The HPV Vaccine – What Every Mother with a Daughter Should Know

I’d like to take the time to break this article down into my own words and add additional research but I am short on time and sleepy. Instead, I will copy the article directly which I think speaks for itself. This article is worth reading. It’s worth trying to understand and conceptualize the deception that goes into making people believe that certain vaccines are necessary and/or worth the risk. If I were to pick out the most ridiculous vaccine available on the market today I’d have to say that this one would be up there at the top. Please, please don’t give your daughter this vaccine without first researching the vaccine. Not only could your daughter be affected but your grandchildren.

This article came from Mercola HERE:

Once you educate yourself and know the facts about Gardasil, the truth about HPV, and the statistics of cervical cancer, it will become quite clear just how outrageously useless — and dangerous — this vaccine really is.

The FDA, in not-so-rare form, insists there’s no medical reason to be worried about the side effects of Gardasil. “We’re monitoring the safety of the HPV vaccine very carefully, and the only adverse event that causes some concern is fainting after the vaccine,” says Robert Ball, director of the FDA’s office of biostatistics and division of epidemiology.

He continues to say, “Higher rates of Guillain-Barré have been associated with the swine flu vaccine and possibly with the meningitis vaccine Menactra, but it is no more common in those who get Gardasil than in those who don’t.”

Alright. Let’s say you agree with the idea that the cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome are pure coincidence, despite the fact that they occur within days or weeks of vaccination.

But what about the deaths?

Infant deaths following Merck’s rotavirus are routinely disguised under the label SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). So what do we have when healthy teenagers drop dead for no reason? SAD — Sudden Adolescent Death? Will that be the next big thing? Will there be SAD campaigns, with physicians educating the public about proper sleeping positions until you’re well into your 20’s?

Let’s get real.

I recently read a comment online from one mother who said she’d do anything in her power to make sure her children were protected, and she couldn’t understand “the narrow-minded opinions” and “fear mongering” of Gardasil nay-sayers.

Would you rather your daughters died of cervical cancer?” she wrote.

Well, that’s just it, right there! As I will show you, the chances of your daughter dying of cervical cancer are already VERY LOW, and the possibility of Gardasil sparing them from cervical cancer is so RIDICULOUSLY LOW that no reasonable person could argue for the use of this HPV vaccine if they knew all the facts.

How Likely are You to Develop and Die From Cervical Cancer?

According to the CDC, cervical cancer used to be the leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States. However, in the past 40 years, the number of cervical cancer cases and the number of deaths thereof have decreased significantly. It is believed that this decline is the result of many women getting regular Pap tests, which can find cervical pre-cancer before it turns into cancer.

According to the U.S. Cancer Statistics: 2004 Incidence and Mortality report, 11,892 women in the U.S. were told that they had cervical cancer in 2004, and 3,850 women died from the disease. The American Cancer Society mirrors these statistics, estimating that about 3,870 women will die from cervical cancer in the U.S. in 2008.

Well. We’ve already lost 18 girls, some as young as 12, in the effort to spare them from the mere possibility of cervical cancer later in life. Others have developed debilitating and potentially life-threatening ailments within weeks of being vaccinated, and others still have had spontaneous abortions or given birth to babies with birth defects.

Also consider this: Cervical cancer usually develops in your late 20s to mid 30s. The protection period of Gardasil is estimated to be 5 years. That means, if you receive your first set of shots when you’re 10 years old, you’d need at least 2 to 4 additional booster shots to make it through your 30s. And THAT means you’ll have to expose yourself to the potential side effects of Gardasil over and over and over again.

But now to the real clincher, and I want you to read the following section as many times as you need to let this truly sink in…

U.S. statistics show there are 30 to 40 cervical cancer cases per year per one million women between the ages of 9 and 26, which is the age bracket that Gardasil targets (and was tested on).

According to Merck, Gardasil was shown to reduce pre-cancers by 12.2% to 16.5% in the general population. So, instead of ending up with 30 to 40 cases of cancer per million, per year, in that age bracket, the HPV vaccine can potentially bring it down to 26 to 35 cases of cervical cancer.

