Massive Vaccine Cover-Up

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New evidence shows that members of a global vaccine committee may have been involved in a massive cover-up regarding the safety of the HPV vaccine. State-based action alerts!

Earlier this month, Cornell-trained clinical pathologist Sin Hang Lee, MD, sent an open letter to the director general of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, alleging that members of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) are guilty of gross misconduct and criminal malfeasance in their efforts to mislead the global public on the safety of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The controversy revolves around Dr. Lee’s study finding that Gardasil (Merck’s HPV vaccine) contains HPV L1 gene DNA fragments. In a separate case study, Dr. Lee found HPV-16 L1 DNA fragments in post-mortem blood samples of a teenager who died six months after receiving three Gardasil injections. Dr. Lee hypothesizes that the HPV L1 gene DNA fragments bind to aluminum adjuvants in the vaccine and are carried through the blood stream by macrophages to the brain, causing the adverse effects many experience after receiving HPV shots. Based on this evidence, Dr. Lee called for further study of the HPV vaccines.

One would think the scientific community would take heed—especially scientists on the GACVS, who are responsible for advising the world on vaccine safety. Aluminum in vaccines is a serious issue that we’ve addressed at length in previous coverage. There are studies that have linked aluminum to all kinds of negative health effects ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. Other researchers have noted that, despite eighty years of use, the safety of aluminum adjuvants rests largely on assumptions rather than experimental evidence.

Emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that members of GACVS saw Dr. Lee as an inconvenient adversary to their pro-vaccine agenda from the start. Note that this was all taking place before a public hearing in Japan to determine whether or not the Japanese government would recommend the vaccine to its citizens. Because there were no peer-reviewed studies refuting Dr. Lee’s claims, GACVS needed to get creative to reassure the Japanese government that the HPV vaccine was totally safe and Dr. Lee’s findings could be ignored.

GACVS did this through a presentation at the hearing and an official statement afterward. However, as Dr. Lee argues in his open letter, the official statement contains numerous—and in his view, intentional—misrepresentations of peer-reviewed science that conflate the facts in an attempt to mislead the public. Dr. Lee also alleges that members of GACVS knew that the HPV vaccine, more so than other vaccines, caused an increased inflammatory response and the release of cytokines and tumor necrosis factors (TNF)—yet still assured the public that the HPV vaccine was safe. Release of TNF can cause cell death and a wide range of inflammatory reactions—including death in some instances.

GACVS admits in its statement that it did not even review Dr. Lee’s work but claims it was reviewed by a “panel of experts.” No names are provided, nor are any further credentialing details about this “panel.”

Dr. Lee’s letter cites many more instances of GACVS scrambling to refute the science by misstating the facts and misleading the non-scientific public. Interested readers should consult Dr. Lee’s full letter for a more detailed account of this shameful, possibly criminal, manipulation of the facts.

This is only the latest cause for concern in regard to the HPV vaccine’s safety. You can consult our previous coverage for more of that information, especially of the former Merck doctor who said that Gardasil would become the “greatest medical scandal of all time.” There have also been as-yet-unexplained (or even acknowledged) cover-ups of other vaccine research as well, for example the decision to hide evidence that the MMR vaccine caused autism among black male infants.

Science is ever-evolving, with new evidence coming to light all of the time which throws doubt on previously held assumptions. What this scandal shows is that the proponents of the vaccine industry, who consistently and vehemently claim the mantle of “science” to defend their elimination of our freedoms, care less about the actual science than about pushing their own agenda, regardless of the evidence or the cost in human life—the very antithesis of the scientific method. Unfortunately, governments and world health organizations are now integrated into the vaccine industry in a way that can only be described as cronyism.

Action Alerts! On American soil, multiple states are pressing forward with legislation that would limit or restrict your freedom of choice when it comes to vaccination. If you haven’t done so already, check below to see if your state is one of them and please contact your state legislators immediately.

