HPV vaccines and Emily Tarsell: a mother’s quest for truth


April 24, 5:52 PMVaccines ExaminerNorma Erickson

Emily Tarsell is a practicing mental health therapist who works with adults, adolescents, families and children, especially children with special needs. Two years ago, her biggest concern was paying for one more year of tuition for her only child, Christina. Her greatest joy in life was watching Chris blossom at  Bard, a college she loved.

Her daughter was the child every parent dreams of having: an honors student, active in sports and her community, and a talented artist. She was a wholesome, healthy and happy girl; a beautiful person inside and out. Chris was the light of her mother’s life.

Two years ago, aggressive marketing on television, newspapers and magazines was telling middle class families everywhere to have their daughters, between the ages of 9 and 26, vaccinated against cervical cancer. Their mantra was “Be one less.” Gardasil was touted by doctors and professional medical associations as being safe and effective for preventing cervical cancer. Nothing was mentioned about any potential serious adverse side effects.

When Chris had her first gynecological appointment, the doctor suggested she have this “safe” vaccine. There seemed to be no reason to refuse it.

Chris began to experience various unusual symptoms, but not having been told of any possible serious adverse reactions, her parents viewed each symptom on its own. 18 days after her third injection, Chris became “one less.” The cause of death is still undetermined.



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.