Volunteer Researchers Raise Questions about HPV Vaccine Efficacy

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

—Margaret Mead, US Anthropologist  (1901 – 1978)

On May 24th at 10:26 pm Cynthia Janak, Research Journalist, Founder and President of International Coalition of Advocates for the People hit the send button on her email client.

The Subject Line read: “Serious Concerns regarding the safety and efficacy of the HPV Vaccines”

The message was addressed:  To the esteemed members of the Robert Koch Institute and Health Minister of Germany,

And the simple message read:

The attached paper has been prepared by concerned individuals from the United Kingdom, United States of America and Holland in regards to the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccines.

We intend to prove that the serious health concerns that are becoming evident due to Gardasil and Cervarix around the world are valid.  You will see that the studies themselves will prove the lack of efficacy and the increased risks to the health of our young people.  Also entered into this report are communications with the lead researcher for both Gardasil and Cervarix.  Included are reports of young girls and women who have had serious adverse effects and deaths with unknown etiology from America and Europe.   Attached is a video of Karen Maynor who lost her daughter after receiving the Gardasil vaccination.  This mother is trying to come to terms with the fact that the post mortem determination is unknown.

We also want you to know that an inquiry was done by the researchers in the United States as to the overall health and activity level of the affected young people pre-vaccination.  The results of the inquiry and investigation that ensued are startling.  It has been determined that the young people most likely to be affected are very active, athletic and high achievers or have a serious weight problem.  A subset of the affected received the vaccination when they were at the pre-menstrual time of their cycle.  What these three groups have in common is that estrogen, which we know protects the brain from stroke, is decreased leaving the brain more susceptible to damage of the capillaries and the neurotoxin Aluminum.

We are aware that you are questioning the effectiveness of Cervarix.   Thousands of young girls and women are experiencing severe adverse events and their quality of life is vastly diminished around the world from Gardasil and Cervarix HPV vaccines.  Could you please also look at the bigger picture in regards to the safety of our children and take into account the many comments which have been made.

We do so hope you will read our submission and if you wish to ask any questions of the authors, email addresses have been provided.  We do so hope that you will give serious consideration to our many concerns in regards to the safety and efficacy of both HPV vaccines.

Cynthia Janak

That email was both a culmination and a beginning.

The submission of the paper culminated years of research, analysis, and educational advocacy by a group of dedicated volunteers lead by Cynthia Janak and ICAP co-founder, Leslie C. Botha.  The work was an international effort.  A  group of women – three from the United States, two from The Netherlands, one from the UK and one from Scotland spent two weeks coalescing years of research, examining FDA, CDC and Merck documents relating to Gardasil, compiling a factual report from their respective countries that documented concerns about the safety and efficacy of the HPV Vaccine.

Reports are titled:

Treatise on Gardasil from the United States;
United States Concern for Europe with regards to Cervarix HPV vaccine;
United Kingdom Concerns Regarding HPV-GM Vaccines;
The Dutch Cervarix Concerns;
and, One Mother’s Plea.

The successful submission of these reports to the thirteen scientists at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in Germany and to the German Health Minister was also a beginning. The reports represented the first educational advocacy project undertaken by the International Coalition of Advocates for the People. RKI is re-examining the safety of the HPV vaccine for use in their country. Their decision will be made in the next few weeks.

ICAP Advocates, Freda Birrell and Christina England released the reports to the media in Scotland and the UK – and to their respective parliaments. Ms England, a research journalist, has written several well received articles that have been published by news outlets on both sides of the Atlantic. The women have received acclaim and praise for their due diligence in presenting information that backs up their concerns:

The Scotsman – June 2, 2009


In previous posts I have mentioned Netherlands-based ICAP advocates, Janny Stokvis and Annelies Witlam who have worked tirelessly to support the HPV-vaccine education process in the Netherlands, the UK, EU Canada and Americ

ICAP’s first international effort has been a success. Seven women who became international advocates wrote a paper about HPV vaccines to educate all necessary parties in Europe.   This paper has been distributed throughout Europe and to select individuals in the United States.[youtube]VXd8KaZn4zs[/youtube]

Presently, thirteen German scientists from the Robert Koch Institute are questioning the effectiveness of these vaccines.  They are also asking for evidence now from the Standing Committee based on the scientists’ views.

Scotland now is questioning the vaccines over fears about the adverse reactions being reported in Scotland and England.

Also, in the UK leading scientists and doctors have raised fresh concerns about the safety of a cervical cancer vaccine.  They have accused the manufacturers of Cervarix and Gardasil, of making misleading claims.

I am proud to be counted amongst these seven women Advocates and a charter member of the International Coalition of Advocates For The People (ICAP).


Author: H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

I started the Inconvenient Woman Blog in 2007, and am the product of a long line of inconvenient women. The matriarchal line is French-Canadian, Roman Catholic, with a very feisty Irish great-grandmother thrown in for sheer bloody mindedness. I am a research analyst and author who has made her living studying technical data, and developing articles, training materials, books and web content. Tracking through statistical data, and oblique cross-references to find the relevant connections that identifies a problem, or explains a path of action, is my passion. I love clearly delineating the magic questions of knowledge: Who, What, Why, When, Where and for How Much, Paid to Whom. My life lessons: listen carefully, question with boldness, and personally verify the answers. I look at America through the appreciative eyes of an immigrant, and an amateur historian; the popular and political culture is a ceaseless fascination. I have no impressive initials after my name. I’m merely an observer and a chronicler, an inconvenient woman who asks questions, and sometimes encourages others to look at things differently.