Lead Developer Of HPV Vaccines Comes Clean, Warns Parents & Young Girls It’s All A Giant Deadly Scam


Dr. Diane Harper was a leading expert responsible for the Phase II and Phase III safety and effectiveness studies which secured the approval of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil™ and Cervarix™.  Dr. Harper also authored many of the published, scholarly papers about the vaccines.  She is now the latest in a long string of experts who are pressing the red alert button on the devastating consequences and irrelevancy of these vaccines.  Dr. Harper made her surprising confession at the 4th International Converence on Vaccination which took place in Reston, Virginia.  Her speech, which was originally intended to promote the benefits of the vaccines, took a 180-degree turn when she chose instead to clean her conscience about the deadly vaccines so she “could sleep at night”.  The following is an excerpt from a story by Sarah Cain:

“Dr. Harper explained in her presentation that the cervical cancer risk in the U.S. is already extremely low, and that vaccinations are unlikely to have any effect upon the rate of cervical cancer in the United States.  In fact, 70% of all HPV infections resolve themselves without treatment in a year, and the number rises to well over 90% in two years.  Harper also mentioned the safety angle.  All trials of the vaccines were done on children aged 15 and above, despite them currently being marketed for 9-year-olds.  So far, 15,037 girls have reported adverse side effects from Gardasil™ alone to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), and this number only reflects parents who underwent the hurdles required for reporting adverse reactions.  At the time of writing, 44 girls are officially known to have died from these vaccines.  The reported side effects include Guillian Barré Syndrome (paralysis lasting for years, or permanently — sometimes eventually causing suffocation), lupus, seizures, blood clots, and brain inflammation.  Parents are usually not made aware of these risks.  Dr. Harper, the vaccine developer, claimed that she was speaking out, so that she might finally be able to sleep at night.  ’About eight in every ten women who have been sexually active will have HPV at some stage of their life,’ Harper says.  ’Normally there are no symptoms, and in 98 per cent of cases it clears itself.  But in those cases where it doesn’t, and isn’t treated, it can lead to pre-cancerous cells which may develop into cervical cancer.’” 

Although these two vaccines are marketed as protection against cervical cancer, this claim is purely hypothetical.  Studies have proven “there is no demonstrated relationship between the condition being vaccinated for and the rare cancers that the vaccine might prevent, but it is marketed to do that nonetheless.  In fact, there is no actual evidence that the vaccine can prevent any cancer.  From the manufacturers own admissions, the vaccine only works on 4 strains out of 40 for a specific venereal disease that dies on its own in a relatively short period, so the chance of it actually helping an individual is about about the same as the chance of her being struck by a meteorite.”  

UPDATE #1: Since coming forward with the truth about the devastating consequences of the HPV vaccine, Dr. Harper has been victim of a relentless campaign attempting to discredit the validity of her claims.  Harper was even misquoted by British tabloid The Sunday Express which printed a false story loaded with fabricated quotations attributed to Harper.  In an interview with The Guardian, Harper makes it very clear about what exactly she said in order to protect herself from a potential lawsuit.  In an interview with CBS NEWS, Harper clarifies her position, and once again makes it crystal clear just how devastating this vaccine can be: “If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn’t last … we’ve put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit,” says Dr. Harper. “The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers, they are just postponed, unless the protection lasts for at least 15 years, and over 70% of all sexually active females of all ages are vaccinated.”  She also says that enough serious side effects have been reported after Gardasil use that the vaccine could prove riskier than the cervical cancer it purports to prevent.  Cervical cancer is usually entirely curable when detected early through normal Pap screenings.

“The risks of serious adverse events including death reported after Gardasil use in (the JAMA article by CDC’s Dr. Barbara Slade) were 3.4/100,000 doses distributed,” Harper tells CBS NEWS.  ”The rate of serious adverse events on par with the death rate of cervical cancer.  Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer developing each year.  Indeed, the risks of vaccination are underreported in Slade’s article, as they are based on a denominator of doses distributed from Merck’s warehouse.  Up to a third of those doses may be in refrigerators waiting to be dispensed as the autumn onslaught of vaccine messages is sent home to parents the first day of school.  Should the denominator in Dr. Slade’s work be adjusted to account for this, and then divided by three for the number of women who would receive all three doses, the incidence rate of serious adverse events increases up to five fold. How does a parent value that information,” said Harper.

