I just have to say. I am a rather reluctant participant in this anti-vaccination nonsense. I am not “pro-vaccine” I am anti misinformation. I like to help people with acute injury and illness. There is already enough to go around without vaccine preventable diseases. I am tired of the quotes out of context. I am tired of the fake, but official looking, “science”. I don’t want to see people suffer and die. Unlike many anti-vaccination, GMO people, I am actually there when it happens. The Anti-cult is drawing in many smart people, including some of my friends. But I have come to notice something. It is only middle class people who are buying into it. The highly educated scientists don’t. The poor people who do whatever they need to in order to get these life saving treatments don’t. But here I am again. Fighting the good fight. Why? Because some things are worth fighting for.
Today I was sent another anti-vaccination propaganda video. I don’t know who produced it, but it is a lie and a conspiracy theory. This may come as a shock, but the USA is not the center of the world. It’s healthcare system is number 37 in the world, and no for profit healthcare system in the world functions effectively.
Vaccines are not some insideous plot. People create these crazy theories because they have no contact with the people involved. The people who do research. That is me and my colleagues. I’m not making any money off of it I can assure you. My friends do not get together and say “how can we create a grande money making conspiracy?”
Doctors around the world who actually understand the science behind this stuff almost unanimously agree on the benefits. The people who don’t agree for whatever reason, and there are a few, are so minimal they are basically outcasts, some of whom have been caught making up false studies and have had their medical licenses permanently revoked. It seems ludicrous to take advice or information from somebody who has been banned for fraud. Yet people do. They even cite the fraudulent research!
In many nations around the world, from Asia through Europe, Australia, and even South America, tested the safety of vaccines. THERE IS NO LINK TO AUTISM. NONE. ANYONE WHO SELLS THAT IS A FOOL OR A LIAR. The effects of various chemicals are known.
Furthermore. Not only the top, but most healthcare systems operate based on cost savings. Hep B and HPV vaccines help prevent cancer. CANCER! that saves a lot of money in treatment and healthcare costs. Millions or billions. It protects lives. People don’t have to suffer the loss of quality of life or functions .
Vaccines for Polio, Measles, save lives. 10s of thousands of lives a year. If you don’t believe me, take a trip to Afghanistan or Pakistan where anti-vaccination campaigns have devastated populations. Forget TV, go see it with your own eyes.
Rubella, causes massive and permanant birth defects. How does being deaf or blind affect a child’s life? How about massive central nervous system and physical deformities?
In the US and other civilized nations, you do not see what these diseases do very often.
Vaccines against parainfluenza and Haemophilus influenzae have helped prevent croup and epiglotitis. Those are respiratory infections that kill people. Particularly children.
Tetanus vaccination saves lives every day in the USA.
RhoGam, the medication used to prevent RH incompatable fetal morbidity and mortality is a product of vaccine science. Nobody claims if MMR causes vaccine injury then RhoGam must by the same mechanism.
There are vaccines against TB. The US chooses not to use use because it is cheaper to test people with PPD instead of chest X-rays. No other reason! It is given here to children on their first day of life. To protect them from TB. No healthcare worker who has a TB vaccination here needs to be tested yearly with PPD. Who is making money off of that? Look at the treatment for TB. It is like chemotherapy, the world’s finest poisons. Let me just speak a moment of Chemo. It is a poison, it is designed to kill cells. It is used in medicine to kill cancer cells. (unfortunately, it doesn’t discriminate too well, it is not perfect. You do not order cancer cure like you do a big mac off the menu)
Anytime you want I will explain to you the details of vaccination science down to the very atomic level, with proteins and interactions even many doctors do not understand, because they have not been taught to that level.
When I started publishing papers on NGAL, I was proud of my efforts. I showed my work to my friends. Doctors you and I know and have worked with. What did they say? “That’s great Mike, but I have no idea what it means.”
There are different levels of knowledge. “Doctor” is not the highest level. “Medical doctor” is a professional degree to practice medicine, not to understand the most advanced levels of science. Without undue modesty, I have both a Medical degree and a scientific one. (PhD), in 2 and 1/2 years I learned more trying to earn that PhD than MDs learn. If nobody did, there would be no reason to get the second degree.
GMO foods are by definition, manipulating the DNA of plants in order to get better crops. Nobody bitched about Mendel when he was doing that with flowers to get pretty colors. GMO foods actually help crops survive so when there is a drought or insect swarms in countries like the US; crops are not wiped out and famine such as that seen in Africa do not result. That saves lives. Now I will admit their business practices usually suck, and they are quite greedy businesses. But it sure beats watching your kid starve because you cannot afford or find food. (By the way, if you like conspiracies, look at who and how much anti-GMO people are paid.)
