Thursday, April 10, 2014

USA Today: Manipulation on Display





Here we go again. The mainstream media sinks to a new low in this piece of rubbish that, considering the number of professional hucksters quoted, appears to have been written by the vaccine establishment itself.

The article,  ostensibly written by a one Yamiche Alcindor, gets off to a bad start even before it starts. The inane title “Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life” foreshadows the manipulation and deception to follow.

The underlying goal of  Ms. Alcindor's article is to make it appear that people are blameworthy or responsible for events that they took no action to cause. To do this the authors attempt to create the false perception that we are doing SOMETHING when we are doing NOTHING.

Let's begin our deconstruction of this piece and its assertions with an examination of the title, "giving diseases a 2nd life."

Giving second life can be seen in two ways. The first is stopping an action you were already engaged in. For example if I were a boxer winning a match, I could slow my attack and allow my opponent to recover thus giving him a second life. Or I could do something like donate a kidney to someone close to death. One is an action while the other is the cessation of an action. In the case of infectious illnesses, I’m certainly not actively helping the germ as in the kidney analogy. And I’m not pulling back from a vaccination commitment because I’ve never made such a commitment. As such, I think the “giving a second life” claim fails badly.

The piece continues with the shopworn claim that those who become infected without their knowledge are "spreaders, infectors and transmitters."
  • people who carry the bacteria can sometimes transmit it to others, who will in turn become sick. 
  • Yet as Samantha Purkiss learned, bringing infected people to the emergency department is simply another way to spread disease. 
  • Schuchat says, the infected spread it in their communities. 
  • Many might not know they are carrying a disease but can still be contagious and pass it on before symptoms arrive.
Germs use people to spread themselves. We do not ACT to spread them. Since the incessant use of the words spread and transmit are employed to create the impression we are to blame for acts of nature or God, it is vital to understand that only actions (or the failure to take actions we’ve voluntarily accepted) justify blame. As such attempts to blame us for being used by another organism against our will and knowledge are ridiculous. Remember, being acted upon is not the same as acting.

The article continues it's theme in another form with this charge:
people actively choosing not to are helping diseases once largely relegated to the pages of history books — including measles — make a comeback in cities across the nation,
“…actively choosing not to?? LOL. Looks like they’re trying to make it look like we’re DOING something when were not. Ironic that the people asking us to trust them with our children’s health are so blatantly deceptive.

As to the “helping” part, it’s another laughable attempt to make non-actions seems like actions. What did we do to help the germs? Well since we didn’t DO anything, we didn’t do anything to help the germs. It's not a difficult concept to grasp but somehow it seems to elude the vaccine cheerleaders in the media.

Now that we've debunked the clumsy attempts to demonize parents who don't vaccinate, let's move on to the specific cases mentioned in the article and accompanying video. The first case deals with an infant who sadly died of a pertussis infection: a rare outcome in infants - most often those under six months of age. Ms. Alcindor states:
The mother, who was inoculated years before giving birth to Brady, later learned that she could have gotten a booster shot during her pregnancy that likely would have saved Brady's life.
Unfortunately, if this mother would have contracted pertussis naturally as a child she would have likely had 30 years to life time immunity to the illness. Her immunity would have protected her child. But, because she was vaccinated with a poor vaccine, she assumed she was protected when she wasn't.

It's also odd Ms. Alcindor classifies pertussis as a "vaccine preventable disease" considering the first series of injections does not provide adequate protection until three are given between the ages of 2 and 6 months. After that the vaccine does such a good job of prevention, you need booster after booster after booster well into adulthood.

As to the actual risks of a baby dying from pertussis, they are tiny. In the United States there are about four million births and around 20 deaths each year. And it is estimated that there are between five hundred thousand to a million cases each year. So the death rate is minuscule. Of course the media only want you to engage your emotions and assume that by seeing the story of a rare death you'll abandon reason and assume this tiny risk is something you should be concerned with.

The establishment realizes how they can distort our perceptions with these tactics and is on record encouraging this shameless exploitation of dead or suffering children. Glen Nowak, Director of Communications, Centers for Disease Control, Presentation at the 2004 Vaccine Summit announced:
Vaccination demand...is related to heightened concern, anxiety, and worry. Pictures of children who have died can be particularly motivating
It should reassure readers that Sweden, after unacceptable number of reactions associated with the old-whole cell vaccine abandoned pertussis vaccination for seventeen years and deaths were almost non-existent

Continuing, Ms Alcindor then shares the tragic case of Jeremiah Mitchell, a little boy who lost his arms and legs due to an invasive infection that is so rare the CDC does not even recommend those in Jeremiah's age group be vaccinated against it. She opines:
Jeremiah was exposed because someone brought the disease into their community.
No Jeremiah was exposed because he went into a germ-filled world. Just like we’re exposed to the cold when we leave our home on a cold day. And no one “brought” it into the community because it IS in the community. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Health:
At any given time, about 10-15 percent of all people are believed to carry N. meningitis in their throats and nasal passages.
She also presents a heartbreaking video of Jeremiah dealing with the aftermath of his illness. It's a harrowing story but one that is extraordinarily rare. But rare occurrences do happen in a nation of over three hundred million people. And if someone wants to draw from all those people and travel back far enough in time, examples to further a particular agenda can be found and communicated to us through video or pictures.

But a video or picture, in and of itself, is not an argument to vaccinate or do anything else. That's because a picture appears without context or facts. It does not provide data on actual risks. It does not tell you the circumstances surrounding an illness. It simply attempts to engage the emotions with the hope that those emotions will override reason and create unwarranted fear, turning us into people who can be manipulated and controlled.

A picture does not say if the child had an underlying condition most children don't? It does not say it the child was exposed to second-hand smoke - a risk factor for developing invasive meningococcal disease? And it does not tell us if that child on some medication that made him or her more vulnerable to invasive illness.

Pictures presented in such a way only show us what the presenter wants us to see. They don't reveal a deeper picture.

Moving away from this tragedy, let's examine some ancillary points made by USA Today and it's team of vaccine shills. Ms. Alcindor writes:
Many continue to believe the debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, while others don't trust the federal government or the pharmaceutical companies responsible for these vaccines.
Of course the “idea that vaccines cause autism” hasn’t debunked. It hasn’t even been studied. The only things that have been studied in any serious manner are one vaccine ingredient, thimerosal, and one, that’s right just one vaccine: the MMR. So to say that vaccines have been exonerated as a possible cause of autism is misleading at best and deceitful at worst. As to the author’s apparent surprise that people would be hesitant to trust the government and big pharma, I’d say, based on a long history of untrustworthiness, that distrust is well-earned.

