Gardasil, Silgard and Cervarix may turn out to be the biggest medical hoax of the century should the information revealed on a recent KRFC radio broadcast be proven true. If indeed, the information presented during last Monday evening's broadcast is accurate, HPV vaccines are nothing more than a worldwide exercise in profiteering.
Leslie Carol Botha regularly hosts a radio show based out of Fort Collins, Colorado called, "Holy Hormones, Honey -- the Greatest Story Never Told."
She has been a health educator and broadcast journalist for 30 years.
On August 2, her guests were prominent cancer pathologist, Dr. Sin Hang Lee, and Norma Erickson, Vaccines Examiner for Examiner.com.
Ms. Botha has spent a great deal of time over the last few years investigating HPV vaccines and their effect on young women and children around the world. Even so, the information presented during this show shocked her beyond belief.
Leslie started her broadcast with a brief recap of facts that have already come to light during the ongoing HPV vaccine controversy. They are as follows:
- Cervical cancer is not a major health issue for women under good gynecological care.
- HPV vaccines may protect against four strains of high-risk HPV but the duration of effectiveness is not clear; best estimates to date are from 4 to 6 years
- HPV vaccination does not eliminate the need for traditional cervical cancer screening
- Prior exposure to vaccine-relevant strains of HPV can increase the risk of cancer by 44.6% if injected with Gardasil and 32.5% if injected with Cervarix
- HPV is not transmitted solely via sexual contact, there are multiple other ways to have been exposed
- There are already 278 reports to VAERS of abnormal pap smears post-vaccination
Following the recap, Norma Erickson explained the circumstances surrounding her original contact with Dr. Lee, including a couple of statements from his original 2007 petition to the FDA for reclassification of his HPV test kit that brought the value of HPV vaccinations into question. These statements were:
- HPV does not cause cervical cancer, it is the persistant infection, not the virus, that determines the risk
- 93% of women initially infected with a particular strain of HPV will not show the same strain four menstrual cycles later
Norma also stated that during one of her initial conversations with Dr. Lee, he had disclosed the fact that the original studies to determine HPV type prevalence in the U.S. had been done with self-collected specimens by women with a Dacron swab, and that the follow-up studies of the efficacy of the vaccines took place in Costa Rica, a country with one of the highest cervical cancer rates in the world. These were the statistics used to market HPV vaccines to an American population where women have a 14 times greater chance of dying of digestive cancer than they do of cervical cancer.
Enter, Dr. Sin Hang Lee, prominent cancer pathologist and HPV testing expert. Dr. Lee and his associates actually developed one of the most sensitive HPV test kit available. This test kit, which could be used in nearly any medical facility around the world can not only identify if HPV is present, it will accurately determine which of the 100+ strains of HPV are exhibited.
Because of a 20 year old error in FDA classification, this test cannot be currently marketed as the virology test it is. In order to market this test kit, the inventors must perform clinical trials, at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to prove it can accurately detect cancer -- something it was not developed for, nor is it intended to do.
Following is a brief summary of the critical information Dr. Lee wants women the world over to know and understand:
- Most cervical cancer deaths in the United States, and developed countries, are people who are not under regular OB/GYN care.
- The National Cancer Institute has no data on which HPV genotypes are prevalent in the United States.
- A CDC study showed that HPV types 16 and 18, the two HPV vaccine-relevant strains, are NOT the prevalent types in American women.
- Three published papers on HPV prevalence in the U.S., indicated that types 62, 84 and 52 are the most prevalent. None of these are targeted in either approved HPV vaccine, and type 52 is an accepted high-risk "carcinogenic" strain of HPV.
- If a person has prior exposure to vaccine-relevant HPV prior to injection, the vaccine provides no benefit, but does provide potential risks.
- If a woman is infected with HPV-16 in January, HPV-18 in July, and HPV-31 in December, her cancer risk is zero. Even though these are all high risk types, they are considered transient. It takes repeated infection by the same type to perhaps pose a risk of cervical cancer.
- Even when a woman has persistant infection by the same type, if her lifestyle is healthy (she does not smoke, does not take oral contraceptives, does not have multiple sexual partners, does not have a compromised immune system) her risk of cervical cancer is still minimal.
- HPV is not necessarily a sexually transmittable virus--you can get it other ways.
- American women currently spend $10 billion on unnecessary colposcopies (cervical biopsies) every year, primarily because the currently used HPV tests frequently display false positive results.
- A study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health estimated that 95% of cervical biopsies in the United States are not necessary.
- If a young woman is considering taking an HPV vaccine, it is critical that she know if she has been exposed to HPV, and if so, what genotype.
- Nothing has been proven to be more effective at controlling cervical cancer than pap smear technology.
So why do HPV vaccine manufacturers, the CDC, and the National Cancer Institute tell physicians not to screen for HPV exposure prior to vaccination? Unfortunately for young women and children around the world, the answer appears to be abundantly clear.