“Parents and women must know that deaths occurred,” Harper tells CBS NEWS.  “Not all deaths that have been reported were represented in Dr. Slade’s work, one-third of the death reports were unavailable to the CDC, leaving the parents of the deceased teenagers in despair that the CDC is ignoring the very rare but real occurrences that need not have happened if parents were given information stating that there are real, but small risks of death surrounding the administration of Gardasil.”  She also worries that Merck’s aggressive marketing of the vaccine may have given women a false sense of security. “The future expectations women hold because they have received free doses of Gardasil purchased by philanthropic foundations, by public health agencies or covered by insurance is the true threat to cervical cancer in the future.  Should women stop Pap screening after vaccination, the cervical cancer rate will actually increase per year. Should women believe this is preventive for all cancers — something never stated, but often inferred by many in the population — a reduction in all health care will compound our current health crisis.  Should Gardasil not be effective for more than 15 years, the most costly public health experiment in cancer control will have failed miserably.”  Harper notes that her concern for the vaccine’s deadly side effects applies only to women in the Western world.  ”Of course, in developing countries where there is no safety Pap screening for women repeatedly over their lifetimes, the risks of serious adverse events may be acceptable as the incidence rate of cervical cancer is five to 12 times higher than in the US, dwarfing the risk of death reported after Gardasil.”


As the world’s pharmaceutical giants continue to be driven less by moral accountability and more by profit and shareholder-driven bottom lines, we are going to see more and more products such as this vaccine which are marketed as “essential to one’s survival.”  While some vaccines are indeed essential, such as vaccines for polio and measles, the HPV vaccine is a new beast entirely.  To learn more about how pharmaceutical giants are putting profits ahead of ethics you need to watch FRONTLINE’s terrifying new documentary “Hunting The Nightmare Bacteria.”

Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?

Last month (December 2013), Katie Couric’s popular daytime television show aired an episode on “The HPV Controversy.” Both sides of the controversy were represented, but the show was widely criticized in the mainstream media for simply suggesting there was a controversy. Vaccine damaged families were interviewed (watch the interviews here), but according to the medical community, Gardasil and the HPV vaccine are completely safe.

So Katie Couric issued what was basically an apology and then aired a follow-up show which featured the one-sided standard government position, with an interview of  Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Dressed in military attire, the whole interview was basically an appeal to authority: Trust us, we are the authorities, and we know what’s best.

Norma Erickson is the director of SaneVax, the leading website on the Internet highlighting the dangers of the HPV vaccine. She was present with Katie Couric at the first show airing both sides, but no one representing the victims of the vaccine were present for the airing of the second show. She offers her rebuttal below, giving facts and hard science in reply to the spin piece by the government doctor, who is obviously trying to do “damage control,” which was aired on the most recent Couric show.

As Norma shares the data and science below, in response to the government doctor’s comment “we aren’t finding any concerning problems” regarding Gardasil, also keep in mind the following facts:

  • The U.S. government holds patents on Gardasil and also earns royalties from the sale of the vaccine.
  • People injured or killed by the Gardasil vaccine cannot sue Merck, as all vaccine manufacturers have legal immunity from lawsuits in the U.S.
  • More than 10 young women have recently sued Sanofi, the distributor of Gardasil in France, for damages due to the vaccine,  including lupus, Guillain-Barré, ADEM, idiopathic hypersomnia, and multiple sclerosis.
  • Japan halted recommendations for the HPV vaccine and has begun a full scale probe over its safety, due to the large amount of serious adverse reactions reported.


