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More Bad News About The Safety & Effectiveness Of Gardasil – And Some Information About Vaccines.

Source: Alan Freestone

A fact-checked post titled Top Health Official Cashes in on Merck Stock by Dr Joseph Mercola adds to the information about Gardasil, Merck’s HPV vaccine, in my article from a year ago, Is Gardasil Dangerous? Is It Even Useful? (Hardin, 2/23/2019)

For those of you who still believe this vaccine was well researched, effective and proven safe to be given to our children, the contents of Mercola’s post will be an eye opener and will also shed light on the inner workings of the huge and powerful vaccine industry in the US and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s role in mandating and promoting this and other childhood vaccines.

Alaska Department of Health, 2019

The chart below shows (as of 2019) the types of vaccines and also the number of doses US children receive. Compare it to the number of vaccines and doses shown for 1962 and 1983.

Note: I searched a long while for an easy-to-read childhood immunization schedule that included number of doses and was published by an official US governmental source and didn’t find one so decided to use this one by Informed Choice USA. They are “a coalition of physicians, nurses, medical researchers, scientists, legislators, attorneys, parents, professionals, and activists come together for a unified approach to restoring and protecting our personal, parental, medical, and religious freedoms. We oppose medical mandates for employment, enrollment, or inclusion anywhere. “ (Informed Choice USA, 2019-2020)

This is Mercola’s verbatim summary of his post:

  • In January 2020, Dr. Julie Gerberding, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who after leaving the CDC became president of Merck’s vaccine division, sold half her Merck stock options for $9.11 million

  • Gerberding also cashed out in 2016, when she sold $5.1 million in Merck stocks, and 2015, when she made $2.3 million. In total, Gerberding has made $16,592,144 from her company stock options

  • Gerberding’s former high-level ties to the CDC likely has had enormous influence over Merck’s financial growth, considering Merck makes a majority of the pediatric and adults vaccines recommended by the CDC

  • Red flags have recently been raised about Merck’s HPV vaccine Gardasil, a vaccine Gerberding promoted in a 2004 report to Congress before it was fast tracked to licensure in 2006. The U.K. recently reported a 54% rise in cervical cancer among 24- to 29-year-olds, the first generation to receive the HPV vaccine

  • A January 2020 report in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine warns HPV vaccine trials have not been designed to detect whether the vaccine actually prevents cervical cancer. Trials have shown, however, that Gardasil raises the risk of cervical cancer by 44.6% among women with a current or previous HPV infection

For those of you who believe the Gardasil vaccine was responsibly researched, is effective and has been proven safe to be given to our children, the contents of Mercola’s post will be an eye opener. It will also shed light on the inner workings of the booming vaccine industry in the US and the CDC’s role in promoting other childhood vaccines – as well as on the revolving door that’s existed for decades between high level executives at the biggest pharmaceutical companies and the US governmental agencies that are supposed to be protecting us from being harmed by vaccines and other drugs.

Some highlights from the Mercola article:

 Robert F Kennedy, Jr, chairperson of the Children’s Health Defense, recently stated, “Last month, Cancer Research UK announced an alarming 54% rise in cervical cancer among 24-29-year-olds, the first generation to receive the HPV jabs.

The following day, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine published a withering critique of Gardasil’s crooked clinical trials, ‘It is still uncertain whether human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination prevents cervical cancer as trials were not designed to detect this outcome.’

As Gerberding knows, those trials revealed that Gardasil dramatically RAISES (by +44.6%) the risk of cervical cancer among women with a current infection or those previously exposed to HPV. That may explain the cancer explosions in England and other nations with high inoculation rates in young girls up to age 18; Australia, Spain, Sweden and Norway. A 2019 study of Alabama girls found the highest cervical cancer rates in the state’s most heavily vaccinated counties.

With Merck’s efficacy pretensions circling the drain, a coalition of leading plaintiff’s lawyers are already in discovery in a suit alleging that Merck fraudulently concealed serious illnesses affecting half, and autoimmune diseases affecting 1 of every 37 girls in Gardasil’s clinical trials within 6 months of injection.

As Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director from 2002-2009, Gerberding helped Merck paper over these efficacy and safety problems.” (Kennedy, 2020) WHY THE CDC AND MERCK’S COLLUSION IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND: ITS DANGEROUS IMPACT ON THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN

As I discovered while researching my own post on Gardasil last year, it isn’t just the CDC that ‘s to blame for the Gardasil disaster. The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – agencies both tasked with protecting our well being – along with Merck and big advertising agencies worked together in ways that placed profit over the health and well being of our children. (If you have the stomach for it, you can read my article to learn more.)

Source: Blaxill (2010)

When you look at the increasingly ill health of the US population during the years the US government has recommended and mandated more and more childhood vaccinations, the CDC’s collusion with Merck to allow the pharmaceutical giant’s Gardasil vaccine to reach the market can only strike you as appalling.

The following is an articulate summary of the US’s aggressive vaccination program’s dangerous impact on our children’s health. It’s from Michelle Goldstein’s 2017 article , How Do US Vaccine Rates, Policies And Children’s Health Compare to Other Countries?

“The United States has higher vaccination rates than any other country. The US also has very high infant mortality rates. American children experience epidemic levels of chronic diseases including autism, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, autoimmune disorders, asthma, epilepsy and allergies.

“If vaccinations were so effective in improving the health of children, why do the statistics not bear this out? In fact, the opposite has been shown to be true. Increasing vaccination rates are correlated with growth in diseases for our children.

“Unfortunately, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and physician groups mistakenly maintain that vaccines are responsible for eliminating many frightening childhood diseases including measles, mumps, chicken pox and polio. These diseases and others targeted by vaccines are, in truth, minor childhood illnesses which cause few health problems.

“These medical groups recommend the current aggressive vaccine schedule, although vaccines have never been proven to be safe or effective. They fail to address the epidemic of chronic disease for today’s children and also deny that vaccines could be causing them, in spite of evidence to the contrary….

“US children are experiencing a health epidemic with more chronic diseases than ever before in our history. The US has the highest infant mortality in a study comparing America with 29 other developed countries. Children in the US suffered with more autism than in all other countries studied.

“Studies comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated show conclusively that unvaccinated children enjoy far superior health. Research and data demonstrate that vaccines cause neurological damage and contribute to significant health damage.

“Vaccines are a major contributing factor to today’s health crisis in our children. Vaccines wrongly credited with saving lives and improving health is instead responsible for destroying lives.

“Legal immunity granted to vaccine makers has contributed to a growth in unsafe vaccinations, which profit pharmaceutical companies while injuring our children.”

Source: CDC


“The U.S. has the very highest infant mortality rate of all industrialized developed countries, with more American children dying at birth and in their first year than in any other comparable nation—and more than half of those who survive develop at least one chronic illness.” (Kristen, 2020)

For instance, look at the main features of Japan’s vaccination programs and ask yourself which is more sensible and less risky – the US’s one-size-fits-all, multi-vaccination program starting at birth or Japan’s:

  • Japan has no vaccine mandates, instead recommending vaccines that … are either “routine” (covered by insurance) or “voluntary” (self-pay).

  • Japan does not vaccinate newborns with the hepatitis B (HepB) vaccine, unless the mother is hepatitis B positive.

  • Japan does not vaccinate pregnant mothers with the tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine.

  • Japan does not give flu shots to pregnant mothers or to six-month-old infants.

  • Japan does not give the MMR vaccine, instead recommending an MR vaccine.

  • Japan does not require the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine

(Kristen, 2020)

Of the world’s industrialized developed countries, the US administers by far the highest number of vaccines and vaccine doses to infants in their first two years of life – yet our infant mortality rate is also the very highest among those countries.

