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As longtime readers of this blog know, I have had some significant concerns regarding Gardisil,* the HPV vaccine marketed heavily by Merck, regarding a number of issues including safety, efficacy and cost. On Thursday, Oct. 14 at 1 pm eastern time.  Fem2.0 will be hosting a radio program, The HPV Vaccine – What Some Mothers Think You Should Know, that addresses these very important issues.  According to the press release about the program,

When the HPV vaccine came on the market, it was promoted as a way to keep girls and young women safe from cervical cancer. Negative reaction came primarily from those who were concerned that it would encourage girls to have indiscriminate sex.  However, the focus changed when a pattern emerged showing that many who had received the vaccine were suffering adverse physical effects.  Families of these girls turned to social media to understand what was happening to their daughters, and to demand accountability.  This show brings together four women to discuss what they believe parents should know before making a decision about administering the vaccine to their daughters, and potentially, their sons.

The program will be hosted by Marcia G. Yerman, “author of a five-part series on the Gardasil vaccine for the women’s health site Empowher.  Yerman covers women’s health, women’s issues, tech, culture and the arts.  Her writing is archived at mgyerman.com and Huffington Post“.

Panelists will include:

  • Leslie Carol Botha is a Women’s Health Educator, author, publisher, and broadcast journalist.  She is an internationally recognized expert on women’s hormonal health. Her site is holyhormones.com.  Her work emphasizes the significance of the hormone cycle and its profound relationship to women’s psyche. Over the past three years, Botha has been heavily involved and dedicated in using the media to share information with the public about the potential dangers of the HPV vaccines.  She is a member of TruthAboutGardasil.org and is one of six women who presented research and data to the FDA in March of 2010 on the alarming statistics of Gardasil and Cervarix deaths, injuries and harm, specifically in comparison to other vaccines.
  • Marian Greene is a social activist, and mother of a vaccine injured child.  She is the co-founder and Chairwoman of the TruthAboutGardasil.org.  Her stated goal is to provide both information and emotional support to other parents. She believes it is essential that the public be educated, so that they are able to make informed decisions for the health of their families. Her mission is to provide this information in an easy to understand manner, while educating politicians, physicians, parents, and the general public.
  • Rosemary Mathis is a Finance Manager for a leading world retailer, and the mother of a vaccine injured child. She is co-founder of TruthAboutGardasil.org and SaneVax.Org.  At Truth About Gardasil, she identified the need for a place to connect the victims of the Gardasil vaccine.  Since additional HPV vaccines have been introduced into the market, she has partnered with others to co-found Sane Vax, Inc. (non-profit) to represent all of the HPV Vaccine Victims, as well as those harmed by other vaccines.  Mathis is Vice President of Victim Support and on the Board of Directors of SaneVax, Inc. The SaneVax mission is to promote safe, affordable, necessary, and effective vaccines and vaccination practices through education and information.
  • Jodi Speakman is a certified paralegal and works full-time at a law firm.  She has been active in promoting awareness of adverse reactions to Gardasil since her daughter, Victoria, became seriously ill in February 2008. Since that time, she has posted “Victoria’s Story” on thousands of websites and has spent “countless hours” researching the adverse effects of Gardasil. Speakman has been interviewed by numerous media outlets. She authored a synopsis of her daughter’s symptoms which appears on the National Vaccine Information Center’s website. She speaks publicly about her daughter’s adverse reaction to the Gardasil vaccine in an effort to educate others.  Speakman is the administrator of the Facebook group, “Stop Gardasil – Victoria’s Story.”

The show is part of the Fem2.0‘s online radio series, which covers topics and issues relevant to women, their families, and their lives. Fem2.0 brings together women’s advocacy and online communities to further the connection between women’s voices and today’s issues.

You can listen to the show here and call (724) 444-7444, Call ID: 74229 to submit question or send via Twitter with the hashtags #Fem2 or #Gardisil during the broadcast.

*See also these posts about Gardisil, here and here.

 October 11, 2010  Posted by on October 11, 2010

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