How closely does the CDC monitor HPV vaccine safety?

by Norma Erickson
SaneVax, Inc.

December 4, 2013, the Katie Couric Show aired several segments focusing on The HPV Vaccine Controversy. Her guests included Emily TarsellRosemary and Lauren Mathis, Dr. Diane Harper and Dr. Mallika Marshall.

In response to the ensuing firestorm of criticism the show generated, Katie Couric invited Dr. Anne Schuchat, Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, to do a segment for Friday’s show in order to “make sure people understand the facts about this vaccine and human papillomavirus (HPV).”

Dr. Schuchat’s answers to Katie Couric’s questions can be viewed in the video above, or on HPV Vaccine Conversation Continued. During the interview Dr. Schuchat was asked about the safety of HPV vaccines, she stated:

“As the leader of the CDC Immunization Program, I am really committed to a very strong safety monitoring system. What I can say is more than 57 million doses have been used and with all the tests and systems that we track, we aren’t finding any concerning problems.”

Really, Dr. Schuchat – No concerning problems?

According to the CDC, VAERS data are monitored to:

  • Detect new, unusual, or rare vaccine adverse events
  • Monitor increases in known adverse events
  • Identify potential patient risk factors for particular types of adverse events
  • Identify vaccine lots with increased numbers or types of reported adverse events
  • Assess the safety of newly licensed vaccines

Ostensibly, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) is the first line of defense when monitoring vaccine safety. Despite the obvious limitations of drawing concrete conclusions from VAERS data, it does provide an excellent tool for recognizing potential safety signals, red flags if you will, when looking at a specific vaccine’s safety profile.

This article will look at a few items which would raise red flags for the average medical consumer. Perhaps Dr. Schuchat can explain why they are not ‘concerning problems’ for the leader of the CDC Immunization Program.

According to the Rare Diseases Act of 2002, any disease or condition that affects less than 200,000 people in the United States is classified as a rare disease. There are currently more than 6,000 known rare diseases. One could safely assume that if one or more of these rare diseases began to show up in the VAERS database with any regularity it would certainly constitute a safety signal – a signal demanding further investigation.

Let’s take a look at a few examples of VAERS data that should at the very least raise a few eyebrows.

HPV Vaccines and ADEM

According to the NIH, National Institute of Health, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is characterized by a brief but widespread attack of inflammation in the brain and spinal cord that damages myelin – the protective covering of nerve fibers.  ADEM often follows viral or bacterial infections, or less often, vaccination for measles, mumps, or rubella.

In other words, ADEM is a known side effect of some vaccines. It is listed as a rare disease in both the United States and Europe. Examine the following chart showing the VAERS reports of ADEM after all vaccines used in the United States each year from May 1997 through May 2013.


1 ADEM Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?


One would think an 8,100% average per anum increase in reports of this rare condition after the introduction of HPV vaccines would be a huge red flag. Apparently, that is not the case for Dr. Schuchat despite the fact that ADEM is a known adverse effect of some vaccines.

HPV Vaccines and POTS

Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is one of a group of rare disorders that have orthostatic intolerance (OI) as their primary symptom (when an excessively reduced volume of blood returns to the heart after an individual stands up from a lying down position). In POTS, orthostatic intolerance causes lightheadedness or fainting, and there is also a rapid increase in heartbeat.

The following chart shows VAERS reports of POTS and related symptoms after HPV vaccines compared to the number of reports filed after all other FDA approved vaccines.


2 POTS related symptoms Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?


There are over 80 vaccines FDA approved for use in the United States. If all vaccines were equally safe, HPV vaccines should account for around 3% of the total reports filed with VAERS. As you can clearly see, depending upon the symptom, HPV vaccines account for a disproportionate percentage of the reports filed pertaining to POTS and related symptoms. What is wrong with this picture?


3 POTS increase Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?


Still – no ‘concerning problems’ Dr. Schuchat? Not with an average increase of 137% in reports filed per year?