She continues with this quote:
In communities across the nation, Americans of all stripes are making dangerous decisions to reschedule or forgo immunization, says Alan Hinman, a scientist who sits on the scientific advisory board of Voices for Vaccines, which supports and advocates for on-time vaccinations.
For many of us who have looked at this issue, the dangerous decision is bombarding a child’s developing immune system with vaccine after vaccine in an attempt to, as the experts say, “trick” that system. I’m not tricking the development of a system that either evolved or was created a certain, very specific way to prevent illnesses that are either mild, or that are almost certainly not going to happen to me or my child – like the meningitis case exploited so shamelessly here. You decide what’s dangerous for your family and I’ll decide what’s dangerous for mine, Alan.

Ms. Alcindor then shares this odd opinion:
The anti-vaccination movement has picked up steam in the past decade with support from celebrities such …reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, who last month said not vaccinating was "the best decision" for her children.
The assertion that sharing your own personal vaccination decision on a TV program is analogous to supporting some ill-defined “anti-vaccination movement” is quite bizarre. 

Alcindor then claims something about pertussis being nearly forgotten when it has in fact been on the rise for over twenty years ( as a result of a weak vaccine and more aggressive surveillance ) and outbreaks of the illness are covered incessantly by the media.

So there we have it; another shameless piece of vaccine propaganda taken apart and disposed of. With so many of these articles popping up and regurgitating the same hackneyed talking points, one has to wonder if it  is a sign of desperation on the part of the vaccine establishment and their media collaborators. Perhaps they are beginning to sense an awakening talking place among parents across the nation. And because the foundations of the vaccine program are so decrepit, this is an awakening that cannot be allowed to happen





*For an accurate understanding of measles mortality statistics mentioned in the USA Today article, please refer to this post.



Monday, March 24, 2014

New York Times: vaccinating America against liberty





The media's attack on parental rights continues - this time in the far-left New York Times. Not surprisingly they are leaping upon a bandwagon demonizing non-vaccinating parents and adopting the extremist position that calls for an end to vaccine exemptions.

I came across this pathetic editorial as I was checking my news feed today and had to respond.

It is written by a one Kristen A. Feemster a pediatric infectious diseases physician and health services researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In other words a public health do-gooder that has no respect for your rights as a parent. She begins
At the crux of this question is whether individual choice can be subverted for public good
First let’s cut through this “public good” facade and expose it for what it is: simply what one group of people want – often at the expense of another group.

We have inalienable rights to control what is injected into the bodies of our children and ourselves. There is no debate and there is no balance to be achieved between liberty and some amorphous concept of the common good. Our property right in our own body and our right to raise our own children are self- evident. To overcome such obvious realities requires more than some feeble appeal to common goodism.

She continues:
Personal and religious belief exemptions should be curtailed because some people, whether because of age or compromised immune systems, cannot receive vaccines. They depend on those around them to be protected.
As to the dependence gambit, no one can force their dependence on others. If someone willingly feels they can help by vaccinating and contributing to herd immunity that is fine, but they cannot be compelled to risk their own heath to satisfy the wants of others

Moving on she writes:
Vaccines work by protecting individuals, but their strength really lies in the ability to protect one’s neighbors.
The claim that the fundamental benefit of vaccination lies in its ability to create herd immunity is absurd. Herd immunity is an ancillary product of individual vaccination. Since almost everyone can be vaccinated today and since the establishment claims vaccines are effective, only a tiny number "benefit" from herd immunity while thousands must pay the price of a never-ending series of unwanted vaccines to generate it

Next are a series of bad analogies meant to justify an even more draconian set of compulsory vaccination than we already have. She states:
Vaccines aren’t the only situation in which we are asked to care about our neighbors.
First, there is no asking, there is compulsion backed by state force. Using ask in this context is yet another example of the dishonesty inherent in the vaccine extremist movement. And caring isn't the same as vaccinating. I can care about them without subjecting my child to a lifetime of unwanted medical treatments.

Next is the comes the bromide about having to obey traffic laws. (This is a popular one with vaccine fanatics) 

There are two arguments applicable to this analogy and both do not support your position. If roads were private, it would again be a decision of the road company and its customers as to what would be allowed on private property. If on the other hand you take the position that roads are a legitimate function of government, rules pertaining to the use of those roads would be justified since using such roads in an unsafe way could put other users at risk. The nature of the good – in this case the road – is a function of the rules that manage its use. Without rules it could be argued it would not even be a road since chaos would ensue and the road would turn into a parking lot. Whatever rules put in place cannot however violate fundamental rights since the very purpose of rules is to protect rights. To violate some to protect others would be contradictory.

Returning to the road only functioning with rules. This is not the case with vaccines for school - they function quite well without vaccine requirement - and children are not acting to create risks whereas a driver without rules could act to generate risks for others.

Screaming children are analogous to your road analogy because that negates the purpose of the institution. Vaccination to attend is not even in the same realm. Flu shots are not mandatory in most schools and those schools function quite well. Same with schools that existed for decades without mandatory vaccination laws. The state cannot punish children by denying the public education they have a right to as a way to force parents to vaccinate them against their will.

She then goes on to something about drug tests at work

This is a private matter between employer and employee and is not analogous to vaccinations for school. School is a public product and as such children have a right to it without having to medicate themselves to use a service that he or she has a fundamental right to.

And finally here examples conclude with this.
paying taxes - these may go against our beliefs and make us bristle, but we ascribe to them because without this shared responsibility, civil society doesn’t work
 First of all you use "ascribe" incorrectly. Perhaps you meant submit or relent or acquiesce.

You have not explained where this “responsibility” comes from so until you do we can dismiss the claim that it exists.

Civil society does not work when one group uses state force to confiscate the assets of others through taxes – you seem to be using one immoral act to justify another. Civil society is based on refraining from the use violence against the innocent to achieve your desires at their expense. Voluntary, not coerced actions, are the foundation of a free society.

Leaving the analogies behind,  she offers an unconvincing argument in an attempt to justify the nation's insidious mandatory vaccination policies.
To justify the subversion of individual choice to public good, there are some conditions that need to be met. The behavior or intervention needs to be safe and effective, and the risk of not participating in the behavior needs to outweigh any risk from the behavior.
Absurd. This is simply argument by assertion and a recitation of some shopworn utilitarian claptrap. You are justifying state force and coercion to achieve your goals at the expense of my goals. Just as a common thug would. There is no way you can objectively argue your desires carry more moral weight than the desire of those who do not want to vaccinate. You can’t even state what the concrete “benefits” would be. You are just limited to generalities and feel-good slogans

It goes on:
public health community's responsibility to support the health of patients and ensure the health of the communities in which they live.
The do-gooder feels they have this responsibility, but neither their own delusions of grandeur not the voters acquiescence grants them the moral right to use state force to exercise this self-serving goal because their actions very often violate the fundamental rights government exists to protect. As a component of the government, public health is constrained to protecting the rights of individuals not their health. People can protect their own health through voluntary means. Only when rights are being violated in, for example, a quarantine situation, can government claim a role.

