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Vioxx maker Merck and Co drew up doctor Hit List

Article from:  The Australian

AN international drug company made a hit list of doctors who had to be “neutralised” or discredited because they criticised the anti-arthritis drug the pharmaceutical giant produced.

Staff at US company Merck &Co emailed each other about the list of doctors – mainly researchers and academics – who had been negative about the drug Vioxx or Merck and a recommended course of action.

The email, which came out in the Federal Court in Melbourne yesterday as part of a class action against the drug company, included the words “neutralise”, “neutralised” or “discredit” against some of the doctors’ names.

For the rest of the article, go here.

Evidence of Censorship Related to Gardasil Vaccine’s Adverse Reactions?

Please note that since posting this on the 27th of March, the “warning” page that made it difficult to access the Judicial Watch reports, was removed. When I checked on the 30th of March, it had been taken off.  There are further details about what occurred here in this thread at the Prisonplanet.com Forum, including a pasted copy of one of the “warning” pages.

27th of March 2009

Have a look at the Google link to the Judicial Watch website where a pdf file of evidence regarding the Gardasil vaccine is posted on their website.   In late-February 2009 if you did a Google search using the terms  “Judicial Watch Gardasil” this document that cited evidence of adverse reactions to the vaccine was readily accessible, which is why I cited it as a reference to this article about the NZ Immunisation Advisory Center’s censorship of information regarding the adverse reactions to Gardasil. Now however, if you Google “Judicial Watch Gardasil,”  you will find that the information is effectively censored.  You will see this:

Judicial Watch Investigates Side-Effects of HPV Vaccine | Judicial …
This site may harm your computer.
Judicial Watch has posted links to the adverse event reports below and continues to monitor VAERS reports submitted to the FDA in relation to Gardasil. …
www.judicialwatch.org/gardasil – Similar pages

Then when you click on the link you get a Google notice stating that the site may harm your computer.

Try it for yourselves and see what happens.

You can still get to the file by linking to it here: http://www.judicialwatch.org/documents/2008/JWReportFDAhpvVaccineRecords.pdf

then click on Ignore this warning in the bottom right-hand corner of the red panel.

Thankfully, articles that summarized the Judicial Watch report are still readily accessible to anyone who is easily dissuaded by Google notices warning of “damage”.  For example:

Controversial HPV Vaccine Causing One Death Per Month: FDA Report http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/jul/08070316.html

Related:

Hear a whistleblower who worked for Merck talking about the HPV vaccine in an interview with Alex Jones.

Letter to Dr Nikki Turner Regarding IMAC Whitewashing Gardasil’s Serious Adverse Reactions

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The First Six Pages of the Judicial Watch Special Report Examining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records

Judicial Watch, the US-based public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, obtained information about Gardasil from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.    The first 6 pages of  the  Judicial Watch Special Report Gardasil VaccineExamining the FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records are posted below.

At the end of page 4 and on page 5 is evidence which shows that the HPV vaccine has led to outbreaks in warts in some people, which was denied as occurring by Dr Nikki Turner of the NZ Immunization Advisory Center.

Furthermore, at the end of page 5 and at the top of page 6 is mention that Gardasil was found to enhance disease in  recipients who already had “relevant HPV types” by 44.6 percent.   In spite of this Helen Petousis-Harris of the NZ Immunisation Advisory Center stated in a letter to The Whangarei Report: “There is no evidence that Gardasil increases the risk of precancerous lesions.” It states on the Gardasil insert in section 14: “Infected women may already have CIN 2/3 or AIS at vaccination onset and some will develop CIN 2/3 or AIS during followup, either related to a vaccine…”

Judicial Watch findings are summarized in an article entitled Controversial HPV Vaccine Causing One Death Per Month: FDA Report by Peter J Smith and the Judicial Watch document cited is in full here. On the 27th of March, when one clicked on this link,  a web page appeared which dissuaded people from accessing this information, by claiming the site could damage your computer, which is why I posted these 6 pages on this website.  However, since writing this post, the warning page has been removed. If it is up again when you look and you are willing to take a risk, click on “Ignore this warning” at the bottom right-hand-side of the red panel.  I did repeatedly and nothing adverse appears to have occurred to my computer.

