Gardasil – Helpful Vaccine or Dangerous Drug?

The Gardasil vaccine, an injection developed to fight against cervical cancer, has recently come under scrutiny when two young girls who received the shot noticed a serious deterioration in their health. In the most recent issues of the Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports and the European Journal of Neurology, readers will find research regarding the safety of the HPV vaccine and how it may be the cause of a disorder whose symptoms include dizziness, fatigue, tachycardia, heart palpitations, chest pain, severe headaches and insomnia. The rare autonomic nervous system disorder is known as Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or the abbreviated title POTS, and can have such a debilitating effect on victims that they become wheelchair bound.

The most recent study, published last March, follows a 14-year-old girl who began suffering from the aforementioned symptoms in February of 2009. Having received the HPV vaccine injection two months prior, she developed an intense headache, sensitivity to both light and sound, unusual taste sensations, appetite loss, and weakness of the legs. The symptoms persisted until she could no longer move without an aid. After ruling out psychosomatic causes, doctors diagnosed the young woman as having POTS with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld, founder of the Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases in Israel and primary author of the report, considers this a case of Autoimmune/auto-inflammatory Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants – or ASIA  Syndrome. ASIA is a broad spectrum of neurological and immunological disorders that result in “genetically susceptible individuals” following exposure to toxins including aluminum added to vaccines.

Discovered instances of ASIA syndrome victims have been increasing since Shoenfeld’s research has helped plot the course of discovery. Dr. Svetlana Blitshteyn, a Williamsburg, N.Y. neurologist, recorded the details of six girls and women between the ages of 12 and 22 who became ill shortly after being vaccinated with Gardasil.

One of the victims, an 18-year-old girl of clean medical history, felt numbness in her arm three weeks after receiving her first injection.  She continued to develop lower back pain, neck stiffness, and leg pain over the following three months. Searching the internet only adds further cases wherein the initial reactions to the shot as nothing more than devastating. If nothing else, these studies suggest that initial reactions to HPV and other vaccination should preclude further vaccination.

Physicians should be advised of HPV vaccine adverse reaction symptoms, and adhere to a precautionary approach to further vaccination in girls and boys who exhibit symptoms after one or two doses of the vaccine. Physicians and other health professionals should also provide much more detailed information about the risks versus the benefits of the vaccine, and insist that reports of possible ASIA Syndrome symptoms be recorded in the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. These reports will enable data to be collected on the prevalence and seriousness of reactions. More accurate and available information for making an informed choice will help prevent and reduce vaccine injuries in susceptible patients. Vaccine injuries should be extremely rare, as healthy individuals use vaccines to prevent disease; therefore, they should very rarely result in a chronic illness or disability that permanently alters the health status of those who receive the vaccines.

Sulfates, Melatonin, and Preventing Autism

Neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases are at epidemic proportions. Dr. Stephanie Seneff, a senior research scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, has been using computer science and natural language processing techniques to delve into the possible role of environmental toxins in causing these disorders.

Dr. Seneff was one of 15 speakers invited by CMSRI to present scientific research on the adverse health effects of aluminum adjuvants and aluminum-adjuvented vaccines at the CMSRI-sponsored Third International Symposium on Vaccines in March 2014, part of the 9th International Congress on Autoimmunity. A May 8th article in the Mercola newsletter “Sulfate, sleep and sunlight: The disruptive and destructive effects of heavy metals and glyphosate” summarizes Dr. Seneff’s thinking about factors contributing to neurological disorders.

According to Dr. Seneff, neurological brain diseases share an origin that begins with insufficient supplies of sulfate to the brain. Systemic sulfate deficiency is an important factor in many modern-day health problems, as insufficient sulfate impairs toxin elimination. Toxic metals, in turn, interfere with sulfate synthesis. The brain can clear toxins during sleep, but this housekeeping function requires adequate heparan sulfate, which is delivered to the brain via melatonin. Melatonin, secreted in the pineal gland, also controls the sleep/wake cycle and binds toxic metals. Melatonin impairment, sleep disorders, and heparan sulfate deficiency have all been identified in autism and other neurological disorders.