This piece reveals what should be common knowledge: the common gooders that comprise the vaccine establishment are totalitarians at heart. Our liberty is nothing more than an obstacle to them and a such they will, to achieve their own self-serving goals, use any means necessary to subvert that liberty. It's time America wakes up to this fact and rejects the notion that freedom from a few cases of the measles is grounds to surrender the freedom upon which this nation was founded.


*Correction. This editorial is one of four discussing the issue of vaccine exemptions. Therefore I should have directed my response towards the author of the piece advocating for the abolition of exemptions rather than the paper itself. That having been said, the call to end exemptions is just one step beyond the Times' established position calling for tougher restrictions on exemptions







Saturday, March 15, 2014

Looney and the Beast: deconstructing the ramblings of a vaccine extremist




We’ve been getting some requests to respond to this piece of trash that recently appeared on the on-line rag, The Daily Beast.

It is written by a looney doctor who, like almost all vaccine militants is consumed with bitterness and anger. In a previous screed written for the same rag he snarls, “vaccinate your kids—or get out of my office!”

The piece we’ll examine today is chock full of ignorance, misinformation and abject stupidity.

He begins by calling us crazy for not spending our lives going to the doctor for vaccine, after vaccine, after vaccine (many of which are of questionable efficacy) to stop illnesses for which we are either at very low risk or that are generally mild – and, for that matter, almost non-existent. Yet he offers no explanation as to why ours is not the rational choice.

He continues by advancing a common tactic of the vaccine extremist: the attempt to demonize and objectify parents by labeling anyone who decides to not lap up as much vaccine as Merck can produce as, not a person, but an “antivaxxxer.”

Scapegoating fellow Americans in such a way is of course reprehensible, but because the cult of vaccination has such weak and decrepit arguments to support their position, they have no choice but to attack people rather than defend their own claims.

Interestingly this coward has no problem slandering parents while hiding his own name. The name he uses, Russell Saunders, is just a pseudonym for a pediatrician in New England. How pathetic.

As to some ridiculous charges included in the article itself.

He claims, “those who don’t vaccinate are bringing back the measles.” This is preposterous. Those who don’t vaccinate are not bringing back anything. The measles exists in the world. If it didn't there would be nothing to vaccinate against. There is no bringing back that which is here. Additionally “bringing back” implies an action on our part to actively go out and act in a way to cause the return of an illness. This is laughable. If someone acted to break into a lab where some remaining samples of smallpox were kept, then took those samples onto a train and released them,that would be bringing something back. Not vaccinating is of course nothing like that. Simply stated, not stopping something is not bringing it back

Since not vaccinating is a non-action there is no acting to bring back anything.

What could happen is, as a result of people seeing through the massive vaccination propaganda campaign and realizing how mild certain illness are, those people might begin to choose protection from vaccination rather than protect from those transient illness.

As a result, with fewer vaccinated people, more cases of those illnesses could occur. Conversely children would have to endure fewer vaccines and the risks they present. As such less vaccination would simply be a result of people expressing their personal preferences regarding the risks and benefits of the practice. And since people have no obligation to act in one particular way, one has no cause to feel guilty for making what they believe is the best choice for their families. Other people have no right to selfishly expect us to risk our children’s health to protect them.

Interestingly even this scenario is not happening – vaccination rates are still at all-time highs. And the measles is not making a comeback. In the pre-vaccine era there were four million cases each year. Today there are a few hundred. This is a blip on the radar not a “comeback.”

Additionally the number of measles cases fluctuates naturally as do any cyclical illnesses. With vaccination rates stable, we must look to other causes for these fluctuations. Perhaps increased measles activity in another part of the world has led to a few more cases here. Regardless a few more cases of the measles every so often cannot be attributed to America’s appetite for vaccination when our vaccination rates are stable.

At this point Dr. Pseudonym launches into a pathetic attempt to transform a minor illness into a existential threat to civilization. There is a “crisis” going on he exhorts. He fantasizes about “the good old days when measles was an active public health threat,” when in reality it was, according to the World Health Organization, considered nothing more than a minor annoyance. [link pending]

Here's some evidence regarding the general mildness of the measles and how it is perceived in the absence of a campaign of fear:


  • Although measles vaccine has been licensed since 1968, immunization against measles has not met with much success in France, partly because the disease is no longer feared
  • For most people who get measles, the illness is not serious
  • we invited some general practitioners to write short reports on the cases they have seen in their practices recently…These writers agree that measles is nowadays normally a mild infection.. *


But Dr. Pseudonym states, “Reports from New York note that several people have been hospitalized.”

Don’t hospitalizations mean the illness is serious?

No, not really. What we can discern from patients being hospitalized requires that we know why one is hospitalized. Is it a precautionary measure? Must tests be run? Does someone simply need an IV? From media reports, this is not possible.

One interesting point is that rates of hospitalization are higher than they were in the pre-vaccine era. Fifty years ago hospitalizations occurred in only about one in eighty-three cases. Today that rate is significantly higher. Perhaps this increase is simply a product of an overcautious society or the result the vaccine establishment’s relentless efforts to overstate the risks of self-limiting illnesses in order to scare people into vaccination. We'll examine one other theory to explain increased hospitalizations when we debunk the next of  Dr. Pseudonym’s many specious claims. This one pertains to some measles-related statistics

In order to paint a picture in which the measles is somewhat threatening affliction  Dr. Pseudonym parrots the misleading CDC claim that;
one to three cases per 1000 in the United States result in death
Why is this misleading? Because it is based on one anomalous outbreak occurring during 1989-1991 in the USA, and as anyone familiar with the scientific method realizes, you don’t take one example that is countered by every other available example and hold up the outlier as the standard. And even based upon the data from that outbreak: about 55,000 reported cases and 123 deaths, we only arrive at one death in 447 cases. Additionally since it is widely known that only about half these cases are reported due to their mild nature the figure 1-447 can be logically doubled to about 1 in 900. Neither the former nor the later figure is in line with the CDC’s 1-333 claim.

As to the outbreak being anomalous and distorting the actual severity of the measles, living conditions and nutritional status are well-known determinants of measles severity and during this epidemic, most cases occurred in low income populations having related risk factors not present in a larger, more representative population. Sadly this was the era of HIV and that infection played a role in many of the deaths. For example of the 12 deaths that occurred in New York City in 1989 6 were in persons infected with HIV while in 1990 and 1991, 60% of all measles-related deaths in New Jersey occurred in HIV-infected children.

Because co-factors such as HIV infection very often underlie measles mortality, these are classified as measles-RELATED deaths.

Other recent outbreaks in Europe, where mortality is much lower, belies the CDC’s one to three deaths per 1000. In fact based on European data and under reporting, it seems the CDC is exaggerating mortality by at least ten fold. In addition to that, in the pre-vaccine era an average of three to four million cases occurred with around four hundred deaths. This comes to about one death for every eight thousand seven hundred and fifty cases.

And remember, these deaths were and are concentrated in those with certain risk factors you may not have. So, in the general population, the risks are even lower than those implied by the generalized data.

In relation to mortality figures and to the hospitalization rate I discussed previously, I’d now like to examine the idea that vaccination itself has made certain illness slightly more serious. In the case of the measles’ mother’s who had a natural infection as children pass along antibodies that protect for a longer period of time than the antibodies of mothers who were vaccinated. Inferior protection means more vulnerable infants. In other words vaccination interfered with nature’s defense mechanism and infants got measles when they would not have gotten them in the past.

Also one dose was used in the eighties and protection from that schedule was found to wane. Additionally with fewer cases it became less likely someone would catch the measles as a child. As a result of these two factors some cases were pushed into adulthood where the illness can be more serious.

So should we be worried that vaccination has created a more serious measles threat? The answer is no. In both today’s world and in the pre-vaccine era the measles is and was still mild. It just might be a little less so today for some. The flip side of this is that there are far fewer overall cases.

Having advanced the odd notion that an illness used as a comedic device on TV programs of the 60s is a serious threat, he then tries to convince us also like us a few hundred cases of the measles are now overwhelming a nation of three hundred million. He frets:
not only is the nation’s largest city seeing cases in several boroughs, but other major metropolitan areas are warning of new cases as well.
then goes on to agonize:
But now, shoppers in Boston-area supermarkets get to worry that they may have been exposed when they stopped by for groceries. Commuters in the Bay Area now have to contend with the possibility that they or their children may contract the illness because they happened to get on the wrong train.
Calm down, Dr. Pseudonym. It's going to be OK. You're imagining a scenario that is unlikely to occur in the real world. Unlike you, most sane people are not afflicted with an all-consuming fear of germs, I think few people will express the utter terror you have to wrestle with each and every time you leave you house (or is it a plastic bubble?). You're just projecting your phobias onto the rest of us. Besides, doesn’t anybody’s vaccine work?

Moving on, the doctor continues by sharing this pearl of wisdom:
We vaccinate people for a reason.
What he fails to apprehend is people are not objects that YOU vaccinate. People are sentient beings who decide for themselves whether or not they feel the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.  

At this point he enters full mental break-down mode with an irrational rant that continues his spiteful yet incredibly feeble attack on parents who don’t vaccinate: it is a parade of absurdities one more ludicrous than the other. They suffer from the same flaw as does his initial claim that the unvaccinated are bringing back illnesses (by not vaccinating or by having an unknown infection we are in no way acting to encourage, assist or promote infectious agents. Sorry if reality clashes with your delusions, Doctor) We are simply the victims of infection like everyone else. And there is no obligation to risk our health to stop what we perceive to be minor illnesses (or illnesses for which we are not at risk) when the vaccines used to against those infections are judged by parents to be of questionable efficacy and riskier and more painful than the potential infections for which they promise protection. This is an evaluation each parent must make and is not subject to the approval of others. They are our children and it is our choice.

Yet despite all evidence to the contrary Dr. Pseudonym, in order to vilify non-vaccinating parents, clings to a line of unreasoning that fixates upon his spurious idea that unvaccinated kids are or could at some point in time act as infectors, transmitters and spreaders of illness. It is not a new argument (the establishment has been trying to engineer this impression for years) just a bad one.

Remember before the rise of vaccine extremism, kids caught a cold or the measles or the chickenpox. But now in the spirit of scapegoating so popular in militant circles, these same kids now have to be “infected” by other kids. Did anyone ever say, Johnny was infected by Billy in years past? Of course not, because the implication that Johnny acted to hurt Billy is absurd. They said Johnny caught this, that or the other thing at school. And Billy didn’t actively pursue these extant germs in a conscious manner to “catch” them anymore than Johnny acted in a way to infect Billy. Parents knew germs were a part of life and they spread through out the community and it was a part of life. Today this is still true and our children have no obligation to allow an oft-erring medical and scientific community to trick their developing immune system in order to alter the course of natural events that have been going on for thousands of years. The only obligations that exist are when a child is knowingly- infected. And that obligation is to stay home, not undergo unwanted medical procedures such as vaccination

A real case of one person infecting another occurred recently when a medical technician was consciously acting in a way that led to the reusing of contaminated syringes on patients. This is an example of one person acting to infect another. Here the medical technician took physical action with full consciousness of what he was doing in a way that brought harm to another.

To use the same term for a child who is the victim of an unknown, unwanted infection and who is simply going about his or her day-to-day life is at best an abuse of the language and at worst a craven attempt to distort reality in order to turn public opinion against innocent parents

Dr. Pseudonym proceeds full speed ahead on his cray train leveling some additional charges all related to the concepts I covered earlier It is therefore unnecessary to debunk each one all over again. Instead I’ll post some of his sillier claims accompanied by a rebuttal. He charges:

Their [it’s those antivaxxers again] movement is responsible for sickening people.
Movements don’t sicken people. Germs do.
They [vaccine deniers I suspect] are to blame for the word “outbreak” appearing in headlines from coast to coast.
Blame implies moral culpability which requires actions or failing to take actions we have an obligation to perform. But we have no obligation to perform the act of vaccination on our children for the alleged benefit of others. Dr. Pseudonym does not even attempt to provide a sketch as to why such an obligation might exist. As such we can easily dismiss this ill-conceived charge.
The anti-vaccine crowd [so now we have antivaxxer, vaccine denier and anti-vax crowd. I think one way to predict how weak one’s arguments for vaccination will be is to look at the number of times these type phrases are used] may think they’re only making a decision for their own family. In fact, they’re threatening to make the rest of us sick.
More nonsense. People don’t make other people sick. Germs do.
Refusing to vaccinate your children means you are contributing to a worsening public health crisis.
Non actions do not contribute to anything. Non-vaccination simply fails to contribute to a program we have no obligation to support. And the only crisis going on is in your twisted imagination.
I never want to know that a child was sickened or killed because I let the recklessness of a vaccine-refusing parent jeopardize their health.
This claim can be broken into two equally juvenile arguments. The first, that not vaccinating is reckless is simply one more unsupported assertion: he provides no argument to buttress his charge so there isn’t even anything to refute. The second component of his claim, that children who are unvaccinated are endangering or can endanger others is absurd. Simply being unvaccinated puts no one in danger. I like many of you was not vaccinated for the flu this year and despite my existence in the community, I have put no one in danger. Could the unvaccinated put someone in danger if they catch the flu? Not if they are infected without their knowledge. Putting someone in danger in a way that generates moral culpability requires knowledge and intent: think of becoming intoxicated then driving. This is endangering fellow motorists, but only because you acted (by drinking) and did so knowing the ramifications of your actions.

