Wisconsin Girl Did Not Die Because of HPV Vaccine

October 22nd, 2014
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On July 30 of this year, twelve year old Meredith Prohaska visited her doctor. She was suffering from a sore throat, but aside from that she seemed to be in good health and had no history of major health problems. While at the doctor, she received the HPV vaccine. After returning home she took a nap. A few hours later, her mother found her dead.

It’s an understatement to say that this story is tragic. One cannot even imagine the shock and grief suffered by her parents and family and the pain of her absence, which they will endure for the rest of their lives. By all accounts Meredith was a vibrant girl with a promising future.

Her death was covered extensively in the news media, always reported as having died shortly after getting the HPV vaccine. Her mother and father both suspected that the vaccine was to blame. It’s not surprising that they would, seeing as no other explanation seemed to be available for her death.

Reporting in the mainstream media has had the usual sensational undertones. But other sites have done far worse. The story was taken up by nearly every anti-vaccine group around, with claims that the HPV vaccine certainly killed this young woman. This has been held up as proof of vaccine injury and that the HPV vaccine is dangerous or deadly.

Via Fox 6 News:

“The only thing different about that day was that shot:” Did a trip to the doctor kill a healthy 12-year-old girl?

WAUKESHA (WITI) — A disturbing mystery — and a tragic end to a very young life. A 12-year-old Waukesha girl is dead — and there is seemingly no reason why — except perhaps, one.

Meredith Prohaska was an active, fun-loving 12-year-old girl one minute. A few hours later — she was unresponsive on the floor. In between that time, there was a trip to the doctor — and now, Prohaska’s family wonders if that’s what killed her.

“I’m a tough guy. I can take a beating — but this has ripped a hole in my heart,” Prohaska’s father, Mark Prohaska said.

Prohaska is describes as a girl who loved to be active — swimming and playing basketball while in sixth grade at Butler Middle School.

She loved to take part in activities at Horeb Springs Park.

“Vibrant. Full of life. She was our sunshine. Everywhere I go, everything I do — I see her,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

That’s where a FOX6 News crew met her mother on Thursday, August 7th to talk about the young girl’s unexpected death of July 30th.

Rebecca Prohaska took her daughter to the doctor for a sore throat. While they were there…

“She got her first HPV vaccine at around 10:30, 11 o’clock that morning,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

At some point, Rebecca Prohaska says she remembers getting a handout about possible side effects.

“Thirty minutes later she was trying to sleep. I kept waking her up,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

By 3:30 that afternoon, Rebecca Prohaska went out for a half-hour to get food.

“I came back and I found her on the floor,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

Rebecca Prohaska — a 14-year veteran EMT for the National Guard, performed CPR after calling 911.

Meredith Prohaska was pronounced dead at the hospital. No one could say why.

“It was the hardest thing when they called and said they don’t know. There was no reason. She was the healthiest 12-year-old,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

Rebecca Prohaska remembers a rare potential side effect of the HPV vaccine — an allergic reaction, but Meredith’s autopsy report rules her cause of death as inconclusive.

“The only thing different about that day was that shot. I wish I would’ve known more about it before I agreed to it,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

“It has to be that vaccine,” Mark Prohaska said.

The Prohaskas have donated Meredith’s organs and tissue so others can live a healthier life.

While her family waits for more tests — hoping for answers, they have a message for others. It’s a message the family is spreading on Facebook, and on a GoFundMe page set up in the young girl’s honor.

“Be aware of every possible side effect — and make sure you’re hugging them all the time because you never know when you’re just going to be left with pictures,” Rebecca Prohaska said.

Meredith Prohaska will be buried on Saturday, August 9th.

Meanwhile, Dr. Geoffrey Swain — a professor and medical doctor at the Milwaukee Health Department says by and large, the HPV vaccine’s benefits far outweigh the risks.

“Vaccines in general and the HPV vaccine in particular, very, very safe. It’s a very safe vaccine and very effective,” Dr. Swain said.

