106705 A3

    Abstract

    This invention provides a method of co-delivery of combination DNA and protein immunogenic compositions to enhance protective or therapeutic effects

    Patent;
    Applicant THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, as represented by THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

    https://www.google.com/patents/WO2011106705A3?cl=en&dq=inassignee:%22THE+GOVERNMENT+OF+THE+UNITED+STATES+OF+AMERICA,+as+represented+by+THE+SECRETARY+OF+THE+DEPARTMENT+OF+HEALTH+AND+HUMAN+SERVICES%22&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CB0Q6AEwAGoVChMIouG3zv7YyAIVAkQmCh2Y7QPz

    So the Dept of Health and Human Services owns the royalty rights, what else does this dept do?

    “The Department of Health and Human Services oversees 11 agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).[7]

    The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) consists of 15 experts in immunization and related fields, selected by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to provide advice and guidance on control of vaccine-preventable diseases”

  7. A suggestion to parents of both girls/young women and boys/young men who have had bad effects from Gardasil — Seek help from physicians who are knowledgeable about vaccine adverse effects and how to treat them. Most physicians are terribly ignorant on these topics. At least six or seven different “mechanisms of harm” have been identified for Gardasil. Physicians treating vaccine injury will be reading the research on HPV vaccine injury as it comes out, testing for known adverse effects, and sharing information with other physicians about best testing and treatments for HPV vaccine injury.

    Here are a few of the KNOWN adverse effects of HPV vaccine: auto-immune disease attacking the brain, spinal cord, and nerves (many possible symptoms including headaches and seizures); auto-immune disease causing whole body pain (similar to rheumatoid arthritis); damage to the heart (can be fatal; some symptoms are dizziness, fainting, chest pain, episodes of dangerously low blood pressure); severe Vitamin B1 deficiency; mitochondrial damage and dysfunction (affects all tissues but particularly obvious in muscles including the heart); blood agglutination with high risk of “small” strokes in the brain and similar damage in other internal organs; aluminum poisoning.

    One vaccine expert commented that auto-immune disease is almost inevitable with Gardasil. Around the world, the most common adverse effects of Gardasil appear to be auto-immune diseases.

    Working with statistics from the Japanese government, I estimate that 7% (about 1 in 14) of Japanese girls and women who received Gardasil vaccine experienced serious adverse effects for at least several months after vaccination. Unfortunately many Gardasil recipients are still very ill, and some are dying, several years after vaccination.

  8. The vaccine should withdraw from general recommendation.
    My daughter is 15 years old and after 1st shot, her period was getting delayed and irregular.
    Dr should mention about this side affect or concern.

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