What that means is that you would have to vaccinate one million girls to prevent cervical cancer in 4 to 5 girls.

Further, about 37 percent of women who develop cervical cancer actually die from the disease, so vaccinating ONE MILLION girls would prevent 1 to 2 DEATHS per year, at the bargain-basement price of $360 million per year, plus potentially lifelong suffering for an untold number of women, which has no price tag.

Is this REASONABLE?

Understanding the HPV – Cancer Connection

There are more than 100 types of human papillomaviruses (HPVs). Of them, about 40 types of HPV affect your genitals or sex organs, and can cause genital warts, for example. 10-30 strains can lead to cervical cancer. The remainder can cause to skin infections and common warts on your hands and feet.

The CDC web site states that certain types of HPV can infect your cervix and lead to cervical cancer over many years. (This may be one of the reasons why cancer rates keep dropping, because there’s sufficient amount of time to treat any abnormalities if you’re getting regular Pap smears.)

It also says that in 90 percent of women infected, HPV clears up on its own within two years, at which point your cervical cells go back to normal. It is only when the HPV virus lingers for many years that these abnormal cells could turn into cancer.

Additionally, it’s important to know that the vast majority of abnormal Pap tests do NOT equate to cancer. Even abnormal Pap tests showing pre-cancerous cells of the CIN II grade clear by themselves without treatment 40 percent of the time.

And, current treatment of pre-cancers has limited the progression to actual cancer to only 1 percent. So, just like the polio vaccine, Merck’s HPV vaccine is coming out at a time when cervical cancer is already on a steady decline, and anyone who starts talking about how Gardasil has reduced cervical cancer rates in the next few years is likely talking absolute nonsense.

Informed Consent: Understand the Numerous Dangers of the HPV Vaccine

First of all, the Gardasil vaccine contains just four types of HPV out of the more than 100 strains. So if you contract one of the 96+ types that aren’t included, you’re out of luck. And, if you’ve already been exposed to one of the four types of virus in the vaccine, it doesn’t work against those either.

This means that even if you accept the risks and get vaccinated, your chances of getting some form of HPV are still very high. Whether or not the HPV virus will lead to genital warts or cervical cancer, however, depends in large part on the state of your immune system.

Gardasil, on the other hand, can damage your immune system, and can potentially lead to death. The main causes of death include blood clots, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, and “sudden death” due to “unknown causes” shortly after receiving the vaccine. Again, 11 of the reported deaths occurred within 2 weeks of vaccination, and 7 within 2 days, so whatever the mechanism that induces death, it’s quick and efficient.

Other side effects include:

  • Miscarriages and spontaneous abortion
  • Genital wart outbreak, even in patients who had tested negative for HPV and genital warts prior to vaccination
  • Facial warts and warts on hands and feet
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Grand mal seizures
  • Coma
  • Paralysis

Says Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, “Given all the questions about Gardasil, the best public health policy would be to reevaluate its safety and to prohibit its distribution to minors. In the least, governments should rethink any efforts to mandate or promote this vaccine for children.”

It’s also important to know that Merck has NOT evaluated Gardasil’s potential carcinogenity or genotoxicity.

There is currently no way of knowing how the HPV vaccine affects fertility, birth defects, cancer, if it can pass through breast milk, or if it can alter your genes or the genes of your future children (genotoxicity).

However, five subjects who got the vaccine around the time of conception had babies with birth defects, whereas no birth defects occurred among the subjects who received a placebo. Likewise, earlier last year when there were “only” 1,637 adverse reports, 18 of 42 women who had received the vaccine while pregnant experienced side effects ranging from spontaneous abortion to fetal abnormalities.

Also remember that you cannot sue Merck if your child dies after receiving the vaccine.

Drug companies have cleverly manipulated the government so that they are immune from prosecution. Instead they’ve made the U.S. taxpayers foot the bill for the hundreds of millions of dollars that are paid out to families of children who are harmed or killed every year from vaccines.

