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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

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Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

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April 2, 2014

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Jewish World Review August 31, 2007 / 17 Elul 5767

Complications arise from HPV vaccine

By Drs. Michael A. Glueck & Robert J. Cihak

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Back in the days of our training at the heavenly hallowed and not-so-humble halls of the Harvard teaching hospitals in Boston, there was a well-known axiom. To paraphrase, "Be neither the first to adopt the new or the last to throw the old aside."

Sometimes the Solomon-like wisdom of longevity pays a dividend. The story of the human papillomavirus vaccine is one of them.

In an article in JewishWorldReview.com, February 2007, we concluded that until more testing and studies are performed and the public has more knowledge of the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine, there is no need to rush to vaccination — and certainly not mandatory premature inoculation.

At that time it was also noted that "proof of safety is lacking." The vaccine is claimed to be safe and "well-tolerated," but studies have involved only a few thousand women, most over 16 years of age, for less than five years. In one study, "arthritic symptoms" occurred three times as often in subjects who got the vaccine, compared to subjects who only got the control vaccine. An increased risk of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, "a deforming, devastating, lifelong disease, is being watched for."

A recent August 27, 2007, Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) News Release reports additional adverse effects from the HPV vaccine.

As of May 31, 2007, there have been 13 cases of Guillain Barr's syndrome (GBS) in association with the HPV vaccine (Gardasil) reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

Guillain-Barre syndrome is a serious disorder that occurs when the body's defense (immune) system mistakenly attacks part of the nervous system. This leads to nerve inflammation which continues to get worse.

The inflammation usually affects the nerve's covering (myelin sheath). Demyelination slows nerve signaling. Damage to other parts of the nerve can cause the nerve to stop working.This nerve damage causes tingling, muscle weakness, and paralysis.

Guillain-Barre syndrome is considered an autoimmune disorder. The exact cause of Guillain-Barre syndrome is unknown. The syndrome may occur at any age, but is most common in people of both sexes between the ages 30 and 50.

It often follows a minor infection, usually a respiratory (lung) infection or gastrointestinal (gut) infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that six of the patients had received Gardasil alone, and six had also received meningococcal vaccine (Menactra). Since the end of May, an additional two cases have been reported.

The CDC states that studies are planned concerning the concomitant administration of Gardasil and Menactra. So far, the combination of Gardasil and hepatitis B vaccine is the only one that has been studied, although one or more other vaccines are frequently given to Gardasil recipients.

An analysis of VAERS data by the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) concludes that the risk of serious adverse reactions such as GBS is increased by concomitant administration of other vaccines. In patients who made a report to VAERS, the risk of GBS is more than 10 times greater for Gardasil given with Menactra compared to Gardasil given alone (P<.0001). A causal relationship with vaccine administration has not been proved. The background incidence of GBS in persons in the second decade of life is 1-2/100,000.

According to an NVIC press release, one of the patients who reported a reaction to VAERS was an 18-year-old athlete who ran six miles that day before receiving Gardasil, Menactra, and Varivax on the same day. She was hospitalized for 22 days with weakness of all limbs but did not require a ventilator. Now receiving physical therapy, she hopes at least to be able to play the guitar, draw, and smile again.

The second most commonly reported adverse event is syncope, with 239 reports. Sometimes this has resulted in serious injury, including fractures and subdural hematomas. It is suggested that vaccines be administered with the patient supine and be followed with at least 10 minutes of observation.

Syncope has, however, occurred after a longer delay.

Gardasil is now involved in 1,5-20 percent of all VAERS reports that are filed.

In May, Lawrence Gostin, J.D., of the Georgetown Law Center and Catherine DeAngelis, M.D., M.P.H., editor in chief of JAMA, wrote of "important concerns about mandatory HPV vaccination" that are "not moral," including cost, parental concerns about safety, and potential compensation for injury. They advocated taking a "deliberative approach" rather than mandating the vaccine for school entry at the present time.

"Legislation to make HPV vaccine mandatory has undermined public confidence and created a backlash among parents," they write. "There is nothing more important to the success of public health policies than to ensure community acceptability. In the absence of an immediate risk of serous harm, it is preferable to adopt voluntary measures, making state compulsion a last resort" (Gostin LO, DeAngelis CD. Mandatory HPV vaccination: public health vs private wealth. JAMA 2007;297:1921-1923).

So we repeat the original conclusion of our February 2007 column that until more testing and studies are performed and the public has more knowledge of the safety and efficacy of the HPV vaccine, there is no need to rush to vaccination — and certainly not mandatory premature inoculation.

Editor's Note: Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., submitted this week's column

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Michael Arnold Glueck, M.D., is a multiple award winning writer who comments on medical-legal issues. Robert J. Cihak, M.D., is a Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and a past president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. Both JWR contributors are Harvard trained diagnostic radiologists. Comment by clicking here.


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