Apparently, the CDC is not above bribery. (Using your tax dollars, of course.)
As if its deluded flu vaccine campaign wasn’t bad enough, the CDC will say and do anything and everything it can to expand another of its controversial vaccination programs–this one for the human papilloma virus (HPV). Even hand out $800,000 to the city of Chicago.
In case you didn’t hear all the hullaballoo about the HPV vaccine a few years ago…here’s a little background. HPV is a virus that spreads through sexual contact. And in rare cases, it can cause cervical cancer. The HPV vaccines are supposed to prevent cervical cancer.
Now, Chicago already has a tremendously high rate of HPV vaccinations. But never mind all that. The CDC wants to eliminate all the “missed opportunities” still out there. So, they’re sweetening the pot for cities across the country. In fact, Chicago is one of 11 cities that will receive grants to augment their HPV vaccine programs. Chicago wants to vaccinate 80 percent of their 13-to-15-year-old girls by 2020.
An ambitious goal, for sure. But is the vaccine even effective against cervical cancer? Better yet, is it safe? I’ll answer those questions in a moment.
But first, I want to make one thing clear: We already had a perfectly good way to deal with cervical cancer. It saves lives. It’s cost-effective. And it causes no harm to the patient.
Of course, I’m talking about the Pap smear.
For this test, a doctor collects a sample of cells from the surface of the cervix and smears it onto a glass slide. Then, a lab technologist examines the sample for the appearance of abnormal cells. A pathologist confirms the findings.
This simple, inexpensive, and effective test for cervical cancer is the gold standard in cancer screenings. In fact, it’s the only cancer-screening program that works as intended. And, cervical cancer is now entirely curable when detected early through normal Pap screenings.
Of course, mainstream medicine couldn’t leave all that success well enough alone.
About 20 years ago, a “biotech” group came up with the brilliant idea to create a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. I knew some of the characters involved in this venture. And I was suspicious even back then.
You see, as I said, HPV is a very common virus. It’s actually the most common sexually transmitted disease in the world. In fact, 80 percent of women will develop at least one strain of HPV by the time she reaches 50. But most cases resolve without treatment–and don’t cause cervical cancer. Regular Pap smears take care of the few remaining cases where HPV does start to cause trouble.
But the biotech group smelled an opportunity. They came up with the idea to vaccinate defenseless young girls against the virus, before the girls became sexually active. This would “prevent” the development of cervical cancer in adulthood. And prevention is always the better course, right?
Wrong–as you’ll see in a moment.
Today, there are two HPV vaccines on the market: Gardasil and Cervarix.
The CDC admits that at least a dozen high-risk types of HPV can cause cervical cancer. Yet the vaccines only protects against two HPV types that can cause cancer: HPV-16 and HPV-18.
Both vaccines require three shots over six months. Treatments can cost up to $400. And they’re not always covered by insurance.
Today, one-third of unsuspecting teenage girls in the U.S. have received all three shots. But cervical cancer risk is the U.S. is already extremely low. Thanks to the effective Pap smear screening. So, even an aggressive vaccination program, like the one planned for Chicago, won’t likely have an effect.
Plus, as I said earlier, 70 percent of all HPV infections of the cervix actually resolve without treatment within one year. And 90 percent of them resolve within two years. On the CDC website, you even find this statement:
Most high-risk HPV infections occur without any symptoms, go away within 1 to 2 years, and do not cause cancer.
And the ones that don’t resolve, we can catch with regular Pap smears.
So–remind me again, why is the HPV vaccine necessary? And why are we expanding HPV programs in cities like Chicago? And wasting ever more tax dollars on targets the administration likes?
It just doesn’t add up. Plus, we haven’t even touched on the serious safety concerns!
So, consider this…
The trials for Gardasil and Cervarix only involved girls 15 years and older. But today, in many places, health advocates pressure parents to give the vaccine to innocent little girls as young as nine.
Plus, between June 2006 and March 2013, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received about 22,000 adverse event reports about Gardasil alone. The events reported to the CDC included: blood clots, encephalitis, systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE), seizures, and Guillain Barre Syndrome. And this only includes reports from people who jumped through the hoops of reporting to VAERS.
But it gets worse…
Between June 2006 and June 2013, VAERS received 85 reports of death after patients received the Gardasil vaccine.
Despite all this evidence, many “progressive” school districts now require middle school girls to get the vaccine. Plus, politically correct non-profit foundations hand out free doses of the vaccine using tax dollars. And now the CDC is handing out grants (i.e. bribes) to cities like Chicago to beef up their HPV vaccination programs.
But the vaccine’s growing popularity worries me for another reason…
What if women believe the propaganda, and begin to rely exclusively on these vaccines to prevent cervical cancer? And what if they stop getting their routine Pap smear? If this happens, cervical cancer rates will skyrocket again, for the first time in decades.
“HPV Vaccine—Questions & Answers for the Public” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” Centers for disease control (www.cdc.gov) 11/13/2009
“HPV and Cancer,” National Cancer Institute (www.cancer.gov) 3/5/2012
“CDPH Launches New Plan to Encourage Adolescents to Get HPV Vaccine and Protect Against Cancer,” City of Chicago (www.cityofchicago.org) 1/22/2014