If you have been following any health news since the beginning of the year you have noticed a common theme. There has been a full blown attack on people who choose to with hold or delay vaccines. Now, that is not what they call those people, they call them "antivaxxers" or the "anti-vaccine movement". They have to use something that sounds derogatory or like the enemy. Which is exactly what they are portraying the "antivaxxers" as. You know, the anti-science, ignorant people who are to blame for every recent outbreak of measles or whooping cough. Which this had to be very inconvenient for them, Measles Outbreak Traced To Fully Vaccinated Patient. Their portrayal of "antivaxxers" is very inaccurate as well, as the people who opt out of vaccines are actually a well educated and wealthy demographic. But that wouldn't sound nearly as good as "antivaxxers" would it? The small but rising number of wealthy, well educated individuals and families who are delaying or opting out of vaccines after researching and outweighing the risks. Yea, let's stick with "antivaxxers".
So why all of a sudden is there such a deliberate attack on people who chose not to vaccinate? I mean these people have been around forever. Just look up the history of the Raggedy Ann Doll. But even before then, back in the 1800’s when enough people witnessed family members and friends getting sick or dying after receiving the mandatory smallpox vaccine, an uproar eventually led to Conscientious Objection of 1898. The 1898 Vaccination Act gave parents the right to choose. So this is nothing new. There is no sudden movement created by “hipsters” (According to an LA Time’s Article). So why now? Why the blitz? Well maybe because Big Pharma is losing their grip. A 2014 AP-GfK survey found that only 51 percent of Americans were confident that vaccines are safe and effective. I would say that would be something for Pharma to worry about. Billions are at risk.
I am not going to use this blog to point out potential risks that come with vaccines, I’ve done that numerous times and post about it on social media constantly. I’m also not going to use this blog to show you how vaccines didn’t eradicate diseases in the past. Yea, that’s right I said it. You have been lied to your entire life. I simply just wanted to point out this attack, this media blitz targeting “antivaxxers”. A group I’m proud to be in. You know sometimes I think, maybe I just shut up about vaccines? Like yesterday when a guy called me a quack on Twitter and then decided to take also to my Facebook page to make sure everyone knew that a Canadian disk jockey thought I was a quack. Or like today when the owner of my beloved Dallas Mavericks decided to post an article bashing “antivaxxers”.It would be a whole lot easier if I just talked about weightloss and back pain. But you know what I cant shut my mouth, Ive never been able to, ask my mother. And I will never shut my mouth as long as it helps parents make a better decision for their kids. And that is exactly what I tell parents to do, research every single shot before making a decision, all 49 doses before age 12 of them. Make an informed choice, not just because someone tells you to.
That seems logical right? To research something before injecting it into your child? So why do people get so freaking angry when that person who does the research decides to delay or with hold vaccines? We know why Pharma would get mad, but why does the mom or dad of Billy and Suzie who have already decided to vaccinate their kids. Why would someone else posting something send them in to a rage. The answer is fear. And this is exactly the tactic that Big Pharma and the CDC use to promote compliance. There is the fear of an “outbreak”, which if your kid is vaccinated Im still not sure why you would be scared if vaccines do work, and there is the fear of being wrong. What if you did make the wrong decision to vaccinate your kids? What if you did do harm to your own child? You wouldn’t want to face that, you couldn’t handle that. It’s like asking a religious person what if there is no God? It is something most refuse to even think about, they couldn’t even fathom. And if you press them they will likely get angry. (I am religious by the way, but I can have open discussions without letting emotions get the best of me) Dr Robert Mendelsohn MD, physician and author, actually compares medicine to religion. He calls it the Church of Allopathy. And he is right, the doctors are the saviors, they can never be wrong, they should never be questioned. They are the head of the church and our faith is so strong that anything that contradicts what the savior says is a contradiction to our religion. Thus anger.
So all that to say, what I always say. Know the risks, the benefits, the failures, and the mistakes before getting a vaccine. And this blitz? Bring it.
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