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Jersey Girl by Default

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May 7, 2009

I’d like to be one less uninformed schmuck that blindly follows what the almighty doctor-gods (and commercials) tell them to do.

I am so tired of seeing these Gardasil commercials. Great tactic on the part of Merck, though – scare people into running to their doctor for their vaccine (the most expensive vaccine ever to date by the way, at $360). How about looking at this (I’m not at a place right now to look up references, but trust me on this – it’s all out there on the internets if you choose to look yourself):

– No one knows how long the vaccine lasts. So go ahead, immunize your 9 year old daughter – she may not even be protected when she starts having sex!

– No study has been done to know if the vaccine itself has the potential to cause cancer. That’d sure be a whammy if it did – D’oh!

– The vaccine contains aluminum, and there’s increasing evidence aluminum-containing vaccines have harmful effects, such as alzheimers.

– And what’s the big deal about HPV, anyway? It’s a virus like the flu, that people just happen to get sexually, not by being sneezed on. But just about everyone gets it at some point in their lives – I think the most current rate of infection I saw was around 75%. It’s a VIRUS – something your body fights off on its own, like the flu – it just takes longer, like years. And for the most part, people don’t even know they have it, as it doesn’t really cause health problems. There’s some strains that causes some warts, but even that will go away on its own after a while – they’re not herpes. There’s also some strains that have been shown to be the cause of 80% of cervical cancers, but it’s not the only cause of cervical cancer. And a recent study shows that only about 3.4% of women have one of the four strains of HPV that Gardasil protects against. There’s about 100 different strains. So, you’re being protected from getting something you’re probably not going to get anyway?

– And cervical cancer? Its not even in the top 10 list of killers of women in the US. More women will die of breast cancer than cervical cancer. It’s very treatable and very rarely does a woman die from it – only less than 1% of total female cancer patients die from cervical cancer – and they’re usually old women, already unhealthy women and women who don’t get pap smears and it’s not found until the cancer has existed for many years. (MESSAGE? BETTER HEALTHCARE OPTIONS AND ACCESSIBILITY TO ALL?! HELLOOO?!)
So there you go. Stop letting the pharmaceutical industry and their skilled marketers influence how you treat yourself and your children. Do your own research, and come to your own conclusions.

Comment from Leslie

Gotta love those Jersey girls – am one myself!

“Can take the girl out of Jersey – but can’t take the Jersey out of the girl…” Bruce Springsteen


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.