Dr. Swain says serious side effects are nearly one in a million.

“Very, very rare,” Dr. Swain said.

Doctor Swain’s comments have been seized upon by some anti-vaccine groups. If one in a million HPV vaccines does really result in death, then that would mean several deaths would result from the millions of vaccines being administered. Although that would still make receiving the HPV vaccine safer than not getting it, resulting in the risk of cervical cancer, it still would give pause to some over the deaths that the vaccine did cause.

However Dr. Swain’s “one in a million” comment seems to be more of a figure of speech, describing something that is simply astronomically unlikely. It’s certainly not based on real world data, because although twenty three million doses of the HPV vaccine have been dispensed, not a single death has been linked to it. A small number of adverse reactions have been reported, but most have been very minor. Of the millions injected, 32 deaths occurred shortly after the administration of the vaccine, but upon investigation, they were all proven to be unrelated to the vaccine. This number of deaths is not unusual for a group so large.

The medical examiner initially ruled Meredith Prohaska’s inconclusive, leading to even more speculation about the involvement of the vaccine she received. Now, months later, however, the investigation has reached a conclusion. The medical examiner has ruled that Meredith’s death was not related to the vaccine in any way.

It’s important to share this story as much as possible, because the initial reports got so much press and the final verdict is likely to garner far less attention. Even given the conclusion, there’s no doubt that anti-vaccine groups will continue to use the story to their benefit.

Via WISN News:

Medical examiner rules Waukesha girl did not die of HPV vaccine

WAUKESHA, Wis. —The Waukesha County medical examiner has ruled that a cervical cancer vaccine was not the cause of death for a 12-year-old girl.

Meredith Prohaska died in the end of July, hours after receiving an HPV vaccine. Meredith’s mother said her daughter threw up and was on the floor hours after receiving the vaccine.

Medical examiner Lynda Biedrzycki ruled Wednesday that Meredith died because of diphenhydramine intoxication.

Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used in several over-the-counter cold and allergy products.

Biedrzycki said the office has not ruled whether the intoxication was accidental or intentional.

WISN 12 News requested the medical examiner’s full report but was told it’s not ready yet.

Medical experts said the odds of a deadly reaction to the HPV vaccine are about one in a million.

WISN 12 News reporter Hillary Mintz tried contacting Meredith’s mother, Rebecca Prohaska, on Wednesday, but a friend said it’s a difficult time for Prohaska, and she wasn’t up for talking about the medical examiner’s findings.


Diphenhydramine
is a common over the counter antihistamine. Its most familiar use is as the active ingredient in Benadryl. It is also present in many cold and flu remedies and is sometimes used in over the counter sleeping medication, due to its sedating effects.

Death as a result of diphenhydramine overdose is uncommon but not unheard of. Some individuals may be more sensitive than others, but the drug is normally very safe when used at the recommended dose.

Meredith Prohaska may have taken too much of the drug due to a simple accident. Many seem to think that common over the counter drugs are harmless, leading to administration beyond what is directed. The fact that Meredith was relatively young and small in stature may have also contributed to her death, as a lower dose would be needed than for a large adult.

The cause of Meredith’s death certainly makes things no less painful or tragic for her family, but it should serve to dispel myths that the HPV vaccine is unsafe. Unfortunately, it probably won’t.


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20 Responses to “Wisconsin Girl Did Not Die Because of HPV Vaccine”

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    DV82XL Says:

    In almost every country the vaccine hit the market in, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy. Some people have issues with the HPV vaccine because HPV infections of the sort being immunized for are transmitted primarily via sexual activity and because it prevents a sexually transmitted infection, the vaccine comes with a stigma. Some parents worry it promotes promiscuity. And is why it has been controversial and nothing more. The tragedy is HPV infection is the most frequently sexually transmitted disease in the world and these morally constipated busybodies are willing to see their own daughters die of cancer rather than accept the fact that cannot control someone else’s sexual behavior.