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A Judicial Watch Special Report
Examining the FDA’s
HPV Vaccine Records

Detailing the Approval Process, Side-Effects, Safety Concerns and Marketing Practices of a Large-Scale Public Health Experiment

June 30, 2008

Judicial Watch, Inc.  501 School Street, SW  Suite 500 Washington, DC 20024
Tel: 202-646-5172  Fax: 202-646-5199  www.JudicialWatch.org
Judicial Watch Special Report: Examining The FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records

Page 1 of 24
Introduction

This Judicial Watch Special Report is an analysis of records obtained from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a recent vaccine called Gardasil.
Gardasil helps protect against four types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine was approved in May 2006 and was created and marketed by Merck & Company Incorporated.
The records include Merck’s patent and drug information submitted to the FDA, transcripts and briefing material from approval meetings, and reports documenting health, safety, and efficacy test results, as well as Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) documents detailing 8,864 cases of adverse effects experienced by people after receiving the Gardasil vaccine. VAERS reports show that at least eighteen people have died after receiving Gardasil.1  Many health officials believe that adverse reactions to medications are widely underreported, therefore the actual number of adverse events occurring after vaccination with Gardasil is likely to be higher.
Judicial Watch obtained these records under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552. The request, asking for documents concerning Gardasil, was originally submitted to the FDA on May 9, 2007. The FDA produced documents on May 15, 2007; September 13, 2007; February 27, 2008, and June 10, 2008.

Judicial Watch uncovered thousands of pages of material pertaining to Gardasil, which is designed to prevent cervical cancer. The controversial vaccine was fast-tracked for approval by the FDA despite concerns about Gardasil’s safety and long-term effects. The vaccine is still in the testing stages (final report due September 30, 2009), but it is already being administered to thousands of young girls and women.2  Mandatory vaccination has been opposed by the American College of Pediatrics and The New England Journal of Medicine. Legislators in 41 states and Washington, DC have introduced legislation to require, fund or educate the public about the HPV vaccine and 17 states have enacted legislation. Michigan, Texas and Virginia took steps toward mandatory vaccination for sixth grade girls; however, all three states have postponed that required mandate. 3

Judicial Watch is concerned by the facts detailed in the FDA’s adverse event
reporting associated with Gardasil. Merck has waged an aggressive lobbying campaign with state governments to mandate this HPV vaccine for young girls. 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.
Thomas Fitton
President
Christopher J. Farrell Tegan N. Millspaw
Director of Investigations & Research Lead Researcher & Principal Author
Judicial Watch Special Report: Examining The FDA’s HPV Vaccine Records

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Executive Summary
In May 2007, Judicial Watch submitted a request to the FDA under the Freedom of Information Act for all records concerning Merck’s new anti-HPV vaccine, Gardasil.
After Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit in October 2007 to compel record production, the FDA finally released four sets of documents, the last in June 2008. These records detail the development and expedited approval of Gardasil. The documents include patent and licensing memoranda, test reports for the vaccine, and the final briefing document on Gardasil submitted to the FDA in April 2006, one month before the vaccine was
approved. The FDA also produced 8,864 VAERS reports. Judicial Watch uncovered a transcript of Merck’s May 18, 2006, meeting with the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC), at which the vaccine received a unanimous vote of approval.
Analysis of the records shows:
• Gardasil is a prophylactic, preventative vaccine and will not treat pre-existing HPV infection. It is not a cancer vaccine or cure.
• Gardasil is marketed as a vaccine that prevents cancer, but it “ . . . has not
been evaluated for the potential to cause carcinogenicity or genotoxicity.”
• Gardasil is not 100% effective against all HPVs. It is designed to protect
against only four strains of HPV, even though there are over thirty strains
including at least fifteen that can cause cancer.
• While Gardasil is the most expensive vaccine ever to be recommended by the FDA, its long-term effectiveness is unknown and could be as brief as only two to three years.
• During testing, an aluminium-containing placebo was used. Aluminium can cause permanent cell damage and is a reactive placebo, unlike most standard saline placebos. This means that tests of Gardasil may not have given an accurate picture of safety levels.
• Although some states are considering making it mandatory for young girls to get the Gardasil vaccine, it has only been tested with one other vaccine
commonly given to children. There are ten commonly administered
adolescent vaccines.
• Gardasil is still in the testing stages, and will not be fully evaluated for safety until September 2009.  VAERS reports show that as many as eighteen people have died after receiving Gardasil.
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Researchers Suggest Insufficient Evidence of Efficacy of HPV Vaccine

David Gutierrez
Natural NewsGardasil Vaccine
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

There is not enough evidence to confidently state that two popular vaccines against the human papillomavirus (HPV) will reliably prevent against the development of cervical cancer, according to two articles published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“Despite great expectations and promising results of clinical trials, we still lack sufficient evidence of an effective vaccine against cervical cancer,” wrote Charlotte J. Haug, editor of The Journal of the Norwegian Medical Association, in the first article. “With so many essential questions still unanswered, there is good reason to be cautious.”

