Cynthia A. Janak
May 20, 2012
Does the mainstream media slant the truth about the HPV vaccines? Part 3
By Cynthia A. Janak

Here is part three to this series. I hope you found the unbiased information in the first two interesting. At the end of this series I will give you further information about the other side of the story compared to what I have given you here. If you have not read the first two parts I would suggest that you do so you can get the full picture to this series. Thank you.

I have been referencing the article "Here Is How We Know Gardasil Has Not Killed 100 People, by Matthew Herper, Forbes Staff, 5/03/2012 @ 1:19PM." I have been doing this because of what I feel were omissions or errors the article presented. This is the next quote from that article.

"So to try to make use of this data, researchers compare the rates at which negative side effects are reported for different vaccines. The CDC and FDA did this for HPV vaccines in 2009, looking at the first 12,424 reports to VAERS and publishing the result in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (11)" What is of interest is that Mr. Herper is quoting information that is from June of 2006 through December of 2008. At this time the HPV vaccine was only available for a year and a half and I really do not feel that it can represent the present day figures and reports to the VAERS database. Reason being that many doctors had a problem with making the connection to the vaccine and considering that the vaccine was so new the uptake in my opinion was not at its peak.

Mr. Herper further leads his reader to believe that the information is from 2009. Using the date that the report was published (August, 2009) also could give the impression that it covers almost 2 years if not 2 and a half years of distribution of the HPV vaccine. This would have been what I consider a peak uptake year. I feel that this minimizes the reports that have been reported to VAERS and the people who were and are adversely affected. Here is a quote from the CDC. "A CDC-FDA report analyzing adverse events following human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine administration from June 2006 through December 2008 is now published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) August 19, 2009 issue, "Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine. ." (10)
  • The most common events reported were:

    • Syncope (or fainting) — common after needle injections, especially in pre-teens and teens

    • Local reactions at the site of immunization (pain and redness)

    • Dizziness

    • Nausea

    • Headache
I addressed these symptoms in my article titled "Anaphylaxis and HPV vaccines, what do they have in common?" April 6, 2012. (12)

"Now what is syncope? "Syncope is a medical term used to describe a temporary loss of consciousness due to the sudden decline of blood flow to the brain. Syncope is commonly called fainting or "passing out." If an individual is about to faint, he or she will feel dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous and their field of vision may "white out" or "black out." The skin may be cold and clammy. The person drops to the floor as he or she loses consciousness. After fainting, an individual may be unconscious for a minute or two, but will revive and slowly return to normal. Syncope can occur in otherwise healthy people and affects all age groups, but occurs more often in the elderly." (12)

If you look at the symptoms that I listed above you will also see that they mirror the symptoms of anaphylaxis. The reason that I connected anaphylaxis to the reactions from the HPV vaccine is because I suffered a moderate anaphylactic reaction to an over the counter pain medication and what I experienced was what the young adults were experiencing. My blood pressure dropped, vision abnormalities, tingling of the extremities, rash, numbness, nausea, weakness and difficulty breathing. I was given this diagnosis at my local hospital. So if I had these reactions which are the same or similar to the HPV reactions then why would it not be diagnosed as anaphylactic reaction to the HPV vaccine?

"Anaphylaxis is defined by a number of signs and symptoms, alone or in combination, which occur within minutes, or up to a few hours, after exposure to a provoking agent. It can be mild, moderate to severe, or severe. Most cases are mild but any anaphylaxis has the potential to become life-threatening." (12)

The reactions that I experienced were categorized as moderate so it is safe to assume that reactions to the HPV vaccine should be categorized in the same manner. I believe that the misdiagnosis is because of the fact that they are reactions to the vaccine and if diagnosed as such could be a direct connection. This could therefore make the vaccine the cause of anaphylaxis. That would not be good for the uptake of the HPV vaccine.

Now to go back to the article being reviewed, "The risks from the vaccine are very small and may be limited to headaches and fainting caused by the needle, not the vaccine itself. Gardasil has been studied in clinical trials of more than 30,000 people; Cervarix, the competitor vaccine, has run a similar gantlet."

The first sentence is appalling to me. Mr. Herper minimizes the young women who had syncope reactions from the HPV vaccine to having a case of the vapors or fainting from fear of a needle. If he would have communicated to a portion of the families that I have he would know that was not the case as they were all fully vaccinated with no prior history of fainting from fear of a needle.

Just one more item in this article and I find this to be most amusing. I also find these results weird and do not understand why Rick (Forbes commenter Rick Wobbe, a former pharmaceutical exec) would even entertain doing such a search of the VAERS database. This does not say much about the abilities of a pharma exec.

Then, Rick found something truly weird:

While combing through the VAERS database, I ran across something else that urges caution. I looked at the frequency of one of the adverse events reported for the HPV vaccines, cervical dysplasia, among the adverse events for 5 other vaccines administered to overlapping age groups. Here's what I found:

FLU Total AEs: 64075 Cervical dysplasias: 2

Hep B Total AEs: 50740 Cervical dysplasias: 0

Hep A Total AEs: 20371 Cervical dysplasias: 0

Rabies Total AEs: 3352 Cervical dysplasias: 0

Meningococcus Total AEs: 12036 Cervical dysplasias: 1


How does one respond to such idiocy? Why would you compare non-cervical cancer vaccines with cervical cancer vaccines? That is like comparing apples to artichokes. The other thing not mentioned is that the majority of cervical cancer happens in later years.

