Remembering the Horror of Thalidomide – Will We Be Saying this About Gardasil?

thalidomideHoly Hormones Journal: It is so important to remember our history to understand how we got to this point in time.  Thalidomide – is admittedly one of the most shameful disasters in Pharma history. However, it has not deterred the industry from fast-tracking and marketing other chemical cocktails on to the market.

If one wants to have a better understanding of the history of the pharmaceutical industry and the manipulation of the human brain with the use of drugs, read Robert Whitaker’s Anatomy of an Epidemic – Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America.

Although the book is about psychiatry and the experimentation on mice and humans for manipulating the human brain to find the right ‘magic pill,’ the history and thinking of the pharmaceutical industry is poignantly clear. Profit is to be made from drugs that may indeed be problematic in long term outcomes.

The same type of questioning should also be applies to synthetic steroid hormones  that are now sending an new generation into a tailspin depression – which then of course, they are prescribed psychotropics. The use of synthetic hormone birth control – is known by many as the largest uncontrolled medical experiment in history.

The Gardasil, HPV vaccine is another travesty in the making – and may yet be another uncontrolled historical medical experiment.  Someday – the hundreds of videos and stories of young girls whose lives were forever altered will be resurrected in a newspaper article – as appeared last month in the New York Times – on Thalidomide.

In September 1960, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, a young pharmacologist who had just started working at the Food and Drug Administration, was asked to review the drug for approval but became alarmed by what she saw as the lack of rigorous scientific research supporting the drug’s safety done by Grünenthal and William S. Merrell, the United States distributor.

How familiar does this sound? the article goes on to state that once Dr. Kelsey started to examine the research the case for thalidomide ‘began to unravel.’

In late November 1961, long-ignored evidence became public in Germany linking thalidomide to birth defects. Grünenthal, which in a court case years later blamed causes like nuclear fallout or botched home abortions for the children’s deformities, did not apologize to the victims and their families until last year.

Women, especially women – need to seriously think about the medications they are taking. Everything that crosses the blood – brain barrier affects the neuro-endocrine-immune system. Every chemical in our body – affects the long term outcome of our health.

Surely, medications/drugs have their place for some… but for everyone? That is the question.  Are synthetic hormones good for every woman? Clearly not. Are the HPV vaccines good for every girl in the world?  Absurdly not. These chemical concoctions affect our biochemical natures differently.  Genetics, environment, diet, all come into play how we will respond to these drugs.   What will the long term outcomes be for girls who have been vaccinated?  Many are experiencing early menopause in the teens and twenties.  What will the health be of the girls’ who are able to carry a pregnancy to fruition?  No one knows for sure.


The Death and Afterlife of Thalidomide

The New York Times
by Michael Winerip
September 23, 2013


The story of thalidomide, told in this week’s Retro Report video, is one of the most shameful in the history of the modern pharmaceutical industry.

In the 1950s, a German company, Chemie Grünenthal, developed thalidomide, which was marketed in Europe as the first safe sleeping pill and was seen as a highly effective treatment for pregnant women with morning sickness.

The drug enjoyed such widespread success that in some European countries it became almost as popular as aspirin.

But thalidomide was far from safe. Although the cause was not realized until later, the first known victim of thalidomide was a girl born with no ears on Christmas Day in 1956 — a daughter of a Grünenthal employee.

In time, thousands of children around the world whose mothers took the drug while pregnant were born with severe physical disabilities, including flipper-like arms and legs. The archival footage of these children in the Retro video is both horrifying and heartbreaking, as are the stories of the many families who were devastated and unable to cope.

Thalidomide-affected children were in some instances rejected by their parents and institutionalized. Others had their flippers amputated to accommodate prostheses for arms and legs. In one extreme case, a young mother and her doctor were charged with the mercy killing of her deformed infant.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.