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    Christopher D. Brown Says:

    This is important information and thanks for bringing it up. It is sad that we live in such an advanced society that is so willfully ignorant of science.


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    Calzie Says:

    I think your missing a multiplier in the sentence:

    “It’s certainly not based on real world data, because although twenty three doses of the HPV vaccine have been dispensed, not a single death has been linked to it. “

    Should it read “twenty three million” ?


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    L.Long Says:

    Except as a an allergic reaction to the viral medium (which is rare today) there is no way it could have done anything. But the prospect of facing ‘what did we do to harm our daughter’ or ‘what did our beautiful GOOD daughter do to herself’, it is easier to blame someone and something else. LIFE HAPPENS!! how about waiting for the autopsy? Oh you don’t want one? because of what you may find???!!!??


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    Sigivald Says:

    I didn’t think it was possible to overdose on diphenhydramine without the sort of doses you can’t get accidentally.

    Huh.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Calzie said:

    I think your missing a multiplier in the sentence:

    “It’s certainly not based on real world data, because although twenty three doses of the HPV vaccine have been dispensed, not a single death has been linked to it. “

    Should it read “twenty three million” ?

    oops. Yes, it’s twenty three million. I fixed it

            DV82XL said:

    In almost every country the vaccine hit the market in, its introduction has been embroiled in a medical, social, cultural, and political controversy. Some people have issues with the HPV vaccine because HPV infections of the sort being immunized for are transmitted primarily via sexual activity and because it prevents a sexually transmitted infection, the vaccine comes with a stigma. Some parents worry it promotes promiscuity. And is why it has been controversial and nothing more. The tragedy is HPV infection is the most frequently sexually transmitted disease in the world and these morally constipated busybodies are willing to see their own daughters die of cancer rather than accept the fact that cannot control someone else’s sexual behavior.

    The HPV vaccine has united different groups in its opposition. There are definitely those who think it somehow encourage or condone sex, but there are also the mainline anti-vaccine groups, who just think that vaccines are toxic substances that are produced by a corrupt government and pharmaceutical industry.

    I find the notion that the HPV vaccine encourages promiscuity to be nothing short of absurd.

    People will have sex and the threat of STD’s does not stop that from happening. Also, the dangers associated with sex remain roughly the same, even without HPV concerns. HPV sometimes causes cancer, but it’s far less worrisome than HIV, herpes or, for that matter, pregnancy.

    Noone has ever said “I’m vaccinated against HPV. I will now go out and have sex with lots and lots of people, whereas I would never do this if I were not vaccinated for HPV.”


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    Jim Says:

    I have read that in some countries people are blaming this vaccine for paralysis. It seems much more likely that the seemingly increasing reports of paralysis caused by viruses are related (eg enterovirus).


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    cloud Says:

    hmm. now that’s a good idea. why don’t we give the author of this blog an overdose…


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    Ronda Says:

    I am still wondering where you are getting your data? The kid died after getting the vaccine. This is not the first time that this has happened [ not only where this particular vaccine is used], and stating that she may have died from diphenhydramine overdose is short of absurd.


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    Ronda Says:

    http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2008/10/25/prominent-scientist-warns-of-hpv-vaccine-dangers.aspx

    The bottom line is that cancer is caused by cellular mutation. not viruses.


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    DV82XL Says:

            Ronda said:

    I am still wondering where you are getting your data? The kid died after getting the vaccine. This is not the first time that this has happened [ not only where this particular vaccine is used], and stating that she may have died from diphenhydramine overdose is short of absurd.

    Well before taking your word for it, we would like to see some evidence to back up these assertions from unbiased sources. As it stands all that was reported here is that a medical examiner Lynda Biedrzycki (a licensed physician, and quasi-legal official) ruled that Meredith died because of diphenhydramine intoxication. If you have access to some facts that would suggest that this finding should be overturned, please table it.

    That’s where we’re getting our information. where are you getting yours?