If you want to read more about how why Japan LIMITS the number of vaccines given to children and adolescents there, see Japan Leads the Way in Child Health: No Compulsory Vaccines. Banned Measles Mumps Rubells (MMR) Vaccine; The Promise of Good Health; Are We Jumping Off the Cliff in the U.S.? (Kristen, 2020)

“Children in Japan are among the healthiest in the world, while children in the United States rate low on the list of developed nations for health outcome measures. Given that the U.S. spends more than any other country on health care to ensure the health and well-being of its children, what is behind this discrepancy?” (Raines, 2019)


A 2017 pilot comparative survey conducted by a group of public health scientists in the fields of epidemiology and biostatistics set out to address a major current health question: Whether vaccination is linked in any way to children’s long-term health. The recruitment letter sent to parents of home schooled children 6-12 years old in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oregon was written in a neutral tone: “Vaccination is one of the greatest discoveries in medicine, yet little is known about its long-term impact. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effects of vaccination by comparing vaccinated and unvaccinated children in terms of a number of major health outcomes …” The results found the UNVACCINATED children to be HEALTHIER overall than the vaccinated.

Perhaps not what you expected.

  • The vaccinated children were found to have a higher rate of allergies and neuro-developmental disorders than the unvaccinated children: a learning disability, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

  • Preterm birth coupled with vaccination was associated with an apparent synergistic increase in the odds of neuro-developmental disorders.

  • The vaccinated were less likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with chickenpox and pertussis, but more likely to have been diagnosed with pneumonia, otitis media, allergies and neuro-developmental disorders.

  • The interaction of preterm birth and vaccination was associated with a 6.6-fold increased odds of neuro-developmental disorders.

  • The vaccinated children were significantly more likely than the unvaccinated to have been diagnosed with: allergic rhinitis, other allergies, eczema/atopic dermatitis and any chronic illness.

  • “No significant differences were observed with regard to cancer, chronic fatigue, conduct disorder, Crohn’s disease, depression, Types 1 or 2 diabetes, encephalopathy, epilepsy, hearing loss, high blood pressure, inflammatory bowel disease, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, seizures, Tourette’s syndrome or services received under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act .” (But keep in mind that the children were only six by the end of the study.)

  • The authors bottom line conclusion from their data was that the vaccinated children were found to have a higher rate of allergies and neuro-developmental disorders than the unvaccinated children. (Mawson et al, 2017)

I also noticed in the survey’s published data that twice as many of the vaccinated children had taken antibiotics in the year prior to the data gathering: 30.8% of the vaccinated children vs 15.4% of the unvaccinated. (Mawson et al, 2017). This is significant on its own.

Presumably the vaccinated children were given antibiotics because they had a bacterial illness or infection. Since we know that systemic antibiotics kill the good (probiotic) bacteria along with any bad (pathogenic) bacteria in our microbiomes, this datum alone raises an alarm. The more antibiotics we take, the worse our health is likely to become over time:

  • Antibiotics can destroy the healthy flora in the gut and also cause bacteria to become increasingly resistant to treatment .

  • A 2018 study from Case Western Reserve University showed that antibiotics can damage immune cells and worsen oral infections by damaging white blood cells’ ability to fight off fungal infections, such as Candida. (Healthline, 2018)

This infographic from the CDC compares morbidity from common infectious childhood diseases in the US during the pre-vaccine era and 2015. You’ll note the efficacy of the vaccines against the diseases they target. Also note that the graphic compares only morbidity (becoming sick with an illness), not mortality (dying from the illness). Having and recovering from, for example, a case of measles in childhood is very different from dying from it.

Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, 2015

Now add the information in this infographic to that information:

It would have been helpful if the CDC graphic had added MORTALITY estimates to the MORBIDITY estimates for the pre-vaccine era numbers. Morbidity = getting sick with a disease. Mortality = dying from it. There’s a large difference between, for example, getting measles as a child, recovering and then having natural immunity for measles, and dying from the measles.

Have we successfully taken care of the 14 childhood diseases shown on the CDC graphic at the expense of increasing our children’s chances of suffering with a variety of autoimmune diseases and conditions throughout their lives?

The data below are from Mawson et al’s 2017 pilot comparative survey on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated children: VACCINATED           UNVACCINATED

Medication Use for Allergies:

Yes             20.0%    1.2%

No                 80.0%             98.8% 

Antibiotics Use in Past Year:  

Yes           30.8%            15.4%    

      No              69.2%                84.6%

Fever Medication Use 1+ Times:

Yes           90.7%                 67.8%  

No                9.3%                   32.2%

(Mawson et al, 2017)

Don’t these few comparative percentages suggest that the unvaccinated children were healthier than the vaccinated?


