The Alliance For Natural Health

HPV Vaccine Debate – Facts Also a Casualty


Presidential candidates and media alike have said a great deal recently about the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine. Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of misinformation and hyperbole from all sides of the vaccine issue. When conversations about personal healthcare choices—such as vaccinations—turn into debates, people become entrenched on their respective sides, and the facts usually become the first casualty.

For example, when it comes to a discussion of the side effects of the HPV vaccine, either the media have failed to do basic research on the issue or, more seriously, they have purposefully ignored government data. In a recent Associated Press story, a reporter wrote, “Studies have found no serious side effects, with the most common reactions being redness or swelling at the injection site.” A quick glance at the CDC’s website reveals significant side effects from the HPV vaccine. The Center received a total of 18,727 reports of adverse events following Gardasil HPV vaccination, with 1,498 of them (8%) considered “serious”—such as blood clots, the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre Syndrome, and 68 reports of death. While the most common reactions might be redness or swelling at the injection site, to omit the existence of serious side effects (including death!) is both sloppy reporting and, from a public health standpoint, downright dangerous.

So one camp dismisses the major side effects out of hand, while the other camp has unfortunately discredited itself with recent off-the-cuff remarks about possible mental retardation following an HPV vaccination—remarks that were given credence only because they were made by a presidential candidate.

A real conversation about the HPV vaccine needs to occur, and the real science about the vaccine’s risks and benefits should be provided to the public—even if media and presidential candidates are unwilling or unable to become leaders in this area.

The recently released Department of Health & Human Services New Vaccine Plan, for example, wants girls to have received three doses of HPV vaccine by age 13 to 15 as means of preventing cervical cancer. This sounds reasonable until you realize of the 100 different types of HPV, only fifteen might someday develop into cancer; moreover, the Journal of the American Medical Association says the relationship between infection with HPV at a young age and later development of cancer is unknown. Of those fifteen potential cancer-causing strains, the vaccine targets only two: HPV-16 and HPV-18. In other words, the vaccine will have no effect on 87% of the HPV viruses that might potentially cause cancer, and the causal link between HPV and cervical cancer is far from definitive.

But is the vaccine even effective? Diane Harper, MD, professor and vice-chair of Research at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, is the person who knows more about the HPV vaccine than probably anyone else: she was principal investigator for clinical vaccine trials for both Merck, maker of Gardasil, and GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Cervarix. Her research found that that the incidence of cervical cancer in the United States (3.0 per 100,000 women) is actually lower than the incidence of adverse effects from the very vaccine that’s supposed to protect against it (4.3 per 100,000 doses).

Dr. Harper put it this way: “The most important point that I have always said from day one, is that the use of this vaccine must be done with informed consent and complete disclosure of the benefits and harms of Pap screening and HPV vaccines. The decision to be vaccinated must be the woman’s (or parent’s if it is for a young child), and not the physician’s or any board of health, as the vaccination contains personal risk that only the person can value.”

Gretchen DuBeau
Executive Director
Alliance for Natural Health

  • Lou

    “But is the vaccine even effective?”

    Yes and even more importantly WHY was this new poison even considered NECESSARY?

    I wish ANH-USA would do a story of the last thirty years history of PAP testing and the controversial and KNOW seriously flawed PAP testing allowed by the Medical Industry, the government et al.

    It sure appears to me that a LOT was done under the table to sow the seeds for a HVP “vaccine” that was never needed.

    “The breakdown of good medical practice, unfortunately a reality in our profession nowadays, cannot be fixed simply by introducing an unproven cancer vaccine. The opportunists took advantage of the imperfect Pap smear prevention technology which had been further destroyed by business greed in the 1980’s, to promote a series of even less perfect systems, including a vaccine.” Doctor Sin Hang Lee, MD, Note Doctor Lee is commenting on how we got into this cervical cancer mess. IMO it was no accident, HHS has known of the pap smear test problems for decades. IMO HHS wanted the “solution” to be another toxic “vaccine”

    • T

      Its just a money making scheme by the pharmaceutical corporations. Mandating vaccines is just plain wrong. I had an MMR as a child, and I also had Mumps and Measles. Seems there was no sense in me having the vaccine at all.

  • Here is an article from Mike Adams ( Natural News .com) about the HPV vaccines and some more problems with them.

    Explosive new evidence has emerged that Gardasil vaccines appear to be contaminated with a genetically engineered Human Papillomavirus recombinant DNA. This has been revealed by SANE Vax, Inc., which conducted the laboratory testing which found contamination in 13 vaccine vials purchased in countries across the globe.

    Could this help explain the devastating (and sometimes deadly) side effects being experienced by adolescent girls who take HPV vaccine shots? Read more to find out:

    You may have to copy and paste this in your browser

  • Tim Hart

    If you follow the link to the Huffington Post interview, the numbers in the article (3/100,000, etc.) are different from what you quoted. Not sure why, because I’ve seen the numbers that you quoted, on the FDA site, I think.

    Also, there’s a link in the Huffington Post that goes to the 2009 American Neurological Association meeting in Baltimore. Dr Harper stated that a verified case of auto-immune initiated motor neuron disease triggered by Gardasil was presented at that meeting. Unfortunately the link is dead. I googled it and found the report on Medscape, but it’s just a review.

  • Into The Difference

    It is important to note too that the HPV vaccine has not been around/tested long enough for us to know the long term effect on a generation of young girls in an incredibly active stage of development of heir bodies. What if in 10 years we discovered a strange side effect that effected reproductive health and the ability to bear children? What do we know about how these drugs will impact their hormonal shifts as they age?

    Why is so much money being put into what is being called a “preventative measure” that involves injection of foreign substances, instead of developing better screening or cures for the disease-which would also help those of us who are no longer in a pre-sexual phase of our lives? If ALL of the money going to vaccines was put into this, we could save many more lives of those women who might actually already be infected and detect earlier infection in those coming of age.

    Education is the answer. Not vaccination.

  • Enrique & Laura Dovalo

    It is time the American People wake up and be vigilant of what is going on with vaccine. Vaccine is a way to make money by making people slowly sick and feed the pockets of the ones who produce the vaccines without caring for the human kind.

  • Dawn

    This vaccine is just another money making scheme. I agree with all the above comments.

  • Kathleen

    This article accuses caregivers of not giving the facts about HPV reactions. You even cite the CDC. So I went to and found that you were not taking the info from there at all. Perhaps you should get the facts straight and edit this piece to be truthful.