This blog entry is going to sound a little off topic to some of you, but if you've read anything from me before, you know that I'm a naturalist to the core. I was approached by my oldest's doctor yesterday about Garasil and here's my take on it...
After reading about Gardasil, the Human Papillomavirus vaccine in 2006 and 2007, I felt the pit of my stomach drop. The alarming reports of experiencing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome after the having the shot were overwhelming. I just couldn't grasp that they were linking Gardasil to an onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in some cases. The affects were so severe in some cases that they caused fatality. My oldest was about seven when all of this information came out and I started to worry and dread the day that the doctor would pressure me into having my daughter take the vaccine.
Since 2006, many side effects have been documented after taking Gardasil. Some cases of serious nerve disorders like Guillain-Barre Syndrome have been reported along with weight and hair loss, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetes, and Seizures. A report from Patientsville.com lists 64 printed pages of reports from side effects by individuals. WebMD discusses a link between Guillain-Barre Syndrome and the Gardasil Vaccine also. Although, I must point out that there is a more recent study done by the drug company Merck, themselves that states there is no real link between nerve disorders and Gardasil.
Having said all of this, you all know how I feel about studies, I don't trust them. They can be bias which proves nothing. Or they are done with a small group of people which also proves nothing. Merck has an agenda, they want people to get this vaccine so they can make money. Period. They can't make money if there's a lot of bad press about their product. A wonderfully written study with 190000 participants would look good to anyone. It has the right amount of participants. A two year study is promising too. It means people are really looking at long term effects. But really, this study doesn't add up when you find that only 44,000 were looked at for long term effects. And really-- no one can ignore a 64 page report listing a HUGE amount of side effects. This isn't good and it seems to make the Merck's test look more than just a little flawed.
Bottom-line-- I don't want my children getting this vaccine. I think it will do more harm than good. I'm at a lucky point right now though, this vaccine is, as far as I can see, not required by the schools here. I hope that it never is because I'd never want to ask a mother to play vaccine roulette with their children.
For me though, if this winds up ever being a requirement, I'm going to practice my Constitutional rights and pull my children out of school to teach them myself. I find it awful that we as a society have no say in schools when it comes to the health and well-being of our children. They have forced us to have the children medicated in some cases (don't get me started on Ritalin), vaccinated, and eating to their liking for decades and it just has to stop.
What ever happened to eating at home? I remember being able to walk home for lunch. I had a healthy meal and then I went back in time for recess. These practices were thrown by the wayside and forgotten. I think it's about time that they are remembered and resurfaced! Manufactured foods and vaccines from greedy corporations are proven to not be good for us. Mom always did know best.
Love and friendship,