According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Gardasil ingredients include proteins of HPV types 6,11,16,18,31, 33, 45, 52, and 58; amorphous aluminum hydroxyphosphate sulfate; yeast protein; sodium chloride; L-histidine; polysorbate 80; sodium borate; and water for injection.
What is an Adjuvant?
An adjuvant, in immunology, is an agent added to a vaccination in order to enhance the immune system response to a vaccine’s particular antigen. An adjuvant is included within the vaccination itself along with the antigen to help the body produce antibodies against that specific antigen. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that adjuvants “help vaccines work better” by helping the body produce antibodies as protection against the disease being vaccinated against.
However, these adjuvants present in Gardasil have been shown to cause serious side effects.
Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxyphosphate Sulfate (AAHS) is an additive in Gardasil meant to produce a stronger and longer immune response. Aluminum, however, is known to be neurotoxic if it accumulates in the brain.
According to a study published in Scientific Reports, “the brain is a target tissue for accumulation of aluminum.” The study confirms previous research that higher levels of aluminum exist in the brain tissue of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, autism, and multiple sclerosis.
There is no human safety testing data on AAHS. Merck has refused to provide Neither Merck nor governmental regulators have safety-tested AAHS in humans.
The many toxic effects of aluminum include:
- Impairing cognitive and motor function
- Altering of DNA, chromatin RNA structure
- Inducing autoimmune interactions and macrophagic myofasciitis, a rare muscle disease
- Blocking neuronal signaling
- Binding to protein and affecting protein function
- Inhibiting antioxidant enzyme action
- Interfering with synaptic transmission and disrupting mitochondria and organelles in cells
Polysorbate 80 is a substance that reduces the surface tension of liquids; it is used in vaccines as an emulsifier to keep ingredients evenly distributed throughout the liquids. It weakens the blood-brain barrier and binds tightly to aluminum, and has been associated with anaphylactic shock along with hypersensitivity. The American College of Pediatrics has warned that Gardasil is linked to a condition called Premature Ovarian Failure, also known as early menopause, noting that either the aluminum or polysorbate 80 may be what’s causing the condition.
Sodium Borate (Borax)
Sodium Borate, also known as Borax, has been banned in food in the United States due to its potential to harm the male reproductive system and the developing fetus. The acute toxic reactions it can cause when eaten or inhaled raises the question of what types of reactions this adjuvant can cause when it’s injected into the human body, as the intensity of toxic reactions can change with the route of exposure.
The chemical compound, L-Histidine, also called Histidine, is the compound the body uses to make another chemical, Histamine. Histamines are a part of the body’s own immune system, produced in an effort to rid itself of harmful substances (eg. pollen, food, grass); they are also involved in many additional bodily functions that involve the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and the respiratory system.
Genetically Modified Yeast
Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the type of yeast used in the Gardasil vaccine, can cause an autoimmune response in the body leading to autoimmune disease. A study published in PubMed.gov stated that “a growing number of studies have detected high levels of ASCAs [antibodies to S. cerevisiae] in patients affected with autoimmune diseases.”
Undisclosed HPV DNA Fragments
Samples of Gardasil examined by Dr. Sin Hang Lee, a pathologist with expertise in DNA sequencing and DNA sequence analysis, found fragments of actual HPV DNA.
Dr. Lee said, “HPV DNA in Gardasil is not ‘natural’ DNA. It is a recombinant HPV DNA (rDNA), genetically engineered, to be inserted into yeast cells for virus-like-particle (VLP) protein production. rDNA is known to behave differently from natural DNA. It may enter a human cell, especially in an inflammatory lesion caused by the effects of the aluminum adjuvant, via poorly understood mechanisms … Once a segment of recombinant DNA is inserted into a human cell, the consequences are hard to predict.”
These HPV DNA fragments are not disclosed in the package insert.
Why is there a Lawsuit being filed against Merck?
The lawsuit accuses Merck of purposely downplaying the potential risk of Gardasil; including a neurotoxic aluminum compound, secret DNA adjuvant, and potentially hazardous DNA fragments of HPV.
Merck has been accused of negligence, failure to warn about side effects, manufacturing a defective drug, breach of warranty, fraud, and violation of the State’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
How can a Personal Injury Attorney Help?
Kwartler Manus aggressively fights for the rights of consumers to be honestly informed about the risks and benefits associated with any drugs, vaccinations, chemicals, or medical devices.If you or your child experienced an adverse event after receiving the Gardasil vaccine, Kwartler Manus, LLC is here for you. We want to help you recover compensation from Merck because we believe in holding these kinds of manufacturers accountable.