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Misinterpretations of Data Pertaining to Human Papilloma Virus Vaccines (Gardasil, Cervarix)
Cases of cervical cancer are wrongly attributed to human papilloma virus
Let us go though some misinterpretations of data pertaining to human papilloma virus vaccines (Gardasil and Cervarix)
“Most HPV infections in young females are temporary, but not all..
"In the majority of cases, infected young females are not infected for long and there is no long-term consequence. The CDC says that over 70% of young female infections clear up within 12 months, while 90% do so within 24 months....”[Christian Nordqvist. What Is HPV (Human Papilloma Virus)? Medical News Today.Internet. Dec. 26,2013]
CDC is Centers for Disease Control, USA. From now on the direct quotes used in this discussion comes from the article of Nordqvist, unless otherwise indicated.
To repeat, HPV infections clear up. That is, “body's own immune system destroys all the HPVs....” The infected person does not need treatment. Besides “There is no treatment today specifically and solely for HPV infection.”
To clarify. Treatment means, a control measure after infection had occurred. End of comment.
“However, in between 5% to 10% of cases, the infection persists. Persistent long-term HPV infection raises the risk of developing precancerous lesions of the cervix - these can eventually, over a period of five to ten years, develop into cervical cancer. During this period, the progress can be treated and reversed with treatment for the pre-cancerous lesions. In some cases, treatment can lead to loss of fertility. However, in the majority of cases, cancer can be prevented.” ( Nordqvist).
To clarify, “...the progress can be treated and reversed with treatment for the pre-cancerous lesions....” refers to development of cervical cancer, not to infection by HPV.
Take note of this: “Persistent long-term HPV infection raises the risk of developing precancerous lesions of the cervix....”
The key words are “raises the risk.” This is not equivalent to “causes development of precancerous lesions of the cervix.” Risk factor is a concept in conventional medicine, to wit:
“We do not have to know the exact mechanism for the development of a disease to be able to reduce risk for it. For example, the exact mechanism of lung cancer is not known, but the great majority of cases of lung cancer could be prevented through smoking cessation.”
“A risk factor is defined as any trait or habit, whether genetic or environmental (which includes lifestyle factors), that can be used to predict an individual’s probability of developing a particular disease....” (DeBakey, M., MD and A. Gotto, MD. The Living Heart. 1977:155).
Risk factor belongs in the logic of association. It does not belong in the logic of causation. A risk factor is not a cause.
HPV does not cause cancer
How to explain the association between 5% to 10% persistent infection with HPV raising the risk of developing cervical cancer? Is there any indirect link between HPV infection and cervical cancer?
I elaborate this in my Hub “Against Cervical Cancer: Why the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccines Are Ineffective and Unsafe” as follows:
“The immune system protects the cells from virus attack. The macrophages, a member of the immune system, shoot the virus and inflamed cells with free radicals (Cranton, E. MD. Bypassing Bypass. Updated second edition. 1995). These are free radicals produced by the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). This is nitric oxide (NO). However, the macrophages also hit healthy cells around the inflamed cells (Spieker, L.S. et al. “The Vascular Endothelium in Hypertension.” The Vascular Endothelium II.2006:249-269). The DNA of healthy cells so hit mutate. This mutation leads to tumor then cancer.”
” NO also kills bacteria, viruses and other germs.... ” (Dr. Mercola. Mouth Breathing During Exercise May Increase Your Risk for Asthma and Cardiac Problems. Internet. Dec. 27.2013)
X-rays also cause cancer; we get them from the X-ray machines. nuclear power plants, and from cigarettes (Melpor. The radioactive polonium in tobacco leaves. Hubpages. Internet. Dec. 26,2013).
There are other free radicals like singlet oxygen, superoxide, and ozone. These cause injury by grabbing electrons from another molecule. Such injury results in mutation. There are derivatives of free radicals like peroxynitrite, nitrous oxide, hydrogen peroxide, hydroxyl radical and lipid peroxide. These act like free radicals.
It should be emphasized that a person is producing free radicals all his/her life. The superoxide, for example, is a by-product of the metabolism of sugar (glucose) in the production of energy. We get free radicals and their derivatives from the environment like ozone and nitrous oxide.
That is, a person can contract cancer owing to free radicals and their derivatives called reactive oxygen species (ROS). Now, it can happen that while a person is being exposed to free radicals, X-rays and ROS s/he is also infected by HPV .
In conventional medicine it is easy to attribute cervical cancer to HPV because conventional medicine ignores free radicals and ROS as causes of disease.
A disease caused by a free radical or a ROS is not named after its cause. For example, melanoma that is by singlet oxygen yet it is not called singlet oxygen cancer. Singlet oxygen is usually produced by the sun energy striking the skin. Hydroxyl radical is another common cause of melanoma because it is formed by the sun striking water in the skin or sweat A free radical or ROS disease is named after the molecule or tissue that is diseased. “Lung cancer” as it is formed in the lungs. Or breast cancer, because it is formed in the breast.
How explain the fact that cancer occurs in the sex organ? To start with, HPV abound there because of sexual contact. This abundance induces the proliferation of macrophage in this organ. This results in intensified shooting of HPV by macrophages with nitric oxide, a free radical. So more healthy cells are hit that result in mutation, that result, in turn, in tumor or cancer.
It should be noted that no clinical trial has been conducted on children below 13 years old. There is no proof as to the efficacy of these vaccines in this age bracket. So those 9-year-old girls getting shots of the vaccine serve as guinea pigs.
However, these vaccines cannot prevent cancer. Why the recommendation to vaccinate 9-year-olds and above? One, profits. Two, power politics. The book of Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, “The Politics of Cancer,” is very enlightening.
Imagine, that percentage of affliction with cervical cancer, 5% to 10%, is the jump start for the 100% blanket vaccination of all 9-year-old girls! And affliction with cancer is only a speculation insofar as the Food and Drug Administration, conventional medicine, vaccine makers and the consumers are concerned! (Assuming that they lack knowledge of the fact that free radicals and ROS are the causes of cancer).
The social psychology involved in vaccination is very compelling, especially among parents and adolescents. The fact sheet says that HPV is transmitted usually by sexual contact. Therefore, a girl who has HPV means that she had sexual contact.
Even among Westerners who are more liberated in regard to sex still feel a sense of shame in being identified as having engaged in premarital sex. A way to avoid that identification is to get vaccinated with Gardasil or Cervarix in the hope that these will erase one evidence. End of comment.