Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Toronto Star vs the Vax-apologists

The Toronto Star recently published a report about the HPVvaccine Gardasil. The result was a firestorm from vax-apologists. The vax-apologists would like the story to disappear. There are reports of people cancelling their subscriptions to the Star.
Maybe the Star should reconsider the title of the story, and the point. Let's suppose the Star had printed a different story.  A different heading.  But the same facts, minus the vaccine references. The Star might have reported a story like this:
Young Girls Suffer and Die, But No-one Cares

Sixty girls and women in Canada have convulsed or developed disabling joint and muscle pain and other debilitating conditions, and no-one is investigating. In the cases discussed in this article, it is the opinion of a patient, or doctor that they know the cause. Official documents have been filed making that claim. But there are no investigations, no-one cares.
The girls, and their parents have nowhere to turn. Some of the girls have, after several years, made partial recoveries and are trying to live normal lives. Others are still bouncing from doctor to doctor, looking for answers.

These numbers are from voluntary reports, and it is likely that the true numbers are higher.
Although no cause has been clearly identified, and it appears that there are similar circumstances. Some risk factors have been identified, but no-one is analyzing the data. No one is investigating.

That's the true story. It's not (yet) a story about vaccines.  It's a story about irresponsible medical systems, that fail to investigate cases of illness and death that have a common theme.

If you read this story, what would you think? You might wonder: "if the parents, the girls, the women, or any of the doctors believe they know the cause, why didn't the Star have the guts to print what they said?"

Thousands of Canadians eat hamburgers, and pizza, with no ill effects.  But when someone is harmed, when someone gets seriously sick from eating hamburgers, or pizza, an investigation is warranted.  If we found that eating a particular company's hamburgers sometimes appeared to result in disability or death, would we look further? Or would we cover it over with a blanket, ignore those who are sick, and the families who lost members? Eating hamburger is safe.  Real safe.  But when it becomes dangerous, we investigate.
When someone's health is damaged, or a death occurs, after a vaccination, investigation stops.  And that's shameful. 

What's the difference? Maybe we understand how death and disability can occur from eating tainted hamburger.  Maybe we can test the hamburger to clearly identify the cause.  Maybe we can investigate and learn how to prevent this from happening again.

With vaccine injury claims, we don't understand. We don't know what to check.  And we're not trying to learn either. If we don't look for the cause, how can we expect to find it?  Is that scientific?  Frankly, no, it is not. It's hiding our heads in the sand, and hoping it doesn't strike our family next.

Who is investigating the health of these girls and women?  Certainly not the vax-apologists. Seriously, we have 60 girls and women who appear to be suffering from similar illnesses, possibly similar causes. Who is looking into this?  Who should be looking into this? Did any of the vax-apologists suggest that each case should be investigated? Not likely.  The only real course for the girls, women, and their parents is ?what? If it was a hamburger, or a pizza, they could take someone to court.  But if the cause is a vaccine. Nobody cares.  Actually, somebody cares - somebody doesn't want investigations.

Imagine you are a parent, or a girl, or a woman, going from doctor to doctor, without any answers.  What is this disease?  What is the cause? What's the treatment? Nothing. Nobody knows and nobody cares. Dead bodies don't matter. If they're not dead, it's not important. 

Don't print it.  That's the response the Toronto Star received.  For shame.

Vax-apologists like their mantras "there is no proof that..." and with regards to items in vaccine reporting systems "correlation is not causation..."

That message is simply wrong, simply backwards. The vaccine reporting systems collect "evidence" supported by medical professionals, and patients. There is "no proof that the evidence is wrong." Nobody checked. Saying "there is no proof that the evidence is right", is irresponsible nonsense. If you care, truly care, about proof: check.  If you care, really care, about these young girls, check until you know what happened.

In the situations reported by the Toronto Star, there is "no proof that the vaccine caused the injury", because no-one attempted to check. Proof starts with evidence, but it requires due diligence, not undue ignore-ance.

Medical Error: There is clear evidence of medical error. Anyone can read the vaccine package insert for Gardasil, and see that it clearly says:

"------------------------------CONTRAINDICATIONS------------------------------- • Hypersensitivity, including severe allergic reactions to yeast (a vaccine component), or after a previous dose of GARDASIL. (4, 11) ----------------"

Some of the people reported in the Toronto Star story had "Hypersensitivity, including severe allergic reaction to... or after a previous does of GARDASIL", but the second injection, and sometimes a third injection, proceeded anyway. Should we blame the vaccine?  The medical staff? The poorly written, message hidden in plain sight, in the 27 pages of vaccine packaging insert?

Unfortunately, for some of the subjects, the initial "hypersensativity" was so severe that no further doses were administered, but they have still not recovered completely, according to their testimony. 

Did the Toronto Star fail? Or did they simply do a poor job of reporting a very important set of events?

There are two more important things that the Toronto Star didn't say about Gardasil, and the vax-apologists don't mention either.

First: Effectiveness. Vaccine effectiveness differs from vaccine to vaccine.  According to current scientific research, the measles vaccine is very effective.  The influenza vaccine, in comparison is not very effective and is very ineffective for people over the age of 65 - one of the target populations.

How effective is Gardasil?  We have no idea.  We have no science.  We have scientific theories, but no scientific studies that measure the science of Gardasil.

Why don't we know how effective Gardasil is? Because Gardasil is a vaccine designed on the theory that reducing HPV infection will reduce cancers later in life. Gardasil is being administered to teenage boys and girls.  The cancers resulting from HPV infections typically occur 20 to 40 years later. The scientific results of today's Gardasil immunizations will be available for study in about 30 years - in 2145.

Everyone who takes a Gardasil vaccination, and anyone who does not take a vaccination is 'essential data' for research studies in the 2140's that attempt to understand the results of today's vaccinations. In order for those studies to make science based conclusions about Gardasil, we need people who take the vaccine, and people who do not take the vaccine. 

Second: Health.   This is a blog about health and healthicine. But no-one is studying the health effects of vaccines.  Many researchers study the illness effects of vaccines, but no one can answer these questions:

Do vaccines make you healthier? 
Do some vaccines make you healthier?
Do some vaccines make you less healthy?

No-one is studying these questions.  Health is bigger than illness, health is a super-set of illness, as healthicine is a super-set of medicine.  But there are no 'health experts' and no 'health studies' that do not focus solely on illness.

Something needs to change.  And changes don't happen as a result of denial and apologies. They happen as a result of investigation and understanding. Kudos to the Toronto Star for their investigation.  We need to encourage them to look further.

I am not anti-vaccine.   In the past year, I have had two vaccinations, and refused an offer of a third. I am pro-choice. This is, after all, a blog about health freedom.

to your health, tracy

Tracy is the author of two books about healthicine: