Thursday, October 15, 2009

Who got to Dr. Diane Harper? Cervical cancer researcher retracts story warning about HPV vaccines

Whoops! Somebody slipped and told the truth, and big pharma - in this case, the evil Merck - doesn't much appreciate it. So, despite her having made this claim on multiple occasions to multiple sources, she claims she never said it at all. Perhaps Merck employed its hit team to intimidate Dr Harper into falling back in line, as if anything she says to the contrary of her previous statements have any credibility. She is now clearly compromised. Let us hope she remains safe. These people don't mess around.

    Natural News -

    Last week, NaturalNews reported public statements attributed to Dr. Diane Harper, a researcher who worked on both the Gardasil and Cevarix vaccines. A story appearing in the UK paper Sunday Express, entitled "Jab as deadly as the cancer," quoted Dr. Harper as saying the cervical cancer vaccine might be more dangerous than the cancer it was supposed to prevent.

    In the time since that story was published, Sunday Express has been under relentless attack by pro-pharma "scientific" journalists, drug companies and even Dr. Harper herself who now claims the entire story was wholly fabricated. In a "skeptics" blog published at The Guardian, Dr. Harper is now quoted as saying, "I did not say that Cervarix was as deadly as cervical cancer. I did not say that Cervarix could be riskier or more deadly than cervical cancer. I did not say that Cervarix was controversial..."

    Oh really?

    NaturalNews wonders: Who got to Dr. Diane Harper? Did she change her story after being threatened like many other pharmaceutical researchers have been?

    To answer this question, we took a trip in the way back machine and gathered some quotes attributed to Dr. Diane Harper by other news sources, including CBS News, US News & World Report, and several other news outlets.

    Here you'll see what Dr. Diane Harper really has said about Gardasil and HPV vaccines. Here are some of the highlights (dates and sources provided below):

    "We don't know yet what's going to happen when millions of doses of the vaccine have been given and to put in place a process that says you must have this vaccine, it means you must be part of a big public experiment. So we can't do that until we have more data." - Dr. Diane Harper

    "If we vaccinate 11 year olds and the protection doesn't last... We've put them at harm from side effects, small but real, for no benefit... The benefit to public health is nothing, there is no reduction in cervical cancers..." - Dr. Diane Harper

    "I think there's a strong possibility that Gardasil was the catalyst that set off the ALS [Lou Gehrig's Disease]. It could have been the straw that broke the camel's back in a child who was already predisposed to the condition. I do think it's wrong for physicians to tell parents that it's 100 percent safe." - Dr. Diane Harper

    "...neither physicians nor women should be lulled into a false sense of security [about the vaccine]" - Dr. Diane Harper

    "It is silly to mandate vaccination of 11- to 12-year-old girls There also is not enough evidence gathered on side effects to know that safety is not an issue. This vaccine has not been tested in little girls for efficacy. At 11, these girls don't get cervical cancer - they won't know for 25 years if they will get cervical cancer. ...To mandate now is simply to Merck's benefit, and only to Merck's benefit." - Dr. Diane Harper

    "Dr. Harper is afraid that the way the vaccine is being presented could actually have the effect of increasing the rate of cervical cancer in the U.S." - Michele Cagan, who interviewed Dr. Diane Harper for the Health Sciences Institute.

    Here are the full quotes (and links) from each of these sources (note that words in quotation marks are attributed directly to Dr. Diane Harper):

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