And even though it is nearly impossible to get one of these payments, more than $1.5 billion has been paid out to affected families already. So ponder on these stats if you haven’t already taken a firm position on the vaccine issue.

Good Example of How to Fake a Safety Study

In yet another less-than-ethical twist, Merck was permitted to use an aluminum-containing placebo instead of a standard saline placebo. Since Gardasil contains 225 mcg of aluminum, using an aluminum-containing placebo may paint an entirely inaccurate picture of its level of safety, since you’re apt to get similar, detrimental side effects in the placebo group.

In fact, about 60 percent of those who received either Gardasil or the aluminum placebo had systemic adverse events including:

  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea,
  • Myalgia (muscle pain)

Gardasil recipients had more serious adverse events such as gastroenteritis, appendicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease, asthma, bronchospasm and arthritis.

You should also know that aside from being injected with four types of HPV proteins, girls and women who receive this vaccine also receive the following adjuvants:

1. Aluminum adjuvants, which have been linked to neurological damage including multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease

2. Polysorbate 80, which has been linked to infertility in mice.

3. Sodium borate, a main ingredient in roach killer.

How To Reduce Your Risk of Cervical Cancer to Virtually Zero

The following have been shown to be associated with increased risk of cervical cancer:

  • Nutritional deficiencies, especially vitamin A and folate
  • Mineral deficiency (zinc, selenium, calcium and iron)
  • Smoking
  • Birth control use
  • Douching

It is believed that smoking has more to do with the progression of an HPV infection to cervical cancer than any other single factor, as smokers with HPV go on to develop cervical cancer much more frequently than infected non-smokers.

Cervical cancer is also well documented to be caused by an infection acquired through sexual contact. So in addition to avoiding smoking and eating a nutritious diet, it is behaviorally avoidable.

According to a New England Journal of Medicine study, the use of condoms reduces the incidence of HPV by 70 percent, offering FAR better protection than Gardasil’s protection rate of 12.2 to 16.5 percent.

As I’ve already mentioned, in 90 percent of all cases, your immune system is strong enough to clear up an HPV infection without ANY treatment. So maintaining a strong immune system is vital to beat HPV as well as any other infection or disease.
Related Articles:

The HPV Vaccine: Preventive Care or Human Sacrifice?

Gardasil — New Video Reveals Hidden Dangers

Why Use Vaccine for HPV When Green Tea Works?

Playyard (playpen) Recall

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A large recall is being issued for playyards made by Kolcraft due to posing a strangulation hazard. The buckle for the changing station poses a strangulation hazard for a child playing in the playpen if the changing table is left in place. A 10 month old child has died because of this. The Contours 3 in 1 also poses a suffocation hazard. Playpens were made in China. Recall found here.

Mothering Challenge #241

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We were on our way to the grocery store to buy some much needed groceries when I was presented with Mothering Challenge #241. I believe we’ve all had this one. We were halfway to the grocery store when I noticed my little one was awfully quiet. Too quiet. Oh no! I pull the car over and peek behind me. Just as I suspected, she’s asleep.

An invisible slip of paper is before me and I quickly overview the challenge: sleeping toddler vs need groceries. I begin my calculations of statistics and probability. Statistically speaking my daughter is a crab if I wake her up and probably she will scream her head off in the grocery store. Hmm. Going grocery shopping doesn’t sound too appealing right now. Let’s keep evaluating. Statistically when my daughter falls asleep after five pm it is no good for me because she will probably be up until midnight. Hmm. Letting her sleep doesn’t sound too good either. Unfortunately, there are countless variables that I must consider before arriving at my decision: need food., a needy tired husband, tired mom, shopping carts don’t push themselves, toddlers don’t come with mute buttons, illegal to leave sleeping child in car, that was an enormous waste of gas and effort to put shoes on.

I enter all of this into my mothering challenge databank. My head hurts. I look again. Still asleep. Oh, look how sweet…but not if she wakes up. Another invisible piece of paper floats before my eyes. I open it. Procrastinate.

