Note: Josh sent this letter to "...every member of the Maryland state house and senate, and every school board member, and every member of the governor’s staff in Maryland." You can read the full letter with attachments here. From IPAK. The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge is a not-for-profit organization* which exists to perform scientific research in the public interest. We use the principles and practices of scientific research to help individual researchers, research teams, consortia, and companies push their project through roadblocks, or map their way around them via evidence-based alternatives.
The following is a letter dated February 21, 2018, written by father and IPAK Advisory Board Member and concerned citizen Josh Mazer. It highlights, among other things, an obvious increase in death due to all causes in the studies on Gardisil™ safety, and an increase in the relative risk of suicide among patients in those studies. Josh has given permission for anyone who can use the information contained in this letter in any format they choose to inform their own school boards, Boards of Health, legislators etc. that the people will not tolerate the use of public schools as a place to advertise Gardasil™, a faulty and defective product. These are the facts. Feel free to cut and paste them into your own letters and emails. The evidence of unacceptable levels of risk of injury is overwhelming. It is the considered opinion of this scientist that support for Gardasil™ use on any population must be dropped in the United States of America and its territories. -James Lyons-Weiler, PhD, on behalf of The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge, its Advisory Board, and members of the Society for Pure and Applied Knowledge.
Dear Maryland Senator,
I have great respect for Governor Hogan. I appreciate his empathetic desire to help reduce and prevent cancers that cause terrible suffering and death for Maryland residents and others. A secretive campaign to market human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations in Maryland state schools is not a proper public health policy strategy to accomplish those goals.
A career registered nurse in Montgomery County schools gave me the two letters attached below (“HPV1” and “HPV2”). She told me that she felt she was being “forced” to market the vaccine to students, that she objected to the policy, and that she was scared to speak out for fear of losing her job.
The first letter (HPV1 ) was authorized by Dr. Ken Lin Tai , Director, Maryland Department of Health Center for Cancer Prevention and Control . Her office originated, wrote, and approved the letter. Dr. Jinlene Chan MD, MPH , and Dr. Dennis Schrader signed off on it. Per my conservation with Dr. Chan Thursday Feb 16 2018, 10:07am, it was sent to every school superintendent in the State of Maryland.
The second letter (HPV2) is from Montgomery County Assistant Superintendent Dr. Johnathan T. Brice, instructing all the principals in his district to comply with the DOH directive.
The letters detail a surreptitious campaign to market the HPV vaccine in State schools. There was no public discussion, approval process, or any effort to inform parents. The ethical violation is obvious. Dr. Tai’s directive is strongly coercive state action interfering with free and informed consent – using words like “imperative” to give the vaccine, pressing it through schools, and blurring the line between mandated “school-entry” required vaccines and an ACIP-recommended vaccine.
In addition to the ethical concerns, the letters contain fraudulent information and thus potentially might be considered part of a conspiracy to defraud consumers and children in particular. The following inaccurate statements in the Tai/Chan letter are in quotes, with my rebuttal following:
- “the critical public health crisis of under-vaccination of Maryland adolescents against HPV”- low uptake rates of HPV vaccine does not constitute a “public health crisis.” The uptake rate in Japan is now less than 1%, country wide.
- HPV “pos[es] a significant public health risk” – not true. More than 98% of HPV infections clear naturally (WHO info).
- The vaccine can protect “before exposure” – Evidence strongly suggests that a significant proportion of preteens have HPV infections at the time of vaccination that they acquired other than by sexual contact. Children who are HPV positive at the time of vaccination (PCR or serology) are likely at increased risk of HPV infection based on clinical trial data (“negative efficacy ” for those positive for HPV at time of vaccination).