In parting I'd like to leave you with this piece of advice Dr. Pseudonym. Go ahead and hide out in your little hole of an office in New England and make sure everyone you come in contact has received each and every vaccine Big Pharma can produce and that the CDC can foist upon America. And zip up that plastic bubble of yours real tight because you’re not going to use my children to alleviate your paranoia or provide you the protection you and your fellow extremists are responsible to provide to yourselves.





*"Measles Epidemic": British Medical Journal, Feb 7 1959, Page 354







Thursday, November 14, 2013

Refuting the Ridiculous





With so many vaccine fan boys and fan girls in the mainstream media it is difficult to keep up with all the Internet polluting trash they are able to produce. This piece, by a Ms Julia Ioffe and appearing on the far left New Republic website, came to my attention this week and provided an insight into the muddled thinking that afflicts so many in the cult of vaccination. It was not until a number of fans on our Facebook page asked us to respond did I decide to take the time to publicly debunk this confused piece of hysteria, misinformation and self-pity.

Many of you have already suffered the tedium of reading the piece to which we're responding, but for those who have not, it is one woman's self-absorbed account of her case of pertussis and her ludicrous claim that either Jenny McCarty or unvaccinated people in general are to blame. The title says it all: I've got whooping cough. Thanks a lot Jenny McCarty. Here's our response:
Thank pertussis you entitled little cry-baby, because that's what's got you sick, not Jenny or any other unvaccinated person.

Everybody in the nation must get shot after shot of pertussis vaccine so you don't get a cough? Sorry, it doesn't work that way. Pertussis exists where people do, so you might just have to leave society if it is too dangerous for you.

You’re sense of entitlement is off the charts as evidenced by the fact you don’t think YOU should not have to get the vaccine because everyone else should. That's right, even though the vaccine is available and recommended for adults she blames us, not her failure to vaccinate herself. Ever hear of individual responsibility Ms. Ioffe?

Apparently this writer is quite a sickly individual as evidenced by her claim to have what appears to be the worst adult case of whooping cough in the history of the adult cases of pertussis. For almost every other adult, the illness is quite mild. Apparently you have an inability to fight of illnesses – that’s not Jenny’s fault either.

*Mild

(And what about that claim saying even a little vaccine makes cases milder. I guess that’s just a another medical establishment myth.)

If pertussis does this to you, I’d hate to see what shape the flu would leave you in. I guess that's another shot all 300 million American’s will have to get - after all we don't want you to blame us for your lack of personal responsibility.

Finally, after what seems to be an eternity, she mercifully departs from her account of each and every coughing spell she’s experienced over the past few months and moves on to parroting a few talking points crafted by the vaccine establishment.

She prattles on about vaccination not being an individual choice because it affects others. This is absurd. My not vaccinating affects no one. I did not get the flu shot this year and that has affected no one. Besides our choices affect other people all the time. I offered to pay more for my current home than another interested party. I got the house and he didn’t. He was affected by my decision. So what?

She then implies there is some type of obligation for everyone in America to lap up each and every vaccine Merck can produce in order to create the holy grail of the vaccine idolaters: herd immunity. Unfortunately she fails to provide any support for her implication. This is not surprising since no such obligation exists

She then goes on to reveal her scientific illiteracy by claiming vaccine exepmptors were behind a 2010 epidemic, quoting a study whose data in no way supports such an assertion. The bogus study to which she refers was manufactured by the vaccine establishment as a way to provide a naive media a way to support their false and ignorant claims. The “study” only finds some association between areas with more vaccine exemptions (and it is important to remember exemptions are calculated based on as few as one exemption and need not be an exemption to the pertussis vaccine) and cases of pertussis. It does not demonstrate this association was meaningful enough to have any impact on the outbreak. The real reasons for the increase in cases are well know: a bad vaccine and increased reporting

And even if her claim were true, those who did not vaccinate would not be “responsible” for her pertussis since there is no responsibility to medicate one’s self so someone else doesn't get sick. It is important to understand poor Ms. Ioffe’s illness is caused by pertussis, not any unvaccinated individual.

He rant continues as she goes on to thank the unvaccinated for her pertussis (I guess we’re responsible for her feeble immune response as well) but, as this post demonstrates, she needs to thank pertussis not anyone of us.

She completes her self-indulgent decent into lunacy by claiming being unvaccinated killed babies during the epidemic. Only someone either in a total state of delusion or one who is willfully ignorant of how causality works could make such an absurd claim

This poor little hothouse flower ends by saying how humiliating her bout with pertussis was, not realizing that broadcasting her ignorance across the internet does far more to humiliate her than any case of pertussis ever could.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Picture of Desperation







As more people become aware of the low risks posed by infectious illnesses, vaccine fanatics have had to take their campaign of fear mongering to a new low. In a desperate attempt to deceive parents, the extremists, holed up in basements and garages throughout the USA, England and Australia, are compiling a series of photos they hope will scare parents into vaccinating. (At first I was not going to give credence to the reprehensible tactics used by these reprobates by linking to the actual photos. But now I realize linking to them is the best way to expose this particular act of desperation )  Oddly, some of the photos actually show nothing more than a frowning child with a rash - I guess some illnesses are so mild even a worst-case scenario photo is incapable of instilling even moderate concern. On the other hand, a few pictures do portray incredibly rare but undoubtedly severe outcomes that can rarely result from the combination of infectious illnesses and contributing factors such as impaired immune status or environmental deprivations.

Since a picture tells us nothing about these co-factors it is entirely without context and therefore tells us nothing meaningful, it is simply an appeal to emotion designed to override reason. For example is the picture from Botswana or Baton Rouge? Is the victim a homeless drug abuser or a healthy adult? Was the child healthy or severely malnourished?

Additionally, if we don't know how often a severe outcome will occur we cannot measure the risks of that outcome and therefore cannot use the photo as a means by which we make a decision to vaccinate or not.

That is the intent of propaganda. Photos without context do little to inform our decision making. This type of tactic demonstrates the utter lack of scruples in the vaccine fanatic cult. Let's break down the photos one by one:

The mumps one is silly. It is just a child with a swollen neck. The photo often used because most cases are not noticeable to this extent. So an extreme case must be used or there would just be a picture of a normal looking child in a textbook section on the mumps. Mumps is universally acknowledged to be a mild illness

The measles photo is another that can't be taken seriously. It is a child with a rash and a frown. Not very worrisome

Pertussis is another silly one. It is a photo of a child coughing. I wonder where the photo of the crying caused by the pain of injection after injection is.