Aha. Mothering Challenge #241 is solved with Mothering Solution #1. And you thought mothering was hard.

The Big Trade

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Today was a very big day in our household. It was the day of the Big Trade. I had decided that it was high time that Camden got rid of her last pacifier. We’ve gotten rid of pacifiers many times in this house. Many times. Yet somehow, like magical dust bunnies, they turn up again and again.

Camden has always adjusted really well when we’ve gotten rid of them but she found a pacifier again about 2 months ago and she took to it with a lot of gusto. A bit too much gusto. The whole talking with it in the mouth gusto. Not cool.

I let her keep it around until after our camping trip because I figured out that it comes in really handy for keeping her happy (and quiet) on long car trips. Well the trip is said and done and the more time goes by the more inappropriate it seems for her to have one.

I decided she could make a trade. She would get rid of the pacifier and in turn she could pick out a big girl toy from Toys R Us, a toy of her choosing. So we drove to Toys R Us today and she sucked away at it one more time. When we got to the parking lot she very bravely and happily tossed it into the garbage can. Whew. That was easy.

She picked out a Lots to Love Baby that included an interactive bath tub. She loves it. Baby accompanied us to Costco after her purchase and then came home for a few baths.

We did have an incident on the way home where Camden pinched her finger in the buckle of the baby’s car seat. She wailed from her car seat and requested her pacifier.

“We don’t have it anymore” I reminded her.

“Oh no!” She said “I threw it in the garbage can!”

“Yes, you traded it for your new baby Remember?”

“Yeah. I have a new baby and she takes baths!”

“Can we get a new pacifier?” she asks through tears.

“No. Do you know any other little girls with pacifiers?” I ask hoping to show her she will manage just fine without one.

She thinks. “Nope.” She says finally. And we leave it at that.

Good-bye pacifier!

Disclaimer: I am very aware that pacifiers are not a very AP thing to have around. I am a big pro breastfeeder and infact am still nursing my daughter. But we found our pacifier to be very necessary when she was a baby. Just wanted to throw out there that I do not support pacifier use when it is used to replace attention, suckling or comfort that the child should be getting somewhere else.

Bathing in a Rainbow

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My daughter woke up from her nap and walked over proudly displaying a lifted shirt. “Look at my spots!” she declared. I ignored her at first. She had said something about her spots the night before and I hadn’t seen anything. Then I looked again and saw little red spots all over her torso. My heart panicked. I pulled her close to inspect her. She had raised red spots all over. Chicken Pox? No, definitely not. Rash? Doesn’t look like it. Hives? I think so. My heart is doing loopdey loops while I do a mental check of what she’s eaten the last several hours. You see, my daughter has a fatal peanut allergy that we carry an Epi Pen for and I was really hoping it wasn’t going to be needed. I removed her clothing and checked out the location of the hives. Stomach, back, thighs, butt. Hmmm? I snap some pictures. I’ve learned that if I need to take her in, the medical world really likes pictures. It helps to confirm you’re not crazy (well, maybe not – but my doctor’s enjoy using them to collaborate allergies).

The mom I babysit for suggests that maybe its location would be indicative of a reaction to laundry detergent. Hmm? I consider it. Perhaps. We did use a new laundry detergent a week and a half ago, while camping. I ponder on that one for awhile and then conclude that’s not it. We used it once and she hasn’t worn any of the laundry in the recent past. I consider a bubble bath she had the night before. Would a bubble bath irritate her skin that much? It was her first one.

My daughter is itching like crazy. Scratch. Scratch. Scratch. I call my really knowledgeable mama friend that knows everything about natural remedies and herbs. Not home. I bound to the computer to pop off an email to my AP support group and then I wait. Yes, they confirm it looks like hives.

Scratch. Scratch. Scratch. I need to do something about this scratching. I look at her again looking for any signs of swelling, difficulty breathing, anything. She’s fine, just scratching. I rummage through the cupboard. We’ve got nothing topical. I conceed and decide I will give her some Benadryl. I was hoping for something more natural. At least it is dye free. Dye free. Wait a minute.

