The Dutch Cervarix Concerns

 May 30, 2009

Annelies Witlam and Janny Stokvis The Netherlands

We probably speak a different language than you do. Not only because we’re Dutch, but also because we’re not scientists, medical specialists or journalists. We consider ourselves professors in everyday life and even more, we’re mothers. It was September 2008 when we first read an article about Gardasil. Meanwhile it has become a daily routine to read all thenews (good and bad) about HPV, Gardasil and Cervarix. Although we had read enough about what was going on in the US we never expected to come in the middle of the same scenario in Holland.

Media Reports
It’s not easy to express how it feels to experience how an entire population is misled. We see on TV“This vaccine (Cervarix) is safe and effective” “It is highly tested and it has only minor adverse reactions; it prevents cervical cancer.” A point of concern is that girls from the age of 12 are told they can get the vaccine without their parent’s permission. They are not old enough to drink alcohol, drive a car or vote, but they are allowed to make a decision about something of which they can’t perceive the consequences and yet can get a vaccination when they show their ID card.

If we use common sense, then we can’t find any other reason for this deception other than they don’t want us to know what the deal is with these HPV vaccines. A lot of people in The Netherlands do not believe in these beautiful stories, they do their own research and that resulted in heavy resistance against the vaccine. Show-up rate for the first shot was less then 49%.

2.Nine weeks Cervarix in The Netherlands:Six girls hospitalized after vaccination, more that 700 acute incidents; 500 reported adverse reactions. (The data also can’t be used to determine the frequency incidence, or known side-effects because they are often under-reported) girls are thinking they are protected against all cancers; girls thinking they don’t have to use condoms anymore. Girls thinking they’ll never need to have pap smears. Parents who were thinking they were protecting their daughter, but now thinking they harmed her. There are parents and girls who have not been taken seriously by physicians when reporting adverse reactions.

3.Cervical Cancer and what the Dutch government says about it: Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer that afflicts women (after breast-cancer) worldwide. Every 18 minutes a woman dies of the disease. HPV is the most important cause of cervical-cancer. Over 70% of cervical cancers are caused by two dangerous HPV-strains, known as HPV-16 and HPV-18. Every year they’re about 600 cases and 200 to 250 women die of the disease.

The Dutch Health Commission claims that these numbers can be decreased by 50% with the implementation of the HPV vaccination programme.

Ministers of Health in different countries demand proof of severe adverse reactions; otherwise they consider the vaccines to be safe. We think it should be the other way around. The fact that adverse reactions are under-reported worldwide, that there hasn’t been proper investigation of the safety of the HPV vaccines should be a major concern.

We think the following needs to happen. Stop all vaccinations with the HPV vaccines immediately. Start intensive independent research on the safety of the HPV vaccines and the adverse reactions. Improve the reporting systems on adverse reactions on vaccines and medicine. Let the reports be investigated by independent organisations.

And give a voice to the girls and their parents, who suffer after vaccination. It’s an injustice that they have to live with the consequences and are not being heard.

We’ll show and prove what in fact is going wrong. The truth about Gardasil and Cervarix.

There are 127 strains HPV. Gardasil may be protecting against two innocent strains and two dangerous strains 16 and 18. Cervarix may be protecting only the 16 and 18 strains. That leaves 123 strains of HPV left to cause cancer, genital warts, and autoimmune disease or eventually pass through the body.The question is will GSK and others keep developing vaccines to combat all of the other strains? The real number of HPV-strains that can cause cancer is apparently not clear.

4.Gardasil and Cervarix are not cancer-vaccines; Gardasil and Cervarix are virus-protectors.
HPV-infection is very common. It’s a sexual disease and 100% preventable. . It’s the only preventable cancer in the world. Cervical cancer is not even on the top-10 of worldwide cancers.

According to the FDA VRPBAC Background Document girls who already have a HPV-infection and take their HPV-shots are 44.6% more likely to get cervical-cancer because the vaccine contains the exact triggers for the vaccine to turn into cancer.

Besides all this, we have to keep in mind, both vaccines are not proved, they are an experiment! It will take at least 10 or 15 years before we know whether the vaccine is working at all.


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.