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    DV82XL Says:

    mercola.com – you have got to be kidding me. Joseph M. Mercola is an alternative medicine proponent and an osteopath.

    FDA Orders Dr. Joseph Mercola to Stop Illegal Claims

    He is a fraud and a quack


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    RONDA Says:

    What do you think made him an alternative med proponent?????
    No I am not kidding….
    vaccines cause illnesses and kill ….. You should show me some evidence since all of the people dying is not enough for you. And most licensed doctors have sold us out for the kick backs they get from selling the vaccines and then getting more business from the future illnesses they help create.


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    Ronda Says:

    And the FDA is one of the most corrupt dangerous agencies around…That, do nothing to protect us and also take payoffs to approve drugs for big pharma… where have you been for 50 years?


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    Ronda Says:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/048573_measles_deaths_MMR_vaccine_immunization_dangers.html

    http://www.fda.gov/biologicsbloodvaccines/vaccines/approvedproducts/ucm094042.htm [click into packet insert/end of page 2 ]
    GARDASIL has not been demonstrated to prevent HPV-related CIN 2/3 or worse in women older than 26 years of age.
    [See Clinical Studies (14.7).]


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    Ronda Says:

            Ronda said:

    http://www.naturalnews.com/048573_measles_deaths_MMR_vaccine_immunization_dangers.html

    http://www.fda.gov/biologicsbloodvaccines/vaccines/approvedproducts/ucm094042.htm

    [click into packet insert/end of page 2 ]
    GARDASIL has not been demonstrated to prevent HPV-related CIN 2/3 or worse in women older than 26 years of age.
    [See Clinical Studies (14.7).]