The wheels start to spin. I had grabbed the bubble bath out of my cupboard because Camden didn’t have any. It was pink. Oh man! I didn’t even think about it! The soap had been a gift years ago so I had never bothered to check the label, never even thought about what might be in it while I poured about 4 TBSP in her bath. I was used to reading the labels of food, not bath products. I went to get the bottle knowing what I would find.

There it was: Blue 1, Green 3, Red 4, Red 33, Yellow 5, Yellow 6

Ugh. Well, at least I had confirmed I wasn’t crazy about my daughter reacting behaviorally to consuming artificial dyes. If she got hives all over her body from soaking in them then certainly it isn’t unreasonable to assume she will have a very negative emotional reaction to eating them. What I found strange is that the bath was given the day before.

I ask my trusty AP group if a reaction can be that delayed. They think so. I google hives. Yep, delayed reactions. Well, I guess that makes sense. My daughter has delayed reactions when she eats dye too.

So there you have it. Conclusion? Don’t bathe your children in a rainbow either.

Don’t Worry, I’ve Been There

People are basically good. I believe that and have always believed that but I think sometimes my eyes cloud over because of the focus that society has on what sells. Violence sells. Drama sells. Simple and good don’t really sell. Because usually simple and good are free. They are the everyday things all around us. They are what we let become the mundane.

Just today a young boy opened the door for Camden and I. Just today countless busy adults held conversations with my chatty two year old. Just today while in a very small public restroom a lady knowinlgy smiled at us even though we were taking too long and our diaper bag was in her way. I apologized to her and she said “Don’t worry, I’ve been there.”

I want to add this phrase to my daily repertoire. “Don’t worry, I’ve been there.” I think that phrase could heal so many of our relationships and perhaps even our country.

Instead of snubbing our nose at the mother with a tantruming obnoxious child, the father applying for food stamps, the driver on the phone completely oblivious to your presence behind them, the rude waiter, the late spouse, the ignorant frient why not smile and say “Don’t worry, I’ve been there.”

Perhaps you haven’t been in their exact shoes but you’ve been close. We’ve all felt that we were in the middle of a situation we couldn’t control, we’ve all had to humble ourselves to admit we can’t do it alone, we’ve all indulged our own preoccupations at the expense of others, we’ve all had a bad day and not been aware of its far reaching effects, we’ve all been late, we’ve all learned something new.

We’ve all been there. And despite what society keeps trying to get me to believe I choose to believe that people are basically good.

Cloth is Back – Cloth Diapering in Today’s World

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If you haven’t heard…cloth diapers are back! This time they are simple to use and super cute! They put less waste in our landfills and one of the best perks…they save you money! In fact, saving money was the original reason I looked into cloth diapers. That and the fact that my daughter had started to develop a persistent rash.

Even though we are past the days of diapers in our house now I actually miss it. Insert shock and gasps here. No really, I do. I look back at the pictures of our diaper stash’s (the cool lingo cloth diapering moms use to describe the diapers they own) and wish that I could still be putting those cute things on her bum. But alas my daughter potty trained at 27 months and has moved on to “panties”.

Cloth diapering has become something that is important to me though so I feel the need to take the time and share our story and our transition into cloth diapers.

When my daughter was 12 months old she started getting a light but persistent rash on her tush. It was concerning to me because she never had rashes as an infant. I had glimpsed threads about cloth diapering from an online email chat board but would toss those discussions quickly into the trash can. Cloth diapers? That’s nasty! Because let’s face it, only the really hard core hippie’s use cloth diapers and I’m content with my Luv’s thank you very much. So, I’m perusing my email once again and decide to hit the email group up with a question about my daughter’s persistent rash that I can’t seem to get rid of. Emails fly in left and right. Diaper rash ointment this and diaper rash ointment that and then BAM – “it’s the diapers!” lamented one mom. Then another one piped in, yes it’s the diapers, she agreed. And then another, and then another.