HPV Vaccines and ITP

Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) occurs when immune system cells produce antibodies that destroy platelets, which are necessary for normal blood clotting. The antibodies attach to the platelets. The spleen destroys the platelets that carry the antibodies.

The chart below illustrates the average number of reports of purpura on an annual basis for all vaccines listed in the VAERS database. There has been a 68% increase in the average number of purpura cases reported annually since the introduction of HPV vaccines in 2006.


4 ITP increase Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?



Seriously, Dr. Schuchat, wouldn’t this fall under the heading of potential unusual vaccine adverse events which the VAERS system is designed to alert the members of your staff to investigate?

HPV Vaccines and Infertility

Infertility in the United States is no small problem. The CDC estimates that 10.9% of women ages 15 to 44 experience fertility problems. This estimate was made from data collected from 2006-2010. Since this is not a rare disorder, one would think that any signal which indicated a tendency to exacerbate the problem would be of particular concern.


5 Infertility increase Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?


OK, the chart above shows a substantial increase of the reports of fertility problems, a 790% increase in the annual average to be exact beginning in 2007. What could have caused such an increase? Does it have anything to do with the introduction of HPV vaccines in mid-2006?

Let’s compare the percentage of infertility reports after HPV vaccines to infertility problems reported after all other vaccines in the VAERS database from May 2007 to November 2013.


6 Infertility comparison Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?


Dr. Schuchat, how can 2 vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, account for such a large percentage of infertility reports to VAERS for such an extended period of time without being a concern?

One Final Chart


7 Adverse Event comparison Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action?


Once again, Dr. Schuchat, how can two vaccines account for such a large percentage of the VAERS database? Why is this not a matter of concern?

Perhaps the mission statement for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Illness says it all:

“The mission of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is the prevention of disease, disability, and death through immunization and by control of respiratory and related diseases.”

The amount of disease, disability, and death potentially caused by Gardasil and Cervarix are obviously not a ‘concerning problem’ for those who are supposed to be monitoring HPV vaccine safety at the CDC.

Thank you, Dr. Schuchat, for making that perfectly clear to medical consumers in the United States and around the world.

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20 million mind-blowing statistics about HPV and cancer

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By Kate Madonna Hindes | 06/26/12

I have cervical cancer and HPV

I speak out often about the stigma that is related to cervical cancer and its many forms. The hype of HPV I have is high-risk and is not related to warts or any outward signs. My HPV causes serious dysplasia inside my cervix, which causes tumors, carcinoma in situ and many more complications, (including infertility, breakthrough bleeding and severe pain.) It’s not the pain or the fear that I live with most of all, it’s the stigma of this sidelined disease. I have heard time and time again, HPV being marginalized as a strictly-sexual disease, brought on by promiscuity and deviance. I have battled cervical cancer multiple times and my heart is heavy from hearing names from my survivor group of those that have passed on, or entered hospice care. In speaking nationally for cancer organizations and on Capitol Hill, I know one thing is certain, we must stand for a cure while helping to educate others. Recently, Minnesota Women’s Press featured my story in an article, “Cervical Cancer does not define me.”

I started asking questions a few years ago around funding and cervical cancer. I realized, the answers went far deeper than why cervical cancer was a combination of under-tested, under-reported and under-funded. states in 2010, $76.5M was spent on cervical cancer funding. (In comparison, this is a very small number, given the amount of women and men affected.)

“The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) investment in cervical cancer research decreased from $83.3 million to $70.8 million between fiscal years (FY) 2006 and 2009 before increasing again to $76.5 million in FY 2010. In addition, NCI supported $14.3 million in cervical cancer research in FY 2009 and 2010 using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).” (Source:

HPV and cervical cancer matter

I realized only a short-while later that the golden ticket answer wasn’t in cervical cancer funding, (although important,) it was in HPV funding. In fact, did you know, HeLa cellswere directly taken from Henrietta Lacks, a woman with cervical cancer and HPV? Because of Henrietta’s disease and unknowing sacrifice, many studies became available, including Leukemia, Influenza and numerous vaccines have been developed to help the world’s population. (An infographic from shows the incredible uses of the HeLa cells, controversy withstanding.) With the rise of certain types of cancers, it’s hard to understand why the CDC and continue to report that “most cases of HPV go away on their own.” If this is true, how could the cancer statistics be so high, when in direct relation to the HPV virus? You could say, I’m fascinated by the lack of respect HPV is given, especially due to the devastation it is causing in America, alone. This is not to mention the complete misinformation that is scattered about HPV-related cancers being, “rare.”