    GARDASIL has not been demonstrated to provide protection against disease from vaccine and non-vaccine HPV types to which a person has previously been exposed through sexual activity. [See Clinical Studies (14.4, 14.5).]
    And there is more only what we are seeing here right in front of us is far more staggering in numbers…
    Across the clinical studies, 258 individuals (GARDASIL N = 128 or 0.8%; placebo N = 130 or 1.0%) out of 29,323 (GARDASIL N = 15,706; AAHS control N = 13,023; or saline placebo N = 594) individuals (9- through 45-year-old girls and women; and 9- through 26-year-old boys and men) reported a serious systemic adverse reaction.
    Of the entire study population (29,323 individuals), 0.04% of the reported serious systemic adverse reactions were judged to be vaccine related by the study investigator. The most frequently (frequency of 4 cases or greater with either GARDASIL, AAHS control, saline placebo, or the total of all three) reported serious systemic adverse reactions, regardless of causality, were:
    Headache [0.02% GARDASIL (3 cases) vs. 0.02% AAHS control (2 cases)],
    Gastroenteritis [0.02% GARDASIL (3 cases) vs. 0.02% AAHS control (2 cases)],
    Appendicitis [0.03% GARDASIL (5 cases) vs. 0.01% AAHS control (1 case)],
    Pelvic inflammatory disease [0.02% GARDASIL (3 cases) vs. 0.03% AAHS control (4 cases)],
    Urinary tract infection [0.01% GARDASIL (2 cases) vs. 0.02% AAHS control (2 cases)],
    Pneumonia [0.01% GARDASIL (2 cases) vs. 0.02% AAHS control (2 cases)],
    Pyelonephritis [0.01% GARDASIL (2 cases) vs. 0.02% AAHS control (3 cases)],
    Pulmonary embolism [0.01% GARDASIL (2 cases) vs. 0.02% AAHS control (2 cases)].
    One case (0.006% GARDASIL; 0.0% AAHS control or saline placebo) of bronchospasm; and 2 cases (0.01% GARDASIL; 0.0% AAHS control or saline placebo) of asthma were reported as serious systemic adverse reactions that occurred following any vaccination visit.
    In addition, there was 1 individual in the clinical trials, in the group that received GARDASIL, who reported two injection-site serious adverse reactions (injection-site pain and injection-site joint movement impairment).
    Deaths in the Entire Study Population
    Across the clinical studies, 40 deaths (GARDASIL N = 21 or 0.1%; placebo N = 19 or 0.1%) were reported in 29,323 (GARDASIL N = 15,706; AAHS control N = 13,023, saline placebo N = 594) individuals (9- through 45-year-old girls and women; and 9- through 26-year-old boys and men). The events reported were consistent with events expected in healthy adolescent and adult populations. The most common cause of death was motor vehicle accident (5 individuals who received GARDASIL and 4 individuals who received AAHS control), followed by drug overdose/suicide (2 individuals who received GARDASIL and 6 individuals who received AAHS control), gunshot wound (1 individual who received GARDASIL and 3 individuals who received AAHS control), and pulmonary embolus/deep vein thrombosis (1 individual who received GARDASIL and 1 individual who received AAHS control). In addition, there were 2 cases of
    8
    sepsis, 1 case of pancreatic cancer, 1 case of arrhythmia, 1 case of pulmonary tuberculosis, 1 case of hyperthyroidism, 1 case of post-operative pulmonary embolism and acute renal failure, 1 case of traumatic brain injury/cardiac arrest, 1 case of systemic lupus erythematosus, 1 case of cerebrovascular accident, 1 case of breast cancer, and 1 case of nasopharyngeal cancer in the group that received GARDASIL; 1 case of asphyxia, 1 case of acute lymphocytic leukemia, 1 case of chemical poisoning, and 1 case of myocardial ischemia in the AAHS control group; and 1 case of medulloblastoma in the saline placebo group.
    Systemic Autoimmune Disorders in Girls and Women 9 Through 26 Years of Age
    In the clinical studies, 9- through 26-year-old girls and women were evaluated for new medical conditions that occurred over the course of follow-up. New medical conditions potentially indicative of a systemic autoimmune disorder seen in the group that received GARDASIL or AAHS control or saline placebo are shown in Table 9. This population includes all girls and women who received at least one dose of GARDASIL or AAHS control or saline placebo, and had safety data available.
    Table 9: Summary of Girls and Women 9 Through 26 Years of Age Who Reported an Incident Condition Potentially Indicative of a Systemic Autoimmune Disorder After Enrollment in Clinical Trials of GARDASIL, Regardless of Causality
    Conditions
    GARDASIL
    (N = 10,706)
    AAHS Control* or Saline Placebo
    (N = 9412)
    n (%)
    n (%)
    Arthralgia/Arthritis/Arthropathy†
    Autoimmune Thyroiditis
    Celiac Disease
    Diabetes Mellitus Insulin-dependent
    Erythema Nodosum
    Hyperthyroidism‡
    Hypothyroidism§
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease¶
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Nephritis#
    Optic Neuritis
    Pigmentation DisorderÞ
    Psoriasisß
    Raynaud’s Phenomenon
    Rheumatoid Arthritisà
    Scleroderma/Morphea
    Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    Uveitis
    120 (1.1)
    4 (0.0)
    10 (0.1)
    2 (0.0)
    2 (0.0)
    27 (0.3)
    35 (0.3)
    7 (0.1)
    2 (0.0)
    2 (0.0)
    2 (0.0)
    4 (0.0)
    13 (0.1)
    3 (0.0)
    6 (0.1)
    2 (0.0)
    1 (0.0)
    1 (0.0)
    3 (0.0)
    98 (1.0)
    1 (0.0)
    6 (0.1)
    2 (0.0)
    4 (0.0)
    21 (0.2)
    38 (0.4)
    10 (0.1)
    4 (0.0)
    5 (0.1)
    0 (0.0)
    3 (0.0)
    15 (0.2)
    4 (0.0)
    2 (0.0)
    1 (0.0)
    0 (0.0)
    3 (0.0)
    1 (0.0)
    All Conditions
    245 (2.3)
    218 (2.3)
    *AAHS Control = Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate
    †Arthralgia/Arthritis/Arthropathy includes the following terms: Arthralgia, Arthritis, Arthritis reactive, and Arthropathy
    ‡Hyperthyroidism includes the following terms: Basedow’s disease, Goiter, Toxic nodular goiter, and Hyperthyroidism
    §Hypothyroidism includes the following terms: Hypothyroidism and thyroiditis
    ¶Inflammatory bowel disease includes the following terms: Colitis ulcerative, Crohn’s disease, and Inflammatory bowel disease
    #Nephritis includes the following terms: Nephritis, Glomerulonephritis minimal lesion, Glomerulonephritis proliferative
    ÞPigmentation disorder includes the following terms: Pigmentation disorder, Skin depigmentation, and Vitiligo
    ßPsoriasis includes the following terms: Psoriasis, Pustular psoriasis, and Psoriatic arthropathy
    àRheumatoid arthritis includes juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. One woman counted in the rheumatoid arthritis group reported rheumatoid arthritis as an adverse experience at Day 130.
    N = Number of individuals enrolled
    n = Number of individuals with specific new Medical Conditions
    NOTE: Although an individual may have had two or more new Medical Conditions, the individual is counted only once within a category. The same individual may appear in different categories.


