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About June 3rd, 2008

Ambivalence. 11:28 pm
i've recently taken up "stumbling" as my main source of internet time wasting.

it's pretty interesting most of the time. and it's great for the ADD in me that needs to be sated which is why i've temporarily stopped doing whatever it was i was supposed to be doing...

a few minutes ago i was offered this. because it was filed under "politics". which starts you off with a hint on how retarded this is about to be: some unsound and unintelligent rant-piece disguised as "researched" and reasoned, so scare people away from the HPV vaccine. they start off with the main tactic used in pieces like this, misrepresentation. that way, it's not a "lie" per se, but it's offered in an inaccurate context so that you make different conclusions that what the observations actually say.

like, oh, pointing to slightly more than 6000 examples of "issues" filed after receiving the vaccine as an argument directly against the "FDA [claiming] that adverse reactions to this vaccine are rare..."

i'm sure you can see where this is going. "6000? now i may not know how many young women have received this yet... but i'm pretty sure it's a large enough number to make 6000 out of it to be an extremely small percentage." and you'd be right. according to the CDC, as of 2007, 7 million doses have been given.

yeah that's right, 7,000,000.

does anyone know how to do some maths? no wait, i'll get it. 6,000 / 7,000,000 = 0.000857 otherwise known as 0.09%. or less than 9 out of every ten thousand people to get vaccinated. ahh but you may say that's still an unacceptable  rate of people getting seriously harmed or permanently altered or DEAD. let's follow the link they offer for proof of those 6000. let's look at the first report that comes up:
Patient fainted after receiving her second dose of Gardisil Vaccine. Patient c/o headache and pain in back of her head. Returned to office 12/28/06 for exam. Still c/o head pain. To call office prn with followup.
OMFG SHE FAINTED BAN IT NOW. who cares about getting cancer when there are HEADACHES HAPPENING.

now, i don't know how many are serious injuries or death, but it's much much less than 0.09%, as you can see if you flip through those. but there's another issue that comes up a lot in medical tests: what caused what? now, if all you mention is (a) this one girl got gardasil and (b) she's dead... boy does that sound suspicious, right? but the age that women most likely get gardasil is also the age the most of the crazy shit goes down, right? adolescence.

now, i'm not saying that gardasil is completely safe. i have no idea. but as with most things i bitch about, i have a problem with the argument being posited.

this is retarded.

oh and, hey guess what?
Joanne Waldron is a computer scientist with a passion for writing and sharing health-related news and information with others. She runs the Naked Wellness: The Gentle Health Revolution forum, which is devoted to achieving radiant health, well-being, and longevity.
wtf? what is this, the amazon.com reviews??

but then i think... wait. isn't it actually helpful to the grand scheme of humanity if these homeopaths and the stupid sheep that listen to them go ahead and die of being retarded...?
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