Rubella or German measles is the next. The photo does not really show much but science says the German measles are, as illnesses go, the mildest of the mild. Just be sure to get them as a child because if a woman gets them while pregnant her child could suffer severe outcomes. Intentionally getting them as a child was what doctors of the 1960's recommended. [2]

Diphtheria photo is probably the most deceptive since it is not a photo of the common form of the illness. It is rather a photo of cutaneous diphtheria. According to patient.co.uk

Cutaneous diphtheria is most often associated with the homeless and those with poor personal and community hygiene.

Hunter's Tropical Medicine describes it this way:

Outbreaks of cutaneous diphtheria have occurred among impoverished or indigent populations, homeless individuals and alcoholics, and in environments with overcrowding and unhygienic living arrangements

So if your child isn't a homeless alcoholic, I wouldn't worry.

Finally we come to polio. The vaccine cultists would not know what to do with themselves if they didn't have to polio card to play. Because they know little about the history of polio, the extent of their argument cannot progress past the point of parroting, "what about polio?" What about polio indeed. First polio was blown out of all proportion by a campaign of fear created by the March of Dimes in order to raise money to fight the illness. [1] Second overzealous doctors caused many cases of polio as a result of their mindless quest to vaccinate children or the era and remove parts of their immune system, specifically the tonsils and appendix. Third paralytic polio only emerged in 1 of 200 infections (1-1,000 in children) and half of those resolved on their own. Fourth polio in epidemic form did not exist before the late 1800's and one must conclude environmental changes precipitated the disease's emergence. Since polio fell about 50% before vaccination became widespread, one cannot say what the state of polio would be today because environmental conditions are again quite different from the 40's and 50's. For example at that time children were regularly exposed to two potent immune suppressants. Lead (scientists at the time said it was as safe as apple pie) and DDT. Lead, from the exhaust of automobiles filled the air while DDT both contaminated the nation's milk supply and was sprayed upon children as they played in the streets.

So to assert polio would return if vaccination against it stopped has no basis in science is nothing more than wild speculation of a handful of vaccine cultists.

In a future post, we'll cover a few more of these illnesses - including the dreaded chickenpox. In the meantime, I wouldn't let one of these pictures scare me into vaccinating anymore than I would let a picture of a car crash scare me from driving to the supermarket.




1 - Patenting the Sun Page 82

Monday, August 12, 2013

The L.A. Times: Wrong on Vaccination






Over the weekend I came a across a laughable editorial in the L.A. Times parroting some common establishment talking points in support of compulsory vaccination. Readers of this blog will be familiar with them since they are trotted out on a regular basis by the vaccine extremists and public health fanatics that seem to have open access to the editorial pages of the nations mainstream media. This particular writer, a Nina Shapiro, a professor at UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine, incorporates a number of shop-worn distortions into her piece attacking vaccine exemptions. She claims illnesses that almost never kill are life-threatening in their nature, suggests that in some schools 80% of the children are unvaccinated and implies that if we're not good little boys and girls, polio is going to come back and get us.

I responded to Ms. Shapiro's nonsense with this comment:

Let me educate you on some facts “doctor.” The measles is not a life-threatening illness. Measles almost never kills. And when it does it is due to a combination of the virus and mitigating factors such as poor nutrition. Pertussis is also almost never a killer. With between 500,000 and one million cases each year only about twenty deaths occur. Sweden abandoned the whole-cell vaccine for 17 years and deaths were apparently so minimal the literature makes no mention of them. So please spare us your wild-eyed hyperbole.

It is no surprise far-left extremists such as those running the LA Times would publish a call to take away a parents right to make medical decisions and hand it over to the state and the public health crazies whose very existence depends on America’s insane vaccination policy

Your “goal” of “protecting children” from mild illnesses by forcing parents to make those children endure a series of painful, risky and never-ending unwanted vaccinations is an idea incompatible with the concepts of liberty upon which this nation was founded. A moral government’s only role is to defends rights – not save lives, decide how much soda we can drink or decide where and when fast-food restaurants can be built. With their rights secure, individuals are perfectly capable of protecting their own children without the heavy hand of government compulsion guiding their every decision. 

What they need protection from is statists and the out-of-control vaccine schedule they propagate

Rather than attack exemptions, we should abolish them altogether and let parents, not self-serving bureaucrats and vaccine shills, decide what is right for their children.

Additionally your claims about unvaccinated children are highly deceptive since even one missed vaccine out of the countless ones that populate the schedule can place a child in your unvaccinated category. Your implication that 80% of children in some schools fall into this category are ludicrous and you should be ashamed for making it.

And where did polio kill millions. Certainly not in the Western world. Even in the worst years it killed perhaps 3,000 with a peak of 6,000 in 1916. And polio was in great measure the result of an out-of-control medical system that indiscriminately removed the tonsils of almost every child of that era. Perhaps you unaware of the fact that the tonsils are part of the immune system and their removal greatly increases the risk of polio. Injections as a result of vaccination also predisposed children to paralytic polio.

Cases were down almost 50% before the vaccine was widely used and they fell further as a result of the disease being reclassified. Additionally much of the nation’s milk supply was contaminated by DDT, a potent immune suppressant, during polio's peak era: the late 40's and early 50's . Polio emerged in epidemic form from nowhere in the late 1800's due to factors too numerous to describe here, and with conditions wildly different today, it is abject speculation to say polio would be today what it was 60 years ago - vaccine or not.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Trust the Liars




You guys are gonna get a kick out of this. Vaccine pusher / drug company shill Amy Pisani the executive director of Every Child By Two @3:08 states "Vaccines save millions and millions of lives every day around the world." Millions means at least two million, so millions and millions means at least 4 million. So according to Amy, four million lives are saved each and every day due to the miracle of vaccination. This is of course impossible. In one year alone 1.46 billion lives would be saved because of vaccines. The population of the entire planet only amounts to about seven billion souls. In just five years time the entire planet would be saved by vaccines. Absurd! Ms. Pisani is yet another unfortunate example of an establishment functionary being either obliviously ignorant about the vaccination issue or incredibly dishonest. I don’t know which is worse. So for parents who have heard the song and dance about how we should only accept immunization information from websites approved by a conflicted vaccine establishment, remember it’s people such as Amy who are running and recommending these sites.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Educating the Uneducatable


Yesterday one of our Facebook members shared our Halloween themed meme  on her Facebook page and got this reaction criticizing  the meme's content:




...one does not prelude the other

and

The vast majority of medically educated doctors, nurses and scientists throughout the world (including your own pediatrician) believe that, properly used, vaccines are generally safe and effective. Are they infallible? Certainly not, no more so than antibiotics or seatbelts. You can also choose to believe that the world is flat. It's your right. It's also my right to call into question illogical comments, like the one posted. It's simply not either or. There is no vast pharmaceutical company conspiracy. If there is then hundreds of thousands of doctors are incredibly stupid and the anti-vaccine amateurs have all the answers. I don't believe that.