What can disrupt the production of sulfate and melatonin? Dr. Seneff and others have carried out analyses showing that sunlight is protective against autism, a deficiency of which leading to further problems. Another factor is that aluminum and thimerosal—vaccine ingredients—disrupt the pineal gland’s ability to make sulfate and produce melatonin. High-SPF sunscreens contribute to both of these problems, reducing sun exposure and increasing aluminum accumulation.

Glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide, is a third factor interfering with the body’s ability to manage sulfur. It has been shown to cause low melatonin, impaired sulfur metabolism, sleep disorders, and more; all related to autism. Working in tandem, glyphosate and aluminum cause problems in several ways. First, glyphosate kills beneficial bacteria in the gut, which allows pathogens to overgrow, and depletes tryptophan—the precursor to melatonin. The use of glyphosate has grown alongside the increase in “Roundup®-ready” genetically modified (GM) crops. Dr. Seneff believes that children who are overexposed to glyphosate through GM foods are more likely to react badly to vaccination.

The body of evidence assembled by Dr. Seneff supports her hypothesis that the epidemic levels of autism currently seen in the Western world are caused by a severe deficiency in sulfate supplies to the brain. In the best scenario, the pineal gland can create sulfate, assisted by the presence of sunlight, and use melatonin sulfate to transfer it to the brain. Unfortunately, aluminum, mercury, and glyphosate are working to inhibit the process, and sunlight deficiency is further contributing to the problem. Dr. Seneff hopes that her analysis and evidence will help future researchers to prevent the increase in victims of diseases that affect the brain.

Understanding the Effects of Glyphosate and Thimerosal on the Brain

Neurological disorders, autoimmune diseases—they seem to be everywhere these days. Scientists writing in Neurology in 2007 estimated that the burden of neurologic illness affects “many millions of people in the United States.”

Autoimmune illness, too, is at epidemic proportions—nearly 24 million Americans as of 2012. These trends are disturbing enough in their own right, but even more disturbing is the general scientific apathy about why the surge in these diseases is occurring.

Why do the causes of these alarming epidemics remain “under recognized and under addressed?”

In the process of examining all the known toxic chemicals in the environment and assessing which one(s) would be most likely to be causal for autism—given the specific comorbidities associated with autism—Dr. Seneff found that glyphosate matched up almost perfectly.

She believes that when children are overexposed to glyphosate, especially through consumption of the GM foods that are widely prevalent in the American diet, are more likely to react badly to vaccination. To illustrate this point, Dr. Seneff and Nancy Swanson plotted a graph showing autism trends in the US, adverse vaccine reactions reported to the VAERS system, and glyphosate application to GM corn and soy crops in the US. The trends overlapped almost entirely, presenting “tantalizing links” between these variables. Dr. Seneff infers from these findings that glyphosate is making vaccines far more toxic than they would otherwise be.

Dr. Seneff has done a lot of investigations using the VAERS database, which—despite its limitations—can be very informative. She notes that concurrent with the aggressive peddling of thimerosal-containing flu shots and other aluminum-containing vaccines, there has been a rise in reporting of both vaccine adverse events and autism spectrum disorders. She described one careful analysis of the VAERS database.

She plotted the number of reports mentioning three types of adverse events (autism, pervasive developmental disorders or PDDs, and anxiety disorder) against the total burden of two heavy metals (aluminum and mercury) in vaccines according to the current vaccine schedule. One can immediately see that the adverse event and heavy metals lines are quite similar. Moreover, both lines show a sharp spike around the year 2000, which is when the burden of aluminum and thimerosal increased. Dr. Seneff commented that while aluminum and thimerosal are each bad enough on their own, they also work synergistically to cause harm.