“I want to be one less” …. that’s the new push from Merck. Gardasil, Merck’s potential new money maker is being pushed heavily! My daughters just had their annual physicals. And their pediatrician is pushing the $400 HPV (a STD) vaccine (actually being marketed as a vaccine that will prevent certain types of cervical cancer). It’s a series of three shots over six months. The cost of the shot is $120 to $140 per injection.
The vaccine is designed to prevent infections of HPV 16, 18, 6, and 11. HPV types 16 and 18 cause about 70% of HPV-related cervical cancer cases. In addition, some types of HPV, particularly type 16, have been found to be associated with oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinoma, a form of throat cancer. HPV types 6 and 11 cause about 90% of genital wart cases. Human papilloma virus (HPV) infection causes virtually all cases of cervical cancer, the 7th most common cause of death from cancer among women worldwide. Or so Merck would like you to believe.
My question is this: does a virus cause cancer? Back in 1992, this very same question was raised about the dominant and increasingly-entrenched theory that HPV causes cervical cancer. It came from Peter Duesberg and Jody Schwartz, molecular biologists at the University of California at Berkeley. Among the various issues they raised about the acceptance of HPV as the cause of cervical cancer was their fundamental concern that there was a lack of consistent HPV DNA sequences and consistent HPV gene expression in tumors that were HPV-positive. They instead suggested that “rare spontaneous or chemically induced chromosome abnormalities which are consistently observed in HPV DNA-negative and positive cervical cancers induce cervical cancer.”
Let’s make that a little easier to understand, Duesberg and Schwartz were pointing to the possibility that “carcinogens may be primary inducers of abnormal cell proliferation rather than HPV.” And here’s the key point: “Since proliferating cells [cancer cells dividing wildly] would be more susceptible to infection than resting cells, the viruses would just be indicators rather than causes of abnormal proliferation.” Click here to read more.
Hmmmm, I still want to know, does a virus cause cancer? Here’s what we do know about what cancer – cancer results from a complex mix of factors related to environment, lifestyle, and heredity. Scientists estimate that about 80 percent of all cancers are related to the use of tobacco products, to what we eat and drink, or, to a lesser extent, to exposure to radiation or cancer-causing agents in the environment and the workplace. Not a virus … or so I understand this site to read.
My guess is since a drug manufacturer said it is so, we should believe it. Right? Rrriiigggghhhttttt … I’m beginning to wonder if Merck’s push to make this vaccination mandatory … yes they are lobbying right now on your behalf to make this a mandatory vaccination if you want your daughter to attend public school … is a way for them to make up the lost revenue from the screw-up of letting people take Vioxx.
So, will my daughter’s get the vaccine? No. Why? Medically speaking, it’s not necessary. Merck and our pediatrician are making the assumption that my daughters will be participating in unprotected (or for that matter protected) sex before marriage. Statistics say they will, but, I’m certain and praying that the morals and faith they have today will continue and see them through to marriage. It means sitting them down and being honest about what the consequences are of pre-marital sex are. It means being open and honest. It means being an active parent and being a part of their lives. In short I am going to be “one less” to buy into the forced vaccinations or my daughters.