Also, there is a SIGNIFICANT lack of credible information about HPV and cancer on the web. One of the biggest perpetrators may surprise you. The American Cancer Society can’t even identify cervical cancer correctly, calling it instead, “cervix cancer.” The whole article on their site had my head spinning. (But yes, please give them more donor dollars, because they are obviously doing such a great job.)

Twenty million people

The most powerful statistic I’ve seen is just in the continental US, (where HPV is widely under-reported and under-diagnosed, especially in minority-populations,) that 20 MILLION men and women are currently infected with HPV.

“Thanks to HPV, just about everyone has a sexually transmitted infection these days. About 20 million Americans are currently infected with one or more strains of the virus. Six million more are infected each year. If you have sex, you’re more likely than not to get it before you die. Forty percent of women will contract it within just 16 months of their first vaginal intercourse. And the virus’ proliferation has complicated Americans’ moral judgments concerning sexual activity. The ubiquity of HPV has democratized sexual stigma—the virus infects people of all races, classes, and sexual orientations. If contracting a virus from sex is the norm, it makes it more difficult to dismiss people with STIs as moral degenerates or irresponsible sluts.” {Source:}

Perspective on funding and related cancers

I wanted to put into perspective how much in funding was given to diseases and how many people currently living with different diseases were infected, considering that each year 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, alone with over 4,000 dying. My guess before spending the last few weeks combing through data was that HPV would have the smallest amount of funding, with some of the largest numbers of those infected. Who is receiving cancer funding from the NCI, (National Cancer Institute and Here is an abbreviated list:

Cancer Type 2008 Spending
(in millions)
2009 Spending
(in millions)
2010 Spending
(in millions)
Lung $247.6 $246.9 $281.9
Prostate 285.4 293.9 300.5
Breast 572.6 599.5 631.2
Colorectal 273.7 264.2 270.4
Bladder 24.1 25.9 22.6
Melanoma 110.8 103.7 102.3
122.6 130.9 122.4
Kidney 43.4 45.2 44.6

(Please, keep in mind this is ONLY the government’s funding to cancer as reported to cancer. gov.) Susan G. Komen for the Cure, raked in $357,832,083 in FYE 2011. (Treating cancer is very profitable. I always keep this in mind.)

As you can see, both Lung and Colorectal cancers were high on the list. However, Cervical Cancer and other HPV-related cancers, (specifically the more “sexually-viewed” ones,) were quietly left to fend for themselves. Cervical Cancer, and HPV are an after-thought to the sexualized “breast” cancer phenomenons, (don’t even get me started.) The above numbers seem alarmingly off, when 20M people have the HPV virus, which directly leads to over 10 types of cancers, (just that we know of.) The statistics surrounding HPV are sobering. With over 100, different strains, HPV can compromise the immune system and according to, the disease can hide for over a decade within the body. In fact, cites the following number of cancers are caused by HPV:

(Most damning of all, according to the CDC, recent studies show that about 60% oforopharyngeal cancers (cancers of the back of the throat, including the base of the tongue and tonsils) are linked to HPV.)

