By what Orwellian logic can health officials promote the human-papillomavirus vaccine as “safe and effective” given: Gardasil trials used a noninert aluminum placebo, skewing the results; the product monograph itself states “Gardasil has not been evaluated for potential to cause carcinogenicity or genotoxicity”; and numerous reports of serious reactions and fatalities have flooded the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System following the administration of Gardasil [Letters, November 22-29].
To dismiss the transformation of far too many healthy young women into HPV-vaccine victims is to victimize the voiceless twice. Cervical cancer, which primarily affects middle-aged, not younger, women, is not the result of a vaccine deficiency. As critics have pointed out, addressing certain precancerous lesions is not proof that the vaccine will actually prevent cervical cancer itself.
Cancer Monthly reported that in Food and Drug Administration discussions, Dr. Elizabeth Unger of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated, “It’s believed that (HPV) infection alone is insufficient to cause cancer and additional factors are required.” Preventive measures, including a diet rich in folic acid and selenium, make far more sense than injecting toxic ingredients that may have serious long-term implications. Even key HPV-vaccine researcher Diane Harper once made the startling admission, “Giving it to 11-year-old girls is a great big public experiment.”
> Rukshana Enjjineer / Vancouver