Thursday, September 20, 2007

Gardisal... again

Life Site
Life site is reporting on the Gardisal push into Canada, they have more stats on the adverse reactions and deaths, but I've gone over that and try not to repeat myself.

So what about this article has piqued my interest you ask?
A competing HPV vaccine, Glaxo Smith Kline's Cervarix, is set to hit the market in January 2008. As more children are vaccinated with Gardasil, fewer will be able to later receive the necessary repeat boosters of a competing, incompatible vaccine.

So wait a minute... incompatible vaccine What happens if you get a booster with this incompatible vaccine? I mean we're already seeing severe adverse reactions and deaths what's going to happen to these girls in 5yrs if they accidentally get a booster of the incompatible vaccine

Why do parents allow their children to be subjects in a science experiment?

Get outside if you're planning to get pregnat!

A recent study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism showed a link between low serum levels of Vit.D early in pregnancy and an increase in the risk of having toxemia later in the pregnancy.
"Low vitamin D early in pregnancy was associated with a five-fold increase in the odds of preeclampsia," said Dr. Bodnar, who also is an assistant investigator at the university-affiliated Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI). "Data showed this increase risk persisted even after adjusting for other known risk factors such as race, ethnicity and pre-pregnancy body weight. Also troubling was the fact that many of the women reported taking prenatal vitamins, which typically contain 200 to 400 International Units of vitamin D," she said.

It's interesting to note that these women were taking prenatal vitamins with vitamin D in them, however the study doesn't mention how much time these women spent outside. From wikipedia
Vitamin D2 is derived from fungal and plant sources, and is not produced by the human body. Vitamin D3 is derived from animal sources and is made in the skin when 7-dehydrocholesterol reacts with UVB ultraviolet light at wavelengths between 270–290 nm. These wavelengths are present in sunlight at sea level when the sun is more than 45° above the horizon, or when the UV index is greater than 3. At this solar elevation, which occurs daily within the tropics, daily during the spring and summer seasons in temperate regions, and almost never within the arctic circles, adequate amounts of vitamin D3 can be made in the skin only after ten to fifteen minutes of sun exposure at least two times per week to the face, arms, hands, or back without sunscreen. With longer exposure to UVB rays, an equilibrium is achieved in the skin, and the vitamin simply degrades as fast as it is generated.

In most mammals, including humans, D3 is more effective than D2 at increasing the levels of vitamin D hormone in circulation; D3 is at least 3-fold, and likely closer to 10-fold, more potent than D2. However, in some species, such as rats, vitamin D2 is more effective than D3. Both vitamin D2 and D3 are used for human nutritional supplementation, and pharmaceutical forms include calcitriol (1alpha, 25-dihydroxycholecalciferol), doxercalciferol and calcipotriene.

So sunshine without the use of sunscreen is very important to proper vitamin D balance. This goes into another rant of mine on the over usage of sunscreens, but that's for another day.
Vitamin D is fat soluble so you can ingest too much, so taking a supplement isn't really the answer. The answer is to get off your butt and go outside for a walk! Spend a little time in the sun!

I want to be sure to point out that newborns get their vitamin D stores directly from their mother, so a mom deficient in vitamin D is going to have a baby deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is very important to bone health. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to Rickets, Osteomalacia, and Osteoporosis.

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Designer Babies?

Homeschool and Etc.: Extra Toe? Mild Disease? Let's Kill the Kid!
MSNBC article
Thank you Mrs. C for bringing this story to our attention. Oddly enough it doesn't really surprise me that people are aborting babies after being told their child has a genetic disorder, even if that disorder is treatable. Our society no longer values children, they are "accessories" something to complete the picture. An imperfect one would be like a blemish on a super model!

What does surprise me is this
"The interesting thing is, as a genetic community this has been going on and we haven't looked back to see the consequences of putting these screening programs into place,"

hello??!! What in the world??? You put into place screening programs and never bother to see what is happening as a result of those programs?! Where did you get your degree? a Cracker Jack box?? I mean come on... isn't it just a normal part of science to look at the data?! As scientists weren't you even curious??!!

Before I leave you I must comment on this particular point of the article
"The question parents ask is why were they ever screened and then they are faced with a difficult dilemma," she said. "Here the problem is medically instigated."

Yes, to some point it is medically instigated, but parents need to be responsible for their own health care!! Instead of just doing as you're told ASK QUESTIONS! Ask your doctor why each and every test is being performed! Question the need of the results! Inquire about the accuracy of these tests and search your heart for the answer of what you'll do with the results.


This is HILARIOUS! Now let me warn you my very conservative friends, this mentions penis, orgasm and sperm...


Mrs. Lynn Baptisti Richards and Dr. Harlan Sparer have done an awesome parody of a hospital birth experience and everything leading up to it. This is great and I hope many men will read it!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Insanity=Money Hungry

Should I really be surprised? Are there any people involved pharmaceuticals that are actually in it to help the people? Apparently Merck is not one of them. Their recent exploit you ask? Gardasil for BOYS! You'll recall that Merck developed Gardasil as an HPV vaccine and marketed it toward young girls. They were recommending all girls over the age of 11 to be vaccinated. HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that *can* cause cervical cancer. Of course the vaccine is only targeted at 4 of the more than 100 strains of the virus, and yet it still costs approximately $400! Now let me refresh your memory further, back in February Governor Perry, of Texas, created an executive order mandating all middle school girls be vaccinated with Gardasil prior entering school. Is it just a coincidence that Gardasil's lobbyist was Perry's former chief of staff?? Thankfully the Senate was smart enough to overturn this executive order. However Texas was the first of many states that would struggle over the idea of making this vaccine mandatory.

Let me get off on a little bunny trail here... I wonder why the need to make it mandatory? I mean parents are aware the vaccine is available if they want it they can get it. Does the Governor (and other states that considered making it mandatory) really think that parents are not capable of making decisions for their children?

So back to the boys... It would appear that Merck has found another marketing angle. Remember these shots cost $400 each and it current is only useful for half of the market, think of all the potential dollars not tapped into by limiting the usefulness to only girls.
Now you might say "but boys can't get cervical cancer?!""can they?" No boys can't get cervical cancer, but apparently they can get throat cancer if they perform oral sex on a girl that is already infected.
last week in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University confirmed that infection with HPV via oral sex is by far the leading cause of throat cancer, which strikes 11,000 American men and women each year.
11,000!! Current US population: 301,139,947 so 0.00365% of the whole United States will get throat cancer of which HPV is ONE cause (tobacco and alcohol are thought to be major contributors as well, but big business would never allow them to be outlawed) so because 1 in 27376 of the American public may get cancer from HPV we're going to expose millions of little boys to toxins and possible adverse reactions associated with this vaccine for what? a possible preventative to one of them? Merck is still unsure of how long the vaccine works, as of right now they are suggesting a 5yr booster.

So what is the cost of all of this? Well I haven't found the numbers for boys so lets look at the girls...

In 2004, there were 10,500 new cases of cervical cancer.
About 70 % of these cases, or 7350 were associated with the virus targeted by Gardasil.
Two million girls (estimate) are born each year.
2,000,000 divided by 7350 = 272

IF the vaccine works, (Highly Unlikely),
and IF it prevents all of the targeted cervical cancer cases (7350), (Impossible),
and IF the year 2004 rate of new cervical cancer cases remained constant, (rather than continuing the established 35 year decline...)
THEN 272 girls [or more] must be vaccinated at a cost of $300 to $500 each to prevent one case of cervical cancer. Estimated cost = $81,600 to $136,000 per case of cancer prevented. Cervical cancer is virtually 100% preventable by lifestyle factors and can usually be treated for one fourth the estimated "vaccine preventable" cost. Add the estimated cost per case prevented to the cost of treating the other diseases caused by this vaccine and you will readily appreciate why we urge you to strive for immunity through diet and other lifestyle factors. In addition, the concept of vaccinating 272 nine year old girls to prevent one case of disease which occurs 31-46 years later when the girls become women 40 to 55 years in age seems like a story which should begin, "Once upon a time, the wagon of the snake oil salesman was seen approaching ..."

So WHY are we pushing a drug that has had 385 adverse reaction reports in 6 months? Out of the 385 individual GARDASIL adverse event reports made to VAERS, two-thirds required additional medical care and about one-third of all reports were for children 16-years-old and under, with nearly 25 percent of those children having received simultaneously one or more of the 18 vaccines that Merck did not study in combination with GARDASIL. Money, that's why. You do the math approximately 4 million children born each year at an average of $400 per vaccine... That's several really nice houses, yachts, cars..... aren't our children worth more than that?

an interesting post script

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