Haug noted that Merck’s Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKlein’s Cervarix have only been studied clinically for six and a half years at the most, and have only been on the market since 2006. This means that researchers still do not know if the vaccines are effective against HPV over the long term, or what cancer-related side effects they might have. For example, protecting the body from infection with certain HPV strains might have unforeseen immunological side effects, reducing the body’s resistance to other varieties.

Due to the newness of both vaccines, it is also not yet been possible to see whether they actually reduce cervical cancer rates. Normally, it takes years of HPV infection before cancer can develop – more time than either drug has been studied.

In the second article, a pair of Harvard researchers noted that HPV vaccination is not necessarily a cost-effective way to protect against cervical cancer. Current screening methods such as Pap smears have been very effective in reducing the death rate of cervical cancer already, but such tests must continue even after receiving an HPV vaccine. Even at their best, the vaccines do not protect against all cervical cancer strains that can cause cancer; a woman who has already been exposed to one of the strains in the vaccine will get no benefit from it.

“I believe the vaccine is a great advance,” said Philip Davies of the European Cervical Cancer Association, “but we have to implement it properly to get the benefits, and that hasn’t happened.”

Flashback: Merck’s Coverup of High Levels of Mercury in Vaccines Sends Them Into the Spotlight Again

Mercola.com February 23 2005 Mercury Vaccine

A memo from Merck & Co. showed that, nearly a decade before the first public disclosure, senior executives were concerned that infants were getting an elevated dose of mercury in vaccinations containing a widely used sterilizing agent.

Around the same time this memo was being prepared, U.S. authorities were also aggressively pursuing the expansion of their vaccination schedule to include an additional five shots for children in their first six months. The danger that these shots pose lies in its deadly ingredient: thimerosal, an antibacterial compound that is composed of nearly 50 percent ethyl mercury, a neurotoxin.

What the Memo Said

The memo, which was written back in 1991, disclosed that 6-month-old children who received their shots on schedule would be receiving a mercury dose nearly 87 times higher than guidelines for the maximum daily consumption of mercury from fish. In addition, it included the following recommendation: whenever possible, particularly among use in infants and young children, vaccines with mercury should be eliminated.

The memo also stated that unlike regulators in Sweden and some other countries, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not share the same concern regarding thimerosal.

Merck Tries to Keep its Head Above Vioxx Lawsuits and Vaccine Claims

The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has received over 4,200 vaccine-related complaints by parents reporting their children experienced side effects such as autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders from the mercury in vaccines.

Meanwhile, Merck has been faced with fighting off legal battles over Vioxx, the popular painkiller that has caused hundreds of lawsuits after being linked to cardiac problems and Merck covering up the risks.

Undisclosed company documents show that the drug maker was in the process of beginning a major cardiovascular study of the drug in 2002, and suddenly dropped the project just before it was set to start. The trial was scheduled to produce data by March 2004 but may have provided answers about Vioxx’s risks even earlier if patients had shown ill effects.

It was not until September 2004 that Merck put a stop to a separate study when patients in that trial experienced heart attacks and strokes at twice the rate of those receiving a placebo. At the same time, Merck withdrew Vioxx from the market.

Small Steps Made to Address the Mercury in Vaccines

In recent years thimerosal had been taken out of pediatric vaccines in what health officials described as a precautionary measure but it still remains in most doses of the flu vaccine.

Also, government officials like Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger became proactive in the vaccine dilemma in September when he signed legislation that banned vaccines containing more than traces of thimerosal from being given to both babies and pregnant woman.

Related:

Merck Canceled an Early Study of Vioxx

Interview with a whistleblower who worked for Big Pharma

Gardasil — Video Reveals Hidden Dangers

The dangers surrounding Merck’s cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil continue to be revealed. In this video, hear one parent’s heartbreaking story of her 14-year-old daughter’s serious side effects to Gardasil, which are now threatening her physical and mental health.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2007/09/27/gardasil-new-video-reveals-hidden-dangers.aspx

Why Use Vaccine for HPV When Green Tea Works?

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/06/24/why-use-vaccine-for-hpv-when-green-tea-works.aspx?source=nl

HPV vaccine, Gardasil, Merck, green tea, catechins, polyphenols, genital warts, HPV infection, HPV virus, warts A botanical ointment containing a green tea extract called sinecatechins is an effective treatment for external genital and anal warts, according to the results of a controlled study.

Genital and anal warts are caused by human papillomavirus (HPV), and there has been a lack of effective, well tolerated treatments.

Researchers assigned over 500 adults with 30 warts to either sinecatechins ointment or a placebo. In the sinecatechins groups, warts cleared completely in roughly 57 percent of patients, compared to just 34 percent of subjects in the control group.

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Dr. Mercola Dr. Mercola’s Comments:
There are more than 100 types of human papillomaviruses (HPVs). Of them, only 10-30 can cause cervical cancer. The rest can lead to skin infections that cause genital warts or common warts on your hands and feet.