“An autoimmune disease is a condition in which your immune system mistakenly attacks your body. “The immune system normally guards against germs like bacteria and viruses. When it senses these foreign invaders, it sends out an army of fighter cells to attack them.

“Normally, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign cells and your own cells. “In an autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body, like your joints or skin, as foreign. It releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.

“Some autoimmune diseases target only one organ. Type 1 diabetes damages the pancreas. Other diseases, like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), affect the whole body.

“…. A 2015 study focused on another theory called the hygiene hypothesis. Because of vaccines and antiseptics, children today aren’t exposed to as many germs as they were in the past. The lack of exposure could make their immune system prone to overreact to harmless substances.” – (Healthline, 2020)

From the abstract for the 2015 study, The hygiene hypothesis: current perspectives and future therapies, mentioned above,

“Developed countries have experienced a steady increase in atopic disease and disorders of immune dysregulation since the 1980s. This increase parallels a decrease in infectious diseases within the same time period, while developing countries seem to exhibit the opposite effect, with less immune dysregulation and a higher prevalence of infectious disease. The “hygiene hypothesis”, proposed by Strachan in 1989, aimed to explain this peculiar generational rise in immune dysregulation. However, research over the past 10 years provides evidence connecting the commensal and symbiotic microbes (intestinal microbiota) and parasitic helminths with immune development, expanding the hygiene hypothesis into the “microflora” and “old friends” hypotheses, respectively. There is evidence that parasitic helminths and commensal microbial organisms co-evolved with the human immune system and that these organisms are vital in promoting normal immune development. Current research supports the potential for manipulation of the bacterial intestinal microbiota to treat and even prevent immune dysregulation in the form of atopic disease and other immune-mediated disorders (namely inflammatory bowel disease and type 1 diabetes).” (Stiemsma et al, 2015)

For more information on chronic inflammation in the body, leaky gut and the development of autoimmune diseases and conditions, see The Gut’s Mucosal Lining & Leaky Gut (Hardin, 10/21/2017) and Autoimmune Disorders (Hardin, 12/22/2013).


Unlike children who’ve actually had measles, as an example, children who’ve received a vaccination against measles are not fully immune because a vaccine-induced immunity is only temporary while having had measles creates a strong, natural immunity. Because of this, children who’ve been vaccinated against measles can get infected when their temporary immunity wears off.

As Dr Ron Marsh, a Distinguished Fellow of the International Chiropractors Association who grew up in the 1950’s, puts it: “Why don’t doctors now tell parents what they told them then? That measles and other ‘childhood illnesses’ were just that — events of youth that strengthen the developing immune system. Unpleasant but rarely serious events that make kids healthier. (Repeated studies show that acute, febrile [fever-attended] infections of childhood protect against cancer later in life.)” (Marsh, 2019)

It seems to me the bottom line about vaccines and health is that we need to refocus our efforts to achieve health away from vaccines and other heavy duty pharmaceuticals and onto nourishment from a healthy diet and environment.

We also need a great deal more clear-eyed research on the risks and benefits of vaccinations so parents can make well informed decisions on behalf of their children’s health and safety. In the meantime, keeping our, our children’s and our pets’ immune systems healthy and strong will provide lifelong benefits.


Here in New York, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus 19. While I understand his reasons for taking this action, I have to say I wish the dire state of our food, water and air supplies had people as ready to respond with emergency measures.

In 2014 when I was looking into the ebola virus spreading in Sierra Leone and other pandemics throughout history, I wrote “Throughout history, about 70% of  people who contracted smallpox survived – and apparently not everyone who was ever exposed to the virus became ill. Why?” (Hardin, 2014)

Isn’t the WHY the interesting question?

If you want to avoid getting whatever is going around – from coronavirus, ebola or the bubonic plague to the common cold and everything in between, doesn’t it make sense to keep your gut microbiome and the other microbiomes in your body as strong as possible?





I’m of the opinion that a great deal more clear-eyed, unbiased research into the risks and benefits of childhood vaccinations is needed so parents can make informed decisions.


Could you please leave a comment if you found this post interesting? It would be much appreciated & would help spread the word.

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