Let’s do some math

The numbers surrounding HPV-related cancers might make your head spin. If we take the above digits, knowing that we have the percentages of cancers that are affected by HPV and the amount of people diagnosed, we can find a starting sum to really analyze the impact HPV has on our population. Just looking at anal-related cancers, it’s easy to see how marginalized HPV truly is. The ASCRS, (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons,) only state in passing that HPV is related to anal cancer, although it’s been proven on and hundreds of studies that the connection is 90%. Smoking, is given its own bullet point, while HPV is simply just mentioned. However, the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation wasn’t afraid to cite more about the research regarding the link between the diseases.

Nearly 75% of sexually active people in the United States will have a genital HPV infection at some point in their lives.” (Source: Anal Cancer Foundation)

With 90% of anal and colo-rectal cancers being cited as HPV-related, and knowing that the SEER index cited the number of population affected by anal cancer was 1.7 out of 100,000 individuals, it’s easy to see that something is getting lost both in the funding and education of HPV and it’s corresponding effects.

Funding misinformation

With all this information, (and so much still left uncovered,) it’s alarming to know why so little funding is going to HPV and what minuscule amount is allotted towards vaccine development, is controversial in nature. So how much is going to HPV? I could not find ANY hard numbers to the direct funding sources for HPV, itself. Could it be because cancers deemed, “less sexy” and “less deserving” of the public’s money are silently less-funded than their non-sexual, and “blamed” counterparts? Because HPV is spread through genital contact, (among other ways,) many might feel uncomfortable giving to a disease that people, “chose,” especially given the lack of true information on many websites and pamphlets. Why do the words, “sexually active,” automatically blame those who contract a virus? Assuming most, (if not all,) of the population of the United States IS sexually active, (marriages and long-term relationships included,) the statistic which states, “75% of all sexually active people in the US will have had genital HPV infection,” should create a ripple effect, right? Or, so one would think. The main problem with HPV funding is the lack of true research on the disease, and the political machine Gardasil has become. HPV has become its own case of controversial warfare, where funding is withheld for political profit. Look no further than the debate on Planned Parenthood and HPV screening. Some politicians view Planned Parenthood as an abortion provider and nothing else. Whereas, the non-profit actually offers hpv screening and treatment to the often under-served populations and rural towns in the U.S. Instead of identifying cancer early, many without insurance go without tests or treatment, while non-profits are simultaneously attacked for helping, “promiscuous women.” Slut-shaming is a very real problem that today’s women face. As you can see, a trifecta is occuring between politics, funding and women’s health. If we don’t fund HPV research and cure methods soon, many more lives will be lost. The number is literally, incalculable.

Take a stand

You can take a stand by getting your yearly PAP smear. If your test comes back abnormal, please ask for an HPV test; the results may surprise you. Whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, you can keep most symptoms at bay by making healthy lifestyle choices: Yearly paps to diagnose, follow-up care, eating healthy foods and getting adequate rest. These are all things I speak about when discussing HPV. We are not anomalies and we can’t continue to believe that HPV and cancer happens to everyone else and not ourselves. Arm yourself with education about your risk and discuss fears with your physician. Most importantly, never be afraid to seek a second opinion. Our health is far too important to leave to the hands of someone who doesn’t know our bodies as we do.

You also have the ability to raise your voice on Twitter, Facebook and Social Media by reminding others about HPV and its devastating effects. Let your voice be heard by dialing, writing or speaking to those in political office in your area. Let your legislators know that women’s health is not simply a birth control or abortion issue, but one of human rights. While other cancers are funded at eyebrow-raising levels, (where’s the cure?) Most HPV-related cancers are hushed because of their connotation. Remember, 75% of us have HPV in our bodies at any one time, (current statistics from the CDC and NCCC state that number is as high as 85%.) HPV doesn’t “go away on its own,” it simply infects and then lays dormant. The virus never ultimately leaves your body once infected. This and many more reasons are why HPV funding is so important, now just for cervical cancer, but because this disease is affecting our population like no other.

Stressed Women More Prone To Cervical Cancer?

Stressed Women More Prone To Cervical Cancer?