I’ve learned this about email chat groups – the fringy moms gain power with numbers and they have this amazing ability to unite. Anyway, back to story. So, by this time I’m getting a little annoyed. Diapers? Why would the diapers cause a rash? So then they start tossing around the links. Gotta love links (stay tuned for some of my own). I finally concede and start to read the links. Hmmmm. Maybe there is something to this. And wow, cloth diapers are cheaper, that’s cool. Whoa, no pins or anything. They make cloth diapers that snap and some that have velcro, who knew? Whoa! Look at the cute diapers. I looked at the links a little bit every day. I started asking about moms who switched to cloth diapers. By this time my baby was 13 months old. Was it still worth it to switch to cloth? (Her little rash was still there by the way) The United Moms for Cloth Diapering America (kidding, but that would be a cool group) assured me that it was still worth it.

So, I took the plunge and then some. I became so convinced about cloth diapering that I joined Natural Family Boutique; my first home based business, and purchased my first set of Happy Heiny Diapers through my consultant account. I bought two diapers because I didn’t want to go crazy before trying them out.So we get the diapers in the mail and I am stoked! Wow, these are super soft! I put them on Camden and she loves them. She parades around the house adoring her new diaper. I love them so much that I drive 45 minutes away and buy two more cloth diapers – this time Fuzzi Bunz from a boutique shop. I wash diapers like a mad woman trying to rotate through my stock of four diapers because now I can’t bear to put paper diapers on my daughter. We were pretty broke though so I discovered http://www.diaperswappers.com/ and bought 10 Fuzzi Bunz diapers off of there.

It took awhile to get used to washing the diapers. I was doing a load of diapers every other day but it wasn’t too bad. I didn’t mind the washing. I just put our used diapers in a small garbage can with a lid until it was time to wash. And no, handling the poop was not a big deal. I simply shook off what I could into the toilet and then put the diaper into the garbage can until it was time for washing. No rinsing, no swishing, nothing like that. Then on wash day I would shake the inserts out of the diapers, do a pre-rinse and then do a hot/cold wash with detergent. Usually I followed with a 2nd rinse just to make sure all the soap came out. We tried lots of different soaps and in the end I highly recommend Allens Naturally.

We tried out a few different pocket brands through our cloth diaper career but mostly stuck with our favorites: Happy Heiny’s & Fuzzi Bunz. Happy Heiny’s have a pocket insert and use velcro to keep the diaper shut. Fuzzi Bunz also have a pocket insert but use snaps to keep the diaper shut. Both are cute and work well. We liked bumGenius as well but found that the quality of the diaper didn’t hold up very well. Hopefully that will change as they continue to make improvements.

Eventually I liked cloth diapers so much I decided to start my own business that focused on selling cloth diapers and other alternative baby items. I named my business The Happy Hippo and unfortunately I am still working on getting this business up and off the ground. (But for anyone interested in Fuzzi Bunz or Happy Heiny’s please contact me. I do conduct private sales on these items.

The first thing I noticed after beginning cloth diapers was that my daughter’s diaper rash went away. Voila! Poof! Gone! It was pretty amazing. It was worth the extra padding on her bum. Which by the way, I found very endearing. You also learn how to spot a cloth diapered baby from a mile away.

The second thing I noticed is that Camden started to take notice of when she was going to the bathroom. She started to tell me when she needed a diaper change. Using cloth diapers made transitioning to potty training a breeze.

Going places with cloth diapers wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I simply carried plastic grocery bags in her diaper bag and put the dirty diapers in the bag until we got home. Some invest in a wet bag.

I do confess that when we traveled for the weekend to stay with family that we simply used disposable diapers. With our next child I intend to be braver and to use either G-Diapers or to simply use cloth. But then again by the time we have our next child perhaps there will be even better cloth diapers out there on the market.

So, really cloth diapers are back and there is nothing wrong with using them. And if you need some good reasons to switch all you have to do is Google “cloth diapers” or ask a question about diaper rashes to an email group. ;-)