What do you think about our government dictating what vaccines we must give our children? Do we have any real evidence that any of the vaccines are safe and perform as they were intended? Why not build up our children’s immune systems with healthy eating habits and good supplements before turning them over to the government for experimentation. What ever happened to our freedom of choice in such matters?
Before you read the info below, this is a quote from a book called “Selling Sickness” by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels “How the worlds biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us all into patients”
On the inside cover – the first paragraph reads:
“Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, the head of MERCK, one of the world’s largest drug companies, told Fortune Magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley’s. It had long been his dream, he said, to make drugs for healthy people so that Merck could “sell to everyone” Gadsden’s dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth.
Using their dominating influence in the world of medical science, drug companies are systematically working to widen the very bondaries that define illness. Old conditions are expanded, new ones are created, and the markets for medication grow every larger. Mild problems are redefined as serious illness, and common complaints are labelled as medical conditions requiring drug treatments. Runny noses are now allergic rhinitis, PMT has become a psychiatric disorder, and hyperactive children have ADD. Being “at risk” for a condition such as high cholesterol or low-bone density is sold as a disease in its own right.
Selling Sickness reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt health care systems all over the world. As more and more of ordinary life becomes medicalized, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsden’s dream: “selling to everyone”.”
So here’s the article about Governor Perry’s unilateral decision paving the way for other states to follow:
This next one is from Global New in Calgary but if you search there are articles from every newspaper across Canada:
Vaccine committee recommends widespread use of HPV vaccine for girls (The vaccine Gardasil is produced by Merck)
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Pre-teen girls in Alberta are one step closer to receiving the first vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.
Gardasil was approved in July, and now the National Advisory Committee on Immunization has delivered recommendations about who should be getting the shot.
It says girls between the ages of 9-13 should be routinely vaccinated, before sexual activity starts.
It should also be administered to females between the ages of 14-26, even if they’re already sexually active, or have had previous pap test abnormalities.
NACI doesn’t recommend Gardasil for girls younger than 9, pregnant women or men.
We still don’t know who will pay for this vaccine. Right now it is available at pharmacies with a doctor’s prescription, but it’s expensive. Some question how effective it will be, if governments don’t pick up the tab.
“This is an expensive vaccine. I think it now costs between $600 and $700 for 3 doses over 6 months, and that is not going to be affordable for most families. If there’s serious commitment to see this vaccine as a major means to prevent cervical cancer in Canada, then both governments, provincially and nationally, need to support the inclusion of the HPV vaccine in a vaccination program,” says Laura Wershler, the exective director of Sexual Health Access Alberta.
Alberta Health says there’s been no decision on whether to include this vaccine in it’s provincially funded vaccine program.
The vaccine protects against 4 strains of the Human Papilloma Virus, which is responsible for about 70% of cases of cervical cancer.
Barbara Loe Fisher Commentary:
There is a an old saying in politics: Don’t count your chickens before
they are hatched. Texas Governor Rick Perry should have remembered that
old saying before crowning himself King and wielding his executive
branch power like a scepter over the Texas legislature in order to force
all little girls in Texas to get three doses of Merck’s HPV vaccine,
The funny thing about it is that Merck had launched a massive
PR/advertising blitz for GARDASIL on TV and in magazines and, with a
little help from some friends, was successfully simultaneously
introducing bills in multiple states with a military precision not seen
since the invasion of Iraq. It was breathtaking in scope and public
health officials, many doctors, politicians and editors were giving
GARDASIL a standing ovation as the greatest advancement in the history
of vaccines and cancer prevention. Flush with the victory of having
convinced the FDA that GARDASIL should be fast- tracked into early
licensure in the summer of 2006 and with unanimous blessing by the CDC’s
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that GARDASIL should
be used by all pre-adolescent girls, Merck was on a roll.
Merck was on a roll until parents, who were being threatened with state
mandates forcing their little girls to get three doses of GARDASIL,
started to object after taking a closer look at the evidence for the
safety, efficacy and costs of GARDSIL to prevent 3700 cases of cervical
cancer every year that can be prevented with routine pap screening and
early treatment of pre-cancerous signs. Some legislators and
investigative reporters started asking questions. It was revealed that
Merck was, in effect, funding the political effort to get many states to
mandate the vaccine. The National Vaccine Information Center issued a
press release on Feb. 1 questioning how Merck could possibly know
whether it was safe to give GARDASIL to little girls when they only
studied less than 2,000 of them in pre-licensure clinical trials and
when reports were already coming into VAERS that indicated some pretty
serious health events were occurring after GARDASIL vaccination. Some
legislators in some states pulled state mandate proposals or modified
them to include opt-in provisions for parents.
Then Merck choked, convincing the Governor of Texas to put on his cowboy
hat and perform the Heimlich maneuver. But what they didn’t count on was
public opinion when it comes to messing around with the democratic
process and freedom.
After PROVE’s Dawn Richardson stood her ground against HPV vaccine
mandates in Texas on NBC’s “Today Show”and legislators and doctors alike
told “King Perry” on Tuesday that he had gone too far, today an MSNBC
poll of more than 85,000 responders shows that the majority of Americans
do not think HPV vaccine mandates are right.
Actually, the Governor of Texas and Merck may have done America a favor:
the debate about the threat to freedom and the democratic process posed
by forced vaccination policies, the influence of corporations in the
political process, and abuse of power by the chiefs of executive
branches of government is now being openly discussed.
Let freedom ring.