Here is my response:

Your friends criticism of this meme fails in several ways. He constructs a “vast pharmaceutical company conspiracy” straw man argument out of a one sentence meme having nothing to do with a “conspiracy.” Then he goes off on a “flat Earth” tangent which has as much relevance as does the “conspiracy” straw man.
Then he puts his faith in a medical system that over and over is found, by the mainstream media and some elements of the system itself, to be overtreating patients with antibiotics, cat scans, x-rays, unnecessary surgery etc. He then creates a false dichotomy in which the only way obedience to the vaccination schedule can be unwise is if “hundreds of thousands of doctors are incredibly stupid and the anti-vaccine amateurs have all the answers” Then assumes something’s safety and effectiveness automatically makes a product valuable to me. (And can you really call the pertussis shot, for example, effective when one now needs six or seven doses over a twenty year period? Especially when a natural infection provides 30 years to lifetime immunity and decreases the chances of transmission during the child bearing years) Let’s not even talk about if they are safe or not. It is a fact when a child is vaccinated; pain is inflicted on him or her. There must be a good reason for this. (Eighteen trips to the doctor during one's childhood for a yearly, painful flu shot seems hardly worthwhile when you're unlikely to get the illness or suffer substantially from it) But in addition to the pain are the accepted common adverse events: high pitched crying, somnolence, fever, irritability etc. Then there are risks such as the chance of contamination (SV40 incident with polio vaccines) or discovering mercury levels exceeded safety limits after a generation has received those vaccines. Then add in something like this recent news which illustrates how little we know about playing around with biological systems

Then combine it with this Institute of Medicine report from 2004:

The report, issued by the IOM’s Immunization Safety Review Committee, found that scientific evidence from epidemiological studies on whether allergy, including asthma, can be caused by multiple vaccinations was conflicting and concluded that the evidence “was inadequate to accept or reject a causal relationship.” The Committee concluded that epidemiological studies to date “favor rejection of a causal relationship between multiple immunizations and increased risk for infections and for type 1 diabetes.” However, the Committee also concluded that they did find some biological mechanism evidence that vaccines could increase the risk of immune dysfunction in some children that could lead to increased infections and allergy, including asthma. They stated that, “The biological mechanisms evidence regarding increased risk for infections is strong.”

Then add to that the huge increases in the immune dysfunction in the young and ask yourself if tricking that developing system is such a good idea.

So to conclude, nutrition status (part one of the meme) determines to a large degree the severity of these illnesses. On the other hand drugs and medications are detrimental unless they have a benefit that overcomes their risks and side effects. So if part one protects, why take on the risks of part two? As the risk of an illness drops, the benefit of the preventative measure also drops. So yes, if you take the steps mentioned in part one of the meme you may not need the treatments touched upon in part two.


Thursday, May 3, 2012

An Open Letter to Lisa Murawski




AB2109, the bill to herd California parents into a doctor's office for a vaccine lecture in order to obtain a vaccine exemption, is getting closer and closer to becoming law. Just this week, based upon an error-ridden fiscal assessment, the bill passed out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee. One interesting point regarding the cost analysis was its blatant incongruence. Initially, in order to scare readers, the report describes a frightening scenario in which parents are abandoning vaccines in droves:
the number of vaccine exemptions has increased dramatically in the last decade, leading to real concern about the loss of "herd immunity" and potential for serious disease outbreaks
Amazingly, the costs to combat such a major problem will, according to the report, be almost no existent. To minimize cost concerns in order to get the bill out of committee, readers are promised the remedy to drag all these exemptors back to the herd will have almost no financial impact on the state. The report asserts:

Any impact on Medi-Cal or Healthy Families Program from a small number of
increased office visits, to the extent any program enrollees seek exemptions and require additional office visits to do so, is likely to be negligible.

Further mistakes and misrepresentation prompted me to contact the author. Here is the text of an email I sent today:


In your analysis of AB2109 you state:
“In contrast, the risk of death if someone contracts measles is about 1 in 500”
Not that you care, but this bit of “information” has no basis in reality. In the pre-vaccine era 3-4 million people contracted the measles with ~400 deaths. In Europe in 2011 about 30K cases were reported with ~9 deaths. Your 1-500 number is fantasy

http://www.cdc.gov/measles/vaccination.html
Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. In the decade before the measles vaccination program began, an estimated 3–4 million people in the United States were infected each year, of whom 400–500 died,

http://www.epimonitor.net/Measles_Outbreak_in_Europe.htm
A new report by the World Health Organization in the Weekly Epidemiologic Record has documented more than 30,000 cases of measles in the European Region in 2010 and more than 26,000 thru October in 2011. These numbers of cases come after three years of record low levels in 2007-2009. Measles outbreaks were reported from 36 countries in the region in 2011 and about one quarter of the reported cases (28%) in 2011 were hospitalized and 9 children died.

Additionally, your assertion that, “vaccines are generally considered a crowning public health achievement, and are credited with major reductions in morbidity and mortality over the last century,” is laughable. Anyone not parroting the talking points of the vaccine establishment understands huge decline in mortality came well before the age of vaccination.

http://childhealthsafety.wordpress.com/graphs/

http://www.healthsentinel.com/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2654:united-states-disease-death-rates&catid=55:united-states-deaths-from-diseases&Itemid=55

I hope parents will not be subjected to this this type of misinformation during their state-mandated vaccine lecture.




Robert Schecter

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Matter of Freedom and Liberty







The state senator behind a new bill stripping vaccine choice from Vermont parents wrote this piece in the Rutland Herald (directly below) defending his proposed legislation. It is both unpersuasive and confused. Our response below points out the flaws in his reasoning and delineates why the legislation should be rejected.


A matter of health and safety


Published: March 29, 2012


Throughout the debate on whether to eliminate the exemption for children to attend school without the recommended vaccines for philosophical reasons, much has focused on the personal stories of parents involved on both sides. We’ve heard from parents of children whose lives have been saved by a vaccine, and we’ve heard from parents who believe strongly that their children do not need immunizations and should not be forced into medical action. I come at this debate with a personal story of my own.

