March 24, 2009, - 1:49 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re like me, you’re tired of seeing the annoying commercials showing teen girls proclaiming, “I want to be one less,” and singing the praises of Gardasil, the vaccine against a strain of cervical cancer that can only be passed on through sexual intercourse via HPV.
And if you’re like me, you’re also disgusted at the zeal with which state legislatures around the country have responded to fat cat Merck lobbyists by passing laws requiring young public school girls (as young as nine) to be vaccinated with Gardasil, a license to go have sex without worrying about a deadly consequence.
Now, though, as U.S. News and World Report notes, the “I want to be one less” ads sound even more ridiculous because at least two girls vaccinated with the drug have contracted ALS a/k/a “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” from it and died. And others have been paralyzed from it.
Given this information, when you vaccinate your daughter with Gardasil you have chosen to vaccinate her against only one of very many diseases she might get from having sex versus complete paralysis and death even though she might not have sex.
Phil Tetlock and Barbara Mellers were in a race against time to save their 15-year-old daughter, Jenny. . . . Jenny developed a degenerative muscle disease nearly two years ago, soon after being vaccinated against the cervical-cancer-causing HPV. She became nearly completely paralyzed. . . .
Phil . . . had been holding out hope that they would be able to find a cure for his daughter–or to at least determine if the human papillomavirus vaccine called Gardasil had caused his daughter’s illness, most likely a juvenile form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease). Sadly, the clock ran out last Sunday, and Jenny passed away.
Through their efforts to publicize Jenny’s case on their blog, Jenny’s parents have connected with two other sets of parents whose daughters developed what appears to be ALS after being injected with Gardasil. One was 22-year-old Whitney Baird, who died last August, just 13 months after receiving Gardasil. Another is Alicia Olund, a 12-year-old who began having trouble walking after getting her third shot last September. She now uses leg braces and a walker at home as her muscles continue to deteriorate. After ruling out other conditions, her specialists at the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center–who also treated Jenny–suspect that Alicia may have the same condition. “They don’t know what she has,” her mother, Barbara, tells me through tears, “but it’s destroying her nerves and muscles, and none of the treatments they’ve given her are working. Before the vaccine, she was a perfectly healthy child, going for her brown belt in karate.” (They’re awaiting the results of the ALS test.) . . .
Reports of adverse events for Gardasil are about five times as high as the overall average for any vaccine, [John Iskander, the CDC's associate director for immunization safety] adds. . . .
“They are aware of these cases and that we’ve started discussions with neurologists and immunologists to determine if there are mechanisms that could explain how a vaccine could cause ALS,” Iskander says, adding that “I haven’t heard a good answer yet from these experts” when it comes to explaining a mechanism.
Shapiro says her suspicions are raised enough that she’s decided not to give her own 11-year-old daughter the Gardasil vaccine. “Let’s say it causes just one or two cases of ALS every year out of a million doses that are given. What if your daughter is the one?”
Yes, what if? Do you really want to take that chance with your daughter’s life?
Hmmm . . . maybe those girls in the Gardasil commercial need to say, “I want to be one less . . . of the walking living.” At least, that would be truth in advertising.