I took this from NHS Cervical Screening Programme based in the UK (United Kingdom). (13)

How many women die from cervical cancer?1

In 2008, 759 women died from cervical cancer in England.

Mortality rates generally increase with age with the highest number of deaths occurring in the 75-79 age group. Only about 7 per cent of cervical cancer deaths occur in women under 35.


One of the things that I found interesting is that the United States organizations say that HPV causes cervical cancer whereas, other organizations use different terminology.

"The strains of HPV associated with cervical cancer..." (14)

"The researchers found that the human papilloma virus was present in most of the various nuclei of the breast cancer cells." (15)


There are more but these are enough. I know that one is for breast cancer. What I was looking at is the terminology used.

I want to give you other facts about cervical cancer because I believe that being informed is the best form of prevention. I am going to use the information that has been provided by the CDC. I am not an advocate of the vaccines but I, in all fairness, will put that information also to some degree.

This table was taken from United States Cancer Statistics (USCS) 2003-2007 Top Ten Cancers. (16)


Cervical cancer is highly preventable in most Western countries because screening tests and a vaccine to prevent HPV infections are available. When cervical cancer is found early, it is highly treatable and associated with long survival and good quality of life. (17)

Who Gets Cervical Cancer?

All women are at risk for cervical cancer. It occurs most often in women over age 30. Each year, approximately 12,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer. HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex. At least half of sexually active people will have HPV at some point in their lives, but few women will get cervical cancer.

Are there tests that can prevent cervical cancer or find it early?

There are two tests that can either help prevent cervical cancer or find it early:

• The Pap test (or Pap smear) looks for precancers, cell changes, on the cervix that can be treated, so that cervical cancer is prevented. The Pap test also can find cervical cancer early, when treatment is most effective. The Pap test is recommended for all women.

    The Pap test only screens for cervical cancer. It does not screen for any other gynecologic cancer.
• The HPV test looks for HPV — the virus that can cause precancerous cell changes and cervical cancer. Talk with your doctor, nurse, or other health care professional about whether the HPV test is right for you.

What raises a woman's chance of getting cervical cancer?

Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV. You are more likely to get HPV if you started having sex at an early age, or if you or your partner has had sex with several others. However, any woman who has ever had sex is at risk for HPV.

There are many types of HPV. Usually HPV will go away on its own, but if it does not, it may cause cervical cancer over time.

In addition to having HPV, these things also can increase your risk of cervical cancer:

• Smoking.

• Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or another condition that makes it hard for your body to fight off health problems.

• Using birth control pills for a long time (five or more years).

• Having given birth to three or more children.


** Additional information that I have found is that disease, like viruses, have been associated with Glutathione synthetase (GSH) deficiency. If your immune system is at its peak the likelihood of disease and even cancer are greatly diminished. When a person reaches around the age of forty the body slowly decreases its production of the super anti-oxidant glutathione. Glutathione protects the cells of the body, regulates your hormones and enzymes, the functions of your heart, vascular system, lungs, mitochondria, etc.

The following quotes are taken from my article "Why do we get sick after vaccination or medication?" (18)

"In a previous study, we showed that decreased intracellular levels of the antioxidant glutathione (GSH) are associated with hyper responsiveness of SF T cells in RA [rheumatoid arthritis] (18). Interestingly, decreased GSH levels within T cells have been shown to be accompanied by diminished Ca2+ responses (29). " [1]

" Subjects with diagnoses of arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease (as assessed by physicians) had at least marginally significant lower glutathione levels than those who were disease free." "The general hypothesis of the research is that higher glutathione levels are associated with better overall health." [2]

Here is one where they were talking about hemolytic anemia. This was a flag to me because I had spoken with one mother of a Gardasil Girl and she asked me about anemia because her daughter was diagnosed with that after the vaccinations.

"Two different clinical syndromes are associated with glutathione synthetase deficiency, one presenting with helolytic anemia and 5-oxoprolinuria, the other with isolated hemolysis." [3]

"Glutathione deficiency contributes to oxidative stress, which plays a role in aging and the pathogenesis of many diseases (including kwashiorkor, seizure, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, HIV, AIDS, cancer, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes). New knowledge of the nutritional regulation of GSH metabolism is critical for the development of effective strategies to improve health and to treat these diseases. " [5]

"In addition to these findings there is also strong evidence of abnormalities of detoxification in ME/CFS. Glutathione, the body's most powerful antioxidant, is consistently found to be low (14, 15). Glutathione may become depleted due to chronic exposure to high levels of toxins. This could potentially be as a result of exposure to toxins in the air or from chemicals of gut origin in the presence of gut dysbiosis. Overactivation of the immune system also depletes glutathione so this may come as a knock on effect from immune system abnormalities.