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    Shafe Says:

            Ronda said:

    GARDASIL has not been demonstrated to provide protection against disease from vaccine and non-vaccine HPV types to which a person has previously been exposed through sexual activity. [See Clinical Studies (14.4, 14.5).]
    And there is more only what we are seeing here right in front of us is far more staggering in numbers…

    Ronda, you clearly have no idea what you’re posting. Your cut & paste tells me:
    1 – Gardasil does not protect against HPV if you’ve had HPV before (through sexual activity.)
    2 – Adverse reactions are very low and are comparable to the placebo. So, you’ve just helped demonstrate that these vaccines are quite safe.

    The most common cause of death was motor vehicle accident

    From the looks of it, if Big Pharma is trying to kill us off with vaccines, they’d be better off waiting for us all to die in car accidents instead.


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    DV82XL Says:

            RONDA said:

    What do you think made him an alternative med proponent?????

    A desire to make lots and lots of money off of ignorant fools like you, and that holds true for that other fraud, Mike Adams of Natural News. You idiots prattle on about corruption in government agencies and you cannot see these con artists for what they are.


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    drbuzz0 Says:

            Ronda said:

    And the FDA is one of the most corrupt dangerous agencies around…That, do nothing to protect us and also take payoffs to approve drugs for big pharma… where have you been for 50 years?

    So the drug companies have bought the FDA…

    And apparently they have done the same with the WHO?

    And the major health agencies of every single country in the world?

    I mean it’s not like it’s just the FDA who will tell you that vaccines are safe and effective. It’s also the CDC, National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, Unicef, Health Canada, the National Health Service of the UK, The Australian Ministry of Health, ANSM (National Security Agency of Medicines and Health Products) of France, the German Federal Ministry of Health. I could go on and on.

    It’s amazing, when you consider vaccines account for less than 3% of pharmaceutical company revenue that they would go out of their way to buy off every single health-related government agency in every single country in the world and every single international health agency in the world.


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    DV82XL Says:

            drbuzz0 said:

    It’s amazing, when you consider vaccines account for less than 3% of pharmaceutical company revenue that they would go out of their way to buy off every single health-related government agency in every single country in the world and every single international health agency in the world.

    There was an item on the news tonight that speaks to this. Apparently the big pharmaceutical companies would rather stay away from developing both vaccinations and antibiotics because there is far more money to be made developing drugs for chronic problems like arthritis, benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction. It would seem the not only are the profits better in these areas, but the chance for being sued are far less.

    This is what you idiots have accomplished: your endless accusations of these products harming children have given the only people that can develop new ones to keep protecting us from these pathogens cold feet.

    Anyone that extends the view that these idiots are only harming themselves needs to rethink their position – this attack on conventional medicine can have far reaching effects.


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