The cure for cancer. The best researchers in the world are working on modifying human DNA. Just like GMO plants. Why? Because that is how diseases like cancer, AIDS, and heart disease will be cured. Imagine a vaccine against HIV or Ebola! These medical treatments work the exact same way as GMO crops and vaccines. We just don’t have the tehcnology or knowhow to make it work in people. It has implications even for trauma. regrowing limbs or organs! It is all the same science and same techniques.
The British are working on genetically manufactured blood from stem cells. Imagine the implications of that! An unlimited supply of perfectly clean blood of every type made in a lab! What has that got to do with vaccines? The very same knowledge and techniques are used to try and make both.
My friends. They are doctors and scientists. Some of them work in the hospital, some in lab, some, like me, in both. One of my friends works in a high level position for Bayer (the drug company) She is not some evil conspiracist out to make money. She tries to find ways to make IV contrast for CT safer. So less people will suffer acute kidney injury or renal failure. She does this to help people, not to make money.
We all have to make money. If I could do my job for free I would. But I need a place ot live. I need food. I like to do things like go on vacation. I honestly don’t make much. My monthly salary is less than $700 USD. I don’t “believe” in vaccinations or GMOs. I understand how they work. I understand some people will have negative outcomes. But they are extremely rare. Some will even die from it. But your chances of being killed or permanently disabled by the disease vaccines prevent are much much higher. Hundreds of thousands of times higher.
There is an increase in autism diagnosis, because we have better understanding and testing methods. Autism shows up the same time many vaccines are given. It is just the way early childhood development works. Anyone who has kids knows when they are first born they don’t do much more than reflexive behavior, eat, sleep, and defecate. How would you know a kid has autism at that age? You can’t. It is diagnosed at the same stage of development many vaccines are given. But it is like the graph of global warming vs. number of pirates. One has nothing to do with the other.
Many of these deniers and anti-vacc, anti GMO are like a cult or religion. They believe in what they say. But THEY ARE WRONG. What they advocate is the same as religious people who tell parents to pray instead of going to doctors when their kids are sick. Who refuse life saving therapies like blood transfusion. Now they have a new god, “natural living.” Look at nature outside of a developed country. It is cruel. Children, babies die, whole families die. populations die. At all ages. From things like the flu.
This free video is made to look professional and informative by con artists. Cultists. People who do not understand so they make shit up like “the sun comes up because Apollo rides his fiery chariot across the sky every day. They make stuff up to feel better about their own ignorance. To explain what they do not know or understand. They want others to be like them. Because then everyone is equally uninformed.
Like I said. I will help you or anyone else understand. But I cannot change an irrational belief with knowledge. All I can do for that is be there when things go wrong and try to help make it better.
Have you ever noticed the most vehement anti-vacc anti-GMO people spend the most time “researching it”? Have you ever noticed most of their efforts go into seeking why it causes harm? They are not looking for answers or truth. They are looking for evidence to verify what they believe. Like anything else. When you say the lie and surround yourself with it long enough, first it looks reasonable. Then it looks indisputable. But that doesn’t make it factual. Truth and fact are different.
By the way. Courts don’t rule on medicine. They rule on who tells the best story. Ask any lawyer. Also, malpractice companies as well as pharm companies, will settle for an amount that is less than the cost of fighting in court. They are not making moral decisions to stand up for what is right. They are paying to make things go away with the least cost. You want to stop the big pharm money making conspiracy? Easy. Legislate price controls on medications like every other civilized country has.
I have watched this video. It is garbage. Just like the propaganda State controlled TV in dictatorships use. Very official. Very convincing. But still a lie.
Finally, some people take up the anti-vacc cause under the guise of the right to choose. Ok. I have to agree with that. Nobody should take away your right to choose. But they should not have to live with the consequences of your choice either. That means you should pay the total medical costs. You should pay damages to others. You should not be able to put others at risk. That means things like “no Disneyland or school for your kids.” There is something called a social contract. In order to be part of society, aka the group, you don’t steal, you don’t murder, you don’t put people at risk of infection for communicable diseases. If somebody who knowingly has HIV infection has unprotected sex they risk infecting others; we charge them with a crime and put them in jail. What makes that reasonable but not the same for say…Measles?
I am waiting for an answer to that one…