This is what I have done to boost my glutathione levels to beat my rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Take whey protein daily.

  • Eat foods rich in antioxidants.

  • Avoid excessive levels of alcohol and sugar. For the most part I have replaced sugar which is an inflammatory with honey which is an anti-inflammatory.

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

  • Selenium
How to Avoiding Depleting Glutathione

Stress, inflammation, exercise and various things that cause oxidative stress are unavoidable ways that our body is depleted from Glutathione.

A second way is avoiding toxins. Toxins are combated with glutathione. So avoiding things like fluoride, Foods that cause inflammation, MSG, aspartame, exposure to heavy metals, including colloidal silver, and radiation. Since glutathione combats these, avoiding them can help the body to let the GSH do what it does best.

Pesticides on foods can be avoided by buying organic.

Toxic chemicals in our home that we expose ourselves to like those in shampoo can be avoided by going all natural.

Also avoid foods stored in or cooked in plastics.


I promote raising your glutathione levels and stay healthy.

Here is more about cervical cancer taken from the CDC.

How can I prevent cervical cancer?
  • See your doctor regularly for a Pap test that can find cervical precancers.

  • Follow up with your doctor, if your Pap test results are not normal.

  • Don't smoke.

  • Use condoms during sex. HPV infection can occur in both male and female genital areas that are covered or protected by a latex condom, as well as in areas that are not covered. While the effect of condoms in preventing HPV infection is unknown, condom use has been associated with a lower rate of cervical cancer. CDC Publication #99-9123, Revised May 2010

  • Limit your number of sexual partners
Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

Human papillomavirus (pap-ah-LO-mah-VYE-rus) (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted virus in the United States. At least 50% of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some time in their lives. http://www.cdc.gov/hpv


Go to the CDC website for more information about HPV. I hope that I have been able to provide enough information on both sides of the HPV vaccine issue for you to make an informed decision. I personally do not promote the HPV vaccines because of the report of 73.3% "New Medical Conditions" in the approval document presented to the FDA. I personally do not feel that 3 out of 4 receiving the vaccine may have a "New Medical Condition" proves the safety of the vaccine. On the contrary, that proves to me just how unsafe it is.

I do believe that if a woman goes to her doctor regularly to be tested cervical cancer cells can be discovered early and treated with little or no adverse reactions or progression to cervical cancer.

What I have presented here is not to diagnose. It is for information only. All I ask is that you do your own research. You need to decide whether the HPV vaccines are right for you and/or your children.

(1) http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthewherper/2012/05/03/here-is-how-we-know-gardasil-has-not-killed-100-people

(2) 12-5-2011, A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Marketing of Merck & Co.'s Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Gardasil®, Malika A. Redmond, Georgia State University, http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1028&context=wsi_theses

(3) Subject: Clinical Review of Biologics License Application Supplement for Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant (Gardasil®) to extend indication for prevention of vaginal and vulvar cancers related to HPV types 16 and 18. Dated September 11, 2008, http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/gardasil/gardasil091108.pdf

(4) Medalerts — http://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.php

(5) CDC — Centers for Disease Control — http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm6033.pdf

(6) April 6, 2012, Anaphylaxis and HPV vaccines, what do they have in common? http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/janak/120406

(7) December 4, 2008, Gardasil trials update — "New Medical Conditions," http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/janak/081204

(8) "Mandatory HPV Vaccination: An Ethical Analysis," Author: Luke Surry, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Class of 2011 Date: Fall 2007, http://icbbioethics.com/archives.php?entry=37

(9) Georgia State University, Digital Archive @ GSU, Women's Studies Theses Women's Studies Institute,12-5-2011,A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Marketing of,Merck & Co.'s Human Papillomavirus Vaccine,Gardasil®, http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1028&context=wsi_theses

(10) Summary of HPV Adverse Event Reports Published in JAMA, http://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/Vaccines/HPV/jama.html

(11) Postlicensure Safety Surveillance for Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Recombinant Vaccine, http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/302/7/750

(12) Anaphylaxis and HPV vaccines, what do they have in common? http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/janak/120406

(13) NHS Cervical Screening Programme http://www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk/cervical/cervical-cancer.html

(14) Patient.co.uk is one of the most trusted medical resources in the UK http://www.patient.co.uk/health/Cancer-of-the-Cervix.htm

(15) Australian Research: HPV Vaccination to Prevent Breast Cancer http://www.topcancernews.com/news/2226/australian-research-hpv-vaccination-to-prevent-breast-cancer.html

(16) United States Cancer Statistics (USCS), 2003-2007 Top Ten Cancers http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/uscs/toptencancers.aspx#text

(17) CDC http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/cervical/

(18) Why do we get sick after vaccination or medication? http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/janak/110815

Clinical Review — Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant — Gardasil, June 8, 2006 (PDF — 4.9MB)

Clinical Review — Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (Types 6, 11, 16, 18) Vaccine, Recombinant — Gardasil, September 11, 2008 (PDF — 2.5MB)

Extend indication for prevention of vaginal and vulvar cancers related to HPV types 16 and 18...

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