(TeleManagement) Women who are unable to cope with daily stress may be more prone to develop cervical cancer as compared to their relaxed counterparts, researchers from the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia have suggested.
Cervical cancer is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted virus. The subtype HPV16 is known to play a vital role in the development of the cancer, which is one of the most common cancers in women of child-bearing age.

However most women are able to battle successfully against the HPV virus thus avoiding the development of cancer. The present study looked at reasons why some women who went on to develop cervical cancer were unable to defending themselves against HPV.

Some 78 women participated in this small study and answered questions on the amount of stress they had on a daily basis. Researchers also asked the women to reveal major stressful events like a divorce or death in the family. It must be mentioned that all 78 women had abnormal smear tests.

Thereafter the researchers calculated the ability of the women’s immune systems to battle HPV 16, which is the most common subtype linked to the development of cervical cancer. Around 28 women whose smear tests were normal were chosen as a control group.

The researchers said the immune response to HPV 16 was poorer among women who were stressed everyday as compared to relaxed ones. There was no link between major stressful events and immune response per se.

“Women who report feeling more stressed could be at greater risk of developing cervical cancer because their immune system can’t fight off one of the most common viruses that cause it,” researchers said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 6.2 million Americans become infected with genital HPV each year and that over half of all sexually active men and women become infected at some time in their lives. An estimated 20 million people are currently infected with HPV.

Use of Pap smears on a large scale has reduced the mortality from cervical cancer because of early detection.

However the above study finds that relaxed women may be able to better fight the HPV 16 virus responsible for cervical cancer. It is just one more reason to unwind!

Why Might Vegetarians Have Less HPV?

Cervical cancer is now considered a sexually transmitted disease. It was originally suspected as such, but now we have DNA fingerprinting proof that virtually all cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted virus, human papilloma virus, which also causes cancers of the penis, vagina, vulva and throat. HPV is considered a necessary, but not sufficient cause of cancer.

Most young women contract HPV, but most don’t get cervical cancer because their immune systems are able to clear out the virus. Within one year, 70 percent of women clear the infection, and more than 90 percent clear it within two years — before the virus can cause cancer.

Might those with particularly strong immune systems clear the virus even faster? That’s what may be behind a new study that found vegetarian women had significantly lower infection rates with HPV, one of many studies reporting lower risk of HPV infection among those eating plant-based diets.

If you take a bunch of women with cancer-causing strains of HPV infecting their cervix and follow them out and retest at three months and nine months while analyzing their diets, what do you find? Higher levels of vegetable consumption may cut the risk of HPV persistence in half, doubling one’s likelihood of clearing this potentially cancer-causing infection. And “higher” levels just meant about two or more servings a day. Antioxidants appear to suppress the activation of critical segments of the virus’ DNA. Maybe that’s why smearing green tea on genital warts—also caused by HPV—has been found so effective in clearing them.

In terms of preventing cervical cancer, phytonutrients like lutein (found in dark green leafy vegetables) and lycopene (the red pigment in tomatoes) may decrease viral load, thereby decreasing persistence and progression to disease. Bottom line: higher consumption of vegetables may decrease risk of HPV persistence, which may help explain why a 2013 study found vegan woman have significantly lower rates of all female cancers combined, including cancer of the cervix.

Vegetarians also appear to have lower rates of all cancers combined (see Vegetarians Versus Healthy Omnivores), but Adventist Health Study 2 is the first study of cancer rates among thousands of North American vegans. There are other reasons that help explain these results, from lower levels of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1 (The Answer to the Pritikin Puzzle), the foreign meat molecule Neu5Gc (How Tumors Use Meat to Grow: Xeno-Autoantibodies), and heterocyclines in cooked meat (Estrogenic Cooked Meat Carcinogens) to more of the good stuff (#1 Anticancer Vegetable and Which Fruit Fights Cancer Better?)

Other viruses may actually be found in the food. See, for example:

More on improving immune function with improved nutrition can be found in Boosting Immunity While Reducing Inflammation and Boosting Immunity Through Diet.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

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