When he was an infant, my son Bartley received the recommended dosage of vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). It was the typical torturous experience for a parent to see a needle enter your child’s tiny leg, but it was necessary and safe, our pediatrician said. The problem was the unexpected reaction my son had to the immunization — an extremely high fever. Our doctor recommended we forgo the second dose of MMR and today my son is not fully vaccinated against those diseases. I worried last year when Vermont saw its first case of measles in a decade. I’ll worry tomorrow, just in case.

For me it’s always come down to the single question of whether we can save a child’s life by protecting the greater public. We entered into this debate with a lot of questions and have spent the bulk of the session hearing hours of compelling testimony, studying the science behind the facts and listening to passionate parents on both sides of this issue.

No one will tell you it was easy, and no one will tell you that we take this job lightly. But our job is to ensure our decisions have a positive impact on society, and it would be irresponsible for us to look at the facts — a growing number of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks in Vermont and an increasing number of children being exempted from having the CDC recommended immunizations to enter kindergarten — and not act.

That is where we find ourselves today: We must act to change the course we are on. For me, if that means one less child contracts whooping cough —compared to more than 90 who did in 2011 — it’s enough of a reason to act.

For many of the opponents, there have been further erroneous arguments to try and derail the legislation, claiming constitutional violations under both the U.S. and Vermont constitutions. After careful review by legislative legal counsel, it is clear that both constitutions allow for the protection of religious beliefs under the First Amendment.

The U.S. Supreme Court decided that a state may impinge upon the practice of a sincere religious belief only if the state’s interest is of “sufficient magnitude” to justify overriding the religious belief. The Vermont Constitution provides that no authority shall interfere with the free exercise of religion.

In contrast, philosophical beliefs do not receive the same protections. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that, since philosophical beliefs are based on a “subjective evaluation and rejection of the secular values accepted by the majority” they do not rise to the level of religious beliefs and thus, not eligible for the same protections. The Vermont Supreme Court ruled that conduct that is “merely a matter of personal preference” does not rise to the demands of religious freedom.

Vermont, like every other state, requires children be vaccinated in order to enroll in school. There are reasons for this mandate. The most important reason is that without immunizations, our community could be plagued by serious, and sometimes fatal diseases that are avoidable. We’ve already seen an alarming rise in whooping cough cases in our state, and those numbers coincide with a high exemption rate.

Eliminating the philosophical exemption is not meant to infringe on parental rights. It’s meant to narrow the scope under which Vermonters can opt out of immunizations and ensure more children receive life-saving vaccines.

While we, as public servants, have an obligation to represent the views of our constituents, so too do we have an obligation to protect the people we serve. Sometimes that means making tough and often unpopular decisions. Passing S.199 to eliminate philosophical exemptions is a matter of public health and safety. It’s that simple.



SEN. KEVIN J. MULLIN





Response: A Matter of Freedom and Liberty

Sen. Mullin

Freedom is the core principle of America. A legitimate government’s role is to ensure that freedom not to “save lives.”  A government whose task is to “save lives” is a government that has no limitations.

“Saving lives” sounds nice but for the government to “‘save lives” it must threaten or initiate violence against innocent people. After all what do you think would happen if a parent declined not to apply for a remaining religious exemption? The parent’s child would be barred from school then the parent would be hauled before a court under threat of force for violating the state’s compulsory education laws. Hiding the specter of state-sponsored violence behind compulsory education laws does not mean the violence is not there.

Besides there is no evidence that the change brought about by this law will ever result in the saving of even one life.

As to a vaccine being “necessary” that’s silly. Food and water is necessary. A vaccine is not. In regards to your worry about one case of the measles, that’s mystifying. In the pre-vaccine era, the nation saw as many as four million cases per year. Yet parents were not “worried” about the illness. Worry about your own kids and we’ll worry about ours.

Free people can save lives. If they see mild illnesses such as the measles, mumps and chickenpox as threats they can choose to vaccinate.

As to your insistence that:
The most important reason is that without immunizations, our community could be plagued by serious and sometimes fatal diseases that are avoidable.
This is preposterous. First the most common illnesses prevented by vaccine (at least for a few years) are all mild, not serious. Besides before widespread mandates polio, whooping cough, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella were all controlled by voluntary action.

Then there is your “alarm” over whooping cough. No one besides you and your allies in the public heath establishment is “alarmed” by whooping cough. This proposed legislation after all did not emerge from an overwhelming public demand terrified of whooping cough. And to connect the illness to a few vaccine exemptions is absurd. Perhaps when you were “studying the science behind the facts” you failed to come across the “fact” that the whooping cough vaccine is notoriously ineffective and (along with increased awareness) that ineffectiveness is what is driving so-called outbreaks occurring across the country. As to a rising in whooping cough coinciding with exemptions, did you, when playing scientific researcher, come across the principle that correlation does not equal causation. Or would that principle clash with your manufactured narrative undergirding your attempt to strip parents of their right to raise their children as they see fit?

Your remark that the bill will “ensure more children receive life-saving vaccines” is odd. Vaccines prevent generally mild illnesses and mortality from vaccine-preventable illnesses was in a virtual free-fall long before the advent of vaccination. As such the odds a child will receive a vaccine that actually saves his or her life is astronomically low. The life-saving vaccine mantra seems more spin than substance.

Asserting that, “passing S.199… is a matter of public health and safety,” raises the question of whether the people’s freedom can be taken for the nebulous concept of “public health and safety” It cannot unless a threat to that health and safety is the result of a rights violation perpetrated by another. Not vaccinating violates no rights and as such laws forcing the practice upon the unwilling do not come under the purview of government.

You then imagine you “have an obligation to protect the people you serve.” You do not; you have an obligation to protect people’s rights. There is a difference.  When the government has the power to protect people it does so by hurting either them (for their own good of course) or others (in this case those who do not want medical treatments for their healthy children) When the government can only protect rights, no innocents are targeted - only those who, by their actions; for example reckless behavior, violence, theft, etc.; become the legitimate targets of government power.

The fundamental problem is you do not understand the concept nation was built on: freedom. Rather you are obsessed with and driven by concepts of collectivism, activism and paternalism.

It’s not your role to manage the health of those living in your state. Vermonters are people able to care for themselves, not pets reliant on your benevolent despotism.

There is one final establishment talking point (not raised here) that needs to be addressed: those too young for vaccines or those with poorly functioning immune systems or those undergoing chemotherapy rely on others for protection. First those concerned about a child being too young to get a vaccine can keep those children home rather than compel others (through the state) to act against their will to create a sterile world for them.  Second, while it is terribly sad that some children have health issues their misfortune does not obligate others to act against their better judgment to protect them – especially when that level of protection is ill-defined and likely quite small.

Parents are certainly free to vaccinate based on the above line of reasoning but that action must be voluntary.

Stand up for freedom, Vermont. Reject this misguided legislation.


Robert J. Schecter