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Bachmann Politicizes Cervical Cancer

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Posted on Sep 15, 2011
AP / Mike Carlson

Rep. Michele Bachmann pontificates during Monday’s Republican presidential debate in Tampa, Fla.

Doctors, public health officials and academics spoke out this week in support of the HPV vaccine after Michele Bachmann thoughtlessly railed against it.

Bachmann claimed the vaccine against the cancer-causing human papillomavirus was a “very dangerous drug” that could lead to “mental retardation.” But after a barrage of criticism from even some of her own adoring fans, Bachmann admitted that she may not have been qualified to make such a statement.

About 6 million Americans become infected with HPV each year and more than 4,000 women die of cervical cancer. Someone should explain to Bachmann the difference between fact and fiction. —BF

The Guardian:

Professor Gregory Zimet, co-leader of the cancer control programme at Indiana University, said of Bachmann’s comments: “People will say there’s no evidence for it and that is true, there is no evidence. But I would go further: Bachmann is absolutely wrong.”

He added: “Part of the issue will be how long the discussion is prominent in the news. If this is brought up every time the Republican candidates have a debate, if misinformation is repeatedly expressed and covered nationally, it can have a negative effect.”

The uptake of the vaccine has already suffered a major backlash in the US in response to what some critics viewed as an overly aggressive marketing strategy and anxiety from the religious right that the vaccine would promote sexual promiscuity among young girls.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend that girls receive the HPV vaccine at the of age 11 or 12, before they begin having sex.

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By jojojo, September 16, 2011 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

Cancer is politicized regularly.

Breast Cancer, for instance.

Prostate Cancer strikes more often than Breast Cancer, and kills nearly as many, yet gets less than 50% as much research funding.

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By Amitola, September 16, 2011 at 8:02 am Link to this comment
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Actually, it was “Gov. Ricky Parry’ who politicized the issue by having his state government ‘mandate’ that all pre-teen girls get the Gardasil vaccine.  Essentially, he’s using the girls in TX as a medical experiment in order to get campaign cash from Merck.

I’m not a medical scientist, but if the vaccine prevents the HPV virus from activating - why not mandate that boys should get it, too?  They may not develop serious diseases like cervical cancer - but they are carriers and spreaders of the virus.

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By prisnersdilema, September 16, 2011 at 7:33 am Link to this comment

“In fact, the amount of adverse reactions was so high that Judicial Watch, a group that claims to expose government corruption, was forced to step in. Between May 2009 and September 2010 alone, Gardasil was linked to 3,589 harmful reactions and 16 deaths. Of the 3,589 adverse reactions, many were debilitating. Permanent disability was the result of 213 cases; 25 resulted in the diagnosis of Guillain-Barre Syndrome; and there were 789 other “serious” reports according to FDA documents” Link above

Ridicule, is a tried and true technique of those that try and discredit scientific evidence.

Big pharma, doesn’t care about your health, they only want your money even if it kills you.

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By SoTexGuy, September 16, 2011 at 3:44 am Link to this comment

Bachmann was trolling for the most rabid Big Government conspiracy theory Patiers. The HPV vaccine program was just a handy target..

Immunizations are for current-day groups like the Tea Party what fluoride in drinking water was for earlier bunches of nuts and flakes. That was a government plan to not only prevent cavities in our kids but to pollute everyone’s vital essence.. and stuff like that.

Nowadays it’s flu-shots and similar programs. The nut-sites are braying that these shots are, among other things; programming us, taking away our virility or conversely our fertility, causing autism, dumbing us down, tagging us with radioactive flags.. and much more.

This is not to say there are not some concerns over the real need or efficacy of some of these programs. And why can’t decisions about some vaccinations be put in the parent’s hands? .. These are real concerns. The rest of the hype and hysteria is hoopla for Bachmann’s base.


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By Octopodian, September 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm Link to this comment

U.S. Out Of Bachmann’s Cervix!

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By berniem, September 15, 2011 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment

The collective intelligence of the American people has fallen so low that we actually seriously consider the pronouncements of individuals like Bachmann, Perry, Palin, Santorum, et al and base decisions on these rather than actually seeking out the facts for ourselves!

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By Jimnp72, September 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm Link to this comment

“He added: “Part of the issue will be how long the discussion is prominent in the news. If this is brought up every time the Republican candidates have a debate, if misinformation is repeatedly expressed and covered nationally, it can have a negative effect.”
Ya think???

This has been the repug strategy for years, as it was for Nazism-tell a lie often enough, and people will come to believe it.
Look what they did to Kerry.

Moron point to the article, though, is Bachman’s relentless and ceaseless verbal diarrhea.
Her face makes another good halloween mask.

Russ Feingold for president.

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By prisnersdilema, September 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

No Bachman didn’t politicize it. Merk did. When they ignored the 49 deaths so far and
thousands of debilitating injuries caused by this vaccine.

just add it to the list of disninformation by big Pharma designed to maximize wealth.

Like many of the other nightmare drug approvals by corporate owned FDA, this will have
to be withdrawn eventually after much carnage, this time to children.

I guess that makes them baby killers now doesn’t it.

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