HPV Scare – Catholic ‘Evidence’

A link sent to me by my concerned, rational daughter today: http://healthimpactnews.com/2013/studyhpv-vaccine-linked-to-premature-menopause-in-young-girls/

nonsense

My first thoughts, purely based on the look of the website and the words it uses (think Natural News and What Doctors Don’t Tell You) was this is surely scaremongering

However, on careful reading of it and other sources, including the abstract from the published paper is that it is scaremongering, unscientific, fallacious bullshit.

The extra fact for me is the type of sources that credulously promote it.

The ‘study’ was based on three patients, and falls foul of at least a couple of basic logical fallacies. Coupled with the fact that Dr Deidre Little is a Catholic activist (I wonder why they would be against HPV 🙂 .She concludes that “The diagnostic tasks were to determine the reason for her secondary amenorrhoea and then to investigate for possible causes of the premature ovarian failure identified. Although the cause is unknown in 90% of cases, the remaining chief identifiable causes of this condition were excluded.” In other words, this young girl fits in the unknown cause group, and there was no evidence whatsoever that Gardasil was a causal factor.

Here is some more stuff – judge for yourself:
The extract of the paper: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23902317
(I’m not an immunologist or statistician, but THREE cases, noted after the HPV vaccine was given? Post hoc proctor hoc anyone?)

Other sources:

http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2012/10/30/ovarian-failure-caused-by-gardasil-not-so-fast/

http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/religion-gardasil/
http://www.csicop.org/si/show/the_hpv_vaccine_controversy
http://blogorganon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/antivaccine-post-hoc-ignorant-reasoning.html
http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/16864/did-the-lead-developer-of-the-hpv-vaccine-come-out-against-it
http://www.skepticalraptor.com/skepticalraptorblog.php/large-study-supports-safety-gardasil-hpv-vaccine/

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