Gardasil Linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome


May 4, 2009

We have long been writing about the associations between Merck’s Gardasil injection and a variety of adverse event cases that bear striking similarities to each other. Gardasil is the vaccine administered to prevent some— but not all—forms of the human papillomavirus (HPV), which is linked to cervical cancer. Recently, following scores of serious illnesses in young girls receiving Gardasil injections, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began looking at the possible association between the controversial injection and paralysis.

Now, Web MD Health News is writing that girls and women being injected with Gardasil may be at increased risk of developing the serious Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS). GBS is a peripheral nervous system disorder linked to some illnesses in the early days following injection. “… there is clear evidence from our database of an increased incidence of Guillain-Barre syndrome in the first six weeks, especially the first two weeks, after vaccination,” Nizar Souayah, MD, of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, told Web MD.

According to Web MD, 26 in 10 million in the first two weeks and 30 in 10 million in the first six weeks after being vaccinated come down with the life-threatening GBS, said Souayah. GBS is usually prompted by an infection, said Web MD, with the body’s immune system attacking the nervous system; sometimes, surgery or vaccines will provoke GBS. The study looked at data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is managed by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and found that there were 53 cases of Guillain-Barre reported after Gardasil vaccinations in the United States from 2006 to 2008, said Web MD, noting that the majority developed within six weeks of receiving the shot and over one-third within the first two weeks.

Concerns between GBS and vaccinations were noticed after a link was revealed during the 1976-1977 swine flu season, said Web MD. Since, “there is always a concern when any vaccine program is introduced,” says Ken Gorson, MD, a neurologist at Tufts University/St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Boston, quoted Web MD.

In a report earlier this year, The Vue Weekly pointed out that many believe over-immunization is a major contributor to the rise in autoimmune disease and parents are often pressured to immunize. But, in the case of Gardasil, perhaps avoiding the vaccine might not be so irresponsible given that, as The Vue pointed out, “the research was done by those who stand to gain magnificently” and the drug has been the focus of “an extensive public relations campaign” but “has been subjected to little independent scientific review.”

Of note, the Vue reported that the Nobel Prize Committee—which awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in Medicine to German scientist Harald zur Hauser for his work linking HPV to cervical cancer—is facing investigation over bribery allegations for taking payments from the drug company that owns the patents and collects royalties on both—U.S. and overseas—HPV vaccines. Also, said the Vue, an FDA document stated that, “identifying and typing HPV infection does not bear a direct relationship to stratification of the risk for cervical cancer. Most acute infections caused by HPV are self-limiting. It is the persistent HPV infection that may act as a tumor promoter in cancer induction … most infections are short-lived and not associated with cervical cancer.

Comment from Leslie – posted on their site.

Thank you for posting this article about Gardasil and Nerve Disorder (GBS).  Your readers need to understand that only 1% of the women suffering from adverse reactions to Gardasil are being reported. (Barb Loe Fisher Director of the National Vaccine Information Center) This is why the statistics above are so skewed.

Many have not realized the link between the HPV vaccine and their daughter’s sudden disorder.  Some girls are experiencing problem after a year of taking the vaccination.  We do not know the long range effects.

VAERS also wants MD’s to fill out the adverse reaction report -some are unwilling to do so because they are not convinced- and other MD’s are not even aware of the VAERS system.

So it is probable that those statistics are much higher.

Just take the number 30 (1%) and multiply it by 100% – and it becomes a phenomenal figure.  And then take that amount and take it worldwide.

The other fact to consider is that according to the FDA closing statement on Gardasil (September 2008) over 73% of girls taking the vaccine will develop a “new medical condition” within one year.

So GBS may not be showing up in all of these girls – but other nervous system disorders are.  It all depends on their biochemical nature – and their toxic load at the time of the injection and what may trigger an overload at any point in time in the future.  It takes 7 years for aluminum to clear out of the body – and that means that no other aluminum exposuree can be introduced to the body (deoderants, aluminum foil etc.) during that time period.

Final reminder – not a lot of people are aware of what GBS is – it has also been linked to other (flu) vaccines as well.  Now they want to develop a swine flu vaccine similar to how Gardasil was developed.


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.