Although these are very common viruses, and an estimated 25 million Americans have HPV infections, there’s actually little cause for alarm because, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states , “In 90 percent of cases, your body’s immune system clears the HPV infection naturally within two years.”

This is true whether the infection is the type that can cause warts or cancer.

And as you will see, simple alternatives exist in lieu of more dangerous alternatives to battle this common virus.

The Many Healing Powers of Green Tea

Green tea catechins are a class of polyphenols, which are naturally occurring antioxidants. The health benefits of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) — the main active component of tea polyphenol’s biological activity – are plentiful, including the prevention of:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • High blood lipid
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Cerebral thrombus
  • Prostate cancer
  • Heart attack and stroke

Other research has found that you can increase the benefits of drinking green tea by adding vitamin C as it boosts the amount of catechins available for your body to absorb. In fact, citrus juice increased available catechin levels by more than five times, causing 80 percent of tea’s catechins to remain bioavailable.

Green tea has even been found to have fat-burning properties , and now we can add topical green tea catechins for the treatment of genital warts to the growing list of its healing and health-inducing properties.

Which is a great thing considering the unacceptable — to me, and many other natural health experts — alternative of the HPV vaccine.

Do You Understand the Risks of the HPV Vaccine?

The marketers of Merck’s HPV vaccine Gardasil would like you to believe that getting your daughter vaccinated can save her from HPV related illnesses like cervical cancer and genital warts.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

First of all, the Gardasil vaccine contains just four types of HPV out of the more than 100 strains. 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.

So, 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.

Personally, I don’t see how the mediocre-at-best benefits of Gardasil could possibly outweigh its risks.

As of last October, 3,461 complaints about Gardasil had been filed with the FDA’s Vaccine Adverse Event Report System (VAERS), and 11 girls had died after exposure to the vaccine.

I just checked the VAERS database as I sat down to write this article, and it now contains 6,760 adverse event reports, and 16 deaths . The numbers just continue to get worse.

Get a Clue!!

In my neck of the woods they call this increase a giant clue.  So if you haven’t already figured out to avoid this vaccine you will want to do more homework. Another point to consider is that you can’t sue the vaccine manufacturer if your child dies.

These companies have cleverly manipulated the government so they are immune from prosecution and have 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.

Even though it is incredibly difficult — nearly impossible — to get one of these payments, there have already been more than $1.5 billion dollars given to affected families. So ponder on these stats if you haven’t already taken a firm position on the vaccine issue.

How Does HPV Vaccine Kill?

The causes of death include blood clots, acute respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, and “sudden death” due to “unknown causes” shortly after receiving the vaccine. Clearly, no one knows the full extent of the biological harm that this vaccine inflicts. But I think most people would agree that teenagers don’t normally drop dead of natural causes.

Even more disturbing is the fact that these numbers don’t seem to shock or dismay officials. They’re “consistent with those expected from any vaccine.”

According to the American Cancer Society , some 3,870 women will die from cervical cancer in the U.S. in 2008. Well. We’ve already lost 16 girls, some as young as 12, in the effort to spare them from the possibility of cervical cancer later in life.

Surely I’m not the only one who sees that as morally reprehensible! And how many people have ever died from genital warts?

Cervical Cancer Virtually 100% Avoidable

Cervical cancer is well documented to be caused by an infection acquired through sexual contact. So 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.

According to the CDC, HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease in America. More than 6 million women contract it annually, yet as I already mentioned, less than 3,900 women die from cervical cancer out of those 6 million.

Why?

Because your immune system is usually strong enough to clear up this kind of infection on its own, and does so in more than 90 percent of all cases.

Rather than subjecting your daughter (and now possibly your son! ) to this unnecessary and potentially dangerous vaccine, you may want to nip the problem in the bud before it ever starts. Here’s how:

  • Recognize that cervical cancer (or any cancer) is not caused by a “vaccine deficiency.”
  • Talk to your kids about HPV. This infection is sexually transmitted, so it is 100 percent preventable through lifestyle choices.
  • Realize the power of your emotions. An emerging school of thought called German New Medicine (GNM) shows how specific stressful events or “conflict shocks” trigger cancer and other diseases in your body.

Dr. Ryke Geerd Hamer, who developed GNM, believes that cancer is a phase that occurs while your body heals itself from this emotional trauma, and that the key to overcoming the disease lies in resolving your emotional conflicts .

  • Keep your immune system strong. A healthy immune system is better able to handle a heavier emotional and physical stress load. The ideal healthy habits to keep your body and mind strong are detailed in these 12 changes that will cut your cancer risk in half .