Angry young men
February 10, 2011
In 2006, when I first told you about Gardasil, the only danger we knew for sure was the danger of wasting your money on an overpriced vaccine that might not even work.
Even then, the medical mainstream knew that this human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine offered–at BEST–incomplete protection from cervical cancer.
Within a year, everything changed. Three girls had died after receiving Gardasil shots, and about 1,600 adverse reactions had been reported to the FDA.
People started calling me crazy when I sounded the battle cry and told them “Do not get the Gardasil shot for your daughters.” The Gardasil defenders certainly weren’t worried. They chalked those deaths up to coincidence and moved on.
But more “coincidental” deaths and adverse reaction reports continued to mount, year after year.
Today the death toll is 89 and the adverse reaction reports number more than 21,000!
Over the past five years, thousands have been hospitalized and hundreds are disabled with symptoms that include seizures, muscle spasms, paralysis, lupus, pelvic pain, joint pain, extreme weight loss, vision loss, hair loss, enlarged liver, migraines, painful menstruation, and slurred speech.
So, at what point does all this cross the line from “coincidence” to public health crisis?
Clearly we’re already there. And I hate to think of how many deaths the FDA will require before they do anything.
In 2007, I was standing alone on my soapbox when I called out the FDA to take action and protect young women from the Gardasil vaccine.
Today the soapbox is pretty crowded.
In fact, one adverse reaction case in particular may finally push the Gardasil controversy into the mainstream spotlight.
When 18-year-old Donielle Richardson suffered long-range side effects after one injection of Gardasil, her family was stunned to discover how many other young girls had been victimized by this hazardous vaccine.
Donielle’s brothers–Ryan and David Richardson–were so disturbed by their sister’s experience that they wanted to do something to make people aware of Gardasil’s grave risks.
They’ve now started work on a Gardasil documentary titled “One More Girl”–a twist on Merck’s “One Less Girl to get Cervical Cancer” advertising campaign.
When finished, “One More Girl” will explore the unique impact that Gardasil adverse events have on young victims and their families.
For instance, the Richardsons found that many doctors are reluctant to treat post-Gardasil patients. Those docs don’t want to buck the system (or anger Merck?) with any sort of acknowledgment that the vaccine might cause serious health issues.
In other words, doctors may actually be helping Merck keep news of Gardasil risks from getting out to the general public.
And that’s why a film like “One More Girl” is so urgent–and long overdue.
You can watch a short preview of the film on a website (onemoregirlfilm.com) the Richardson brothers have set up to raise money for production costs.
Meanwhile, there’s still room on the soapbox and you can help. Tell your family and friends, because whenever someone finds out about the realities of Gardasil, we’re one step closer to where we want to be: Getting this dangerous and unnecessary vaccine taken off the market.
“One More Girl Unveils Truth behind HPV Vaccine Travesty” Press Release, 1/11/11, prlog.org