When you argue with Dr. Sanjay Gupta from CNN on Twitter you can make some people angry. I learned this last week. I never knew a TV doctor had so many groupies. I had people coming out of the wood work tweeting me very pissed off that I would come after their dear Sanjay. I actually really like Sanjay, always have, even though all he has talked about for probably the last year is Marijuana. But where Sanjay and I disagree is on the topic of vaccines. Now I don't fault him, he is not the first doctor who thinks they can play God and create a vaccine for everything under the sun to protect our kids. But I do fault him for ignoring the fact that by doing this, 70 doses of 16 vaccines before age 16, it can come with some side effects. I fault him for ignoring the real families and victims who have been injured by a vaccine. And on this day he was more arrogant than the usual Sanjay, laughing at possible risks, saying that people who question the safety of vaccines are on the "wrong side", and even saying that there are no chance of risks, the CNN anchor actually called him on that and he back tracked and explained how the risks are so small. He of course went through how the MMR and Autism link has been debunked. He recited everything every other TV doctor and major media anchor has done the last two weeks. You know the prepared "talking points".
But towards the end of the segment he said one thing that really made me mad. He was explaining with a graph, seems like everyone has one saying something different, that the rates of Autism have actually slowed and that "So one could make the argument that vaccines have been protective against autism.." And that is where I decided to call him a puppet. Because I believe that talking point was given to him. When I tweeted him I said that he said that vaccines protect against Autism, he replied that he did not. And he is right I paraphrased him, so I replied back with his exact quote and a video clip of him saying it. He did not say that they protect against it, he said that "one could make the argument". Now there is a slight difference, but I still think it was a very irresponsible thing to say. By him even saying it, he is instantly giving that idea credibility, that it is a viable theory, or a rational train of thought. Especially with him being a TV doctor, an expert, when people here him say that its gives that idea validity.
I would like him to say that exact quote to a mother who once had a perfectly healthy, alert and talkative toddler until the day they walked in to a doctor's office for an MMR. Wait am I saying vaccines cause Autism? It has been proven it doesn't right? Well there has been a lot of information hidden from you which it looks like some might come out in court with the CDC Whistleblower. But it is very hard to prove causation with Autism and vaccines, because many kids don't get Autism after they get their shots. Do I think that the overload of vaccines to certain vulnerable children can result in brain disorders? Absolutely.
Back to Sanjay, I really have to thank him. Because the front page of his CNN website always has his last tweet nice and big right in front. And for several hours my name was right on his homepage. Thanks Sanjay!
Here is the clip, the quote is at the end.
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