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Gardasil: Guarding or Gutting Our Youth?
By Dr. Kelly Brogan MD
When I was in medical school, I had my first abnormal Pap, and it was quite abnormal, a precancerous lesion described as CIN2 (now revealed to be one of the most inaccurately diagnosed pathologies). I had two very unpleasant “therapeutic biopsies” called colposcopies, and two years later, it was normal.
That was that.
But I remember hearing about the approval of the Gardasil vaccine when I was a resident and thinking, “Amazing! Today’s girls are so lucky.” I have a very different perspective on this intervention today; in fact, my feminist sensibilities are outraged at what is being done to girls and young women around the world.
I’d like to share an introductory primer to these concerns. Be forewarned, after reading this, you might have trouble enlisting pharmaceutical companies to keep you healthy in the future.
One Size Fits All?
This is, perhaps the most important concept to wrestle with when it comes to providing and mandating pharmaceutical products in otherwise healthy populations. These products are based on a now largely antiquated notion of exposure to virus = infection and, as a corollary, that antibody production = protection.
Now we know that neither of those premises are true.
I recently hired a team of burly individuals to remove the poison ivy that had overgrown in our front yard. How did they do it? With their bare hands. These individuals were naturally immune. My dad, on the other hand, came back in with a new crop of blisters every time he walked outside.
I’m sure you’ve been the one who has been left unscathed when the flu ran through your house, or maybe you’re the one who always seems to get sick. This is an every-day representation of inter-individual variability in immunity. Our best understanding of this concept hinges on inherited variants in genes that encode for immune response mechanisms, and then the different expression of these variants in the setting of environmental factors.
There are seemingly infinite variables accounting for the immune response through natural mucosal exposure, and we don’t have any better of a grasp on why different people respond differently to vaccines, which bypass natural immunity and provoke inflammatory responses.
Read the entire article here.