The Heart of Community Radio – KRFC FM Fort Collins, CO

April 30, 2009

I must say that I am overwhelmed by the article in today’s WebMD linking the Gardasil vaccine to Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), a disorder of the peripheral nervous system.

I have a radio show titled “Holy Hormones Honey – The Greatest Story Never Told” on KRFC FM 88.9 in Fort Collin, CO. My radio show co-host Dr. Judi Gerstung and I had been forewarning listeners about the potential dangers of the Gardasil vaccine off and on for the past two years. We interviewed Barb Loe Fisher director of the National Vaccine Information Center many times over that time period.

In November of last year, Denise Melton, grandmother of Jessica Faye Ericzon who died after her third shot of the Gardasil vaccine posted a comment on my blog after she read an article that I had about the HPV vaccine. We emailed – spoke by phone and then Judi and I started to interview the network of Gardasil Mom’s that Denise put us in touch with. Some had lost their daughters to the vaccine- others were struggling with their daughter’s “new medical conditions” as a result of the inocculation.

It was at that moment that the discussion about Gardasil stopped being about warnings, statistics, concerns – and became the real-life sagas of women afflicted by this deadly and dangerous vaccine. We were one of the first to break this story on air – and we stayed with it.

In January of this year, safe vaccine advocate, and research journalist Cynthia Janak found my web site and contacted me. Judi and I welcomed Cynthia – and we became a team – interviewing and sharing Cynthia’s research based on Merck, CDC and FDA documents about Gardasil. Cynthia was the first to note the relationship between Gardasil, Guillain-Barre syndrome and brain damage. From there we started doing shows titled “The Gardasil Girls Give the Silent Faces of Autism a Voice” -linking the neurological symptoms of autistic children and the Gardasil girls. We welcomed the autism and childhood immunization communities into our discussions and interviews.

It is now the beginning of May – and I look back at the past six months and am amazed at the work that we have done – the research interviews with other anti-vaccine and safe vaccine advocates, mothers, daughters and chiropractors whose opinions on this issue were invaluable.

And now the WebMD article. Bittersweet yes, I cannot even imagine what the mothers of these injured daughters are feeling – I can’t even imagine the feelings of loss and grief of the mothers and families who have lost their beautiful teens to this international travesty.

But I owe deep indebtedness and thanks to the members, volunteers and staff at KRFC FM.
They have stood behind us on this issue, supported us and have not deterred us from raising the red flag of danger over the HPV vaccine.

This is the heart of community radio. It is the voice of the people, by the people and for the people. Community radio has now become the backbone of this country – and of the world. We cannot be bought out or influenced by advertisers – who pull their promotions because of corporate pressure. Community radio is based on memberships and sponsorships.

To my colleagues at KRFC – I thank you…the Gardasil community thanks you – as well as the autism community. None of this justice could have been brought to light without this valuable venue. Without KRFC many more girls might have gotten the vaccine, thinking that they might be “one less” to get cervical cancer – but could have been one more injured by Gardasil. They might have suffered serious adverse reactions to Gardasil or have even died.

Support your community radio stations. It is time that we Come Together – and stand together on the issues that we are truly concerned about.



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.